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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 28, 2014
It’s our party, we can cry if we want to. The weekend begins with Sun and Moon in sappy, permeable, intuitive Pisces. We feel emotions deeply, everybody’s emotions and not just our own. We may wander in our daydreams or feel like crying for no particular reason, or need to process some emotional backlog. Even the crustiest person can feel empathic, and a true empath may feel raw and sponge-like. While some get sweetly sentimental in response to this sensitivity, others get testy and throw up prickly boundaries. Let’s be safe, soft, but not porcupines.
So let’s rest Friday and Saturday. Even though we could use a whole weekend dreaming, emoting, and intuiting, we won’t be content just drifting away all week. This is an astrologically active week; as four planets appear to shift direction, our moods and plans also shift tracks, and we have to think fast and accommodate the changes. When planets appear to shift directions we feel the energies swirl and eddy, sometimes turbulently.
Mercury, arbiter of our thinking, communication and transportation, turns direct after several weeks retrograde (taking us on a series of delays or sidebars) and now we need to get on with the bigger patterns of our life. What we lost when Mercury was retrograde, may now show up. Decisions just made may be overturned or need work.
As Mercury and Jupiter both turn direct, Mars and Saturn turn retrograde. Mechanical equipment may need repairs, mechanics and chiropractors get busy. Our work can feel like it is stopping and starting, just as we get some momentum going, another snowstorm or personal event needs our attention or turns our thoughts inwards. Retrograde planets send us back to finish unfinished business. They take us back on a spiral, back to an old site, but one level further along.
As Mars and Saturn retrograde this week they keep the boat tipping back and forth and send volleys across the generation gap, gender differences, and chains of command. We may not know who’s on first.
As this weekend begins, the Sun and Moon in emotional Pisces both trine Jupiter and encourage an overflow of emotions and natural generosity. So let’s be kind and helpful. March then roars in like a lion. After feelings so vulnerable early in the weekend, our bravery and activation roars on Sunday and Monday when the Moon shifts to Aries. Early next week Mercury begins to build up momentum and it’s important to follow through on any decisions, plans, or travel arrangements we made last week to confirm or adjust. See what needs to be done. It pays to be in there with solutions when hidden problems get exposed.
We may also need to say farewell to some cultural parental figure or mentor whose time has come, or mourn ones we lost a long time ago. If we question the wisdom we’ve learned and challenge our training, we don’t have dive into existential angst. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater when questions arise; instead let’s take the time to sort out the gift of a teaching, exhale the rest, and find our own wisdom.
Friday, February 28: Rest would be nice. We may feel overwhelmed or as if we just can’t take some situation any longer. The mood is confusing, soggy, sensitive, but in the long run, hopeful. The Moon is in sensitive Pisces, conjunct intuitive Neptune and Mercury is just beginning to move forward this morning. After a slow or mushy start, we may have a lot to straighten out though still won’t be a tower of efficiency. Notice a stirring of new ideas. Our spirits may lift as the Sun approaches a trine to Jupiter tonight, let’s let beauty touch our sensitive nerve endings.
Saturday, March 1: Dream and meander on this New Moon in Pisces, and as Mars turns retrograde. This morning we may feel melancholy or sentimental and need to reminisce or curl up with a good book. It’s a good time to dive into the creative process or check the auspices. Our intuition is strong when we listen to our subtle voices, and if we are not in were not wrapped up in our daily drama. But that may be hard to do when we’re feeling so sensitive. Because people’s feelings get hurt so easily, share hopes but avoid confrontation for now. Don’t pull out the guilt card or lay responsibility for one person’s happiness on to another; stay empowered and stay safe. Tonight share a dream, a movie or show and absorb something beautiful together.
Sunday, March 2: Yesterday’s hurt feelings become today’s argument under a feisty Aries Moon. Instead of defensive confrontation, validate feelings and move on. Keep it spacious; find safe ways to express individuality. We want to be more decisive and have a new thread of impatience. Get to the point and make suggestions action oriented, but avoid giving direct orders. Work tactfully around any conflict about the chain of command. We are ready to change some situation we’ve been stuck in and will gleefully explore options, but hate to be told what to do. We may really want to ditch our responsibilities and do something spontaneous, but need to follow through and make good on our word.
Monday, March 3: It’s important to assess the situation and check in with one another, the work landscape may look very different and we need to get on the same page with our team before we get rolling. Expect the unexpected as the Aries Moon conjunct Uranus this morning. Respond, but don’t let debate degenerate into fight as Venus and Mars square off. Relationships can feel more adversarial than necessary. If conflicts distract from work, vent safely elsewhere to avoid a headache, and then negotiate. Deal creatively with questions around authority; how to model the good version and challenge the bad. Wait at least one day to push upon forward on business or structural questions, but get on with the rest.
Tuesday, March 4: Like flint on steel, we strike sparks this morning as the Moon opposes Mars, and the Sun semi-squares Venus. Let’s watch what fires we light. As the Moon enters steady Taurus around noon we can settle in and get in a groove, become less feisty if less flexible, but may get hungry or need our senses fed. This is a fertile time to offer proposals or send out resumes. We need roots to nourish tonight.
Thursday, March 6: Kibitz. Make the effort to socialize today; meetings will take diplomacy and tact, but important connections made now can lay an interesting understructure for work ahead as Venus squares the nodes. Morning is more productive than afternoon; work early then take a moment for self-care or to check in with people in need this afternoon. Karmic responsibilities knock. Tonight, the Moon enters talkative Gemini and the conversation speeds up, we may grow nervous about an impending change, but can help one another adjust.
|Starcodes for the week of February 21, 2014|
Spring is coming soon, honest. Most of us are plenty sick of the icy snows, it’s been a long winter, but have we really inhaled enough of the deep winter quiet. This year’s wild astrological aspects have kept us hopping rather than really letting us hibernate and renew in the deep quiet unless we took sick or got snowed in.
|Hang on to your hats, 2014 has a wild birth chart, and looks to be a wild ride. We’re right in heart of metamorphosis now.
Our new year’s resolutions will be particularly important this year. As 2014 dawns, Pluto, Mercury, Sun and Moon conjunct in determined Capricorn, and all four oppose bountiful Jupiter and square both change-master Uranus and assertive Mars to form four corners of a grand square. Together they begin a new if unsettling cycle, remind us that we’re smack in the transition stage of societal transformation. 2012-2015 Uranus in Aries calls us to innovate and revolt, and wrestles with Pluto in Capricorn as it pulls us to reorganize structure and government while remembering the old ways.
It won’t help to fight the changes. It will help to honor the sadness for what’s leaving, let the ache flow through, and then look for what’s being born in its place.
These planets encourage us to confront uncomfortable problems squarely, but can also help us make unusually wonderful progress. All year long we can expect action in many cultural hot-spots, like women’s rights, gay rights, racial equality, indigenous rights, and sustainable economies. A surge of freedom-seeking politics (Uranus in Aries) can trigger opposing efforts to crack down (Pluto in Capricorn). A gap between generations widens with political, cultural and technological advances, but can be breached wherever we work together.
This change is not just political. Saturn, the planet of structure and training, in profound Scorpio until next December, challenges us to take this work deep within our souls and develop a lodestar composed of our deepest goals and brightest guiding lights, then use that lodestar to navigate the changing, sometimes storm-tossed landscape.
Mars spends an unusually long time in Venus-ruled Libra (where it already resides-12/9/13-7/28/14) dancing back (retrograde 3/2-5/20) and forth in that grand square with Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. It invites us to dance this revolution, to take a creative Venusian, heart-centered, egalitarian approach.
Spring stays unsettled and blustery, so find balance between the wind gusts. That grand square perfects again in April. It’ll be a rocky month; we can expect fireworks, but we can accomplish great shifts if we ride its waves.
Late spring a helpful grand trine between Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron allows us to make headway through unusual alliances and encourages healthier architecture and economic structure. Jupiter enters Leo mid-July and waltzes with Venus, our hearts will long for more love, compassion, and time with our muse, but can flare melodramatically when conflicted.
Jupiter trines Uranus in the fall and supports all that go back to school or turn their work towards their bliss. Technological inventiveness can leap forward and leave us and our equipment feeling out of date, but may provide solutions to key problems.
Tend to relationships of all kind in the fall, make sure all is on track, equal, and that dreams are shared, because the Sun squares Pluto and opposes Uranus Oct. 3- 9 and dances on our interpersonal tender spots. Let’s work together next fall rather than let it wedge us apart.
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