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By Eric Francis
Weekly for Nov. 5, 1999

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They tell me that somewhere in this column I call Sunday the Full Moon. It ain't, it's the Scorpio New Moon. Love to you, - ef

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
You can afford to push it for the moment, but I suggest you devote your considerable energy to resolving any power imbalances you've noticed exist in your life in recent months. Most people, particularly the kind ones, pull back when it comes to dealing with the nitty-gritty of the authority and sway that close partners hold over them. Kind people are always the ones who "let the past be the past," while those intent on gaining power and control directly reap the benefits of this attitude, in reality, often banning discussion of what has been, in an effort to distract the issues. It's time to get clear about any of these situations that may exist in your life, and to insist that other people rise to the level of your awareness.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
In your most personal affairs, you will need to assess what is serving you and what is not. It's time to size up the profits and losses of your involvements, and make some important choices. One particular relationship may have you on edge, and tossed in with the mix may be all kinds of insinuations of commitment, business involvements, and quite possibly control dramas. If you knew the extent to which your own generous values and good nature were being used to your detriment, you would surely see things in a different light. And if you knew the extent to which you were really capable of holding your own in this situation, you would have absolutely no doubts or misgivings about doing so.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Rare is it that we're compelled to cross bridges, learn lessons or make changes before we're ready. So worry not. Take your time and space. In reality, while you're not going to be pushed over the edge of your limits, you now stand in a rare vantage point where you can size up just what changes you might want to make voluntarily over remainder of the year. It would be very wise to think in terms of limitations: on what you are willing to do, on what you are willing to tolerate in relationships, on how much you are willing to spend, and what you are willing to sacrifice for the sake of your family. Fear no information. Anything you now learn has the power to set you free.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Life is risky business. Normally we barricade ourselves inside a collection of defenses that are supposed to diminish the perceived dangers, but most of the time this process amounts to 101% illusion. The defenses don't really do anything except give a false sense of security, as well as block off the good stuff, like love, which really protects us. And false defenses prevent us from taking the necessary chances that enable us to improve and increase the quality, abundance and freedom of our lives. This weekend's Scorpio full moon is your cue to take a realistic attitude about all this stuff. In plain talk, it's time for a transformation around your fears and what they really mean.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
You can get off the emotional roller coaster if you want to. Note that about every three minutes, the fast-moving train pulls through a tunnel, somebody collects your money, and you're back on the ride. As you go through your ups, downs, twists and turns, see if you can notice at which point in the process you opt to stay on. Notice where the compulsion to do so comes from. Is it out of hope, fear, or an old habit? Are you responding as if one of your parents is shoving you back on? And, in those rare times when you have your feet on solid ground, do you consider your life carefully enough to have a sense of which way you really want to go?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
The value of the past has been grossly downplayed by New Age spiritual teachings, and, like other forms of Christianity, this bit has worked its way into the culture-at-large. Certain elements of your past are so vital now, and the teachings you've gathered there are so necessary to your current process, I suggest you invest some effort into examining the historical record. Current aspects are rich with creative life, and with your energy so geared toward success, it would really make no sense at all to lose one drop of potential by repeating any mistake you have made in the past. Pay attention and the clues will be obvious.

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)
It may not be obvious to you at this point, but you've been moving through a vast unknown. Certain astrological factors work like a spell of forgetfulness, in which we drift into a lapse of consciousness without realizing it's happening. When the lights come back on, which I reckon will be any day now, it may take you a little while to get reoriented, though it's clear that if you strive to notice, you'll discover you haven't drifted so far off course. Once again your intuition has been working overtime. Now your mind will have its turn to size things up, though remember, decisions you make now, fortunately, are all subject to review.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You are in a position to make a narrow escape involving a matter it would do well for you to confront directly. The question involves how much anger you are willing to live with, and how long you are willing to exist in an environment in which your feelings are not acknowledged. I am not talking about a pat on the shoulder, but rather conscious sharing on the heart level, and the experience of give and take in ways it really matters to you most. Scorpios are rarely acknowledged for being the self-sacrificing people you often are, and that may be because this very quality leads you to resent the people who fail to notice. Have you finally had enough?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
By all rights, this ought to be a rather phenomenal moment of clarity for you. But the thing about clarity is that, once we get some, we may make decisions that throw us back into confusion, or at least uncertainty. Clarity around other people is especially difficult to come by, because in any relationship there will be involved at least two individuals who are capable of changing their minds, and at least two life viewpoints which must be reconciled. You would do well to think only for yourself right now, factoring out everyone else from the equation of your life. Consider your necessities, particularly for peace of mind.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
It's generally not the best policy to rely upon others for inspiration or bequests of creative freedom, or for much besides. We live in an age in which individualism is becoming one of the few sane or sensible routes it's possible for a functional person to take, even within marriage, because dependencies and entanglements consume vast amounts of time and energy. Having uttered these words of caution, you may find it's fully appropriate to enlist your circle friends in aspects of your life process more than you're accustomed to doing, including seeking help, opportunities and inspiration. We both know you could use the help. If you seek it out, keep your focus, maintain your identity and remember to make every choice consciously.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
Have you sifted the pros and cons, evaluated your feelings and held your silence long enough? Is there something you need to say, and a decision that will become imminent once you let the world, or at least certain key individuals, know what's on your mind? Have you remained as passive as you've been because you tend to view the losses you suffer as more real than the gains? If you could learn to see life on more than one level at a time, if you could take into account the larger shapes of reality, it would be easier for you to comprehend the idea of equity, and to see how much influence you have in any situation you've deemed fair -- especially if you've worked to make it so.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
If you want to teach yourself how to think bigger, now is a fine time. By bigger, I mean conceiving of reality in ways that serve the whole with greater dependability, as well as reach further afield. But by bigger, I also mean self-serving. This is such an alien concept to so many fish people since you tend to consider the whole notion of a "self" as unimportant, imaginary and even false, because you know we're all in the same boat. Yet whatever you're doing, no matter how much power, money, influence, and, yes, fun you have, you will quite dependably do good and useful things. So keep your private agenda in mind. A rare wind is blowing. Ride it where you will.

For the Faithful
Mercury turns retrograde at 10 p.m. ET on the 4th of November. Since you follow astrology, you are in possession of a valuable bit of data. The stars work on everyone, but the craft of astrology works for people who remain conscious and heedful of its advice. Mercury retrograde is a time for completions, retreats, and, most important, thinking differently. Resistance is a sign that you are thinking the same old way. The moment you find yourself involved in any kind of complication or struggle, stop and consider how you can do things with fewer steps, or relying on a new idea to get you through. Keep an open mind, pay attention, and you'll sail through this retrograde beautifully.

Days of the Dead
These days in November are celebrated in many cultures as the days of the dead, in which the ghosts of the past are able to return to earth and communicate with friends and loved ones. Halloween is the Christianized version of the Pagan celebration of the New Year, which is synchronous with this etheric event. Astrologically, this phase of the year is at its deepest during the approaching Scorpio dark moon, which is Sunday. It's reputed that the veils between the worlds are thinnest at this time. It surely feels that way to me.

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