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Scorpio Full Moon: Amnesty for Sexual Honesty

Dear Friend and Reader:

With the Moon building toward full phase on Wednesday, it's possible that you're feeling something regarding physical pleasures and the emotions that go with them building to a head. This may take the form of a question: if you're craving a specific type of physical or sexual contact, what is standing in your way of reaching out to initiate it?

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Luna photographed in 2011 by Anthony Ayiomamitis.
True, you may still be getting a feel for Mercury in direct motion after an especially challenging season of inner planet retrogrades. It's like debris is being removed so the stream can flow freely and things can gradually settle into their normal pace again.

Against that backdrop, the Full Moon is like a window: suddenly we can all see the other people around us again.

Yet the Taurus/Scorpio axis is about the body, and the sensations and pleasures of the body. That means being conscious of what you're experiencing physically as well as emotionally; noticing your body's responses to stimuli, and not ignoring them; noticing how others are responding to you -- which is another way of saying empathy.

The Scorpio Full Moon, which is the Moon in Scorpio opposing the Sun in Taurus, is exact at 5:42 pm EDT May 10 (21:42 UTC). In the Full Moon chart, the Sun is making a trine to Pluto and Juno in Capricorn.

You can look at this as a both a question about a partnership issue and the assistance you need to answer it. Can you be forthright about your needs and desires without camping out in a place of want or lack? That is, are you willing to bring an offering to the table, and to listen to the expectations of others with an open mind (and heart)? You might be surprised how effective a generous gesture such as that could be.

Another interesting feature of the Full Moon chart is the square between Mars in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces. This is particularly true because Mars rules Scorpio, where the Full Moon is.

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Mars square Neptune is a neon sign flashing "temptation." This is not necessarily a bad thing; Western culture is famous for a tendency to repress honest desires in deference to artificial 'morality'.

That said, if you're going to indulge your fantasies or take the plunge with something potentially risky, it's still possible to be conscious of boundaries and agreements. Indeed, I would say that is an essential component; as is avoiding intoxicating substances (or at least carefully moderating them).

Again, remember how closely the physical and the emotional intertwine and affect each other. You don't need to be afraid of experiencing that nexus. It is wise, however, to approach it with respect, gentleness and a lack of judgment.

Allow space in your relationships for 'safe' sharing. Which is not the same as hedging your bets and skirting the issue.

Rather, 'safe' in this case refers to devoting some time and space to offer amnesty to honesty. This can feel like a brave step. It's easy during a Full Moon to get reactive or defensive rather than contemplative. But that will rarely get you where you want to go if you want to go deeper into intimacy or creativity.

Willingness to see and hear the unexpected will, however, take you someplace new. It would seem that one key to receiving the acceptance you seek is to offer it in turn. Set the example by holding that space, and then showing up in it as fully as you can.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
-- with Amy Elliott and Eric Francis
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Dear Friend of Planet Waves:

I don't say this out loud often, but the world is a scary place right now. While many spiritual traditions say that fear is never an appropriate response to life, it's certainly understandable. It's so intense that I have to talk myself down from the tree every now and then, and put myself back on solid ground.

Here's what I think is the most frightening thing: the dim recognition that we cannot really do anything about the world's problems. Even when you get to a place where you feel somewhat confident and stable, the crises of the planet -- psychological, environmental, political, economic, all of it -- are always right outside the front door. And people seem frozen, struggling even for the concept of solutions.

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Uranus, the planet of revolution.
Think of it. Aware, sensitive people know there are problems, and we also feel the seeming paralysis. Not only that, we're inundated with influences to shut down our awareness and sensitivity; and consciousness-raising tools are difficult to find, and they're not usually so world-savvy: that is, they're rarely grounded in actual experience.

Really, I'm amazed anyone finds any peace of mind at all. It is a struggle if not impossible, and it takes experience. And as Lou Reed said, a busload of faith.

My job these days is to fashion tools. Using astrology, spiritual paths, and everything I've learned both in therapy and working with people, I make resources that will help you learn, seek self-understanding, and meet the world around you eye to eye. I don't provide answers. I'm good at something much better, and more relevant: which is helping you to ask the right questions.

I reckon that with the world as overly complicated and insane as it is, astrology is one of the few tools capable of embracing both problem and solution, both private and collective. This is the gift we have, which we need like never before.

My approach to astrology is designed to point you inward, in a way that feels safe, sane and loving. Right now I'm working on a new project, timed for spring 2017: INVOLUTION: The Revolution is Within.

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As far as I can tell, our only option is to grow. That means that the revolution won't be in the streets -- or at least it won't start there. For us, in our time, the revolution must be within. That's the thing that's been lacking -- and it's the cause of most of the problem.

In this 12-sign reading (which covers your Sun, Moon and rising signs, and those of your loved ones), I will look at the last seasons of Chiron in Pisces and Uranus in Aries. We'll tap into Uranus conjunct Eris in a whole new way.

Yet the most helpful thing in this reading will be my first interpretation of the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 -- which will streak across the entire United States from coast to coast. That eclipse will change life as we know it in the United States, and you'll want to have your surf board positioned correctly when the wave comes in.


Your Monthly Horoscopes -- and our Publishing Schedule Notes

We published your extended monthly horoscopes for May on Thursday, April 20. Your extended monthly horoscopes for April were published on Thursday, March 23. We published your Moonshine horoscope for the Aries New Moon on Thursday, March 30. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Friday after the Sun has entered a new sign.

Monday Morning Horoscope for May 8, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- Honesty will be the best policy this week, which includes keeping silent on issues that you're not an authority on. Instead, devote your energy to discovering the truth, rather than taking shots and stabs at what it may be. Mars, your ruling planet, is in Gemini, making a square to Neptune. That's a potentially volatile setup, and you could easily be provocative in a way that's not helpful to anyone. Instead, monitor your mind for any self-destructive tendencies. Keep yourself out of situations that are potentially harmful or where you simply don't belong, and focus on your creative goals. Astrology that's terrible for drinking and arguing is (in this case) excellent for writing, making art and partying in the comfort of your own home. You're likely to feel the desire to stretch your limits and do what you might not ordinarily do; just make sure you've defined your boundaries first.
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"I am always surprised and stimulated by the topics you touch on and value them precisely because they are things I would not have come up with by my usual ways of thinking. Bring it on!"
-- Phyllis Capanna

Attention Taurus Sun, Rising and Moon folks: Have you listened to this short audio sample of your 2017 Taurus Birthday Reading yet? How about this other sample? The two astrology segments of your birthday reading are available for instant access (the tarot portion will follow along shortly), and you can get it all for only $24.24.

Recorded at the Taurus New Moon, Eric covers recent big events in your chart such as Venus retrograde; how Mars in Gemini relates to reconciling your innermost values and needs with those of people you relate to; the way that your professional ambitions are being energized by Saturn on the Galactic Core -- and more. You also get access to last year's reading, and an extended sign description. In all, your Taurus Birthday Reading is as close to a personal reading from Eric as you can get, at a fraction of the cost.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- The Sun in your birth sign is making a trine to Pluto and Juno, which is providing an opening to resolve a partnership issue. Yet this will only work if everyone is upfront about what they want and what they expect from others. To this discussion, make sure you bring everything that you're willing to offer. This simply must be a two-sided process, based on give and receive rather than give and take. You can be bold about your plans and your agenda, but make sure that you leave yourself the mental space to be flexible. It would be easiest overall if you started from that position and took a go-with-the-flow attitude, rather than pushing the river or trying to control events. You have much more in common with a close partner or love interest than you think -- it's a matter of discovering the particulars.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- There's a commonly held view that it's OK to do anything necessary to succeed or win the game. You may take that approach this week, and it may work for a while. You would be wise to dial it back and never go into "the ends justify the means" thinking. The means -- the way you do things, and any unintended consequences that result -- will actually make a difference. You might focus on your process rather than your outcome. You'll know you're succeeding at this when you're carefully assessing any and all consequences to yourself and to others, whether intended or not. You can find a creative solution or approach to any puzzle, problem or project, and you can do so without hurting anyone or anything. If you put that boundary in place, and proceed with restraint and full awareness, you will be even more brilliant and clever than usual.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- This will be a marvelous week for your creative imagination. Yet like anyone in an exalted creative state, you may also be feeling a little edgy, with questions about what's real and what is not. Remember that your own mind is the one thing that's creating your perception of the universe. So you want to take care of your mind, which means giving yourself room to think. When you have a lot going on, and you clearly do, it's essential to pace yourself. Allocate enough time for your projects, which includes time for eating and rest. Leave room for space between your thoughts, and time for recreation -- no matter how much you have going on. You're likely to feel like you're under some extreme pressure, though this is false, and you must address that consciously. When you're trying to get a lot done and do it really well, efficiency is the key.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- There's a new energy in your life these days, which is guiding you to be especially devoted and potentially self-sacrificing. Go lavishly on the devotion part and sparingly on the sacrifice part. The new planetary influence is Vesta, the goddess of the hearth. Vesta is the perfect fusion of a spiritual influence and a practical one, and they work approximately the same way. Holding intention in the style of Vesta is about making space for something to happen. This includes emotional and physical space. If you want something to happen, clear out the room and make yourself available. With Vesta there's one other thing, which is about having a central organizing principle. Think of this as the hearth in the middle of the home, around which all the other rooms are arranged. Again, we're talking about something on the psychic or emotional level, and something in real space and time.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- Continue to take special care both with people in authority, and with how you handle money -- especially through any form of shared or community account. Mercury retrograde may have ended, though it's still working itself out, and that must be handled with care. You need all the relevant information before you make any decisions -- and two factors are influencing that. Mercury conjunct Uranus is saying that you still have one or two surprise discoveries to make. And Mars in your house of accountability and reputation is square Neptune. That's saying that you will need to take extra steps to discern what's true (and who is telling the truth), and this will take some time. On any matter of real importance, set at least a one-week schedule to get the information you need and then make the appropriate decisions. If you guess or act too soon, your chances are lower than 50/50 of getting it right. A week from today, you'll be closer to 90% accurate.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- Even though you prefer to think things through impeccably and have all the loose ends tied up, this week give partners and loved ones plenty of room to be flaky. People around you are in "jump-in-now, figure-it-out-later" mode. There's really no stopping them and they can't help themselves, so you'll need to be the one who takes up the slack and handles the overflow of logistical issues that might arise. Plan for things to go slightly over budget and run late, so take some extra money and be the one who herds people out the door and in the direction of the destination with some extra time to spare. This may be annoying but at least you're not lonely. There are plenty of people around to keep you on your toes and solving problems before you even know about them. Amidst the confusion, you can set the social agenda. Pick out what you want to do and guide things in that direction.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- Yours is the sign of sex, and for about five different reasons, all the best sex astrology keeps coming your way. Events this week blend fantasy and reality. There's a feeling of dive in and see whatever happens. This will work for art as well, though I would recommend staying away from dangerous sports unless you know what you're doing and are unencumbered by newcomers to the activity. Whatever you do, keep the use of intoxicating substances down to a minimum. Mars square Neptune is the living incarnation of temptation. You may be inclined to indulge more than usual, which is fine, as long as you're mindful of your boundaries, including when driving, in sensitive relational situations and anything involving money. Go out of your way to be fair and accommodating, and if you have an issue, be gentle in how you approach it -- or set it aside for next week.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- You must be honest with yourself before you can expect others to be honest with you. After all, you set the standards of your own life. One particular relationship may be playing on your insecurities, leading you to wonder whether someone you care about is on the up and up. Set any fears aside and presume the best in people, if you care about them. Mars, the planet of desire and motivation, is now making a long square aspect to Neptune, which is going to exaggerate your fears and suspicions, and the chances are that they are entirely unfounded. If you must handle any deeply personal questions, do so in a way that does not seem judgmental, accusatory or untrusting. Put your emphasis on having fun, which may turn out to be bolder than what you usually do for recreation.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- You have no special need for any form of a relationship other than one where you have fun and also that serves some practical purposes. In other words, skip the part about official status, appearances and the religious formalities. Stick to love and friendship, and that's what you'll get. You seem to be in a lengthy process of re-evaluating many of these questions, and when you get to the end of it, you may decide that it was all much ado about nothing. You need companionship, not status. You need friendship, not image. And you need most of all people who respect your home, which is your sanctuary. You've had enough samples of the opposite of all of those things that, by now, you already know where you stand with yourself. The views of others matter far less than you may think, but only if you agree to that.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- You seem to be driven by either a creative project or a new love interest. Despite your passion, you might want to back off and burn your fuel a little more slowly and efficiently. That means going easy on spending, relying on the old-fashioned virtues of using what you have, eating some meals at home, and doing the more fulfilling kinds of recreation rather than what in today's world passes for entertainment. An artistic project could be of high interest, and it would be the perfect space to explore a friendship or to spend time with kids. If you're involved in any kind of professional (or serious amateur) creative endeavor, this will be a fulfilling week, rich with ideas and surprising new ways of looking at the world. Unplug your television and throw your favorite shawl over the thing.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You may be feeling all kinds of restless, like you want to pounce on everything you haven't finished in the past month all at once. Take your time with that. Slow and steady will get the job done, and you can afford to bide your time even on what seem like pressing matters. Some things you've identified as problems are well on the way to resolving themselves. Other things will benefit from still-forthcoming information that will reveal the underlying simplicity of the situation. The things to focus on are your larger and longer-range goals. You need to be setting your sights high right now, as you're still under the influence of aspects that can indeed make you known for what you do. Yet this is a function of Saturn in your solar 10th house, which is to say, you must do the specific work of that area: building reputation, integrity and creative strength in the perfect braid.

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