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Last week I was interviewed by Alexandra Meadors of Galactic Connection; we had an in-depth conversation about Astrology and what to focus on for 2016. If you have some spare time, check it out (I suggest starting the video at 5:20min. -- that's when the interview really gets started).
This week's headline items: the Jupiter/North Node alignment in Virgo is still going strong; though no longer exact, Uranus and Pluto are still squared (within 2 degrees of each other); and the Balsamic Moon phase begins on Friday morning.
There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday evening (for almost 15.5 hours), Thursday early morning (for a little over 14.5 hours), and Saturday late morning (for 14 hours).
Monday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day. It will journey there until Tuesday late morning. We feel emotions on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things -- superficiality won't work for us now -- and we instinctively read between the lines.
The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power; it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. This tends to be an emotionally colored, all-or-nothing, black or white experience -- it can therefore be an intimate, passionate time. As best as you can, avoid manipulation, brooding and suspicion; instead, open to the wealth of your innermost feelings -- decide to go deeper, allowing all feelings to surface, if they need to.
Embrace all of who you are. Know thyself, love thyself and you shall be set free. Remember: a deep love of all that we are will connect us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and is ultimately what disempowers ourselves and others. This Moon placement starts the build up towards the last Quarter Moon, exact Sunday late evening…more on that tomorrow…
Monday at 7:35pm EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 15.5-hour until 10:50am EST (Tuesday late morning). Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to go deeper with others on an emotional level and get clear on where in your life you stand in service. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan your evening and Tuesday morning ahead of time ;-)
Tuesday at 10:50am EST, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, where it will journey until Thursday evening. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. The Sagittarius Moon persuades us to come from intuition and think in a broader manner.
We seek meaning and ideas that expand upon the "here and now"; we pursue truth and a new vision -- the big picture, rather than the details. Spontaneity is key, we'd rather improvise than plan; this may tip into just "winging it". We could also overdo or overstate.
The Moon will not make any aspects to other planets until tomorrow early morning -- so today (Tuesday) feels a little bit like a day-long Moon VoC. It is best to go with the flow or explore new daily routines...
Jupiter (the ruler of Sagittarius) is still in alignment with the North Node in 22.5 degrees of Virgo. This alignment will be strong until Feb. 26th. This connections calls us to focus on being of service whenever we can.
When we learn to be honest, orderly, and attentive to details in new ways, we feel more fulfilled and satisfied with our daily routines/work. Taking a bigger view and allowing ourselves to apply practical and technical knowledge and skills in our daily lives will pay off; the same is true of any healthy and practical routines we develop.
We'll feel more alive and optimistic if we pursue mental clarity and focus, together with productivity systems that help us pay attention to deadlines, details -- and wholesome approaches.
It might be difficult to commit ourselves to any one thing, but we need to learn to trust our inner guide—our intuition—in order to uncover more meaning in our daily routines and work schedules. We need to let ourselves believe in something that enriches our daily lives and well-being, and have faith in the growth process of our day-to-day affairs and health issues.
What are some practical steps you could take to feel more self-assured in your daily routines? How can you expand "being of service" -- in small or large ways?
Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Sagittarius? If so, you will feel more influenced by this alignment. If you are a Virgo Sun-sign or Rising-sign, for as long as Jupiter and the North Node are in your sign, you will feel a strong need to grow. You'll also feel the need bring order, clarity and wholesome approaches to your daily routines. -- in fact, this is about setting a healthy example for others.
Wednesday holds lots of opportunities!The Moon remains inoptimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Tuesday late morning for details).
Wednesday morning, an opportune Mars/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 5:53am EST. We started to feel this aspect from this last Friday on; it will be strong until this Sunday. This brings an opportunity to connect our personal passions to our Soul's passions. We are resourceful and persistent when pursuing a goal, bringing tremendous effort and focus to bear.
This is an opportunity to be committed, determined and passionate, with no half-measures; it's also an opportunity to feel more confident about our own talents. Strategic thinking and execution is favored right now, as is eliminating waste around time and energy. Remember though: An "opportunity" is just an opening, it's not automatically granted -- we have to "step up" to the opening, then through it...
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 14-18 degrees of Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces or Virgo? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Scorpio (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)
Also, Wednesday morning, an opportune Mercury/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 7:36am EST. We started feeling it build from last Saturday on -- and it will be strong until this Friday. We have an opportunity to bring healing energy to our concrete mind and to our thoughts. We also have a chance to heal insecurities in our verbal, in-person, or email interactions.
We are able to move past harsh criticism of ourselves or others, towards more loving and compassionate structures for thinking and communicating. By bringing love and understanding to our thinking processes, we have a chance to move beyond entrenched habits -- like pushing ourselves really hard, or thinking pessimistically.
What was your family's attitude towards career -- or long-term goals in general? How can you take a gentler approach to your inner dialog now?
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 17-21 degrees of Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus or Scorpio? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo).
Wednesday early afternoon, an opportune Sun/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 1:17pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday. This aspect provides an opportunity to stick to a specific idea and make progress.
We have common sense at our disposal; we are willing to look reality in the eye and take responsibility for our lives. It is also an opportunity to focus on being grounded, authentic and stable. Again, remember: opportunities are openings, they aren't necessarily handed to us -- we have to "take" them and make something of them.
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 12-16 degreesof Aquarius, Sagittarius, Libra or Aries? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Capricorn (the Sun rules Leo; Saturn rules Capricorn)
Thursday: the Moon remains inoptimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius until 7:44pm EST (see Tuesday late morning for details).
Thursday early morning, at 5:04am EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 14.5-hours, until 7:44pm EST. You may feel a need for adventure and expansion on one hand, and on the other, an opportunity to reach a new perspective on work (or health issues). Use this intuitive time to make adjustments, and find creative solutions, when it comes to these incompatible energies.
As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Thursday ahead of time ;-)
Thursday evening, at 7:44pm EST,the Moon moves into practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn, where it will journey until Saturday night/Sunday very early morning. The Capricorn Moon emphasizes our need for structure and forward planning. We are motivated by a desire for success; achievement and manifestation are paramount.
We are resourceful and pursue economy with time, energy, and other resources. We take things more seriously during Moon in Capricorn: we look reality in the eye. This can be a very productive period. As best as you can, avoid "should-ing" on yourself. Take the pressure off: try saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-)
Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) is transiting through Sagittarius right now, making this a great time to explore our beliefs. It's also a great time to focus on the greater meaning of life and for going beyond conditioned thinking structures. As best as you can, be authentic about what you believe: Do your beliefs actually match your direct experience of life -- as it is for you now, not how it was 5 or 10 years ago?
Friday: the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn all day (see Thursday evening for details).
Friday morning, we enter the Balsamic Moon phase: this lasts until Monday morning, when the New Moon in Aquarius becomes exact (…more on that next week). We are being asked to slow down and get quiet, so we can listen to our intuition. For some of us, this might be a stretch. As best as you can: stay grounded, take a deep breath and exhale any tensions.
Rather than starting something brand-new, put all that energy into completing existing projects. This is also a great time for letting go of whatever no longer serves us. What if you could hear the voice of your inner wisdom? What might it be saying?
Friday early afternoon, a somewhat challenging Mars/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 12:31pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday night on; it will be strong until Saturday night. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed in order to see what needs adjusting.
We may want something different than the rest of society; this in itself is neutral. That said, frustrations could arise, because the way we express our unique desires goes against the expectations of others; in other words, our methods don't necessarily achieve our goals. Going for "quick wins" will require for us to start over -- as best as you can, hold to a course of action for a little longer than may be comfortable.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 16-18 degrees of Scorpio or Aries? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Aquarius (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Uranus rules Aquarius ).
Friday evening, a Venus/Pluto alignment in 16 degrees of Capricorn becomes exact at 8:15pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday on; it will be strong until Monday of next week. This alignment brings out our passionate side. We uncompromisingly seek deep, totally authentic connections with others. As this aspect is also part of a square to Uranus (exact on Saturday), we are going to feel some stress/tension here… but also quite energized.
Our instincts are very strong right now, our inner wolf is wide-awake, and we can sniff out any unclean intentions right away. As best as you can, be completely truthful about your motivations and needs – if you try to duck this, it could get ugly, since everyone knows what everyone else is up to anyway.
What if you took 100% responsibility for getting what you want and need? What is the highest path to achieve that? As best as you can, find creative solutions and remain flexible. And as always when Pluto is involved, choose the power of love over the power of fear -- whenever possible.
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 13-19 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Pluto rules Scorpio)
Saturday is a big day!The Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn all day (see Thursday evening for details).
Saturday at 10:54am EST, we enter a 14-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 12:59am EST (Saturday night/Sunday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to expand your horizons, especially when it comes to your daily routines. Use what you learn to further your long-term goals. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan your evening and Sunday morning ahead of time ;-)
Saturday late morning, an opportune Sun/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 11:39am EST. We started to feel this from Thursday on; it will be strong until Monday of next week. We have the opportunity to become aware of an original or unique approach to life. Flexibility is the key to success at this time; pleasant changes may be in store -- certainly unexpected ones ;-)
What is your uniqueness? How could you express that proudly and authentically? As best as you can, watch out for messages from the Universe! Remember: an opportunity is not automatically given to us: We have to "realize" it.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 15-19 degrees of Aquarius, Aries, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Aquarius (the Sun rules Leo; Uranus rules Aquarius)
Saturday early afternoon, a harmonious Mercury/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 1:45pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday on, it will be strong until Tuesday of next week.
Due to Mercury’s retrograde phase, this is actually the third time we have experienced this aspect within the last six weeks; we are invited to look back to the the week around Dec. 25th and Jan. 11th, to see what thoughts and ideas developed at that time. What did we communicate to others? To ourselves? About life and our state of well-being?
Internally, we are more optimistic and realistic, which is good, since we see the bigger picture, communicate more positively and readily inspire others. We are tolerant of other perspectives and ideas, naturally avoid narrow-minded thinking, and feel at ease reconnecting with people from all walks of life.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 19-25 degrees of Capricorn, Virgo or Taurus? If so, you will feel most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Jupiter of Sagittarius).
Saturday late afternoon, a challenging Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 5:03pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday on; it will be strong until Monday night of next week. This "stretch" aspect asks us to grow beyond what we know and have experienced in the past, in regards to our relationships (especially business partnerships).
Priorities may shift at this time and we may experience clashes in taste or values with those we respect. As you can imagine, we may feel some instability or restlessness in connection to others. We may struggle with freedom versus material safety at this time. We may also experience fears around our financial goals at this time. As best as you can, take a deep breath and hold off on decision-making with regards to finances -- in particular, it is best to avoid impulse buys at this time.
In general, expect the unexpected. Things may take a different turn now, when it comes to what is truly important. Keep your mind and heart open: if something needs to be eliminated or changed at this time, it was waiting for that shift to happen anyway. This aspect is also connected to the Pluto/Uranus square, so we'll likely feel tense, but energized: As best as you can, find creative solutions and stay flexible/adaptable. This is not the best time to take things too personally.
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 14-20 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra? If so, you may be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Uranus rules Aquarius)
Sunday very early morning, at 12:59am EST, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius,where it will journey until Tuesday early morning. The energy of the Aquarian Moon relates to our instinct for improvement. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional; interactions more impersonal than personal. We are likely to have an increased fascination with the new and unusual.
Social gatherings, anything connected with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas and methods, progress: all these are promoted during the time the Moon moves through Aquarius. Again: we have our eyes on the future -- or on outer space :-) Personal freedom becomes paramount.
Sunday morning, a challenging Sun/Mars aspect becomes exact at 7:08am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday on; it will be strong until this Wednesday of next week. This invites us to stretch ourselves and grow beyond what we know ourselves to be.
We might feel driven by a restless desire to do something; however, without a well-defined future goal we tend towards impulsive actions and get ourselves into needless arguments. Our reactions might be defensive or competitive. We might not be willing to compromise or negotiate. However, energy output can run high if we choose to focus. As best as you can, take care of your body and pay attention to its needs.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 15-21 degrees of Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus or Leo? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Aries (the Sun rules Leo; Mars is the ruler of Aries)
Sunday late morning, an opportune Venus/Mars aspect becomes exact at 10:01am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Friday on; it will be strong until Monday night of next week. This aspect brings an opportunity for success and ease in close personal interactions. We are more likely to feel passionate and sexy. We may make permanent ties or relationships that prove to be fruitful.
This could also be a good time for financial ventures, social life, artistic pursuits, romance, and pleasure. Remember: this is an "opportunity" -- those aren't necessarily handed to us, we have to make them happen.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (MC) or any personal planets in 16-20 degrees of Capricorn, Scorpio, Virgo or Pisces? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aries (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Mars is the ruler of Aries)
As Sunday is also the last day before the New Moon becomes exact, this is a great day to let go of what no longer serves us. As best as you can, avoid jumping the gun: Rather than launching into brand-new endeavors or connections, wait until a couple of days has passed after the New Moon. Some of us might feel a little anxious or nervous today: As best as you can, get quiet and go within… Listen to the silence between the sounds… Find peace in the connection with your innermost and truest Self.
A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Sunday very early morning for details).In the early morning,an opportune Venus/Chiron aspectbecomes exact at 4:38am EST.We started to feel this aspect from Saturday on; it will be strong until Tuesday night of next week.At 9:39am EST, the New Moon in 19 degrees of Aquarius becomes exact. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)
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