February, the Second Month of the year of our Goddess, 2016

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Blessings are the things we take for granted.
Each holiday we notice what we see.
Most know the Earth is utterly enchanted
Yet walk through life and love mechanically.
Valuing one’s gifts takes resolution
After days and nights of fantasy.
Love brings the sweet relief of absolution,
Enveloping our hesitance in need.
No touch inspires so swift a revolution,
Transforming all the hieroglyphs we read.
In your love is the charity of spring,
Nor self-obsessed nor blinded by some creed,
Embracing the grey dawns that blessings bring.”
–  Cornelius Lyons

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FEBRUARY – SNOW MOON

February is the second month of the Gregorian calendar, and the year’s shortest month. It is named for Februa, an ancient purification festival, and its astrological sign is Aquarius, the water-bearer (January 20 – February 19), a fixed air sign ruled by Uranus. In February, Mother Earth begins to stir; daylight lasts a little longer, and the first crocuses begin to peek through the snow. The major holiday of the month, Imbolc or Candlemas, celebrates the strengthening Sun. This is a day of purification and banishment; candles are lit and Yuletide greenery is burned in a ritual fire to illuminates the waning darkness of winter. Corn dollies, called Corn Maidens are dressed in scraps of white lace and ribbons.The maiden is placed in a basket, called the Bride’s Bed, with a small ribbon-entwined wand representing the God. Romance is celebrated on Valentine’s Day, February 24. Magical activities include love divination of all types, and, of course, treating your romantic partner to chocolates is a common custom. Long ago, February’s Full Moon was called the Snow Moon, and the month is still known for powerful snow storms. Still, nature begins to sense the turning of the year. House finches begin looking for nesting sites, and in the still-frozen woodland foxes begin searching for a mate,

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THE SNOW MOON

February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon.

Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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 CORRESPONDENCES FOR FEBRUARY

NATURE SPIRITS: house faeries, both of home and plants in the home

HERBS: Balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard.

COLORS: light blue and violet

FLOWER: Primrose

SCENTS: wisteria, heliotrope

STONES: amethyst, jasper, rock crystal

TREES: rowan, laurel, cedar

ANIMALS: Otter and the Unicorn

BIRDS: Eagle and the chickadee

DEITIES: Brigit, Juno, Kuan Yin, Diana, Demeter, Persephone, Aphrodite.

POWER/ADVICE: Energy is working towards the surface, purification, healing and growth. Accept and forgive yourself for past errors, time to learn to love yourself and to make future plans.

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Symbols & Folklore for the Month of February

February’s Sign of the Zodiac

Aquarius (January 20 – February 19)
Pisces (February 20 – March 20)

February’s Celtic Tree Astrology

Rowan (January 21 – February 17)
Ash (February 18 – March 17)

February’s Birthstones

Amethyst
It symbolizes piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity.

February’s Birth Flower

Violet and Primrose

February’s Folklore

“Married in February’s sleety weather, Life you’ll tread in tune together.”
“Violent north winds in February herald a fertile year.”
“If February give much snow, A fine summer it doth foreshow.”
“Fogs in February mean frosts in May.”

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PAGAN CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY

* 2/1 to 2/14: Old Greek festival of God Dionysos, in which vines were pruned and sprinkled with wine, accompanied by ritual singing and dancing. [Originated in ancient Thrace; still celebrated in Bulgaria.] [a/k/a Trifon Zarezan, Viticulturists’ Day] [Roman calendar]

* 2/1 to 2/29: February dedicated to Old Roman God-Goddess Februus-Februa – purifier and protector of the home. Homes were cleaned and blessed, offerings of reparation were given, and peace was made.

* 2/1 to 2/29: Ethnic Equality Month–Time to honor all peoples and their positive traditions; time to meditate on the equality of all peoples, on the respect due to them, and on God-Goddess manifesting as African, Asian, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, European, Hispanic, and Native American. [Expands idea of African-American History Month a/k/a Black History Month.]

* 2/2: Death day of Marija Gimbutas (1994), archeologist who studied Old European Goddess- God spirituality. [Birthday 1/23/1921]

* 2/5 to 2/6: Feast of Old Romano-Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Healer–recalls Set (God of Challenges and Chaos) poisoning child God Horus, and Isis intervening, defeating Set, and healing Horus. [Roman calendar]

* 2/7 eve to 2/10 eve: Old European Lunar New Year–Celebration of the Triple Goddess (Goddess of the Moon and the Seasons) being transformed from the Crone into the Virgin; celebrated with ritual bathing of divine images.

* 2/8 (9:39 a.m. EST): New Moon.

* 2/9 eve to 2/10 eve: Anthesterion Noumenia–Old Greek festival honoring all the Gods and Goddesses. Flutes were played; prayers were said; offerings of barley, olive oil, incense, and food were burned in an offering hearth; and libations of water and wine were made. [Anthesterion 1]

* 2/12 eve to 2/13 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros–Day to honor love and passion. [Anthesterion 4]

* 2/13 to 2/15: Lupercalia/St. Valentine’s Day–Old Roman festival of God-Goddess Faunus- Fauna; merged with the Christian feast of St. Valentine – celebrating love of all kinds.

* 2/14 eve to 2/15 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana/Slavic Diwitsa) – as creatrix, midwife of birthing creatures, protector of the young, and punisher of child abusers. [Anthesterion 6]

* 2/19 eve to 2/22 eve: Anthesteria–Old Greek festival honoring Dionysos as Plouton, God of the Dead, and welcoming the visiting dead from Elysium. The new wine was presented to Dionysos, and libations were made. [Anthesterion 11-13]

* 2/22 (1:20 p.m. EST): Full Moon (Leaf/Seedling Moon). [a/k/a Pisces Full Moon]

* 2/22: Caristia–Old Roman festival for renewing family ties and patching up quarrels. [Roman calendar]

* 2/28 eve to 3/6 eve: Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries–Old Greek festival celebrating the marriage of Goddess Kore and God Dionysos, following their return from Elysium. Devotees dedicated themselves to service of Goddess and God after being purified by water and fire. Dionysos was identified with Plouton at Eleusis. While Demeter believed Her daughter to have been abducted and raped by Dionysos-Plouton, from the perspective of Kore-Persephone and Dionysos-Plouton, it was an elopement. [Anthesterion 20-26]

* 2/29: Old Slavic Velja Noc/Great Night/New Year’s Eve–Spirits of the dead visit their living relatives, overseen by Veles, Lord of the Dead. People wearing animal masks and wool cloaks wandered through the villages representing the dead, and a grain effigy of the Morana of the old year was burned. Morana and Jarilo are born of Solntse (Goddess of the Sun) and Perun (God of the Sky). Veles steals Jarilo and raises him in Virey, realm of the dead. [a/k/a Wielkanoc]

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Imbolg

Look through the darkness and you will see
The spark growing for all to see

To warm the Earth
To warm our souls
The seeds we plant begin to grow

The goals you set and magick worked
Was it all for knowledge, wisdom and mirth?

To help the Gods and your fellow man
To grow strong and to aid the Earths vast clan

The light of hope begins to stir
Even though snow and ice still occur

The work that is wrought
Brings the growth that is sought

Just as a seed breaks open underground
Deep in your Spirit these roots are found

But how they will grow is up to you
They grow by way of the things that you choose

We are given a light to bring us warmth
And nourished from Water from the time of our birth
The Earth with big rocks to anchor our lives
And Air to teach us so the Old Ones may guide

The second turn of the Wheel has begun
The God is rising
The Cycle begun

Raven Spirit

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The Wheel Turns Once Again
Imbolc Is Here, Let The Celebrations Begin!

 

Spring is Coming!

Imbolc is a holiday with a variety of names, depending on which culture and location you’re looking at. In the Irish Gaelic, it’s called Oimelc, which translates to “ewe’s milk.” It’s a precursor to the end of winter when the ewes are nursing their newly born lambs. Spring and the planting season are right around the corner.

The Romans Celebrate:

To the Romans, this time of year halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox was the season of the Lupercalia.

For them, it was a purification ritual held on February 15, in which a goat was sacrificed and a scourge made of its hide. Thong-clad men ran through the city, whacking people with bits of goat hide. Those who were struck considered themselves fortunate indeed. This is one of the few Roman celebrations that is not associated with a particular temple or deity. Instead, it focuses on the founding of the city of Rome, by twins Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a she-wolf — in a cave known as the “Lupercale”.

The Feast of Nut:

The ancient Egyptians celebrated this time of year as the Feast of Nut, whose birthday falls on February 2 (Gregorian calendar).

According to the Book of the Dead, Nut was seen as a mother-figure to the sun god Ra, who at sunrise was known as Khepera and took the form of a scarab beetle.

Christian Conversion of a Pagan Celebration:

When Ireland converted to Christianity, it was hard to convince people to get rid of their old gods, so the church allowed them to worship the goddess Brighid as a saint — thus the creation of St.
Brigid’s Day. Today, there are many churches around the world which bear her name.

Purification and Light:

For many Christians, February 2nd continues to be celebrated as Candelmas, the feast of purification of the Virgin. By Jewish law, it took forty days after a birth for a woman to be cleansed following the birth of a son. Forty days after Christmas – the birth of Jesus – is February 2nd. Candles were blessed, there was much feasting to be had, and the drab days of February suddenly seemed a little brighter. In Catholic churches, the focus of this celebration is St. Brighid.

Love & Courtship:

February is known as a month when love begins anew, in part to to the widespread celebration of Valentine’s Day. In some parts of Europe, there was a belief that February 14th was the day that birds and animals began their annual hunt for a mate. Valentine’s Day is named for the Christian priest who defied Emperor Claudius II’s edict banning young soldiers from marrying. In secret, Valentine “tied the knot” for many young couples. Eventually, he was captured and executed on Feb. 14, 269 C.E. Before his death, he smuggled a message to a girl he had befriended while imprisoned — the first Valentine’s Day card.

Serpents in the Spring

Although Imbolc isn’t even mentioned in non-Gaelic Celtic traditions, it’s still a time rich in folklore and history. According to the Carmina Gadelica, the Celts celebrated an early version of Groundhog Day on Imbolc too – only with a serpent, singing this poem:

Thig an nathair as an toll
(The serpent will come from the hole)
la donn Bride
(on the brown day of Bride (Brighid)
Ged robh tri traighean dh’an
(though there may be three feet of snow)
Air leachd an lair
(On the surface of the ground.)

Among agricultural societies, this time of year was marked by the preparation for the spring lambing, after which the ewes would lactate (hence the term “ewe’s milk” as “Oimelc”). At Neolithic sites in Ireland, underground chambers align perfectly with the rising sun on Imbolc.

The Goddess Brighid

Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection as well, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The Irish goddess Brighid is the keeper of the sacred flame, the guardian of home and hearth. To honor her, purification and cleaning are a wonderful way to get ready for the coming of Spring. In addition to fire, she is a goddess connected to inspiration and creativity.

Brighid is known as one of the Celtic “triune” goddesses — meaning that she is one and three simultaneously. The early Celts celebrated a purification festival by honoring Brighid, or Brid, whose name meant “bright one.” In some parts of the Scottish Highlands, Brighid was viewed in her aspect as crone as Cailleach Bheur, a woman with mystical powers who was older than the land itself. Brighid was also a warlike figure, Brigantia, in the Brigantes tribe near Yorkshire, England. The Christian St. Brigid was the daughter of a Pictish slave who was baptized by St. Patrick, and founded a community of nuns at Kildare, Ireland.

In modern Paganism, Brighid is viewed as part of the maiden/mother/crone cycle. She walks the earth on the eve of her day, and before going to bed each member of the household should leave a piece of clothing outside for Brighid to bless. Smoor your fire as the last thing you do that night, and rake the ashes smooth. When you get up in the morning, look for a mark on the ashes, a sign that Brighid has passed that way in the night or morning. The clothes are brought inside, and now have powers of healing and protection thanks to Brighid.

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Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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We are Witches
We walk the path of the Old Gods
From this moment forth
We will not walk alone
Together, we will worship
Together, we will practice our Craft
Together, we will learn and grow
We vow to work, from this day forward
In perfect love and perfect trust
According to the free will of all
And for the good of all
Creating only beauty
Singing in harmony
Our song upon the Earth
Love is the law and love is the bond
In the name of the Goddess and the God
So do we vow, and so mote it be.
Source:
Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
Deborah Blake

 

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Astronomy Picture of the Day – The Rise and Fall of Supernova 2015F

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2016 February 9

The Rise and Fall of Supernova 2015F
Video Credit & Copyright: Changsu Choi & Myungshin Im (Seoul National University)

Explanation: Sit back and watch a star explode. The actual supernova occurred back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but images of the spectacular event began arriving last year. Supernova 2015F was discovered in nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2442 by Berto Monard in 2015 March and was unusually bright — enough to be seen with only a small telescope. The pattern of brightness variation indicated a Type Ia supernova — a type of stellar explosion that results when an Earth-size white dwarf gains so much mass that its core crosses the threshold of nuclear fusion, possibly caused by a lower mass white-dwarf companion spiraling into it. Finding and tracking Type Ia supernovae are particularly important because their intrinsic brightness can be calibrated, making their apparent brightness a good measure of their distance — and hence useful toward calibrating the distance scale of the entire universe. The featured video tracked the stellar disruption from before explosion images arrived, as it brightened, and for several months as the fission-powered supernova glow faded. The remnants of SN2015F are now too dim to see without a large telescope. Just yesterday, however, the night sky lit up once again, this time with an even brighter supernova in an even closer galaxy: Centaurus A.

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Earth Sky News for February 9th : Go young moon hunting on February 9

Go young moon hunting on February 9

Tonight, look for the young moon. The February, 2016, new moon came to pass on February 8 at 14:39 Universal Time. For us in the United States, that translates to February 8 at 9:39 a.m. EST, 8:39 a.m. CST, 7:39 a.m. MST and 6:39 a.m. PST. So as the sun sets on February 9, the moon will be well over one day old.

Given an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset, and a clear sky, the thin waxing crescent moon will appear low in the sky and close to the horizon around one hour (or sooner) after sunset. Because the view is sometimes murky near the horizon, binoculars may come in handy for sweeping for the February 9 young moon near the sunset horizon.

At comparable latitudes in the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – Europe, Africa and Asia – the young moon will exhibit a thinner crescent hovering closer to the horizon. Click here to find out the time of moonset in your sky.

On the average, the moon moves some 13o eastward per day in front of the backdrop stars of the Zodiac.

Meanwhile, as seen from Earth, the sun appears to move one degree eastward per day along the ecliptic. In other words, the moon moves an average 12o east of the sun daily.

For reference, the angular diameter of the sun and moon span about one-half degree of sky.

If you miss the young moon on February 9, try again on February 10 or 11. Day by day, the moon will move farther east of the setting sun, to appear higher in the west after the sun goes down.

By the way, the new moon on February 8 passed to the north of the sun; but one month from now, the moon will swing directly in front of the sun, to stage a total solar eclipse in Indonesia on March 9, 2016.

Bottom line: Given an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset, and a clear sky, the thin waxing crescent moon should appear low in the sky and close to the horizon around one hour (or less) after sunset.

 

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Bruce McClure

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Get a Jump on Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 10th

 

 

 

 

Get a Jump on Tomorrow….
Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 10th

by Rick Levine

 

General Horoscope

Although sexy Venus is emotionally reserved while traveling through Capricorn, her auspicious trine to bountiful Jupiter graces us with pleasurable experiences. Meanwhile, an overindulgent Sun-Jupiter alignment lures us past our limits. Although four planets in practical earth signs encourage common sense over passion, pursuing our desires will likely bring satisfaction now. However, the imaginative Pisces Moon makes our dreams sweeter than reality.

Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19

Remaining upbeat about your contributions is helpful as you move toward your destination, whether you’re making plans to achieve a professional goal or striving to be noticed within your community. Luckily, you may receive assistance from an important ally now that friendly Venus is visiting your 10th House of Public Status. Do your best work without looking back, but be sure to ask for the credit you deserve. Although tangible results will still take a few days to manifest, you could be happily surprised with the outcome if you believe in yourself.

Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20

It’s always quite rewarding to be appreciated for who you are. Today may be exceptionally sweet because you’re likely to receive an abundance of positive energy from the buoyant Venus-Jupiter trine. However, it isn’t appropriate to overwhelm people with your exuberance, especially at work. A small touch of self-restraint can help you win the admiration and respect of everyone you encounter. Relax and soak up the good vibes; the finish line is not as close as you think.

Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20

You’re clear about what you want out of a relationship now, especially if you have already been working to redefine your needs. The time is now ripe to make something special happen, and you could blow your chance if you wait too long. Maintain a positive attitude while sharing your feelings, even if you’re unsure about where the conversation will lead. But don’t allow the present moment to pass without following your heart. No risk; no reward.

Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22

You may be emerging from a very trying period, yet you’re still able to overcome any disappointment and rationalize what you want. However, delicious feelings are bubbling up from your subconscious now and tempting you to set aside your newly found emotionally detached objectivity. Stick to the facts as you know them and keep your eyes on the current opportunities because this energetic wave should ultimately bring about a positive transformation.

Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22

You might feel like a lazy lion with a stack of excuses to justify your unproductive nature. Nevertheless, you still harbor dreams of being highly successful at your career. Cheerful Jupiter is expanding your 2nd House of Income, and his trine to resourceful Venus in your 6th House of Work resonates with your ambitious plans to accomplish a lot today. Thankfully, you don’t have to prove anything to anyone at all. You deserve a bit of downtime now, so grab it while you have the chance.

Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22

You could wake up in a positive mood, willing to patiently go along with whatever happens today. You realize you’re okay waiting for satisfaction because of the limited potential pleasures that are currently available to you. Even if you try to fight against the changes, your resistance fades quickly once you sink beneath your noisy thoughts and into the less familiar non-verbal world of emotions. Ultimately, your feelings will steer you in the right direction now if you let them.

Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22

It feels as if your boundaries are paper thin today, prompting you to withdraw into the world of your feelings so that you don’t have to deal with anyone’s judgement. You really don’t want to waste energy rationalizing what’s in your heart. The positive signals coming from your subconscious are integrally connected with your truth. Your negativity is the biggest thing standing between you and your success. Jump in and follow your instincts before you change your mind.

Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21

It is in your best interest to temporarily set aside your personal pursuits so you can concentrate on selfless acts of generosity now. But don’t spoil the moment by asking what’s in it for you. If you really need to know the answer, you’re entirely missing the point. Ultimately, if you focus on exhibiting the highest expression of love, the emotional rewards will circle back and touch your heart in ways you would never expect.

Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21

You might bury your anger because you don’t want it to interfere with the lovely energy that’s floating through your environment today. Thankfully, it may seem as if everything you touch turns to gold as magnifying Jupiter harmonizes with valuable Venus in your 2nd House of Money. But acquiring riches isn’t your key to happiness. Your willingness to work in service to others is the priceless gift that brings you true spiritual satisfaction.

Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19

Unfortunately, you can’t hide from your responsibilities today just because good times are calling your name. Thankfully, you can still enjoy yourself by expressing your creative urges within a practical project. The good news is that gracious Venus harmoniously trines joyous Jupiter in your 9th House of Big Ideas, encouraging you to play new games. Adventure awaits if you’re conscientious enough to meet your obligations before leaving work behind.

Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18

Your feelings are so raw now that you don’t know how to say what you’re thinking without upsetting others. However, maintaining silence isn’t a smart strategy either, since suppressed emotions will find a way to blast their messages to the surface sooner or later. In fact, the longer you pretend everything is fine, the more likely you are to strike out at the wrong target. Fearlessly expressing love transforms obstacles into meaningful learning experiences.

Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20

You’re a bit too eager to please others now with accommodating Venus hard at work in your 11th House of Social Networking. Jolly Jupiter’s current magnanimity makes it easy for you to be a wonderful friend, but you must be cautious about only acknowledging the good news. The power of positive thinking is contagious, but you could take your optimism too far today. Obsessing on potentially negative outcomes isn’t useful, but neither is burying your head in the sand. Work within the constraints of reality for the best results.

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If You Were Born Today, February 9

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If You Were Born Today, February 9

You are a person who is very committed to what you believe in, and sometimes very stubbornly so! You are a true artist at heart–creative to an extreme, and sometimes nervous if you are not channelling your considerable artistic talent constructively. Compassionate and concerned, you care much about others, but often come across in a detached manner. It is very important that you finish the projects you start, which is not always easy for you, in order to feel content and satisfied.

Famous people born today: Alice Walker, Mia Farrow, Joe Pesci, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dean Rusk.

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2016 Year of the Monkey Love Horoscopes

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Year of the Monkey Love Horoscopes

Adventure and play rule in this year of fun love!


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2016 Year of the Monkey Horoscopes

 

 

 

 

2016 Year of the Monkey Horoscopes

Energy, drama, and innovation abound in this Chinese year


Associated with mischief, the Year of the Red Fire Monkey will be one of adventure, curiosity, and innovation. The trend of steady growth and ethical leadership will be abandoned for excitement — expect to see lots of drama in the public sphere throughout 2016! Wild behavior, bold trends, and attention-getting antics characterize Monkey years.

This year will be a great time to solve problems and invent gadgets. Anyone working in a technological or creative field is sure to benefit from this innovative energy. More conservative industries like finance, real estate development, and manufacturing can suffer from fads, hasty decisions, and impulsive behavior, though.

Trickery is often associated with the Monkey year, so it’s very important to get second and even third opinions about major moves. Don’t hesitate to perform background checks on prospective employees and romantic partners. Find out if any complaints have been filed against doctors, lawyers, and contractors before enlisting their services. When in doubt, go with seasoned professionals who have a long history of excellent service. The last thing you want is to be taken for a ride by an unscrupulous opportunist.

With regard to personal improvement programs, furthering education will yield the most impressive results. Undertaking a challenging course of study is strongly advised, especially for scholars who are passionate about their subject.

Because it’s a Red Fire year, this period will be characterized by drama, excitement, and showmanship. The fashion world will opt for bright colors and daring styles. Humorous books, movies, and television shows will prove wildly successful on the entertainment front. Romance will be intense, passionate, and extreme — it’s easy to fall head over heels in love during a Red Fire year. It will be a time of action, not reflection.

Take the motivational energy of this Red Fire year to strive toward something bold. When it comes to dreams, playing it safe will not pay off in the Year of the Red Fire Monkey!

Keep reading for your sign’s Year of the Monkey Horoscope.

Rat Horoscope

You would do very well transitioning to a new career this year. The Year of the Fire Monkey rewards Rats who pursue their heart’s desire on the professional front. Real estate ventures can yield wealth for your resourceful sign. Money can also be gained through legal channels. The Rat should be very protective of their health, taking care to rest frequently and drink lots of water. Working around the clock can cause fever, anxiety, and kidney problems. Take at least one relaxing vacation in 2016.

Ox Horoscope

The calm and collected Ox should prepare for professional challenges in the Year of the Monkey. Instead of resting on your laurels, strive to exceed expectations and improve weak areas. Money will become available through innovation, like offering new products and services. Stretching exercises will promote good health, as well as emotional versatility. Pay careful attention to your digestive system, though, avoiding rich food and excessive alcohol. The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will also benefit shy Oxen who push themselves to join clubs and sports teams.

Tiger Horoscope

Brave, powerful, and stately, the Tiger will be called upon to make order out of chaos in the Year of the Red Fire Monkey. Instead of leaving a job, it’s better for to stay put and implement improvements. Moneymaking prospects won’t be fabulous, so be financially conservative this year. Tigers that further their education will make the most gains. Nervous tension can be a problem for you though; a slow, steady pace wins the race for Tigers in 2016.

Rabbit Horoscope

The Year of the Red Fire Monkey offers plenty of professional excitement for the ambitious Rabbit. Finding a new job or moving into a more rewarding industry could happen for many members of this sign. The artistic Rabbit will draw inspiration from this year’s creative energy. Lovable Rabbits will be even more popular than usual, making the rounds of parties and exclusive get-togethers. But Monkey years can make your sign accident prone; the smart Rabbit will wear safety equipment and avoid risky behavior throughout 2016.

Dragon Horoscope

The vital Dragon will get some exciting career opportunities this year. Your managerial skills will be much needed during the Year of the Red Fire Monkey; if any sign can make order of this chaotic time, it’s yours. An unexpected inheritance, tax refund, or legal settlement can also enrich your coffers in 2016. Digestive problems can wreak havoc with the Dragon’s system, though. Staying away from rich food and excess alcohol is strongly advised — wise Dragons practice moderation in Monkey Years.

Snake Horoscope

The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will present at least one opportunity for career advancement to the cunning Snake. Although this promotion may be small, it’s worth celebrating. Working for a different division or answering to another boss can greatly benefit you. Unemployed Snakes would be wise to donate time and resources to a volunteer organization in 2016. Monkey Years give rewards to philanthropic Snakes. Take it easy at the gym, though. Fire years can tempt Snakes to push their bodies too hard.

Horse Horoscope

The independent Horse will benefit from the creative energy 2016 affords. The Year of the Fire Monkey rewards those who are innovative and daring. If you want to start your own business, launch a new product, or provide an innovative service, go for it. Friends can lead to professional opportunities for you, too — Monkey years are highly social for the Horse. The fast pace of 2016 could cause health problems and anxiety, though, so deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques are strongly advised.

Sheep Horoscope

The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will urge you shy Sheep to showcase your talent! Professional opportunities are available if you summon your courage and take some risks. Monkey years reward Sheep that are confident, direct, and optimistic. Old friendships could give way to new ones this year. Be open to meeting new people and going out more often. Lastly, a diet primarily comprised of lean protein, whole grains, and fresh produce will keep you healthy throughout frenetic 2016.

Monkey Horoscope

The intelligent Monkey will have a wonderful chance to launch a business venture in 2016. The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will confer professional success for creative, bold, and flexible Monkeys. Extra money won’t be forthcoming this year; it’s a time to plant seeds, not sow them. A quickly expanding social circle will keep you busy — socializing, innovating and brainstorming with others can benefit you now. Playing sports will promote good health, too.

Rooster Horoscope

The Year of the Red Fire Monkey will pose many professional challenges to the capable Rooster. It’s best to practice financial restraint during 2016 — reducing expenses can be result in a handsome nest egg. Too much time on social media sites can be a waste of valuable time during this frivolous year, though. Wise Roosters will channel their energy into health initiatives, since the Year of the Red Fire Monkey can bring renewed vitality your way.

Dog Horoscope

The intense energy of the Year of the Red Fire Monkey may cause other signs to sweat, but not the diligent Dog. Instead, you’ll watch and wait for the perfect career opportunity and then pounce when the time is right. Unemployed Dogs have a great chance of finding steady jobs that offer creative fulfillment. If you’re already employed, you can earn money through freelance work. Proper sleeping habits will also help the Dog make the most of this amusing year.

Pig Horoscope

For the Pig to enjoy a successful Year of the Red Fire Monkey, draw strength from friends. Fortunately, it’s easy for your charming sign to draw influential people into your social network. Professional prospects will stay strong for Pigs that establish themselves as team players. Monkey Years reward creative collaborations. Because 2016 could be extremely busy, take care to factor in plenty of rest time. Running from one activity to another could result in burnout. Naps can prove tremendously therapeutic.

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Your Weekly Astrology Report for February 8 – 14

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Astrology: February 8-14, 2016

A fresh start

It’s a week of beginnings and brilliance! Read all about the new things in store…

 

Monday, February 8: New Moon Aquarius

An innovative New Moon in Aquarius on Monday will open up doors of possibility you might not have even known existed. This will be the lunation to set your sights high and believe in the power of your wishes.

It’ll also be a time to plant new seeds in your social life. Join a group that meets to discuss and learn about one of your interests — maybe even an Astrology organization! Make a splash on social media if you’re not already doing so. Attend that party, fundraiser, or political function. You never know who you’ll meet!

Wednesday, February 10: Venus trine Jupiter

On Wednesday, Venus and Jupiter will be at a delicious trine, making love as sweet as can be. Expect to feel sustained and spoiled by your honey. This may also be a day for financial reward.

Saturday, February 13: Mercury enters Aquarius; Mars sextile Jupiter

Then on Saturday, Mercury enters Aquarius, where he’ll remain until March 5. Mars will also sextile Jupiter. Your mind will burst with even more brilliance than usual, and you’ll have plenty of energy to pursue a major goal. The bigger, the better!

 

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The Current Moon Phase for February 9th is Waxing Crescent

February 9
Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 1%

The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Phase Details for – Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 1%
Moon Age: 0.96 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 369,428.67 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,601,364.30 km
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