Planet Waves for May

Planet Waves Monthly by Eric Francis
for May 2006

Aries (March 20-April 19)
One theme of your chart for the past 18 months has been becoming what you’ve previously sought outside yourself. In a way, this involves embodying your opposite personality, or opposite qualities. You may want to notice what you seek in others for their soulmate qualities and observe the way you are striving to become these things as well. What you may notice about this process is that it rearranges your dependency patterns. You may decide you need people for some things you never considered before, and don’t need them for others that you had considered many times. You may also be feeling independent enough to decide that keeping the peace is not as important to you as it was last week or last month, and you do run the risk of provoking conflict with domestic or intimate partners, particularly if you get the feeling they are keeping score of your transgressions. Proceed with caution.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
For a while, the more truth you seek, the more chaos you may find. In fact a lot of conflict and deception are wrapped around the simple facts of life, particularly because most people are driven by profit and not by their personal welfare or community necessity. Don’t let that deter you from seeking what is real and meaningful, nor from working for the best for the people around you. The psychic fog will clear quickly enough, leaving you energy and opportunity to pursue your priorities. There are currently profound changes unfolding in your heart and mind regarding your needs in relationship, particularly the whole concept of a ‘need’ and challenging the ways in which you have sought emotional security. The question is, are you willing to sacrifice everything else in order to have some of that? Everything, such as passion, your best ideas, and your most creative dreams? I really hope not.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You will need to decide for yourself whether friends and associates have your best interests at heart, or whether they are only out for themselves. This will be complicated in part because for the first half of the month you will be less inclined to think of yourself and more inclined toward considering the needs of others — and you may project this tendency onto everyone and everything. Unfortunately, when it comes down to making an educated guess, we usually must assume that self-interest will prevail, but that at least gives us something to work with. Keeping a focus on what you actually need and really want — and making this known to close partners — will actually get both you and them pretty far, even if you have to go against the prevailing winds for a couple of weeks until the Sun arrives in your birth sign and the fog clears.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This is a time to make some significant progress in your life, and to arrange your priorities in a way that makes some sense. It’s clear that the themes of marriage, commitment and fidelity are high on your agenda, as if you’ve become a miner for a heart of gold. It’s also true that as much as people say they want these things, most are rarely able to buck up the honesty that it takes to convey that message in deeds rather than words. I suggest you judge people on the messages of their actions rather than what they say. To do that, you’re going to need to listen differently for a while, through observation rather than chatter. Remember that if something happens twice, it’s probably a coincidence. If it happens three times, it’s a pattern. This counts for your actions as well as those of others. Pay attention and see what you notice.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
It’s been fairly easy for you to make progress on taking authority over your affairs, but you’ve been operating with a missing factor in the equation. It’s not always easy to see what’s missing, and you will need to follow your intuition. The messages you’re getting seem like the ones people typically see and hear, but ignore. If a relationship seems to be under undue stress for no apparent reason, that is a message. If someone’s statements to you, or yours to them, don’t add up to the whole truth, there is a message you need to notice. Soon enough you’ll discover there is a way to clear the air, but this will happen slowly, steadily and as a result of some steadfast commitment and solid thinking rather than clearing things up in one easy swipe. Meanwhile, I suggest that your mantra for the foreseeable future be, “Is it true?” You will get your answer.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
You seem to be hatching your plot to change the world. It’s a big one, and there are those times when you resemble a canary sitting on a goose egg. A whole series of recent episodes gave you some indication of what is possible in life, and what the world has to offer, but I think you’re working on something better, something entirely of your own design, and which genuinely expresses the new values you’ve been developing for so long. But I suggest you not fancy yourself too independent from the world or its influences, because you need them. And I suggest that you remember there’s always a bit of the old in what is truly new and innovative. A certain daring individual from your past who you now work with will soon help you bridge the ever-elusive gap between today and tomorrow. Don’t be fooled by their off-putting demeanor or excess charisma. This person is for real.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
You may have finally decided to show up for a relationship that appears to be falling short of its potential. You may also fear that someone you care about has flown the coop, but I would suggest that what they are looking for is a deeper level of commitment and involvement — not less, not something casual, but something solid and consistent. The question you may be pondering at this moment is who makes the first move when it comes to getting to the deeper level. I would suggest that the first move has already been made, and it’s up to you to make the next one. But you will need to be sensitive to your timing — principally, the timing of when you are actually ready. I suggest you be ready not just for a new beginning, but also for a real continuation that will be as healthy and productive as you allow yourself to be.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Nobody could accuse you of being a pushover, but you do have your sentimental side. You also have your protective side, and your, ‘in it at all costs’ aspect as well. The stars seem to be describing a sacred marriage or partnership of some kind that in your own heart and soul is on the level of religious devotion. There may be a lot you have not said about how you feel. There may be certain factors you’re not sure about and are thus reluctant to express. But I can tell you this: the time for making your feelings known has hardly ever been better than it is now. I think you’ll find that anyone with whom you share a deep devotion will be ready to hear what you have to say, and welcoming of it. Just remember, there is enormous passion behind your carefully chosen words and apparently subtle feelings.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
There are definitely two ways to handle your current, somewhat delicate situation. I suggest you take the path of least resistance, which may feel like avoidance. I say this not because I think you can’t handle the more challenging way, but because there are too many hidden obstacles. I know you don’t see them; that’s because they’re hidden. The way to get around the obstacles is to follow the natural flow of the energy. This may involve keeping your focus on your work rather than domestic or personal matters; that will help the situation considerably. For one thing, you’ll stay on high ground, emotionally and morally. For another, you’ll get things done, whereas there are plenty of influences right now that could lead you to get absolutely nothing done. I think the equation is simple: keep your focus, keep your productivity and keep your power. Then, by no coincidence, you will have it when you need it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
I hope you’re not feeling left out of the action. On one level it may seem like you’re the odd person out of the game, but there’s something to be said for not having to pick sides. You have plenty of influence at the moment. Rather than doubt this fact, I suggest you look for confirmation — but don’t waste too much time doing that, either. At the moment, you are anchoring the stability of much progress in the world that would be slipping and sliding without you. In essence, you are holding the energy of the beginning, which is not over and is also necessary to get to the second and third steps — which are slowly materializing. If there is something you need to say over and over again until people hear you, I suggest you speak clearly rather than loudly. And you will be heard.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
If you’re feeling pressure or stress, I suggest you identify the source. It is entirely possible that you’re picking up somebody else’s vibes, concerns or sadness, when in fact you have every reason to feel safe and secure. There will be occasional moments of clarity when you see precisely what is going on, and then you may suddenly find that you doubt your own assessment or revelation. It’s the doubt that’s the illusion — not the sense of clarity you felt a moment before. What’s important is that you not make major decisions feeling like you’re under some strange pressure that you don’t understand. When in doubt, let a week or two go by. Wait for additional evidence that you’re doing the right thing. Feel your way through the situation tapping into the resources of doubt and faith. Make your next move when you’re ready — and not a moment before.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You certainly have an interesting vantage point right now. You’re under no particular pressure to take action, but you have the option to do so. After the endless strange events earlier in the year, I could see you wanting to size things up and come to clear terms with yourself about how you feel, what you want and moreover what you really need. But the world may offer too many opportunities to pass up, and you know this is no time to lay in wait. You can trust that one solid step will lead to another, and that one encounter with an interesting person will lead to the next. But one particular meeting early in the month may hold the key to embarking on your journey to the next level of reality. You’ll know because the circumstances seem to open up and reveal an entire new constellation of possibilities that you had not considered — and an entirely new idea of who you are.

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