Hello readers in Oconomowoc!
The planets align in a variety of patterns this week and the overall effect is an “all over the place” atmosphere that could cause many to wish that staying in bed under the covers was a viable solution—at least until life settles down. The atmosphere feels charged, and that frenetic quality has the potential to engender anxiety as well as enthusiasm. So don’t be surprised if your moods or the moods of those close to you vacillate between frantic and electric. How you experience the charged air is completely dependent on perspective, sensitivity, and desire. One thing is sure: no matter where you find yourself along this intense spectrum, movement is a must. Stagnation won’t be tolerated, and the need for motion is physical as well as psychic. Part of the reason the air feels so intense is that we are at the beginning of the end of a complex year, and as the final days and nights of 2014 unfold, lots of us are likely to be taking stock of where we’ve been and where we find ourselves. And while I don’t have to point out the obvious…I will—because this has been a year of intense shifts, political and personal, individual and collective, and some of those shifts have been extremely difficult, even horrifying, while others have been welcome, even inspiring.
The need to put bodies, minds, and hearts in motion is spearheaded by Mars as it finally pulls away from the grip of the Uranus/Pluto square. This fractious interaction of Mars/Uranus/Pluto is what’s kept many of us grumpy, grouchy, and oh-so-testy for the last several weeks. As Mars breaks free, it moves into a sextile with Saturn, in Scorpio, a positive alliance with the power to turn aggression into ambition. This is an industrious combination that’s certain to spur the urge to work hard. We will start feeling its full force by Monday, but its influence lasts until the second week in December, allowing plenty of time to use its might to get done what needs to be done.
Venus just entered Sagittarius on November 16 and by Sunday it will trine Uranus, another positive interaction that lasts until the end of the month. This pair is infamous for erotic encounters, so best be prepared for sudden infatuations—especially the type of close encounters that lift off and take flight. Keep in mind that Venus/Uranus amorous adventures tend to end as quickly as they begin. So if you find yourself falling, try to remember the Venus/Uranus protective mantra: “Marry in haste; repent at leisure.”
For the next week, Saturn travels in tandem with the Sun—a conjunction in Scorpio that won’t happen again until October 2041. Saturn is nearing the end of its journey through Scorpio, a transit that began in October 2012 and ends on December 23, when Saturn enters Sagittarius. Use these weeks to sort through the limitations you’ve encountered during this Saturnian journey, as well as the wisdom you’ve gathered—but more about that over the coming weeks.
As these last days of the year unfold, gathering and weaving the threads of its extremes into an identifiable tapestry will take consistent effort. The first half of the year was a morass of retrogrades and the second half seems to be blowing by at the speed of light. And because of that velocity, finding the time to reflect won’t be easy. But reflection is essential, if only because it facilitates the process of letting go and releasing what no longer serves as it simultaneously helps to identify what does.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Avoid assumptions, and simply take each day as it comes, putting one foot in front of the other, doing whatever you do to stay present and mindful. This isn’t about being passive; it’s about being aware and prepared for the next steps.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Replenish your reserves, restore your inner reservoirs, and gather your strength. No, you’re not going to battle. But very soon you are going to be very busy, and you want to be in the best shape possible on every level—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—to handle what’s next.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Give yourself permission to be idealistic, but don’t confuse an inspirational frame of mind with being blind to practical concerns. Use your innate dexterity to straddle both universes—the imaginary and the actual—and you’ll make progress toward your goals.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Be careful what you wish for because you’re in a potent phase of making your dreams come true. I’m not suggesting you give up your desires. But I am advising you to be clear and precise about what it is you want to do and how spending your time that way would be valuable.
Leo July 23-August 22
Remember the first rule of magic: Whatever you focus your attention on becomes your reality. So rather than dwell on all the things that need “fixing”—all the things that are wrong—focus on creative plans and projects that engage your natural enthusiasm and vitality.
Virgo August 23-September 22
You’re making home improvements, and whether those upgrades are physical (renovations, closet cleaning, or a visit to Goodwill) or metaphysical (increased meditation, contemplation, or joining a spiritual group) your efforts will have a beneficial result.
Libra September 23-October 22
Conversations with partners, personal and/or professional, could arouse a new perspective on an old situation. Stay open to the viewpoints of others and you’ll be able to gather important information that could change your mind on several issues.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
You can’t quite breathe a sigh of relief, but you can use this phase to assess just how much has changed since Saturn’s transit through your Sign. As you contemplate its effect, concentrate on just how much you have (or haven’t) modified certain personality and behavioral patterns.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Ah...Venus in your Sign…. Make the most of it, please, because it won’t last long—it’s over by December 10. Use the goddess of love to elevate your self-image and self-confidence. Also allow Venus to reset your innately flirtatious nature, and then simply have fun.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Allow your edges to soften just a bit. You’re still in the lead position, but as Mars leaves Pluto and Uranus behind, you can lighten your load by taking a less strident stand. If you model a more compassionate stance, others will follow your example.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
The focus continues to be on relationships, especially associations that are career-related. Before you make major decisions with potentially long-lasting consequences, consider if these partnerships have the necessary qualities to endure the ups and downs of a creative process.
Pisces February 19-March 20
The focus is on spiritual endeavors, and it doesn’t matter whether that manifests as increased meditation, membership in a church or sangha, or plowing your way through an updated reading list. Whatever it is, give yourself the necessary time and energy to expand your awareness.
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