By Eric Francis
Aries (March 20-April 19)
You are ahead of yourself, although you have this crazy idea you’re lagging behind. Like any inventor, you have more ideas than you can put into practical use. One sticking point though is the idea that nothing worthwhile is accomplished unless someone is exploited. It’s time to question that. Cooperation is voluntary. So don’t feel bad about asking people to collaborate with you. Remind them it’s a privilege to work toward goals that benefit the community. Some of the more unusual psychology will be focused on your early environment. What, exactly, happened as a child when you tried to get people to cooperate with you, or with one another? That set up negative expectations, and it’s time to let them go. If you can, so can everyone else. That is leadership.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
This month, several planets make their way across your midheaven — the angle of your solar chart that describes your highest goals, achievements and reputation. This calls on you to take on a leadership role you might think is not in your nature; however, at least astrologically, it’s the essence of your nature. You lead by example, and with the quality of your ideas. So start with being bolder, more vocal and more articulate about your priorities. Follow that with careful observation of the people around you, and several rounds of listening. Chances are whatever you’re doing will require two revisions, taking you to mid-February. Till then, hang loose and allow your ideas to evolve. Look at things from different perspectives. Your tree-like stability sometimes resists this, though trees are exceptionally responsive to their environments. Among the people offering ideas, there will be a few gems.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
This year your relationship life settles down enough for you to actually keep track of what is happening. Relationships are extensions of yourself; what they ‘extend’ into your environment is your process of making contact with your deeper self. You have experiences with others that seem impossible to have alone. That’s not strictly true; but it’s easier to see certain things projected outside of yourself. One of those is how people grow and transform. You have seen people address the darkest elements of themselves, and emerge in a different place. In some ways you’re less confident about being able to do this yourself, though the fact that you know others have is proof of what is possible. Events early in the month in one especially important partnership will enable you to get beneath the surface layers of personality, ideas and opinions. On this deeper level, you can access authentic change at your emotional core.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
It’s not true that others are stronger or more persistent than you. They may, however, be more inclined to use force, and you are sensitive to that. You also expect people to be connected to their feelings, though that rarely turns out to be true. If you find yourself provoked into a confrontation, wait a few days before responding. Pause, listen and observe. Most of all, feel. The situation is not what it seems, and anyone acting up or dramatizing is likely feeling powerless. For you, the message can be an affirmation of your own strength, and your power of faith. Cancer is famous for its cycles, owing to its close connection to the Moon. Now you get a chance to hold steady. Someone has a debt to you, and once that becomes obvious, some form of payment, or at least acknowledgement, is due. In the end, however, that transaction must be voluntary.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Get a handle on group dynamics, an important theme of your life right now. There is a larger entity involved, and within that everyone must be clear and open. Unlike bees and ants, who must adopt a hive mentality centered around one leader, humans have the capacity to live in mutual community, where individuals are consciously aspects of one another. A number of factors indicate this is a ‘get serious’ moment around anything related to creativity, children and sex. You could say it’s a time to understand the role of pleasure in your life, and how that influences your ability to be productive. Take full responsibility for your creative power and its results, remembering that pleasure and productivity are no longer solo activities, or contained in one-on-one partnerships. The learning challenge is seeing (and experiencing) yourself as fully integrated into a group process. It needs you, and you need it.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Your ability to focus is a gift and a privilege. Your intelligence is also a gift, and a key to the universe. There have been times when you’ve perceived yourself as the victim of these things; that is no longer the case. Brains and beauty are coming back into style. Your environment is populated by people who value their connection to others, and recognize you for who you are. The sticking point is self-criticism, often taken to excess. You may perceive this as weakness and lack of self-awareness. You’re probably correct, though remember to be gentle on yourself, and on others. Do everything you can to keep your point of view wide and inclusive of all perspectives. Tap into how others receive information and intuition — you have a lot to learn from them, and what you learn will greatly benefit your worldly goals and your inner growth agenda.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Events this month will contribute to the sensation that you’re at a tipping point. The theme is independence from the structures of the past, including your concepts of family and relationship. I would include every structure you’ve taken for granted, including your notion of what makes you safe. The confidence you’re feeling is real, and it’s associated with making the choice not to hold yourself accountable for the actions of others. If you’re feeling better about yourself, that’s about making up your mind that you are the assessor of your worth. It looks like you’re taking an idea or creative vision more seriously. From another point of view, you may be observing that something you’ve long dreamed of is now possible. It always was, though your perception makes all the difference. Devote yourself fully to it, and check in on how much progress you’ve made by mid-June. You’ll be impressed.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Saturn has left your sign, offering you newfound freedom and flexibility. The thing about these kinds of developments is that the effects tend to be short-lived. The way to maintain the feeling of lightness is to remember how much you had to do in order to get there — and keep doing whatever that was. If people need to put you under less pressure, that’s because you’ve stepped up to your agreed-to commitments willingly. It may have taken your entire ancestral lineage to produce you, who have figured out that you are responsible for what you say, think, do and feel. You are responsible for what happens in your environment. But this only becomes a burden if you pretend it’s not true — then suddenly you’re under everyone’s thumb. To really be free, you don’t have to live up to others’ expectations. Rather, you must set high standards for yourself and exceed your own expectations on a regular basis.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
Attend to your responsibilities in the order they come due, and while you’re at it, get ahead on longterm projects. You may feel like people are suddenly noticing your presence, talent and wisdom. Invest some energy into social affairs, but keep your focus on what you know needs to happen. The beauty of this moment is that your best ideas will translate easily into something tangible. It’s not merely your imagination telling you that your long-range objectives are within reach if you concentrate your efforts. You have seen the power of negative thinking waste your energy and derail your peace of mind. That is becoming a thing of the past, though you may have one last run-in with a point of view you’re done with. The key to the puzzle that seems to vex the human race: take absolute responsibility for your own thoughts, and move on fast.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
If you’ve been putting off decisions about money, you will soon know exactly what to do. There will be some matters you can attend to during the first week of the year. However, should there be any additional preparations necessary, I suggest waiting until after Mercury stations direct on Feb. 11. The more money is involved, the more important it is to wait out Mercury retrograde to allow additional information to emerge. Meanwhile, the recent sign change of Saturn is encouraging you to tune into yourself for all of the information you need, on nearly any subject. In the end, the final check on any decision is your intuition. In the next few months, you may lose interest in what anyone thinks on any topic of importance to you. Pry yourself out of that every now and then and reality-check with one or two people you trust. The final call is always yours.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
You are entering The Year of the Peak Experience. A number of factors describe this; one is letting go of an obsession with consequences that have stalked you for a while. This has been an excellent exercise in accountability. You have learned how to think things through. You’ve figured out that what you do now influences what happens later. Even as you experiment with more daring people, places and experiences, you have a diversity of safety devices in place — and at times you may need to override them. For example, you may be more conservative than usual in financial and sexual matters. You may check your intuition regularly, seeking facts to support your hunches. In order to succeed at anything, you will need to take some risks. The good thing is that those can be conscious choices rather than involuntary reflexes. That and a modicum of intelligence is all anyone needs, and you have plenty more than that.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
No need to wonder what has become of your insecurities: the mighty Saturn has taken its place at the top of your solar chart. This is your moment to take command of your life. Pisces has big dreams, though few know the extent to which you are driven to achieve something real. However, in recent years it hasn’t been easy to concentrate your efforts; there has been too much going on. Mainly there has been a confidence issue, part of which involves being accused of the profit motive. I realize not every Pisces aspires to be Jesus or Buddha, but most people born under your sign put service first, pleasure second and profits last. Your current phase of enhanced leadership directly involves focusing the drive to make money at what you do. Whatever their theoretical philosophy, everyone likes to have money in their pocket. Even better if it’s earned with a clear conscience, as yours most surely is.
Read Eric Francis daily at PlanetWaves.net.