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Interval of Decision: Where Are We Going? (part one)
"Reason has no place at all in madness, nor can it be adjusted to fit its end. Faith and belief are strong in madness, guiding perception toward what the mind has valued. But reason enters not at all in this. For the perception [of illusion] would fall away at once, if reason were applied. There is no reason in insanity, for it depends entirely on reason's absence."
-- A Course in Miracles, Chapter 21
"The Function of Reason"
Dear Friend and Reader:

Anyone familiar with a spiritual path has been taught that there are two ways to guide our lives, by love, or by fear. We've all heard this over and over again. Personally figuring out that it's true is another matter. Remembering to make the choice between them, consciously and whenever necessary, is yet another.

In theory, the difference is easy to see, and the choice is an obvious one to make. In reality, it's much more difficult, because fear is so compelling, and it's a contagious substance. We also place a high value in our culture on being afraid, and on living in crisis rather than solving problems.

Even on the most personal level, living one's truth presents challenges. Jonathan Livingston Seagull reminded us that doing so can be alienating from those who are not interested. If you know you are not like those other gulls, you're likely to feel alone, and that is untenable to most people.

Fear is dominating the lives of many right now, and is being used as everything from a political wedge to a marketing device. While society is managing a crisis, we stand collectively at a branching of the road, and a time of decision -- one that we are almost certain to miss if we remain obsessed by fear, and in particular by frantic retreat from one another.

In many ways, fear would seem to be an appropriate response to a government that millions are demanding stop arbitrarily killing people in the course of routine police work, and at the same time, that we are trusting to take care of us. "Taking care" means being helpful and not using the pandemic situation as some combination of a political power play and a vast commercial opportunity. Were recent events seen honestly, that would be a real stretch.

This is the classic double bind of child abuse: depending on one's abuser for survival. The same government that dishes out chokeholds, beatings and pepper spray is the one we rely on for health "care," ventilators and contradictory information.
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Environments are Difficult to Perceive

In this article I plan to begin a discussion of the astrology between now and Dec. 21 -- which points to Aquarius, where Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all headed. This is a moment when the psychic substance we work in is especially soft and pliable, and when it is easier to make decisions and change patterns than it will be later. I will have additional details next week, especially about Mars retrograde.

The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction that happens on that day is set in the context of Pluto making its transition into Aquarius between March 2023 and January 2024. We are now entering a 24-year phase of astrology, a transition into a world we might not recognize if given a glimpse of where we might be toward the end of the cycle, say around 2040.

The overwhelming influence of Aquarius calls for seeking an understanding of the social environment and also how it is now dominated by an electrical communication network through which nearly all thoughts, feelings and ideas are transmitted -- including our location, biometric data and information about all of the people we know. When you hear the term "5G," think "internet of things," where the goal is to have every last object connected to the network: every toaster and car and dog collar and all the cameras that surround us, along with your body temperature and when you ovulate.

The problem with environments is that they're difficult to perceive, which makes their effects very difficult to perceive. They change gradually, and then we catch up all at once, if at all. While they are developing, we hardly notice them; it's as if they don't exist, or show up in the form of some cool new thing. It's like when your neighbor is out with a leaf blower that's running for 20 minutes, and then it stops, and you notice it. This particular set of conditions is not letting up, however.
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The Two Kinds of Compassion

Even under seemingly positive conditions, people tend to worry about the future more than they work to create it. As a society, we tend to ignore our opportunities to make the world better, or we get so caught in anxiety and uncertainty that we miss the moment. This leaves the future largely in the hands of people who plan -- usually very large companies, who design products and marketing campaigns -- and also the government (which along with industry is now functioning more than ever as one entity).

Our moment calls for greater awareness and participation, in ways that go beyond marching in the streets. Maybe by the end of this article I'll have an idea what that might look like. However, I know what it does not look like: a lot of terrorized, traumatized, confused people who will do whatever they are told, and believe what they are told even when it contradicts itself or their own knowledge. That is not the path of love. Love, therefore, would be some other thing, some other feeling or quality or environment or state of being.

When he was speaking in Woodstock in the late 1970s, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was asked by an audience member about compassion. He said there are two kinds: what your grandmother feels for you, and the truth. We could say that commitment to truth is the measure of commitment to love. That means being willing to challenge one's own perceptions. The alternative is coddling one another's anxieties in the midst of creepy discussions of mandatory vaccination, immunity certificates linked to travel and commerce, and facial recognition technology.
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Between the Conjunctions

The year 2020 includes two generational conjunctions -- rare events that describe points of no return. We began with Saturn conjunct Pluto on Jan. 12 (an approximately 36-year event), and conclude with Jupiter conjunct Saturn (a 20-year event). We are now in the interval between these events, when we have an opportunity to make some changes.

Track history and you can see how either of these kinds of conjunction would signify dependably momentous changes on its own. Put them together into the same timeframe -- inside of one year is very close -- and we're looking at something truly unusual, which is exactly what we're getting.

In Monday's column, What is Real and What is Not, I concluded by saying, "We now live in the interval of deciding what kind of society, and what kind of world, we want to live in. We now live within the delicate, transitory and formative moment between two major conjunctions: Saturn-Pluto on Jan. 12; and Jupiter-Saturn on Dec. 21. All the events between them serve as a bridge between these two landmarks. We are on that bridge right now."

I take a low-key approach to astrological developments. However, by now we can acknowledge that this unusual pattern of events is describing world conditions we must address consciously. Many astrologers have previously noted this would be a life-changing year. I and others made the connection to 9/11 (the most recent collective Saturn-Pluto event, at the opposition).
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From Capricorn to Aquarius

However, we are now on notice about the significance and power of this astrology. If you look just a little past the virus, and the virus scare, and its immediate impact, it's possible to see just how much is on the line, though not exactly pleasant. Imagine a world where everywhere you go, you have to prove you don't have one particular disease. This has already begun in the United States.

For events to move from Capricorn to Aquarius is akin to moving from the past to the future. Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn looks like the collapse of some old order of society and consciousness. Capricorn represents the known order, and this has been collapsing on a regular basis, before our eyes under Pluto in Capricorn. Saturn is pushing matters to a crux point. Everything unresolved is coming up. The story of our moment is not that there's a virus loose.

It's that every issue is bubbling to the surface at the same time: chemical contamination and global warming and the quality of our food; the impact of medications and nutrition on our lives; economic injustice, and racial injustice; and the positively insane overload of information and disinformation in the digital environment. Everything is up for grabs. Not everyone is within equal reach.

Based on my careful reading of the astrology, and of society, we have approximately a six-month interval to decide what kind of society we want. Whatever options we see, and whichever ones we choose, the results will take place in Aquarius. I see the possibilities going in two main directions. As we are speaking in binary concepts here, these may correspond to love and fear.
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Aquarius: Individual Meets Collective

On the deepest levels, Aquarius is about where the individual meets the collective: where a person engages with society and how it feels. In many ways, that is the story of our lives. Every individual life is shaped by contact with some wider social life, and also a wider public life.

Much of the interaction is determined by the individual's state of mind. If someone has a strong need to individuate, they are more likely to stand apart from what they don't accept, or what does not work for them. Many people feel this need, and then keep giving up every time they get a chance to express it meaningfully.

Alice A. Bailey said that Aquarius works on two levels: mass consciousness and group consciousness. A mass is like the crowd in a football stadium. It moves, in total. Masses do not in any way require individuation, nor do they support it. The idea "we all believe this" (team spirit, patriotism, nearly all religion) is an example of mass consciousness, because the individual's view has no place. We could call this tribal consciousness. In tribes and in masses, there is generally no room for individuals or individuality.

Alternately, a group is made of individuals. Individuals are people who are engaged in their process of self-actualization. The beauty of a group is that people can bring their individual ideas to the discussion, for consideration. Groups allow for the magnification of intelligence. Masses and mass consciousness facilitate the severe diminishing of intelligence, because things like proposing ideas, asking questions and debates are not on the menu.
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Conspiracy, or Conformity?

Many people now stand right on the line between mass consciousness and individuation. They are the ones who are bold enough to be curious and to ask questions. This implies a few things. To do this, one must be sufficiently individuated to not fear being rejected by the group. This is a big step for a lot of people, because it activates all kinds of childhood issues about being approved of, and being pushed out into the cold if you make the adults angry.

This dovetails into various matters of authority. To think for oneself, it's necessary to have made some progress on the project of learning to be one's inner authority and not depend on external validation -- especially social validation. There are matters that throw a veil over this, particularly when fear is activated. People tend to become the most tribal and least willing to dissent when under perceived threat. Individuality is meaningless if it's not present under duress and when there is something at stake.

As we lean into a 24-year era of Aquarius-dominated astrology, where do you stand with that? This may be difficult to observe. However, there are some pointers that may help you orient on your location. Are you willing to stand up and resist the flow of events? Are you willing to risk being unpopular and speak your mind? Can you place the truth over how you think people will feel about you? Are you willing to risk rejection to make your ideas known?

In many different environments, dissent is treated harshly. This is why there are whistleblower protection laws. Even under the most egregious circumstances, such as when crimes are being committed, most people will revert to mass consciousness and not say anything, even if it troubles their conscience. This frequently creates the illusion of a conspiracy when really what is going on is conformity. All those scientists might not lie -- but nearly all would shut up if speaking up means losing their job or their whole career, and it does.
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Aquarius and Digital Technology

When I refer to media theory as I'm about to do, I do not intend it as a statement of ultimate truth, but rather as a guide to the wilderness we are in.

Our global environment is now dominated by digital technology. This is influencing everyone and everything. We are living through "deep disorientation of intellect and destabilization of culture throughout the world." We live in a time when "the meaning and significance and experience of the body is utterly transformed and distorted."

The digital environment is built on an older one: the electrical grid. Electrical technology has one thing in common: it tribalizes people. One effect is to obliterate privacy, which is a tribal function. Some people may not think it's weird, outrageous and unnecessary that cameras track your every move as you walk through a city, but I do.

While we are busy discussing "masks" and "cases" and meekly noticing the vaccine gold rush, society is designing itself into an episode of the Netflix program Black Mirror. This whole series is about the totalitarian nature of digital technology, all of which is now well-developed in China and sprouting robustly in many "free" countries including the United States. Watch any one episode to get an idea of what they are commenting on. This is not about the future. It is difficult to miss the connection to our lives now, and what they are becoming. I wish I could promise you that things are going to work out and we will find our way without anything seriously bad happening. I say that in the context of knowing that bad things are happening, and I see the potential for building a new world. Usually I am pretty optimistic.

I have my doubts, however, whether enough people are up to the task of individuating sufficiently to ask their own questions -- particularly in an environment where we are being subjected to an avalanche of lies about our own health and well being. The only appropriate response to a random sheet of plexiglass hanging in the middle of the room is to laugh at it.
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Preserving Our Humanity

To preserve our humanity means being willing to risk vulnerability. It also means having courage, and in particular, the courage to seek out the truth and make your own decisions, rather than be told what is so, and accepting some order or mandate not to question it. Vulnerability means staying in contact with one another as people and not as Facebook feeds or Instagram content streams. It means loving people and not "liking" what they post.

One of the apps I have found to be the most appalling, as in vile, is the one that lets you bill your friends for making them dinner, as guests in your home. Apart from the old-school value of feeding your friends for free, bear in mind that we now live in times when it’s illegal some places to have a guest; it's considered frightening many other places and politically offensive. Many people think the only people who would dare to share a meal would all be wearing MAGA hats and standing around a barbecue.

We have a need to be social and to manage whatever this pandemic situation is or may be. The two are not mutually exclusive, in the short or the long run. And we might question why if it's safe enough to go to Walmart, it's allegedly too dangerous to have a friend come over for dinner.

The decision we face for the next six months, and will be making ongoing, is about what world we want to live in. But this is not about the world: it's about what you think of yourself. Every decision you make stems from what you think you are. This works whether you recognize your perception or not; whether it's externally driven, or based on a sincere inquiry into the nature of your being. You have options, though the choice is yours alone.

With love,
PS -- Have you tried leaving home without your cell phone lately? Maybe give that a try, and see what it's like; notice where that aligns with your sense of your own being and presence in the world. It's legal to leave it on your kitchen table when you go for a walk. But it doesn't feel that way.

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Mars Conjunct Neptune Coming to a Boil

We are now up to the Mars-Neptune conjunction. This takes place at 10:13 am EDT on Saturday, June 13. While Mars conjoins Neptune every two years or so, this aspect stands out even in a year dominated by generational events. Its significance at this time relates to the moral crisis of truth that we have all been dragged into -- or seen another way, which has been revealed for anyone who cares to observe it.

Mars conjunct Neptune is the perfect aspect for sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. It has that eat, drink and be merry feeling, though its hedonism can have an edge of self-destruction to it. But this not just about partying. Neptune describes the conditions associated with belief, and Mars-Neptune is a caution against deception, distortion and denial.

I would love for a "scientist" to explain this to me. Let's pretend I'm 8 years old. How exactly does this prevent the spread of an allegedly airborne virus? Could this device hold water? Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.
It is a caution to check your facts and your analysis of them. We are currently caught in an avalanche of lies. These lies are supported by denial. It was well into my career covering scientific fraud that I recognized that there are lies, and then there are people who actively seek out and accept them. Very few are hapless victims. 

The "debate" over the world crisis is being treated like a joke -- far less seriously than a sporting event. Organizations we're supposed to rely on present the public face of changing their opinion on the issues regularly. They can say one thing one day, and deny it the next day -- without any discussion. What's worse, nobody stops the show and asks how, exactly, that happened. You're lucky if anyone remembers that it happened at all.

As a result, we end up in a toxic, chaotic environment of deception and distrust. This is a direct extension of what we were conditioned to accept as children, whether from parents, their various spouses and partners, teachers, nuns, priests, ministers, sports coaches, doctors or whomever else claimed power over our destiny -- over your destiny.

Most of how they did that was creating an atmosphere of contradiction and the arbitrary imposition of their truth. Sadly, most people do not recover from this, and tend to be sheepish about determining what is true for them, or true about the world. Usually, some form of fear, anxiety, or emotional chaos stands in for the quiet confidence of understanding, and the satisfying feeling of exploring your curiosity. We need more of that now. It's the only thing keeping us afloat as these vast events take place around us, but really, within us.

Read more, with an accompanying 12-sign reading, in the most recent Monday Morning edition of Planet Waves.

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Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

Your extended monthly horoscope for June was published on Thursday, May 21. We published your extended monthly horoscope for May on Saturday, April 25. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope after the Sun has entered a new sign.
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Monday Morning Horoscope #232 for June 8, 2020 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) — To be the 'master of your destiny', so much as is possible on the physical plane, calls for having a handle on your spiritual life. That's the bit where you consider your relationship to existence, and seek to understand your fears, and learn where you stand with yourself. It's easy to sidestep this. It's easy to Netflix and chill your way through life. The initial steps require the most adaptation, because old ways do not like to be challenged, nor do the inner identities that sustain them. Sometimes, though, there is a bold sense of adventure. Other times you might embark on something and not be sure what that is. Any of those would serve you, though you must make the connections -- feeling the pull or the opening and allowing yourself to experience that. For a little while, you have access to knowledge that is beyond your direct experience. Listen carefully for that, and notice when you hear it.

The Journey of You and Chiron | A New Reading by Eric Francis

Anyone who has encountered it is curious about Chiron. Planet Waves provides one of the few dependable online sources of information on this unusual planet. For the 10th anniversary Astrology Studio reading, I will be covering Chiron in Aries — a momentous event for all those born under this sign, and of high interest to everyone else. Get instant access to this reading here.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — What are the bonds that link you to another person? They seem to be shifting; are you observing that fact? It's not that the relationship is 'ending', but rather that its deeper basis, its foundation, is calling for recognition. It will be possible to live under the old terms for a while, though for the relationship to persist, you must grow in ways that you may find daunting, incomprehensible or impossible at the moment. When you have that feeling, consider that you're standing on the wave front of your next reality. You may or may not like this. You might try to compensate by holding onto some values or ideas you have long espoused. If you're doing that, do it consciously, because Venus retrograde is an opportunity to reassess your ideals. Even if you have no special interest in that, it's going to happen; you know that your spirit is moving you, and you must begin to question what you thought of as reality.

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You can now get instant access to your 2020-21 Taurus Astrology Studio here for just $44. This reading focuses on a professional breakthrough toward the end of the year, and preparing you for this development. Venus retrograde in the spring is preparation. Mars retrograde in the autumn is preparation.

Ultimately this is a spiritual development, yet in reality we are talking about aligning your purpose with action, with a calling, and with an opportunity. Elements of the reading go out to a series of power steps in 2021. Read more.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — How is your listening process going? The one about listening to yourself, or reading what you've written? [Please see Gemini in Monday Morning 231.] This is not the kind of thing you do for a moment and move on. It's a skill you're being called upon to develop, so that you have it available when you need it. You can think of this as coming home to yourself, which may require making the discovery that you had, at some point, gone away. You have a tendency to dismiss the body-oriented level of knowledge and understanding, in favor of what 'makes sense' to you. What happens then is you miss out on the opportunity to be with your contradictions long enough to work them out. Notice when you're doing this: when you try to explain something, make it simple, or resolve the tension by taking sides. True maturity comes from being able to live in peace with uncertainty and in the face of the unknown, if only for a while.

Your 2020-21 Gemini Astrology Studio, The Sacred Space of Self, is now available for instant access. The reading covers Venus retrograde in your sign, Vesta in your sign, Saturn in Aquarius, and the momentous astrology at the end of the year.Thank you for your business and your trust.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Last week, I reminded you: for healing to be real, the problem most certainly must have the element of opportunity, otherwise, what is the use? This is the 'other way of seeing things' that is so essential to any progress. Evolution of thought means seeing yourself and your situation from a new angle, particularly one where you notice you have the power to make decisions. That is the moment where and when you engage your true being: the place you see and acknowledge that you can call the shots. As you study this, you're likely to notice how it embraces everything about you, right down to choosing who you are, and choosing to accept who you are. This would be simple, save for all the layers of guilt and denial that are piled on nearly everyone as a child -- particularly an insidious form of self-denial that results in losing contact with one's core being. Restoring your strength comes back to being fully present for your power to decide, and seeing your options.

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Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Curiosity is your best friend. It's your permission to exist, to search and to feel. Curiosity is your permission to create, just so you can see what happens next. It is a bypass through or around clutter that would serve no purpose but to distract you from taking action. Usually, that clutter is put in place to make people less curious, and thus more manageable, predictable and subject to external control. To engage your motivation and self-authority, therefore, you would be taking the most tangible step beyond external control. Are you ready for that? And how do you know? This would seem to be one of the deepest personal issues, connected to and multiplied into many of the problems we see in society, where so many people, as a mass movement, are united and emboldened by the need to not think for themselves. Then they wonder how certain political 'leaders' manifest, and parental figures, priests and other cops. Could all of this be obviated by allowing yourself to feel sincere curiosity, and acting upon it? Are you curious about that?
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THE DHARMA readings are complete and available for instant access! These are 12 uplifting, motivational astrology readings for your sign and rising sign. Many times I have quoted Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche: "We do indeed live in an age of decadence, but the Dharma is not decadent. The Dharma is the same as it always has been." Despite the challenges of our time, you can focus on your purpose, which is related to the World Purpose. You can step into your calling as one who came to our planet to make a positive difference. This is integral to your healing path, your personal mission and the necessities of the world. In this new video reading, about work and relationships, we will use the astrological markers of our moment to point the way, and clear the way. Order all 12 signs of THE DHARMA here. You may view free five-minute samples here.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — It's easy to tell who is honest, if you're really interested. If you don't care, it's nearly impossible, because the concept of honesty won't exist. If you fall prey to someone's lack of integrity, it will merely seem like circumstances outside your control led to it. Once you make a choice to be discerning, life may seem a shade more dangerous, because you're acknowledging potential problems that are related to your choice to trust or not trust -- which is an important decision in any relationship. Then, there is what to do if you are not certain. However, this would seem to call for a basic protocol, such as paying attention, and gaining some experience in small ways that don't involve too much vulnerability. That would include listening. People will tell you who they are without much prodding. They will also show you who they are, with all of their actions. The only question is whether you care enough to notice. That is the same question as: how much do you care about yourself?.
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The conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn on the winter solstice of 2020 describes a bold vision for ourselves and the world, focused in the sign Aquarius. It's a whole new realm of astrology, unlike anything we've seen in generations. For this reason, the written portion of INTELLIGENCE focuses on 2020. This is essential reading, available now for instant access, for anyone feeling the pressure and looking to get a grip on our momentous astrology. You may order your signs here.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Make sure you need to do everything you're doing. That will require you to slow down and evaluate whatever you do. This means acknowledging what it is from a purely factual standpoint: I am painting the foyer lime green; I am planting rhubarbs in my garden before the New Moon; I am polishing my headlights. And it means noticing where that action fits into the sequence of events, motivated by something, and headed toward something. I am recommending these very basic kinds of orientation exercises due to a Mars-Neptune conjunction that is brewing, building, and will be exact on Saturday, June 13. This has the feeling of spiritual vertigo, including complicating your sense of the passage of time. To sort out what is real from what is not, it will help to have reference points, which include the calendar, and extend into the kind of rudimentary awareness exercises I suggested. Take care of your health by taking care of your wellbeing. For you they are closely related. Focus on feeling good, rather than feeling safe.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Your chart has the feeling of melting, as in you melting. This could be a pleasant experience of gently melting into warm water, or a meltdown that is the result of anger. You may find that these two states of mind are closer than you may think, and somehow mysteriously slip from one to another. Wherever you may be in consciousness, be there. Feel what you're feeling, and use that as a point of entry into yourself. The sensations you're experiencing are not the destination or result. Rather, they are openings into a deeper experience of yourself. Your way will be facilitated by not being so invested in your emotions, but rather taking some distance and acknowledging their existence. You may not get any easy answers about what is true and what is not. If you ride the waves and dare to breathe underwater, you may discover you're asking real questions that you're not in a rush to answer.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — You're in a time where your potential is being revealed to you. Potential, is, of course, just that -- any growth or revelation comes from action. Sometimes it's one thing, like doing something you might not ordinarily have done, which places you in new territory. Sometimes, it's like learning a difficult or unfamiliar dance move, where you just have to keep doing it over and over to get it right. In fiction, there is a concept called 'suspending disbelief'. That's what gets you into the universe of the book or film; you forget it's not real for a while, and do not actively resist your perceptions. That, too, would be a helpful move, though how you get there is the question. You can look for an idea you want to work with. Notice if you have some odd attachment to "the way things are." How does any attachment work or not work for you? Be alert to what serves a negative purpose, such as, "I have this person in my life to interrupt me." Then, decide if you want that purpose.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — You may be noticing another wave of change you cannot control. That's the only meaningful kind. It's the experience that teaches you there's something more creative than control, which is to make up life as you go. Though this may seem either impossible or like it couldn't work all the time, in truth it's an approach and a skillset you develop and learn to use. Many have proposed that, mainly, it is attachment to the past that gets in the way of being in the present. However, the past cannot be dismissed. One place to start is to acknowledge you will always coexist with it, though that its meaning will change over time. It already has. You don't need to fear that if you look at the past, you will get lost in it again. You're bigger than it now; you're not there. You live in a parallel world. Think of your past as an aquarium you're looking into from the outside, and perhaps reconsider your response to anything you may see.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — The paradox of approval is that it ultimately always comes down to you, for yourself. Others can do something useful, which is to set an example, thereby teaching you newer approaches than the ones previously modeled. Learn the specifics: tone of voice, choice of words. Be sensitive to what you like being said about you and what you don't appreciate, including the subtle shades. Pretty much all learning is by example, so choose the example you want. When you take someone as an intimate, you accept the way they treat you as the way you would treat yourself. This counts for whomever they may be, that is, in whatever supposed role, and however they may speak to you, or treat you. Let this be your guidance on filtering out who you don't want in your life and whom you do. You might say, as others do unto you, you do unto yourself.

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Astrology Studio for Pisces | A New Reading by Eric Francis

This is a momentous time in collective history, and a turning point in your life. As the year develops, most of the movement — including Pisces' ruling planet Jupiter, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction — will be pointing into Aquarius, the most sensitive and innermost angle of your chart. I will also cover the retrogrades of Venus and Mars, and the forthcoming Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in your friendship sign Capricorn. Mostly, I will help you orient on your profound journey, and offer guidance how to harmonize with the world at this unusual time. Get instant access to this reading here.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — I just happened upon this Pisces weekly horoscope from four years ago, in May. It seemed apropos of our moment. "If you feel like you're at a turning point, then keep turning. Your astrology reveals that you have more leverage than you think, though at times you may feel like you're mysteriously stuck. Actually, you're surpassing one limit after the next, though they may be subtle limits, many of them mental. As you do this, it's important to be aware of your significant gains. Pay less attention to the day-to-day ups and downs, and more attention to the longer scenario. Where were you at a year ago? What about two years? Make a list of every challenge and obstacle you've successfully navigated. Consider what you've built, made or created, and give yourself extra credit because it's so challenging to be enthusiastic about anything these days. Yet if you want to get your life onto the next level, it will help if you think of yourself -- not your life -- differently. Your life is not about what you do. It's about who you are, and what you do follows from that."

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