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01 April 2019

Stardate: Astrology Readings for April 2019

Jodie Forrest Astrology
STARDATE, April 2019: Sun Signs and Theme Songs of the Month

Aries: March 20 – April 20  Did you know that every month’s full Moon has an older, traditional name with roots in at least three cultures, Native American, Anglo-Saxon and Germanic? April’s names include the Pink Moon, the Egg Moon and the Hare Moon. In your case, Aries, this month has two names: the Moon of New Beginnings, and the Moon of Compromises. Some, although probably not all, of the compromises may relate to those New Beginnings. Remember that this month contained an ancient celebration of Spring, of Nature’s bringing new life back to the Earth, and that the Sun’s passage through your sign can bring you an influx of that timeless energy, Aries. Use some of it to keep up your efforts at work or in your vocation, some to communicate better, some to appreciate and create beauty or harmony, and some for a brand new experience.  (Amazon) Feeling Good, by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, sung by the great Nina Simone.

Taurus: April 21 until May 21 I’ll describing some homework for you this month, if you choose to accept it. First: Do at least one thing that’s entirely for yourself. It doesn’t have to be a huge, earth-shattering project or event, just something that you enjoy and that helps you feel more like yourself. Your deep self. Your real self, however it’s evolving and whomever you’ll become. Two: Set aside some time to daydream about your goals. By “daydreaming,” I mean indulge in some dedicated, extreme fantasizing that doesn’t necessarily have to be connected to Reality, Taurus. Write it all down if you like. Three: Go do that thing you’ve been scared of doing. I don’t know the details, but I have a feeling that you know all of them. It may involve acquiring or acting upon some information. It may involve a conversation. You may learn something important and encouraging about yourself, your main squeeze, or both of you in the process. (Amazon) Me, Myself, I, by Joan Armatrading. What a voice! Like the richest roasted coffee on Earth.

Gemini: May 21 – June 21  To paraphrase a greeting card I saw once upon a time: There are two ways for you to go through this month. You can either hide under the furniture and hope that nobody notices you down there, or you can get up, stand tall, put your hands on your hips and say, “Give it to me straight, and don’t be stingy with the jalapeño peppers.” I think you know which one I’m suggesting that you do, Gemini . . . And guess what? You could attract some allies who want to share those peppers and all their energy, sass, and in-your-face heat. That could be wonderful, huh? It could also be big fun, but if it should happen, please make sure that you’re the robust and spicy leader of that pack. Why? Because some of those allies could be overoptimistic, while others could be too pessimistic. You’re the one who needs to be enthusiastic but not subjective, to steer a middle course. You can do it! (Amazon) Times Like These, by Foo Fighters. That is a high-energy band.

Cancer: June 21 – July 23  My college suite-mate used to say, “Work expands to fill the allotted time.” To “work,” add tasks, projects, s’posed-tos and requests. Yours may expand to overflow the allotted time or even the allotted space. A lot’s on your plate right now. Two factors may be involved. One: You may need another lesson on how to say No to colleagues, friends or a lover who’ve mistaken you for a combination of Mother Theresa and Superman. You can do it. No one will expire from shock or (learned) helplessness. Two: your allotted work space may actually be too small, disorganized, or un-Feng-Shui’ed enough for you to be efficient. Yes? Call the friend who gets the most done without becoming exhausted, and the friend with the best knack for interior decorating. Take them to your work place for suggestions, and you may be pleasantly surprised. (Amazon) Dirty Man (Good Housekeeper), by Joss Stone. I know there are Portuguese subtitles—but just watch her sing, people. She cut her first album, The Soul Sessions, at age 16.

Leo: July 23 – August 23  After having stabilized for a bit, your work situation may feel as if, like Alice, you’d followed a rabbit who had a pocket watch and you’ve tumbled down to Wonderland. You’re “Alice,” and reality keeps changing. Someone may want you to play croquet with a flamingo for a mallet or believe six impossible things before breakfast. Things are indeed shifting at the office or in your community, perhaps in surprising ways. I suggest a few strategies: Find a playful friend who’ll help you laugh at the situation and yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that a piglet is really a baby; hold fast to your own perspective on reality. And to your principles, even though you may be rethinking them. Avoid any loose cannons yelling “Off with his head,” even if the head in question isn’t yours. Finally, inform yourself as accurately as possible about what’s actually happening at your job and why, which may take some digging. Hint: if something’s happening that you don’t and can’t like, you may need to change that environment or how you deal with it. There’s a possibility you’ll want to leave it, and another one that you could shake things up until they reach a better arrangement than they had before. (Amazon) What’s Going On, by Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson and Al Cleveland.

Virgo: August 23 – September 23  Need a pep talk? Ask your mate, for starters. If you don’t receive one—and you know that you should have, right?—consider it as having received some useful if unwelcome information about that person. But don’t stop there. Ask your friends; ask your therapist; ask your family, but probably not your kids, who might appreciate getting a couple of pep talks of their own. If it isn’t time for a performance review, don’t ask your boss. But most of all, ask yourself for that encouraging conversation. Sometimes there’s no one else around, so building your self-esteem from within is an excellent idea. If you need to take a day off for inner work, do so, especially if you can feel your temper fraying a lot more than usual. Is part of you wincing at the idea of a “mental health day”? Thank it for sharing, reassure it that it’s safe, and remind it gently that self-care is not the same thing as self-indulgence. (Amazon) Hall of Fame, by The Script.
If you want to skip the intro, the music starts at 0:31.

Libra: September 23 – October 23 You may feel caught between a significant other and a relative. If that’s the case, think carefully about where your responsibilities do and do not lie. Discussing that question with someone you can trust, but who doesn’t have a horse in this race, might be helpful. Unless you’re the parent of a minor—and the older the children, the more self-reliant they should be—you are not responsible for or in someone else’s happiness, livelihood, neuroses, battles or mistakes. You don’t have to mend anyone else’s life, and no one but you should control yours. With that in mind, of course you care about the significant other and the relative. Maybe they need to talk to one another. Maybe you need to have a “come to Buddha” meeting with each of them separately. Maybe some people involved truly do need help or insight that they can’t get on their own. Helping them is fine. A permanent surrender or disadvantage on your part is not. What could help? If you suspect you’re under-informed, go on a fact-finding mission. Also, if you’re 50-50 about a decision, move in the more assertive direction. (Amazon) Stuck in the Middle with You, by Jerry Rafferty and Joe Egan, cover by Michael Bublé.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 22 There’s a focus on work routines, colleagues, responsibilities and/or health this month. If it’s health, educate yourself about what’s happening, and rest and relax with your peeps as much as you can. If it’s the other items, think objectively about your work-life balance, even if you find that, as the Talking Heads’ lyric goes, “Facts don’t do what I want them to.” Later in the month, the Sun energizes your house of committed relationships, which includes close friends, while Uranus, Lord of Non-conformists, is already there. Make time for people who see you and support you as you are, and who won’t settle for the edited version. Mars, God of Heroes and War, is moving through the house that represents your mate, transformation, death, the occult, and the deep unconscious. You may be scared, angry or stressed about some of those areas; you may have a ghost bumping around in your psyche’s closet, or you may need a frank talk with a lover, but as a Scorpio, you’re well-equipped to handle these things. Watch your dreams and moods for clues about how Mars is manifesting in your case. If you can turn those uncomfortable feelings into energy, which Mars also rules, you could experience a pleasant increase of self-confidence. (Amazon) There Isn’t One Way, by Patty Griffin. (Note her Scorpio-themed clothing!)

Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21 Where the foot’s on the accelerator: Your ruling planet, Jupiter, stations (seems to stop moving temporarily and is more powerful) on the 10th through mid-May. Renewal! Hope! Opportunities! Be selective about them. Your house of creativity, performance, relationships’ beginnings, children and pleasures is emphasized by the 5th’s new Moon and the 19th’s full one, plus Mercury (communication) and Venus’s presence (relating and creating). The foot’s on the brakes with self-esteem and resources: Saturn (reality-testing) and Pluto (psychological “shadow” material) are both stationary in that area through June 5th (Saturn) and July 4th (Pluto). Also, Mars (assertion, courage) is in your house of “marriage” or long-term intimacy all month. Before you leap into a new relationship, especially with a potential housemate, make sure you’re not feeling even mildly angry or threatened by that person. Be direct, draw your lines in the sand, and watch what happens. If you feel bullied, pushed or manipulated, say so, and leave if it doesn’t stop. If everything checks out with this person but you’re still nervous about connecting more deeply, ask yourself why. It may be the sadder-but-wiser adult ambivalence about increased intimacy, or it may be your gut telling you something.
(Amazon) Shop Around, by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. The original Detroit version of this song starts at 0:48 on the video, but you’ll learn something about Motown history if you listen to the narrative from the beginning.

Capricorn: December 22 - January 22 Your personal life and choices need more attention this month than work does (surprise!), although work or your skills there may involve some challenges, too. You may be facing some difficult emotional situation or power struggle that doesn’t have an easy or definitive resolution. If so, you may need to acknowledge the whole truth of it, even if it’s only to yourself. Next, if there’s something you can do in order to accept what’s unchangeable in that area and move forward or let go, think it through and do it carefully. Quiet time and/or time with your family of choice (not necessarily your relatives) may help you figure what that something is. So might a trusted spiritual advisor—you’ll recognize the right person if you don’t see any self-importance, self-righteousness, or tendency to avoid “negativity” in him or her. Finally, sometimes we need to work our ya-yas out in less psychological ways, and release some of the tension from our physical selves. You’re an Earth sign; you might have somatized the stress (e.g., your body stored it). Take a hike. Play some racquetball or tennis, or go dancing. Just get moving; you could be amazed how much it helps. (Amazon) There Ain’t Nothing You Can Do, by Bobby Bland, covered by Van Morrison. Want more? (Amazon) Bobby Bland, who wrote it.

Jodie's YouTube horoscope video for Capricorn.

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18  My grandmother used to say, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” While that’s likely true in general, it’s especially true for you just now. Yes, it’s your month to practice silver-tongued deviltry and to not only contemplate but also reap the advantages therein. Even though you’re probably somewhat attached to The Truth, unless your chart has many factors attaching you to Tact instead, you’d be wise to do this. Why? Because you can either let old pain or habitual responses stop you from accepting opportunities to step onto a wider stage, or you can take a nice deep Air-sign breath, let go of the past, and dare to be eloquent, exciting and persuasive. Think of it this way: you aren’t catching flies; you’re making connections, networking, and laying some groundwork for a better future for you and yours. About that networking, you have another task this month: meet as many people as possible, spend as much time as you can with groups of people whose goals are aligned with yours, and take that eloquence with you. Go for it, Silver Tongue. (Amazon) Dare You to Move, by Switchfoot.

Pisces: February 18 – March 20  You’re in a popcorn popper’s worth of astrological influences this month. First, observe your wider circle of acquaintances and pay attention to how they make you feel. If someone’s negative, critical, touchy, or tries to be directive about your goals, consider whether you should avoid that person or group. You’re quite sensitive to others at the moment. Besides, it’s your life, and you have every right to live it your way. Second, let yourself be at peace with some uncertainty, with not having figured out all your next steps yet. Third, accept help if it feels right to you; you can learn a lot from well-intentioned friends. Finally, some professional opportunities are out there. You probably can’t accept them all, so choose wisely. I suggest making sure they include concrete, realistic plans whose progress is measurable, regular monitoring, and values that you share or at least don’t find out of sync with your own. I also suggest you find out as much as you can about the offers. The right ones will feel full of possibilities for growth or expansion. To claim them, you may need to contact your Inner Warrior, Mars, who’s moving through your house of home, your private identity, and inner work. Don’t let fear, anger, or possible issues with authority figures or relatives stop you. You’re stronger than you realize, more talented than you believe, and you’d probably be surprised by how many people love you and root for you. Take that in and let it settle into your bones, please. (Amazon) Firework, Katy Perry. (What a performance! Ignore the razzle-dazzle and the dancers if that’s not your thing; just turn it up and listen to that voice. )

01 February 2019

Stardate: Astrology Readings for February 2019

Jodie Forrest Astrology
STARDATE, February 2019: Sun Signs and Theme Songs of the Month

All the planets are direct this month, which means they’re moving forward in the zodiac. Oof! After a year characterized by several episodes of different planets’ dancing two steps forward and two steps back, it’s good to be traveling forward. But where are we going? As the sign on Ken Kesey’s bus said, “Further!” Billy Joel, You’re Only Human (Second Wind). 

"Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map." / copyright 2019 Jodie Forrest

Libra: September 23 – October 23 The good news: you could fall in love or fall in like all over again, Libra, with a person or with your art supplies, studio or kitchen. Make something just for the pleasure of it! If you’ve been missing the laugh-at-the-world-and-solve-all-its-problems conversations you used to have, start one this month. Is it at your house? Do something to make it more pleasing and restful. The not-as-good news: you may need to have a discussion with your S.O. about how each of you is handling his or her responsibilities. The link: it’s easier to have those discussions if you’ve been enjoying yourselves enough to want to free up some time to enjoy yourselves more. The Grass Roots, Live for Today. (This performance was at a 60s reunion tour—a more poignant rendition of this 1967 song.)

 Aquarius: January 20 – February 18 You can surf the astrological energy waves all month and gain more energy yourself, my friend, if you stay patient without surrendering, and if you strive to see as clearly as possible both reality as it is and your future as you’d most like it to be. You may get some healing insights about whatever you think you’ve Done Wrong in your life, if you’re willing to hear them, from friends who may also offer some tough love. You’re a survivor, not a victim. Hang in there, move forward and don’t sell yourself short. Remember what the writer Anaïs Nin said, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” The Five Stairsteps, Ooh Child.

Pisces: February 18 – March 20 You are probably not the King or Queen of Rational Thought this month, Pisces. What to do? Recognize hype for what it is and don’t fall for it. Comparison shop. Remember that although the essence of you is not the same as your bank account, you need to pay some attention to it while you’re in a human body here on Planet Earth. Don’t overload your schedule; you need some quiet time so you can tune into your intuitions, especially about work. Finally, hang out with your friends, especially the more grounded ones. The Beatles, With a Little Help from My Friends.

Aries: March 20 – April 20 It’s complicated. On one hand, you absolutely need to be yourself, which may involve some, ah, insistence on your part. On the other hand, you also need to learn something this month. Maybe it’s about a current or a new responsibility. Maybe it’s about improving at a particular skill. Maybe it concerns how to maintain or boost your health. What it isn’t is a contest, a competition or anything you have to “win.” You’ll need to be teachable in order to learn, Aries. Humble and genuine. You can do it. Tim McGraw, Humble and Kind.

Taurus: April 21 until May 21 One of my favorite books is Guy Gavriel Kay’s trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, beginning with The Summer Tree. In it, one character is a man who’s traveled far from home and given up tremendous worldly power for good reasons, including a deep friendship. He listens to a troubled woman who fears resuming a relationship that, in the past, has carried both great happiness and deep pain, and may bring some suffering back into her life. He tells her, “In life, there is always sorrow. What is rare is joy. Embrace it.” Taurus, you have an opportunity for joy this month. Invite it in and make it welcome. Steve Winwood, The Finer Things.

Gemini: May 21 – June 21 Your feet may be a little itchy this month, maybe for a trip, or perhaps for some new or fascinating ideas to chew on and discuss. That’s a good thing! You were born to follow your curiosity, so go right ahead and see where it leads. You might want to take your most plucky and upbeat friend or friends with you, too. Whatever you experience along the way may be useful for rethinking or reframing something at work, or for a better understanding what kind of home you want, where it might be, and who might live there, too. Peter Gabriel, I Have the Touch.

Cancer: June 21 – July 23 Some respite amid the past several intense years of Facing Yourself is at hand this month. Hooray! You’re still facing yourself for a few years more, but please enjoy some breathers in the form of friends and/or beauty now. Let some practical, competent buddies help you, whether it’s cleaning house (literally or metaphorically), brainstorming about how to streamline your work routines, or taking you to a museum or a spot with a great view of the sunset. As Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Bruno Mars, Count On Me.

Leo: July 23 – August 23 For most of us, life’s probably better if we’re in a good relationship and/or have close friends than it is if we feel alone. Ask yourself some questions about your main squeeze, Leo. One: how easily can you be yourself in this relationship? Avoid the clingy, the controlling, or people who expect you to bend over backwards to improve their lives, not yours. Two: How does this person affect your self-esteem? No one needs gaslighting, undermining, or constant subtle criticism. And Three: Is it fun? Do you laugh? No couple has to share all of the same pastimes, but do you play well together when you do? Ra Ra Riot, Water.

Virgo: August 23 – September 23 Working out compromises with other people is the name of the game this month, Virgo. They should be fair to both or all parties. Don’t be too noble and give up too much, especially at home or with a new acquaintance. Listen carefully to all sides of the issue. Try summarizing someone’s position to make sure you understood it completely. It’s worth the effort, because good compromises can lighten your load of responsibilities by reviewing and sharing them. That way you’re less likely to feel isolated and put-upon and more likely to feel met and partnered. Sheryl Crow, Halfway There. (Send this song to Washington, Sheryl!)

Scorpio: October 23 – November 22 Some quiet time earlier in the month will help with setting goals and reviewing them around the 19th. It could also help with deciding whether to explore a new friendship or something more. Make sure you can communicate well with this person and that he’s interested in the world, not blasé, nervous, scattered, or full of rationalizations. Early on, you might even try to disagree over something minor, just to see how he handles it, and watch for too much evasiveness or anger. Sister Hazel, Change Your Mind. 

Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21 The voices in your head aren’t disagreeing, exactly, but they do seem to have different agendas this month. One says, “Get out and explore the world!” Another says, “I really need to do something fascinating.” A third may feel overstressed with responsibilities and inclined to go AWOL. Then there’s the one that says “I think our work-life balance isn’t balanced enough. Something’s got to give—but I do need that paycheck.” Who’s right? Well, it isn’t an argument; it’s more like a family meeting. I think you’re versatile enough to mediate among these feelings and opinions, Sagittarius, without ignoring or shaming any of them. Jimmy Eat World, The Middle.

Capricorn: December 22 - January 22 The past year probably wasn’t the easiest one of your life, Capricorn. While you’re keeping on keeping on, some respite’s on the horizon: more opportunities to relax with people whom you know can help you unwind. Don’t squander those opportunities by cramming more Stuff into your schedule, because you could get a precious pep talk along with some much-needed time to chill. You could also learn something. If your world view’s been getting a little narrow from lack of input, now’s the time for an evening or a trip with the most fascinating and original person you know. Simon and Garfunkel, The 59th Street Bridge Song.

23 January 2019

JFA: Welcome to January 2019

Welcome to January 2019

For everyone: Since transiting Uranus is making a station in late Aries all month, it's turning up the volume on the transiting Uranus-Pluto square and on the United States' first Pluto return, which is active from 2008-2023. The Uranus station can retrigger conflicts (Aries) that we experience today on both personal and global levels: corruption, coups, overreaches of power, destructive greed, and spying (Pluto) within established forms of governments (Capricorn) and multinational corporations (Capricorn) which, as Jungian analyst James Hillman has written, are like a modern version of Italian city-states. Refugees fleeing violent rebels (Uranus in Aries) who’ve taken over their land, and/or economic inequities (Pluto in Capricorn), strain the resources of other countries and governments (Pluto in Capricorn unearthing prejudice, fear, and attempts to control), and a conservative (Capricorn) backlash (Aries) is well underway. Long-established governments (Capricorn) are dealing with increased terrorist attacks (Uranus in Aries) and rising nationalism. In our collective awareness hovers (Neptune) a generalized fear of the dissolution (Neptune) of structures in society (Capricorn).

However, as also happened during Pluto’s last transit through Capricorn from 1762 to 1778, there are also Uranian grassroots movements in this country and abroad that are both exposing (Pluto) and protesting against (Uranus) the shadow side of the current government (Capricorn): political corruption, inflation, unfair taxation, hacked elections; attacks on Obamacare, Medicare, and Social Security; mistreatment of minorities and the vulnerable; arrest or detainment without due process; economic unfairness; policies harmful to the environment, and right-wing extremism. Examples here include Occupy Wall Street,, Planned Parenthood, the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors, the nationwide and global Women’s Marches, the American Civil Liberties Union, and widespread protests in favor of humane treatment of refugees and against Trump’s policies and appointees. In Europe, there are demonstrations (Uranus), such as those by the French "yellow vests," against raised taxes, terrorist attempts, the fate of Brexit, and extreme right-wing movements. Those governments have also experienced a growth in nationalism (Capricorn).

We have our Uranian work cut out for us to block (Aries) all the attempted power grabs, cessation of aid, revocation of liberties, unfair taxation, efforts to discredit and gaslight the press (Pluto, Capricorn), and insufficient response to climate change.

 The U.S. Pluto Return
The United States (Sibly chart) experiences its first Pluto return in 2008–2023, which I think the nation feels during that planet’s entire transit through Capricorn. Pluto’s orbit around the Sun takes 248 years, moving slowly enough to be felt very deeply and powerfully for a prolonged period of time wherever it's transiting. As a nation whose birth chart has a 2nd-house Capricorn Pluto, the U.S. is particularly sensitized to the theme of something rising from the depths (Pluto) of Capricorn-ruled material to be revealed as a shadow side of that sign and purged or transformed. In 1776—to summarize (and oversimplify) a complex set of events—that shadow side of Capricorn referred to our growing perception of unfair, harsh, autocratic political and fiscal treatment by England. Given the U.S. chart’s Moon in Aquarius, this country is always attuned to Uranus, planet of progress, independence, innovation, social justice, and revolution. With the (Sibly) U.S.A. chart’s connections to both planets, America is practically a lightning rod for the current transiting Uranus–Pluto square.

What has happened so far? The global economy and housing markets went south in 2008, and the role in the collapse (Pluto) played by some financial institutions (Capricorn) became evident (Pluto). Corporations (Capricorn) came under fire for everything from genetically modified food to endangering water sources to lying about fuel emissions tests. The "Me Too" movement protested the treatment of women by many members of patriarchal societies (Capricorn). World politics (Capricorn) went through a series of upheavals (Uranus), some of them violent (Aries), teeming with accusations of espionage, hacking, voter fraud, gerrymandering, nationalism, bigotry, and foreign influence on national elections.

The American Revolutionary War began with Pluto in Capricorn. As an astrologer, I’m intrigued but not surprised that during the U.S.’s first Pluto return, which includes today’s transiting Uranus–Pluto square, one of the many Uranian organizations fighting (Aries) here to preserve as much as possible of our democracy, values (2nd-house Pluto), international relations, and planet Earth itself is called “”

What can you do? Speak up! Make your voice heard! THE most important of these issues is our lack of sane and enforceable environmental policies, as will become increasingly apparent after Uranus moves back into Taurus on March 6, 2019. Global warming is all too real, and there is no planet B. If you'd like some inspiration, watch the excellent National Geographic series, Mars. It's a science fiction series set in the near future: What would happen if scientists and profit-hungry corporations reached Mars, with all of its discoveries waiting to happen and all of its as yet untapped natural resources, at the same time? The show is also a series of mini-documentaries and interviews with astronomers, environmental experts and other scientists about what could happen with our climate in the very near future unless we make serious and rapid changes, and what could happen in our first human ventures beyond the Moon. Revolution, The Beatles.

 "Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

Jodie Forrest

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01 January 2019

Stardate: Astrology Readings for January 2019

Jodie Forrest Astrology
STARDATE, January 2019: Sun Signs and Theme Songs of the Month

Aries: March 20 – April 20 January may bring a lot of stress and challenges, or some adventures and more energy than usual, or both. Whether the month is fun and enlivening or difficult depends in large part on your attitude. Here's a good one to adopt: "I want to see what I can do. I want to stretch my wings a bit."

You may bump into some actual or self-designated authorities in career-related matters whom your attitude doesn't thrill, perhaps because they haven't been as brave as you have in pursuing your goals, perhaps because they find something about you threatening.
You may bump into other, genuine authorities with experience and good advice that you could use. In either case, keep your temper, be willing to listen but not surrender, and quietly assess what this person is saying. That's slightly complicated, because your independence and ability to think for yourself are being tested all month.

Choose the "path with heart" for the long run, not for the short term. Guidance is great, but not down the wrong road for you. Taking some time off around the 21st can help you relax and contribute to a burst of creativity, which is more likely to arise when you're not preoccupied by putting out fires or tilting at windmills. Selena Gomez, Who Says.

"Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."
 Jodie Forrest / text copyright Jodie Forrest, 2019
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Taurus: April 21 until May 21 Some of the urgency to be completely yourself has abated until early March, but please keep acting on what you've learned about that so far. How to use the time? Do you have any trips coming up? They could be important for your view of the world and how we live in it. If you don't like what you see, maybe it's time to say so, especially since your words could reach more people than usual this month. Still, please don't take on more responsibilities, projects or civic duties than you have time to do. The ongoing balancing act between your public and private lives needs review and perhaps some adjustments. Meanwhile, opportunities abound for healing in your closest relationships and your psyche, so you might think about what interpersonal and personal issues may still be thorny for you and might benefit from some attention. Remember the fable about the Sun and the Wind? They bet on who could make a man take off his coat faster. The Wind blew harder and harder, and all the man did was shiver and wrap his coat tightly around him so it wouldn't blow away. Then the Sun shone calmly down on the man until he warmed up and took off his coat. Warm attention, something easily given by a Venus-ruled Taurus Sun, helps people open up faster emotionally, too. Otis Redding, Try a Little Tenderness, performed by The Commitments in the movie by that name. Well worth watching!

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Gemini: May 21 – June 21  ou're headed for an epiphany, and I don't mean the date on the calendar. I mean you're headed for something like a realization, an insight, or a breakthrough, for some kind of "A ha!" moment. I don't know what it is, but I can tell you where it's happening: in your deep psyche and how it's feeling about your mate, your complexes, or your fears. Something's drawing to a close, transforming, being revealed. What to do? Start by just facing and accepting whatever feelings you're having. Insights may or may not follow. Talk to a counselor if that seems right to you. If it fits your individual situation, tell your mate you've finally figured out why it drives you crazy when he or she does X, or you've figured out why you do Y. Share the insight! A little work on a relationship this year can yield a surprising amount of increased closeness. The fears involved probably include one or more of our basic, instinctual ones: fear of death and dying; fear of aging since it's a reminder of our mortality; fear of intimacy; fear of abandonment. Some of your personal fears are likely among those thinking-primate basics. I don't mean that you'll be frightened all month! On the contrary: you'll have a chance to figure out why you're scared of spiders, or clowns (we all know that the clowns are Stephen King's fault), or heights, etc., which might lead to your getting over that fear. Steve Winwood, Can't Find My Way Home. (Think of it as the epiphany speaking, just before you get it.) Astonishing performance with Eric Clapton.

Cancer: June 21 – July 23  First, a job opportunity may arise that's just right for you. On the other hand, one could also arise that would be a fantastic job for someone else. Which job is which? You'll need to decide that for yourself. Make sure you get all the details and a rundown of the future possibilities of any offer. Either opportunity could be exciting, challenging or scary. Either one could require the ability to say "No" and /or to work on your own as part of the job description. But only one of them will feel like a great gig for you. The other will feel more like a costume that doesn't fit you, a mask that isn't yours. Meanwhile, some relating issues could be coming to a head around the 5th. If your friend or partner seems to have control issues or poor reality testing, or is being less than forthcoming about something important, gently point that out. Work together on clear communication. If your partner has a complaint about you, listen carefully to his or her words and even more carefully to the feelings behind them; it may take a while to get the whole picture. Particularly around the 21st, the relationship needs honesty now, although some humor wouldn't hurt. Avoid taking yourselves too seriously. The Five Stairsteps, Ooh Ooh Child.

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Leo: July 23 – August 23  Two topics are likely on your plate this month. One: your responsibilities and skills--at work, in your relationships, or perhaps about your health--vis-à-vis other people's. Whose responsibilities should be whose? Two, which may be related to One: a relationship may need some dialogue, increased mutual understanding and possibly some compromise. The relationship may be with someone in a position to counsel or advise you as an equal and with mutual respect, or it may be with someone close to you. Please keep in mind that neither you nor anyone else should take on any more or less responsibility than should be yours or theirs, unless there is undeniable reciprocity in the situation. Imbalances in that area aren't good for the sort of close relationships, which operate best on terms of equality and accountability. Nevertheless, what you truly could use this month as an antidote to these issues is some fun: friends, creativity, time-outs, hobbies, provided that they're pleasant and absorbing distractions. Laughing and relaxing can provide a much-needed break, perspective, humor, a tonic, and hope. Let yourself go there. You're human; you need to enjoy yourself once in a while like everybody else. And you're not being irresponsible unless you refuse to do anything else. Funkadelic, Can You Get To That?

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Virgo: August 23 – September 23  You need to spend some time closer to your roots in January. "Roots" can mean so many different things: your family by blood or by choice, the people you live with, your old friends, your ancestors, ethnicity or age group, how and where you grew up, your stratum of society, your most deeply held values, the highest truths you know, people who share your major passions, interests or formative experiences, etc. However you'd define your roots, you need more contact with them. That can be helpful if something you created--a child, an artwork, a business, a garden--may not be working out exactly as you'd hoped it would. Get the perspective of your "tribes" on that, and on how you might respond to it. And remember: there is usually a level where what you've created takes on a life and direction of its own and for which you weren't and aren't completely responsible. It may be difficult or even impossible to determine exactly where the line falls between what you did and didn't "cause," can and can't change, and can and cannot "fix," Virgo, even though you'd probably like to have a flow chart explaining it all, and even though someone very close to you may not be completely realistic at the moment. That's where contact with your roots may come in handy. Spending time in your "hood" can help you cut through a Gordian knot full of details, and figure out where to act and where to let go now. Don't give up and don't let someone else take advantage. Jonny Lang, Stronger Together (See him live if you possibly can!)

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Libra: September 23 – October 23 Your home base, your inner life or your personal growth could use some attention this month. How do those areas of your life feel, and how do you feel about them?

Lots of astrological energy is calling for you to go within just now. Some literal or psychological New Year's cleaning, or facing and letting go of the past, might be in order and satisfying once it's done. There's no need to rush, but starting or continuing probably would be wise. There's no need to rush partly because you may also be a bit restless mentally, not bored, exactly, but you'd enjoy having some new ideas, books, entertainment or events coming into your life from time to time. It would be good for you; for one thing, it can keep you from getting overly caught up in your own issues. A significant other may be wanting more space or self-determination, which doesn't necessarily mean anything bad for the relationship or friendship. If that's the case, turn them loose. Don't let anyone box you in, either. This S.O. or a different one may be stressed, overstepping his or her bounds, and/or exhibiting irritability or control issues. Come right out and ask what's bugging him. Don't take "Nothing!" for an answer, although if the answer is that she's still figuring it out, respect that. In either case, insist that the S.O. be civil, at a minimum, toward you and yours. You might enjoy having a special time together around the 21st, anything from an evening out to a party. Make it as pleasant and non-stressful as you can, particularly if the current sociopolitical climate has really been getting one or both of you down. Beautiful, India.Arie

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Scorpio: October 23 – November 22 There may be a lot going on inside your head that you're not finding it easy to talk about right now. One reason may be that you haven't figured out your state of mind well enough for yourself to discuss it out loud yet. To quote a blues poet friend of mine, "I want to be able to talk to myself without arguing about reality." By the way, what I'm calling your "state of mind" may not be anything heavy; it could be a communication-related project. If you're a writer, it could apply to your constructing a plot or an outline, or feeling temporarily stuck, for example. There's nothing wrong with you. Hold onto that: there's nothing wrong about the fact that you process things deeply, and sometimes deeply means slowly. You're perceptive; you'll probably know when you need to give a progress report, when to tell the people closest to you that you're fine, you're just not done thinking yet. Another reason for being quiet could be that even if your argument with reality is pretty much settled, you're not sure how to approach the subject with someone else yet. That's okay, too, especially if strong emotions are involved. Note that there's one important exception to the above that applies to everyone; if you have health concerns, speak up just as soon as you can. Maybe you have some misgivings about personal or professional privacy. Even if you think something like that should be obvious, other people aren't psychic and they aren't all like you--you're a more private person than most. When you're ready to talk about your state of mind, perhaps any confidentiality requests could be where you begin. Paul Simon, Think Too Much (a)

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Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21
You're experiencing the transit of your ruling planet, expansive and optimistic Jupiter, through your sign for most of 2019. Venus, the planet of love and aesthetics, enters your sign on the 7th. That combo could make for a good month and year, when you can embark on some mental, physical or philosophical Journeys that can help you become wiser and put some new perspectives under your belt. Maybe you're feeling a bit hesitant, although that's unlike you. If there's a Boggart in your wardrobe, it's likely taken the form of self-doubt: Are you being practical enough? Can you afford to do everything you want to do this year? Is the world feeling less safe than it used to? There's a proverb: Trust God, and tie your camel. You're almost always good at the trusting part, at taking leaps into an interesting unknown. You probably have not always been good at the part about taking realistic precautions to prevent things that could go wrong. This month and year provide you with a chance to learn how. Welcome to your cosmic knot-tying seminar, Sadge. You can do it! Part of the syllabus is getting enough information about everything you want to do and everywhere you want to go. Do that, in and out of the library. It could even be fun sometimes. Speaking of fun, the planet Mars, which rules courage, makes a good antidote to self-esteem issues. Mars also rules competitions and sports, and it's in your fifth house of play and performance this month. A good way to practice those knots could be visiting the gym regularly, playing volleyball, hiking, etc. What if you're more an intellectual or artistic type and not into exercise? Try mind-engaged competition. There's probably a gaming group or a chess or bridge club in your area or online. Maybe there's a writers' group, an open-mike poetry night, or a music jam. Cat Stevens, On the Road to Find Out.

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Capricorn: December 22 - January 22 Ready, set, go. You need to be self-disciplined, think strategically, and be an absolutely straight arrow this month.Walk your talk; don't promise what you won't deliver, and do the right thing even when no one is watching. Your integrity now matters and will keep right on mattering, and that includes not using half-truths or silence to make your life easier, because in the long run, it won't. You also need to keep listening to your heart, work hard, and realize that you're not as disadvantaged or put-upon as you might feel. I know that's a lot. Be attentive to stress or challenges coming your way from the home front; you may have something to protect or admit, or some fears to face there, so speak up; don't just let it simmer. By this time, you may be thinking, "Okay, how about the good stuff?" Your imagination's strong and friends can be a great source of relaxation, even though some time alone could be surprisingly nourishing. You may work through a conflict with family or housemates that could lead to a lot more autonomy and less stress for you. You may find out how strong you really are. Jason Mraz, Song for a Friend

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Aquarius: January 20 – February 18  A few too many ghosts from your past have been showing up at your table lately or riding around with you in the back seat of your car. Not real ones: I'm talking about powerful memories or old wounds. Why are they still around consuming your energy? Could it be because you've kept feeding and carrying them? Once you've learned from the past, it's best to let it go, although it can be difficult and it often requires some processing first. Make some time to look each ghost in the eye and ask yourself if there's something left for you to learn about it. If there is, you might want to talk with someone who understands you well or is capable of going there, just for a second opinion.

How can you tell whether you're still learning from all of your processing? If you've been thinking through an event repeatedly, but your having any new insights about it stopped long ago, then it's probably time to release that event and go dance with the living.
We need your energy in the present and the future, and so do you.
 Kesha, Learn to Let Go.

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Pisces: February 18 – March 20  All sorts of people, plans and opportunities want your attention. You can't do everything and you cannot be all things to all people; you don't have clones. It's time to think about what you most want to do. What do you need? What puts a great big grin on your face and maximum dilithium crystals in your warp drive? If you just thought, "I want everyone I love to be well and happy," take a deep breath and reread this paragraph several times. Of course you want that! We all do. But that's a wish for other people, not for yourself. I'll ask again, "What do YOU want?" Maybe this time you had the glimmering of an idea or two, but a little voice within immediately chanted: "But I can't do that. I'm not good enough; I can't afford it; I'm not worthy; I'm afraid it wouldn't work." Yes, you can; yes, you are; and yes, it will. Thank the voice for sharing and tell it to be quiet now. Maybe you know where and when in your life you first heard that little voice. Maybe it started as someone else's words, but you've internalized them. While it can be helpful to trace your doubts to their source, what's more important right now is not to let them boss you around. You're in charge here. Take some concrete, measurable steps toward what you want most. Feel the fear and do it anyway. As someone once said, "Action precedes motivation." Bon Jovi, It's My Life.

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01 December 2018

Stardate: Astrology Reading for December 2018

Jodie Forrest Astrology
STARDATE, December 2018 Sun Signs and Theme Songs of the Month

 Aries: March 20 – April 20  Welcome to the Month of Itchy Feet ! Or an itchy brain, accompanied by a strong distaste for Shoulds, Oughts and S’posed Tos, and the sound of breaking rules . . . That’s all well and good, Aries. You need some adventures and some room to stretch your wings and do something that’s out of the ordinary for you, or out of the ordinary for everybody. Trust those impulses. At the same time, be aware that you have two possible pitfalls. One, keep your temper; sometimes the extra energy of such a time can make us prone to irritability, particularly if we’re not sending and following that energy where it wants to do. Two, pace yourself. If you dive so deeply into a project that you forget to eat, sleep or commune with your significant other, sooner or later your treating yourself like a machine will catch up with you. Also on the table for you this month are opportunities for heartfelt, meaningful and transformative dialog with your mate. Don’t miss those chances because of spending too many hours charging full speed ahead. The closer your S.O. feels to you, the more secure he or she will feel about the hours you want to spend absorbed in something besides the relationship. Demi Lovato, Confident.

"Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."
 Jodie Forrest / text copyright Jodie Forrest, 2019
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Taurus: April 21 until May 21 You have a temporary reprieve in the urgency of your recent need to be completely yourself, but that doesn’t mean that the imperative has disappeared; it will be around approximately another seven years. Maybe you could use the current reprieve to look carefully at what, psychologically speaking, may have been making your independence difficult or complicated to declare. Perhaps it’s fear of isolation or even abandonment, or of being misunderstood in some fundamental way. Well, benevolent Jupiter’s presence in the sector of your chart related to the deepest forms of intimacy, and to psychological self-awareness, can help you assuage those fears. So can Mercury, Lord of communication, and Venus, Lady of relationships, heading into your sector of friends and partners. Explaining yourself should be easier than usual this month and into early January. So can receiving and processing important information from your S.O., particularly if you speak one-on-one--dealing with groups may need more clarity, directness and maintenance of boundaries than usual. Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway.

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Gemini: May 21 – June 21  First, you need to spend as much time this month as possible imagining that you're someone else, specifically, one of your most significant others. What's your lover's or your friend's or your partner's point of view, and how thoroughly can you understand it? The deeper the comprehension that you have of your friend's feelings and motivations, the easier it will be to reach a compromise. Fortunately, you're more than usually curious about and tolerant of other people just now, and you'll enjoy learning about them. However, you, too, Gemini, are only human, and sometimes the more subjective we are about someone, the more complicated it can be to communicate with him or her. If you don't feel as if you have a useful set of mediation skills in this particular instance, then you might look for a positive, upbeat person who does, and ask for feedback from him or her about how to conduct this important conversation, by the 22nd if possible. Don't let an authority figure who's either stressed, has control issues, or has no actual authority over you talk you out of settling whatever you need to settle. Sonic Youth, Disconnection Notice.

Cancer: June 21 – July 23  Permit me to enact, sort of, two of the voices in your inner conversations. The first one, who may be related to your past, says "I could have dealt with a certain situation more skillfully. I didn't do it well enough. Therefore I am completely incompetent." The second voice, who may be related to you today, says "I wish I could have done better with X, but there could be some relevant factors that weren't under my control." Such as? you might ask. "I'd had no training for it yet," says the second voice; or "other people's incompetence got in the way," or "no one could have done it with the kind of equipment I had." The second voice might add, "I think you could use this event to teach you what you need to learn next. In fact, you might even run that question past some knowledgeable people you can trust." Listen to the second voice, Cancer, no matter what. Anyone, friend, lover or new flame, who tries to shout it down in favor of the first voice is not someone you need or want in your life. I know you're a gentle soul, but it's fine to stand up to someone who, consciously or unconsciously, might not have your best interests at heart. Rascal Flatts, Stand.

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Leo: July 23 – August 23  Hey, Leo, you could have an intensively creative month, a romantic one, one chockful of appreciating the arts in whatever form appeals to you, or a month that's just plain fun.

Whichever kind or kinds you choose, remember that deciding to acquire skills you may not have is a better choice beating yourself up for lacking them. Sail through December while allowing as little as possible to get under your skin, and take as much time off over the holiday as you can. Yours is not to win or lose, it's to have a stellar, heart-satisfying month, whether you spend it lost in some new music by your favorite band, telling ghost stories at your tweens' slumber party, dancing with your main squeeze or on the road somewhere. Avoid people who are passive-aggressive, overly needy, or drama queens / kings, and I suspect you'll have a pleasant month. Happy, Pharrell Williams.

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Virgo: August 23 – September 23  Some quiet, unstructured time or some time spent alone in December would be good for you, on the one hand, although some time with relatives whom you would have chosen to be your relatives, regardless of bloodlines, would be good for you, too.

How about a bit of both? Look at old photos, eat until you’re comfortably full, go on an excursion together, whatever makes you feel close to your “roots” in a pleasant way. Meanwhile, a significant other may be irritable or stressed, possibly because he or she doesn’t have all the facts about an annoying situation. No one has the right to run your life, even for only a few days. Enlighten this person without either letting him or her run the show or claim to be more helpless than is actually the case. You may get grumbling if you put your foot down now, but you’ll avoid a stickier situation later. Mercury, Lord of Communication, and Venus, Lady of Relationships (and Tact) can help you be as silver-tongued a devil as you need to be. Some compromise between what’s fun at the moment and what’s more practical in the long run is at hand. Heart, Even It Up

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Libra: September 23 – October 23 What you could use, my dear, is a long, rambling, solve-the-world’s-problems sort of conversation. Your brain needs a treat once in a while; you’re an Air sign. You haven't had enough interesting dialogs lately, nor have you learned or done enough that's new to you. I know you probably have responsibilities at home and some possibly ill-defined challenges at work. Your partner may be acting contrary and as if he or she needs a bit of space. That’s actually a great time to go have one of those philosophical conversations, when you both need a small break. It doesn’t have to be anything drastic. How about a girls’ night out followed by a breakfast out, too?
A camping trip? Visiting a museum that you and your best friend have been wanting to see, or taking in a lecture? I’m not talking about avoidance or escapism, just a refreshing change of scene complete with something to wonder about. Think of it as an intellectual mini-adventure. Junior Senior, Move Your Feet.

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Scorpio: October 23 – November 22 The good news: this December, you're primed for pleasant times with friends or with family, or in pursuit of your art, or maybe even all three. The bad news: you could still have a crisis of confidence about whether you deserve it, your finances, or your competence. Here’s the short version of the remainder of your December forecast: you do deserve it, so go enjoy yourself and see what might evolve from your having fun. The long version starts with a question: what part of you is feeling down on yourself? Consider that for a while. When you think you might know where that insecurity is coming from, ask yourself: how old do I feel when I'm doubting myself? Wait for the answer to surface. If none appears, try asking yourself again tomorrow, and add When have I felt inadequate, underinformed, or as if I might have overshot my mark? When have fear, anger or mixed messages accompanied those feelings? If you could talk it over with someone who knew you when you were younger, then you might gain some helpful perspective. Or, again, you could just relax and restore yourself over the break. Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine

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Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21 It’s a month of overlapping new beginnings for you, Sadge.

Your birthday marks the personal start of another year. Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius last month began about a year of your ruling planet’s inspiring and invigorating visit to your Sun sign, an event that happens every 12 years, so it’s an important year for personal renewal. Chances for it will arise, some of them legitimate, others the real-world version of vaporware: empty, at least for you. As the song says, don’t underestimate yourself. Still, investigate those offers before you decide to say Yes or No. Mercury enters Sagittarius on December 12th, marking both the full end of its current retrogradation, and a chance to exercise your smarts for a little over the next three weeks from that date—learn or teach something, write or read something. What? Follow your curiosity! And there’s a new Moon in your sign on the 15th, triggering the other beginnings and helping you figure out how you feel about them. That’s a great day for a small personal ritual: letting go of what’s come to an end for you, and inviting in what’s new and beneficial, both for the upcoming year and the next 12 of them. Some people do an annual life-review and ritual on the Solstice; if you’re one of them, you might make your list on the 15th regardless. Dr. John, You Might Be Surprised

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Capricorn: December 22 - January 22 Communicate clearly, my friend, and ask others to do so as well. That applies to your family, your significant other, your colleagues, or in a group context. Leaving things at all fuzzy could lead to disagreements that might have been avoided if you and others had spoken their minds. However, the first person with whom you need to communicate clearly is yourself. Be sure you’re not mistaking wishful thinking, magical thinking, or your assumptions for what’s actually happening in and around you. It’s complicated, because you’re capable of writing some uplifting and enchanting poetry, prose, non-fiction or lesson plans at the moment—and you will be for about seven more years, so there’s no need to feel rushed. I suspect you may also be feeling stressed, apprehensive, challenged or annoyed about something at the moment.
Pay attention to what’s going on whenever you feel irritated or anxious, and to any dreams with that theme.  Maybe you need an apology. Maybe somebody else needs one. Again, aim for clarity, and don’t hesitate to ask for feedback while you’re assessing what could be rubbing you the wrong way. Matt and Kim, Let’s Go.

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Aquarius: January 20 – February 18  Yes, you can! Some recent events may have been a bit hard on your self-esteem. You’ll be  unusually sensitized in that area for a few more years, so you may not be taking all the relevant circumstances into account. Now is not the time to give up. Now is the time to keep going, to make your own voice heard. It’s also a good time to remember that you don’t have to do everything alone. People quite willing to help you may be in a career or public setting, in groups to which you more or less belong, or both. Keep your eyes peeled. They might be visionaries. They could be smart, detail-oriented, or have useful information. They may be perceptive enough to call you on your own self-doubt—gently, we hope. Even if you get some tough love, listen. It’s another perspective, not an order. U2, Walk On.

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Pisces: February 18 – March 20  Opportunity is likely knocking, Pisces. In your career, perhaps, or in chances to travel or learn, or even to reinvent yourself. That’s the good news. At least before the 12th, however, you’d do well to get specific information about these opportunities before you commit to anything. There are two things to avoid this month: one, remaining underinformed; and two, chickening out. Tip: the more clear you are about what you passionately want in your future, the easier it will be to sort through whatever the Fates may send your way. Remember, too, that you don’t need anyone else’s approval of your plans. You’re also overdue for some fun, my friend, so make the holidays as relaxing or romantic as possible. And break out your art supplies, your guitar, or that poem you haven’t finished, okay? Creativity flourishes when we have more “down” time or a change of pace. Yes, Future Times Rejoice

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01 August 2018

Get ready for your Theme Song of the Month!

Stardate: August, 2018

Get ready for your Theme Song of the Month!

Consider it your unofficial personal soundtrack for August. Check out the links to the songs’ videos where I could find them. I looked for the original artists’ performances where possible, except in the case of Gwen Hughes’s cover of Carole King’s song, “Take a Giant Step.” As far as I know, that’s the only cover below. (Have some alternative suggestions for your theme song of the month? Email me their titles and songwriters’ names at contact @

First, do you know what a “solar” or “natural” chart is in Western astrology? It’s drawn up as if you were born at sunrise, even if you weren’t. Your Sun, whatever its sign, is placed in the first house. The sign immediately following your Sun sign in the zodiac is placed in the second house; the sign after that is placed in your third house, etc. For example, a solar chart for a Leo would place the Sun and all of Leo in the first house, all of Virgo and any Virgo planets in the second, all of Libra and any Libra planets in the third, etc. Astrologers can use this technique for forecasting work, to see where the planets’ current positions would fall in your solar chart. Astrologer Michael Lutin’s written a wonderful book related to this technique; its title is Sun Shines.

Second, several planets are making stations (are stationary) this month, which means their movement through the zodiac appears to slow, stop (make a station), and then resume moving  either backward (retrograde) or forward (direct) through the zodiac. Actually, the Earth appears to pass a “stationary” retrograde planet in their relative orbits, so from our point of view, the other planet seems to move backwards for a few weeks to a few months. A stationary planet is very powerful, much more so than usual. Different astrologers use different orbs (the number degrees away from the exact station) for how long a station is felt. I think that a planet’s stationary period, during which it’s extra-powerful, lasts for one full degree (sixty minutes of arc) before and after the degree and minute of that planet’s actual station. Stationary periods can last anywhere from about ten days to about twelve weeks, depending on the planet involved. (The Sun and Moon never turn retrograde, by the way, so they never make stations.)

Third: As for the theme songs, please note that the artists wrote and hold the copyrights to all of these songs and their lyrics. I provide the links for educational purposes and so you can enjoy their work.

Leo:  The Beatles, “We Can Work It Out.” Because Mars, ruler of assertion and boundaries, is stationary, mostly in your opposite sign, Aquarius, and in your natural house of relating for part of August. Meanwhile, the Sun energizes your own sign until the 21st. You may need to have a frank talk with your Significant Other, a friend or colleague. Stand your ground, but listen.

Virgo: U2, “Mysterious Ways.” (Bono’s daughter dances with him onstage.) Because Neptune, the planet of consciousness and mysticism, is stationary in your opposite sign, Pisces, until the 25th. You may find a partner confusing, enchanting, or both. Try to see him or her clearly through the Neptunian mists. Still confused? Try asking a third party, such as a realistic and perceptive friend, for a frank opinion.

Libra: Carole King, “Take a Giant Step,” performed by Gwen Hughes. Because Uranus, planet of breakthroughs, liberation, and progress, is stationary in your natural house of sexuality and the deep unconscious this month. Take some risks. Think of it either as opening up to a new person, or to a new insight about how some old pain may be blocking you in some area of your life.

Scorpio: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, “How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away? Because Uranus, planet of self-determination and freedom, is stationary in your natural house of relating this month. Even if you’re deeply in love, you’ll likely want more time to yourself and will feel less tolerant of clingy people. Sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing!

Sagittarius: Sarah Bareilles, “(I Wanna See You Be) Brave.” Because Mars, planet of courage and boundaries, is stationary in your natural house of communication. Perhaps you’ve noticed that others are frequently neither as frank nor as attentive to principles as you are. Speak out! And insist that others do. If you don’t know whether someone’s angry, how can you process it?

Capricorn: B.B. King, “Better Not Look Down.” Because Saturn and Pluto, planets of realism and hard work (Saturn), and of facing your wounds (Pluto), are stationary in Capricorn all month. You’ve slogged through more responsibilities since December, but you’ve needed more quiet time to address the things going bump in your unconscious. Make time for some inner work. You’ll be glad you did.

Aquarius:  Incubus, “Drive.” Because Mars, planet of courage, strength, and will power, makes a station in your sign this month. Don’t let that scare you. Mars is your inner warrior. Make friends with him. He’s there to help you keep your locus of control inside yourself, rather than feel pushed around by outside forces. Keep your grip on the steering wheel of your own life.

Pisces: Stuart Davis, “Karma Pyre.” Because your ruling planet, Neptune, is stationary in Pisces, it’s a powerful influence this month. Neptune rules consciousness and the transpersonal realm. Meditate. Feel the Force; it can weaken your illusion of separation from the body of Life. Where can you serve without hurting yourself? Being more loving can help you become more intuitive.

Aries: Peter Gabriel, “Don’t Give Up.” Because Saturn and Pluto, planets of realism, hard work (Saturn), and facing your wounded side (Pluto), are stationary all month in Capricorn, the sign connected to your natural house of career. Plan efficient ways to navigate any choppy water at work. Strategies? Face your fears, use humor and diplomacy when possible, and persist.

Taurus: Audioslave, “Be Yourself.” Because Uranus, the planet of freedom, innovation and breakthroughs, is stationary in your sign all month. Meanwhile, a friend or partner may be well-meaning but possibly overbearing. If there were ever a time to be yourself, now is that time. Listen to your gut, to your core self, and be your own authority figure.

Gemini: Peter Gabriel, “Digging in the Dirt.” (Incredible live performance from his Secret World tour.) Because Saturn and Pluto, planets of realism, hard work (Saturn), and facing your wounded side (Pluto), are stationary all month in Capricorn, the sign of your natural house of the deep unconscious. Now’s the time for soul retrieval, to examine the places you got hurt, and communicate about them as you see fit.

Cancer: Tracy Chapman, “Give Me One Reason to Stay Here.” (Eric Clapton backs her up on this video!) Because Saturn (facing reality; hard work to change your circumstances) and Pluto (facing your wounded side) are stationary all month in Capricorn, which rules your natural house of relationships. Look carefully at what’s happening there. Don’t settle for less than respect and truths, however scary. (You’ll live.)