The recent New Moon in your birth sign has demonstrated how good it feels to act in unison with yourself — mind and body, heart and soul. Your solar charts describe mighty goals, and state that you have a vision for yourself that’s becoming clearer every day. It will take strength and focus to meet those goals, and that begins and ends with being in harmony with yourself. Most of us are taught to fight ourselves.
Curious about horoscopes? In honor of his 1,000th horoscope column, Eric tells the story of how he became involved with astrological writing. After getting his start in investigative journalism exposing fraud and toxic pollution, Eric decided he wanted to find a way to make more impact. Influenced by professionals like Patric Walker and Jonathan Cainer, he sought a more intimate form of writing in the hopes of reaching people on a personal level, sharing his understanding of planetary cycles in a way to foster healing and self-acceptance.
Mercury is now making a long visit to your sign, interrupted by a spell between May 29 and June 17. During that time Mercury, associated with your sign, will be moving very slowly in early Cancer. The image is of you getting to experiment with being another person, perhaps the person you’ve always wanted to be but could never quite make contact with.
Upcoming astrological events mainly involve Gemini and Mercury. Wednesday is the Gemini New Moon — the Moon-Sun conjunction, which generally happens once a year in each sign.
Interesting elements of this New Moon include its exact square to Neptune in Pisces, as well as a square to asteroid Apollo in Virgo. This translates to: pay attention to the patterns that show up in the errors you make consistently. Use careful, sober analysis as a means of addressing denial or any blind spots. Do the Virgo thing and write out your calculations long-form.
This month’s astrology illustrates an idea that’s dear to my heart: that self-esteem and one’s financial situation are closely related. I know that money supply is often blamed on the economy, and one’s place in life seems to be about how many credentials or connections one has. I think it’s much more obviously an emotional connection to feeling good about who you are, good enough to assert yourself to others and to excel at your work.
This week, Planet Waves focuses on the themes of the air sign Gemini, and its ruling planet Mercury. Gemini reflects the concept of ‘self’, both the consciousness we have and the perceptions we project outwardly in our environment to create our reality. Eric describes the essence of dualism, and how the integration of our two sides can open us up to a new level of awareness.
There are occasionally moments that open up a new phase of Planet Waves community history, and this past Sunday night we experienced one of them. I want to extend my thanks to everyone who participated in the first worldwide call-in edition of Planet Waves FM, providing our first chance to listen to one another in a kind of town meeting.
The past will stalk you to the extent that you let it. Note that the past is not a thing, but rather a set of perceptions, expectations and beliefs that were more appropriate for another time in your life. It may also extend to the results of choices you made in the past that still have some manifestation today, but not usually. If so, most of the time they are obvious and easy to address by making decisions.
Do men have a bad rap? In this not-to-be-missed edition, Eric takes an in-depth look at the nature of gender inequality. Mars, the planet associated with masculinity, is retrograde in relationship-oriented Libra, which is bringing about an opportunity to rebalance power. Rather than feed into stereotypes of male and female roles, he offers valuable advice on embracing strength instead of projecting blame.
For this particular Full Moon — the first after the recent eclipse series — we have the Moon at 24 Scorpio opposing the Sun at 24 Taurus. The Taurus-Scorpio axis always evokes deep sensual and sexual themes. Taurus and Scorpio are fixed signs, however, so even when the planets and aspects involved are speaking of change, there’s a visceral undercurrent of resistance to dissolve first.
At long last, Mars stations direct Monday, after being retrograde since March 1. This is a turning point event in our astrological year, and what promises to be a revealing moment of the 2012-era (which we are still in — the energy shift associated with 12/21/12 is still taking hold). What makes this moment so meaningful are the gender-related themes, and relationship themes, of Mars retrograde in Libra, which have emerged repeatedly during the retrograde.