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Monthly Astro-Forecasts February 2018
Message for February 2018
If we take a moment to step back to look at the bigger picture of our lives, we begin to see the beliefs, thoughts and ideals that have shaped and carved our passage through time, and we can see the pathways we have walked and the avenues we have explored, as well as the dead-ends we have faced and the new terrain we have discovered; we can see how we have evolved and grown through the good times and the bad, and we gain a stronger sense of self as a result.
In many ways, our journey through life is a random collection of hotchpotch, incongruent happenings and experiences and it’s easy to get lost in the detail of this as we do our best to keep on keeping on, but when we step back we can begin to see the patterns and cycles that weave their way through our lives like single-coloured threads in a tapestry. The closer we look at the detail, the more threads we see, and it is only when we step back that we can see the fuller picture in all of its majesty. Yet, the details matter no less than the bigger picture, as each one needs the other. Understanding how the threads weave and come together enables the masterpiece to take shape and form. However, gazing too deeply at the individual threads can lead to confusion as the bigger picture is no longer visible and the threads may then not appear to be part of anything else.
Living in the 21st century brings its challenges as we are constantly interconnected and plugged in. Our senses are often over-stimulated, and this can lead to an inability to even see the needle, let alone the threads or the tapestry itself. We rarely get moments when the phone isn’t tinging or bleeping or a new post on social media isn’t distracting us; the news is broadcast 24/7 and there is no clear start or finish to the day as we live in a global community. Many live in concrete jungles which are vibrant and energetic, but frenetic and noisy at the same time. It’s as though modern living doesn’t allow for breathing spaces and it’s become intolerable for many.
So, it’s easy to see how so many get caught up in a world that feels devoid of meaning and depth, and, no matter how hard we try to find happiness, it can feel out of reach as life feels too complex and polarised, disjointed and disconnected. Combine this with the everyday complexities of being human, as well as the soul-level shifts of spiritual awakening, and it’s not surprising that so many of us are feeling energetically dishevelled and discombobulated.
However, all is not lost. Sometimes we need to take a stand. We need to reach for the ‘off’ button and switch off our phones, TV’s, tablets and computers – even for a few hours. We can take a walk in nature, watch the sunset or listen to a bird singing, and this can all be found in inner cities as well if we look. There is so much pressure in modern living: unanswered emails banging on the door, a ‘read’ notification on a message implying the sender is being ignored if not immediately responded to and the constant noise and light all around. Creating some breathing space allows each of us to breathe more deeply into life and to step back from being caught up in the hamster wheel of keeping on keeping on so we can begin to see the bigger picture once again. With clarity brings renewed hope and focus, and February looks set to be a month for tapping into this in order to re-shape and re-define what’s truly important in life.
In a world that is constantly awake we sometimes need to step in and be silent. This is a basic need which can feel like a luxury but it’s a necessity. Even just a few minutes here and there is enough as it’s our willingness to switch off that begins the process of re-establishing equilibrium. Sadly, life doesn’t come with an instruction manual and although it’s easy to follow the flock, sometimes we need to realise that we are not sheep, we are all unique individuals with unique needs. This is the time to listen to our own inner needs and to give them the space and freedom to thrive…
As you continue to peel back layer upon layer of your inner world, you are beginning to gain a much stronger sense as to what makes you tick, and you are finding out what makes you thrive and what doesn’t. Some of this may come as something of a surprise for you as you have always had a strong sense of self and personal destiny, so you have built up some powerful beliefs and philosophies over the years. However, as you are now discovering, some of your strategies for life were based more on keeping on keeping on and surviving in an unpredictable world rather than on embracing your true gifts and stepping into unchartered terrain. Of course, there is much to be said for focusing on keeping on keeping on as it’s this strategy that has helped you to build foundations in life but there is a sense that you have, on a deep level, felt as though you are somehow sacrificing a part of yourself in the process as you have felt like a bird caged and unable to fly.
Whilst you have built a wonderful nest in the cage and you have almost everything you need, you cannot help but look beyond the bars and wonder ‘what if’. There is a profound sense of you feeling a clear boundary between where you are and where you want to be, and this has stifled your creativity a great deal. As a result, you have often found yourself sitting on the periphery of your life, gazing longingly at the life you perceive to be out of reach, yet, why? This is your big question to ponder in February as it’s time now you for you to realise that the cage has no door and you are free to fly whenever you choose…
There are moments in your life that have been truly extraordinary and special; points in time where your life has been transformed or you have been touched by the magic of inspiration or the wonder of life. You can, on the whole, vividly recall such moments as they have proven to be pivotal on the path you’ve walked. There are obviously also some moments which you try hard to forget although these can never truly be forgotten or erased as they form a part of the rich landscape of your life. Yet, there are many more moments in between the two which are more pedestrian and mundane – the seemingly incongruent bits and pieces of everyday living. Such moments keep the wheels turning and act like the glue that holds everything together as they help you to get from ‘a’ to ‘b’. At the same time, it’s the everyday moments that meld together to shape and define a great deal of your life as many of the choices you make are formed from this ‘glue’.
Although you accept this, there is a part of you rather fed up with the monotony of the mundane in your life and you are longing to find some extra magic and sparkle. Although you do ‘keeping on keeping on’ really well, you want more than this as your essence is looking for ways to thrive, expand and blossom as you allow your creativity to flow more freely. Although your head may not feel this to be appropriate as you are simply too busy with the business of everyday life, your heart disagrees and it’s time now for you to forge a truce as you know only too well that there is always room for the magical and extraordinary in your life – you just have to let it in…
February looks set to be a month for exploring the pauses in your life: the spaces within the spaces. It’s hard to captivate the essence of this and articulate it in a way that’s black and white, as it’s simply too nebulous and out of reach. The spaces between the spaces are things like the moment between the in-breath and the out-breath, the silent gaps amongst the cacophony of modern day living and those magical times where you are captivated in a moment of beauty such as the setting sun or watching a bird soaring through the thermals. During such moments, time seems to slow down and come to a brief pause allowing you to breathe more deeply into the world and, at the same time, allowing life to breathe more deeply into you. Although you are well aware of these pauses, there is a sense that the more you bring them into consciousness, the more you will begin to see the ways in which they all join up.
Life is often busy and full of distractions, so the spaces within the spaces may feel like little isolated bubbles of magic popping up here and there, but they are, in fact, a continuous flow and you seem ready now to step back a little from the distractions in order to see the bigger picture. You may wonder the point of such an exercise, but try not to, as over-thinking this will make it harder for you to be willing to step into the moment consciously allowing your mind, body and soul to awaken to a new chapter in your life. This shift is all about becoming one in all of those magical moments in order to create a more aligned and centred you. In short, it’s time to feel whole…
As you continue to step beyond the busy-ness of the everyday distractions of things to do, people to see and places to go, it seems you are beginning to establish a much clearer sense of your true priorities in life. You have been so busy keeping on keeping on and trying to work through your ever-growing ‘to do’ list, it has been easy for you to lose sight of the bigger picture of your life as you have been too busy to take much notice. As a result, you have grown more distant from your dreams and from those aspects of your life that bring you joy and light up your inner smile. However, even though you successfully manage to keep yourself busy, there is still a nagging doubt lurking deep within your heart and soul that’s telling you to let go of the distractions more in order to connect more deeply to the things you truly want in life.
You may feel that being busy and getting things done is enough of an achievement, but when you go deeper within, you know this isn’t the case as your soul is longing for more. Cutting back clutter and stepping beyond the busy-ness takes courage as it means you are left face to face with the core of you and there are no distractions to hide behind anymore. Seeing your true reflection means you can’t hide behind being busy and the distractions of everyday life any more as your true essence is there in its full glory. Yet, this isn’t something to fear, you’ve just grown resistant to it over the years as you’re not used to acknowledging your true majesty and your gifts. Let them shine brightly now and allow your heart and soul to lead the way…
You have always been something of an adventurer in life, wanting to explore the paths least travelled and taking every opportunity to go ‘off road’ in order to explore new terrain. As a result, you have built up a wealth of knowledge and wisdom and you have also learned a great deal about yourself in the process. You know only too well that life is never as straight and direct as a Roman road as there are always twists, turns, potholes and blind corners ahead, along with the odd fallen tree and stray cow wandering along the road. This reality frustrates you somewhat as you want nothing more to charge ahead, covering new ground and never stopping; you want to keep on moving as you intuitively know it’s movement that allows you to grow, thrive and flourish. Whilst this is, to some extent true, there is also a sense that without taking pauses, how can you truly be sure you are still on the right path?
Sometimes great insights can come from the natural pauses in life and this is where your focus needs to be directed throughout February in order to gain some new insights in connection to your path ahead. You can easily connect to the pauses even though you are so busy simply by becoming more aware of your breath: taking a deep breath in and out helps you to refocus and to let go of the clutter within. Taking time out from charging ahead, letting go of over-thinking your options, and being open to your inner guidance, will all help you to find a clearer and fresher way of being you. Of course, you will still be the adventurer, but a wiser one, as you have realised it’s not just reaching your destination that’s important but the richness you discover on the journey as well…
You have always been one of life’s innovators, riding on the leading edge of the crest of the wave that’s heading towards undiscovered territory. You thrive on creative thought and your originality of perspective enables you to see the world in a way that others simply cannot. Being such a unique and vibrant soul has had its costs as there have been times in your life when you have wanted nothing more than to be part of the flock, keeping your head down and going with the flow. The reason for this is a desire to escape from the pressure you perceive to be present to do more, be more and achieve more. You want to be the very best that you can be and feel disappointed in yourself if you feel as though you haven’t achieved this. Placing yourself on such a high pedestal is admirable as it means you always have a clear goal to work towards, yet it can also set you up for failure because anything less can feel like it’s not enough.
Have you set your sights so high because nothing else will do or because you feel you have to do more and be more to be happy? If so, who says so? Either way there is a sense that you have placed yourself under enormous pressure which is neither helpful or motivational as it leaves you feeling ‘less than’. The pedestal seems to be a point in your life where the planets align and everything is exactly as it should be; whilst this isn’t impossible, perhaps by focusing on this you have lost sight of where you are now? You are a vibrant, creative, innovative and passionate soul – don’t focus solely on chasing rainbows as you can be the rainbow right now…
After a storm, when the rain stops and the winds ease, but before the birds start singing once again there is a brief moment in time where everything seems to standstill. It rarely lasts long, and few truly notice it as the distractions of everyday life are many, and yet, just because it doesn’t get noticed doesn’t mean it’s stopped happening. Or does it? You frequently ponder such questions as you think more deeply than most and like to look beyond the closed curtains of everyday life in order to connect to the magic all around. You sense those little moments of standstill and you also take time to hear the beauty around you: from the bird’s serenade, the sunlight dancing through the trees to the stars twinkling in the night sky. Although you are one of life thinker’s, you are very aware of the bigger picture and this insight helps you to ‘think big’ when it comes to why things are the way they are.
Many may be surprised that you even notice those little moments as your mind usually seems so busy with thoughts and ideas, but they don’t see the real you, the you that gently rides your inner maelstrom of thoughts and sees it as a blessing as it enables you to walk more consciously in life. The more of these magical moments you have noticed over the years, the more you have discovered, and your life is now shaped and defined more by the magic than by your busy mind. Yet, your mind plays an important role as it allows you to distil the essence of these moments and channel them into new projects, dreams and goals. In short, you are perfect exactly as you are, and the time has come for you to see the gift of being you…
There are times in your life when you feel as though you are in a little wooden boat, fully stocked with supplies, anchored close to the shore. This little boat represents the free-spirit within you as you have a longing to up-anchor and explore pastures new. Yet, the little wooden boat has remained at anchor for quite some time. You frequently visit, bringing new supplies, adding extra bits of equipment and reviewing your map. Yet, the little wooden boat doesn’t move. Over time you have wondered if the boat is actually meant to move or if it is just a reminder of ‘what could be’. You have also tried to ignore the boat when life has got too busy and you simply haven’t had the time to maintain it or keep it well-stocked. However, the little wooden boats remain at anchor, gently bobbing up and down in the water, silently calling to your heart and soul to one day come and join it and to discover a new way of living and being.
There is a part of you that wants nothing more, but you are also fairly content to stay as you are as everything is ticking along. Ticking along? Is that really what you want? If you look more closely at your little wooden boat, its name, lovingly carved is ‘what if’. In many ways this is representative of the many times you ask yourself this question as it seems clear that although you are ticking along you frequently think about what you truly want from life. The boat has become the epitome of everything you don’t have but it’s also becoming over-stuffed with unspent dreams for you to even contemplate setting sail. The time for ‘what if’s’ is coming to an end, a new name is emerging for your boat now ‘new beginnings’…
The theme of breathing space looks set to continue through February as you start to think about just how much energy you spend on trying to better organise your time, so you can better organise your goals and dreams. You have a LOT of things on your ‘to do’ list as you love to expand your boundaries and explore new territory, and, as a result, you often have a myriad of different things to do, people to see, places to go and dreams to ponder at any one given moment in time. This can be quite dizzying at times as you can be juggling with more batons than is humanly possible to keep up in the air, but it doesn’t stop you from trying. If anyone took a moment to listen in on your life, all they would hear is a whooshing sound as you whiz along, as well as the sound of someone frenetically juggling batons.
Whilst you are more than capable of living life at a million miles an hour, the time has come to ask yourself if you really want to? Is being so busy really what you want or is it more of a distraction to keep you away from focusing on what you truly want? Deep within the core of your being resides a dream, a sense of purpose and destiny, something you have always felt. This has never left you, but it has often become lost underneath layer upon layer of batons. Your focus has been on keeping those batons in the air even though the one you truly long for is in your heart and soul. You seem ready now to breathe more deeply into life, to acknowledge your true destiny and breathe life into it and to allow it to finally take shape and form…
As you continue to re-shape and re-define your thoughts, beliefs and dreams, there is a sense you are beginning to reach a stage in your life where the shift between where you were and where you want to be feels more tangible and palpable. In short, you are becoming more aware of where you are now, and this has enabled you to take a good look at the balance of your life in terms of the things that nourish and the things that don’t. Of course, there are many more aspects of your life that sit in-between the two ends of this spectrum: the kind of humdrum pedestrian of day-to-day living, but these are things you rarely notice as they form the white noise that constantly sits in the background. It’s generally the things that sit at the more challenging end of the spectrum that you notice as they are the aspects of your life that tip the balance and upset the apple cart. It would be only natural to want to eradicate these and create more of those things in your life that nourish you, but life is rarely as straightforward as that.
Whilst you can consciously make choices to shift the balance, and you can also make adjustments in order to establish a better equilibrium, there are duties and responsibilities that you carry even though you know they deplete you at some level. It would be easy to resent these over time, but you don’t as you have chosen to accept these in your life and this acceptance has, to a great extent, set you free from much of the burden. Perception matters as it allows you to change the energy that shapes your life. This is your time now to continue this process in order to establish a new way of living and being…
The concept of loving acceptance looks set to play a key role in your life throughout February as you have reached a stage of your life journey where you finally feel able to embrace the essence of what loving acceptance truly means. You are a vibrant soul with a vivid imagination and your dreams for life have been big, bold and colourful. However, there have been times when these dreams have faded and dulled as you have become pre-occupied with getting life right rather than living it well. You may feel that these are the same thing, after all, surely if you are living life well, then you are getting life right? Whilst there is clearly some truth in this, living well and getting life right are different as getting life right places the focus on ‘getting life right’ whereas living well means living well whether you get life right or not.
The first places you under intense pressure to succeed, whereas the second allows you to cultivate the essence of joy and acceptance without the caveat of having to succeed first; it allows for the possibility of happiness even if you don’t achieve all of those lofty dreams you set for yourself. If you spend your life waiting to succeed before you can be truly happy then it may make for a long wait as your horizon is always changing. Living life well does not mean giving up on those dreams, it simply means a willingness to lovingly accept yourself, and your life, at every single point from here to wherever you may end up. It removes the pressure of ‘failure’ and allows you to learn from all of your experiences and it also inspires you to see just what a magnificent and amazing soul you really are…
February looks set to be a month for you to find ways to create more ‘you time’ in your life as you begin to realise just how out of balance your life has become recently. In many ways, you have been going with the flow of the currents of your life, but it seems that much of your ‘you time’ has been slowly pushed out of the way in favour of things to do, people to see and others’ needs to accommodate. You are a naturally giving person and think nothing of self-sacrificing your own needs for others but, over time, this begins to take over and you feel as though you have little room to breathe as your energy feels stifled and trapped. ‘You time’ isn’t indulgent or self-focused, it’s simply a way for you to re-establish a deeper sense of balance in your life. With more balance comes your ability to see the bigger picture, to make more rational decisions and to learn how to say ‘no’ or ‘yes’ more appropriately. Over time, without this balance, the vibrant hues and colours of your creative and fluid world turn to grey as your fluidity becomes trapped as you’ve little room to breathe or manoeuvre.
Living in a grey world really doesn’t suit you as your heart and soul long for the kaleidoscope of colour to flow freely into every aspect of your life. Perhaps the key here is in finding ways of acknowledging your own worth, honouring yourself more and creating more ‘you time’. The latter is important as it’s your way of declaring a new intent that will inspire you to prioritise your own needs and realise that the more you honour yourself, the more connected and vibrant you will feel. It’s fine to start small, but let the ‘you time’ build and watch it transform your life from the inside, out…
February 2018 Energy forecast – New Light on your life
Fabulous February is here! This is sure to be an action-packed, adventure filled month. We’re in eclipse season! Eclipses always bring changes and radical awakenings. This month we’re experience a Solar Eclipse, which can set your life on a new path. In numerology, February 2018 is a 13 Universal Month (2 + 2+0+1+8 = 13). 13 is the number of death, birth, and rebirth. You’re sure to have some revelations this month guiding you to let go of what you once knew, and go toward the unknown. In this astrology and numerology forecast, you will discover why things might feel emotionally intense, and how to make the most of this energy.
You may be thrown a bit off balance these days thanks to the Lunar Eclipse in Leo that happened earlier this week. The effects of this Lunar Eclipse are especially emotional, because it is directly connected to the Great American Solar Eclipse that happened back in August, also in Leo. Big changes are brewing now. If you’re in a relationship, you might feel you’re ready to move on, especially if your lover fails to recognize your needs in the partnership. On the other hand, you may be ready to take your relationship to the next level and an engagement or marriage may occur — it all depends on your personal situation, and what’s been playing out in your relationship since last August… But it’s not just about people that are coupled up! If you’re single, this eclipse energy can bring about a real turning point for you. Be open to realizing something within yourself that needs to end now, in order to make room for the romance you want to draw into your life.
More immediately, communicative Mercury will make a positive connection with passionate Mars on Saturday. This would be a good day to strike a conversation with your partner or love interest and share any thoughts and ideas that are buzzing in your head — others will be willing to hear you out, and they’ll likely be stimulated to share their ideas with you, too.
Come Sunday, lovely Venus will make a challenging connection to excessive Jupiter. Luckily though, this bodes pretty well for love! Everyone’s spirits will be high and there’s an extra boost of generosity and optimism in the air. Just be careful not to break the bank trying to impress that special someone. The most genuine expressions of love come from your heart, not your wallet.
Cosmic Weather Horoscope for February 2018
Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room
Toss a pebble in a pond and watch the ripples shiver outwards. This is an image for the astrology of February, 2018.
Right in the middle of February we have a solar eclipse in Aquarius. It’s lively, mouthy, eccentric and electrifying. And it’s symbolism and meaning fan out on either side of the exact date, February 15th – one day after Valentine’s Day, one day before Chinese New Year, and the Year of the Dog.
February begins beneath the bright moonlight of that supermoon at the end of January, and the discombobulating effects of the lunar eclipse in Leo. So do consider holding off on major decisions for at least a few days as February begins, and then be cautious again mid-month when the solar eclipse plays hide-and-seek with our lives. We can make good progress this month, but rushing things won’t work out too well.
Fabulosity and melting fol-de-rols arrive towards the end of this short month when the mysterious waters of Pisces rise, and planets in the sign of the two fishes meet the god of the oceans, Neptune. Shape-shifting inspiration is on offer for many of us then.
In fact, the end of February is much dreamier than Valentine’s Day itself. So what about the designated annual day of love?
Wednesday 14th February:
On 14th February the Sun, Moon, and Mercury are in cool, friendly Aquarius, connecting with Uranus for a few Valentine’s Day surprises.
A very nice Valentine’s Day surprise might include cracking stifling romantic conventions open and celebrating all kinds of love. Those clever Ancient Greeks identified seven varieties of this beautiful feeling:
The Seven Varieties of Love
Here’s the essence of what Aquarius symbolises at its very best. Agape is the love of humanity, an instinctive understanding of what we all share together as human beings.
Family love, and family ties are what Storge is all about. In astrology, you could say this is the sign Cancer the Crab, and the fourth house of the zodiac. It’s about the love that connects parents and their children, but widens to include other family-style relationships such as adoptive parents and their children, or aunts, uncles, cousins. You can just keep going on this one.
Pragma takes time, patience, and effort to achieve. It’s the kind of love that develops when people have been together for a long time. It’s not exciting or urgent, but it endures through all manner of trials and tribulations.
We talk about this one a lot these days. Philautia is self love, but it’s not about the vanity of being totally up yourself and a complete pain. Self love, and the rather squirmily-named ‘self care’, is healthy and necessary. But the Greeks warn us to take care. They tell us that taking self love too seriously can lead to the crushing losses of nemesis and hubris. Look after yourself, and then you can care for others is probably the ideal path to follow.
The delights of bonding with a team and sharing brotherly or sisterly love are what Philia is all about. Group hugs!
Ludus is fun and games, flirty and playful. Ludus beckons us towards butterflies in the stomach, and the scary tightrope of that euphoric phase of early attraction.
The mischievous Greek god of love was called Eros. When powerful sexual chemistry casts a spell it is almost impossible to resist. We like to think of this as ‘romantic’, but the Ancient Greeks didn’t really do romance. Culturally, just as we once put fig leaves on naked statues, we wrapped our notions of ‘romance’ around the erotic intoxication Eros represents.
So however you choose to celebrate it – Happy Valentine’s Day!
Sunday 18th – Sunday 25th February:
Sea of Love
Pisces season begins when the Sun and Mercury enter the sign of the two fishes on Sunday, 18th February. Love, music and mystery prepare to seduce us.
And when magnetic Venus in Pisces meets watery Neptune – exact on the 20th and 21st – we can perhaps float on a boundary-less sea of bliss. Emotional intelligence rules, compassion surges, psychic awareness tingles.
This could be the perfect time to try:
Listening to soulful, harmonious music
Tantric sex or kundalini yoga
Walking beside the sea
A foot massage – In the astrology of the body, Pisces rules the feet
Your Dark Stars: Horoscopes for February 2018
by Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room
Working on joint projects and sharing ideas brings joy and inspiration this February. But keeping your options open would be a wise move. A lively solar eclipse on the 15th sparks the unusual and unexpected. There’s fresh information and points of view, and everything shuffles around into new patterns. Some of this relates back to last summer – what seemed like a well-mapped route then could now turn out to need some fine tuning. Maybe you develop a crush on one of your workmates, or maybe you have a vivid dream that beckons you to explore faraway cultures and landscapes. Basically, if you expect the unexpected you won’t be disappointed. After the 19th you’re mulling over what you really want in the weeks before your astrological year begins in March. Give yourself time, and don’t panic. Love, community, and friendship are massive themes for you this year. So why not make some space for things to unfold in their own way, and keep a wide open mind?
It’s always disappointing when others let you down. But flaky individuals can be weeded out now, and your precious energy can be channelled into projects and friendships that enrich your life instead. Shake-ups inevitably accompany a bright and buzzy solar eclipse mid-month. It activates your career zone, and poses questions about your place in the world, and your secret hopes and dreams. There’ll be one or two mysteries as well, and these will take time to unravel. This isn’t a passing phase, it’s part of an important longer-term reshaping of your life direction this year. Visionary moments blossom when Venus embraces dreamy Neptune between the 19th and 21st – you’re inspired by music, beauty, female friends and the magic of love itself. Where this leads you becomes clear towards the very end of February and beginning of March. Keep a close eye on your cash – especially online – but remain willing to consider all kinds of everything.
Enjoy the airy eccentricity of Mercury in Aquarius, and February’s Aquarian eclipse too. They stir your free spirit, and even if you’re stuck at home you’ll be dreaming of the far horizons from time to time. Some of those distant shores can be reached via your imagination, while exploring new ideas or studies can also feed your sense of adventure. A spot of musing is now essential, for 2018 is looking very different from the past few years. Saturn left your opposite sign, Sagittarius, in December, but it takes time to absorb all the lessons you’ve learned – particularly when it comes to your partnerships and long standing associations at work. There’s much to discuss. If something has ended, you should know that it had reached its limits and you are now free to move forwards, or choose to weigh up your options in your own time. Later this month you’ll have some fascinating encounters and conversations that refresh your ideas, or open the door for a valuable new friendship or love affair. Money could be in limited supply, but satisfaction and inspiration are abundantly available.
The lunar eclipse at the end of January revealed a whole raft of things for you to think about. Perhaps you got diverted by financial matters, but your instincts tell you that there’s much more going on. Further food for thought arrives with a solar eclipse mid-month, which emphasises shared financial situations and also raises questions about the emotional and financial support you receive from others. What’s truly valuable may surprise you, as how you really feel about certain issues and associations emerges from your subconscious. Endings and new commitments are both brewing up in 2018, but you must do some serious thinking first. Beautiful creative, spiritual and romantic energy builds as the weeks pass – so try not to worry too much. Jupiter in Scorpio is firmly on your side this year, expanding a playful and creative side of yourself you’d almost forgotten – or even suppressed. You’ll attract luscious opportunities for love and self-expression once you allow yourself a little more imaginative freedom. Let go, and see what happens!
News from far-away places intrigues you, sparking your imagination and desire to learn more. Go your own way when you can, for others are in a restless mood and you may not be able to rely on them. Currently, as the Sun moves through your opposite sign of Aquarius, you’re inclined to look back over the months since your birthday. You are half way through your personal zodiac year – how’s it going? Questions about satisfaction and fulfilment arose in January, and now a crackling eclipse in Aquarius, plus Mars in flirty Sagittarius, stirs the pot still further. Perhaps you want to reassess your relationship, embrace a hot romance, or clear up some misunderstandings in a long-term professional partnership? Take it easy, and bear in mind that you won’t have all the facts, indeed – certain vital information may remain hidden until later in the spring. Travel, or learning about something that fascinates you, brings more joy than endlessly chewing over difficulties in your relationships. Clarity will arrive eventually. Meanwhile, zen is the word.
Partners or neighbours seem keen to renovate both homes and gardens this month. You may find this quite stressful, since you prefer to do things at your own speed. Ignore them if you can, and focus on those groups of friends you really enjoy spending time with. If you can throw some exercise into the mix, so much the better, for February’s vibrant solar eclipse spotlights your well-being. And part of feeling good is all about friendship and shared activities. Something you once enjoyed is on its way back into your life – and this could include a long-lost friend, lover, or acquaintance. When you stop to think about it, you’ll see patterns of the past resurfacing in both your social life and your romantic partnerships. With Saturn now in Capricorn, time and karma are making themselves visible to you – with news and events from mid-February onwards bringing chance encounters and communications. Yes, there’s much to ponder and probably some unfinished business to conclude. Stay flexible, and you’ll learn a lot.
Heart-warming surprises are on their way for many Librans. You could reignite the passion in your long standing relationship, or find someone new if you’re single. You may even be invited to create some new project with an old associate, or receive an intriguing offer from a former colleague. All of this is just the beginning, so why not enjoy feeling more creative or romantic and maybe even take a tiny risk or two? Preparation now will pay off later in the year. Just don’t be put off if something seems unconventional or unusual in some way. Cautiousness is wise when it comes to your home and any financial or property matters, but a more open-minded attitude and sense of curiosity is what you need when it comes to your personal and social life. You can then choose what feels right for you, try something different, and take off in a new direction in a few months’ time.
Maybe you believe in karma, maybe you don’t. But you’ll be thinking about the phrase ‘what goes around comes around’ this February, for developments linked with your past are waiting to unfold. Now, this can be very good news as you benefit from all your hard work – which may sometimes have seemed like an endless, unrewarding slog. For many of you, it’s high time you reaped some fabulous rewards, and the potent ongoing link between upbeat Jupiter in Scorpio and powerful Pluto, your ruler, holds much promise now, and for the year ahead. What might need more attention is your family, friends, or romantic partner. And this is where you’ll see patterns and learn lessons that are rooted in past decisions. The solar eclipse mid February acts as a catalyst, throwing up all manner of questions about love and commitment for you to consider. What you’ve said or done in the past refuses to stay there, so you can expect to bump into people, or have conversations, that invite you to reassess. You may even get an apology from someone, or realise you should make amends yourself. All of this frees you to be yourself, and make the most of what life has to offer.
Mars in Sagittarius promises to boost your optimism and joie de vivre this February. Meanwhile, the Sun, Mercury, Venus plus a fizzy solar eclipse in Aquarius spark up all kinds of news, encounters, and your own urge to talk, write, and buzz about the place. If you want to promote yourself, spread the word on social media, or make new contacts – now’s a positive time. Your sexy, magnetic qualities sparkle brightly, especially while Venus is in Aquarius from 1st – 10th February. Friendship and love make you smile, of course, but can also bring inspiration and unusual opportunities to explore new places and ideas. You may be keen to increase your earnings, or in the mood to gamble. Be uncharacteristically sceptical, and get advice before plunging into any get-rich-quick schemes – particularly in the run-up to the new Moon and solar eclipse on the 15th. Illusions abound from the 10th until the end of February, and while you may delight in the company of a seductive stranger, parting with hard cash could quickly lead to disappointment. Focus instead on nurturing your own wonderful ideas, and keep your sense of humour brightly polished.
Much became clear to you in January, when the planets gathered in Capricorn and underlined your sense of purpose and identity. Now there’s a noticeable shift, and a restless atmosphere centred upon the lively solar eclipse on 15th February. It’s focused on your values and finances, and what matters most to you. Home and family are at the top of this list, with changes, developments or important discussions cropping up all month long. Perhaps some radical changes are needed, or you’re wondering about moving home? Others may have surprising news for you, or suggestions that will need careful thought. Conversations become less startling or spiky as the planets begin to gather in shape-shifting Pisces, beginning with lovely Venus on the 10th, followed by Sun and Mercury on the 18th. Each makes a supportive, productive link with your ruler, Saturn – making the second half of February the ideal time for you to say what you feel, or attract what you need. Pleasing news at the beginning of March is the result.
At some point this month your thoughts will be drawn back to last summer’s events. What happened, or began, then has a role to play in your present and future decisions. But, just as you can’t hurry love, you really can’t move things along quickly now. Indeed, pushing for others to make decisions or do what you want isn’t really a very good plan. February 15th’s solar eclipse in Aquarius is full of surprises, and these ripple out on either side to fill the month with lively moments. You may have to reconsider an important relationship or association, you may hear about an unlikely opportunity or chance to work in a new location. There’s a carousel in your mind, whirling around and around, sparkling with potential. While you may fear losing out if you don’t grab what’s on offer, you’ll do better to play it cool. The eclipse heralds change, but what’s really going on will take time to emerge. You may not know all the facts until April, or even later. Trust yourself and your instincts – 2018 is a pivotal year for you, and this is just the beginning.
What emerges from your dreams is vitally important this February. You’re contemplating the past year, and looking forward to the start of your birthday month when the Sun enters Pisces on the 18th. So why not make time for yourself, and allow your amazing intuition, and those vivid dream images, to guide you? Wise advice and useful information is available, particularly when planets in Pisces connect with sensible Saturn around the 15th, 21st, and 24th of the month. Conversations or research offer wonderful insights, and these can lead you to attract good fortune, love, and admiration in March. All of this will take some will-power though, for feisty Mars is currently energising everything to do with your life direction and hopes for the future. There may be arguments with workmates, or partners who see things very differently from you. Hold tight. Planets in Pisces swoosh to your aid, and you’ll be able to charm the birds from the trees with seductive ease before the end of the month.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, February 2
The Moon is in your work and health sector, bringing stronger awareness of your daily affairs, dear Aries. Disorganization and imbalance are disruptive to your mood right now, and the best way to take care of this is to focus on “righting” things one step at a time. This is not the best time for executive decisions, but it’s handy for tuning into areas of your life that you usually overlook. There is a progressive theme in business, and you are more attracted to objects that keep you connected or that advance you forward these days. However, a Venus-Saturn aspect today is not quite so free-flowing. There can be challenges separating pleasure and business.
The Moon spends the day in your creative sector, and Venus forms a semi-square to Saturn. This is a day for seeking out entertainment and play, dear Taurus. Your romantic inclinations are stronger than usual, as well. You appreciate an audience right now. However, it’s not as easy to come by as it is typically at this time of the lunar month. You may find that you’re not especially popular with your opinions just for today. It may be wise to follow the advice, “if you can’t say something nice, say nothing” for now. Alternatively, delays or miscommunications are something you need to deal with.
With the Moon in your solar fourth house all day, there is a homebody attitude that is distinctive, dear Gemini. Your tendency to stick with familiar people, situations, and things, in fact, fills a current need. This is the time of the lunar month when checking in with your innermost needs makes the most sense, and when family relationships can be in stronger focus. You are seeking more security and comfort, and this can prepare you well for a more outgoing period to come. Watch out later today when your bubble might burst. There can be a small letdown as you see the reality of a situation that you previously thought was no less than ideal, or there may be some tensions in interpersonal relationships, mainly revolving around responsibilities and taking communications the wrong way. However, you might reach a beautiful understanding with a significant other.
With the Moon in your communications sector all day, dear Cancer, you are likely to crave some excitement or, at the very least, a busy pace. You are curious and connected today, but at times, you may feel a little too connected, as people may be up and down with their enthusiasm. As well, you are sensitive to news. Others may see this as being fickle, which is not your usual state. Instead, it’s likely because you are not especially in touch with your deeper emotions just for now. You might find that responsibilities weigh heavier on you than usual today. People in your life can seem withholding.
This is a day for settling in, dear Leo, with the Moon in your resources sector. Although there may be some concerns or ups and downs with money and personal possessions, overall, you’re in a positive frame of mind and don’t like to linger on problem areas unless you have the tools to make changes. You are seeking out emotional security today, and it’s unlikely a day in which you go out on a limb or take major risks. You need this right now, — earthy, grounding activities can benefit you much at this time of the lunar month. There can be some tension or feelings of blockage in your interactions with others, who may find you a little distant or serious, with a minor challenge between Venus and Saturn today.
It’s not easy to hide what you’re feeling today, dear Virgo, with the Moon in your sign all day. Even if you’re not verbally expressing your emotions, they are written all over your face! There can be a moody, fickle side to you revealed, as emotions tend to trump logic just for now. You’re in an excellent position to discover feelings you may have buried or brushed aside, but keep in mind that they may be larger than life right now. A sense of being blocked or inhibited today is likely to pass quickly, after which life doesn’t seem quite as serious.
This is a day in which you’re a little more sensitive to the emotional atmosphere around you, dear Libra. It’s a time in the lunar month for tying up loose ends. You have a greater need for moments of quiet and solitude so that you can regroup. You tend to want to stay in the background or avoid the spotlight just for now. This gives you the chance to center yourself and connect with your innermost feelings and aspirations. There can be some minor tensions today with a Venus-Saturn influence that can point to feelings of frustration as your plans might fall through or you could encounter delays and stresses, but nothing that you can’t manage.
You’re most at home in the world of your social life or networking today, dear Scorpio, with the Moon in your social sector all day. You may be looking to friends for nurturance or to cherished dreams and goals for inspiration. This is a better day for cooperative or solo activities than competitive ones. It’s not the best time for chores or responsibilities, which may weigh on your conscience but you’re not interested in going that route right now. You might also do a lot more thinking and planning than “doing” today.
Your ambitions are stimulated today, dear Sagittarius, although there can be distractions that interfere with accomplishing all that you set out to do. Try not to let this bother you too much. You’re harder on yourself now than you typically are, and while this is fine in moderation from time to time in order to motivate you to fill your responsibilities, it’s important to keep this tendency in check. Keep your sense of humor and fun, and you’ll end up being far more productive. There can be some tensions as people around you seem a little frivolous or careless when you want to get serious about a matter. Otherwise, you are in great shape if you work on making yourself happy regardless of what’s happening around you. You’ll find that others not only come around, you grow a bond today.
You may be longing for some fresh air, more freedom, and open spaces today, dear Capricorn. This is not the time of the lunar month for dull routines, and if you’re stuck in them anyhow, it will be essential to take extra breaks or find creative ways to enliven your day. Your curiosity and appetite for the exotic are big right now. Fresh points of view, people, and experiences are attractive. There is particular interest in sharing ideas and knowledge. There can be some difficulties understanding and sympathizing with people around you, and you may feel similarly unappreciated, at times today with a Venus-Saturn influence, however.
You’re in an observant, introspective frame of mind today, dear Aquarius. You are attracted to mysteries and puzzles, as well as the deeper layers of people and life in general. You might relish a little time to yourself, hidden away. Your intuitive faculties are in great form now, so take advantage and learn more about what you need and want. There can be some worry or uncertainty over money today, however. Or, there can be some difficulties coordinating your plans and getting everyone into a place of agreement. Fret only if you are willing to work on a strategy to change things; otherwise, you are wasting valuable energy.
This is a time of the lunar month when you’re more dependent than usual, dear Pisces, as you tend to seek out company, collaboration, and input or feedback. There are stronger emotions surrounding relationships today. Interaction is vital to emotional satisfaction right now with the Moon in your partnership sector. It can also be revealing as you discover more about yourself through your dealings with others. You are likely to feel a stronger desire for harmony, peace, and balance than usual, although getting to these places can involve some disruption! There can be some delays or miscommunications to deal with now.
If You Were Born Today, February 2
Career and family are equally important to you–both of these things drive you. You are a real achiever who has determination and willpower, as well as intuition that serves you well. Spirit and beauty reflect from within, and others cannot help but take notice of you. Very diplomatic, you are a peace lover through and through, and bringing harmony to your environment and family satisfies like nothing else. Famous people born today: Farrah Fawcett, Shakira, Christie Brinkley, James Dickey, James Joyce.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
Your birthday falls shortly after a Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse this year, suggesting a period ahead of communication and teaching. People may turn to you for advice more frequently, and you are very willing to offer your help. This is a strong year for publicity and any other endeavors that involve spreading the word. As well, your ability to be objective–or to see the “big picture”–can be especially pronounced and rewarding this year.
Especially good energy is with you for debate or energetic mental work. You benefit from an active and clear mind this year. This can be a good year to eliminate wasteful activities. You may be involved in frequent lectures, debates, and discussions during the year. You can convey your ideas more powerfully than usual. You are quick to take the initiative and to put your thoughts into action. Adventuresome travel may be part of the picture. You may be more actively involved with young people.
You’re particularly charming in the year ahead, and you’re especially proud of your relationships. It’s a strong year for strengthening your connections with others, both partnerships and friendships.
You are seeking out equal, fair, and balanced relationships. There can be a stronger inclination towards togetherness and sharing, creating harmony, and sharing power now. You may gain an advantage in business or finances or by promoting harmony and beauty.
The Sun conjuncts the South Node in your Solar Return chart, indicating that you are likely to be dealing with karma in your personal relationships. You may be feeling hesitant about pursuing your goals or “taking” what you want from life at times. Relationships always mirror our own inner conflicts, but this year, you are bound to find particular meaning in your relationship dynamics in terms of your own life path.
You are in big demand this year, and relationships are in stronger focus than usual. It’s likely to be a particularly busy year. This is an excellent period for enterprising endeavors and new interests. You’re drawn instinctively to certain projects that have long-term value. It can be an especially creative, tuned-in year for self-expression, not only verbally but through hobbies, games, or sports. Even so, you’re especially charming and diplomatic, investing much in your relationships.
2018 is a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It’s a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are especially able to attract others–and material things as well–this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.
2019 will be a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study, observe, research, and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.
Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..
Your Horoscopes for Saturday, February 2nd
Watch for unusual reactions to others’ opinions early today, dear Aries. It’s quite fine to be disturbed by an opinion that is extremely different than your own, but today, there can be other underlying issues stimulated that need to be separated from what’s actually happening in order for you to deal with them appropriately. Watch that you don’t let out your frustrations on the job or in the public eye. Take the high road, but also aim to confront any emerging anger or tension. Fortunately, your ruler Mars also forms a sextile to Mercury, and this helps you channel your energies more constructively. As well, you’re expressing yourself with more confidence and vigor, and this helps you assert yourself effectively. The major key to successful communications today is positivity. Grab any opportunity that arises now that pulls you out of your usual routine and adds a dash of adventure to your life. Problem-solving or active involvement with a friend or group can figure strongly.
Early today, you can be especially resistant in the face of someone who might seem to be pushing or pressuring you, dear Taurus. You are in no mood to be manipulated — not that you ever are, but today, you are especially sensitive to tricky power dynamics. Confrontations engaged in now are likely to be no-win situations, so choose your battles wisely. Fortunately, you’re quick to tap into the supportive energies of the day. You have the stamina and energy to accomplish a lot now and your x-ray vision is strong, which is especially good for business moves or strategies for general life direction and next steps. It’s rather easy to drum up support for what you’re doing and saying when you’re acting positively and confidently.
It’s easy for you to become completely absorbed in your personal interests or even a relationship now, dear Gemini. People in your life can take you on a rollercoaster ride today, however. Keep in mind that you can choose not to get on, as difficult as this may be! Everything seems a little larger than life early today. Conserve your energy and aim to be helpful, useful, and productive. Others can challenge you, but what matters most is how you respond. If you do need to get frustrations out into the open, however, even though this can be a messy time to do so, you may need this extra nudge to air out problems. You have a Mercury-Mars aspect on your side today. You are motivated to pursue a learning endeavor or further a mental interest. This is a time for putting ideas into action, sharing thoughts and beliefs, and strengthening alliances through positive, encouraging communication.
You have more energy for work and health routines these days, dear Cancer, but you may disagree with someone close to you about methods or approaches today. Do your best not to lock horns with others now. For some, this energy can stir up frustrations over any imbalances of power in a relationship, and while it can emerge in a disruptive way, it can also serve to push a problem area into your awareness. The minor difficult energy with you today can help you to turn around a problem area in your life, ultimately. Helping you with this is a Mercury-Mars aspect that favors supporting others through practical help, or for receiving this kind of help. It’s also a great time for work and research, as you can feel more motivated than usual. You might become more aware of the need to take charge of health and fitness matters.
Early today, watch for latching onto an idea and pushing it without budging, dear Leo. It may temporarily feel as if you’re protecting or gaining something as you do so, but you’ll be in a better position if you aim to grow through your conversations. Circumstances or people can almost seem to be riling you up and stimulating hidden anger, particularly in your love and working relationships. However, this energy is about getting you into better touch with your heart’s desire. You might also be feeling driven to express your deeper feelings creatively or artistically, and this would be a good way to channel frustrations or anger – by creating something stirring. A Mercury-Mars aspect today helps you tackle difficult problems or take on a mental challenge. You are ready to act on your ideas, and although you’re self-motivated now, a partner or special someone can be encouraging as well.
There can be some tension early today revolving around memories or reminders of a frustrating past matter, dear Virgo. Reactions to frustrations can lead to confrontations. With respect involved, the results can very well be positive, but it can be a big old mess otherwise. Questions of ownership and power may be at the heart of frustrations experienced now. Aim to put resentment behind you by boldly addressing problem areas. Helping you with this goal is a Mercury-Mars aspect today. You can be driven to put an idea into action or to pursue a line of thought today, especially if it’s related to family, home, health, and work. This can be a time of organizing or reorganizing, and you’ll find it easier to get through things quickly and efficiently. Illuminating conversations can be had at your workplace or with people you deal with on a daily basis.
Early today, there may be some tension or power plays in your interactions, dear Libra, but it’s a temporary –and possibly motivating — disruption. There can be a battle going on within, and it might seem that almost anything can set you off. There is a tendency to become very frustrated if others are not seeing things the way you want them to. However, no matter how hard you argue, you may be only fighting yourself, ultimately, and your own vulnerability, as anger is a defense mechanism used so that we don’t have to feel hurt or rejection. Use extra boosts of energy to fix problems, work enthusiastically at your projects or current interests, and look for ways to clear up clutter in your life. Fix what you can and avoid stressing over the things that you cannot. If hidden anger is stirred, perhaps it’s a good thing to get it out in the open. Fortunately, you’re able to put a creative spin on whatever you’re doing, and decisions tend to be quick but practical as well. It’s a great time to take care of business or get clarity on a matter.
You can be filled with conviction early today, dear Scorpio, but there could be some disagreements about money or valuables. For some, this energy plays out on a non-material level, and you may be feeling a somewhat protective need to defend yourself and your self-respect. Others can seem a little controlling now, and this can be frustrating. You could feel the sudden need to test someone’s trustworthiness, but try to control impulses to manipulate or to investigate a little too deeply. Once you cross a certain line, it’s hard to come back! However, there is also divine energy with you today for healthy assertiveness, particularly as the day advances. You are willing to take the lead to get things done, but you’re also conscious of others’ input and needs. It’s a good time for solving problems at home or with business. Hopeful and optimistic feelings revolve around work matters and living conditions. This is a favorable time to work on a budget or to talk about finances and strategies.
With Mars in your sign and intensified by a minor but challenging aspect to Pluto, dear Sagittarius, your ambition is stimulated, but so is your anger if things are not going as well as you’d like. Try not to push others as you seek your own answers. There can be impatience and agitation over resources or money, or there could be a sense that you’re not treated with the respect you feel you deserve. Changes are needed, but it may be too early to identify exactly what needs to transform and grow. Observe and learn, and then take your time putting things together. Mars also receives a supportive aspect from Mercury today, and tapping into this energy can be very gratifying. It’s a good time for personal magnetism and influence, and it may be something you say or do that magnetizes opportunities to you. It’s a good day for making a proposal or presenting an idea. Be firm but positive for best results. You can more successfully put a plan into action today. Particularly with a recent Lunar Eclipse in your communications zone, an idea that you’ve been working on might blossom now.
If others seem to want you to prove yourself this morning, dear Capricorn, you may get better results if you quietly refuse to stoop to that level. Try to let go of a desire to control the smallest details, as this ultimately works against you. Some resentments can surface, seemingly out of nowhere, but in fact, they’re coming from deep within. Even issues that you may have thought were ancient history could surface under moments of duress. Don’t let them rule your behavior, but don’t ignore them either — if they’re returning, then they’re not truly gone. Your good humor can help you rise above it. As well, a Mercury-Mars aspect today supplies good energy for healing activities, as you are drawn to activities that are regenerative. It’s a good time for gaining new information through study and observation. You can more easily focus your mind and prioritize. You are ready to take on intellectual challenges, and your problem-solving skills are above par. Tricky issues or ideas can be tackled now with greater ease.
With a tense aspect between Mars and Pluto early today, dear Aquarius, you may be somewhat thin-skinned for now. Events tend to bring your need for impartiality and some emotional detachment to the surface. Frustrations with friends or long-term goals can surface somewhat disruptively, but the good news is that you’re in an improved position to identify those things you may have buried. You can also feel quite motivated to resolve problems so that you can move forward. It’s unusually straightforward to make a friend or to enjoy a current friendship, however, with positivity, boldness, and as you let go of the need to know or control. Express yourself and stay flexible — be spontaneous if you feel right about something in your heart. This can be a time of lending someone a hand or acting upon an idea with much satisfaction, in fact.
While the day should be quite useful for practical affairs, dear Pisces, interactions can be a little tricky early today. Pressing for an answer when you are not ready for one is bad news right now, so aim to steer clear of this. Know yourself and your boundaries before digging too deeply. You may want to avoid power games with people in your life, and especially friends and those in authority. When it comes to people today, it’s not the time to push or to be pushed! However, it’s just fine for driving a project forward. In fact, with a Mercury-Mars influence, you can feel considerably more optimistic and ready for action. You are motivated to fulfill your duties, and then some, and the positive feedback only serves to encourage you further. You may efficiently read between the lines, draw upon experience, or uncover information now that helps you advance.
Tarot Card of the Day
Seven of Coins
The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season’s bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature’s assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn’t make excuses, isn’t whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it’s no good to count your chickens before they hatch, but there’s no question that the person who is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result.
Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. As a side meaning, we sometimes see this normally humble farmer in a moment of frenzy, betting the crop on a roll of the dice. This represents a moment of dementia, addiction or desperation which hopefully will not last long enough for the farmer to lose everything!
Daily Love Tarot
February 2, 2018
The Sun is an invitation to a supportive relationship in which you can be yourself around your significant other. You feel relaxed and loved, with a sense of peace of heart. You’ve struck gold and entered into a new realm. Keep looking if this is not how you feel because it is how things should be. You can’t expect improvement in a long-term union if you do not take effective steps to create it.
Your Erotic Tarot
February 2, 2018
The Judgement card represents a sexual awakening, and now that you aren’t afraid to move in a new direction, a whole new world awaits you. What sex positions do you want to try, and which fantasies have you been dying to act out? Being honest with yourself and potential partner(s) about the details of what you desire will help you get what you want faster, and the end result will be much more satisfying. And above all, enjoy your sexual liberation!
Your Daily Rune for February 2, 2018
“Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind”
Esoteric: Humankind, awareness
Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.
Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence
Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time
Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)
Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.
Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential
Your Animal Spirit Guide for February 2, 2018
The Wisdom of the Budda
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
Your Earth Sky News for February 2nd: Groundhog Day has roots in astronomy
Groundhog Day is tied to the movement of Earth around the sun. It’s the year’s 1st cross-quarter day
Ah, Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil – called the world’s most beloved seasonal prognosticator by his handlers in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania – did see his shadow on this Groundhog Day 2018. According to folklore, that means six more weeks of winter.
Groundhog Day, a U.S. and Canadian tradition, comes every year on February 2. It has its roots in astronomy, in the sense that it’s a seasonal festival, tied to the movement of Earth around the sun. It’s a great excuse to go outside and enjoy some revelry during the winter months.
Punxsutawney Phil, the great weather prognosticator. We all know the rules of Groundhog Day. On February 2, a groundhog is said to forecast weather by looking for his shadow. If it’s sunny out, and he sees it, we’re in for six more weeks of winter. On the other hand, a cloudy Groundhog Day is supposed to forecast an early spring.
Of course, it can’t be cloudy, or sunny, everywhere at once. And many towns in the U.S. and Canada have their own local groundhogs and local traditions for Groundhog Day.
But by far the most famous of the February 2 shadow-seeking groundhogs is Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, in western Pennsylvania, which calls itself:
… original home of the great weather prognosticator, His Majesty, the Punxsutawney Groundhog.
Since 1887, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club have held public celebrations of Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney is where Bill Murray was in the movie Groundhog Day. From the looks of things … a good time is had by all.
How accurate is Phil? NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center says Phil’s forecasts have shown no predictive skill in recent years.
Groundhog Day has its roots in astronomy. What you might not know is that Groundhog Day is really an astronomical holiday.
It’s an event that takes place in Earth’s orbit around the sun, as we move between the solstices and equinoxes. In other words, Groundhog Day falls more or less midway between the December solstice and the March equinox. Each cross-quarter day is actually a collection of dates, and various traditions celebrate various holidays at this time. February 2 is the year’s first cross-quarter day.
Of course, the division of the year into segments is common to many cultures. Our ancestors were more aware of the sun’s movements across the sky than we are, since their plantings and harvests depended on it.
Groundhog Day in various cultures. In the Celtic calendar, the year is also divided into quarter days (equinoxes and solstices) and cross-quarter days on a great neopagan wheel of the year. Thus, just as February 2 is marked by the celebration of Candlemas by some Christians, such as the Roman Catholics, in contemporary paganism, this day is called Imbolc and is considered a traditional time for initiations.
The celebration of Groundhog Day came to America along with immigrants from Great Britain and Germany. The tradition can be traced to early Christians in Europe, when a hedgehog was said to look for his shadow on Candlemas Day.
Try this old English rhyme:
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another flight. But if it be dark with clouds and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.
Or here’s another old saying:
Half your wood and half your hay, you should have on Candlemas Day.
In Germany it used to be said:
A shepherd would rather see a wolf enter his stable on Candlemas Day than see the sun shine.
There, a badger was said to watch for his shadow.
A friend on Facebook said that, in Portugal, people have a poem about February 2 related to the Lady of Candles. Here’s the poem:
Quando a Senhora das Candeias está a rir está o inverno para vir, quando está a chorar está o inverno a acabar. [Translation: If Our Lady of Candles smiles (Sun) the winter is yet to come, if she cries (Rain) the winter is over.]
One final note. It’s supposed to be bad luck to leave your Christmas decorations up after Groundhog Day.
The National Geographic Society once studied the groundhog and found him right only one out of every three times. But what the heck? It’s all in good fun.
So whether you celebrate with a real groundhog and a real shadow – or just pause a moment on this day to reflect on the passing of the seasons.
Bottom line: Groundhog Day comes every year on February 2. It has its roots in astronomy, in the sense that it’s a seasonal festival,
A Little Humor for Your Day
Groundhogs Should Learn When Not To Open Their Mouths
We bless you,
God of Seed and Harvest
And we bless each other
That the beauty of this world
And the love that created it
Might be expressed though our lives
And be a blessing to others
Now and always
So Mote It Be
Wishing You & Yours A Very Happy & Blessed Imbolc!
For all Your Magickal Needs, Think Magickal Necessities….