Three or four times a year, the planet Mercury appears to come to a standstill and then move backward. This phenomenon is an optical illusion. When Mercury stations retrograde, it asks for our attention. Consequently, Mercury-related issues come up for us in our day-to-day lives.
We start a new astrological year at the Equinox on March 20, when the Sun enters Aries. In the weeks leading up to that point, you may feel driven to start something new or take action to move forward in some area of your life. The influence of Aries can inspire you (regardless of your sun sign) to move, break out of your comfort zone, and overcome fears. I encourage you to take advantage of this energy, and let it motivate you to do at least one brave thing this month.
At nighttime, when you first turn off the lights, you can’t see anything. Your eyes adjust, though, allowing you to see in new ways. You could feel this way at times throughout the month… in the dark. This month could feel transitional in many ways, and you might feel uncertain. Rather than looking for what’s next, try to see the present in new ways.
Your logical mind might be confused about the future, wanting to know how to reach your desired destination, but your heart holds a reserve of faith. As the connecting point between your body and soul, it whispers to you, “Keep going. You’ve got this! It will all be okay.”
If you’re like many people, you have probably tried diet and exercise routines to lose weight. Food cravings can make those diets seem impossible to maintain. Did you know astrology can help you stay on track and achieve your health and wellness goals?
It’s true! Astrology is a symbolic language that can help us recognize connections between our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. You have every planet represented in your birth chart, each one representing an aspect of your body, mind, and spirit. In addition, every category of food (and thus every craving, from meat to cookies) has an astrological correspondence. Sometimes, when a planetary energy shifts out of balance, you crave corresponding foods.
When you understand the link between your food cravings and the planets, you can tap into a mind/body connection happening in real time. Then, you can assess whether the needs are emotional or physical. This can be super helpful if you’re trying to lose weight.
This month’s astrological news features a partial solar eclipse on February 15. Eclipses signify change, and because this eclipse happens at a degree opposite from the one we all witnessed this past August, it could magnify any themes present for you or for the collective at that time. So, before reading your horoscope, reflect back over the past six months. What life challenges have you experienced? What themes have been up for you? The answers to those questions could determine how this month’s energies play out for you.
Leo rules the heart, and its opposite sign Aquarius rules the circulatory system. Your heart informs you of your purpose and connects you to your soul’s desire. When you open your heart chakra (through prayer, love, celebration, grief, creative projects, or intention), you have access to more courage to live your life. When your heart is open, you can only live your truth because anything else causes spiritual and even physical pain.
Happy New Year! 2017 was tough for so many of us because it was a year of change and movement. With Saturn's transit through Sagittarius, we had to face some truth that may have been difficult to realize. Losses resulted in some incredible new beginnings, but change is not always easy.
The good news? 2018 is likely to be better. It’s a year of grounding, stabilizing, connecting, uniting, and making commitments.
Our year starts with a Full Moon on January 1 activating a Grand Water Trine. This is potent emotional energy and sets the tone for the entire year.
Love is a theme for 2018.
I have been working with many clients to manifest relationships, reframe past experiences, make sense of a WTF world, clear energetic (and actual) debt, and live more purposefully. The basis for much of this work? Returning to the heart. Feeling and receiving love.
ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 19):
I hope you have travel plans this holiday season. Your wild spirit and sense of adventure could reach an all-time high. If you don’t make the most of this vibrant energy, you could end up feeling stuck in a rut. And I ask you: Is there anything sadder than a bored Aries? So, plan mini-adventures all month long. Then, you will close the year with a bang.
That doesn’t necessarily mean this month will be all hearts, smiles, and laughter, however. In fact, Mercury in retrograde from December 3 through December 22 could stir up a few conflicts or, at the very least, misunderstandings. You always have a choice. To engage or not to engage; that is the question. What is the best course of action? Is it to fight or let things slide? This month, you don’t want to allow minor squabbles to get you down. So, choose your battles wisely, and try not to let others' mistakes or misunderstandings cause you to go down an anxiety spiral.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21):
Happy birthday! November kicks off what might be the best year of your life! Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, moved into your sign last month, and it will stay for the next year. Use this time to plant seeds, start new beginnings, and take risks. Anything you begin this year, whether a new job, relationship, health routine, or creative endeavor, will pay off in the future. So, think big, and resist being distracted by short-term projects, half-hearted romantic interests, or place-holder jobs. Use this dynamic energy to manifest great things in your life.
The Jupiter changes signs every 12-13 months, taking a whole 12 years to travel around the Zodiac. On October 10, 2017, Jupiter moves into Scorpio until November 2018.
If you are a Scorpio, this could mean good things to come this year! For all of us, it suggests a time of digging deep beneath the surface, and in doing so, getting in touch with some truth that may have been hidden. We will see this in our personal lives as well as in the collective.
What does Jupiter Represent?
Jupiter is the planet of expansion, faith, and wisdom. In your natal chart, Jupiter offers insight into your soul's spiritual purpose, where and how you experience "luck," your ability to manifest opportunities and goodness in your life, and the nature of your beliefs. Transiting Jupiter in your horoscope can help indicate the areas of life in which significant growth occurs through opportunities and positive life circumstances.
If you are a Scorpio, the next 12 months will be full of such opportunities. For other signs, Jupiter will transit through a different area of your chart, activating major themes represented by that sector.
Here is a breakdown of what it means for your sign:
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 22):
Balance: One of your sign's keywords. While others might see you as poised, graceful, and steady, your internal world often seems quite the opposite. To achieve balance, you often swing from one extreme to another. You have moments of indecisiveness, during which your mind works overtime to weigh pros and cons. Afraid of upsetting anyone, you can replay conversations in your mind and obsess about what you wish you would have said differently. As an air sign, you are always thinking. The past three months may have activated these tendencies more than ever. You might wonder, How can I get a reprieve from my thoughts? The answer is simple: Feel your heart. Have a good cry; no matter whether your tears are from joy or sorrow.
The August eclipses punctuated last season’s events with exclamation marks. Congratulations. You made it through. The dust has not yet settled. We are still navigating our way through the fog of uncertainty. What’s next? Floods or fights? Economic ups or downs? From the political to the personal, "transition" is a keyword this month.
LEO (JULY 23-AUGUST 22):
Happy birthday! August is Leo season, YOUR time to shine as brightly as your ruling luminary, the Sun! Two eclipses in your sign this month (a lunar eclipse on August 7 and a solar one on August 21), will rock your world. If your birthday falls at the end of Leo season, from August 18-22, you will feel this the most. The eclipse energy makes you want to live bolder and braver. It's a no-nonsense time when you have to confront any one or thing not in absolute resonance with your soul's purpose.
Cancer (June 21-July 22):
Happy birthday! For a second, let’s consider the crab, your sign’s symbol. It likes to hide in the sand when things get too intense. You might feel that way sometimes but forget about that now. It's your birthday season--time for you to shine! In fact, with several personal planets hanging out in your sign at the beginning of the month, you might have the motivation to get out and explore new places, meet new people, and find hidden talents. In other words: You don’t get to hide away in a protective shell. People love you and want to see you. Seize the opportunity to make it happen. After all, this is the season of pool parties, summer BBQs, and laid-back events.
GEMINI (MAY 20-JUNE 20):
Happy birthday! With all of your brilliant ideas, you need more than 24 hours in a day. Amiright? #geminiproblems. You are about to enter your NEW SOLAR YEAR. 2017. It's a one year, too (2+0+1+7=1), which is all about new beginnings. With some retrogrades early in the year, you might have had to adjust your day-to-day focus because of unexpected life circumstances. You're ready, now, to direct your total energy toward one great goal. You have tremendous manifestation mojo; use it wisely and aim high.
Magic happens when you feel your intention deep in your heart and bring divine light through your entire being. In that process, you animate desire. I repeat: Focused intention and light moving through you. Magic stops when you try to control people, places, and things. So, let go and play. It's summer, after all, a good time to relax on the beach or lounge by the pool.
Taurus (April 20-May 20):
Happy birthday! A new solar year begins for you, and under that influence, you have unlimited creative potential. For a moment, think about what that means for your life. Anything could happen, right? So, what do you want to create? A song? A story? A decorated room? We could take this a step further, too, and apply that creative potential to life themes and goals. You could create more enjoyment of life, romance, or financial success. Each event and circumstance manifesting in your life once started with a seed of an idea, and you are planting new ones each day. For the entire month, focus your thoughts on positive outcomes and let hope guide you.
You could feel more introspective and thoughtful leading up to your birthday. You may still be in that reflective period even if your birthday is in April. Mercury will be retrograde until May 3 and then move slowly for a week after it stations direct. This influence could trigger nostalgia, especially in the first week of the month. If your emotional landscape is a bit bumpy during that time, indulge in your go-to self-care activities. For example, you might want to spend as much time outside as possible, connecting with nature for grounding and healing.
Aries (March 21-April 19):
Happy birthday! Springtime is a season of renewal and rebirth, and no one will feel that more than you this month. You are part of an unfolding cosmic story. At times, that unfoldment requires you to take action, while occasionally, you need to sit back and allow events to unfold. The Venus retrograde period that began on March 4 and lasts until April 15 amplifies the interplay between initiatory Mars energy and receptive Venus. Your heart could get stretched and pulled, hurt and healed, and ultimately, opened to greater love.
Under the retrograde phase, we do a lot of letting go:
Of the past
Of unhealthy relationships
Of dreams that did not manifest
Of expectations of how you thought life would turn out
Capricorn (December 22-January 19):
Happy birthday! I invite you to kick off your new solar year with a moment of reflection. Take a deep breath and think about 2016. What was your major theme for the year? What accomplishments did you achieve? Did you fall in love? Did you grieve a loss? Did you let go of something or someone? It was a transformational time for all of us on the planet, but you may have felt it more intensely than other signs because you experienced a culmination of changes that began in 2012. For four years, the Universe has been working with you to co-create your life in significant ways. As we enter 2017, you are beginning the next chapter of your life.
2016 shook our collective conscious- the web we make up through our intersecting spiritual cords. 2016 made ripples throughout it. We have all been changed by unexpected circumstances that carried us on a bit of a roller coaster ride. We had to either hold on to the status quo and make peace with ourselves and others, or we had to step away and move into the dark unknown of new beginnings. We saw this in our personal lives and also in world events.
Our higher selves have been calling for pretty intense spiritual growth, and 2016 accelerated growth processes. Consequently, we now find ourselves more closely aligned to our North Node paths more than ever.
What does that mean?
Your North Node represents a point of destiny in your chart, and it is directly opposite the South Node. Together, these points form an axis line that plays a significant role in your chart and life. Your purpose is what brings you the most meaning in your life, what fulfills your soul. However, it is unfamiliar territory. Thus, the closer you get to the realization of your North Node, the more resistance and fear you feel. Your Nodal axis tugs at your ego, urging you forward in often uncomfortable ways and then sends you backward to clear old karma/old emotional and psychological patterns. You slide back and forth between these two impulses throughout your life, finding a balance between the comfort of the South Node and the fulfillment of the North Node.
2016 has been a 9 year in numerology. 9 is a number that signifies endings and change. You may have experienced this year as one full of twists, turns, ups and downs. All of this energy is going to rise into a great climax in the middle of the month, and you will see a resolution for the year’s main issues. You could feel caught in between the pull of the future and the lure of the comforts of your present. Change can require compromise, giving you a little security to brave the unknown. Go forth, Sagittarius! You are in a heightened state of manifestation, and you can have more than you imagined.
Maintain that positive outlook, especially as you consider your finances. Your ambition has peaked, and that means your inner critic could be screaming a little louder than usual. This taskmaster wants you to succeed, but it also wants to make sure you have paid close attention to the necessary steps and thus protect you from possible mistakes. Take critiques with care; you are going through a process of refinement. Then, give yourself a little pat on the back! After all, you have surely achieved successes throughout your life. You may need to access more confidence in your ability to make it happen. You can do it!
So, tomorrow we have a Full Moon, right? It happens once a month- or twice in the case of a blue moon- and each month, your astrologers or spiritual bloggers write up descriptions about it and rituals you can do for it. But really, what does it mean for you? And specifically, what’s the big deal about this Aquarius/Leo Full Moon? Today, I will answer those questions for you and show you how you can make the most of this time in our lunation cycle to move closer to realizing and living your life purpose.
It is true. I’ve been working on this for a week but found so many distractions! That is when I knew I needed to write about Mars Retrograde and its relationship to the three other retrograde planets.
When planets slow down, station retrograde, and give us the illusion of backwards motion, they offer us the opportunity to understand their symbolism in deeply personal ways.Right now, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Pluto are retrograde. Mercury will join the group at the end of this month, on April 28.
You might already feel circumstances and events in your life slowing down, too. Have you been waiting to hear back about a job offer? Did your latest crush go MIA just when you were starting to feel possibilities of a love connection? Did your current partner have a freak-out moment about moving forward into a deeper commitment? Do you find yourself wanting to cozy up at home and binge-watch your favorite shows? You can thank our retrogrades for this short break.