February 10 to 17, 2011
Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury, Venus and Saturn Evening: Jupiter
Aquarian Self-Awareness and Self-Knowledge
As we move through the last week of Aquarius and venture ever closer to spring, solar rays become more direct and days grow longer. We have passed the February mid-winter cross-quarter mark and drift toward Pisces, the final zodiac month of the natural tropical year. Seeds of hope and inspiration float upon proverbial horizons, we are being awakened to metaphorical ends and new beginnings. It’s time to look up and all around us, check in with what’s going on inside and outside, step out of the past, embrace the present and center ourselves in self-awareness.
Self-awareness gives birth to self-knowledge and self-knowledge awakens our personal power, an unremitting ally in the spiritual warrior’s journey on the path of heart and soul. And the fixed-air sign of Aquarius is all about knowledge, spirit and heart. It’s the archetype of the individual in the collective, the unique contribution that each one of us gives to the whole – the unusual idea, the special gift, the act of kindness or the endearing art of friendship. Loyalty, camaraderie and fellowship are Aquarian ideals; revolution, rebellion and invention are its means. In this wild and wacky world, with Uranian change as an ever-constant companion, let us be blessed with the enlightened detachment and inspirational heart of the Waterbearer. Surround yourself with people, places and things that inspire and uplift your spirit and strengthen your resolve to make yourself and this Earth a happier, healthier place in which to live and grow. May peace, love and joy be our friends and companions, the sun, moon and planets our guides and the ever-expanding possibilities of the ever-expanding universe be the numinous amniotic waters in which we birth our dreams.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)
Voluptuous Venus conjunct secretive Pluto in calculating Capricorn works both ways as powerful professional possibilities present themselves. Are you ready and willing to take the offer and go the distance or are you happy with where you are? Maintain calm and composure, cultivate patience and focus on balancing the equations.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
As Chinese New Year marches on, the focus on achievement continues. It’s time to see the forest for the trees and look at the bigger picture. Rise above your life and see yourself from birth to now. Look how much you’ve done and accomplished! Focus on your positive attributes and creative abilities and just keep going. On Valentine’s Day, be sweet!
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Jovial Jupiter in early Aries and the advent of another lunar year portends great good fortune regarding hopes, dreams and visions for the future – as long as you surround yourself with winners, rather than losers. Now, and for the next several months, you are being encouraged to expand your circle of friends and associates to include the best. Do it!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
While Valentine’s Day doesn’t always live up to our specific expectations, remember that it’s more about giving than receiving. It feels fantastic to create handmade cards, bake a cake or cook dinner for those you love. And, it’s not just about romance – it’s more about friendship and camaraderie. Make it a day to love and simply love the ones you’re with!
Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
Motivational Mars in Aquarius, along with the sun, pull others in your direction. Partners may feel pushy, exhibit anger or excitement in relation to your actions or behavior. Stay as calm and cool as possible, focus on practical solutions and discuss strategies that work. Practice self-improvement and self-care for happiness and health. Seize the day.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
Great romantic and financial opportunities arise as velvet Venus and passionate Pluto come together in your solar 5th house of love and creativity. Smile your sweetest smile, be calm and practice patience as you sit back and watch the universe deliver the goods. Trust and faith are allies now, cultivate self-discipline as you travel the road of spirit.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Rest and relaxation are important aspects of your health, wealth and happiness. Make sure you find the time for both this week. Listen to your heart and be as sweet and kind to yourself as you are to others. Critique your domestic environment and identify ways to make it more serene. Love is found close to home. Share valentines in peace, grace and bliss.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Somewhat challenging or dynamic opportunities present themselves as valentines coming knocking at your door. Practice patience, cultivate calm and refrain from wildly emotional or irrational behaviors – no matter what. It’s time to show others just how practical and realistic you can be. Acceptance is the answer to all your problems today. Accept what comes.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Thinking, talking and traveling with friends and/or associates is likely to be necessary and significant this week. Work on communication skills via listening and pay attention to what others have to say. Also be aware of subtle gestures, symbolic messages and synchronistic events. The universe and cosmos are sending you signals. Watch for signs and omens.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Mental Mercury and voluptuous Venus in your sign promise an active week intellectually and physically. Add intense Pluto to the mix for more depth, passion and power. Temper emotion with detachment and recognize the difference between what you can change and what you cannot. Relax in the process and transform according to cosmic plan.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
Candles flicker and cakes are cut as you celebrate the miracle of birth and life. One year older and another age wiser, as they say. Be sure to do something meaningful and personally enjoyable on this special day, as it is known to be somewhat of a foreshadowing of the upcoming year. Choose worthy companions, eat nutritious food and do what feels right.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
Friendly calls, texts, cards and emails are avenues of expression as the valentine holiday sparks the desire to communicate with those you love and care about. Keep it sweet and refrain from any negative comments or nasty tirades. Love and laughter are allies but sarcasm and bad memories are not. Focus on the positive aspects of your life and times. Enjoy the joy.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.