By Eric Francis
ARIES — Telling the truth makes many people uncomfortable most of the time, and some people uncomfortable all of the time. Is that a reason to lie? Is it a reason to couch your truth in a press release, so as not to “offend” anyone? Let’s repeat two of those words: your truth. What you know, and what you’ve experienced, are yours to testify to. Speak in any tone of voice you want. You may speak to be believed, or to express yourself the most accurately, or in a way that you consider natural. You may also write your words. However, I encourage you to consider carefully consider any excuse for not doing so that approximates “I will make someone uncomfortable,” or “I will hurt someone.” It’s different if someone intends to harm or cause discomfort; that is not what we’re talking about. Your truth may be about how much you care. It may be about what you need. It’s always about who you are.
TAURUS — You may be keeping something from yourself. I don’t mean being in denial. The feeling is more like a dream you had that you’re trying to remember. It keeps tugging at you through the day. Sometimes that’s in the form of a feeling. Other times it’s in the form of an image. You might tune it out or get distracted. I suggest that you take the hints that are bubbling up from the deep part of your mind, reminding you of something that you need to know. Conditions are perfect this week for you to pause, and remember, and raise this thought to consciousness. It is likely to involve a subject so intimate you would never want to talk about it. Yet those are the topics that it’s essential to be honest with yourself about. Your awareness will take away the power they seem to hold over you. That is another way of saying that by admitting whatever this is to yourself, you take possession of yourself. Remember this subtle maneuver. It will serve you well for all of your days.
GEMINI — This is an important few days to remember the difference between public and private. It is a thin, temporary difference. You might think of it as wet paint. When you apply a new coat of paint, it will eventually be durable, and ready to be seen and touched and leaned on, and washed off. While it’s going on, and while it’s drying, you don’t want others to mess up your work, or get any on them. The same is true for a certain personal matter that you’re working through. Your relationship to the outer world (by public, I mean the people you know, and potentially beyond) might be reluctance, fear of being exposed, some form of discomfort or desire to tell the world — anything but a neutral thought. I suggest you hold your energy, and work on your painting, in the seclusion of your studio — meaning your inner being; your feelings; your mind. Tap into what may be the profound pleasure of being vulnerable to yourself. You must give something up. You will gain much.
CANCER — You are not delivering a message; you are the message. Your art is merely getting out of the way all that stands between you and who you innately are. There are words involved, but mostly the example of your thought patterns, your choices and your actions. Evaluate everything on the basis of whether it is aligned with your calling or not. You may not know what your calling is, or think you don’t, and that may be a sticking point. However, the process of evaluation using your mission as a basis will help you figure out what your calling is. This will work whether we’re talking about an X-factor, something you know but don’t yet trust, or a deep agreement you have with yourself. In any of these events, the inner quest will be the same. I assure you that you most certainly have a calling, and it’s a potent one, whether you’ve discovered it or not, acknowledged it or not, value it or not. You do not need to struggle. Just evaluate. Ask yourself what is true for you. Think through each thought that you intend to connect to an action, slowly.
LEO — The Sun is in rare form right now, which is saying a lot, given that it’s the Sun — a little star with close to a million known points orbiting it. Some of those little rocks and ice cubes mean more than others, and right now the power is ramped up. You must hold your spiritual center, and conduct yourself in a calm and thoughtful way. Be cautious if you experience any aggression at all, or obsessive feelings. Back away from whatever is triggering you and reflect on your circumstances for a moment. You probably have much more important things on your mind: for example, an urgent decision that you need to make. Here’s a clue about that: it seems bigger than it is; there is an exaggeration involved. It is merely a decision, though it’s the one that’s on the top of your priority list and must be treated as such. I suggest you work out your choice, and wait two days, if you can, and see if you still feel the same way. If you do, it will be a calm feeling, without pressure.
VIRGO — One of the dominant themes of your sign in this era is working out the way you tend to seek your identity within your relationships. Your astrology is now a full reversal from that position, though this is a gradual process of extraction and learning your independence. One potential obstacle is that to gain your mental and emotional autonomy, you would have to admit that you somehow were lacking in it before. If that is true, just admit it and move on. We are all subjected to endless conditioning by our families, which amounts to being conned into existing as someone other than who we are — and I do mean we; this is a culture-wide problem. You at least have tried to rebel within the system, or attempted to reform it from within. You succeeded to a degree, but it was a lot of work, and it didn’t entirely cut you loose from the conditioning. Suddenly you have the awareness and the tools, but you also have something else: a healing project that only you can accomplish, and for now, you must do this on your own.
LIBRA — It’s often difficult to tell if someone is presenting you with their true personality and thoughts, or with everything they’ve been programmed to be. You might notice the same theme in yourself. In your drive for security, you often take the route of conforming to what others expect of you — or perhaps better said, what was expected of you in the past. Those influences are strong right now; it’s like there’s a vortex trying to drag you back into ancient history. Be aware that this is not an influence of the present; it is one of the past. There are, however, other factors in your environment that are real and immediate right now. They are calling you to be present today, in this moment, and stand apart from whatever is trying to draw you back into ancient history. The feeling tone is entirely different. The immediacy of what you are experiencing may be different and present you with certain challenges, but it has a distinctly refreshing feeling. Not like a basement. Not like an attic. More like a meadow.
SCORPIO — Be mindful of putting anything resembling peer pressure onto someone, or anyone, particularly an intimate partner. That means no pressure to conform, or to do things the way they were done in the past. This may require you to step away or pause the conversation. Someone close to you is deep in an introspective healing process. They may not be sending out press releases about it, though. And at the same time, they are highly suggestible and can be influenced by what they believe others think. You might invest your energy in guarding their door, so nobody bothers them. It’s not easy when someone close to you is in a self-searching process; you might feel excluded, or like you’re not needed. Still, you need to offer time and space to anyone who needs it. Looking ahead at the astrology later in the year, you will be involved in a similar process. The wisest approach is to listen and take notes. Check all your prejudices outside.
SAGITTARIUS — You may be feeling many mixed emotions now. You also have options for how to be in the world, or how to feel, and for what to choose. Look in the direction of someone who may seem to hold out a kind of purity: of being, of purpose, of choice and of action. Allow their focus on their purpose, and their sense of resolve, to guide you in a positive direction. You may be experiencing deep passions, drives, and some anger. You may feel like you’re going to explode. It will help if you find a way to let off some of the pressure, in a constructive or at least benign way. The example being set for you is to tend to your inner needs; to call your awareness inside yourself, and remember who you are. This is not a dramatic or loud or bold thing to do. It’s so subtle you might not even notice when you’re doing it. Yet many factors are calling you to draw your energy inward, and focus there for a while. If you feel a door open, you may step through.
CAPRICORN — This thing known as spirituality is often mistaken for its accessories: candles and incense and books. It’s sometimes thought of as a tranquil or loving feeling, or a state of calm goodness and of peace and oneness with the world. That’s the Hollywood version. The actual journey to wholeness involves confronting deep personal challenges. This can be messy and painful, and the struggle can go on for a while. If you put that in the ad, it would not be appealing. Nobody would sign up. But what you’re experiencing now is not optional; you’re here, and you are being summoned to participate actively in your own healing process. For you, the bottom line is trust. The central issue you are learning to address is an injury to your ability to have faith and fidelity in yourself first, and others second. That is the order of operations. Start with yourself; there is nowhere else. But you do have help.
AQUARIUS — Mars and Saturn in your birth sign may seem to be sending you conflicting signals, which may feel like a blend of charge ahead, and stay put right where you are. I am saying this in the spiritual sense, since at the moment nobody is in a position to fly to India and visit an ashram. You need an outlet for your energy and your creativity, which you have in abundance. The world may seem to be offering you the opportunity to make little origami flowers when you want to weld half-inch steel plates together. However, I reckon you will settle down some the moment you are involved with some activity that engages your intellect, and invites you to get into the flow of your thoughts. Gentle will work. Solitude will work. This is a good moment to take some time to yourself and do what you love, because you love it. Much else will melt away.
PISCES — Keep your perspective. There are some distortions and exaggerations in your personal world. The big questions you may have can be addressed by asking relatively small ones. You can sort out the priorities for your whole life by addressing your priorities for any given day. Work from the small to the large; from the micro to the macro. Take care in the seemingly minor things, and that pattern will expand into the greater ones. If you address the matter of quality, the cosmos will address the matter of quantity and scale. Be precise in your thoughts and your speech. Yes, this is a matter of discipline, training and karma yoga. Yet there is also a practical matter involved, which is that what you do now, and how you do it, are what will be amplified and magnified as you move into the future. Therefore, do not aspire to any form of greatness or worldly achievement. Rather, aspire to do well what you do every day, and in particular, what you do today.