Brussels, Monday, October 16, 2006

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Monday, Oct. 16, Moon in Leo
Forget what you heard yesterday and think about today. The Moon is waning fast and we are in a phase of closure. Everything that has presented an undue challenge is slowly wrapping up and a new cycle of experience is about to begin. During the late phase of the Moon is the time to be thinking of what you want the next month to be about. Integrity counts more than ever now.

Aries (March 20-April 19)
Close partners or loved ones will be open to discussion and even friendly persuasion today, but more to the point, you're feeling pretty open-minded yourself. Over the next few days, I suggest you keep in mind how well conversation and sharing opinions works as a means of finding common ground. Real understanding proceeds in layers and takes time. You'll need to watch a tendency in both yourself and others to be impatient or create controversies out of small things. No matter how fiery you're feeling, none of them are necessary.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
It remains to be seen whether others will be good for their word. You may hear some awesome promises the next few days. By itself that's not a reason to doubt them. If you're feeling yourself hesitate on a commitment on the grounds that someone else may not quite be up to it, I suggest you let time be the deciding factor. Our current phase of planetary alignment is all about taking a wait-and-see approach while at the same time devoting yourself to being alert and aware to the most basic facts. And the thing about the facts is that sooner or later, they come out.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You need to keep your focus on your short-term plans, despite having exciting ideas about what the future might hold. Isn't the current moment interesting enough? What may be nagging you is a sense of mystery relating to your purpose in life, which is one of those things that has reached an epidemic proportion. I would suggest that your current creative passions and romantic interests are the key to that purpose. The meaning of life is not about the future. It's about today.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Keep your cool and you'll be able to put to excellent use some strange circumstances that will soon be driving everyone else to drink. However, that may not be so easy with Mars and the Sun lining up in your house of security and peace of mind. You can direct this energy constructively, and do your part to make sure you're feeling settled, grounded and most of all safe in your physical space. It's not always possible to conjure this out of thin air, but I assure you, you're working with a lot more than that.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Lift up the lid on the heavy quality you may be feeling and you'll see that beneath it is a lot of energy, all of which is available to you. For some weeks you've been trying to rearrange something, whether in your environment or in your mind. You're actually succeeding, though it would help if you tidied up around your workspace. This would give you a chance to see how far along you are and how much progress you've made. This is not just a matter of perspective; it's a matter of actually looking.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
What exactly is bothering you? I would not feel surprised if you felt like you've slipped into a trap of some kind, nor if you had the feeling you've suddenly lost your way. Neither is true, but at least I can tell you that you're in the zone of having to keep your emotions separate from your reasoning process. You're feeling a lot and you're thinking a lot, but you need a Chinese wall between the two. Remember that what you see dancing around on the other side of the divider is just a shadow.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
The thing about trusting people with money is that no matter how untrustworthy someone else may have been, you really do have to trust the next person. Living and learning is more about deciding who you're going to trust, and with what. You may need to make a long-term decision with just a little information, so why don't you get a little more? Think like a bank. Ask questions like, "How long at the present address?" and "Who is your next of kin?" These are legitimate questions, and you'll be glad you asked.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You have seen that a little pressure applied the right way works a lot better than a lot of pressure applied the wrong way. Not only that, you save yourself a lot of bother. Keep applying this principle to your life. A rare alignment in the planets is speaking of an equally rare alignment in your perception, awareness and circumstances, where small moves count for a lot. Making conscious choices based on what you notice has happened will take you a long way on your journey to self-realization. The first major revelation you experience this week will surely not be the last.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
You may have a clue about the unusual story that's developing behind the scenes. You may, even at this relatively early stage, have a sense that something extraordinary is taking shape, even though you have no tangible basis for this notion. This is not you being overly optimistic or stretching a questionable situation for a good outcome. However, it's not a straight line between here and there. It's a pretty wiggly line, and you do run the risk of getting lost, mixed up, or forgetting your true goal. Vow to remember, no matter how strange the next few weeks may be.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
From what I can tell, you've got a situation in your life requiring you to endure one of the longest and most drawn-out negotiation processes you can ever remember. It doesn't help that you've been able to have about one serious discussion per month rather than just work it out all at once. But this is partly because you're not being especially assertive about insisting that the situation be resolved promptly and decisively. You are now in a position to do that. The feeling you're going for is moving a heavy rock with a lever, not hitting it with a hammer.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Generally, beliefs change slowly. They are, typically, moved by a process of evolution rather than revolution. This may relate to a credibility factor; we need evidence before we change a belief. But closer to the point is that we tend not only to be lazy about what we believe, but so lazy that we don't often know exactly what it is. All you need now to inspire a revolution in your mind is to be aware of what you're actually thinking. Self-knowledge will make just about anything feel possible, in truth, because it is.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You are, without a doubt, feeling hemmed in by your situation, as if you're trying to fit a round fish in a square hole. But I don't see you giving up yet. Right now you can't fully trust your perceptions because you're under so much pressure. Because you're being so fully driven by necessity, you may not have any sense at all that you're doing the right thing. But as the next week or so develops, you're going to adopt an entirely new perspective. You'll see the wisdom of your ways, which will be reassuring -- but that's not the best the universe has on tap.

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