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SPRING EQUINOX UPDATE
The Spring Equinox arrives on Monday, March 20, 2017. As the days grow longer under the nurturing light of the sun, please focus this increased energy on your positive thoughts, intentions, and prayers!
As I was contemplating the spring astrological forecast you are now reading, it occurred to me to look to Mother Nature for insights into the chaotic state of current world events. Given that astrology correlates natural phenomenon (planetary movements) and human affairs, I figured that answers to widespread imbalances in our world could be represented symbolically in nature. “As above, so below,” says the ancient philosophical principle.
At that moment, two small birds gracefully flew onto on a branch of a palm tree outside of my house. They were happily chirping until a big black crow swooped down upon them and replaced the two little birds on their branch. The big crow triumphantly (although only momentarily) sat on the branch, as if s/he was the new proud owner of the position. The two unseated birds, however, started “tweeting” loudly (pun somewhat intended). Within seconds, more than a dozen little birds, furiously fluttering their wings, arrived on the scene. They tweeted unrelentingly until the big black bird flew off. Then the small birds reclaimed their branch.
I consider the little bird-big bird allegory to be a significant symbol for the times we are living in. There are many with power, influence, and finances, who are pushing their weight around, trying to dominate smaller, seemingly less powerful citizens. Yet, as the birds proved, smaller entities joining together can actually make a difference. They can effect change—and restore justice.
It is up to all of us to speak up or stand up when we see an injustice, and even to “tweet” as the birds demonstrated. If this is not possible, take the situation to a higher level by prayer and positive thoughts. While it is not okay to engage in wrong-doing in the face of perceived injustice, it is okay to register one’s non-cooperation—and pray for a higher outcome.
The question on many people’s minds right now seems to be: “What should we do about the chaotic events and sometimes-senseless suffering going on around the globe?” Some feel the world seems to be devolving toward the old, unsuccessful paradigm that says that “might makes right.” They would rather move toward a higher state of consciousness that respects the rights and needs of others. Nonetheless, like a swinging pendulum, by collectively experiencing the extremes of governmental aggression, corruption, and injustice, the world will ultimately reverse course and resume a higher path that integrates both male and female energies of wisdom and compassion.
It is up to all of us to live and exemplify the high moral standards we would like to see in our governing bodies. As we continue to take the higher path of love, charity, impartiality, and doing unto others as we would have them do unto us, we will be setting an example and paving a path for others to follow. Remain hopeful, as hope generates positive feelings, thoughts, and mental images that can ultimately manifest in concrete physical reality.
Planetary alignments in the spring season will fortify citizens’ efforts toward right action and equality. The alignment of profound Pluto with lucky and law-abiding Jupiter on March 30, 2017 and Jupiter’s direct motion on June 9, 2017 will strengthen our ability to see a bigger picture and act responsibly. Additionally, past injustices will be exposed so they can be addressed in a conscious and equitable way. Loving Venus retrograde from March 4 to April 15, 2017 will bring people from your past back into your life to resolve relationship issues on a higher level. Communicative Mercury retrograde from April 9 to May 3, 2017 will temporarily stir confusion, which again, will lead to a higher level of consciousness.
Use this time to step back, think about the high-minded principles you would like to embody, and put your good ideas into action rather than react to the bad ideas of others. Please put your energy into affirming the positive qualities you want to create for your future rather than devoting energy to saying what is wrong. Visualize what you would like to create and express hope for the future, knowing that your positive thoughts and actions will eventually bring good into your life and the lives of others. Then pray. The powerful energy of prayer will energize your positive feelings, thoughts, and activities.
Enjoy the increased light of the spring season and continue to pray and act for a better world!
YOUR PERSONAL ASTROLOGICAL STRATEGIES
FOR THE SPRING SEASON
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
The energizing Sun enters the sign of Aries at the Spring Equinox on March 20, 2017. Prepare for the influx of new light and energy by thinking about the important goals you would like to accomplish. Venus, the planet of love, travels through Aries until April 2, 2017 and again from April 28 to June 6, 2017. Use this powerful planetary energy to infuse your important relationships with love and understanding. With lucky Jupiter in Libra until October 10, 2017, this is a fortunate time to cultivate positive qualities such as patience, balance, and imperturbability—and express these virtues to the people around you. Whatever you give to others will come back to you many times over. A line-up of lucky Jupiter in Libra and profound Pluto in Capricorn on March 30, 2017 will help you get in touch with deeper layers of your own power—and the shadow side of this power. Learn to balance power with surrender. Yield and compromise when appropriate, and stand up for your principles when needed. Mercury, the communications planet, will strengthen your mental powers and bring momentum to your positive plans when it traverses the Sign of the Ram from March 13 to March 31, 2017 and again from April 20 to May 15, 2017. You will be much sought-after in the spring season. Make sure you look at all sides of the story before making important decisions.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
The spring season will awaken a latent talent that you have cultivated earlier in your life, or even in a prior incarnation. Sit quietly and focus on your heart for a clue as to an inner gift you would like to cultivate. This re-awakened ability will feel like the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle. When you recognize the gifts you possess, you will feel more authentic and present in your everyday reality. Your planetary ruler, loving Venus, is retrograde from March 4 to April 15, 2017. You will connect with people from your past during this period. It is a time of relationship resolution. An alignment of lucky Jupiter and depth-seeking Pluto on March 30, 2017, will help you take concrete action on your creative ideas. Mercury retrograde from April 9 to May 3, 2017 (retrograde in Taurus from April 9 to April 20, 2017) will further assist you to bring clarity to a previously-confusing situation. When the sun travels through Taurus from April 19 to May 20, 2017, you will feel a burst of energy and a sense that you are in sync with larger patterns at work. You tend to see life in a circumscribed way, as if one event may be operating in isolation from others, not necessarily affecting or being affected by them. Try to expand your viewpoint to see the interconnectedness of many people, attitudes, and events in your life. If you change one inclination or activity, you may see the whole fabric of your life evolve. The energetic planet Mars is in Taurus until April 21, 2017. This planetary placement will fortify your efforts to move forward on new projects during the spring season. Communicative Mercury in Taurus from March 31 to April 20, 2017, and again from May 15 to June 6, 2017 will help you focus on important projects. Loving Venus in Taurus from June 6 to July 4, 2017 will attract like-minded people to you!
GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)
The retrograde of loving Venus in Aries from March 4 to April 15, 2017 will help you team up with someone from your past to manifest your new ideas. Lucky Jupiter and profound Pluto align on March 30, 2017 to help you discover additional creative ways to express yourself so you may replace entrenched patterns with innovative approaches. The changes you make will impart to you a stronger sense of yourself and your authenticity. Your planetary ruler, Mercury, turns retrograde from April 9 to May 3, 2017. This will be a time to further review your past and reimagine your future. This is a good time to introspect and find the answers you are seeking within yourself. Your soul is powerfully guiding you to those activities that are for your highest good under the influence of karmic Saturn in your opposing sign of Sagittarius until the end of the year. Think about what is right action and proceed accordingly. It is tempting to be distracted by some of the electronic and social outlets available to you. But the true path you are seeking is within yourself. Energetic Mars in Gemini from April 21 to June 4, 2017 will catalyze abundant energy within you to accomplish your goals. A full moon on June 10, 2017 will create fortunate circumstance in which to utilize your powerful energies. The alignment of disciplined Saturn with change-oriented Uranus on May 19, 2017 will help you implement your new ideas in a balanced way so you be able to create a solid foundation for your future!
CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
Venus retrograde from March 4 to April 15, 2017 will bring people from your past back into your life. They will help you strengthen your reputation and improve your career. This is an important time for you to contribute your gifts and talents to efforts that benefit the community in which you live. More people than ever will need your kind attention and care. An alignment of lucky Jupiter and profound Pluto on March 30, 2017 will open people emotionally to you. Mercury retrograde from April 9 to May 3, 2017 will awaken the nostalgic, sentimental side of your nature. Channel this energy into warm connections with friends and associates from your past. You will perceive a quality you previously had not perceived about relationships in general, and in these special people in particular during the summer months. The full moon on April 10, 2017 will bring a temporary, and positive, disruption to a previously-established routine or pattern. All will return to normal the day after the full moon, and you will feel positively changed by the experience you have had. The full moon of May 10, 2017 will give you an opportunity to focus on your goals for the rest of the year. Visualize what you would like and begin to create! The full moon on June 9, 2017 will show you where improvements are needed. Energetic Mars enters Cancer on June 10, 2017. This will be a powerful time to implement new ideas and bring positive change to your world. Mars will remain in your sign until July 20, 2017. Use the days leading up to June 10, 2017 to prepare those things you will need to manifest your ideas!
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
The spring season will awaken your adventurous spirit. Think about a place you have longed to visit, a class you have wanted to take, or an experience you have wanted to have. This is the time to experiment with new ideas, people, and places! Your mind is open to new kinds of information at this time. Venus retrograde in the compatible fire sign of Aries from March 4 to April 15, 2017 will bring interesting people from your past into your life. Mercury retrograde from April 9 to May 3, 2017 will help you re-configure previously-scheduled plans. Your new ideas will come into play during the summer months. Pay attention to details to find the greatest opportunities. An alignment of disciplined Saturn with change-oriented Uranus on May 19, 2017 will help you reestablish your goals on a stable foundation. Use the burst of energy and inspiration imparted by the growing light of the sun in the spring season to cultivate your creative talents that have been dormant. You have a natural way of magnetizing the attention of others. Use this gift to promote positive and productive activities! A collection of planets in the fire signs of Aries and Sagittarius throughout the spring season will help you feel comfortable expressing your creative ideas, especially when they uplift others. Engage in charitable works, spiritual study, prayer, and positive thinking. Your positive energy and contributions will be welcomed!
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
A change in plans will present a new opportunity for you when your planetary ruler, Mercury, turns retrograde from April 9 to May 3, 2017. Use this time to devise a fool-proof strategy for coping with unexpected changes. You are a clever soul who can think about important details. If your mind becomes fixed on rigid plans or a black-and-white approach, try to see the nuances and shades of gray in formulating your new strategy. An alignment of lucky Jupiter with profound Pluto on March 30, 2017 will help you think “outside the box.” The new revelations are important to help you see the big picture. Your new awareness will promote neuro-plasticity, the ability to think quickly in new and different ways. Your expanded viewpoint and the new awareness you gain will bring you much comfort. This is a time to see old situations from new perspectives. You may experience a certain magic when implementing a compromise you previously had not considered. Communicative Mercury, your planetary ruler, turns retrograde from April 9 to May 3, 2017. This is a good time to review past decisions to discover how a more expanded and inclusive view could help you and others. You may have overly-focused on one detail to the exclusion of others. This is a good time to consider a situation from multiple angles, from your own viewpoint, as well as the perspective of another person. The passage of energetic Mars through the compatible earth sign of Taurus until April 21, 2017 will help you clarify your lasting commitments. With profound Pluto in the compatible earth sign of Capricorn until 2024, this is a time to define what you believe in—and commit to it. The experience of loyalty and commitment will help you discover your inner strength.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 23)
Lucky Jupiter in Libra until October 10, 2017 will help you expand beyond previously-perceived limitations. You now have an opportunity to exceed goals you previously set for yourself. If you thought something was not possible, reconsider your viewpoint. You have a strong sense of propriety and correct boundaries. You will find during the coming months that you can safely go beyond the dividing line you thought existed. Lucky Jupiter and profound Pluto align on March 30, 2017 to help you get in touch with deeper resources within yourself. Loving Venus, your planetary ruler, turns retrograde from March 4 to April 15, 2017. During this time, you will have the opportunity to connect with important people from your past. When loving Venus, your planetary ruler, resumes direct motion on April 15, 2017, you will find relationship dynamics returning to a comfortable equilibrium. The past month may have disrupted traditional relationship dynamics to expose true feelings. The new information you will have gained will enable you to make more realistic relationship decisions. Your assessments will be informed by greater clarity and depth of insight. Mercury retrograde from April 9 to May 3, 2017 will give you further opportunities for introspection. Loving Venus in your opposing sign of Aries from April 28 to June 6, 2017 will bring new people into your life. The alternative perspectives they bring will enrich your awareness. You are opening to new perceptions, knowledge, and understanding!
SCORPIO (October 24 – November 21)
Your planetary ruler, Pluto, aligns with lucky Jupiter on March 30, 2017, giving you an opportunity to access and express deeper layers of your feelings and awareness. This is a golden opportunity to bring your transformational insights to bear in stagnant situations. Loving Venus retrograde from March 4 to April 15, 2017 will give you a chance to connect with people from your past in need of your healing energy. You have deep and powerful awareness of people’s thoughts and feelings. Use your emotional intelligence during the spring season to awaken those who are willing. If you feel resistance, move on. There are plenty of people who can benefit from your gifts! This also is an opportune time to deepen your knowledge of a subject that will enrich your health and well-being throughout the rest of the year. When Pluto turns retrograde on April 20, 2017, you will have an even greater ability to find a solution to an elusive mystery from the past. Something has felt not-quite-right because evidence has not added up to generally-accepted conclusions. You will discover the missing piece of information during the spring season. A positive alignment of energetic Mars and the sun on May 9, 2017 will fortify your confidence to implement positive actions as a result of your discoveries. The alignment of the sun with lucky Jupiter on June 3, 2017 will help you get the word out!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
An alignment of lucky Jupiter and profound Pluto on March 30, 2017 will help you see an old situation in a new and more penetrating light. This alignment will enhance recent changes that have been leading your life in a new direction. This is a good time to experiment with and explore innovative ideas. The passage of karmic Saturn through Sagittarius until late 2017 may cause periodic or temporary delays to give you time to refine your plans in order to create a future that is best aligned with your soul’s purpose. When loving Venus turns retrograde in the compatible fire sign of Aries from March 4 to April 15, 2017, you will re-explore ideas and relationships from the past. Mercury retrograde from April 9 to May 3, 2017 will also help you see an old problem from a new perspective. Wait to make a firm commitment until after Mercury and Venus are both moving forward after May 3, 2017. Lucky Jupiter, your planetary ruler, aligns with the invigorating Sun on April 7, 2017 and June 3, 2017, and with the loving Venus on May 19, 2017. These alignments will provide an interlude in which to appreciate the positive qualities you experience in yourself and others. The alignment of Saturn in Sagittarius and innovative Uranus in Aries on May 18/19, 2017 will give you a positive avenue through which to channel your abundant creativity, energy, and personal resources. The world demands change at this time. You have the ability to lead people toward more positive choices!
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
When profound Pluto in Capricorn aligns with lucky Jupiter on March 30, 2017, your awareness of a spiritual or philosophical principle will expand a current mindset so that you will consider new angles. This new perspective will guide you to experience a greater lightness of being. You are ready to explore spiritual truths! Venus retrograde from March 4 to April 15, 2017 will give you a chance to reconcile with a family member. You will discover the source of a misunderstanding. Listen and be open and flexible. But stand up for your principles as well. A positive alignment of Saturn, your planetary ruler, and change-oriented Uranus on May 18/19, 2017 will help you establish firm foundations for a new project or plan. This is a good time to communicate with others to gain greater perspective and insight. As you integrate new spiritual insights, you will discover new paths that will make you very happy. The moon in Capricorn at the spring equinox will impart a positive insight to you. The Capricorn moon on April 16-18, 2017 will bolster your sense of confidence. You will be able to make your influence most strongly felt under the Capricorn moon from May 13 to 16, 2017. Situations will align in your favor under the Capricorn moon on June 10, 2017, and you will feel at a peak of your power under the full moon in Capricorn on July 8, 2017.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
This is a good time to express your thoughts verbally and in writing. When lucky Jupiter aligns with depth-seeking Pluto on March 30, 2017, you will discover a profound insight that you will feel compelled to share with others. Keep an open mind, as you always do, to new ideas during the spring season. Venus retrograde from March 4 to April 9, 2017 will help you resolve a previously complicated financial or relationship situation. If you stay with the facts, all will work in your favor. The sun conjoins innovative Uranus, your planetary ruler, on April 13, 2017. This will give you another opportunity to express your innovative ideas and altruistic sentiments. You will influence others through your calm, rational, and loving demeanor. The alignment of karmic Saturn with Uranus on May 18/19, 2017 will help you concretize an avante-garde idea you have been nurturing. As the world goes through a chaotic period in the process of moving to a higher reality, there will be many people who will be receptive to your forward-thinking ideas about brotherly love and communal action. Gently plant ideological seeds where you feel it is appropriate.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Now that the 2-year cycle of solar eclipses in Pisces is complete (as of February 26, 2017), you are entering into a positive period for completion of projects you began as long as 19 years ago. Think about what you would like to accomplish and communicate with people who are receptive to your ideas. Your expansive and compassionate worldview is much needed right now. Your thoughts are powerful as always. Try to positively influence others with your verbal or written communications and with your positive thoughts, prayers, and random acts of kindness. A line-up of lucky Jupiter and Pluto on March 30, 2017 will help you focus your mind so you may navigate cross-currents that could otherwise be distracting. Meditate, concentrate on your objective, and pray for smooth sailing for greatest success. Spiritual Neptune, your planetary ruler, aligns with the Sun on May 3 and June 4, 2017, with Mars on May 11, 2017, and with loving Venus on June 20, 2017. These are moments when your thoughts will be even stronger than usual. Thus, you will have an opportunity to positively influence others. Pray for peace and harmony and watch the positive results your positive thoughts will bring! An alignment of karmic Saturn with innovative Uranus on May 18/19, 2017 will help you find more ways to spread positive energy, either through electronic means, positive thoughts, or through charitable and altruistic acts of loving kindness. Loving Venus in Pisces from April 2 to 28, 2017 will attract positive people and assistance to you!
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