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Dear Friend and Reader:

I'm back again. A poet can stand anything but a typo.

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Photo by Eric Francis.
Here's a re-take on today's horoscope; the full edition is linked here. I had originally hired Priya to stand in for this edition [here is her rendition, again]; the front end of my week was loaded with clients, today's article took a ridiculous amount of fact checking, the monthly horoscope ran into Monday and I knew to get help. However, at around 11:30 last night, I noticed that the Sun was about to venture into Scorpio, and I wasn't gonna not write my own horoscope for that one. Not to mention Saturn walking into Libra next week.

Anyway, it was a little late and our proofreader is down with a spider bite. I've made some corrections and light rewrite to the weekly horoscope. There was a word missing for Scorpio -- personal what? Integrity. As for Sagittarius, the correct word was mojo, not major. That last edit was added by MS Word's grammar checker, which obviously does not substitute for an editor.

Have the best weekend you can dream up. Scorpio Sun says: let it happen. I'll see you Tuesday with the monthly horoscope.

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis

Weekly Horoscope for Friday, October 23, 2009, #789 - BY ERIC FRANCIS

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
It's not change that most people fear, but rather the anticipation of change. It's the mere idea that something might be different tomorrow, or that an influence we don't understand will enter the scene. Most of the time, that kind of anxiety belongs to someone else. Here's the question: is another person's fear or prior history of loss interfering with your ability to be close to someone? The static or distortion can take any number of forms, and you might not recognize it for what it is. The most likely form it will take this week is anger; and remember that anger directed at yourself shows up as guilt. Who would that 'someone else' be? Ask yourself who, as a child, taught you the most about relationships, both by her example and the words she said to you.

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Taurus (April 19- May 20)
If we held our relationships to the standard of whether they nourish us, and whether we enjoy nourishing them, Match.com would suddenly be more popular than Facebook. However, we might ask what gets in the way of that exchange of nutrients, and a likely answer would be resentment. Who do you know who really, truly enjoys taking care of someone without a trace of that old stuff? Are you able to sincerely receive the gifts you're offered without either guilt, or taking them for granted? Such is possible, and by this point in your life you may be getting in contact with something that verges on actual, conscious need for contact. As long as you don't perceive that need as a weakness, you will discover a dependable friend.

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
There's no way to avoid an emotional issue now; whether you stuff yourself or starve yourself won't change the situation. However, you'll have a dependable measure of your emotional state based on looking at what you eat and why. This would include the foods you crave, and how much care you put into feeding yourself as a healing method rather than as an indulgence. Gradually, you are beginning to recover from a long phase when you thought you had lost faith not only in yourself but also in people who you hoped would be dependable. You can venture into territory now that seemed impossible just a couple of weeks ago. You can, in fact, take care of yourself, and you will feel better merely as a result of the intelligence of that gesture.

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Cancer (June 21- July 22)
Like your fellow water signs Scorpio and Pisces, you morph in and out of whether you feel like you belong on the planet based on whether others resonate with you emotionally. You've been doing well in this regard, given how few planets are in water signs lately. This may be because you're so committed to rethinking your concept of what a relationship is, what a partner is for, and whether there's someone unusual enough to actually make contact with you. I would suggest this, however: you can reach out. You can reach out to more than one person if you want, or (in another take on the same aspect) develop something with a person you consider truly unusual. Have confidence in your inner guidance, which is quieter than your emotions. Be aware that you've come a long way toward recognizing what is truly important to you, and allow trust in love to be an expression of that awareness.

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Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)
First I would like to speak to all the Leo moms who may be reading, and acknowledge that motherhood is something that comes with many mixed emotions. Not only is there not a standard of perfection, your own responses to the at times overwhelming responsibilities of a child or children can be inconsistent. Give yourself some space for the full spectrum of possibilities, and no, you're not losing your mind if you feel many things within a single hour or a single day. For all cats: this is a reminder that emotional mastery begins with awareness. You may not know it, but others perceive you at the moment as what is sometimes called an intense person. I don't suggest you hold back, but I do suggest you measure your words.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
The narrow ledge you seem to be walking along involves a concept of who you are; and this concept is not big enough to contain who you actually are. Most people try to live up to something outside them. You often brutally try to enforce an inner standard, which involves successfully meeting a checklist of qualifications for personhood. Attempting to follow this list may feed the obsessive side of your nature, but it does nothing to make you a better person, or a happier one; and generally leaves you in the position of being your harshest critic. One thing you can do now is to notice this tendency. Give it a name; any name but your own. When you see it operating, step back, take a breath, and consider that something else is possible.

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Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)
Hopefully, you'll remember you read this. In less than one week, Saturn moves into your birth sign. This is a truly rare transit that comes with the feeling that the Earth itself is moving. Changes that you thought were inconceivable will suddenly seem not only possible, but probable or even inevitable. Here is the thing to remember, and not forget. At this point nothing, including any developments that may surface as this transit happens, is permanent. This is more of a test run, a boundary check and an energy check; it is an experiment in what is possible; and a chance to see how flexible you really are. It is not, however, a time for 'permanent' decisions, and this of course will be good news to any Libra. That time will arrive; now is a moment to actually explore the alternatives.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)
You have the moxie, the charm, the style, energy and most of all, the personal integrity required to succeed in the way that you want to. In fact, you can forget about everything on that list except for the last item. I also know you have your doubts, and let me be the first to tell you that Scorpio self-doubt is just about always misplaced. Success does not usually happen fast, and we have good reason to question the kind that does. What I am telling you is that you have solid reasons to have faith in yourself. So what if various elements of your romantic life make about as much sense as two jigsaw puzzles mixed together. Who cares if there are those nights you feel like you're holed up in a raft floating on the ocean of your own existence. You actually know who you are. You actually believe in yourself.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)
You don't usually present yourself to the world as a peculiar, unfathomable person steeped in the vast unknown of the cosmos. Sometimes you even fool yourself into believing you're the happy-go-lucky person you read about on your own Twitter feed. But if that's true, then what exactly is the source of this unshakeable faith you have in yourself? What's the source of your incredible passion that comes from deep in your core and never seems to run out? I know there are the deep kind of faith and the shallow kind, and they both work pretty good. This is the time of year that you're reminded just how deep your commitment to yourself is; but I assure you that you have not seen anything yet. Remember the goals that were so meaningful to you in the spring. They will soon be back, with ten times the mojo.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
For such a serious, focused person, you have an odd ambivalence about your goals. At times you've adopted the position of letting your most important decisions be made for you. Other times you respond to necessity, which not that different, but at least it's practical. Neither of those options is viable now, and at this stage of your life, neither is honest. You know that your choices must be based on who you actually are, and that the process of making decisions is one of the ways you make that (ongoing) discovery. Therefore, if you find yourself in a position of being compelled to decide what you must do, shorten the loop and strive to understand who you are. Even if that is a work in progress, focus on your reality in this moment: not who you were, or who you plan to be.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
Information is on its way; it may be coming right now, but you may not be listening. I say this because your charts hint strongly that you're walking around telling yourself, "It's not time; I'm not ready." I would suggest that it is indeed time, you are indeed ready, and that the information you're getting is designed to provide an essential element of preparation. You've figured that the universe doesn't run on a train schedule. But the planets do move in a logical way, and one thing that logic says is that you've prepared long enough for a new assignment that will take you far and wide, and prove your competence in the tasks you've chosen to undertake. It would help a lot if you didn't try to convince yourself otherwise.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)
As regards other people, such as relationship partners, they appear to be figuring out something that you've known is true for a long time. Yet is that what's happening, or are you getting into alignment with your own truth, and therefore making room for the people around you to be in alignment with theirs? Either interpretation is true enough. Let's assume the second possibility, because it keeps the cause of what you perceive within yourself. At this point, the more responsibility you take for everything and everyone in your life the better -- most particularly yourself. Your commitments carry more energetic influence now than at any moment in recent memory, especially the ones you make to yourself. Your inner guidance is impeccable. Practice trust, day and night.

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