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The World Is Better for Your Presence

Dear Friend and Reader:

Whether or not you live in the U.S., I hope that you discovered many reasons to feel thankful this past weekend despite the ongoing pain and chaos in the news. While we all experience moments of grief and fear, there is also an incredible amount of beauty and kindness and love in this world; sometimes it takes special effort to redirect one's attention to it, however.

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Short of viewing Earth and its struggles from space, there are other ways to get some perspective. Photo of Earth and the Milky Way (Galactic Core) from the International Space Station by Scott Kelly / NASA.
Some of this week's astrology is building toward aspects that may increase your sense of tension and frustration; specifically Mercury stationing retrograde and a Full Moon. Yet there are important mitigating factors along the way.

For example, beginning the week we have the Mercury-Saturn-Pholus-Galactic Core conjunction in late Sagittarius. This is the astrology that last week's Astrology Diary highlighted. This is the aspect pattern that is urging you to remember you are an adult should you happen to meet someone whose parental posturing threatens to trigger you into reacting like a child. The Galactic Core is offering the message that you have the power to stand in your truth.

Yet it's later in the week that things get interesting. For instance, on Friday Mars in Libra will oppose Uranus in Aries. Mars aspects are often noticeable as they approach, and this is a good one to grasp early.

Watch your level of impatience -- especially with limits or with anyone who seems to be 'holding you back' -- and remember the rule about counting to ten before you react to anyone with a quick temper. Escalation is possible but avoidable, if you're willing to double-check your judgment.

It would seem that the most effective use of Mars opposite Uranus happens when you've been actively trying to liberate yourself from unnecessary restrictions. When that's the case, the energy at play here could actually help you see those efforts begin to pay off.

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The 2015 Gemini Full Moon over Casco Bay, Maine; photo by Amanda Painter.
The trouble is, many people never make that effort; they never step into their authority over their life, as the current Mercury-Saturn configuration is urging you to do. Getting attached to your restrictions might have seemed like a valid form of self-identification once upon a time...until such a time as one like now. Repressing this kind of energy usually backfires. And remember, as Eric's mentor is famous for saying, "the opposite of depression is expression."

In the case of Mars opposite Uranus, especially in the signs involved (the sign of 'relationships' and the sign of 'self'), the opposite of expression could also be 'projection'. That is, notice if you seem to be encountering someone else's frustration at an unusual level. It might be all about them. But is it mirroring anything about you to yourself?

Two major events this coming Sunday make awareness of these energetic dynamics especially important. The first is Mercury stationing retrograde in the very last degree of Sagittarius, at 2:34 am EST (7:34 UTC) on Dec. 3. If you have not recently backed up your computer, please do so.

This is also your reminder to start being extra careful with your communications (especially online), your spending, anything with important details or fine print, and your driving. Patience will become ever more valuable as this week progresses.

The second event is the Gemini Full Moon. This is the Moon in Gemini opposing the Sun in Sagittarius, and it's exact at 10:47 am EST (15:47 UTC) on Dec. 3.

Most notable about the Full Moon chart is that the Sun and Moon are square Neptune in Pisces, exact to within 10 arc minutes. An arc minute is one-sixtieth of one degree; in other words, this T-square formation is almost precisely exact.

Yet Neptune is not known for lending precision to anything; in fact, it tends to blur, obscure or make slippery whatever it contacts. As your interpersonal interactions progress this week, you may need to practice regular reality-checks on yourself. Are you really expressing to others what you think you're expressing? Are you sure your intuition is accurate? Are your emotional responses really about what you think they're about? Just how many perspectives to the situation are there?

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Heart Nebula, located 7,500 light years from Earth in the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. Photo by s58y / IC1805 / H-alpha + RGB uploaded by Hike395, under Creative Commons BY 2.0.
We'll have more about the Gemini Full Moon and Mercury stationing retrograde throughout the week.

And while all of this astrology holds the opportunity for you to learn about yourself and come into greater alignment, I want to end on a lighter note.

On Friday, Venus leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius at 4:14 am EST (9:14 UTC). Venus -- the so-called lesser benefic -- in the sign ruled by Jupiter -- the 'greater benefic' -- is a generally friendly, intuitive placement.

Yes, you'll need to check your intuition against known facts. And yes, you may have to navigate some tension in a relationship. But when Venus finishes her deep investigation in Scorpio at the end of the week, it would seem she surfaces with a surprisingly indomitable and idealistic inner strength.

That's not an illusion of Neptune, nor a trick of Mercury; and it's not the bravado of Mars. Rather, it's your spiritual birthright: the knowledge that if you're here on the planet now, then you must surely belong here -- offering your gifts and receiving those of others -- and that the world is better for your presence.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
Planet Waves Astrology Editor
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New Features Added:
Understanding Key Life Transits of Saturn, Chiron and Uranus

Dear Friend and Reader:

The Art of Becoming is your 2018 annual reading. This is my 20th time at the rodeo! And that's a good thing, because to write about the transits of the coming year will take experience. If you're new to the discussion of this project, I've linked a letter in the last paragraph.

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I've added three new features to The Art of Becoming, for those who pre-order all 12 signs: videos that cover Chiron in Aries, and Aries Chiron returns; Uranus in Taurus, and Uranus oppositions; and Saturn in Capricorn, including those two Saturn return groups (first and second). These cover many age groups and sub-generations.

Particularly regarding Chiron, the astrological profession for a while was starting to figure out this planet, which was discovered 40 years ago this month. Now astrologers seem to be forgetting or losing interest. I have not.

I have been a student of Chiron every day since early 1995, and will share what I have learned both from study, and from reading the Chiron transits of countless hundreds of clients.

These videos are included if you pre-order all 12 signs. Then they will be spun off as separate products. They will not be included with post-publication orders, or single-sign orders. Each will be offered separately for $37.37 each.

I've wanted to do transit readings like this for years! One distinction about my astrological career is that rather than predicting transits, I've been listening to my clients tell me the stories of their transits for more than two decades.

The current pre-order price is $99, which includes written readings for all 12 signs, plus the Saturn, Chiron and Uranus video presentations. Those will be published before the written readings, by the way. Note: for Cyber Monday we have rolled back the price to $88 until midnight tomorrow night (Nov. 27).

Delivery is expected in January. That's the time estimate, based on 20 years' experience doing this project. If you're curious to read more about The Art of Becoming, here's a detailed letter describing how I do the readings and what they contain.

And if you have not read your 2017 reading, you may do so here at no charge.

Sign up today. The next price increase will be soon!

Thank you for trusting me as your astrologer, and for participating in Planet Waves.

With love,
Your Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

We published your extended monthly horoscopes for December on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Your extended monthly horoscopes for November were published on Thursday, Oct. 26. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Friday after the Sun has entered a new sign.
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Monday Morning Horoscope for Nov. 27, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- This week's aspects seem determined to teach you that you contain all potentials and possibilities. Look at the world; listen to what the people around you say; gaze at all the crisis and struggle, and all the great achievements and subtle beauty; and admit that you contain it all. That's the essential ingredient to activating your personal chosen destiny. You are emphasizing one set of possibilities over all the others, though they are just as real. The choice to be a helpful person, to be friendly, to honor your conscience, to develop your gifts, skills and talents: these are decisions you make. Then you take them into the world by your actions. And what you're considering now, what you're harmonizing with, and what you're deciding is true today will be the motives for what spur you to action not so far from now. You may not feel ready, though this is your process of becoming so.
"The person you thought you were five years ago, one year ago, even yesterday, is not quite the same person you are today, potentially in some profound ways. To the extent that this is shaking up your consciousness and that of the people around you, you simply must develop confidence in 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.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- There seems to be something standing between you and your ability to connect with someone. That's likely to be an idea that you have: a preconception, something you think is so, despite what actually may be so. There's a layer of reality beyond what you can perceive. If you ease back on the effort, and open your eyes, your mind, your ears and your heart and take it all in, you will experience a revelation. Behind any conversation -- whether about relationships, sex, money, business or family -- there is an underlying spiritual message that's trying to come through. It's simpler than you think, and it might sound trite to put into words, though you may want to do that. What matters is that you connect to that theme coming through from behind the scenes. When you feel or encounter this previously veiled level of truth, do what you can to stay in touch. It's real all the time.
"If Taureans are competitive, it's primarily with themselves. You never want to do anything worse than you did it last time. Your next effort has to be better. When this is not driving you a little nuts, it can really work for you; and it definitely works for those who benefit from your devoted efforts."

-- 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) -- You don't need to worry about a situation that is unfolding and appears to be beyond your control. Everything may not seem to be going fine, though actually it most probably is. Right now you're feeling the pressure, the need to fulfill a commitment and a sense of limitation. You may be wondering why you got involved in the first place. However, take a step back, look at yourself and your circumstances more objectively, and let the scenario play out over the next few days. What may seem today like something stiff, stuffy and not terribly interesting could ignite into something that emits beautiful, necessary light and heat. What will happen in the process is that you adopt a mature point of view. You learn to relate to someone as an equal, even though you may not feel like you are. And you will get the experience of seeing how something entirely opposite what you perceive may lurk behind this illusion that we call and cling to as reality.
"Like an aviator or a sailor or both at once, you must study the weather, within you and around you, and have many skills and tools for coexisting with it. You harness your energy from change itself. Knowing yourself is not a matter of having a fixed concept, but rather an honest and ongoing relationship with who you 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.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- This is always a busy time of year for you, and this year is no exception. Yet you have priorities now that you didn't have a year ago, or were not so devoted to. And it's these that you need to focus on. Start with what seems impossible and work your way backwards from there. There's something you know you must accomplish, or must resolve; and that's the thing to focus on. You probably won't have much choice in the matter, though organize yourself so you can do it and feel good about it and let yourself get excited. The story would seem to go back about three years, and could be described in general terms as a revamping of some kind, or a reassessment, or a restructuring. If that felt like building the Great Pyramid, think of this as the week when you get to put the capstone on the thing. Then, quickly tidy up the construction area and see what you've created.
"Whatever you are doing, the essential spirit of your chart is that you define yourself. You set your mission; you establish your reputation; you are the master of the experiment. If you want to accomplish anything beyond the routine level of success, that also entails the highest level of self-responsibility and inner authority."

-- 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) -- These days, you live on that line between art and work. The task at hand is to eliminate the line. Bring the full force of your creativity into whatever work you do, and bring the ethics of service and a job well done into whatever you consider your art or talent development. Some of the most gifted and accomplished people you'll encounter live in their studio, or allow their home to be taken over by their work. We might call that bad boundaries today, but usually it's necessary to break the rules or social norms to get the job done. How much can someone really care about something where they punch out at 5 pm and don't think about it again till they punch back in at 9 the next morning? We might ask, though, how you can take care of yourself properly when your mission is what counts 24/7. Fulfilling your dharma requires taking care of yourself. Focus on food and sunlight, and then try to get enough rest. You don't need much else.
"You are now in a moment where you get to review, rethink and recreate just about anything you want. This may involve any facet of your life. You have the opportunity to work from the roots of your existence upward, and outward. For now, stay close to the ground and work from your core reality."

-- 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) -- You may feel a little lost, though don't let that be an excuse for anything. It's essential you follow your intuition, and learn to distinguish that from any form of worry, fear or external pressure. What is intuitive is the thing you know you don't have to push back against. Feel carefully. This includes people: the ones who, you might say, intuitively belong in your life are the ones with whom you feel balanced and you don't have to apply too much resistance or assertion. Take this approach with yourself as well. Imagine that you're feeling your way through the dark. How would you proceed? Your hearing would open up, and you would listen more carefully. You would slow down and feel your way forward, doing your best to remember what you already know about your environment. You may feel like the lights are on, and you know what's happening. Yet you need to use all your senses -- particularly where a sensitive family or household matter is involved.
"Let everything point you back to you, as the focal point of your existence. This will enhance your capacity for relationships rather than diminish it. The more solidly you are present for yourself, the more solid you can be for others. But that's really beside the point; focusing your intimacy with yourself is its own reward."

-- 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) -- Do not go blow for blow. By that I mean de-escalate every conflict, consciously delay confrontation, and use diplomacy where you ordinarily might use force or manipulation. It's up to you to find the common ground among the people in your environment; and you stand to gain plenty by doing so. Alternately, if you allow yourself to slip, make any erratic moves, or challenge the wrong person (who you won't know in advance is such), you will pay for your error. The planets are set up in such a way as to suggest that you're likely to make a series of unproductive moves before finding a successful strategy. You can just as easily put matters of planning first, which would preferably include a study of your environment and the people in it. Someone you're dealing with has given you all the information you need, or will do so soon. That will include some clear signals how to handle them. However, as Mars continues to move through your sign, maintain your policy of extreme mindfulness well into early December.
"You may have been looking to the people you relate to directly -- that is, partners of various kinds -- for answers about the changes you're going through. The deeper truth is that something inside you is evolving and growing, and changes to your partnerships are a kind of secondary effect. The sum total is that your circumstances are conspiring for you to be highly self-reliant."

-- 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.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- Handle financial matters with care and caution, which means slowing down your spending to match your cash flow, or maybe further. You're on the verge of solving a persistent problem that's been vexing you for a few years. The solution involves getting all parties involved, or who have an interest, on the same page. Everyone must play fair and do their part. Therefore, be bold about enlisting the cooperation of others. This is about more than asking for help once. It's about enlisting support in a cohesive way; fostering communication; and staying present while people work through matters of commitment. That's the thing to look for, though in this equation, your commitment is the individual most meaningful factor. You tend to charge forward and back off, if only because persistence is so difficult to maintain. Yet what you can learn now is how to apply focused, gentle, steady intention over an extended period of time. That, and keep the conversation going.
"The essence of this message is that you must express your true self in every facet of your being, particularly in the work that you do. The tangible contribution you make to your community and the larger society is your single most dependable way to develop yourself, and to cultivate respect for yourself, and these angles of your chart are coming under strong, creative aspects this year."

-- 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 Birthdays 2017-18:
How Will You Apply What You've Learned?
Your reading has given direction and meaning on how to proceed, to learn and move forward in these difficult, unsettling times and at the same time, inspiring me to tap into limitless creative gifts. Thank you, Eric; from my heart to your heart."
-- Ann Cortese, B.S., M.P.S.
Dear Friend and Reader:

Undoubtedly you've experienced quite a process of maturation these last three years or so, as you've responded to the need to bring real discipline to each way in which you express yourself in the world. With all hell seeming to break loose lately, it's possible this has been a painful or scary process for you.

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Yet perhaps you've felt more solid within yourself than ever before -- and if you haven't, you still can.

In the coming months, the major force behind that growth process will shift: Saturn leaves your sign next month and enters Capricorn. You'll get to take all the lessons you've recently learned and apply them in increasingly tangible ways to everything that matters most to you. This includes that most precious of all commodities in today's world: your self-esteem.

Then, early next spring, Chiron -- raiser of awareness and magnifier of healing potential -- moves into your fellow fire sign Aries. Aries is your zone of play, creativity, adventurous risk, sex for fun and more.

Being someone with their Sun, rising sign or Moon in Sagittarius, you might feel like you have playful creativity already well covered. But what if it could be even better -- more fun, less guilt or baggage, more fulfilling?

Eric will be exploring the moves of Saturn, Chiron and more (including Uranus entering Taurus) in your 2017-18 Sagittarius Birthday Reading.

Comprising two astrology segments of at least 30 minutes each plus a tarot reading for your year, you can pre-order it now for the lowest price we offer: only $33 for the whole thing. All portions of the reading are recorded in studio-quality audio, and can be downloaded to your favorite device so you can listen as many times as you like throughout the year.

Note that the price of the reading will increase as publication approaches, and then again after it's been released. Planet Waves does not do Black Friday gimmicks, but we do reward you with the best price when you sign on early.

You get some of the clearest, most nuanced and jargon-free personal astrology available on the internet. Eric crafts these readings with the best of his life-coaching, cheerleading and problem-solving skills; the sensitivity of his therapy training; his uncanny knack to help you see challenges from a more empowering perspective; and with the kind of everyday, practical inspiration you can use immediately.

What more do you need to steer your life through the end of 2017 and into a new year?

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
Planet Waves Astrology Editor

P.S. Do you always forget your favorite Sagittarius friends' birthdays due to holiday distractions? Give the gift of the 2017-18 Sagittarius Birthday Reading today, and the thought may count more than ever.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- As you know, Saturn is about to leave your birth sign, after sailing back and forth through it for the past three years. Saturn in one's sign -- conjunct one's natal Sun, or moving through the rising sign -- has been about the process of coming to terms with yourself. Sometimes this feels like a burden. Sometimes it's about rising to the occasion. Other times it's about coming back to what you want even if you keep getting drawn away by distractions or other commitments. Right now it would seem to be about a making a decision. You might feel that all you've done and been through the past few years comes down to this one thing, and it may involve how you handle a relationship. It may involve how a partner is responding to your need for more independence, or to your process of becoming self-actualized. Take it slowly. This situation is not as dense as it seems, and the appropriate actions or solutions to the riddle will be obvious.
"You will thrive if you maintain a spirit of exploration and play in the work that you do. You might explore the idea that no matter what you do, you're doing the same thing: expressing your energy and love. If you discover that you don't feel so energetic or so loving, that's the time to consider why you're doing it. However, remember, many facets of your current astrology call for patience."

-- 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 be feeling all kinds of agitated; for example, like there's something urgent you must act on, but you don't know what it is, so you cannot possibly know what to do. If you slow down and tune in to your interior world, what's percolating around in your mind will be easier to identify. Yet this calls for inner awareness, which is extremely rare to find these days. It's so rare, many people don't even know it exists; others have a clue but are made nervous by the experience of turning toward themselves. However, you now have some incentive, if only to alleviate stress. But there's a more significant reward available, which involves preparation for a phase of your life that's in the process of beginning. It's fair to say your most pressing concern involves the future, which in turn relates to bringing certain important matters to closure so that you have nothing holding you back. Just a little reflection will help you figure out what those are.
"One thing to remember is that your integrity is not linked to your being unchanging. In fact, your integrity is about your ability to change in helpful ways, and not to resist what you need the most. As well, you must be honest with yourself and with others about your uncertainty. It's all too tempting, in times of profound change, to attempt to cling to some form of fundamentalism or false security."

-- 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) -- You have more creative things to do with your energy than engage in controversies. To the extent that you want to challenge consciousness, or experiment with ideas, put out your most creative expressions rather than wrangling or wrestling with people. By all indications, you have some innovative things on your mind. You want change; you want progress; you want the world to be a better place. Heck, you're an Aquarian; of course you do. Now you're at a point where tangible choices you make and actions you take can indeed move some energy. Yet be aware that you are the person who must be open-minded, flexible and circumspect (which means looking at any situation from many different points of view). In the first instance and the last, making the world a better place is about changing and evolving your own thinking. And then maybe along the way, you can have an influence on other people who will benefit from your efforts.
"If you find some material you must confront, summon the might of Pluto to help you work through the details. When you discover that you're carrying around material from one or more of your ancestors, notice what it is, and offer it back to them. One thing you have going for you now is a rather hot spiritual fire burning. This is an excellent opportunity to burn off karma."

-- 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) -- Continue your process of consolidating your gains, and recognizing your own accomplishments. For three years, Saturn has been gradually making its way across your 10th house of achievement, reputation and accountability. Meditate on those three words, and how they relate to one another: achievement, reputation and accountability. Consider each one individually: where do you stand with them? How would you have answered at this time in 2014? There will probably be a pretty big difference. It's been an eventful three years. What happens over the next few days will call into focus the ways in which your efforts have had actual results. You may even get a look at what those are: where your work or ideas have had an impact. I hear it said over and over again that young people want to make a difference. Yet to have that, it's necessary to learn how to see progress for what it is. Sometimes it's really, really obvious and you still miss the point.
"When you look at these years in retrospect, they will clearly be a 'before and after' time. There are likely to be focal points of that transition; you may have experienced many 'befores' and 'afters', which add up to nothing less than a complete transformation in the form of embodying your own existence. This has taken many shapes, and in truth it's a process that, once ignited, keeps on going."

-- 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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