Greetings from Baltimore

Dear Friend and Reader:

Today through Monday, I’ll be at the NCGR conference in Baltimore. For Friday’s edition my old friend and writing partner (now noted musician and speaker) Scott Kalechstein is standing in for my essay. The Planet Waves weekly horoscope is below. Meantime, Chelsea Bottinelli, Priya Kale and Deirdre Tanton are checking out the goings-on here. Priya will be blogging at least daily on Page Two of Planet Waves, and I’ll be providing audio blogs and photos which will be on the Front Page starting Friday.

I’ve spent part of the day in the Richard Tarnas intensive (he is the author of the new bookCosmos & Psyche) on planetary cycles through history, and we will be posting several articles about his work to the Front Page over the weekend. If I can get a moment with him, I’ll post an audio interview with Rick. Vanity Fair astrologer Michael Lutin is here and I plan to be speaking with him as well.

Just to catch you up on the current astrology, Mercury is now direct in Aquarius, the Moon is in Scorpio and Sagittarius through the weekend, waning toward a partial solar eclipse, and Mars is stirring up the action in Aquarius, where it’s about to make a series of conjunctions to other planets.

Remember, if you’d like to tune into conference coverage, check in later on Friday on the Front Page or Page Two.

And — catch you Monday with Lemonade horoscope.

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis




Weekly Horoscope for Friday, March 09, 2007, #653 – By ERIC FRANCIS

Aries (March 20-April 19)
Be mindful of the influence you have with your friends. You’re perceived as someone with most of the necessary experience, but also a special something else that is not easy to describe, indeed for which there are few words or phrases in our language. That does not diminish awareness of this wordless thing, nor of its usefulness. The perception others have, as well, is that it grants you a measure of freedom that most others lack, but which can be taught or learned. Translating into words will be difficult, but it looks like it can actually be done effectively. Don’t worry if you try and feel you fall short.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You have so much going on internally and at the same time you’ve never been more visible. The gap between the interior you, and the one that people perceive, may never have seemed to be more obviously separate. They are not separate, however; perception tends to divide things into categories, and the body’s eyes do not see the interior world. Yet in an odd way, the outer world reflects the interior, and you can at the moment make this a conscious process: of feeling, looking, seeing and weaving the layers together.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Though personal matters have been on your mind, I don’t think you’ve missed the repeated invitations to success, which are now ready to be accepted. I suggest you choose carefully, however, and be sure to defer the ones you like but which are not quite on time to the future. You now need to focus your efforts on two or three of the most vital goals or desires, and be grateful that you are making the progress that you are. One thing you don’t need to doubt at all, and in which you can put considerable faith, is the strength and innovation of your ideas. Don’t speak loudly — just speak clearly. 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Mercury is stationing direct in the angle of your chart where you negotiate arrangements, manage shared resources, and experience bonding and commitments. A phase of reevaluation is coming to a close, and a new phase of co-creation is beginning. You will get offers this week; you will see opportunities; you may feel you’re unusually blessed beyond your wildest hopes. I must remind you of this: insist on a better deal than you think you deserve. Don’t be impressed by first offers, early drafts of plans, or roles in which you are anything less than a fully equal partner. You’re the one with most of what it’s going to take to create success; make sure you remember. 

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Others are starting to make more sense — to themselves. You have a pulse on the games and the gaming, and you can see the patterns clearly. Despite the best efforts of some individuals to obscure reality, you can gaze through their words. You may be wondering how they could possibly not notice the obvious. Now, this is not truth to be seen for its own sake, but rather for the sake of improved cooperation and focusing of energy. Listen to what people say they want; see where this intersects with your own perspective not only on what you want personally, but what would serve the greatest good for everyone.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
You are on course for a health breakthrough. You’ve been sitting on the solution all along, though your determination has taken you this far. Yet success will feel like something other than the effort you’ve been exerting up to this point. It will feel more like turning a key in a lock than it does like knocking down a door. One thing to watch for is language: if people speak your language and feel that you speak theirs, the probability of success is increased exponentially. Too much effort is wasted in miscommunication, which creates the illusion of futility. Forget it. Something a lot better is available. 

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Creative process is essentially a puzzle; only the pieces fit many ways, and the puzzle is the journey into yourself. What you will find as you venture in is something new about who you are, to which you are able to relate as if it were outside yourself. No matter how externally oriented an artist is, what is created is a relationship between the creator and what is made, which has many unexpected developments. Those are likely to be buzzing around your aura, your friendships, your notebook and your computer in these hours and days. Play, explore, create; speak to the universe till you get a response from the universe that changes you a little, or a lot.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
It is a risk feeling safe. Many among us refuse to feel safe, because if we’re wrong, the disappointment will be too much to bear. So the supposed answer is to not trust. Well, this doesn’t work because a life of disappointment does not save us from disappointment. At the moment, you are able to penetrate this false logic like never before. If you look, you will see the subtle ways you defeat yourself before you say a word, and will be able to turn them around into self-supporting equations and messages that affirm your life and the lives of the people you care about the most. One simple example of happiness and clarity goes a long way in this world.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
You know this time in your life is about building deep, not high. You know it’s about getting your priorities in order. And most of all, you know it’s about taking the experiences of the past on board to the degree where you truly respect what you have learned and can put it to work as a mode of teaching and learning. The awesome blessing of this moment is that of transcendent clarity. It may feel so natural that you may wonder where it was all along. The only thing changing right now is awareness, which some would say is the only thing that can ever change. Trust what you perceive, and the ideas that come out of you. They are lights on your path to the future.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
You hold the key to a political or legal situation. This will come in finding the right language to express the issue. The situation involves group resources of some kind, but which don’t appear to be that way; the group itself appears to be someone’s property, and the reality that this is a community issue has gotten itself lost in the discussion. You can see through the layers and seeming differences of opinion. You have the ability to translate the truth into a clear set of ideas that anyone can relate to, and from which many will benefit. Make sure you count yourself in.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Mercury has stationed direct in your sign, which is freeing you to see simple issues as simple and complex ones as being well within your ability to solve. Yet you have no need to be oriented on problems or solutions, but rather on progress itself. The astonishing depth of your own experience is becoming apparent to you now, and that is your resource, your property and your gift from which others may benefit. I suggest you follow a bit of wisdom that will benefit you in your role as a sage: let them come to you rather than going to them. Respond to a need that is articulated directly to you rather than playing the game of trying to help anyone.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
If your own decisions hinge on those of others, I suggest you take a wait-and-see approach. It is true that life is full of disappointments, but the winds of fortune are blowing strongly in your favor right now, and you have every reason to place your bets on your own success and happiness rather than on so many of the other possibilities that have shown themselves over the years. What is important now is that you know your heart’s desire, and let yourself ring with that tune, that vibration, that simple truth. Feel the beauty of that alone; feel the beauty of clarity, and trust that your awareness of both will lead you somewhere you not only need to be, but want to be.

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