Inconvenient Reasoning

Altar at Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Photo by Eric Francis.
Evergreen trees, American southwest. Photo by Eric Francis.




Today’s horoscope is the June 2007 monthly for Lemonade, standing in for Planet Waves Weekly number 666 by Eric Francis.

Aries (March 20-April 19)
You need new ideas about life, and therefore you need to look for them in new places. You may be feeling this, as well as a bit of fear that once you start thinking in new ways, you will be compelled to change. It turns out that one concept or theory about life, if you follow it sincerely, has the ability to lead you to another reality. Over the years, you’ve had glimpses of what this other reality might be. It has leaked through as if coming from one dimension to another, and it comes with the feeling that “more is possible” or “I am someone beyond the person I seem to be today.” This time it will not be so subtle.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
I suggest you communicate with any disappointment you may be feeling, because that dialog holds the way to your deeper feelings. Any sense of loss is inherently lodged in the past; it actually has very little involvement with the current story of your life, and is if nothing else an indication that the past is indeed over. Also, your emotions are peaking, which is creating a distortion enhanced by being in one of those states of mind where it’s difficult for you to express to others what’s going on with you. Your charts say that if you stick with your feelings and mainly keep talking, you will work through whatever difficulty is now upon you, and emerge in a clear, well-lighted place.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
The realm of imagination has always been a bit of a challenge for you, mainly because you hold it to be the highest virtue. You know you’re intelligent, but you don’t usually acknowledge how creative you are. The value in affirming that, at the moment, is that when you do, you’ll be more likely to act on it. And imagination is for certain one of those energies that calls for taking tangible steps forward rather than passively hoping it will result in something useful. All through the Sun’s journey through your birth sign this year, the sky is filled with moments of opportunity and, moreover, triggers for action. So be triggered and take action.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Little do you doubt that this is an extraordinary moment for you, one that is leading to a revelation that has been building for many months. Yet just how you get from here to there remains something of a mystery. This is in part because of a concentrated series of events at the end of the month that emphasize a variety of transitions, endings, beginnings and rearrangements. How these work out is highly dependent on how you handle yourself as the energy rises, what names you give things, your mental attitude and the respect with which you treat your relationships. Think of it like this: when you treat one person in your life a certain way, you’re treating everyone else that same way at the same time.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Often we seek the answer or the solution, without first considering whether it’s a good idea to have that clarity or power. Someone is about to hand you the key, the missing idea or the flame that lights up a particular area of darkness. This may be coming in compensation for something that was left out of your reach in the past. But you need to be careful. This is an unusual gift, and while it’s being given with the best intention, you need to scrutinize yourself. Please question your own readiness, and be willing to take action if you feel that you’re falling short of what seems sane or sensible. More than anything, use your senses, and use your instincts.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Events this month may threaten to pull you off the axis of your life. They will not, as long as you keep your emotional grounding. Indeed, events in these weeks will go a long way toward helping you recognize just what it means to be emotionally grounded, and how to get there with the least struggle. From that space, you will be called upon to be honest with yourself about a particular aspect of your past. This may be in the context of some of the more poignant friendships in your life, and may involve reconciling with an old friend both because you love this person, and because you need to liberate the creative energy that is held there like a battery.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
You may decide that less is more. You may decide that the time to focus is now. That would be well suited to the developments in your solar chart, which suggest that you want to take a direct, narrow path to your most immediate and urgent desire. What happens along the way is that you get to decide for yourself just what that desire is, what it means, and whether you’re being sincere with yourself. I am not saying that you are not; rather, I am suggesting that you are free to welcome an inevitable test of truth with an open heart and mind.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Accept the gift of your own talent, and the quality of your ideas. Do so, initially, by ceasing to doubt yourself, your intentions or the ultimate destiny of what you create. True, this will take an act of faith, but whether you see it or not, your whole life is now oriented around this one particular breakthrough. Like most ideas, it probably seems smaller than it is. That is a distortion you will learn to correct in the future — it’s really as simple as learning to honor the potential of what you see, think and feel, and of what your mind conjures. You have every reason to be positive about this, but don’t trust me — trust you.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
Someone new in your life is more profoundly affected by you than you may imagine. This will become obvious as time goes on, though I suggest you pay attention now, so that you apply the right amount of strength and influence to the relationship; you run the risk of pushing a little too hard. All you need to do is be a stable point of orientation for this individual, which comes with making sincere statements of your desires and your needs. I would say understatements, but I don’t suggest you manipulate yourself. Be authentic, with as little emotional charge as possible.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
You may finally be starting to feel the pressure, but I don’t suggest you let it get to you. The truth is, you’ve been under this influence for a while, and you’ve been handling yourself pretty well — with your patented blend of innovation and stability. You now seem to be at an impasse, however. The alternatives, options or possibilities you’re faced with seem to contradict or mutually exclude one another. This is, however, merely a matter of perspective. In other words, it’s all in the way you look at things. See them differently and that whole paradox will resolve itself like it was never there. How to do that? Clearly state your intention to see the situation differently, preferably out loud.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
You well may be wondering where the unusual set of circumstances of your life is taking you. Time will tell, but there are clues in what time has already told. I don’t think you’re in a particularly simple situation, but I think it’s more certain than you think. Indeed, part of your fear may be a sense of hesitation that is rooted in a sense of what is inevitable. As you assess your life, I suggest you take the longest possible view. Long ago you set goals and desires in motion that are now coming to fruition. You may think you lacked sufficient faith in yourself, adequate integrity or a clear enough head. Apparently you were wrong.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You have not exactly been dragged through the past two or three years, but you have not exactly skated along with the whole process willingly. Fair to say you’ve been stretched by a contradiction or sense of irreconcilable opposites that just seemed to grow ever more distant and distinct. When this kind of situation arises, typically one of two things happens to a person: they give up in despair, or they grow profoundly. You have considered giving up, but time and again thought better of it. You have faced the worst possibility: that you would never get what you want. Truth be told, that has given you the modicum of courage that is serving you quite well today.

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