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Dear Friend and Reader:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015, is the Capricorn Full Moon, exact at 10:20 pm EDT (2:20 UTC Thursday, July 2). You may view the full chart here.) This is the Moon in Capricorn opposite the Sun in Cancer.
To read these horoscopes, it helps to know your Moon sign (where the Moon was at the moment of your birth), which you can find out by entering your birth data into Serennu.com. If you know your birth time, that will ensure accuracy — but often you can still be sure of its sign even if the exact degree is fuzzy. You can also read these horoscopes for your Sun and rising signs for additional insight.
Aries (March 20-April 19) — This would not be a good time to get liquored up. Nor would it be appropriate to get worked up about a conviction that you are an infallible force of nature. Count your blessings instead. Those who love you have good reason to treasure you in the depths of their hearts. Your own heart, in turn, retains a youthful vitality that defies biology. Apply your persistent vitality where you live and you will be immortal in the hearts of others. Return love where you find it and gratitude will bloom. Support others in their passions and your own desires will be received with understanding and quenched with generous approval. Give and be received.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Whether you travel or not, you are somehow bound to have many meetings of one sort or the other before the current season is concluded. Therefore, conduct yourself as though you are visiting even if you never leave home. Show the same respect to your guests that you would offer to a generous host. Assume the role of careful caretaker with all you possess. Practice the most common and trivial of courtesies with humility and sincerity. Bring light to custom and lightness to where you are accustomed. Take great care in all matters without taking too much time on any one matter. Make vulnerability a virtue.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) — To better be yourself, know who you are. Find comfort in your own skin. Anytime you have a chance to take a load off, do so. Seek not to distract yourself. Rather attend to yourself. Make any routine form of self-care (such as trimming your nails) an occasion to cherish rather than something to get over with. Inasmuch as is possible, bathe surrounded by soft lighting. Whenever you can, take a break from inner dialogue to sit in the shade and listen only to what surrounds you, to better know your own place in the world. This is not about recovery, it’s about a journey of discovery into what is real, present and good about you.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Persistence is not a bad thing, especially if applied to finishing a task or improving yourself. You may, however, find it both efficacious and productive to let up on others. Instead of continuously confronting, consider an alternative role as a constant witness. Be present. Hold space. Notice how, one way or the other, everybody really does do their best. Let yourself be moved by emotions not your own. Allow yourself to feel what others appear to feel. Instead of pushing your passions, pull up and take time to contemplate how judgment has no place in compassion. Sometimes an insistence on being right isn’t right at all.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Imagine your life running backwards in a wondrous way. See yourself meeting everybody again as if for the first time, but possessed of all the knowledge gained from prior experience. Think about what first words you would say to somebody you know well, even though by some trick of perspective, they know you not from Adam or Eve. Ask yourself what your first actions would be, given the opportunity to flip hindsight into foresight and start over. Then, take what wisdom such contemplations bestow and carry them with you through the days and weeks to come, so as to make the most of every new acquaintance.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Be conscious of what you regularly lay your eyes on. Then do what you can to see everything anew. A new coat of paint can do wonders, as can a new slipcover or even just a cushion or quilt flipped over to reveal the other side. Think about replacing light bulbs with a different kind, or just moving a lamp. Even redirecting a track light or two can give you something of what you are looking for. Whether you know it or not, you are looking for something. Whether you believe it or not, you will know it when you find it. Most likely it’s something you need. Quite possibly it’s already in your immediate environment but somehow hidden.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — From this day until the current season draws to a close, make an effort to constantly clothe yourself in your best and most presentable underwear. Not because the all-too-common dream of attending class or work (or standing on stage) in your skivvies might actually come to pass in reality — not at all. Rather because you may soon find an occasion to share your most intimate self unexpectedly. This does not mean you should go out and engage in indiscriminate sex (although you might want to have an open mind about how to do so safely). More likely, you will simply want to prepare to make the best impression possible even if all your usual facades are suddenly stripped away.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Burning the candle at both ends can exhaust you. Playing both ends against the middle can get you burned. Even though you place a great deal of importance on being a stand-up gal or guy, you might want to allow for some self-examination. It’s remotely possible some equivocation has insinuated its way into your conduct. It’s somewhat more probable that you have allowed (or even rationalized) a contradiction in your own terms with yourself. It’s not as if your soul is in peril. This is not about right or wrong. It’s about setting patterns consciously so that the consequences of your choices align more consistently with what you know is truly for the best.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — If anybody has consistently made the best of what was available to work with, it’s you. As a matter of fact, you have been so conscientious for so long, others could easily take your due diligence for granted. Even if others fall into the trap of not appreciating your customary and admirable ethic, please don’t go there yourself. You are about to enter a phase of your life when being critical of yourself will be less than helpful. Do not sell yourself short. Indeed, consider how it may not be necessary to sell yourself at all. Instead, cultivate an image of yourself as being without price — which is to say, that you are truly priceless.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Steady as it goes. Let that be your motto. You have every reason to believe that your decision-making process has become more sound. All you need to do is look back at the decisions you were making four years ago, and compare them to relatively rock-solid choices you have recently made. Now, it’s a matter of following through faithfully. Putting a long string of good days together is no small thing, but have no doubt that you have attained a proficiency for doing so. What you have labored so long to make of yourself is about to pay off. All that remains is for you to be patient, consistent and upright in every way.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Triumph awaits so long as you do not trip yourself up. Vindication is inevitable, so long as you do not diminish yourself. It’s not that your situation is precarious; quite the opposite. It appears as though you have a win in hand. All you need is simply to refrain from any behavior that would cause you to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. To that end, remember that the best defense is feeling no need to be defensive. Additionally, while your drive is undeniable, it’s nothing compared to the way your true altruism inspires others to carry you up on their shoulders. Once you are up there, all you have to do is not let yourself down.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — You owe yourself a lot, so pay it off. Begin with pleasure. Select a legal, safe, healthy, affordable pleasure to which you are not accustomed. Then, allow yourself to have it in moderation. Repeat that allowance at reasonable intervals until there is no longer even a shadow of guilt showing up to spoil your satisfaction. Once you have paid the debt of pleasure you owe to yourself, you will be ready to take on other obligations to your wellbeing. So, in between sessions of well-earned and guilt-free joy, start thinking about what burdens you owe it to yourself to relieve, and how to do it. For the time being, however, simply enjoy.