February 5 to 12, 2015 Visible planets: Morning: Jupiter, Saturn Evening: Venus, Mars
The last week of Mercury retrograde is upon us and I can already feel the ruminating energy of directional planetary change. The snow has melted down here in the wild West End – which is not necessarily a good thing – and the Sun is brighter, more direct and warm. The mud is gone – for a few days anyway – and it feels just like Spring. I even saw my first bluebird yesterday.
I’m going through seed catalogs, looking for strains with non-GMO, organic guarantees, having fun with beautiful pictures of Rainbow Swiss Chard and Kaleidoscope Carrots – Atomic Red, Cosmic Purple, Lunar White, Solar Yellow and Bambino all in one offer! – and, of course, the luscious red and purple heirloom tomatoes that I’ve come to know and love.
My husband left on a spontaneous trip to Baja California one week into Mercury Rx and experienced the classic textbook ramifications of the choice. Travel…and all things under the “transportation” umbrella – airplanes, automobiles, tickets, the TSA, etc. – are not favored under Mercury retrograde. Fortunately, he maintained his sense of humor – knowing ahead of time he was tempting fate – and has settled into a happy return to Mexico and the East Cape, a place he knows and loves and needed to reevaluate. He’s reconnecting with his good Baja buddies, touring some of his old haunts and revisiting places we’ve been and wanted to go back to.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…I’m hangin’ with our three beautiful blonde doggies, taking a Colorado Master Gardener class – something I’ve wanted to do for years – attending to organizing my creative and non-creative messes, taking care of old business and preparing for the upcoming planting and growing season. Along the way, I’ve found time to read some great stuff, rest, relax and contemplate our ever-evolving place and position as human beings here on planet Earth.
These are wild and crazy times, astrology or no astrology. Apocalypse or no apocalypse. Climate change or no climate change. Democrats or Republicans. It is what it is. I find peace and serenity in quiet places, on morning walks and at the magical time of sunset. A crackling fire, a good book, a bowl of popcorn and my Tempurpedic mattress is all I need at night. The expansion and contraction of the Universe and cosmos, hot and cold, continues. Night and day comes and goes. The rumbling of tanks and fire of munitions, drones, bombs, killing, torture and abuse also continues. The national and international news feeds are often horrific, and many times, I simply can not watch them. There is so much pain and suffering in our world. What can I do?
Everywhere I see and feel the ‘60’s. It’s a time of reckoning for all of us who lived through them, who came of age then, who felt the angst, suffering and sorrow of the Viet Nam war, the assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK, and, as a result, wanted to make a difference. The Civil Rights Movement, the Anti-War Movement, Women’s Liberation, Back to the Earth Movement, Flower Power, long hair, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Rollings Stones and the Doors, hippies and “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll” were all phenomena of the ‘60s. Not everyone “tuned in, turned on and dropped out” but it was a prevalent theme. It was a time of personal and social revolution. So, in respect of all the retro and retrograde currently in orb – and in keeping with the ongoing Pluto-Uranus square, that challenges us to do so – here’s to reconnecting with the heart and soul of the 60’s. Peace, love and whatever else you find along the Journey. Good luck!
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) The last week of Mercury retrograde provides you with plenty of opportunity to take care of old business, tie up loose ends and finish what needs to be finished. Mars in Pisces favors forgiveness, compassion and surrender, especially where you and others are concerned. Be aware of self-defeating behaviors or self-destructive habits that may emerge out of the blue. Focus on good intention and right action.
Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) The Leo-Aquarius full Moon on the cross-quarter day of Feb. 3rd stands as a powerful milestone and turning point in the Bull’s solar year. Take note of who showed up and what took place over the last week. These people and events carry significant weight in the days to come. Home life, personal life and physical health must be a top priority now. Relax and regenerate via good food and good rest.
Gemini (May 20-June 20) Sunlight sparkles as the increasingly more direct solar rays infuse you with a sense of awakening and new life. You may feel more uplifted and encouraged than you have in months. The high road of spirit beckons discovery; expand and explore the world outside your door. Seek out wise teachers, gurus and avatars. Research subjects and authors that inspire you. Read, rest and exercise. Life goes on.
Cancer (June 20-July 22) You may find yourself going over ledgers, finances or secrets in the attempt to help and understand situations of joint investment or interest. Partnerships and intimate relationships must be approached with both honesty and compassion. Others may not be up-to-speed or aware of what you’ve done and how you feel about it, so it’s your job to enlighten them. Focus on emotional detachment and simply do your best.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) Ginormous planet Jupiter retrograde in Leo continues to shine light upon what you’ve done and how you’ve grown over the last year. Take it all in with a big dose of honey. After all, life is sweet. Expanding territory personally and professionally are themes. Rose-colored glasses are great as long as you don’t wear them 24/7. Clarify partnerships, examine intentions and determine responsibilities before you jump in.
Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) Partnerships and significant others take precedence in your week. Cross-quarter energy may feel a bit stressful when it comes to issues of personal self-esteem and improvement. Just remember: you’re good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like you! Always words of wisdom for analytical Virgos, especially where others are concerned. Venus and Mars in Pisces favor love and romance. Take action.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) Friends and lovers, lovers and friends. Whether it’s platonic, romantic, professional or personal, relationships are where it’s at now. Inspiration, creativity, camaraderie and fellowship are themes as the Aquarius-Leo polarity ignites the cosmos with solar electricity and Jupiter fire. This translates as an auspicious time for heartfelt expressions and activities. Get together with people you love and like. Enjoy the joy.
Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) Inner work proves enlightening as solar fire fans the flames of family relationships, illuminating the variety of roles each child, mother, father, sister and brother has played and plays in your past and present life. Good news is that you see the beauty and bounty of personal responsibility, the power of acceptance and the glory of forgiveness. Honor the love in your heart and surrender to its grace.
Sagittarius (Nov. 21-Dec. 20) The Aquarius-Pisces interface acts as an effective tonic for treating whatever ails you now. While you may feel challenged when it comes to issues of emotional and financial security – especially if you are paying someone else’s way – recognize the power of personal choice. How did you get to where you are today? What’s your part? Emotional detachment and enlightened compassion are perpetual allies. Tap into them and relax.
Capricorn (Dec. 20-Jan. 19) Velvety, voluptuous Venus in numinous Pisces smoothens rough edges of tension and stress that come with fear-based thinking and acting. In place of despair, she offers hope, in place of doubt, she gives you faith. Acceptance and forgiveness are allies in the battle of darkness, and gratitude is the attitude of grace. Also available for wellness are angels of love and light. Look and you will see, seek and you shall find.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) The first week of February marks the yearly Aquarius cross-quarter point in the Earth’s revolution around the Sun. This heralds several days of intensified electromagnetic force, when all life upon the planet instinctively feels the energetic pull. Dynamic and strong, challenging and balancing, this is perennially one of Aquarian awakening, rebirth and new life. Seize the day, explore the world, embrace the grace.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) The Aquarius zodiac month is characteristically one of physical retreat and spiritual regeneration for the Fish, a time to rest and relax. This year, make sure you’re aware of the metaphysical needs of soul and spirit. You may feel pulled out and about by personal, professional or social commitments or responsibilities. Good news is you understand the benefits of self-care and self-improvement. Keep up the good work.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com
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