Planet Waves Inner Space – August 2008

Normandy. Photo by Danielle Voirin.

Aries (March 21-April 19)
A solar eclipse in Leo early in the month will ease the way toward freeing you from the sense of responsibility, pressure or lack of flexibility that has characterized much of your year so far. If you feel you’re being pushed past your comfort zone, that’s exactly where you want to be; that zone is too small, too predictable and based mostly on how you anticipate your fears in advance. The theme that develops as the month progresses specifically involves social fears that translate to the closest thing to shyness that an Aries is capable of: a sense of not knowing who you are, or not understanding how others perceive you. A sequence of events that seems beyond your control will go a long way toward helping you build your confidence.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This month’s solar eclipse in the sensitive home and security angle of your chart may be leaving you feeling uprooted, uncertain and insecure — but you need to do better than that. Every effect has a cause; every cause has an effect; recognize that you are involved in a long sequence of events that is now coming to a head. Therefore there’s much more to the story than currently meets the eye. The other side of this equation is about liberating yourself to do bolder, braver and more creative things with your professional life, something that seems to have eluded you for as long as you can remember. It may be another year before you achieve something akin to effortless focus, but what you experience this month is direct preparation.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
You may be inclined to move heaven and earth for the sake of an idea — and by all indications it’s one that you seem committed to both intellectually and emotionally. Of the two, the emotional level is the more significant now, because that’s where you need to muster the confidence that will lead you to accomplish some truly great things. I suggest that you not seek for your confidence, but rather seek and find the ways in which you undermine yourself with negative messages. You can be the most brilliant, devoted person in the world — but if you constantly wear away at your gumption with self-critical messages, you will get very nearly nowhere. In the coming weeks, you can make great strides in breaking free of just precisely that.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Stunning planetary activity this month will focus you on your financial goals. First, you need to figure out how much you have, in all forms of resources. Then you need to figure out what to do with it. You have plenty, and you have plenty of opportunities, including one that you cannot see now but which will soon emerge as if the curtains of one reality parted and a new dimension of existence is revealed. Yes, you will be inclined to question whether this opportunity is real, but I don’t suggest you waste your time. Do what you’re called upon to do. Show up where you need to show up and make sure that you meet your end of the bargain impeccably. I know you are struggling for faith where the commitments of others to you are concerned. Take a breath, and set those fears aside.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
A rare total solar eclipse in your birth sign is an invitation to reinvent yourself from the inside out. It is an invitation to step boldly into your future. In truth, it’s unlikely you will need to do very much at all to facilitate this process; the best thing you can do for yourself is get out of your way. You have learned, at least, that you cannot identify with money (or money issues) and still feel like a human being. You have learned that you are not your bank account, and this has made it easier and more productive to take care of your economic needs. Now something deeper is calling you: the often-elusive truth of who you are. Let go of your fears of letting go. Who you were yesterday will not matter tomorrow, or the day after. And you will perhaps wonder for a moment why you thought it mattered so much.

Metro Madeleine. Photo
by Danielle Voirin.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
You’re still under the influence of Mars, and that says you are experiencing what it’s like to firmly commit to forward motion, progress and expanding your horizons. Fear no longer needs to be your dominant emotion. So much has changed in your favor during the past five or six weeks; your fears seem to have evaporated and the sense of running into a wall has given way to the passionate desire to express your gifts to the world as fully as you can. Keep your momentum and make sure you stay ahead of the curve. Think of all the routine tasks you’re going to need to do this autumn, and either get them out of the way or start them early. Something entirely new is going to be born in your life at this time, and you’ll want all the freedom you can get to allow that moment of creation to happen.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)
Yours is the sign of balance, and balance is not an easy thing to maintain in the world. You may feel like your life is in anything but a state of equilibrium, as highly unusual opportunities call you outside of your safe space. Your home, your cozy corner of the universe, may seem far away as you plunge into a world of events, of egos, of competition and of a special kind of creative urgency that you have craved for many years. In other words, you are about to have your big chance to find a place for yourself in the world, and moreover, to be respected and rewarded for what you do. Count this not only as a point of progress, but as a point of no return. One can delay, but one cannot escape one’s true calling in life. And such is calling you now.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is the month for you to make a large, unusual and daring move that will, in part, benefit your professional life. The emphasis is on scale, but this is on the deepest level about claiming your place in the world. Do not hesitate when the time comes; the chances are, it will not come again, not in this way, and not with this scale of opportunity. Indeed, what unfolds for you may well seem improbable or even impossible. What you perceived as your limits are, for a glorious moment, about to be suspended. Borrowing a literary term, your disbelief in yourself is about to be suspended. But what unfolds is not a matter of fiction: it is real, tangible and a gift that is your very own.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You are about to discover that your plans were just a little too small for your comfort. As a Sagittarian, Ms. or Mr. Big is your middle name, but even you can, at times, shrink yourself down to society’s mediocre expectations. Now is the time to not only expand your horizons, but to explode them. Indeed, for as much as you’ve considered yourself a worldly person who knows no limits, I propose you’re about to discover just what it means to live that way. Sagittarius is the sign of faith, and what you are about to demonstrate to the world is that authentic faith in yourself and the humble faith in a Higher Power amount to the same thing. You may still feel you have reasons for doubt, but it’s funny how today they mean less than ever before.

Central Park sculpture. Photo by Danielle Voirin.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This is the month to play catch-up on what will, a few weeks from now, feel like years of progress. There have been some truly important matters that were delayed so long, you forgot they even existed. Commitments from others dropped off the radar, such that you let go of the possibility that they were even meaningful or that the people involved were trustworthy. Why the world, and the people in it, are waking up to the recognition that their involvement with you actually matters may be impossible to explain in any way except with astrology; the short answer is simply that it’s time. Elaborating a little, time is the thing that most people fail to respect; but it’s the universal law that you respect the most. Suddenly, the feeling is going around.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You are likely to experience an unusual opening in a relationship or perhaps several relationships; what is changing is not anyone’s opinion but rather your actual potential. You have not seen anything like this for nearly a decade, and a long decade it has been. This opening can allow in people, it can expand your role within the lives of key individuals, and it will open the door to many possibilities that you may not feel ready for. However, by mid-month you will surely recognize that you are not only ready for these developments, but are actually willing to embrace them. They are willing to embrace you, but it remains vital that you keep your heart open and send a clear signal to those around you that you have faith in important partnership situations. They may not get that idea themselves.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This year is building toward something unusual, something daring and most of all a sequence of events you would never have expected. Others may be taking their sweet time to openly acknowledge the innovative role you play in their lives, most likely because they are caught up in analysis rather than feeling or inspiration. Not everyone can be a Pisces, but you can trust one thing: the delays that others seem to be insisting on will not be perpetual. The stars and planets are, as we speak, calling on everything and everyone to wake up to reality, whether they think they want to or not. Many times the past several seasons you have felt you were looking directly at a wall, or grappling someone’s monolithic idea about life. Keep your faith and remember your personal healing process. The rest will come.

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