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Anger vs. Assertiveness -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Feb. 8th - Sun., Feb. 14th, 2016

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Standard Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

Last week's theme was letting go of past perceptions, taking it one moment at a time, and allowing my feelings to flow without losing clarity and the understanding of what needed to happen.

This week's headline items: the New Moon in Aquarius becomes exact on Monday morning;on Friday, we can start to take actions on the Intentions we set earlier in the week; Mercury changes signs from Capricorn to Aquarius on Saturday late afternoon -- and ends its shadow phase on Sunday early afternoon.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday late morning (for 18 hours), Wednesday late evening (for 5.5 hours), and Saturday morning (for 1 hour).

Monday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day.It will journey there until Tuesday very 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. 

Monday in the early morning, an opportune Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 4:38am EST.We started to feel this aspect from Saturday on; it will be strong until Tuesday nightIt's an opportunity to bring healing to our wounds around relationships or our sense of self-worth. 

We get a chance to love ourselves and heal deep fears of not being "good enough". Healing happens much faster when we can open to forgiving ourselves and others. As best as you can, bring compassion and understanding to yourself, to others, and to those past experiences that wounded you. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 17-21 degrees of Capricorn, Pisces, Scorpio or Taurus? 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 Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra)

Monday at 9:39am EST, the New Moon in 19 degrees of Aquarius becomes exact. This is the beginning of a new Moon cycle. With the New Moon in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius, we have our eye on the future. We see a clear vision for our life and are ready to make huge improvements. We strive for equality, collaboration, progress. As discussed in my last video, the Aquarian energy asks of us: Where am I called to make a difference? 

The Aquarian energy is connected to our visionary, humanitarian side -- our ability to be an agent of change in the creation of a better future for all. Aquarius deals with the power of ideals, technology, and inventions. We are interested in the collective and are focused on changing group consciousness. 

Some questions that bring this into focus: What could you as an individual do for humanity? How could group consciousness help humanity progress?

Each one of us has a special gift, a spark unique to us; when we access this inner genius and share it with the world, we are capable of quantum leaps of insight and remarkable collaborations with others. How does your inner genius communicate? Where does it want to communicate?

Mars in Scorpio squares the New Moon in Aquarius and trines Chiron in Pisces. This invites us to stretch ourselves for the duration of this lunar cycle, to grow beyond what we know ourselves to be; also to heal wounds from the past. In order for us to clearly see the future we must first address what lurks in the shadows -- our unconscious -- the suppressed, feared, denied, ignored, shameful, etc. The inner work continues...

What are your true motivations? If fears were driving you, what might they be? What might shift if we faced those fears -- acknowledged them, brought them out into the open? What if we allowed ourselves to surrender to our own higher power, or to our passionately pumping, open heart?

Uranus (the ruler of Aquarius), currently in Aries, makes several interesting squares the Pluto/Venus/Mercury Stellium in Capricorn, it inconjuncts Mars in Scorpio and it trines Saturn in Sagittarius. These aspects are asking us to redefine personal and collective freedom. In order for us to achieve a global consciousness based on freedom, equality and mutual benefits, we must first look at our demons (shadow issues) on an individual, social and collective level. 

Saturn helps this by supporting a more serious look at our belief systems -- leading to an admission of where our "now" path has gone out of alignment with beliefs that stem from our past. Adjustments are required if we want to create a better future for all. 

What alternative ways might lead to our goals? Do we have the courage to face and embrace our dark sides? What might be possible if you forgave yourself for all past mistakes? Or any limitations you may have? How about fears or phobias you still carry around (whether from a past life or this lifetime)?

Now is the time to realize that selfish motivations (coming from a fearful place) are not getting us what we want. We are asked to let go of our fearful past conditioning, our scarcity mentality, and instead allow ourselves to be immersed in a vision that calls us to "live into" the highest version of ourselves. What is holding you back? Could honest conversations with yourself and others help you face and embrace your fears and let go of past hurts?

Our individual capacity to effect change is far greater than we realize -- and when we team up with like-minded people who care deeply about creating a better future for this planet and its life forms, we can create tremendous change. Aim for wholeness, forgiveness, and a courageously open heart... Your light will shine all the brighter when all of you is visible and authentic -- everyone's will :-)

Finally, this New Moon reminds us that to be fully alive we must stretch and grow; to grow we must change. Ask yourself: What would it take for me to boldly follow my dreams? Who could I connect with?  Also feel free to watch my New Moon video on the subject 

Do you have your Ascendant (or any personal planets) in one of the following placements: 17-21 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio? If so, you may feel the effects of this New Moon more strongly.

The New Moon is also the best time to set some powerful intentions for this month's Moon cycle. This is best done soon after the New Moon becomes exact -- and definitely not during a Moon void of course phase. So this month, the best time to set intentions (most potent) would be any time between 3:31am EST Tuesday early morning and 9:39am EST Wednesday late morning.

At the moment the New Moon becomes exact, we also enter a 18-hour Moon void of course (VoC); it lasts until 3:31am EST, Tuesday (i.e. very early morning). Use this intuitive time to be still and go within. Visualize a future that makes the best of everything available to all living beings.

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 Monday day and evening ahead of time ;-) 

Tuesday early morning at 3:31am EST, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Thursday early morning. The energy of the Pisces Moon bears on the need for connection to our higher selves. It can be a wistful, sensitive and compassionate time; we are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns. 

Boundaries and walls come down; we feel energetically connected to everything around us. As best as you can, therefore, be kind to yourself and others -- surround yourself with loving energy. It's a time best used for spiritual or creative endeavors and for dissolving our fears and doubts. Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them ;-) 

We can now start to set our Intentions for this Lunar cycle (Tuesday 3:31am EST until Wednesday 9:39am EST) Go within and seed anything 
you would like to accomplish for the next 28 days... watch my New Moon video to align your Intentions with the New Moon energy

Tuesday afternoon, a harmonious Mars/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 2:14pm EST. This gives us a chance to learn to accept our own desires and feelings of anger as valid -- so that when we do express them, we express them naturally and with confidence. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday of last week on (Feb. 2nd); it will be strong until Monday of next week (Feb. 15th). 

What could help you face and embrace your fears and let go of past hurts? How can you bring understanding towards your anger and assertiveness? What if you embraced and honored your desires? 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 16-22 degrees of Scorpio, Pisces or Cancer?If so, you will be most blessed by this aspect.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries (Mars is the ruler of Aries)

Wednesday: the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Tuesday early morning for details).

Wednesday very early morning, a harmonious Venus/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 2:54am EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday on; it will be strong until this Friday. This aspect brings a good dose of optimism, faith and a sense of the "bigger picture" to our relationships and finances. We tend to relate to others in a positive (even inspiring) manner; as you can imagine, it is thus much easier to make social contacts. 

Our outlook is cheerful and hopeful, the atmosphere cooperative -- it's a great time for winning people's enthusiasm. We are more optimistic and trusting with friends and lovers. We might feel an urge to connect to people from other countries or foreign cultures, just to have an adventure, or widen our horizons. Active fun and joyful exploration are favored.

Financially, there might be a tendency to spend more than usual, as we feel confident that an abundance of resources is available to us. There are indeed definitely plenty of opportunities to be had, financial and otherwise, especially in connection with the health industry (or anything that involves food and nutrition). Educational businesses or endeavors and the travel industry are also highlighted ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 18-25 degrees of Capricorn, Virgo or Taurus? If so, you will be most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Sagittarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius).

Wednesday afternoon, a somewhat challenging Sun/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 2:28pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on; it will be strong until Thursday. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed if we’re to see what needs adjusting.

Our energy tends to be directed towards big things right now. Our sense of self may change as we learn that we are being overly enthusiastic. Due to our high optimism, we may take on more than we can physically handle -- if we feel drained or frustrated at this time, it might be helpful to look at our overall direction in life: Are we being realistic about what can be achieved? 

It’s also worthwhile to examine how our personal beliefs about life are being received by others... Can we involve them in our daily routines? And even perhaps our vision for the future? 

Neither self-criticism or arrogance will serve us now; as best as you can, stay real and stay grounded while reaching for the sky -- be like a tall tree... Deep roots, long branches ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 20-23 degrees of Aquarius or Virgo? 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 Sagittarius (the Sun rules of Leo; Jupiter rules Sagittarius)

Wednesday at 11:25pm EST we enter a 5.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 4:55am EST (Thursday early morning). Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to connect to your higher Self -- whether awake or through your dreams -- and bring a sense of flow and faith to your long-term plans and business interactions. 

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 tonight (and Thursday early morning) ahead of time -- unless you'll be asleep ;-) 

Thursday at 4:55am EST, the Moon moves into pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Saturday morning. The energy of the Aries Moon bears on starting something new. Our gut impulses are strong; we feel energetic, spontaneous, enthusiastic and brave -- and perhaps impatient and impulsive. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity. 

The Moon will not make any aspects to other planets until tomorrow early morning -- so today (Thursday) feels a little bit like a day-long Moon VoC. It's best to go with the flow or explore deeper emotional issues -- fears, attachments, things you are passionate about, desires, etc.... 

Friday: the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Sunday very early morning for more details).

If you did set intentions on Tuesday or Wednesday, after the New Moon became exact, Friday will be a great time to take relevant actions. If you wrote your intentions down, go back and take another look at what came through intuitively. If you didn’t write anything down, get quiet for a moment and check in with yourself: What actions are calling to you?

Saturday morning, at 5:32am EST, we enter a one hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 6:36am EST. Use this intuitive time to think outside the box. Do you best to make adjustments or find creative ways to honor your thought processes and physical needs. 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. 

Also on Saturday morning, at 6:36am EST, the Moon moves into steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will journey until Monday late morning. With the Moon in Taurus, we seek serenity, security, peace, comfort: The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. 

Our basic impulse is to relax, resist change, get comfortable: Life… slows… down... We may also be stubborn and materialistic under this influence. As best you can, stop and smell the roses during this time -- enjoy life and its offerings ;-) This Moon placement also starts the built-up towards the first Quarter Moon, exact on Monday very early morning. More on that next week…

Saturday late afternoon, at 5:43pm EST, Mercury changes signs from practical, cautious, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn to freedom-loving, forward-thinking, objective Aquarius,where it will journey until March 5th.For the next three weeks, we tend to contradict others more quickly, and offer a different perspective. We enjoy intellectual debates. We are quicker and more alert; our powers of observation are particularly strong.

We have something interesting to say, and our perspective on issues can be delightfully unusual and surprisingly insightful. This makes for some great conversations. We are more attracted to scientific and/or metaphysical pursuits right now. Anything that promises progress and advancement for mankind has special appeal.

Due to its retrograde phase, Mercury already travelled through the very early degrees of Aquarius in the first week of January. Think back: what came up around then? Where could you go from there (i.e. what's next)? 

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo? If so, you will feel a greater need for focusing on your future and any humanitarian causes. Do you have your Ascendent or Sun-sign in Aquarius? If so, you will most likely feel more chatty for the next 3 weeks. 

Saturday evening, an opportune Mars/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 5:59pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Tuesday on; it will be strong until Wednesday of next week. This aspect is an opportunity for us to tap into our optimism, enthusiasm and sense of expansion. We are more likely to connect on a deep emotional level -- we want to get to the bottom of things.  

We feel strong, and we are more straightforward than ever. Our powers of assertion are strong at this time, and they go over well with others. As with all opportunities in life, this opportunity is not simply handed to us, we have to make something of it.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 19-23 degrees of Scorpio, Virgo, Capricorn or Cancer? 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 Sagittarius (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius)

Sunday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day (see Saturday morning for more details).

As you may recall, on Jan.25th, when Mercury stationed direct, I mentioned Mercury shadow phases as well: If you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, it's best to avoid the periods shortly before and after Mercury goes retrograde. This is especially true if the items are connected to transportation (cars, plane tickets, etc.) or communication (phone, computer, iPad, etc.) 

The good news is, the Mercuryshadow phase ends today (Sunday) at 1pm EST. This means that we can finally go ahead and book those plane tickets -- or buy that new car or iPhone (or anything else communication- or transportation-related). We can also more easily take in new information, so teaching, sharing and learning will be more effective. Click here to read my blog on the subject.

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day(see Saturday morning for more details). At 2:46am EST,the first Quarter Moon in Taurus become exact. At 5:54am EST,we enter a 3.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 9:35am EST. At that time, the Moon enters curious, versatile, chatty GeminiMore about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

Only 3 more weeks to take advantage of the New Year's Special. Get a look ahead at 2016: How can you align yourself with the universal energies? How can you make powerful choices? In this 75-minute reading, you will discover the answers to these and many other questions. You'll also receive a copy of your birth chart and a recording of the entire session. I'm only offering this reading until the end of February (so act now ;-)

Have a fantastic week! If you'd like to better align yourself with this year's astrological aspects, check out my 2016 planetary overview
Many blessings,

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