ARIES — Your astrology is prompting me to remind you of something my father taught me when I was a teenager and he was a corporate consultant. I’ve written this a few times; here you have it again. There are basically two kinds of power in the human realm, formal and informal. Formal power is holding office or officially leading an organization. Informal power is what someone draws from their social connections, their relevance to others on the human level, and their ability to lead, as apart from some vested authority. Events of your life at the moment may seem to be about the first kind, though the whole direction you are heading in is the second. Your ability to be with people, to understand them, to connect with them, and to be relevant in their lives, is how your life is developing. You have a few clues now, though they will continue to draw your attention. Remember your true strength.
TAURUS — You may finally be getting a sense of the extent to which your life has been run for so long by beliefs that are not your own. That is finally starting to give way to something more grounded in verifiable reality. You must still be vigilant when you’re accepting something as true when it has no basis in fact. It does not matter how long the idea has existed; some of the most harmful are the oldest, and the ones passed down from generation to generation. There is also such a thing as wisdom. That can have an old pedigree, though to qualify, it needs to be both time-tested and relevant in the moment. To figure all this out, it’s necessary to think in a creative way. One factor that is changing is your approach to reality (which is what the word “thought” means). I can suggest a simple formula for discerning where you’re coming from: are you motivated by love, by fear or by anger?
GEMINI — Whatever you may think is happening, you are in the process of claiming back the power that people seem to have over you. You may think they have taken it, you may think you’ve given it away, or you may be reconsidering exchanges and trades you’ve made in the past. You will need to sort that out. Yet it’s essential that you bring your full awareness to the financial and sexual situations in your life, particularly the places where they seem to overlap. Those gray areas are zones where you can lose considerable authority over your life. As for where to start, I suggest getting a grip on your money. Know what is yours and take control over it. Where sex is at issue, be sure you understand the difference between yes and no, and why you might say (or more likely imply) one when you mean the other. Be bold about knowing when something is just not working for you, and have the strength to do something else.
CANCER — After many years of enforced changes in your relationships, you are finally looking at an opening. It’s the perfect environment for an exchange. It’s also a moment when some doors will open and others will close; both are essential. The thing you don’t want to do is make any firm commitments before the Jan. 12 grand conjunction in your opposite sign Capricorn. (If you’re curious about that, poke around Planet Waves and you’ll find it.) This aspect is the pivot point. That is where you get a significant clue, and maybe even an answer, to where you stand with many different situations in your life. Therefore, bide your time, which means to abide within time. Do not wait; rather, participate. Yet this is about the present, not the future.
LEO — This is an excellent moment to let go of a bad habit. You can probably think of one you want to rid yourself of. You now have that opportunity. It will help considerably if you replace it with something affirmative and necessary, so that you consume in a positive way the energy it was taking up. The theme of food is developing in your life, though more immediately, I see a focus on time management. Remove something that is destructive or wasteful and direct your energy into what is useful and creative, and which brings you pleasure. You could even skip the “useful” part and go right to wholesome pleasure. You have a lot going on right now; I would not be surprised if you’re overwhelmed with work and family-related material. Speaking as a busy person, I’ve found that it often helps to have a diversion. This will remind you that your time, and your mind, are your own.
VIRGO — You are working your way through a series of creative breakthroughs, though it will help to know that they may not feel like some kind of triumph. Rather, what you’re doing is gradually removing inhibitions and, I think more significantly, stoking your desire to express yourself. Strong Virgo types can miss the point that there is something inherently good and necessary about letting your ideas flow, just for your own sake. Yet for many years (back to about 2008) one of your most important quests has been to do just that. This is often a long process, but you’re at a place where some of the most challenging blocks are showing signs of giving way. This always happens under the influence of desire. In a pinch, urgency will suffice. Maybe these are arriving in some combination. Whichever it may be, you’re at the point where inhibition is no longer an option. It never really was.
LIBRA — Nobody will ever ‘make’ you feel secure, or confident, or like you belong where you are. That has to come from you. Fortunately, you’ve been on this project for many years, whether you were aware of it or not. Pluto in Capricorn has taught you many lessons about your need to stand on your own, and in particular, to distinguish your idea of security from that of your family. The truth is, you cannot rely on them and you are much more qualified for them to rely on you. This, too, is something you need to watch carefully, as unstable people can be a drag on your time, your energy and your ability to thrive. You are in the process of taking a big step in the direction of your independence. Remember, it is more about a feeling than an idea, though certain structural elements — such as your bank account — will make a big difference. Look after your own interests first.
SCORPIO — It is not easy for you to change your mind, though at the moment it is essential. You may not fully recognize the many ways you’re caught in outmoded beliefs about the world. Observe your thoughts and consider your assumptions. Do not be surprised if you decide you had something all wrong. The important thing is that you get with it and understand what is now valid, but without falling for the notion that it’s some kind of permanent and indelible truth. That’s where you’re coming from, not where you’re going. Most of the time an old idea is replaced by a more compelling new one. However, this process is far from over, and it’s essential that you reckon for what you got wrong, rather than take on something new and go on with your life. It’s crucial that you learn how to scrutinize your own thoughts, and honestly evaluate why you believe what you do.
SAGITTARIUS — How do you get your messages from the gods? Do the forces of nature have some dependable way to get information through to you? Guessing, superstition and bending to your fears don’t count. You are likely to be getting some signals that a particular way of life has reached its natural end, and it’s time to make some adjustments that work out in your favor. These will involve changing the structure of your life, not merely your current activities. In this world, the word “structure” will almost always involve your finances. It’s time to consider your long-range plans, going forward at least 10 years. You need much more freedom than you currently have, and this will involve taking over as your chief fiscal officer. You do have a way of getting by when you wing it, though time and circumstances are calling for a more grounded and realistic approach. It is time — and it is possible.
CAPRICORN — Pay special attention to when something or someone manifests in the form of mommy or daddy. I mean this in the metaphorical sense, or in the literal sense — including people who have authoritarian roles in your life. Parental influences have only one end result, which is to rob you of your adult autonomy. Be aware that many people consider this a benefit, because it seems to be easier. There’s less to worry about if someone makes the important decisions, or any decisions that impact you. Yet that will not serve you much more than it has, and how much it has is worth questioning. You are heading for a major decision; there will be no delaying this for much longer. This is something you will need to resolve for yourself, based on your necessities and your priorities. You have all the information and experience you require to make the right choice.
AQUARIUS — The recent solar eclipse took place in the deep and mysterious 12th house of your solar chart. This may have come with a discovery that you soon forgot. However, take note of any shifts in understanding you’ve had over the past few days, and pay attention to your dreams. The parts of your mind that you don’t usually access are trying to get through to you. This is likely to come through “non ordinary” states of consciousness, hence the importance of tracking your dreams and the feelings that come with them. There’s also what bubbles through your imagination, sensations of deja-vu and even persistent synchronicities. However you manage to do it, it’s necessary for you to get the message and act on it. You’re in a zone of your life when the past has in fact caught up with you, and you are responsible for what you know and what you find out.
PISCES — It’s true that we’re in the holiday season when most people are resting up or having a good time. I suggest you emphasize getting your work done, and more significantly, focusing on projects that are designed to build your future. You’re in an extremely rare window of opportunity to feed your progress and momentum. You can accomplish what you previously thought of as difficult or impossible. Long-planned projects and long-delayed plans are coming to fruition, though none of this is going to happen by accident. It looks like there are a lot of people around you, so help will be available if you ask for it. If people are willing to assist, make sure they can do a task equally well or better than you can; otherwise, do it yourself. Pay close attention to who you can and cannot trust, and make sure you use your discretion and hold the line when you need to. You are on a mission.