Monday, February 16, 2015

New Moon February 18, 2015

 Wednesday the sun enters Pisces just after the new moon in the early evening. It will be easy to be hypnotized by this lunation. This New moon falls on Ash Wednesday and sandwiched between Mardi gras on the 17th and Chinese New Year (wood sheep) on the 19th. This is an exciting time that will allow us all to press the reset button on our lives if we can go with the Piscean flow.

 The moon will conjunct Neptune, Pisces’ planetary ruler on Thursday the 19th.  When this watery moon represented by the sign of the fish meets up with the Sea God in his own sign it’s a safe bet that things are going to be wet! That’s an awful lot of water to start out the lunar month with, and with the weather patterns being what they we should all guard our homes and valuables from moisture damage- a lot of leaky roofs will not make through the next few weeks! Black ice is also a concern, with the new moon’s dark energy we may not see the nasty spill waiting for us ahead on the sidewalk or when it comes to our emotions. This much water element can overwhelm some and that energy can bring some of the more sensitive of us to an emotional crisis point. This can be good if we prepare for this “flood” and expect it from others in our lives. Pisces rules the natural 12th and last house of the zodiac where we tend to “flush” out what is no longer necessary or is toxic to us, so we can use this time to let go and heal.

Under the sign of Pisces it’s easy to overlook security concerns; we feel so close and safe with others in the gentle vibration of Pisces that we could never imagine that anyone would ever betray us, but another Piscean theme is the “victim”, don’t be one! It’s very easy to feel sorry for others and to want to help others and the less fortunate-. Just check your caller ID this time of year there are real and scam fundraisers for all sorts of causes; it’s already been in the news this year that the scammers are out in full force looking for fake donations. Hard luck stories are common right now so keep your heart open but your wallet closed. Volunteering is better than donating at this time, the actions of serving others and being involved will be much more worthwhile for the collective.

We can expect late night phone calls from weepy friends/ ex lovers for the next few weeks. Alcohol is to be avoided or at least indulged in moderation- drunken dialing/ texting/posting are a real danger as are the hangovers and the “what did I do/say last night” syndrome. It’s easy to climb deep into a bottle these days, but we have to make sure that we don’t cling to the comfort that the vino can bring because it is only transitory and will keep us from facing our own deep waters. After all of the confusion and back and forth energy thanks to the recent Mercury retrograde phase we could all use a drink. This can be a real problem for romantic relationships as things get “heavy” and even the most stoic of individuals can turn into a puddle of tears thinking about all of the unexpressed hurts over the past year under a Pisces sun and moon.  Mars will enter Aries on Thursday, and Venus will move right behind on Friday. This will be another energy shift that will affect lovers this upcoming weekend. These opposing energies can create a hurricane of emotions- one thing is for sure- we’re all gonna get wet one way or another!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Great Expectations- Valentine’s Day February 14, 2015

This Valentine’s Day starts with the moon in expectant Sagittarius involved in a beautiful trine to generous Jupiter leading to grand plans for the evening, but those plans may need to be adjusted to be more practical. The moon goes void of course 10:15am (this is when the moon is about to change signs and her energy is out of focus; not a good time to schedule important events unless you want to get out of them) this is where our plans can start to fall apart because the energy we were relying on to be there for us is no longer available (babysitters may cancel, reservations get lost, etc.). Then the moon moves into serious-minded Capricorn and our responsibilities square off with the “lost in love “vibe of Venus is Pisces. If we can find the balance between romance and responsibility we will find this time wonderful, but if we are too concerned with taking an accounting of how “serious” our relationships are and not focused enough on the feelings involved then there will be some squabbles over this next weekend.

 We may also unexpectedly understand how the past has overlapped with our present lately even if we weren't aware of it going on around us. This recent Mercury retrograde period has brought a lot of old lovers and friends out of the wood work to shake things up in romantic lives everywhere. Because of the natural tendency to play things closer to the vest under the Aquarian sun and Mercury retrograde, and the shock (Uranus square Pluto) from having old issues crawl out from under rocks, and skeletons flying up in the front of our faces from the back of our personal closets, there is still a lot of information we have neither caught up with nor revealed now that Mercury has turned direct. We are still in the shadow and that energy has not fully played out yet so the intimate conversations we have this weekend may reveal a lot; like, say they’ve reconnected with/been contacted by their exes during the last few weeks –now, whether or not they engaged with them at all, and to what extent is another story. But the awareness of these other energies will certainly bring cause for much discussion.

These confessions, and how we handle them, will determine how well our relationships will stand up. Over the next few days leading up to the new moon in Pisces and the universe will hit the big reset button bringing another major energy shift. It is a good idea for all of us to get in focus with our partners now, if we have doubts we will only be clouded by them when the sun meets up with Neptune in a few weeks so we should use this time for clarity.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Full Moon in Leo February 3, 2015

Full moon in Leo will bring us some much needed room for some personal expression. This moon is conjunct Jupiter and that can turn even the most die-hard pessimist into a softy, and with Mars and Venus dancing with Neptune in Pisces we can really get into a forgiving spirit. Leo is a very generous sign and conjunct the full moon we may want to be the “bigger” person when it comes to old issues. But with Mercury still retrograde in Aquarius this energy will bring a lot of old friends/lovers (check the house that Leo occupies in your natal chart for more information) barreling out of the closets and boldly back into our lives. In some cases this will be great, but others, not so much. The chance to offer up or accept forgiveness is great but the tendency to forget about, or idealize, the past under the current influences make it a little dangerous right now.

The best thing to do is go with the flow and avoid making or accepting grand promises, especially where alcohol is involved, because they may not even be remembered by both parties the next day. When it comes to generosity, we should offer food or compliments and keep our wallets and front doors closed. This is not the time to lend money or allow even the best of our old down-on-their-luck pals to crash on our couches because even with the love in the air, things just are probably not what they seem. We should enjoy the reunions and sense of friendship in the air but make sure that we don’t sign up for anything or anyone that we may not want once the fog and the hangovers clear up.

February 2, 2015

                                        Writer/Philosopher Ayn Rand -1905-1982
                    “To say ‘I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I’”      
                        Farah Fawcett- 1947-2009, James Joyce- 1882-1941

We may find this a milder Monday than usual (at least in the morning).This morning’s sun/Uranus sextile will get our creative and physical juices going. The moon slips into the largesse of Leo early in the afternoon and gets the fire going underneath us. Problems that we agonized over the weekend will disappear as a spirit of cooperation and generosity takes over to get us out of sticky career and financial situations, but watch out for the catch! Tonight’s Moon/Saturn trine can offer up a dose of emotional and family responsibilities and obligations to go along with the check. So yes, Grandma, Uncle Phil, your ex or your mother in law will come up the money you need to get out of a tight spot or to finance our optimistic new business plans but they are going to expect a lot of emotional commitment on our parts. We must be careful when making these kinds of deals, Mercury is still retrograde in Aquarius and Venus and Mars are awful forgetful and forgiving tied up with Neptune in Pisces- think! What happened when you went down this road last time? Whether we are the giver or receiver it’s best to think twice, or at the very least get this is writing so no one “forgets” their part of the bargain.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

What comes around goes around, and it’s all coming around right now. Yesterday’s New Moon and Sun’s ingress into Aquarius has got us all a little unsettled, like we know something is coming for us but we’re not sure what it is, or if it’s a threat or a treat. That’s the nature of Aquarius; the wind can blow either which way and it does keep us on our toes. Today Mercury, planet of communication, transportation and commerce will go retrograde (an optical illusion that makes it appear from our perspective on earth that the retrograde planet is actually going backwards in the sky. Though it seems to be only a trick of the eye, the energy we experience, and the results of it, are quite real). This all adds up to a very precarious time when we can’t really count on anyone or anything to be static in our lives through no fault of their own.

We see a lot of communication problems in every sector of life during Mercury’s retrograde periods. It’s very easy to forget details and directions and seems to take everyone twice as long to make decisions. Computers are really fond of crashing and/or being invaded by hackers or viruses (This is twice as likely as Uranus, the planetary ruler of Aquarius, also rules technology and the internet).  It is good idea to back up important files and contact information. The good news is that this period will always show you where your system is need of an upgrade or overhaul. Social media needs extra attention because security settings have been known to change either by mistake or by miscommunication during retrogrades- you really can’t control what goes out there and who may see it so play it safe.

Anyone from our pasts (retrograde), present, or even someone important for our future (Aquarius) could surface. Aquarius rules groups of people, so it won’t be just one person back to us, it will bring back the whole tribe for good or ill. An old pal may want to offer us a job, but then his wife tells her sister who is now married to your ex-boyfriend from kindergarten’s cousin from Poughkeepsie and she remembers the time you slighted her at a party and uses the info on your job application just to mess with your life. Ups and downs and rights and lefts all over the place. If we are looking for someone right now it’s likely we will stumble on to them when and where we  least expect which can be wonderful and healing; but the same goes for us too. That wonderful career connection you just made with a new colleague could end up being what brings you back into contact with your old eighth grade rival (cringe). Or the guy working for a collection agency to recoup the money for a video that we forgot to return to Blockbuster in 1996 finds our old roommate/bassist we lived with at the time. We realize that our credit is trashed but we get the band back together!
As far as romantic relationships go this is an iffy time. Aquarius brings out the curiosity in us all and sometimes we may just reconnect with others but it’s just not a good time to do that. It’s too easy to start catching old feelings that can interfere with our present. We not only need to be are of our own past partners but those of our current partners. Misunderstanding are likely right now and an innocent “ how are You” or “you look happy” can be mistaken for more than friendly banter, especially if that person never really wanted to let go in the first place.  It is very important that we are all as honest with ourselves and our partners about whom we are communicating with and what about to avoid any problems. It would be a good idea to send a family portrait to your ex than one of your better bikini photos just in case the situation gets misread on either end.

For the single folks this can be a great time for a second chance with someone special however we are likely to get what we want but not how we want it. The one that got away may finally want to get back together, but he has 6 children with 6 different baby mamas and he needs $8,000 to pay his fines and back child support or he will spend the next 4 years in prison.  Or the girl you dated on college is now a Fortune 500 company owner and CEO. She would love to have lunch and offer you a job that you really need, but she’s no longer interested in dating since you dumped her in college because you were so over her raw food diet and the different smells that emanated from her because of it. We will catch the good with the bad and must try to remember what it was that drove us or them away before getting too invested in reliving the past. Their home, job and appearance may have changed but their basic drives, emotional needs, and their families have not, and neither have ours, probably. Communication is vitally important in order to for these reunions to work and that is not easy under this astrological weather.  Breakups of an Aquarian nature usually involve goals, social circle and matters of personal time and space, or the lack of them. Every issue needs to be laid out on the table and examined or the same result as before will ensue- separation and heartbreak. If the hard work is done and we are willing to adjust to each other then it can work out really well the second time around, but if it doesn’t, we can just try again under the next retrograde. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Moon/ Sun’s Ingress in Aquarius

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 will bring a major energy shift. The heavy, serious mindsets we’ve been under thanks to the planetary line up in earthy Capricorn is about to break up and in with fresh Aquarian air. The only drawback is that the energy of Aquarius is a lot less stable and reliable being an air sign. Plans can go great one minute and then completely derail the next. Uranus (Aquarius’s co-ruler along with Saturn) is the planet that brings us unexpected upheavals and shocks to our system (electricity is ruled by this sign). It also rules the internet and surprises, there will be a lot of networking this moon and we are bound to reunite with friends and groups as these issues are also Aquarian ruled. The past comes up a lot this time of year, and unfortunately it’ difficult to tell what the winds will blow into in our lives.

  The Aquarian personality can turn on a dime from complete and utter detachment to all out obsession; either way there is never a dull moment with a water bearer. Resourceful, and always connected, they are the people that are always ahead of their time and “in the know” about what is new and hot and what is “so last month”. Their trendsetting fashions always get them noticed in a crowd; the best part is that they are usually totally unaware of how fabulous they look. No matter how much of fuss gets made about them they stay cool as a cucumber completely unaffected, and to a certain degree, detached from the crowd. Unless an Aquarian is in “obsession” mode it is often difficult to tell how they feel about you in a relationship, their emotions can be very cool and they are not known for giving compliments. But if they are with you, that is where they choose to be, because  they know who they are and  don’t engage with people or situations they don’t choose to be in. They will leave you where you are standing if they don’t feel that they can trust you, so don’t even enter the Aquarian’s space if you aren’t honest with them. They won’t hold it against you if you change your mind, but you are yesterday’ news if you are false.

Expect the unexpected right now, especially when it comes to your social circle, the past and present and future. New friends and connections are likely to bring back old ones, the good and the bad. It is a good idea to update your privacy and security settings on social media because there is no telling who may be looking to attach or re-attach themselves to our lives. The houses of the natal birth chart that hold Aquarius, the 11th house, Saturn and Uranus will give a lot of useful information for navigating this time.  Mercury will go retrograde on Wednesday January 21st further exacerbating the need to go back and rehash and relearn from the past, and also back up and secure important.  If there is anyone or anything that we are destined to go back to, redo, or relive it’s likely to happen now. Flexibility is the key to keeping up with this energy, yoga can be a great tool to help relieve stress and process any shake ups from our social circle. Also, it’s a good idea to look your best, you never know who will return to you in the next few weeks and you don’t want to be caught off guard. Happy Birthday Aquarians!