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Monday, January 31, 2011

February 2011 For Everyone - Careers and Relationships in the Foreground

February 2011 For Everyone

 
Careers and Relationships in the Foreground

Multiplying Relationship Strains

A great many things are happening in February, all of them ultimately feeding into career and relationship issues. Most of events and issues, too, are things we will see much more of as two major new cycles phase in this spring.

Beyond Financial Aftershocks

The recent financial crisis will continue to produce aftershocks, mostly related to familiar economic problems.

As the economic shocks fade, the world will be troubled increasingly by political shocks, which will have economic repercussions.
Recent disturbances in the Arab world are signs of things to come.

Increasingly, people will do whatever it takes to force the political reforms they want. The political tensions will penetrate so deeply into the grassroots level that they cause tensions in interpersonal relations.

Opportunity and Rumors of Opportunity

Despite the economic and political turbulence, new initiatives are in the pipeline and exciting new economic opportunities are on the horizon. There will be no guarantees. Nothing will happen over night. But the opportunities will be realistic enough that people will start positioning themselves. They'll be inclined to take risks, too.

People will also be motivated and energized, ready to upgrade their skills, launch a new career or invest in a business venture. We will be ready and willing to bet heavily on our hunches.
In many cases, those hunches will work out quite well.

Lady luck will be out distributing lucky breaks, too.

People will be inclined to sacrifice relationships out of financial necessity. Work will take time away from relationships. So will the pursuit of new opportunities.  All this will come on top of any relationship strains caused by recent eonomic hardships.

Relationship Issues

People will also feel the weaknesses in their relationships. They’ll be overly sensitive to the shortcomings of partners and easily annoyed. They will tend to focus more on the limitations and burdens – the costs - imposed by relationships.

At the same time, people will find themselves open to stimulating new relationships that compete with existing bonds.

Life won't soon resettle into the familiar, predictable patterns that long-term relationships need, either.


Drama

Even as these forces strain relationship bonds, desires will be more intense. Romantic opportunities will increase. Flirtations will be more common. Insecurity, jealousy and emotional power plays will be more common. This will surely add to relationship drama.

Dissolving Boundaries

Planetary influences that supported personal self-absorption and strong, exclusive relationships and cliqueish social circles are phasing out rapidly.

Self-absorption will dissipate. Emotional boundaries will fast become porous. Relationships will be less exclusive. Generally, people will be more open to others and more willing to reach out.

This is a multiple relationship whammy.  Events and opportunities are pulling people apart, personal boundaries are softening, hormones are ramping up,
temptation is in the air and people are being pushed to exand their social circles.

Still, disruptive, separative events will keep these new relationships and social networks from becoming stable or exclusive in their turn. People will just not be in the mood to settle down. Even if they were, events won’t let them.

The upshot is that we are likely to break out of old, established relationships and enter into new ones that continue to change and grow and expand.

However, these forces do not spell doom to all existing relationships. Those relationships that are strong and healthy enough to meet these tests will come out richer, and more rewarding. They will become the core of wider, more varied and robust social circles.

Even for relationships that meet these challenges, though, it could be rough in spots.


Revolution in the Air

Political spirits will run higher than they already are.
People will be increasingly resentful of authority.  Increasingly, authority figures will lose control of people and events.

On the macro level, protests and civil disturbances will be more common. On the micro level, people will challenge authority more often and more strongly.

Active resentment and insubordination will replace submissiveness and compliance at all levels, in all areas of life.

This feisty new spirit will only add to the pressures building up on relationships, btw.


Motivation, Stamina and Luck

In the midst of all the fluidity, flux, strong feelings and high energy, motivation will be strong and commitments enduring, at least where new initiatives are concerned.  People will be in it for the long haul. Also, Lady Luck will be generous with us. Lots of people will make the right guess or find themselves in the right place at the right time. Risks will pay off, some of them handsomely.


Global Economic Shifts, Inflationary Pressures

Events will make it harder for governments to control their currencies and their economic relations. This will cause dramatic global economic realignments. It could be some time before we achieve a new economic status quo. 

Planetary conditions are becoming favorable to higher levels of inflation, also. However, and I want to stress this, there are no indications of hyperinflation.

The Aspects

Saturn Square Pluto - Slowly Fading

This aspect was responsible for much of the misfortune, hardship and sacrifice of the last few years.  It is fading, but not gone.  Its destructive force is pretty well spent, but not exhausted.

As noted, we will continue to feel aftershocks. For example, we will still see foreclosures, bankruptcies and government budget problems related to the recent economic meltdown. But I want to emphasize, this influence is fading.

Venus Square Saturn

This aspect is rough on relationships. It makes bonds brittle. Irritability, fault-finding and impatience tend to take over. Practical concerns tend to dominate. Personal warmth, good feelings and intimacy count for less.

Essentially, it strips away the warm and fuzzy stuff and foregrounds the hard nosed, cost/benefit aspects of relationships. The placement of this square indicates that work-related pressures will play a big part in any relationship difficulties.

This is a common aspect and most relationships weather it fairly well.  However, it is presently occurring in the context of other, more serious relationship challenges. Irritations that normally pass harmlessly could be blown out of proportion.

Venus Conjunct Pluto

This aspect will bring over-the-top passions, physical and otherwise on the interpersonal level. It will cause envy, possessiveness, jealousy and power plays. It will affect relationships and commitments to causes.

Personal charisma (animal magnetism) and flirtations will peak, tempting people out of existing relationships. 

So, Venus/Saturn will cause friction in relationships and Venus/Pluto will ramp up the passions and multiply romantic temptations. Do the math.

Venus aspects are transitory so normally one would not have to worry unduly about these aspects.  However, taken in context, this particular set of Venus aspects seems to be introducing us to long-term trends.

Jupiter Opposite Saturn - Fading Influence

This aspects spells tight money and lack of confidence.  However, this is the final in a series of Jupiter/Saturn oppositions and Saturn is retrograde.  We have already seen the worst that this aspect can throw at us.  I am not expecting any nasty economic surprises from this source. However, as stated elsewhere, we could see new kinds of economic challenges, those related to rapid growth (like inflation) and political unrest.

Jupiter Square Pluto

Jupiter and Pluto affect wealth.  In difficult aspect like this, they tend to generate inflationary pressures. In fact, Jupiter's relationship to Pluto over the next few years will tend to generate inflationary pressures. There are moderating influences at work, so I do not expect hyperinflation.

Still, this aspect is essentially a building aspect and will bring bold, sweeping new economic and financial initiatives, many of which will eventually flourish.

Uranus Square Pluto – Emerging Aspect

This aspect has been loitering in the wings since around 2003. Its effects have been felt for the last seven years, often strongly.  These effects are now intensifying.  This potent a decidedly disruptive aspect has yet to become exact.

It will be exact seven times (count them) between June 2012 and March 2015. It is not going away for awhile.

This aspect essentially pits individual freedom against authority.  It supports reforms, revolution, violent insurrection and popular protest, generally.  It is also extremely powerful and difficult to control and its effects tend to be irreversible.

The uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and the protests in Yemen and elsewhere in the Arab world are directly attributable to this aspect.  This is just the beginning. We will see increasingly numerous and intense, protest movements globally.

Jupiter Conjoined Uranus

This aspect is expansive, unpredictable, uncontrollable and full of surprises. It tends to be upbeat and rambunctious.  It's also fertile, casting ideas and spreading the seeds of change far and wide. Only time will tell which seeds will bear fruit. Still, it is basically good economic news and likely to create optimism and opportunity.

Combined with the Pluto square to both Jupiter and Uranus, it will multiply major re-building initiatives.

Jupiter/Uranus square Pluto is, if nothing else, an economic wild card.  That means that nations can't manipulate their economies to the detriment of other nations.  Nor can they count on long established economic relationships.

In particular, currencies will probably seek their true value in relation to other world currencies, removing many unhelpful and unfair distortions in the global economy.

While these adjustments and corrections are healthy, we tend to experience them as disruptive.

Mercury, Mars, and Sun, trine Saturn

This aspect promises the kind of energetic and lasting commitment needed to successfully pursue new opportunities.  It is exactly what we need to realize the many exciting possibilities now emerging.

Part of Fortune near 4th House Cusp

This placement tells us that there will be a lot of positive synchronicity.  A lot of people will find themselves in the right place at the right time. A lot of risks, large and small, will pay off well.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Astrology Forecast for February 2011


Astrology Forecast for February 2011

FOR EVERYONE ~ The gap. February is a point of departure for all of us.  The past is pretty much gone.  Necessity drives us forward. We can clearly sense new and encouraging opportunities. However, there is also a distinct gap between where we are now and where we need to be. We will all have to make a leap, take a chance, to reach our new starting point. Even when we reach our new starting point, though, a great deal will remain to be done.  A lot of gaps will still need to be filled, a lot of unknowns defined. We kind of have to figure things out as best we can, then trust a little bit to luck. Have a little faith in ourselves, each other and the future.

SIGN-BY-SIGN

ARIES ~
Anchors aweigh. February brings a point departure for Aries.  A major phase in your life is fast ending. You will eventually cut all mental and emotional ties to this time as you go in search of broader horizons and greener pastures. Your excitement is contagious and your commitment inspires confidence. You will find the transition easier than you might have feared, too. However, you might want to take the early stages of this new enterprise in low gear.  It would be a little too easy to get ahead of yourself.

TAURUS ~
Strong currents.  Your social center of gravity is shifting. The details are fuzzy, but it's clear that the financial and professional currents are carrying you in a particular direction, irresistibly so.  Many of those you hoped would come along aren't quite on board; some never will be. Those who do come along will need constant coaxing and coaching.  It's not worth holding on too tightly or forcing anyone's hand. Some need to go their own way. In any case, new faces will appear and new alliances will begin to form.

GEMINI ~
Point man. Your superiors are quietly designing policies and shuffling personnel to best cope with unfolding events.  Their plans will probably work out, but they won't necessarily go down easy. You are surprisingly well-suited and well-positioned to facilitate these changes. You might think you are performing a simple diplomatic chore, a bit of routine people-handling. In reality, you're helping lay the foundation for a lasting and beneficial new system. Without your people-handling skills, and your charisma, which is very strong right now, this transition would be much harder for all concerned.

CANCER ~ Keep a sharp eye out. There certainly is a lot of important stuff going on, but it's mostly happening to other people, and out of your control.  The outcome will affect you, but you should be able to sidestep any adverse consequences.  Watch for anything that effects your interests - like income, job security or professional relationships - and react accordingly.  Key players in your life have a surprising degree of influence in the situation. They also stand to profit from what's happening. They can help protect your interests, too.

LEO ~ Relationships in transition. Behind-the-scenes power plays are introducing a bunch of wild cards and unknowns at work. Changes are coming and you probably won't like all of them.  However, new and potentially profitable alliances are coming into being; many are related to new opportunities. It's still early days, true.  But the opportunities will keep on coming and some will definitely pan out. The most immediate challenge will be keeping your head on straight and your heart strong.  Job changes could be very confusing and shifting loyalties could cause heartache.

VIRGO ~ Power and influence.  It's nice to be on good terms with high-powered decision makers.  It's also good to have leverage over developing situations at work.  However, you are bound to find yourself in awkward spots as you see the effects of your influence on others. Time spent learning how to help others cope with changes you helped plan would be time well spent. You'll have plenty of need for such skills.  The years ahead will see non-stop change and you will frequently have an influential say in managing that change.

LIBRA ~ Social safety nets. Tensions in the home and family area are peaking; work issues are not helping. It's worrisome.  Events could force your hand.  But relations with close friends and youngsters are especially strong and creative areas are vibrant.  You should easily find good ways around any limitations you're feeling in financial areas, personal energy levels, or health issues. These lucky breaks will lead to lasting stability and security. Recent changes have been kind of rough, but you will soon find yourself in greater harmony with the forces of change.

SCORPIO ~ Pushing the envelope. A complicated month for Scorpio. What others find easy and reassuring could seem inconvenient and unsettling to you.  And vice versa.  Also, when others prefer practical, grounded solutions, you are drawn to unconventional, idealistic and, well, otherworldly approaches.  You might feel outnumbered.  Not to worry.  Scorpio will have a surprising degree of influence over long term trends.  Socially, you could find yourself distanced from some old associates and more strongly drawn to new people.  You will soon be able to draw greater comfort from spiritual sources.

SAGITTARIUS ~ Choose carefully. Many powerful forces - spiritual, psychological, economic, political - are keeping relationships fluid, now. People are open to new friendships, new business partners, new lovers. Much of this is very positive and will lead to solid, productive, profitable new alliances. But Sagittarius must be careful; not simply because a lot of the rhetoric and a lot of the opportunities won't pan out. Sagittarian concerns go beyond establishing a successful business arrangement. You need to get the spirituality, the psychology - all the unwritten parts of new relationships - just right.

CAPRICORN ~ Loyalty tests. The pressures of necessity don't mesh neatly with new opportunities. You'll have to adjustment your expectations, and your strategy.  Some personal loyalties are pulling you in still other directions.  You can't reconcile all these conflicting pressures completely.  These pressures will linger indefinitely; you can't wait then out.  Its probably time to  expand personal and professional support networks in response to emerging realities. The forces of change will also be affecting your home.  However, even amidst all this change, your home will remain a source of comfort and strength.

AQUARIUS ~ Threshold. You appear stable, poised and self-possessed; inwardly, you are anything but. You are brooding about issues vital to your well-being. There don't seem to be any obvious solution, but there are will be possibilities. Your influence and your range of involvements will soon expand very significantly.  Let these vital personal concerns direct your path as this varied and eventful future unfolds. Without this focus on core concerns, the future could all too easily become a long series of distractions that leads you further away from the solutions you want.

PISCES ~ Step by step. First, the bad news: pressure related to long-term debt, insurance costs and retirement savings is forcing a big re-think of long-term goals. The good news: worry and uncertainty over your prospects will fade. You will feel more secure and confident. Motivation will surge. You'll have the resolve you need to tackle the future. You are also in an expansive phase. However, the future is turning into a confusing place; with all the luck and motivation in the world, you would still need to plan, and act, very carefully.