Gateway Gazette

Planet Waves Horoscopes: January 13 – 20, 2020

By Eric Francis

ARIES — You need some new goals. Use your imagination. Anything that does not require you to be the hereditary heir to the throne of Fiji will do. You are a bold and ambitious person when you’re not too busy nursing your insecurities. One thing I suggest is that your aspirations include reaching people, and communing with them, rather than being a hermit. You may not be feeling this now, though you want to do something that is social. Your true leadership capacity comes not from your authority but rather from your gift for relating to people. Train your ability to be receptive: to take all viewpoints onboard. People trust those who listen to them, and who care what they say. The beauty of it is, you can, and you do. Put this to work and take a fresh approach to establishing your social networks, preferably far away from the internet. You want as much face-to-face as possible.

TAURUS — Much of the world is in a trap right now, and it goes like this. “If I believe it, then it’s true.” You are in a crisis of belief, and seem to be doubting much that you took for granted in the past. That is a wholesome place to be. The idea is not to be a skeptic, believing that the truth cannot be known. You don’t want to be a cynic, thinking that the truth is useless and does not matter. Rather, you are firmly on your quest for your personal understanding of yourself and of reality. Since you’re unlikely to come up with this formula on the first go or even the 10th, you want to keep a moving perspective. This means that if you’re curious about a tree, walk around it a few times. Look up at the leaves and down at the roots. Feel the trunk and pick up the vibes. Avoid the trap of clarity: of thinking you know something you don’t understand. Do not “believe.” Rather, find out.

GEMINI — In any situation where your interests are at stake, keep negotiating. Do not give up. Do not sell the store. Do not sell your car or your guitar. Do not sell your soul; it is not for sale or lease. You must drive a hard bargain, and make sure others give to you what is your due. The pattern of counting yourself out, and for feeling guilty when you stand up for yourself, is very, very old. It definitely goes back to childhood and it may go back lifetimes. There are approaches for getting out of this situation. They all begin with stopping the process in the moment, with any new agreements, and in any situation where any of the terms are still pending. Then you go through a process of cleaning up all current agreements. Know your terms. Know which points are negotiable and which are not. This is not about business. This is about profound self-discovery.

CANCER — A new cycle of your relationships has begun, by which I mean, there was everything up to this point, and now there will be everything after it. This counts no matter what your situation, or what arrangements you may have: the ground has shifted. You are living in a different world, under different social laws and rules and properties. It’s about time. The world has been growing colder and more paranoid through many of the best years of your life, and you’ve been a direct witness to these changes. Yet you are also going to be the first beneficiary of the new attitudes and values that are taking shape. You are likely to be a forerunner, because you not only can sense what has been developing; you are also in contact with your emotional needs and desires in a way that many people are not. You have felt the absurd limitations of our time in history more keenly than others. And you truly need the change that is about to enter your life.

LEO — You are a taskmaster, and it’s time to focus your power. Do not think about the long-term rewards, or even the immediate ones. Rather, focus on doing what you do as excellently as you can, for its own sake. Get into the work, and stay late at the office if you have to. Honor the schedule as much as you do the quality of your efforts. It’s time to move into 100% adult territory where your professional activities are concerned. That means doing more than you’re paid for, as long as you have enough to live. There must not be a modicum of greed or the quest for power in what you’re doing. It is absolutely about service and learning, in perfect tandem, with most of your learning devoted to your current tasks. There is nothing you cannot do, if you set your mind to it. The world is falling apart at the moment and you are on the team who will not only hold it together but also birth the new environment and the new ethic.

VIRGO — People claim they are not creative. I hear that all the time, and I refuse to believe it. I concede that many do not access their creativity, or apply it when it’s needed the most. And I notice many people fail to experience the pleasure of their creative process, and instead focus on consuming the results of the creativity of others. I suggest you reverse that process and make your own fun. Here is the thing, and a thing I have noticed can get in the way. When you tap into your vital force of ideas, what comes through can shake you. When you become the vehicle for something new, it can be as exciting as the first time you have sex. This does not sit well with dullards or those (like most of us) who are conditioned to be dim bulbs. When you turn up the juice, you turn up the light and the heat, and this can feel risky. In that case, live dangerously.

LIBRA — It is one thing to desire security, and another thing to cocoon yourself, and insulate yourself from experience. Security, such as it exists, is a means and not an end. You will feel better if you accept that you are currently situated on rapidly shifting ground. This is both psychological ground, and also something involving your somewhat tense relationship to your family. Most of what we call being secure means acting in a way where we believe we will not be rejected. It’s based on the illusion of being acceptable. This is a trap. Once someone falls for that (and many do), there is neither safety nor access to one’s potential. You are not acceptable for conforming to your notion of what others expect of you. Simply put, you must personally affirm your whole being. Then you must push some limits. If you don’t get in some trouble, you’re unlikely to be doing that. So allow yourself to be confrontational, and challenge the nearly invisible thing called the status quo.

SCORPIO — One would think that the least dense thing in the world is consciousness, subject as it is to change. Yet it turns out that it’s often easier to blast through solid stone than to change one’s own mind, much less that of someone else. What is this about? I’m not sure; it differs for everyone, but these reality bubbles so many people now inhabit are threatening the planet and society, and are not making your life any easier. One place you can start is to be sincere in all of your communication. Sincere means “without error,” and in common speech, it means being real. You know when you’re compromising your truth, whether it’s to be polite, for convenience, or to give you a power advantage. It’s time we all accept that this is a compromise in integrity that is gradually and steadily eating our souls. You are bigger than this, and better than it. Be honest at all costs. Pay the price. Reap the rewards.

SAGITTARIUS — Be grateful if your insecurities are triggered; this way you know what they are. The thing not to do is take them too seriously. They do not own you and are not your master. Be especially vigilant about guilt, as this is the most toxic of the control devices. It is also the subtlest form of fear. Be aware that there are potentially dishonest emotional influences in your life. There are people who are in a position to take advantage of a certain weakness that you have, and this is likely to be triggered when you assert yourself or your desire. You cannot push this down, however. You’ve likely done that many times. Let it come up and out, and confront it. If you are having any trouble with this, read a book called Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton (the original, by that exact title). As for guilt, I can tell you this. It is something that was done to all of us before we remember. Seek to understand its dynamics and you will take away the power it seems to hold over you.

CAPRICORN — Beginnings are challenging in part because we humans don’t do endings well. You are now most decidedly approaching a beginning, and yet you may have important past material to resolve. If you are up-front about this with yourself and with others, it will be much easier. You probably have an idea what this is; you may be intimately familiar with it. Ending implies completion, and completion requires being forthright with yourself and with others. You may have something to say, you may have demands. What you say may not be received; your demands may not be met. That does not matter. What matters is that you get all of it out on the table, and acknowledge the response. This is a reality check. You will know where you actually stand, and then that is that. It is then up to you and nobody else to move your life forward.

AQUARIUS — You want desperately to feel free within yourself. That can happen if you want it, though it will help if you acknowledge just what it is that is holding you down. The chances are it has much less of a grip on you than you may think; you are the one who has a grip on it. Also, if you’re feeling anxiety around your situation, it’s probably because you are keeping certain aspects of your feelings in a dark closet rather than unpacking them on the kitchen table. Due to the planets involved, I suggest you do an inventory of unresolved family situations. You don’t need to hold onto these, and you need an honest self-assessment about what your actual obligations to others really are. Work this out, with wise, objective (and possibly professional) help if you need it. This is a situation where understanding will lead to a lessening of your worries and an increase in your ability to make tangible decisions. That, ultimately, is what you must do.

PISCES — You are currently living with two versions of yourself — one that is old and outmoded; and a new one that might feel a bit untested. You have, however, been some similar places before, and you’re currently at a tremendous advantage. You have all of the benefits of experience, which will serve you brilliantly if you use it as an information source rather than a law you must follow. At the same time, you are getting to explore the territory in a whole new way, as if you’re arrived somewhere you’ve been many times and are seeing it entirely differently. You have the benefits of both familiarity and beginner’s mind at the same time. Now you may use this dual perspective to far exceed what you’ve done in the past, meaning to do something beautiful and useful here in our benighted world. As a Pisces, your spiritual connection runs strong and deep. That is your gift.

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