Gateway Gazette

Planet Waves Weekly Monday Morning Horoscope for February 22, 2016

By Eric Francis Coppolino
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Aries (March 20-April 19) — You seem to have figured out once again that your worst fears are not true. Yet have you noticed how much creative energy that fear consumes? It might help to look from the other direction — when you’re at your best, when you’re accomplishing the most and relating to the people you care about, there’s no anxiety involved. The solution to the riddle of fear is being conscious about what you do with your creative energy, and keeping it positive. Engage your mind with thoughts of what you want rather than what you don’t want. Focusing on something is like watering a plant. If you choose what thoughts you want to grow and give them attention, that’s what you will nourish. If your thoughts go astray, gently guide yourself back to where you want to be. Remember: you have the power to choose.

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Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Now is the time to put what you’re doing in front of an audience. Show the world the best of what you have to offer, in whatever you’re doing. If you want to advance your career, you’ve got a fantastic opening to make your reputation known. I suggest, however, that you keep this on the human level. If you’re looking for a better opportunity, do everything you can in person rather than online. Work through people you know. If someone can’t help you, ask if they know someone who can, and follow the web of human connection. Making a phone call is closer to ‘in person’ than emailing; so too is mailing a letter or delivering it yourself. When you can, let people see your friendly face and hear your lovely voice. Most of all, use your ears and listen.

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Gemini (May 20-June 21) — It’s helpful to flow with your emotions rather than analyzing them. You know you’re analyzing based on how you feel; for example, if you’re feeling self-critical, that’s a clue. If you’re imagining someone else is being critical of you, that’s also a clue. You may need to wake yourself up a few times and snap out of it. Anything that’s set in motion today will gather momentum, so be careful what you emphasize. I suggest you put some energy into having the basics of life covered. It’s always helpful to be grateful for having food and a dry roof; be grateful for the people who care about you, and if you need reassurance reach out and say so. Feeling safe is a discipline. It’s the first cousin of feeling self-confident; one will lead naturally to the other.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Negotiation is an art, and it’s one you can now do well. Art is more about feeling than it is technique. The first thing to do is to feel where people are coming from. This is the most valuable information you can have in your possession. People do what they are motivated to do. Once you know what gets them going, you can offer them that. If you know what someone’s agenda is, you can work with it; the best thing to do is to ask. By negotiation I don’t mean the hardcore style, but rather the friendly, arrangement-making kind. Keep in mind that we all have similar needs. If you can do that, it’s easier to find the common ground and guide yourself and others in that direction. You’re in a situation where everyone can come out a winner.

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Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Monday’s Full Moon is emphasizing financial matters. The message of the chart is that you need to understand your interdependencies with others, especially close partners. The first thing to check for is that everyone is being honest about money. Then look around and notice whether you and those you’re close to have an exchange you both can abide. Ask yourself if you’re being generous enough or whether you’re holding back. If you feel yourself withholding, there’s a possibility this is about your self-esteem. The better you feel about yourself, the more generous you will be with the people you love and care about. Yet it works the other way too: the more generous you are, the better you will feel. All of this may relate to sex every bit as much as it relates to money.

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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Once a year there is a Full Moon in your birth sign, and Monday is the day, though the feeling will ripple into the whole week. There is a mystical quality about this event. There are a few possibilities how this could work. You might notice that your thoughts manifest more quickly into results. You might get the feeling that you’re looking into a cosmic mirror where you see yourself reflected in interesting ways. I suggest you observe the patterns of how ideas translate into tangible events, and how what you feel about yourself is reflected back to you in the attitudes of others. This is going on all the time, but it will be especially noticeable now. One thing you learn may be to guide your mind carefully, because what you think really does affect how you feel, how other people feel, and what happens from moment to moment.

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Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — It’s time to have fun. You probably don’t need an astrologer to tell you that, but I am telling you — the time is right. But not just any fun: the exact, specific kind of celebration you want. Whether it’s going to the movies or making a movie; going to an art exhibit or getting out your paints and canvases; going to a rock concert or tuning up your guitar; or reading a romantic novel or having a romantic tryst — go for it. The feeling you’re looking for is a little like cutting out of school to go to the beach. Trade in some responsibility that doesn’t really need your full attention now for something really excellent that you will love. Your solar chart suggests you might want to do this with a few close friends, but if you go solo you’re likely to make new friends wherever you go.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — The things you learn now matter; the discoveries you make at this time in your life count. You are in a special extended moment for doing deep work on yourself. Here’s what the astrology is describing: you are in a learning process that will reveal itself in layers. You may be experiencing things now that you don’t notice or don’t understand; you will then get a few chances to review these things. However, the more aware you are now, and the more you accept what is revealed to you (especially about yourself), the further you can take this journey as it evolves through the spring and into the summer. Do whatever works for you to be reflective, whether you prefer to write, go to therapy, develop your spiritual practice or spend time in places that put you in contact with your soul. You have a wealth of knowledge available to you if you do.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Contrary to what you might read in many astrology books, yours is one of the most detail-oriented signs. I have no idea where anyone came up with the thing about ‘big picture only, don’t bother me with the numbers, the punctuation or the boring theory’. Actually, you know that success comes from making sure the fine points are covered. However, right now, I suggest you keep your mind on larger goals, and the widest view you can attain. There’s a potential trap in getting caught in petty concerns, and a special reward if you consider your most precious desires, objectives and ambitions. Focus on what matters, on what feels productive and, most of all, what feels good. That will be the best mind-food you can give yourself, and you will get results. If anything you think seems like an idea, write it down and remember where you put it.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Your financial strategy must involve communicating with others. Any economy is a community affair; your personal economy is no different. What is distinctive about your solar chart is the extent to which your personal wealth is directly linked to the people around you. Your role is to reach out and to take initiative. Rather than expecting others to come to you, make yourself, your intentions and your needs known to them. Another distinctive feature you possess is the extent to which your value to others is in your ideas. However, in order to make money with your ideas, you need to cultivate and develop them, which means integrating a wide diversity of sources. And you must be flexible; it will help to consider the way that any idea is applicable to any situation. Life doesn’t have separate subjects; it’s really one vast ocean of experiences.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Venus has entered your sign, joining Mercury and a beautiful asteroid called Pallas Athene. This has you at your most Aquarian, tapping into your streak of genius, your love for ideas and, most of all, your ability to motivate people. The real gift of this astrology will be to do the thing that Pallas Athene is best at, which is to come up with a strategy for living. This is the time to brainstorm a plan to do the big things you want to accomplish. It will help if you consult other smart people one by one and put a few questions to them. Then morph the best ideas into your own personal plan of action. No goal is too difficult to meet, and no problem is a match for the ingenious power of your mind. Remember that, and don’t forget.

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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — You don’t need to do much to get the results you want. Let the momentum of your life carry you; allow the things you’ve already set in motion to take their course. This may take some trust, but you can at least give yourself some space to work a little less, and put less emphasis on outcomes. This is especially true if they involve other people. Ease back and let them make their decisions. If there is some unresolved matter, know that the ball is in their court, and be ready and available to listen. One thing that’s clear is that if you don’t get the exact results you want, there are other, better possibilities that could easily manifest for you. Invest your energy in going with the flow and doing some of what Pisces is best at: enjoying the good things in life.

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