Love, Rain On Me

By Eric Francis

Dear Friend and Reader:

Though the Sun is in Aquarius, there is some extraordinary astrology happening in Pisces this weekend. Aquarius is certainly speaking its piece. On Friday, Mercury and the Sun form their interior conjunction. This is the midway point in the Mercury retrograde that began on Jan. 21 and ends on Feb. 11.

Photo by Eric Francis / Book of Blue – New York.

The Mercury-Sun conjunction can come with a revelation, an inner realization of some kind, a discovery or a moment of truth for society.

Unusual, and often positive, developments seem to attend this aspect, which happens twice per Mercury cycle. There is the interior conjunction during the retrograde, when Mercury passes exactly between the Earth and the Sun. Then there is the exterior conjunction, when Mercury passes behind the Sun when Mercury is direct. We are now at the interior conjunction.

Mercury is currently as close to the Earth as it gets — which is in part responsible for the whole Mercury retrograde effect. Mercury is a gigantic magnet. However, when the alignment is exact, that may serve to suspend the effect of the retrograde, or bring out some of its deeper properties.

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My bottom line:

By Planet Waves

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This week’s sex-and-relationships guest-writer is Aggie Sez at SoloPoly.com. Given that we’re at the midpoint of Mercury’s retrograde in Aquarius, the sign of groups, this piece about having a “bottom line” in relationships and how to communicate it clearly seems a good fit. (And whether you’re poly or not, the question of relationship hierarchies is worth considering.)

Where She Stops, Nobody Knows

By Judith Gayle

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It’s been a ride on the tilt-a-whirl this week: up, down and spun all around. Eric’s warning early in the week not to believe anything you hear and only half of what you see was prescient. Blizzard was coming, then it didn’t (in New York, anyhow). Mitt was running, now he’s not (suggesting donor exhaustion, likely Koch inspired).

Belonging Through a Metamorphosis of Identity

By Planet Waves

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In addition to the Cosmophilia audio and written sign readings, we’ve published Featured Articles by Planet Waves collaborators (with more coming!) that are open for everyone to read. Here is the beginning of Louise Lowrie’s essay about individuating from her twin, its psychological upheaval, and ultimately knowing that witnessing, self-work and healing can happen in many different containers.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

By Planet Waves

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You’ve made some meaningful decisions this week or perhaps they have made you. It will take some time for the full effects to emerge but I trust you’re feeling a sense of relief like you’ve finally come around to a way of thinking that will serve you better. Be cautious because your newfound peace of mind is subject to disturbances by those who have not unpacked their personal baggage yet. In fact they may claim to have left it in the taxi. The next few days are an excellent time to let people work out what belongs to them; don’t let any of it interfere with your heard-earned sanity.

Waxing Toward the Leo Full Moon

By Len Wallick

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Len Wallick walks you through a series of astrological milestones over the next week, on our way to the Leo Full Moon. His hope is that this advance notice will allow your own capacity to accommodate increased meaning time to grow apace with the waxing Moon.