By Eric Francis
ARIES — The energy is rather dense around you at the moment, and something seems poised to crack. Make sure it’s not you. Keep your focus as inward as possible, given the current inside-out state of the world. Concern yourself with what you feel, and with what you’re doing, rather than what anyone else might think. Focus on your priorities first, rather than what you perceive as obligations. You may need to keep drawing yourself inward over and over again, and if that is what it takes, keep at it until you find your way to your center. Tune in to the fact that your reality and how you perceive it sets the terms of what you experience. In other words, existence happens from the inside out, not the outside in. Keep it positive, and focus not just on what is possible but on what you want to create for yourself.
TAURUS — You seem to be in a crisis of confidence. What, exactly, are you concerned is your weakness or flaw? It’s likely that very thing is your greatest strength, or contains its seed crystal. It’s easy to feel like you keep making the same mistakes, though we don’t know for sure if that is true. Consider the possibility that you learn at your own pace, and in your own way. You can accelerate this by understanding the patterns of your choices, particularly on the emotional level. Current astrology is offering you the potential to take some distance from your situation and consider the long view. You know who you are inside. You know what you have to offer. Learning faith in yourself is a journey, and though it can seem like a long one, it is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed.
GEMINI — The reference point for whether you belong in any agreement is what you hold true and what you value the most. Typically, you struggle with your priorities seeming to change over time. Yet there are always certain foundational values you come back to as a reason for living. Count them all as valid. Do you love plants? Do you love good food? Are you devoted to your children? Excellent. Whatever you know exists to serve you. Then there is all that does not serve; all that is not what you want, and in particular want from your relationships. You now have a pass to change those things. Yes, it will take some deep inner work and maybe making a seeming sacrifice, but mostly it will take making a decision. In the end, giving up what you must for your personal truth is, itself, a form of benefit.
CANCER — You may be under a lot of pressure. You may feel like there is no way out, though you have an opening. You may not see it now. It would help if you turned around and faced the other direction — in your direction, not that of all those other people or what they think. Face the future, and not the past. Embrace what you’re discovering rather than what you already know. The experience of discovering is your point of vitality, rather than the experience of being confident in your beliefs. The world is in a state of high drama right now, and you are in a state of self-discovery. This is taking place on an entirely new level than you’re accustomed to, so it may feel like the stakes are pretty high. You are, however, held by existence. You have reasons to trust, though trust is its own purpose and its own reward.
LEO — Life is full of surprises right now, and you’ve probably had enough of one persistent, longterm challenge that comes with the words “something has to give” scribbled all over it. You have help; you have assistance and resources. You might change that slogan to “something has to receive.” That would be you. Practice being open to accepting who you are and what is being offered to you. More than anything, listen to your inner voice, even if it seems obscured by static and noise. A message is on its way to you, from within you. It might come anywhere, at any time, though it’s not directly related to what you are doing at any moment. However, it helps to listen to yourself. That means taking some silent time and doing whatever it is that you know allows you to access inner space. Then, relax and notice what you hear.
VIRGO — You have earned your freedom, to the extent you have some. Yet no matter what you accomplish, or what talent you cultivate, or what blocks or blockades you work through, ultimately you must make a choice to accept yourself. I know it can seem difficult; there are a lot of layers to work through, and some of them are dense. There seems to be so much clutter and baggage, which you may have figured out goes back generations. The true leap comes when you decide you don’t need anyone’s approval but your own. You don’t need anyone’s affirmation but your own. There are eight or nine or however many billion people on the planet. Your life is your journey, your experience, your privilege. Say yes to yourself and you will be born into a new reality. Then keep saying it, and your challenges will take their appropriate proportion.
LIBRA — For many years, your life has been headed or even driven in a certain direction. Sometimes you seem to be on the scent, or the trail. Other times you seem lost, and then you discover you’re right back on it, in another place, somehow connected to where you’ve been. You are about to have a point of orientation. You may already be feeling it. Certain relationships are keeping you focused and present; you know the world is in a volatile state, and you are wise to be treading lightly. Something — an idea, a vision, a focus, a goal — is about to manifest for you. Will you know it when it arrives? This is about seeing beyond something, or around it, rather than looking right at it. You must get some concept out of the way of your view, and then your beacon will arrive as a state of understanding.
SCORPIO — Your ruling planet Mars has just changed signs. It’s stepped over the line from Scorpio to Sagittarius. This will ignite your passion about something and inspire you to dare, to explore and to stretch some limit. Yet you must play a long game. There are obstacles in the form of what a writer named Bob Pirsig called “gumption traps” (look that up, it’s a wonderful old word meaning many good things). As for the traps: you may find yourself encountering jealous people. You might be blown off course by a mistaken belief. You might doubt yourself, with so much brewing in your house of mental activity. Yet you must persist. Carry on. Adjust your lighting to get a better view through any fog or rain you encounter. Be content with slow progress. For you right now, the journey is the destination, so appreciate where you are and see, feel and taste the potential in every moment.
SAGITTARIUS — You are a more emotional being than you let on. When I write my Sun sign astrology book, that will be the first line of the chapter about your sign. Emotional also means attachment. You love freedom; you are driven by your independence and freedom, especially now. And yet at the same time, there is that person or feeling or memory that you hang onto. This week’s eclipse of the Moon will provide an opening through some complex set of feelings. The opening may be discovering you’re not actually as tangled up as you think. You may also decide you don’t want to get any more invested; you may change the way you think of a commitment. Be bold about this. Take some steps and exercise your liberty. Your brash quality tends to mask an obsession with how people feel about you. You can give that a rest — and you’ll be happy you did.
CAPRICORN — We are now less than a week out of the Grand Conjunction in your birth sign. Come what may, you’re likely to experience a sense of relief, and release, as this aspect opens up (approximately Friday through Monday, though it could be any time now). This may feel like the pressure lets up. It involves the meeting of Saturn and Pluto. A wise and perceptive astrologer friend of mine named Martha once wrote that we miss Pluto transits when they are gone. While they may be annoying at first, once you get in the groove, they provide a potent source of motivation and power. However, while this transit is shifting, you still have the power and benefit of Pluto in your sign for a few more years. And what it seems most likely to do is to provide a point of obsession with being your own person, not who someone else would have you be.
AQUARIUS — It’s as if an egg is hatching within you. Imagine what a chick goes through, inside of a little container for all of its existence, then one day it’s filled with the urge to peck through the shell. Do they have any idea what’s on the other side? Do you? Well, everything is. The shell is your mind; you are persistently feeling the need to crack through what contains you and enter the world. You have been contained by a thought form. It’s made of all the usual stuff — doubt, fear, guilt, and various layers of crust from the past. You’ve been in what at times has felt like a colossal struggle, either to burst out, or to endure your situation. You now have little choice but to open up to yourself. This is an inward opening at first, a giving-way of much that has kept you from contact with your inner being.
PISCES — Everyone in this world has to carve out a place in society for themselves. Depending on where you live, and what you want, it may be a small bit. And you might be content with that. You might be happy to abide your seeming limits. Or, you may aspire to something more spacious, where you make an unusual contribution — and in your particular instance, being more visible as a result. I am tempted to say, “it’s up to you,” though by now you feel your calling and your purpose. Whatever it may be, know that there is room for you, even in today’s mad world. There is a need for you and the purpose you fulfill, which are best kept as close together as possible. You are being given a rare opening, and an opportunity for achievement. Be strong in your commitment, and draw strength from it. Live uncompromisingly in your truth — and dance with it.