Thursday, January 21, 2010
Astrology Forecast for February 2010
FOR EVERYONE ~ Shelter from the storm. February offers a brief but very helpful lull in the action, a protected space where we can all catch our breath. It will give us a chance to adjust to all the big changes that just went down and make plans for the future. There is a lot of luck and inspiration going around. Excitement will be in the air. An awareness of challenges ahead will mix with a strong sense of emerging opportunities. There is one big catch. We have to be doing something new. We need to toss out old ideas, and forget old ways of getting things done. And we especially have to be straight with ourselves and each other. No tricky stuff right now.
ARIES ~ Respite. You have some challenging issues to tackle. However, February offers a short break in the action. You can safely pause to regroup. A supportive, healing force is at work deep in your psyche. Profound and helpful insights will arise. You will see evidence of a guiding, invisible hand. The immediate need is to find ways to help and heal others in need without overextending yourself, or destabilizing your own situation. The planets become increasingly supportive as 2010 progresses. You will soon become an agent of change wherever you go.
TAURUS ~ Maturity. There will be a welcome lull in the pace of events. You'll have time to think and make much needed adjustments and to plan your next move. However, you'll see gaps between what you feel is necessary and what others seem willing to do. You need to push your limits in order to convince others to push their limits so everybody can make ends meet. Getting people to go that extra mile is more important than you realize. Your words and example are more persuasive than you realize, too.
GEMINI ~ Inconvenient truths. Many will only see how easy this month seems and go back to business as usual. You, however, are aware of the continuing urgency of the situation and the challenges that must soon be met. But you can't go it alone. You need the earnest cooperation of others. You also need to work hard to keep the confidence of superiors. Your intuition is running on high. Your ability to inspire is enhanced. These are your most important assets in the battle against complacency. Budgets could continue to tighten.
CANCER ~ Conflicting signals. February is a safe time to alter financial priorities in line with changing conditions. Some risk factors are definitely diminishing. There is a promise of greater stability down the road. But it is clear that lifestyle adjustments will be needed to cope with the situation and to take advantage of emerging opportunities. Intuitive insights and inspiration could be eerily accurate, and helpful. Integrate healing and self-nurturing activities more completely into your life. Don't allow a clever and manipulative higher up to cause trouble in financial or work areas.
LEO ~ Swept away. Many are trying (some desperately) to patch together a workable lifestyle after recent upsets. You have the magic touch. People are naturally struck with helpful insights when they are around you. They suddenly understand what they must do next. As an added bonus, these people can help you get your personal stuff together. A supportive, protective influence will affect financial and health issues for the better part of this year. Relationships will flourish in ways you wouldn't have predicted and can't control, but which you will thoroughly enjoy.
VIRGO ~ Overcome self-doubt. Success depends increasingly on partners and professional associates. However, you are not sure which partners you prefer, or which associates would prefer you as a partner or accept an overture from you. The answer might be to turn the tables. Express your ideas and your ideals and see who supports them. You need to steel yourself against the risks and uncertainties of speaking out, too. An unruly influence is transitioning into financial and wellness areas for a lengthy stay. Be ready to avoid potential problems in these areas.
LIBRA ~ Fix the small stuff. Impatience for a more comfortable lifestyle could make you overextend at a time when energy is low. Big changes are not possible now. Tend to details. Refine your personal goals. Resolve energy-draining issues at home or at work. Shed responsibilities that are not really yours. Avoid those who won't carry their own weight. Working on such minor issues will bring dramatic insight and surprising improvements. A disruptive influence will soon stop affecting your work and family affairs. This will help you as you strive for a better work/life balance.
SCORPIO ~ Conditional acceptance. Minor flirtations, casual social encounters and chance meetings can now seem surprisingly complicated and highly charged. They can stir deeper emotions than you would have expected. As alluring as such feelings can be, such meetings could also stir feelings of caution. You are increasingly aware that your present lifestyle is enjoyable and rewarding. You are also successfully working through some important, subtle and delicate issues. Those who don't understand your lifestyle could prove disruptive if you do not lay the groundwork for new relationships properly. Boundaries are good.
SAGITTARIUS ~ Charisma. Inspiration and eloquence are running high. Others will notice. Don't be surprised if you receive formal recognition for your achievements. But you also have some serious matters on your mind. You feel inclined to use your persuasive talents to help others in your life who are struggling with change - to encourage and guide others through these difficult days. Idealism aside, learning to work constructively with the powerful forces changing everyone's life could enhance career prospects. Budgets might tighten temporarily, but opportunities for innovation and expansion will soon increase.
CAPRICORN ~ Standoff. Much of your life is moving along nicely. But in areas where your life intersects with the community the issues are growing complicated. Issues seem to multiply as you try to solve them. Still, your instincts are especially good now and your inclinations are in harmony with the times. You might have to settle for delays and standoffs in some cases. Despite the obstacles, you will achieve much by reaching out into the community, for yourself and the community. Don't be manipulated into spending money you don't want to.
AQUARIUS ~ Overstimulation. A lot of the energy that is helping people cope in these difficult times is coming from Aquarius's part of the Zodiac. These energies are driving major social and political trends. Your own mind is brimming over with ideas. You do have many powerful allies helping you get the message out. Still, this amounts to a big drain on your personal resources. All things considered, Aquarians could do with extra quality downtime these days. A supportive and protective influence has begun helping you expand your income.
PISCES ~ The whole nine yards. Everything's on the table - life, love, friendship, career, happiness. You have a darn good chance to make a clean sweep. You'll need to get a lot of different and difficult things right for a long time to cash in. But the odds are strongly in favor of success. A challenging and disruptive influence is moving out of your sign after a long stay. A supportive and protective influence is now solidly in your corner, kicking off a lengthy, profitable cycle of personal growth and development.
Friday, January 01, 2010
January 2010 for Everyone
With two especially eclipsey eclipses in effect, January 2010 marks a milestone for everyone. The course of our individual and collective lives is about to undergo a quantum shift.
Months of planning have generated countless proposals and counter proposals. Most in response to unprecedented economic pressures. Most proposals would affect us significantly in some way. Many would introduce still more unknowns into our lives.
The delay is over. Some of these proposals are now being acted upon. Before January is over, many more will come into force. Still more will come into being.
Though many do not realize it, the changes now taking place will be very hard, in many cases, impossible, to reverse.
January’s events will go beyond administrative, legal, bureaucratic and procedural changes, of course.
Health issues, family issues, work issues that have been hanging in the balance will now find resolution, for better or for worse. Crises will come to a head, for better or for worse. Illnesses will reach a crisis point. Ongoing financial or legal adversities will reach a decision point.
Problems simmering in the background, some invisibly and completely unknown to us, will manifest suddenly and dramatically. For example, structures that have been deteriorating, quietly and unseen, can suddenly collapse. Geological pressures that have been building slowly can suddenly bring earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.
The same kind of thing can happen in political and economic areas. Public figures often fall from power or die in clusters and governments collapse near the time of eclipses.
This is a big reality check, as well as a turning point, and reality checks can bring some big surprises, often unpleasant ones.
It is well to remember, however, that the vast majority of us will only hear about the really bad things in the news.
For most, situations will clarify significantly, and helpfully. Unrealistic options will disappear. Realistic options, those with a high probability of manifesting, will take precedence. The ground beneath our feet will firm up, after it stops shaking.
On the micro level, the level of individual lives, many issues will fall out favorably. Despite their traditionally dire reputations as harbingers of disaster, on the individual level, eclipses tend to open a lot more doors than they close, create a lot more opportunities than they eliminate.
There will be truly disturbing events, no doubt. However, these will tend to affect people who are caught up directly in difficult world events or who are already in personal crisis, or headed for a fall. And even then, when, for example, a critically ill person dies, an eclipse often brings needed closure - truth to tell.
So, most of our lives will become simpler. Obstacles to our desires will be removed. Our plans will gain traction. The future will clarify. Most issues will become better defined and easier to navigate. New opportunities will bring new avenues for growth and earning for many. New career paths will open. Shifting pathways strewn with insurmountable obstacles will settle and clear.
January presents an absolute mandate for vision and innovation. Paradoxically, perhaps, despite the turmoil, the everyday work of life will continue, almost as usual. For awhile, at least. And everyday doings will remain relevant.
However, circumstances will require innovation and vision, too. Retreating into day-to-day routine will lead to failure. Hiding behind a business as usual approach will lead to failure, sooner rather than later. Inspiration, vision and innovation are absolute requirements for success under January’s influences. Playing it safe is not recommended.
The visionary element, in turn, will require a broader, cooperative, group approach to the solution of problems and the pursuit of opportunities. Those who would succeed must take the big picture into account. January will not simply involve reaching out to peers. It will require communicating needs and expectations up the chain of command, to insist that those in power fulfill their responsibilities.
The power to achieve prosperity in the coming year, too, is wholly bound up with the energies of innovation and vision. I cannot emphasize this enough. In the short term, business as usual will perpetuate the crisis, at best. Ultimately, the business as usual approach will lead to a bigger crisis than we now face.
There is a gap between our present circumstances and future success. That gap can only be bridged by an exercise of vision, by innovation, by risk-taking, and faith.
Top Down Solutions Called for
January will also bring home a lesson. The problems we now face are exceedingly complex, deeply entrenched, and long-standing. In work situations, they require the the kind of power that only people at managerial and administrative levels possess. In the nation at large, they require the attention of local, regional and national political and business leadership.
Solutions will, in many cases, require major legislative initiatives. It is time for governments to do their jobs. It is time for management to justify the big bucks we pay them. And it is up to the grassroots folks to give them that message.
One has in mind things like the recent health care reform effort, environmental reform, banking reform and numerous other reform efforts now under way.
But one must also have in mind the efforts of organizations and business to reinvent themselves, efforts that are under way all over the world and at all levels.
Here again, we are definitely not talking about legislation, or management, as usual. Those at the top must also employ vision, they must innovate, and take risks. But it actually goes further than that.
Efforts to address problems at the grassroots level, or through individual or small group advocacy, will no longer work. Indeed they might backfire or worsen the problem, at this point. The planets are not supporting them, for the moment.
Legislation with a Heart
Present influences strongly support genuinely enlightened legislation. There is a rare influence that supports legislation that truly embodies love and the kind of reason the heart can agree with. Legislating love is a tall order, indeed, but the planets are currently supporting, no, demanding, such paradoxical efforts.
Present influences provide a rare opportunity to imbue administrative and legislative actions with genuine love and the sweetest and most caring form of reason.
We are living in a time of transitions. But the boundary between 2009 and 2010 is particularly sharp and deep. New Year’s Day 2010 marks the beginning of a new year and a new decade. But it also marks the beginning of a new era, more so than other recent milestones. In many ways, it actually opens an unbridgeable chasm between the immediate past and a rapidly emerging future, jump-starting many innovative efforts. We will need a spark of inspiration to bridge that gap.
The Astrological Details
The axis defined by the Moon's north and south nodes is the compass of historical events. It points in the direction the planets want events to flow, the north node being the preferred direction. The Moon’s nodes define the grain of historical events, the direction in which the planets want events to go, the manner in which the planets prefer that problems be solved. In a real sense, they are the hands on the clock of history.
The Moon's nodes also determine the placement and timing of eclipses. Eclipses, in turn, mark the pivotal moments, or turning points, or thresholds, in historical process.
Presently, the Moon's nodes stimulate the Capricorn/Cancer axis. They have done so since about July 2009 and will continue to do so until about March 2011. All the eclipses occurring during this period are especially significant.
Pluto, for its part, is the driving engine of history, its mainspring, driving events ceaselessly toward some evolutionary, transformative, redemptive goal.
History’s Nerve Center
Arguments presented in previous posts, I think, justify the conclusion that the Cancer/Capricorn axis is the spinal column, the central nervous system, of the Zodiac. Pluto transits of this axis end major historical epochs and begin new ones.
At the moment, Pluto, the engine of history, and the Moon's nodes, history's guidance system, are both affecting the vital Cancer/Capricorn axis.
The Sun is presently in Capricorn, also affecting this axis. Hence, in keeping with the way such things work, there will be two eclipses while the Sun is in Capricorn.
We are now at a pivotal moment in a pivotal historical transition.
The Main Event(s)
There is a lunar eclipse on December 31, 2009. There is a solar eclipse on January 15, 2010. Both are in Capricorn, and this forecast is really more about the Sun in Capricorn than it is January, per se.
The north node is in Capricorn, the south node in Cancer. This means that the planets prefer top down, or what are often called, big government solutions – Capricornian solutions.
The issues confronting us, it would appear, have become so complex and widespread that they can only realistically be handled in Capricornian fashion, i.e., from the top-down.
Personal, one-on-one, nurturing solutions, as represented by the Moon in Cancer, are almost universally preferred. But right now, this approach is under the influence of the south node, and will not be supported. Indeed, such approaches will almost certainly aggravate any problems to which they are applied.
It appears that the people at the top of the chain of command will now have their innings.
That translates, among other things, into big government initiatives, like health care reform. This top down impulse will likely carry over into other major reform efforts. And it will manifest pervasively.
At the time of the solar eclipse on January 15th, Venus will be exactly conjunct the Sun and Moon in Capricorn, which is governed by Saturn. Saturn is presently in Libra, which is governed by Venus. Hence, Venus is said to be in mutual reception with Saturn in Libra.
So, during this intense and complex astrological time, there is a synergy between the legalistic, administrative Saturn and the loving, sweetly reasonable Venus.
This very paradoxical combination of influences means that the planets will support the unlikely effort to legislate lovingly, to remake the global ground rules in accordance with the dictates of love.
It also means that human relationships will very likely change irresistibly and in profound ways appropriate to the newly emerging order of things.
Underling their importance, and adding to the complexity and confusion surrounding events, both Saturn and Mercury will be pretty much stationary at the time of the January 15 eclipse. Saturn will be stationary/retrograde and Mercury stationary/direct.
The Vision Thing
The dispositor charts for both eclipses are nearly identical, and they make a very strong statement. The planets form two major clusters. All of the day-to-day, business-as-usual, humdrum planets are in one cluster.
Neptune, Uranus and Jupiter are in another. Jupiter, of course, is the engine of optimism, confidence, wealth, and prosperity generally. Neptune and Uranus, in mutual reception, are highly visionary, innovative forces.
This means that day-to-day events will likely be self-sustaining and, more or less, undisrupted. But it also means that we cannot simply go on as we have before. We must shift to a different paradigm, a more visionary and innovative paradigm.
To tap the wealth-creating powers of Jupiter, we will be forced to bring an innovative and visionary element to our plans.