February 2015

**Your weekly scopes for Jan 29 to Feb 4: http://www.straight.com/life/814241/your-horoscope-january-29-february-4-2015

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Monthly Overview:
Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 1, is a super day in the stars too. Venus conjoins Neptune and Mars conjoins Chiron, all in the sign of Pisces. A musical, awe inspiring, and cash-in aspect, Venus/Neptune should put on a great half time show. Mars/Chiron in Pisces suggests the game has a legendary quality to it too. It is an apt planetary pairing for the gladiator contest, the Chiron side of it describes the “deflate-gate” controversy.

Beyond the game, Feb 1 is ideal for a fresh infusion and total immersion. Let your heart guide you, give it up to love, the creative muses, or to God/dess. Mars/Chiron ignites the desire to be opened, healed, and to be whole. The combination of the two aspects suggests the way to do that is to allow and to respond, to find the courage to open up and to speak with honesty and as forthrightness, to display compassion and acceptance even when you feel depleted, hurt, or wronged. Keep the greater good as your guiding principle, and don’t force your needs or wants on others. Feb 1 is the start of a new consciousness-raising cycle, one that is full of potential and/or saving graces. What’s lost can be found; revelations and discoveries can pour forth. Venus/Neptune and Mars/Chiron can be an ignition-point for something exceptional, extraordinary, or un-foreseen. On the cautious note, these two transits can increase vulnerability and exposure. Imagination, projection, and unconscious emotions can run wild too.

Whether the personage is alive or no longer with us, Venus/Neptune and Mars/Chiron can also draw our attention day to someone famous or infamous, iconic, exceptional, or perhaps on the run. (The headliner could be a special one, a royal figure, celebrity, religious, political or notorious leader, a martyr, escapee, a victim, a saviour, etc.)

The stars continue on a step it up curve through the first week of Feb. The drive for more glory, reward, love, and attention keeps life upscale to the full moon in Leo Feb 3. Leo loves a celebration – it’s ideal for the Super Bowl homecoming parade.

Conjunct Jupiter in Leo while forming trines to Uranus in Aries and Pallas in Sagittarius, the full moon offers great fire power to draw from. It won’t take much to strike the flint just right. Confidence and creativity are the winning ticket. Aim for big and bold, be an attention-getter and a trend-setter, give it everything you have. If you believe in yourself/your cause, we’ll believe you. Thanks to Jupiter, there’s likely to be more of everything on the move/on the rise. This full moon can coincide with a notable event or announcement, a meeting of minds or heart, a win, victory, special attention, acknowledgement, or reward. It should be a lively day for speculative markets, travel, and the entertainment industry. At the very least, it’s a good day to please yourself or to stir up some fun. Ending the big week the same as it started – with more of everything – the sun opposes Jupiter on Feb 6.

Another keep-it-lively, on-the-front-burner transit, Mercury in Aquarius continues retrograde to Feb 11. Stay alert, take it moment to moment, invent it as you go along, let spontaneity or inspiration guide your choices, keep thinking outside of the box. Creative solutions are your best bet. One thing after another, expect the day to day action to continue brisk, especially on the social and political fronts. All things Aquarius rules are fair game for Mercury retrograde (the weather, all things to do with technology, communication devices, electrical/mechanical, aviation; the radical, unexpected, bizarre; risk). Mercury will continue in Aquarius to March 12.

Once Mercury retrograde is out of the way, we are onto full-thrust, spring-forward time. The super new moon on Feb 18 occurs at the very last degree of Aquarius. The Chinese New Year of the Goat begins on Feb 19, the same day Mars enters Aries. Venus enters Aries on Feb 20, and Venus and Mars conjoin on Feb 21 to begin a new relationship and manifesting cycle. The Goat archetype is Capricorn. Well directed ambition and action combined with right time will net the pay-off. How do you what right course and right time is? Step one is to feel/to draw from the energy of the here and now. Step two requires you to take a risk on a new way of being and creating. Ditch preconceived judgements, go exploring, and allow for the discovery process to use time as an ally. Mars in Aries ignites instinct and desire. Venus in Aries attracts that which desired. Both increase the potency and fertility of the moment.

As soon as both Mars and Venus enter Aries, they align by trine with Saturn (Capricorn’s planet.) This combination is an excellent out-the-starting-gate backdrop for the Year of the Goat. If you have set yourself on the right track, you should hit your mark very well. Venus/Mars trine Saturn boosts you with a sense of security, rightness, or legitimacy. You’ll easily find or attain what’s authentically yours and/or meant for you. If you have not yet figured it out, don’t sweat it. Circumstances will define your best options and/or show you the way in some plain paper way.

ARIES (Mar 21- April 19)

The month opens with potentials on the rise and plenty on the go. You could hit a great creative spurt thanks to Venus/Neptune and Mars/Chiron. The transits also stimulate intuition, romance, poignant healing, and spiritual thirst. Peace, quiet, and sanctuary are the ultimate aim for the moment. While Mercury continues in retrograde, it’s not the time to push, force, or jump the gun. Allow for the natural flow to be your guide.

If Mercury retrograde has taken you out of the loop, it’s only temporary. Continue to immerse yourself right where you are until there’s someplace else to be. It’s all unfolding as it should. Each step, stage, or ripple sets up the next one.

There’s a potent life force on brew. Observation is your best teacher. Let each thought, mood, exchange, and inspiration find its own watermark.

What a difference a transit or two can make. You should feel completely refuelled and good to go after February 18 when both Venus and Mars trek into Aries. It’s a springboard time. Bring more of yourself to the table, and you’ll gain more in return too.

TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)

The unexpected is par for the course when Mercury tours retrograde. It’s even more so when the retrograde happens in Aquarius. The cycle is one that is meant to reawaken you; to shake you out of a routine or boredom, and to help you to get back in the game, but this time, to try a new entry point. What’s here today could be fleeting, but if so, see it as a stepping stone or an experiment that’s leading you to higher ground. Everything serves the bigger picture.

Retrograde or not, Mercury in Aquarius (to Mar 12) is a good time-out or dry-out influence. You could have better luck breaking a rut, a habit or addiction. Once you find a new groove, you should settle in quite well. The more time you spend to familiarize yourself on this new track, the more confidence, well-being, and success you’ll build.

The super new moon on February 18 is followed by both Mars (Feb 19) and Venus (Feb 20) into Aries. You should feel this as a major energy or momentum shift. More is on brew, but you may want to keep it under wraps until you figure out where it is leading to, and how you want to play it. Venus will enter Taurus mid March and Mars will enter your sign by the start of April. Use the time until then as a seeding, exploration, and staging time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21)

There’s minus or loss, plus or gain. Sometimes the lines aren’t as clear as they could be. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what is truly opportune and/or worthwhile. Start of the month can put you through more than the usual searching or questioning. Mercury continues to spark a fresh perspective and a renewed interest. Even though the retrograde cycle continues to Feb 11, when the timing takes on a life of its own, go with it. An opportunity may come with strings attached, but what you’ll ultimately gain should prove worth the price or sacrifice.

Whether it moves along by retrograde (to Feb 11) or direct (to March 12), Mercury in Aquarius is appropriate for travel, educational or Marketing upgrades. Of course it is usually best to wait until the retrograde is over to get the ball rolling on legal matters or paperwork.

The super new moon of Feb 18 is followed up by both Mars (Feb 19) and Venus (Feb 20) into Aries. That’s a lot of fresh page energy to draw from. You’ll find plenty of new prospects, products, and avenues to explore. An introduction or first try could strike instant gold. Watch for someone or something to grab your immediate attention. Your first instinct or impression is always the strongest and truest. Go with it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

Whether by choice or by force or a combination of the two, Mercury retrograde continues to push you to financial and personal upgrades. Wrestling with yourself can be the hardest part. Once you make a full commitment to your betterment program, you’ll hit a much faster move along.

Previously closed doors can suddenly pop open. Fresh opportunity is just around the corner. Look to the end of Mercury retrograde as the start of breakthrough time, and to the new Venus/Mars cycle which begins on Feb 21 as the hit go button. Venus/Mars in Aries will get you up and out of your comfort zone. To the positive, they will invigorate you and your prospects. On the other hand, if you don’t feel you have built enough steam yet and/or need more push, wait five minutes and check your pulse again. There’s plenty of fire power to draw from with Mars in Aries (Feb 19 to Mar 31), Venus in Aries (Feb 20 to Mar17), Mercury in Aries (Mar 31 to April 14), and the Sun in Aries (Mar 20 to April 20).

You can make great headway from Feb 16 to 21 and 25 to 27. These dates are optimal for for action taking.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Just before Mercury turned retrograde on Jan 21, it formed an opposition to Jupiter in Leo. Perhaps you experienced this as an “almost, but not quite there yet” scenario. Perhaps the reverse transit translated to a narrow escape or crisis averted. Perhaps someone or something did a 180 on you. Perhaps something more was tossed into the mix. Mercury retrograde is always best used for a regroup and rethink. Allow a good margin for observation time and let circumstances play it out.

Feb opens with Venus conjunct Neptune and Mars conjunct Chiron, all in the sign of Pisces. Let the creative or romantic muses steal you away, or give it up to God/dess. Someone or something could touch your soul very deeply. Where or with whom do you place your faith? Venus/Neptune and Mars/Chiron ask you to let go, open up, tune in, and to allow. The love, the hurt, the loss, the hope, the inspiration, the compassion, the desire, the hunger – whatever you feel, you’ll feel it in every fibre of your being. These transits can open your heart in a poignant or bittersweet way. On another note, you could find yourself on a rescue mission (the person that needs to be saved could be you). Too, Pisces stars could gift you with a reprieve, an extension period or a saving grace opportunity. Note that Mercury continues in retrograde to Feb 11. Be careful not to bank on a promise or to place overly high expectations on others.

Feb 1 to 4 can be especially opportune. The Leo full moon on Feb 4 can get a good fire started. Watch for good news. When it feels right, say it, do it.

Great timing is also on your side later in the month. You can find yourself on a major forward thrust from Feb 19 to 25. Jump into it fresh and full on; head for new horizons, take your world by storm.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The first few days of Feb brings more to light. Venus/Neptune and Mars/Chiron – all in the sign of Pisces – can open your heart or tug on it in some notable, perhaps exceptional way. You’ll fee a strong sense of fate regarding how the moment or a particular relationship plays itself out. On another note, you may question whether you want to stay the course, or whether you are getting what you signed up for. Then again, you could be getting more than you bargained for. While Mercury continues in retrograde, keep checking-in with yourself, take it one step at a time, and try not to jump too far ahead of yourself.

By the time Mars (Feb 19) and Venus (Feb 20) trek into feisty Aries, you should find yourself in good fighting spirit. The new Venus/Mars cycle aims for the fast track on a new independence or financial chapter. It can spice up your sex life too. Feb19 to 25 is an ideal time to go for it; to take a risk on a new adventure or money maker.

LIBRA (Sept 22-Oct 22)

One of the good things about Mercury retrograde is that it can stimulate your creativity. As such it is an excellent time to cut out of the social scene, or to turn off the TV and to dive into a project or a study. The self-discovery process is also another boon. While the retrograde continues, you’ll make great gains on yourself.

If you find yourself backtracking with your lover or the kids, try to put yourself in neutral until you can observe more. It you give it time, things often work themselves out.

The full moon in Leo on Feb 3 could pump up your pleasure or delight. Seize the opportunity of the moment. Watch for a special event, an invitation, news, reward, or windfall. It’ll carry you for the rest of the week. On another note, Feb 1 to 6 is a good time to travel, explore more, or to call attention to yourself.

Interested in sprucing things up and/or reinventing the wheel? Mercury ends retrograde on February 11 but will stay in Aquarius through Mar 12. This transit keeps fresh incentive on the front burner. Offering you even more reason to get up and go both Mars and Venus trek into Aries by the start of the Chinese New Year. It’s a good time to test drive the new you, to meet and greet, to introduce yourself to new interests or new markets. Venus and Mars in Aries will keep it running hot or not. If it or they are right for you, you’ll make an instant connection. If it doesn’t tickle you right off the bat, there’s no reason to take it any further.

SCORPIO (Oct 23~Nov 22)

You have a lot to think about. You have plenty to tackle or to adjust to also. Mercury retrograde in Aquarius keeps you busy sorting it out. Personal or business housekeeping and home base matters require your priority attention. Reconnections with family or those who feel like family can be the highlight of the retrograde cycle. Like it or not, Mercury retrograde can dreg up the past too. Inconveniences and the unexpected are also par for the course.

When it seems overly complicated, just start anywhere. One thing leads to another. Trust and it should unfold just fine.

Career wise or personally, the full moon on February 3 could bring special attention your way. You can gain a reward, favourable results, or praise for a job well done. You could be pleased to hear back from someone (even if it is simply the insurance adjuster or the appointment setter.) The full moon dishes up a time to toot your horn and/or to show off what you have to offer. A special event is the place to do it.

Mars and Venus in Pisces keep you on a great creative, romantic, or social flow through the start of the Chinese New Year. If you are spiritually inclined, Venus and Mars in Pisces will help you to also feel the love in a more present and enveloping way. These transits keep you open for business – and they keep you more open hearted too.

Once Mars and Venus hit Aries (by Feb 19 and 20) you’ll have more work on your hands. You’ll be ready for it too. It’s the right time to dive into a new job or a new project.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 ~ Dec 21)

Whether the Super Bowl claims you or not, Venus conjunct Neptune and Mars conjunct Chiron, all in Pisces, start the month on the crescent of a wave. It’s an especially poignant journey for heart and soul. Allow yourself the opportunity to feel it fully. Even if you do nothing at all but stay on cruise control, your soul continues to clock good mileage (with or without your conscious attention).

Feb 3 delivers a full moon in Leo and most likely a happy-making or successful undertaking time. Trines to Uranus and Pallas increase synchronistic opportunity. You should feel like you are onto something good, that you have reached or are on the brink on a significant breakthrough; that things are coming together for you. Yet, you still have uncertainty or missing blanks to fill in – and Mercury is still in retrograde. Among the range of possibilities, this full moon could prompt an important conversation or negotiation. Too, it could deliver a special event or meet-up, good news, or an important announcement. You could gain recognition or a new level of freedom and independence. You could say hello or goodbye. The full moon increases your luck ratio too, so strike while the iron is hot. The full moon also favours travel for pleasure or business, teaching, education, exhibition, performance, sports, or marketing ventures. You could sign on with an agent or publisher, or make gains on a legal matter. You’ll also see action in the days that follow the full moon. Building to Feb 6, the sun’s opposition with Jupiter can bring whatever was pending or was not yet fully exposed to its fullness.

The end of Mercury retrograde on Feb 11 can also put you back in the game in a significant way.

Your hot stuff self is back in action as of the second half of the month and into the next two. Feb 18 to 21 deliver rev the engine or rocket-ship time, thanks to a super new moon at the very last degree of Aquarius, and the advances of both Mars and Venus into Aries. Feb 24 and 25 are good synch-it dates.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 ~ Jan 19)

Start of the month find you completely wrapped up in the moment. There can be sacrifices to make, but for the most part, they seem to be ones you feel are valid. They are. Too, you seem to be developing a deeper bond with someone close to you, perhaps a friend, sibling, neighbour, or client. Four planets in Pisces could also light up a spiritual path or calling. A sense of karmic release, calling, fruition, or poignancy is connected to today’s circumstances. While Venus and Mars continue in Pisces (to Feb 19 /20) you can do no better than to surrender to the process and the moment, and to allow for the unfolding of time to display its wisdom.

While Mercury continues in retrograde, it’s a time to get better in touch with yourself. Work on personal upgrades (physical, emotional, and psychological) and aim to refortify from with. Once the retrograde completes on Feb 11 you’ll be ready to take it up a full-thrust, notch. Keep alert for the Leo full moon on Feb 3, or the sun’s opposition to Jupiter on Feb 6 to provide an early jumpstart. Both dates suggest something big to do with finances, investments, or affairs of the heart. Too, you celebrate a big score or victory. You can make better headway with legal matters and insurance claims. The week also favours travel, interview prospects, exhibitions, workshops, sales, or teaching opportunities.

Looking for a new address, more freedom and independence, want to launch your own business, or simply want to freshen up your private and family life? Mars in Aries, starting Feb 19, and Venus into Aries on Feb 20, will get you hustling. Feisty, frisky and sexy Mars and Venus, keep your fighting spirit in fine form. These revitalizing transits should fan your fire just fine. If there’s conflict in the home or elsewhere to deal with, you’ll be on it pronto, and rightly you should. Venus trines Saturn on Feb 24 and Mars trines Saturn on Feb 25. Both dates should see you hit a great stride.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 ~ Feb 18)

Mercury retrograde is in your sign this time. It’s an appropriate transit for a personal re-evaluation and/or to regroup. Are you heading in the right direction? Are you taking the right steps, the right course of action? What upgrades are advantageous? What’s past its due date? What do you really know? What do you think you should know more about?

Your commitment level has likely undergone testing. Staying true to the course can be tricky during Mercury retrograde. Things that should be simple and straightforward can suddenly become complicated. A contract can be been broken. Something that looked promising can fall into the almost but not quite category. Mercury retrograde can also produce a health setback. Remember that Mercury retrograde problems are often temporary. Take each challenge as an isolated incident. One step at a time will get you patched up and back in the saddle quicker than you may anticipate.

On the other hand, Mercury retrograde can be a great time to get off the hamster wheel.  Allow more quality time-out for creative conjuring or to simply decompress.

The full moon in Leo on Feb 3 is conjunct Jupiter. By Feb 6, the Aquarius sun will oppose Jupiter. It was close to an opposition on the day it turned retrograde, but Mercury won’t get to Jupiter until Mar 1. Jupiter in Leo now shines in your social and public sector. These three points suggest you have a big plan or something major on the go. On the other hand, something can be on the runaway track. With more distance behind you, the future now looms even larger. The stars place added importance on the presentation and on showing up in some major way, for yourself, for another, for the world you exist in. Only your best will do. The Leo full moon is a time to impress or to be impressed. It’s a big push time. Feb 3 to 6 could bring important news, an important negotiation or interview, an opportunity to travel or to get your message out to a larger audience. Personal, romantic, business-wise, or professionally, someone of significance features prominently in the opportunities at hand.

The super new moon in Aquarius on Feb 18 is followed by Mars and Venus racing into Aries. If you have felt uncertain, off track, depleted, or loose ended earlier in the month, you certainly won’t be by the time the month finishes.

PISCES (Feb 19 ~ March 20)

Feb opens with Venus conjunct Neptune and Mars conjunct Chiron, all in the sign of Pisces. It’s a consciousness rising, come alive, well-spring set up. Of course, the fish swim in two directions. You can feel infused, inspired; revitalized with creativity, love, compassion, and/or spirit’s great grace – or you can feel completely lost within yourself. Mercury retrograde in Aquarius is an ideal transit to cut out for a temporary spell. Gift yourself with quality time to go exploring and to feel your way along. It can be an exceptionally vibrant come-alive time for the private and personal journey. Mercury in Aquarius (by retrograde to Feb 11 and continuing direct to Mar 12) can help you to discover new capacities, to explore consciousness or your present circumstances from a fresh angle. If you are battling a physical ailment or an addiction, Mercury in Aquarius is excellent transit for doing your research on an alternate, experimental, or cutting edge therapy.

The full moon on Feb 3 can raise the game on work, health, and day to day matters. Even though Mercury is still retrograde, this could be quite a good day regarding creative solutions. It can also be a great time to start a new job, project, or therapy, or take a vacation break. Feb 6 can deliver more than you planned or feel ready for.

Keeping you holding your own quite well and in a state of attraction, Mars and Venus continue in Pisces to Feb 19 and 20. By Feb 21, Mars and Venus, both in Aries, begin a new you-to-you relationship cycle. It’s a great time for self-discovery and for tackling something fresh and new. Mars and Venus in Aries energize your financial sector. They also increase your sexy. Yes, hot stuff – you are. Be truthful, you knew that already, didn’t you?

Saturn in Sagittarius, The Wisdom Years

Saturn in Sagittarius – The Wisdom Years

Saturn in Sagittarius:

December 23, 2014 – June 14, 2015

September 17, 2015 – December 19, 2017 (8:47 pm)

Saturn retrograde:

March 14, 2015 (8:02 am) to August 1, 2015 (10:53 pm)

(Saturn stations direct at 28 Scorpio 17)

March 25, 2016 – Aug 13, 2016 (16’ – 9’ Sagittarius)

April 5, 2017 – Aug 25, 2017 (27’ -25’ Sagittarius)

Saturn’s trek out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius takes us out of the dark tunnel years and into the light of day. Does this equate to reward or consequence? Whether we meet with a warming and beckoning light or a harsh glaring light depends on which direction we are already pointed. Saturn builds from the past. As ye sow, so shall ye reap – this is Saturn’s motto.

Saturn gives us shape, form, and structure. It reduces, lessens, and restricts, but rather than minimize, the size and scope becomes more important, essential, and often more urgent. Saturn diminishes margins, defines edges, boundaries, and mortality. Its greatest product is history. It marks time – as in time spans, time limits, and time- is-ripe moments. As the task master and reality-check planet, Saturn’s transit will exert pressure where it deems it is necessary. It can inhibit, add burden, or stop us in our tracks. Saturn calls upon us to take a more realistic look, to make a better judgement call on the priorities, and to get to work employing a more sober approach to the task at hand. Saturn in Sagittarius holds us accountable to our past and our future. It calls upon us to get more ambitious, to take better, more deliberate aim, and to accomplish something of true and lasting significance.

Among its many correlations, the Sagittarius sign archetype represents the nature of our philosophies, beliefs, truths, and faith. I think, therefore I am and therefore it is. It is our beliefs – and the concepts, philosophies, and such that have designed them – that shape our creative process and subsequently, our reality. Our reality base has taken a significant hit since 2008 when Pluto first entered Capricorn, Saturn’s sign; it’s been happening at an even more radical level through the Uranus square Pluto years (2012 to 2015). Further testing our beliefs, our creative process, and our reality, the Saturn in Sagittarius years will take aim on quite specific targets. Look to the area of your chart where Saturn travels to see what specific targets are outlined for you. Know that where-ever it goes, Saturn in Sagittarius plans to go the distance, to take the issue, circumstance, or learning as far as possible. You/we are wise to plan for the long haul, long term, or long range.

Sagittarius is also the sign that correlates to the future. Sagittarius represents the journey and Saturn dictates what must be explored along the way. We can expect these next few Saturn in Sagittarius years to better pinpoint and define our personal and our collective future. In doing so, Saturn puts the tools in our hands and urges us to not to waste a single precious moment. Tunnel vision is folly; flogging the dead horse is too. Our options may be further reduced or limited, but there is always something that can be done. Saturn always offers good reward for good effort. Enough children have been murdered. Enough rights have been violated. Enough lives have been ripped apart. What are we perpetuating? Let the insanity stop!

Why do I call Saturn in Sagittarius the wisdom years? Whether or not we learn to play it smarter will depend on the choices of the moment, but to be sure the coming years are going to get us much better educated. We’ll learn the truth of where we stand so far, and where we are going. We’ll also learn the fuller impact of what is has cost us to date and the price we must now pay. The next few critically shaping years will teach us what is most essential to know, what is most essential to end or stop, and what is most timely and beneficial to launch.

What can we expect? The world out there:

Saturn in Sagittarius can diminish the inflated or overgrown, while at the same time it will create growth and traction where it is necessary and/or optimal to do so. In some cases, it will shorten the journey, while lengthening it elsewhere.

Saturn is a cementing influence.  Saturn in Sagittarius will crystallize a vision, a belief, a religion, a cultural trend, or a way of life (chosen or imposed). Under the wise leadership of Pope Francis, the reconstruction of the Catholic church is already well underway. Of the authority figures of the present day, his exceptional example stands head and shoulders above most. Let us hope the Saturn in Sagittarius years produce more leaders that truly serve the planet and its people.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, ISIL and other such radical terrorist groups are a reality that we must accept as not only here to stay, but one that is also mushrooming and escalating. Sagittarius is a crusader, a convince-and-convert archetype. It is also a mission driven and invasion archetype. As we have already seen, when combined with distorted Saturn and the Uranus/Pluto transit, the consequences for ideological or religious disobedience can be harsh, even dire. Saturn at this level is a “accept the doctrine or be punished and perish” combination.

Saturn in Sagittarius will also put more critical attention on land ownership and territorial rights. Regarding Putin’s political agenda/ambition and the situation in Ukraine, we already know that whatever takes place regarding this situation will be a long, drawn-out affair. As Saturn readies to turn the page from Scorpio to Sagittarius, the brunt of restrictive (Saturn) trade (Sagittarius) sanctions against Russia are starting to show greater impact. Prices for goods have suddenly skyrocketed as the Russian rouble ends 2014 greatly devalued from where it started the year. It must be noted that what affects one, affects all. The domino effect is not to be under-estimated. For example, the devalued and unstable rouble has caused Apple to suspend its on-line sales to Russia. As time advances, we can expect to see more significant fallout.

Exploration is another Sagittarius theme. Proprietary right to the Arctic Seas north of Canada is a race that is already underway and that is sure to gather significant attention and momentum during the Saturn in Sagittarius years. Canada, Denmark and Russia are all laying claim to overlapping territory.

From terrestrial to extra-terrestrial, today’s technology allows us to travel further out into space than we have ever done. We are mapping the cosmos like never before and we are on the brink of discovering life on other planets and inhabitable outposts.

Another example regarding the issue of land ownership, territorial rights, and self governance (Capricorn, Saturn’s sign; Pluto in Capricorn) comes from Canada’s aboriginal peoples, who are now poised at a momentous turning point in their political history. Saturn in Sagittarius signals the start of a major trajectory phase regarding their legitimization as political and economic force. As a group, they are not yet as cohesive or as organized as they will be in the years to come, but they are growing more formidable. Still, the road ahead is a long and arduous one. The Saturn in Sagittarius years will be significantly shaping, escalating, and history writing in terms of this long overdue mission. These years will set a major paving stone in place not only for the world’s indigenous populations, but also for emerging countries that are at the next growing pains stage of legitimization, recognition, of geographic, political, economic, and cultural change.

Growing populations and over consumption have already placed extra burden on nature and our natural resources. Saturn in Sagittarius sends this message out in a more urgent way. It will escalate the pressure on governments to set better legislation and policies in place in order to meet the supply and demand, to preserve our precious resources, and safeguard that which will sustain life on the planet.

Joined by many other friends and neighbours, the aboriginal voice here in British Columbia may prove to be a leading, perhaps even primary, wrench in the wheel to stop, or at least stall, the government’s railroading of oil pipeline projects that threaten our lands and waters. Don’t expect this fight to end or diminish anytime soon. Of course, if the drop in oil prices continue, perhaps Enbridge et all will decide there is not enough economic feasibility to push on their projects.

Speaking of oil, Saturn begins its transit with a square aspect to Neptune in Pisces. Pisces is the astrological significator for oil. This square aspect builds to mid March when Saturn begins its four month retrograde cycle. Perhaps by this time there will be some relief for the flooded market and deflation that it brings for western producers. Still, Saturn will re-engage with Neptune at the end of November. Once past this aspect, Saturn will engage with Chiron in Pisces and the transiting nodes which by that time will be moving through the Virgo/Pisces polarity. It’s about the business of oil, it’s about the water. It is quite possible that the oil price drop will continue to pose major economic concern for the duration of Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius.

Speaking of economics, Twenty-one Asian nations have recently signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. Beijing sees that as a way to raise its international standing, but Washington sees the move as a potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank. What is the future impact of such an initiative? Will the balance of world power shift from the west to the east? Time will tell. Still, it must be noted that throughout history, each 248 year transit of Pluto through Capricorn has ended an era and begun a new one regarding the social, economic, and geo-political world structure. Pluto’s current transit continues to 2024. That which was in development, hidden and/or brewing underground, or festering during Saturn in Scorpio will move to the next level during Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn in Sagittarius is a particularly potent seeding and destiny writing chapter for that which will be further developed and/or realized during the Saturn in Capricorn years. Setting a critical and key paving stone more solidly in place, Saturn and Pluto will join forces in Capricorn by the start of 2020. That is only a few short years away.

Far from acting as a restrictive influence, as Saturn readies now to leave Scorpio for Sagittarius, the US has begun to lift its long standing trade embargo against Cuba. What will the new face of Cuban capitalism look like? Saturn in Sagittarius will take Cuba through a key seeding and growth cycle. We’ll know more in a few years when Saturn treks into Capricorn.

Our freedoms– will they be further restricted? Will the people in Hong Kong give up the fight for democracy? I think not. Freedom of speech, of education and ideologies, of peoples, and of creative expression – we’ll see both the suppression and the growth momentum gain significant traction during the Saturn in Sagittarius years. These years will also advance the reshaping of legal systems and also the travel, tourism, export, sports, media, and publishing industries. Again, this work is not new; it is already well under way. As a congealing influence, Saturn in Sagittarius adds more layers and a more definitive outline to that which is already on the growth and necessity docket. The Arab spring momentum is but one example. As the Syrian conflict rages on, huge refugee camps are evolving into new cities.

Security at all levels is a moving target while Saturn tenants Sagittarius. Beefed up security measures lead to increased surveillance. Can we get away from the watchful eye? Who’s reading our emails? Is a police state already well underway?

The next few years will take us deeper into the unfolding process of this highly significant history writing chapter. Saturn correlates to hindsight and Sagittarius to foresight. Let us hope that not only those in charge, but we ourselves, have enough wisdom to employ both.

Saturn in Sagittarius and the personal journey:

Saturn will only take a dip into Sagittarius through 2015. You’ll feel the effects of what I’ve said in the next paragraph if you are born at the beginning of your sign or have planets situated at the first four degrees. If you are born later in the sign, Saturn will be of influence later in its transit. From mid June to mid September, Saturn will revisit the latter degrees of Scorpio. If you are born late in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius) then you’ll have a little further to go, a little more to work out before you can move on to the next platform.

The future now becomes a more pressing priority. It will become imperative to get a better hold on it. Saturn in Sagittarius marks a critically shaping time for careers, lifestyles, trends, private lives and public ones. Stop to observe for a moment and you will see that the end of Saturn in Scorpio is proving to be a precursor for the work that lies ahead. (A major story now hitting the news: the Sony hacking scandal that has lead to a terrorism threat, the pulling of a movie, and an upset North Korea.) As stated previously, whether we near a finish line or a start line, what occurs during these years will establish the foundation for some time to come. Generally speaking, Saturn in Sagittarius is a facilitating and time-is-ripe influence for the fire signs Aries and Leo, and air signs of Libra and Aquarius. Both Sagittarius and Gemini face endings, beginnings, and/or goal reaching of great significance. Virgo and Pisces folk are poised to move through critical turning-point thresholds. Taurus and Cancer have significant adjustments, juggling, and transition work to do. Scorpio will farm, amass, and/or consolidate further from what has been explored and/or begun through the past couple of years. Capricorns will continue to work their way through a culmination and completion chapter, while at the same time their next script gains its story line.

Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are already in a culminating phase. Together, they will take us through a reap the reward or face the consequence chapter.

The past few years of Saturn in Scorpio has been a career and destiny shape chapter for the Pluto in Scorpio folk (1984 through 1995). Those at the start of the Pluto in Sagittarius generation (1995 to 1997) will find themselves at a time of clearing away and of entrenching further into their adult life chapter.  Those facing the Saturn return cycle (late 1955, 1956; 1926) will also be working their way through a significant clearing and reorientation cycle. Whenever Saturn and Capricorn are emphasized, we undergo important developments regarding our relationship to parents and other authority figures (bosses, church, state, etc.) We also undergo significant development regarding the accessing of our own authority – how we relate to it within ourselves and how we projected into the world around us.

Also on a general note, through spring of 2016, Jupiter’s relationship to Saturn is one of exposure, teaching, and of growing beyond your present status quo. Through August of 2015, Jupiter/Saturn asks you take a deeper, harder look inside your inner core, to face your truth, to go in search of more, to create something more significant for yourself. From August through spring of 2016, Jupiter/Saturn asks you to expand your efforts, to get more industrious, to correct, repair, heal, or fine-tune what is necessary. From the spring of 2016 through fall of 2016, the growth process of disengagement, reorientation, and emergence will gather a stronger momentum. The fall of 2016 through the fall of 2017 is a time of measuring and evaluating. You could find yourself in a process of integrating and bettering your status quo or equilibrium, or you could find yourself standing on a balance beam or a precipice. The fall of 2017 through the end of Saturn in Sagittarius again brings a review, additional considerations or consequences, along with a choice or a necessity to end, start, or to overhaul yet again.

Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius will require that we face reality for the truth that it is, and that we work it from there. Saturn in Sagittarius will require that we go the full distance, that we get more committed to our future, that we put in the time and employ more effort, that we climb the tree of higher knowledge, that we accept the teachings and employ them diligently, that we write and speak more truth. We must be astute in our forward looking. Quite simply stated, the future – our future – depends on us.

 

Rose’s weekly forecasts

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Insights into Evolutionary Astrology, Llewellyn Worldwide



INSIGHTS INTO EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGY

Published by Llewellyn Worldwide

is now available at fine retailers

This book is suitable reading for non-astrologers & students of astrology alike.

Review:

Review for: Insights into Evolutionary Astrology:

This book is indeed filled with original insights!  As an astrologer of over forty years I am very familiar with the writers of this book and their excellent past presentations so have been looking forward to this publication and I can say with all honesty that it is one of the most insightful and original books on the subject of astrology that is currently in print.  The articles are very diverse, well thought out and presented in an easily and understandable fashion for the practicing astrologer and interested lay person as well. 

Anyone searching to understand the world today will get a great deal out of this book as it certainly isn’t your common ancient astrology rewritten.  Jeffrey Green and Deva Green are both concise and articulate as we’ve known them to be in the past.  Kim Marie’s article on Evolutionary States goes into depth and clearly shows her excellent teaching skills.  Maurice Fernandez’s article on relationships and sexuality is so interesting and so original and also reflects his depth of knowledge on a very complex subject.

Rose Marcus has done an incredible job editing and putting this book together.  In writing the last article herself I think she has accomplished a tremendous feat in her perspective of the Archetype of Capricorn.  She has done an incredible job with the sign and her information on the Cardinal Cross and geographic details give us a clear and unique insight into the future of our world.  “Insights Into Evolutionary Astrology” is the perfect title to a book filled with insights, originality and enjoyable reading.  I loved it!  Lynn Neese~

Articles by Rose posted on Llewellyn Publisher’s website:

THE TIME OF THE QUICKENING: http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/2135

TRANSITING NODES OF THE MOON: http://www.llewellyn.com/blog/2010/08/the-transiting-nodes-of-the-moon/


Rose on Guiding Stars EA Radio

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Jan 28, 2015 – February 2015 – Looking deeper into Mercury retrograde; Venus/Mars begin a new relationship cycle

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Oct 22, 2014 – October 23 Solar Eclipse, 0 Scorpio & November’s transits

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Sep 24, 2014 – Jupiter trine Uranus; October 2014: Eclipses and Mercury retrograde

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Aug 27, 2014 – September 2014: Full of promise and potential: Super Full Moon in Pisces Sept 8; Jupiter in Leo trine Uranus in Aries

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Jun 25, 2014 – July 2014 Transits, Mercury ends retrograde; Mars and Jupiter move on

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Jun 26, 2013 – July 2013 transits; Jupiter in Cancer, Mercury retrograde

May 29, 2013 – June 2013 transits

Apr 24, 2013 – May, 2013, Solar Eclipse May 9, Lunar Eclipse May 24/25

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Sep 26, 2012 – Full Moon Sept 29, 2012 & October 2012 transits: Jupiter retrograde, Saturn in Scorpio

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