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Note to readers: Believe it or not, the Aries Point gets a little break right now from what has felt like perpetual action all summer. But while the biggest sources of tension have shifted, you may still be feeling the effects. And of course, this Mercury retrograde -- only halfway over -- has been stirring up its own brand of psychic stress (and opportunity for healing). In this issue of Astrology News, Eric explains what areas of your deep past (we're talking ancestral here) you may want to explore to make the most of the Sun-Mercury conjunction aspecting a couple of potent minor planets right now. If you read these sample issues regularly, chances are you're ready to go deeper with Eric's guidance -- available in full, with horoscopes for all 12 signs each week -- through a free one-month trial subscription. Or if you'd simply like to read the rest of today's issue, we are making it available for individual purchase at a super-affordable price of $2.95. And if you know and love a Capricorn whose birthday always gets short shrift in the winter, the Capricorn Birthday Audio Report and greeting cards (just above the earth sign horoscopes, below) would make a sweet surprise.

We Will Eventually Figure This Out
Dear Cousin, Friend or Client:

Good morning, on the cusp of the 'official' last weekend of summer in the US.

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Tree fungus grows in the East Woods, September 2010. Photo by Eric Francis.
The cardinal T-square (or grand cross, depending on what points you count) is taking a little time off. This is the aspect pattern that drove us from the early part of the year until very recently like we were on some kind of wild ride. Uranus, and shortly Jupiter, are spending some time in Pisces, which is like both planets taking a dip in the ocean after a hot day at the beach.

Their next conjunction on Sept. 18, the first ever in Pisces for this 84-year cycle of Uranus, is more visionary than jarring. Saturn is past its series of squares to Pluto (which date to late 2009) and its longer series of oppositions to Uranus (which date to late 2008). This draws to a close the pressure for a certain kind of enforced change; now we just need to get the feeling out of our cells and our bones, and get the hang of voluntarily guiding along the changes that we need to make.

In particular, these developments temporarily take some pressure off of the Aries Point, with one notable exception, which I'll come to in a moment. Through the end of this season and into the next, the focus is deeply personal. Mercury is currently retrograde and is stirring up all kinds of individual and family-related material and psychological tension by making a long series of aspects to minor planets in Sagittarius. The feeling is like something being on your mind but you know it's something deeper. You may or may not want to go deeper -- though I will say this is an opportunity to explore, work out or put to good creative use psychological material that is usually out of reach.

Venus and Mars are moving in a conjunction from Libra to Scorpio. Venus will soon be retrograde through both of these signs, prompting a deep reevaluation of the meaning of sex and desire in our lives.

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Shake the Foundations | Political Waves

The nation is wandering in darkness, said Glenn Beck at his 'Restoring Honor' rally at the Lincoln Memorial last weekend. Beck's shtick is 'standing up for truth.' His rally, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, included a Moses-like address commanding wrong-thinking Americans to return to the honesty and integrity of our forefathers. Beck's laundry list of right-wing, Christianist speakers, including Sarah Palin, called upon God to return us to the absolute faith in Christ Jesus displayed by the founders. Beck wished upon each of us the surge of prayerful patriotism he'd experienced at holding George Washington's inaugural address in his hands.

Predictably, neither of these things is true. The founders deplored the influence of religion on government and vehemently insisted on the separation of church and state. Nor did Beck ever hold any of the founding documents, which are too fragile to be handled by any but trained staff at the National Archives. Mr. Beck's revisionism is completely untrustworthy, but his faithful followers believe him to be both well educated and genuine. He is neither.

The left looks upon Glenn Beck as a confused and confusing huckster, a showman more ego-involved than political, willing to say or do anything to attract more attention and money. But to the older, predominately white conservatives who consider Beck's every utterance heartfelt and trustworthy, he hawks a familiar theme: return to the old ways before it's too late. Beck is the newest prophet warning of gloom, doom and apocalypse. It's surprising how popular that message is.

Glenn's followers watch his convoluted blackboard lectures on FOX News and absorb revisionist lessons from "Glenn Beck University." Now they can also log on to his news site The Blaze, debuting this week as "an honest source of information and counterpoint to the Huffington Post." Beckofiles dutifully buy the junk his sponsors market, although most of these products border on scam and certainly exploit the fearful and gullible. Credible sponsors left Beck in droves when he moved from CNN to FOX.

Like other recent right-wing celebrities, Mr. Beck is part entrepreneur, part opportunist. Ms. Palin is another. If the American Dream is to parlay charisma into multimillions, both of these characters are living the good life. Stephen Colbert skillfully skewered Glenn on the rally hyperbole that drew nearly a hundred thousand to Washington, D.C., expecting miracles as advertised. Yes, some 90,000 of our neighbors gathered to experience something akin to a big tent revival and patriotic tribute to the nation's military. Glenn Beck has become a very unlikely de facto head of the Christian political movement. There is a good deal of money to be made by tapping into the Christianist roots of the Tea Bagger movement, gone leaderless since Dubya stepped away from the podium. It doesn't matter that the facts don't support the issues that anger this demographic, or that Beck is a Mormon.

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It's About You: Capricorn Birthdays for 2010
Dear Capricorn or Capricorn Rising:

I just completed the Capricorn birthday audio presentation for 2010. This is a combination of astrology and tarot, suitable for Capricorn Sun, Moon or rising. I know Capricorn birthdays often get glossed over in the midst of the end-of-year/new year holidays, so I'm happy to be able to offer you this fresh look at your current astrology now.

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It was an exciting report to record, since the focus of everyone's astrology right now is Pluto in your sign, putting you at the vanguard of internal evolution as you develop your mission in the world -- a world ready for your participation and, as I’ve been suggesting in recent horoscopes, your leadership.

Your Capricorn reading is a careful look at your astrology from before your last birthday through 2010. I touch on the significant astrology from the past few years and make connections to Capricorn's role in the 2012 alignment.

The current astrology directly influences all the most important aspects of your life: your personal evolution, your career, your home base and sense of security, your family life and your relationships.

You are being called to develop your integrity, Capricorn; in fact, one of my readers once described Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn as mandatory integrity. As you'll hear in this audio birthday report, you are up to the task of leading by example.

I've included a 20 minute tarot card reading, using the Voyager deck by James Wanless. You can order now and get instant access. This is high-quality stereo audio which you can listen to as many times as you like, for as long as you like -- these files will be preserved in their original location. It's priced to be affordable -- $14.95 for about an hour of material (this is an extra-long edition of birthday audio).

Because my astrology writing is focused on the houses, I recommend this audio for Capricorn rising as well. This audio report makes an excellent companion to Capricorn Confidential, the 2010 annual edition of Planet Waves, which is in written form.

Thanks for your participation, and for doing your metaphysical shopping at Planet Waves.

Yours & truly,
Eric Francis

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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, September 3, 2010, #829 - BY ERIC FRANCIS

Taurus (April 19- May 20)
You seem to be trying to unravel something the difficult way that you could unravel much more easily -- and explore an opportunity while you're at it. This 'something' relates to what you usually consider among the most challenging endeavors: allowing inspiration to flow through you into creative results that take you to another level of consciousness or experience. It will help if you remember that there are other levels than the one you usually hang out on. Remember that the world is flexible. Remember that everything you touch, see and hear came into being through some act of intention or creation. You can easily reach a zone of awareness where you co-create the world and yourself at the same time. So allow yourself to be surprised by what you are not expecting.

Taurus Birthday Audio by Eric Francis is available. Check this link for more information.
Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)
Your father's house has many rooms. And in our society, father is a mystery on the order of what we think of as God. In fact, our obsession with God is little other than a stand-in for our teetering relationship to father. You seem to be dealing with legacy material that at once is about family and at the same time has overtones of spirituality or religion. I suggest you pull back the curtain on anything that comes cloaked in spiritual, religious or even mystical values, terminology or ritual. State your business in the most succinct psychological and physical terms possible. Think of events with dates, locations with addresses and people with names. Notice direct parallels between what you are experiencing now, and what you experienced much earlier in life. Remember that inheritance comes in many forms other than cash or property -- and you can't use it or give it away till you claim it as your own.

The Virgo birthday report will be ready next week. However, I am offering a Mercury retrograde in Virgo report which is like taking a trek on Virgo through the 12 houses of the zodiac. There is an abundance of information in there offered in service of a sign that deserves more attention than it usually gets. Here is the link to connect with that product.

Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)
Everything about your charts speaks both of seeking a new level of achievement and also a new depth of self-understanding. To discover your true longterm vision, I suggest you look back to an idea that you may have given up on long ago. How long ago? Well, what was your very first idea for what you wanted to do with your life? Children are closer to their original intentions for coming to the world; they have had less time to learn, but also less time to forget. Yet often these intentions and desires have a way of being critiqued out of existence. If you can recover this and other early goals that you had, you will also learn something about where they went; that is to say, you'll catch a glimpse how you talk yourself out of what you want. Once you figure that out, you can stop doing it, and focus instead on creating what you desire the most.

The Capricorn Audio Birthday Report is now ready. This is more than an hour of astrology for Capricorn and Capricorn rising, covering the cardinal T-square from a personal perspective. I've also included a 20-minute tarot reading using the Voyager Deck. For instant access, order here for Capricorn and Capricorn Rising. Only $14.95, this also makes a meaningful and economical gift.

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