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Dancing in the New Year with a Full Moon

Dear Friend and Reader:

As we close out yet another year in which 'the unthinkable' and 'the unexpected' became nearly cliché and monotonous, you might be eager to leave 2017 behind and wipe your hands of it. Of course, the turn of the calendar is never exactly the clean break we often wish it were. This year, however, the New Year does begin with an energy peak -- a Full Moon -- with some surprisingly fitting themes that might help you to transition better.

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Moon Dance by Andrew Bret Wallis.
This is the Cancer Full Moon, with the Moon in Cancer opposite the Sun in Capricorn, at 11+ degrees of their signs (properly known as 12 degrees). This Full Moon is exact at 9:24 pm EST on Jan. 1 (2:24 UTC Jan. 2). At the most basic level, moving toward a Full Moon is likely to amp up the emotional stakes on New Year's Eve.

Many people (maybe you) pile a lot of expectation and meaning onto how and with whom they spend this particular holiday night. Remember empathy for others' sensitivities, and to keep things light for yourself.

This Full Moon could also feel like someone who's all business facing off against someone who's super-emotional and easily swayed by others' moods. You might be inclined to get practical and solve problems, while a partner just wants to mother everybody (including you) whether they need it or not.

Neptune in Pisces making harmonious aspects to the Moon and Sun heightens the emotional and psychic sensitivity, and adds a good dose of creativity, idealism and a willingness to help others. Venus in Capricorn conjunct the Sun is another factor in the chart. This looks like a desire for strong emotional contact (especially in private) just prior to the Full Moon's peak, which then gives way to a more easygoing vibe (especially in public) as the Moon moves on.

Yet, what's really caught my eye is the cluster of lesser-known objects and points that are within one degree of the Sun and Moon in three of the four cardinal signs (Aries is 'left out'). This is where the themes relating to transitioning from one year to the next, celebrating that shift, and setting intentions for the year to come speak most strongly. Rather than try too hard to fit them all into a specific narrative, I'm going to list them with some key phrases; I think you'll see a cohesive theme begin to take shape.

In Cancer we have Kronos, which relates to authoritative positions; or, as Eric jokingly put it, "Act your age." (It's a slow-moving hypothetical planet that relates to one's status in society, as well as to VIPs and, in some cases, agents of the government.)

We also find Hybris here; a literal interpretation would be the idea from Greek tragedy of "hubris," or excessive pride. Martha Lang-Wescott also notes that it relates to expectations or limits that we've been conditioned to accept, or our limits as seen by others. Might it be time to challenge those in 2018?

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Bodies and points within one degree of the Full Moon, from
Asteroid Memoria is also in Cancer, representing the need to remember or memorialize. As much as we might like to forget 2017, I suspect it's crucial that we remember and honor its lessons, as well as the people and things we lost along the way.

In Libra we find Persephone, which relates to the cycle of life, death and rebirth, as well as how we handle separations, transitions and rites of passage. No elaboration needed, right?

Also in Libra is Atropos, which was the Fate who cut the thread of life. Atropos relates to completion and what is needed to conclude. In astrology, it's not about death in a literal sense, but rather ending a phase of something in a conscious way. Think about this in Libra: what is it to have 'right relationship' with the idea of completion?

In Capricorn is Urania, named after the muse of astronomy and astrology, universal love, the Holy Spirit, and handling abstract principles. Sounds to me like a blessing of some sort on this Full Moon and the beginning of a New Year.

Amycus is a less well-known body that may relate to the proper way to treat people (and/or anomalies in systems). In Capricorn you might think of this as the ethical way to treat others in business or in any professional situation. We've seen a lot of its opposite in 2017's governmental and industrial spheres; sad to think that proper treatment of other human beings might be an "anomaly in the system," but even if it is, we can set the intention to make it the standard.

Finally, just a hair away from the Sun in Capricorn is Terpsichore: the Muse of the dance. Personally, I can think of few better ways to ring in a New Year than to dance it in.

That would also be a fitting warm-up for the conjunction between Mars and Jupiter, exact on Jan. 6-7 (depending on time zone). If you have a New Year's resolution to exercise more, to express your sexual energy more, or to become more active in deepening your finances, Mars-Jupiter in Scorpio appears to signal getting off to a good start in the first week of 2018.

Prepare the way as you close out this year by making space in your life. Chances are you know how; just dance with some of these ideas for a little while.

Wishing you a blessed New Year,

Amanda Painter
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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.

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 January on Thursday, Dec. 21. Your extended monthly horoscopes for December were published on Wednesday, Nov. 22. 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 Jan. 1, 2018 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- Over the past month, a series of planets moving into your career and success angle describes you waking up to your ambitions. Tomorrow's Full Moon in the domestic angle of your chart is reminding you to pace yourself, and not push yourself so hard. Rather, slow, steady progress is what will work the best for you. This also means having an actual home life. You may do this; it's certainly one of your innate personality features, to center your life around your home. However, as work commitments pick up, you may forget to do this. If you feel yourself going out of balance, the place to restore that balance is your kitchen or bathtub. So take the time to make these places extra appealing, and from the first day of 2018, make sure your life is structured in such a way that points you toward home on a regular basis. While you're at it, make sure your bedroom is the perfect pleasure salon.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- Everyone must have a code that they live by. With my abundant knowledge of those born under the sign Taurus, I would remind you to keep your code flexible, and subject to new discoveries. I'll give you two examples. Attorneys talk about the letter of the law, and the spirit of the law. One is based on a strict reading, and the other is based on the purpose a law is supposed to serve. Another example is how your passport says you're responsible for following both laws and customs in the countries you visit, which any experienced traveler will tell you is right on point. Some would even say that customs are more important than laws, since that's what people really care about. This is a reminder to hang loose. You're a person who really cares about your integrity. You actually grapple with matters of right and wrong; this is part of your psychic foundation. So, easy does it.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- If nothing else this year, you will come to terms with any fears of commitment that you may have. There has been an interesting evolution in your astrology lately, which represents a significant shift from the past nine years. You've had a way of associating commitment with people holding power over you. In many instances, this has turned out to be true, though the deeper question involves the ways in which you give away your power. Now that Saturn, the Sun and other planets have moved into Capricorn, you can see commitment as a way to claim your power, and to use it consciously. You will need to monitor each and every transaction in your life, and notice how you handle negotiations of any kind. Do you read the contracts you sign? Do you have a rule against committing to anything you're not sure you can do? And what about holding others to their promises to you? As you focus on these topics, the tables will gradually turn.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- It's amazing how much can change in how little time. The sudden influx of many planets into Capricorn, your opposite sign, does two things, mainly. One is that it shifts the emphasis from Sagittarius, which is your work-related zone, and which was (to put it mildly) in a state of high pressure going back years. You may not have any less responsibility on your plate, though you'll feel differently about it: better able to organize yourself, and feeling less like you must do everything at once. The second is that Saturn and other planets are now in your relationship house. This might feel like a missing piece showing up in your personal life. Saturn has a way of completing Capricorn, and will provide some solid substance into your social environment. Notably, from classical astrology, the association between Saturn and Capricorn is the strongest when it's dark out. So get your work done and, as the old song goes, "Bring on the night."
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- Everything in your chart points back to taking care of yourself. This has three components. The first and most important is emotional. At your best, you're in contact with your feelings, and you respond to what your body is telling you. Second is making sure that you follow health regimens and medication schedules, and do all the things you need to do in order to stay healthy. Finally, there's the matter of keeping your work in balance. Work is therapy for many Leos. It's a way that you connect with your purpose, stay productive and do your part to hold the world together. Yet your chart now indicates that you both need and have help doing this. Don't take everything on all by yourself. Let there be a discussion of what really needs to happen and how you're going to work with others to get it done. Obviously you're not the type to shirk responsibility or sacrifice quality. So there has to be another way, and that way is collaboration.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- Virgo may be the most risk-averse sign. You might have been the type of kid who read the inside of the chocolate box so you knew which one you were biting into, and could select your favorite in advance. Your chart now describes you not just wanting to taste every last piece of chocolate, and not just wanting to eat them all, but also suddenly having the mad, wild passion to be a chocolatier. You want to know how it's done -- and do it yourself. That would make a fantastic way to orient your life: hand-made, homemade, the old way, as traditional as possible. You might try things like: if you're going to make your own corn muffins, try grinding the cornmeal yourself. It's easy to make your own yogurt, kombucha, bread and many things we take for granted. For you, this is not about being cool and artisanal. It's about getting down to the basics of what it takes to live. It's about making sure that you get what you pay for, and it's truly all your own.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- You may feel like the Master of Ceremonies for the holiday, though do your bit and then get off the stage. You have more important matters to tend to, mostly involving family and household. Your leadership is needed, and it turns out you're the one person many people with different opinions and viewpoints have in common as someone they respect. This is something meaningful to remember about yourself, and why you need, at least, to maintain the appearance of objectivity. There are relatively few people in the world who are trusted by those who disagree on major points of discussion, and you have that particular asset. So, you must always present yourself as objective, which means willing to hear people out, and then do your best to evaluate all situations equitably. However, indecision is not an option; you must always seek, and find, a compromise that works for everyone -- if you remember that there's such a thing as the right thing.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- You may be feeling everything all at once, but you cannot say everything all at once. That may be complicated, because you also have a lot to say. You might start by shifting your speech to all that is friendly and loving. Emphasize the positive in everything. It's easy to be a critic, and more challenging to see the one genuinely impressive thing about whatever anyone is doing. This same attitude will shine its light back onto you, as you notice what you're doing right rather than what's not going so well. You may feel it's insincere to focus the discussion on the beautiful element of what otherwise might be lacking, though there's a philosophical issue underneath that: in making improvements in anything, do you fix what's wrong, or develop what works? There's more to this question than is obvious. An extended real-time experiment is in order. Anyway, no matter how much one fixes or eliminates what's wrong, that does not create a positive. Also, humans proceed most successfully on the basis of motivation.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- If you're concerned that you might take things too far, go out of control, or lose your cool, you can test that out and push your limits -- on every topic but one. That one thing would be alcohol, or any seriously mind-bending substance. This "weather advisory" will be in effect for months. It's saying, essentially, err on the side of caution. That doesn't mean go straight-edge; it means use your common sense. Respect the idea of moderation, and keep tomorrow in mind. You're still early in a phase of your life where some heavy constraints have finally been lifted. You're now off-leash, free-roaming and unregulated, except by yourself. So you need to dial the responsibility piece up by just a little, and make sure your actions are in accord with your values. Check that your values, in turn, are flexible enough to adapt to any new situation. The best place to do any potentially risky or adventurous experimentation is safely behind your front door.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.

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Capricorn Audio Birthday Reading is Ready!

Dear Friend and Reader:

Friday, I recorded your Capricorn birthday reading. It's about 70 minutes in length, in two sessions. This is your birthday audio -- an entirely different reading from The Art of Becoming, which will be ready in January.

You are living in extraordinary times, as a Capricorn or Cap rising. There's been nothing quite like this in your sign since the early 1990s, when the Uranus-Neptune connection passed through town. That was a while ago -- and what you're now working with is just as significant.

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At the moment, the Sun, Venus, Saturn and Pluto are in your sign, which is building to a series of major events that peak in 2020. That may seem like a long way off, though time marches on. The presence of Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn, is a reminder to tend to your growth, shore up your foundations, and take your place in the world.

Saturn in your sign is helping to ground you in your real priorities.

In this reading, I focus on several key points of development, though none is as important as your relationship to your family, and your family history. For all you want to do in life, all the ways you want to succeed, and solidify your process of self-actualization: the family connection is essential.

This relates directly to your most intimate partnerships, because they're based on an emotional foundation that was laid in childhood. I provide specific information about how to work with these elements, and how to engage in productive self-therapy (it's not always so useful, but it can be).

Your reading includes access to last year's recording, plus your 2017 written reading (from The Book of Your Life), and a tarot reading that will arrive in about a month (maybe more, maybe less).

You can get instant access when you order the reading here for just $44. We will increase the price further when the Tarot section is published.

This reading is also included with the Backstage Pass. If you're not a BSP member, you can upgrade and extend your current subscription, and the Capricorn reading will be included.

Thank you for being a Planet Waves customer.

With love,

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- Stop yourself every time you notice yourself saying, "But what would my [mother/father/family] think?" This may be subtle; it may be below the level of tangible inner dialog, though the message will still come through. It might relate to any aspect of your personality from work-related choices to the fun you want to have to your most intimate relationships. One point of growth you're experiencing is your desire to open up your sexual horizons, right when doing so might encounter the nagging voices of authority figures from the past. This could be such a seemingly natural part of your psychic makeup that you've just learned how to live with them. But now there's a showdown: how long are you going to let yourself be caught in the spider web of taboo, especially if you know that web (and the spider) is in your own mind? On our planet, anyway, there's no approach to self-actualization that does not involve fully claiming, owning and setting your own standards around sexuality. And having your own rules usually means breaking everyone else's.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- One of the great themes of this era in your life is noticing the ways in which what seem to be your own choices, life patterns and personality traits are really a response to someone else's needs and desires. Your chart describes you in a state of questioning and releasing those patterns, only to be taken deeper, so you can investigate their source. There's no reason why, today, you should be walking around worrying about the same things that troubled your ancestors two or three generations back. There's no actual reason why you should be stuck in their hang-ups, their political views, and their turf wars over what is true and what is not. If you are seeking independence, foster that first as your ability to see, and then question, the influence of the past on the present. Life is not about living up to anyone's expectations, or expecting the world to live up to yours. It's about something a lot better.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- On New Year's Day, there's a Full Moon in your fellow water sign, Cancer. This is a reminder, valid through the year, to emphasize having a good time. You have invested plenty of energy into your work, reputation and career, which seemed to reach a frenzy in the second half of 2017. I'm not suggesting that you slack off, but rather set yourself into cruise mode rather than climbing mode, and devote some of the excess energy to the pleasures of living. You are a Pisces. Pleasure-seeking is a form of spirituality to you, perhaps the most important one. There are plenty of influences guiding you to be pure and wholesome, to maintain a good image and to be grounded. Those need to be counteracted by your conscious choice to have fun. In this project, discipline will come in handy. Work before play is a useful ethic, as long as you remember to do both every day.
"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 has now begun work on the 2018 annual edition -- The Art of Becoming. You may pre-order all 12 signs here (recommended) or choose your individual signs here.

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