They say March is in like a lion and out like a lamb… weather wise at least. But what do the stars say? Will they support the groundhog’s prediction of an early spring or foretell a longer winter’s nap? “Misty water-colored memories” is an incredible lyric from the film The Way We Were. The lyric and film title may very well be the theme for March 2019. It accurately describes the emotions sifting through us now as we head into some key cosmic gear shifts…
Our need to slow down and rest a bit is similar to a planet’s retrograde passage. Just around the corner in early March, Mercury will turn retrograde for the first time this year. In fact, every calendar year, Mercury turns retrograde two to three times, for weeks each cycle. Some of us are aware of when this will occur and actually prepare for it as much as possible; others caught up in the midst of this activity wonder why their calls aren’t being returned, their tech devices are going haywire, their packages are delayed. Here’s the deal: except for the Sun and Moon, all planets turn retrograde. Why…. and what do you need to know about it?
With the eclipses done and over, and the close of another chapter of our lives, there is now a big, often forceful release of who we are and who we want to be.“Life is a labor pain. We are giving birth to ourselves.” With all of the chaos and turmoil in the world right now, we are granted one true gift of cosmic grace. All of the planets are direct motion during February. This greatly aids our push forward with whatever we hope to accomplish. Use this uncomplicated energy to your best advantage, especially as March will not be as smooth.
I think it is safe to say many if not most of us are glad to bid farewell to 2018. If you weren’t challenged personally this year with a crisis or pivotal life event or crossroads, then you were stuck and mired when trying to move forward. It is safe to say we were bombarded by cosmic activity this past year. The outlook for 2019 certainly appears smoother, with far less planetary gear shifts. HOORAY! So we will feel fewer bumps in our path as we progress. That said, our feet will be held to the truth during 2019 and honesty, ethical dealing and gratitude are the keys to success…January provides the solid building blocks to create from the ground what we desire: joy, happiness, love.
Feel like 2018 had you running the gauntlet? You are far from alone. For most, it has been a savage year. The exceptional number of retrograde planets on top of multiple eclipses has left us betwixt and between. Focusing on your own goals and lives continues to be the best use of energy. While difficult, this year has also offered us several breaks from the intense celestial gear shifts: notably, May-June, September and now December. Thank Goddess!
November is rarely an easy month. We are full-on in the calendar year-end, with school and work functioning at its peak and gearing up for the holidays. As the Sun (our will) moved into Scorpio during the final week of October, we all certainly felt the Scorpion’s sting reverberating through every level of our lives. The intensity continues for the next four weeks, and November may very well outdo October…
You may know your astrology sign but do you know its element? No worries. Most people don’t. We are so much more than our Sun sign. Each of us is a composite of ALL the planets at the moment of our birth. And each of these planets, like our Sun, is in a particular sign which is influenced by a particular element. The missing element in our astrological chart is one of the biggest clues to our behavior. Knowing this is equally important as understanding a dominance of planets in a particular element.
After a bit of a planetary reprieve last month, gear shifts kick-in right at the outset of October. So rest for a bit on your accomplishments as October promises to be very revealing. Literally at the outset of the month, on Day 1, Pluto, planet of power and transformation turns direct motion in earthy Capricorn. As it digs up systems, traditions, and customs that no longer work individually or collectively, turning over pieces of our lives we’d rather not see, planet Venus prepares to turn retrograde motion in Scorpio, ruled by Pluto… VENUS will be retrograde for 40 days!