For All Signs: The first half of January builds a remarkable stellium of planets in Capricorn. In order from early degrees to late, we have: Saturn, Mercury, Pluto, Sun, and Venus. On. Jan. 14 through 16, the Moon lends its hefty weight to this series. It is uncommon to have so many bodies lined up together within 30 degrees of the zodiac. Children born during this time will lead remarkable lives. They will be devoted to family, duty, and responsibilities. Make note as they grow for special gifts in building, gardening and organization of anything. Some will seem to be very “old souls”. With this much weight in the sign of Capricorn, the political world will be even more shocking than we have seen in recent months.
Aries: This year begins with a sense of joy through sharing with others. You may still be in receipt of gifts from loved ones. You want to give in return. Positive outcomes arrive related to insurance, joint resources, inheritance, and a refreshed sense of intimacy.
Taurus: You are feeling restless and need to try something new. Commute by a different route or go somewhere you have never visited before. Take your partner to a fresh place. It is important to make note of these restless feelings and do something about them. Otherwise you can become hard to live with, even for yourself.
Gemini: The Capricorn stellium (see lead paragraph) is in your 8th sector of invested money and inheritance. Your ruling planet, Mercury, is right in the middle, so it is probable that you are studying and reorganizing your financial affairs to better reflect the political reality of your life. You may be obsessing, so make a plan and then let it rest for a week before you take action.
Cancer: Your good judgment is in one place while your heart is in another. It could be highly distracting. Concentrate while driving or handling tools. If possible, don't force a decision just now. You might benefit from writing a note to yourself from the voice of logic and a separate letter that speaks for your feelings so you can gain a bit of clarity.
Leo: Your ruling cosmic Avatar is the Sun. During these first weeks of the year you are coming through the Capricorn stellium (see above) like a freight train. You may be filled with a sense of purpose and the energy to fulfill it in short order. Don’t run over people with your compulsion.
Virgo: You are prone to obsessive thinking and criticism at this time. Be intentional about keeping an open mind and don't insist on a black and white answer. It is possible someone is trying to box you into an attitude or a promise. You can resist falling into that trap.
Libra: This week takes on a somber note as you deal with home and family issues concerning challenging news. Aging people and property may exhibit new symptoms. Even you may be feeling older or more easily fatigued. This is not the best January for you. Give yourself the extra rest that you need.
Scorpio: You are ready for an adventure. It may already have begun, but now you are clearly on target. Love life and romance have “go” signals and you can move forward without hesitation. You have plenty of energy and this can be a joyful time in your life. Your spirits are high as a kite.
Sagittarius: You may feel compelled to raise your flag and promote your plans now. Do some self-searching ahead of time to find your true motive. If it is for the good of all, you will gain support from others. However, if you are really after a prize that will simply allow you to preen, let go of it. Your product or idea is not yet ready for exposure.
Capricorn the Goat: (Dec. 21-- Jan. 19) Please note the lead paragraph. These planets are all gathering in your sign. It is possible that you will feel compelled to take over the show wherever you are focused. There is a lot of support for you. Share the wealth for best long term outcomes.
Aquarius: A friend or helper is a supporting background player in the territory of career or life direction. This person, who is probably a female, will be working on your behalf to help improve your status in the world. She is greasing the skids in your path. You may never know about what she is doing to help you.
Pisces: You may have a fortunate development that comes to you via friends and/or people who live at a distance. It appears to be an invitation that allows you to show your best self. You will have to move beyond your natural tendency to shyness in order to fully take advantage of this experience.
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For All Signs: Last week there was a dramatic grouping of planets in the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. The Full Moon on Jan. 12 probably triggered dramas both personal and global. At the same time, Mercury, planetary ruler of travel, routine business and communications, turned direct at 4:43 am on Jan. 8. From that point there is a three week period of revisions and reorganizing. The general functions of life will move along more smoothly after Jan. 27. You can anticipate a small flurry of changes in schedules and appointments near Jan. 27 as people become clear about their plans for the next few weeks. Decisions, temporarily shelved, can now be settled and contracts are more likely to be viable. At that point it will be time to put property up for sale or apply for a loan with the expectation of more favorable results.
Aries: Your charisma is powerful and you can be at your most persuasive now. Manipulation in order to get what you want is not necessary. Step aside from such temptations. Activities requiring physical energy are accented and favored now. You have a need to refresh your spirit. Give it attention and do that which speaks to your soul.
Taurus: Your need to serve humanity in some way is strongly activated at this time. You may be tending a sick friend or serving in a soup kitchen.Your senses are wide open to the energies around you. You may have psychic flashes or unusual dreams. Don't shoulder all the problems you see or you will burn out quickly.
Gemini: Your attention shifts to matters of shared resources for the next three weeks. "Resources" include time, things of material value, energy and sexuality. The territory is wide, ranging from the mundane study of the budget all the way to important discussions with partners over the need for greater intimacy.
Cancer: You are in a reasonably good place with yourself at this time. Your heart and mind are flowing together. You have no conflict between your feelings and your thoughts about those feelings. This is a time for reflection on important subjects. You can make good decisions now. It is a good time to communicate with partners freely.
Leo: Your work or daily routine takes on a quality of intensity this week. Family and home matters may play a part in the situation. Concentrate on breathing deeply and moving with deliberation. It is possible that you feel more emotional than the situation deserves. Take a step back and look at it from a larger perspective. This is likely to be something that affects you, but is not about you.
Virgo: Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into the sector of life related to children, recreation, personal creativity, and romance. Your attention will be focused in these areas for the next three to four weeks. You will enjoy everything more if you can put your Inner Critic in a box and lock it down while you play.
Libra: Events of this week trigger your sense of compassion and draw you into the need to assist in the healing of another. As you live into this experience, you will discover that having compassion also heals you. Your spirit is lifted. Don’t ignore the call.
Scorpio: This is a good time to take an active part in the healing of your child or a lover.
Activities requiring physical energy are accented and favored now. You have a need to get out and about to refresh your spirit.
Sagittarius: You are in an especially cordial frame of mind at this time, and likely to invite people to your home, or to share whatever you have to offer. Your spirits are high and you have a need to be social. You are interested in whatever feels luxurious, looks beautiful, or tickles the senses. Going overboard could be all too easy!
Capricorn the Goat: (Dec. 21 to Jan. 19) Mercury travels rapidly through your sign between March 12 and Feb. 7 this year. During this period there likely will be greater emphasis on communications, errands, and other short distance travels. Your mind will be quick and your attitude persuasive. This is a good period to attend to scholastic and/or written and oral projects.
Aquarius: Either you or others in your life are behaving erratically. It is difficult to make firm plans or sustain a solid conversation. This sometimes generates a rift between you and another because one of you needs to be alone. Don’t fight it. Just let it be. It is temporary. Take it with two spoons of generosity and humor.
Pisces: Your attitude about yourself is not altogether accurate right now. You may think way too much of your ideas, or alternately, you may see yourself as lower than scum. Neither is accurate and you should probably not make decisions of any importance this week. Spiritual pursuits are given a "go" signal.
This September brings a month of fresh challenges. This is an eclipse season which often brings situations to crisis proportions. Saturn, which rules business and structure, changes signs to Sagittarius. Venus turned direct last week and now we must correct our relationship behavior. Mercury turns retrograde next week. All of this represents a lot to accomplish.
The new Moon on the 13th and the full moon of the 27th are both eclipsed with special focus on the signs of Aries and Libra. In ancient times eclipses were believed frightening, heralding negative omens, especially in regions of their visibility. Contemporary astrologers now perceive these seasons as periods that relieve critical mass, similar to that of a small earthquake. For many of us this month there will be an experience of manifestation or illumination about situations that have been long brewing. It is a time to face facts, but not all of those facts are frightening or negative. Some people experience very positive results of past effort during eclipse periods.
Aries the Ram: (Mar 20—Apr 19th) The eclipses of this series will draw your attention to partnerships. Patterns from your childhood history need to be excavated, repaired or removed in order to allow your growth into a more mature relationship. Psychotherapy may be truly helpful.
Taurus: This eclipse pressures you to concentrate on improvement of work related relationships and health maintenance. Diet, exercise and improvement of physical regimen will become imperative. Honing your management systems in personal and work arenas is necessary to create order in your daily work routine.
Gemini: This eclipse pattern emphasizes your progeny or other personally creative births. Romantic ventures will be intensely emotional and self-revealing. You will be learning a few lessons in discernment concerning friendships and associations that no longer serve you well.
Cancer: Matters concerning your family and property will be accented. Old problems in relationships, even with the deceased, will surface for cleansing and healing. A new family member may enter the scene, or you may begin to spend more time with family in general.
Leo: The accent of this eclipse cycle will be on travel, education, care of vehicles and relationships to siblings, roommates, neighbors, or others who daily traverse your life. Habit patterns of thought will be brought to consciousness so negative thinking can be corrected. You will be introduced to new practical life skills.
Virgo: During these eclipses you will be learning to value yourself in new ways. Alongside of that comes education in the management of money and other resources, such as time and energy. There will be less assistance from others in these arenas, but you are creating these resources for yourself.
Libra: Your sense of personal identity will be the subject under consideration. Who are you becoming and who do you need to be? How do you wish to define yourself before the world? You will be learning what is required for you to hold onto your identity while simultaneously maintaining a personally rewarding relationship.
Scorpio: The Sept. eclipses emphasize your need to create order, both internally and externally. The development of your projects will call upon you to develop faith in your deepest self. Bringing order out of chaos is done on both the inner and outer levels simultaneously, so while you organized files you will be also organizing your mind.
Sagittarius: The new eclipse season will be opening your mind and heart to include a larger circle of friends. You may become a leader or a strong supporter of a community network which has shared ideals. Certainly you will continue to have the friendships you have built in the past. Your attention may be focused on goals greater than your own.
Capricorn: This series of eclipses will bring a certain amount of intensity in the arenas of career (work in the world) and also home, hearth and family. You will be stretching your worldly boundaries to serve a new group of people. Family relationships will include one loss and one gain.
Aquarius: Legal, ethical or educational issues will be emphasized by this series of eclipses. Travel will be punctuated, whether that is of body, mind, or spirit. Exposure to those of different backgrounds or cultures opens your heart and expands your philosophy. A challenge concerning siblings, roommates, or neighbors may press you to seek a Higher Road.
Pisces: This eclipse pattern will emphasize issues of sexuality, intimacy, and material accumulation. Reorganization of debt, investments and your estate may be in progress. You may become more conscious than usual about existential matters related to life, death, and what is on "the other side" of normal, waking consciousness.
For All Signs: Venus, goddess of love and the arts, has been retrograding since July 25. On Sep. 6 she will turn direct, representing a shift toward the better in the world of relationships with restoration to order (if indeed, relationships can ever be considered "orderly"). Important issues have been under consideration during Venus' resting period of the last several weeks. Many of us were pressed to encounter ourselves and our personal behavior within the framework of our relationships. Those in shaky attachments may have withdrawn altogether. Dormant relationship issues may have resurfaced for attention. Antiquated behavior patterns with a compulsive quality might have emerged into the daylight. These are normal human reactions when in the presence of this retrograding energy. It is a cosmic reminder to focus careful thought about our behavior and our needs in personal relationships. We are sometimes driven by outdated feelings that no longer serve a useful purpose. During Venus' retrograding periods we are called to wake up to how we fall into unconscious and negative relationship patterns. It's time to upgrade our performance. The retrograde casts a shadow forward to Oct. 10, so if there is still clean-up to do, there will be time.
Aries: Love life and romance are favored this week. You may be exploring the revival of a former friendship or lover. This is a good time to let yourself be creative. Your physical self is on a high, so activities involving the large muscles likely will be pleasurable.
Taurus: Now that Venus, your planetary avatar is turning direct, you may find it easier to make some decisions about home, hearth, and family. Things in this area have been pending for a long time. This long holding period has kept you from moving forward. Over the next 3-4 weeks you will come to feel more organized and steady.
Gemini: You may be feeling a bit “off” this week, whether physically or emotionally. This is not a good time to do work that requires discipline with details. You are feeling independent, so you may want more alone time than is the norm. Be kind to yourself.
Cancer: Over the weekend you may be feeling mildly irritable or “out of sync” with your world. You need some time to be alone to process an experience in which you felt dismissed. After the weekend your spirit lifts and you will feel considerably better.
Leo: You have a remarkable capacity to focus on a long term goal. But sometimes this goes over the edge into rigidity and unwillingness to switch gears as needed. If a negative attitude or the past has been troubling you in the last several weeks, then now is the time to let it flow down the river.
Virgo the Virgin: (Aug 22--Sep 22) You may be concerned about resources at this time. It would be easy to become obsessed about what you see are problems. However, if you consider other challenging times in your life, you will be remember that somehow you always muddled through to the other side.
Libra: You have needed a break from your usual community and now it is time to decide which associations you wish to continue and which you do not. It is possible that you will seek out new acquaintances this fall. That is a good way to escape boredom from the routine.
Scorpio: This is a generally upbeat and positive week. Circumstances may be ripe for an increase in income. An opportunity to demonstrate your talents and skills comes your way. It will give you a lift. Try something new and different, use your creative energy.
Sagittarius: This is a week that may bring you a sudden break for freedom. It may offer an unexpected opportunity for change. You must use your best judgment on whether that change is favorable for the long haul. Think carefully and use your intuition about how this action will impact your life.
Capricorn: Aspects particularly favor your self-expression. You are in an effective position. Others agree with your guidance and leadership. A project begun near the New Year is blossoming now. At the very least you can see that it is on track to turn out well. Legal and educational agendas are positive.
Aquarius: You have felt estranged in recent weeks from someone who is important to you. Hopefully you have had time to consider your contribution to the matter. If so, then now is the time to approach the matter together. Sometimes a “break” is needed while we sort our thoughts.
Pisces: An opportunity may come your way that seems out of the blue. It requires that you use your skills in a totally different manner than you have tried before. Go with it because it expands your territory and will be a fun kick to try. Your audience or clientele shows an increase this week.
For week: Aug 26 – Sep 1, 2015
By Vivian Carol
For All Signs: The archetypal couple, Venus and Mars, are meeting in the sky this week. Ordinarily this represents the beginning of a new relationship. However, this time Venus is retrograding to meet Mars. This suggests that it may be a new beginning to an old or a former relationship. It could be reassessing your relationship with partner(s) and tweaking for improvements. It is even possible that people from the past turn up to be recognized once again. If you meet a significant new person at this time, you need to be aware that sometimes old, outworn patterns can be re-enacted in new relationships. Don't trick yourself. If a situation feels “icky”, you may be re-living the past, only with new wallpaper.
Aries: Carefully read the opening paragraph above. Mars is your avatar, your ruling planet. So a Venus (love) may be returning to your side for another try. Tread carefully in this potential briar patch. S(he) may be looking for revenge, though this motive could be truly unconscious.
Taurus: Venus is your ruling planet, so the opening paragraph is particularly important to you. The retrograde conjunction occurs in your 4th house of home, hearth, and family. A relative or someone from your childhood may wish to get in touch with you. Perhaps your last experience of each other was not so peaceful. This is a good time to rectify matters.
Gemini: Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into the sector of life related to children, recreation, personal creativity, and romance. Your attention will be focused in these areas through Sept. and October. You are in your groove for several weeks. However, make choices carefully because Mercury turns retrograde on Sep. 17th, suggesting a shift of plans.
Cancer: Give special attention to unusual messages or to new people who enter your life during this time. A “teacher” crosses your path in the form of a person, a book, or the right message that will steer you in the next favorable direction. Your mind turns to home, property and family now. Aspects are positive.
Leo: This month's Venus/Mars alignment brings you face to face with your identity versus your relationship. You must consciously evaluate how you will manage to meet your personal needs and yet remain connected to the “other” in your life. If someone is “returning” after a time apart, this may represent another shot at a relationship from the past that had a similar issue.
Virgo the Virgin: (Aug 22--Sep 22) Your sense of meaning and purpose is punctuated during this period. Your attitude is positive. Your ruling planet moves into the financial picture this week. Your attention will be drawn to organizing your accounts and records. You may discover one or two mistakes made in the past that you can rectify now.
Libra: The scales fall from your eyes as an illusion is vaporized. This occurs in the territories of friendship, lovers, children, or yourself. (Yes, we carry illusions about ourselves.) Nothing really has changed. You simply see what is and what is not there. Whatever the disappointment, it is short lived. You will recover quickly.
Scorpio: Your physical cycle is on a “low”, so drive and handle tools carefully this week. Someone from your past returns to front and center in your life. There seems to be a connection to your career in this meeting. Perhaps the returnee is someone you once worked with, but the relationship became more than that of co-workers.
Sagittarius: You have your eye on the big picture and it looks grand indeed. Others follow your lead. A word of caution: your optimistic attitude and belief that you are right could cause you to become arrogant. If you want others to join your ride, give them a special place on the wagon. Share the glory.
Capricorn: You are at a low both emotionally and physically at this time. Though you are normally prone to push yourself, this is a better period to listen to your body and give it what it needs. The "rules" are interfering with your forward motion during this period. It is frustrating, but it will soon pass.
Aquarius: This is a time of dramatically challenging work. You are struggling with your semi-conscious expectation of failure. Don’t let it beat you down. You are so much stronger than you know. The fear may have manifested an opponent in the outer world. But the true war is on the inside. Don’t buy into the Critics’ point of view. It/he/she is a figment from your past.
Pisces: There are vampires loose in the world and the Fish tends to attract them. If you have aged a bit, you probably have begun to smell them when they enter your vicinity. Those who have not will be learning a lesson soon. It's a required course for this sign. Save some energy for yourself. Don’t take over someone else’s problem.