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Destination: Gemini
Dear Planet Waves Subscriber:

We have reached that moment of the Sun's ingress through Gemini. This astrological cycle, which began last night or this morning (depending on your time zone) presents us with some of the most adventurous astrology of our generation. Yes -- designed to shake us up and therefore potentially frightening to some, yet no less amazing in its potential.

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I will describe these events in detail in the lead to Tuesday's edition -- the June monthly horoscope. I am sure you recall the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction on the Aries Point, about which I have some new interpretations.

The aspect to be aware of today is that the Sun in early Gemini means that it's now making a square to Chiron. This tells us: note the sense of injury that we may feel to our creative/expressive side and use this as a means to provoke self-awareness and healing. Sun-Chiron in a 90-degree type aspect is about how our expressive side, and the natural drive to seek glory in the world, relates to that of dad. The aspect works in parallel as a personal event and as a reference to our past environment; and it's a cue to check in with either dad, or our feelings about dad, at this moment.

For those investigating what may have happened to dad, a worthy question, there is a book by feminist author Susan Faludi, called Stiffed. It's a sensitive, humane study of what happened to men in our lifetimes and how this influenced us.

The Sun making a square to Chiron in Pisces invites us to tap the creative side that he may have never accessed, and to explore the ‘other side of our our nature' that is inherent, often avoided and inevitable to discover when we reach beyond our familiar patterns of self.

I say more about this in this week's audio, which is a bit of an astrological motivational rant. I will see you Tuesday with an adventurous monthly issue, and for today, leave you in the capable hands of my beloved colleagues Judith Gayle and Len Wallick.

Love & lovingly,
Eric Francis
En route

Soul-Searching America
| Political Waves

I hope you're enjoying this little window of relief that early spring [Northern Hemisphere] has provided. The season is developing, bringing another wave of awareness. We've been around long enough to know it won't be bestowed with a flick of the fairy godmother's wand. It will come with voices raised at cross point, tempers flaring and revelations that will make us cringe. If we look ahead to Uranus and Jupiter moving into Aries, a Full Moon eclipse conjunct Pluto in Capricorn and a Cardinal grand cross, we can prepare ourselves for an in-depth look at our imbalance, resistance and magnificent potential. And that's just a bit of the awakening ahead.

Count it good; until we can clearly witness and accept all that's misconfigured, we cannot attempt to remediate or restore it. Functionality and rationality are still only peeking out from behind our wobbling structures of society and self. In order to take advantage of this powerful planetary push, we must make a realistic assessment of ourselves. So let's 'profile' America and trust we've gained enough maturity in the last 40 years that I won't be invited to "love it or leave it," as I was long ago.

For perhaps the first time, the majority of our nation -- young AND old -- is staring into the face of our own pathology: our embrace of 'manifest destiny,' with its inherent right to conquest, expansion and annexation for our own purpose. Some call it imperialism; I think of it as self-interest bordering on narcissism. It's evident in our foreign affairs, our business practice and even our concept of religion. It's the American creed. We asserted an inalienable right to grow and flourish endlessly, one generation after another. Our demand for 'more and better' spread like an opportunistic virus, and so long as it was met with goods and services, we didn't question where they came from or how they were acquired. For decades we took pride in our bastions of robust capitalism -- government in tandem with oil, coal, big Pharma, the military-industrial complex, the Federal Reserve and Wall Street, to name a few. In short, the 'establishment.'

Shake-Up Day
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The last few days have seen the Sun, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune queuing up in the last degrees of their respective signs. With just those six one could recently find every angular aspect commonly discussed in this space. The conjunction, the semi-sextile, the sextile, the square, the trine, the quincunx and the opposition. All within two degrees. All at the same time. Sounds pretty. In practice, the word cluster has come to mind.

Beginning this morning, that's all gonna change. By this time tomorrow it will have changed a lot more. Blazing the trail, as it has since before the vernal equinox is the planet Venus. By the time you read this, the lesser benefic will have made good its ingress into the Cardinal sign of Cancer. In doing so it sets off that by now familiar phenomenon for Planet Waves readers, the personal and political as one.

This has been going on since Pluto moved into Capricorn. It extends back over the last two years with Uranus approaching Aries and Saturn wishy-washing between Virgo and Libra. It will continue in the coming weeks as Jupiter joins Uranus in the first degree of Aries while Pluto and Saturn tag up at second and third. That is to say: we are in the midst of a complex aspect structure involving most of what we think of as the most powerful planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto.

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