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Toward an American Revolution

Dear Friend and Reader:

We can count everything happening now as the Pluto return of the United States. Though it technically starts in 2022 and extends a few years, we are presently in the vortex of this once per 248 years event. Current circumstances are, due to the rarity of this aspect, much more meaningful and influential than they may seem, especially in an era where everything is considered irrelevant.

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Detail of the chart for the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on Jan. 12, 2020. All the Capricorn stuff is right on top: the event takes place at 33 seconds to noon Eastern time. Notice that Jupiter is also in the picture, in early Capricorn. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction takes place after the election, on the winter solstice of 2020.
There are three main elements to the U.S. Pluto return. One is the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of Jan. 12, 2020. I described this cycle in a few paragraphs in the most recent Monday Morning edition (third section).

In order to understand what is happening now -- assuming you want to -- this is essential reading. I have a couple of other pieces on the Pluto return that I will add in the P.S., below my signature.

The first element is the alignment on Jan. 12: Saturn and Pluto are joined by Mercury, the Sun and Ceres, all within about two degrees. That is how 2020 starts off. The second element is that this whole pattern forms a square to Eris in Aries.

Eris is not always as simple as discord (her Roman name was Discordia, patron saint of sci-fi author Robert Anton Wilson). In my 2007 monograph about Eris, I talked about the problem of personality fragmentation due to over-involvement with the internet. I'll come back to that in a moment.

The Pluto-Eris Square

The third element, related to the second, is that Pluto-Eris square lasts for years, and is directly involved in the United States Pluto return: Eris will be square the U.S. Pluto, and Pluto will be conjunct its natal position. The position of the U.S. Pluto is that at the outset of the American revolution. So by current transits, the revolution that began in 1776 is being activated like it never has before -- not even close.

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Fractal by Barbara Lane.
The current discord of Eris involves living in a world where there is an epidemic of disembodiment. We are haunting the planet like ghosts in the machine, rather than fully inhabiting our bodies, our lives, our relationships, our work, or even our buildings. You can read more on this in my invisible environments article; I won't go on about it here for too long, except to say that it's a problem, and one that we can solve if we want.

Disembodied people tend toward violence. They also tend to be horny and don't know how to connect with others, or trust them enough to do so. Disembodiment is the essence of the isolation we are feeling here in the digital age. The sexual desperation of our times smells like shorted-out electrical wiring getting hotter and about to burst into flames. Sexual desperation is so pervasive as to be environmental: it disappears. Like any environmental toxin, it is ubiquitous.

Guns and mass shootings are in the discussion again. This keeps happening, and it tends to go nowhere. We all thought that Sandy Hook Elementary School was going to be the shooting to end all shootings. That did not work out.

I grew up among gun lovers and NRA members, so a lot of what I'm hearing these days, I've heard over and over again and have had decades to analyze. Also, I've been tracking the mass shooting issue in Planet Waves for about 12 years. You don't need a Ph.D. in psychology to understand that the greater the seeming threat, the more people think they need weapons, which increases their sense of threat, and therefore, the potential for violence.

Lesson 135: This Insane Belief

Students of A Course in Miracles will recognize the same principle applies to all defenses, as summed up in Lesson 135: If I defend myself, I am attacked. That is the fundamental logic of the ego: the very basis of its existence, and the place to start the unraveling. This is probably the "hardest" lesson of the 365, though the concept is simple enough to demonstrate to yourself. It just takes a little self-awareness.

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Fractal by Barbara Lane.
Here is a paragraph, split in two for readability:

"You operate from the belief you must protect yourself from what is happening because it must contain what threatens you. A sense of threat is an acknowledgment of an inherent weakness; a belief that there is danger which has power to call on you to make appropriate defense.

"The world is based on this insane belief. And all its structures, all its thoughts and doubts, its pen­alties and heavy armaments, its legal definitions and its codes, its ethics and its leaders and its gods, all serve but to preserve its sense of threat. For no one walks the world in armature but must have terror striking at his heart."

This is a picture of the endless loop in which we now live, guns or no guns. There is no political solution to this troubled evolution. It's going to be a spiritual one.

It would seem that the first step toward the new American Revolution is going to be deciding to trust, and setting down our defenses. An essential step in this process is that you be trustworthy. That means keeping people's confidences, showing up when you say you're going to show up, and keeping your agenda transparent.

It's About Trust

Various spiritual and other groovy traditions talk about love, and rarely talk about trusting and being trustworthy. The entire concept of love is so rooted in trust that without it, the notion of love is meaningless. But here is the challenge: once you open yourself up and trust, and show up, you will be disappointed: sometimes, occasionally or usually.

This is where the real work happens: of working out relationships, and cultivating trust. There is an art to this, which is a little like taking care of house plants, getting to know a cat, or learning a musical instrument.

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Fractal by Barbara Lane.
Keep your expectations to a minimum. Give people some room to be themselves, and practice not being offended by trivial stuff. Notice who comes to you, and who notices you, and reward people for being friendly and generous (rather than punishing them, which is the world's usual thing). Usually, you don't know what you have until you offer it. Try making yourself available rather than avoiding people.

Have real conversations, and perhaps suspend categorizing things like friend, lover, date, not a date, interested for this, but not for that. See where the experience of a person takes you. If someone is mean, talk about it, and if that doesn't work, then distance yourself.

One last thought. There will be no trust (particularly between men and women) until the sexual environment relaxes a little, or a lot. That specifically means until you relax. For that to happen, you will need to know yourself (as an active, daily, ongoing process). You will need to attend to your own injuries and wounds, so that they don't become armor that keeps people away from you. This is a game of its own, and it has to stop, if we want any peace at all.

Part of what happens is we tend to project our negative experiences and expectations onto others, which is alienating. You cannot get to know someone this way. If you distrust someone merely for being attracted to you (or thinking that they are), you have the work to do, so do it.

There's the real revolution: the mantra, "It's not about them, it's about me. It's not about her, it's about me. It's not about him, it's about me." By that I mean your fears, your insecurities, your needs, your concerns, your untrusting thoughts, your jealousy, your fear, whatever. The people you can discuss this with will be potential friends and partners in healing as we wade into the future, or as it crashes over us like a wave.

With love and trust,
P.S. As promised, here is some of my previous work on the U.S. Pluto return:

In Search of Pluto (Dec. 22, 2016) -- My introduction to this transit, covering the full Pluto cycle of the U.S., and what happened during the pivotal phases leading up to today.

Summer of Trust: The Great American Eclipse (May 25, 2017) -- Looking at the astrology of the total solar eclipse over the U.S. on Aug. 21, 2017.

In Grand Style: The United States Pluto Return (May 9, 2019) -- A recent revisit to the key astrology of our moment, giving an update on how its themes are being played out.

The Singularity Point (Aug. 4, 2019) -- Focusing on the approaching Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and the Saturn-Pluto cycle in general, in light of recent events.

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Introduction to Trust

Yes, it's a jungle out there. There are a lot of scammers in these seemingly desperate times. The internet breeds them like an ant farm, and that is spilling over into the rest of reality. Yet trust is social and spiritual oxygen. Without it, no peace of mind is possible. No healthy relationships are possible. Here are a few thoughts on the topic. Please share your responses, thoughts and ideas.

All trust starts with self-trust. Ultimately you must rely on your own decisions, and your ability to learn from your mistakes. If you do not trust yourself, you can't trust your decision to trust anyone else. This is the place to start, and that involves paying closer attention to people, what they say and do, and how you respond to them.

Everyone has had their trust violated. That is not an excuse to not trust, or to violate others; it's something to be aware of. Like all injuries, those involving trust will tend to repeat until you work your way out of the cycle. Until then, it's not going to help to treat everyone skeptically or dismissively. Meanwhile, you must be aware of your issues, use what you know, and count on people you know are reliable.

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Critters are excellent teachers of trust. In particular, dogs make a point of establishing conscious, trusting bonds with their humans. They have little choice, though it’s also profitable for everyone. And people tend to trust their dogs. You can learn a lot from modeling them emotionally. Photo is Margaret Kelly with Jonah Kelly Francis.
Be trustworthy. Be a person of your word, honor your commitments and speak truthfully. Not speaking your truth is damaging to trust, and your confidence in yourself. The process of being real must start with you.

Forget about power. Many people have a tendency to want to get power over others. This is an absurd concept, despite how pervasive it is. This can involve various forms of deception, withholding, games, or using money or sex as leverage. All of this is not only damaging to trust; it's the furthest thing from it.

Be cautious around people who make sex a moral issue. Sex is biological, social, spiritual, creative, loving, recreational -- anything but a moral issue. Beware of moralists. They are usually control freaks. Ethics is another matter entirely, and sexual relationships call for a high degree.

Extend a little trust as an experiment. If you make an appointment with someone, do they show up on time? Do they show up at all? Pay attention to the relationship between what people say and what they do. Notice whether they are truthful with others. Notice whether they speak kindly of others. Notice whether they tend to keep secrets.

Explore mirroring. Imagine someone is a mirror, and you're looking for your reflection in them. How do you feel, and what do you see? Imagine you are a mirror for another person. What are they looking for in you?

Cancel your agenda. Dinner or a walk in the park do not need to be associated with marriage, sex, going deeper, settling down or the next meeting. Stay in the moment and focus on who someone is now, and be who you are now. Romantic ideas are a serious impediment to trust. Ungrounded expectations kill relationships. 

If someone treats you disrespectfully, move on. It's not reasonable to expect someone to change a deeply ingrained pattern like disrespect. You are the one who must lower your tolerance to bad treatment. Treat people with basic dignity, and hold up that standard for how you are treated. This is best established early in any relationship.

Lying is an excellent reason not to trust someone. If you catch someone lying, you know all you need to know about whether you can trust them. This includes lying to you and to others. If you find yourself lying to someone, you need to have a long talk with yourself. While lying about sex is considered normal, it is, in truth, extremely toxic and dangerous.

Jealousy is a sign of violence and aggression. It is one of the early shades of that set of emotions, a sign that someone does not respect your autonomy. Jealousy is a sure sign that a relationship is headed in an abusive direction. Notice whether people feel jealous toward you, and whether you feel jealous toward them. This article will help with this complex issue.

Building trust is a process. It's organic, like any kind of growth process in nature. Focus on getting to know someone, and go from one experience to the next. Notice whether someone you're coexisting with tends to learn and grow from their experiences.

This is all an experiment. Just because you're careful and treat people respectfully does not mean you won't get hurt. People tend to bring their inner conflict into their relationships; the less they have, the less they will import. Pay attention and learn from your experiences, your mistakes and your good-byes.

Jupiter Stations Direct in Sagittarius

Dear Friend and Reader:

On Sunday, Jupiter will station direct in Sagittarius, the first of two signs it traditionally rules (the other being Pisces). I know a few people who've been feeling like some part of their lives has been less able to develop over the last several months, or like it's been hard to home in on a goal or vision. Jupiter traveling in apparent retrograde motion since April 10 is as good an image as any for that sensation, if it's one you've been experiencing.

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In these final days before Jupiter makes its switch (which happens at 9:37 am EDT / 13:37:11 UTC on Aug. 11) it might be helpful to ask yourself some questions. The answers may be slow to emerge after the station direct; I have never tried to track whether Jupiter stations tend to arrive with the same kind of 'sudden truth' moment that Mercury stations can signal. I suspect that the expansive nature of Jupiter may correlate to a wider window of revelation and reorientation.

Yet this may be a good time to start practicing and opening up the space via these questions. Such as: how in touch do you feel with your sense of purpose or your vision for your life? What are you noticing right now about the lessons you've learned and the patterns you've perceived that contribute to your worldview and sense of yourself in it?

When you allow yourself to get very quiet and still inside, where can you feel yourself drawn to expand and emerge and explore? Do you even remember how to find that quiet place inside, or do you need to consciously reacquaint yourself?

Jupiter stations direct in a square to Neptune in Pisces, and in a conjunction to a deep-space phenomenon called the Great Attractor. The Jupiter-Neptune square describes your goals and dreams being thrust into the glare of reality. Do they stand up on their own footing, or do they evaporate?

You may feel a push to see what's what, which is really an opportunity to demonstrate the validity of your plans and the solidity of your ideals. This does not mean everything you've set your sights on is a pipe dream; it's simply a reminder that squares require action and a little work. All designs must be tested for their integrity before you can run with them. This concept could also apply to your spiritual ideals. Are they in touch with reality? And who gets to be the arbiter of that?

You might consider how often you see them play out around you, or how often these concepts have been articulated throughout history. I'm reminded, as I write this, of a particular quotation by the writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who died this past Monday:

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Toni Morrison, groundbreaking Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer-winning author, who passed away on Aug. 5 at age 88.
"This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal."

Expand her focus on writing to all of the arts, and it's easy to see what Morrison is referring to throughout history. It's one of the reasons art is often clamped down on -- its makers muzzled, imprisoned and even killed -- when fascist regimes gain power.

You might be thinking, "But that's not what I mean by my spiritual ideals." If so, I'd ask you to reconsider or to broaden your scope of reference. I think there are few things as deeply spiritual as taking the creative gifts within oneself and using them to speak one's heart, mind, soul, courage, outrage, passion -- one's life essence. Perhaps that's also why so many people have the creative impulse beaten out of them, literally or figuratively.

I'll be curious to see how and if this particular ideal of mine is tested in the coming days; though I can think of others more specifically individual to my own journey that might be up for a proving (maybe). The essential role of art in healing civilizations has, I think, been tested time and time again.

On perhaps a more mundane and 'practical' level, Jupiter-Neptune squares can also signify generosity toward others. It may be difficult to discern who truly needs the assistance; but if your well is full, it might not matter so long as it feels good and in alignment for you to offer what you have. That said, there's a caution here about false or misplaced optimism in business dealings, especially risky ones. Business is business. Altruism or an ethically minded win-win approach must still be balanced with the reality of the fine print and demonstrable circumstances (I'm not suggesting they be abandoned if inconvenient, but rather that a deal is not a sound one if it asks you to compromise on your values).

Then there's Jupiter's conjunction to the Great Attractor. This one's a little trickier to pin down -- which seems to be a quality of the Great Attractor anyway. In a 2008 article on the Great Attractor, Eric described astrologer Philip Sedgwick's delineation of this point, when strongly placed in natal charts, as lending the person a polarizing effect, saying they tend to "evoke strong, opinionated responses from others, a typically Sagittarian trait, but amplified significantly."

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Full chart for Jupiter stationing direct; it's the orange glyph that looks like a '4' on the bottom-left. Just to the right of it is Pholus, which retrograded back into Sagittarius on Tuesday. Neptune is the blue trident on the right, below the dark horizontal line. View glyph key here.
Eric continues, "I have noticed that the people who don't like them or what they stand for cannot do much about that fact; they can bark and growl but that's about it. The Great Attractor puts reprisal out of reach and in a sense encourages cooperation."

So, a kind of slipperiness; a polarizing effect; and with Jupiter, Neptune and Sagittarius all involved, this could be especially strong in the realm of beliefs, ideals and philosophies. The current wave of argument over the roles of assault rifles and gun control laws (or lack thereof) in the context of mass shootings in the U.S. certainly bears this out. In your own experience, you might watch for polarization getting out of hand in your online conversations in particular (notably the more political ones) -- though any area of life could supply the context for expressing this energy.

Other events of note: Mercury enters Leo again on Sunday (at 3:46 pm EDT / 19:45:27 UTC), and Uranus stations retrograde in Taurus overnight Sunday into Monday. Mercury's pre-retrograde ingress of Leo occurred on June 26. That was a few days after the solstice, and less than a week before the first of our two recent eclipses. It could be worth a look at your calendar or journal to recall what you were thinking or trying to express then, and how, and to watch for relevant echoes now.

Speaking of notes and reminders: if you play with or meditate on any of the questions I mentioned earlier that relate to Jupiter stationing direct, your notes could be useful in staying focused on the place where you most desire to aim your arrow of intention, as Jupiter reorients on its forward path.

Of course, you may also find in the coming days that the target itself has shifted. That's okay -- all that matters is that you notice, and respond accordingly. Whether that means adjusting your aim or recognizing a new target is up to you.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
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Part One of Eric's Solar Winds reading, Astrology Studio for Leo Sun, Moon and rising, is now available for instant access. Leo has just been through an extraordinary experience of eclipses (including the Great American Eclipse), and you are still reorienting from those experiences. We will move from there into the influence of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, which talks about the profound changes you're going through in "everyday life," including matters related to work and wellbeing. And of course, Chiron in Aries will feature prominently, in this extended reading for Leo. Take a break from the mental stress and frustration of society, and enter a world where you are at the center, where your potential is real, and where your problems yield to your spiritual gifts.

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In Robert McCloskey's book Make Way for Ducklings, Boston policemen go out of their way to assure safe passage for Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings as they cross the city to meet up with Mr. Mallard in their new home -- a far cry from the reception children and their asylum-seeking caregivers get from ICE and Border Patrol agents at the U.S. border. Photo of Karen Alzayer's installation by David Alzayer.
Past Time to Make Way for Children

By Amanda Painter

Children, creativity, taking the lead; all of these things relate to the sign Leo. All three themes also are popping up in activist art more and more often, as the horrific problem of children being separated from their caregivers and detained at the U.S.-Mexico border in inhumane conditions continues. Though really, the simple fact of separating them is inhumane to begin with.

Early on the morning of Aug. 2, a renegade art installation popped up in the Boston Public Garden in Massachusetts, centered on the iconic sculpture of a mother duck and her eight ducklings that commemorates Robert McCloskey's classic 1941 children's book Make Way for Ducklings. Boston-area artist Karyn Alzayer constructed chicken-wire cages around pairs of the ducklings, separating the mother duck from them in her own cage. Each one was draped with a Mylar emergency blanket.

Alzayer said she'd been working on the idea for months.

"The Mallards are Boston's quintessential immigrant family," said Alzayer in an interview with WGBH. "In the book they moved here for a better life." She adds, "In the book, the ducklings were looking for a place to stay. If that were to happen during today's climate this would be their fate."

According to WGBH, "One park employee came to work at 6:30 a.m. and saw the cages piled up next to ducks. He said the cages were removed by a homeless man who lives in the park and often helps clean statues. When the employee saw a photo of the installation, he said he thought it was 'awesome.'"

Since the cages were removed so early, not many people saw the installation in person. But a photo taken by David Alzayer has gone viral, as people contemplate who we treat with warmth and care and who we do not.

According to a government report last month, roughly 1,350 children have been separated from their parents under President Donald Trump's administration. Seven children have died in border patrol custody since last year. Collectively, we have already failed these children in so many ways. What will it take to protect and care for them, rather than simply allow them (barely) to exist?

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Jerry Garcia photographed by Robbi Cohn, friend of Planet Waves, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA, on June 30, 1995. A framed print of this image, called Birdsong, is hung over the PW business office desk.
Jerry Garcia Tribute on Planet Waves FM

Dear Friend and Listener:

This week's program [play edition here] started as a Jerry Garcia tribute (on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of his birth), and grew from there. So there's lots of music, as well as my comment on the El Paso shooting, current astrology, Garcia's chart and musical style, and Tantra Studio.

Thanks for supporting Planet Waves FM. You may become a one-time or regular supporter here.

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Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

We published your extended monthly horoscope for August on Thursday, July 25. Your extended monthly horoscope for July was published on Thursday, June 27. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope after the Sun has entered a new sign.

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Weekly Horoscope for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 (#1256) | By Victoria Emory
Aries (March 20-April 19) -- You've had to fight for your right to party. Like a hawk soaring on an updraft, you've had a few recent moments to catch your breath and take in the view from a higher perspective. If you're feeling optimistic one minute, vaguely anxious the next, remember that even calmer waters call for skillful navigation. After several rocky months and withdrawn focus on past or domestic issues, you're emerging to train your sights on the future. This includes reviewing changes in material security and adjusting what's necessary to create the freedom you seek. Professional and domestic concerns might have been so overwhelming lately as to eclipse an underlying need, now ripe for attention: to free your mind; to feed your soul; to seek truth. Inner prompts toward study, spiritual development, writing or travel should be taken seriously. Make the quest real by homing in on one idea you're really drawn to, and take the first step. With focus, the creative potential in such a path is immense. -- By Victoria Emory
There are a lot of reasons to feel under pressure these days, and it can be hard to find resources offering real, practical ways to deal with it and feel better. Your 2020 reading by Eric Francis is available for instant access to help you get started.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- Each evolutionary process has milestones, and Uranus moving through your house of self-identity can deliver some memorable jolts. But the revolutionary changes this transit implies take seven years to play out (give or take), and you'll have six months to review what's been stirred, after Uranus (the Great Awakener) stations retrograde on Sunday. Jupiter turns direct the same day, lending powerful support to what looks like a propitious stage of integration. A nine-month cycle involving relationships also wraps up now, on fertile soil to sow seeds for a new stage of relating: to partners, your past, your family and to your own desires. Your foundations, literal and psychic, are well synced at the moment. A lot's going on inside and below ground, so take a few weeks to turn within and re-group. If your living space needs an upgrade, resources should be easier to tap. Envision goals with an eye toward practical strategies, and you'll soon emerge with considerable creative fire to take deliberate action. -- By Victoria Emory
Change may be the only constant, but that doesn't always make it easy to deal with. Your 2020 reading by Eric Francis (available now) offers creative ways to navigate the chaos of life that are grounded, reassuring and actually useful.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- After months of ponderous focus on personal security — and how other people factor into it — you can finally begin to make progress in important relationships with less overwhelming emphasis on power dynamics, or mercantile concerns. The game changes on Sunday, though you might have picked up a few recent, uplifting clues. Both your mind and schedule look pretty jammed, but the tempo is set to accelerate, so guard against overwhelm. Communication and relationship patterns are in re-set mode, in a sense, and opportunities to re-energize key relationships, personal and professional, hold significant promise. New connections are also possible now, if you're interested. Just proceed with eyes open. There's a potential for over-idealized projections, or compulsion/obsession, in all relations, including career-related. Would you prefer enriching, creative partnerships or vagueness and fantasy? Honesty and discernment will steer you right. -- By Victoria Emory
Feeling stuck, in pain or totally overwhelmed can have a numbing effect and make it hard to find the way back to what you love most in life. If you need some assistance along these lines, your 2020 reading by Eric Francis (available now) may be just what you need.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- You're an alchemist. You may not realize it, but the challenges you've faced this year, the bruises as well as victories, have all been integral to a heroic transformation of your self-identity: the dissolution of old patterns, and distillation, refinement and re-creation of how you manifest in this world. A stage of re-building and solidification clicks in now, and magnificent power is at your disposal to establish the material base you require. To channel that power most effectively, you'll need to clarify priorities and systematically focus on specific facets of your overall project. Map out practical, step-by-step strategies, and stick to the outline. If you need a job, or an assistant, or additional skills, The Force is with you. Just be disciplined in your approach. A pitfall to avoid is the potential to scatter your energies in far-flung schemes, or getting sidetracked by dreamy projections far into the future. Use that wealth of creative vision to identify concrete objectives. Then stay on course. -- By Victoria Emory
There are a lot of reasons to feel under pressure these days, and it can be hard to find resources offering real, practical ways to deal with it and feel better. Your 2020 reading by Eric Francis is available for instant access to help you get started.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- Your power to work creatively and courageously through any challenge is infinitely more accessible than it's been for months, so don't let a stalled professional project drag your speed. Whatever's in play needs to be re-worked in some way, and you've got plenty of mojo to do your own thing. You're emerging in a personal renaissance, and seeds planted now are charged with a fortunate ray. Mercury exits the shadows to enter your sign this week, so prepare to accelerate. The more you focus on creative projects, self-expression and objective self-examination, the less you'll dissipate forces through buzzing all over the place. So much fire's flowing through you these days; capture sparks of inspiration and put them to use, just don't burn yourself out. Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, your life is your canvas, and more optimistic, invigorating winds are headed in your direction. Note: Play and creative exploration should be potent, revitalizing elixirs now. Excessive indulgence would have quite a different effect. -- By Victoria Emory
Change may be the only constant, but that doesn't always make it easy to deal with. Your 2020 reading by Eric Francis (available now) offers creative ways to navigate the chaos of life that are grounded, reassuring and actually useful.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- Where do you feel most connected; that inner sense of belonging and security at the root of your being? For nine months you've had the opportunity, perhaps necessity, to consider the question from a higher perspective. It's been a powerful cycle of inner growth, making peace with your past, your family, and your own sense of self. Externally, Jupiter's transit through the foundation of your chart can express in terms of 'home improvement'; if you've wanted to get that ball rolling, this week's direct station will help clear that path. The real action in your chart is very much internal, however: primarily focused in terms of working through a specific relationship issue. A great deal of your energy's been wrapped up there. It's human nature to romanticize the past or idealize partners, but the more honest you are with yourself, the more you allow emotion to move, the more you'll reclaim parts of you that have been trapped. Several convergent cycles support this process; you cannot lose what is truly yours. -- By Victoria Emory
Feeling stuck, in pain or totally overwhelmed can have a numbing effect and make it hard to find the way back to what you love most in life. If you need some assistance along these lines, your 2020 reading by Eric Francis (available now) may be just what you need.

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Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- Your approach to future goals has expanded this year. Previous frameworks of thought have evolved, and you've developed a higher level of perception. Key relationships in your community could factor directly in to what you hope to achieve, and after months of rumination, you should have a clearer sense as to how to proceed. A new start in such relationships is possible now, and you'll do well to look at the history between you through that lens of greater wisdom now available. Communications in general, especially with allies you may have lost touch with, or involving long-term projects that have been on hold, are powerfully supported now. Express yourself as honestly as you can, with generosity of spirit and self-confidence. This might require transcending idealized scenarios, or insecurities you've held in the back of your mind. If writing is on your agenda, get real about discipline. You've got a message to deliver that will benefit others — trust your need to do so. Just strive for clarity; first within, then without. -- By Victoria Emory
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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- Momentum is set to pick up this week regarding professional matters. If projects or negotiations have been hanging in mid-air, you should be quite well positioned to move forward and advance your interests. You'll be most effective, however, when bringing your fine-tuned sensitivity to all communications. Your drive to succeed is intense, but potential ego clashes can be avoided with a little diplomatic intelligence. Feel into the environment and be very honest with yourself about your objectives. Brainstorming about creative ideas may indeed prove worthwhile, but the more methodical an approach you can take, the less power you'll waste by getting side-tracked by fantasies or risky schemes. Relationships with employers or other authorities connected with your career seem especially highlighted this week, and it's possible to establish new frameworks within which to operate. A metamorphosis in your relational environment overall is just getting started, but if recent fireworks caught you off guard, Uranus' upcoming retrograde should tamp down that heat for a while, giving you plenty of time to adjust. -- By Victoria Emory
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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- Jupiter resumes forward motion in your sign this week, with the house most conducive to their expression hosting a fiery power-panel of planets. The flow between them is electric, and when Mercury ignites that rocket the same day, you're headed into a few weeks of Super-Sagg. With an encouraging wind at your back, the quest for truth hits Mach speed and adventure calls. It's a rare, peak season for rewarding travel and study. The seeker of knowledge faces many tests along the path, however, and this epic year has delivered. Over-arching themes include freedom versus security, and withstanding the tension of evolving values and self-identity. Another challenge is trickier to pin down, and may be the hardest of all: to remain open without falling for tempting illusions. The process is deeply personal, and for a while longer, understand that you're traversing a type of liminal realm.  You'll emerge soon enough, with greater clarity and understanding. Note the terrain, and trust that the journey is worth it. -- By Victoria Emory
Feeling stuck, in pain or totally overwhelmed can have a numbing effect and make it hard to find the way back to what you love most in life. If you need some assistance along these lines, your 2020 reading by Eric Francis (available now) may be just what you need.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- You're plenty familiar by now with the challenging side of Saturn's conjunction with Pluto in your sign: the weighted, serious introspection; confrontation with unconscious shadows and drives, the works. But as your tribe knows instinctively, where there's challenge, there's reward. And the immense evolutionary rewards include the kind of wisdom gained only through deep exploration of inner dimensions; intimate self-knowledge; psychic transformation. This week some juicy juju provides powerful support to help tap these rewards. Jupiter's whispering guidance to your inner being from off stage, and this benevolent teacher's direct station lines up with your psychic receiver to turn that volume way up. To maximize reception, take time out and intentionally relax your body, quiet your mind and tune in. Gently turn your focus inward and try to let go. If you haven't remembered dreams lately, just thinking about doing so helps. This is a dialogue between You and you; fortifying nutrition for your psyche and soul, that will serve your progress down the road. -- By Victoria Emory
There are a lot of reasons to feel under pressure these days, and it can be hard to find resources offering real, practical ways to deal with it and feel better. Your 2020 reading by Eric Francis is available for instant access to help you get started.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Complex astrology this week expresses in your chart through exciting alignments between your cherished goals for the future and meaningful relationships that help you achieve them. Projects you may have been hoping for, or which required the right people, might spark to life to the mutual benefit of all. Conditions are very right for meeting friends who will help you realize ambitions, and more — who you relate to as part of the same tribe, in the sense of shared ideals. The light turns green under fortunate skies, so get ready to roll and get out there. A note to the wise: whatever's involved has enormous creative potential, but keep an eye on any fuzziness around the financial component. Tension exists between needs and dreams. It's also possible that a friend may become something more this week, or an intimate partnership gets re-negotiated. You're integrating revolutionary changes in the deepest strata of your being: your roots; your past; your home. This is a work in progress. -- By Victoria Emory
Change may be the only constant, but that doesn't always make it easy to deal with. Your 2020 reading by Eric Francis (available now) offers creative ways to navigate the chaos of life that are grounded, reassuring and actually useful.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You've had a vision of something of great significance that you've wanted to manifest in the world. It may seem as if that vision has drifted beyond your ability to actualize, and slippery friction has made gaining traction toward achieving that goal a genuine challenge. The time has come to banish self-doubt, however; to summon your will and get clear with yourself about how to make that dream real. Jupiter's direct station this week can re-ignite faith in your power to do so, and you seem prepared to put in the work necessary. The more you direct your attention toward organized, tangible steps, the less overwhelmed you'll feel by what may have become an over-idealized concept that needs to be brought into focus. You can access precisely the grounded, process-oriented commitment necessary. This is your key to mastery. But you must gather your intent and actively tap into it. Assistance is available; quite possibly in the form of allies you respect, who recognize your talent and potential. -- By Victoria Emory
Feeling stuck, in pain or totally overwhelmed can have a numbing effect and make it hard to find the way back to what you love most in life. If you need some assistance along these lines, your 2020 reading by Eric Francis (available now) may be just what you need.

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