By Eric Francis
Curb your ambition. Think for the long haul. This involves your plans, and it also involves your partnerships. Every one of them is calling for attention. Each is calling for a practical approach, and where money is concerned, a sober and realistic approach. You need all of this more than you need any idealistic vision of how the world should be, and more than you need to worry about your appearances. Well, except for one little facet of experience: making sure that everything you do is impeccable, follows the rules to the letter, and that you present yourself to the public as a solid citizen. Many eyes are on you, though that is not the time to act up. It’s the time to play a tight, short set.
You would be more inclined to think that faith has the power to move mountains, had you seen it happen. But then it would not be the same thing. You have, however, seen what the power of absolute trust can do. I would add here that the most help you can be to yourself is to stay out of your own way, and the second most important thing is to know what you want; to know what outcome you truly desire. Given the current astrology, it’s vital that you think in a timeframe of years, not days, weeks or months. Yes, the present moment is meaningful, and in one respect it’s all there is. Yet there is also something else — the future as a resource, one that is both personal and connected to any endeavor you lay your hands on.
Your intuition is strong right now, and you have the ability to see the invisible (including into yourself). You may be able to see around corners or into the future. Yet you must not let yourself be carried off by your emotions, particularly fear. When distinguishing what is intuitive from what is noise or static, there are two necessary metrics. First, what is the very first thing your mind said back to you when you considered a particular issue or question? Second, what is merely speaking the language of fear? It’s true that intuition can warn you, though it will more often be in a calm form rather than a panicky one. You will just know something, though then of course you must verify that thing. Verification is investigating whether there is solid evidence, which you would then look into carefully. Other times you will get instructions. The question to ask is, “Could following that cause any harm?” If not, then perhaps give it a try.
Go where people can see you, where you can socialize, and where you can relax and be yourself. Better still, be yourself wherever you happen to be. Then make one-on-one time and hang out with someone who really counts. The current sky is illustrating the perfect balance between those two modes. I know you have plenty to do, and plenty else you want to do. I suggest you set work aside as soon as you can and step into the light of the glorious astrology that is shining on you right now. There will be time and opportunity to accomplish everything that is necessary. If you need a lure into pleasure, giving your mind and personality some room to spread out will provide the benefit of some fresh ideas, which can save plenty of needless work.
Clearly you must take charge, which means mustering your confidence and making intelligent decisions. But it also means coming from a place of oversight — a place with a view, where you can take in the whole scene, and also consider what is going on under the ground. Now and for the foreseeable future, you will need to have this perspective, which translates to the ability to see into the distance and to pay attention to what you observe. It will then be necessary to communicate what you know to others, particularly under the influence of astrology that may have you inclined to keep secrets or at least keep quiet. From many standpoints this would be unadvisable. Your position is specifically that of making sure key people know what you know, and making sure they understand your interpretation of circumstances and events. Think that through carefully.
You may experience flashes of insight into aspects of yourself that are usually difficult to penetrate or even see. However, I suggest you not succumb to the temptation to go mental or spiritual on yourself, and get locked into your mind or concepts. What you are seeing and feeling is calling for a physical response, driven by passion and curiosity. It’s calling for an emotional response, driven by the desire to feel whatever it is you need to feel. There is a deep undercurrent of subverting guilt, propriety, purity and any other form of self-denial or self-repression. I am sure you know all of this. You can feel how deeply you are being called to allow yourself to be, to feel and to call out your own name to existence.
Don’t struggle for self-esteem. Offer it to yourself. You do seem to be experiencing some kind of inner conflict, rooted in whether you really approve of yourself or are acceptable to others. Yet if that language resonates, I suggest you go deeper, to that level that you might be inclined to describe as raw, real, emotional or controversial. There is another layer to this self-esteem thing, and that is about cracking out of a shell that you were put in when you were very young. If you’ve kept yourself in that shell, it’s likely been to make sure that you have the approval of others (particularly if they controlled your supply of food and access to shelter). At this point, the thing to do is everything you want to do that you think would be shocking to all those people.
Your chart is urging you to mind your politics, which means finding a means of working with the established power structure that’s around you. Said another way, your chart is urging practicality. Yet there is some passion burning in your mind, some idea, something that you must say, do or revolt against. Saturn in your sign is protecting you from cutting loose inappropriately. Saturn is reminding you of your responsibilities and of your own need to be accountable. Yet there is this sensation inside of you. What to do? Let’s use some astrology. Thursday is the Full Moon in your opposite sign Taurus, something of an emotional high tide for you. In two weeks there will be a New Moon in Sagittarius. Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you want to say or do, take those two weeks and check back in with yourself.
There’s a storm blowing somewhere in your soul. It’s shaking your windows and rattling your walls, though it’s inside you, not outside. Other astrology suggests you are feeling like time is closing in on your desires and your plans for your life. Your chart describes the sensation of approaching some kind of last chance or final opportunity. This is a feeling more than a reality, though it can be a useful feeling indeed. One message of your charts is that time is not infinite, when counted on a human scale. Indeed, our time on Earth is rather finite, and we are dealing with an unknown. One reading of your chart is to respect every unknown in your life. As part of that you are being called upon to respect time, and the passage of time.
Looked at one way, the paradox of existence is that existence begins within and extends without. Yet at the same time we are demanded not to be so self-centered. We must be relational and responsive to others, and yet we all know that all those others are in some way secondary to the fact that we can be fully self-conscious — aware that all consciousness, including of the other, happens within oneself. Rather than fight this, I suggest you experiment boldly with it. Ask yourself how much of your experience is relational and how much is projection. How much of the love you feel is love of the other, or love of yourself extended to the other? You may feel like you’re going to explode these days, and this question, asked now at this stunning moment in your astrological life, may blow your mind. I don’t think there are objective answers though I do think there are honest, interesting and pleasurable ways to navigate the hall of mirrors.
My dad has Aquarius Sun, Moon and Mercury. In the 1960s, he was a young professor at what was then Pace College in Manhattan. Students there wanted to start a chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) on campus, a leftie group. They could not find a faculty advisor, so he offered. But he was a conservative and they didn’t trust him. He responded, “I really don’t care what you believe. It’s not my business. As your advisor, my role would be to sign off on your meeting room, make sure the door is locked when you’re done, and so on.” The students said no, we cannot trust you (and it was obviously their loss). Without necessarily realizing it, we count on Aquarius people and that area of our own charts to ground this kind of objectivity and reasoned thought. Now that we are living through times as polarized as the 1960s, we need it more than ever. The place you risk slipping first is in your personal life, and the second is in your professional life. Keep a grip on reality, and a cool head. We are counting on your leadership.
You have many plans and ideas, and during the past two years you’ve been restless about getting them going. This has picked up since the Scorpio eclipse two weeks ago, which served to remind you that you want to live in a much larger world than the one you’ve been inhabiting for a while. Your chart is offering two ideas. First, be mindful of your perceived limitations. Know what they are. They might be related to time, money, prior commitments or some other issue. Second, pay close attention to your local environment and see where you are transcending those limits, right now and without going too far. Notice who, close to you, supports your wider vision, and team up with them. Yes it is helpful when other people are not holding you to your past. It’s even better, though, when you let go of your own past and therefore make space to create something new for yourself. That is what’s happening now.