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Year at a Glance for Aquarius — Jan. 20 - Feb. 18, 2016
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Mapuche Kultrum © Paula Franco 2014Pisces

This year, the symbol of a skunk is a helpful metaphor for you, Pisces. Although small and cute, Skunks are amazing creatures that can stop bigger animals in their tracks.Their reputation precedes them. Challenges to your reputation might necessitate a change of strategy in how you work with others. If conflict erupts at work, especially with authority, it’s an opportunity to see yourself more accurately and to create better structures for your skills in the future. You are learning to own your power, whether that means gracefully stepping back or enthusiastically stepping up as a leader.

The process of redefining roles may even flow into your personal relationships. Springtime will offer illumination of what your loved ones need from you. Patterns in how you relate to the people you love are ready to shift and grow. You don’t have to be a servant to love, but you also can’t run from responsibilities. You might try thinking of any relationship as its own separate being: rather than focusing on what the other person needs, ask yourself what the relationship needs in order to thrive.

In 2016, you may suffer from a serious case of itchy-feet—a trip abroad, a pilgrimage, or an intellectual adventure could be just what the doctor ordered. Allowing yourself freedom to roam will help you release pent-up energy and tap into new instincts and skills that will help determine the next course of your life.
Rhea Wolf © Mother Tongue Ink 2015
Rhea Wolf (Portland, OR) is a feminist, witch, performing poet, astrologer, mother, and community healer whose life purpose is to soulfully nourish the emerging culture. Author of The Light That Changes: The Moon in Astrology, Stories, and Time, she teaches at Portland School of Astrology.

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Heather Roan Robbins is a practical, intuitive, choice oriented astrologer, writer, celebrant, and spiritual counselor. Active for 30 plus years, she practices in St. Paul, Santa Fe, and New York City - 914.315.5001- email Heather - website

Starcodes for week of February 12, 2016
by Heather Roan Robbins

This Valentine’s Day one might actually be able to get away giving a beloved computer parts or other highly practical present. With the emotional/romantic planets Venus and Mercury conjunct in industrious Capricorn for a few more days, sextile energizing Mars in Scorpio, and trine expansive Jupiter, we want to get our work on.

After a slow, internal, emotional beginning of the year, and maybe a bout of the flu, we are finally ready to roll. There are less distractions and more support for our goals this week than there have been for a long time. The aspects will be more satisfying if we know what we’re here to do, rather than look for work, but even that could go well.

As for those Valentine’s presents, let them be thoughtful even if they’re practical. Give something that supports their whole life goals, not just professional work. Consider paintbrushes for the amateur artist, a flowering plant for the office, music-making software for the weekend musician. Something that will pragmatically help towards a longing or ambition. Capricorn encourages us to be goal oriented. But to really accomplish our goals and, like the Capricornian mountain goat, get up to the top of the mountain, it helps to have a diverse, whole life to de-stress and renew. We can remind our beloveds that our avocation can support our vocation.

Skip the truly mundane present like a vacuum cleaner or dust buster; they may be practical, but we don’t want to be taken for granted. Though it can be truly adorable to invite a beloved on a hike, if that’s their chosen practice, or clean the house for the person who usually does the job. Just put a big bow and a chocolate on top of that clean counter.

But first the weekend begins with some abrupt and contrary moments as an impatient and excited Aries Moon squares those planets in Capricorn on Friday. We can feel tension between our excitement and our need to control our environment. Deal with urgencies, but don’t buy into an underlying anxiety that is not about present events. A need for control can be odd difficulty this weekend; if it our own disciple we’re controlling, boy, can we get it done. But with that marvelous inconsistency that is human nature, we will both resist being controlled, but will be tempted to try and control other people. Consistency may not be our strong point. So the challenge will be to empower others, be willing to take healthy constructive management and criticism ourselves, but refused to be manipulated, whether by a guilt trip or news media. The trick will be to really hear our inner call, make our own decisions on what is the right way to vote, love, or fix the kitchen cabinet, and support their right of others to do so as well.

That means we cannot micro-manage how our beloveds choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, no matter how tempted. We can only make our own choices and coordinate.

Self-determination is the name of the game. So is self-responsibility; notice questions around reparations, logical consequences, lawsuits and sentencing this week, but avoid a tendency to get judgmental or self-righteous. Practice that golden rule.

The mood calms down, and grows stubborner but also cuddlier over the weekend as the Moon works through earthy Taurus. Don’t push us. Do feed our senses. Trust, coziness, deliciousness and respect will probably be most important this Valentines. Remember this is an Aquarius holiday, we can build up ideal abstract expectations and then have trouble enjoying what actually happens because it doesn’t match our ideal. Drop that. An Aquarian holiday is naturally more of a communal holiday than a personal holiday, considers celebrating at least part of the day with the group, a brunch with loved people that are not necessarily romantic; use the heart and every way possible. Work for good causes a way that stretches the heart.

Communication rocks early next week under a talkative Gemini Moon. But, with more of that human inconsistency, we may tend to interrupt others and yet be irritated by interruptions or distractions ourselves. Write, publish websites, promote, interview, but don’t take it personally if others have trouble maintaining attention.

By the end of the week a Cancer Moon pulls us back inwards. Lower the social bustle, take some quiet time or feel spread too thin. We can easily get sideways with one another if our defenses jostle as Venus semi-square Saturn. Don’t be offended if it feels like a beloved is testing, old trust issues can bug us, just be dependable, and the train gets back on the tracks.

Friday, February 12:
A day of contradictions, the mood is sensitive in love with the Venus semi-square Neptune, yet with an oblivious streak as the Moon in Aries conjuncts Uranus. Rebellious, exhausted when were not into it, energized when we are. Don’t ask people to make sense. Early-morning events need attention, let a sense of urgency not distract, but help kick into gear. Midday we can overextended ourselves inappropriately, tend to do things for people that don’t need being done as the Aries Moon conjuncts Vesta. Take advantage of a late afternoon burst of efficiency, evening can be funny, fun energized, just not intimate. Lower extra expectations and enjoy what is.

Moon trine Saturn 3:35 AM, Moon Square, Pluto 6:02 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 7:50 AM, Moon conjunct Vesta 12:29 PM, Moon sextile Sun 6:10 PM, Moon square Venus 8:14 PM.

Saturday, February 13:
Prioritize people and beauty this morning, were feeling dreamy, not particularly realistic or efficient, and don’t want to be hurried. Confidence and positive attitude are helpful this afternoon as Mars sextiles Jupiter. People are a little competitive and a little possessive, can get on a soapbox easily about subjects dear to their heart. Communication glitches around 5 PM, we want to hammer out the details but can remember what’s not quite right. If we don’t hold on to those cranky details, this is a sociable night, try to cheer some up and who’s not ready to be cheered as Mercury pulls away from a semi-square to serious Saturn and the Moon sextiles Neptune.

Moon Square, Mercury 3:32 AM, Mars sextile Jupiter 3:58 PM, Mercury semi-square Saturn 5:05 PM, Moon sextile Neptune 7:36 PM.

Sunday, February 14:
A rather sweet morning if we can get out of a self-conscious phase and love up our community in the name of Valentine’s as the Moon trines Pluto. Midday a pattern where we put other people’s needs ahead of our own can make us resentful unless we catch ourselves and break that cycle as Jupiter quincunx Vesta. A positive sociable, connected, comfortable afternoon as the Taurus Moon begin the forms a grand trine with Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury. Be careful what is said, because words have solid and effective. Take time and choose to see the best in one another.

Moon trine Pluto 8:26 AM, Jupiter quincunx Vesta 10:55 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 4:12 PM, Moon opposed Mars 5:12 PM.

Monday, February 15: Last night’s earth grand trine echoes this morning making this a really good day to for business overtures. For the next couple of days let’s craft the message and make contacts. Write our poetry, work on the book, get that report in. Make overtures for future work, write letters to make passionate connections for political cause and talk things out at home. Tonight, our attention wanders, take the evening off and start again the morning.

Moon square Sun 12:46 AM, Moon trine Venus 3:53 AM, Moon trine Mercury 11:36 AM, Moon semi- square Uranus 12:10 PM, Moon square Neptune 11:14 PM.

Tuesday, February 16:
Moon enters Gemini and can test us to stay on track. We may want to just run ahead and think shallowly, come up with a quick answer, but can be held responsible for actions or feel responsibilities tapping on us. Stay on target and use the communicative flow to get there. Delays in lines and waiting this morning as the Moon opposes Saturn. But conversation picks up speed this afternoon as the Moon sextiles Uranus and facilitates changes. Watch gossip, share news and talk it out, but keep the conversation kind and necessary. It may be hard to sleep tonight if the mind buzzes, have that cup of chamomile tea before bed or take a notebook and write poetry.

Moon opposed Saturn 10:09 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 2:30 PM, Moon Square Jupiter 8:01 PM.

Wednesday, February 17
: Grumpy morning, we can test each other or be a little difficult as Venus semi-squares Saturn. It’s tempting to bring up an old hurt, but it won’t be productive. Admit if feeling pugnacious. Kids can say wounding things accidentally. As the Moon heads into Cancer this afternoon, it would feel good to curl up on a sofa and stay safe; our interactions may feel a little off, or self-conscious. When in doubt, mother one another in the best of ways; give each other space, and don’t take prickling defenses personally.

Venus semi-square Saturn 2:44 AM, Mercury semi-square Chiron 6:18 AM, Moon trine Sun 9:36 AM.

Thursday, February 18:
Keep it friendly and cuddly. Engage the imagination this morning, don’t push people out of a shy spell as the Moon trine Neptune. We may not want to take personal risk, may not raise our hands in class, but will contribute to a story. Unsettled evening, feelings are a little raw and edgy, tough memories and insecurities set off by recent patterns can make us look at worst-case scenarios- unless we can really stay present and only deal with the problems right in front as the Moon opposes Pluto and squares Uranus.

Mercury sesqui-square Jupiter 12:28 AM, Moon trine Neptune 4:49 AM, Moon opposed Pluto, Moon square Uranus 8:42 PM.

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Starcodes for week of February 5, 2016

We’ve got some emotional processing to do this week, it’s a highly competent week to heal, catch up with ourselves, and get on with our work. After the weekend the astrological ground is fertile to meet new people and make professional overtures.

But we may be tested first. The weekend begins under a friendly and hard-working overlay, but has an easily-angered and accident-prone Mars-Uranus irritating us underneath. This aspect can make even tectonic plates restless. At the same time our hearts are brought back to recent losses, obsessions or disappointed dreams as Venus conjuncts Pluto, but we can let this poignant reminder give us a new appreciation for what we have left.

With Venus conjunct Pluto, notice an increase in conscious and unconscious sexism or genderism. We may be asked to bear witness or stand for a healthy approach even in socially awkward circumstance, or be asked to empower ourselves or encourage others who are speaking up about gender inequity. This conjunction can also just make people feel lonely; it’s a good time to reach out and check in on those which might otherwise be disconnected. A pragmatic Capricorn Moon asks us to not just whine or mourn, but do something practical in response.

After a potentially eventful or emotional Friday, the energy shifts quickly with an optimistic trine between thoughtful Mercury and expansive Jupiter. A socially and aesthetically restless Venus-Uranus square whisper that a change of people or location could solve all our problems while a passionate sextile between Venus and Mars adds extra juice. But let’s be careful, or the loneliness of the Venus-Pluto conjunction can make us doubt or test our relationships when really it describes a more existential loneliness. And the restless Venus-Uranus can. It is a great week to meet new people, but if were just feeling restless, let’s be careful to solve the real problem, rather than look for an answer in a quick change of the personnel.

On Monday the new Moon in collaborative Aquarius helps us launch into a cooperative and creative time. Use that social restlessness to make new contacts, particularly in the line of work, politics, or some shared passion. Feel a new chapter beginning, reassess allies and friendships to see who to bring in closer to support a new chapter.

Midweek a Pisces Moon can leave us emotionally squishy, sensitive but newly able to make some creative or aesthetic decisions. Our hearts stay a bit softer, possibly more willing to see the good in others as Venus trine’s Jupiter, but as easily hurt if our openness is taken advantage of. Mars is spending a very long time in Scorpio this year, and gives us an extra stinger if we feel disrespected.

The Moon in Aries on Thursday brings back our active, can-do, radical edge. Our eventful life will pick up speed.

Friday, February 5: Hang in there on this politically difficult, potentially eventful day. The mood can leave us determined, but easily frustrated and emotionally intense as Venus conjuncts Pluto we need to stop and take a deep breath, and make decisions for the long haul, not in reaction wile Mars quincunx Uranus and leaves us, and our electronic equipment, irritable. The mood can shift swiftly for the better over the weekend, we’re not stuck here. Don’t drown sorrows tonight, but do support one another through a restless night.

Sun semi-sextile Pluto 10:12 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 11:24 AM, Mars quincunx Uranus 12:31 PM, Venus conjunct Pluto 8:14 PM.

Saturday, February 6:
Overnight events or dreams create a very different landscape this morning, really take the temperature of everyone’s mood, find out what’s going on, and reassess plans. We want freedom from a weight we’ve been carrying and need to try new options. We may crave new aesthetics and want to reorganize the house or change up our social life, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. A sociable Aquarius Moon encourages us to gather tonight; new connections are in the air.

Moon conjunct Pluto 1 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 1:28 AM, Moon square Uranus 2:51 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 10:39 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 10:53 AM, Sun sextile Uranus 11:39 AM, Mercury trine Jupiter 1:45 PM, Venus square Uranus 5:03 PM.

Sunday, February 7:
early morning can be a bit grumpy, but a pleasant sense of connection and understanding encourages interactions midday as Venus sextiles Mars. Notice pressure to join or facilitate other people’s plans later in the day, let’s avoid manipulation or being manipulated, and contribute what our conscience thinks will help. A good architectural and structural sense encourages us to organize and build.

Moon enters Aquarius 12:58 AM, Sun square Mars 7:07 AM, Venus sextile Mars 10 AM, Sun Semi-sextile Venus 4:59 PM.

Monday, February 8:
What begins today will have wind under its wings. Early-morning confusion or whether issues need attention, but then The New Moon in Aquarius at 9:38 AM encourages us to start a new chapter in our interpersonal activities. Look for auspicious political announcements. Instigate meetings and opportunities. New contacts may be important. Let’s act with one another in a way we’d like to continue and set new habit patterns.

Moon sextile Saturn 1:57 AM, Venus sextile Chiron 4:38 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 6:29 AM, son semi sextile Chiron 7:19 AM, Moon square and Mars 8:37 AM, Mercury semi-square Neptune 8:56 AM, Moon conjunct the Sun 9:38 AM.

Tuesday, February 9:
Although we stay highly competent, we get softer and squishy or as the Moon enters Pisces and conjuncts intuitive Neptune. Watch codependent behavior, it’s okay to know what they need, let’s just know what we need as clearly, and find a healthy balance between. Water may be problematic.

Moon enters Pisces 3:31 AM, Moon Semi-square Pluto and Uranus 5:46 AM, Mars trine Chiron 2:14 PM,

Wednesday, February 10:
A tender and optimistic, if touchy, mood can help us forgive others as long as they don’t re-trigger us in the process. We want to free ourselves of grudges, stuff, and unnecessary work to make more room for what matters. Treat one another’s sensitivity as if it’s a precious flower, and still get work done.

Moon conjunct Neptune 6:01 PM. Venus trine Jupiter 2:54 AM, Moon square Saturn 3:58 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 11:18 AM, Moon trine Mars 11:55 AM, son quincunx Jupiter 2:28 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 2:55 PM, Moon sextile Venus 4:07 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 11:24 PM.

Thursday, February 11:
The mood is restless, upbeat, and pragmatically sociable if a bit pushy. Strong opinions sling. Political rhetoric bounces off the walls. And we can all get a little edgy or irritated we are interrupted, or someone tries to tell us what to do. Be honest about strangely competitive undertones and keep them lighthearted. Bravery helps us make overtures, spark with new people.

Moon enters Aries 4:54 AM, Moon semi-square Sun 5:28 PM.

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A look at the year 2016.
by Heather Roan Robbin

We’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn from both calm and storm in 2016, and we need to stay awake, alive, engaged in hopeful to learn what we need to learn and direct the changes.

Let’s look at the lay of the land as 2016 dawns. Cultural earthquakes rumble on and momentum builds for the changes already in progress, but the dust is still so stirred up we can’t see the new pathways. We’re resonating from the 7 squares formed between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn between 2012-15, now waning but still within orb throughout the year, and the aftershocks will be with us for several more. Nothing, from our marriage systems to our ecosystem, will ever be the same as it was before. Think back to the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-68 (our last major Uranus-Pluto interaction), the enormous cultural shifts stimulated then resonated and revolutionized our culture and politics through the early 70s; we can expect the same few years of aftershocks creative bursts as our world culture and politics adjust to the changes wrought by that square.

Let’s take another look at the characters involved in the square. Pluto in Capricorn (2008-24) pushes us to renovate our approach to political, financial, and personal power around the globe. We see some people make an effort to crack down and tighten rule, here debates on how governing and policing structures need to evolve, from political parties to our own circles. Rebellion will naturally foment in response, energized by revolutionary, anarchistic, easily-ticked- off Uranus in independent Aries (2010-18). Over and over again we’ll learn the lesson that only a third perspective, where all parties can be heard and empowered, takes us beyond struggle and into creation.

The separating Uranus-Pluto square is still a powerful engine, it can amp up any fight or war we let get started, or leave us depressed or pushy if we don’t have clear goals. But, like any good engine, can also give us the charge we need to tackle our work and change our world for the better. We have an incredible potential to change what we do, and how we do it, around the globe, hopefully in enough time to encourage a more balanced climate.

Every time one of the faster moving personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) hits Pluto or Uranus, they sound off that square and our whole world vibrates; we are thrown a few wildcards and all our ongoing cultural changes are stirred up again. We saw this as Mars rang that bell in November and December of 2015, as Mercury conjunct Pluto and twang our issues of mortality and power a week before Christmas, and we will feel it again next week as the Sun conjuncts Pluto and rings that bell again on January 6, 2016, just as Mercury turns retrograde.

Uranus in Aries strangely attracts people to drastic solutions. Lightning bolts can crack open our sky and shock us with sudden challenges or exciting opportunities. A new generation needs to sort out their relationship to violence, and we can help them choose peace if we encourage this urgent hope towards a balance of power, and prove that people will listen, that they don’t have to resort to violence to be heard. If we don’t give them faith in this process, we can expect the revolutionary momentum to build.

Underneath this compelling search for new answers, Neptune in Pisces (2011-25) lets the veil between the worlds stay thin. Our imagination and spiritual hunger sit like a welcoming pool, waiting for us, though we have to consciously reach in to activate. Neptune in Pisces also highlights water issues of all type. Water quality, availability, pollution, floods and droughts; and all this is underlined and emphasized as Saturn squares Neptune on and off from November 2015 through September 2016.

As Saturn in Neptune square we see how permeable all boundaries are, the boundaries of our immune system, the boundaries between countries. From the travel of disease to the patterns of refugee migration, be see how boundaries are an illusion, that we are all one, and that what happens to the least of us happens to all of us.

Saturn in Sagittarius (2015-18) puts on the front burner and gives us a chance to work on a restructure all international relationships, educational and legal systems. On a personal level Saturn in Sagittarius wants us to be honest about our work and asks us to walk, dance, and bring disciplined joy to our movement. Saturn in Sagittarius will support any effort we make towards greener transportation methods.

Jupiter in Virgo (until 9/10) spurs the urge for public health and encourages publishing and education on all health-related matters, and gives us visceral examples to show how our health and our work are deeply intertwined. Our work can set us free. Jupiter in Libra (after 9/10) encourages us to explore expanded concepts of partnership.

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