By Eric Francis
ARIES — Venus recently entered your sign, and is now conjunct Chiron. Barbara Hand Clow described this aspect as “orgasmic fusion with the cosmos.” You might experience it as waking up and knowing, like you never have before, who you really are. This is not an illusion. You are self-actualizing. This is, however, not an automatic process. It’s something you must both observe and nurture carefully. Chiron events can arrive with stunning bursts of self-awareness, which are not always welcome, and don’t always feel good. If you’re uncomfortable with yourself, if you prefer not to stand out, or if it’s a stretch to hold your gaze in the mirror, you might be feeling out of sorts. I suggest, though, that you try on whatever it is you’re experiencing. Get a feeling for the shift in perspective, even if it’s a little awkward. All that said, if you want to throw yourself into one of those orgasmic fusions, the way is open wide.
TAURUS — One of the conditions of our time is the loss of inner awareness. People who meditate regularly know what this is. Poets have a clue. Scholars who read a lot of books and who have since childhood also know. Devoted musicians and artists have a pretty good idea. Yet even they are having the experience watered down by the digital dream that has this way of sucking us out of ourselves. You are in an extended phase of your life when you are recolonizing your inner being. This has been something of an expedition, and the restlessness you’re feeling these days is in large measure an effect of being summoned into your own consciousness. This is a little like waking up inside of a dream and realizing you’re asleep but also that you’re dreaming and able to influence the dream. Such experiences are rare, though it’s a reasonable way to describe your life at the moment. Take a deep breath.
GEMINI — Mercury turns to retrograde motion in about a week. It does so in Pisces, which describes making some discoveries about this mysterious thing known as your career. Or perhaps it’s elusive or evasive, especially in recent years. I would imagine that with Neptune making a long trek across this sensitive zone in your chart and in your life, you may have some difficulty finding your bearings. The rather confused condition of the world is not helping matters much. Were there someone you could ask for advice, it might be difficult or impossible to phrase the question in a way that it could be answered. This has to come from you, and Mercury retrograde is here to help. I know the words “retrograde” and “help” don’t usually appear in the same sentence. However, Mercury is your planet, and the reversals of polarity involved in the retrograde are likely to awaken you to some unusual perceptions about your calling. Yet you must be attentive; this will not be spoken in a loud inner voice.
CANCER — The activity of both Venus and Mars over the next week or so may present you with some unusual sexual opportunities. Yet you must remember your spiritual Ps and Qs. Said directly, you’re at the stage where your erotic exploration must be aligned with, and in service of, your spiritual calling. I don’t mean puritanical in any sense. To the contrary, I mean really good, starting with honest. In truth another of the great problems that drags down the exquisite and delicate space where existence merges with beauty is the problem of attachment. You have learned a heck of a lot about this the past few years. There is also the problem of power, which nobody seems to trust these days. Consider this: you are attractive not because you look good or cook well. Rather, you have a commanding presence that gets attention, and it will be in high form this week. Use it wisely and well, whether in work or in play.
LEO — One of the most interesting characteristics of Leo is how the notion of “self” fuses with that of “god.” This reminds me a little of Valentine Michael Smith, the man from Mars in Stranger in a Strange Land, whose assertion “thou art god” was a statement of humility. A Course in Miracles teaches that god is accessed through connection with your true self. Anyway, this is intuitive for you, and the only thing that would prevent you from following this path is social or religious taboo. But once we set aside the mythical and theoretical attributes of deity (very few of which are friendly), we are left with accessing consciousness through Your Self. This has nothing to do with being megalo, omniscient or omnipotent (or any of that jazz). It is rather a sublime path of awareness. What Valentine Michael Smith knew, though, which A Course in Miracles avoids, is the connection to sex, as in the self-actualizing power of your erotic journey. And that is where you are.
VIRGO — One of the essential qualities of Virgo is the quest to find oneself through relating to others. To work at all, this must be deep. There are likely to be bonds on numerous levels, including sexual and financial. The seeming paradox is, you assert yourself to submit yourself to the situation. Then you find yourself and may assert yourself again to distinguish yourself from the situation. You merge, and you go in, and then you sort yourself out. Chiron in Aries has shifted this dynamic some; you have to do the whole thing fully awake. Chiron has no inclination to romanticize anything or anyone. You might rebel or revolt; you might decide the whole “merging into another” thing is ridiculous. However, you get a moment to experiment with Venus conjunct Chiron and Salacia, a meaningful little planet (not an asteroid) that I associate with the journey to sexual maturity. There is such a thing. And it’s really good and it is summoning your awareness and self-awareness.
LIBRA — You might play with the question of whether you see the world from the viewpoint of someone else, or they see it from yours. You might ask whether the whole question in itself is subjective and can really be documented. Whatever the theory, you might have some remarkable instances of shared consciousness as your ruling planet Venus makes a conjunction to Chiron in Aries. If this happens, I suggest you bring the discussion to the surface and talk about it. This might lead to the ever-necessary but rarely occurring discussion of what we really want from this experience of a relationship together. The thing to remember is that no matter how much merging, bonding, and shared reality may occur, each person in a relationship is an individual. Whether more or less together, more or less separate, more or less in sync, honoring that individuality is essential to respect for dignity. The dance of human encounter is between two distinct beings, experiencing themselves.
SCORPIO — Mars crossing the Galactic Center this week is reminding you to be the biggest person you can be. ‘Spiritual’ is not just a matter of how you act; it is about why you conduct yourself in a certain way, and the standard to which you hold yourself. Still, you may feel there is a theoretical dimension to your experience, which could manifest as the person you want to be in the future. That future is coming up fast, however, as Mars makes its way into Capricorn on the 16th. Suddenly you discover that your words and your actions have many times the influence you were expecting. So you might want to reassess your expectations now and track carefully your speech, your decisions and any movement of your energy (physical, mental, emotional or whatever). Notice the way it makes waves. At the moment, those will be benign; with Mars in its new sign, you will be in the realm of instant karma. At least now you know.
SAGITTARIUS — The source of your knowledge and power is beyond this world, though you would not know about that unless you tapped into them. While this is always possible, some times are better than others, and now happens to be particularly good. Without going too far into the details (which I’ve covered elsewhere), the core of our galaxy is located in your sign, and Mars is about to make a conjunction to it. Visualize this as charging up your personal energy reserve from something with unlimited strength, wisdom and sense of purpose. All of these are easily drowned out or self-defeated in our world, particularly in its mounting state of psychic chaos. These are the days to train yourself in the spirit of the warrior. Focus on your learning and your personal mastery. Ask to be shown what you do not know. Make your moves with precision, and let everything and everyone teach you something. Most of all, practice respect in every moment.
CAPRICORN — Your inner teacher is particularly vocal right now. It will come through your dreams mostly, though it may also slip in through your imagination. You will recognize it as “the solution that works for everyone.” This in turn may manifest as what feels like the solution to fear. You can have this, though only if you are open to it, by which I mean open to receiving. This is the first and most important choice you will make in the process of being shown a new way to live. There may be a paradox involved for you, personally, which is that the more you receive, the more you will have to give. The twist is that only generosity teaches you about your true assets. If you think that to give means to lose, you will never really have much. So this is all about entering a kind of flow, or cycle. Anyway, pay close attention to your dreams tonight and for the next few nights. Take every symbol as meaningful, though let its revelation dawn on you gently rather than by force.
AQUARIUS — The recent Full Moon in your opposite sign Leo is about you recognizing someone as an individual, or noticing the ways that you did not. I am not fond of the expression “agreeing to disagree,” though it may feel like that. More accurately, the theme is respecting someone’s point of view. To do that, you need to know what it is, and you may be misunderstanding them. Few people are especially articulate with themselves, and much less with others. Use your power of listening and translation, and see if you can get someone’s ideas into words you can understand and relate back to them. You might try this with everyone you meet, or converse with, no matter what the context. Take the time and effort to seek understanding. You have only to gain. And working from the other direction, you may decide that you have something to say. If you do, go for clear, direct speech that, on its face, will come across clearly.
PISCES — Take full responsibility for your words. This will present you with situations where you simply must be diplomatic. Under such conditions, the less you say, the better. Get your message into the shortest format possible. Given that we are in Full Moon time, and that Mercury in your sign is making a good few aspects, engage with others when the emotional energy is lower rather than higher. Let the Full Moon dissipate and delay any important correspondence into next week. With Mercury about to be retrograde in your sign, you might put certain projects on hold for a month or so, and see how they look on the other side of the crossing. That, incidentally, is one way to look at the retrograde — as a conceptual bridge you will traverse, which will lead you to another place and time. Items with a high priority today will be replaced by others that have not revealed themselves yet.