|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 27, 2015
Common sense? What common sense? Right now not one visible planet is in an earth sign. Thoughtful Mercury in farsighted Aquarius (opposed Jupiter) loans us intelligence with an optimistic streak. Venus and Mars in sparky Aries (conjunct electrifying Uranus) infuse us with passion and impatience. Sun and Neptune in Pisces can leave us wafting and moody between events. But we have to bring our own grounding practicality to the table and use it wisely to balance out the exciting, curious, ingenious energy of the moment.
Once we are moving or are emotionally engaged, Venus and Mars in fiery Aries help us know what we want and what we don’t want, and be unusually honest about what we need and where we’re going. This spontaneity and directness energize us for the spring and can help turn our life into an action movie. While this implies one thing for an artist pulling out of a winter slump, it can mean something else entirely to a militant organization preparing their next move. We conflagrate easily.
We can use this motivation to energize our work or ingeniously respond to our life’s demands. But we do need to keep our eyes open for potential problems, both in large-scale politics and small-scale home-improvement projects. Hiding won’t help (fire needs to be expressed, vented safely); we just need to add extra layers of awareness.
The world’s trouble spots are on broil for the next few months; do not underestimate the potential magnitude of the problems. They need our prayer and support for kindness to find a way through. But this will barely graze most of our personal lives. To be safe, think poised alertness, dynamic safety, and responsible determination. Stay alert for both potential hazards and potential opportunities and be ready to respond appropriately.
The Sun in Pisces can open us up to be co-dependently hyper-aware of what other people need, but this can balance the fiery, and sometimes self-centered, Venus and Mars in Aries. We can seesaw between codependent enabling (Pisces) and self-centered reaction (Aries) and have trouble finding a healthy midpoint between, something that is fair for all parties. But that balance is in there, and it is worth the search.
Jupiter trines Uranus this week (peaking Tuesday), an ingenious, inventive aspect, and a great time to purchase electronic gear or upload a website. This is an exciting and electrical aspect that doesn’t force us into anything, but opens us to ingenious inspiration. Usually a few months after this aspect we see a leak in technological innovation hitting the market.
Cupid may get busy later this week. So can our compassionate heart. Romantic Venus trines expansive opportunistic Jupiter, conjuncts unexpected Uranus, and squares Pluto. Our hearts can turn to molten lava once the spark strikes. We can fill with creative artistry and miracles of compassion, or burn for social justice. We can also fall in and out of love in a flash, and in a way that creates change in our lives. So let’s watch where we put our heart. Some personal or international experience can break us open. With Venus so close to Mars, if were looking for love, let’s get busy doing what we came here to do, and look around to see who’s doing it with us. If we are not looking for new love, let’s get busy doing what we came here to do, and hold the hands of our beloveds in the process.
The weekend begins under a more tender and shy Cancer Moon, leaving us emotional with over active and trigger-happy defense systems. Be honest about the mixed feelings, but dial defenses back to an appropriate level.
Be inspired to change things up at home, move furniture or change the chore systems. Early next week a Leo Moon brings out our confidence and expansive social side but we may want proof that we’re loved in a direct in-your-face sort away. A beautiful Moon-Jupiter conjunction (visible in the east as the Sun sets), pours into our hearts and open up possibilities early in the week.
Midweek we finally get some astrological grounding; a Full Moon in earthy Virgo supports that rare common sense. But cranks up our critical nature and our desire to improve yourself and others. We just have to not be too hard on each other in the process.
In the meantime we need to add the common sense. If we’re feeling ungrounded, it can help to do practical things that encourage us to feel centered enough to use this exciting energy safely and with solid results.
Friday, February 27: The Moon in Cancer rolls in thoughts from the past, but right now future connections matter most. Honor the past but turn relentlessly forward. Friends may need nurturing sympathy with no advice early in the day. Complete tasks midday. Watch irritable defenses around dinner time and move into a dreamier evening; we may feel surprisingly shy and need downtime.
Saturday, February 28: Sleep lingers cozily, but a certain discontent can bug us to get up make changes on the home front as the Cancer Moon opposes Pluto midday. Watch out for a flash of discouragement and don’t believe the story; instead create a more comfortable future. Engage healing conversation and brainstorm possibilities tonight, our minds are opened as Mercury in Aquarius and opposes Jupiter.
Sunday, March 1: As the Moon enters dramatic and extroverted Leo it’s good to be a little self-indulgent in a conscious way and refill the wells, otherwise we’ll tend to be self-centered in an unconscious way. Let’s let our hearts and let passion and compassion drive our action. Don’t ask others to understand, do ask them to care.
Monday, March 2: Get it done. This is a most auspicious and decisive day as the Leo Moon forms supportive aspects to Saturn, Mars, Venus, Uranus, and Jupiter, loaning us courage, decisiveness, and instinctive leadership. Though we can step on each other’s toes unless we listen to one another’s opinions. Get people on board by finding what excites them and aligning your project with their goals.
Tuesday, March 3: Use a compulsion to make changes constructively; make the most of any break in routine, look for exciting new opportunities. If we need to buy a new phone or computer, now is a great day to do so. Travel plans, scintillating fresh ideas are all possible: Break pattern with people, bring up fresh topics or ideas. People become allergic to the same old- same old. Cook something different for dinner.
Wednesday, March 4: Make art, make life itself art. The Virgo Moon loans us skill and detail, wants us to get practical, and can remind us of everything that is unfinished, undone, or needs fixing in our lives. But Venus conjunct Uranus trine Jupiter and square Pluto cans cure our emotions into a melting pot. Pour that skill and feeling and into creation. Keep eyes open for fresh connection.
Thursday, March 5: Be kind. This potentially cranky or anxious full Moon in Virgo highlights the distance between our dreams and our reality. Use it to map the next steps, not to berate self or others. Waiting can be excruciatingly difficult, so bring work along and use every odd moment. We can feel spread thin, so much to do with in so many directions, we need to take it all one step at a time.
|Starcodes for week of February 20, 2014|
Our world speeds up this week. Though the Sun now wafts through the year’s last sign, intuitive, and subdued Pisces and calls introspect and rest up for the year ahead, Mars the plant we associate with motivation and energy, just left Pisces and already entered feisty Aries last night. Venus and the Moon follow Mars into Aries today. And as they do, our emotional milieu goes from sensitive and swampy to reactive and passionate. Spring comes early to the heart.
Our histamines can spike, our irritation level intensifies, and our ambition and willfulness crank up. It becomes easier to kick into high gear after a pretty low-key, snowed under winter. Suddenly there’s a lot of emotional fuel lying around ready to catch fire and we have to be careful what sparks we strike. We’ll become more emotional than logical and more motivated than farsighted, which can be a tricky combination.
It’s already been combustible in the last few weeks, even with the low energy Venus and Mars in Pisces; we’ve seen train explosion, factory explosions, bombing raids in the Mideast with abundant Jupiter trine electrical Uranus in Aries in Leo adding fuel and inventiveness once a fire actually gets lit.
But just wait. Venus and Mars conjunct in Aries increases our flammability, so that’s think long and hard about what we want to catch fire, will it be a spring romance, a new enterprise, revolution or fresh military assault. Over the next month this combustibility can thrust us out of any rut we’ve been in and re-inspire us. But we may jump to conclusions, jump over the cliff, jump into a new job, or with both feet into a new adventure. We just need to look where were going so we don’t jump into a trap.
Luckily we have some stabilizing aspects early next week as both Venus and Mars trine Saturn, which can add a soupçon of maturity to our impulsiveness and determination to our excitement. If we’ve been dreaming about a trip or other next step in our life, but felt too overwhelmed to manifest them, this week’s aspects can kick us into gear. We may be inspired to launch initiatives we’ve been putting off since the turn of the year. If we decide to pack up and move to Africa, this will help us make it so.
And that may be about the level of practicality of our ideas as the Sun conjuncts Neptune. While this aspect reconnects us with our dreams, and the Saturn aspects can help us take action towards them, were not ready to be too practical.
As far as the big picture goes, politics will be a real wildcard the spring. Impulsive comments will step well past lines and diplomacy. Global conflagrations around water policy, boundary issues, and religious beliefs could really intensify. Along with the general combustibility, as Uranus and Pluto moved into their last of seven exact squares from 2012 through this spring, we can expect to see the wheel of fate turn. Pivotal decisions are made. This is a strategic time, and just about anything could happen, so stay involved help direct the changes in a good direction.
The weekend starts off both slow and with a fresh impatience that begins to stir up trouble. Astrological fireworks jog us out of complacency. We may have flashes of childishness, either childish enthusiasm or foot stomping fits. The mood stabilizes somewhat early next week with added determination early in the week and improved communication later in the week. As our world speeds up, hold one another’s hand and stay connected, heart-to-heart, so we can move efficiently but make compassionate decisions.
Friday, February 20: We can fall in love or out of love with person place or thing. What we won’t want to do is be indifferent or keep doing the same old stuff with Venus and Mars conjunct in Aries. Our attitude freshens, events and impatience begin to simmer as Venus joins Mars in Aries around noon and Moon enters Aries by 4 PM, and trine Saturn tonight. Over the next few days we grow more passionately engaged but more easily bored and discontent with what we’ve done that before. Look to meetings and exciting propositions today, and a funny iconoclastic tonight.
Saturday, February 21: On this willful day we wanted do we want to do, and nothing else. Sparks fly, make them good ones. Midafternoon events can escalate quickly as the Moon squares Pluto and conjuncts Uranus and adds rockets to behind doing what we love. But if the train starts to run off the tracks, throw the brakes on immediately. Tonight Venus and Mars conjunct in Aries and we want to passionately engage ideas, projects, or each other.
Sunday, February 22: We need to move consciously or it will feel like we’re running around in circles without direction. This morning is excitable, this afternoon can become discontent and disconnected, but by late afternoon or evening we are more settled, stubborn, and earthy as the Moon enters Taurus. Think about adding more organization to what was just begun.
Monday, February 23: Our impatience can collide with surprising obstacles this morning. Let’s not run our heads into a wall as the Sun squares Saturn; inventory the problems, delays and let them be them be a wake-up call, information on what work is needed. But don’t let them be what stops. Look for strange grumpy power plays. And don’t be surprised to feel strangely old or creaky, it’ll go away. We may be feeling contrary but if we have difficult decisions to make, let’s not make them from a desire to prove oneself, but instead from our creative core.
Tuesday, February 24: Slow it down as Venus trine Saturn. Delays or extra care preserve stability, diplomacy furthers, it even if it’s a real effort to do so. Conversation expands and sleep seems far away as the Moon enters Gemini tonight. Conversation or Mediation can help us work together with unusual resources to solve a larger problem. Or maybe we just need to really be there for friends and be their resource.
|A look at the year 2015.
by Heather Roan Robbin
Whose life has not changed much in the last three years? Seven Uranus-Pluto squares from 2012 through March 2015 dissolved our old forms and kept us shifting and adapting for three years, precipitating transformations both challenging and wonderful. Toward the end of this year, new forms begin to solidify. Do we like the shape of our life? If, not, let’s use this malleable, potential-filled year to change it up.
The tone of 2015: The last echoes of the Uranus-Pluto square (from the two planets we associate most with revolution and transformation in the pro-active Cardinal signs of Aries and Capricorn respectively) keep us unsettled, exploring our options, and confronting (Uranus in Aries) the power of organized authority (Pluto in Capricorn). Venus and Mars run close together all year long, and add extra emotional torque to all we do. Romance is in the air. So is passionate social unrest and intense personal engagement with our work. Objectivity, however, may be sparse on the ground.
When we put these two planets we most associate with revolution and transformation in an intense squared relationship, Uranus (change) and Pluto (power and transformation), anything can happen., Anything but us to expect things to stay the same and us be happy about. The world is changing, but our impatience and concern can outpace the rate of change.
When this square began in 2012, we saw it echo in revolutionary politics around the globe, but events were still pretty surprisingly quiet (if contentious along party lines) here in the USA. But recently Uranus and Pluto approach the mid-degrees of Cardinal signs (they are now at 13°) and begin to dance on the chart for the mythic America, the one born July 4, 1776, bringing the productive discontent home to roost. Trying to smooth things over in a Pluto-Uranus transit will not work, whether it happens to our country or to ourselves; we have to dive through and do the work. This transit is asking us to change something inherent about the American identity (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Sun), and change how we structure and discipline are use of power (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Saturn).
In a personal way this square continues to ask us how do we use power (Pluto in Capricorn), and by that we mean electrical power, fossil fuels, personal power, political power; how do we take it back where we’ve given it away, and make sure we’re wielding the power we do have in the cleanest of ways possible. In a more enthusiastic tone, this square also asks us to really listen to our enlivening, precious, spontaneous spark, listen to what feeds that spark and where it calls us to go.
As 2015 dawns, feisty Mars in Aquarius opposes Jupiter in Leo (both stubborn fixed signs) and sets a strong, energized, competitive, argumentative tone for the whole year. It encourages us to fight for health, for what we believe (Aquarius can be so theoretical) and not back down when advocating for societal causes we believe in.
But it also does the same for those on the other side of our debate. This aspect is tricky; it gives us energy when we’ve got a clear direction, and helps us tackle big challenges with enthusiasm. But once we get locked in a debate or argument can make it hard to let go and hard to move past oppositional behavior into win-win solutions. Again, we’ll see this in our politics and in our personal lives, and have to add our own imagination to find a way for everyone to feel like they’ve won if we want to get past the argument and on to something else.
Saturn in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces (both intuitive mutable signs) on and off all year (intensifying in spring and late fall). Together they also ask us let go of our illusions (and show us the difficulties if we don’t) around the Sagittarian issues of justice, education, spiritual philosophy, and communication across international and inter-species boundaries.
On a more personal level this Saturn-Neptune square ask us to balance work and spirit; instead of seeing our discipline and work at odds with our creative process and spiritual journey (highlighted by the square), this square nudges us bring these apparently divergent polls to work together. Explore how to put disciplined and form into our creative and spiritual practice, and put imaginative inspiration into our work.
In early January, Venus and Mercury in Aquarius turn our focus to our relationship with group, community, the body politic. We may start the year slow and deep as we wrestle with our internal questions, may wrestle with one another or with our worries.
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