Planet Waves for Dec. 17, 1999 | by Eric Francis




By Eric Francis | Weekly for Dec. 17, 1999

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Forgive me for digging up some of that prejudiced old astrology crap that says Aries people are great initiators but lousy at completing things. You've heard this one, of course, but obviously over the past few years of enforced maturing and becoming a somewhat more stable freak, follow-though has become one of your hallmarks. However, you presently stand a significant chance of this old cliche again becoming true, especially since you've been initiating, invoking and turning loose your ideas with gusto in the past week. It would be a shame if you abandoned any of them, since what you've been working on or pondering have been some of your most visionary brainstorms to date, and they deserve to have long and fruitful lives.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Whether you went over, through or around the recent challenge you faced, the immediate future holds an even more interesting and far less predictable sequence of events. But recent history will prove to be very instructional for handling similar situations, since any mistakes you made you don't need to make twice. The weather ahead is turbulent, but it's also sexy, spontaneous, disruptive, enlightening, exciting and downright peculiar. In the continued pursuit of your desire, you're likely to head off onto an unforeseen path to an even more obscure destination. This is not bad. In fact, it'll serve you quite well. You could use a bit of a crash course in serendipity, or maybe it's just surrender.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
If you attempt to judge the events of the coming weekend and the following week, you will be disappointed. If you move with the flow and live through the changes, just using your senses and the presence of your mind, then disappointment is pretty much impossible; at least the universe will put on a good show that in your endless quest for the bizarre will be quite fulfilling. But if you are really paying attention, the encounters of the coming days will provide a vital clue as to the nature of the path you are currently on, and allow you a rare glimpse into the the inner nature of the rather intense people who have taken up residence in your life. And, as it happens, a look into the future.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
You have it in you to score one or two end-of-the-millennium career victories this week, but don't be disappointed if things don't work out quite as planned, since the millennium really ends in a year, and that year promises to be one of the more enchanted times to to make your presence in the world felt. This would, in fact, be a great moment to begin to ease back on the pressure, for this more relaxed attitude toward achievement will be a necessary ingredient for your success, not to mention your peace and well-being, as the next year unfolds. Anyways and besides, with Venus in Scorpio warming up the more luxurious angles of your solar chart, there are far more interesting things to do than slave away.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
The idea that doubt can lead to certainty is one of the more grossly abused philosophical concepts of our culture. People usually take it to mean that if they doubt enough possibilities, then they will notice the truth when they come across it. But more often we end up doubting the truth and believing lies and deceptions, then wondering how this happened. Well, as it turns out, this isn't the week for doubt. But it's not the week for mindless believing, either. Yet it's a fine week for faith, and for seeking the benefits of true knowledge, and for letting doubt point you straight to where you need to invest more love.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
The idea of a genetic marker keeps coming up in your astrology these weeks, because that angle of your chart involved with the distant past and family history, and how that past more or less runs the present, has been activated by a variety of powerful influences. To get the maximum benefit of these transits, I suggest you investigate the facts around the place and time of your birth and the early circumstances of your life, without the expectation that you have the slightest clue what really went down. Family secrets may well be revealed, particularly those involving religion. If all you're left with are glaring unknowns, then make a list of the questions, as thorough as possible, for this will surely give a reasonable, if reverse-image, picture of the truth. (For more information, see For the Faithful, below.)

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)
In the newly re-issued "Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook," Debbi Kempton-Smith comments that Venus in Scorpio people (for the moment, you) have only two speeds in their Cuisinart of Love: fascinated detachment, or to hell and back. I would add a third possibility for you this very week, and upgrade it to a probability, if you are extra-specially loving toward yourself, and spend at least half an hour a day revealing your most lusty secrets to yourself in a specially-designated diary or computer file: Unlikely fulfillment. One last condition would be remembering to know a real opportunity when you see one, so look.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Difficulties at home or with your family are likely to have been less of a struggle than you imagined, and more enlightening than you would have hoped. But that doesn't mean you can just forget everything and expect the best, because whatever remains needing resolution can only be worked out with your direct involvement and leadership. This is in part because you're about the only person who can get everyone's attention more or less simultaneously. In another part it's because you're the only one positioned to see all the different view points. But it's mainly because you actually know what you're talking about.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
The insights you're blessed with this week may seem ridiculous, impossible or too good to be true, but in fact they are an accurate picture of what is possible and what is so, even if there is no way you could imagine yourself being the beneficiary of such great good fortune. To the extent that what you're coming up with seems impossible, it's actually likely, though you must work on visioning or inventing the possibility that it can be true. This is not a Zen paradox, it is just one more use of consciously-applied imagination, faith and an understanding that, on some level, the only thing that ever can or does become real is someone's vision. Why not yours?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Please don't think the universe is taunting or teasing you with hopes and dreams that go beyond your ability to manifest them. As it turns out, one whole crop of your potential is just about ripe this week, with another close behind. Perhaps the aspects of your life that are ready for harvest amount to less than what you expected, or not exactly what you thought you wanted, especially in comparison to what you know is possible. But even small gains count for a lot now, and will point the way toward directions where you may expand your possibilities even further. The most productive energy to be in is one of acceptance -- literally, to practice receiving as a daily yoga. Stay with it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
If you've been holding back on delivering some kind of message you feared was too controversial, now would be a great week to turn your ideas loose. Even if you jokingly set up a campaign to get Richard Nixon the Democratic nomination for president in 2000, he would probably win. But I imagine you have more than light political satire on your mind; highly unusual aspects paint you in the role of some kind of maverick around a serious public issue that deserves attention. But the formula that will work the best is to give the whole package, and not to withhold anything truly relevant to the situation, i.e., tell it like it is.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
You're in an awesome position to permanently link your ideas to your career to your cash supply this week. In the unlikely chance that there are no stunning breakthroughs now, plans made, visions brought into manifestation in any way (even on paper) and communications initiated or further explored all have the power to grow in surprising ways you could not have foreseen. Don't think for a minute that you're too outrageous to succeed in this world; for one brilliant Now, the rules are off, moral virtue is synonymous with creative license, and what yesterday was called 'having it both ways' is today called success.

For the Faithful
For those of you who are followers of Chiron and Pluto, or, in the alternate, have your Sun, Moon or rising sign in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces, this promises to be an interesting week for tracking the influences around these two important planets discovered in the 20th century. I can only give sketchy details here, but over the next two weeks, Chiron and Pluto form their first conjunction since 1941 (exact Dec. 30 and 31), their first conjunction ever since both planets were discovered, and their last for about 60 years. And in the next few days, Mercury comes blazing through this setup, which should pretty much shower the world with Chiron-Pluto related events, experiences or revelations. The result for some people may be psychic or psychological vertigo, revelation, or energies which may also show up in the form of events in the lives of partners of any of the four mutable signs as well. Though solid prediction is pretty much impossible; any time these planets are being looked at, any astrology is "research astrology." So let's take a look at the universe and see what happens.++

Of Lunar Note

I keep getting this email about next week's Full Moon, which I dedicate to Basho:

> RE: Once-in-a-lifetime event
> Everyone should mark their calendars this month for the "Last Lunar Hurrah"
> of the Millennium:
> This year will be the first full moon to occur on the winter solstice, Dec.
> 22, commonly called the first day of winter. Since a full moon on the
> winter solstice occurred in conjunction with a lunar perigee (point in the
> moon's orbit that is closest to Earth) the moon will appear about 14%
> larger than it does at apogee (the point in it's elliptical orbit that is
> farthest from the Earth). Since the Earth is also several million miles
> closer to the sun at this time of the year than in the summer, sunlight
> striking the moon is about 7% stronger, making it brighter. Also, this will
> be the closest perigee of the Moon of the year since the moon's orbit is
> constantly deforming. If the weather is clear and there is a snow cover
> where you live (dream-on Houston), it is believed that even car headlights
> will be superfluous.
> On December 21st. 1866 the Lakota Sioux took advantage of this combination
> of occurrences and staged a devastating retaliatory ambush on soldiers in
> the Wyoming Territory.
> In lay-mans terms it will be a super bright full moon, much more than the
> usual AND it hasn't happened this way for 133 years! Our ancestors 133 years
> ago saw this. Our descendants 100 or so years from now will see this again.
> Enjoy!!!

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