The Gingerbread House

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“The construction of your gingerbread house will closely follow the building concepts of a real house. Proper planning is essential. You can make the gingerbread ahead of time, making sure to let it thoroughly cool in a dry area before wrapping securely to store. Be sure to allow plenty of time to put the pieces together.” – 

I WAS having dinner with a reader in Manhattan earlier in the week, and she asked me, somewhat jokingly, what my catchall interpretation of the Saturn-Neptune opposition (which was exact Wednesday) was.

“Dick Cheney did Sept. 11,” I said, without even thinking. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I’ve actually thought about it a lot, but I wasn’t expecting to say that.

You may be wondering how I know, besides some graffiti and an astrological chart that said as much the first day, that chart being an orgy of collusion, illusion and manipulation; a political media masquerade ball wherein Osama bin Laden comes dressed in a flight suit wearing a pacemaker with a “Mission Accomplished” banner behind him, and old Uncle Dick walks around the cold Afghani hills, smiling calmly, dressed in a turban and white robes, steadying himself with a long wooden staff.

But before I get into that and why it matters, however, I must share with you the Parable of the Gingerbread House. This parable is from my investigative reporting files. In my fantasy world, everyone would be able to get some experience as an investigative reporter and spend some time covering the government as basic civics and self-confidence training. Here is a small investment in that coming true.

There are people who can make beautifully realistic gingerbread houses. These take a lot of patient craftwork, and in some families where there is a tradition, the use of skills learned over several generations. You can set the finished house amidst a few plants, and in the right light photograph it so that it looks so cozy you could shrink yourself, crawl in, make a fire and have a lovely weekend in the woods. But the whole thing is edible. It’s not really a house. It just looks like one.

If you want to prove this, you could eat the whole thing. Or, you could taste part of it. For example, you could eat the chimney, which is made of thin, brittle cake. You could nibble one of the shingles, which is made of candy. You could scrape off some of the snow, which is frosting. It does not really matter where you begin. You can taste any part of the house and discover that it’s confectionary. After tasting a few pieces, you could use inductive logic and predict that the whole house is candy and cake. Or, if you’re less certain, you could eat it all.

So it is with a good news story. Once you have a real one, it doesn’t really matter where you take your first nibble. Wherever you snap off a piece and taste it, you’ll find out the same thing; it’s gingerbread or candy, and it tastes more or less the same. The important thing is that you sample one or two little corners and tell the story — not that you eat yourself sick. The mistake many amateur investigative reporters make is they try to eat the whole house. Editors don’t like stories like that, and readers don’t find them credible; more importantly, they don’t find them interesting.

As a reporter, you always need to know more than you report; I would say at least five or 10 times more. But the trick, I think, is to know several of your sub-topics on any major issue extremely well, and have enough general knowledge of the landscape so you see where what you know fits the picture.

The mistake many professional “news” reporters make is they try to sell us the gingerbread house as a piece of prime real estate in the Swiss Alps, promising hours of fabulous winter fun in a secluded bucolic location. This is after all what makes them professionals — their ability to convince us that sugar and margarine are a well-groomed expert ski run.

I have not eaten the whole gingerbread house of Sept. 11, but I have tasted it, and I have from time to time shared my discovery over the past five years and watched people’s faces as they have responded. I’ve also written up the chart many times, as well as discussed it in astrological classes with astrologers far better versed in traditional astrology than am I, and discovered the same thing. In this chart, the “secret enemy terrorists” and the “official government” swap places but look very much the same; they are directly involved with one another; and both are (at least at the time in history that the chart is cast) on the rise. But astrology isn’t proof of anything, it’s just potentially helpful and interesting, and it can give us the advantage of a caution, or to be alert to an opportunity.

Here is how I know Dick Cheney did Sept. 11 — from a photo of the Pentagon provided by the Defense Department — and the use of my mind in a trained special function, indeed, an art form verging on obsolete, known as logic. I invite you to take five or 10 minutes out of your day and meditate on this picture, and apply some logic. In so doing you’re going somewhere that most rational people are afraid to go, because it will undermine the basis of their precious rationality; you’ll be asking a question many are afraid to ask because they don’t want the answer or what it implies. Please notice how you feel looking, especially if this is your first trek through this issue.

Official photo of the damage to the Pentagon on Sept. 14, 2001, supposedly due to the crash of a 757-200 airliner filled with fuel. Original copy is here. More detailed analysis of the image is here. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Cedric H. Rudisill. Here is a gallery of Flight 77 / Pentagon images for you to explore. Visit the special Planet Waves Sept. 11

This photo was taken three days after whatever occurred — alleged to have been a Boeing 757-200 airliner, weighing 200,000 pounds, colliding with a steel, concrete and stone building at about 325 nautical miles per hour, allegedly approaching the wall at a low altitude, parallel with the ground, and from a 45-degree angle to the wall. What do you see?I see a building that’s collapsed outward, which means energy inside the building pushed the walls outward. I see a lot of pretty clean building debris. I don’t see airplane wreckage or evidence of a blunt impact from the outside, which would have presumably (according to the dependable laws of kinetic energy) sent at least some of the debris in the other direction than it appears to have gone. Note that the ground is not burned, just several places inside the building. There’s no evidence of a massive fuel spill that would have basically splattered an ocean of jet fuel everywhere and lit the entire lawn on fire.

Most notably, where is the plane, or any sign of it? We’ve been told that it burned up, which often happens in an airplane crash. Typically there will be at least some wreckage, and you will sooner or later find the jets and landing gear, which are titanium. Take a few hours and see if you can find any photos of the landing gear, jets or recognizable debris from the Pentagon crash.

The photo you see here is the alleged point of impact of a very large airplane that we were told burned up in a fire. But much of the debris is lily-white, i.e., not scorched, in the very place where 100 tons of aluminum alloy, titanium, plastic compound, fuel and several dozen people supposedly vaporized from heat and fire. There’s no crater. It looks like, well, like a gingerbread house.

Now, you can use your imagination and pretend the airplane is somewhere in there. You can accept the official story and believe that the plane disintegrated as it penetrated the concentric rings of the building — but that won’t seem credible if you’re looking at this photo, which shows major damage only to the outer or E ring. You can make up any little story you like and account for what you cannot see any way you like, but listen to your mind doing so as it happens. You can say, “nobody could have ever covered this up,” but that is not actual thought, it’s an emotional reaction; it is speculation based on nothing. Much bigger things have been covered up and are covered up every day.

No matter where you nibble the gingerbread house of the Pentagon, you’ll taste gingerbread. When you consider that according to his flight instructors, the alleged pilot, Hani Hanjour, could not fly an airplane; or that the impact happened about 52 minutes after the World Trade Center was first hit — an astonishing amount of time, indeed, an eternity, for the almighty Air Force to prepare and get whatever incoming thing out of the sky before it could hit the military headquarters of the free world.

Speaking of. Mr. Hanjour, despite his abject lack of flying talent, supposedly did some extremely fancy maneuvering of that airplane and then, rather courteously, planted it right into the side of the building where Donald Rumsfeld was not sitting in his office at the time.

No matter where you look, you get a story that does not add up to something that adds up. The way you know a lie is a lie is because the facts squirm around too much. You may not know the truth; you just recognize a lie. If your kid tells you he was in the park at 4:30 pm and then says he was at his friend’s house at the same time, you know he’s lying or mistaken about one thing or the other, and you need to figure out which; it’s usually easy. If you discover that are being lied to, you may surmise that a motive exists for that lie. If you pursue the truth you’re likely to find it — but while you don’t notice the discrepancy, that’s unlikely.

Your eyes, looking at a photograph, should at least tell you there is a problem with the official story. The fact that few people notice or acknowledge the problem does not mean it does not exist. We need to ask their investment in ignoring it. We especially need to ask reporters and editors why they keep reporting that a jetliner hit the Pentagon when there would appear to be no evidence of that, at all.

Now, let’s apply a little more logic. If there was no passenger jet crash at the Pentagon, then every other part of the official Sept. 11 story is subject to doubt, as is everyone who regurgitates that story unquestioningly. You would not taste the chimney of a gingerbread house and find it to be made of cookie, then taste the wall and expect it to be made of Tyvek and particleboard. None of the so-called facts withstand five minutes of focused scrutiny. For example, how did the World Trade Center towers collapse in about 8.4 seconds, about the speed of free fall? How did WTC 7 just collapse in its footprint at 5:20 pm, having sustained relatively minor damage? But as long as you don’t look too closely, or sniff the thing or taste it, you have your prime real estate in the Alps, and you don’t need to deal with the implications. For example, what did happen to the Pentagon? Obviously something did. But what? It is a creepy prospect.

It would appear from other photographs (which depict a clean puncture much smaller than the width of an airplane, about nine meters in diameter, and a fire inside the building with very little disturbance outside) that it was hit by some kind of missile with a conventional warhead, such as a cruise missile equipped to puncture a concrete bunker (called a bunker-buster, since a bunker was indeed busted). But the last time anyone checked, no terrorists in Afghanistan (or Iraq or Iran) had access to one of those, most certainly not in DC, Virginia or Maryland. Well, who in DC, Virginia or Maryland has access to a missile with a conventional warhead? Who could possibly strike the Pentagon 52 minutes after an attack on the United States had begun? Perhaps make a list of candidates and see who turns up on that list.

Anyone with eyes and a brain can see through a lie if they want; they can see the truth if they want; anyone can use logic and extend the implications of that truth; the real issue is willingness.

I have a hunch the willingness is starting to accumulate in some people who don’t have a big investment in having it not be there. The problem for nearly everyone else, particularly those who have an investment in the lie, is the implication of seeing. It is relatively easy to look directly at fraud and see fraud. It is very difficult for most people to accept the changes within their own consciousness that are the natural consequence of doing so — therefore most people pretend the fraud does not exist, though often making excuses for it in the process, because accepting it is too inconvenient. The reason lies are so popular is they are convenient.

All fraud is based on trust. Once that trust is violated, then the basis of trust would wisely be questioned, if you’re not going to get fooled again (and you may want to be). The problem is that we have been fooled again and again as a result of that nonexistent airplane at the Pentagon, up to the present day. Our entire political landscape has become gingerbread — very cruel, deadly gingerbread with a lot of people dying; indeed, in Iraq, far more people die in a month than died in all of the incidents on Sept. 11. If you publicly question the doctrine, though, you can be called something like a conspiracy nut, or delusional. I can get away with it because I’m an astrologer — I’m already considered delusional by the mainstream media establishment, except to the extent they can make money on my horoscope column.

As information comes out and the evidence of a problem (whatever problem you like, such as climate change, the proposed forthcoming Iran war, or whatever) mounts, we need to remember this issue of perceiving the truth being a function of an individual’s willingness to do so. It is only rarely, I would even say never but I’ll stop short of that, because the evidence is not available, or does not exist. The evidence is everywhere. The fact that everyone is choosing not to notice something that you are noticing does not make you stupid; it makes you aware and brave.

We need to remember the collective quality this denial will have, by extension: we are all participants in a gingerbread society. We need to assess our situation and remember the investment we have, collectively and individually, in believing what is not true, and what this investment makes possible for others who take advantage of it — and what it prevents for we who say we want justice and peace.

Information is going to continue to come out, and bad things are going to continue to happen in our name. They will, in a sense, all be based on the gingerbread house of Sept. 11, though the sequence of events will be easily forgotten by we who can barely remember what we did last week. Gradually we will awaken. Some spiritual types who are newfound war critics have been saying gee, this war is wonderful, it’s making us wake up to how bad war is, and what crooks are in Washington, and look, the United States is imperialist and we don’t have a democracy. What a great war, it’s coming with so many beautiful lessons, we are finally getting it. I would say that’s a damned selfish price for others to pay so we can wake up. But it’s also a damned selfish price for others to pay so that ExxonMobil can provide home heating oil at a staggering profit and cost to the Earth, when we can get heat right out of the ground.

Coxing Kill (Creek), High Falls, NY. Photo by Eric Francis.

Truth Meets Illusion? Or Fantasy Meets Fantasy?

Astrological pundits including myself over and over again have been talking about Saturn in Leo meeting Neptune in Aquarius head-on being an encounter between truth and illusion. I have another theory to offer today.

Saturn in Leo, considered collectively, represents self-absorption as it manifests on an individual level. When you eavesdrop in a restaurant, what do you hear people talking about? Generally, themselves and the ways others have injured them (generally, in the case of women) and what they want to conquer (generally, in the case of men). For the most part, everyone is walking around all day talking about, thinking about, worrying about, and taking care of, themselves; we are after all perfectly entitled to do so, it’s a lot of trouble, and we’ve all worked hard, learned, grown and stretched our personal limits to be able to confidently put that dinner on that table. We can talk about anything we please, such as ourselves.

Some more enlightened individuals may extend this to their friends and families, but many people have a strict policy of considering nothing further. Someone could be choking to death at the next table and nobody would notice. Indeed, notice how people keep talking when the person right in front of them is choking. Every last bit of data is considered only in the context of “how does this affect me?” Advertisers and politicians know this, and take full advantage of it. We are educated over and over again to maintain the cycle.

Neptune in Aquarius is a similar image, but applicable to society in general. Aquarius is the sign of groups, the community, ideology and fixed collective patterns. It is also the datasphere. Neptune in this sign represents the electronic haze that has soaked into every corner of our lives, and the “content” of that haze, which is essentially some form of glorified self-absorption with a Visa logo stuck on it. Dating back to the pretend impeachment of Bill Clinton, Neptune in Aquarius has turned reality into a television program and shrunk the world down to the size of your cell phone’s contact list. It is an image of how, in the middle of the slaughter of a quarter-million Iraqis, and the apparent buildup to a similar slaughter in Iran which we can and perhaps will personally stop, we must obsess for days or weeks over Britney Spears’ haircut. Do we really want to be thinking about all the kids and grandparents and mothers and fathers who will lose limbs, go deaf or spill their blood into the ground? Look at the deductions on your paycheck. Do you want to think about how much of that money went to Halliburton?

Do we really want to be considering that we may not be able to do shit about it as the next war happens?

Saturn in Leo is reflected in Neptune in Aquarius, and we see…ourselves, but it’s us wearing the costume of a twenty-something supposed rock star. When the media considers whether Britney had a breakdown, that’s us, wondering when the world and all the pressure we’re under will drive us insane. When the media considers Britney’s bouts with rehab, that’s us, counting the bottles in the medicine cabinet. Then we cut to six drug commercials.

The repeated discussion of Anna Nicole’s corpse is the reflection of our image of ourselves as spiritually dead, and the marketing economy teaching us to be dead so we can keep buying what we don’t need in order to feel alive for three seconds. Saturn-Neptune is the screech of feedback so loud and so disturbing that we may actually hear it. It is the image of death so disgusting we may actually feel it in the pit of our stomachs. It’s the sense of helplessness so overbearing that we may actually question whether we can do something about it. But it is not the clash of reality with illusion: it is the collision of one illusion with another, such that both are seen for what they are.

Chiron, Nessus and an Identity Crisis

These are not the only two planets in the sky, nor the only two on the Leo-Aquarius axis. All readers of Planet Waves have significant factors on the Leo-Aquarius axis: a massive generation has Pluto there; sub-generations variously have Chiron, Saturn, or Jupiter; and many people reading have Neptune in Scorpio, which squares Aquarius and is, was or will be taking transits from anything in Leo or Aquarius. Add to that the approximately one-quarter of society with either their Sun, Moon or rising sign in Aquarius.

Since Neptune entered Aquarius nearly a decade ago, we have more recently experienced several additions to Aquarius. Most notable is Chiron, which is like the opposite energy of Neptune: Chiron focuses, Neptune dissolves. Chiron documents, Neptune imagines and then forgets. Chiron is aware and Neptune is dreaming. The other way, Neptune imagines and Chiron applies the vision. As Chiron approaches a conjunction to both Jupiter and Neptune on May 27, 2009, the process of focusing will continue and show some interesting results.

One of those is that a rather beautiful mass-scale identity crisis epidemic, already begun, will spread throughout the world. Neptune in Aquarius has soaked together the levels of awareness where group and individual awareness meet, making them indistinguishable. Chiron is getting between those layers and peeling them apart. Notably, not everyone is susceptible to the effects of Chiron. Chiron can only wake you up when you want to wake up, or need to do so desperately. It tends to go over the heads of everyone in between, and that is a lot of people. You could say that Chiron represents the most unpopular kind of awareness, the one that compels us to do something.

For those who need something a little more penetrating, we have Nessus, which calls our attention to unmitigated cruelty on the one hand, and our sense of responsibility for it, on the other. Nessus is where the buck stops, and if you wake up one day deciding it stops with you, congratulations. If you decide you are a vital part of your social matrix and want to have a positive, healing, creative influence, congratulations. If you decide you don’t want to be subject to mass-delusions and that you’re sick of believing lies, congratulations. If you are discovering you are something besides a consumer, welcome. If you are discovering you need friends who talk about, think about and spend money on something more than themselves, right on. If you experience a moment of doubt, about the official story or what they told you about you before you had a say, don’t forget. If you can no longer stand to be terrified of being different, welcome.

Pisces Solar Returns , part two

by Eric Francis and Priya Kale

BE PREPARED to run full throttle this year in all areas of your life; your relationships, your career, your dreams, your ideals, your self-image, your persona and most notably, your soul’s mission. You are who you are, you know what you know and you gotta do what you gotta do. There is no time for hesitation with the impending call for action.

The only catch is, you have to see through the fog of your own insecurity. Indeed, you may need to learn to see a whole new way, to be able to do that, but you’ve needed this for a while.

Your career and place in the world are marked with the potential to skyrocket, which is a kind of confrontation with your past and probably your present moment. True, it seems like a confrontation with the future — but really it’s about what you believe is possible based on what you’ve been through, and what you believe is possible based on what you are encountering right now. Everything you want, need or aspire to involves taking a kind of leap over the double hurdle of your fears, and then your beliefs.

All Pisces have been living through the seemingly endless transit of Neptune through your 12th solar house. If you need a reason that you feel like you’re walking from South Africa to Alaska; if you need a reason that you feel like you’re constantly haunted by all that you think is not possible, or are swirling in the Bermuda Triangle of your own insecurities, this is almost enough.

But in recent years, other factors have entered the equation, including Chiron joining Neptune in Aquarius, which has helped you give a name, a time and a place to what you are processing. If you haven’t noticed, you can at least now get your fingers around the tail of the previously slippery greased pig for a moment. You’re now able to apply your mind to problems you could not even really conceive of; ideas you could not see or feel clearly; and desires you did not even know.

To do this maneuver, you may need to do some form of turning a negative to a positive; recognizing the desire inside every fear; the necessity within everything that you seem to deny yourself. In a sense, the context of what you feel becomes increasingly important as time goes on, and part of that context is language, attempting to describe the unspeakable or unknowable and put it to work for you.

This is about accessing subtle but potent energy, and the more you tap into it the more it will make itself available to you. Once you learn to channel this force, use it to work out your own innovative path, one that is unlike that of anyone around you and as a result, which you may fail to notice because you’ve never seen it before.

A lunar eclipse within days of your birthday signifies a deep change in the way you relate in your intimate relationships, and more to the point, a shift in continuity. Eclipses come in and save us from being trapped in the past like few other things. In particular, what you are being saved from is a stuck quality coupled with some form of perfectionism, whether you were the one pushing it on others or they were the ones pushing it on you.

What happens now is cosmic, as if a door opens, though one that leads somewhere you don’t quite know because there is no precedent for it. This is the equivalent of your heart opening, but that is based on a decision to accept yourself rather than live in constant doubt or coexist with the sense that something must be wrong with you. That sense of something wrong can evaporate into the nothingness from which it emerged, if you are willing to have it do so.

I suggest that you recognize the path you are on, and you need to surround yourself with people of substance who are supportive of you and your dreams, and who you intuitively love. You are in no mood to play games, and this is too precious a moment to waste on the games of others.

It would be far too easy to go along with certain commitments that have run their course sometimes, as it is to hide in the shadows of relationships that offer safety in their non-fruition or unavailability. Generally, we would rather live with the demons we know than the angels we don’t, but in times of rapid developments and clear decisions such as now, this is a trap.

To attract and more importantly keep what is right in our lives requires courage. It involves letting go of our familiar delusions and appreciating that which has proved itself to be real and of substance. So make your decisions before the universe makes them for you. For all the times you have doubted yourself, you have also known that there is no one quite like you, and in these four seasons you get to prove it to the world and, in a surprisingly weird way, to yourself.




Weekly Horoscope for Friday, March 02, 2007, #652 – By ERIC FRANCIS

Aries (March 20-April 19)
If you could only see through these walls, if you could only wake up inside that dream, if you could only feel what everyone else is feeling, if only they could feel you…if you could only recognize this is what’s already happening. Some things are so big they are nearly impossible to see. You need to look for small clues, follow the pattern of synchronicities, notice the details. Imagine that you are sleeping and dreaming right now and you realize that’s what you’re doing and you decide to wake up inside the dream where you have complete creative authority and the freedom to be aware of anything or anyone.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You may feel as if you’re living in a vacuum, but actually you’re much closer in touch with an aspect of your awareness that is extremely sensitive now. This is providing you access to a different dimension of yourself than you can normally access. So yes, something is missing, and as a result, something significant is present, but it’s subtle. You need to listen to yourself and feel through the many layers of who you are. If you’re just a little bit persistent and disciplined, you may get to touch the hot, raging core of yourself, and feed and nourish yourself on that fire.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
If you’ve been wanting to get the discussion onto a higher level, work with the upcoming station direct of your ruling planet Mercury. The change of direction occurs in Aquarius, a sign harmonized to yours, as well as conjunct Pallas — the asteroid of the mind. Here is a reading of the chart. Approach the issue from the edges; don’t plunge into the core, at first. Start with the theme, not the plot; the effect rather than the cause. Then slowly allow the deeper feelings, the inner truths, or the as-yet-unrevealed ideas to come into the light of day. Handle the truth gently, and it will be gentle to you.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You’re someone whose faith is typically so strong that it’s all-pervasive. That’s another way of saying that it can fade to the background rather than being a central focus of your life. Yours is a cardinal sign — high initiative, strong sense of individuality and a desire to push the river. This week as the Sun and Uranus join forces in Pisces, the river can pick you up and carry you. Focus on your own boat; look at the scenery; let life take you where it will. You have every reason to trust yourself, and by that I mean you and all the forces and sources of creativity that are feeding and guiding you every day.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
You’re in a truly excellent position to improve your station in life, refine your way of life, and harmonize with the people around you. Indeed this is likely to develop even as you watch, but definitely keep watching because there are certain key opportunities that you need to look for among the many that will walk right up to you. They involve not individuals so much as how they work together. They may not be aware of one another to the extent that you are aware of them. Something is happening; make sure the right thing happens by gently guiding the focus in the direction of maximum awareness.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
You may feel like people are pushing you past your limits, but clearly you’ve invited this energy into your life, and clearly your limits go a lot further than you thought the last time you checked. Actually, you have two sets of limits: the ones that show up when you don’t feel safe or trusting, and the ones that show up when you do. Well, in the second instance, we’re really not talking about a solid boundary, but rather a moving dimension of yourself that you can stretch or expand as far as you like. Anyway, the nice thing is that your energy is coming back to full force, and people are right there ready to play with you.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
For all the beauty you bring into the world, something else typically happens when you try to do it intentionally; I would guess (and this is a guess, but based on your solar chart) that you either fall short of your own expectations, or wish that what you create would come out as beautifully as you see it in your mind’s eye. The current weeks provide true determination to refine and clarify your expressive talent. I suggest you work with tools that are hot, or any process that involves heat: a kiln, welding, soldering, something requiring friction, or in particular, anything that uses electricity. Feel the power in your hands — and shape the world till you see yourself truly.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
The kind of assistance that a partner or loved one needs is the kind you can readily offer right now: help them find or express who they are with no reservation, shame, or resistance, particularly from you, but with you representing the world. Step back and create the space for a meaningful, juicy moment about them, based on what you know about creating similar spaces for yourself. Reveal your secrets; use your psychic powers to gently open up the environment and make it feel perfectly natural to explore in the cosmic mirror that is so familiar to you, and so strange to many others.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
At your present juncture, you may feel confused at any moment you try to act. You may be concerned that your efforts will backfire, or be hearing the voices of past spiritual teachers that say “don’t try, just be.” I would propose that the whole point of everything you’re going through is to free you from the ideas of the past, particularly of your father and grandfathers. You can forgive their fuzzy thinking, their superstitions and their tendency to believe lies, as long as you affirm your own commitment to truth, clarity and focus. Right now that promise to yourself is worth a heck of a lot.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
Ideas about money are more important than money — this, I trust, you are figuring out. While yours tend to follow fixed patterns and while others may call you set in your ways, one of your ways is constant reevaluation of your priorities and values. With so much happening in your neighboring sign, Aquarius, this process is strongly focused right now. Information is shaking loose from the tree of your mind, and what you learn the next week or two can and very likely will change the course of your life. Truth is compelling, and remember, astrology suggests that you are never satisfied to have your life alone be good.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
The focus is on your birth sign right now, including a cool or rather hot alignment of planets in Aquarius, among them a conjunction of Mars and Chiron — two warrior planets — that will be developing the next couple of weeks. More immediately, the Sun is making a conjunction to your ruling planet Uranus in Pisces. This is about progress, potentially developing so quickly that it feels like it may run out of control. Actually, it’s more likely to follow well-established architecture, though you may be surprised at the scale on which things develop, and the intensity of the process: the building is always bigger than the drawing, is it not? Keep your focus and please be open to your ideas about your own life.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’ve waited for this moment a long time, so long that you may have forgotten that you were patiently carrying yourself forward in small increments to get here. If you’re waiting for someone to tell you, I’m here to do just precisely that. This is a time in your life like none other, and it can lead you somewhere like none other. You’re not only so deeply into the process of reinventing yourself that you’re actually getting results, you’re also learning the most important techniques to ensure that you have that ability anywhere and anytime you need it. As for others who may factor into your desires, you have every reason to be faithful, patient and supportive of their process of coming to terms with themselves.

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