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Inner Space – May 2014

by Eric Francis   
Aries (March 20-April 19)
In every area of your life, especially relationships, proceed with caution. Caution does not mean fear; it means awareness and proceeding with a commitment to having accurate information. Because you must direct your own life based on your feelings, you are the most significant source of intelligence. Your primary mission in life is to define who you are on your own terms, meaning it’s crucial that you actually listen to yourself. Others will give you vital feedback about what they want and what they intend to do, though you may need to ask directly and boldly. Observe whether your environment is supporting you or not. What are the complexities and wrinkles? Who else is involved or is influencing events? Where are you, and do you feel like you belong there? The more sincere your inquiries, the more sincere the answers will be.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
In order to think outside a container, it’s necessary to know its shape and its dimensions. Then it will be clear when you’re within a previously defined boundary, and when you’re outside. Once you’re in a larger space, you have the challenge of defining something that is essentially infinite. At that point, you don’t need constraints; you need workable definitions and approaches to living, including flexibility – starting with your imagination. You are accustomed to working with limits on what you think you’re capable of and what you’re willing to believe. If you start with the premise that anything is possible, you will go light years toward accessing your deeper talent and sense of purpose. The intelligence source you are tapping into might feel like something ‘other than yourself’. That’s not really true, but if you have that feeling, you’re accessing a source of vital information you can trust.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You currently have the ability to see around corners and deep into yourself; look in all directions. Travel home by a different route. Make conscious decisions to alter your routines and to keep your perspective moving. If you can, go to a high place like a hilltop or a tall building and look down on your community. Extraordinary astrology is encouraging you to reevaluate your goals in a radical way. It’s easy to consider what you want based on what you think is the right thing, or what you planned on doing in the past. Now you can take the chance of considering what you really want to accomplish. That involves a risk of some kind, engaging with the unknown and unpredictable. When you see the potential to fail as well as to succeed, you know you’re in the right place.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)

So many factors now are working in your favor, it’s difficult to list them all, but they include abundant creativity, passion and curiosity. Yet you need to keep a handle on your emotions, because your feelings may deceive you. Your first priority is sidestepping conflict: recognizing what does not matter, and removing all emphasis from it. If others try to engage you on that level, move on. Recognize what matters to you now, not past attachments, and prioritize on that basis. Your own preference and immediate significance are vital to you now. They always were, but one fact of civilization involves all the efforts at conning people out of their true needs and desires. Also, focus on quality work. In this world, you can do just about anything you want, as long as you do it well.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
You seem to be facing the ongoing challenge of mental clarity and organizing what may feel like an overwhelming workload. The key to simplifying is systems design: simpler, more efficient, more effective ways to do things. The methods you used when you were less successful (or had more modest plans) need rethinking and revision. Begin with a blank template; make an inventory of all you want to get done, all that’s demanded of you, and your resources — including assets you don’t have available yet. Flexibility and the prerogative of creating options are crucial. If a system is to be flexible, it has to be designed as such from the beginning. Perceived limits need to be accounted for, and addressed directly as variables — not as mandates. It’s time to bring everyone and everything else up to the same standard of flexibility you embody.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
The question, “What next?” is second only in importance to “What now?” You get to the next place from where you are now. So start by evaluating your exact location and status at this moment. Then figure out how you got here. Use a chronology, lists of prior and current goals, and who you are trying to please. Analyze your financial assets and liabilities, where your money comes from and where it goes. What could you or would you do if you had more money or less debt? When people say to me, “I would go to therapy but I can’t afford it,” I suggest they go to the first session and say they want to work on why they don’t have enough money for what they need. If this moment in your life comes with one turning point, it’s about taking a no-bullshit approach to your finances.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Confidence is the issue. Ask what you would do, if only you had the confidence. Notice when you are reacting, when you’re responding and when you’re provoking. The difference may be subtle; for example, you may be reacting to someone a certain way in order to provoke a response. You may resort to manipulation. You have to know what you’re doing. You must understand the politics of any situation, including the most intimate, and proceed appropriately. That will involve being real and choosing your words carefully, which will compel you to know your own mind, and to practice stating your desires and your intentions to others. You have to stop bullshitting people about who you are and what you want. Withholding your true feelings is not getting you anywhere, and you know how many setbacks it’s been responsible for. It’s time to be real and only real.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)

You may feel lost or powerless when the exact opposite is true — a perfect example of the distinction between perception and reality. If you feel lost, you’re likely to act that way, and that will be real to you. The main challenge you face is twofold. You have an overwhelming sense of responsibility, to someone or something; direct it toward yourself. The other is denial. It’s easy for you to pretend that what is, is not. Over the next 10 days, a number of orientation points will emerge that will help you determine where you stand with yourself, some in moments of conflict or feeling triggered. You will be able to see clearly what your opinion about anyone or anything really is. That is the thing you want to navigate by. All emotions, negative, positive and seemingly neutral, will be useful — and must go to productive use.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
This is not the time to make or break contracts — you’re under too much pressure, there are variables you don’t know about, and it’s essential that you figure out what you want before you commit to anything new. Hold to your current course as the grand cross and solar eclipse do their work. If you encounter something interesting to do, do it, just don’t sign away more than a future evening or weekend. You must see your options beyond the trivial. This is a time of authentic, deep decisions for you, meaning you need some idea of what is available. You like to jump into things headlong without considering what might develop. But your current astrology says you need to be a clear thinker, an analyst and a visionary to make the most of options you’re not yet aware of.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
You know who you are and where you’re going — but don’t tell anyone else. Rather, begin to slip into the life you’re embarking on like a hand gently wiggling into a well-fitted glove. Your astrology seems to be pushing you into making radical decisions, particularly where your career or business is concerned. I suggest you make subtle decisions, smaller than you may think matter, involving people and how you relate to them. Everything you do in your business life now comes down to intricate human contacts, and the conscious cultivation of trust. Appearances are involved, yet you must be careful about using appearance to deceive. Rather, use the magic and power of presentation to convey the underlying truth of who you are. Present your real talents elegantly, right from your soul. Most success is not built on this — yours will be.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)

You can feel everything that’s happening, and it’s essential that you do. Others may have no idea the extent of your sensitivity or how tuned in you are to your personal world or the world around you. Information is entering your awareness for a reason. Don’t unnecessarily leap into the center of the action or involve yourself in anything that is only peripheral to your life; avoid distractions. What you’re observing and learning involves a deeper, ongoing project in leadership training. One key to leadership is knowing when to get involved in a situation and when to back off. You’re in a grooming process for a very specific purpose, which calls on you to have solid knowledge and many contacts. It will make itself known when the time is right. Pay attention because the timing will be significant.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

If I had to tell you one thing, I would say: Chiron is in your sign. Embody the healer. Be the place of sanctuary, the mind that is open to wisdom; participate in the eternal chain of knowledge passed from teacher to student. Tune your mind to the interconnectedness of all things, and have patience with those who don’t see the connections, or who seem committed to not noticing. You have not chosen the path of sacrifice; if you renounce certain circumstances and things, it’s for the purpose of being open and available to that which is exponentially better. Remember to seek within for what you need — be it knowledge, resources, strength or awareness. You are not the source, but at this time a deep connection within you is opening up to the source. Ask sincerely and be willing to receive.
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