Scorpio 2013

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, #980 | By Eric Francis

You’ve got to let some of this pressure off. It seems as if you think you’re supposed to feel a certain way in certain situations, as if the ‘correct’ emotional tone were prescribed in advance. This extends to your opinions about things and the specific way you’re supposed to think. None of this is valid; much of the pressure is your attempt to respond to the illusion that it might be. I suggest you question that assumption, and consider the possibility that it has a source. Once you make the decision to express yourself rather than suppress yourself, you will feel less depressed, more alive, and more in control of your life. You may feel that to do those things, you have to change your whole way of thinking, though it’s easier and subtler than you were told, especially with the kind of cosmic support you have right now.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, #979 | By Eric Francis

There are at least two sides to the current intrigue, and rather than see one as right and one as wrong, try to see matters from all points of view. You will not lose anything by doing this, so you can afford not to be insecure. By seeing all sides, I mean really considering the different positions involved, giving them each the benefit of the doubt. This will help you step away from the influence of someone to whom it seems you’ve handed over your power. While that may seem frustrating, your ability to see the situation from many points of view will prove to be empowering. You may have the notion that if you exert your awareness or authority over yourself, some sensitive issue or secret is going to be used against you, though I don’t think that’s true. Just don’t remind anyone of anything you don’t want them to know.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, #978 | By Eric Francis

Mercury recently making its way across Scorpio while so much else was currently happening in that sign is offering you a chance to learn quite a lot about the people closest to you, and to serve a function in their healing process. But healing is always a mutual experience, and a mutual reward. The law of grace demonstrates (among other things) that we can actually give what we don’t have, and yet it’s always a good idea to receive that very gift while we’re passing it on. What you have to offer these days is a measure of solidity, clarity and fullness that may have proven elusive in recent days. You’re in a great position to learn something from yourself.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscopes — December 2013, #977 | By Eric Francis

If you over-focus on the concept of sex in one relationship, you may miss the point of the whole human sexual experiment. That point (the little arrow on the Scorpio symbol) is how every aspect of life is fundamentally creative; how creativity always requires some transformation or movement of resources (which could be called ‘destructive’ to the form that existed before); and that any form of sex, or art, or expression will unquestionably offend someone, somewhere. Therefore, that someone may be offended by some aspect of your personal expression cannot be a valid criterion for determining the appropriateness of something. Once you catch that little riff, you will become a revolutionary, particularly where the stuffy, rigid thought forms of your parents or other caregivers are concerned. Those shadow figures are unlikely ever to give you direct permission to exist. So I suggest you open your aperture, open your mind and allow experience to happen. Daring to express yourself passionately, against the rules, is the one dependable thing that will crack all the stifling patterns that have you doing the box step — not waiting for permission or approval from anyone. As Ginsberg suggested, Art recalls the memory / of [your] true existence / to whoever has forgotten / that Being is the one thing / all the universe shouts.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 #976 | By Eric Francis

The Sun has just left your sign, which will help you draw your energy inward, and keep it concentrated, where you need it to be. Your solar chart describes you working out a deep issue associated with maturity. It is not enough to act mature, or to convince others that you are. Rather, what is essential is that you make contact with the place in yourself where you have an authentic inner dialog. You are susceptible right now to being influenced by what others think, or what you fear their opinions might be, and this could easily go out of control, manifesting as a storm of self-criticism. Other factors suggest that you may be feeling insecure, which is why I am suggesting you remain vigilant and thoughtful and don’t associate with negative people. Keep your communications meaningful, and over the next few days try to spend time only with people who are intelligent and emotionally grounded.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 #975 | By Eric Francis

Be conscious of the presence of any ‘third parties’ in your intimate encounters, or even in the space of your most private fantasies. It could be some sensation of a group influence, including that of your family and what you think they want from or for you. It could be your closest friends and the rules that they’ve set for one another. Or it could be a pattern that you’ve internalized based on any or all of the above. This presence is likely to feel like it ‘wants you’ to put the brakes on any passionate experiences you may have, or want to have. It may be such a consistent inner presence that you have no idea what life would be like without it. This weekend’s Full Moon in your opposite sign Taurus is giving you a rare opportunity to feel and see this conditioning for what it is, and to make a conscious choice whether it really serves you. You may need to choose again every time you feel it, which is part of the process of taking charge of your life.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 #974 | By Eric Francis

Think of this moment as a focal point where numerous themes, issues and story lines both intersect and diverge. Everything you’ve done has led you to this point, and you can take your life many different directions from here. You may know this on one level, yet you seem poised to discover it on another. There is an image in your chart about bringing these two levels of awareness together — and stepping fully into what you know, including what you know about where you’ve been. There are some experiences you don’t want to repeat, and others that you want to explore more deeply; you’re also becoming aware of what you’ve never done before that you simply must experiment with. Most significantly, there are places you want to go, by which I mean with every cell of your DNA sending the same message, and I suggest you make plans to visit at least one of them within the next six months.

Inner Space Monthly Horoscope for November 2013,
standing in for weekly #973 | By Eric Francis

The forthcoming solar eclipse in your birth sign may have you on edge. Saturn is already in your sign, with much the same feeling. Add to that Mercury retrograde in Scorpio and you may be wondering what to do with yourself, how to feel and whether you have the courage to face what you need to face. I suggest you have faith in yourself — enough to take the time and make your decisions one at a time, with precision. The only way you can go wrong is to abdicate your awareness and your power of choice, so no sloppy work. Make small, incremental moves — small enough to know you’re making clean, clear decisions. No matter how minor they may seem, each one counts; each leads to the next; and they all add up to something bigger than you can see at the moment.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for November 2013,
standing in for weekly #972 | By Eric Francis

Scorpio has a reputation for being the sign of jealousy. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood emotions, that goes along with Scorpio being one of the most misunderstood signs. You seem to have been grappling with jealousy lately, whether your own or that of someone else. It doesn’t matter which; you would need to address it in either case, and the same awareness is called for. Jealousy has two main components — attachment and control. That differentiates it from envy, which is about wanting what someone else has. Underneath this is a spiritual struggle that’s about to come to a head. If you find yourself feeling especially strong emotions, including the desire to control anyone in any form, pause and notice what’s going on beneath the tempest. Don’t be distracted by the surface layer or cast of characters. The real subject matter is between you and existence, or said another way, what you encounter walking that fine line between existence and non-existence. Below the drama is the sensation of how close to the edge you walk, all the time. Think of the turbulence as a fear reaction, though it’s worth questioning: what exactly are you scared of, and in the spirit of the Serenity Prayer, what exactly can you do about it? There may not be answers to these questions, but the cosmos of your psyche has some relevant information for you.

Weekly horoscope for Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 #971 | By Eric Francis

The more self-accepting you are, the more others will be accepting of you. The only reason this might be seen as a trite or clichéd bit of advice is if someone has not tried it, or if they struggle to get there. Self-acceptance provides a form of inoculation against anyone’s judgment of you. It also provides a pass for all kinds of inappropriate or hurtful behavior. The way your chart is set up, the theme comes along with an imperative for integrity, which is under focus now. The message is: embrace yourself and patrol your own borders. Monitor your own conduct. Love yourself, share yourself when you feel it’s appropriate and make amends when you’ve acted in a way that is out of integrity. That’s not a pre-condition of self-love — but forgiveness is. In the end, you will get there; you may as well go there sooner; and eventually you figure out that it’s the place to start.

The Oracle Horoscope, standing in for Weekly Horoscope 970, Oct. 11, 2013

People treat you fairly but that’s partly because you stand up for yourself. It’s also because you’ve long ago figured out that this elusive little thing in the world called ‘ethics’ is alive and well in your mind. You live in a world where there is actual right and wrong. This week may present you with an ethical dilemma that comes in various shades of gray. At the time it may not seem like there is a correct answer or solution. You may in the end have to make a decision that’s based on your intuition or do what feels right. You can trust yourself. With you the chances are that if it feels right it is.

Weekly horoscope for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 #969 | By Eric Francis

Mercury in your sign is a wakeup call, which means an invitation to use your intelligence. You might be thinking that the mental and emotional challenges you face are beyond your ability to handle them, though this seems to be more about the influence of something from the past rather than a proven truth about who you are right now. How you handle this is a matter of psychological perspective. If you feel overwhelmed, you may be feeling like a child who is being asked to stand up to an adult, or who’s being expected to grow up too young. In a sense that is (or at least was) true, though the ‘adult’ is something that you’ve internalized. One of its messages is that change is impossible. Yet while that voice is whispering to you, you seem to be secretly dreaming of revolution. It is indeed when change seems impossible that revolution is the most necessary.

Monthly Horoscope for October 2013 #968 | By Eric Francis

Consider any and every change you’ve avoided making the past few years. Consider everything that’s stuck in your life, the places you experience boredom, and the ways you want to break free. Make some notes on all the promises you made with yourself about what you would be doing by the time you reached your current age. Astrological influences are gathering that may incline you to catch up on everything, all at once. I don’t recommend that as a method. Saturn is still in your sign; as much as that is reputed by astrologers to represent something that will not move, in fact Saturn never stops moving, and is your most dependable longterm influence when it comes to making real changes. Saturn’s presence is about focusing your energy and directing your passion in a way that’s directly integrated with that elusive thing known as logic. If you set out to accomplish a longterm goal, you need to be willing to take the necessary actions on the days that you don’t feel like doing it; on the days when that particular goal is not high on your priorities. This is a form of discipline that’s not inherent in your emotionally dominated sign — though I suspect it’s a personal goal for you to be able to focus on this. You now have an incentive. I’ll remind you in a month, but please don’t forget.

Inner Space Horoscope for October 2013 #967 | By Eric Francis

It’s time to bring some of your true feelings to light. You seem to be in a phase of deciding that you feel what you feel, and it’s none of anyone else’s business. The problem with this line of reasoning is that eventually, you’ll feel like your feelings are none of your business either. So bring those unusual, dark shades to the surface, and see how they look when they get a taste of sunshine and oxygen. The colors will change because the elements of your feelings will react to awareness. I’ll say this another way, in case I’m being too poetic: you may think you feel one way, but once you start to express yourself, you’ll begin to make discoveries about what’s really going on. That in turn will allow you to evolve into new emotional and intellectual experiences, direct rather than theoretical or abstract.

Pisces Full Moon Moonshine Horoscopes, Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013 | By Genevieve Hathaway

his week over the Pisces Full Moon, you are getting a burst of creative energy. You may feel more drawn to your art room or creative space to pour your time and energy into a project. I suggest utilizing this drive and outpouring of ideas to make marked headway with a particular project. As you apply your creativity and innovation, there may be the sensation that what you are doing is a bit bold, if not dangerous. I suggest you not let this deter you, but rather see it as a sign you are moving in the right direction. These feelings come when you are in unchartered territory. What you are developing is needed in the world. Maintain that vision and let it guide you as you devote your personal creative fire to what you are building.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 #966 | By Eric Francis

When in doubt, be brave. Take a chance. You have an emotional state that’s urging you to caution at the same time you have one that’s encouraging you to be bold and determined. The question is which one you’re going to listen to. I suggest you listen to the one that’s really you. Here is a clue: There’s one level of worry or concern that belongs to someone else. It comes from somewhere else and belongs to another place and time. There’s another dimension to what you’re experiencing that feels unusually bold, and in some ways unlike you but in other ways familiar and welcome. Though this feels good, and may make you a little nervous, you may be wondering whether that’s accurate or whether you’re feeling too big for your britches. Now take these two emotions and match them to people in your family of origin. What feeling resembles whom the most accurately? Which feeling seems unique to you?

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 #965 | By Eric Francis

You have nothing to live up to except your own passion and drive to move forward. If you forsake that in service of an easy life, you may feel tossed around by forces outside your control. This is a moment to take authority over your life. You may be aware that once you do, that will have a cascade effect and you will need to make many decisions that you’ve put off, potentially for years. That alone might be enough to get you to decide that you’ll wait for the next opportunity to come along; you’ve had many and you may be assuming that many more are coming. Even if that’s true, there won’t be another moment like you have today. You may be hesitant to act on what you perceive as irritation, negativity or conflict, but you might ask what else would get you to make a decision. And you would probably get an answer that fits the current scenario, if you look at it honestly.

Virgo New Moon Moonshine Horoscopes, Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 | By Genevieve Hathaway

At the moment, a creative idea you’ve worked and reworked is now going public. This may feel like you are projecting something deeply personal onto a wall for all to see, coming with a feeling of being exposed. I suggest viewing this as an act of connection rather than anything in you being uncomfortably bared. What you are sharing is an idea that is very timely and will resonate throughout your community. There needs to be a certain level of visibility for the two to connect. This takes an intentional action of putting your vision out into the world and being patient while people find it. Ultimately, you are attracting many like-minded people who will provide emotional support for the creative concepts you are working with.

Inner Space Monthly Horoscopes for September 2013, #964 | By Eric Francis

Build up your momentum working on a long-term goal — which implies knowing what it is, beginning the process and focusing your energy. Get accustomed to working through the inner resistance that gets in the way of your most cherished desires for achievement. Recognize the degree to which any worldly goal involves overcoming some inner obstacle or remnant of history. If you encounter a personality trait that consistently holds you back, now is the time to deal with it so that you can move onto truly greater things. If you put your mind to that project, there is little that will be able to stop you. And you will need them when, later in the year, the astrology brings nearly total focus on your sign and you’re in the spotlight in a much bigger way. That’s the future; this is the point of origin.

Monthly Horoscopes for September 2013, #963 | By Eric Francis

You need to set your sights higher. When I say need, I mean it’s actually a matter of necessity: commit to something more challenging, demanding more of your personal resources, experience and talent. I see you involved in something visible, that makes a difference in the world. Yet doing something challenging means encountering challenges. They may seem like they’re worldly in nature — involving your circumstances. In truth, all the territory you’re covering is personal. You’re being called to some new and potentially unexpected form of leadership, one that you’ve known for a while you were aspiring to in theory. This month you go from theory to action. Action means taking charge, staying grounded and bringing both a dynamic, even dramatic quality to what you’re doing at the same time you call forth your deepest maturity. As you know, maturity is useless unless it’s put to good use, and this is the order of the moment. As you see the rewards of this way of doing things, I suggest you reinvest them rather than take them as profits. What you need more than anything is momentum toward a tangible goal. Part of that quality is bringing yourself fully into what you’re doing, creating and expressing — and every inner challenge you overcome will get you one step closer to that spot.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, #962 | By Eric Francis

There is no pre-existing belief system that just fits a person. Even if someone claims there is, it’s likely that they are making custom modifications, additions and/or granting themselves exceptions to the rules. This doesn’t mean that the world is ruled by anarchy, though it’s a common phobia that “without all these rigid laws and policies (most of them grounded in religion) the world would descend into chaos.” Actually, we could use a little more chaos rather than a little less. Most of the pain the world is in right now is due to an excess of order rather than of flexibility. You can afford to be less dogmatic and more creative about the ideas you depend on to run your life. The more pressure you put yourself under to believe something, or to comply with the beliefs of others, the more chaos you will create. I would remind you that ideas about sex and religion are a dangerous blend, and both have a way of being invisible. I suggest you open your eyes.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, #961| By Eric Francis

Benjamin Franklin once wrote: “If Men are so wicked as we now see them with Religion what would they be if without it?”I meditate on this quotation often, which comes from a letter commenting on a book someone sent Franklin about why we would be better off without worship, prayer and the “guards and guides” provided by religion. He urged the writer to burn the manuscript before anyone else could see it, and told the author he was spitting into the wind and thus into his own face. While I think that old Ben was right about most things, and a generous, lusty guy, I find his point of view puzzling. For instance, didn’t he notice that religion so often drives people to misery, self-doubt and inner division? He spent a lot of time in Europe and he had to know of the blood-soaked battlefields, including one in Germany where 22,000 “Christians” slaughtered one another in a single day. But hey, even Ben couldn’t see everything. I suggest you look closely at all your notions of religion, of God, of Goddess, of sin, of sacrifice and of whether pleasure is appropriate in the eyes of the Universe.

Inner Space Monthly Horoscope for August 2013 | By Eric Francis

I suggest you make a list of every mistake you’ve made more than three times. Stick to the big ones — the ones involving your career, your family, your sense of purpose; mistakes involving authority figures, the government, and how you think of your place in society. My question for you is: can you spot any pattern that they all share? Is there some underlying energy, idea or belief that you’re allowing to misguide you? Here’s a more challenging question: what would you have to give up if you start making better decisions? Your chart says that you’re being called to service in a big way. True, you might consider helping people match their shoes to their dress a form of service, but I would submit that may be better suited for your list of mistakes. You have a purpose, it is significant, and it’s beautiful — all you need to do is get out of your own way.

Monthly Horoscope for August 2013 | By Eric Francis

You are being handed an opportunity to think of your career a whole new way, to redefine your idea of achievement and to embrace a notion of success that has the power to change your life. There is something in the chart — something strong and beautiful — about doing what you do for its own sake, rather than for some other common motive (money, prestige, recognition, etc.). Yet it looks like you’ll be doing whatever you’re doing in an unusually visible way — and it’s up to you not to become distracted by this, and to keep your focus where it belongs. Your charts for August have a profound theme of service. This is a concept that gets a lot more talk than it needs and less action than it deserves. It would be helpful if you would deflect any and all recognition that you get back into the basic service that you are providing to the world. It would help even more if you take the time to refine your ideas about what that service is, and concentrate on how you can become the point of contact between what you do and who benefits from it. The more it seems that other people benefit, the better you’re doing. What you get needs to be secondary, because it only distracts from what you’re offering.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, July 19, 2013, #959 | By Eric Francis

More than anything I see you struggling to have a wider perspective. If you want to do that, you need an accurate assessment of how wide or narrow your current perspective is. Since that measure is subjective, and since you’re in your own mind, this is not necessarily easy to deduce. So I suggest you do a little comparison-shopping. Set aside, for a few minutes, any tendencies toward jealousy; that just gets in the way. Then consider the viewpoints of people you know for sure have a broader, deeper, more creative approach to life than you do. Consider people who apply more imagination than you do. Notice what they’re doing and how they’re doing it — then consider your own life in that kind of style. If you start to feel panicky, that’s a hint that you’re going in the right direction.

Aquarius Full Moon Moonshine Horoscopes, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | By Genevieve Hathaway

Lately you may have been questioning how you can feel a permanent sense of security in a world that seems to be widely different one day to the next. You are making contact with a more accurate picture of how you access emotional stability, a concept that does not include possessiveness, jealousy or managing people. Rather, integrity and respect are two key components for you; so is being surrounded by a strong network of many different types of people. You need to feel that you have equals among your work colleagues, in your home life and in your wider community. Call it a tribe of people who know and openly accept the genuine you, including the parts of yourself you keep hidden away. Accessing these individuals is less about control or manipulating how they see you; it’s about showing up as authentically you, and noticing who responds.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, July 12, 2013, #958 | By Eric Francis

Your traditional ruling planet Mars is about to enter Cancer, joining many other planets in the water signs. Meanwhile, the mighty Saturn in your birth sign has recently stationed direct. Between these two developments you’re likely to feel that the universe is not only more cooperative but actually shows responsiveness to your creative power. Focus on the positive, including feelings, desires and images. If you have to vent some steam or some spleen, write an angry letter to God or go to your therapist’s office and let it out there — then move on quickly. This is one of those times when what you focus on will increase, which is why I am suggesting you focus on the positive. You can do that thing where you view problems as opportunities; you may notice that it’s strangely effective. That’s not a magical result as much as it is a creative one. If you’re confronted with a problem, take the occasion to solve it on a systemic level and let it point you to a greater achievement.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, July 5, 2013, #957 | By Eric Francis

It’s as if you’ve climbed a very high mountain, and you’re looking around at the landscape that surrounds you, but something is still blocking your view. It may be a fog on your glasses, but more likely it’s an idea you have. The idea most likely relates to your concept of commitment, and of what is right and what’s wrong; what you think is demanded of you and what to expect from others. This idea is rooted in the past, and justified by past experiences. I suggest you stop using those experiences as a rationale for anything. Everyone has been hurt in their past relationships, to some degree or another. Many are in crisis in their current relationships. To get to a new place, we need to find a way to forgive all that, and to make conscious choices, but without mistrusting love. Were you to make the choice to trust, you could see for miles and miles.

Cancer New Moon for Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | By Genevieve Hathaway

Next week’s Cancer New Moon is bringing you into contact with your desire nature in a way that you may not have had access to or thought about before. You can think of this as re-inventing an attitude toward what you desire. Important information is coming up for examination. Think of this process like the old style of washing clothes with a washing board. You lather, scrub, rinse, and repeat. As you work and rework a few new ideas, take note of the connections between them. You are combining these individual ideas and themes into a larger concept that will guide your personal philosophy. What is forming is a new approach to your relationship to desire and the action that follows from this internal information.

Inner Space Monthly Horoscope for July 2013, #956 | By Eric Francis

You may be spending too much time pleading your case or arguing for your cause than is necessary. That would include negotiation or studying various points of view. People in your life are more likely to do what’s right based on the fact that it’s actually so rather than based on any rationales that you may present to them. I would propose that if you accept and believe what you know to be true — especially what you know to be true for you — that others will be much more inclined to do so. If you find yourself debating anything, ask yourself whether you really believe it, and what basis you have for doing so. Be bold about questioning yourself — and about responding.

Daily Horoscope for Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | By Eric Francis

There are two feelings associated with the concept of ‘faith’. One is like a nagging question. The other is quiet confidence. Both are available to you — though only one is the real thing. While you’re busy asking questions, don’t forget to pay attention to what you hear in response. If you ask a valid question, you will get a valid answer.

Daily Horoscope for Monday, June 24, 2013 | By Eric Francis

You keep arriving at the same place month after month, trying to work out a question that’s weighing on your mind. I don’t think that’s where the questions resides, however. This is a matter of how you feel about something, and this you already know. Once you get a handle on that, how to respond to the situation will be obvious.

Monthly Horoscope for July 2013, #955 | By Eric Francis

Many developments — in astrology and life, which illustrate one another — will help you feel a lot better about the present, and guide you to focus on the future. It seems that the past has been heavier than usual in recent seasons since Saturn entered your sign. Saturn often brings the pressure to get right with yourself, and to find your true direction — something that’s not especially easy amidst the chaos of the world as we know it. Yet help is on the way. Saturn stations direct in your sign this month, offering you the opportunity to use what you’ve learned and avoid making the same mistakes twice. Jupiter ingresses Cancer on June 25, which will help you shift your orientation from involvements with others to considering what you want to do with your life. You need to feed your vision of what is possible, and vow never to allow yourself to be drawn into a situation that is defined by boredom, pettiness or the mere obsession with money ever again. In the weeks and months ahead you’re likely to discover that you have the capacity not just for a spiritual level of consciousness, but also to live as if that were the one thing that’s the most true about you. All together, you will be able to apply some healing balm to the places in your life where you have been aching. That may be enough to get you into a place where you’re driven by passion and curiosity and a risk worth taking.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, June 14, 2013, #954 | By Eric Francis

There’s enormous emphasis in our world on loss and death. These things influence nearly every perception we have of life, every priority and every relationship. What would your life look like, and how would you feel, were you not always negotiating with your worst fears? It may actually take you some time to notice the many ways in which you do this, and to identify the compromises you think you’re forced to make as a result. I suggest you be vigilant about these things. In truth it’s enough to recognize that everything changes over time. Make peace with that and everything on Earth makes a little more sense. It’s not really possible to control your thoughts, but it’s eminently possible to notice and observe them. In doing so, you can see your negative expectations go by and as part of that, shift your emphasis to what is more positive and life-affirming.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, June 7, 2013, #953 | By Eric Francis

You may be negotiating some important transactions now, and if so, I suggest you be careful and take each step consciously. One tool you can work with is timing; in particular, knowing how long you can delay in order to get the information you need, or to work out the agreement as you want it to be. If things don’t seem to be working out as you want now, you can afford to wait at least one month to put them in order. If the opportunity disappears between now and then, it was probably not going to be helpful. One potential reading of the current astrology is that there are facts you may not be aware of, or may be overlooking, in service of your strategy or agenda. You need to bring the practical, discerning side of your nature into action right now, rather than your idealistic side. The moment calls for a microscope, not a kaleidoscope.

Gemini New Moon for Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | By Genevieve Hathaway

Information is coming through regarding the motivations of a few important partners in your life. You intuitively know where others are coming from before they do, giving you a very clear picture of why a few key individuals are doing what they are doing. You can think of this as working with insider information, as though you get to see what is going on behind the scenes in their own personal world. The more you know about what drives a person’s actions, the easier it is for you to predict the reactions they will have and choices they will make. I suggest considering the view that this information is more useful for arranging mutually beneficial agreements than for manipulating the other party for your own personal gain. An arrangement where everyone involved benefits will move your personal goals much further along than an agreement where only one party benefits.

Inner Space Horoscope for June 2013, #952 | By Eric Francis

When you have faith in yourself, the universe will provide for you. Or rather, it will provide for you anyway but you may not notice that’s what’s happening. It’s your faith that will inform you and that, thankfully, is something you’re learning to make friends with. Here are some clues that this arrangement is working well: One is that you have enough of what you need. Another is that you have a vision for the future that you trust. Rather than being a vague hope or wish, your vision is something that you can see in a focused way, even if it doesn’t exist yet, and that you trust despite any questions you may have — questions I suggest you ask gently, and wait earnestly for the answers. You know more than you think, though to access the information you must listen and trust.

Monthly Horoscope for June 2013, #951 | By Eric Francis

Religion seems to have taken over both national and international politics, if one could go so far as to describe the crude ideological stampeding as religious. The resulting controversies are seemingly endless. Yet the need to express one’s faith is inherent in humanity, and it will always take some form, whether healthy or not. You may be feeling this calling now. From the look of your astrology, my observation is that it’s coming from a visceral level, not the level of ideas. You are beginning to feel your inherent truth, or to go deeper into a journey already begun, perhaps around 2001. Where this matter is concerned, the first question is who and what you serve. Bob Dylan was right: we all serve someone. It’s merely a question of whom, and for what motive. Your faith has the power to nourish others, something you’ve no doubt seen at work many times. Notice your ability to draw from a deep inner source, to allow yourself to be filled up, and then to offer what you have to the people around you. There is another way this could play out, though — by experiencing your generosity, you deduce that you have something to give, and in doing so, recognize that you’re in contact with the source of whatever that is. An image borrowed from Aquarius comes to mind — you’re now a kind of water bearer, though the urn is self-filling. Offer what you have to those who are thirsty. There are few better ways to learn compassion and humility.

Sagittarius Full Moon for Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | By Genevieve Hathaway

A particular doubt keeps arising surrounding your ability to deliver creatively on a project. A certain problem or challenge has presented itself and you may feel you don’t have the resources within yourself to find an innovative solution. I suggest you consider it just that: a feeling, not a fact. Plans come to fruition through preparation, a workable strategy, and the flexibility to shift with the plan as it evolves over time. You innately know how to proceed with a path you’ve recently started down. This journey may seem relatively new, but it comes from years of preparation. As you move forward with intention and a steady vision, trust your intuition. Honor the work you’ve done prior to this moment, both with an honest assessment of how much you’ve completed and by recognizing how many tools are in your tool belt. One of the biggest assets is your authenticity; that is, being in line with your truth. As you take each step, answer one question: Is this completely true for me?

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, May 17, 2013 #950 | By Liam Carey

It looks like you’ve built a defensive structure to protect some emotional vulnerability. That may be a good idea considering the sea of change that you’ve been navigating these past few months. Don’t forget to give yourself credit for staying the course; this type of devotion to change is not easy. Yet if you haven’t handled this so gracefully don’t hang onto any disappointment or stew over a loss of pride. It’s most likely part of the lesson. You’re a study in contradictions right now. As much as you want and need to focus inwardly to conceive, form images, and eventually crystallize what and who you want to be, you are at the same time drawn to engage with people in intense, deep, involved discussion. (I hope that sounds appealing.) As much as you feel the need to work, alone and unhampered, pulsating and electrifying your central nervous system, you also feel this deep desire to merge with a multitude of lovers/artists in some form of creativity.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, May 10, 2013 #949 | By Eric Francis

Give partners or loved ones a chance to meet you on their own terms — and see if that’s acceptable to you. There’s a good chance that when someone you care about or have an interest in finds their own way in life, it will have some significant overlap with your ideas or your plans. Yet a key element in this scenario is that whoever we’re talking about comes to whatever conclusion or decision they are going to make on their own, rather than under your influence. Part of what they’re experiencing is feeling too influenced by others, and wanting with every cell in their body not to feel that pressure. As for your own involvement, it would be healthy of you to diversify a bit, and to explore a concept of relationship that does not insist on a high level of attachment or even involvement. Our marriage-obsessed culture tends to do things backwards, like set a goal of a ‘permanent’ partner rather than exploring a process of seeing who you trust, who you like and what you have in common.

Taurus New Moon for Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | By Genevieve Hathaway

You are someone who values depth and unhindered honesty. You respect the truth. You are being called to bring this level of depth and straight-forward honesty to your relationships. A current situation with a partner may be challenging you in ways you had not expected. It’s pushing you to share a part of yourself that you have been scared to share in the past. Your internal world has many secret layers or hidden rooms that you rarely let others enter because of the deeply personal and vulnerable material contained there. Available at the moment is an opportunity to rewrite some very old patterns of only sharing filtered parts of yourself with partners. This is a form of intimacy, one that comes from showing up as vulnerable and honest in your relationships. Sharing yourself in this way with a partner may feel like a risk, but it’s one that is worth taking. Trust that a partner will show up and answer you with his or her own vulnerabilities and insecurities.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, May 3, 2013 #948 | By Eric Francis

People around you seem to have a plan. You need to know what it is, because from the look of your charts, you’re somehow involved. I suggest you take hold of the situation and declare yourself in or out where certain situations are concerned. There are a number of reasons you don’t want others to do this for you, most of them involving your own integrity. But it’s more than that; if you step up and make a firm commitment one way or the other, that will have the effect of precipitating results, whatever you happen to choose. The fact that you know you actually did commit yourself, not knowing the outcome, will give you a greater sense of investment in whatever develops, and that seems to be precisely the thing you need to help you guide your life. I would ask you to ask yourself one other question. What are you holding on to, and by that, I mean what from the past are you reluctant to let go of? Since we’re talking about the past, it’s more likely to be a feeling than a physical situation.

Inner Space Horoscopes for May 2013 | By Eric Francis

There’s plenty you can learn from the people you care about, and even from the people who annoy you the most. You’re being confronted with a diversity of situations that are challenging you to update your ideas about relating to others. You’re seeing the results of your old ideas, and you may be seeing past versions of yourself dramatized in the actions of others. Mainly, I think that your charts are pointing directly to the value of being flexible and able to negotiate, without being a pushover. Negotiation is something that should produce a workable result for both people involved in the conversation. That starts with you knowing what works for you, and listening to what others say works for them, then exploring the common ground.

Monthly Horoscopes for May 2013 #947 | By Eric Francis

To what extent are you invested in a close partner, and have you considered whether you might be over-invested? This isn’t necessarily an easy question, though you may be getting some new information on this topic in the near future. This is, however, not a new story. Indeed, it’s the latest step in the process of your rewriting what may be a very old story, and that relates to certain fixed patterns of how you tend to think of yourself, your relationship partners and your mutual role in one another’s lives. This question is valid whether or not you currently are with a partner. The underlying material remains the same. The question gets more relevance if you tend to repeat patterns in your relationships. It gets even more relevance if you tend to come up against certain emotional issues and then skip them over, expecting a different result from last time. The current astrology is, to use a strong word, demanding that you be real with yourself. You know it’s also time for you to be relating to others on real terms, and call nothing less than that intimacy. I know there is a temptation to have the pleasure, security and emotional contact of relationships without taking the risk of vulnerability. Yet it’s never long before this runs out. If you’re someone who does value depth and intimacy and who takes emotional risks, the next few weeks promise to be a daring, meaningful and beautiful time in your life.

Scorpio Full Moon for Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | By Genevieve Hathaway

As a high-energy Full Moon takes place in your Moon sign, the astrology is highlighting your relationships and how you approach them. For you, relationships strike an emotionally satisfying note when there is a strong element of stability and emotional support. This may at times feel like you are trying to control the dynamic, when in reality you’re looking for a steady platform to support your deepest, most vulnerable self. Over the Full Moon, a close partner is holding space for you to continue building greater intimacy through honest conversation. Resist the urge to control any aspect of your relationship or the discussion. Give yourself and your partner the grace to explore and grow through these conversations. Ultimately, what is available is the greater support you seek — trust that a partner will meet that need.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, April 19, 2013 #946 | By Eric Francis

By all indications, this is going to be an exciting season of your life. Meaningful encounters with people are showing up on the event horizon. There may be so much energy coming your way that you do not know what to do with it. Two ideas come to mind: One is that what you encounter, who you meet, what you do and how you feel about it have the power to rearrange your life. You might be inclined to hold back, to prevent the changes, but that will only lead to an enhanced state of chaos. The other idea is that you’re starting to focus on your healing process with new commitment. You may have an idea that part of that journey involves a new approach to your relationships, though it goes a lot deeper than that. You would not be able to relate to others without a self with which to do the relating. The primary message of your solar chart is that how you relate to others is an extension of who you are — not the other way around.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, April 12, 2013 #945 | By Eric Francis

Planets are collecting in your opposite sign Taurus these days, and that is likely to present you with options. Yet you’re unlikely to see and feel those options unless you let go of an old perspective that you’ve been struggling with like gum on your soul. You may feel like some prior commitment is making it difficult for you to be in the moment. At the same time, you seem to be on a quest to stretch into new territory, especially in your relationships — though that’s challenging you to be real from moment to moment. One image I see in your solar chart is the need for a more flexible idea of commitment. Our society seems to have three modes: friends but don’t you dare think of sex; the drunken one-night stand; and marriage. None of these reflect actual human feelings or social needs, nor do they give you much wiggle room to experiment. I would propose three alternates: let’s explore life together and see what we learn; sex with friends is better than sex with enemies; trust is the foundation of love.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, April 5, 2013 #944 | By Genevieve Hathaway

Your work life is in a moment of rapid change that may come with the sensation of someone hitting the fast-forward button on the scene changeover in a theatrical production. One structure has rapidly replaced another. Events are occurring quickly, which may make you feel off kilter. I suggest you not get distracted by any seeming disorientation around your work routine and its evolving structure. You tend to like to maintain control in all aspects of your life, but at the moment you are being called to move with the changes rather than trying to steer them. A creative opportunity is presenting itself, allowing you to work with these changes in a way that lets you expand farther into your workspace. It’s about creating a work structure that facilitates your creativity flourishing. Start with an openness to try new structures and then allow inspiration to guide you.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for April 2013 | By Eric Francis

Recent events may have left you feeling heavy or uncertain about existence. I often wonder how anyone manages to be optimistic or positive, given the prevailing state of the world. Still, your chart is urging you to make sure that others know you care about them. Having faith in your ability to help will strengthen your faith in humanity. The other thing I suggest you do is remember that your creative spirit is alive and flourishing. By this I mean you are feeling passionate about your desire to engage fully with life, and whatever has been happening has had the effect of guiding you to do so with greater strength. I suggest that you make your choices for how to invest your mind, your senses and your hands based on what you want now — not what you wanted in the past. Be aware of a tendency to live in your memories, or to gravitate toward the feeling of nostalgia. A little of that may serve you, but not much more. There is so much that the present moment is offering you that it never has offered before. If you can look beyond your ‘latent past impressions’ of everything around you, you’ll see that this is a perfectly unique moment of existence for which you are ready and, I suspect, willing. Many people on this planet struggle with one thing only, which is letting go of the past. With a little courage, there’s no need to fight.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, March 15, 2013 #942 | By Genevieve Hathaway

Pressure is building as you push against what seems like an internal impasse regarding your creativity and the joy you take in that inner spark. Something is shaking loose from within you, a realization about situations early in childhood that affected how you connect with your creativity. You have plenty of resources in your art and pleasure angle, but at the moment you are re-evaluating your basic approach to how you value and nourish your creative self. There is a sense in your chart of a no-going-back moment, like the facade gets stripped away and you can no longer pretend to be something that you are not. I suggest you take the plunge and show everyone the ‘real’ you. What for you may feel like a vulnerable position will actually be seen by those around you as strength.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, March 8, 2013 #941 | By Eric Francis

All sex is an experiment. When it ceases to be so, the life, the vital force, has gone from the experience. Where the conversation begins, pleasure is soon to follow, and that is the way to tap the astounding depth, diversity and richness of sexual potential. Start by revealing yourself, or asking someone else to. Describe what you’ve done, what you want, or what you’re feeling. You can also express yourself in words and pictures, though I suggest that you stay as close to direct, relational experience as you want — there will be plenty of time to reflect. Your chart is hinting at a secret desire that you have not been quite up to admitting to yourself, much less expressing to someone else. Now may be just the right time to make contact with that desire, and step into full awareness and embrace it. Yes, you may feel a little awkward, especially if you ask yourself, “Is this who I really am?” This is a question to hang out with for a while, rather than answer immediately.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, March 1, 2013 #940 | By Eric Francis

By almost every indication this will be one of the most interesting times in your erotic life — a big statement, when made in the company of Scorpio. Pisces, your solar house of art, sex, pleasure and taking risks, is swimming with planets right now, including Venus and Mars. I am sure you want to indulge yourself and really have some fun. Yet there seems to be something that’s holding you back, some hesitancy or misgiving. You may feel like your head is getting in the way of your heart. This is worth pausing over and considering what’s up. Do you have a commitment to someone else, whether in reality or in your own private thoughts? Do you feel guilty about something, as if you’re taking anything away from someone else? Just because you feel that way doesn’t make it true, though there does seem to be something you need to disconnect from, rooted in the past — and there is nothing stopping you from doing so. The truth is you cannot love or make love any time but now. Call yourself present and enjoy your life.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for March 2013 | By Eric Francis

What are you worried about? I mean what exactly? Make a list; spell it out. Nobody has to see this list. Include not just your worst nightmares but also what you might think of as personal anxiety, such as about how you’re perceived by the world. Next, what do you want to experience or create? I don’t mean accomplish — I mean dive into for its own sake, to celebrate the beauty of existence? Make a list of those things as well. Question one, which list is longer? Question two, do your fears have any connection at all to why you’re hesitating on certain, or all, of your desires? There seems to be some tension between your anxiety and your creativity, though it’s not exactly rational. The issue seems to be bound up in your self-image — what will people think of you if they know you did or wanted to do this or that really fun thing? I would go so far as to say that most of your actually debilitating fears are connected to how you think people will perceive you, if they only knew. In my philosophy of art and growth, that’s exactly where to pitch your tent — in the spot where you fear others would be most likely to look at you askance. You don’t know if they will, and if they do, it’s most likely because you’re the one who will dare. Yet here’s a clue: there really isn’t a ‘they’. This is all about you.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 #938 | By Eric Francis

Scorpio is the sign with the reputation for sex, though as I’ve probably written before, one of the ways you get there is because Pisces is so strong in your chart. And Pisces is really, really hot right now — with the potential result for your imagination to run wild, and allowing yourself to openly crave the kinds of experiences that you want. Remember, all sex isn’t equal. One lover is not like another. I see your current energy state as suggesting that you focus on creating what you want. This may take some planning in our less-than-spontaneous world — creating experiences requires intimacy and trust. Remember to give any new experience more than one try — make up your mind if you like something after three experiences. And there’s one other thing: It’ll help a lot if you open up to the magnificent diversity of what makes you and other people feel good. There are many, many more possibilities than you’ve considered, and you now possess a kind of psychic and empathic mobility to help you explore these possibilities with an open heart and an open mind.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 #937 | By Eric Francis

Often the most interesting aspects of people can be found in the places they’ve been hurt. This is true whether they’ve dealt with the injury or not; it’s more convenient for everyone if they have. Hey, it’s more convenient for everyone if you have as well, and apropos of Scorpio, the question of the moment is where some aspect of ‘sexual’ intersects with some aspect of ‘spiritual’. Or more accurately, you’ll find it in the place where sexual has been ripped apart from spiritual. There is more in this split than you may recognize, since it’s actually about severing you from your creative power. It’s also about whether you have an inherent respect for life. Sex is not something to be consumed, tolerated or used as a bargaining chip. It’s the creative core of existence — and how you feel about sex is exactly how you feel about life. Therefore, I suggest you consider carefully how you feel about sex and why. This includes what you say and do not say, and why; what you do and don’t do, and why.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 #936 | By Eric Francis

This time of year is always a point of reorientation. The Sun is now passing across the backbone of the fixed cross, which includes your sign. The Sun is at the midpoint of Aquarius, where Venus is approaching and Mercury has just been. This is a time to clean and maintain your foundations, to repair cracks and to process through the feelings that are coming up. Note, some of these feelings are ancestral — they involve people in your family much more than they actually involve you, though you’ve inherited the situation. Over the next few days, it’s essential that you not indulge any self-destructive conduct. I would keep alcohol use to an extremely modest level, and I don’t recommend doing anything that changes your mind or feelings anywhere but in the safety of your home. When you’re speaking to anyone, if you hear yourself say anything but the truth, pause and consider why you’re saying what you’re saying. Your integrity is being tested. Honor that test and you will find yourself in a new place.

Inner Space Monthly Horoscope for February 2013 | By Eric Francis

If you’re feeling uptight, you’re probably feeling insecure. If you’re shutting down, that’s probably the result of fear. You could just as easily open up, though your fear or insecurity may be saying that’s not going to help. I think, however, that it may be just the help that you need. In other words, don’t wait for an excuse to explore, play, open up or take a chance on something; get out the door and try it no matter how you’re feeling. You may discover that your mood changes pretty quickly once you get out of stir-crazy mode. Note that there are seemingly opposite impulses coming through your astrology for the next two months: contain and express. This really does require some experience, and I suggest that you do what you feel best doing, assuming you still feel good about it the next day.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for February 2013 | By Eric Francis

You’re headed for a passionate month, though you’ve likely already noticed this developing. The sign Pisces, one of the most dependable sources of pleasure in your life, is gradually filling up with planets, which will reach a peak in the coming weeks. You may find yourself taking emotional and erotic risks you’ve only dreamed of, though never imagined you could make real. This is a healthy, creative place for you to hang out. I would caution you about one thing, though, which is a potentially slippery aspect of emotional communication that might appear late in the month. No two humans ever agree on everything. It’s up to us to find and honor the common ground that we might share. You will be able to help matters considerably with your willingness to listen, and to really understand where someone else is coming from. This will help you identify the mutual space you can share with someone, based on actual intimate knowledge. Remember that you have more flexibility than you credit yourself for, and more than you generally like to offer. I suggest you go the whole distance being generous with yourself. The pleasure you may share in this time of your life is a luxury and a privilege, though some would say it’s a basic human need. These things all may be true, and you can still offer your life to the improvement of the human condition, starting with the people you care about the most.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 #934 | By Eric Francis

If you’ve been feeling insecure lately, or struggling with family members or housemates, you should see a turn for the better this weekend as Mercury and the Sun ingress the sensitive ‘home’ angle of your chart. The key to success with those you live with and among is communication. You happen to be extra sensitive to what I will call the tribal level of reality, though if someone can find that reference in an astrology textbook in the Scorpio chapter I will be impressed; it gets overlooked, maybe even by you. When you don’t get along with people, or when you feel like an outcast (even a little like one) it tends to color your whole life; you really feel it. You can now make up for some lost time by both expressing how you feel in a gentle way, as well as hearing from others how they feel and not being threatened by what they think, feel or believe. You really do live in a safe world, and it’s essential that you keep remembering that.

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 #933 | By Eric Francis

Something is much simpler than it seems. But to see that, you must think it through for yourself and not be swayed by the opinions of others. I suggest that you skip the part about analyzing everyone’s motives and see what the situation looks like in its most elemental form. If you had to script it into a play for shadow puppets, how would it look and sound? Who would the characters be? I think, probably, it would look like some family scene that you decided you were tired of long ago. You seem to perceive yourself as an irritant in a group environment, as the one who stands out or is different, and a) gets hassled for such and b) always feels like you’re the one who might have to go, so that everyone can settle down. That’s the scenario to let go of; it’s no longer true and seems to be entirely a replay of old tapes. In reality, under the current astrology you seem to be the one wanting to be the adult in the room, which is a good thing — as long as you recognize the difference between adult and parent.

Inner Space Monthly Horoscope for January 2013 | By Eric Francis

You have a lot of options open, including making some big moves with relative ease. There is a flow between the most personal aspects of your psyche and some of the most worldly, professional ones. There is a blend of the evolutionary impulse, deep instinct and a kind of freemason-like ability to structure the physical world. This is to say, you can make the decisions you’ve been wanting to make for a while, and you don’t need to worry if they are too big. Once you make these particular choices, and address the changes that are involved in following through with them, you will see that in fact they were relatively minor and mainly served to improve your life and build your confidence, so that you can make even more significant adjustments over the course of the next year.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for January 2013 | By Eric Francis

If you’re feeling burdened by responsibility, then exercise an option. The sensation of burden is your cue to make a choice. Easier said now then remembered later; I’ll remind you in the future, but please remember now. Saturn will be in your birth sign for two more years. This is a blessing, though few people see it that way at the time. It’s a get-serious phase of your life, and you’re about to go deep. Yet that seriousness, even in the form of focus, can be heavy, and it can come with a sense of being powerless. You may feel hemmed in by situations you feel you cannot control; you may be caught in the density or fixity of your own ideas. This is when to put your options out right in front of you. The expression ‘claim your power’ means seeing your options — and I assure you, you have them. Making this move is the shift from passive to active mode. I suggest you play a game and notice how long it takes for you to go from recognition of your situation, to making a decision, to taking action. Is it a matter of minutes, of weeks or of years? Saturn will teach you that in the life of a person, time is not infinite. If you find yourself acting as if you have all the time in the world, or if you’re going to make your important decisions ‘eventually’, then you have your most meaningful growth agenda laid out for you in clear, useful terms.

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