Each month, our Celestial Stage Manager, Steph'nie Hoffmann, will bring you a forecast for the astrological cycle we are entering, so that you can know what to expect from the worlds around you!
From July 22nd to August 21st, The sun will be resting over the regal head of Leo, the Lion and the King of the zodiac.
One mission of Leo is to radiate a very concentrated sense of Self. In fact, Leo has an imperative to be who they really are and in a big way.
Confident and a natural born leader, this Lion is padding out on huge feet to lay in the sun for the next 30 days, and you can bet that with all the other planetary activity going on, Leo will be helping us all take a good, hard look at our true selves.
So, be your ‘bad’ (aka: good!) Leo self. The celestial bodies are helping you to be stronger, more identified with your core self, and more aligned with your soul’s purpose.
Think of yourself this next month like you have a little bit of other famous Leo’s in you. Charlize Theron, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Martha Stewart, Mae West, Lucille Ball, J.K. Rowling, Halle Berry, Robert DeNiro, and Barak Obama. Allow your inner Leo out to shine and you will, for the next month, simply not be able to tolerate being anything other than yourself.
It’s a time for you to ROCK just being perfectly YOU!
And watch out for the parts of us that don’t get their way. Leo gets far on charm and force of will, but also wants (even needs?) to achieve greatness. If things don’t go the way these (mostly) extroverted personalities want, they can become unyielding and childish, like a dethroned King of the jungle understandably would.
Couple this energy with the second of three times this year when Jupiter in Capricorn (representing matter) and Neptune in Pisces (representing Spirit) are Sextile and as they continue working in tandem to continue to dissolve the old patterns and bring us each individually and collectively to a state where we can braid our higher and lower consciousness together. This time (the first one being February 20, 2020 and the last on October 12, 2020) both planets are going retrograde, or backward, in the sky. This means their lessons will be taking place mostly on the inner realms.
THEN add in a new comet, NEOWISE, seen first on March 27th, 2020 and winging right by us to be closest to the Earth on July 22nd, then heading back out into the cosmos with a plan not to return for another 6,800 years.
NEOWISE seems to be, to Elisabeth Jones’ eye, here to bring in a gift from the farthest reaches of the heavens designed to make it easier for us to connect and assimilate the mystical energies of the Jupiter – Neptune Sextile. Letting us participate in the “subtle purification of outgrown beliefs and mindsets” and making it easier to embrace higher qualities such as faith, trust, surrender, and co-creation.
It just may be that during this time, with the help of the celestial newcomer NEOWISE, you will see something fresh and new that you hadn’t previously been able to sense or create until now. It is an innovative and fertile time to blend your internal nature and your vision of who you wish to be in the future!
To take full advantage of these auspicious energies, its time to DO something. Leo is an active sign, tracking and taking down its morning meal with skill and grace. It’s a great time to be pro-active and use the tools you’ve likely known of for years to strengthen your vision of living at a higher vibration. Affirmations, altars, and vision boards are your friends this month. And finally, as Elisabeth Jones reminds: ‘Be patient. Trusting that the path that aligns you with your destiny will be revealed as/when the time is right. Have faith that you will cross the threshold guided and supported.’
Warning: There will be some sneaker waves to watch for from Mars while it lingers in Aries for longer than normal. Mars, the bad boy who is hanging around bored and looking for trouble, will be here until January 6, 2021, and can really cause a kerfuffle where it is difficult to tell truth from lies. Basically, Jupiter magnifies things and Mars triggers them. When that happens, there is no point in negotiating or engaging with folks, just fold your tongue behind your teeth, go home, and do your own thing. Mars can’t be mad forever, but for a while, the collective is going to be nervous and edgy for several reasons. Best to stay out of the way.
In the musical film, Burlesque, (2010), Cher and Christina Aguilera bring back an aging theatre and the juicy snap of the Burlesque variety shows of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
When Ali Rose, a young waitress and singer played by Aguilera, stumbles into the club the first time following the sounds of the bump and grind, this young small towner stares in wonder at the mix of heady, exotic music and sexy, snappy dance moves. It is this ‘divine error’ and divine timing that draws her into a life she is meant to live.
As the plot unfolds, there are traps, jealousies, control plays, and gifts revealed along the way; but the brightest light is always Aguilera herself, and her unflagging belief that she was made for burlesque.
When there’re no jobs available, she picks up a tray and slings drinks for free. The girls are catty? She cats back. They don’t invite her into their membership once she DOES finally make the line, she goes home alone. But she sticks with it. If you know the story line, you may have forgotten that the club where Ali learns to shine is slated to close within days of the moment she walks in the door. They need her as much as she needs them. But she doesn’t bother herself with the reality of the place burning down financially all around her; she polishes her craft, keeps her eyes open, and goes for what she wants. Trusting that the stage will be there for her, she prepares for her stage like the star she is.
As for Cher, she naturally plays Tess, the owner and long suffering mother hen to the business and all her little chickadees; and she endures to the last minute with a faith that seems naive if not escapist. But, when Universe conspires with Ali to show Tess the way through, she is prepared, open, and ready to grab the brass ring and give the lounge the chance to rise to her former glory and shine again in a new and exciting way that is true Burlesque.
The movie is a joy to watch because Ali is meant to be where she is and born to do what she does. Her simultaneously plucky and silky style makes her unstoppable anytime a seemingly insurmountable problem steps into her path, and she simply flows, like water, to her own level. Basically ignoring everyone else while keeping her eyes wide open and keenly knowing her value.
I recommend you watch or re-watch Burlesque this month to remind yourself that when you are meant to do something, the Universe conspires to put you in a place where you can shine your brightest. To remind you that there are helping hands around, and having a team, or tribe of sisters (or brothers) to support you makes the trudge more bearable, if not enjoyable. To remind you to write your songs, and keep polishing them, until you are ready to bring them out to the light of day, but to be protective and private with them until they are grown strong enough to stand in the spotlight on their own. And to open your eyes to the fun and bounce of following the bump and grind to your perfect spot on stage.
Leo says: Know your worth and find your spotlight. Get loud and proud if you need to, to get the necessary attention and be seen for the magnificent beast you are. Lions have no problem roaring to get the attention of the crowd. If the music cuts out, or there is a bar fight in the pit, just keep singing your song. Stars shine brightest when the world goes dark.
Hit it up, get it up, won't let you rest
Hit it up, get it up, this is not a test
Hit it up, get it up, gotta give me your best
So get your ass up, show me how you Burlesque
Asking for a great crystal for this 30 day period? Spheres, or crystal balls, are especially powerful during the time of Leo as a sphere, like the sun, is a symbol of wholeness and unity and represents your connection to All That Is. Also, citrine, a yellow-gold member of the quartz family, has a comforting yet energizing effect that can balance and harmonize intense emotions. –S’nie
PS: The earliest form of Burlesque was on the scene in ancient Greece. Aristophanes is known as the greatest comedian of his age. He lived sometime around 450 BC to 350 BC. He was the original burlesque play write; mocking culture, authorities and religion.
From June 20th through July 21st, the sun is in Sensitive and intuitive Cancer.
Cancer, the Crab, is at home in the water element. In the elements, as in the tarot, water represents emotion; and the cancer Crab has emotion to spare.
Thanks to the two eclipses in June, both solar and lunar within two weeks of one another, we have the powerful energies of the eclipses carrying the energy of June through for a while. What that tells us is that we will be well suited to get used to sitting in our emotions – and the emotions of others – for the next six months while the energies at the times of the eclipses work their way through the collective.
Here in North America, we know a little bit of what we will be working through as the last eclipse for the season was on the birthday of the United States. That lunar eclipse on the 4th of July (during the presidency of Donald John Trump, who was born during an eclipse, Mars rising) is the beginning of a collective ‘feeling’ of the past 244 years of our country – how we got to where we are and how we feel about who we are and what we have done as a people.
In healing work, as well as when a person detoxes, there is a term for an event that happens when a person is getting better – but looks to have additional symptoms. The Herxheimer Reaction, also known as die off reaction or cleansing crisis, is one or more temporary (but uncomfortable) bodily responses to detoxing. While Herxheimer reactions dissipate on their own once harmful microorganisms or toxins are finally eliminated, it may seem for a time that the treatment is worse than the cure, or that something is wrong.
Much like how things look when you are cleaning out the garage, or how things appear when you move homes.
There is going to be a mess when we pull things out, look them over, and decide what stays and what goes. Both in our emotional body and in society.
The Sun in Cancer this month is giving the cleaning out of home and garage an added layer of emotion. (As one would feel if the move was after a death or divorce.) Every decision of what stays or what goes is based on the history of the item, how we are feeling (safe or unsafe, angry or afraid) at the time of the decision, and what we have room for moving forward.
One can easily see how much emotion is playing the part in the decision-making about Covid-19 and national monuments and statues. Of course, the decisions around these topics are based on deep rooted beliefs, but it’s the emotion that muddies the water.
And the waters of Cancer in Sun are also needed and useful, too.
As the hot summer of 2020 comes upon us, and the United States enters the next six month planetary estate sale; we can’t bury how we feel and not deal with issues close to our collective hearts without serious consequences. As some say, ‘You have to feel to deal.’ Many of the topics of human welfare vs. profit will continue to come up if we do not deal directly and cleanly with them. Many conversations and truths will need to be shared from those who have been marginalized over the history of our country.
Household and family members who have felt unseen or unable to be themselves with their closest friends and family will find it simply too painful to stay invisible any longer. It is only through speaking our own truth, as well as listening to others and hearing their truths (even through our feeling some of their pain) that the air can be cleared and we can move on healthier for it.
As the Council of 17 said in this months’ message,
“A silent and polite society
Is a dangerous society
A silent and polite family
Is a violent family”
Sometimes the emotion, even the raw emotion of pain and despair, is what is needed to peel back the layers of our collective history and bare the truth for healing.
Thanks to Cancer in Sun, we will have these waters to buffer and support these hard conversations.
And, lest you think you may lose your cool if you open to this much emotion; consider the consequences of holding your anger inside when it is time to let it out. Also from the Council this month:
“You know that when anger rises, it rises only simply so you can say: ‘Step Back.’
Anger is its own being, its own spirit, that travels through us as a gift to let us know it’s time to wake up and become active.
When we hold onto that anger, it becomes something else. And then it becomes rage. And then it becomes hatred, and then it becomes violence. And then we are violent with ourselves, and then we are violent with others.
And we enjoy it
Because that is the shadow side of anger held too long
So release it
Learn from it
It asks you to act, so act.
The kindest thing you can do is to stand up for yourself. To stand up for yourself and let that be seen so others may stand up for themselves and let that all be seen, and allow the world to light up
One light at a time
That is how we are meant to shine our hearts.” July 2020 Magnetic Heart Message
Are you a heart centered empath who feels like your emotional skin is already on fire? Me too, but in this case, anger is your friend. Healthy anger that is.
Enter Mars in Aries.
Mars, planet of action, drive, and courage will be traveling through the sign of Aries from June 27, 2020, until January 6, 2021. It has been said, probably by the Leo King (it sounds like something David would say) that ‘Mars in Aries is going to give us some balls.’ As long as we use this gutsy energy to create what we want in our lives and insist on strong boundaries, the outcome of this time will be strong fences and good relations with our neighbors. (Or, if needed, a new neighborhood.)
Mars is the natural day ruler of Aries – we say that Mars is in domicile (“at home”) in Aries. That means Mars has home court advantage for the rest of the year. If a situation is not a perfect fit, Mars is going to make us – everyone – scrappy about setting their boundaries and insisting that their needs get met.
What makes this tricky is that we are in a prolonged period of this fiery energy. Mars usually spends no more than two months traveling through each sign but every 26 months or so, due to its retrograde motion, Mars will spend an extended period in one sign.
In the TV Series Star Trek, the Next Generation in the episode entitled ‘Coming of Age’, Wesley Crusher competes to enter into Starfleet.
Part of the subplot is that unannounced and ‘pop quiz’ type psychological tests are administered throughout the formal testing experience. One of which occurs when Wesley and another student encounter a ‘bully’ in the class halls.
The usually mild mannered and mousey Wesley mouths off aggressively at the bully, who is delighted at the show of strength in the young boy, calls him ‘friend’ and stalks off. A commanding officer sees this altercation and commends Wesley on standing up to the bully.
When asked by his surprised classmate, Wesley explains that he noticed that the large fellow had webbed hands. He disclosed that he knows this man’s race thinks being polite is phony, so stood up to him.
I find that there is a particular irony to being an empath in difficult times. Or in life. By knowing what people want, and what people want for us, we have the choice and ability to stand strong in our truth or blend. As empaths, or just good listeners, we are able to blend into peoples’ lives and situations like a potted plant at an office party. It’s safe. It’s comfortable. It’s easy. For many, it is a way of life. Or, up until now it has been.
The problems arise when, by becoming “human tofu” we accede our wishes, then our lives, then our government to the people around us who like taking the power for themselves.
For people pleasers, loosing so much of ourselves and what we want our society to look like is the price of peace.
Well, the narcissistic and selfish behaviors of those around us, and in the populace, have taken advantage of our non confrontational style and now it is time, says Mars, for us to use our sensitive, caring and FEELING selves and feel out what our needs are and where their demands are coming from. Greed or fear.
It’s not easy work.
Tempers will be high, people are being unearthed and uprooted from structures they have relied on (or built) all their lives. We aren’t on the Enterprise anymore, no one is better than another, and it feels like only one in four will make it through to Starfleet.
But we are made for this.
And there is plenty of planetary help. The times are built for us to rest (if you can get any sleep at all during these fiery planetary times, my hat is off to you!) and slow down and nurture and ground yourself as much as you can. (Remember, self care is a necessity right now!)
Also, when you find yourself getting angry, recognize that for the helpful boundary it is, and use your superpower of FEELING to feel into the anger and see if it is telling you that you are giving away something you wish to keep, or perhaps you are fearful in a situation of letting go of something that no longer serves you.
Either way, let your anger out. Feel into your personal power. You needn’t harm others to feel in your power. As the Council says:
“Loving means being so clear with our boundaries that we do not hesitate to affirm our boundaries in an act of love for our self, in the act of love for our own vulnerable aspects, in the act of love for others as well.”
Because, make no mistake, you are being observed. And if the big guy in the hallway knows that you are affirming your boundaries to honor yourself, and that honors Him too, he will call you friend when you feel your anger and say clearly (and with a little more Mars in your pocket): “Step Back. I am not going to speak anything other than my own truth, and therefore, I will accept nothing but your truth from you. Either we speak and listen honestly with one another, or you have no place in my field until we can. So, friend, step back.”
And this from Steph’nie:
I love you enough to say “no” to you to prevent my own burnout and resentment later. So, in the field of resentment-prevention I say: Thanks for letting me put this Galactic Forecast out late this month. It was eclipse season and I was feeling scrappy, I needed time for myself. So I took it. Thanks for understanding – and if you don’t understand, that’s good too, but keep it to yourself, it’s not mine. Subsequent Forecasts come out on or around the 20th of each month. I love you all deeply. –S’nie
PS: Moonstones help balance the emotions and reveal the higher expression of the lower emotions you are feeling. Yes, you read that right – if you’re going to be feeling a low emotion like fear, hate, jealousy, and anger; there are higher expressions that use those emotions to do you real benefit. Moonstones help with that. They are excellent for sensitive people who tend to react more strongly to their environment, and for sensitive children. One in each pocket helps balance the emotions.
Gemini, if you have observed or felt the energy of it before, is the sign of the great thinkers. Best epitomized in “I think therefore I am”. The Sun in Gemini will bring your mental capacity to a sharp point if you let it. There is also a dual nature to Gemini, sign of the Twins, so being of ‘two minds’ is a very real and easy part of this ethos.
In the highest vibration, this is an amazing boon to those who are searching to braid their humanity and spiritual selves. For, in the Gemini zone, you will be more able to operate with BOTH logic and intuition simultaneously!
In the lower vibrations; you have a restless, callous and selfish mind. I don’t scare easily, but thinking of a quickly bored and quarrelsome populous becoming restless in these times makes me more than willing to double down and stay home while the sun is in Gemini.
And if you are feeling bold, let me up the ante.
By June 17th, 2020, five of the total nine astrological planets will be in retrograde. (Here, think of retrograde as a review of a particular set or situation in your life where you may be stepped a little off the path and you need a ‘correction’ to get back on course. Reimagining and restructuring, reviewing where you have been and where you are going, revamping the plan.)
Basically, it’s a time to CORRECT what’s not perfectly and essentially YOU in your life.
So, that’s retrograde energy… Now, imagine five (FIVE!) areas of your life (society or community) that need a little (or, God Forbid BIG) correction … and it’s ALL HAPPENING AT ONCE … and in the middle of a pandemic!
Add in the push to reopen.
Okay. Deep breath here.
No need to panic.
That was the lower version and higher version comparison. I started with the good and you only remember the bad sometimes. What was the good part again?
We are in a sun sign that has both great intuition and superior intellect.
If you were able to shine a bright light on anything that needs fixing – even things that need a scalpel-like surgery to repair and get back on-line; this is the PERFECT and BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME to get on the path to our personal (and collective) pot of gold!
So yes, we have the nitro burning funny car of 2020 juiced up with the eclipse of (June 5th) as we enter eclipse season, and we may have a few parts of the car that need to be repaired before we can go the distance; but we also have a HIGHLY SKILLED and HIGHLY INTUITIVE pilot at the helm and the car has a celestial pit crew that is truly STELLAR!
There are situations in life that can happen in a moment’s notice that can change the very trajectory and definition of your life. You may be headed into one. And, if you are walking into one; the two things you want in your right and left hand are Smarts and Wisdom.
So, here you go. Thank you Sun in Gemini.
All my love in buckets and droves!
PS: Its Gemini season, so this reading is in two parts. For those of you who like a happy ending, Stop Here. Or skip to the bottom. The Movie of the month aligns as more of a cautionary tale, a reminder of the lower vibrations of Gemini so that those of us getting closer to the edge of it can smell the fumes and avoid the plunge – Consider this the doorway in the wax museum to the section that you may not want to enter. For you, the best stone for Sun in Gemini is blue lace agate – to help you communicate your truth and bring an appreciation for the power of the spoken word. Definitely good to have one with you (in a pinch, print a color photo of one, or color it, and keep in your pocket) if you need to have an uncomfortable, important, and honest conversation. Also, to integrate your dualities, a twin crystal (two points on one end) is a wonderful choice. Be well! -S
In the 1990 comedy/drama Pump Up the Volume, our beloved Leonard Cohen, with what’s been called the perfect blend of cynicism and style, mixed with superb musicianship, croons "Everybody Knows". This song, written during the AIDS epidemic, has several ties to our current predicament and is the perfect soundtrack to the howling, earnest, homage to teen angst that came out to the backdrop of US troops being sent to Kuwait, US Recession, news of the hole in the ozone layer, the fall of the Berlin wall and “The Simpsons” being seen for the first time on FOX TV.
In this movie, our hero is the perfect Gemini.
Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) is a quiet, studious student at an ordinary suburban high school in Arizona. He is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to town from the East Coast and was given a radio by his parents to talk to his friends back home.
Sitting home, quietly alone and studying, is what he is expected to do.
Instead, at night, Mark creeps down into his basement, fires up his pirate radio transmitter, and broadcasts to the community as Hard Harry, a sexually obsessed social commentator who passes along angry philosophy about the state of teenaged life, the fruitlessness of suicide, and the fact that the American political, social, and school systems are corrupt and broken. (That is, when not blasting music by Primal Scream, Ice-T, Concrete Blonde, Camper Van Beethoven and Soundgarden to name a few…).
Hard Harry’s broadcasts become a rallying point for the school's misfit underclass and he ultimately straps his radio to his mom’s jeep and gets arrested by the FCC for broadcasting without a license while encouraging the student populace to “Talk Hard!” (IE: Tell the truth no matter how ugly it is.)
The thing about Slater’s edgy portrayal of both Hard Harry and Mark Hunter is that he so perfectly personifies both sides of himself. Sure, there are the daytime and nighttime versions, and he is tightly wrapped in the introverted, school-new-guy personality, but a pair of glasses (hello, Clarke Kent?) never tries to hide who he truly is.
He says it from the heart when he says “Everything descent’s been done, all the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks.”
He is searching for his own true self, his own personal brand of creativity, and willingly shares his true self (and its emergence) with those around him in the ways that suit him best. And meanwhile, in the middle of the plotline of life; he manages to encourage his fellow students to speak their own personal truth, and even right some wrongs.
This month, I do NOT encourage you to do your personal equivalent of strapping your radio to your mom’s jeep to outrun the FCC; but it’s a great time to creep down to the basement of your soul and clear out what’s not needed and speak your personal truth; even if it’s only to yourself.
You never know; someone might be listening…
Use your intellect and good judgment; don’t let boredom talk you into doing something you will regret. Get your favorite pop and chewing gum equivalent, and listen to the message that’s coming quietly over your own personal airwaves.
And dance a little. Dear God, put on your best music, and dance. There is A LOT of energy in the air and you need to get it out before you explode… and dancing is a great way to do so.
So, I will leave you with the opening and closing lines of the movie where Hard Harry, broadcasting in the middle of the night, out into the nothingness, shares his fears…
“Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely F*$Ked up? You know that feeling? The whole country is like one inch away from saying ‘That’s it! Forget it!’ I mean, think about it; everything is polluted, the environment, the government, the school, you name it.”
“Nothing to look forward to and no one to look up to…
Are you out there?
Are you listening?”
… And his last lines as well… as he tries to evade the powers that be… where he speaks finally with his Own True Voice:
“Okay. This is really me now. No more hiding. Listen. We are all worried. We are all in pain. That just comes with having eyes and having ears. But just remember one thing. It can’t get any worse. It can only get better. High school is the bottom. Being a teenager sucks. But that’s the point. Surviving it is the whole point. Quitting is not going to make you strong. Living is. So just hang on and hang in there. You know, I know all about the hating and the sneering. I’m a member of the ‘Why bother?’ generation myself, but why did I bother to come out here tonight and why did you. I mean, it’s time. It begins with us. Not with the Politicians, the experts or the teachers, but with us. With You and with Me. The ones who need it most. I believe with everything that’s in me that the whole world is longing for healing. Even the trees and the Earth itself are crying out for it. You can hear it everywhere. It’s the same kind of healing I desperately needed and finally feel has begun, with you.”
“It’s your life, take charge of it. Fill the air with it!”
… And Talk Hard!
Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you've been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
And everybody knows that it's now or never
Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows
And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows
And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Oh everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
To my eye, (and I may be a bit biased) Taurus, the Bull, is the heaviest and most grounded of the energies. Like the proverbial “strong like bull” image, when this energy sets its mind on something; it just walks through whatever is in its way to get to its desired location. It is inevitable.
While some call this stubborn, the mindset and dedication of Taurus is the epitome of playing the long game with patience and perseverance. Stubbornly following a good idea and stubbornly following a poor choice can create heaven or hell, depending on one’s guidance.
In the archetypes of the Tarot, Taurus energy is many times seen in the suit of coins. Basically, Taurus and the coins are the physical realms. To create coins, to keep the ones you have and grow more coins, to share coins, to get good at making coins and to ultimately have all the coins. That’s all Taurus.
Thing is, it’s also a well known fact that the Taurean spirit doesn’t like change. (Because, well, it messes with well laid plans, don’t you see? Change can really spill all your coins in a hurry. ) And Taurus in times of change is a VERY uncomfortable feeling. Like the people who ran with the bulls in Pamplona; there is much goring and tossing of heads when confusion ensues. Not a safe place to be running around without a close and continuing relationship with your higher power.
Sadly, for us Taureans, (and that’s all of us, as we all have Taurus in our charts somewhere, and you are sitting in Taurean waters for this month, at least…) the current planetary shifts are meant to teach those of us on the ground to be more flexible to change. To look up from our hot forge and walk away from pouring coins for a while.
Why does Taurus, the most grounded and 3D part of us, need to be flexible?
Because of the braiding of Spirit and Self that is the purpose of the Age of Light.
Spirit is super flexible, we know that, it can see the outcome of timelines and isn’t constrained by heavy matter. For us corporeal beings, we live on Earth where things are exceedingly solid and heavy. Gravity literally sucks us down daily. How do we get these two things to work together?
On May 15, 2018, the slow moving planet of chaos, Uranus, came into Taurus and has been driving us crazy since. Its full 7 year orbit has been tearing down the ‘best laid plans’ of everything that is solid and set and will continue to do so for another 5 years.
Uranus, symbolized by the lightning bolt, is known as the great awakener. Its superpower is breaking through everything that is stuck. And it does so in unpredictable and unconventional ways.
Uranus hits Taurus between the eyes like a bullet.
So you have a strong bull, with a plan it refuses to stray from; and then an unpredictable lightning-like shock or series of shocks that come to direct it <with a purpose> that absolutely stuns the great Bull.
Uranus, trying to redirect this powerful personal intent, is using shock and surprise to get the Taurean nature within us all to let go of anything that is stuck. The purpose: To awaken the real potential within.
As Elisabeth Jones puts it: With Uranus in Taurus, we have “Acts of co-creation resonating with the cosmic purpose for the Age of Light.”
Even if you buy in on that; what to do in the meantime while waiting for the shock to wear off enough to ‘hear’ our higher selves? Its like you’ve been tossed out of the boat in choppy waters and you are too disoriented to swim… Nothing to do but stop fighting and wait for your life jacket to pull you in the direction of ‘up.’ Only then is it safe to swim in that direction. But how is that done here where the gravity grows?
“The most important question isn’t about change and what we are letting go of…
…but what we are letting in.” Elisabeth Jones.
In the back to the Future Trilogy, Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly, accidentally travels back in time from 1985 to 1955, then travels forward in time to 2015 and ultimately travels to the past to the year 1885.
The time travel, changes in timelines, and changes in the personalities of his friends and family in different environments- create a very real understanding of how people adapt to their environment and, through the slow progression of time, get stuck here.
Every time Marty or his friends get into the Time traveling silver DeLorean, time and reality bends: and people, known and unknown, change with it.
By the end of the trilogy, everyone has a vastly improved lifestyle, the bully who once lived at the penthouse above Las Vegas has visited some very personal karma, and both McFly and the wonderfully wacky Doctor Emmett “Doc” Brown find love and get the girl.
Do you want that kind of change in your life? In the world at large?
Are you wondering what would it take to create this kind of change in a person, in a culture, on a planet, without the time traveling DeLorean?
Uranus in Taurus, my friends. Uranus. In Taurus. Grounding the lightening bolt.
Live your life simply, no matter where you find yourself, and remember that garbage is the fuel on which our cosmic DeLorean runs.
The more garbage we find; the farther we go.
Much love –
PS: For those of you petrologist (rock collector) types: This month, carry or wear some rose quartz around with you. Hell, hand some out to your friends and neighbors. Even better yet, give it as gifts to your enemies, they need it most. Use Rose quartz because this ‘love stone’ will help open (and keep open) your heart chakra and help you discern what you really care about. Want more? To figure out what you truly love, and lock onto it like a bull with total strength and dedication, add pyrite to your collection and listen to what Universe is whispering into your ears. Pyrite helps to increase abundance, develop self worth, and more importantly, helps us all to clearly discern between what is fools’ gold, and what is truly Golden. –‘S
From March 20th through April 18th, 2020, the Sun is in Aries. Aries, the Ram, has been associated with a ram since late Babylonian times and was later in correlation with Greek mythology and the ram with the
In Greek mythology, the Golden Fleece is the fleece of the gold-haired winged ram. It is in the story of Jason and his group of Argonauts. They set out on a quest ordered by King Pelias to get the fleece so that Jason can rightfully claim the throne of Iolcus in Thessaly. Basically, the Golden Fleece is a symbol of authority and kingship.
First, some background: Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, and thus, they are the trailblazers. Passionate and independent, Aries will never do something just because everyone else is doing it—a Ram needs to be 100 percent committed to the task at hand. Competitive to the max, the best way to motivate an Aries is to turn something into a contest. Aries will put everything they have (and then some) into winning. Loyal, smart, and impulsive, they always have multiple projects on their mind, and won't be satisfied until their work, social life, and personal lives line up exactly with the dream life they've envisioned.
Adding to this competitive drive is the planet Mars. Mars, already the ruling planet of Aries, is also in Capricorn. Read this to mean that we are in a time of very masculine focus on personal and social priorities and increased direction and clarity of purpose. Whatever the purpose may be; it is your sole and total focus (or it needs to be.) Keep in mind, it will be related to taking your rightful place on the throne that your personal Golden Fleece has granted you.
Now comes the first of three times this year where Jupiter will conjunct (be in the same area of the zodiac) as Pluto. It’s like these two planets have decided to get into a sack race together. Oh, but what a power combination is this! Jupiter magnifies and looks for (actually demands) truth. You can imagine this half of the sack race as having a turbo rocket and a GPS. Pluto, ah, this icy little projectile of a planet, was named for the, God of the Underworld, and is the ruler of Scorpio, the Scorpion. (In Greek mythology, the corresponding god was Hades). In Astrology, the energies of Pluto are transforming. Pluto represents subconscious forces, ruling all that is “below the surface”. On the upside, Pluto is associated with renewal and rebirth. In our planetary sack race, you can imagine Pluto as being excellent at breaking down old systems. Killing, mulching and burying the dead and rotting so that the new can rise again on its ashes.
So. Pluto puts its sight on a system that isn’t working. Pluto has been watching and making plans for a while. It has its sights set. The GPS coordinates are known… (Political systems, educational, governmental, corporate, and social institutions.). Anything that isn’t working.
Now, imagine the same thing happening in your inner landscape.
Power imbalances in home and work? Belief systems that aren’t serving you? Institutional chafing because who you are doesn’t fit the container you are confined by? Not feeling like God has your back?
Well, guess what, Buttercup. Anything that doesn’t give you the self-worth, self-esteem and personal potential that you carry within, the full bounty they deserve, is going to be targeted. You have been handed your personal Golden Fleece. To grow in several areas, but mostly your inner realms. Taking on this leadership, feeling your power, will give you strength and courage in ways you may not previously have thought possible.)
(Not feeling it yet? The SUN is here to help. Get as much time in the sun daily as you can, key times at noon or sunrise. There are belief systems that say that the planetary gifts travel on the sun’s rays. Soak up that Mantle of Golden Sunlight. I dare you!)
…and then Jupiter agrees that if a system isn’t based on truth, integrity and honesty, it has to break down.
And it lights its rocket...
…and, between the two of them, throughout 2020, they pave the way for cosmic agendas and new systems for the well being of ALL.
(Tied to Saturn in Aquarius. See last month’s write-up on how that serves the collective and reminds us that we are all one; that our actions affect others even when we are not aware of it.)
In short, if an old system is no longer viable, its time is up. In this set of three conjunctions, this duo is unleashing more and more forces (that’s three huge, bounding steps in our sack race) that have been building in the ethers for some time and are now getting traction in the 3D. As Elisabeth Jones puts it, “It is very likely that we will see many things we’ve never seen before during this year starting now as things are revealed and/or occur as a result of this influence.”
The next two conjunction dates are the 29th of June and the 12th of November 2020.
There is likely to be so much transformation that you will not recognize the life you have lived by the end of 2020. Happily, there are several beneficial forces at play to support you as the old is razed to make way for the new. You will be connected with courage and strength you’ve not been in touch with before. This is Mars, the warrior planet, putting you in touch with your warrior side.
Are you wondering about the movie of the month yet? In the 1997 action/war movie GI Jane, a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would-be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service. As a result, the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program opens up. The candidate DeHaven handpicks is Lieutenant Jordan O'Neill, who works in Naval communications as a satellite communications specialist. She’s been passed over for promotion in favor of her male coworkers who had less experience than she did, and she’s pissed and ready for change.
No one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men, however, what they don’t know is that she has the personality and stamina that it takes because she was born to do this job.
No, you will most likely not be going through SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape) in the same way the soldiers in GI Jane were. Or maybe you will; this is your Golden Fleece and your path. But if that is the case, recall the spiciest scene in SERE where O’Neill and her crew are treated as captured enemy combatants. As described on IMDB “O'Neill, her hands bound behind her, kicks Urgayle in the crotch and slams her skull into his face, breaking his nose. She then kicks him further. Urgayle gets to his feet and beats O'Neill down. He staggers to the prisoner corral and tries to convince the male members of the team, who have all turned their backs on him, that O'Neill is a weak link that could get them all killed. O'Neill, having regained her feet, suddenly shouts, "SUCK MY D*!%!!" to Urgayle. The rest of the team rallies behind her and Urgayle gives up, defeated.”
It is this difficult time in the movie that pulls the team together in the same way that we will likely pull together as a tribe, and ultimately as the entire human race, in the current times.
The thing is, we are all together in this.
We may be getting a really tough lesson from our teachers, but they are our teachers and they are here to make us the best warriors (peace warriors have to be tough because we have to have stamina for things to change) we can be. Urgayle started the training by reciting the DH Lawrence poem “Self Pity” because he knows the only thing that can really beat his men, now his team, is in the mind. Fear brought on by exhaustion and lack of self confidence is the only real killer. So he tests their fear and their confidence. And our heroine, GI Jane, proves that confidence isn’t about body parts or how hard things get; it’s about owning who you are and being the best at what you do. That was her Golden Fleece. When people messed with her, she wanted to gut down harder.
Near the end of the film, the team is sent on an emergency mission and things go wrong. It is our heroine, O’Neill, who, surmising that the Chief wouldn't draw the enemy back to the rallying point for both the satellite recovery unit and the SEAL team, identifies another location that the Chief/Urgayle would more likely retreat to. The team sets up an ambush there with a minefield, and the Chief shows up. During the firefight, Urgayle is hit in the leg and O'Neill rushes into the minefield and drags the Chief out, once again showing her grit and fitness for the job. The mines are detonated and the team escapes.
The point of GI Jane was that she was born to do the job at hand and when it was time for her to pick up her Golden Fleece, it protected and traveled with her; showing to herself and to others what she was made of. We may forget that she rang out once and was told she could only go back if she went through training again. And she quit.
But the thing is, when something is made for you, you just can’t let it go. She found another way because it was what she was meant to do. Water finds its level. Her Golden Fleece was her birthright, and so, as it turned out, was being the first female NAVY SEAL.
Your Golden Fleece will be different. We all have our own path. But the qualities are the same.
It won’t leave you. It’s a part of you and it will prove itself to you multiple ways in these times of transition and yes, even trouble, if needed to learn and grow and change. The difficulties you or those around you may suffer are brought on by tough but loving planetary teachers who are well prepared to create a tight and cohesive unit.
And, as Bob Dillon said, ”The times, they are a changing.”
One last thing that I cannot stress enough. Self Care is a Superpower. If GI Jane was having trouble with her hair, she stopped for a haircut. If she was dealing with unfair regs, she got the base commander to address it before moving on. She went back home to her lover after ringing out for an accusation of being gay and took one huge bubble bath and smoked a few cigars. Even during a war movie, this woman took all the down time she could get. Because she knew that when it was her turn to fight or lead, she needed to be in prime condition. Don’t you DARE try to help others before your tank is
completely topped off, or we will make more soldiers down in the field. Please. Take care of self and family before turning your attention to others, and for God’s sake, take good care of yourself. This is, as MaRiza recently said to me, a very long birthing process, and you need to take long showers and hot baths and long walks in the sun in between the contractions.
And Sun in Taurus is coming next month, so take a page from the Taurean’s guide to pleasure book and do what replenishes and feeds your soul.
In the words of Jen Sincero, “Figure out what makes you feel like you could carry a horse over your head and do it as often as possible.”
And… Trust the planets. They have a plan, and you have your birthright.
In the words of beat poet and member of the 1960’s political group band the Fugs, Tuli Kupferberg, “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”
Welcome to Solar Pisces!
Pisces, the fish, is once again forging a link between the physical and spiritual realms, swimming through the veils and allowing us to explore and embrace our greater potential and dreams.
But not right this minute… First, we gotta make a plan, check back over how things have gone since December 24, 2019, and dump any baggage we picked up along the way that needs to be released.
First, let’s check the planetary waters of Pisces… (See that? See what I did there? That’s a fish joke!)
February 19-March 19, 2020 we will be in the land of the fish, the 12th house of the zodiac, referred to as the collective unconscious of all humanity. In the twelfth house of astrology, we are given information about the inner self of a person. Further, the 12th house has a huge impact on a person’s growth and progress, the learning of lessons, as it were...
In the images of Tarot, any archetype with water depicted is illustrating the subconscious of a querent. Therefore, this a month where we dive deep into why we do (or did) the things we do.
Pisces is symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions. A bit of a yin/yang to it; the Piscean nature is smart, creative, and deeply intuitive, which means this month, as an honorary Pisces, you, too, will be a little more psychic.
Those born under the sign of Pisces are said to feel things deeply, and have incredibly strong gut reactions. It is said that a Pisces "knows" things from deep within, and can often judge whether a person or situation is good or bad for them.
Better than that, even, they are well balanced; as this deep intuition doesn't mean a Pisces ignores the logical part of their brain. Interestingly, while deeply intelligent, Pisces have a profound respect for the power of the human mind. Would you know a famous Piscean from a quote? Try this one:
“The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.” *
Or, second chance to guess, the same Piscean said this:
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Last chance, from the same guy:
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
SO, swimming in the waters of the scientific and the mystical, we find ourselves bumping up against some other big planetary fish.
First, Mercury. The big planet of intellect and communication has been caught, once again, by the thrice-yearly riptide of Mercury Retrograde and is being washed past us, backwards, with everything falling out of its pockets and clearing out old karma, debts, and secrets. Forget keeping things straight on your calendar, mercury retrograde is upside down and backwards and underwater to boot.
That means don’t trust your intellect too much until Mercury gets its head above water again on March 10, 2020. This is a time to grab what's getting washed away that you want to keep and let the other stuff sink. In other words, the next 20 days are not the time to launch your lemonade stand when the lemons won’t be ripe, the sugar won’t be delivered on time, and your friends will forget the date.
On the other hand, it’s a great time to listen to your intuition, release old mental programs, think outside the box, make a vision board or a plan for moving forward when the waters shift and, basically, watch for signs and synchronicities from the other side of the veil.
And then Venus in Taurus. I like this one. From March 3rd through April 3rd, Venus encourages slowing down and finding time to relax. (Which in the words of Elizabeth Jones at Monthly Beacon, “…Is needed and totally warranted.” I so much agree with that!) What she goes on to say is interesting: “You may be magnetically drawn to something or someone. Just be sure to ask: “Is this in my highest good?” before leaping. I translate that to mean you are still VERY magnetic and able to manifest, so, (I know I’m harping... but…) MANIFEST WISELY!
And again, in Mid-March, you are still being encouraged by the Mars-Neptune Sextile to let go of your worries and leave things in the hands of God. This truly is a month where you may bounce between trusting that you are in the hands of a benevolent Universe and being despondent that things aren’t happening the way you would like. Trust your intuition over your intellect and take your hands off the wheel.
It’s rather like Bill and Ted in the 1989 SciFi/Romance movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
You see, Bill and Ted, in a totally trusting way (after meeting themselves and telling themselves to do it) jump into the equivalent of a Tardis and travel through time learning lessons they can apply to daily life, all in the guise of putting together their homework.
There are so many layers and levels going on that we as viewers can see: Ted avoiding the indoctrination of Military school, Bill’s coming of age, the romance of their future band mates, bringing Peace on Earth. Saving the future. Getting a good enough grade on one performance that they can actually graduate. And, of course, the life lessons they learn as they hurtle through time and chase Freud, Billy the Kid, Socrates, Joan of Arc, and Genghis Khan through the mall. Layers like an onion of all the lessons going on.
But Bill and Ted? They’re just floating through all of it. Clueless.
These kids are about as in the moment as kids can be. And they are truly themselves every step of the way. This endearing movie and the characters it is built on remind you that you can have the most excellent adventures if you ignore the fear, the worry, and the logic of it all - sometimes take a few risks when they feel right - and trust that in the end, the Universe (or possibly a guy named Rufus) has the most amazing plan set in store for you (and the world around you.)
There is one thing I want to say to the intellectual side of you who may be getting very confused and frustrated - and, frankly, wigged out - by chaos this month:
#1. Sometimes chaos is exactly what you see before things REALLY come together, like when you clean out the refrigerator, or the garage. Don’t let the kerfuffle and the dust blind you to the fact that things are happening FOR you and not TO you.
If you didn’t get the Tardis reference, (As in, Rufus can find them anywhere in time…) I have the feeling that you may, at times, worry that you are going to miss the bus.
You aren’t going to miss the bus.
It’s your bus.
In fact, it’s a chartered limo, and the driver has your name, address, and exact moment for the pickup to get you where you are going to go with divine timing.
And, if you forgive me for going a little ghetto on you: The driver has GPS and an ankle bracelet on your ass and you can’t escape your ride, even if you tried.
So sit yo’ ass down at the bus stop and do a Sudoku or something that makes you happy. Go to the water park and take the mega-slide a few hundred times just because you can. Save the “babes.” Make a band. Form a tribe of like-minded people. Whatever.
Because you ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MISS THIS RIDE.
So, you know, you might as well enjoy the scenery. Don’t get all het up and arrive at the party cranky. Just relax, dude. Life is an excellent adventure, and somewhere, in some timeline, there is the equivalent of a record album with your picture on the cover doing exactly what it is you came here to do.
Have a little faith.
And Party on, Dudes.
Stones to carry or put into your drinking water: One of very few stones with its unique purple coloration, Amethyst is a variety of quartz that contains iron and other trace minerals within its structure. Just like Purple Fluorite, (also a good stone to carry this month) Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is both called the “spiritual stone” for opening and clearing a channel to your higher self AND also said to increase accuracy and mental clarity with the specific purpose of improving intellectual and cerebral thought. How very Piscean of it, don’t you think? No wonder it’s the birthstone for February!
Did you guess our mystery man from his quotes above?
* Albert Einstein - The Merging of Spirit and Science (also seen in the 1991 comedy: Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey)
Welcome to Solar Aquarius!
In 1967, the opening song of the play HAIR and a band called The 5th Dimension brought the Age of Aquarius into popular culture.
The Age of Aquarius, in astrology, is either the current (some say starting in 2000 or 2012) or forthcoming Astrological Age, (perhaps beginning when we celebrate the Spring Equinox in March, 2595) no one really knows for sure. Basically, it’s the beginning of a new Astrological Age. What is an Astrological Age, you may ask? Well, astrologers maintain that an Astrological Age is a product of the earth's slow precessional rotation and lasts for 2,160 years. Each Age enters one of the 12 zodiac signs, so, on average, it’s a 25,920-year period of precession.
That’s why it is hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. Its slow growth, people… Really SLOOOW.
But when it changes, to my way of thinking, if you are paying attention, you can tell. Like going from fire into water.
(For context, the Earth is moving RETROGRADE, or backwards, through the zodiac, therefore, the Age BEFORE Aquarius was the Piscine Age. That’s the fish. And do you know what the fish also represents? I will give you a hint: According to well known astrologer Susan Miller, the age of Pisces ran from year 1-2000. That’s right… The time of Christ, and Christianity. And, as Ms. Miller points out, Pisces is considered the last sign of the zodiac, a compendium of all the signs that came before it, from Aries to Aquarius.)
And we either have already left it or are leaving it… sometime.
And we are starting a whole new Age, maybe even a whole new Epoch.
However, whether or not we are in the AGE of Aquarius, we are certainly in the house of Aquarius for the next 29 days. Thus, as of January 20, 2020 through February 18, 2020, our little mini-age of Aquarius just might match a little of the lyrics from the song depicting the Aquarian ‘vibe.’
Remember how the song begins?
“When the Moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars,
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars.”
Keeping in mind that Mars is the planet of driving force and Jupiter is best known as aligning with the third eye and crown chakra. And the seventh house? The house of relationships, sometimes called the house of marriage. Looks kind of like marrying our feminine to our masculine sides, or even our higher and lower selves, doesn’t it?
Well, I'm no astrologer (I'm just the librarian who gathers information from the pros!) but I looked at the daily news and I’m pretty sure we haven’t yet created a marriage of our higher and lower selves.
Why do I mention it?
Well, let’s start with some of the many qualities of Aquarius.
Aquarians are known for being great multitaskers, friendly and sociable, and honest. They tend to like some unusual and unexpected things, and hate any justifications. Additionally, Aquarians are extremely gentle and kind, sensible and sensitive, and are also considered rational thinkers. Interestingly, they are capable of convincing everyone to do something that they feel right and reasonable; and can become rebels when they sense things are not right.
To get an idea of the classic Aquarius personality traits and types, check out some of the most famous Aquarians: Ellen DeGeneres, Charles Darwin, Shakira and Oprah Winfrey. As Cosmo says: People who dance to their own beat, for sure.
Also, according to Elisabeth Jones, Aquarius sees possibilities in the edge of the future. In that way, it helps gain clarity of what you hope for in the future.
Aquarius brings innovative ideas and ideas and solutions that help gain greater clarity. And take note: much of this will be technology and social media themed.
Now, let’s toss in some of the other players in the line-up.
During this period of time; the Sun and Moon are squaring Uranus, which is the planetary ruler of Aquarius. This will upset of status quo, in both your life and the collective.
As Elisabeth says, expect something to change quickly or dramatically, but to right the ship, so to speak.
Expect the unexpected. That’s big.
But there is another level to it.
If you recall from last months’ Galactic forecast, the strong opening flavors of 2020 were all Capricornian in nature.
Basically, she explains, we are always ‘swimming’ in the energetic waters of each New Year. Like imprinting. What happens in early January astrologically sets the theme for the year ahead. What set the theme for 2020 was a WHOLE LOT of planets in Capricorn. Thus, like entering a mall-like 2020 and immediately being sprayed by a Capricorn-selling perfume spritzer person as we walk in, we are going to carry the energetic frequency of Capricorn for the whole time we are here this year.
Did I lose you? Let me use another image.
In the 1993 sci-fi thriller Jurassic Park, an eccentric Billionaire buys an island to make a theme park. He could have done anything with his island – make a traditional theme park, or get a bunch of scientists together to come up with a way to repopulate the island with all the animals that have gone extinct in the last century. Whatever he got it into his mind to do. Well, this guy, he went for bringing back the dinosaurs. That’s his choice. It is, after all, his island.
Early on in the movie, a baby dinosaur is hatching out of an egg and imprints on the theme park founder in an early scene. The thing with imprinting is that once something imprints on you, it’s drawn to you. It looks for you, listens for you. You feel like safety to it. It wants to walk into your living room, grab your remote, crawl up into your lap and eat you up.
Well, there was so very much Capricornian energy in January when we came into 2020 that we imprinted on Capricorn but bad. It’s our North Star. Our reason for being. Now, I’m not gonna say we are choiceless, but we have been sprayed with the strong scent of our “Capricorn Directive”* and we can’t easily shake it.
That kind of imprinting.
Total love fest.
And do you remember what YOU imprinted on in early January? Are you sure you are in LURVE with it? Because it’s going to OWN YOU for the rest of the year and, if you pick well, for a very long time.
Basically, we imprinted on the idea that we have a goal, a life purpose, or activity, and just about all we do is supporting how we are going to meet it.
This is what Elisabeth Jones called the Capricorn Directive. (Or your Cosmic Agenda.)
Basically, we imprinted on Capricorn like a baby Chick (or a dinosaur.) and now we are continuing on with that.
Manifesting a new reality, really.
Like bringing the dinosaurs back.
It’s that big.
So, thankfully, (FINALLY! We get to Aquarius!) here comes good old Solar Aquarius, like Seth Goldblum, and starts poking around in our plans, asking questions.
Like: Just because you can raise dinosaurs, does that mean you should? (Is this REALLY what you want to do with your one island?)
And: Are you SURE you want to breed RAPTORS? (Theme parks are nice, but maybe bring back the koala lemurs!) (OMG! Look it up!)
And: Can you be SURE they won’t breed? (Because Life ALWAYS Finds a Way!?! And what if, just WHAT IF what you create becomes way larger than your ego could ever have dreamed? What will it look like then?)
Well, you get my drift. I’ve said it before, and this goes for the heavy capabilities to manifest in all of 2020; be careful what and how you build your New World because new ideas and creations can really get wind in this astrological environment.
And yet, it is your island, after all.
Bringing it back…
Solar Aquarius brings focus to old ways of doing things that block forward progress.
So you get an increased urge to seek out fresh perspectives and bring in new opportunity to your life and your field of activity.
And you get creative. Ground it. Create an actual plan. Get slapped down to readjust your sights, tinker, move forward. You know; you do the work.
(BTW: Visualization is super powerful right now – but then 2020 is a very powerful year for manifestation, I already said that. So how about you spend more time sitting and visualizing and less time getting slapped down and picking yourself up… takes less energy and is less painful.)
SO accept that the Universe is helping you to create! (Good and Bad – it doesn’t care WHAT you create, just that you do so!) And the best advice is to be curious and invite in what you wouldn’t usually invite in, and give it a good look-see. Because 2020 is a powerful year of creation and manifestation, yes, but also because you are making bedfellows for a long time to come. Pick well, but look for celestial (and REAL!) surprises to help you on your goal path. (Spirit won’t do it for you, but they can sure drop hints like a pro!)
Down to brass tacks – how to ground this thing:
Jan 26th to 28th– Venus and Neptune are pissing off war-like Mars. (Called a Square, in astrological terms) and this can… Fuel fanaticism and extreme behavior. Not a great time to talk about belief systems. Things can turn ugly, and fast, even if you feel like it’s an easy conversation. Just stay in your heart and DO NOT get baited into a fight. That’s 25th through 29th, but I wouldn’t have any tough conversations on the New Moon on Friday January 24th either. Just sayin’.
Feb 3rd. Mercury is in Pisces until March 4th. Pisces is inspiring and imaginative but also spacey, vague, unclear and illusive. Put Mercury (communications and information) into that fog, and things will be like pinning down smoke. It will be fuzzy and hard to focus mentally. And this is also true for others. Misunderstandings will be the norm. So avoid jumping to conclusions without all the facts. (Which may be squirrelly, already.) But consult your intuition, as its going to be in its proper waters. Nice side effect: This will greatly enhance spiritual endeavors.
Feb 7th Venus is in Aries until March 4th – And During this time, with good reason, you will put yourself first. You will be inclined to express the truth of how you feel, and yes, it could be too self centered, but it can also serve you well. Partnerships forming at this time will address the needs and agendas of everyone involved as they will really be honoring their own interests at this time. And that can be a really good thing. Lee Iacocca said: "I never made a deal of any lasting value unless the other guy felt he won something too." Overall, have fun. Oh, and don’t take yourself too seriously.
Stay aware of what you see Mid-month in February; with the Piscine influx, things are gonna get very spiritual mid February just before Feb 23rd.
Feb 16th – Mars is in Capricorn – Time to pick which of the excellent ideas you just have had, take a handle on it, be proactive and bold, and direct and utilize your time and efforts to your single goal. Mars in Capricorn is imprinting more on the ‘Capricorn Directive’, so it’s a great 6 week period for finding and narrowing in on your resolutions and your chosen activity.
And then, on Feb 16th, Mercury goes retrograde until March 9th. This is the first retrograde in 2020 and a great time to reflect on the year thus far. Ask yourself: “in the first 6-7 weeks, did I take a tangent or am I on track with my goals thus far?” If off track, readjust.
Like in Jurassic Park. Breeding dinosaurs seemed like a good idea, but one velociraptor almost eating the kids taught them something before the park opened. Unpleasant experience, sure, but good information to have. And at just the right moment before they let in hoards of tasty new school children to eat.
(In real life, you are less likely to be eaten by a T-Rex or velociraptor; but we might be in for an earthquake or volcano or extreme weather. Have an extra candle and set of matches around just in case…)
Two last points: Feb 8th is a Super Moon full moon – this highlights your tribe and your place in the tribe. It’s a great time to honor who you truly are and those friends who are supporting your dreams.
And remember; avoid being reactive and caught up in melodrama. (When the dinosaurs see you, DON’T MOVE!)
Takeaway: Hang out with your friends and groups that you are drawn to (as well as those who are drawn to you) as they may become significant over time, watch for surprising events helping you along, let go of anything that wants to leave, and be certain you want what you are building.
Because fun theme park or dinosaur feeding grounds; it’s your island and you can make it into anything you want it to be. Dream Big. You can do anything! (Even make a Heaven on Earth!)
As the song ends…
“Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind's true liberation
PS: Want a rock in your pocket to help things go smoothly? Grab some Selenite to take along on the ride. Selenite helps encourage clear thinking as well as accessing higher dimensions. Holding Selenite is said to help access deep memories, even past lives. (If you believe in that type of thing; you can bet a prior, or future, version of yourself has tools to share that will help you as you create your masterpiece!)
In peace, love, and creativity- Steph’nie
Welcome to Solar Capricorn!
On December 22nd, the sun entered the personality and arena of Capricorn. For those of you who do not know, Capricorn is an Earth sign, grounded and all business. The ruling planet of Capricorn is Saturn, which is a planet of limitations, lessons and restrictions.
From December 22, 2019 to January 19, 2020, the energies of this solar placement are foundationally placed in the areas of loyalty, hard work, being a team player, and being ambitious as well.
The image for these times is much like the 1988 action thriller film Die Hard. At the beginning of the film, Bruce Willis is uneasy and vulnerable (make fists with your toes) as he returns to his wife’s place of work to try and reconcile during the Christmas holiday. For the next two hours, he goes from watching and hiding from terrorists to combat/action and back to rest and recover mode several times. This contraction and expansion with periods of forced rest (like to remove the glass from his feet) is similar to where we are headed. Throughout the movie, Bruce is completely and loyally focused on his estranged wife and her safety, and he has to work supremely hard to get authorities on his side, and slowly but surely remove the obstacles in his path to his loved one. By the end of the movie, Bruce has been through the wringer, but he defeats his demons and gets his girl back.
This January is sure to be as high powered and intense as an action thriller film.
Astrologically, several events are occurring that are illustrative of fate and karma and cosmic destinies in play. Examine your own life at this time: do you feel like there is something big, some grand idea or project, that is growing in your mind? Not just in your mind, but starting to get legs on the ground? Well, buckle up, Buttercup, because in these astrological frequencies, things are able to get wings in this environment.
And that means both good and bad. It is very VERY important to be as honest and forthright as possible in your planning, words, and activities as you can be. As Elizabeth Jones puts it: “it’s like the “Karma Cops” are seeing everything, and they have a long memory!”
The best advice this period of time has to offer is to remember that Capricorn is a dedicated and grounded builder. Especially if you are building a business, once you have ensured that you are building on sure and stable (and HONEST) ground, you are ready to put the work in. But BEWARE that you are building a bed you want to sleep in! As Allen Raine put it: “You may get to the very top of the ladder, and then find it has not been leaning against the right wall.” That would be most unfortunate in these times.
Remember, Capricorn rules the zodiac’s tenth house of career and achievement. This month’s frequencies will help you be a little more Capricornian in your planning, patience and persistence as well. Capricorns love their work because they are dedicated professionals who love to plan and set goals, and work is their play. Since Capricorn is symbolized by the mountain goat, this is the space of being quite comfortable with building a legacy by steadily walking the rocky uphill climb of life. Unlike other signs, Capricorns expect life to present a few bumps along the way, and even when they get discouraged, which is rare, they don’t let an obstacle stop them for long.
So embrace the Capricorn in you and enjoy the extra gust of Capricornian wind beneath your sails.
What to watch out for - being overly serious, suspicious or critical. Remember there will be readjustments that need to be made to co-create with universe and these corrections are necessary but can be uncomfortable.** Bruce Willis had a lot of things go wrong before they went right, but he just fell back and regrouped. He bitched a lot, that’s fine, but he patched up and went looking for another way in. Do not let your ego slide into traits of being melancholy or being unforgiving when you take a life lesson hit to the ego. Take it all in stride. Make a plan, stop and listen, rest. Create when you have great bursts of energy and be honest with your creation. There is much to be revealed and must to be set into motion, and it’s just the beginning of a very long cycle, so be sure and listen to your heart to ensure that what you are building is what you want to live with as a long term emotional and physical investment.
This is really happening.
This is not a test.
Good luck and a personal note from me: Bring your tribe in close and, if possible, exercise the traits of Consensual Leadership: Trading roles of leadership according to who is calmest, clearest, and most creative in a given situation. Do this, and everyone gets to rest, everyone gets to lead, and the entire community benefits.
All my love in your creation. Enjoy the process.
** Wondering which stone you might want to have in your pocket for the next few weeks? Pyrite would be a great pocket stone. Pyrite is a stone of pure masculine energy. It works directly with the solar plexus, providing a massive boost to one’s willpower and directing this energy towards overcoming bad habits, allowing one to build a strong foundation for new healthy patterns, and a constant flow of positive energy. Pyrite is of great help in overcoming anxiety and helps develop an unstoppable mindset towards whatever one decides to achieve. It aids in facing fear, as well as negative influences, and gives the courage to stand up. Pyrite strongly stimulates creative energy and amplifies the qualities of ambition, commitment, and persistence. Its vibrations promote strong resolve and confidence. This stone also boosts one’s mental clarity and focus in all matters, and supports taking assertive action. It awakens the inner warrior for the benefit of the self and of all.
And, as it is also called “Fools Gold”, Pyrite helps find genuine value in things without getting tied up in their monetary value, or placing too great an emphasis on possessions or money.
Sun in Sagittarius – Be Optimistic, direction, Wisdom and Love. Less is more – just take your hat and your staff (or your shoes and your whip?)
Welcome to Sun in Sagittarius November 22 through December 23rd, 2019. This is the 9th house of higher learning and philosophy and it’s a lovely place to rest after the shenanigans came home to roost this past Scorpio season.
The Sagittarius energy is a philosophical, religious and scholarly one who has great enthusiasm and optimism. Thus are they always striving for the farthest stars, setting their arrows to that farthest goals and following through to reach them. This is a wonderful place to be – the ninth house of philosophy – the search for meaning in the world. The search for your place in the cosmos.
And this is where you are!
And do you know what other energies are in the celestial room with you? BIG ONES!
From November 23 to 26th, 2019, we are also traveling right by the center of the milky way galaxy and we have two gorgeous travel companions along with us – Jupiter the planet of Wisdom and Venus the planet of love. Asking to align to your highest frequency as you fall asleep each night during this time is a request that is likely to be heard and loudly answered.
It’s a great time to ask yourself what would you do if you couldn’t fail?
The image for these times is much like the opening scenes of the Harrison Ford movie Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Is there a part of you that is not “just” a mild mannered professor of archaeology; but also an adventurer who wants to be asked to do what you are uniquely qualified to do and save the world? Are you bored of being in the classroom and pining to take your wool fedora (hat) and whip off the wall and put the tools you’ve gained in your personal transformation to good use?
Well, it may just be your time; or at least time to pay attention to the signs that your call is coming soon!
Like the archer that Sagittarius represents, or perhaps the arrow itself, now is the time, with wisdom and hope, to break free of what holds you back. Be it old belief systems or personal situations; the sun in Sagittarius offers insight and the sense of adventure to ‘see’ what is possible, and go for it!
Sound a little like last month? Sure, but then, you were ready but the retrograde of Mars was holding you back, pulling you backward like the energetic bow that sets things in motion, literally making sure you’d packed everything you need and turned off the stove. Now, with the new moon on the 26th of November, you are ready to lock the door and walk away.
But remember, as God told Jesus, travel light – just wear your sandals and take a staff. Everything else will be provided for.
The best advice this period of time is do what you ARE CALLED TO DO rather than what your ego says you ‘SHOULD do.’ Jupiter will shed light on what you are called to do – what you are drawn to – and all you need do is follow the light in your heart hat clearly matches. After all, when the war department came knocking, there was no way Indie could say no – it was the adventure of a lifetime and he was made for the job. You too, are arguably the only person who can do what the Universe is calling you to do – you literally incarnated here and now for this very purpose. You cannot miss this boat; its coming for the express purpose of getting you to take your rightful place at the helm.
What to watch out for – Over committing. Don’t do more than you are needing to do, as you don’t know what is coming for you and you will want to be able to say yes when the right moment comes along.
The Sagittarius new moon brings fresh possibilities and ideas – your overall attitude and new options – a sense of adventure of what is possible and what to look for. The visionary and dreamer is asking ‘what is possible?’ and ‘what is my greater potential?’ When you are in a crossroads or dilemma, don’t try to figure things out – just stay in the flow and you will discover more if you do. The urge to break free of whatever is holding you back – a life situation or old attitudes – might come up*. One way to work with this is to ask different questions and seek counsel from places you wouldn’t normally do. (Caution – don’t be impulsive or get sidetracked… if you are pulled by a crazy idea, great, but take a few days to be sure it’s your perfect crazy idea!)
* Are you gathering a a group of people this next 28 days? Do you own a cluster of Clear Quartz or Amethyst? This is a great time to place a cluster ( several points with a common base ) around you, or in a group room where people gather to reveal underlying essential truths.
(Did you write a journal this past Scorpio season? Take a moment to read through it with a new perspective for surprising ‘ah-ha’ ideas.)
We have stepped over the threshold from balance-loving Libra Sun to Scorpio season and its revving up to be a doozy! Thanks to Mars, the God of War, coupled with Pluto, the dark night before the rebirth, this period is a planetary powerhouse of transformation and rebirth to our higher potential. These two planets will be laying waste in a variety of ways to even the score on anything that was revealed to be out of balance
during Libra season last month, and it’s a great time to turn off your social media and TV sets, because
there may be a good amount of drama attached to people (and institutions) who do not want to let go of that which is not in the highest truth.
Like the complicated and mesmerizing layering of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, the varied layers of humankind will be either getting some leveling blows or getting a step up to hear their higher selves this 29 day period as Sun moves through Scorpio, the house of death and rebirth. We are all together on this musical stage, and it is best that you keep to your own score as those around you are singing theirs. Strong boundaries are required as we each play our part.
The best advice for this period of time is to listen closely to your inner self, be impeccable with your word,
and stay out of any unnecessary drama in other people’s lives. Much like playing speed chess in the middle of a bar fight; its best to concentrate on your game, don’t make eye contact, and don’t get drawn into other people’s drama. Chances are, the difficulties you see others going through is a necessary part of their growth and any attempt to stop and help them on their path will be a colossal lesson in boundaries for you both.
October 23rd through November 21st this year will see us not only glimpsing our greater potential (it’s a very, very good time to invest in a journal and write for 30 days, people) but it is also a time where
anything out of balance has to fall away to make room for the new start next month when Sagittarius
will be waiting to give us a fresh, new start – that is, as long as we have dealt with anything and
everything that needed to be cleared out of the way and addressed from our old life so that we can begin anew.
Keep grounded. Keep your focus and determination on what you want, LISTEN CLOSELY TO SPIRIT, and let the transformative position of Sun in Scorpio lead you to your highest potential; do that, and you will be using the energies of this time period to great advantage. Good luck and remember – these are energies that cannot be pushed; just relax and keep curious. This is Halloween and the veils are thin so that Spirit can help us join up with our truest selves!
Happy All Hallows Eye, All Saints Day, and Dia De Los Muertos! Let your ancestors share their wisdom,
and listen and journal… you will be happy you did come Sagittarius season!
* Recommended you wear or carry black tourmaline with you for a month or so to keep the darker
energies from your path and remember to journal for 28 days and then read the messages you have brought to light during this mystical time. There may be some very important ideas from your future self hidden away in there when you look at your journal with new eyes!
Energies are building people! Welcome to Solar Libra – From now until October 22nd, the planets are whispering energetically to everyone on the planet to make changes and adjustments in their lives to create BALANCE. On the great transition of Equinox, September 23rd, lots of planets will be forcing change and the last months of 2019 will begin speeding up. That means that we are each being given the energetic equivalent of a small stick of dynamite to place in the one area of your life that you think is balanced, exciting, and ready to fly true! This is a great time for choosing that one dream wisely!
This month will also encourage you to find balance in your imbalances. Especially in relationships at home or work. If there is a power imbalance, it is best to have some open (even if difficult) conversations, because your choice is to have a firecracker go off in your open hand, thus a few surface burns, or hold your fist tightly around the firecracker and lose the hand entirely. Make no mistake, the longer you put off taking back your power, the more the decision will be forcefully (and possibly explosively) made for you by these planetary alignments – all for your greater good, of course!*
If your house is in order, however, and you are balanced and have your intention set on one creative goal that will give you joy and let your own light shine, this will be a fantastic month to give it wings and let it fly! Just like dynamite has a fuse, your job is to do one action, no matter how small, to light the fuse and step back, keep your eye on the prize, and celebrate as the universe brings your life into alignment with your goal. Do not take your eye off your goal or get distracted by other people wanting your time and energy, and do not fret if it takes a while for all the pieces to fall into place. Most of all: do not fiddle with your firecracker when you think the fuse has blown out! This is like a universal detonation cord. Divine timing has braided a lot we can’t see into the perfect burn-time before your energetic take off. Once you do the work of placing your energetic TNT where you want it (chose carefully! This is not a time to try and do two – or twelve - things at once!) just stand back and see what universe can do for you!
* We recommend you wear or carry rose quartz with you for a month or so to keep these interactions and conversations heart centered and to retain your empathy for others and self.