Taking a Moment

Rainy Day Rickshaw Ride in Bandra, Mumbai. Photo by Priya Kale.




Monthly Inner Space for June 2007, standing in for weekly horoscope #665 – By ERIC FRANCIS

Aries (March 20-April 19)
Your chart is giving the impression you’re living at work these days. If so, I suggest you bring in a real toaster oven rather than a microwave. In fact, bring in home-cooked meals and bring enough for everyone. What are you up to, anyway? Regardless, your aspirations, be they moneymaking, creative or just generically ambitious, feed you well and keep those in your environment fed well. I tell you, just below the surface, this is all about food, and the connection between your emotions and food. This is the time to have all those mysteries reveal themselves, and to get a grasp on what’s really good for you.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You seem, once again, to be feeling cramped in your environment or attitude. Stick with it. Within that feeling are many layers of information, each of which contains specific advice to you about what you need. Dialog with a partner is essential now: they, too, are sensing the inevitable brink that you are crossing over, which is none other than a bridge to the here and now. That bridge involves reckoning with so much you have experienced in the past. It involves burying the dead, saying goodbye to those lost and forgotten, and affirming that you are indeed quite alive and in the midst of your life.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Keep clearing out the clutter and making room for what is new. The more junk you get rid of, the more space you will have for feeling, for breathing and generally for feeling like you have enough space to live. Much of what you are getting rid of are things that hold an emotional attachment to the past. I don’t suggest you just throw them on the fire, however; take a little time and feel the sensations associated with these things, particularly if they belonged to your parents. Once you’ve made contact, say goodbye and let go of them.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
To be in the present, one must let go of the past. That requires a grieving process, or some other conscious way of releasing what existed before. You can feel that you’re really letting go in part because of the uncertain sense of the future. Make friends with that uncertainty, if you have not already done so. It is rich; it is full of life and more than anything, it begs the question of what you want. Once you know what you did not want, and what you do not want, I suggest you let the question of what you want now linger for a moment longer than is comfortable. Your mind will likely answer first. We are, however, waiting for your soul to speak.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
June is often a brilliantly social month for you. The Gemini Sun opens up both you and your home. This year, though, you may be feeling particularly sentimental about your friends for some reason, and that emotion goes deeper than the topic of conversation or the usual current events. The beauty and the challenge of our human experience is its transience. It would perhaps be easier if we lived in a world that was not obsessed with progress and senseless change. You can, though, step out of that for a moment, and feel the natural progression of time, and the deepening of your contacts with the people you love the most.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
The direct quality of your human encounters is once again jumping to another level. For someone who has lived in a maze of ideas for so long, you’re certainly taking an affinity to the bold and straightforward approach to communication, and to allowing that sharing to directly change your existence. No matter what may seem to be the setup, however, your creative fire is the center of the story of your life. This is centered in your heart, and also inside the four walls of your home. Maintain devotion to both, and any influence from the outside will arrive in its most positive and beneficial form.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
In many respects, this is the month that you make a final reckoning on a crucial domestic matter. Everything may seem to be in flux at the moment, but that is basically what it’s taking to get you to assess the situation from top to bottom; to size up the history carefully; and to establish your level of commitment to both yourself and a person who is important to you. Don’t be too hard on either of you; this is a difficult test, but one of which you are fully capable. The more that comes up for question at once, the more grateful you can be you’ve really reached the crux of the matter, a moment for which you have been waiting.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
A close partner seems to be pushing your ambition higher, as if they are inspiring you to accomplish great things. I trust that while they do this, they are themselves working toward your goal, supporting you entirely, and providing a stable environment for you. I suggest you put all your faith in this arrangement working beautifully for them as well, even though you may not quite be able to see or understand why at this point. The scales of the universe are balanced — or at least those of your universe. And you are giving to the world a lot more than you may currently suspect.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
Solutions to a few very old problems are right within reach. They will most likely arise in a group context, where the people you share space with make some kind of a decision that they can call their own. Your role in the process will basically be to agree with what comes up. You may be asking, what if it’s not the perfect solution? I can pretty much assure you that the more you stay back from the discussion, the more perfect the solution will be, even if it seems a little outrageous at first. In actual fact, human cooperation is always a bit weird.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
A dry roof and food to eat — for these things I suggest you be thankful. But we all know that is not enough. We want to share that roof and that food; we also want them offered to us. I suggest you take things patiently this month, one step at a time. Like many things, it’s difficult to see at the beginning how the individual steps in a process will lead you anywhere, much less lead you to the place you want to go. I cannot offer up anything by way of proof or even a compelling argument — just a little faith and a dash of trust.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
We don’t often read descriptions of Aquarians having beautiful homes, or a tendency toward them. This has more to do with your utilitarian nature than your lack of homing instincts. Given half a chance, you would live in the most beautiful possible place, but fortunately you’re adaptable. Under the influence of someone in your life right now, you’re tending more toward your richest potential and less toward your adaptability. It’s amazing what caring about someone can do; and what can happen when space is shared. Start with sharing your dreams.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You may well ask how you’re going to get any stability in your life, given all the flux you’ve been through the past couple of years. But sooner or later, everything in the universe reaches a state of equilibrium, your life included. To facilitate the process, you need to be in touch with your own needs, and you need to be an astute observer of the needs of others. At this point, both you and the people around you are gravitating toward honoring necessity, particularly on the emotional level. Humans are not always logical, but something odd is in the air.

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