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Small Meets Large: A Week of Culmination

Dear Friend and Reader:

The theme of this week is about intimate inner planets (Venus, Mars and Mercury) encountering slow-moving mighty outer planets (Saturn, Chiron, Neptune and Eris).

Even when just one of the local, personal planets (such as Venus) encounters one of the "gods of change" (as they're sometimes called), it's noticeable, and there can be a personal revelation: a limit reached, a phase begun, a decision made, a turning point arrived at.

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Fractals by Barbara Lane.
From Sunday, through the Memorial Day (U.S.) holiday and well into the week, this happens dependably and repeatedly, so you can expect actual movement in the human realm: lots of shuffling, feelings expressed, people to respond to, and resolving to finally do what you want to do.

Then soon after, Mercury, Venus and Mars all change signs. In the most personal realms of life, there are finally some changes coming, and how you handle them can shape your experience of the next few weeks.

You or others might be feeling internal pressure, impatience, or resolve to finally make some progress, try something new, or even conduct a wild experiment or two. The most important thing is that you not assume everything is done moving and shaking; we're in the midst of a long series of shifts that persists for nearly two weeks.

Consider this pattern.

Today into Monday Mars opposes Saturn, which looks like reaching an outer limit. Mars is still approaching a square to Chiron and opposition to Pholus that peaks Friday, June 2. This looks like the limit is discovered to be internal, and then there's a release point. While Chiron and Pholus are not physically large, they are potent on the level of Saturn.

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Fractals by Barbara Lane.
Also Sunday, Mercury is square Neptune, making it difficult to sense what's actually true, or decide what you actually believe. While this aspect is now separating (it was exact earlier in the day), Neptune has the widest orb of influence of all the planets, and will be influential through midweek.

Finally, Venus is about to move through the Uranus-Eris conjunction -- this is radical. Venus is now in Aries, and on Tuesday, May 30, makes an exact conjunction to Eris; then Saturday, June 3, it makes a conjunction to Uranus. Distinctly physical Venus is already in bold and assertive form in Aries, and is about to encounter the wild and unpredictable Uranus-Eris conjunction (more mental than physical).

One way to look at this whole pattern is that your feelings are being modified by your environment and your relationships. Another way to see it is that your feelings are encountering powerful forces within your psyche, and that your own growth process is driving you to change and become.

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Fractals by Barbara Lane.
One aspect pattern describes this beautifully. Today, Mars is opposite Saturn, which can come with a sense of finally having reached a limit, such as being done with trying to convince someone of something (to change or change their opinion, to feel you, or something like that).

Mars then moves into a square with Chiron, revealing an internal struggle to change, to let go, or to let yourself have fun. Mars square Chiron can describe needing to be "forced" into what you already want to do.

At the same time, Mars is opposite Pholus, which is about a sudden and potentially total release: once you figure out that your resistance is about you, letting go of that resistance is a lot easier.

I'll have much more on Tuesday's Planet Waves FM, featuring Faithless.

with love,

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Dear Friend of Planet Waves:

At last, INVOLUTION: The Revolution is Within is ready. This is the late spring into midsummer reading from Planet Waves. I've spent the past month developing and recording extended video readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs.

We're holding the pre-order price through the weekend; you may get all 12 signs here, or single-serving access here.

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Go figure! A reading where you actually can understand what the astrologer is talking about. This preview is from the Taurus video. See video samples here for each of the signs.
I'm one of a rare few astrologers who can read for you without needing the natal chart, and without resorting to fake "custom readings" that are assembled out of a database.

These are actual, coherent, beautifully flowing readings that speak directly to you

I'm watching video samples of the readings for the first time -- I have not seen any playback.

They are fun!

They offer down-to-Earth, easy to follow ideas based on the astrology and how it influences you. I cover the most relevant topics: love and sex, wellbeing, creativity and work. Exploring in an integrated way, with one topic related to another, these readings reflect the interwoven quality of your actual life, rather than in theory.

The readings factor in all of the astrology of late spring into midsummer, culminating with the Great American Eclipse of Aug. 21 [read Planet Waves coverage here]. I describe how that eclipse influences you: where it opens up the greatest potential to make changes, which is different for everyone.

Each reading gets a written preview; those are listed below. We've also prepared a video preview, sampling a few minutes from each sign, which will give you an idea of the subject matter.

You'll want to see several of these -- and you can share them with your inner circle of people, so it's "one purchase per household." Rather than adding on more readings, you can get all 12 for less than the price of four.

Planet Waves is about Astrology for the People. Because we make our work available to many people, the cost factor is reduced, and you get much more for your well-earned money.

More than that, I'm mindful of your time: these readings make every minute count, and are focused on you making the best use of your precious creativity, time and energy.

Thank you for trusting me as your astrologer.

With love,

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Written Previews
Before I recorded each reading, I wrote a preview that served as a general outline and someplace to focus the theme. You may read any or all of the 12 signs below.

ARIES Preview | TAURUS Preview | GEMINI Preview | CANCER Preview | LEO Preview
VIRGO Preview | LIBRA Preview | SCORPIO Preview | SAGITTARIUS Preview
CAPRICORN Preview | AQUARIUS Preview | PISCES Preview
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Eric Francis Presents: Business, Finance and Astrology

Dear Friend of Planet Waves:

On Saturday, June 3, I'll be offering my first-ever class on business, finance and money. This is a wide subject; I'm planning to focus on understanding the most basic dynamics of personal cash flow, accessing your personal resources and connecting your creativity to money.

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Eric Francis. Photo by Jeff Bisti.
In a half-day class, we'll be able to define the main subjects, see how they relate to the chart structure, and then do some personal cases. This will be a strong beginning, and if you start reading from a strong premise, you will get a better result.

Bear in mind how emotionally charged the money issue is. It relates to our parents and to the values of our families; it's intertwined in relationships; and it's connected to self-esteem. We will focus on some of these emotional and psychological aspects of money as well, using both example charts and the charts of students in the class.

As for my background: I've been in business on my own since 1989, mostly in publishing and consulting. I've also worked with many, many hundreds of clients since 1995 on everything from planning the charts of business inceptions, to negotiating financial settlements, to seeking raises and promotions.

As a Planet Waves member, you get a special discount on this class. Thank you for trusting me as your astrology teacher, and for participating in Planet Waves.

With love,

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  • Class takes place Saturday, June 3 at noon ET (East Coast), 9 am PT (West Coast), 5 pm BST (London), 6 pm CED (Paris).
  • The class will be taught as a live teleconference, and recorded for future review.
  • This is a participation class; it's more effective and more fun with more participation.
  • You can call in by phone or Skype, or listen online. However, you will need to be at a computer, not merely on a phone or device, for full benefit, since you need to have the class materials in front of you big enough to see.
Here's what some of my students have said about my teaching:
"Eric never loses sight of the whole person. This is incredibly rare with skilled astrologers in practice and to be able to deliver this to people in class is no easy feat. His is a truly holistic approach and what he delivers is truly one of a kind -- something born of a moment that is as true in that moment as it is later on."
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Your Monthly Horoscopes -- and our Publishing Schedule Notes

We published your extended monthly horoscopes for June on Thursday, May 25. Your extended monthly horoscopes for May were published on Thursday, April 20. We published your Moonshine horoscope for the Scorpio Full Moon on Thursday, May 11. 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 29, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- Avoid verbal confrontations this week, as Mars faces off with Saturn. Even logic is unlikely to be persuasive, as anyone you want to convince of something is likely to be coming from a place of intellectual or religious authority, unconcerned about the annoying facts. Since this may be one of those scenarios where the truth seems irrelevant, and where things could easily get out of hand, you might take a different approach. Perhaps focus on your own mental and emotional process. You seem to be stuck on an issue, which feels like a point of integrity; for example, you want to do the right thing, and you have to be strong. You might feel like it's appropriate to deny yourself something, though it's worth questioning whether you've got another motive, or are just being stubborn. For maximum results, focus your self-inquiry on the emotional level: what you feel rather than what you think.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- You may find yourself mystified by your own thoughts and feelings this week, as if you've suddenly become another person. Your chart looks like you've suddenly decided to allow yourself to want all the things you've forbidden yourself, and committed to nothing short of total personal revolution. Actually, what you learn over the next few days could be enough to liberate you from certain self-concepts that have become far too restrictive. There's nothing so radical about this; you've needed to loosen up your rules of personal conduct for a while. You're unlikely to become an anarchist or run naked through the streets. You are indeed more likely to state openly what you want, and to indulge some desires that you've been keeping on hold for a while. As the Rocky Horror Picture Show so eloquently puts it, "Don't dream it, be it."
Gemini Birthdays, Gemini Rising:
Set Your New Moon Intentions with Your 2017 Reading
"2017 Birthday Reading was expansive and mind-blowing, and absolutely on the money in everything. You helped me immeasurably as I change and change and grow, and change some more. What a time!"
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Dear Friend and Reader:

We recently experienced the Gemini New Moon: the Sun and Moon merging in your sign. It represents the ability to reconcile different forms of awareness, different viewpoints -- even the 'two different people' you may feel that you are.

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Do your inner twins usually get along? Or do you find yourself often at odds with yourself?

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When you pre-order your 2017 Gemini Birthday Reading, not only do you lock in the lowest price we offer -- you set the intention to begin your year with full, focused, integrated consciousness. With all that's going on in the world around you, that's a bold and empowering step.

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P.S. You can also take advantage of the discounted price when you pre-order the 2017 Gemini Birthday Reading as a gift -- for anyone with a Gemini Sun, rising sign or Moon.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- There's a theory of personality that says the only way we learn who we are is through conflict. Mostly that means the social bump and grind that comes from asserting who you are and what you want. Currently society is set on hair-trigger when it comes to expressing any desire that can't be fulfilled by shoving a credit card into a chip reader. Yet you seem determined to express what you want, and since that's the case, be prepared to ruffle a few feathers and get the chickens squawking. Whether you get what you want or not, what you learn will provide you with some valuable information about yourself. And please, don't let anyone's response wear down your self-confidence. Rather, be emboldened. There's plenty of room for you on the planet. Everyone can squish over a little.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- You may be wondering what's irritating you, or why you're so nervous. You may also be feeling like finally your fears are not just under control but have been rendered irrelevant by the self-confidence that you can handle anything. Yet be aware you may be feeling a mix of both emotions, as if you're walking between two worlds. Whatever you have going on, remember that tracking your state of mind will be essential to your success. That means understanding your feelings and your motives, in a way that's not usually done. Humans rarely care to understand why they might be feeling something (as if the question is impossible to answer), and just about everyone feels that whatever motive they have, it must be pure. You, however, need the details. That means observing yourself carefully, and taking action only when you have an actual grasp on why you're doing so.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- Be mindful of engaging in public controversies this week. Before you weigh in, you'd be wise to assess the energy you would expend, and the potential damage to your reputation. If you're going to speak up about something, you might start behind the scenes, asking people what they're thinking, and engaging them in a dialog. One potential risk is that you don't know where the loudest voices in the room are actually coming from. The thing to look for is financial motivation, particularly as it might impact you. While you're at it, make sure you account for your own motives where money is concerned, and decide how that would look, were it to enter the discussion. The overall planetary setup is calling for everyone to have a little more integrity. Don't get any mud on your clothes.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- You have options, or at least an out; that's the important thing to remember. It'll be easy to forget, and you would benefit from continual mindfulness of your many possible choices. As for the scenario: Mars, slowly making its way across the career and reputation angle of your solar chart, describes you aspiring to some of your most cherished goals, and in a good position to take charge of things. Yet it looks like you might encounter some resistance any way you turn. That calls for taking careful steps, and understanding where people are coming from, as best as you can discern that. Make sure you set aside personal aspirations or your drive for success, for the moment, and understand what people mean when they speak. And if they have not said much, ask them what's going on.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- This will be an interesting week in your intimate relationships, and you can have fun with that. The thing not to expect is everyone acting in the same old fashion as usual, which is boring anyway. Your solar chart looks like you and a partner are taking a ride on an atomic collider, the better to see what new elements you can form. Through the week, the planetary pattern describes the potential to expand the discussion of relationships to include any and all possibilities. Yes, this is a rare, momentary opening that might allow into your awareness ideas that are usually too controversial or frightening to consider. You have nothing to lose by having any conversation that comes up -- especially if you or someone you love feels backed into a corner. Just try to come out of the corner first, make tea, and sit down at the kitchen table.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- This looks like the week when you can settle a long discussion that has veered into finances, agreements and sexual tendencies -- and there is a possibility for things to get out of hand. The first question to ask yourself is, do you value your current situation, and if so, why? If you say you love, what exactly do you love? If you're in a relationship where you share a home and finances, what is the common ground between you? If you find yourself coming up short, you might set aside the prior discussion and begin with that point. If you can identify values that you share with your partners, or organizations you're involved with, then work from those values as the reality you share. Harmonious relationships, even between very different people, must be rooted in common ground.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- This is the week to practice not taking things personally. That's much, much easier said than done, but consider this: that which is not meant for you is not personal. Just because something seems directed at you does not make it personal. Thankfully you have the Sagittarian power to stand back and let the sparks fly all around you. If you stay primarily in observer mode, you will learn much about people's true colors, and what they're made of on the inside. If you find yourself in a discussion with an intimate partner, do your best to be soft, flexible and open-minded, and actually listen until you have an idea how they perceive reality, including how they perceive you. Do your best not to act in a way that's parental, officious or pompous. Assume, for the moment, that they're right.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- Events this week will help you discover, and challenge, your hidden beliefs. It's good to know what those are; if you have some concept of reality that's running your show, it's best to be able to state it out loud, though that's pretty unusual. You might discover, though, that people are holding you accountable for ideas you didn't even know you had. Before you agree or disagree with anyone's position, check in and see if that belief or value actually exists. This will take some self-awareness, which is what your life is all about these days. Your environment will provide clues. Make sure you take a wide view of the world around you, and see what you observe in its many contexts. Said another way, look around at the world and withhold judgment long enough to see the diversity of viewpoints -- and figure out what you really believe.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Any truly creative process must in some way challenge prevailing public opinion. Otherwise, what's so creative about it? Seen on an individual level, when you come up with an idea -- something happening a lot lately -- you must, in that process, challenge something within yourself. Take up that approach boldly. Notice where your newer ideas seem to conflict with your older ones; then notice the way that you challenge the dominant view of the people around you. There's only so much you're capable of conforming to the views of others, though if you're going to break consensus, it helps to do so in an intelligent and thoughtful way. What you may need is time in the privacy of your own room, studio or mind, or writing in a café you don't usually frequent, where you can say, think and feel anything you want -- without regard for the responses that others might have.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- The intensity of this week's planetary setup could have you feeling like you're under some unusual pressure, though most of it is coming from inside you. You've been in building mode all year, with Saturn moving across the top of your solar chart, making aspects to Chiron in your sign. Everything you accomplish in the outer world is connected to some growth experience in your inner reality. Every time you make a self-discovery, you seem to connect that to something you want to do or express in the world around you. It's just that at the moment, with Mars and the Sun moving through an ultra-sensitive angle of your chart, you're feeling restless. You're probably also feeling confined by what you're doing. Mars is urging you to bust out in some way. So find a creative way to do that, preferably with a physical component; it just has to be something more interesting than the gym.

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