How are you faring? Let’s look at the year ahead so that we can plan in sync with the cosmos!
By now we’ve all had a chance to adjust to the overall tone of 2018 which can be likened to the year you had the strictest teacher in the school, Mrs. X. Remember that year? At first you were afraid of her, but as the year went on, your grades improved, and you began to appreciate the fact that you always knew where you stood with Mrs. X. She had no favorites, and was consistent and fair. She punished you when you broke the classroom rules or fooled around. She gave you the marks you deserved, for better or for worse. Why? Because she wanted you to learn. You never forgot the lessons she taught you about life, the universe, and everything.
Saturn in Capricorn is like Mrs. X and will be our most influential teacher until March of 2020. We are therefore encouraged to work hard and follow the rules a little closer than usual, and to set stores by for our future.
January, February and May are the months for all of us to initiate new projects and break new ground. The rest of the months of this year will see one of the personal planets (Mercury, Venus or Mars) retrograde, allowing us time for integration and evaluation of our progress.
Gemini and Virgo, your integration months are late March to mid-April, late July to mid-August and mid-November to early December. Most of the year will be relatively unpressured for you (unless you have a cardinal rising sign) so take some time to enjoy the small joys of daily life. Put off making important decisions when your life path seems cloudy.
Taurus and Libra, your kick-back period is early October on into mid-November. Research or activities which require inward-turning focused intensity are ideal for you during this period. Taurus, prepare for possible changes initiated at work this month. The theme for the year for you is expansion. For those of you born April 19 (late Aries) to April 23 (early Taurus), expect sudden and important shifts in 2018! Why not decide right now on initiating that change you’ve always dreamed of? Libra, there will be a couple of obstacles to overcome this year but you’re prepared for them – you’ve done the spadework. And once overcome, the results will be worthwhile.
Aries and Scorpio, your quieter months are July and August. Use this time to make connections with extended family and friends, or to push your technological learning boundaries. Aries, it’s the year to advance your career; help will be given. Scorpio, abundance is yours, so focus your energies only in areas of your life which you wish to grow.
For all of us, July and August are challenging months to initiate new ventures. Take note, and book your holiday soon! Let’s use the month of May to advance our cause.
Leo and Aquarius (or those with these signs rising in their charts) you continue to be impacted by the eclipse cycle. Take note of the partial solar eclipse on February 15 which echoes last year’s August eclipse; it may stir up recurring themes around partnerships. You’re being shaken up as what you thought was true is revealed as partial truth only. The best way to deal with change is to welcome it in.
Cancer and Capricorn, make use of the growth potential this year offers! Capricorn, you deserve to be rewarded for all the work you’ve already put in of late. Schedule time to treat yourself and a loved one this month. Cancer, you also need to make time to relax. The area for you to watch in February is your partner’s resources; for the year, your focus is on relationships and business partnerships. What is worth consolidating in this area of your life?
Sagittarius and Pisces (and those with these signs rising in their charts), you’re dealing with emotional and/or spiritual growth this year. You may be revisiting events from 2006. Embrace possibilities for a new working environment. Reduce clutter by clearing the decks and donating unwanted goods.
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER FEBRUARY 2018
January 31: Full Moon: Total lunar eclipse at 11 degrees Leo. With Mercury just changing signs from Capricorn to Aquarius and Mars in opinionated Sagittarius in the eclipse chart, your best bet is to lay low and avoid saying or doing something brash during the last couple of days of January
February 11: Venus enters Pisces where she’ll remain until March 6. A wonderful time period for volunteer work and/or joining a spiritual group/yoga class/choir/healing modality workshop
February 15: New Moon partial solar eclipse at 27 degrees Aquarius (visible in Antarctica and southern Argentina and Chile). Endings and completions. Surprise communications. Refer back to August 2017. Check your chart to see which house 27 Aquarius falls in (email me if you’re unsure)
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With all of us seeking some guidance right now, let’s check in this month with our Sun sign!
Aries, if there ever was a time to pull back a little with your warrior style energy, it’s now. Keep working quietly on your projects while exercising sensitivity when dealing with others, especially those who can assist you in reaching your goals. Cancer, this is the month to extend yourself beyond your comfort zone. Make the effort to go out when you’d rather be cozily ensconced at home. You’ll find useful information on your travels! Libra, things have improved in your major relationships lately and that’s a relief. Take care of the details at work even though it feels as if there’s no time for the small stuff. All the activity of the previous 12 months needs to be integrated now. Capricorn, many of you have been through profound inner changes lately. Don’t worry if you feel socially withdrawn; this is part of the cycle you need to experience. Your hard work is a necessary blessing at this time.
Taurus, it seems as if you’re on everyone’s invitation list this month! Say yes to everything as social engagements are profitable. Leo, once again your energy is taken up with your work this month – and once again, the call is to make the time to relax when you can. You can keep it all together… now is not the time for uncharacteristic self-doubt. Welcome support arriving in unusual forms! Scorpio, happy birthday! It’s a charmed birthday month in general with things appearing to manifest for you. Try not to spread yourself too thin. Aquarius, you’re coming to the end of a time of introspection. Use November to clear the air and set things to rest. December looks busy for you!
Gemini, life feels a little surreal at the moment and you need to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground. Think carefully before you commit to things, and take charge of your wallet. Your goal is achievable but it’s up to you to create some structure for your dreams. Virgo, put your energy where it’s most productive this month. There’s less need to please others by doing the “right” thing. Fulfillment and confidence comes when you discern correctly who needs your time. Sagittarius, you thought it would never end… the uncertainty, the changes, and the hard work that seemed to go unnoticed. That’s over now as you enter into a time of greater financial stability. Look around for future investments – it’s a good time to plan ahead. Pisces, this is a month for you to create opportunities for yourself. Don’t wait for things to happen, make them happen – this way, you’ll feel more in control of the situation.
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER NOVEMBER 2017
Nov 4: Full Moon at 11 Taurus – a good evening to put your troubles aside and invite friends over for warm-hearted cheer. Give thanks for the abundant produce we receive from Mother Earth
Nov 8 – Dec 2: Venus and Mars are in each other’s signs. A fine time for choreography, design, work-shopping emotional blockages, and journaling
Nov 18: New Moon at 26 Scorpio – intentions for healing will take root at this time; light candles to symbolize a fresh beginning
Nov 19: Mars squares Pluto – channel your energy into physical activities to avoid confrontational encounters or negative emotional expression
Nov 22: Neptune moves direct at 11 Pisces – those born between Feb 29 and March 3 will be most affected, possibly feeling sluggish. Take it easy for a few days; avoid intemperate behavior and get creative!
Nov 23: Sun moves into Sagittarius – Happy birthday, Sagittarius! For all of us, let’s get holiday shopping done between now and December 3 for a glitch-free experience
With the pace of life quickening exponentially, let’s check in this month with your Sun sign!
Aries, you’re feeling the push for ever-increasing independence and risk-taking at work. Yet home and family slow you down which may act as a blessing in disguise. Keep moving forward but ground each step in thorough research before taking action. Cancer, this is the month to reach out to friends and talk about your relationship. There are challenges here which won’t go away unless you address them. You’ll be amazed at the support you receive. Libra, you’re frustrated by power struggles at home. Try a fresh approach. The trick this month is to keep moving forward with hard work because it’ll pay off very soon. Capricorn, you have from now until the end of August to make the changes sorely needed in your life. Go for it! This heavy cycle will pass soon.
Taurus, Happy Birthday! You’ve had so many creative ideas brewing since January and they’re all starting to manifest now. Your most fruitful time will be in June but keep sowing these seeds and envisioning how you want your work to grow this year. Leo, your energy is taken up with your work this month – and, hopefully, some travel is on the cards too! With all the strategizing that’s been going on, you need more than ever to make time to relax. Scorpio, it might feel as if your partner is on a different wavelength to you right now. They are! So turn your attention to adjusting the areas of your life which could do with a little makeover. You won’t be disappointed in the outcome, especially if you focus on improving communications. Aquarius, finances feel a little blurry right now. Spend time this month clarifying monies going in and out. Your reward? A clearer budget and time in the second half of May to focus on creative pursuits. Yes!
Gemini, your energy is returning this month as you pursue your goals with greater focus after May 7. If something is bothering you at work it’s not the time to act. Rather, stay in touch with what matters most to you as you plan your mid-year break. Virgo, finances look good as do work opportunities – be open to what comes your way. Things will begin to move forward for you in the later part of the month. Sagittarius, you’ve been feeling overstretched and under-appreciated for a while now. The end is in site because you’ve already learnt the lesson. So allow this month flow – everything is set in place – all you need to do is show up. Pisces, it seems as if transformative events are happening in your close friendships. There are new opportunities to connect both for work and for pleasure this month as long as you can overcome your reluctance to put yourself out there.
May the Sun shine upon you,
May 10: Full Moon at 20 degrees of Scorpio
May 3: Mercury stations direct at 24 degrees of Aries
May 17: Mercury moves into Taurus
May 21: Sun moves into Gemini
May 25: New Moon at 4 degrees of Gemini
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!
January looks off to a good start: a slow first week to get us into the groove of 2017, with the pace gradually quickening as Mercury moves direct and exits its post-shadow phase by the end of the month.
We have lots of exciting Jupiter-Uranus activity this year, which will impact all of us. The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will be especially reactive. For those of you with birthdays around the 8th to 14th of April, July, October and January, things are really happening in your life! The positive side of Jupiter-Uranus is quick and unexpected ideas and (often travel) plans, while the challenge is to avoid exaggeration and over-reactive responses. And with Pluto in the mix, all of us, but in particular those with planets or angles in the 16 to 20 degree Cardinal sign range, will experience the need to let go in order to grow.
The Mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces might be feeling the regulatory effects of Saturn at this time (especially those of you born in the latter half of your sign), as well as the idealistic dreams of Neptune (in particular those born around the turn of the month). How much you have all accomplished in 2016! Remember this as you focus on what you want for 2017. And use January to set these dreams in place. There will be lots of support from friends old and new – don’t hesitate to reach out to them!
The Fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, keep doing whatever you’re doing as it seems to be working out for you. Taurus, move forward with your plans this month and work hard until March, when a break will be in order. Leo, there’s a lot of opportunities out there for you this month but you need to grab them with your own two hands. Scorpio and Aquarius, bide your time until February.
For all of us, whatever our birth date and time, the key is on staying grounded and using the energies of early 2017 in a practical and non-extravagant way. Think twice before you spend; planning now will reap rewards later in the year.
On a different note, I’d like to encourage all of you, my readers, to make some kind of commitment this year to setting aside time to read and think deeply. We are living in the Instagram and Facebook age, where most Internet users can hardly sustain their attention to ingest an email longer than a few lines. As Richard Tarnas in ‘Cosmos and Psyche’ so aptly describes the gestalt of our times:
“Whether in politics, business, or the media, the lowest common denominator of the culture increasingly governs discourse and prescribes the values of the whole.”
Create an intellectual, innovative or spiritual reading list which you actively pursue this year.
With love and light for a positive 2017!!
May the Sun shine upon you,