By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) — You must recognize your complications for what they are. It would help if you saw the ways they emerge from your idea of who you are, which does not reflect accurately on the truth of who you are. Yes, you can focus plenty of attention, sometimes in the way that a bleeding child is attractive to sharks. You cannot persist long in identifying with the aspect of nature or self-definition as a perpetually injured person. Yet you cannot merely be OK or adequate; the next stage is mastery over your affairs and your healing process. And much of what this stems from is the feeling you evoke in yourself and the people around you when you say the words “I am.” This necessarily involves an act of claiming. We’ve all experienced or witnessed the struggle of a person to say “I am a writer,” or “I am an artist.” As Bob Dylan asked long ago, how many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? You have walked quite enough to be exactly what you are.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Take your advantage, even if it’s a narrow one. Use your privilege, which is why you have it. There’s only one requirement, which is that you be honest with yourself and everyone around you. Real means actual transparency, and even offering what feels like too much information. Your power comes from not holding yourself back in any way. Most of what people struggle with is stumbling over their own inner blocks. You are about to reach a stage of your life where the rewards you receive will be in alignment with the risks that you take. The most compelling, necessary and often avoided one is to stand fully in who you are. This involves an affirmative act, and also checking the ways in which you talk yourself out of your confidence. There are two halves to the progress you want to make. You could go a long way just by persistently removing blocks to your movement and your awareness. Said simply, success is not a matter of sheltering in place. It’s about stepping out and being exposed to all of the possibilities.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) — You are moving into deja-vu territory, where you can catch glimpses of both the past and of the future. Do not make too much of these, while noting what you feel through a conscious observation process. If you can do that, your experience of the forthcoming Mercury retrograde will be much more relevant to your growth and your fulfillment. You have just passed through tricky territory where your desire to express yourself seems to have met one obstacle after the next. How did you handle that, and what did you decide it was about? How did you work your way through wrinkles that seemed to emerge from the complexities of partnership, or of your family? Eventually your growth path must take you through the territory of internalized oppression. That is the only kind that matters, because if that remains, no alteration of circumstance will advance your cause. Every discovery you make about a relationship — whether past, present or hoped for — needs to connect to its interior counterpart. Then you are making progress.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) — There’s no getting around the fact that you are visible right now, and that you are making an impression on people. Just be sure not to get too caught in that feedback loop, and stay a step or two ahead of yourself. Any response or reaction you’re getting to something now actually relates to what you said or did in the past, which is not where you are at this moment. So don’t let anyone else’s ideas about you snag, drag or draw you back into the past. The edge of the wave front is your home. This is likely to feel daring and a little dangerous, because there is no way to frame your actions, choices or statements as being about security or stability. To the contrary, you are shaking yourself up and in the process, sending ripples out into the world. What will help is if you recognize that you communicate by feeling and impression as much as through words. Ultimately it is your actions and how you feel about them that matter the most, and will continue to do so.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — What most people call ‘spiritual’ is an inner condition. Yet it will have outer expressions in the form of wanting to participate in and see the world, or a calling to serve humanity in some way. That will work beautifully for you as long as you recognize it is your experience that counts more than what you accomplish or your stated purpose. Therefore, strive to offer yourself fully and do not hold back. Your investment of yourself is investment of your faith in yourself. Face practical challenges with creativity and an open mind and you will discover they give way easily to your intelligence. If I may equate what you’re learning with a game, its nature is to find your confidence in yourself. The thing to remember is that confidence in its true form is subtle. There is no sensation of conquering. Think of it more as a sincere inquiry: I have no idea if I can actually do this, though I’m willing to have a go at it. Then, you do.
Tailored for Virgo Sun and rising, this new audio reading by Eric Francis introduces you to your astrology through the autumn of 2021. We will take maximum advantage of the power you are drawing from the Earth signs at the time of your solar return: Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, as well as Uranus in Taurus. This is a grand earth trine, and the thing to do is gather momentum in the direction you want to go, and then point yourself there. Eric describes the influence of Jupiter and Saturn ingressing Aquarius later this year. The reading looks closely at Chiron in Aries, accompanied by Mars retrograde in Aries — your most important relationship house. Now with full transcript. Order now for instant access. This reading is included with the Backstage Pass.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Make sure you know your priorities before you merge them with those of other people. Make sure you know them before you part ways with other people. It’s essential in all things that you know where you stand with yourself and why. For that to happen, it would be helpful if you made an honest assessment of where others stand with themselves; it’s much closer to your reality than you may imagine. Subject matter has little to do with it. Individuation is the key, and both you and those around you are deep in that process. Often it ends up being violent, angry or aggressive, especially where marriage, family and finances are concerned. None of that is necessary. All that counts is people being willing to recognize that they and others are individuals. This is easier than it seems, and more controversial than it needs to be. However, some struggle to assert themselves, and others struggle when people around them step out even a little. It’s not all so bad. Always leave yourself plenty of room to be wrong, especially about the motives or viewpoint of others.
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Aries, your 7th house of relationships, figures prominently, beginning with a discussion of Chiron in Aries and what that represents: healing in relationships, and also the presence of teachers and mentors.
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Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Stand back a bit from what others are going through. Minimize your direct involvement, be a witness to their experience, and be supportive of your total environment. There are times when experiences in the lives of people close to you have little or nothing to do with you. And if there is some involvement, they must work out their side of the equation before they bring some issue to you. So, therefore, keep your perspective. Do not be distracted by any drama that would seem to involve your career or professional activities. Rather, let the wave of the Full Moon pass this week, and see what shakes out. Speaking from much experience doing mundane astrology (that of worldly affairs), I would suggest not pushing any issues with anyone. Rather, if you need to get a result, guide matters in the way of a conversation and let everyone else play their hand before you state your intentions or your agenda. If you do that, people are likely to unravel a bit, and reveal issues and viewpoints that will help you establish common ground.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Keep your personal material out of work. You need a careful distinction this week, and to make certain you have space open to handle your own inner process in a suitable setting. If work itself is what becomes personal, you can stand back from the fray and not identify with either side of any seeming dispute. This is important because the issues are not what they seem; everything is masking or masquerading for something else. If you give yourself and others some breathing room, those underlying matters may come out. The thing is, most of them will not be your business. If a coworker is really angry at their mother and taking it out on the boss, you don’t want to be involved with that. If you are angry with your mother and taking it out on the boss, you will want to move that discussion to the therapy room and not conduct it in any form of the H.R. office. Once you’re aware of these overlapping situations, you will be able to steer clear of most difficulty.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — My favorite philosopher, Marshall McLuhan, was fond of artists, and took a wide definition of what one is and what one does. There are two factors, really. One is the extending of one’s awareness without the need to shut down from the intensity of it all. This is a special kind of woke, where one is willing to experience the high-voltage current of all these tools we use to spread our nervous system around the world. Two is about pattern recognition. Above all else, artists recognize patterns, and they put that knowledge to work. Both of these abilities thrust people onto the edge of the wave, and are clearly a little too much for nearly everyone. I would, however, encourage you to keep your awareness on at full strength this week as the Aries Full Moon passes through the most creative, exploratory and adventurous angle of your solar chart. You will need to make sure your cooling system has plenty of water, because the energy is hot. We both know you like it that way.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Once you understand that the world is the way it is because people are dragging around all of their unresolved family baggage, it will be a lot easier to navigate your environment. This especially involves professional matters, where something really is at stake. Yet there is a tremendous opportunity for you to discover and develop your leadership skills. This will involve listening, and also maintaining your sense of what is truly fair. Everyone must get a hearing: ensuring that is real leadership. There are also solutions possible where most unfair compromises can be avoided. For you, the essential skill to bring is to stay in close contact with the physical and emotional space you’re in: literally, the actual room and whoever is occupying it. Remember that people are struggling to be heard, all throughout life. One way or another, make sure that happens, particularly on an individual basis. You have the ability to do all of these things. Just make sure you know why you’re taking up the challenge.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — The most personally challenging things are the most personally meaningful, both to you and others. Therefore, don’t let the notion that someone may take umbrage with your ideas stop you from thinking them. Refinement can come later; get your thoughts out where you can see them. Communicate with the people closest to you, and see if you can find some common ground you can apply. The underlying values involved are more important than the specific subject area, and that is the place to operate. You must understand what is important to you, and then work with others to figure out what is important to them. Once you do that, you’ll have plenty of material to use, and you may get it down to a few essential points. Words will serve you well right now, as a means of unraveling your own state of mind, and also through a listening process where others reveal where they are coming from. Make sure everyone has editing power: good writing is all in the rewriting. Social existence is a work in progress.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Your financial sense may be at its most sublime this week, though make your decisions one at a time. The combination of a Full Moon involving Chiron, and a peak event of Mars retrograde, describe some unusual potentials for you to rethink your situation and expand into new opportunities. These are long-term items, though: look out to the end of the year, and into 2021 rather than immediate term. Any decision you make now would best be set into the context of your future plans. Much of this is on the basis of what kinds of business partnerships you want. You are the type who likes and needs to collaborate, though the financial picture must align with the creative one. You get the role of holding all that together, so make sure that anyone you become involved with actually matches your values well enough to have things go reasonably smoothly. Do not let your insecurities get in the way of your success. In fact, this is a great week to have them fuel and feed your progress.