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February 2018 Stardate

Stardate:  February, 2018. Copyright Jodie Forrest, 2018, all rights reserved.

ARIES: Your Wounded Side’s been tugging your sleeve for a few years, probably whispering unsettling things you’ve never heard before. Listen, because your Wounded Side wants you to understand it better. That may be all you need to do—or some of your new comprehension may lead you to transform your life. In mid-December, your inner Wise Elder said: “Face your professional situation. Do you need a realistic, step-by-step plan to change it?” The 15th’s New Moon may bring insights about your goals, aided by the imaginative, humorous influence of planets entering Pisces on the 10th , 17th and 18th . Look for serious epiphanies and synchronicities dressed in funny clothes.

TAURUS: Been feeling a bit overwhelmed? Consider revising some of  your assumptions about the world. Where can you stick your toes outside your comfort zone? If “true believers” start bending your ear but you disagree, that’s your right, and you might need to disengage. Instead, look for rollicking, curious, good-natured people who don’t kid themselves. They understand psychological nuances, appreciate black humor, laugh at their own intensity, and can help your self-confidence. The 15th’s new Moon may acccompany opportunities connected to career or social standing. They may seem delightful, or extremely weird, or both. When you first wake up, ask your gut which one’s right for you.

GEMINI: You’ve lived hard by your deep Self for several years, as insights and skeletons appear from your personal Underworld. Don’t ignore them. They’re part of you. Ask your biggest fear, your worst wound, and what you most dislike about yourself what they want to tell you, and what they’d like to ask. Consult your inner Wise Elder: If you can do something about this pain, do. Otherwise, treat yourself gently; stay grounded, and try forgiving and releasing. That’s not dismissing your hurt. It’s not living in the past, when you need a fascinating life! The 15th’s new Moon may offer invigorating changes of scene.

CANCER: The next two years will bring many opportunities to understand your relationships better. The goal? Greater clarity. The allies? Realism. Observation. The foe? Wishful thinking. Plan some pleasant time with close friends and your partner. If you have zero fun, analyze why. Did someone, including you, not allot enough time or attention? Forget something important? Arrive late or never? Pay more attention to what people do than to what they say. See any patterns? The 15th’s new Moon may bring extra insights about your partner. Aim for reciprocity and mutual respect. If analysis consistently shows they’re lacking, say so. Calm assertiveness is a relating skill you’re developing.

LEO: You may have been measuring out your life in learning curves, particularly at work. If your job’s been eating your life and your energy, now’s a good time to start working smarter, not harder. Talk to your most efficient friend about that. Why? Your personal life wants more time, which may become very clear to you with the 15th’s new Moon. By “personal life” I don’t mean just your relationships, although your mate and friends may have strong opinions about that. You need more time for your inner life, too, for daydreaming, for your family, for curling up with a wicked good book, and maybe even hosting a party. 

VIRGO: Drowning in details lately? Sift through them for the important ones: opportunities to learn, interesting day trips, and the sort of deep conversations that can make you laugh and cry. You need some time off, even if it’s hard to come by or you love your job passionately. Write some free days into your calendar and protect them, with a little help from more laid-back friends if need be. Those days off are Sacred Space. Down time promotes creativity, inventiveness, breakthroughs, healing—and around the 15th, insights such as how to streamline your work load. However, none of that juicy stuff can pop into your head if you’re being too busy and important. 

LIBRA:  Something about your home, family or roots may be smarting a bit at the moment, and your partner may want either some space or some reassurance. Be patient, think about reverse-engineering the outcomes you want, and maintain whatever boundaries you need, including verbal ones. Think carefully before accepting responsibilities that shouldn’t be yours; you may over-empathize with others this month. Meanwhile, your creative life—and you need one, even if only for your own pleasure—can flower around the 15th’s new Moon. So could an interesting new or deepening relationship with someone who encourages your creative side.

SCORPIO:  Last October, you began a year of opportunities and renewed self-confidence. Relax and enjoy the charisma, but watch any tendency to be overbearing. Around the 15th, the focus is on your home, family, and private life, any of which may need more attention. Communicate very, very clearly about anything you’re writing or reading that involves them; don’t let neglected details trip you up. If your Weird Fairy Godmother appears and wants to rearrange your space, hear her out. Who says you can’t free up more square footage for guests by turning the master bedroom into the living room?

SAGITTARIUS: You’re building something. Construction started some years ago, and the pace stepped up recently. What is it? Solid reasons to believe in yourself: in your competence, street smarts, integrity, and ability to prioritize. Not the easiest project when you’ve been more aware of your faults since December—but knowing them helps you work with and around them. Rise to the challenge! The 15th’s new Moon illuminates your inner monologue, what you tell yourself every day. What accomplishments have made you the most proud of yourself? Use that new Moon to write down every single one you can remember, and keep reading over that list.

CAPRICORN: Your Shadow’s not only still sitting at your kitchen table; it’s also come a bit more into focus, rather than flooding the house 24/7. Now that you can see your Wounded Side more clearly, what do you do? Keep looking. Not all the time, but as much as you can. Learning how others work with their Wounded Sides might be helpful, especially in a small group. Groups with any goal that matches one of yours are good for you just now. Don’t be defensive, evasive or whitewash your history, and don’t demonize yourself. The 15th may trigger unexpected insights that can help you heal or make amends with what you can in your Shadow, and remain compassionate about the rest. 

AQUARIUS: Last month, you probably needed to compromise with other people. You’ve been processing early pain or misfortune, some of it beyond your control, learning a lot, and letting go of whatever you can. Don’t get so absorbed in that powerful inner cleansing that you overlook opportunities around career or public identity. You can step onto a larger stage now—if that’s what you want. The 15th’s new Moon is about not compromising yourself or your goals. It’s about acting on them. What role do you want to play on that stage? Choose who you are and who you must be. Choose from your soul.

PISCES: The lineup of planets in Pisces and the 15th’s new Moon can boost your intuition and imagination, and make your dreams so vivid that they feel even more like reality. Your dreams aren’t actually happening in the outer world, but that’s not where you are. You’re immersed in your dream and experience it just as if it were real. Your fears are like that, too. They’re not real, but you experience them as if they were. What frightens you? Recognition, vocation, and/or the future? Make practical plans, then carry them out. Procrastination is mostly about fear. As someone once said, “Action precedes motivation.” And motivation is an excellent fear-chaser!