This year, Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year) falls on Tuesday, February 5. Though this is a full month after the western celebration of the new year, this holiday marks the change from the year of the earth Dog to the year of the earth Pig.

Most notably, this year is all about devotion to friends and family. Pig years are great for spending time with those you love. Make sure you create space for meals with people who important to you!

Of course, the main thing to watch out for during Pig years is a tendency to overindulge. Keep your spending in check, and at all those meals with your friends and family, watch your portion sizes. Take steps to rid yourself of bad habits and addictions. Keep this in mind, and 2019 can be a very productive year for you. The earth element is practical and fiscally responsible. Take some time to set your goals and look into ways to procrastinate less and to release fears of failure and success. You will likely have increased willpower and focus for your most desired objectives.  Patience will be rewarded and so “slow and steady” wins the race. Chip away at your bigger goals by doing a little bit each day.

But most of all, connections have the potential to grow stronger, and new, beneficial bonds can be made. Paying things forward, focusing on kindness, and being considerate to others will bring you opportunities this year.


Unlike western traditions like champagne, noisemakers, and fireworks, the traditional ways to mark Chinese New Year tend to be more symbolic, such as wearing something to mark the opportunities coming your way or saying pleasant things to everyone you meet to bring luck to yourself and others.

This day that sets the tone for the rest of the year, so spend some time spreading kindness, offering compliments to others — as well as to yourself. (Sidenote: skip the chicken entree. It’s said if you eat chicken on Chinese New Year, you’ll spend the year scratching in the dirt for your money!)

Read to discover how your Chinese Zodiac sign interacts with the year of the Pig.




Rat sneaks in to steal Pig’s dinner, Pig chases Rat away. 

You need to be quick on your feet this year. But good news! No one’s quicker than lucky Rat. Everything you want is there for the taking but you need to make sure you’re first in line.



Ox and Pig live happily on the farm together. 

A positive, happy year for Ox natives. The course you set yourself on last year now shows you it was the correct choice to make. The road ahead smooths out and you make great progress.



Tiger and Pig face off and spar… guess who wins? 

It’s a little challenging this year as you seem to be hearing “no” more often than you generally like. However, even taking the smallest amount of action brings you great results. You’ll end the year with a win.



Rabbits dine well on what falls outside the Pig’s pen. 

A lucky year for Rabbit as you are in harmony with the energy. Your sensitive, intuitive nature causes you to be in the right place at the right time. Finding supportive people to help you is easy this year.



Mighty Dragon makes his presence known, Pig sleeps through the show. 

A somewhat irritating year for Dragon as all this lazy, indulgent energy doesn’t seem to benefit you and your goals. Fortunately, you can adjust. Soon you’ll see unexpected ways to profit.



Snake threatens Pig, Farmer kills Snake.

A challenging year for Snake as Pig is the opposing sign. You are not getting much support this year even from those you love. But no matter, you have the power to accomplish many things especially when others underestimate your abilities.



Horse paces in his pen, Pig is happy in his.

This is a year for making adjustments. Horse natives should not lock themselves into long contracts or rash promises. Give yourself the freedom to change and you will attract many opportunities.



Pigs and Goats dine together.

A happy year for peace-loving Goat. You’re in harmony with the energy of Pig. You will receive a lot of interest in your projects and support for your plans. Let others know how they can help you.



Monkey teases Pig, Pig doesn’t notice. 

A somewhat frustrating year for clever, energetic Monkey. Others nap when you want adventure and fun. The rest of the world may be shocked at your choices this year but you will prosper if you’re true to yourself.



Rooster wakes the farm, life moves along pleasantly.

A harmonious year as you find projects and goals you’ve been working on for a while really start to show some results. There are many opportunities for you this year. Expand your circle of friends and you’ll benefit.



Dog herds Pig, Pig ignores Dog .

This will be a much easier year for you. You’ve made some changes and wise choices. Now options will present themselves for your career as well as relationships. The road ahead is clear, obstacles are now gone.



Pig enjoys the company of other pigs and the party begins.

It’s your year. This is the beginning of your 12-year cycle. Out with the old and in with the new. Let go of anything or anyone who’s been holding you back. As you release what you don’t want, you will be showered with new opportunities. Enjoy.


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Get A Jump on Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Monday, February 11

Get A Jump on Tomorrow…

Your Horoscopes for Monday, February 11


Moon Alert

We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Taurus.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

It’s a good money day. It’s an excellent day for business and commerce or boosting your earnings. It’s also a good day for spending. In fact, you might buy art objects or beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. You might also spend money on delicious food.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the Moon is in your sign dancing with your ruler fair Venus, which puts everyone in an excellent mood! You are charming, sociable and diplomatic. Likewise, everyone you meet (well, practically everyone), will be just as charming and diplomatic.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

It’s Monday, but feelings of escapism are strong. You’re not ready to meet the hairy hordes. If you can sleep in and play hooky – lucky you! Dawdle on your way to work, then take a long lunch to indulge your desire to kick back and relax.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You will enjoy a heart-to-heart conversation with a female acquaintance today. This discussion might prompt you to modify your future goals. You will also enjoy interacting with clubs, groups and associations today because people are friendly and willing to listen.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You make a grand impression on bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs today. Admittedly, you don’t feel pushed to convince others to your way of thinking. However, since others are in a receptive mood, it would be a pity to lose this opportunity.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today you want to be doing something different. You want to be somewhere else. Ideally, you want to travel for pleasure and get away from all this, preferably to turquoise waters and white sands with palm trees waving in a gentle breeze. And isn’t that your favourite drink on its way over here? Dream on.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Although you don’t feel ambitious today, nevertheless, this is a good day to discuss inheritances, insurance disputes and shared property because the odds will favour you. You’ll come out smelling like a rose, laughing all the way to the bank. It’s also a good day to ask for money or favours.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Be accommodating with others and be prepared to compromise because today the Moon is opposite your sign. This will be easy to do because the Moon is nicely aspected, which means everything is mellow. People will listen today because you are diplomatic and charming.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This is a good way to start your week because work will flow nicely. People will be supportive. You might see ways to boost your income. In fact, coworkers are so friendly, in a few cases, a work-related romance might begin.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This is a lovely day to shop for wardrobe goodies. (In fact, it’s a lovely week to shop for wardrobe items except for Tuesday afternoon.) However, today you would rather have fun. Anything to do with the arts, musical performances, sports events and fun activities with children will appeal.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

It’s hard to rev your engines to work today because you would rather cocoon at home. In fact, you have more energy to redecorate your digs than go to work. However, you’re singing “I owe, I owe, off to work I go.” One has to deal with the harsh reality of bills and food, and who will pay for Netflix?

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You’re a smooth operator today because it’s easy to be diplomatic, charming and dare we say persuasive? (We did.) Conversations with others will be intuitive, entertaining and possibly, meaningful. Others will enjoy your company today and entice you to stick around.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Jennifer Aniston (1969) shares your birthday today. You have a natural sense of authority; however, you are always charming. This is your year of teaching and learning. What you learn this year will be crucial for your progress and success next year. This is an excellent year to explore meditation, yoga or any discipline that will help you to get a better understanding of who you are.



Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, February 10

Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, February 10

Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or important decisions from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM EST today (3:30 PM to 5:45 PM PST). After that the Moon moves from Aries into Taurus.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Slow down and take it easy today because, let’s face it – you’re restless and impulsive. You don’t want to stub a toe by doing anything too hastily. Think before you act, especially before you react to something someone else. (Think of this as a training exercise.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

For some reason, you are champing at the bit today and you might not even know why. Do be aware that you are high viz. because bosses, parents and VIPs (including the police) notice you more than usual. You might unconsciously reveal a secret. (Major oops.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You might feel the need to challenge a friend today or a group. (“I’m not going to take this laying down.”) Or possibly, you will meet someone new who is aggressive, unusual and a bit of a handful. Whatever happens, you want to deal with others on your own terms today. Definitely.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Even though you feel defiant today and might be tempted to be lippy with a parent or a boss – or even the police – is this wise? Of course not. Obviously – what’s the upside? Why make people who have power over you annoyed? Duh? Play your cards close to your heaving bosom. Stay chill.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Travel plans will be interrupted or changed today. Almost certainly. This is also a dicey day to get involved in philosophical discussions about politics, religion or racial issues because people will be super opinionated and disputes will take place. You don’t need this.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Double check banking details and anything to do with shared property, inheritances and insurance disputes because something unexpected will impact these areas. If this happens, don’t want to be waiting at the train station when your ship comes in.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

A friend or partner will probably surprise you today by doing something out of the blue. You might like it – you might not. They might even demand more independence or freedom in the relationship? (Yikes.) If so, you can work this out because you’re clever with words and you understand the art of compromise.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Something related to your health might surprise you today. Owners of pets should also be extra vigilant and aware of the health and welfare of their pets because something unusual might occur. Meanwhile, your job might also surprise you. Whoa!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Parents should be extra vigilant today because this is an accident-prone day for their kids. Having said that, this is a very competitive day, especially for sports. It’s so competitive, even romantic partners might be at each other’s throats – hopefully, necking.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Be patient with family members today to avoid domestic disputes. Something will upset your daily routine – this is a given. However, conflict with a female family member might take place, especially about money and finances.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Be careful because this is an accident-prone day for you. Your daily routine will definitely change so give yourself extra time so that you have wiggle room to deal with the unexpected. Avoid spontaneous arguments with others because anger only makes everyone miserable.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Keep an eye your money today because something unexpected will impact your wealth. You might find money; you might lose money. Caution against spending big in an impulsive way because you might regret it. (If you act with discipline, you will have no regrets.)

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress (1976) shares your birthday today. You are energetic and curious about life. You have strong humanitarian values. Take care of yourself this year so that you are a strong resource. Nurture relationships you value. Focus on your personal responsibilities to family as well as yourself because service to others is important this year. Explore the arts, enroll in a class. Personalize your home with treasures that have meaning.

Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for Monday, February 10th

Your Weekly Love Horoscopes for Monday, February 10th

Sarah Bartlett, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room


With garrulous Mercury moving into laid-back Pisces, it may seem as if many of us have fewer wits about us than usual. However, this is a time for reflection, self-awareness and gentle loving, where it’s not what you say, but what you don’t say that means everything.

With Valentine’s day upon us, send an anonymous missive and let the power of telepathy express your true desires.



Right now, anything can be sorted out, within reason, particularly personal goals. So for once, don’t compromise just to prevent an argument. With such an enterprising attitude to your own lifestyle and the way you’re going to live it from now on, focus on your love goals, say no to regrets, and say yes to change.


Whether you’re sitting watching the world go by, or engaging in some all-encompassing love relationship, the time is now right to put thoughts into action and make your life what you really want it to be. Ask yourself, what matters to me most? And then once you have found the answer, follow the track and make it all real.


For a long time now, a part of you has been saying, ‘anything for an easy life,’ but there’s a teeny bit of you which longs for more excitement or just someone to smile at you in ’that special way’.  So this week, it’s time to make a Valentine’s wish. Remember, what comes true, is usually what we believe in.


Those things we long for are actually the very things we can learn to develop in our own love life. For example, if you envy those who seem to cruise through life without worrying about it, it’s likely that deep down inside, you need to unleash your carefree side. Change your attitude and you change your relationships for the better.


With so much focus on making new decisions, you’re ready to be more expressive to loved ones than you’ve ever been before. One minute you want to give more of your time to your career, then, the next minute, you feel ready to splash out on a Valentine Day’s outing.  So it’s time to be true to your desires and make the right choice.


Dreaming about what you can achieve in a love relationship is one thing, but you’ve also realised you have to communicate it all too. You may feel regrets from the past and you may feel as if you just don’t seem to get your message across. But from the Valentine’s day onwards, you will. It’s time to be a bit of a brave heart and discuss your feelings openly.


Thanks to the lingering influence of Mars in Aries, it’s hardly surprising you’re ready for all kinds of impulsive action. Just take care you don’t miss out on new love, or reviving an extraordinary affair. Re-open the intuitive channels, tune into the moods around you, and make a very life-enhancing choice.


Deep down, you know that if your life gets too routine, you’ll only end up rebelling. So get out and about with your lover or partner, plan future changes, travel or new projects. Now’s the time to get out of a rut, especially when the secret sensual side of you seeks liberation.


Think carefully about what you are feeling now. Are you ready to leap into new action, or to take a Valentine opportunity that comes you way? And if so, are you happy to pay the price? It could be an expensive few months ahead, but the romantic investment will soon be worthwhile.


There is a side to you which yearns for more independence. But there is also a part of you which needs to live like others too. Whether single or attached, this is giving you much food for thought. Drop the ideals, it’s time to trust in the kind of love that brings you back to reality.


It’s hardly surprising the passionate side of you hungers for romance while the sun dances on through your own sign. So use this empowering energy to strengthen your own sense of identity and make something real. Then you can be loved for the adventurous person you actually are.


Living together makes sense financially, and, of course, there are many other benefits. But the desire for a little more independence is eating at your soul. This week, you will be tested in your deepest thoughts, but in the weeks to come, you will know where your true path lies.



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Your Horoscopes for the Week of Monday, February 11th

Your Horoscopes for the Week of Monday, February 11th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room


 ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

Your life is getting more and more interesting by the day.  You finally seem to be in control of your destiny.  I bet it feels nice to be in charge again doesn’t it Aries? Just watch out for a tricky Taurean in business this week, trying to part you and your cash. Call me now to work out why it’s worth pushing for more in business.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

Your friends don’t seem to know you as well as you thought and you may find yourself having to change things that they have arranged for you.  A past issue comes to a head and you finally get the chance to put it behind you for good, if you’re willing to make an all important phone call. Call me now to hear what joy Mercury can offer to your week.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

This is a really enjoyable time for you socially and it’s going to be more than a little tempting for you to leave work by the wayside.  Try not to be flippant with Pisceans, who are offering you some important advice on your career. Manners in fact, are imperative to your success this week. Call me now to hear why ultimatums in love are imminent.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

I can see from your chart that you’re feeling more sensitive than normal.  It’s not surprising with the pressures you’ve had mounting on you though Cancer. A break from the norm, offered by a Pisces gives you the chance to see how different life can be if you so desire. Call me now so you can settle those family issues still baying at your door.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

You are set to find yourself traveling more than normal and you may even have to pay out some of your own cash in the process too. Don’t complain. Events leading up to the end of this month, require you to show conviction to current projects my friend. Call my now to hear why this is the beginning of a most interesting chapter in your life.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

There is a really stubborn mood evident in your chart, which is making it hard for you to tell fact from fiction. Be ready with an apology if a Pisces is involved though. You’ve judged certain close ones too harshly, as events on Friday may soon show. Fellow Virgo’s bring success in financial affairs. Call now for more on this opportune month.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

Faces you have never seen eye to eye with, actually have more in common with you than you may think. Use this week, to get to know the faces you have been so quick to judge in the past. It could mean all the difference between a successful, or dormant week. Call me now to hear how Venus is promising you don’t miss out in love this month.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

Legal dealings can go much in your favour. In fact this week marks the beginning of a new phase in your life, where you can make up for the lost time that the beginning of the year forced upon you.  Play fair in business midweek, when important faces will be testing your judgment. Call me now to hear who holds the key to promotions.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

Your defenses are down and it’s time for you to raise the stakes. Don’t allow close ones to blackmail you into things you don’t want.  Fresh inspiration and new ways to get on, link to an invite you must accept for next weekend. Travel brings you closer to a dream midweek. Call me now to hear why you must stay on the good side of Leo’s.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

No mater what the other signs in the zodiac say, it is imperative that you say only nice things about the faces around you.  Not only will words come back on all of us, but your element of earth will ensure your reputation precedes you in weeks to come. Set a standard you can be proud of. Call now to hear who’s got marriage on their mind.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

Don’t let an ex get to you. It’s clear from your stars that you’re allowing yourself to believe things, which are not actually true. This emotional rollercoaster you are on, links to a change you want to make, but can’t find the nerve to. Use Thursday as your action day, when powerful faces will be willing to back you in your dreams. Call now for support.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

Your career has proved more than a little challenging already this year. In fact, faces you have dealt with have made it hard for you to present yourself in the way you desire. All of this is about to change if you’re willing to join forces with the Sagittarians of the zodiac. Call my starline now to see why it’s worth being cheeky in love this weekend.


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With all planets in direct motion and a lot of cosmic energy invested into new beginnings, February is slated to be an exciting and invigorating month.

Venus—our lady of love and the planet of abundance and beauty—enters orderly, determined, and practical Capricorn on February 3, just a day ahead of the new moon in Aquarius. This new moon, which occurs at the same degree as the Great American Eclipse of August 2017, signifies the end of a long and likely somewhat arduous cycle of work along the Leo-Aquarius axis, which has attempted to teach us a balance between investing in self and investing in the collective. This new moon checks the ledger for what we have learned, then clears the slate and offers us an entirely new trail to blaze. This is an excellent time to set financial goals for the future.

February 7 A lively sextile of Mars to Mercury boosts all of our social skills and brews an air of excitement, which, when combined with the waxing crescent moon, creates perfect conditions for dreaming and scheming. Don’t be afraid to go big when it comes to your goals! The world feels solutions-oriented now; optimism polishes practicality and we’re beginning to get in the swing of the Capricornian mojo that rules so much of the mood of the next couple of years.

February 10 Mercury enters Pisces and awakens the dream state within us, inviting us to take a moment of reprieve from our responsibilities and onerous burdens in favor of blissed out daydreams and possibility. It is a great time to engage with the arts, mystic states, and manifestation magic.

February 13 Mars, the planet of ambition and war, is conjunct Uranus the disruptor at the anaretic degree of Aries. This very erratic and unpredictable energy may create waves in politics and global affairs. Mars is very strong in Aries. While Uranus lingers some weeks more before returning to Taurus for an eight-year stay in the first week of March. Both of these planetary forces—and this fiery meeting—are instrumental in reshaping our ideas of what is to come.

February 14 Mars enters stable and grounded Taurus, lending a certain gravity to our Valentine’s Day observations. Whether partnered or single, use the earthy nature of this transit to invite additional stability into your romantic intentions. Clarify your desires as the moon waxes toward fullness.

February 18 is one of the biggest days of the month: Chiron, the wounded healer, enters Aries for an eight-year cycle through our collective pain. Everything ruled by Mars will be under the centaur’s watchful and healing eye. Global peacekeeping will be thrown into the limelight at this time. Additionally, the sun enters Pisces which is typically a time when we may experience more imagination, sensitivity, and willingness to sacrifice or let go. Venus in Capricorn is conjunct Saturn, demanding that we get real about our desires. This all happens just one day before the full moon in Virgo, which hands us the keys to the kingdom and asks that we get to work.

The final notable aspect is Venus conjunct Pluto on February 22. This cosmic arrangement brings up one last temptation before we move forward with our plans. Do not be swayed. We have gained much insight from our struggles and we must carry those lessons forward without interruption.

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The ancient Greeks called the planets asters planetai, or “wandering stars,” as they are in constant motion through the heavens against the fixed backdrop of the zodiac. Most of the time, planets move forward through the zodiac along a path we call the ecliptic, which is essentially the main highway. Now and then, though, planets depart from the straight and narrow to do a little extra wandering. But not all who wander are lost.

Retrograde planets are essentially seekers—not only going against the normal flow, eschewing forward motion, but also ditching the path altogether in favor of some winding side roads. This does not necessarily mean things are bound to go wrong, but it does mean that we on Earth are called to disengage auto-pilot, be observant, take our time, and take a lot less for granted.

Mercury is the planet of communication, commerce, and movement. Because it’s involved in almost all day-to-day activity, Mercury retrogrades—and their accompanying departures from the usual and the ordinary—are typically quite noticeable. If we release our expectations, this can be a fun and exciting shift.


The three Mercury retrogrades of 2019 occur predominantly in the water signs of Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. In fact, due to some extra meandering, Mercury is slated to spend more time in the three water signs than just about all the other signs combined.

Water is receptive in nature, so the effects of Mercury retrograde in this element can be subtler when compared to its occurrence in others. Water has no shape of its own, taking on the shape of its surroundings; and with water, most of the interesting things are happening below the surface. Likewise, you may notice that something feels different before you can fully discern exactly what it is. You’re likely to feel unusually susceptible to the moods of others or the nature of your surroundings. Conversely, you may be able to affect the group vibe through emotional appeals. Water tends to unify and pool together in large bodies, so popularity can swing in great tides this year. An example? The enormously popular new age books The Celestine Prophecy and The Secret were both released during years with Mercury retrogrades in water signs.



Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces

Some of the people, places, and things that are the most central to your life are likely to shift this year, and thus the way you feel about them could as well. The great news is that while you can’t control these changes, you can control your reactions to them; in this way, you could become a port in the storm for weary travelers. At the same time, you may find that there are things about your own basic identity that you actually want to change—and with a similar kind of support, these periods may be the perfect time to seek something new.

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Water is your opposite element: in any direct interaction, water puts out your fire or you heat it to a boiling point. Therefore, an indirect approach is likely best. If you can take some time to rest and cool off, then the embers of your fire become easier for others to handle. As such, when things veer from the normal course, don’t allow yourself to get worked up—just pull over and take in the view for a bit. Curb your desire to go it alone and either ask for help or commiserate with others on your detour. You may just find a short cut together.

Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn

You may have to put aside your natural practicality, relax your boundaries, and go with the flow. Allow yourself to feel as much as you think, and to honor your connections. Try to sense the universal messages always surrounding you.

Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius

Slow down, practice doing less, and notice that things tend to work out on their own—particularly when you don’t over-react. When things don’t naturally coalesce, notice the deeper source of the issue. Lessen the discordant voices and increase those that resonate with an organic harmony.


Below are the key dates for Mercury Retrograde in 2019:

February 10 Mercury enters Pisces
February 26 Mercury at maximum elongation (begins to slow down)

March 5 Mercury stations retrograde at 29° Pisces 39’
March 14 Mercury conjunct the sun (closest to Earth)
March 28 Mercury stations direct at 16° Pisces 06’

April 11 Mercury at maximum elongation (begins to speed up)
April 17 Mercury leaves Pisces

June 4 Mercury first enters Cancer
June 23 Mercury at maximum elongation (begins to slow down)

July 7 Mercury stations retrograde at 4° Leo 28’
July 21 Mercury conjunct the sun (closest to Earth)
July 31 Mercury stations direct at 23° Cancer 57’

August 9 Mercury at maximum elongation (begins to speed up)
August 11 Mercury finally leaves Cancer

October 3 Mercury enters Scorpio
October 19 Mercury at maximum elongation (begins to slow down)
October 31 Mercury stations retrograde at 27° Scorpio 38’

November 11 Mercury conjunct the sun (closest to Earth)
November 20 Mercury stations direct at 11° Scorpio 35’
November 28 Mercury at maximum elongation (begins to speed up)

December 9 Mercury leaves Scorpio



Gary P. Caton is a transdisciplinary astrologer who maintains an active sacred relationship with the living Sky as his temple. Initiated an astrologer by a magnificent dream in 1993, Gary is the author of Hermetica Triptycha: The Mercury Elemental Year, and host of the popular Hermetic Astrology Podcast. Find Gary online at

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Retrograde planets are on a mission to get off the beaten path and explore the celestial backroads. This itinerant feeling is especially true of Mercury in Pisces. Each of the planets has certain signs they call home, and for Mercury these are Gemini and Virgo. When Mercury is opposite its home signs, it is like a traveler far from home who may not have access to all its natural resources.

In its explorations of the side roads and alleyways of Pisces, Mercury can get into situations where a Virgoan attention to detail and efficiency simply won’t do the trick. In Pisces, opening to a wider mystical view of things is necessary, and this can be very overwhelming if your brain is stuck in detail mode. Fortunately, there is a small zone of Pisces where Mercury has a place to retreat and get its affairs in order. Mercury enters this zone on March 21, a week before station direct, so while this particular retrograde may be more intense initially, it won’t last quite as long as others.



Because of the back and forth motion, Mercury repeats aspects to the same planet three times during its passage through Pisces. The most difficult of these aspects is the square to Jupiter, the natural ruler of Pisces. These squares happen on February 22, March 15, and April 11. Friction with authorities is generally best avoided—this is especially true if you are a wanderer. If toes get stepped on, be generous with apologies, offer to make amends far exceeding what seems necessary, and add a touch of irony or humor.

Mercury makes three conjunctions with mystical Neptune on February 19, March 24, and April 2. It’s best to relax expectations around these dates, and keep a lot of wiggle room for yourself. With an open mind and the proper setting, exquisite visions of artistic or religious splendor are possible. Help is available if you ask for it from the three sextiles to Saturn on February 19, March 20, and April 7. Watch for trends as each of these aspects repeat, learn from the previous experience and adjust accordingly.


February 10 Mercury enters Pisces
February 26 Mercury at maximum elongation (begins to slow down)
March 5 Mercury stations retrograde at 29° Pisces 39’
March 14 Mercury conjunct the Sun (closest to Earth)
March 28 Mercury stations direct at 16° Pisces 06’
April 11 Mercury at maximum elongation (begins to speed up)
April 17 Mercury leaves Pisces


Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces

Your ability to switch between and re-define your roles, take creative risks, and expand upon your successes will define your experience. This may be harder to explain to others than to pull off, so don’t let yourself get bogged down by doubters but just reassure them you care and keep moving.

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius

Your deepest connections may be upset or challenged during this period, whether at home, in business and romantic relations, or in your spiritual community. It’s imperative you keep your cool if these things are to work themselves out. Allow yourself to take a time-out and blow off steam before coming back, re-affirming your emotional commitments and asking what you can do to help or make it better. Be sure to listen before rushing to fix it.



The fishes of Pisces swim in the ocean of the collective unconscious. Your most powerful ally during this transit is your imagination, so you should practice using it as often as possible. Try to imagine what would have happened next in your dream had you not awakened. Imagine alternate endings to the movie or show you watched recently. Allow your mind to wander while doing menial tasks and even take more frequent short breaks where you can sit and daydream even if for just a few minutes. If you make space for it to live and breathe in your life, sooner or later the unconscious will bless you with imaginative solutions. The key is to think less and imagine more.


Discretion is the better part of valor dear Aries, so find some time to get away. Practice avoiding direct conflict, direct action, and forthright speech. Take the long way home whenever you can. Find a secret hiding spot that feels like it belongs to you. In the midst of these experiences, you will find a strange peace. From here, you can see that very little in life needs to be forced, so learn to apply it only when truly necessary.


For all your practicality, you tend to surround yourself with dreamers. Ask yourself why this is. Could it be that you need the dream of a greener pasture to inspire you to green up the ones in which you live? Instead of poo-pooing your imaginative friends, encourage them to take it further by asking what happens next. By doing this simple thing, you will get partial credit when the dreamers finally do strike gold.


You sometimes have a reputation for dancing on the surface and avoiding the depths, dear Gemini. I suggest you break out your swimsuit and practice your best swan dive or mud wrestling moves. By showing you care enough to go deep or get dirty without hesitation, you can enhance your reputation and be seen as more of a leader.


Expanding your horizons need not involve anything new. Re-visiting creative projects that you thought were dead ends could pay off now. Risks that didn’t pay off before may have a better chance now, so give good ideas another shot. See how the person you are now would do it slightly differently than the person you were, and adjust accordingly.


You have your reasons for being suspicious of the human heart, dear Leo. But avoiding emotional entanglements denies yourself access to other people’s gifts as well. You tend to need structure or limits in place before your emotional life can flow freely.  Practice the art of granting exceptions to these rules. This keeps things orderly, without having to withhold the fiery spirit that draws people to you.


We like to think of our closest relationships as being truly equal, but in truth, this is rarely the case. The balance of power constantly swings back and forth between two people, depending on the situation and their needs. Rather than keeping scores from the past, or withholding gratification till the future, I suggest you practice the art of the deal in the present by imagining multiple win-win scenarios and then seeing which one any moment tends to favor.


Mastery of anything involves repetition, but as an artist, there is a fine line between mastering a skill, developing a niche, and getting pigeon-holed. It may be time for you to open up, accept new challenges, and develop new skills or new applications for the ones you have. Being willing to try plenty of things that don’t work and making a mess of things before figuring it out is always part of this process. Let go of certainties and cultivate beginners mind.


Fixed signs are not renowned for their willingness to take risks, and yet this is the price of entry to anything worthwhile. You are changing, and your ability to take risks with this new identity is vital to its growth. Hedge your bets or spread the risk out somewhat, but you must be willing to lose in order to win. Keeping a philosophical attitude toward this process can help take the sting out of any losses.


Adventures await you on the home-front. Whether it is guests from out of town, renovation projects, or someone needing more or new space, the winds of change are going to keep you up a little. Get some extra rest and make sure to eat right when you can. Most of all make sure the people you love know that your support is unconditional.


The relationships between various groups in your community may be in a state of flux. Your loyalties may be tried in the process. But rather than simply choosing sides, it could be that you can serve as an intermediary and help each group see the others side. To do this, you will need to acknowledge and divest yourself of any conflicts of interest.


You are being called to discover and exploit resources you didn’t know you had. We tend to think of resources as finite and limited, but when we really need to we can always dig down and find a little extra. In the process, we usually find things we’ve forgotten or didn’t know were there. These may appear to be junk at first, but with a little imagination can be transformed.


What is truth? Pisces native Johnny Cash wrote a song with this title when an invitation to perform at the White House challenged him to reconcile his conflicting identities as a progressive maverick and conservative family man. Skillfully, he did not deign to the proffered role of patriot, but rather found a way to inhabit both identities by suggesting that helping seemingly misguided youth find the truth was important, as they are the keepers of the future. How can you similarly reconcile seemingly conflicting parts of your identity?


Gary P. Caton is a transdisciplinary astrologer who maintains an active sacred relationship with the living Sky as his temple. Initiated an astrologer by a magnificent dream in 1993, Gary is the author of Hermetica Triptycha: The Mercury Elemental Year, and host of the popular Hermetic Astrology Podcast. Find Gary online at

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Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Sunday, Feb. 10th


The first major celestial movement of the day is significant as Mercury enters Pisces (2:52 a.m.) for a lengthy stay of over two months until April 16 due to a future retrograde cycle between March 5 and March 28. Mercury in Pisces reminds you to be truly empathic and lend a helping hand to dear ones on the edge.

Anticipate a ratcheting-up of tensions as the moon in Aries makes its monthly conjunctions with Mars and Uranus (12:49 p.m. and 3:49 p.m., respectively). The lunar union with surprise-bringer Uranus starts a void lunar limbo cycle that lasts until the moon enters earthy Taurus (5:30 p.m.). Meanwhile, Mercury points you in the direction of focusing attention on dealing carefully with business and professional matters by making a tense, 45-degree tie to Saturn (4:27 p.m.) and a much more encouraging, 72-degree link to Jupiter (10:06 p.m.).

Asteroid watchers should recognize that Juno re-enters Gemini (8:22 p.m.) until April 20. (Juno had been briefly in Gemini from September 29 to October 24, 2018.) Strive for crystal-clear discussions with loved ones to prevent a resurgence of bickering over minor concerns.

[Note to readers: All times are calculated as Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Daily Incantations & Enchantments for Sunday, February 10

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Daily Incantations & Enchantments for Sunday, February 10

This is an enchantment that can be used on jewelry, watches, anything that you will wear throughout the day that you can touch often, whenever you need a burst of positive energy.  Hold the item in your left hand and chant over it:

Wearing you all the while,
Every time I touch you I smile.
You are good luck to me,
A blessing I can see.
Positive energy will overflow,
A new attitude I will show.

Wear your item and touch as much as possible throughout the day.

–The Power of Positive Witchcraft: Daily Incantations & Enchantments: A Spell a Day for 30 Days
Garden Summerland


Spirit Message of the Day – Be Grace-full

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Spirit Message of the Day – Be Grace-full

“Being ungrateful is one of the greatest acts of self-centeredness. It’s important for one to recognize that it’s a behavior to be avoided at all costs. Being grateful for everything you have makes you a better person, and it makes others happy to be around you.” Acknowledge what you feel grateful for silently and out loud to your friends and loved ones. Appreciate the gifts people give you each and every day whether tangible or not. Realize the power of grace. Allow your life, your thoughts, your words, and your deeds to be full of grace.


Step 1
Make gratitude part of your daily life. Recognizing others for what they have done for you, even the small acts of kindness, is necessary even when the person is family or a close friend.
Step 2
Say “Thank You” for every act of kindness received. It’s so simple to say and yet so often taken for granted. It’s especially true when it comes to your own family members.
Step 3
Express your gratitude and appreciation often. Take the time to write a note or send an email even if you already said thank you. Send a gift to show your appreciation for someone’s help.
Step 4
Look for opportunities to reciprocate favors as soon as possible.Be observant and give service instead of asking if help is needed.
Step 5
Count your blessings instead of wishing for more and moping about what you don’t have. Write down a list of things you are grateful for and you will be amazed at what you have to be grateful for. Experiencing gratitude is closely tied to being happy.
Step 6
Provide ways to support others who are less fortunate. You never know when the tables might be turned one day.
Becoming the type of person that is grateful for life is essential to a fulfilled and happy life. Things you’ll need: An open attitude and realization of the goodness of life.


Step 1
Notice the small things. There are small things about life that you can be grateful for at this moment. The air you are breathing, this is a major one. Breathe in the air and realize being allowed to have air is an amazing feeling. Don’t take this for granted. Also the water you consume be grateful for this as well. This is essential to life.
Step 2
Form a list everyday. Make a list of the things in nature that you are grateful for and gradually provide reasons and feeling why you are grateful for them. As you build this list you will feel very empowered. This gratitude list will help you on you life journey. Remember to put things here you feel grateful for.
Step 3
Be grateful for life. There are many things to be grateful for on the material level. A roof over your head, your car, your clothes etc. But what I want to point out here is there is a second level of gratitude that is more powerful than the material. This second level is being grateful for life. This is being grateful for life experiences, trees, air, friendships, close relationships. These are more powerful because they have a feeling attached to them. This makes it more real and authentic to you and the universe.


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Sunday and the Perfect Corresponding Spell

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Sunday and the Perfect Corresponding Spell


Finally, it’s Sunday, the official day of rest. Not only do Christians acknowledge this day but I’m sure many pagans appreciate this day, as well. Everyone needs rest and a lot of people need a good day to worship their creator (whomever or whatever that may be), however they deem fit to do so. With the Sun being the central theme of many ancient rituals, Sunday just seems to fit, in name and theory.

Sunday Pagan Worship

What you will need:
Your voice
Your body
1 bell (optional)

Find a quiet, private area, without distraction. Sit down in a comfortable position. Take a few, slow, deep breaths. Allow your body to become very relaxed. When you have done this, if you brought a bell, ring it seven times. Allow the last ring to resonate throughout your body. If you have something you want to say, to God or The Goddess, now would be a good time to do this. When you are finished, say this prayer or chant:

“I know there is a higher
being than me.
I am not alone.
You are with me,
Day and night.
You’ve rode the lows
And watched the heights.
If angels are real,
I’m sure to have a guardian.
I am so thankful
And so grateful for your hand.
You’ve blessed me.
You’ve fed me
You’ve quenched my thirst
And even dressed me.
A ‘man,
A ‘man,
And Blessed Be.”

When you are finished, ring the bell seven more times, to end the ceremony


–The Modern Day Spellbook: A Collection of Spells for the Modern Day Witch
R. Marten