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Planet Waves Inner Space Horoscope – December 2009

December 1st, 2009

Dear Friend and Reader:

Today is the approach to the Gemini Full Moon. The Sun opposite Moon aspect is exact overnight or early Tuesday morning in most US and European time zones, so today and tonight is the peak of energy. More details are in my Monday post about the week’s astrology, called Business, as Unusual. To sum up: We are often inclined to take a ride on lunar energy (a kind of emotional trip), rather than steering consciously (an aware journey). So the idea for maximum benefit from this astrology is to bring things to the level of consciousness; to notice how you are feeling, responding or reacting, and to check in whether your approach to any situation is rational or sensible. It may not be, but you’ll feel better for knowing that.

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With the Gemini Full Moon, we can often get a lot of chatter: lots of words, not so much said. That’s fine if it’s fun, but feel free to cut conversations short. You will not miss much. If you’re planning to start anything this week, I suggest waiting until after the Full Moon has passed, and not following your emotional impulses.

Last month’s square between Saturn and Pluto arrived with so many turning points. Now comes the moment of clarity: Chiron conjunct Neptune in Aquarius. We heard from this aspect in the spring; now it’s back, with a new dimension of waking up from the dream of technology, of advertising and of mood-stabilizing substances. Also of note, Mars stations retrograde around the time of the winter solstice, which lasts till late winter; and yes Mars is that red thing you keep seeing in the sky. It will be our constant companion all through the next season, guiding us on a journey to find a new level of our true identity and deeper desires. I will have more to say about this as it affects individuals in Cosmic Confidential, the 2010 annual edition of Planet Waves.

For those concerned about the Afghanistan situation, we currently have daily coverage on the Planet Waves main page, including this article by Fe Bongolan. See you there.

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis


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Aries (March 20-April 19)
What is it that stops you from taking the risks you know will improve your life? Primarily I mean expressing yourself honestly, without obsessing over what others will think of you, or what certain personal choices will do to your image. Many blame having kids as the main obstacle in their lives. This often involves wanting to be perceived as a good parent. You would need to test this theory against the basic facts of what you were doing before those children arrived. In any event, you now begin an inner search for the wrench in the works of your creative process. It’s in there; and you will find it.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
If you’ve learned anything this year, it’s been not to keep secrets from yourself. Opinions and even judgments of others matter ever less when you’re on the level with yourself. What you withhold from yourself creates an energy field that attracts parasites and consumes the energy that you would use to make actual decisions. At the moment, the focus of your charts is on what’s commonly called career, and what I call making yourself useful in the community in a personally satisfying way. True, it’s easy enough to be vaguely of service, but in our momentous times, you need a higher standard. You need the full benefit of confidence in yourself.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
Sex changes everything, and we can be thankful for that cosmic truth. The sex that seems to change nothing is probably not worth bothering with; or may be an indication of a much deeper problem. By ‘changes everything’ I would say that mainly includes your sense of value in relationships. It appears that you’re about to have some kind of encounter, conversation or revelation that compels you to take a major step in your relationship growth. By step, I mean the awareness that you deserve more and have nothing to feel guilty about. You’re not just capable of going deeper than you usually let yourself go; now, it’s necessary.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
You’re finally figuring out how resourceful you are. Now you are about to figure out how valuable you are in the lives of others, no matter how great or mighty they may be. Act immediately on this knowledge; by that I mean, apply it to the very next decision you make from the moment you actually register the discovery in your mind. You are healing something about your self-esteem, and through this process you gain the power to radically increase your income. But it’s an all-or-nothing package; the rewards come as you stop doubting yourself and start trusting yourself, as a day-to-day yoga.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
One of the great things about being a Leo is how engaging in any form of creative expression can light you up with the warmth of cosmic love. The feeling, entirely alien to many, is so normal to you that you often overlook it. Expressing your curiosity works the same way; taking the chance of faith does as well. The Sun is now in your empathic fire sign Sagittarius, which is the source of this quality of your awareness — the heart of cosmic fire. Other aspects suggest that the people around you are ready to experience you at full strength. Choose carefully what you express to whom; above all else, make sure the contact is meaningful to both of you.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
Saturn will be back in your birth sign for a few months next year, but for now, it’s in Libra, helping you iron out certain details of a major life decision. There are compelling factors on both sides of the argument, yet while they may seem to be equal or equivalent, this is not really true. Significant influences suggest that one side of this issue deserves your attention more than the other. There is something here about your loyalty to people and situations in the distant past, and how you need to organize your life and your thoughts in a way that honors the present and your potential in the future.

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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
Among your many creative talents, one is ready to take a new role as a healing art. By this, I don’t mean that you need to set up a massage table in a candlelit room. Rather, observe the effects that your creative efforts have on others. It would help to ask their opinions and listen to the answers. This, in turn, will give you new ideas for how to improve your craft, including how to make your ideas simpler and more accessible. Focus on how your creative gift advances the cause of your own peace of mind, which will give you inspiration to keep your focus, and a significant clue about how you help others.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
It is trendy to have twenty career goals these days, which may account for the trend of many people feeling like they’re getting nowhere. One of the struggles of having just one or two goals, however, is the feeling that you’re sacrificing what you love in order to accomplish something else; and this may be true, for a while. Yet as you concentrate your efforts, you will make the discovery of the seeming different things you do have in common. Every cell in your body and every planet in your chart is working together to create that sense of concentrated energy and singularity of purpose. Follow that calling and you will receive a gift you cannot get any other way.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
There’s a fine line between what we call thoughts and what we call feelings. Or perhaps there is a space where they overlap and influence one another. One way to sort the difference is to count thoughts as an active process and feelings as a passive one. You ride your thoughts like a bicycle and notice your feelings like the scenery that you’re riding past. Your planets this month suggest that this is the time to be focusing on riding the bike, because you’re about to reach a branch in the road. You will know you’re there when you wake up one morning and ask, “Where am I, really? And for that matter, who?” Note, this is likely to be a pleasant experience.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
You have made a series of changes based on necessity, and that has come in two forms. One is a compelling sense of the person you must be. Another is your sense of what you must achieve. Our entire society is structured to divide these qualities of existence. In other words, we are taught to make compromises, rather than to reconcile our inner and outer lives. One sign you’ve made too many compromises, or perhaps just one extremely significant one, is boredom. Everything in your charts is about renewal. How do you get there? Stoke your curiosity, and recognize that as the incredible form of freedom that it is.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
It would be wrong to say you’ve been in a fog for the past 10 years, though you may wake up one day and realize that you’ve been really, truly confused about what you want. Certain goals were plastered on top of that confusion, in an effort to make life bearable and to give you a sense of focus. It’s time to move beyond bearable, and to reap the benefits of authentic clarity. It’s only fair to warn you that this clarity will cause you to make decisions. Before you do that, I suggest you take a few moments and reflect on the differences between what is genuinely important to you and what is little more than a ruse.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
Now is the time to ask, if you had every possible advantage in your professional life, what would you do with it? This would apply to trying something entirely new, as much as it would to taking what you’ve been doing for a while to a new level. You are someone who is destined to thrive in a niche environment, that is, to make a big success out of something specific, that meets a certain need. One trick is conveying your sense of wild idealism and your general desire to save the world to making a contribution in a precise area of life that cannot quite be done by anyone else.


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Planet Waves Monthly for December 2009

November 23rd, 2009

Dear Friend and Reader:

The Saturn-Pluto square is not over; its story has really just begun. The feeling of every important issue coming to a crunch point is typical of this aspect, but so too is a wave of fear in the population that can only be addressed by individuals willing to take their minds to another level of reality.

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Thankfully, slow-movers such as Saturn and Pluto go through their cycle of an aspect in about nine months, or three seasons (this counts for personal transits as well, though the actual range of influence of any aspect is much longer). It’s vital to make adjustments through gradually working out of the process, rather than getting wrenched into a new reality in one eruption. Yes, eruptions still happen, but they are usually part of a gradual pressure release — and the sooner we initiate our changes, the better. One problem with this theory is that change often involves others, and human nature resists. Therefore, the best you can do is work on your own resistance.

And here, we have some help on the way. In December, we have two other amazing aspects, perhaps even better deserving of the description focal point: first Jupiter makes an exact conjunction to Chiron, in late Aquarius. This has been developing all year (there was a peak in the Northern Hemisphere springtime), though the Dec. 7 conjunction offers a new kind of vision — making it easier to see the world as one world, easier to participate and best of all, giving you a way to apply the knowledge that you’ve worked so hard to gain in the community that surrounds you.

Then later in the month, Jupiter makes a conjunction to Neptune, which has the feeling of opening up another dimension of what you might call invisible light, just at the dark time of year when we need it the most. These experiences are worth all the more if we’re open to them and recognize the change in energy when it happens. This one is subtle — it may come in through dreams, altered-state experiences and as an unusual kind of compassion in heightened states with loved ones or groups of friends.

Remember why you’ve been doing all this self-improvement — or why you want to. In my view, it’s not really about being a better person; rather, that makes something else possible, which is the ability to participate with the world in a meaningful way. Chiron is excellent at grounding the wisdom and potential of Jupiter in tangible ways.

The end of the year ends on an exciting note, which will take some expert navigation skills. There are three events.

Mars stations retrograde at the winter solstice, which lasts till early March (and will be visible in the night sky; the thing that obviously looks like Mars really is). The theme of this particular Mars retrograde (which happens in Leo, opposite many Aquarius planets) is where we stand as individuals in relationship to the many people who surround us — in particular, how we deal with the expectations of groups.

Then Mercury stations retrograde Dec. 26, which ends Jan. 15. The Mercury retrograde effect will actually start vibrating around Dec. 9 when Mercury enters what’s called shadow phase.

Finally, there is an eclipse of the Moon in the sign Cancer on New Year’s Eve. My advice: plan as little as possible for the holidays. If you can, stay close to home and keep things simple and cheap. The focus is inward, toward your growth, your family and how exactly you’re processing all these changes.

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis

And Who is Rick?

In Friday’s edition, I made a reference to this guy Rick, who wrote this book Cosmos and Psyche. What I meant to say was that that Richard Tarnas took about 30 years to write a book called Cosmos and Psyche, which I quoted from. In this work, Rick (Pisces Sun, Aries Moon) takes the long view of astrology, tracing planetary patterns back for 2,000 years and looking at the cycles of history. Doing so, he has created one of the most innovative astrology books I’ve ever seen; really, there is nothing that even compares.

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What Rick establishes is not merely that astrology, human awareness and the story of humanity follow visible patterns, and are basically intertwined as one living thing; he goes further and suggests that this effect points to the need for a new way of looking at the world.

If we pause for a moment and consider how remote an aspect between two distant planets should be from anything that happens on Earth, or anywhere, the fact that those planets trace a predictable (for lack of a better word) course of history is pretty incredible. What Rick is doing is showing us that astrology is, in fact, credible. He presents astrology as an everyday miracle that most people simply don’t notice; but more to the point, we need to take the step of seeing the implications of what is happening. In a word, that would be connection.

I think those of us who read Planet Waves see the implications: one of which is that we really are part of something larger than ourselves, and that something is part of us. What to do with this connection is the obvious question — and the Gestalt answer is, first, be aware that it exists.

Rick has been an excellent mentor and has at times stepped in as my personal philosophy professor. Several times recent years he has helped me clarify my thoughts on complex, difficult subjects, and took considerable time in the winter of 2007 to help me understand the concept of postmodernism, for my monograph on Eris, which is called Eris: Facets and Fragments of Self. Note that Rick does not use the newly discovered planets (he goes as far as Pluto), but was willing to lend me his mind to make sure that I had half a clue what I was talking about.

For those interested in seeing Rick speak, check the schedules of the big astrology conferences. There is a particularly cool one coming up in Boston in February — the NCGR conference — which I’ll be telling you more about and covering at the time it happens. I am privileged to be on the faculty as well, presenting on how astrologers can apply newly discovered planets to their consulting work.


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Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for December 2009 – By Eric Francis

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
Every person who dares to step out of their conditioning or routine and do something original goes through a crisis of whether their ideas or work will be accepted by others. The prevailing reason why people don’t express themselves involves the expectation of a negative reaction; of judgment; of some kind of consequences. Yet anyone who is interested in breaking free of this needs to take the journey inward and figure out what inner obstructions are breathing life into those fears. It’s convenient that this inner journey is some of the best fodder for the creative process, which is really about an inner journey. Most of the meaningful art and literature you find is more like a postcard from a deep inner space rather than being a “creative product” of any kind. Mars turning retrograde in the most creative and dynamic angle of your solar chart is saying that it’s time to plunge deep into these personal fires. The key is not what you create — it is what you learn about yourself, and in the process, document or illustrate. There is something hidden you are looking for: something about which you may have no clue. Think of it as ‘hidden karma’ or think of it as the pearl of great price. Remember, a journey is involved: a journey that will last for months, and whose destination is not clear.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
You are in the midst of a stroke of good fortune regarding what we here in the Western world call ‘profession’. The question lurking beneath this theme is, what do you profess? Who do you say you are, and what is its relationship to what you do, or want to do? It’s time to align your theories, your goals and your actions. It would help if you aspire to more than you think you are capable of. It would help if you accept, with total willingness, the need to inconvenience yourself in order to attain your stated objectives. When I say help, I mean truly assist you in getting out of your previous pattern. For you, any truly satisfying professional experience must be humanitarian in nature, though I propose you take a wide view of this concept; not ‘doing good’, but rather acting as if to hold the world together. There is an essential, even urgent ingredient involved in breaking out of your individualism and being willing to participate, and openly seek the cooperation of others. This involves accepting the extent to which you have felt that you don’t fit in — and then daring to do something about it. That is a step on the way to something greater — what you might call locally aware global consciousness, and acting on that basis alone.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
Family financial arrangements may come up during the holiday season; I suggest you be prepared for the conversation, including remembering what I told you. Listen for the guilt trip and don’t fall for it. You risk being convinced you’re not an adult, i.e., that you have no power. You can minimize this with preventive strategies. First and most meaningful is to be absolutely on the level of your significant other. Agree what information you’re willing to reveal, and why you would reveal it. Anyone seeking information from you has something to hide, and is also looking for power. While I would not advocate being deceptive, it’s another matter entirely to have boundaries. Those boundaries might include outright avoiding anyone, anything or anyplace where you feel you have no business, or where your presence would detract from your own sense of integrity. I suggest you avoid alcohol entirely at any group gathering, no matter how tempting it may be as a sedative or painkiller; it is the elixir of deception, and in such a compromised state, you risk making significant errors in judgment. Stick close to the ones you truly love. One side benefit of all of this is that the sex promises to be incredible. Even if you don’t have a partner, think of someone you trust.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
This is a moment of extraordinary developments in your relationships; there is likely to be more than one that comes into prominence. I suggest you work with an expanded definition of relationship, for example, an emotionally moving encounter with anyone you care about. I suggest you remember your ethics and forget your expectations — particularly about what a relationship is, or what form it’s supposed to take. If you’ve been working to change your concepts in this area of your life, the opportunities you have now are likely to be the ones where you learn the basics, or rather, apply what you have worked so hard to learn. In endeavors of love, you want to encourage the feeling that you’re always at the beginning. Sincerity and simple directness will help you rise above any sense of overwhelm or the ‘power of the other’ that you may feel. The passion that you’re experiencing is coming from you, though others close to you may be a source of encouragement or inspiration: hot is hot, and the best thing you can do is submit to the beauty of that. While you’re doing this, be aware of everything that you’ve left behind: the history, the sense of identity, the crisis and turmoil; and if you feel yourself going in that direction, remind yourself that you have options, if you choose to explore them.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
You’re one of the most skilled at this elusive thing of being yourself, this thing that so many people struggle with, or are terrified of. That’s partly because you know the difference between your image and your substance. Your relationships the past four seasons have provided you with many opportunities to make that distinction — but you’re just getting cooking. The primary key to this is and has always been that you strive to use your relationships as an experience to get to know yourself. Second key is that you understand that ‘self’ is a spiritual concept and that as a direct consequence of this, ‘relationship’ is a spiritual concept — the most basic one there is. Both of these ideas now come out of the common sense background of your life and into full focus. This could mean a new level of understanding of what you’ve been exploring; it could mean that it’s time to return to some deeply held principles you’ve wandered from without intending to. Basically, the solution to any problem in a relationship, or any quest for realizing the potential of a relationship, or for creating a new experience, is to get to know yourself better. Use every experience as fodder for self-understanding and don’t be afraid to take that complex reflection you see in the universe as an image of yourself.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
You spend an inordinate amount of time and energy dealing with your fear, and you must be getting sick of it. There are many processes available to work this out, though I suggest you move away from anything that resembles an analytical approach. That is only likely to make matters worse. So, too, will eliminating the alleged ‘sources’ of fear in your environment, or doing things to make yourself feel safer. Defensive measures will reinforce the idea that you have something to worry about. Seen through the lens of astrology, the issue looks existential in nature: you are dealing with fear based on fear of existing, and it then gets projected onto the many different facets of existence. That’s why it takes up residence so many places, so many ways. Considered another way, you may be caught in a fear of being yourself rooted in a deeper concern that you either don’t know who you are, questioning whether your deeper self exists. Suffice it to say, you exist and your existence goes all the way in, through an opening to a wider space of identity that we all share — and this is the space you are now searching for. You’ve tried to define yourself by comparing yourself to others, though I assure you: this is how we find conflict rather than common ground.


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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
You would do well to ask what is the source of all the upheaval in your life. No you weren’t expecting it, though somehow you were expecting it. You’re in a challenging process of dealing with the past, that is, with a past so deep that you don’t remember it, because most of it didn’t happen to you. It happened to your ancestors, and then you inherited it. From one perspective, your astrology illustrates a sense that you are being swallowed in history, that is, overwhelmed by all that you cannot change. Looked at another way, there is an almost violent process of breaking open locked compartments of emotion, history, karma and attachment to the past. This is combined with a stern wakeup call informing you that you must come to terms with who you are and what you want out of life, in short order. Part of what you are struggling with is false pressure; this process, such as it can be defined, will take longer than you think, so therefore you can afford to go one step at a time. Yet the other part of what you’re addressing is your tendency to avoid certain matters and thus have them fester. This is likely to be one of those circumstances where things seem to get worse before they get better, but in fact every step is a step toward healing.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
You will need your best Scorpio radar to navigate your professional life for the next few months, though I can boil matters down to a few basic concepts. First, pay attention to the ways you work against your own cause. This could be by focusing on goals that are no longer valid, or basing decisions on values that you outgrew years ago. Second and more significant involves distinguishing your emotional trip from that of the people around you. Nobody would call you a conformist, but you’re often under pressure to ‘feel the way you’re supposed to feel’ rather than the way you actually feel; which is to say, be scared of what everyone else is scared of. This is your challenge in group situations: this pressure leads you to feel like you’re trapped, yet if you express how you actually feel, you’ll be excommunicated. Here you have a great place to start when it comes to understanding your family’s influence on you. On one level things seemed friendly and open, but you lived with a measure of tyranny that you’re just beginning to understand. What you learn about yourself over the next few weeks will take you a long way toward freedom. You are growing toward the understanding that what was previously defined as rebellion is not rebellion at all; it is simply being yourself. And this will change your life.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
Lately I’ve had so much to write that I’ve adopted a strategy of exploring my local region, working in as many towns and cafes as I can. This keeps me in slightly unfamiliar territory, constantly needing to notice, adapt, find the best place to work, and meet new people. This month’s positively incredible astrology involves your ruling planet Jupiter, and it takes place in your 3rd solar house — Aquarius. This is the house of your local environment. In the current version of the world that means anywhere within one hour’s driving distance. Have you ever had that experience of noticing some really interesting detail right outside your door, even though you’ve walked past it a thousand times? That’s the effect that is being multiplied radically in your local environment. Therefore, get outside. Get to as many group events as you can. Meet your neighbors and take your time listening to them. Notice what you notice; write and take pictures — both. Yes, I am assuming you have some concept you’re developing, some invention or some idea for how to improve the world. True, this does not include everyone, but it includes you. The key is to think not only larger but differently than you thought yesterday. Constant change needs to become your new comfort zone. Not (if you will notice) the mental rut the world seems so thrilled to be caught in.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
If you’re feeling slammed to the max, too busy to eat or too restless to sleep, you’re missing out on the best of the astrology that is shaping the world — and which is based on events involving your sign. This is not a “busy time” in your life — it’s one of the major turning points. I can say this with no knowledge of your natal astrology; it plays second fiddle to such a potent force as Saturn square Pluto. If you have a struggle, it’s being clear about your values. As my old friend Arthur Joseph Kushner used to say, you’re doing “some of the right thing.” The question is: are you reaching deep enough into your core and bringing out your deepest goals? You need to get yourself unbusy enough, and your mind loose enough, and out of crisis mode, to see the larger landscape of why you’re doing what you’re doing. The planets are offering clarity, but it’s of little worth unless you pause and are receptive. Deeply inlaid patterns are involved, and all of your astrology is focused on rewriting those patterns: in getting you out of automatic mode. We tend to use auto-mode as a defense against the packed quality of our lives, but actually it’s the most efficient way to waste your life, or to evade the risks involved in living from the heart.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
Jupiter is making big moves in your sign this month, and this means long-delayed opportunities coming to fruition. Back in April, I was talking about taking your ideas to the bank. I was also talking about how you probably filled two notebooks with ideas about your own life. Now, the cosmos is responding with clear points of contact. The first is Jupiter conjunct Chiron in your sign; followed by Jupiter conjunct Neptune in your sign. The first of these is about focusing your intentions, your abilities and your understanding, in one gesture. The keyword is alchemy. Consider this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you feel yourself balking because you’re afraid, admit that to yourself, and then see if you can get to the root of the fear. That may be the principal benefit of the aspect. Second, the meeting with Neptune will make what is difficult seem easy; that is, you may have the sense of your commitment flowing through you. This does not happen every day; you are accustomed to far more in the way of mental resistance and rigidity. You may be inclined to relax and enjoy the moment of not feeling trapped in your mental patterns, but this is not designed as a vacation; it’s designed as a moment of sufficient freedom and compassion for yourself to be able to get out of your own way.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
“I went to a therapist once, because everything I think, it comes true. I can’t explain to you the feeling.” So says the Pisces waitress at the Greek diner where I’m writing this horoscope. Now, to turn this around from the passive role to the active one: rather than information coming to you, consciously envision what you want. Or as a surfer once said to me, “Look where you want to be.” The idea of a conscious visioning process sounds nice, but it has two liabilities. One, we don’t necessarily know the implications of what we’re trying to manifest, and therefore it’s better to make sure that it’s directly within one’s deepest values. Second, it takes you out of the passive/victim role and puts you into the role of co-creator of your life. This is not as appealing as it sounds. The reason most peoples’ lives are in the condition they are in is a direct result of resistance to take up any real measure of responsibility for what they create. This is in part a function of lack of awareness; if this is intentional or convenient, it’s called ignorance. As the Sun and Venus cross the powerful, energetic midheaven of your solar chart, it is essential that you take responsibility for awareness, and for making your decisions based on what you know. You have room for error — but not to pretend that your choices don’t matter.


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Planet Waves Alt Horoscope – November, 2009

November 10th, 2009

BY ERIC FRANCIS

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
You seem to have an emotional investment in a career issue that you would be wise to consider through a more objective lens. It would make even more sense to focus on the creative aspects of what you are doing rather than having an attachment to success. If you strive for cooperation and a measure of originality, success will come.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
Be aware what is bothering you and what is bothering someone else. We are rarely upset for the reasons that we think; you would not be playing therapist if you guide every situation deeper, and then dive for the pearls of wisdom that they contain. The pain that your mother endured — past or present — will be a profound teacher for you this month.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
You have had enough contention this year. You have reached a point where you understand diplomacy and mental balance are more important than being right, and far better than a fight for its own sake. Remember that cooperation is a skill, and that contrary to the rumor, to compromise does not mean that you are wrong. It’s the art of finding a solution that works for everyone.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
Relationship experiences so far this year have felt like a conspiracy to take you to new emotional and spiritual depths at least once per week. The Sun in Scorpio will help you feel like you’re in the right place: if you’re going to dive head-first, it’s best to use the deep end. The beauty of it is, the water is warm, and we both know you love to swim.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
You now have the strength to meet the world on its own terms, but make sure you don’t treat everything like a fight, or worse, a beauty pageant. The stars say that humility rather than pride will give you the edge that you need: be it a creative or competitive one. You can relax. People already notice you. They are drawn to you and trust you as a leader.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
The emphasis of your life is about to switch to financial self-sufficiency. In your chart, there is a seeming paradox in that you can’t get there without cooperation. Greed itself denies the central concept of money, which is about an exchange. And that is the goal. The key is to create that exchange with those with whom you feel an affinity and shared values.

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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
It’s now time to make your move. The veil of mystery and isolation is about to lift from your soul. That’s another way of saying that you’re poised on a major discovery about who you are, and this will correspond with the opportunity to play an important option that, until now, has felt impossible or out of reach. Be aware that whatever you do, careful timing is still of the essence.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
You have a lot of ideas about relationships that you don’t even know about. Many of the ones you’ve played out over and over again are based on a rift in your soul between your possessive nature and your drive to be free at all costs. The introspective phase you are embarking on will help you work out the seeming contradiction between these two values.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
You thrive on cooperation. Now you can make this into a science, as you work your way into a unique position of influence and success. The emphasis is on unique: there is no model for what you are doing, hence, every agreement must be worked out on an individual basis with friends and colleagues. This is a custom job, not a thing out of a box. It will take longer to establish, and work better.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
When success and achievement summon you, that is not the time to decide whether what you’re doing is right or wrong. Take a moment now and consider that it’s right: for you, and for the world. Clear up your doubts; you don’t want to take them with you on this particular journey. To have confidence, you merely need to resolve the thoughts that erode it.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
You typically scorn and shun politics. Suddenly it seems obvious that this particular skill has a useful role. Remember that the goal is fairness and justice. These things don’t happen by accident; they happen by design. More often than not, they develop when someone such as yourself has the foresight to take the long view of time, and the guts to imagine what is indeed possible.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
If it’s felt like you could never quite come to a solid agreement, the time has come: though it may require you to make some overdue and, I would add, eminently beneficial structural changes in your life. These changes may be designed to help you facilitate a relationship, build a business partnership or even create a new business. Every day remind yourself that it’s great to be an adult.

Planet Waves Inner Space Horoscope – November 2009

November 3rd, 2009

BY ERIC FRANCIS

There are those moments when astrology informs us that big changes are on the horizon, and this is one of them. On Oct. 29, Saturn changed signs to Libra; this was covered in detail in the most recent Friday edition. any sign change of Saturn is significant. Yet what happens Nov. 15 is more meaningful: Saturn makes a square to Pluto, and that is about a change in the direction of both history and personal history. On an individual level, relationships experience what I will describe as an integrity check. The ones that work well will get stronger and the ones that are not up to the task run the risk of transforming into something else. In times like this, change may be scary but resistance to change is actually dangerous. Listen to your fear, but remember, it’s not the only voice speaking to you — and it’s not necessarily right.

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
Now is the time when you take the first major step of a new era; which includes aligning your personal goals and your business goals. The sad truth is that for most people, these two sets of objectives conflict, and the dissonance is rarely taken up as a conscious experience. Yet now, your personal relationships move into an increasingly prominent role in your life, at the same time your career is vying for center stage. You may feel that you will have to make many small adjustments to your life in order to accommodate this. But the answer to the equation looks more like you reinvent yourself entirely and take your life to a new level — a process you may not believe is really happening until June. But it’s definitely happening now.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
You’re about to discover what a particular relationship means to you, on the deepest emotional level you can access. Often, you decide these things based on unrelated factors, such as your sense of personal safety, or your nagging fears. You’re now figuring out that these biases have kept you isolated from your inner truth. There is more to life than what you have to worry about, or not worry about. Fear has one distinct property, which is to keep us trapped in the past. Everything that is happening in your world is happening right now. If you look, and feel, you will notice that it touches you so deeply that nothing in the past can compare. That is actually good news, that is, as long as you give yourself permission to grow.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
Relationships are one-to-one experiences, and yet they fit into the constellation of a community. Indeed, we could study any community as a collection of innumerable one-to-one encounters that people have, and notice that the strength of the community is based on the degree of trust held in those relationships. What it adds up to is something known as reputation. Remember, with Saturn now in your house of community for the first time in decades, that you build your reputation one person at a time. There is no ‘public’. There are the perceptions of many individuals, and your perception of yourself. Take your time with this process and gradually you will find your way into the kind of unique, valuable role for yourself that you’ve envisioned for many years.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
I’ve mentioned before that the late Lois Rodden (who taught astrologers that we need to be working with accurate birth data) once commented on how astrology generally assigns Mercury as the money planet, but that in reality that planet would be Mars. It takes drive to make money, and that drive comes from directed, bold, fiery energy. For the next six months, Mars is going to be visiting the money angle of your chart (this would be Leo, where Mars will make a long retrograde). Keeping things simple, focus on money; your skill with money; and on developing your plans for how you put yourself into the flow of that particular form of energy. Remember: Mars asserts itself. Mars is about action; that means play to win, and it also means don’t squander your integrity.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
As mentioned for your neighbors in the sign Cancer, one of the top five astrology stories of 2010 is the forthcoming Mars retrograde in Leo. Mars is already in your birth sign, and you’re likely to be feeling this as a certain kind of impulsive energy, the willingness to confront people and a take-no-prisoners approach to success. Usually, this attitude works well on the highly competitive physical plane, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t exactly invoke the better angels of the people around you. While you’re working toward success, I suggest you work on your politics. That is to say, shake hands, kiss babies and make sure that every move you make is designed to help make everyone’s life easier. Success at all costs is so 20th century. Thinking holistically is so right now.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
You may feel like an enormous pressure has been lifted off of your existence. I suggest you give yourself some review time about what you’ve been through the past couple of years of Saturn in Virgo, then get ready to make some decisions based on what you’ve learned. The span between the two will not be terribly long; the first action point is in mid-November, where you will need to apply everything you’ve learned in these years to one vital question. Two things to remember: first, you will be able to revisit this issue, though each step counts. Second, you have thought most of this through before, especially during the past two months. Therefore, remember what you have learned, and get ready to put it to work.

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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
A turning point is upon you, and it may not fit with your laidback approach to existence. Yet all the reminders, alerts and premonitions have been present long enough for you to get one particular message: you need a new relationship to your past. This is difficult only to the extent that you forget that the past is an interpretation. Often when we ask the question, ‘what does it mean?’ we get no answer that we recognize. Meaning is always found in context. Try asking the question this way: ‘how does [this particular fact] influence the decision I am making now?’ Then ask: ‘is that fact true, or is it a story I made up?’ Apply that formula to every issue, and you’ll have a lot more information to work with.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
Lou Reed wrote the brilliant line, “You can’t count on the worst always happening,” but he added, “It takes a busload of faith to get by.” Let’s take that one part at a time. Certain developments in your chart suggest that you may be considering the worst possibilities as being more valid than the best, and surely you have your reasons for this. But much that you’re worrying about has no basis in reality; on the surface level, it’s simply the fear of change that you are struggling with. A little deeper, it’s the fear of abandonment and of being alone. As for the second part, I would say that one of the few things that brings us closer to people is cultivating faith, which offers one important alternative to fear. Remember, I said faith — not hope.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
The more wild and visionary your ideas, the more you need to be alert to how you feel. What is wild and visionary? A new job, a new home, a new relationship or a new project would all count, though you may be thinking bigger than that. And you may be questioning whether it’s practical to think on the scale that you are. I suggest that you set aside that judgment and make sure that for every plan, desire or ambition that you articulate to yourself, make one adjustment to the comfort factor. Organize a closet, wash the dishes, clean out the refrigerator, solve a small problem. Then go back to thinking like a visionary. Gradually, what you are visioning will come into focus.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
You are being called on to take leadership, and you have every right to be nervous about what this might mean. The thing is that in leadership, there is very little room for fear. What you need is confidence; and there’s just one way to get this: practice fidelity to the mission you’ve accepted. If (as it may) it works out that the mission you had yesterday isn’t the mission you have today, then change your intentions to reflect that reality. Integrity counts for more now than it ever has, and under the current astrology integrity means being in alignment with yourself. You will have to work at this every day, but when you arrive there, you will know it because it feels so different than what you’re accustomed to.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
Creativity is both overrated and underutilized. It’s overrated because you don’t need that much of the stuff to solve a problem; you just need a little, enough to get a little oil onto the rusty bolt. It’s underutilized because most people would reach for a hammer instead of the oilcan. Each time you arrive at a point of decision, pause for a moment and ask yourself for the right idea that will help you proceed in the most effective way. Stop and reconsider your actual goal, and when you have to act, do so in a way that supports the goal rather than gets in the way. Again and again, you will need to reconsider Priority 1. It’s a commitment that you must make, over and over, until you bring your whole life in alignment with it.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
So much of your life has been lived in an inner world; indeed, this quality has been so pervasive that it’s been difficult to see the extent that it’s true. It won’t be true forever, yet as you gradually shift your focus to experiences that occur outside the confines of your own mind and imagination, you may begin to value the inner connection in a new way. You may notice that this is the thing so many people are lacking, or that they avoid so diligently. For the moment, I suggest that you reach for the deepest places in your mind and emotions that you’re capable of reaching. Go deeper than you think you have in the past, and remember where you’ve been. All of this is preparation for your mission of being a deep person in a superficial world.

Saturn in Libra: Planet Waves for November 2009

October 27th, 2009

Note to Readers: Apologies for the delay in this mailing. This morning we ran into an unexpected database issue that hung up our blogs, mailing scripts and other resources, which we’ve just resolved. Thanks for your patience. — Eric Francis

Dear Friend and Reader:

In a matter of hours, Saturn will begin its first visit to Libra since 1983. That happens Thursday in most time zones. How it worked back then was, Saturn entered Libra for the first time on Sept. 21, 1980, right before Ronald Reagan was supposedly elected. History has not properly recorded the stolen election of 1980 due to Reagan/Bush involvement with Iranian militants during the hostage crisis. On the day it entered Libra, Saturn was exactly opposite as-yet undiscovered Pholus, suggesting that the genie was indeed about to be let out of the bottle. By the time Saturn left Libra and entered Scorpio on Aug. 24, 1983, the Neocon movement was born and many other changes had been foisted on the American people and the world.

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That was then; for some of us, this is now.

Once in Libra (as of early Thursday afternoon in the EDT zone), it will oppose the Aries Point and continue to approach perfect 90-degree angle (that is, a square) to Pluto in Capricorn. This is one of those “something happens” aspects (occurring in a series of three instances over the next nine months, though the first contact is the one to watch carefully). Nothing like this has happened since the challenging events of 2001-2002. At that time, Saturn opposed Pluto, precipitating events that changed the world and from which it has only begun to change again. The Saturn-Pluto cycle can be associated with fear, contraction and the fear of contraction, for example, the paranoia associated with influenza and warfare. This sounds more like 1918 than 2012. Fortunately, there are many other cycles in motion that provide a greater sense of innovation, strength and new ideas. As always, we will have a choice which path to tread, or to make a new one.

There are many dimensions to Saturn square Pluto. Considering the personal realm, we might encounter what we typically call private factors that compel us to rethink the structures of our personal lives, relationships and commitments. Some will be taking up this issue thoughtfully for the first time. What are the rules of the game that we play by in our relationships? Do we strive for balance and honesty? To what extent are the rules taught to us by our parents influencing us? Right now those are undergoing a revolution involving Pluto in Capricorn. We need to evaluate how our relationships are working or not working, and make the necessary adjustments. It is likely that circumstances will play a large role in this process, rather than doing things for their own sake.

Next, we may encounter some unusual turn of events in history, likely to manifest by December. The astrological epicenter is Nov. 15 — the exact day that the first of three squares takes place. News of the flu is a probable focal point here, though as we approach the one-year mark to the election of Obama, we’re likely to experience some kind of shakeup or shakedown.

Saturn square Pluto, with both planets exactly aspecting the Aries Point, is the most recent in a long sequence of events that ramp up the energy to a wild peak in June 2010. All of this astrology, focused on the Aries Point, has the energy imprint of what everyone has been calling 2012. We are embarking on an extended Sixties-like moment of high energy, adventurous challenges and unexpected historical twists; not, as some are suggesting, the “end of the world.” This is indeed the end of something, and the beginning of something else. Proceed with awareness; keep your lights on; hold that flame of ethos up high.

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope - November, 2009
Glimpse at the Grandmother Land in High Falls, New York, where I was sketching out the 2010 annual edition on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Eric Francis.

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
Keep your sense of humor; exercising that on a daily basis is more important than going to the gym. Humor is not just about getting a good laugh; it’s about taking a light enough approach to life so that you can see your options, and have a sense of flexibility. That said, the ability to laugh at something means one thing: you’re not afraid of it. You’re being summoned for the first time in years to make enormous changes, and you may indeed be nervous, and reluctant to move forward, lest you make an error from which you cannot recover. Remember that you’re not in this alone. The whole point is that a relationship is getting your attention, as is your sense of priorities for what to do with your life. Most people take these as separate issues. The planets in their courses are giving you little choice but to see these seemingly separate things as one topic: your existence. The meta-theme is maturity: having adult relationships and an adult sense of purpose. Finally, this is not something that might happen in the future; rather, it’s something that’s calling your name right now. You may feel like certain elements in this equation are being dictated to you, and you might be right. If you take a light touch, you will see how many options you really have within reach.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
Do you need to take your life more seriously, or less? The answer is, some of both. They’re not actually opposites. Most things that you think of as opposites aren’t really opposites. Most things that you think of as difficult aren’t really that difficult, but how you apply your mind to the situation is another story. What you usually think of as a mental approach involves getting snagged in your emotions. If you’re in an endless loop of any kind, you can be pretty sure that you’re trying to handle a situation that calls for an analytical approach in a way that avoids real analysis. The ‘more seriously’ piece of the original question involves the dismantling of your sense of being stuck in something you cannot see but can only feel. Then you can reassemble the pieces in a way that actually makes sense. The ‘less seriously’ approach involves letting go of your sense of fate, doom or looming imperatives. Clearly, you’re being summoned to take on a new level of responsibility, and then to take action. Other factors suggest that you examine the beliefs that have so far dictated the course of your life, most of the time below the level of full awareness. Awareness is light, and you’ll know it’s increasing because you will have a greater sense of your power of decision.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
There is such a thing as overfocus. It’s true that concentrating your mental energies is something you must do consciously, but you tend to compensate for this by laying all kinds of rules on yourself and then attempting to follow them like choreography. But the way dancers actually work would serve you much better. Just like a dance routine is composed of many smaller parts that are brought together, improving your mental process is about learning separate elements of something, and the gradual acquisition of discipline. Connect to the creative impulse at the core of what you’re doing; your true motivation. That will make the effort seem worthwhile. I suggest that you be leery of telling yourself you’re doing anything for altruistic or ‘service’ purposes, and instead, stay focused on the creative and business aspects of the work. The same would hold true in personal relationships, though there is an added caution here: beware of approaching anyone with a set of expectations about how he or she is supposed to feel, in advance of the experience actually happening. Indeed, be cautious about approaching anything with a set of expectations about how you are supposed to feel. At the moment, your life is about being in the moment, taking a risk on suspending your beliefs about the presumed outcome. Those beliefs are a burden that interferes with your true creative process.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
If you knew how guilty people felt about money, you would be shocked. That’s why they try to get rid of the stuff so fast. Then there’s debt. A colleague in the UK suggested that one of the places that sex energy is being drained faster than we can fill it up is credit card debt. Debt is like negative worth or lack of worth, and at the moment the world is overrun with it. For the next seven months, Mars is going to be taking up residence in your house of self-worth, self-esteem, your financial resources and ‘how you really feel about yourself’. With Leo in this solar house, you’re well suited to have a strong relationship with yourself and a balanced, mutually profitable relationship with others. The issue with Mars here is: how deep can you go, making peace with your existence, your values and your sense of belonging? How useful can you make that value, to yourself and to others? Do you have the guts to make the money you want to make? One of the forms that guilt about money takes is that money is considered ‘unspiritual’, and we’ve all met enough people who seem to demonstrate that quality quite effectively. Yet one theme here is learning that you and nobody else gives the things in your life the value that they have.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
One of your greatest talents is that you’ve learned how to doubt your doubts. That ability has proven useful, as so much of what you were uncertain about in recent months has either revealed itself to have little basis in truth, or has worked out better than you were planning. Even as your confidence and sense of purpose build, you’re still going to need that skill. You have some unusual discretion now, the ability to apply your power in a direct, focused way. At the same time you may run into a few more puddles of self-doubt, particularly about your involvement in a family situation that seems too complicated for your tastes. The key here is to not overreact, or to apply too much strength or force when a little will do just fine. Indeed, you can safely put off smaller actions, solutions or possibilities for resolving things in place of larger ones that come a little later in the month. Something that seems obvious today is still coming into focus. You don’t know details that you cannot quite see yet, but those details exist. Some of them will emerge when an event or circumstance represents the universe making a move; then suddenly it will be much more obvious what you need to do. You can safely wait for any strong emotions or confusion to fully clear before you say or do anything.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
Understanding your obsessive tendencies will be the key to your freedom, and your enlightenment. First, I suggest you see them for what they are, and note the complications they bring into your life: for example, your struggle to let go emotionally, the difficulty you have forgiving yourself and therefore others. Obsession is a quality so inherent in your makeup that you take it for granted, but you also take for granted the damage that it does to the fragile fabric of your existence. Saturn’s presence in your sign the past few years has provided a compelling influence to question why you are the way you are, and why you feel the way you do. Yet another factor suggests that there is a hidden source of energy lurking deep within your makeup, there is a notion of who you are supposed to be. You are trying to live up to this idea, even though you’re not aware of it most of the time. I suggest you bring it out into the open. Perhaps make a scrapbook called The Perfect Me, and collect images and examples of what you are trying to be. This will teach you that your prototype is not really you; it is a concept that was installed into you, and modified over time. This is your moment to take control over the process. If you must strive for a certain ideal, it’s best that it be consciously chosen.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope - November, 2009
Stone slabs on the Grandmother Land left over from millstone mining operations of the 19th century.
Photo by Eric Francis.

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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
Self-awareness is the thing. THE thing, as in the VERY thing; the only thing and the thing to value above all else. Nobody is perfectly self-aware, so you can let yourself off the hook for that one. Yet there are those who value the stuff and those who really, truly don’t want to be bothered. Now is the time to bother; to take every step you have to take to hoist that flag and raise it high. Saturn beginning its 30-month journey across your birth sign is some of the best astrological news that has come your way in many years. You have faced challenging transits (as have we all), and while this one will indeed bring its challenges, they are the kind that are worth every bit of effort five times over. Saturn is here to bestow you with one of the most precious gifts of the postmodern age: maturity. Among the very most serious problems our society faces is the collective lack of maturity among its members. This not only leads to people being unable to take care of themselves and one another; it’s contributing to a significant failure of ethics and sense of awareness about the future. All of this and more are the gifts that Saturn is here to offer you; in due time, of course, but that time is close. And what is the cost? Self-awareness.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
You are accustomed to constantly having to adapt to your circumstances; it’s rare enough that your circumstances must adapt to you, but that’s precisely what is happening. You may be thinking, that would be a lot easier, were it only true. Here’s how to help make it true: The first thing you can do is to be clear about your intentions, mainly with yourself, then in any conversation or encounter where you need to state your agenda. Or perhaps the correct word would be understate. The key is to say things once and then allow the energy to align around your goals. Don’t expect anyone to read your mind, and don’t overstate your position. Next, maintain a continuous awareness of how things have been done in the past, including the distant past, and then make conscious, gradual modifications to those methods, never veering far from the wisdom of tradition. You are in the rare position of rewriting tradition, which is best done incrementally, with the awareness that evolutionary steps are what keep the intelligence of the past alive. I suggest you take any opportunity you can to actually feel the strength of your position. If you feel it, others will respond, even those you don’t actually talk to. Your mind reaches to other minds; but among those in your immediate environment, clarity is of the essence; it will be the vector of your true strength.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
Be aware which of the sweeping changes that flood through your life the next month exist in your consciousness, and which of them have a definite source in your environment. There is a valid theory of existence which says that everything the mind perceives begins and ends in the mind, and what we perceive is strictly a matter of interpretation. Let’s take this one two ways; there may be more. First, let’s assume that it’s not true. Let’s assume that there really are elements of existence that come from the outside; over which you have no control, except how you respond. Then let’s assume that the nature of everything you see and experience is strictly a matter of your own interpretation, based on your level of awareness, your prejudices, your personal history and your imagination. (A Course in Miracles sums this up in three words: ‘projection makes perception’.) In the end, the difference between the two viewpoints may be subtle, but I would ask: which gives you a greater sense of influence over your life? Which puts you in the more influential position of co-creator of your existence? Bear in mind, the current dominant philosophy of existence is that only externals matter, and that everyone except the supposedly famous and powerful are victims of circumstance. That is not an option.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
Saturn has moved across the midheaven angle of your solar chart, and later this month will make a high-powered aspect to Pluto in your birth sign. This is your moment to wake up to who you’re supposed to be in the future. Everyone has an image of that, but who exactly comes along and tells you when the time has arrived? Your astrologer, that’s who. In the past, you’ve had transits that have called on you to reach for higher goals. You’ve had transits that have focused your sense of identity. But you have never had a transit like this, and the truth is, neither have most of the people you see walking around on the street. If this astrology is working right, that is to say, if you are responding with awareness to the conditioning forces that surround you, you will be feeling a mix of certain key elements: one of them being a sense of responsibility. Another will be the urgency to rise to the occasion; that is, to be the very best person you can be, under the circumstances of your life and your professional situation. This is a calling to leadership, but the kind that requires you to contemplate every decision carefully, and to make sure that each step you take comes with an actual change in your psyche; actual growth, no matter how challenging that may be.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
Humans learn a bit in school, but mainly we learn from example. One of the most useful methods of example is mentorship. I suggest you take this two ways. One is by working with people far more experienced than yourself, setting aside any notion that you ‘know more’ than they do. This will give you sufficient freedom from your own preconceived ideas to be able to adapt new approaches to what you do. The second is teaching someone younger or less experienced than yourself the basic professional methods that you are developing. You will know you’re doing this right when you are the one learning from your student. It’s not that your student ‘knows more’ than you; it’s that you know enough to learn from those both more and less experienced than you. Advancing your education is a key theme of the next two years of Saturn in Libra, and you’re the one who is in charge of the process. Part of the story involves an exploration of why ethics matters more than anything. There is an emphasis on learning fairness, as a prerequisite of having the additional authority that is going to be given to you after you pass what amounts to a series of personal tests of your integrity. The first of these challenges begins now; and for the moment, the whole process is on the honor system.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
During the past year, you’ve grown increasingly aware of how important your friends are to you. The sense of having old, established friends is vital to your sanity, your sense of personal security, and your ability to get things done. It’s been worth every bit of the effort you’ve put into the relationships. From among those friends, it’s now time to select certain ones as partners in an important series of ventures in both your personal and professional endeavors. Looked at one way, these people will be self-selecting: they’re ones who stick around, who demonstrate their love and loyalty, and most of all, who demonstrate their commitment to growth. Once you apply those criteria, you’re not going to be left with a lot of candidates, but you will have just enough; and certain people you can depend on are about to come out of the woodwork. The feeling you’re looking for in partners is the sense of needing to collectively rise to a challenge; individuals who are moved to action by the times we are living in. Emphasize your encounters with people who are responding in the present, rather than being stuck in the past. Keep your mind focused on this and you will remind yourself over and over to keep your focus in the moment, where it belongs, and where you access your true power over your destiny.

Planet Waves Alt Horoscope – October 2009

October 6th, 2009

Today’s bonus horoscope is our third monthly for the Libra cycle of the Sun. Imagine reading it in one of those big thick fashion magazines, only down in Australia. We’ll be back with another Tuesday bonus edition next week, but it won’t be a horoscope. See you with a regular edition Friday! –efc

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
Keep two ideas side by side: Leadership and Relationship. You’re in an unusual position of authority, but your strength is in your ability to negotiate and create agreements that benefit everyone. If you’re looking for a way to get attention, remember that passion is what actually inspires people. Express your vitality in an original way and very nearly everyone will respond.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
You’re discovering that your old beliefs don’t stand up to the test of the current version of your life, or of the world. This may be the best news you’ve ever had. Once you make friends with this, you will see it as potential and nothing less. Make sure your new beliefs leave plenty of room for achievements that you would have decided were impossible just a few seasons ago.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
You’re now free to take on your more desirable creative passions. During the past couple of months you’ve thought them over, and I trust made some decisions about what’s important to you. You’re holding two keys in your hands: one of them says use what you know; the other one says that true creativity involves taking a risk, a leap or a guess.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
You will have a rare glimpse into the innermost feelings of someone close to you during the next few weeks; and more meaningfully, they will know you can really sense what’s going on with them. Stay open and give honest feedback, but know that your ability to resonate with their feelings is the thing that will gain and keep their precious trust.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
You’re seeing the end of so many financial woes, and I hope by now you’re figuring out that their source involved too much focus on details and not enough on ideas. Be clear with yourself just how much wealth or independence you think it will take for you to feel safe and secure. Then get yourself to that level and notice how you feel. From there, you will have options.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
Saturn is about to make its exit from your birth time, and when you look back on this extended phase of your life, you will notice one thing, really: you finally came to terms with who you are. Now that you have that significant benefit, it’s time to put it to work. It’s your privilege to achieve what can only be done by a confident person.

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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
You have had enough being alone, or feeling alone. With any luck you’ve used this time in your life to get to know yourself, and to embrace the mysterious nature of your own existence. I also trust that you’ve faced a few fears that persisted far too long. What happens next will demonstrate one thing, at least: it was worth the wait, and the effort.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
You are an introspective person by nature, and sometimes you wish you were not. I suggest you prepare for an extended phase of life when your primary goal, more than ever before, becomes getting to know yourself. The specific task you will master involves how to maintain your balance in your deepest relationships, a skill that we all could use.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
You know it’s time to get serious about money. It’s been that time for a while. The problem seems to be that your best ideas don’t seem to have a direct connection to cash flow. That, I assure you, is a matter of applying the same creativity that created the ideas in the first place. It’s also a matter of believing in yourself. Try it and see.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
You’re about to have your first real test of where your new definition of yourself meets up with your highest vision of achievement. Years from now, remember one thing: I did not say ‘second highest’. In the weeks and months to come, aspire to the one thing that you know is at the very top of your priority list, and which has been for a while.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
To most people, I can say: only you know who you really are. To an Aquarian I would say: who you are is so complex and so deeply concealed that you often have a challenging time figuring it out yourself. You’re about to glace into an excellent mirror, taking the form of one particular decision you make that will reveal your true identity.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
You have a gift that many people strive for: the ability to experience your sexuality and your spiritual nature as one thing. If you imagine that most of your friends don’t quite have this skill, the strange things they do and the odd struggles that grow out of their choices will at least seem easier to grasp. Remember: you can do things differently.

Planet Waves Inner Space Horoscope – October 2009

September 29th, 2009

BY ERIC FRANCIS

We’ve just wrapped up another spell of Mercury retrograde, and passed by the Libra Equinox — but some of the most exciting astrology of the year is still ahead of us. That would involve Saturn, which changes signs to Libra on Oct. 29 and makes a square aspect to Pluto. Saturn changing signs is a refreshing change, particularly to one of its strongest signs of the lot. Its presence in Libra adds plenty to the already abundant airy energy of Aquarius; and the square to Pluto represents a kind of turning point that is often abused by regressive forces: we’re likely to be hearing a lot about the flu this fall, whether it really means something or not. The true theme of Saturn square Pluto is an adjustment to the structure of our lives, in particular, our relationships.

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
You have long awaited a clearing of the decks in a longtime partnership, or in your concept of relationship. Certain aspects of your life have run ahead of progress in what most of us would consider the most necessary aspect of life — human contact. You have revised some of your largest goals and decided to claim your power. You have become determined to have the friends that suit your way of life. Be patient while the planets move into position to grant you a new perspective and a new experience on one-to-one bonding. I suggest you bide your time a little while longer and consciously choose to not rush into or out of any commitments. The cosmos has the next move.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
If I said, “Your life is about to become what you have to offer, and the quality of your life will be measured by what you give rather than what you gain,” you might think you were on the losing end of a bargain. To the contrary, there is a benefit you have not counted, which is the measure of your self-worth being determined in a tangible way: through your participation in existence. Your tendency to be content with appearances deserves the trip to the recycling bin that it’s about to get. Every measure is now one of substance; you will know you’re in a new place when you crave offering yourself more than you’ve ever craved withholding.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
To accomplish anything requires discipline; the more creative and original, the more it’s necessary to focus your mind and your actions. You’ve struggled with this idea for a while, painfully caught in your tendencies toward pettiness and emotional perfectionism. With the enormous force of will, you’ve opened up a space within yourself. It’s not that large, but the truth is, you feel freer there than you ever have before. Today, the past is less meaningful and I dare say less of a burden. This is progress, of a kind you rarely experience. You don’t need to ponder too long or too deep about what to do with this energy; you already know what you want, and you have for a long time.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
You’re not the type to pick up and go, but I dare say you’re getting restless. You can trust that feeling: changes illustrated by your astrology suggest that there’s not a single corner of your life unaffected by the gust of progress that’s blowing through your awareness. If you feel that it’s time to set off in search of new horizons, new places, new people and possibly a new home, you can trust that instinct. If you feel driven by passion, longing or the need to resolve ancient grief, trust that as well. These moments do not come often, or we don’t expect them to; and most mortals rarely ever honor them when they do. It’s fair to say that the astrology now approaching will be impossible to ignore.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
You know that your growth is about one thing overall: not being trapped in the past, or the strange tendencies of your family. Among the people you know, you alone have had the strength to do this with the full power of your heart and soul, and you have provided an inspiration to many in the process. There’s now something from your past of great value that you can retrieve and claim as your own. This gift involves a technique for adapting to people who tended toward extreme states of mind and who had no concept of balance, or of compromise, or of fairness. This may be something as simple as the full acknowledgement of how you became the person you are.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
With Saturn about to leave your birth sign, this would be an excellent time for a review of the past two years. Which of your goals have come to fruition? Which have not? And now for the more difficult question, why or why not? Part of coming to terms with your weaknesses involves the simultaneous recognition of your strengths. With that awareness, it’s possible to borrow strength and wisdom from one part of your life and apply it to another. Indeed, it’s necessary to understand which of your values works for you and why; and to use that as leverage in your quest for independence and success. Three or four weeks’ reflection on these points will prove to be extremely useful.

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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
Fear, when you look at it closely, is an extremely strange thing. For example, if you kept a running list of everything you were concerned about or scared would happen over the course of a week or even a year, you might be shocked to find out that not one thing on the list proved to be valid. From this, you could surmise that you have a measure of protection around you. Now, if you really grasp these facts, how would you apply them to your life? How would you live in such a way that you are less influenced by negative expectations? I know it’s not easy in this world, where so much can go so wrong; but now you have something approaching scientific proof that it will not.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
The relationship of your dreams is indeed of your dreams. Speaking to one so passionate as yourself, and one so devoted to expressing your true feelings, the question is about how to make those dreams into a reality. Step one may be renouncing everything that does not work for you. This way, you will make room for what works, or at least you’ll be able to conduct an experiment. The coming phase of your life will bring you face to face with the potential not just of being on your own because you want to be, but also the truth that nothing at all is better than something that does not serve you. The difference can be summed up in a word: honesty. And that’s a meaningful place from which to conduct any relationship — particularly with yourself.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
Much that you’ve been anticipating is about to unfold, though as it does you will be taken into a dimension beyond your expectations, hopes and fears. What you have seen and what you are about to see over the course of this month reside somewhere between a hint and a warm-up. The main clue will be that your life is going in the right direction; that however long the shot, you are on the right trajectory. You may feel that you’ve got every reason to believe everything but this simple fact. You may be wondering when a difficult trend is going to reverse, and when you can finally focus your power again. You’re not a patient person by nature, though I assure you that the stars are not asking for much.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
It is true that your faith has been tested yet again. I trust that you’ve learned that you need to take care of the general goals and that the cosmos takes care of the details. The most meaningful thing you can do right now is hold a vision for your life. As I have suggested before, do not torture yourself over petty ethical matters, or even your nagging suspicion that you lack the integrity to succeed. This issue is little more than a means of torturing yourself. As you’ve discovered recently, you can direct your energy more constructively. What you have yet to discover is that you simply must do so, for reasons that will become obvious by the end of the month.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
This year has in many ways failed to live up to its potential, but this year is not over. When Jupiter stations direct in your birth sign later this month, you will get the clues you need to both straighten out your finances and set your personal values system in the right direction. More exists in these two issues than you may recognize. Though on one level it seems that our society makes too much of money, it is actually a holistic issue that in many ways indicates the state of your relationship to existence. Yet there is a deeper issue, which is living every day for what is important to you. That is the metatheme; that is the question; and before long you will have access to a new dimension of the answer.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
You likely feel that by now, you should have made more progress than you have; you deserve more success than you have; you are entitled to more credit for having faced the unknown with such bravery and compassion. Do not make the mistake of predicting the future based on the past. As each day passes it becomes more important that you seek what you have not experienced; that you conceive of a future that is not based on the limitations of your own history. Consider this logically; change implies that we enter new territory and have new experiences. Consider it intuitively: you know that something unusual is about to come to fruition. Trust that.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope – October 2009

September 22nd, 2009

United Nations Climate Summit Begins

Today is the mighty Libra equinox, the first in which the Sun is exactly square Pluto in Capricorn, with both points precisely aspecting the Aries Point. Apropos of this astrology, leaders of more than 100 countries are convening at the United Nations today for a summit on climate change. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened the summit to focus heads of state and government on the need for urgent action, and to mobilize the highest level of political will needed to reach a fair, effective, and scientifically ambitious global climate deal at the United Nations Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.

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International Herald Tribune cover from Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, acknowledging climate change and Earth changes for the first time. The Bush administration issued a statement saying it would refuse to act on the problem. The administration is also seeking a quarter of a trillion dollars to fight the Iraq war for the next 18 months. Photo by Eric Francis.

There, it is hoped that governments around the world will agree to the first major climate treaty since Kyoto, which expires in 2012, and to which the United States under the Bush administration) refused to adhere. The December conference will occur under the influence of Saturn in Libra square Pluto, which is likely to highlight a sense of crisis and urgency for action (please see below for discussion of that aspect).

Time is running out for world leaders to take action on the issue of carbon emissions, which trap heat in the atmosphere. Events including the Asian tsunami of 2004 and hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005 helped tip public opinion in favor of understanding that climate change is real. In early 2007, a major report concluded that the damage we are doing to the environment could last more than a thousand years, which seems fairly short, given what is happening. Many kinds of extreme weather conditions, including a nonstop litany of news about droughts, flooding and unseasonable rains, are reminding us that the environment’s condition is fragile and it is indeed changing.

Currently, the issue faces a serious challenge: global temperatures have been stable for nearly a decade. Yet according to today’s New York Times, “Scientists say the last decade of climate stability — which follows a precipitous rise in average global temperatures in the 1990s — is a result of cyclical variations in ocean conditions and has no bearing on the long-term warming effects of greenhouse gases building up in the atmosphere. But trying to communicate such scientific nuances to the public — and to policy makers — can be frustrating, they say.”

The debate is mired in things like the the carbon emissions  trading market, which turns pollution control into a for-profit enterprise but doesn’t really solve the problem. And of course, developing nations generally find it most convenient to use gas and coal. Coal alone accounts for 40% of all carbon emissions. If you want to know how reckless existing industry is, see a film called Who Killed the Electric Car?

The world leaders meeting at the UN today really do have the power to make a difference. They can, if they are inspired to, set political and business interests aside and consider the fate of the Earth and its inhabitants — though often it seems like the minds of people who rise to power are not capable of that kind of thought. Their awareness can respond to our own. We are again poised at the moment when choice is possible.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope -  October 2009

Dear Friend and Reader:

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As of Sept. 29, Mercury will be direct after its retrograde in Libra and Virgo, but now something more momentous is happening involving those two signs. Saturn comes into the spotlight. This truly significant planet ingresses Libra at the end of the month, aligning precisely with Pluto in Capricorn as it does so, for the first time since the stunning opposition of 2001/2002. This is a get-serious turning point. It would seem we have some growing up to do; some reassessment of our relationship to one another, to society and moreover to ourselves. We are the ones who are ultimately faced with the responsibility of structuring our lives. Yet there is something larger going on, which is our relationship to our community, on any level you want to define that term. It is people who design the society we live in, and while we may feel we have exceedingly little influence over the course of events, it’s also true that most people exert little of the influence we actually do have. As the events of late October and November unfold, we will be faced with a choice: do we respond with fear or with a sense of mission? Do we retreat in the face of a challenge, or do we advance and commit ourselves to progress? How we respond is a test of what we truly believe — something that can authentically be described as a spiritual test.

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
The challenge of the coming seasons and indeed years of your life could be stated this way: in order to thrive, you must get your most intimate relationships working in harmony with your most ambitious worldly goals. There are a number of elements to this, one of which is tapping into an unusual sense of mission or aspiration that has emerged in your life over the past year or more. One of the things I’ve learned from my clients is that most of us tend to set our goals too low to be satisfying. What we think of as thinking big is typically another form of thinking little. You are now being invited to think bigger than you ever have before. The second part of this challenge involves the way we conceive of our relationships. Too often they are experiences that work against our overall progress; we employ people in our lives who end up with the role of setting limits on our potential. While it’s challenging to change this assignment, you will soon arrive at a point where it feels like you have no choice but to do so. Here is a key. If you view these as separate missions, they will likely seem impossible. If you reach a point within yourself where you experience them as the same thing, you will find a way.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
Your life is a study in expectations and agreements. We often confuse the two; you would benefit from sorting them out, and replacing the first with the second. It’s challenging to notice when we are acting on the basis of an expectation, or presuming that another person will do so, though this is your first assignment. This takes honesty with yourself, and it will raise the issue of where those expectations came from in the first place; usually they are a lot older than the situation you are examining, and by a lot older I mean decades or lifetimes. Replacing expectations with agreements is more challenging, but it’s the action piece in this equation. Agreements imply that both parties to the agreement actually know what they want — very much opposite the situation than when expectations rule. Step one starts with you, and it involves figuring out what you want; give a voice to those wispy notions and concepts that brew in the back of your mind. Remember, you’re not committing for the rest of your life, only as a medium-range goal to give you a sense of direction. Then get a grasp on what the people closest to you want. Look for the places that intersect; these are the actual points of contact in your relationship; the common ground you both stand on.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
Many seasons of your life have been spent figuring out what was bothering you. This has involved a difficult confrontation with the past, during which you’re likely to have discovered how much emotional baggage you’re dragging around, courtesy of your family and your upbringing. This nagging sense that something was wrong has been the source of so much of your perfectionism. What you’re now discovering is that it’s best to exchange this for other methods of growth that actually get you somewhere. At the moment, it’s equally important that you leave behind the baggage as it is that you leave behind your struggle to sort it out. You’re about to embark on a new kind of challenge: something entirely more creative, and that is obviously beautiful. You crave this with all your heart and soul. How many times have you discovered that analysis only gets you so far? At a certain point you have to pick up the world and sculpt it with your hands, proceeding on the basis of feeling. For the next few weeks, you may still need to iron out your concepts. I suggest you boil what you’ve learned down to a few ideas short enough to write on the wall; something easy to remember, akin to a sharp tool you can hang on your belt and use when you need it.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
Your physical location on the planet is about to come under your own scrutiny. Are you where you belong? Have you ever lived more than 100 miles from where you were born? Does your living space reflect the combination of beauty and high functioning practicality that is one of the defining ideas of your birth sign? Oh, one last question: much of your growth at the moment is focused on relationships, and your evolving idea of what a relationship is. You are poised to pass through a series of experiments that reveal the importance of getting your physical space into alignment with your needs and desires in your partnerships. This means making room in your life for the people you want to be there. In order for you to be comfortable in your own world, you need the people you care about to be comfortable in your world as well. This is not really a matter of “take care of yourself first” but rather one of designing your living situation so that it works for everyone who you want to feel welcome in your environment. Yet the big question, the one of where in the world you actually live, is about to ring the bell. That’s a direct invitation to get out a map and dream a little.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
It really is amazing, once you choose to work out old, crippling fears, just how many you find. Yet it’s more amazing to realize once you start to discover them, how easy it is to let go of them. When you do, the benefit is the release of energy that you can access any time you want or need to. This issue is attached, at the moment, to a particular risk and a corresponding reward. More than ever, you are going to attract what exists on your current level of vibration. If you are fearful, then you’ll attract fearful people and events that threaten your stability. If you set your mind in the direction of growth and evolution, that is what will turn up in the people around you. It’s true that you’re in a phase of what might be called ‘enforced growth’. This is putting many of the established structures and ideas of your life under scrutiny. What you might not be reading about this transit elsewhere — Pluto through your 8th house of shared resources and partnership agreements — is that you pretty much get to choose the level on which it manifests; and the way you choose is by how you feel and therefore what you attract to you. Change is inevitable; the form and direction of that change is not.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
You are finally poised to develop a long-term financial strategy. Given the number of banks that have failed this year (and associated problems), you may feel that’s a ridiculous notion, but to take that position would be to once again isolate yourself from your own potential with a negative philosophy. What does not change, no matter what happens to the economy, is that human beings are driven and directed by their values system. They are, that is, if they choose to follow what their values are telling them, and if they don’t they are likely to live in considerable conflict. One of your defense mechanisms is to isolate yourself from the values of others; to keep your own finances in a bubble; and to conduct as little commerce as possible. This is unusual, given the influence of the sign Libra on the money angle of your chart. Your life is about cooperation and an exchange of viewpoints that creates a thriving micro-economy. The defining concept within that cooperation is beauty and balance. This becomes the over-arching theme of your life as Saturn makes its ingress to Libra; the test is not one of productivity, but of creativity. The two are related, but in your particular situation, integrating them both becomes the foundation of the new identity you’ve been working so diligently to create.

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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
For years, your potential has existed like a mirage. You see what is possible; you feel the strength of your ideas and the need to hold a clear vision for yourself; but often this turns out to be like peering into a different dimension, one that you cannot reach or experience as solid. This is a special kind of torture, but for you, its days are numbered. Here is an astrological secret you’re unlikely to hear elsewhere. Libra is the most potent creative well of the zodiac. Fortunately since everyone has Libra somewhere in his or her natal chart, we can draw on an unlimited battery of innovation and beauty. You have your Sun placed in this sign; you can be one and the same as this creative well, if you allow yourself to go there; and if you allow yourself the permission to take initiative. Saturn is about to enter your sign for the first time in nearly 30 years. This is likely to represent one of the few times in your adult life that you feel like you’re standing on solid ground. Decisions will mean more, and you will finally have a sense of how valuable you are to your relationship partners, business partners and colleagues. Manifesting this will require some elements of letting it happen, and certain elements of making it happen. Trust that you’ll know exactly what to do.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
Your curiosity about people grants you your most dependable interpersonal skills. Now, you are about to turn that curiosity on yourself. The relationship we have with ourselves is the most important one of all, because it grants us the quality that mediates our whole vibrational field. You may soon experience a phase of your life where you pull in and let a number of old associations drop away. I suggest you not fall for the illusion that you are losing anything. Rather, dive into your curiosity about your own inner relationship. This corresponds with a sense of radical independence you may be feeling in the ideas about life that you are developing. You will be able to shift gracefully from the sense that you’re the only person in the world who thinks the way you do, to being someone who knows that first you focus your own mind, then you will meet the likes of others with whom you can share and develop your ideas. The first step in this process is stepping back from any notion of having to fit in, conform, or be accepted by others. I’m sure you would never want to admit that this has been on your agenda, but the moment you let it go you will see how it has dominated your thinking and your choices.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
Here is a brief summary of 2009 for you: the year started and built to an early peak with events that demonstrated both how good and how challenging life could be. There were many times when you felt like it was all too much, and yet the sense that you could create something absolutely new and innovative with your life went off like fireworks. To the extent that there were challenges, those only fuelled your determination to live well in the time and space you are allotted on this Earth. Then somehow many things that had such incredible potential seemed to go into reverse. Certain things hit frustrating delays and others seemed to vanish like smoke, leaving you to wonder whether you had made any progress at all. Somehow your mind is changing about this. You may not be able to document new progress, but the backsliding has stopped, for one thing, and for another, you are starting to feel like you can make some choices that put you back on track. October brings the tipping point; it is the threshold where you regain your confidence in yourself. It is easy to say, “all things in their time,” but it takes wisdom and experience to see and feel this in action. All things in their time — and that time has very nearly arrived.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
If you’re the type of person who is introspective and concerned about your personal growth, you may not count yourself as a Capricorn who is ambitious. I would advise you to reconsider this position, and to embrace the spiritually wholesome nature of true achievement. Here is the defining point, however: it’s not really about you. Yes, you are the spearhead and you will soon emerge as the visionary of an impressive and challenging project. This project has an apparent goal, such as building a skyscraper or creating an art exhibition. Yet there is a secondary goal that’s really the point of the whole endeavor, which is learning how to think in terms of mutual benefit all the time. I am therefore not talking about climbing the corporate ladder or any kind of usual heroism. I am talking about the highly focused path of self-development that you have embarked on since Pluto entered your birth sign. Everything, and I do mean everything, in your life is hooked into this engine of personal growth. Later this month, Saturn is going to cross the achievement angle of your solar chart, which is one of the hallmarks of success. But for a number of reasons, we are not talking about success, but rather about dharma: acting as if to hold the world together.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
It would be an understatement to say that you’ve been living through one of the most outrageous identity crises in the history of psychology. Okay, maybe that’s actually an overstatement, but you know what I’m talking about. There have been so many elements to this, going back so long, you seem to have a) lost track of them and b) grown accustomed to this simply being the way things are. There is something about yourself, essential to this whole process, that keeps coming in and out of focus. It’s like you get it into your vision and manifestation field, then it disappears; then you re-focus, and feel its reality, then it vanishes again. If you study this, you will get a look at how your inner components speak to one another. If you study this over time, you will see how you are gradually integrating aspects of your character that have tended to exist in layers and to act independently of one another, sometimes leading you to make the kinds of strange decisions that can only be accounted for by a lack of self-awareness. You have taken some amazing steps this year to both raise your awareness and integrate many seemingly separate aspects of yourself. As the next few weeks unfold, notice the strange and beautiful feeling emerge that you are one coherent entity, poised to travel a distinct, unique trajectory in life.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
Applying discipline to one’s life is challenging. It’s one thing to hold to a plan; it takes even more tenacity to apply subtle, radical changes in a consistent way, utilizing the quality of structure on the one hand and continuous experimentation on the other; this, in a balanced way. Yet that’s precisely what is necessary when old patterns have taken over: something akin to a conscious, active process of invention. This has been developing on many levels for you, with your charts revealing essentially the same process unfolding in a number of ways. There is the obvious level: the confrontations of Uranus in your sign with Saturn in your opposite sign, which have created some interesting relationship situations for you, wherein you take the role of an agent of change. Yet the real agents of change are working deep within your psyche, in the mysterious angle of your chart represented by Aquarius. That is the origin (in the symbolic language of astrology) of your deepest progress, and the message is: you are involved in reworking and rewriting deep, unconscious patterns of thought and feeling; and that you are reaching a vital conclusion of a long phase of this process. I would repeat, you have not seen the best results of this yet, but as Jupiter begins one final sweep through this territory, you will indeed discover them.

Planet Waves Inner Space Horoscope for September 2009

September 1st, 2009

Dear Friend and Reader:

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As you may have read on our main page, the Mercury Retrograde Special Report has been published. The retrograde is in Libra and Virgo from Sept. 7 through Sept. 29, arriving with a significant series of events that leads the way into a whole new astrological cosmos, taking us that much closer to the true astrology of 2012. As I’ve written before, this retrograde is a warmup for Saturn changing signs to Libra in late October.

The idea for the special report came from the lead article a couple of weeks ago, “The Electric Tide.” That article (which you’ve probably read) is included — I consider it my most comprehensive piece of writing on the Mercury retrograde phenomenon to date. I’ve also added a section called “What to do if…” in case you have to make a decision during the retrograde. We also added an “Expert Guide,” that covers the key dates in the cycle, and which provides the astrological charts for anyone who cares to study them. Because there are a series of Mercury-Pluto contacts, there is a section (in true Planet Waves fashion) called “How To Talk About Sex.”

Finally, there is a 12-sign horoscope for all the signs which calls the theme of this retrograde for each of the Sun and rising signs. This is about as long as the long monthly horoscope, Planet Waves Monthly.

Here is how we’re handling discount pricing for subscribers: you’ll get the pre-order price of $8.95 (the price for everyone else has gone up to $14.95). Then, if you’re a subscriber you’ll get to give one to a friend, on us. Once you order, send an email to Chelsea and we will make sure your gift recipient gets the report promptly.

Here is the ordering link. Thanks for your business!

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
Beware of toil. Most things you think need to be done actually don’t need to be done; and when the time comes they should be a little easier than you think rather than more difficult. However if you dive into work unconsciously, without a plan and without a clear goal, you may find yourself lost in a maze of unrewarded effort. The key will be to let your mind do as much of the work as possible. Take five times longer thinking about what you need to do and why. Work out the issue until you have a breakthrough. I know, this is a tall order for an Aries, but you’re not just impetuous. You like things to be easy.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
Part of the creative process involves letting your inspiration flow like a waterfall; part involves the use of things like sandpaper, databases and chisels. Mainly, however, this thing we call creativity involves courage, if we’re ever going to go from the idea stage to the manifestation stage. If you meditate and indeed act on courage rather than the work or work product, you will get a lot further than you have recently. The issue I see is that while you feel pulled to develop your potential and take a chance, you’re scared of that same potential. Now you get to test the logic of this: not in theory but in a series of creative experiments. Proceed with faith.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
You seem to keep clearing out the same emotional closet over and over again, only to find more debris. At this point you may want to figure out who keeps putting it there. Is it you or someone else? But I suggest you just keep clearing, because if you do, sooner or later you’re going to find something different: a different kind of emotion, and a different kind of intelligence. I can describe it briefly. There are thoughts that consume energy and thoughts that give us energy. The one that you find is the kind that creates energy, helps your mind rest, and is focused on beauty rather than on imperfection. Learning this one distinction is the point of the whole experience.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
Remember that you’re a person who is guided by your feelings; and your feelings are different than your emotions. Emotions are a form of output. Feelings are a form of receptivity. It is that simple. We do feel our emotions, like we hear our own voice when we shout in a cave. The rest of our feelings are all the other data that comes in through our senses and psychic openings. The key will be clearing enough of your mental space to be able to listen and to hear the messages that are coming in. Some will get you to look at your life a new way.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
With Saturn moving through your solar 2nd house of resources, most astrologers would say you’re supposed to be living in tight times. I have seen that Saturn creates financial opportunities as well as any other planet, though for its part by making us persistent. Now you need to be persistent in the face of some insecure people who will try to convince you that either the sky is falling or that the price of your portfolio is falling. You can’t do anything about the sky, but you are in the flow of some innovative business or investment opportunities. Some will be quite good — but I suggest you work the bugs out until after Mercury stations direct on Sept. 29.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
There is no such thing as perfection, but apparently you are on a hunt for some of the stuff. You just need to define it in a way that you can actually meet the standard, which by all accounts will be revised approximately twice a day for at least the next month. I’m just wondering why you feel you need to work so hard toward this particular goal. What you really need is to shake off your insecurity. You know, the insecurity you don’t admit that you have, which you cover by using your obsession with impeccability. You usually hold yourself up as an example; this month, let it be an example of how beautiful it is to be rough around the edges.

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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
If you only knew the thoughts that were in your mind, you would be shocked. I’m looking at a few of them right now — the ones you’re going to be thinking next week. They are so incredibly intelligent, but you never seem to type them into your BlackBerry before you forget them. Here is a short list of the ones to remember: the person who has the phone number of someone who would definitely want to hire you; the long-elusive strategic key to your business plan; the simple way to fix the security breach in your company’s website; the direct phone number to your senator. Some things are worth writing down.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
It is true, you have mixed feelings about being a socialite. You aren’t really one; but you do what you must, purely out of necessity, or because your boss needs you to. Those are pretty good reasons, but there are better ones coming your way. It would appear that this is the month to actually meet several people you’ve known on the Internet for a long time. There would also appear to be an old friend coming back into the picture. They either want to help or need your help. It doesn’t matter which — I suggest you approach either potential the same way. Once the conversation starts, the actual plan will come out — and it will serve you both.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
You like to give the impression of someone freewheeling who absolutely trusts the plan of the universe, but in reality you’re as meticulous as a computer engineer about designing your future. I would suggest it’s time for a comprehensive review of the different versions of this plan, as they have evolved. For some of you, they date back as far as 28 years. For others, you can safely go back to about 1995. You’ve made a long series of revisions of your core ideas, and you’ve arrived at a breakthrough point. You’ll need to be shrewd and observant to see this, because the concept you’re after will finally emerge from something you’re certain has been a persistent failure, error or flaw.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
You’ve been training yourself to take a more spiritual view of existence. It’s not easy: in many ways the world is a living testament to how badly things can go. For your part, you want something that is ineffable and based on faith to take a logical course through your mind. Miracles and revelations, though, work on a different kind of logic than most worldly endeavors or thought processes. You seem obsessed with finding a rational solution to something that is really about letting go and letting God. Now, the issue is how to do this and as far as I can tell, it will come in a moment when you have no other possible solution to a particular issue. In this particular case, giving up will serve you brilliantly.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
You consider yourself intelligent, and I would say you’re right — but you don’t give yourself enough credit for that intelligence coming from intuition. There comes a time, however, when it’s necessary to break out the scientific method. You are facing something that requires you to be methodical in your thinking, and to understand every step in the process. You need to check and recheck your logic. If you’re not finding flaws in your thought process, look more carefully. There is probably at least one significant one and several small ones. Note that you can’t rush this process. You can safely assume it’s going to take about four to five weeks: and in that sense, time is on your side.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
You are trying to work out a relationship or arrangement with someone whose viewpoint is changing so fast it’s making your head spin. This is a good sign. Fortunately, you’re accustomed to absorbing plenty of fluctuation in the people and the world around you. You have a knack for understanding people and their genuinely unique situations. The thing to do in this situation is to keep understanding, and encourage this person to keep stating their situation in their own words. There seems to be a dialog between something ‘real’ and something ‘ideal’. There is another dialog between the past and the present. Make sure you differentiate the two, and when in doubt, cross-multiply.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope – September 2009

August 25th, 2009
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Image from MESSENGER’s second Mercury flyby. Photo: NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Dear Friend and Client:

Events of September represent a culmination of the astrology of the past 12 months, and if we look as far as late October, we see a culmination of developments of the past two years. For the next few weeks we get to ask, if not answer, the question: what have I been doing with all this time? Implied here is the question of whether you’ve been wasting your precious days, and seeking some sign from the cosmos that you have not. The astrology involves an extra-fancy Mercury retrograde that runs from Sept. 6 through Sept. 29. I say fancy because it does three unusual things: one is that it dances between Virgo and Libra and back again, which represents a balance between the mental level (analysis, Virgo) and the appreciation of beauty (aesthetics, Libra). Next, we have Mercury passing through the long-standing opposition between Saturn and Uranus. This rare aspect was exact first on Election Day 2008 and takes about two years to work out. Mercury playing in the realm of Saturn-Uranus will show us how deep thought, respect for the past, and provocative breakthroughs can work together. Finally, Mercury in Libra makes a series of squares to Pluto in Capricorn, warming up the territory for when Saturn gets to that same place later in the season. Focusing the actual evolution of our minds, for some, this will represent pain that serves as a wake-up call. For others, this series of Mercury/Pluto aspects will remind us that what keeps us alive from day to day is the awareness that we exist. By association we are reminded that existence is meaningful — no matter how many forces in society are working around the clock to make it seem otherwise.

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
You must be strategic in both personal and business plans. Understand your short-range goal, such as where you want to be by the end of the year, and set your agenda accordingly. Do so in the context of your long-range goal, which in the current speed of the world would take you through about December 2011. This may seem like a lot of planning for an Aries. Accept this fact. The influences that are conditioning your life for the foreseeable future are calling upon you to rise to a new level of awareness, competence and deftness that may indeed be unfamiliar to you. Developments are in the offing that you cannot see or imagine, which you are in the position of having to be prepared for. In addition to maintaining a conscious plan or agenda, subject to revision, that preparation might include three basic steps. One, stay caught up on your work. Two, maintain healthy working relationships. Three, strive for efficiency. You need your energy to use wisely, not to waste. Remember that energy comes in the form of ideas, of money, and of many resources that are not exactly money but which may be far more valuable. Your most important resource is your wellbeing. Coming in a close second are the people in your life. Treat them well.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
I don’t blame most people for not pursuing their creative talents as a way to make a living. Yes, our parents usually tried to talk us out of them. It’s also true that developing talent takes a lot of work, and there are absolutely no guaranteed rewards. The rewards for getting an MBA or passing the bar are not guaranteed either, but at least there are people waiting with jobs for those skillsets. Creativity is a total gamble, and taking that risk is associated with plenty of justifiable fear. The only thing is, sometimes one’s sense of necessity far exceeds that fear. The Taurus mind may be the most obsessive of the entire zodiac, and you’ve certainly been ruminating on this issue for a long time, particularly the past month, which caps off nearly two years of simply knowing you must do something better; something more worthwhile with your time and with your talent. I am pretty sure you even know exactly what that thing is and how rewarding it will be. I am not here to tell you that you will get there; but I am here to tell you that you can get there if you work with a conscious plan, if you strive to understand the nature of your own resistance (which is mostly fear) and most of all, if you want to.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
Some people take their family and its issues for granted. Some people work these issues out in therapy for years, and get nowhere. Others set their intentions, trust themselves and blaze through the past and all its people and themes, and go on not only to lives of achievement but also lives of emotional contentment. I don’t think that one of these has to come at the expense of the other. I would propose a viewpoint where the two support one another mutually. After the equinox as the new season opens up, you’re going to feel a much more palpable sense of calling. There is something in these charts about doing what you need to do, and being willing to do the personal work to get you there. You seem to have started this work, but now you know there is really a much longer agenda than you were originally planning for. This month seems to be wrought with all kinds of loops and minor emotional torments; and one or two truly significant ones. Do the work you need to do. Get the help you need, from people who understand these kinds of issues. This will involve understanding why you might refuse to seek assistance, be it practical or directed at inner healing, and not letting that be an excuse.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
Reckon with how powerful ideas are; with how much work they save; and with how good they are. You may not think so, at least not right now. You may not be the best judge. You seem to be working out a complex equation, for which there is no easy solution. It may involve a business, your profession, or something in your community. The issue actually surfaced a year or two ago, but you didn’t necessarily give it a name, or set a goal associated with resolving it. I can assure you that your mind has been working to develop not just solutions but something original through most of this time. That effort is now coming to fruition, though it seems to be preceded by a moment of uncertainty. There are true gems of thought amidst any mental turbulence, overwork or doubt that you may be feeling. You can therefore afford to relax, on several accounts. Trust that you’re making progress; trust that the answers will come to you as you need them. Be particularly sensitive to ideas that seem too subtle to be effective, or so strategically clever that you can’t believe they would work. There are some very good ideas that are in the ‘tried and true’ category. The touch of genius may come as applying an old idea in an original way. It often does.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
Your particular genius with money involves caring about the value of things: and by things, I mean everything, from effort to love to actual cash; from a concept to your value on serving others. You are — or have the potential — to be good with money because you are someone who puts thought into your life and who recognizes that everything and everyone has value. Therefore you survive in tough times, you thrive in good times and you have the potential to do quite nicely all the time. Remember that, and tell yourself a few times a day. We’re all participants in a culture that is sick with greed; you take part as a matter of necessity and in truth as a revolutionary. Events this month and into next month give you a series of opportunities to outsmart some pretty big players in some complex games. They may be the bank, they may be your boss, they may be the stilted values of your parents, or your actual parents. More to the point, you have the ability to put whatever you encounter to work for you, though you have to be clever about it. The invention of a lever makes a simple metaphor. It’s hard to roll a boulder; it’s easy to put a lever underneath it and have that do most of the work.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
For a while, no decision may feel like the right decision, and no set of facts may seem to fit the scenario you are in. I suggest you stop looking for any ultimate explanations or solution sets and accept that currently everything is a variable. True, there are X-factors all over the place most of the time, but the current aspects include Mercury retrograding in and out of your birth sign, which will accentuate the effect. The more room you make for things to change not just around you but within you, the more you will be able to profit from those developments. This being said, an observation or conclusion you reached in late August will provide a reference point for what you know to be true, or at least what you are assuming to be true. By a reference point I mean a basic set of facts on which you based a series of derivative ideas or assumptions. I suggest going back to what you were thinking and doing during that timeframe (around Aug. 15 through 18) and considering the various people and situations that you were involved with. There is a phase of history that you want to avoid repeating; recognizing that, knowing and understanding the recent past and what motivated you then will be your first and best ally.

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Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23)
You often struggle with being influenced by others when you make up your mind, but you’re currently involved in a decision-making process that is pretty much airtight. Those around you might feel a certain distance or alienation as you work through some deep material. I suggest you not chalk it up to Libran indecision if you can’t resolve the matter quickly; this one deserves true contemplation. You’re attempting to get clear on something that may go back decades and is indeed part of your family’s legacy. It’s truly strange when we discover that something that occurred years before our own birth actually affects the way we see and think about ourselves generations later. I would propose that nearly all of our self-concept is the product of a past so distant that we don’t even know when it dates to, much less with whom it originates. Part of the reason why we don’t attempt to work these things out involves the feeling that the past is intractable; that we cannot do anything about it. What you are discovering is that the most meaningful thing you can change is your interpretation of what it means to you, and therefore revise how it is shaping your idea of who you are today. The distant past is always an influence; whether it runs our lives is another story.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
If you shift your awareness regarding a professional question into long-term mode, you’ll have the ability to take advantage of events later in the year and early next year. If you keep your nose to the grindstone and don’t look up, this will not be as easy. I am suggesting specifically that you think ahead and stack the deck in your own favor. Moreover, consider that you recognize that in any situation involving your reputation or the focusing of personal power, there is almost always a setup involved. Very little ‘just happens’. Yes, providence can intervene, and we do seem to be in a moment when pushing pushes us backwards. Clearly, this is a risk. You need to use your mind, and you need to think in more than one dimension. I’m suggesting something gentle, which is maintaining awareness of the diversity of factors necessary in attaining success. Closer to the point is having a clear enough definition of success that you know it when you see it. The angle you are working for is quite specific in nature; not the success of a new car, but rather of knowing that you have your role to play in the cosmic drama, and that you are playing it well.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 22)
Progress has been slow in coming this year, while many other factors seem to be moving out of your control. Certain activities that have gone well on one level may have produced less than satisfactory results. I suggest you keep your faith. You are now in what I would call the ‘finishing phase’ of a long process of self-reinvention. You are a person of the world, so your self-reinventions need to be something other than purely introspective or oriented on growth; there has been plenty of that, anyway. What you want are results. You’re in a phase now requiring your undivided attention if you’re going to collect the gains on so much effort. This will call on you to focus on your single most important objective; that, in turn, will call on you to figure out what that objective is. This may seem strange — putting the goal at the end of what may indeed have been a two-year process. Think of it this way. What you’ve mainly created for yourself are viable options. This month you will get to test them out one at a time, and by the time Mercury stations direct on the 29th, make a choice that will not feel like a sacrifice. More accurately, it will feel like a discovery.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
Most breakthroughs are mental or emotional. They don’t actually involve things in the physical world, and when they do, the change is in the mind. Some of these changes come over many long evolutions; others come with what seems like a quantum jump to another dimension. You are carrying plenty of tension right now; so is the world. There will be times this month you feel like you’re at a snapping point, like you’re carrying the weight of the world or like a decision you need to make has much greater consequences than anyone knows. It is true that so much that you’ve been working toward has the opportunity to come to fruition in the coming weeks, but it’s an odd-feeling kind of progress, and it’s likely to be preceded by a measure of real discomfort. The key will be to persist, but to persist gently. At times you will need to know when to apply less pressure to the situation or to count a reversal as a kind of progress because of the opportunities it reveals. The breakthroughs over the next few weeks will arrive mainly in the form of what you learn from challenging circumstances but at what turn out to be opportune times.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
Once again, the two planets that are involved with your sign are approaching to an exact opposition. This would be the Saturn-Uranus opposition, which was exact for the first time on Election Day 2008. Most interpretations you read will describe this as a clash of energies; to me it’s about a synthesis. Here’s my take. You’re an innovative person, and you constantly run into resistance from people who want life to be like it was yesterday. Of course, were you not so focused on progress you would not encounter this, but that’s not your karma. The problem is that it rarely comes down to a real conversation about what was, what is, and what can be. Now the sky comes into focus where just such a conversation can happen. It may not be easy and you’re going to need to keep your head. Plan for nothing to be resolved for a while, but also prepare for all the necessary facts and viewpoints to come out. You will learn a lot, and discover more than once how people whose views differ from yours can make your own position stronger.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
Aspects that have been unfolding for nearly a year involving your sign and your opposite sign, Virgo, are particularly personal, and that may mean that the stress has been manifesting as an emotional condition. You have been a rolling stone; you want progress and you want it now. If you want progress, I suggest you be content, at least, with change. One implies the other; improvement implies movement. Through this process you’ve encountered one person after the next who seems intractable. It’s not that they desire stability as much as they seem to be making a case for being stuck. You are mainly what they are using to help themselves get unstuck: and you’ve learned to watch where your energy goes and why, because part of being stuck is that you get to skim off of the energy of everyone else while taking exceedingly few chances. I suggest you think of this as a dialog rather than as a power struggle. Certain individuals in your life who have been obsessed with the past are about to figure out that this is serving nobody. You, in turn, will figure out that it really does pay to give the people you love the benefit of the doubt.