Holden Chatfield by Girl Peterpan.
Holden Chatfield by Girl Peterpan.

Planet Waves for August 2005


Aries (March 20-April 19)
These days, you're getting a sense of how you can do quite well being a bit less impetuous, more predictable, and over all, inclined to put politics above making a personal splash. I'm not sure who we have to thank for being your role model, but at least it's someone you respect, and one who has made his way in the world. It may also be someone who you want to have a greater role in your life, but might have never dreamed it possible. Perhaps the friendship has developed so long that you don't think it's likely it'll change; perhaps you have the feeling lately that this person is about to move on. Or more to the point, you're sensing your own need for independence as standing out above all else. But you can take steps to balance your need for standing apart with your need for companionship. Both are basic nutrients.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You want what you want, and you want it that way. Desire is certainly a powerful tool in the human repertoire; it gets results. But you may want to make sure it's getting the actual results you need, rather than scrambling all your recent gains and leaving you in a state of confusion. You've lately seen the power of making real changes. But don't get carried away; remember that the most important developments of your life have come as a result of years of planning and deliberation. They may not be spectacular, but they're certainly meaningful, and it's this meaning that you need to focus on if you start to lust for a certain kind of development that may be tastier but a lot less fulfilling. If you go slowly, you'll be able to use the coming two or three months as time to gradually discover what it is you want rather than insisting you already know.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You not only have a right to change your mind; you would be wise to do so. A mind is not a stone sculpture, or a stone fortress. It's a living system that must respond to its own perceptions and assessments as well as to the facts it's presented with. This is called being realistic. Even if others try to hold you to what you believed last week, you're under no obligation to do what they say. In fact it would be a good policy not to advertise your beliefs or ideas too much. You'll make all the progress you need reflecting in a quiet space, or putting your energy into exploring your creative process. While on the one hand, not everything you believe is true, on the other hand, everything you create and every step in your personal development is genuinely valid. But only if you say so.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You've got quite a bit of credibility, but I don't suggest you push your luck. Credibility is exactly like credit. You build it by taking risks, but as you build, you need to be exceedingly realistic about what you can come through with. At the moment, less is more. You'd be wise to count an uncertainty factor, and alert people long in advance if you think you're going to be delayed, if you overextended yourself, or if factors are showing up requiring you to trim back your plans. It would be reasonable astrological advice to suggest making no new commitments, personal or financial, through the end of the year. By then, you'll have a lot better sense of your resources, a better understanding of where you stand with others, and a real idea of what you personally need. And the virtue of prudence will be obvious.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
It must feel good to be standing on more solid ground, and to be making clear decisions about yourself that are based on substantial time and experience. But I suggest you remember how solid your foundation is when you need to -- and that is any time you're doubting yourself. This is a basic factor of the maturity that you've been working at for so long. The point is, you're bigger than any problem or situation in your life, and part of why you struggled in the past was precisely because you failed to recognize that fact. There is no situation -- personal or professional -- that actually has more power than you, or that has more influence over your life than your simple ability to make decisions. But you would go a long way toward helping yourself and everyone else if you refuse to let other people's fear have any influence over you.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Your insecurities are likely to play a bit of havoc with you this month, but it's time you started taking these storm surges as opportunities to deal intelligently with the whole issue of fear. The problem with fear is that it rarely encourages positive action of any kind. Rather, it seems to be much more effective at paralyzing us from taking concrete steps toward solving our problems. But fear is also addictive, in that it's compelling, it's an intense emotion, and there can, at times, seem to be no escape. I suggest you do yourself a favor and admit that fear itself is a specific problem. This will allow you to apply your creativity where you have some influence, and to sort out what really matters. Of course, the object of life is to do what you want, rather than win a victory over anxiety. But you have to start somewhere, and this is a pretty good place.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
You have a lot going for you, so much you barely even realize it. Just make sure that others don't push you into taking any chances you're not ready to take. And make sure nobody cons you into taking their risks for them. I don't suggest you become a naysayer, or push your famous Libran ambiguity to center stage. But I do suggest you become good at assessing the shape and thickness of the boundary between you and others, particularly those with whom you have any kind of shared financial and sexual arrangement. There is nothing so pressing that it cannot wait a few months, and if something does happen to present itself, the best thing you can do for the situation is make sure that there's a clear agreement in writing. Take notes, print the emails, and make sure everyone understands exactly what's expected of them, by when and why.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Short-term developments through the end of the season will have little bearing on your long-term plans -- but there is one exception. You need to work extra diligently to maintain the integrity of a personal relationship that's not going to maintain itself. The best thing you can do is set a truly excellent example. The next best thing you can do is ensure you're not making any promises you cannot keep. And if the situation seems to be on shaky ground, you simply must not push anyone anywhere they're not truly willing to go. It may be some time before you figure out that no matter how passionate you felt you simply were not right about a particular emotional matter. But if you can see and admit when your own insecurities are influencing you, and never lose sight of that fact, the next couple of months will go smoother -- a lot smoother.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
Ideas are great, but they need to be subjected to practical tests over time. You're heading into an idea rampage over the next couple of months, and I think you're going to love it. Just beware; some of what you come up with is going to be brilliant; some is going to be quite a bit less so. But the only way you'll be able to tell the difference is from a series of experiments that apply theories or pieces of them to real-life situations. I suggest you use low-budget models rather than those involving a large degree of commitment or investment. Test things in miniature and see if anything actually happens. Small disasters are better than big ones, and small successes can lead directly to the medium sized ones you need the most right now. There is quite literally no substitute for experience. So don't fake it, even a little.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
For better or worse, these days you're more likely to be drawing your self-esteem from others than you are from yourself. It's probably a good thing, since your belief in yourself may be going through some dips and twists over the next few weeks. There's an art to taking in the nourishment of praise and support; the point is to not swallow it whole, but rather to contrast what you hear coming from outside with what you inwardly feel; then verify this against some objective measure that will serve as a reality check. How people treat you is a good indicator of what you mean to them, but a problem could arise if you slip into victim mode. Please stay out of that dark alley, and let your mind rest on the real, if subtle, signals people are sending that you have an indispensable place in their lives.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Life seems to be sending you all kinds of mixed signals lately, but you need to trust that your most reliable information comes from you, not from others, and not from signs and omens. There seems to be a factor testing your newfound stability, or at least your faith in it. There will be other tests, and while you need to take them seriously, you also need to draw strength from your deepest level of trust in yourself and the greater course of your life. On a practical note, there is no situation that will develop that will not come without a sufficiently adequate and well-timed caution to allow you to take aversive action. But you need to know a warning when you see it, and you need to make an effort to get to the bottom of the situation sooner rather than later. And make sure nobody gets a second chance to deceive you.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You must be unusually realistic about money, business and other matters of personal integrity for the next few months. This may be tricky because the same factors advising sober restraint are pushing you to express your creativity and pursue your yearning for whatever kind of bliss you prefer best. And both are simply signals too powerful to ignore. Yet of the two, monitoring your personal affairs will be less instinctual and require more intuition. To say it in three words, keep a grip. It would be fair enough to advise putting business before pleasure; and to make sure you're keeping your commitments and that others are keeping theirs to you. Approach your creative and sexual longings with respect, and be mindful to ensure that those you exchange energy with truly have your best interests at heart. You can work both ends of this seemingly contradictory equation; this is where being a Pisces will come in handy.

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