Planet Waves for Oct. 19, 1999 | By Eric Francis


By Eric Francis
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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
You may be feeling some relief from having to consider all the choices that you know, internally, you will soon be faced with making. Take this space, and use it to catch your breath and deal with some of the simpler things in your reality. By the time all those vastly important and irreversible decisions come up for action -- which appears to be written in the stars for some time after your next birthday -- we will all be living in another era entirely, and many factors will be either eliminated or radically changed. Indeed, I strongly suggest this larger process is the one to watch more closely than your individual one, for now. You will indeed be impacted by the bigger picture, but until you see it, you will have no idea what to do.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
If the events of last week did not serve to break some kind of deadlock for you, I strongly suggest you don't just let the whole thing slide. Taurus earthlings are famous across the galaxy for doing things when they're good and ready, and I would propose that you have long since gotten there. Current aspects give a picture of a far more confrontational energy than you’re accustomed to appreciating in your life. Though you are probably in one of your more easygoing moods, others may not feel you’re especially flexible or communicative these days. So expect some people to try to bang their heads against you, but remember, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by opening the door.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
It is indeed complicated getting along with people in this world. Even if you know what you want and who you are to some extent, that's hardly a dominant state of affairs on the planet, and you have to deal with everyone else's confusion after you've dealt with your own. And while you probably won't stand up on a chair and dance if I say that it's all about to become a bunch more complicated, you'll be glad to know that this is also your rare chance to untangle that very same complexity. The music hasn't quite started. The lights have not quite come on yet. At present, you can only sense what is around the next corner, and I can assure you, it's different than what you expect.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
I will borrow your horoscope this week from something called the I Ching, one of the most ancient divination systems in this world, save astrology itself. This is from Hexagram 44: "A meeting is an encounter, the soft encountering the hard; they should not try to marry, because they cannot last together. When heaven and earth meet, things and beings appear. When firmness meets balance and rectitude, the whole world works well. The meaning of timing in meeting is very important!" Simply stated, you are especially vulnerable right now to the effects of relationship, and at the same time these encounters or offers are very important. Be kind, and yet don't take any bullshit.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
It's important that you now monitor your inputs and your outputs. Everything that goes in must go out in some form. Everything that you feel needs some mode of expression, whether it is in verbal communication, writing or some kind of artwork. You are now processing far too much to bottle up any emotions, ideas or responses to the world, and, besides, why would you want to? You will benefit greatly from entering your current experience with full consciousness, for this particular time has the potential to blossom into an awesome moment of clarity that lasts and lasts.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
The marriage question may be rearing its head, but don't fall for it. Who needs marriage when you've got love and strong connections to real people who see you for who you are? Who needs possessions when you are self-possessed? And who needs to candy-coat the world in artificially-colored Nutrasweet when you can swim in the real currents of emotion, intuition and wisdom that comprise your subtle inner worlds? As for desire. This must be all over you right now. It's powerful and trustworthy stuff. Let it touch you, and then convert it directly to intention, which works better still.

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)
I imagine that you'll have no trouble figuring out that your anger is justified as these next days unfold. But having deduced that, and having ceased to blame yourself for being so "unlike yourself," there comes the ever-important question of what to do with this pure, raging energy that can so easily turn destructive, or just as readily be turned to creative ends. There comes the question of how to handle the restrictions that you may feel force you to hold back from feeling who you are, much less expressing who you are. Start with your anger. Stay with it for a while. Given that you've got little else to orient you clearly right now, it will serve very well to get you to the next place.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
It would appear that the theme of the coming days is a choice between dwelling on what you have lost and what you have gained, and you may go through some anguish deciding which is more real. But between those two largely economic and self-involved factors, there is the space of knowing who you are and what you have to say. And this space you cannot be in if you're busy adding and subtracting the piles of beans that supposedly make up your self-worth. It's much easier to merely be conscious. You can safely expect to be held to some fairly high standards in the coming year of your life. Stay awake, and you'll have no reason to fear whether you can meet them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
Life is a process of balancing risk and security. Or, you could say it is about venturing toward the future, while being mindful about the needs and conditions in the present. It is where these opposites meet that you now stand. Yet there comes a time when choices must be made, and when decisions must be acted upon, and you will need to go toward one side or the other. Current aspects indicate that the way to go is what appears to be the more bold path, the one that would require innovation, creative risk, and a measure of luck to be successful. You have tried the safe and secure path. Why not try something new?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Part of the process of being direct and honest with people is getting over our reluctance to hurt them. What seems to be the fear of causing pain or insult to others is, more often than not, an excuse for withholding information and emotions, which serves mainly to deny people around us the choice of whether and how to deal with who we really are at any given time. You can afford no such compromises of honesty and integrity now. Without attacking anyone, it is possible to be clear, direct and to the point, and allow others the responsibility and growth experience of dealing with how they feel.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
It may seem like things are slow in coming to a head. While some kind of confrontation or major reorientation is inevitable, at this point, it's your move, though I sense your gut-level reluctance to be too hasty. Be mindful that as the next three weeks develop, you'll very likely find yourself increasingly at the mercy of circumstances rather than your own process of making decisions -- or so it will seem, as reality becomes more narrow and channels of communication between you and those around you are reduced to a precious few. But in this process, you will find the perfect moment to make your statement or decision.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
It may not yet be possible for you to fully understand the nature of the corner you have just come around. Few things in the life of a Pisces are black and white, and yet, were doubt not one of your most potent emotions, you would at least have a clearer sense that you are on the right road. So if you're having your doubts, perhaps listen to them, perhaps ignore them, but try not to allow them to dominate you. The Sun in Scorpio for the next four weeks will serve as both a safety net and as a foundation for you to stand on, and will work as a long-distance headlight as well. Look, and you will see, especially if you look ahead.

For the Faithful
Our friend Mercury is getting ready to go retrograde. This occurs between November 5 and November 25, inclusive. Before you submit to panic and a turning stomach, I suggest you consider my tried-and-true Mercury-proofing tips for your life. One, set aside cash. Make your final purchases of any necessary electronic equipment, as well as any necessary airplane reservations, long in advance of November 5th. Stop spending money on anything unnecessary now; Mercury rules cash, and it's good to have some on hand. Then prepare for three weeks during which you won't start anything new, and during which you pull back as far from the game as possible. Consider it a little vacation for the mind.

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