MARCH HOROSCOPES

Sun sign horoscopes cannot replace a proper analysis of your birth chart and transits of the moment. They are meant as a broad insight into certain time signatures. If you want a more detailed forecast, you can book a reading with Elodie here. You can also subscribe to the 9th House monthly horoscopes here.

*The rising sign is essential in understanding our personal dispositions, please read your Sun sign and rising sign for extra clarity.

Happy explorations!

THE OLD, THE NEW, & THE HOPEFUL

MARCH HOROSCOPES

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“In those days I coerced oracular assurance
In my favour out of every sign.”
― Ted Hughes

 PISCES/PISCES RISING ♓︎

The changing tides are sweeping through your life and March could make you feel like re-evaluating your allegiances. There are a lot of questions in the air at the moment and you might be wondering about your next step – which is closely linked to your partnerships. Relationships will be a big theme this month for everyone. You are caught between your own needs and the difficult requirements of a relationship, either personal or professional. A tension that has been building  for the last several months is ready to be addressed. This could be related to your investments versus the investments of someone else and you could be struggling to find the middle ground. A good dose of pragmatism coupled with a trust in the unfolding process is required. Find inspiration in your current limitations and you will be pleasantly surprised at what you are able to come up with. Pisceans are endowed with the ability to see a kingdom in a grain of sand. There is no reason to let cynicism swallow the part of you that  believes in the inherent goodness of others. The Sun in Pisces until March 20 will illuminate your inner landscape allowing you to assess where you are in relation to where you would like to be. Take advantage of this light to clarify what is obscured and to reconnect with your sense of vitality, power, and authority.

ARIES/ARIES RISING ♈︎

Venus goes retrograde in the middle of your sign this month. On March 4, the planet we most often connect with beauty, relationships, attraction, money, and values is moving backward. There is no reasons to panic. First of all, Venus only appears to be moving  backward from our perspective here on Earth. Venus turns retrograde approximately every 18 months in various signs of the Zodiac. Last time she/he did her little retro dance in your sign was in 2009. If you want to have some insights as to what this retrograde could mean for you, think back to March and April of 2009. Is there anything significant that was happening then in regard to relationships, love, art, money or beauty? In other news, the Sun moves into your sign on March 20. Until then, spend some time integrating the lessons of the last year. Clean out your mental and physical closet and if you can, spend some time assessing your achievements. You could be feeling extra slow or lacking energy in the first part of the month so do not push yourself to climb mountains unless you really have to. Collaborations and partnerships with others could feel extra tedious but also extremely rewarding so use patience and understanding to get what you want.

TAURUS/TAURUS RISING ♉︎

A lot of good things can come out of our limitations and life’s minor annoyances often serve to lead us toward what we need. Often this process happens without our awareness and it’s only looking back that we understand the valuable lessons hidden in our troubles. March could be one of those months where you have little patience for the road blocks and curve balls thrown your way. You might find it harder than usual to stay cool-headed and you will have to work extra hard to stay tolerant. This could be a valuable lesson especially in regard to understanding your own process when it comes to what drives you. Passion and anger are two sides of the same coin and one cannot exist without the other. What fuels you can also destroy you and that is where the secret of your struggle lies this month. Your dreams could collide against a need for pragmatism and some sacrifice will need to be made. It is not enough to work day and night to achieve our goals; keeping a sense of perspective and even slowing down will allow for the quality you so desire and are known for. Your inherent appreciations for things well made does not mix well with deadlines and stress. Remember this when you rush to get everything accomplished this month.

GEMINI/GEMINI RISING ♊︎

It looks like all of your inspiration this month will come from your wider social circle. You could feel imbued with a new sense of optimism in regard to your calling and ready to put the efforts needed to succeed. March could be a busy month at work and there could be a bit of tension in your personal life as a result of this.  The Full Moon in Virgo on March 12 could bring matters  to a head on the home front and you might have to deal with some unpleasant responsibilities there. March is a good month for socializing even though some unresolved tensions keep threatening your peace. The support you need continues to be available if you want it but the help won’t come on its own; you will have to ask for it. There could be an old acquaintance coming back into your life or you could find yourself going back in time to a place you used to hang out. Either way, expect a surprising blast from the past to come and haunt you. There is a good mix of ambition and creativity available to you this month so don’t squander it on trivial arguments and let sleeping dogs lie. You do not want to waste all of your precious energy on things that do not really matter. Keep your goal in your mind’s eye and monopolize on the opportunities which are knocking at your door.

CANCER/CANCER RISING ♋︎

Your intuition reached new levels in the last few months and you have been able to tap into a fantastic reservoir of insights. This is serving you well and you can apply your findings onto innovative projects. The only down side of being finely in touch with the rhythm of nature is that you can’t tune out and disconnect. Your level of receptivity is such at the moment that you can easily tap into the collective cloud. However, sorting out which transmissions are meant for you and which ones should be left alone is not easy. The problem with receiving a bunch of confusing signals is knowing how to process them consciously so they do not undermine you. The receptivity is also making you more susceptible to toxic people and negative influences. This month, practice intuition hygiene and make space for the essential. Learn to filter out the messages you receive so that it doesn’t sap all of your vitality. Choose wisely what you want to let in. There is a fine balance between receptivity and absorption, between using your intuition for creative purposes versus swimming in the quagmire. Being inspired doesn’t have to be a burden; you can be creative and have boundaries: revise them. Spend time attending to the leaks and protect your mind from unwanted signals and pay attention as to where you are investing your time and energy.

LEO/LEO RISING ♌︎

The Full Moon in Virgo on March 12 will highlight your spending habits and how you have managed your assets so far this year. Pleasure and indulgence are a marvellous thing and life wouldn’t be the same without the ability to spoil ourselves. However, you are on creative duty and you must stay focused on the task at hand. Make sure you do not celebrate your victory prematurely. You need to find the discipline to see a project to the end before opening the champagne bottle. There might also be some confusion in regards to shared assets or a debt and that will need to be dealt with. Clear out the fog in the first part of the month, if possible. Budgeting and organising your expenses will definitely pay off so make time to do it. In the second part of the month your attention could turn towards learning and expanding your horizon. You might have opportunities to step out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. This could come through a relationship and literally be opening a whole new space for you to explore. You could also be craving more freedom and this is closely linked to your ability to generate creative ideas. You might need more space in order to create more or it might be that you need to step out of your routine to find some inspiration. Gathering the right amount of  discipline to attend to your responsibilities while also fulfilling your need for something different will be a work in progress this month.

VIRGO/VIRGO RISING ♍︎

There was an important New Moon and Solar eclipse in Pisces at the end of February. This eclipse was the last one in a series on the Virgo/Pisces axis that started 18 months ago. You can probably feel that a long process that’s been happening for a year and a half is finally coming to an end. It is very likely that you are starting to see the seeds that were planted in new soil taking root. Something completely new is sprouting on the horizon. On March 12, the Full Moon will be in your sign and will illuminate the path ahead and perhaps some potential road-blocks that could arise. Important decisions will need to be made if you want to give shape to an idea or a project. Dreams and reality will need to be mixed in equal parts. You are endowed with both pragmatism and imagination right now so I would definitely take advantage of this time period to materialize an ambitious idea. However, you have to be ready to put in hours required and work hard to get where you want to be. Whether you are getting the support you need from your associations depends greatly on you; ask for help if you feel overwhelmed by your to-do list. Seek the allies that can help you move ahead with your vision.

LIBRA/LIBRA RISING ♎︎

A process of redefining what love and beauty means to you will soon to be underway. Your relationship to Venus is about to undergo a transformation and there are a few things you can do to prepare. First of all, assess the relationship terrain you are walking on: is it solid? If you were given permission to re-design how you experience love and beauty in your life, what would be the first thing to go? What would be the first thing to stay? What do your relationships say about your self-worth? What does beauty mean to you? Is your self-worth connected to your image in any ways? Start sorting out the assumptions you have carried about what love means to you and see if something is ready to be let go. Be aware of any degrading or damaging ideas that keep you stuck in old and out dated patterns. I would suggest that you assess the type of people you surround yourself with and what that says about you. What are you compromising to keep the peace in some of your relationships? Is it worth it? What sacrifice are you absolutely not willing to make anymore and are you ready to let it go? Your scales will oscillate between commitment and independence in the next few months – be ready.

SCORPIO/SCORPIO RISING ♏︎

In light of recent events you could spend the next several months shedding old misconceptions you have about partnerships. You are being fully supported even though it might feel like a difficult process. It’s pretty simple: the more you resist the flow, the more you will swim against the current. There could be a bit of confusion around a romantic or professional situation and it could be difficult for you to think clearly about it especially in the first part of the month. Everything comes at a cost, whether you are willing to pay the price or not is another story and you will have to think hard about that. A new awareness is emerging in your life and your priorities are slowly shifting. What used to be important might not be as relevant now but old habits die hard. It might take a while before you are able to fully implement some new elements into your routine. There are a lot of transitional dynamics for everyone at the moment. One way you can ensure your success through this period is by staying flexible. Keep your goal in mind while being receptive to the opportunities that present themselves. Nothing is written in stone  and you can definitely work this to your advantage.

SAGITTARIUS/SAGITTARIUS RISING ♐︎

Until very recently, you had the patience and the time to dedicate to your various collaborations and partnerships. However, you are arriving at the end of your rope in regards to how much you are willing to endure. There are many good things coming out of your associations these days but you are itching to have more freedom to say and do as you please. You can do this in a diplomatic way without ruffling any feathers but you will need all the honey you can find. You also know that you can’t totally walk away from your partnerships because they are bringing you a lot of benefits and you don’t want to lose them. The big riddle on the horizon for you has to do with finding a way to work with others that doesn’t make you feel stifled. A process of revision is beginning and a lot of it will have to do with your various commitments. Sorting out which ones are still benefiting you and which ones have to go may take some time, but it has to happen. The dissatisfaction you feel could be coming from the fact that you are compromising too much. You might have been eager to take on the work load a year ago but you are starting to realize how limiting this is for your well-being. Start thinking about ways you could lighten your load by delegating some of your responsibilities. You might not get instant results but getting the ball rolling is a good start.

CAPRICORN/CAPRICORN RISING ♑︎

Your boundaries are currently being redefined to include a broader territory. What you thought was set in stone might not be after all and you are being taken out of your comfort zone. Of course the new discoveries you are making were initiated by you but they are now taking a life of their own and you must learn to improvise around them. You might also have to contend with limitations that were impose on you by someone else. The easiest route would be to go along with what is presented to you at this time but that option might not sit well with you. There is just the right amount of tension in your life right now to allow rapid transformations. You can use your current situation as a stepping stone but you must remain flexible creatively. You need the right amount of effort and faith in this unfolding process for you to reach your desired goals. Knowing exactly where to cast and having the right amount of patience is what gets you the fish. However, if you reel in too quickly after you catch it, the line can easily break due to the vitality and strength of the fish. You must tire him out first and that takes a lot of patience. Be alert and ready to seise the opportunities at this time but be willing also to wait until the perfect occasion presents itself.

AQUARIUS/AQUARIUS RISING ♒︎

Most of the opportunities presented to you at this time are coming from your networking abilities. This is definitely a period of expansion and you are broadening your scope of influence through your associations. Now that the pieces are in place, the section of the puzzle you will have to resolve is linked to your resources. You have many excellent ideas and you need to convince the world to support them. It won’t be enough to rely solely on your assets and you might need to start looking for funding options available. There could be some new opportunities coming your way that could increase your income so keep yourself available. Time management will be another big thing to keep in mind if you want to get everything done within the deadlines. If you can let go of minor distractions and focus on the work at hand you should be able to accomplish a lot this month. Keep your energy for what is essential and do not squander your precious resources on a project or idea you know won’t yield much. Focus on what’s essential and what you absolutely need to deal with, the rest will fall into place especially of you learn to delegate a bit more: find your allies.

Power & Revelations

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The Moon in Capricorn will shortly join Pluto and trigger the current Mars/Pluto square. Mars is at home in the sign of Aries which means it can fully express its martial qualities while Pluto is often compared to the latent powers hidden in the underworld.

When these 2 powerful planets are in a difficult aspect we can expect themes associated with anger and frustration to surface. We can also expect hidden or secret information to be revealed. Pluto often serves as a difficult catalyst for transformation while Mars pushes our instinctual and animalistic side to fearlessly assert itself.

A lot of power and stamina are available right now to help us succeed. The urge to transform and let go of stale modalities could feel urgent.

What irritates us could be extremely obvious now and this awareness can be used to bring the necessary changes. However it is very likely that we perceive our currant limitations as outside of our control which will result in anger and confrontation.

Things have the potential to escalate quickly today so stay cool and level headed and avoid charged situations if possible!

Sun in Pisces/Moon in Capricorn: Inspired Discipline

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The Sun is in Pisces conjunct the Tail of the Dragon and the Moon is in the sign of Capricorn. We might be revisiting time-tested ideas that prove to be better than their modern versions. Something from the past could come back for revision or be revived. We could also find ourselves appreciating the craftsmanship of our ancestors and be inspired by the quality of objects from the past.

With the Moon in Capricorn, it’s a good day to get work done and find some discipline. Since the Sun in Pisces and Neptune will receive a sextile from the Moon in Capricorn, work that requires a certain amount of creativity and inspiration should benefit.

Ghosts in the Machine

Music by Pantha du Prince – Im Bann

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“Aberrations of the human mind are to a large extent due to the obsessional pursuit of some part-truth, treated as if it were a whole truth.”
― Arthur Koestler


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The Moon will be making an interesting sequence of aspects in the next few days which is worth breaking down.

Thursday, the Moon enters the sign of Scorpio and almost immediately will trine the South Node of the Moon in Pisces. This could be thought of as getting a glimpse of the past, something hidden in the deep end resurfacing or finding ourselves obsessing over a memory we thought was buried forever.

*Since we are between eclipses (the next one being on February 26)  a more intense dream life is possible and revelations could come during your sleep.

The Moon in Scorpio will then trine Neptune in Pisces late Thursday night/early Friday morning. We can imagine this aspect as swimming through an underwater tunnel and coming across a sea monster and having to find the courage to get past a deep instinctual fear in order to swim through. There is a fine line between trusting our intuition and being carried away by delusional or irrational fears. Since the Moon in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces are both Water signs, things could escape our conscious awareness as we are led by involuntary or visceral undercurrents. Do not get discouraged by things which are outside your control: work with what you have.

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Friday morning or afternoon (depending where you live) the Moon in Scorpio will square Mercury in Aquarius while Mercury square Mars in Aries (ruler of the Moon in Scorpio) and briefly after that, the Moon will sextile Pluto in Capricorn before going void of course.

How we handle information and how we decide to communicate what we know could be challenged in some ways. How information is used to manipulate will be more obvious than usual and it could be a good time to assess what we let in and how we use it. Getting to the bottom of something in order to have more control over it can be a positive thing as long as we are clear about the specific motivations behind our actions. There could be an obsession around truth and technology which somehow lies beyond our immediate comprehension. The relationship between information and power is sure to be highlighted. These aspects could bring forth surprising tactics used through technology in order to control and dominate. Pay attention to what arises as we are heading towards dynamic astrological aspects in the last 10 days of February.

This tension could challenge us to think outside of our comfort zone in order to come up with innovative ideas that will help us move forward.

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The sound of dripping water echoes through a great stone room.
The most unusual and distinctive of inward conditions. You are held within a mode of awareness that is from another time and place altogether. You have nothing to say and nothing to do. There is no power of individual life-force. Instead you see as the ancient ones see. Utter unworldliness to a point of dissociation from surface experience. A part of the mind transported by a reverie of timeless, effortless realization. Everything is clear. The subtlest, most refined things are obvious. It is all a matter of perspective, and here the perspective is that the only thing that matters is how the inward resonant echo registers and where it leads you in choiceless awareness, in communion with the Gods.

Inside Degrees-Chandra Symbols by Ellias Lonsdale


The Sun enters the sign of Pisces February 18 at 6:31 Am EST

Full Moon in Leo: Hearts Ablaze

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”Circe” by Romare Bearden


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Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison.
The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.
-Paracelsus

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The Opening Act

For a brief moment on Friday evening a shadow will pass over the Moon. This is the first hint of what is to come in a series of eclipses on the Leo/Aquarius axis. These eclipses will take us all the way to January 21st, 2019 and this particular Full Moon is the opening act. 10 minutes after the Full Moon peaks on Friday evening so will the penumbral lunar eclipse. The Moon will spend more than 4 hours coasting through Earth’s outer shadow and it will appear darker than normal.

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”Like other lunar eclipses, penumbral eclipses occur whenever the Earth passes between the Moon and Sun, such that it obscures the Sun’s light and casts a shadow onto the Moon’s surface. But unlike other kinds of eclipses, they are extremely subtle events to observe. In a penumbral eclipse the Moon passes through an outer region of the Earth’s shadow called the penumbra.   The Moon will first enter Earth’s shadow at 5:32 p.m. EST (2232 GMT), and its moonlight will slowly but surely grow dimmer for a little over 2 hours. After the eclipse peaks at 7:43 p.m. EST, the bright glow of the full moon will take about another 2 hours to return to normal.” -Dave Reneke’s World of Space and Astronomy

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The Lunar Nodes

The Moon’s Nodes are actually the points of intersection of the paths of the Sun and the Moon as they travel in the celestial sphere. The Moon crosses the ecliptic twice each orbit around the Earth – approximately every 13 days – creating the possibility of an eclipse. However, eclipses can only occur when the Moon is new or full: that is when the Earth, Moon and Sun are in perfect alignment.

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In the early European and Oriental astronomical texts these Nodes are referred to as the Head of the Dragon (North Node) and the Tail of the Dragon (South Node). It the same tradition, it is generally believed that Caput Draconis (North Node) is more beneficial than its counter part Cauda Draconis (South Node).

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In the Vedic tradition these Nodes are called Rahu and Ketu and are ascribed significance equal to that of a planet or more specifically as a ”shadowy planet”. Their function is one of karmic retribution and together they represent the great cyclic law of manifestation which sustains the universe. In fact, the Nodes are said to be so powerful that even the Sun and the Moon obeys them. Eclipses occur when the Sun and Moon are at one of these Lunar Nodes. In most traditions (if not all of them), a celestial monster – a demon- or a serpent- is depicted eating the luminaries and causing the eclipses.

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What makes you bold

This first eclipse in the sign of Leo occurs close to the North Node of the Moon, or ”Rahu”.
In the Vedic tradition, Rahu is sometimes compared to a poisonous black serpent. This black serpent is considered both wise as well as deadly and the poison is used for both destructive and regenerative purposes. Rahu is said to bring about opportunities to anchor us deeply into matter so that we can fully take part in the material and physical experience. The Head of the Dragon, with its mouth open, is said to have an insatiable appetite for the things of this world. Symbolically, the changes and opportunities that are brought with eclipses are said to appear and disappear in and out of the void (or darkness) of the eclipse. Eclipses are almost unanimously thought to be linked to changing circumstances. Whether these changes will affect you more directly depends greatly on your natal disposition.

“Anything which you have in profusion is poison”
― Amit Kalantri


Luna

The Moon in astrology holds a passive role as she receives and reflects the light of the Sun; she does not create her own light. Here we enter the realm of projection; what is being reflected under her rays remain elusive. In this world of projections, shadows quickly turn into bizarre creatures as the imagination is given free reign. One must wonder if what he sees is real or if it is a mere trick of the light.

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The shadow of the Earth crossing the Moon symbolically represents the regenerative process that occurs in the dark. The many projections accumulated overtime are briefly obscured to enable a new type of awareness. In this darkness a truth is revealed helping us move forward and out of these accumulated projections. A skin is shed, a baggage is dropped, an egg is broken, a face emerges from under the mask for a short moment revealing something that had escaped us until now.

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Laughter, poison to fear 

The Full Moon takes place in the flamboyant sign of Leo which is ruled by the Sun. Here we find the dramatic urges of the ego who desires acknowledgement for its sovereignty and royal powers. While the Sun will be illuminating the Moon from the perspective of Aquarius, this brief intermission is brought to us by Kings and Queens. The language of Leo is one that directly links us to the heart, which it rules. The heart’s language is commanding and bold and links us to the creative fires. From this starting point everything is born. The Sun is the central heart of our solar system and Leo is closely linked to this archetypal image. For now though, Leo will have to content itself with a mere reflection of the Sun’s rays and will even find itself briefly eclipsed by a passing shadow. A hint of what is to come in the coming months.

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The heart knows what it wants and this Full Moon will briefly illuminate its investments which will be hugely magnified by the sextile from Jupiter in Libra. Should those investments be of a more poisonous nature, the need to undergo a purging process will be necessary and this eclipse could trigger the process. However, if the poison is used as medicine, a courageous disposition will be necessary if one is to seize the opportunities offered at this time. This could be further thought of as having the strength of mind and spirit to face adversity with bravery while remaining true to one’s convictions.

This Full Moon will also be locked for a brief moment in a Grand Fire Trine with Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius. Revolutionary changes are brewing and whether we are able to perceive the sparks or not, the process is underway. Whatever it is, it might not become obvious until August’s Solar Eclipse in Leo but a story is being weaved and this is the starting point.

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Take Note

This first eclipse falls at 22º of Leo. If you have important planets or if your Ascendant is between 17º and 27º of a Fixed sign (Leo-Scorpio-Aquarius-Taurus) this Full Moon/eclipse will be felt more directly, especially if they are in Leo or Aquarius. The fundamental changes being birthed at this time are linked to the next eclipse on the 22nd of August and more extensively to the ones in 2018. Be prepared to let go and be willing to receive the unexpected blessings, difficulties and fundamental changes in the coming months.

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“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. In this state of god-like awareness one sings; in this realm the world exists as poem.”
Henry Miller


References

1. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology by Bepin Behari.

2. Avebury Cosmos: The Neolithic World of Avebury henge, Silbury Hill, West Kennet long barrow, the Sanctuary & the Longstones Cove by Nicholas Mann.

3. Star Gods of the Maya: Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and Calendars by Susan Milbrath.

FEBRUARY HOROSCOPES

Sun sign horoscopes cannot replace a proper analysis of your birth chart and transits of the moment. They are meant as a broad insight into certain time signatures. If you want a more detailed forecast, you can book a reading with Elodie here. You can also subscribe to the 9th House monthly horoscopes here.

*The rising sign is essential in understanding our personal dispositions, please read your Sun sign and rising sign for extra clarity.

Happy explorations!

✑Special thanks to Marie Conigliaro Art for this month’s image.  

 

HEART OF MATTER

FEBRUARY HOROSCOPES 

photo-17-01-17-12-37-04”If you would convince a man that he does wrong,
do right. But do not care to convince him.
Men will believe what they see. Let them see.”
― Henry David Thoreau

 

AQUARIUS/AQUARIUS RISING ♒︎

We are now officially in the middle of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and this time of the year is your time. This means that you will probably be busier than usual with your many projects and most likely in high demand. Your forward thinking and unique abilities are being broadcast to the four corners and you can expect at least some form of recognition for your talents. Opportunities should be taken: people are curious t0 hear your perspective. The Full Moon on February 10 will steal the spotlight away from you for a moment and shine its light on your collaborations and partnerships. You might be embarking on some new types of projects that involve other people in some ways. Expansion and growth are indicated for you this year but you will have to keep yourself in check. Your wish to take on more projects has to be coupled with temperance and a dose of pragmatism. In the coming months your ability to say no will be as important as your ability to say yes. If you didn’t already write a master plan for 2017, sit down and draft one. Even a rough estimate of what you would like to accomplish this year will help to stay focused on the essential and delineate what it is you want to achieve. Your willingness to stay flexible and take detours while keeping your objective in mind is what will take you there. Sort out your priorities; the coming months promises to be a test in regard to how serious you are about your convictions. Be ready to handle the unexpected while remaining faithful to your vision.

PISCES/PISCES ♓︎

The time has come to start thinking about the next chapter you want to write as you are transitioning towards the end of an era. While you prepare to enter this foreign territory, I want you to consider the shoes you are wearing; are they representative of who you are becoming? Have you thought about the message they are sending or the old titles they carry with them? You might feel like holding on to that really old pair of comfortable shoes even though they have become full of holes and are essentially useless. If I were you I would burn those old shoes which have become awkward and more of a burden than a helpful protection for your feet. Throw out your old titles, you have outgrown them. Of course, this is just a metaphor and it might actually take longer to let go of some of the things you cherish, but these old relics are keeping you from exploring your full potential. You might decide against all odds to hold on just a bit longer-and that is perfectly ok. Things take time. Explore your options but keep in mind that it will most likely never go back to the way it was before. Get used to the idea slowly and have compassion for yourself through this process. Give yourself the patience you so easily give others. It is difficult to know exactly how to proceed but don’t sweat it. The next few months should help by giving you important clues on how to participate actively to what is happening.

ARIES/ARIES RISING ♈︎

There is a LOT of fire in the astrology of 2017. Like, a lot. Since you are a fire sign this will certainly fuel your awesome this year. However, as with anything flammable, some precautions are necessary to avoid setting things ablaze in a fury. First of all, you want to make sure that what you are getting passionate about is worth the cause. The great thing about being a fire sign is that it imbues you with the drive and motivation to move mountains. The down side of so much fire is that it can lead to exhaustion, or at its worst: self-destruction (I’m sure you know what I’m talking about). To avoid the less pleasant side-effect of your hot nature, make sure to invest your energy wisely in the coming months. Do not waste your breath on people or causes that are not worth fighting for. Use your discernment and find constructive outlets to express yourself. You are majorly supported this month by Mars in Aries, and people will listen to you. If you can keep your impulsive nature in check then you will accomplish a lot. Use your fire strategically so that you are not dismissed as a short-tempered Aries. The world needs courageous people that will step over the line. Only you want to make sure that the world also hears and understand why you are stepping over the line. Rebellion is awesome but it is not enough to produce effective change. A strategic rebel has a lot more chance to succeed than an impulsive one.

TAURUS/TAURUS RISING ♉︎

Since the beginning of 2017, your focus has been directed on things happening to other people around you: on affairs which you have almost no control over except the ability to lend a helping hand when necessary. The Full Moon in Leo on the 10th of February will shine its light on you and your home and perhaps illuminate some things that needs to be put in order. You have been so busy that you might have neglected the more private areas of your life. This could include your health, your own personal creative projects, your family, and of course your partner. Make sure you allow yourself the time needed to reconnect, root-down, and rest. February promises to be a busy month socially and you will continue to be pulled in many directions for support and input. There might be something you are not aware of at the moment-something that could surprise you down the road, something hidden in plain view but not yet directly obvious. It could be tension building up in a part of your life that will need addressing later (unless you manage it now), so pay attention to what is happening. Don’t assume that you understand everything about a situation just yet and take in consideration that you might have a blind spot that is keeping you from seeing the whole picture. With that said, it doesn’t have to be worrisome. It could mean getting a second opinion on something or running an idea you have by a colleague at first to see how solid it is. It could also mean just stopping for a moment to reassess your direction and adjust your stance. Whatever it means, see it as a mindset; flexible, ready to deal with whatever arises while still feeling solid in your stance.

GEMINI/GEMINI RISING ♊︎

The word overwhelmed doesn’t even sum up how you’ve been feeling in 2017 so far. Your attention has been like a weathervane, one moment pointing in one direction only to spin 180º in the opposite direction with the slightest wind gust. Rest assured that this is not due to the fact that your head is coming loose but more to the fact that you are juggling with so many balls! Of course you wouldn’t have it any other way and as February progresses, you will start to feel steady with your juggling act and you might even find a short cut or a magic trick to help you out. It also looks like you will continue to be quite busy and you will have plenty of opportunity to broaden your horizons and your scope of influence. The tension you are feeling is mostly due to growing pains and responsibilities, but you can handle it. You are at a point in your life where you have been there before and you have the expertise to back you up. Do not let doubt or other people deter you from that fact. You might feel alienated this month if some people second guess the validity of your knowledge and undermine what you know. You could also find the support you need amongst some of your colleagues so do not dismiss everyone. Be prepared to back up what you know with some facts or evidence and you should  get the acknowledgment you deserve. As you know, nothing is free in this world, and you will still need to pay your due with work and discipline if you want to get the results you are looking for. Allow yourself some down time for your mind to relax but be willing to put in the extra hours if needed.

CANCER/CANCER RISING ♋︎

You are starting to adapt to the new elements that were recently added to your routine. These new patterns of behaviours that were foreign to you only a few months ago are starting to feel more normal. You will have to pay attention not to revert back to some of the old habits that tends to sprout only when you get too comfortable or when you are stressed. Resolutions that were taken at the beginning of 2017 will now start to either take hold or dissolve. If you are not totally aligned with all that you have promised yourself for 2017, is there a way you could be more realistic about what is possible? Are you perhaps taking the long road when you could be taking a short cut? Who said the long way was better anyway? Efficiency is a beautiful thing; get familiar with that word. Contemplate the ways you could use what you have at your disposal to get closer to your goal in a shorter time period. Can what you set out to accomplish be done faster if you team up? Can it be that in order to be more efficient you will need more funds? If so, assess what is possible in that department. Let go of the desire to do everything on your own and ask for help if you need to. Yes, you can get a lot done by yourself but other areas of your life might suffer in the process-mainly your health. It’s ok to give yourself the down time needed to regenerate. Sometimes that is what being efficient is all about; making sure you have enough fuel to keep going.

LEO/LEO RISING ♌︎

This is a big month for you, with a Full Moon and a lunar eclipse in your sign on February 10. ”Ok, sure” you say, ”but what does this mean for me?” Well, first of all you have to understand that a good part of your attention at the moment is directed on your partnerships or onto the things outside of yourself that makes you feel supported. You are deriving your energy and vitality-in part-on the people who are close to you. February will highlight your attachments and what you need to feel content. What is lacking will also become more obvious. The fact that the Full Moon and the lunar eclipse are in your sign is an indication to take stock. The Full Moon represents amongst other things a culmination of that part of your life which is ruled by the ebb and flow of your heart’s desires. This is in some ways the opening act of what will unfold in your life in the next 2 years. There is no reason to resist what wants to be born, just as there is no reason to resist what needs to be let go. Doors open and doors close and if we move with it it becomes easier to seize the opportunities as they present themselves. What needs to happen will happen regardless but you can decide to set yourself in a receptive stance as opposed to a resisting one. The eclipses of the next 2 years are on the Leo/Aquarius axis. Eclipses usually bring some fundamental changes in the way we operate. Sometimes they bring events or opportunities that help us move forward. As I mentioned above, this first lunar eclipse in your sign is like the opening act. It is possible that what is sprouting is still invisible to the naked eye but in a couple years you will look back on this time period as an important transition.

VIRGO/VIRGO ♍︎

Logistical issues could take its toll on you this month so allow yourself plenty of down time. There is no point in letting anxiety run the show. You could feel overwhelmed by matters that are really out of your control for the moment. These things could be connected to shared assets, taxes, or other monies that tie you down in some ways. You could feel limited by your immediate surroundings or there could be extra responsibilities on the home front. The Full Moon on the 10th of February will highlight your need for silence and tranquility. Allow yourself to step away from the hustle and bustle if you need as this will serve to invigorate and revitalize you. Habits that do not serve you well will become obvious this month and this is also an excellent time to maximize on your wellbeing. Mid-month, your attention will shift on your partnerships, shedding a gentle and healing light on them. Anything that needs closure will culminate before the end of the month. The New Moon in Pisces on February 26 brings with her a new level of awareness in regards to your relationships and the people who are dear to your heart. You are now engaging with your partners in a subtle but different way and you might discover some characteristics in yourself which had remained hidden until now. This New Moon in Pisces is also a Solar eclipse in Pisces and marks the last one of a series which started back in March 2015. A process that had begun approximately 2 years ago is now culminating. A new level of consciousness, a new level of self-love, and a new way of relating to the world is ready to flourish.

LIBRA/LIBRA RISING ♎︎

Oh dear Libra, if only you could make up your mind half your torments would vanish! If only you could settle on what you want then things would flow in one direction so easily… or would they? I’m sorry, I actually don’t know the answer to this very complicated riddle but what I know is that the time to take some important decision has come. Or has it? Perhaps this is just a test run and not the actual real time to act yet? Maybe you still need to assess which of the myriad of options available to you is the right one? Maybe you don’t need to make any decisions at all! Maybe it’s better to let things unfold and see what happens? It looks to me like what you want right now is the whole cake and to eat it, too. You want freedom and the perfect partner, ease in motion and challenges, you want to be in business without the responsibilities. You are actively searching for the perfect trick that will allow you to do just that. How can someone desire one thing while also desiring its opposite? This is perhaps one of the greatest mysteries of the scales. One way you can start bringing more focus to your affairs is by drafting what is is you truly value. Imagine you have the powers to bring abundance into your life but only to what truly matters; no cheating. What would you choose? What are the things you cannot live without? What are the things you absolutely cannot tolerate anymore? The next few months will bring some important clues to your attention. You are entering a transitional phase; do not remain passive to avoid making clear cut decisions. One way or another, you won’t be able to keep that cake forever. Let the sorting process begin!

SCORPIO/SCORPIO RISING ♏︎

Your inner landscape is undergoing some major transformation at the moment and even though it might not be obvious on the surface, you feel it. Your connection to the unseen is being strengthened by events or circumstances and keeping the dialogue open has some major benefits. What I mean by this is that even though we get to choose what we like and don’t like in our lives, some things are beyond our control. Releasing our grasp helps in assimilating the value of these experiences and supports us in moving forward. Of course, Scorpios are experts in the process of regenerating, but why is that? In part, I think it is because your loyalty to what you hold dear is so deeply ingrained and solid that it makes letting go even more difficult. Someone who can turn around and forget their allegiance easily wouldn’t even notice this process, but for you it is a total transformation – a new skin. Once you move on from something you do not turn back. You become a new person and that is why I think letting go is so difficult. There is an old story coming to an end in your life and you can feel it in your bones. As long as you do not cross that bridge you stay in that old skin; the one full of stories and scars which are dear to your heart. You can stay here forever if you want; on the verge of the abyss, contemplating the familiar void of something that is no more. Take the time you need to contemplate this landscape – this is how you build your strength. However, be aware that the opportunities knocking at your door won’t be there forever.

SAGITTARIUS/SAGITTARIUS RISING ♐︎

The year 2017 has been good to you so far. You have felt the momentum of things moving forward in your life even amidst the general uncertainty that floats in the collective. The process of sorting out what is essential to you and what you do not want in your life anymore continues and the image is getting clearer everyday. Shedding old pre-conceived ideas about how things ought to be is not an easy process and sorting out what matters to you has been difficult at times. Being pulled in opposite directions by our dreams versus our responsibilities requires fine adjustments and this balancing act will continue in the coming months. The changes are partially due to a fundamental transformation of your beliefs and how you have perceived the world until now. What was once important to you doesn’t seem essential now. So when our priorities shift our life changes. Even though you might not be able to relate with some of your old opinions and ideas, it’s good to keep in mind that not everyone around you will be able to shift their perspective simultaneously. If you find that you are having difficulties relating to the world, it could be in part due to the dichotomy of your old beliefs vs the new ones. You could be feeling very different internally but your reality might seem ill fitting for a while and in turn this could affect your existing relationships. It’s a good idea to keep that in mind in the coming months while you make the small adjustments needed in your external reality to fit your inner vision.

CAPRICORN/CAPRICORN RISING ♑︎

Your allegiance will be undergoing revision this month as you try to reconcile your private life with your professional one. This is not an easy task and you could feel divided between  obligations on the home front versus career opportunities. You might need to reformulate your plans in order to meet all of your expectations. Elements of your work could be undergoing revision and this is indirectly linked to a change of beliefs on your part or some new role you are stepping into. Your priorities and values are shifting with the changing of tides and your desire to focus on what matters is becoming more important. The Full Moon in Leo on February 10 highlights some issues in regard to joint finances. Unexpected expenses could indicate the need to tighten the reign on your finances in order to accomplish what you set out to do. The opportunities to make money are there but it all depends on how you organize your schedule. Since a lot of pleasure will be derived from spending time at home with your loved ones this month you might not feel like having the extra responsibilities but fortunately your heightened intuition should help you make the proper decisions so that you can benefit from both. The right balance of work and pleasure does exist so do not deny yourself the down time. It’s easy for Capricorn’s to feel under-productive but you must be able to allow yourself a period of grace to adapt to the changing circumstances.

 

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“The study of thinking machines teaches us more about the brain than we can learn by introspective methods. Western man is externalizing himself in the form of gadgets.”
― William S. Burroughs

February’s Fire

Hey everyone,

We’re almost done with January which has been a good example of what is to come. We also have entered the Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster. Even if the Chinese Zodiac has nothing to do with the Tropical Zodiac (the one we use) there is one thing in common for 2017 and that is: there is a LOT of planets in FIRE signs all year.

Uranus is in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius plus we have an upcoming Venus retrograde (beginning March 4) in the sign of Aries.

There is also a series of eclipses on the Leo/Aquarius axis beginning this month with the Full Moon in Leo (a Fire sign) on February 10. Eclipses generally comes in sets of 4 over the course of the year.

So what does it mean? Well, If you have important planets in the late degrees of the Fixed signs (Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius, Leo) this year eclipses will highlight that part of your chart.
Eclipses in astrology are considered triggers that brings fundamental changes. These changes can be sudden or they can be more of a gradual shift towards something completely new over a period of time. Of course it’s easier to pinpoint the area affected by studying the natal chart.

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The New Moon in Pisces at the end of February is also a Solar eclipse and it is the last one in the Pisces/Virgo series that has happened over the course of the last 2 years. There was a lot of changes for these guys (Virgo and Pisces) and an evolution towards something that is either being born now or on the last stretch of its journey.

The Sun is in Aquarius and will move into the water sign of Pisces on February 18.

Saturn in Sagittarius (a fire sign) continues to fuel dogmatic beliefs and wars on ideologies and Jupiter goes retrograde later this month which will bring the second Jupiter/Uranus opposition.

Mars in Aries (fire sign) all month is excellent for pushing ahead with your own ideas and
projects. If you feel tense, go sweat it out.

Stay noble, stay bold.

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Crossing the swamp

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Mercury conjunct Pluto today while the Moon has just entered Pisces and is moving towards a conjunction with the Tail of the Dragon or more often called: the South Node of the Moon.
These aspects can be compared to a crocodile in a quagmire; his tail dredging up all sorts of old sediments from the bottom of a dirty pool.

Unpleasant situations will need to be dealt with, secrets could be revealed and powerful opinions will collide.

Anything that has to do with communicating and processing information is receiving a dose of steroids (Pluto) which in turn magnifies the outgoing and incoming messages.

The Moon in Pisces approaching a conjunction to the South Node could mean that we feel helpless or victimized by something out of our control. The South Node is sometime compared to a bottomless pit where we tend to get stuck and where we can feel great dissatisfaction.

This dissatisfaction in turn serves as impetus for change.

The great waters are churning. As we become aware of all the darkness in the world we must not lose faith but push beyond the unpleasant truths emerging at the moment.

The Sun in Aquarius serves as a guiding light shining on our ideals.