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New Excerpts From The Art of Becoming -- All Signs
"Wow -- what a reading! I have been struggling for years trying to find that part of me, the one with drive, ambition, fearless aspirations, vision and a mission. Where has this person gone to? Why is everything I do being sabotaged or not manifesting? Now it all makes sense with Sagittarius! The disappearing, going missing, being waylaid. After this reading, I feel renewed, energized and hopeful. This came at a perfect time. Grazie mille Eric -- you hit it on the head again!!"
-- Nanci, on the Capricorn Art of Becoming reading
Dear Friend and Reader:

The Art of Becoming, our inspiring 2018 annual edition, has generated a lot of feedback like Nanci's. Eric's ability to help readers find the best in themselves is one of the qualities our customers and subscribers value the most about our work. This year's annual is no exception.

Here's a snapshot of what this delightful edition contains, with brand-new excerpts from each of the written readings. We recommend you order all 12 signs here in order to benefit from the best value; you may choose your individual signs here.

With best wishes,
Planet Waves
Amy Elliott
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From Aries: A Homeopathic Dose of Yourself
"It's worth mentioning that Saturn in Capricorn in the 10th house is about as ideal a placement as Saturn can have. This is Saturn in full dignity, with all of the assets and very few of the problems typically associated with it. You can, under this influence, present nearly anything in a dignified way, no matter how unusual it may be. You have opportunities to succeed in ways that you never thought possible. And you are very likely to; unless, of course, you decide the whole commitment, responsibility and accomplishment thing is just not for you. Then Saturn will find other ways to manifest. One way or another, you'll be advancing your career as an aspect of your life, or as your life itself. The resistance to the "whole life" approach to career is that most people don't really want to live their work. There are some who are thrilled to have a couch in their office in case they need to pull a few overnights; they're usually the ones who love their work the most. It would be wise of you to think in this direction. This is not about being a workaholic; it's about living in a meaningful way."
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From Taurus: I Sing the Body Electric
"You're every bit as odd and unusual as everyone you know, probably a bit more so, though you may want to be seen as normal. This is an attachment you would be wise to shed. Worrying about appearances only causes stress. Yes, there are times when you must dress for the occasion; you will always do that. There are times when presentation matters. But that doesn't need to extend into everything you do; it's for special occasions, not all occasions. The issue of whether and how to conform is entirely about appearances, a topic for which Taurus is famous, and also a great resource. Conformity (except in extreme, sad cases) is not usually about warping one's inner reality -- it's about how one seems, or thinks they seem, to others. It's about presentation. Addressing this one factor, by letting yourself seem exactly as weird as you think you are, would save you many years and a tremendous amount of energy. You don't need to seem legit, or like you belong, in order to be taken seriously. You merely need to be comfortable with yourself."
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From Gemini: Confident Steps on Solid Ground
"Saturn transiting Capricorn in your 8th house is calling for a measure of stability. I recognize that this is in a world where everything is transient. Stable is different from permanent, but why does our society build stadiums that they tear down in 50 years, when ancient Roman stadiums and bridges are still standing today? We have next to no sense of what we're going to leave for future generations, except toxic waste and debt. Even the records of our intellectual history are mostly stored on magnetic drives, which are extremely vulnerable. The message here is to think longer term. The message is to safeguard the future in some form or fashion. And in your relationships, the idea is to think longer range, though without the need to bond people into lifelong commitments that they cannot keep. There must be some workable middle ground that's based on resilience, durability and finishing projects that take long-range planning. This is both a necessity of life on Earth, and a necessity of the times in which we're living."
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From Cancer: The Strong and the Trusted
"Many people show up at work wishing they didn't have to be there. The world is becoming more like American society in many ways, with longer workdays, less vacation and less meaningful work -- though there are exceptions. You must be one of them. The mandala (solar chart) for the sign Cancer is oriented with Aries in the 10th place (also called a house). The 10th is one of the most public houses, yet also the one that carries the most responsibility. All signs play a role in every chart and in the amusement park known as life. Aries is where it's possible to seek and find yourself -- and this you do in your house of reputation, your professional activities and your service to society. This is a natural orientation for you. Despite the Homebody reputation of Cancer, your sign is by all rights one of the most professionally endowed of the lot. Aries is a natural orientation for everyone; we all seek it out for its energy, its impulse toward beginning and its fresh, spring-like quality. Aries is a great place to feel alive, and you have fantastic potential in your work as a result of this."
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From Leo: The Once and Future Eclipse
"Aquarius on the 7th has a flavor of 'do relationships the socially acceptable way'. It's too easy to get caught in these patterns of acceptability, and to have your own desire subverted in the process. Mars is going to review this pattern, and push you out of it, if at all possible. Mars represents so many things in your chart, it might seem confusing; though really what you have is a study in your desire nature. Desire is one of the most controversial subjects, because while nearly every facet of our culture is based on wanting, that usually applies only to what can be attained through spending money or incurring debt. Biological desire is considered taboo by nearly all forms of religion and spirituality, and it's considered base or disgusting by much of society. Mars retrograde is not just about making peace with what you want, it's about coming into alignment with your power of desire. This is likely to stir up your own inner material, and at the same time, you'll need to challenge some of the prevailing values of our culture."
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From Virgo: The Seed and the Tree
"In many ways the 5th house is the core of the chart -- of any chart. It is, if you're at all attracted to art and creativity, to adventure, or if you're a pleasure-seeking being. The 5th covers the general subject area of 'the kind of fun that kids like to have', including the kid-like aspect of adults. The fact of having Capricorn on this solar house is one of the defining properties of your astrology. Capricorn is in many ways the very opposite of what the 5th house wants to be: it's usually about work and responsibility, and about family. Some would say that unless work is your pleasure, it's the least-fun sign to have associated with the 5th house. If Virgo has a husk around its seed, this would be Capricorn on the 5th house -- and now that is about to crack open. In recent months, three significant influences moved from Sagittarius to Capricorn. The Sagittarius trip was about your home and your family of origin. In particular, the past three years of Saturn in Sagg focused this area of your life, and there may have been a kind of clearing and opening of space. Saturn always clears the area wherever it goes."
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From Libra: You Are the Message
"Saturn transiting the 4th is one of the clearest signals that it's time for a new space, rather than, say, renovating the one you have. However, rearranging things (such as a temporary move; or experimenting with your bedroom furniture, or what room has what function) can provide some immediate relief and also give you some practice making adjustments and seeing the benefits. In questioning physical living spaces and family patterns, you will need to check into whom you're living with. Many people live with housemates these days, due to economic necessity. You may decide that it's necessary to step beyond that, which may mean taking a small place of your own, or figuring out how to earn enough money to improve your living space and still live within your means. Fortunately, you are in a phase of financial restructuring (Uranus in Taurus). While you're making financial changes, it's a good idea to think about the future, where you're headed and how you want to live."
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From Scorpio: A Tale of Awa and Sanuki
"Mars will retrograde across your solar chart's IC, or the genetic line of fathers, and then enter Capricorn. Due to how long it takes Mars to station direct, the retrograde will end with nearly a month of Mars in Capricorn moving approximately one degree, from Aug. 14 through Sept. 11. This will be an especially critical time to assess your use of will, your distribution of energy, and the ways that you direct your energy. You will also have an unusual window of time, during those weeks, to resolve or draw to a close certain family matters that you identify during the retrograde. One possibly relevant fact is that Mars is exalted in Capricorn, a kind of rulership -- they have a close association. Capricorn, like Scorpio, is a feminine sign, and you can think of Mars as soaking in this earthy energy, barely moving through the zodiac. This will provide you with a rare opportunity to balance out your Mars, to cool it off, and direct its energy from a more intuitive and innate place. You may travel back through family conditioning until you arrive at what feels like an inherent or native state -- something about you that existed naturally before all the conditioning took over."
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From Sagittarius: What is Real and What is Not
"There are two questions: how would you define or describe your origins, based on what you know from all available sources; and two, how will you invest your life with that idea of who you are? For you, Capricorn is about your investment in yourself, your acquisitions and your life tools. Capricorn is nothing if not practical (it can be a little too practical). So we're talking not just about the story of your origins (again, from all available sources; i.e., "I am Mexican, which for me means part Mayan, and they consider their origins to be Pleiadian" or, "My family is from the British Isles and I relate to the faerie realm" or, "My family is Sicilian, so I run my life like a little self-reliant villa," to give a few examples) but what it means to you, and what you do with it on a pragmatic level. Maybe there's not so much you can do, or maybe it's part of your spiritual path, or maybe you claim some power of origin or heritage. Many people feel the power of their lineage, which may be about feeling the power of lineage itself."
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From Capricorn: All Points Bulletin For Yourself
"If you have wanted to do 'family work' or 'ancestral work' or 'soul retrieval', the requirements of actually embracing and living out your eroticism involve addressing all matters of the family constellation. Fully conscious sexuality delves into the realms of taboo, which are nearly all rooted in the family. This will take you deeper than the superficial approach that's so often attempted, whether in therapy or spiritual process. If there's a 'walk on coals' ritualistic aspect to this, it's about the direct encounter with all shades and hues of shame and embarrassment as a prerequisite to healing and growth. These are the toxic residue applied to every child to bind and adhere them to certain rules of conduct, typically having little to do with sex per se, and nearly everything to do with suppressing curiosity, creativity, sense of self, energy level and willingness to relate openly to one's environment -- all of which originate from or relate to sex but are rarely understood as such. The first potentially shameful or embarrassing element to address is this very fact."
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From Aquarius: Your Life is Made of Patterns
"One point of tension in Aquarius is that it's the sign of both conformity and individuality. With Leo as your opposite sign, you will tend to be drawn to individualistic people who have a strong sense of self. It is the opposition to Leo that focuses the self-determination of Aquarius; and, with eclipses passing through both signs, they are in a sense merging into one. And if Aquarius is the sign of groups, your relationship to Leo cultivates the one-on-one kind of contact that is necessary to make any group dynamic, or any individual relationship, work. One of the great struggles of humanity is that people typically behave differently in a group situation compared to how they do alone or in one-on-one situations; and you are one of the people whose role it is to see this, and to understand it, and to work with it. One quality of these eclipses going through your sign and your opposite sign (or your rising sign and 7th house) is to bring you to the individual level of relationships in any situation, and to understand the group dynamics of one-on-one relationships."
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From Pisces: Getting Ready for Your Chiron Graduation
"What you've become -- and who you are becoming -- is evidence of what is possible; and now you have that in your body. Growth and change are real, and you can access them. Once Chiron has left Pisces and moved on to Aries (it's a process that begins in about 12 weeks from this writing), the excitement and potential for change are not over. Chiron will move into your 2nd solar house, Aries, where a whole new story begins. Here, you will be challenged to focus your self-esteem, and to take full possession of yourself and all that you've learned. You can start that process now. This taking possession thing is something you can learn from a good therapist or career counselor, though the idea is simple: your knowledge is yours. Your experience is yours. Your achievements are yours. They are yours to do what you want and need to do with them. This extends to your belongings, the tools of your trade, your opportunities, all of your resources and, most of all, your self-respect. If you've done the work of Chiron in Pisces -- and there's still time to complete it -- you will experience Chiron in Aries as an unprecedented time of achievement."
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