PLANET WAVES for March 12, 1999

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Consider the concept of personal identity, which is an Aries
notion if there ever was one. It is strange, because as soon as
you do, you run into the question of who is the one doing the
consideration of this identity, and it can all become very
abstract. Who we think we are changes; yet deep within us is
something, which religion calls the "soul," that does not seem to
change so much, or so often. I would propose that in these days,
your soul is getting ready to make some kind of decision, and it
has very little to do with any notion you have about who or what
you are. These days, you don't need to ponder much, just listen to
what your inner voice says. Clue: It is likely to speak in the
language of desire, which many mystics would assure you is not
your soul at all.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
It may not be easy to live in the actual present facing the
challenges of this very time in your life, but the moment is
becoming particularly ripe. It may not be commonplace for a person
to live his or her first priorities first, which means setting
aside the old or meaningless commitments and expectations that
constantly plague and distract us. Having new experiences by
definition means entering unfamiliar places. But I would propose
that these are important ideas for you to live each and every new
day. How? Put your beliefs, your knowledge and your opinions
together in one place, and use what you actually know as if it
actually mattered. You have waited long enough, and have probably
learned in the process that waiting is merely a waste of time.
What you may not know is that it's usually a far greater risk.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Email: "I am in a relationship with an older man. He is 58 and I
am 41. He is a Scorpio and I am a Gemini. Is this relationship
going to work? I really need to know because I am scared of it not
working and me being alone." Any half-decent astrologer would tell
you that you can't predict whether a relationship will "work"
because there are so many variables. But several things are clear
from the astrology. One is that some form of loneliness has likely
been an issue for you in recent years, and it's always especially
poignant in the hearts of Twin-type souls who are always seeking
their cosmic-other. Two is that there are very new kinds of
relationships on the horizon for you, with very new kinds of
people. Look for them. Three is it would be far better to totally
scrap any notions of marriage or permanence in relationship, in
exchange for good friendship and good sex, and in acknowledgement
of the greater phenomenon known as being alive. Just love and see
where it takes you.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
With the Moon swinging through your opposite sign Capricorn this
weekend, you may not be feeling your most enthusiastic about life.
Yet far more important factors in your solar chart indicate just
how positive and productive a time this can be, particularly if
you focus your energy on the idea of beginnings, and especially in
your career. So achtung, baby. This is the time to lay the
foundations for the future, and quite possibly, by mid-spring, to
make some long-awaited strides forward. But right now, patience is
the first necessity; if in the coming weeks one special
opportunity or offer first seems to arise, then disappears back
into the ocean of existence, give it some time and trust - in many
ways, the best really is yet to come, and what is truly yours will
find you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Many of the contradictions of your current situation involve how
you think about what is possible for you. Most people carry a
self-limiting thought in their heads which repeatedly states that
they are not good enough. And all truly successful people have
dealt with this piece of outdated psychic software. Meanwhile,
there are indeed a wide array of potentials following you around,
and the single most important thing you can do for yourself is pay
attention to what they are. The concept "success" automatically
implies "failure," and activating what might be glorious
possibilities may also stir up some fear. Deal with it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
It's time to kiss the ass of the Mighty Mercury, one of the
guiding lights of Virgo and an increasingly important archetype in
a culture that is becoming absolutely dominated by communications
technology. Mercury is retrograde into the first week of April,
which is one of those astrological facts to which even cynical,
ignorant and ill-informed nonbelievers would do well to pay heed.
One piece of advice from astrologer/composer David Arner is +slow
down.+ Slow down with people, with computers, and with yourself.
Take things one step at a time. Life and technology can get a
little weird when Mercury comes so close to the Earth, and the
best way to get into even more trouble is to rush and bang through
problems that really just need a little nudging or massaging. That
being said, I would propose that you'll meet some truly
fascinating people in these weeks; please just write down their
phone numbers carefully, preferably in a notebook and not a

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)
Last night I stumbled into the birth data of John Lennon, Aleister
Crowley and Nicholas Culpeper all within about 20 minutes. Lennon
was hardly one to restrain his anger, opinions or creativity, and
he had a knack for speaking the obvious truth with righteous
impact. Crowley, the despised and revered occultist of the early-
to-mid 20th century, took on the risk and the job of exposing much
of the previously secret information of occult orders. Nicholas
Culpeper, early in the 17th century, wrote the first English
language book revealing the nature of herbal medications, raising
the ire of doctors who profited by keeping the information
concealed; in the same volume, he explained the astrology
associated with the remedies, subjecting himself to public
ridicule since of course astrology is so ridiculous. Centuries
later, Culpeper's Herbal remains a definitive text in its field,
with several editions in print. These three people, October babies
all, hardly fit the picture of the indecisive or non-committal
Libra, and neither do you. They would make excellent role models
for you in these bold and daring times of your life.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
For years, I've been observing Scorpios in their processes of
change, and it would make an interesting book or three. The
Scorpio-type often treats every experience of change as if it were
death itself, with all the attendant grief, momentousness and
emotional charge. Other, more subtle factors in the chart suggest
whether you can indeed willingly let go of things that are not
working for you, ideas about yourself that are not true, or
relationships that do not serve your best interests (Pluto
retrograde helps a lot). But look -- change of this kind is in the
air, and change implies letting go, and this may not be your most
well-oiled skill. I suggest that in these weeks, you keep a rather
loose grip on things, just in case you find yourself in an
interesting, perhaps even unexpected state of mind that
contradicts everything else you presently seem to know.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
The past week of your life was the one I suggested would contain
some clues about the nature of modern marriage. Indeed, with the
recent (fortunately unsuccessful) impeachment of a U.S. president
for doing what most people do or have at some time done, the issue
was blown into the open. It's as if The Institution of Marriage is
a dead concept, which has been replaced by mockery and farce, or
on the other side, conscious people using their creativity to make
personal vows that are truly meaningful, and include the idea that
life changes. The astrology is so beautiful and so meaningful that
I'll suggest it once again: look at your life and the lives of the
people around you; investigate the problems you find; see how each
and every one in some way relates back to an outdated idea about
marriage -- then put your mind to work on creating some life-
affirming solutions. There are many.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
I always seem to know a whole gaggle of lawyers and assorted other
legal scholars, and this morning, one of them (of the civil rights
variety) sent me the following philosophically-correct joke. It's
quite appropriate for the recent entry of Saturn into Taurus, and
-- make a note -- reveals a true cosmic secret about all-things-
Capricorn. According to the theory, life would be better lived in
reverse. "You should die first, and get it out the way," the
author begins. "Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked
out when you're too young. You get a gold watch, you go to work.
You work forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your
retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for
high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play,
you have no responsibilities. You become baby, you go back into
the womb, you spend your last nine months floating. And you finish
off as an orgasm."

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
Aleph, our Aquarian Planet Waves correspondent now on assignment
in Okinawa, reports that people there drink shots of the blood of
deadly snakes as a kind of natural Viagra, which is supposed to
enhance sexual vigor and increase longevity. As if that were not
unique enough, they also take the actual venom and mix it with
alcohol for a kind of naturally-toxic aphrodisiac cocktail that
can cause ulcers, and can both kill you, or theoretically make you
live longer. I would propose that in the lives of Aquarians, there
is no need for any such voo-doo which may be trying to worm itself
into your life in a variety of subtle forms. It's my official
position that Aquarians need neither sex tonics nor magic. For the
most part, miracles are far preferable, they work better, and
they're likely to be abundant these days.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
I've had an interesting relationship with my birthdays over the
years. For a while, I was swamped with work and ended up being a
slave to things like hopelessly complex articles about the state
budget. One year, when I was suing New York State, I had my
deposition taken (and later won the case). Then, after several
bouts with the strange and widely-reported phenomenon of being
sick on the anniversary of my arrival, which my Gestalt therapist
wisely suggested was a clue about grief I was holding, I started
to take action; last year, as a present, I gave myself a new life
and spent six months in Europe. As for my Big 35 (and 5th
anniversary as an astrologer), which is this week? I'm not sure of my plans for the day, but my wish list for the year includes a
full-time assistant, a book contract, an ocean of love and an
ocean in general. I'd love to hear yours (
Happy birthday to me, and to you, and to all the Fish people of
the world.

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