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Venus, Jupiter, and a Finnish Love and Fertility Goddess

Dear Friend and Reader:

We're heading into another unusual week; no shortage of those lately, though the next few days have some special distinctions. These are the last days before the Scorpio New Moon, exact at 6:42 am EST on Saturday, Nov. 18. But that's not what has our attention: an alignment on Monday morning does.

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"Mystery Woman" by Charlie Lemay.
As you know, Jupiter is newly in Scorpio, having arrived in early October. It'll be there into November 2018. Jupiter takes about one year to cover a sign. Jupiter in Scorpio is the first of many upcoming sign changes of slower-moving planets, which we introduced in the article that accompanied the monthly horoscope.

Monday brings one of the first major events of the Jupiter in Scorpio era: Venus and Jupiter will make a conjunction: they will be in the same little slice of the sky.

Though both are visible planets, they're too close to the Sun to see; though it would be a beautiful sight, if you could. When you witness a nearby planet align with a more distant planet, you get a sense of perspective and scale of our solar system that's visual (therefore physical) rather than conceptual. For now, we'll need to use our imaginations.

Jupiter entering Scorpio has put a magnifying glass to the issue of sexuality; so far, mostly in the form of misconduct. Jupiter magnifies whatever it touches. Scorpio is the core sign of sex; from ancient astrology it represents the genitals; it describes the sex-mortality-DNA nexus; it represents the ultimate depth of emotional desire. It's also potentially sex as a manifestation of power -- and of commerce.

Nine months ago, on Jan. 21, we had a whole lot of women show up to protests around the country, speaking out against our nascent, pussy-grabbing president. Millions wore pink kitty-cat-ear hats, chanting slogans. Happening one day after the inauguration, this was a powerful statement.

Today we are having a bloodbath, and it ain't menstrual blood. The list of male celebrities whose heads have rolled this year is impressive, ranging from those at the very top of Fox News to many previously well-respected entertainers. Yet it wasn't until Jupiter entered Scorpio one month ago that the story picked up momentum, with Harvey Weinstein moving from his role of executive producer to top star. Now it's a full-on social movement.

When Venus makes a conjunction to Jupiter Monday, we have a symbol for something female emerging or transforming in a new way. Venus ingressed Scorpio only last week, so this is a developing story. The two classical benefic planets forming a conjunction is good news, particularly in a sign associated with that intriguing thing known as sex. Keep that in mind through all of these discussions: in the United States, we currently define sex as a perpetrator-victim encounter. This can percolate to the most intimate nuances of our lives. And it's well-described in Venus conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio: the mythological Jupiter's sexual conduct spanned the range from womanizer to rapist.

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"Beyond" by Charlie Lemay.
However, that's not the only interpretation of this aspect. Maybe we can come up with a definition of sex where everyone shows up willingly, and has a good time.

What's so interesting about this alignment is that Venus and Jupiter form a conjunction opposite a point called Lempo. Discovered in 1999, Lempo was named only last month (these things can take a while). Its namesake is a Finnish goddess whose province (so far as we can tell at this time) was fire, fertility and erotic love, who was recast as a demon by the Christians.

We here in the mythology department of Planet Waves have heard this kind of thing a few times before: for one, those pesky Christians are always trying to get between people when they are in bed. One need look no further than our current Vice President and "Mother" for an extreme example.

Lempo is in Taurus now, and both oversexed Jupiter and sex goddess Venus (the Roman equivalent of Aphrodite) will be conjunct in the sign of sex, opposite a fertility goddess who was deemed devilish by some misogynist, devilish priests. This could be an interesting party, or a moment of awakening.

Add to that a square from Okyrhoe, the daughter of Chiron and Chariklo, herself a kind of prophetess and seer, and another centaur (a Saturn-crosser), Thereus, which has a lot to do with bears. They are making a grand-cross, made mostly of very slow movers. It's taken a while to form; and now, with the addition of Venus and Jupiter, it's all there.

But bears? Chiron pioneer Zane Stein writes of Thereus, "Bears are seen as symbols of the warrior. Many tribal hunters cloaked themselves in bearskins in hopes that it would give them the ability and courage of the great hunter who once lived within the skin. Later on, you can find tales of quite a few Catholic saints who tamed wild bears and got them to do their bidding."

OK, so what if we let the fertility goddess be who she is, and stop making the bears dance around for us, or conceal our intentions? What if we take this opportunity to claim some positive notion of sexuality? Currently I am hosting a discussion on Facebook on the theme of what do you consider appropriate sexual conduct? Most people have strong opinions about what is wrong, and less strong opinions about what might be right.

We're trying to have this conversation in a time when the sexual dialog, outside of a scandal, is next to nonexistent. Most people are absolutely not conversant in even the most basic rudiments of sex -- such as negotiating pregnancy prevention or safer sex choices. We're trying to have this discussion when exceedingly few people have a clear yes and a clear no, and where consent to engage in sex is rarely ever given even under seemingly ideal circumstances. Most sex happens drunk, even among the supposedly "mature" and well-heeled.

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"Shangri-La" by Charlie Lemay.
We need some new possibilities. For example, the potential for hearing someone's expression of desire simply as a reflection of their own self, without you feeling any sense of obligation to meet it or take it on. We need affirmation of a person's value beyond their perceived "sexual worth." We need to understand that a person seeing someone else as sexually attractive does not mean that's all they see. It's not necessarily an insult.

In the midst of this all, Juno -- the asteroid of jilted marriage partners (Juno is the wife of Jupiter), and of jealousy, scorekeeping and what Martha Lang-Wescott describes as "the bone of contention" in relationships -- is conjunct Pluto. Whatever touches Pluto is transformed.

That sounds like an evolutionary step for marriage itself, or at least it points to something about relationships operating in the background. The "institution of marriage" is certainly no longer much of an institute, but it has a lot of problems, most of them the gift of (again) the Christian movement. We forget that marriage is mainly a property right where women are claimed as chattel by men.

How about this in interpretation of Juno conjunct Pluto: evolve your relationship parameters. Update your relationship agendas. Double-check that your relationship 'needs' are not really 'wants', and vice versa -- and see how shifting your wording shifts your perceptions and expectations in a relationship.

For sure, it looks like this astrology is saying we can go a lot deeper than we have in unearthing what's gotten stuck in our relationship paradigms.

A lot has gotten toxic in that realm. We need to let it die out, flush it out (per Scorpio and Pluto), and hold space for something better to evolve.

Today out of the blue, I (Eric) received this message from an old lover: "I'm ruining all the relationships I get in because of jealousy and control issues I have. I know the source (I'm pretty sure) is because I have a tendency to 'cheat', so I think everyone else does too; and because my child's dad was lying about a woman my whole pregnancy until he was 18 months, I was constantly in detective mode/fear/anxiety that I can't stop the pattern or move past the thinking. Ideas? Also been depressed and angry and slightly violent. This is all uncharacteristic of who I know I truly am -- and I feel stuck in it and don't know how to move past it and back to good."

This is what taking an evolutionary step looks like.

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"Anticipation" by Charlie Lemay.
Some people are still in the space of needing to claim their victimhood and understand that the trauma they experienced is not "their fault." That's OK. Other people are in or moving into the place where they can own their healing and invest in it and hold space for others to heal from the same kind of pain. And that's great.

Yet still others are moving into a place where they've gone through those processes and can now hold space for perpetrators and their pain. And that's also necessary -- but it does not make those people superior to the ones who are only now claiming their voices as victims; and it does not make them superior to the ones who have worked on healing and are focused on naming names and supporting other victims.

And the victims and the advocates are not "superior" to, or more aware than, the people who can say, "That perpetrator is also suffering pain and everyone needs healing."

It's an uncomfortable continuum to stretch out across, for anyone who's at one of the extremes. We have to go beyond empathy for a perpetrator being seen as an endorsement; it's not.

As for that positive model of sexual expression, do you know what works for you? What makes sex worthwhile for you? Can you articulate it? Can you ask for what you want, and can you even describe it? And while society is busy casting stones, have you assessed your own conduct? Do you feel that you've always been perfectly appropriate at all times?

Being able to say these things to yourself, or out loud, is one of the first necessary steps to get out of the victim-perpetrator framework. We have a chance now to shift the conversation. We are in a rare teaching and learning moment. We may yet do it. The odds are stacked against that possibility. People tend to revert to familiar patterns, even when they hate them. But really, the silence around desire, sex and sexual misconduct has gone too far; it's created a sexual famine for many people.

It's about time that ended and something new began.

With love,

Go Lempo Yourself!
by Amy Elliott

It's always exciting to learn about a newly named minor planet. Each one is a fresh fabric in the rich tapestry of archetypes we work with, which is constantly unveiling new layers of complexity.

The object in question is (47171) Lempo, a plutino first discovered on Oct. 1, 1999, but only given its permanent moniker last month. A "plutino" is a small, usually icy body, close to the orbit of Pluto. The name chosen was of a Finnish fire and fertility goddess. Not being familiar with Finnish mythology, I was eager to find out more.

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Fire Woman. Photo by LadyDragonflyCC.
It would seem, unfortunately, there's not an awful lot left to find. Lempo appears to have been a fire deity, in the style of the Celtic goddess Brigid; the people who encountered her became the "people of fire" after she brought them bread, iron and love. The description on this YouTube link hints rather delightfully that she presided more over romantic encounters than procreation, and that this emphasis was unique to Finnish folklore.

If that's true, what happened next will probably be no surprise: after Christians invaded Finland in the early 13th century, Lempo became identified with the devil; her gender became clouded in obscurity (because after all, how can a woman be so fiery and strong?) and her name is now a mild swear word in Finnish; along with that of one of her helpers, Hiisi. For clues to her real nature, we are apparently left with the remnants of stories.

This problem with Christianization (which usually happened at the point of a sword; so much for peace and goodwill) recurs in the history of local deities many, many times over, and is deeply frustrating to say the least. It's maddening to think of all the knowledge that's been lost, all the little variations in ideas and practices, all the fragments of wisdom that could be so valuable in helping to form a more complete picture.

It's infuriating beyond belief to consider that there are people who still think using their own creed to trample on divergent views is nothing more than the sacred word of their god. (Interestingly, the Sabian symbol of Lempo's discovery degree, 26 Pisces, talks of the importance of acknowledging differences, and of the "fallacy of totalitarianism." Quite.)

None of the astronomers we contacted knew exactly where the naming idea originated; this has happened before with minor planets, and I can't help wondering whether, amid widespread social change and the impending dearth of Christianity's chokehold over the Western world, the old gods are now making a bid to be seen and heard.

Perhaps their time has finally come. Perhaps, in the new, diverse world we are slowly constructing, we actually need them, and all that they can teach us.

Growth Is Inevitable. Becoming Is an Art Form.

Dear Friend of Planet Waves:

Here's the thing: Life goes on. No matter how crazy the world is, we who are alive must keep on living. And that means we must keep growing and becoming.

The more chaotic the world becomes, the more we need a tool that can help us spot the patterns in the chaos -- and that would be astrology. I have long considered astrology just one resource among many potentially useful ones, though with each passing day, the gift of pattern recognition, and how these patterns relate to our lives, is a service that astrology is uniquely suited to provide.

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I have begun preparing THE ART OF BECOMING, the 20th annual edition of Planet Waves. This letter will tell you more about the project, which, if all goes reasonably well, will be delivered during the month of January.

Brief note on pricing policy: we offer the best price for those who purchase sooner. The current price point is $99; this will be increased again soon to the final pre-order price of $111.

My annual readings provide not only insight but spiritual and psychological leverage.

I am not here to predict the future, but rather to help you design your future. The project began as an extended January monthly horoscope; it's now more like an astrological novel, written with the pacing and detail of well-crafted fiction writing.

My focus is on love and work: your relationship to yourself, followed by your relationship to others; your professional activities, financial matters and tapping your creativity.

In the end, I consider myself a motivational presenter. I see my job as helping you get excited about your own potential, and describing the specific ways you can manifest your desires into reality.

In the next section, I will describe some of the transits I'll be writing about in THE ART OF BECOMING. I present these events in human language, using technical terms only as necessary -- and explaining everything as I go. As a journalist, I write to be understood.

This is astrology written for humans, in human language, using concrete examples and images.

Your Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

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Monday Morning Horoscope for Nov. 13, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- Much depends on your ability to remain calm and centered. To the extent you may fancy yourself a provocateur, dial that back, and keep your mind in observation mode. Do your best to move in a predictable rather than erratic way. Take care of yourself rather than expecting others to do so and, at the same time, offer your support where you see that it's called for, without needing to be asked. Take a benevolent view of people: see them as friends or allies until they demonstrate otherwise. Powerful forces are at work this week. Many things that seemed dormant will spring to life. Elements that seemed separate or disjointed will emerge as part of the same picture. It may not be clear where exactly you fit into the scenario that emerges, though you will benefit from studying the landscape, particularly the human aspects. This will provide information about what to do, and when to do it, assuming you need to do anything at all.
"Self-awareness, both of your thoughts and of your conduct, is your most powerful tool to influence your experience of growth into the new forms that you are. This includes reaching deep enough into yourself that you make some contact with the aspect of you that is timeless and changeless."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- You may be the beneficiary of someone else's good fortune. If so, be a contributor rather than a consumer. Here's a metaphor that may help. Imagine that someone marries into money. It's preferable if they take a stewardship approach to that fortune rather than setting about spending it. Make decisions, even small ones, in collaboration with close partners; and use your steel-trap mind to ferret out any weaknesses in the plan. That might include factual errors, mathematical errors, misstatements, and ungrounded expectations. Persist in this longer than you'd think is necessary, at least through the entire week, until you're satisfied you've plucked out most of the relevant errors -- and if you don't find any, you're not looking carefully enough. It's true you may have made a contribution to whatever it is that develops. You are always an instrumental person. Yet be certain to make sure those who did most of the work get most of the appreciation.
"There is a genuine skill in creative mastery that involves standing back from judging what you've created. You might listen to what other people say; you might work until what you're doing feels good; you might take a swashbuckling attitude and not care; you might trust the fact that you always strive to do better (or any of these at the right moment)."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- Take nothing for granted this week. Accept no statements at face value, even from people you trust. This is not about being suspicious of anyone or anything. Rather, it's about maintaining your awareness in a world where there is so much disinformation flying around, and so many agendas are at work. Remind yourself that believing is seeing (not the other way around). Then, be certain to size up what you believe, and why. One thing to be careful of is projecting your own motives, your own ideas of integrity, and your notion of being a good person, onto others. Where any form of power or influence are at stake, that's where to be especially cautious of projection and belief infiltrating your thoughts. Find out from people in authority what they specifically want, and expect of you. When communicating with colleagues or people who work for you, be clear about your expectations, and ask them what they perceive your role to be. Then, amazing things are possible.
"You're the one who has to negotiate between your potential and what you do with it. This is an active, everyday challenge being a Gemini. The world can seem so much bigger than you are, and in one way it is -- but your mind is the thing that encompasses the world, all the world's people and all your experiences there."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- This is a week to take careful notes. Keep records of what you say, what you do, what you commit to, and what others commit to, especially where work-related projects are involved. This may seem odd, or over-protective of yourself; though this data will come in handy, if for no other reason than to remind you what you've got going on, in a moment when you might be inclined to forget. You'll also inevitably collect some interesting ideas for what to do going forward -- ideas you might have missed entirely had you not been involved in your note-taking process. I'm an advocate for paper and pens (or pencils) rather than typing on little screens, though digital files are better than nothing at all. It's just that you'll be more creative and more inclined to remember what you're thinking if you use physical paper. Speaking of digital, be doubly cautious about hitting the "send" or "post" buttons. Stop and think once, twice and (after pausing) thrice.
"Notice your true feelings for people and make peace with the fact that you feel that way. You may have had a habit of resisting intimacy, and now you have little choice but to yield and open up to allowing others to touch your soul. In this way, you will come to the direct experience of growing into the soul dimension of your life."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- Monitor your emotional state carefully this week. Track your response to your environment, such as how you feel the moment you walk into a room. If you step into a restaurant and the air smells a bit off, that's a sign you probably should eat somewhere else. If you get a burst of inviting vibes, sit down and eat. Take that as a metaphor for life, and take charge of your environment, particularly your home: it's the perfect time to get your place ready for a season when you'll be spending more time indoors. You're also in a position to take some leadership with your household or family; astrology that will treat you kindly may be bringing on some stress for others. Pay attention to the wellbeing of close partners or your spouse; do what you can to provide some structure in areas such as food, rest and getting a little time off from work. You are respected, and you have a clue.
"Rather than thinking of yourself as the entity that holds all the planets in orbit, think of yourself as someone who grounds the Sun into the Earth. This is actually what you do in the physical and spiritual sense, and it grants you some relief from the much larger responsibility of providing all the power and all the gravity."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- What is the bone of contention in a relationship? That's the place to focus your efforts, though not at picking said bone, but understanding there's always something deeper. Start within yourself: if you feel hurt in any way, begin by assuming the cause is not the issue you think it is. Take some ownership and, first, consider your own vulnerability, your past history, and your own legacy of relationships. Consider what female role models taught you about how to relate to others, and what is supposedly expected of you. You may find your answer right there, without needing to analyze the feelings or actions of others. That said, you are ready for a new approach to relationships; your chart describes nothing less than an evolutionary moment in your approach to love and partnership. You may feel like you're giving it all up. All you will need to let go of is what does not serve you.
"There comes that time in any growth or improvement project where you have to ease back, have a glass of wine or even smoke a cigarette. Radical, I know. However, you're at a stage of your life where you must follow your own rules, and to do that, your rules must be practical and workable."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- You are in a rare and meaningful moment for understanding your relationship to money. Amidst much other activity, two most generous planets, Venus and Jupiter, align this week in Scorpio, your 2nd house. Jupiter has just arrived here to stay for a year, so this is a medium-range project now moving with full momentum. Yet a full map to the 2nd house reveals that there are four related themes which you might want to write down somewhere: one is your available cash; the second is your access to all other resources; next is your system of values and priorities; and last is your self-esteem. Study the relationship between these four cardinal points and you will start to see many places you can make progress, invest in yourself, feel better about yourself and, finally, discover resources you had no clue even existed. You have plenty -- something akin to a trust fund that nobody told you about, but which is waiting in your name, gathering interest.
"Rather than being a clear mirror, relationships can often feel like a house of smoke and mirrors. This is especially a concern due to the experience of projection: ascribing to others feelings that are actually your own. Anais Nin is credited with saying, 'We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are.'"

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.

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Dear Friend of Planet Waves:

Today, on the eve of Venus conjunct Jupiter, I did the astrology portions of the Scorpio reading. That reading is ready for instant access.

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While I was working this afternoon, I had a feeling I often get doing these readings: this is information I would want to know were I interested in astrology, if it was available. I would want to know about this, if only I had an astrologer I was fairly sure had a clue what was happening. [Listen to audio preview here.]

Over the next year or so, three critical planets will change signs: Saturn, Chiron and Uranus. (Chiron is often thought to be a morph of Saturn and Uranus, so that's pretty cool.) Saturn will ingress Capricorn at the end of the year, then next year, Chiron will enter Aries and Uranus will enter Taurus. Plus, several important minor planets will change signs.

What you get with my birthday (and annual) readings is astrology that's too complex to put into the horoscope column, but too personal to say much about in my articles. Using a very old technique called whole-sign houses, I am able to cast an actual chart and read that chart just like I would if you were sitting here.

For just $44, you get a reading that comes very close to a personal reading, containing much that a competent astrologer would say -- if they understood both the classical and modern astrology. This is the thing.

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So much of what's happening now compels an understanding of contemporary developments in astrology. A minor planet that was discovered in 1999, and named a few weeks ago, fills in a missing piece of the puzzle in the current astrology. You can read about that above.

This reading, and my approach to by-sign readings, fills in a vast middle ground in astrology: we have horoscope columns (most of them irrelevant), we have blogs and newsletters (most of them speculative) and we have "prepared reports," drawn from a database by your birthdate, which if you were lucky were written fewer than 15 years ago.

The reading I'm offering now was done today, based on research I've been doing with my team all week and weekend -- and supported by my decades of work, writing, research and presenting in the astrology field.

I've included a graphic of the chart so you can see how sophisticated my approach is. In my presentation, though, I am speaking directly to you, in everyday language. You won't need a Ph.D. in astrology to understand this: you just need to be curious about yourself. You may appreciate the fact that I am direct and honest about relationships, sexuality and the social constructs that influence them -- a topic of vast importance today, and of interest to you. I cover much more than that, however.

You will love and benefit from this reading, or you may have your money back.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- Last month, the great planet Jupiter arrived in your sign. A miniature solar system, with 69 known natural satellites, and more solid even than Saturn, is now the dominant influence in your life. This is good news, given that Scorpio has had so little help and support during the past five years or so, and many stressful turns of astrology (and therefore, of events). Monday, Venus makes a conjunction to Jupiter. This is better than drawing the Wish Card out of the tarot; it's a sign that you're finally able to access your inner resources. There may be help coming from outside as well, though that will become more apparent when you take advantage of what you already have going. Your personal resources and sense of abundance will draw more to you. One other bit: it's crucial that you not try to impress anyone, such as the public, or mommy/daddy figures of any shade, or the perfectionists and critics. They all have their own karma. You have yours.
"The self-esteem theme, described by the union of your 1st and 2nd houses, is the claiming back of your natural desire as a birthright. If you are in doubt about what you want, or if you consider it a potential moral affront, it's difficult to feel good about yourself. For you, taking possession of desire is integral to your respect of yourself."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- The theme of denial comes up this week, which puts you on notice to notice what you might be denying. The first thing to consider is yourself. Do you owe yourself anything? A good meal, a good time, a righteous decision, or remembering an important priority you set aside? There has to be something, and it's likely that when you make your list, and put it aside for a while, you'll remember the most important item last. Meanwhile, make a policy of taking account of what you know, and what you know to be true, and making sure you actually use that information. The biggest denial factor seems to relate to your own knowledge and awareness, as if you're being hypnotized by some mysterious force in your environment. Wake up! Pay attention! Draw yourself out of any form of wishful thinking. You don't need to dream, and you don't need anesthesia. Reality is better.
"The overwhelming message of this series of South Node eclipses is that you must get beyond your own past, and find the present. Finding the present means sorting out your emotional reality to the point where you understand what happened, and what it means -- and use it as a source of strength rather than of weakness."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- You may find yourself in the role of disruptor of social norms. Protocol is important; so is consciously breaking protocol and shaking things up a little. You can start with the expectations of your relationships. It would be disruptive enough to get those out onto the table, and inquire whether they matter, or why; it would be downright revolutionary to figure out where they came from, and question all other seeming information or influences that came from that same source. You have had enough of being the property of others. You have had enough of playing a role in your relationships. And you've had way more than enough of having to be silent when you know the difference between right and wrong. This is not about making a list of complaints. It's about starting with the single most important issue, problem or situation, and making it right. Once you start, you won't be able to stop.
"If you're worried about your reputation, this is merely another way of assigning power over yourself to others. You cannot control what anyone thinks, and no matter how pure, sinister, friendly, loving, raunchy, talented or slothy you might be, people will think what they want. What they might think is not your business."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- This week has the potential to be an astounding time for you professionally. You seem to get some long-overdue recognition that you genuinely deserve. Yet you must not take anything for granted: that's the theme of the world right now. You must be the arbiter of truth in your own life and, moreover, keep a close eye on the financial compensation you receive for your work. You are likely to be undervaluing the worth of your creative products. What happens this week will give you some leverage to bootstrap your way to a better place. Bootstrapping is a concept once associated with the building of bridges: the idea goes, a bridge is easier to build if it's already there. So the first thing to do is to create a basic structure over the river so that it's easier to get the permanent structure in place. You already have that basic structure built. Get busy with the rest.
"It looks to me like you need to call an end to a certain line of conduct or thinking that has been in your family for a while. The opportunity you have is based on the fact that you can actually see this issue for what it is. It's normally difficult to discern, and it's been masked or veiled recently by its prevalence in society. Once you have it in your sights, address it on the spot."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- The future opens up for you in an entirely new way: a dense, dark forest reveals itself to contain a clear trail and some kind of supernatural moonlight you've never seen before. It will take courage to embark on this path, though do you really have a choice in the matter? Courage means coming from the heart. You are good at that, though you're often subtle about it. Even if you're low-key with others, be bold with yourself, and really get the feeling of what it's like to take your destiny into your hands. You can think of destiny as potential that you take up like the tools of an art, a craft or a science, and consciously put together into something that's never been done before. In a world where most people are stuck selling their time and their labor, you have a distinct advantage: your ideas are your greatest asset. That may present you with a puzzle, though you have all the clues you need.
"You mean a great deal to the people close to you, and though they may not say anything about it, they certainly know it. If it ever seems that people benefit from you more than you benefit from them, rejoice in that fact. You need less than they do; you are more complete in yourself than most people around you; and anyway, that self-completion is the major theme of your astrology."

-- From your 2017 annual reading by Eric Francis, The Book of Your Life -- which you can read here. Eric's beginning work on the 2018 annual edition -- you may pre-order that here.
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