Horoscope Archives February 2006

Archive Horoscopes for February 2006

New Moon in Aquarius

Jan 29 to Feb 27 2006

Full Moon in Leo

February 12 2006

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ARIES

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 11th House of friends, peers, colleagues, associates, co-workers, groups, organisations, community at large, and vision and hopes for the future.)

Groups, associates, organisations and friends may be a central focus for you this month, Aries. You have been dealing with hopes, dreams, longing and unconscious dynamics in these areas, especially in the last few months.

This is a time when you have a chance to bring these out in the open. It is a time when you can start to (and may have to) reclaim disowned parts of you, reconnect with people you'd left behind, or reassess the principles and ethics that you bring to your associations with others.
If you've been wrestling with a situation involving a mentor, advisor, teacher or associate, you may find that the outcome of your actions is producing some unexpected confusion or showing you a side of the situation you had previously missed.

There could be some creative tension between yourself and these others, and it's possible you'll have to make some firm decisions about the situation(s) in question. These decisions might feel like you're going backwards or having to restrict yourself just when you want to move forward, but you are likely gaining more than you realise (although you still might not start to see this until after Venus goes direct on Feb.03).

It will help to see this as harvesting the fruits of your struggles and creating something concrete that can be utilized in a whole new way. You're not losing your apples—you're gaining a pie!

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ARIES

For FULL MOON in CANCER

January 14, 2005

(Takes place in your solar 5th House of identity, individuality, selfhood, children, fun, love affairs, creative self-expression and joi de vivre.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks we this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Aries, this takes place primarily in the areas of individual identity, creative self-expression and having fun, plus finances, resources and values.

It is time to harvest those unclaimed parts of yourself mentioned in your New Moon horoscope. Part of what's required is to find a careful balance between your personal values and your spiritual values, or between the higher Truth you aspire to versus how to put that into practice in the physical world. With some effort it is be possible to bridge the gap between these areas, although crossing that bridge may require some tricky footwork.

The key lies in how you approach the question of empowerment—by trying to control your situation by force, or by staying grounded and changing only yourself. This will likely require some careful forethought, so that you minimise the urge to react automatically out of feelings of powerlessness. If you are feeling anxious or pressured, it will help to "think outside the box" (beyond your usual assumptions).

In your situation, there may be an inherent discord between taking the conventional path versus soaring into the stratosphere to explore new possibilities. If you take this as a given, you'll be in a better position to navigate through the jungle in between them. When in doubt, take the "high road," but not so high that you can't get there from the "common ground."

Special tip for Valentine's Day: Your sexy magnetic powers Social schmoozing and flirting can happen spontaneously. However, take things slow and don't expect instant results. Enjoy your accomplishments and goals, and give some extra appreciation to your co-workers, colleagues and authority figures in your life. Whether you're celebrating with a current Valentine, hoping for a new one, or wish all this Valentine stuff would just go away, this is a good time to let go of old relationship baggage and allow a new foundation to develop gradually. Send a Valentine's Day card to yourself! Now that Venus is Direct, you have access to greater maturity and authority when choosing how (or if) to act on your desires. By taking it slow this Valentine's Day and not expecting the Moon, you can bring some much-needed stability to your approach to close relationships.

 

 

TAURUS

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 10th House of career, goals, ambitions, authority, public recognition, Mother, social reputation and roles in society.)

Where are you going in your life, and what is it that draws you there? Although this is a question you've probably been asking yourself a lot lately, this lunar cycle will urge you to explore these questions in unusual or unexpected ways. The answers and possibilities you come up with need to be brought together to form a new foundation you are building in your life, from which you can launch new dreams, visions and ambitions.

The important thing is to ensure that your life direction is broad and flexible enough to carry the real "You" into the future, yet is also realistic and structured enough that it won't just be a flash in the pan. It will probably help to do some networking and connecting with others (friends, associates, organisations, mentors, etc.) in order to get the peer and community support you need for your goals.

The reason for this might be because you're not getting the kind of support you want from your family and current support system and you need to turn elsewhere for it. Or, you might have a solid foundation of support but it's time to move out into the world and diversify the sources of that support.

While doing all this, it's a good idea to weigh the various expectations, priorities, options and resources that must be dealt with and put into place. It's also important to evaluate if the ethics, philosophy and personal meaning of what you want to do fit with your values and goals. It might be wise to take a bit more time (until well after Venus goes direct on Feb.03) to evaluate all this before you make any final decisions.

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TAURUS

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 4th House of family, Father, childhood, home base, need for nurturing, security and belonging, and the past.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Taurus, the pivot point is likely to be primarily in the areas of career, goals and authority, as well as home, family, the past, and possibly your relationship to your parents or parental figures.

The central question here is about empowerment—how do you go about getting it and using it in your life? On one hand, you might feel forced to fight to protect your resources, or you could become very stubborn trying to hold your ground in the face of challenge. On the other hand, you might want to deal with conflict or challenge by forming strategic alliances with powerful people or energy.

This could prove helpful but be careful that you don't wind up using a nuclear bomb when a fire cracker will do. Those people close to you (e.g., spouse, business partner, close friends, etc.) can be a helpful resource, especially to help you get grounded ethically, philosophically or spiritually. However, this may not entirely agree with the grand ideals or vision you have about what you want to happen out of the situation.

After Feb.17 (when Mars moves out of Taurus and into Gemini), defensiveness and conflict are likely to shift, and you'll be able to start moving ahead with new plans and ambitions that you've been struggling to put into place since last August.

Special tip for Valentine's Day: A special connection is possible now, especially to someone with whom you share a common philosophical or spiritual perspective. There could be a mentoring or teaching quality to this connection (you to them or them to you), or some aspect of your relationship that stretches beyond your current horizons. Whether this is a current romance (spouse/partner) or a potential one (a hot date), or something more platonic (mentor, guru, worshipper, spirit guide, or even the Universe Itself), it is possible to find fulfilment and pleasure by being in control of your own choices. For best results, just enjoy yourself and don't let your ego take over. Now that Venus is Direct,

 

 

GEMINI

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 9th House of spirituality, beliefs, truth-seeking, justice, philosophy, knowledge, teaching/learning, publishing, long-distance travel, foreign lands and languages, and multiculturalism.)

This is a time of great potential for learning during this lunar cycle, whether that is in the context of education (school or "the school of hard knocks"), spiritual growth, expanding your horizons toward new experiences, or networking with new people. It might also be a time when you are called upon to share or illustrate your knowledge and understanding with others.

Organisations, groups and clubs that have an educational, spiritual, multi-cultural, promotional or health-oriented focus could feature prominently in your plans. In order to make this happen, you will probably need to approach it with a lot of discipline and restraint. Although you might want to explore fanciful or far-reaching ideas and possibilities, you will likely succeed better if you stick with a solid, basic communication style that presents things in a clear, concise way.

You may be gathering powerful people—or your own empowered stance—as a resource to help put this into practice. It may be wise to wait until well after Venus goes direct on Feb.03 before you finalize any negotiations or strategic alliances with others. There is an element of healing and reconciliation that can be achieved now.

To do this, you will need to balance the unconventional with the traditional and find a way to bridge the gap between "thinking outside the box" and what's inside the box—between dealing with the basic facts and extracting the meaning and interpretation from these facts.

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GEMINI

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 3rd House of intellect, communication, ideas, perceptions, learning, neighbours, commerce, short-distance travel, and information exchange.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Gemini, the pivot point is likely to be primarily in the areas of communication and spirituality, raw information and the meaning that it holds for you.

You've been reaching for a way to further your aspirations in the areas of spirituality, higher education, personal philosophy, travel and/or promotion. The search for the greater Cosmic Truth must eventually come back to a more practical or personal level, where you find ways to integrate this Big Picture into your more immediate awareness and environment.

On one hand, someone close to you (spouse, partner, close friend, etc.) might be instrumental in helping you understand the deeper undercurrents of your situation. On the other hand, there might be an element of your situation that can't be fulfilled through other people, but must be worked out in private where you can really tune into your deepest inner impulses.

Your mental awareness is likely to be a curious combination of intuitive, lightning fast and very sensitive in your perceptions. It might not be easy to tell when your imaginative insight reveals a stroke of genius or when it is just plain unrealistic and off the mark. You'll probably find that the truth lies somewhere in the shades of grey in between these extremes.

Special Tip for Valentine's Day: Opportunities for intimacy abound! However, this may or may not involve physical intimacy, and the biggest opportunity here might be to explore unusual or unexpected aspects of closeness. It could be an intimate "meeting of the minds," or perhaps new insights into what you want from close relationships. Intimacy could be either sexual or platonic, spiritual or practical. The point is to think beyond your usual ideas of what intimacy means, and to explore new and unusual ways to experience closeness and personal connection. Now that Venus is Direct, you have access to a more solid understanding of the deeper undercurrents and mysteries in your relationships. Use this to make responsible choices about how, if or when to act on your desires.

 

 

CANCER

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 8th House of power, empowerment, control, intensity, deep psychology, death, rebirth, transformation and sexuality.)

This lunar cycle brings you an opportunity to explore the hidden dynamics that flow under the surface in your friendships, groups, community and even Humanity as a whole. This might emerge as group politics or as interpersonal dynamics between individuals. It might involve gossip or sharing secrets or financial transactions.

Whatever its form, it will likely impact your personal relationship to the person or group in question, as well as the resources that are available to you. If you are well prepared and have "done your homework," you will likely find you have the strength and resources necessary to navigate through the deep layers of what's happening in that situation.

If you get triggered into feeling inadequate or daunted by the challenge in front of you, you may have wandered away from your center and need to reconnect to your own empowerment. It's possible you're too close to the situation and you need to take a step back and detach a bit, so that you're not so identified with the outcome that you fear you'll lose your self-worth if things don't go as you're hoping.

It can be tempting to assume that if you are the one shaking up the situation, it means you're in control. However, there is a fine line between empowerment through liberation from oppressive control, versus the risk of losing control if you stop being the power behind the chaos. One is Self-centered; the other depends on the artificially created reactions of those around you.

Be aware that the relationship dynamics happening right now are probably in flux (or stuck). They will start to stabilise and relax after Venus goes direct on Feb.03, so it might be wise to delay final negotiations until after that date.

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CANCER

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 2nd House of finances, income, expenses, possessions, resources, self-worth, and material security and values.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Cancer, the pivot point is likely to be primarily in areas like: what you have (or don't have) versus what others have that you want or need; your values versus others' requirements; your body wisdom versus deep psychology; and sensuality versus sexuality.

On one hand you might feel driven to use peer pressure to defend or support your position (e.g., "No one/Everyone else does it this way!"). Groups, associates or friendships might also become the proving ground on which you struggle and work out the above issues. Or, you might feel a bit disconnected and at odds with the world around you.

On the other hand, your work or health might be the easier area to work through these issues. You might find it's easier to move in the direction you want by devoting yourself to a goal that fires your deeper passions, than it is to keep moving by willpower alone.

Trying to reason things out to understand the bigger picture may help, although your conclusions might not seem logical or compatible with the disciplined steps that must be taken to achieve your aims. This is a paradox that may need to be accepted and worked with, rather than resolved. Those closest to you can help you reach for the best you can be in this situation.

Special tip for Valentine's Day: Romance and exciting possibilities are in the air! By allowing your self-confidence and natural power to shine through, your charm and magnetism can be a model for others to reciprocate. Alternatively, you might be charmed by these qualities in someone else, which helps you feel optimistic and valued. Someone you care about might also encourage or inspire you creatively. Or, you might have the opportunity to spend some quality time with your children (if you have any). The challenge is to balance hopeful inspiration with practical application. Now that Venus is Direct, you have access to a better sense of boundaries and the level of commitment you want in your close relationships. Use this as an anchor so that you can go with the flow without losing yourself.

 

 

LEO

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 7th House of love, balance, harmony, close relationships, marriage, partnership, inter-connectedness with others, style of interaction, lovers and adversaries.)

Relationships are a primary focus right now, be they with your spouse/partner, a business partner or colleague, close friends, family members, people with whom you share a mutual dislike, or even your relationship with yourself.

There are new possibilities, opportunities and challenges presenting themselves in one or more relationships. This may involve the need to talk together about the big picture of where your relationship is going, or it might involve a healing process of detaching and not being quite so intertwined. There is much to be learned about how to acknowledge and embrace the unique individuality of both you and the other person, which is a complex process.

Although much of your attention might be focused on the other person right now, it is important that you stay firmly planted in your own empowered position. This doesn't mean being rigid or overbearing, but it does mean you need to maintain a connection to your own interests and requirements. This is likely to require some discipline, planning and careful consideration—which might seem to be counter-intuitive to the changes going on in your relationships right now, but it is important to maintain a balance between these areas as much as possible right now.

Negotiations and interactions about work—or how to make the relationship changes work—may not be quite ready to be finalized yet. It might be wise to wait until well after Venus goes Direct on Feb.03 before you arrive at a final agreement.

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LEO

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 1st House of self, outer personality, appearance, vitality and self-assertion.)

This is your Full Moon, Leo, because it takes place in your sign. The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Leo, the pivot point is likely to be primarily in the areas of relationships and personal connections to others, and balancing that with who you are and your self-expression.

There are many facets to the current situation. For one thing, you have been facing your idealism about others. Perhaps you want them to show you their best side, but this could be disappointing when they turn out to be fallible and human. At worst, you might encounter deception in someone close to you, or perhaps just not being sure how genuine that person is.

There is a healing journey that has recently started, which may involve acknowledging some hard realities that seem to contradict what you hope is possible in your relationship(s). This "reality check" could sometimes feel like your fire is being a bit dampened, but this journey can strengthen it in the long run, since it forces you to become more grounded and "real" in yourself. However, right now this journey involves nurturing the playful, innocent Inner Child in you, and it's important to embrace both your Inner Child and your Outer Adult.

You face challenges and possibly some difficulties in manifesting this in the outer world, especially when integrating the Child and the Adult into your goals, ambitions or taking a stand to demonstrate your character. However, you also have a lot of personal empowerment to draw on, which show up through creativity or finding strong ways to express your individuality. There is a need to carefully bridge and balance these two areas now (outer world manifestation and personal expression).

Special tip for Valentine's Day: If you are in a relationship, there may be some healing to bruised areas by finding ways to take pleasure in creature comforts—possibly by enjoying an evening at home, or making yourself at home in some exotic place. If you are hoping for a new relationship, you might find an opportunity through work or health, possibly by offering to be of service to a potential mate or offering to take care of them in some way. If being unattached is your path right now, find ways to pamper yourself and expand your self-confidence and self-worth. For example, treat yourself to a massage...or an exciting new sex toy! Now that Venus is Direct, you are more able to bring healing to old relationship problems by letting go of counterproductive habits and embracing constructive ones. Use this as an anchor as you deepen your understanding of what your personal needs are in intimate relationships.

 

 

VIRGO

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 6th House of work and service—paid or volunteer—health and healing, analysis and organisation, and your contribution to the world.)

Work and health are the primary areas affected during this lunar cycle. In particular, there are changes afoot that require careful negotiation, interaction, acceptance and a little imagination. This might come into your life as a new job opportunity, or starting a new project, or having dealings with a group or organisation.

This could be a great time to free yourself from old habits and routines that have been harming your health; for example, quitting smoking, starting a new diet or exercise regimen, or finding new ways to release yourself from stress. There is likely to be a kind of "yes-but" in your experience of this healing process, where one part of you wants to apply yourself to that process but another part of you still hopes it will resolve itself (which, of course, it won't).

All of this can bring about a liberating shift in your consciousness, although it might feel at first like there's not as much fun or pleasure in it as you thought there would be. This will start to change with a bit of time, starting when Venus goes Direct on Feb.03. In addition, this might require you to spend some time away from the influence of social contacts, so that you can get fully grounded and centered in what you need to do to make it all happen.

You might also find that you need to focus on making changes simply for the logical or necessary result, and that it's not possible or easy to find a higher purpose that will uplift you. Trust the process and maintain your course and vision as best you can; this won't last forever.

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VIRGO

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 12th house of spirituality, compassion, isolation, inner focus, meditation, escapism, addiction, and universal love and beauty.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Virgo, the pivot point is likely to primarily focus on practical service versus heartfelt dedication to some higher purpose.

You might be called upon to make sacrifices or to accept a less-than-ideal situation, in order to fulfil a sense of greater purpose in your life. If this seems like a setback, you may find there is a payoff that could make it worthwhile, even if that payoff is intangible. You might have to fight for your principles or beliefs in order to make it happen, although you have a lot of power and strength to draw on from your family, support system or your sense of inner security (maybe even more than you realise).

Close relationships may play an important role in this. Communication with those closest to you can bring new insights that shake you out of your usual way of seeing things. Your spouse, partner or best friend might challenge (or inspire) you to let go of your expectations, limitations, isolation or guilt that have been holding you back.

Yet, some of that may still be necessary to achieve your aims. If you find yourself withdrawing from your surroundings or pulling into yourself, let this be a balance to the hard work you're doing out in the world.

Special tip for Valentine's Day: With the Moon in your sign today, you have the opportunity to connect on a feeling level with others. There could be surprises and unexpected communication from those others. By expanding your perspective, being willing to learn (or teach), and taking a creative approach, you can get the most out of the interpersonal opportunities that come your way. If you are currently in a relationship, this might be a good time to talk about things that have been brewing for a while, as long as you stay grounded emotionally. If you are hoping for a new relationship, it's possible to impress a potential mate with your knowledge or spiritual depth (or to be impressed by them in these ways). If you are quite happy being single, thank you, this can be a creative time to share your knowledge and stretch the boundaries of your learning by making heartfelt connections with others. Now that Venus is Direct, you have access to a more grounded sense of pleasure, fun and self-appreciation. Use this to send a message to the world about your best qualities!

 

 

LIBRA

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 5th House of identity, individuality, selfhood, children, fun, love affairs, creative self-expression and "joi de vivre.")

This is bound to be a very creative lunar cycle, Libra, which might come about by necessity or by inspiration or both. "Creative" could mean art, music, writing, etc., or involvement with your children or a project (your "baby" literally or figuratively), or it might just mean that you are expressing the essence of who you are in some way that is unique to you.

In order to do this, it will be necessary to let go of attitudes and viewpoints that keep you stuck in an un-creative place. One area that could benefit from change is your approach to friendships and involvement with groups and community. You might discover that you're putting a bit too much importance in what others think about you, or that your connection to others right now is less than satisfying, or that a connection to someone isn't working very well and needs to end, or that it is time to reinvest your commitment to certain alliances.

Whatever way it manifests in your life, the remedy is to rebalance your focus back to your own uniqueness, creativity and healing. That doesn't mean you get to ignore or dismiss the "Collective" (people and groups outside your immediate circle), but it will help to find a balance between these extremes.

Some of this might involve revaluating your connection with your family or personal support system, or you might be reworking your relationships with these support people, or maybe processing unfinished business from interactions in the past. This will start to shift and resolve (one way or the other) after Venus goes Direct on Feb.03.

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LIBRA

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 11th House of friends, peers, colleagues and co-workers, groups, organisations, community at large and vision of the future.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Libra, the pivot point is likely to be primarily focused in the areas of creativity, self-expression, children and/or fun, especially with friends, associates and groups.

On one hand, you may need to defend or assert your position or power in these areas, which can draw on a new sense of empowerment you've developed in the last several months. On the other hand, your words have a great deal of power and impact but you must still follow through with actions. By carefully coordinating what you say and what you do, it is possible to navigate through a tricky or confusing situation that has broad implications.

The support people in your life (family, loved ones, close friends, etc.) can help ground you and remind you of your personal assets and value. This might seem to contradict the ideal self-image you have about yourself (what you think you "should" be). In reality, both perspectives have some truth, and neither "side" should win out at the expense of the other.

By working on these issues, perhaps challenged by friends or associates to do so, this becomes a healing process that will ultimately help you shed illusions about how you see yourself and develop greater self-acceptance.

Special tip for Valentine's Day: It may be tempting to over-spend in an effort to impress your partner or a potential mate, but if you decide on a budget before you go shopping it should help you keep it from getting too out of control. You might try spending a cozy evening at home where you can explore more intimate and private pleasures. If being single is your path right now, this time can be used to feather your nest (in your home or in yourself) by pampering yourself in ways that are meaningful to the deeper spirit of who you are. For example, redecorate the bathroom so that sensual bubble baths are a treat for the eyes as well as your body. Now that Venus is Direct, you have access to a stronger inner foundation built from making responsible, practical choices. Use this to increase your self-worth as well as your material worth.

 

 

SCORPIO

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 4th House of family, Father, childhood, home base, need for nurturing, security and belonging, and the past.)

This lunar cycle is likely to focus on dealing with old woundedness from the past and the need to heal. This may require you to break free of old internal messages that (perhaps) interpret your existence as strange (and therefore casting you as an "outsider"), instead of unique (and therefore worthy and sacred).

Or, you might find some healing by connecting with your family group or your current support system, and taking in the validation that you are distinct and precious. Either way, this process is necessary in order to help solidify your supportive foundation (inside you or out in the world), so that you can manifest your plans, goals and dreams.

It is important to balance both sides of the subject and objective aspects of your life right now, since it is through that balance that you will be able to move forward. This will also have implications in your current close one-on-one relationships (spouse/partner, business partner, advisor, etc.), since you have been exploring your root ideals and longings and exposing them to the light of consciousness.

This has likely left you with some deep or perplexing questions about how to understand those ideals and how to integrate them into your beliefs, philosophy and values. This is a longer term process than just this lunar cycle, but it is a good time to delve into those questions. In the meantime, it will help to continue your introspective dialogue with yourself, others and the Universe. This will start to shift into a more outward focus after Venus goes Direct on Feb.03.

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SCORPIO

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(In your solar 10th House of career, goals, ambitions, authority, public recognition, Mother, social reputation and roles in society.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Scorpio, the pivot point is likely to be primarily focused in the areas of home, family and the personal need for safety and security, and especially to bring this out into the world where you are manifesting your creative self-expression.

You may feel like you are "on stage" and all eyes are on you, waiting for you to perform. Don't let perfectionism or impossible ideals take away your belief in yourself and your vision. On one hand, you might have to defend (or might feel defensive about) your position or ambition with those close to you.

On the other hand, you have a very powerful and deep understanding of what it will take to achieve your goals and the resources you need to get there. The trick is to demonstrate confidence in your convictions without alienating the people who could support you, but also without under-reacting for fear of alienating others.

This question of how to walk that razor's edge between under- and over-reacting is an important part of this process. It challenges you to put into practice what you learned last year about pacing yourself (toward your goals and in defence of your interests), as well as finding and acting on the most fundamental priority in front of you. First things first.

Special tip for Valentine's Day: It is possible to impress your mate (or a potential one) with your shrewd savvy and profound wisdom right now. Be careful not to overdo it and wind up coming across as taking yourself too seriously or being overly stubborn in your opinions. Friends and associates could be helpful by challenging you to break free of old assumptions, or even to consider a friend as a potential mate (if you're looking for a new relationship). If being single is your path right now, use this time to take stock of your good qualities and strengthen your relationship to yourself. Now that Venus is Direct, you have access to a better sense of how to communicate what you want and how far you are (or are not) willing to bend in order to get it. Use this as an anchor to balance out your penetrating insights about your situation. Aim to use this wisdom to encourage growth, not to manipulate the results.

 

 

SAGITTARIUS

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 3rd House of intellect, communication, ideas, perceptions, learning, neighbours, commerce, short-distance travel, and information exchange.)

How you think about the events and experiences in life and how you communicate those thoughts are the focus during this lunar cycle. You are usually busy scanning the distant horizon for clues to understand the big picture, but at the moment you are challenged to live closer to the ground and work with the basic information.

For some reason, you may be blocked from dealing with the "big picture" in your usual way. Perhaps circumstances are restricting you to the immediate data and rejecting your view of the broader implications. Or, maybe you need to create a more formal structure in which to organise all that information, and to do that you must become more fluent in the basic details. Either way, it is up to you to stretch your mind and discover what you have been missing in those details.

You might need to become more receptive to others' ideas or listen to their feedback, and doing so will help you find a new perspective about your own ideas. It may also require a certain amount of humility and surrender to do this, which could leave you with a lot of questions about what it all means or how to put it into words.

It might also feel like this is interfering with your relationships, or you have to pull back a bit from other people in order to explore how you are affected by the situation. This will start to shift back to "normal" after Venus goes Direct on Feb.03. In the meantime, trust the process and know that this is helping you to build a new structure of understanding and perspective on life.

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SAGITTARIUS

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 9th House of spirituality, beliefs, truth-seeking, justice, philosophy, knowledge, teaching/learning, publishing, long-distance travel, foreign lands and languages, and multiculturalism.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Sagittarius, the pivot point is likely to be primarily focused in the areas of communication and exchange of information, especially where you are challenged to take a stand and put your knowledge out there for the world to see.

This could be about your spiritual beliefs, or your personal interpretation of shared reality. Or, you might be challenged to examine your biases and assumptions, which may hide inside of the truth but are not the whole truth. On one hand, you might feel compelled to find sure-fire ways to know what is right and how to act on that, perhaps because you're concerned that you'll be seen as or proven wrong.

On the other hand, there is a deeper truth that encompasses the contradictory facts and viewpoints, and you may feel the need to draw on this to support your opinions and beliefs. Yet, it may be hard to pin down how to put this broader perspective into practice. You might also feel driven to question how much of that perspective is real and true, and how much of it is coloured by what you need to believe in order to feel whole and worthy.

This is all part of a long-term transformation process, and this cycle encourages you to take another step in the journey. Watch for support and resources from hidden places and people, who can help you find a realistic reference point in all this.

Special tip for Valentine's Day: You might find it easier to reach out from behind the scenes to the person whose attention you crave, be that a current partner or a potential one. Sending a gift from "a secret admirer" could lend some intrigue and mystery, but don't leave him or her waiting too long to reveal yourself. Be careful not to let your imagination run away with you to the point where your assumptions about the other person miss the mark (like what their feelings about you are). If being single is your path right now, this time can be used to spend quality time with yourself and pampering yourself with gifts and sensual pleasures. Or, you might spend time with close friends in out-of-the-way places, exploring the profound mysteries of life. Now that Venus is Direct, you have access to increased ability to make responsible choices in your best interests, as well as investing for the long term in what you desire. Use this to plumb the depths of your imagination and your spiritual connection to something greater than yourself, while staying anchored in the here-and-now.

 

 

CAPRICORN

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 2nd House of finances, income, expenses, possessions, resources, self-worth, and material security and values.)

This lunar cycle focuses on your finances, resources or (more abstractly) your sense of what you "have" both internally and externally. By acknowledging and working with what you "have," you liberate yourself and allow your spontaneous freedom to emerge.

In so doing, there is a healing process that happens because it is only by bringing out all that you are that you can achieve a true balance and acceptance of "what is." On the other side of this balance is the need for discipline, structure, restraint and constructive limitation, especially in the areas of endings, (em)power(ment) issues, transformation and laying the foundation for rebirth.

It may be that you are dealing with endings or intense change in your life, and it is necessary for you to go slow in order to maintain some stability. Or, you might be working out how to build and maintain a strong position in the face of people or circumstances that could otherwise overwhelm or control you. Or, you might be cultivating self-control and strength in areas where you have lacked these.

It is important now to bring a balance between spontaneity and structure; between conformity and rebellion; and between doing things for their logical result versus having a higher purpose or dream. Whether you are experiencing these themes specifically in the areas of finance or more personally in the area of personal growth, you will find a shift takes place after Venus goes Direct on Feb.03 that rebalances the creative tension you are feeling.

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CAPRICORN

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 8th House of power, empowerment, control, intensity, deep psychology, transformation, death/rebirth, the occult, secrets and resources from other people.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Capricorn, the pivot point is likely to be primarily focused in the areas of finances and resources (yours versus others'), self-worth and empowerment, and fact versus fantasy.

After taking stock of what you have going for you (literally or figuratively), it is now time to balance this against what others can offer you and what others expect of you. On one hand, you might feel compelled to defend who you are or to fight for your creative independence, perhaps in an effort to put those resources to good use—YOUR use.

On the other hand, you may feel it's easier to manipulate the situation behind the scenes, to ensure that the balance of power goes your way. Both approaches have their advantages, and it is important to careful coordinate the two by not letting one dominate at the expense of the other.

You might find yourself spontaneously speaking your mind rather pointedly or freely, much to your dismay! However, you will probably find that what you are saying needs to be said, so give yourself some latitude and try to temper your message with discretion. Alternatively, you might find you are getting flashes of insight that seem to contradict or interfere with the control and empowerment you have been cultivating; but it's probably best to consider this another dimension in a complex and perhaps paradoxical situation. Either way, let your insight or message be an opportunity to grow beyond your usual comfort zone.

Special tip for Valentine's Day: You have the ability to charm and attract the object of your affection, especially if you appeal to their sense of friendship or the opinions you both share. If you are currently in a relationship, you might try experimenting with some new ideas to create intimacy. Or, you might share the evening with friends with whom you can explore inspired approaches to intimacy. If you are hoping for a new relationship, you might try approaching the person as a wise friend with whom they can share their secrets. If being single is your path right now, this can be a time when you are able to make a meaningful and satisfying connection to friends, possibly by exchanging secrets or deep insights about life. Now that Venus is Direct, you have access to a kinder, gentler sense of self that can boost your self-acceptance and soften your too-sharp edges. Use this to benefit friendships with people who can help you gain a broader view of your situation and of life.

 

 

AQUARIUS

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 1st House of self, outer personality, appearance, vitality and self-assertion.)

This is your New Moon, Aquarius, since it takes place in your sign! This lunar cycle brings opportunities to focus on and develop many facets of who you are. You've been dealing with challenges in your close relationships and in your approach to what is realistic in your interactions with others. Now it's important to understand and experience what you bring to—and want from—those encounters and relationships.

You are challenged to liberate your true Self, but you will find there are twists and turns on that path. Liberation can involve facing and dealing with your own woundedness, including issues that may not have a clear or complete solution. It also means becoming aware of the ideals you carry and how they may cloud your realistic judgment or blur your ability to accept human vulnerability.

It will help to find ways to articulate and express what you discover. This might be creatively (writing, poetry, art), or might emerge through dialogue (journal writing, talking to a trusted friend, counsellor or advisor), or it could come about spiritually (prayer, dreams). The point of focusing on your own needs and experiences is to create a better balance against the demands, challenges and hard work you are doing in your close relationships and interactions.

You are forming a better relationship with yourself, and at the same time also negotiating a better relationship with the Universe. This might require some time alone to be able to "listen" to that still small voice within. You will be in a better position to give an outer voice to the internal one after Venus goes Direct on the Feb.03 and especially after she goes back into Aquarius on Mar.05.

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AQUARIUS

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 7th House of Significant Others, relationships, partnerships, inter-connectedness with others, style of interaction, and balance.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Aquarius, the pivot point is likely to be primarily focused in the areas of who you are and the intimate others in your life. In particular, this is a time when you might be called upon to test new learning about how you to bring the highest vision of who you are into your close interactions with other people.

Your highest hopes about your life and your future may not always agree with the realities of how others see you or the structures you must conform to in order to fulfil your need for close connection with others (spouse, partner, close friend, etc.). You may have some ideas about this that need to be said, although this might be met with resistance since it is likely to challenge the other person to stretch their perception beyond their comfort zone.

On one hand you might feel you must defend and fight for your perspective, and possibly tempted to fall back to automatic reactions from your past. On the other hand, you might find you can draw on group consensus or peer pressure to try to convince the other person to see things your way. This is a powerful tool, so use it wisely; there is often a hidden price to pay for consensus by coercion.

The trick is to create a carefully cooperative bridge between manipulative persuasion and aggressive confrontation. Alternatively, it will help to examine your own empowerment issues to see how much your impulses and reactions might be based on fear or intimidation. This is a long-term healing process, so don't get lost in the details.

Special tip for Valentine's Day: It will likely be your quiet allure and subtle beauty combined with a sultry self-confidence that will charm the object of your affection today. If you are currently in a relationship, the two of you might enjoy getting away from the crowd where you can explore new ideas and approaches to intimacy. If you are hoping for a new relationship, it may be possible to impress a potential mate with your penetrating insight and daring philosophy. If being single is your path right now, you might try taking some quality time alone to connect with the bedrock foundation of the love inside you, and then sharing that with the world by inspiring others to do the same. Now that Venus is Direct, you have access to a more constructive sense of self-love that's based on being faithful to the spirit of who you are. Use it to encourage others to acknowledge the best of themselves in their murky depths.

 

 

PISCES

For NEW MOON in AQUARIUS

January 29 to February 27, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 12th house of spirituality, compassion, solitude, privacy, alone time, inner focus, meditation, escapism, addiction, and universal love and beauty.)

This lunar cycle brings you in contact with the Great Unknown in a way that encourages you to find release and surrender of your innermost Self. This could come about spontaneously through dreams, meditation, prayer, creative inspiration, or just spending quiet time alone listening to your inner thoughts.

Your intuition is likely to be more active than usual, and you might have psychic experiences. You are communing with something greater than yourself, whether you call that God or Goddess or nature or the Universe or the Cosmic Muffin. It may be difficult to understand how to integrate and utilize these impressions in the practical world, or how to translate raw experience into a more refined system of beliefs, ethics and principles.

You may be feeling a lot of pressure lately to do just that, but in order to do that you have to have an intimate, experiential knowledge of what you are trying to manifest into practical reality. This cycle brings opportunities to gather that knowledge, and may involve shaking up your usual inner tranquility a bit.

Your relationships with friends, associates, groups and organisations may either bring new resources in this journey, or your usual resources in these areas are temporarily unavailable. After Venus goes Direct on Feb.03, your usual social circle will start to circulate again and you will see if your new contacts are to be a permanent addition to your life or were a temporary one to get you through this time.

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PISCES

For FULL MOON in LEO

February 12, 2006

(Takes place in your solar 6th House of work and service, paid or volunteer, health and healing, analysis and organisation, and your contribution to the world.)

The energy and themes set in motion at the New Moon are now looking for a way to manifest. For the next two weeks this energy will be integrated into our lives. For you, Pisces, the pivot point is likely to be primarily focused in the areas of service and practical application of spiritual inspiration.

You are called upon to take your experience of the Great Unknown and translate it into concrete action, primarily by using your own Self as the channel through which the message is communicated. To quote Marshall McLuhan, "The Medium is the Message" and right now you ARE that medium. Your actions, attitudes, creativity and example all have more impact than usual, and you may not even be aware of what they are conveying to others.

This is also a time when you might feel moved to speak your mind in an uncharacteristic way. This might seem to hinder your efforts to build a solid foundation in the contribution that you bring to the world through service. Or, your ideas might come from a perspective that seems to sabotage your hard work to generate healing in your body, your work or your life. Yet, both sides of these contradictions have validity and will need to be included somehow in whatever you decide to do as a result.

On one hand you might feel the impulse to argue or become stubborn. On the other hand, you might be tempted to call on the power of universal perspective, believing that anything done for the sake of a higher good is justified (which may or may not be true). It is by carefully coordinating both of these approaches that you will find your voice in a constructive way.

Special tip for Valentine's Day: Friends, associates or groups could provide inspiration about how to woo the object of your affection. Or, you might try approaching your sweetie as a trusted and wise friend in order to earn their trust and esteem. If you are currently in a relationship, it might be a good time to have a heart-to-heart talk about things that are hard to talk about, or the two of you might enjoy exploring ideas and activities that you haven't done before. If you are hoping for a new relationship, you might find you can get someone's attention by sharing unusual ideas in a friendly way that is inspiring and persuasive. If being single is your path right now, this could be a good time to experiment with new ideas about what you want from intimate relationships, or explore radical new ways to nurture yourself. Now that Venus is Direct, you have more access to a sense of social connection between equals, as well as the future possibilities that can come when you express affection. Use it to expand your vision of possibilities and to help you feel connected to something greater than yourself.


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