Andromeda Galaxy. Photo courtesy of Celestia Motherlode.

By Eric Francis | December 2005

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
One of the original art pieces for the Planet Waves homepage, from the summer of 1999, was created by Aries artist Via Keller and called "Under a Tangled Sky." Much of the astrology that inspired that design repeated in early November and will make additional appearances in early December and mid January -- what is called a 'grand cross.' For you, this represents a development area in your capacity for giving yourself credit where it's due. If you can do that, others will too. The world is poised and waiting to meet you on the level you respect, and to value your creations, your desires and indeed your existence. Your recent efforts at untangling yourself, at really making a commitment to how you feel about yourself and your life, are achievements of this distinctive era in time. In our world it's easy to decide that nothing matters. I doubt you would ever take that approach. That is good for everyone.

"Under a Tangled Sky" - Via's tribute to the 1999 fixed grand cross.
More of Via's work is at

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
The Yin-Yang symbol emphasizes that balance is attained by everything in the universe containing an element of its opposite. Balance may exist, but nothing is pure; or rather, what we think of as purity is a state of inner acceptance that we contain some other potential all the time. I don't mean to sound too high-minded here, but what you have been through the past several months is based entirely on this principle; it appears to be a functioning law of nature. If during the past six months things have seemed backwards, obverse, contradictory or just strange, consider how this applies to your life. Whatever may be the specific story, and whether it was pleasant or not, you have had an encounter with an unusual kind of potential. You have touched and embraced a hidden aspect of your 'otherness.' In doing so, I trust that you've removed one of the biggest stumbling blocks in your relationships.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You have, it seems, finally got the grasp of seeing the possibilities -- or at least opening your mind enough to see them. The aspect of this equation you're working out now is whether a vision for yourself must emerge from a feeling first, or whether it can enter consciousness as an idea and then take up life in your deeper spheres. Asked another way, what is the initiator of action? At times, both levels have proven to be unreliable for leading you to what we could call a valid path. Other times, both have shown their unquestionable value. Your process now involves repeatedly cross-checking between both hemispheres of your brain; between what you have outer confirmation of, and what you know internally; between what is spoken and what is insinuated. I don't suggest you invest any effort in seeking the truth. If you move gently with the flow of your reality, the truth will happily seek you.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Finally, some new and different doors are opening. I see a mix of gateways to inner vistas and worldly ones. This is all the sweeter when you've endured a long era when meeting even your most basic needs seemed to require a key and map you could never quite find, or rules you could never follow. I'll repeat one of my favorite Patric Walker quotations yet again, which is that Saturn always gives more than he takes away. What Saturn has bestowed for the past three years, and what you are likely beginning to feel now, is that patience, endurance and optimism really are the best policy for living. And even though there were times when people seemed unwilling or unable to give you what you needed, those who can live on sand and stones are also the ones who appreciate the smallest fruit.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Speaking of Saturn (please see Cancer), it is amazing how you seem to be keeping balanced in the midst of so many challenges and so much change all around you. The right mix of structure and imagination are essential in such times; there cannot be competition between intuition and the facts of life if you're going to maintain a pleasant state of sanity. You usually do remember that you're bigger than your problems; bigger than the challenges the world may toss your way; and that your existence is strong enough to remain tangible in the face of any doubts. This month, a rare opportunity presents itself. But you don't need to go after it with urgent energy, or dare I say, with greed. Yes, there is a 'last chance' feeling to what is developing, and whatever this is about, you want it a lot. The process of receiving will occur over a series of turning points that extend for one year from now.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
You are the master of the niche; the highly specialized role with which nobody can compete, and few can imagine is possible, yet what many need. There is a catch, though. What having a singular place in the world does is withhold from you many benefits of relating to others as a sport. And there is much to be said for healthy competition, team playing, and a bit of rough and tumble for its own sake. You can do quite well for yourself in a state of isolation, but it's way, way too easy for you to lose touch with the larger reality of life around you. Therefore you must be content to be different, and to assess your effectiveness in a way that is fair, and be willing to do so without making too many comparisons. As you well know, comparisons bring you down, but that's only because they are inaccurate measures of anything even worth considering. You stand on your own merits, and you always have.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
You stand at the brink of a creative breakthrough; this will draw you to dare a series of experiences that have tangible results, and then at the same time draw you deeper into your own midst. Such is the perfect creative journey, the way of art, which always reaches in at least two directions. This is in truth a journey from which you don't return; all you do is become. Each experience at each perhaps chaotic, perhaps random but always daring step of the way will change you just enough to allow your strong hands to touch and mold the world in your own likeness and to see the life around you in your own colors. There will be elements of your experience that you cannot share, which are so raw or tender or unspeakable that it seems impossible. And yet this does not render what you put forth incomplete. The unknown is always the best nourishment for knowledge.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You have likely experienced some dramatic examples of why honesty is so important. It is easy to deceive, often it's difficult to tell the truth; but if deception traps us, truth opens like a parachute when naught else offers protection. The opportunities to dive in either direction continue to be present. You may at times wonder what, exactly, you mean when you say something; and whether what you say can ever bring across your true intentions. Still, the opening is there to make an effort, to explore, to reach -- and such count for a great deal right now. There are times when restraint is the better part of valor, and this is not one of them. Make each decision one at a time, always based on the question, "What is real for me now?" That your personal reality ("personality") can change so often or so quickly is truer to your nature than most would care to admit -- but you know.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
You're not made to fit in a tight space, so stay out of the corner. It is the nature of the human mind to think itself into uncomfortable angles, and the excuse for doing so is often some species of desperation. And this is a habit of thought rather than a single episode. When you arrive at a corner, remember it has an inside and an outside. If you have a sense that you're turning but can't see what lies to the left or the right, that's the clue that you're free. If you're trying to go straight ahead and are looking into a space that just gets narrower, turn around and walk out; precisely the same circumstance that, from one angle, looks like a trap is from most other points of view a path to independence, and the opportunity to choose between viable alternatives.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
The sudden sense of relief from a persistent psychological or emotional situation may feel too good to believe. No need to question anything, however. You can take turns looking back at the past in simple amazement, considering the future with respect, and resting gently in the present. You have been through something truly remarkable, genuinely unique in all your life. You are, as a result, not the same person you were one, two, or three years ago. There's no way to overstate this particular case. In this stretch of time, the world has also changed. The expectations on a human conscience have shifted and the world is entering a time of ethical crisis, and a crisis of responsibility. On whatever level, you are prepared to be a leader.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
How much are you willing to stand out? You're never afraid to do so as a token gesture; often willing to challenge any prevailing idea; rarely but in truth occasionally willing to proceed as if nothing matters but the one light in your heart. The proportion of these events is going to change. Token gestures are, at this point, nearly worthless, and you know it. Your existence is, in itself, a statement against prevailing ideas, though you need to work with them. And before long, it will be clear that every single day of your life must be lived for what you know, feel and see is real. Some illusions die hard. Others just fade in the light of day. Imagine if the choice was all your own, and if no fear of inconvenience could stop you from giving your gift to the world, which is another way of saying, to yourself.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You need structure and as much as you seem to dislike it, you welcome the few experiences of your life when you can follow a directed path. For now, you get the benefit of structure. You can use it any way you like, however. A metaphor in the business world is how useful the structured entity called a corporation is. You have many tools now, and what's helpful is you suddenly know that they are yours. If you keep a habit of working within the existing framework, pattern and structures but observing them all the time, you will be able to make changes and improvements in a remarkably efficient way. When in doubt, do less not more. When in doubt, make a decision rather than exerting an effort. Decisions are all about options, and at the moment you have some excellent ones that in truth are so obvious you cannot miss them.

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