Vital, Life-Giving Ideas In A Time Of Profound Change
Written By Eric Francis |
This is the month of the Venus transit of the Sun – a rare event that is the “Mayan factor” in this year that has been the subject of so much prophecy. If you happen to be in the right place on Earth, with the right viewing glasses (otherwise you’ll fry your eyes), you will be able to see Venus cut across the surface of the Sun. This is preceded by eclipses of the Sun and Moon on May 20 and June 4 respectively, and by plenty of other top-shelf rare cosmic activity, concentrated into a few weeks. I have just one suggestion: pay attention to what you believe. More than any other factor, what we believe dictates what we experience as reality. It does not dictate what is true–only what we experience as true. These events are all magnifiers of thought and experience in their own way, and the more life-affirming, creative and loving our beliefs, the more they will be magnified into reality.
Aries (March 20-April 19)
You have a more central role in upcoming events than you may think, though I suggest you make every effort to define that in terms of service. You may feel an urge to provoke events, or fear that you’re going to be unduly influenced by them. It would be more helpful, and personally beneficial, if you were to take the role of guardian. Study the various situations around you with some vigilance and notice, in particular, where you may serve as a negotiator. In that context, your job is to look out for everyone’s interests, as objectively as you can. You may be inclined to stick to laws or regulations as your guide, though what’s more likely is that you come up with a solution to a puzzle everyone else thinks is impossible to solve – which in the end benefits everyone.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You don’t have to be in as much conflict as you are. You don’t need to accept what other people say is right for you, or the rules that they impose on you, which might seem to be the source of your inner tension. It’s easy to go there by default when your own inner guidance conflicts, or when you’re uncertain about what you want. This thing we call religion, by the way, is about people giving up their power of choice, then imposing that on others, and that seems to be a quickly fading influence right now. This is the moment when you take control of your desires. That means not letting them run you, not feeling guilty and most of all, resolving any conflicting values that might be present in your heart. As these weeks progress, you will find this more compelling, necessary and eminently possible.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You seem to be trying desperately to let go of an old concept of yourself, so that you can embrace something entirely new. You have chosen the right moment to do this. Here’s the thing to remember: do less, not more. You cannot aggressively release something; letting go is always gentle. You don’t need to push yourself open; you merely need to allow yourself to gradually unfold. As you do this, you may have the feeling that an outside force of some kind is working on you, though that’s an illusion. It’s very much an inner momentum that is carrying you, and certain outer circumstances that are facilitating your process. It’s essential that you see the usefulness of your environment, and take the opportunities that it presents to you, because they are every bit as synchronous as what is going on inside you.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Going deeper into your relationships is starting to come naturally to you, depending on one basic approach: being more yourself. Gradually over time, this has worn down your resistance to expressing and receiving actual feelings, as well as what seemed like the resistance of others in their approach to you. Now something else is emerging: healing an inner split that you may be discovering, even as it resolves itself. Indeed, the discovery is the sign that you’re making the progress on healing, so you have no need to worry about it. The reunion of you with yourself will manifest most noticeably in your relationships, where old problems with attachment, dependency and over- use of structure will seem to melt away. Though this transition might not happen overnight, it has started already – and you’re close to the tipping point.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Is there a difference between your public presentation and the person you are in private? It’s considered normal to live with this kind of split – even a right. But is it possible for a person to split his or her character? The mere attempt takes a lot of energy, and it’s a breeding ground for suspicion. Now is the time to align your motives, your desires and how you present yourself in public. Now is the time to have just one story about who you are, what you want and what you do. That story is the true story. I recognize that people have misgivings about speaking up sincerely, and can take that as evidence that there’s something wrong with them. If indeed there is something you actually cannot say, it would be a very good idea to stop and question your ethics. If the ethics check out, then feel free to speak up.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
You may have several different goals, and several key talents – though your professional life has a way of proceeding on two distinct tracks. This may leave you feeling like you’re never quite focusing 100 percent and therefore never getting the full results of your efforts. Yet consider that these two paths may be supporting one another, rather than competing with one another. You have developed your brain more fully, and have learned the skill of experiencing yourself from two distinct perspectives. Now is the time to experience the power of synergy – the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. That is to say, the whole of who you are is greater than the particular skills or attributes that you possess – and this is about to be demonstrated to you in a bold way.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Conflicting beliefs are one of the world’s most toxic causes of anxiety. Conflicting belief systems make it even worse – such as if you try to follow the dictates of science, religion and your family all at the same time. Yet I would take it further – the notion of a belief is the thing that we need to question, and your astrology is putting this issue under a microscope. Deep beneath all of these beliefs, there is something that’s true for you. You might think of it as your true cosmic religion – your actual point of contact with existence, which is not about believing anything. Indeed, it transcends anything as flimsy as something anyone could be convinced of. At the core of this is your knowledge of who you are, which is the source of your strength and confidence. And some tangible, life-giving information from this core being is on its way.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You have two possible modes of action right now – quietly, from the background, and boldly, from within your ideas. Yet they have one thing in common: the less you assert yourself, the more influential you will be. Even when you’re directly offering an idea or explicit instructions, lie back a little and let people come to you; allow them to feel the effects of your presence. Another way to say this: you don’t have to do much, or anything at all. Plenty is in motion around you. You’re having a profound influence on your environment from several different angles. They almost all involve processes you set in motion a long time ago. If you’re going to do one thing boldly, this is what I suggest: evaluate one particular contractual situation carefully, and make sure that everyone benefits.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
Let the bravery and innovation of the people around you be your inspiration and your guide. You have a lot to learn from them, and you’re blessed to know a few people who are truly doing innovative things. I suggest you concern yourself less with your own originality (that will take care of itself, in the end) and more with learning how others do things, especially when you notice they do them well. Observe the skills involved and the spirit of the endeavor. You understand by now that many of your most significant relationships are working partnerships, and if not that directly, ones in which ideas are exchanged. This is a perfectly viable purpose for other people in your life. Romance is severely overrated; dharma, or the path of correct action, deserves far more reverence than it gets.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
You are changing in ways that you feel but have not necessarily put a name or a clear description to. Actually changing is too weak of a word to describe what is happening; an unusual momentum of growth has taken over your life, and it’s now moving at full strength. What you’re doing is penetrating a kind of emotional veil that was cloaking your true strength from yourself. This is allowing you to emerge as someone who may have been clear to you as a child, but who was gradually fogged over as you became an adult. A simple way to express this idea is that your soul is pushing its way through the layers of your personality and into manifestation. This will not happen all at once, though you’re about to take a very significant step along the way.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
My old friend B’jamin once said that there are two kinds of people – those who drink water, and those who do not. We could probably write a whole book about all the ways there are ‘two kinds of people’, though the one that’s germane in your life right now is: people who are into art, and people who are not. There is the you who’s into art, and the you who’s not. Here is what your charts say: get into art. Get into people who are into art. Soak in art, soak in artists, and light your mind on fire and create the stuff. Don’t worry if it’s good. Just get busy with color, shape, form, sound and sensation. It might save your life; but really, it will make your life.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
The whole planet is your home. Yes, this whole beautiful, crazy place – and everyone who’s here is your brother or your sister. If you’ve ever had any doubts about whether you want to be here, get over them now. If you’ve ever hesitated to fully commit yourself to stewarding this place, and being of service to the people who populate it, open your heart and give yourself over to your life purpose. You get to choose how you do this work; how you offer yourself, and what you develop. What does not change is your sense of contact with existence and with your underlying purpose for existing in this place and this time. In doing this with passion, you’re not giving anything up – in truth you will gain everything, particularly the confidence that can only come with an authentic sense of belonging.
THE ABOVE IS NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.
Eric Francis Coppolino, founder and editor of Planet Waves, is a professional astrologer and journalist. A pioneer in the field of new planet discoveries, he has worked with clients and written about astrology for wide audiences since 1995. Read Eric Francis daily at PlanetWaves.net