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Into the 8th Houses of the United States

Dear Friend and Reader:

Sunday night I was out in New Paltz, our little San Francisco here in Ulster County, interviewing a couple who wants to model for my photo studio. It was a beautiful, warm summer evening. We were outside Mexicali Blue, a gourmet taco place not to miss if you’re ever in town. Our conversation was veering from art into social issues, such as the nature of education, environmental toxins and the whole debt ceiling crisis that was at that point still in flux.

Comets are not generally used in Western astrology, but they do make interesting synchronicities. This is the event of the moment: Comet C/2009 P1 (Garradd) photographed while passing through the constellation of Pegasus and within the immediate vicinity of the globular cluster M15 was discovered in 2009 by astronomer Gordon J. Garradd. It’s predicted to make its closest pass to the Sun on Dec 23, 2011 and to the Earth March 5, 2012. Photo by: Anthony Ayiomamitis.

Into our discussion drops a buff 19-year-old guy who was in town for rock climbing, the thing for which New Paltz is perhaps most famous as a global destination. He was visiting from Long Island, where he lives and attends community college in a wealthy part of New York State.

He told us that he used to have a lot to say about politics but got fed up because so few people care. I started asking questions and in a little while I figured out that he’s a conservative who refuses to use the word, who is against high corporate taxes, the welfare state or ‘socialism’ in any form. If someone messes up, it’s their fault. If they succeed, good for them. They owe nothing to anyone else, and in his opinion, what he’s calling socialism amounts to taking what is rightfully his and giving it to someone else who doesn’t deserve it — such as a drug addict. Because taking drugs is a personal choice, society owes you nothing if you get into this condition.

I was not in the mood to yes him along, and I was fascinated by what he kept coming out with — so I challenged him on every point. To his claim that corporate taxes are too high, I explained how many of the biggest companies pay no corporate income taxes at all. To his claim that society should not take care of drug addicts, I explained that prison costs the state a lot ($22,000 a year per prisoner) and we’re also going to be paying other ways if we don’t help them, such as ER visits, and the various costs of crimes related to the drug trade. (Let’s not forget that the U.S. war in Afghanistan was God’s gift to heroin trafficking.)

When the conversation came to companies that produce chemicals that cause birth defects, victims of which are supported for life by SSI, he accused me of being a conspiracy theorist. In his world, birth defects don’t exist and if they do, they are certainly not caused by chemical or nuclear companies.

Conspiracy theory? Part of Exhibit 422: Monsanto’s 1969 “Pollution Abatement Plan,” revealing what the company knew about its deadly chemicals even as it promised the world they were safe. It reads, “The problem involves the entire United States, Canada, and sections of Europe especially the United Kingdom and Sweden. As the investigation broadens other areas of Europe, Asia and Latin America will surely become involved. Evidence of contamination have been found in some of the very remote parts of the world. The involvement could and most likely will follow the DDT [pesticide] investigations.”

The conversation went on like this for a while, until he was demanding that I either 1) give away everything I have and live modestly so that, being the bleeding heart liberal he perceived me to be, I was not a hypocrite, or 2) give him money right now. (I told him that I would hire him, if he wanted, to write an article about his views. He declined and kept aggressively demanding free money.) I was impressed by how rigid his mind was, and how bold he was about his views, given that he didn’t have any valid facts.

Now, you might think this was a conversation with a random jerk. You might think, well, he’s 19 and has never had a solid job and is sheltered from living in his privileged community and family, and maybe he was exposed to too many lawn chemicals as a child. You might think this is the 2010s equivalent of meeting an anarchist in Washington Square Park in the 1960s, our modern stand-in for the long-haired guy who wants society to feed everyone for free and believes we’re all equal and that the system should be brought down: a conservative version of Meathead from All In The Family.

Perhaps, but his viewpoint is not random. I was especially intrigued because the conversation ran parallel to an email discussion with another friend that had been unfolding over the prior few days — with someone who considers himself a ‘right of center conservative’. One match-up point that made my bells ring was the thing about denying that companies such as Dow or Monsanto make chemicals that cause birth defects. My email friend informed me that birth defects have been around forever, essentially denying that they are caused by industry in enormous numbers. (Dow Chemical, which made much of the Agent Orange that was dumped on U.S. troops and the people of Vietnam, tries to claim the same thing.)

You could call this living in an alternate reality.

In a conservative mentality, homelessness is the problem of the homeless. Its causes are never analyzed. Photo by Dawn Iler.

What impressed me the very most about the young guy I met in New Paltz was how angry he was — especially in context: that context being he had come upstate to play in a world-class climbing area, he was young, healthy and strong, he didn’t have to be at work the next day, he was getting an education heavily subsidized by the state and it was a beautiful summer night.

And he was pissed off. I would even say outraged. His rage was directed at people who had less than he did. So too was the anger of my older conservative email friend: he is very, very angry at the people who don’t have jobs and who live off the system. My older friend has worked for the government his whole life. He does not see the irony of his position. I understand he’s working rather than ‘collecting’, however from the viewpoint of a self-employed person (for example), government workers have relatively little to worry about.

I also recognized this viewpoint from a conversation with my dad, which we had during the 2008 election. Dad was outraged that Obama’s proposed healthcare reform plans would (in his mind) bankrupt the nation. My father has both federal Medicare coverage and the very best private health insurance through his government job. He did not pay a dime for his heart valve replacement at St. Francis Hospital a few years ago, one of the best cardiac centers in the NY area — the taxpayers covered all of it. He got paid by the state to be in the hospital and recover (sick leave). But he was angry that anyone else (such as myself) might have access to affordable health insurance.

Lately I’ve been trying to describe this anger that I see as inherent in conservatism, mingled with the lack of concern for others and the lack of recognition that we’re all in this life together. Then a friend wrote to me and said, there’s a word for this thing you’re seeing: resentment. Here is the weird thing. Resentment is usually directed at those who have more. Now it’s being directed at those who have less, almost as a national pastime. And, the worse the economy is, the more there will be who have less. The more that wealthy companies pile up profits and cut jobs and pay lower taxes, the fewer jobs there will be. Our country is currently in the midst of a long-term experiment that proves this point. The big news of the moment is a stock market slide that happened the same week as the supposedly heroic debt deal and record low tax rates in the United States.

There is a lot of psychology mingled into the resentment of so-called conservatives, and I think that astrology may be able to shed some light on what it’s about. It has a lot to do with how and where we direct our rage — we tend to project it onto others, or direct it inwardly as guilt. This combination of anger, resentment and guilt is taking over the emotional landscape on which politics is built. And it is having some extremely toxic effects.

Obelisk in New Mexico marking the site of the Trinity Test, the first atomic bomb blast in July 1945. The Army was going to charge admission for the two days per year that the site is open to the public, but the plan was thwarted by public outrage. Photo by Samat Jain under Share Alike/Creative Commons.

The topic I want to cover this week involves the idea of what we share, which is the dominant theme of the United States charts.

One attribute of modern capitalism is that it wants to cut the government out of the loop entirely (with the notable exceptions of regulating pregnancy and policing and incarcerating the poor). If there’s going to be another Hoover Dam, it supposedly has to be built by a private company, for profit — and that ain’t happening. We have to rely on our common resources to do a project that big. But any notion of the commons is quickly going away as privatization sets in like hypothermia.

As the government is cut up and sold to industry, parking meters are becoming private (such as in Chicago and other cities). The Pennsylvania Turnpike was nearly sold to investors. Prisons are being privatized and have for years been privately traded on Wall Street. The military is becoming private (Blackwater Security, now called Xe Services, being the second largest member of the coalition fighting in Iraq). Numerous government services have been spun off into private hands, all as part of a long-term plan to dismantle the government. Homeland Security is enforcing trademark law, picking on people who have knock-off handbags and wear unofficial Major League Baseball hats.

But these things are the least of it. With the Citizens’ United decision coming out of the Supreme Court in January 2010, the political process is becoming the wholly-owned property of corporate interests, which can now spend unlimited money to influence elections. With this ruling, any hope of ‘campaign finance reform’ was set back to the days of monarchy [see Keith Olbermann explain the decision in this special comment].

We are in the midst of a total takeover of government by corporate interests. With each passing day the government has less power and corporate interests have more power, including over government and private individuals. The News Corp scandal is a demonstration of how much power a corporation can have, the latest twist being their use of drone aircraft within the United States.

Keith Olbermann explains the privatization of United States elections because of the Citizens’ United decision in this special comment from his days on MSNBC. Watch the video here.

In truth, this is a form of anarchy passing for conservatism. It’s not the authentic anarchy of high individual responsibility; rather, it’s the attitude that the FBI might get in the way of someone’s business plan for a criminal enterprise, so let’s cut their funding. (This is the same thing as a polluter, for whom the EPA is a problem, wanting to cut some more environmental regulators out of the budget, which just happened this week.) The result of all of this is less common ground for everyone. We are expected to share less — but then we have less.

To give a recent example, the government just had its power vastly reduced by The Deal that was passed by Congress and Pres. Obama this week. The federal government now has less financial flexibility, as its line of credit is being taken away (after much abuse by the very people who just took it away). Congress is being replaced by a committee of 12 people that will make its deficit and debt-related decisions for it. The private sector, once again, is being excused from paying into the public sector — that is to say, there are no tax increases for corporations or very high earners, and in fact there is a massive corporate tax holiday being planned.

USA: Two Charts, Two Images of a Country

Speaking of taxes, shared values and investments, let’s see what the USA charts have to say about these and some closely related issues. We do so in a moment when this whole realm is changing fast.

This is the traditional chart for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Notice the cluster of planets to the right side of this chart. All the planets with the matching blue icon next to them are in Cancer and the 8th house. Even the planets that are not exactly in the house count, because they are in the sign Cancer and the whole sign applies to the 8th under the ‘whole sign houses’ method of reading. Notice Eris (in red, left side of chart, circle with arrow pointing down). It’s on the cusp of 2nd house — where we look for information about one’s own private values — suggesting that the personal values system of Americans tends to be in a state of chaos.

The primary chart for the United States is called the Sibly chart. It’s the most commonly accepted chart for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. While there are disputes about the exact time of the signing, you can think of the Sibly chart as the traditionally accepted chart, and one that has been well tested by many astrologers. [Read my prior article on the Sibly chart here.]

It’s the chart for the 13 colonies stating their opposition to the crown of England, and basically declaring war. The Declaration of Independence gives a vision for the new nation that’s forming. The Declaration includes the quote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

It continues, “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” Basically, it outlines a vision — and a long list of issues that reveal why the founders wanted to get busy enacting that vision.

We see the vision in the Sagittarius ascendant of the Sibly chart. That is the theme of the chart, and the image that the colonies are presenting to the king of England as well as to the world. Sagittarius is the sign that would include expansion (the Manifest Destiny that would push the new country out to the West Coast) as well as the spiritual vision embraced by references to the Creator. Sagittarius is the sign of ‘don’t crowd my space’, and the colonies were pushing back against quite a bit of tyrannical activity on the part of the king.

We also see idealism in the Aquarius Moon. You can think of this as the Moon that wants life to make sense; that believes in an egalitarian viewpoint on existence; that is able to rise above drowning in emotion and can apply reason to the questions of life.

But the heart of the Sibly chart is found in the 8th house. Here is a close-up of that house. This chart shows the Sun and five additional points in Cancer in the 8th. [Check here for a more detailed look at the 8th house.]

In this close-up of the 8th house of the Sibly chart, planets moving upward to the left are Venus, Jupiter, the Sun, Mercury, the vertex and the part of fortune. I am counting all of the sign Cancer as the 8th house under the whole-sign houses method. This is about a vast inheritance of shared wealth, but it also suggests a deep theme of transformation (a key theme of the 8th house).

The 8th is one of the most interesting houses of the 12, in part because so much happens in that house in our current version of the world. In the old days it started as the house of dowries and inheritances. As such it described death and also civil death (what happened to a woman when she got married — she would go from Jane Roe to Mrs. John Doe, losing her prior civil identity as part of the marriage contract).

The 8th covers inheritances, which is the money that changes hands as part of an estate or legacy. It’s therefore the house of shared resources. So by extension it covers the banking system, as well as many of the financial activities of corporations (such as investment and sale of stocks — however, speculation, a form of gambling, is covered by another house, the 5th). The 8th will often have the feeling of a life-or-death struggle rather than a game.

The United States has a massive inheritance indicated by its birth chart. It has Venus and Jupiter, the two benefics (planets associated with benefit and wealth) conjunct in a sign where they are both very happy (Cancer). Plus, the Sun is in this house and sign. The overall result is an orientation on the 8th house and also an indication that there is a lot of wealth to go around. Most of the people who signed the Declaration had no clue what was west of the Mississippi River. The explorers Lewis and Clark would not get there till 1806. So for years that inheritance sat like a vast, unclaimed trust fund, granted, one that the new owner often had to acquire by warfare as the claim was made.

In the sign Cancer, the use of that endowment would be for the common good: the vast American family, which has access to that wealth to share. Notably, the 8th is also the house of taxation. One way that wealth would be distributed would be through a system of taxes, which includes fair representation of those who are paying into the system.

Let’s hold that thought and switch charts, to a lesser-used one for the United States called Scorpionic America. That’s the chart for the Articles of Confederation in November 1777. The chart was researched and introduced to astrology by the late astrologer David Solte.

Scorpionic America is the chart for the signing of the Articles of Confederation, based on the historical research of late astrologer David Solte. The chart has Gemini rising, suggesting that the United States presents two radically different ways — for example as the paragon of democracy and the other as the place that still sponsors the illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay. The Gemini Moon is in the 12th, hinting at an abandonment of, or by, the feminine principle. Many planets are in Scorpio, and many others are in Capricorn in the 8th house. This chart is a picture of the control-freaky capitalist drama that is the USA.

David explained the chart to me personally shortly before he died in 2002. He said that the Declaration of Independence was 13 independent colonies choosing to do something together — declare freedom from England. The Articles of Confederation was the first time they formally joined together as one country, with a common set of rules binding them (this was replaced by the Constitution 10 years later in 1787). The chart is called Scorpionic America because the Sun is in Scorpio. The chart is dominated by three signs, however — Gemini, Scorpio and Capricorn.

Notice that there’s an interesting similarity between the Sibly chart and Scorpionic America: the 8th house has a lot of activity. The subject area remains the same but the theme shifts to the sign involved — Capricorn. Suddenly that collective wealth, that national inheritance, is all about business. Instead of two of the warmer, cuddlier planets, we get Mars and the South Node of the Moon — indicating an obsession with violence and power. It’s a very different kind of inheritance, and a whole different notion of sharing resources.

In particular, the South Node in the 8th house suggests a long history of power struggle, particularly in Capricorn. It’s almost as if the nascent country inherits and indeed becomes exactly what it’s trying to get away from by fighting the Revolutionary War.

There are three later discoveries in this house, particularly Pluto and Eris. These are pretty intense energies to put into the 8th and Capricorn, together suggestive of a lot of turmoil. Add to that the asteroid Juno — often representing a sense of possessiveness and small-mindedness — and we have a picture of the business climate that later emerges around the United States economy: viciously competitive, unstable and driven by selfish interests rather than collective interests.

Close-up of the 8th house of Scorpionic America, the chart for the Articles of Confederation in 1777. This chart has Capricorn on the 8th house. The planets from right to left are Eris, the South Node, Juno, Mars and Pluto. They indicate a troubled collective values system, a tendency toward power struggles and violence, and a lot of karma to burn. That will happen as Pluto goes through this house, first making an exact conjunction to Eris in 2012, with powerful effects well into the mid 2020s.

Scorpionic America has Gemini rising, which reveals the dual identity of the United States. We start off fighting for our independence, and then end up bombing other countries in the name of democracy. Uranus in the ascendant has an edgy, erratic, volatile feeling. Uranus plus Gemini rising has the feeling of, watch out, don’t know who I really am — I could become anyone.

In a sense, the Sibly chart represents the initial idealistic vision of the United States at the time independence was declared, and Scorpionic America represents what the country eventually becomes.

Note that the 8th house has many themes involving sexuality. There is an association with the 8th sign (Scorpio) and also a connection point between marriage and sex (the marital contract being the thing that supposedly makes sex and the resulting children ‘legitimate’). Sibly has a family, nourishment and pleasure concept of sex (Venus and Jupiter in Cancer); Scorpionic America has a puritanical, regressive and patriarchal one, dominated by a sense of power-over rather than sharing. There is plenty of desire in that Capricorn 8th of Scorpionic America, but it’s in a heck of a lot of conflict, and seems destined to become an instrument of political oppression.

Current Transits: The 2012 Aspect

Perhaps the most interesting thing about these charts is that they’re both under the influence of what I call the 2012 aspect — Uranus square Pluto. That is the slow-moving, slowly building aspect that makes its first exact contact in June 2012.

Uranus square Pluto on June 24, 2012. Uranus (in Aries through 2018-19) is the blue H-like thing toward the top left, and Pluto (in Capricorn through 2023-24) is the red glyph on the far right. Notice the degrees involved — both planets will be aspecting the 8th house clusters in both United States charts repeatedly for the next seven years or longer.

Both of the USA charts have planets and other points packed into the early degrees of cardinal signs (Cancer and Capricorn), which is where all the action is now. The cardinal cross is currently home to Uranus in Aries, Mars in Cancer, Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn, all of which are rattling both United States charts, in particular their 8th houses. The Sibly chart’s 8th house is taking a series of oppositions from Pluto in Capricorn, and squares from Uranus in Aries. Scorpionic America is taking conjunctions from Pluto in Capricorn and squares from Uranus in Aries. All of this involves the 8th houses of both charts, where the issue of shared finances and joint resources is expressed.

That is a picture of the volatility of the times we are in, and it’s also suggesting a huge transformation of some kind is ahead. One chart suggests a values system of greed and obsession with money (transiting Pluto in Capricorn in the 2nd house of individual wealth, opposing all those Cancer planets in the 8th house of shared wealth). The other suggests that America is about to collect on its past karma (transiting Pluto in Capricorn conjunct Eris, the South Node and Mars in the 8th house).

Taken together, these transits add up to nothing less than a total transformation, on the level of a revolution. We might not see how this is possible now, but as the next few seasons unfold it will become obvious. The revolution is about shared resources on one level, and about values on the other. Yet this is not merely theoretical change or contemplating an idea.

Many people are going to experience this as a challenge, but it’s also the change many, many people have been wanting. All of the 8th house placements in both U.S. charts are coming under transits by planets that get results even when working alone (Uranus and Pluto even individually are forces to be reckoned with) but when acting together, they have been known to topple empires.

Yours lovingly,


Planet Waves FM: Deceptive Debt Deal, and the USA Horoscope

In the latest edition of Planet Waves FM, I go over some implications of this debt agreement being signed on the brink of Mercury retrograde (and apparently the military cuts are bullshit; the whole thing seems to be accounting games to rival Enron) and in the second half, I look at the United States’ main chart — the Sibly chart. Here is a fairly recent article about that chart.

Our musical guest is Critter Jones.

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Now Playing: Planet Waves Mercury Retrograde Report

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The Planet Waves Mercury retrograde report is done. I’ve recorded an introduction and about 25 to 35 minutes of audio for each of the 12 Sun signs and rising signs. The audio introduction to the Merc Rx phenomenon in general is available to all readers, in which I give a primer on Mercury retrograde and describe key details of this one. The product itself is the sign-by-sign interpretation, which I offer in clear, easy to follow language. As you may know, I am always reaching for the point of sanity in the astrology, the solution set to what seems like an overly complex puzzle. I trust these readings will bring you some comfort, clarity and a few good ideas to work with in these wild and unusual days.

Analemma & the Tholos, Delphi, Greece. Photo: Anthony Ayiomamitis.

Mercury retrograde is a challenging event for many people. I do my best to counter those challenges with creativity and the intelligence made available by a careful reading of the charts. Whether you’re looking for work, sorting out your relationships or trying to turn a corner in your life, I trust you will find these readings helpful.

I’ve had an amazing time creating this report all week in the midst of much other activity — it seemed to create itself as the days went on, and I was a little wistful letting it go as I finished the 12th sign, Pisces. Now it’s on your hands — and I’m happy to offer it to you. If you’d like to hear the general introduction, you may listen to the audio above. (Please note one correction — when I say that the retrograde is 88 days, I mean the full orbit of Mercury around the Sun; the retrograde is usually 24 days.)

One thing about this particular Mercury retrograde is that it crosses the line between Leo and Virgo. We got the first such crossing in direct motion on Thursday. Then we get another in retrograde motion on Aug. 8, and a third in direct motion again on Sept. 9. Some astrologers describe the Leo/Virgo line as the sphinx point — where cat (Leo) meets human (Virgo). The crossing of house/sign cusps blends themes and helps us navigate unfamiliar territory. There are planets hanging out here — Transpluto on the Leo/Virgo line, and Neptune on the Pisces/Aquarius line. This adds some intrigue and depth to the circumstances surrounding this retrograde.

Leo/Virgo is the line where play meets work; where self-expression meets service; where passion meets the details of creative process. For each of the 12 signs I explore that relationship. You will find out what this means in your chart — whether you know your birth time (and hence your rising sign) or not. This report is brimming with personal guidance, strategy points and hints that will help you benefit from this retrograde, based on my experience covering (as in writing about) the past approximately 51 Mercury retrogrades.

If you’re vaguely interested in studying astrology, all 12 signs will be worth listening to because I go over all of the house cusps in one place. The house cusps are each a special zone of their own, each having unique qualities (like an extra 12 houses).

This is a one-purchase-gets-all-12-signs product, so you can read your Sun, Moon and rising sign — and those of your friends and loved ones. You may download or listen as many times as you like. There are some special offers included on the project’s homepage, in case you want to expand your self-inquiry. We’ve also included last year’s audio and the prior year’s written report (The Electric Tide), for the super-curious.

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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, August 5, 2011, #870 – BY ERIC FRANCIS

Revised and Updated! Click for Eric’s Zodiac Sign Descriptions 

Aries (March 20-April 19) — In case you’re feeling like you really have to do something about someone or something, and do it fast and all at once, I suggest you take a breath. Instead of taking impetuous action, make a list of your possibilities and give yourself one month to consider them. That consideration would be emotional (what does your body tell you, what are your instincts saying?) and it would be mental (what would the logic be, what outcomes can you predict, does this make sense?) Actions you take now are unlikely to turn out as you’ve planned. I’m not saying they will turn out badly, but there is such a wild unpredictability factor, combined with plenty of skewed signals, that a delay would be more likely to stack the odds in your favor than anything else. Meanwhile, plenty is about to happen that will give you so much information that when the time really comes, the right choice will be obvious.

Aries, your birth sign or rising sign, is getting some of the most potent transits of them all right now. I’ve recorded an hour of astrology and a tarot card reading for you. Learn more by visiting this page.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — With knowledge comes responsibility — that’s why so many people walk around acting like they know nothing. With values comes the desire to make conscious choices, which is why so many people deny that anything in particular is important to them. You seem to be aware of something that’s evoking a deep sense of commitment to yourself; that in turn may be the source of some conflict. You want this particular condition to be resolved; you don’t want any new information delaying that. I suggest you cut this whole discussion short and commit yourself to knowing the truth, and by that I mean the truth about yourself. Set aside what you may perceive as inaccessible because it exists outside of you. Self-knowledge is available; indeed, it’s inevitable. As you gather that knowledge, it will become increasingly compelling.

I’ve recorded an hour of astrology and done a tarot reading especially for you. It’s information that will help with your relationships, your professional life and your personal growth. Visit this page to find out more.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Your ruling planet Mercury is positioned in such a way that you have an unusual perspective on your early family life. This includes a kind of periscope into the lives of your paternal side of the family, that is to say, your father and his fathers. You have an opportunity to demystify some qualities of your family life with basic truth and logic. If you do this, you’re likely to discover certain things you were told that were not true, and be able to work your way toward the corresponding actual reality. Looking into this particular genetic line is like cleaning your roots. It’s necessary to be aware of the past and what it does to us; we draw on its energy all the time. Yet too often the past is not what we think it is, and the people have played different roles than we assigned to them based on family mythology. What you discover will help set you free.

Gemini is one of the most misunderstood signs — and as someone born under this sign, part of your role is to hold a mirror to the world. I’ve recorded an hour of audio for you, plus a 20 minute tarot reading. You can get access to these by visiting this page.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Tune into the urge you’re feeling to break free of everything that has ever held you back. This may come with a wide diversity of emotions, from passion to rage to grief. I suggest you not fully indulge yourself in these feelings, but rather feel their existence and approach them from the edge. Imagine you’ve arrived at a body of water and you don’t know what’s on the bottom. You don’t know what lives in there. It would be more prudent to approach from the shore rather than to walk out on a pier and dive in headfirst. By the same token, it’s important that you don’t make up your mind about who your enemies are. There are numerous distortions, both mental and emotional, acting in your solar chart right now. These might confuse certain facts, exaggerate your feelings, or goad you into action. The moment is right for careful fact-finding, which in the end will work out to be a personal inquiry.

Hello Cancerians! Your birthday report is ready. It’s more than an hour of astrology plus a 20 minute tarot reading. Please visit this page for more details.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — One of the great quests of the physical plane is what to do about fear. There is certainly plenty to worry about, and anxiety has a way of running loose in the psyche, attaching itself to anyone or anything that it pleases. Good thing it’s extremely rare that any of our paranoid fantasies come true. That said, on the other side of every fear is an idea. Fear is misdirected creative energy; therefore it’s the opportunity to channel that same energy into a positive direction. This requires some vigilance and mental discipline. It’s helpful to recognize all mental or emotional energy as inherently creative. Then you decide that you’re the one electing what to do with that energy; and as you do this you’re likely to encounter the idea that lives wrapped inside any negative thought. There’s a word for this process — and that would be healing.

Hello Leo! I’m now working on the birthday report for your sign. Watch this space for additional information.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Self-awareness is the pearl of great price — and it’s yours for the having. Well, it is if you’re willing to work for it. You seem to be making some big decisions about yourself, though I would suggest asking what the basis of those decisions is. Be careful about any observations you make that include another person. Part of the mirage is that this is about you and someone else, or you and your desire to be with someone else. Indeed, a central theme of this moment of your life is learning that ‘special relationships’ cannot be the focus of your existence. The time has arrived to orient on yourself. I don’t mean to be selfish or cut others off — I mean understanding that you exist, and that your autonomous existence is the only place from which you can relate to others on equitable terms. And to get to this point, you may have to sort through a lot of illusions; or maybe it’s just one.

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Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Don’t believe everything you hear, but I suggest you take under advisement something you do hear that sounds incredulous. The more inclined you are to reject something as unbelievable, the more carefully I suggest you analyze it. Pay attention to the implications of whether you believe or don’t believe something. They actually exist; you’re essentially in a situation where what you believe will have consequences. You don’t have to act on that belief right now, but I suggest strongly that you consider the scenario as if that something were true, and keep your mind open to the various possibilities. The dangerous thing is to be dismissive, especially if someone makes a remark involving what might happen in the future. Listen, pay attention, and sit with it for a while.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — You will need to keep a handle on your emotions the next few weeks. Mars, your traditional ruling planet, has entered water sign Cancer, which for you is about your most passionately held beliefs. It may happen that these beliefs come under question, or that you encounter people with whom you clash. I’m not suggesting that you stuff your feelings or not be clear about what you stand for, but it’s essential to your happiness and wellbeing that you observe yourself continuously while doing so. Do your best to identify with your adversary and to learn something from their point of view. That would be an example of ‘keeping a handle’. The opposite of that would be acting in any kind of rage; trying to convert someone to your beliefs; or going on a crusade. Be especially careful with those in positions of government or corporate authority. Walking away and saying nothing are better than the 100 other options you might have.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — You have nearly everything going for you right now. Therefore, don’t exaggerate your problems. Don’t exaggerate your potential. Do what you do, do it well, and proceed one step at a time. You don’t have to come out ahead every day; it’s the overall average that counts. Most people learn only from their mistakes, if they learn anything at all; I suggest you learn a few things from what you’ve done successfully, and be grateful that your errors have only done limited harm. You may think you owe the world something for your misdeeds and mistakes of the past; that’s one notion I strongly suggest you drop, and drop quickly. Focus on the effects of what you are doing now, including and particularly their influence on you. You seem driven to succeed these days, but it’s only success if you feel good doing it.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — You are in no mood to be challenged, but how would you feel about being desired? Just be sure to sort out the difference between the two. You may not think you’re capable of telling one form of passion from the other (not everyone is). As for how to make the distinction — well, I’m a big fan of curiosity. I suggest following that. If you feel curious, then you’re not being repelled. Even if you feel a mix of repelled and curious (the intriguing but slightly creepy factor), you can afford to trust that curiosity, and make use of what you learn as a result. In other words, if you’re sniffing around a possibility and something happens, or you discover something, that’s useful information. There is little risk in finding out, considerable risk in acting out of ignorance, and actual danger in not using what you know.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Neptune has just re-entered your birth sign. It was there since December 1998, then it finally went into Pisces earlier this year, and now it’s back for one last gesture of completion. This completion phase lasts until February 2012. That’s not very long. During that time, I suggest you do an assessment of all the times you’ve believed something that was not true; every time you’ve been deceived; every time you fooled yourself. I mean the important moments, by the way, involving the significant changes you’ve been through. I also suggest you review how, during this past decade-plus, you’ve gradually softened the sharp edges of your preconceptions to something smoother and more pleasant to the touch. Remember how much effort it took to balance thought and feeling — which, by the way, is a wholesome path to honesty with yourself.

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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — One of the prime questions of the week is, in what ways do the people you encounter mirror you? We talk a lot about mirroring when relationships are discussed in any meaningful context, though we don’t usually remember that reflections present what is known as a mirror image. It’s similar in appearance, but everything is reversed. You are facing into a reflection, and it’s either showing you something specific, or you’re looking for something specific. It may be an example of what not to be; it may be an example of what you’re not. You may see an example of who you want to become, or more likely, certain traits you want to adapt. The key is to look into this reflection, and actually notice what you see. The image will change even under your gaze. You will notice things from the past, and you may glimpse at the future. Yet what exists right now is the most interesting of all.

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