By Eric Francis
ARIES — You may feel like you’re in a dangerous spot, though you don’t understand why. This feeling might increase over the next few days. One thing to be cautious of is taking on responsibilities that are not really your own, or putting yourself in the place where you could be held accountable, incorrectly. If someone actually holds responsibility for something, allow them to have it. That does not mean counting yourself out of the flow of information, or in any way dimming your awareness. Just know which shoes it’s your place to fill, and be glad you’re not a monarch. It’s a difficult job and you can never really get it right. Yet there are many ways you can help; you have considerable talent and assets to offer any situation where you identify they may be helpful or even valuable. Be aware that your spiritual guidance and protection are with you. You can, if you want, have your bearings — or rather, consciously keep your sense of direction and pay attention to which way you’re headed.
TAURUS — Though the economy and society may be in tatters, keep working for the kind of success you want. You need a strategy, and its first element needs to be a clear and concise goal, or at least a point of arrival from which you can explore. Everything — tapping your vitality, your momentum, your knowledge, your reputation — involves delineating a very basic series of steps you will likely take to get to another place. I mean general steps, such as, “I want to be involved in independent cinema, which I hear is happening in [city where you know it’s going on] so I will go there and stay for two months.” Or, “I want to be in green investment, so I will meet people in this profession.” How you actually effect that goal will change from day to day, and you would be wise to leave plenty of space and time for the unexpected to manifest. At the moment, I suggest you benefit from current aspects and refine your communication style. Speak and write to be understood, and respectful, and respected. Your words matter.
GEMINI — As your twin soul Bob Dylan wrote, you give up something for everything you gain. Therefore, make a list of what you want to divest yourself of, or would be willing to. Know what you don’t want, what you don’t need, and what is not serving you. When it comes time to give things up, that’s the place to start your selection process. This can include problems you don’t need or want, which takes away most of the power they seem to hold over you. At other times you will find the thing asked of you only seems like something you were attached to, and then turns out to be a relief when it’s gone. In all things, be conscious of the exchange process. Be aware that there are many sides to an issue or a situation, and to every specific condition of your life. Pay special attention to those places where something you think does not work for you serves a purpose, which keeps you attached to it. This calls for true maturity.
CANCER — Events this week will provide you with guidance and a bit of prescience associated with a solar eclipse in your birth sign in about six weeks. There is an alignment of Mercury and the Sun that points directly to the June 21 eclipse. This involves your public or most visible role in society, and the place where you seek your fulfillment through tangible connections to others. For you, these are related, especially under our current astrology and cultural conditions. Notice what develops, emerges, or speaks to you Monday (in particular) and consider its true nature. This includes the ideas you may have, the things you may do, and also what emerges spontaneously. You’ve been seeing this happen here and there, and you’ve probably figured out that your mode of involvement is gaining momentum, growing roots and sprouting branches and leaves. Let this process develop naturally.
LEO — Stay focused on your plan, and take each necessary step to get there. Work closely with partners and those who hold any authority in your life, and make it happen. Some of the most important strategy points may come from others, and you will need to depend on them to hold some structure for you, while you take care of more important personal matters. This will be an exercise in both trust and coordination. Keep your plans close to those who are directly involved. Take an approach that may seem a bit like the military — clear delegation of duties, clear accountability, and a genuine sense of order and organization. One or two people will be instrumental in making this happen, whom you will know from their clear thinking and sense of balance and fairness. Make sure the right things happen at the right time, as best you can, which mainly means following the order of operations.
VIRGO — There is no rush to make a decision, especially if you’re wondering “what to do with the rest of your life.” That’s a tall order, and you might want to shorten it a bit. You certainly are in a space of questioning not just what to do next, but why. Your motive and motivation for activity is the greater question. What actually moves and inspires you? When you see someone whose accomplishments you admire, do you understand why you feel that way? Meantime, you are probably having ideas for what is possible, and thoughts of wanting to reinvent yourself. You don’t need to rush, though it would be helpful if you experimented. That means not just with activity but with your underlying need to express yourself, to change your environment, or to redesign some facet of the world you live in. I suggest you explore the possibilities actively, through direct experience, reading, and speaking with others about what they do and why.
LIBRA — One thing after another seems to shake your confidence and security, and you keep getting back up and keepin’ on. This week’s astrology highlights questions about where you get your resources, how you use them, how you share them, and how to sustain and develop what works rather than what does not. This will be your most meaningful distinction. The thing you want to do more of is what is already succeeding. Do less or none of what is not serving a purpose, nor feeding you in some way. This is mostly a practical matter, though learning how to make the distinction of “works” versus “does not work” is one that can never be spoken about enough. You can replace all the things in the second category with new experiences (from which frustration invariably deflects). Venus retrograde between May 13 and June 25 will be a source of many questions on the deeper meaning of your existence. And in those matters as well, the discussion will come down to what works and what does not.
SCORPIO — Thursday’s Full Moon in your birth sign may test your limits on a relationship, though you want to encourage that. Whatever ways you may feel pushed are also inviting you to come out of your shell and step into your power and authority. Your life at this moment is one long exploration of what it means to be resolutely yourself rather than who others would have you be. Then as you master that, you will need to get to the place where you can still hold your own in the presence of any social pressure not to. This is perhaps subtle, and being susceptible to so much external influence does not fit your self-image. Yet it would help to think of it not as external influence, but rather what was programmed into you as self-control for the convenience of others. To outgrow this requires bona fide self-development. Study the dynamics of your early family life to understand the kinds of pressures you were subjected to.
SAGITTARIUS — Your ideas about life strategy can only apply to you, not to others. This is a leap because of the extent to which you may identify with a certain relationship. The relationship will proceed as it does, and though it involves you, your plans must be about yourself alone. When you can do that, you will have something tangible and interesting to exchange with others. This defies the idea that “others give me a purpose,” which is the thing you want to give yourself a break from. They may seem to, though that does not really get you to the level of your actual meaning, motivation and definition. Yet there are forces at work saying it’s time for the real thing. You know you’re changing, and that your inner movements will require you to make outer ones. If a relationship is involved, my thought here is that the relationship must be one thing, and you must be another. Don’t mix up the two. You exist independently of it, which is what makes it a relationship at all.
CAPRICORN — The destructive expressions of our current astrological era are mostly behind you, if you bring yourself into the constructive phase. This must be a conscious act, in the spirit of taking an inventory of what you’ve learned. Also, you might take an inventory of what the destructive phase (which peaked in January and February) has removed, dismantled, or stopped. You cannot count everything as a loss. You know that, too: while some developments may have seemed inconvenient, that was more about your own resistance to change. Now, the planetary picture is calling on you to be more conscious about how you make changes in your life: in other words, making them for yourself, rather than having them made for you. This will come to the forefront of one particular relationship as the June 21 solstice eclipse approaches. Figure out where you stand with this relationship, and if you’ve already done that, then act according to your knowledge.
AQUARIUS — The creative life can be lonesome, and anyone devoted to developing their art (or their invention, or deep personal commitment) may need to proceed for years without any social benefits. Yet that is often what it takes to make progress on, well, anything genuinely demanding of your focus. There would appear to be such a thing in your life now, or you have something available to focus on that will benefit you. Take the opportunity, therefore, to keep your energy and thoughts focused inwardly — or continue to do so if this is the track you’ve been on. The truth you arrive at must be your own. You can engage the companionship of those who are committed to helping you go in your own direction. That means people with no special agenda for you, and who you are certain support who you are, and who you are becoming. If they treat you that way, regard it as a sign of affirmation and love.
PISCES — This week’s Full Moon in Scorpio is, among other things, a reminder of how integral your sexuality is to your spiritual path. Others may make a point of evading, eluding or denying this, or maybe they have not figured it out. It would seem to be a radical idea, though it’s not really. As evidence I offer the obsession that so many religions have with dissing, dismissing and destroying sexuality and, in particular, that of women. Have you ever wondered what that’s about? I’ll offer a clue. If indeed you can find your way to the core of your creative force (what religion calls “god”), it would not help the cause (of religion) if people discovered this for themselves. The guilt trip of religion is all about not discovering the one thing that would lead you to not need religion; the aspect of your humanity that would put you in contact with your creative, self-creative and healing source. This week is a glorious time to celebrate yourself, and if you share yourself, to do so in the spirit of nature, love and abundance.