By Eric Francis
ARIES — Success is a conspiracy. Work with your others to make it happen. There’s no abstract concept of fairness that you must adhere to, which leaves you free to get the help of people who believe in you and who support what you’re doing. It’s possible that you will be an asset to someone, and that would be another reason for them to facilitate your progress. What matters is sincerity, and your willingness (and ability) to come through with what you offer. One theme of the times we’re living through is an extreme form of everybody doing their thing. Understanding of the strength and pleasure of cooperation and collaboration is rapidly evaporating. But those qualities have the same value they always had. Define success for yourself, and then plan for it with others who have a similar idea as you do.
TAURUS — The next few days are likely to take you through a stream of new, different and even strange feelings. You may experience everything but stability, though it’s clear that you’re held by a larger container than emotions and physical sensation. One way to read your astrology is that by letting go into the flume ride of your experiences, you will discover how wide and how deep your spiritual context really is. The fact that you can let go of control and still not have everything suddenly go out of control is some evidence that you’re working with your deeper intelligence. Said another way, you’re opening up and allowing that intelligence to flow through you, body and soul. Pleasure is meaningful, and it contains wisdom. There’s nothing more spiritual than feeling like you belong on the planet, and knowing you’re safe.
GEMINI — You’re in a good position to buy, sell or trade secrets. Your chart is the very picture of intrigue. Just remember, you would be playing with fire. Looked at another way, you have access to inside information for a reason. That would be to enhance your ability to succeed and to help others succeed. This is about gaining an advantage — but not an advantage over anyone. Use your information honestly and fairly. You must be mindful of a few things, one of which is making sure that your facts are correct. Proceed only with data that you’ve verified a few times. Get other viewpoints and assemble your own picture. Also, people are likely to reveal to you sensitive information that they might regret having said. Like a competent journalist, you must protect your sources. And it’s never good form to take any pleasure at all in the pain or struggles of others. Rather, help any way you can.
CANCER — Where money is concerned, you want to get yourself onto level ground; that is, with people who are much more successful than you currently are. What New Agers call ‘poverty consciousness’ — that is, the idea that there’s not enough to go around — is a serious trap. There is plenty to go around, and it’s helpful to observe and learn from people who have figured that out for themselves. Central to this is addressing the idea of sacrifice. The people to rub yourself against are those who work with the concept of mutual benefit rather than win-lose. Neither you nor others have to sacrifice anything to have things turn out well. Yet this depends on your state of mind, which you can enhance greatly by sharing what you have. Yes, sometimes it’s necessary to offer to someone else something that you really need. Most of the time, though, you can offer from a place of excess, and you have plenty.
LEO — Your solar chart is a study in how to have fun without over-committing. Borrowing from that old joke, you don’t need to bring a U-Haul on the second date. The kind of pleasure you want, and can have, is based on your freedom of movement. Go from experience to experience if you want to keep the sense of adventure alive. The thing to be cautious of is jealousy. It’s easy to get caught in that loop if you feel like a playmate is having more fun than you are. Pay attention to your own experience and train yourself to take pleasure in the fun that other people have. This is one of the most enlightened states of mind; or rather it’s the door that opens up a realm of true liberation. Mostly what gets liberated is you. One positive experience leads to the next, and you get some freedom from negative fixations.
VIRGO — You are walking a fine line emotionally. You’ve been holding back and holding fast for a long time; now you’re feeling the inclination to cut loose. So far you’ve been able to manage that, but you might not be able to contain yourself. Therefore I suggest you plan a safe space to let yourself blow off some steam: emotional, creative, sexual, spiritual — it’s all the same, and you want it all. Your astrology is urging you not to judge yourself. One of the great quests of this time in your life is setting yourself free from the expectations of your parents, whether you consider them negative or positive. Most of the time these expectations are internalized: they have an origin somewhere else but they exist inside you. You are your own person with your own desires, living in your own time and place. Make room for that fact of your life.
LIBRA — You have a wider safety buffer than you may think. It’s true that you like to err on the side of caution (that is one likely explanation for the somewhat-famous challenge Librans have making decisions). However, you don’t need to take the safe route all the time. You would be well served to consider the possible implications of what you choose, though sometimes you must spin the wheel. You must be especially cautious under the influence of alcohol or substances, though. Those can mess with your sense of appropriateness. So if you can, consider what you want in a few different states of mind. That of course is not always practical. Sometimes you have to spin the wheel and do something because it’s the thing to do in the moment. Sometimes it’s necessary to break conventions and taboos.
SCORPIO — Watch your spending, and don’t let others spend your money. There’s something in your chart describing your boundaries as being a bit loose in these areas, so you’ll need to tidy up the edges and refrain from loaning anyone your debit card. That said, you’re in an unusually opportune moment to plan future business ventures. But keep your plans to yourself or limited to a carefully selected group of people. This is less about someone stealing your ideas and more a caution against scattering your energy by talking away your ideas. What you want now is a sense of containment, so that you can think clearly and seriously. Involve others on an as-needed basis. You don’t need to reveal your whole plan to any one person; you just need to know, develop and respect your ideas yourself. You set your own ethics, your own schedule and your choice of whom to involve.
SAGITTARIUS — Keep your mind on what you’re doing, not what others are doing, or expect of you. You’re in a rich creative moment. Once you tap that well, there will be no stopping you. Therefore, don’t get distracted, or dissuaded from painting, writing, practicing your new song or planning a trip you’ve been wanting to take. Don’t let anyone dampen your enthusiasm. If you discover that a commitment to another person is getting in the way of your self-expression, it may be time to question that commitment, or to look more closely at what’s going on. The first question to ask yourself is: what do you want or need to say that you haven’t yet said? Then the second: what do you fear would happen if you speak up? The thing you fear the most may be the right outcome.
CAPRICORN — In a few days your plans and sense of the future are likely to open up. With that, you may start to get the feeling that you’re painted into a corner. You’ll feel fine as long as you don’t seriously entertain the idea of stretching your possibilities. You may feel boxed in the moment you want more or extend yourself into the future. You might think that this is about social acceptability, though that’s a trap. Whether you’ve got the approval of others is the last thing you need to worry about. That’s not because you have or do not have that approval, but because you don’t need it and don’t want it. You are the person who needs to approve of yourself. This is not about telling yourself something you don’t believe; it’s about going deep into your feelings and connecting with your commitment to your mission.
AQUARIUS — Whatever you do or say over the next few days could go viral. That could be by internet, rumor or reputation. You’ll want to choose what you say and to whom you say it. That means paying attention and making choices. Be cautious about what you say that’s motivated by fear, because your concerns will probably turn out not to be true. You might take advantage of the situation and promote your own cause: a project, your business or some social message. Keep spin control by selecting your words carefully. Yet more significant is choosing your feelings, or at least knowing where you’re coming from. You can understate your case; no need to push anything too hard. Your words and your ideas have influence, and even impact. Keep it positive. Look for solutions. Better yet, focus on your best ideas.
PISCES — You have an opening to take charge and make some significant professional strides. There are two parts to this process: how you feel inwardly, and what you do externally, and the order in which you take them. Start from the feeling, and only do what you truly feel aligned with. Then make your moves carefully, one by one. Choose selectively, and pay attention to what you do first. Preparation is essential, while you have the chance. While you’re busy doing this, you may notice that things seem to happen unrelated to what you’re doing: that you get results on projects started long ago or investments of effort that you forgot you made. In fact, you would be wise to consider projects you started and made progress on, and dust some of them off. The time has come for at least one of them to come to fruition.