Planet Waves for Dec. 24, 1999 | By Eric Francis



By Eric Francis | Weekly for Dec. 24, 1999

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
What do you want to be known for? Consider your reputation a blank slate. Consider what, in the past, you wanted your reputation to be as a first draft. It is not that the outer form of what you are doing has changed, or needs to change. It is just that the source of your inner guidance has taken a major evolutionary step forward, and, as a result, I believe you are finally less concerned about the ways that in past years you used to project yourself into your community. This will free you from the past and much of the conflict that used to be the hallmark of your life relating to what you do. You now know there are more important things to worry about than petty competition or establishing dominance, but often it is a truly wise person who figures this out before old age.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
It would be difficult for either of us to predict the outcome of the encounters that now seem all but fated in your life. Whatever anyone else may say about the wisdom of your pursuits, I consider it a positive development that you have finally seen the value of taking on your role as aggressor rather than merely as one who attracts what you want. In the end, you may end up with the same thing, but in actively seeking fulfillment, you are learning to exert your will and influence on the world. More important, you are learning to take risks. But to better suit your purposes, it would be wise to pull off a bit of the divine hypocrisy of creating the illusion that what you want has really come to you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
The only problem I see with your ideas about intimacy is that they're not good enough for you. You may think you seek too much. You may feel that you strive to be too close to others, or to perfect the mind-swapping experiences that can occur when two people are really attuned to one another. But what you've really done is, at some point in the past, I'm not sure when, limit your ideas of closeness to a certain few elements. I'm not suggesting that you give those experiences or desires up; only that you use them as starting points for what comes next. And that may lead you to investigate what it is that leads others to feel that they are growing close to you. I trust that you won't be disappointed.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
If you fit the Cancer profile of being nurturing to a fault, the fault is that it's difficult for you to both acknowledge and act upon your own need for being cared for. Sure, it would be great if the world would always just responded intuitively to your needs, as you are so good at doing for it. But most around you are more in touch with their needs than you happen to be, and you're not so good at intuitively receiving. I gather that right now plenty is being offered to you -- much you're not noticing, lots you're squeamish about accepting, and more that you're too busy to notice. Please do. This is a rare moment, you're a rare person, and more people are hip to this fact than you currently recognize.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Can the Sun see its own light? Can you see yours? Most of the reference points you've been using to navigate are negative ideas you wish to avoid -- aspects of life you know it's best not to involve yourself with, identify with, smash into or support with your energy. But this kind of "positivity" is founded entirely on darkness. There's more to life than avoidance of that which you don't want, or defining what you do want on the basis of what you know is wrong. I know it's hard to look out at the world and see only shadows. But that's just a trick of your eyes, and it's about to lose much of its power, for good, this very week.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
It's been quite a trip lately. Neither I nor the best astrologer on the planet could have come up with anything to explain quite what it was you just went through, because only you know what it really was. And though you may fear it's not over, two things are abundantly clear. One is that the particular constellation of events that transpired is not going to repeat itself. The second is that whatever you went through, it put you in contact with a level of clarity that you never predicted could come upon you so suddenly and with such vivid detail. With your priorities finally in order, real freedom is looking more and more inevitable.

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)
It is said through much of the metaphysical teachings of the world that what happens on the outside of life is a reflection of what is happening on the inside of life. These past months have found you hard at work perfecting the formulas for contentment, peace of mind and true understanding. You have been exploring the dimensions of beauty and considering the possibility that it is not something that can exist without your full participation. But such processes do not, in themselves, provide evidence that the inner life is the actual cause of the outer life. My hunch is that this week, Universal law will boldly reveal itself to you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
I wish I could be more amused at the gulf between what people say they believe and what they actually believe. Of course, if I did, as one of the world's up-and-coming purveyors of optimism, I would get a good laugh at myself about sixteen times a day. We all suffer from this phenomenon of reassuring others how fair life is when we're terrified it will be utterly unfair to us; but that is what friends are for. At the moment, though, you are awesomely situated to be your own best friend, as your mind first melts, then blossoms, into a beautiful display of its own consistency of word and deed; of hope, expectation and outcome.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
This week, the Sun aligns with the galactic center in your birth sign, then crosses one of its most dramatic points of the year at the solstice. My interpretation is that now, of all times, you have the opportunity for a clear perspective of your true worth and value in this world. Whether you were doubting yourself I cannot say, though it would be reasonable to assume you recently experienced something that shook your sense of reality a bit. But your new sense of reality will not take form in your mind without a challenge or two to the old one. And the old one said that what you want to be true is far too good to be true in this world.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
The Capricorn solstice brings out all the contradictions, contrasts and polarities in you, which include your strange mix of perfect, authentic self-confidence punctuated by moments of doubt or disbelief so deep they threaten to devour the known universe. But today you would be hard-pressed to deny that you have any good reason to waste time putting yourself through such tribulations. It's not that anybody has handed you a trophy, six Ph.D.s or a trust fund; it's just that you must know, on an intuitive level, that your needs really are met, and that, despite any appearances to the contrary, your life is in balance.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
The Full Moon is famous for breaking deadlocks. It's amazing how what will not budge under any other circumstances pops loose as the Moon opposes the Sun. The miracle of this week's highly unusual lunation touches your chart on the sensitive line where your most nebulous visions, dreams and illusions about the world meet what you actually do with your life on an hour-to-hour basis. Whether you deserve to be such an idealist, and whether your idealism is really sincere, are issues you've no doubt been torturing yourself over. Give it a rest. The cosmos is awash in a strange light that will give a spectacular view of all that's true.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
I would be the last person to blame you for being a shrewd, competitive being who runs on radar, sonar, smell, instinct and asking your dog what she thinks. Consider, little fish, all the effort people go through to invent artificial lures, nets that dredge the sea (and "mistakenly" catch dolphins), and clever devices to trap the critters roaming the bottom. And who ever gives anything back to the ocean, except pollution? All true enough. Now, however, I urge you to drop just a little of your guard, see what happens, then maybe drop a little more. You are among true friends, and love and fear do not mix well at all.

For the Faithful
I have never seen an astrology-related story spray itself around the Internet, through the civilization and onto the cover of the Wall Street Journal (where, incredibly, someone identified as an "author and witch" was quoted as a source) faster than news about this week's Cancer Full Moon. Whether it's the biggest or the brightest or the closest Full Moon since Colonel Sanders sat down to chicken with the Fukawe Indians, it's impressive that so many people care, and that the culture will light up with celebration of the lunar spirit in this strange season of a strange century. In Cancer, the Moon is at home, the tide is turning, the flag of a new order is raised, and Here Comes the Sun. I attach a post from my colleague Philip Sedgewick to set certain facts straight, and if you're in south Florida, you can look for me at the Southbeach drumming in Miami. To get to the Planet Waves 2000 forecasts, use this link. Remember: The future is unwritten.

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