February 3 to 10, 2011
Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury, Venus and Saturn Evening: Jupiter
Off Road Races and Chinese New Year of the Rabbit
Last week I watched a preliminary running of the Baja 1000 – a famous off road race that takes place each year in the rugged deserts of Baja California, Mexico. We had motorcycles, ATVs, trucks and dune buggies cruising past our casa at breakneck speeds in the attempt to garner points to qualify for the ultimate day of racing competition. Mexican families and curious gringos lined the bumpy, washboard dirt road, giving drivers thumbs-ups, sharing laughter and making big eyes when a vehicle slid sideways or caught big air. From the pila up on the hill, we could see a wide expanse of the course winding its way along the coast, over hills and down arroyos, dirt rising like plumes of smoke in the distance as the racers traveled closer. Standing on the road, dust flew and metal rattled, tires gripped and drivers bounced, waving to the crowd as they passed by. The day was hot and sunny, the entertainment superbly macho.
And, today, it’s Chinese New Year – the Lunar Year of the Rabbit 4709. The race is a happy memory and time is marching on. Nights are black and filled with stars, as the days grow longer. Today the wind is blowing, air is cool but the sea is still an awesome turquoise blue. I no longer have the luxury of in-house Internet, like I did in Todos Santos, and I’m far removed from what’s going on stateside – or anywhere else beside here – and yet, I know it’s all going along as always, just fine without me. I ran into a friend on the beach a few days ago that said there was a big social-political ruckus happening in Egypt. Something about a democracy that really wasn’t a democracy and the people were uprising, but the government had shut down all communications until they got things under control. Don’t know anything about it…and it makes me wonder, what’s really important?
For each of us, the answer to that question is unique, and no doubt changes from day to day, minute to minute. I know I’m happy and healthy, grateful and blessed, living life one day at a time, as well as I possibly can. Another Chinese New Year and fresh new lunar cycle presents me with another opportunity to start again, begin anew, readjust my perspective and do the best I can to pit myself against myself and work on self-improvement. And air Aquarius gives us great new hope and encourages us to surround ourselves with people of sound mind and good spirit, people who uplift and inspire us, people who share our dreams and visions of the future, people who speak the truth and aren’t afraid to stand up for their beliefs. So, here we go, another zodiac month, lunar month and lunar year. Good luck, and may the quickness of the Rabbit and the genius of the Waterbearer be with you. Happy Chinese New Year!
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)
A fresh new Moon, the winter cross-quarter day and Chinese New Year mark this week as one of great cosmic magnetism and kinetic force. Nice it’s all happening in air-Aquarius, feeding Aries fires with flames of hope and inspiration. Focus on optimistic thinking and right action. Surround yourself with people you admire and respect. Go forth with goodness.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
The Chinese New Year initiates a powerful cycle of personal and professional achievement. As you reassess and restructure the roles and responsibilities in your most important relationships, take a good look at what you want to accomplish in life. The only way to change others is to change your own action and behavior. Consider the options and try a few.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Strong air energy this week fans the flames of inspirational thinking and artistic desire. The good news is that you are feeling more serious and self-disciplined than you have in years. As a result, you are now capable of manifesting those wildly creative ideas and finishing the projects you’ve been working on for years. Keep the faith and do the work.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Chinese New Year 4709 is based on an ancient lunar calendar, one with which Moonchildren are inherently in synch. Therefore, this week is one of cosmic coincidence and vivid vibration. Pay close attention to intuition and feelings of déjà vu. You are interfacing with powerful people and potential. Balance harmony with rhythm and dance to the music.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
A fresh lunar month and Chinese New Year in your solar 7th house of marriage and important others favors radical new beginnings in your relationships. Wipe the slate clean and be willing to start over when it comes to commitment. Recognize your part and accept total responsibility for it. Do as you want others to do. The rest is easy.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
Both Mercury and Venus change signs as the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit begins. This translates as a time of transition and metamorphosis, when spirits assist and support movement and growth. Keep internal dialogues focused on your own self-improvement and self-care rather than running at the mind about others. Love is the answer. Love it all.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
A plethora of cosmic activity in your solar 5th house of love and romance stirs the heart and inspires the spirit. It’s time to create and live life to its fullest. Do what feels right and move in directions that feel good. Write, paint, draw, compose, explore and experience. Hug and kiss, share ideas and have fun. Count your blessings and spend time at home sweet home.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You may feel challenged by or strongly attracted to relationships and issues of home and family. Start fresh and begin anew whenever in question or doubt. History is simply a story and the present is a gift – it’s time to move forward. Kind words and sweet talk are magic. Live each and every moment of your precious life – create the future in the now.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Air Aquarius feeds Sagittarian fires of mind and heart. Watch the weather and listen to the wind. Hear the message and read the handwriting on the wall. Cosmic consciousness calls you to reach higher and see further, beyond the present horizon. Global and galactic, you are once and always a warrior of spirit. Do your best, one day and one moment at a time.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Voluptuous Venus enters your sign when the Moon is new and the Chinese Year of the Rabbit begins. This fortuitous occasion marks the start of a prolonged period of spiritual awakening and infusion. You are being called to do the inner work that opens doors to angelic re
alms and divine experience. Cultivate golden humility and practice the art of peace.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
Happy Birthdays continue for humanitarian Aquarians. Light the candles and cut the cake in honor of another revolution around the sun. Celebrate the great good fortune of your life and times. Reach out to those less fortunate or awakened and lead by example. Share the wealth of knowledge via humble acts and loving-kindness. The time is now.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
Plenty of planetary activity in your solar 12th house of spirit sparks the soul and awakens you to the numinous and divine. It’s time to remember from where you came and to where you are going. Full circle, from life to life, from the cradle to the grave, we come and go. What lies beyond the beyond? Breathe in and listen to your heart. Feel peace and live in grace.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.