Planet Waves Inner Space -July 2008

Aries (March 21-April 19)
If you don’t feel safe now, when will you? So get with it. One’s sense of security is better measured not by the quality of locks on the front door, but rather by the sense of beauty within one’s heart and home. True safety is not about defense or offense, it is rather about the awareness that the love you carry and express is what protects you. It is a condition that you cultivate. In the process, there is the question of what to do with one’s fears and insecurities. There is no easy answer to this, except for one caution: the thing that you don’t do is stuff them down or ignore them. Keep a dialog with your fear, and your confidence will take root.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Light through stained-glass in the Saint Croix Cathedral in Orléans, France. Photo by D. Voirin.

You may be wondering whether a close partner or romantic interest is being truthful with you. You would be wise in that case to question the extent to which you are honest with the people you’re intimate with. Besides honesty, there is no other meaningful definition of intimacy. I suggest you assess what motivation you or anyone else may have to be anything but on the level. You can clearly see there are two sides to the story, but you may be concerned that the rosy hue of the world is coming from your sunglasses. I suggest you take them off, make eye contact and reveal what you have hesitated to state before; ask a few solid questions; and evaluate what you hear.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
These very days have you reassessing nearly everything in your life, though thankfully, the worst of this process is behind you. It was worth the risk, as you see your thought process begin to get results in the coming few weeks, mainly in the form of tangible decisions. One of your talents is seeing all sides of the story more or less objectively. Now you have a chance to witness both sides of yourself. This, you usually think you do — but when you discover a long-hidden side of your nature that you’ve never considered, you’ll be reminded that when it comes to self-discovery, nothing should ever shock you, unless that shock be entirely pleasant.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You’re someone who puts yourself out there for anyone to see who you are. This is truly brave, but please remember that there is a side to yourself that you tend to keep extremely secret, and at the moment you’re deep into that aspect of your nature. Is there a valid reason to conceal anything? Well, there seem to be many reasons, most of which are based on the idea that when people are authentic, they subject themselves to the judgment of others. I suggest you let nobody be your judge and jury; nor that you hole yourself up inside the fear that they will be. Your pot is simmering nice and hot right now, and you have plenty to share. Secrecy is so last year. Honesty is so right now.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
It’s not like you to tell other people what they want, but someone seems to be expecting you to do precisely that. Don’t fall for it — they don’t really need the kind of leadership that they’re hoping you exert. Worse, if you step out of your usual ethical framework, you run the risk of taking the blame for someone else’s failure to act or take responsibility for their own emotional life. I would not go so far as to say it’s a trap, but be careful not to get caught in a quagmire. If you do, insist that everyone make up their own mind and account for why they feel the way they feel. That said, remember not to take anyone’s indecisive tendencies on board.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
This has not been an easy spell where your professional aspirations are concerned. It seems that confusion has been the dominant force; it seems like the people who can make and keep commitments are scarce, and you’ve struggled with this commitment yourself lately. Yet you can make enormous progress dancing with your uncertainty, of which there is no shortage. The issue obviously involves needing several extra clues about why your most precious goals so often seem to conflict. Remember, paradoxes are an addiction, and not a healthy one. If logic doesn’t work, then check in with your passion. It knows the truth, and always does.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)
Now is the time to get on top of your game, and on top in general. The politics of the world are simple: the global population is comprised of a tiny few who are dominant, and a vast majority who are submissive and tend to resent this fact. Whatever you may have been yesterday, you are now the boss. You are the driving force; the source of ideas and energy. You may tend to use your power to take care of everyone, but there is more to leadership than this. I suggest you take care of the needs you see in your environment — particularly for ideological leadership — during this fabulous moment when the world is willing to kiss your feet.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Rise above your insecurities and accomplish the one thing you’ve set out to do. You know what this goal is, even though you don’t talk about it every day. It may have been a decade since you were so determined to make progress in this particular direction. You will need to face the same insecurities that stopped you the last time around, though now you have the focus, maturity and compassion to make sure you can get past them. It’s time for you to achieve what only you have the clarity to see needs being done. This time around, please don’t make the mistake of thinking you can do it all yourself.

Along the Canal St. Martin. Photo by D. Voirin.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Take advantage of how willing to negotiate certain key individuals are at the moment, and remember it goes deeper: certain people in your life are willing to take care of you. True, they had to think about it for a while. They had to decide whether they were willing to share their ideas and support, and as you know, their lives have been somewhat more complicated than yours lately, and you may have been straining to figure a way to be of assistance. This does plenty to shore up your independent streak, and very little to put you in the position of living in a world where energy moves in all directions. Now that the people who love you are willing to give you nearly anything they have, make them happy and state your needs sincerely.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
As you may know, this is the year when Pluto is working its way into your birth sign for the first time since Ben Franklin concerned himself with the question of your life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the first half of the year, you’ve had a taste of the focus you’re capable of. More to the point, you’ve begun to discover you have an actual impact on the world, and you’ve seen you’re far more capable of change than you ever suspected. You’re made of tough stuff, and that which is strong is not often so flexible. Pluto is made of tougher stuff than you are, and he takes no prisoners. Here is some astrological counsel designed to last you a decade: the more you bend, the less you will break.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Make up your mind whether someone is being aggressive, or if they just like how you smell. If the first turns out to be true, that’s not necessarily a bad omen. People who know what they want are usually a lot easier to deal with than people who keep it under their hat or for that matter in their shorts. If the second possibility turns out to be true, consider if you like how they smell, and then see what you may have in common. In any event, I suggest you use nothing (such as a lingering insecurity based on something your mother told you) as an excuse to be afraid of a direct approach in any direction. Remember, though: direct means honest. Honest means communication. If communication stops, it’s time for a reality check.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You currently have power over someone that you may not see, and if you see it, you may not understand it. Your idealism, your commitment to embracing the unknown, and the fact that you represent a dimension of spiritualism that others envy are all factors. On one level, you may feel they are making up stories about you that are really about them (this is called projection). Everyone has their own version of the truth. On another level, it’s obvious that someone is smitten with you, and the connection is as much spiritual as it is about anything else. You might never consider this option or set of options, but it’s worth more than a passing thought. A lot more.

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