By Eric Francis
ARIES — Events this week will give you a hint of the future. The Sun enters Aquarius, one of the most vibrant angles of your solar chart. This will draw you out into the world in a whole new way, and open up your social options. Yet there is much more: this zone of your chart is about your vision for your life; your highest ideals; your true sense of mission. While it’s always available, few people are able to access the highest potential of this house. Over the next few months, you’re going to feel the momentum shift in this direction, though the Sun’s entry combined with Friday’s New Moon will arrive with both some ideas and the yearning for freedom. The important thing to remember about Aquarius in all of its forms is that it responds on the density level you arrive with. Bring fear and you will see darkness. Bring love and generosity and you will feel the potential.
TAURUS — New professional horizons are opening up for you. Don’t rush the process; feel it out gently, one step at a time. The first opening arrives this week, as both the Sun and Moon cross the midheaven angle of your solar chart. That is only the beginning; you will be adapting to this energy all year and well into 2021. Uranus in your birth sign is spurring you into wanting a revolt, an uprising, and a whole new life. Yet Aquarius counsels patience and a consistent approach. And more than anything, you’ll be learning to be accountable to yourself in a whole new way. I’ll have more to say about that as the weeks unfold, though this particular moment is about feeling, thinking and envisioning where you might want to be a year from now. Listen inwardly for your calling. You have one, and it will come to you. Do not chase it; listen for it.
GEMINI — We live in the time of narrow horizons, where people think they’re satisfied with the “virtual tour” of the Taj Mahal. We think that taking online classes means going to university. It’s true all of this opens up possibilities for people whose options are extremely limited, though that is not you. This week’s astrology is inviting you to set your troubles aside and take up residency in a much wider and more interesting world. You are being invited to leave familiar ground and explore something entirely new and different. Rather than being about the armchair travel of the digital realm, go where you can meet people in person and experience a bona fide adventure. This could also be in the realm of knowledge. Yet the place to go is an actual library — preferably a big one. You get the idea, right? Explore the world physically, not on a glowing rectangle. Good things will happen when you do.
CANCER — Your astrology this week is an interesting blend of dreamy and sobering. You can dream all you want, and experiment with passion and beauty — as long as you know the difference between being creative and self-destructive. There may be a fine line at times, and you will need your methods of reality checking. Make all of your decisions sober, and sleep on them before you finalize them. Inspiration under the influence of a substance may be brilliant and valid — though you will want to check from a few more points of view. Get to know someone a little before you’re intimate with them, even if that means one long conversation. Under this astrology, even you might be inclined to dive in. Remember that all kinds of pleasures await you, from the carnal to the sublime. This would also be the week to make a movie, or re-watch your top-five list.
LEO — This week’s New Moon in your opposite sign Aquarius will open up a social universe for you, if you let it. You may also open up a new dimension of friendship with a close partner or friend. Many people aspire to have their partner, spouse or lover be an actual companion, and if you’ve ever struggled with that, the way is about to open. A key to this is to participate in group experiences where you feel at ease. If you’re traveling with a partner, give them space to explore socially, and keep a grip on any jealousy that you may experience. More than that, you are invited to experience the pleasure that can only come from acknowledging that those you care about are indeed their own people. This works both ways: be bold about expressing who you are, particularly in the social realm. It is possible to be considerate and also to remember that everyone is responsible for their own feelings.
VIRGO — Time flies when you’re working well. You’re entering one of the most productive times of year for you, which will give way to being one of the most productive times in your life. What you’ve been through in recent years has cleared out the channels of your creativity and passion. To really discover this, you will need to try it out. That means experimenting with what you do, and your method of doing it. Also, you’re a natural born collaborator. This is essential. Though Virgo can have a hermit-ish reputation, where work in particular is concerned you need company and you thrive on it. You have the discipline to be not only a natural leader, but also an ongoing font of ideas. You may feel like you lack the confidence, though this is something always gained through experience. I don’t mean bravado; I mean basic faith in yourself and in your abilities.
LIBRA — You can now practice feeling safe. Up till now, you’ve had a lot of practice feeling insecure and shaky and uncertain about your situation. Feeling grounded and like you belong on the planet is a skill. Learning to inhabit your own four walls — as if they are your own — is a skill. You will know you’re entering this state of mind and feeling when you experience yourself as being more daring. Being drawn to the unfamiliar, playing with what is uncertain, and experimenting with your curiosity, are signs that you feel safe. Laughter is a sign that you feel safe. All this is born of a kind of self-assurance that is at once gentle, and that comes from within you, not from the outside. I’ve observed that the notion, “When that happens, then I will feel good about myself” is rather commonplace. However, that is not how it works, and this is plainly obvious when you begin to figure it out.
SCORPIO — Have you finally made up your mind about something? Or changed your mind about it? Think carefully and slowly. You may not think it is your own awareness that has changed, but rather your circumstances. Yet those circumstances nearly all involve your mental environment, which is inside you. When it comes to your opinions, you’re a tough customer. There are times you pride yourself on being unmoved and un-swayed by the facts. It’s almost as if you would prefer to move them. Yet it would seem a particular idea you’ve been harboring for a long time has developed a crack. It may take you a little time to notice this. If you study the fault line, you may observe that the two halves of your concept didn’t even fit together. You might take solace and even celebrate being wrong about something. What is correct and real and honest contains the real juice. Yet not everyone is ready for it. It’s about time you are.
SAGITTARIUS — Amidst much other exciting astrology, Mars continues to make its way across your sign — a transit that spans from Jan. 3 through Feb. 16. The peak of that journey takes place later this week, right around the time of the Aquarius New Moon on Friday. The scenario looks like this: you are feeling your desire to bust loose and do your thing, and to fly in that particular way you know you love. Then, that seems to impact on the insecurities of someone close to you, perhaps a domestic partner. Their “role” is to hold you back, and this can lead to subtle but persistent tension. Yet another way to think of this is that they are giving a voice to your own fears; that you assign the role to someone else. You might take some solace in that this is a fairly common occurrence. Still, you don’t need to delegate your emotional condition to others. Own yourself fully. Take this as your motto: “It’s not about them, it’s about me.”
CAPRICORN — You are at the very epicenter of a before and after moment of your life. By that, I mean something you’ve been headed toward for a long time, and that you will see in retrospect as the moment your changes took hold. It is difficult to see now, though I strongly suggest you embody some awareness that helps you integrate this possibility. You may be standing at a branching of the road, trying to decide which path to choose. This can be frustrating, as there have been so many setbacks, delays and disappointments leading to our current moment. Yet you have chosen your path; you have chosen or rather accepted your purpose. There is no point in experiencing your current position as a space of futility or struggle. Take up the gift that has been given you. Persist through any difficulty you may encounter in these first steps along your new trajectory. Walk lightly, and treat yourself gently.
AQUARIUS — You are about to embark on a bold adventure — perhaps the most incredible ever. It’s not going to storm through your life all at once, though the signs of change and progress are at hand. You may well feel worn down from some inner struggle that goes back years and has recently come to a head. You may feel like you just cannot get the pieces of yourself to fit together inside of you, though it’s time to think of your process differently. It’s possible to feel debilitating bitterness and resentment if you are caught in the mire of the past. You have a right to feel angry if you are caught in the karma, the denial and the effects of the sins of others. It is time to invite a new feeling into your life; a new purpose; a new meaning. Do not expect others to make up for what you’ve been through. Resolve to be your own cause and your own means. Embrace gently the help that is offered to you.
PISCES — You are now in an unusually strong position. From the look of your solar chart, this involves having endured some significant social hardship or strife. That, in turn, is part of a much larger process of reorienting yourself within society. I do recognize that in the analysis of most people, their lot in life is cast. They cling to their place in society, modest as it may be. Your place in society has changed. You are free to walk your full height. You may let go of the habit of speaking in hushed tones, and express yourself in a clear and confident voice. Treat people as your respected equals, which means not as your superiors. Most of all, do what you feel called upon to do, without needing permission. Rather, you have the choice of informing people of your plans, or not. This may seem a little awkward at first, though I am certain you will grow to love it.