Planet Waves Inner Space – September 2008

Aries (March 20-April 19)
The time has come to set limits, and you also know that you need to exceed your prior limits. The question is what aspect of life to assign to which category? I think you need to exceed a certain value you’ve placed on playing it safe. This has grown really tired, particularly when there is so much adventure on the horizon. The place you might want to set a limit on is what developments you want to project into the future. I suggest you keep your eyes on the next few weeks rather than the next few months or years. Indeed, it would be better still to focus on right now, particularly where love is concerned. It’s an interesting moment, if you keep it light.

Valley of Clouds. By Danielle Voirin.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
The ground is settling from last month’s eclipses, that is, if it’s not still vibrating all around you. You seem determined to anchor yourself in work routines, but the key to keeping your life in order is exploring rather than settling down. It takes a lot to shake you loose. At the moment, you’re not bolted to the ground, even though if I had to guess, it seems like some part of you dearly wants to be. What part would that be? The part that’s clinging to a childhood ideal? This is the pattern you’ve been working so diligently to free yourself from. At the moment, your life is in the balance between the old and the new. You may want to ask yourself why you would choose one over the other.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Pay attention to the proverbial elephant in the room. Is your home someplace you can say anything you want, or do you find yourself being more daring elsewhere? Pay close attention to what you say and where; and to what you’re willing to feel, and where. Notice where you shut down and where you open up and express yourself. Your home must be your sanctuary, and if it’s not, now is the time to make the necessary changes to move the energy along. You may fear that you will topple the bed if you take up so much as half of it. This is unlikely, but I suggest you track where that feeling is coming from.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You’re free to leave the past behind, and you’re free to drag it behind you. The funny thing about life is that most of the time we claim to do one but really do the other. I wonder if most people would even notice if their wristwatch was running backwards. In truth, you resolved a significant portion of your history with the eclipses of August, and you need to allow the feelings of that success to percolate through. And you need practice. The present is something we access consciously from moment to moment. You will know you’re living in the past because people treat you like a parent or a child. You’re living in the present when people feel like your equals.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Count your pennies and you will have a stack of loose change. Count your blessings and you will see you have a blessed life. It is more than a matter of perspective; it’s a matter of daily dedication. This idea may not seem so helpful if you’re struggling with some kind of psychic energy loss or inner crisis of faith. From the look of your charts, it’s one of those situations that is bogging you down and preventing you from feeling your potential. I suggest you take a little time every day and enjoy the comforts of home. If you’re an Internet freak, at least put your machine in “sleep” mode and do something cozy. At this point, a cup of tea would do you wonders.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Be careful about taking an aggressive position financially. This is not usually your problem; typically, you can live on a budget slightly less than that of a church mouse in Mexico. However, you seem focused on a financial goal at the moment, and you may not see the direction in which you’re headed. If you’re developing a plan, get ready for that plan to be revised two or three more times the next couple of months. What seems like a reversal later in September is really the first of several opportunities for a rethinking of your objectives. Until you get to do that, I suggest you not make any significant financial commitments. There is a lot of information you’re currently not working with, and which you definitely need. As the planets move and shake, that information will come loose, in its time.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
As the month progresses, you may feel like you’ve evolved from having it all together, to being scattered in a dozen pieces. If you’re wondering why, look at one particular relationship and the effect that it’s having on you. How much of your energy is going somewhere you don’t actually want it? Do you have any influence over whether this happens? I think you do — though you’re going to find the answer in a kind of introspection that is rare enough for any human. Along the way to getting there, I suggest you take notes on the ways in which you support others. You help some people in positive ways and other people in ways that are not so good for them. Note the difference, particularly how either variable makes you feel.

 (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
If people around you seem determined to set limits, you need to be determined to exceed your own limits. Basically, the lesson is not having your consciousness be shaped by what others believe is possible, and only listening to yourself on this sensitive matter. Nobody else is in your shoes or senses. Only you know what, in your heart, you feel is worth attempting. This is a lesson not just in keeping your calm; it’s an experience of not taking on the at times prevalent negative attitudes of the people around you. The way to tell the difference between someone who is being realistically cautious and a naysayer is that anyone realistic probably won’t sound like either of your parents.

Light through petals. Photo by Danielle Voirin.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
You are in a cycle of increase, and I would imagine you’re feeling confident in your ability to take care of yourself. I suggest, though, that you conserve your resources, in case the supply line is temporarily interrupted. The key here is resources management, not merely acquisition. One is useless without the other; the two are integral to one another. At the end of the day, week, month or year, the goal is for your income to exceed your expenses. We live in a world where the solution to everything is to acquire more. For you, the solution is to create a state of equilibrium that can withstand any transient fluctuation.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
You seem to be standing between two worlds: the one that tells you anything is possible, and another that is quietly informing you to be realistic and not take so many risks. I’m here to tell you that the biggest risk you can take is having faith in yourself. You may not see the ways you cut off your potential with the subtle belief in what is and is not possible. I suggest you move this question to the top of the list of your self-inquiry. If you come on a task, goal or project and you inquire about this one quality, ask yourself the basis of your determination. I’m not suggesting that everything is possible (though it may well be); just that you know your criteria.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
You may think you use up all your good luck staying out of serious trouble. It’s true, you allocate some of it to that worthy purpose; the world is full of little and large traps that eat time, money and gumption. At the moment, you’re in a rather special bubble of time wherein you make all your own luck. You do this, mainly, by having faith in something larger than the day-to-day wheeling and dealing of the world. While this perspective usually is right on the top tray of your paintbox, at the moment it’s right in your hand all the time. Belief sets the limits on what you can do and how far you can go with it. You can afford to be generous with yourself.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
My therapist, Joe, once suggested that I look at every woman I meet and silently say to myself, “She is not my mother.” I suggest you apply this sage advice. Say it clearly and say it dependably every time you find yourself looking into the face of someone you care about, or someone who pisses you off. Apply “mother” or “father” depending on their gender. If you relieve people of this burden, they will be able to take on their authentic role in your life, rather than any dysfunctional one that you give them. This will be a happy opportunity for everyone; nobody likes to be sentenced to being a figure from someone else’s past, and you no longer need your parents, or any version of them, telling you what to do.

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