Meaning: The presence of the spear signifies arguments, negative events, and all manner of strife of an upsetting nature. However similar to the ‘Tower’ tarot card if next to a positive rune it could mean the end of an argument or quarrel. If with the rings it means the healing or renewal of a relationship. If there are military connections it could mean promotion. If illness is within the equation it means a speedy and successful recovery.
The Emperor card has selected you to let you know that you sow seeds of better things and more fulfilling times ahead. Give yourself permission to reach out for more, especially if you are dissatisfied. You create a solid foundation, built on a sense of higher purpose. If your current relationship suffers from stress, today let tender actions reveal what you may be unable to put into words. Rebuild, from the ground up.
Your Daily Erotic Tarot
The Judgement card indicates that you’ve had some sexual hang-ups in the past, but you’re working toward getting over them. This is a period of transition, and although you’re doing the work, you may not be getting the exact results you desire. Forgive yourself for past missteps in order to take a sexual step forward today. Being afraid to express your true erotic self can even effect other areas of your life, so getting beyond your sexual inhibitions translates into a happier overall existence.
Your Daily Rune for Today
“Hag-all-az” – Literally: “Hail” or “Hailstone” – Esoteric: Crisis or Radical Change
Key Concepts: hailstones, crisis and catastrophe, disruption, radical change, destructive elements of nature, severe weather, the uncontrollable, unavoidable unpleasantness, Jungian shadow, psychoanalysis, regression, acceptance of the unalterable
Psi: disruption, change, personal past
Energy: power beyond human ability to harness, perfect pattern, seed formation, objective confrontation, destructive natural forces, chaos
Mundane: bad weather, obstacles, surprises, shelter
Divinations: Change according to ideals, changes for the long-term good, controlled crisis, corrections, completion, inner harmony; or catastrophe, crisis, stagnation, loss of power, loss of property, short-term disappointment, victim-consciousness, obsession with the past, blame.
Completeness and balance of power, integration of unconscious shadow elements
The inevitability of Fate, Wyrd, Orlog
Evolutionary progress and operations of becoming
The outworking of a perfect pattern
Protection through banishing or exorcising disharmonious patterns, protection
Awareness of the unconscious ideas for eventual processing
Causing discomfort in others by awakening their own subconscious ‘garbage’
Your Daily Influences for Wednesday, March 14
Six of Coins
Material gain, charity and justice are at the forefront. That which is earned will be given.
Gemini reversed denotes vacillation. Decisions are not made, because all side of the issue pull with the same strength.
Air denotes freedom and the ability to transcent the mundane. You may be, or may soon experience a spiritual or secular liberation.
Your Animal Spirit for Today
March 14, 2018
Frog Rivet! Something in your life needs cleansing, and frog is here to help. Frog is traditionally associated with rain—that powerful force of Nature that can flood, nurture, heal, or drown. If Frog appears in your reading, you’re being asked to examine what is stagnating in your life—then ask Frog to help you let it go. Need to cry? Jump in the shower and let Frog Medicine do its work.
The Words of Confucius
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
A Little Humor for Your Day
You Might be a Redneck Pagan If…
If any part of your invocation of the South Quarter includes any lines from any song by Lynard Skynard….
If chewing tobacco is considered a sacred herb…..
If part of your rite includes throwing shotgun shells on the fire….
If the bell on your alter was ever worn by an animal in a pasture….
If the cakes and wine are done with a bowie-knife, a can of Foster’s, and a Little Debbie…..
If they chose their High Priestess at a wet t-shirt contest….
If when your priestess says “Blessed Be” in circle, you respond with “YEEE-HAW!”…
If you believe a pentagram is a Western Union message to 5 people….
If you bought your chalice at the Piggly Wiggly…..
If you buy your incense and candles at Wal-Mart….
If you call the God and Goddess by hollerin’ “Hey, y’all! Watch me!”….
If you call the North Quarter, but what you call it is an inner court secret…..
If you can play the “Burning Times” on the banjo….
If you carry your ritual sword in your pickup’s gun rack…..
If you found out your familiar is an oppossum — and still ate it……..
If you have combined Maypole Dancing/ Tractor Pull/ Turkey Shoot for Beltane….
If you have cast a love spell on livestock….
If you have ever called the National Enquirer because you raised a potato that resembled the Willendorf Goddess….
If you’ve ever cancelled a coven meeting to watch Pay-Per-View wrestling on TV….
If you’ve ever written a spell on the back of a Denny’s menu…..
If you have ever refilled your chalice from a keg…..
If you invoke the spirits so that your beer lasts longer…..
If you pray nightly to the god of big tires…..
If you sacrifice BBQ and pork rinds on an alter made of old car hoods….
If you shoot guns into the air when the priestess says, “the circle is open but never unbroken”…
If you smoke Salem cigarettes for the historical significance….
If you think a “family tradition” is a dating club….
If you think the Wiccan Rede is good for making twig furniture….
If you worship the gods of cheap beer and Nascar….
If you’ve ever done a candle spell for your local high-school football team….
If you’ve ever harvested ritual herbs with a weed whacker…..
If you’ve ever meditated to “Dueling Banjos”…..
If you’ve reached the 3rd Degree but not the third grade……
If your God statue looks a little too much like Elvis Presley…..
If your Goddess picture says “Miss September” at the bottom……
If your Wand of Power is a cattle prod…..
If your altar cloth is a Confederate flag…..
If your altar cloth is vinyl……
If your altar cloth says “Holiday Inn” or “Howard Johnson’s”….
If your altar has a spit cup…..
If your altar pentacle is a photo of John Wayne’s star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”…..
If your annointing oil smells like Old Spice…..
If your athame is by Bowie…..
If your broom has 4 wheel drive and SC plates…..
If your ceremonial chalice says “Budweiser” on it….
If your ceremonial garb consists of cut-offs and a tube-top…..
If your circle dance contains the words “dosey-do”……
If your circle dance is a two-step….
If your coven chose its High Priest at a belching contest….
If your coven’s secret names for the God and Goddess are “Cooter” and “Sweet Cheeks”….
If your coven-stead is propped up on cinder blocks…..
If your craft name starts with “Bubba”……
If your familiar can point quail….
If your familiar keeps mice out of the granary…..
If your favorite Great Rite partner is your first, second, and third cousin….
If your backyard ritual libation is brewed in an illegal backyard still……
If your favorite painting of the Goddess does her hair like Rheba McEntire….
If your maiden sweeps the circle with a weed whacker….
If your most sacred altar items include a hubcap, a velvet painting, and a half-empty can of chaw…..
If your outdoor circle has defunct washing machines for quarter altars….
If your pantheon includes Yukon Jack, Jim Beam and the St. Pauli Girl…
If your ritual music has ever included Johnny Cash singing “Ring of Fire”….
If your robes are made out of denim with Harley Davidson patches…..
The Witches Daily Divination Journal for Monday, March 12
Tarot Card of the Day
Four of Wands
This suit, most often called “Wands” and sometimes called “Rods” or “Staves,” represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.
A Four in this suit is the teamwork card, often symbolized by two couples who have come together to create something profitable and enduring. Quite likely, they will create a gift for the future — a business, hospital, theater or university. They represent the founding families of the future community that will grow around their inspiration. Teamwork is the key.
It takes time to build a grand vision; and other people of ambition and talent must be attracted to it for it to fulfill its potential. What we see here is the start-up group, the founding visionaries committing their energies to designing the blueprints and laying the groundwork. This partnership is the prototype for society or any grouping where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
This month’s cards encourage us to explore personal balance further, making sure our actions match the values we have claimed for living life. Self-examination is a constant necessity if we are to keep one side of the scale from tipping too far, throwing us off balance and off course. The cards pulled this month talk a lot about patterns and points of view. They suggest that an attitude of acceptance and patience encourages growth and keeps us discovering more of what life has to offer.
The World (reversed)
This card shows the four element symbols of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water in balance, creating space in the center for the fifth element, Aether. We saw this quincunx arrangement in our theme card, Justice, as well. It suggests the importance of giving equal attention to all vital parts of life. Additionally, to the alchemists it served as a symbol of the whole consisting of more than the sum of its parts, which is an apt illustration of the kind of achievement experienced in the World card. The brackets enclosing the quincunx show this set of knowledge fused as one, denoting the end of one cycle through the ongoing quest for self-knowledge. When the World appears reversed in a reading, as it is in our spread, it can signify stagnation and a lack of completion. It suggests that balance is not being achieved, which might simply be a natural progression from our work with the Seven of Cups last week. Prioritizing items in a list (last week’s exercise) means that focus may be given temporarily to one thing at the expense of others. This is natural and will sort itself out with time, but we may want to take a more active approach to encouraging that alignment. This month’s theme of Justice is very cerebral, and it might be helpful to take occasional breaks from all the time spent in our heads.
Exercise for The World: Head-Heart-Body-Spirit
If you are feeling stagnated or overly focused on one aspect of existence, take a few minutes to examine where attention is being placed. Spend some time in any underrepresented realms.
In your journal, make a list of ways you are currently caring for yourself in the following categories:
Is anything lacking? If so, how can you reconnect with that aspect of yourself?
While similar to classic Tarot’s Strength card, Lust goes a step further by suggesting we should enjoy the pleasures of exercising our strengths, sating our passions, and embracing that which allows one to express the majesty of their unique self. The lust this card indicates is not purely sexual, but at its most basic this lust is a primal desire to experience life to the fullest degree possible while taming our more beastly side. Lust implies that we not fight with our base instincts, but rather that we accept and manage and nourish them as an essential aspect of maintaining a balanced, complete self.
Your Weekly Influences for March 12
The Hanged Man Reversed
The reversed Hanged Man represents a preoccupation with the worldly and wasted energy. This is the card of false prophecy and time wasted.
With The Bull comes strength, loyalty and determination
Fire reversed denotes calamity that may be on a catastrophic level. Prepare to deal with changes you do not want.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
The Green Man
Where the Green Man appears the mystery and untamed energy of nature abounds. The Green Man indicates the presence of choices and powers that have not been muted by civilization. The Green Man represents the antithesis of technology and industrialization. He offers primal energies veiled in mystery and derived from the spirit of nature in its purest form.
As a daily card, The Green Man indicates you are in a place where you will be well served by exploring your place in the natural world. At the moment the wisdom that will serve you best cannot be found in books or on talk shows or extracted from today’s headlines. What’s called for is an affirmation of your place in the natural world.
Psychic Tip of the Day
You are confronted by a misunderstanding that you might have used to your advantage. Someone is not as forgiving this time. Are you discovering a new set of facts?
Witches Rune for the Day
The Blank Rune
Meaning: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone, it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.
Your Daily Elder Futhark Rune for Today
Your Animal Spirit Guide for Today
Crack the Cookie
The Wisdom of Buddha
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
Your Earth Sky News for March 12: The science of fake news gets a boost
Scientists call for studies of fake news. Plus a word about so-called “chemtrails.”
A big and hopeful thing happened at the end of last week in the area of fake news. On March 9, 2018, the largest-yet study of fake news was published in Science. Accompanying it was a second article in Science, in which scientists called for:
… interdisciplinary research to reduce the spread of fake news and to address the underlying pathologies it has revealed.
Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed.
They explained their study in its abstract:
We investigated the differential diffusion of all of the verified true and false news stories distributed on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. The data comprise ~126,000 stories tweeted by ~3 million people more than 4.5 million times. We classified news as true or false using information from six independent fact-checking organizations that exhibited 95 to 98% agreement on the classifications. Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. We found that false news was more novel than true news, which suggests that people were more likely to share novel information. Whereas false stories inspired fear, disgust, and surprise in replies, true stories inspired anticipation, sadness, joy, and trust. Contrary to conventional wisdom, robots accelerated the spread of true and false news at the same rate, implying that false news spreads more than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.
Meanwhile, in the second Science article – titled The Science of Fake News – David M. J. Lazer and 15 other social scientists and legal scholars called for more interdisciplinary study of fake news. More studies, and studies between disciplines, will be an important early step in understanding fake news, in helping people to learn to recognize it, and, hopefully, in helping to reduce it. Lazer is a professor of political science and computer and information science, and is co-director of Northeastern University’s NULab. He and his colleagues write that:
Internet platforms have become the most important enablers and primary conduits of fake news. It is inexpensive to create a website that has the trappings of a professional news organization. It has also been easy to monetize content through online ads and social media dissemination. The internet not only provides a medium for publishing fake news but offers tools to actively promote dissemination.
The group points out that, on the internet today, websites can operate relativity cheaply in contrast to in the past, where information had to be printed in monthly magazines or daily newspapers or, as in the particular case of EarthSky, for example, disseminated via radio. Some readers might not realize the extent to which small, privately owned websites like EarthSky can say … well … anything. If we at EarthSky wanted to say the moon is made of green cheese, we could. In the 20th century, that statement wouldn’t have flown. Saying it would have put us in the fringe group category. But in today’s anything-goes world of information overload, if we said it often enough, convincingly enough, with good charts and illustrations, with quotes from known historical figures saying it (taken out of context, naturally) – with glaring news headlines making outrageous claims that don’t really match reality (or even always match what’s being said in the article below the headline) – a portion of our audience might begin to believe it. Some portion of those believers might become devoted followers of our moon-as-green-cheese stories, in which case they’d spread our stories via their own social media outlets. We might become a moon-as-green-cheese community online, a place where, in our comments sections, people would suggest that non-believers should “wake up,” and see our (distorted) light.
People do form communities online around fake news. That’s because, as Lazer and his colleagues point out in their article:
Research also further demonstrates that people prefer information that confirms their preexisting attitudes (selective exposure), view information consistent with their preexisting beliefs as more persuasive than dissonant information (confirmation bias), and are inclined to accept information that pleases them (desirability bias). Prior partisan and ideological beliefs might prevent acceptance of fact checking of a given fake news story.
Search engines like Google helpfully promote people’s preferences. If you believed the moon was made of green cheese, say, and read articles on that subject, search engines like Google are programmed to show you more of the same, truth or falsehood notwithstanding.
A first step in future academic studies of fake news will be to define key terms. Lazer and colleagues’ Science article was discussed in a March 9 article in The Atlantic, titled Why It’s Okay to Call It “Fake News”. The Atlantic article primarily discussed the question of whether fake news or false news is the preferred term. As academic studies proceed, those sorts of terms will come to be defined.
Fake news itself will be clearly defined. Lazer’s article said:
We define “fake news” to be fabricated information that mimics news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent. Fake-news outlets, in turn, lack the news media’s editorial norms and processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of information. Fake news overlaps with other information disorders, such as misinformation (false or misleading information) and disinformation (false information that is purposely spread to deceive people).
Lazer’s article very interestingly traces some of the history of media across the last century, saying:
Journalistic norms of objectivity and balance arose as a backlash among journalists against the widespread use of propaganda in World War I (particularly their own role in propagating it) and the rise of corporate public relations in the 1920s.
… Failures of the U.S. news media in the early 20th century led to the rise of journalistic norms and practices that, although imperfect, generally served us well by striving to provide objective, credible information. We must redesign our information ecosystem in the 21st century. This effort must be global in scope, as many countries, some of which have never developed a robust news ecosystem, face challenges around fake and real news that are more acute than in the United States. More broadly, we must answer a fundamental question: How can we create a news ecosystem and culture that values and promotes truth?
Most fake news stories center on politics, by the way, but science news has its fake stories, too, with the best-known one, probably, being the nefarious so-called “chemtrails.” You might know of people who believe that the ordinary contrails left by jet aircraft are these “chemtrails,” part of a vast, secret, global conspiracy to … what? The described purpose has morphed and changed over the years, but currently most “chemtrails” believers will tell you that Earth’s climate is being secretly and deliberately engineered (to make it hotter? colder? I’ve never been clear on why, and I’m not sure if all chemtrail-believers agree).
As with all good lies, the chemtrails conspiracy theory contains its grain of truth. There are indeed historical references to geoengineering and weather modification among scientists. Modern scientists continue to use the term geoengineering to describe the idea of deliberately altering Earth’s climate, in case global warming becomes so severe that nations agree on a need to implement drastic action.
And drastic, indeed, it would be. Earth’s climate is vast and complicated, with many feedbacks. All climate scientists known that any intentional program to alter Earth’s climate could be expected to have unintended consequences. However, as scientists tend to do, they discuss it. They study it. There was one small-scale geo-engineering experiment, via high-altitude balloon, announced last year. One of its lead scientists – David Keith at Harvard – told me by email today:
Nothing has happened yet. I think there’s about a 50/50 chance we end up flying this year.
I’m beginning to think that people who believe in things like “chemtrails” (and also “the moon landings were a hoax,” for example) are truly brainwashed, not in the sense of being forced to believe, but in the sense of having absorbed an overflow of false information. There’s an interesting film about this sort of brainwashing called The Brainwashing of My Dadby Jen Senko. I highly recommend it, if you’re interested in this phenomenon.
How to separate truth from fiction? Fake news is a powerful crisis of our time, and I’m glad scientists are calling for studies
Bottom line: Science publishes the largest-yet study of fake news and a call for more studies by 16 social scientists and legal scholars. Plus, a word about so-called “chemtrails.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. “Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers,” she says
Man said, “Goddess, when I was in the garden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here, and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.”
And the Goddess said, “No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever, who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be at times, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.”
And the Goddess created a new animal to be a companion for Man. And it was a good animal. And the Goddess was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Man, and he wagged his tail a lot.
The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.
*NOTE* There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.
This energy is good for deep thinking rather than negotiating with others as it is more of a solitary energy making communications with others a little harder than usual. You may feel like people don’t understand what you’re trying to convey or that you’re coming across more negative than positive. This is not a good energy for business negotiations unless every detail is very clear to all involved. This energy makes you most critical of your Self, but it could trickle over onto others as well. Beware of a tendency toward apathy, pessimism and/or depression, that’s Saturn & Mercury, which makes it more mental than literal. Try to stay focused on all the blessings that you do have and all that you have accomplished instead of what’s still on the list of things to do (in life). This energy is not intended to make you feel bad about all the things left yet to do, but encourage you to begin the necessary steps and be okay with small measures of progress for now. This energy just makes you focus on the practical side of manifesting. Clear the mental & emotional debris, and begin to lay a new, clean, solid foundation beneath your goals and strategize about the details of bringing it to fruition.
This is a powerful combo, however, it has to be integrated and consciously expressed to yield the best results, otherwise, you may miss an opportunity for a major personal breakthrough. Mars gives you the courage and Uranus awakens new possibilities within. This is an easy alignment of your actions and your individual brilliance. You may even discover some new gift or talent that has been dormant for a while but is now beginning to come to life. This energy pushes you to try something new that liberates you in some way you that you may have previously felt daunted by in the past. Because of the easy angle too, this new evolution to the next level should not entail you having to annihilate any other aspect of your life, you will just intuitively know it is time to change. It won’t matter what others think or say either because the prompting for change comes from within so take advantage of this time to experiment. You never know where it will lead.
3/11 ~ Sun (core identity) ~sextile~ Pluto (transformation):
This is a healthy, positive, transformative energy. You will have access to energy that will help you change your current circumstance for the better and/or clear up an issue that has been challenging you for a while now. It’s great for purifying, cleaning & clearing your personal space, as well as organizing your life in general. You may have to examine the “big picture” to see where an adjustment, for the good of all involved, is necessary. If you’re not feeling up to working on outer issues, this also gives you the opportunity to do some introspective thinking and deep self-reflection. Superficial once-overs will not do, you must address the root cause for where you find yourself at this time in your life and decide if it is working for you or against you.
This energy can make you feel cool & detached with loved ones. It is time to ‘take stock’ of your relationships and really evaluate the level of balance between giving & receiving. Business or personal – relationships must have a balance of give & take. You may feel more aware of your true independence in life and start reevaluating the need for certain relationships in your life. This energy pushes you to dig for your own fortitude & determination to live according to your own values & priorities and corrections or adjustments may be necessary and fairly obvious at this time. You may feel lonely, depressed or disconnected but it’s just the Universe forcing you to question or assess your current relationships, how you interact with others and how you allow them to interact with you. It’s good to periodically evaluate even the strongest relationship and check the foundation. Don’t give in to (ego-based) fears, focusing on the lack & limitation or what is not working, but instead build on your strengths and honor the goodness you’ve created together, as well as in your Self. This is the best time to be alone and reflective because the insights you acquire through this process will help you in the future.
3/13 ~ Sun (source & essential Self) ~trine~ Jupiter (expansion):
This is a blessing of Source energy fueling your biggest dreams & visions for your life, this lifetime. You are encouraged to take advantage of the good *vibe* available when these two get together to expand your life’s direction in a big way. This activation is often blessings from previous dedication. You’ve been moving in a certain direction, and it’s like the Path is wider & deeper now, allowing you to connect some huge pieces of your personal Story *together* in a new way. It’s great for learning & exploring anything that will support your forward movement. Some may use the good vibe to veg-out and relax, which for some, may be best. However, if you are stepping up to new levels of your own consciousness, this energy totally supports you as you integrate it all. It is an enthusiastic, optimistic energy that will open doors for you, depending on your attitude. It will allow you to see the big picture and the next necessary step toward your goals at this time.
Although Jupiter has recently turned retrograde in Scorpio, thanks to the clarity of Venus’s fiery influence, we begin to see light at the end of all sorts of love tunnels.
We are inspired to explore our options or regain a wider perspective on personal desires and needs. In fact, it’s a week when you can just enjoy being more open about life and love, and stop taking things too personally.
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, as long as you are also conscious that no-one can ever really live up to some of your higher expectations, not even yourself. Most of us spend a large portion of our waking life regretting things. But thanks to Venus, you are at last coming to terms with the present for what it is: a time for re-evaluation and positive ideas for honest loving.
It’s likely that any moments of romantic anticipation will make you feel alive, but more importantly, make you realise that you’re loveable and capable of loving. Although Jupiter may be retrograde in your opposite sign, it does give you a chance to calm any heated feelings, and reflect on what you have, rather than what you haven’t got. This is a week when things will change for the better and surprises arrive in the nicest possible way. Result? Any love in the air will be to stay for a very long time.
If you want new romance, or to bring back the sparkle to a current relationship, then it’s time to journey forth into new social venues or make a pact with your partner to go somewhere different. But it’s not the conscious decisions you make that will create the good times, it’s what you discover on route which will change your life for the better.
It might seem that there are endless challenges in love’s current drama, but somehow you find a way to navigate it all with wisdom and awareness. There is, in fact, a positively enlightening chink in the planetary line-up. This week’s riddle is to think laterally: in fact, love can only be found by not looking for it at all.
You’ll not only be blessed with good company, but others will be blessed with your sparkling humour and genuine pleasure-loving spirit. What’s the down side? None, except in all that upswing you’ve got to come back down to earth. In fact, you are about to become a romantic animal. Enjoy the different avenues of love that you go down this week.
There’s a sense of power-tripping around your sign right now. And I don’t mean you’re about to become bossy or despotic. No, actually it’s more that someone has a seriously strong hold over you for a change, and just wants you to be closer to them. Surely it’s time to accept that two heads together may be better than one?
This week’s influence rebuilds romance and a little order. Someone values your opinion, someone is charmed by your goals, someone is amused by your quirky humour and it seems after all you’re in control of your life again. It could be three different someones (if only!), but when the law of attraction works in your favour – use it.
Jupiter’s back-tracking influence in your sign gives you a chance to reflect, regroup, re-evaluate your love life. So, ask yourself the following: are you trying too hard to please, or are you demanding too much? Are you living by expectations which are your own, of those imposed on you by others? Think carefully and, rather than join the herd, remember, it’s the black sheep who usually makes the greatest impression.
This week gives you the opportunity to ask yourself, do you want more freedom? Do you want less routine, do you want to be more creative and produce offspring of the mind, body or just of the soul? If single, what does a cosy twosome really mean to you? Who is your ideal partner? Reflect carefully, and all will be revealed.
You’re finding it hard to know what is right and what is wrong. Did you promise the earth and now aren’t sure if this is the right kind of love for you? Are you simply there because it’s been easier to sit tight and assume all is well with the world, and anyway it’s too late to change anything? However complacent you feel, time to sort it out.
You experience a few tweaks of insecurity and you’re wondering if you can stand the problems around unfulfilled romance or a confusing relationship. To begin with this week, you may feel tense, but by the end of the week the tension disappears and love becomes beautiful again.
What price your independence? At the end of the week, with a new moon in your own sign, a resurgence of self-love means you will be loved by one who truly adores you. Suggest to yourself that at least you can find harmony with one special person as long as they honour your need for a cool, laid-back lifestyle, but peppered with a sense of adventure.
“If you want to love, express hate. If you want to hate, express love.”
~ Strephon Kaplan Williams
I read the above quote in an Astrology book, in a section about having Pluto in the natal 12th House of Spirituality. Wowsers! I’ll admit I had to read the quote about a dozen times — even out loud — before I could process it. Initially it sounds ugly. Really ugly. I mean, is this psychologist actually suggesting that we hate?
Then I began to allow myself to think about this quote — to really “go there” and sit with the dark side of life. To sit with my own natal Venus-Pluto opposition. Kelly Clarkson sings about it these days when she belts “Will you love me? Even with my dark side?”
We all have one.
The trouble is, many of us are afraid to admit, let alone confront it.
The shadow side of planet Pluto
I posted the above quote on my Facebook page in a bit of an experimental fashion. I wanted to see how many people would have the same initial reaction I did — the “Ick, what is this nut job talking about?” reaction. Nearly everyone disagreed with the quote. Of course they did. It’s awful. It goes against everything we ever learned about our higher selves and unconditional love, right? The dude who declared this had to be some kind of nut job.
Not so fast.
The author of the book attempts to call our attention to Pluto and the shadow side of this crafty planet. Pluto is the planet of power and depth. It is our control factor in the birth chart, and it teaches us how to deal with (or attempt to hide from) the intense issues such as sex, death, power and transformation.
Pluto is the planet that rules the underworld, including the occult and crime. Pluto is the mafia. Pluto is the psychic medium. Pluto is the depth psychologist. Pluto is the rapist and the serial killer. Pluto is the healer. Yes, Pluto is ALL of these things. Not all of them were pretty to read, were they?
Well, Pluto is not meant to be pretty. It’s the simple truth. Our Pluto placement, by sign, house and aspect, is where we are meant to confront both our darkest energies and transcend them in order to evolve our soul in a most incredible way. In the extreme you can go the Hitler route, or you can go the Ghandi route. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle.
Love vs. hate
I think the reason why the quote above pushes so many buttons in our psyche is because we don’t want to examine the possibility that love and hate might really be two sides of the same coin. If you go deeply enough, hate is really nothing more than the feeling of rejection, vulnerability and sadness that comes from loving so deeply and losing that love or feeling wounded by the one you love. By the same token, love is not possible unless we can confront and redeem the darkest, most twisted forces inside of us.
Has anyone ever said “I hate you!” in an angry fit? I think we’ve all been there. Ah, my teenage children have both declared these words to me on separate occasions. Ouch. It hurts! And in that moment, the person means it. But what they really mean when they say this word “hate” is much deeper. They’re really saying: “I hate the fact that I love you so much it gives you power to hurt me and make me feel like I have no control.”
I remember the bitter years of my divorce. My ex-husband hated me so much he tried to destroy me. Why? The root of it all is love. He tried to destroy me and he expressed so much vengeance, bitterness and anger (dark side of Pluto) because in reality he was in extreme pain. He hated me because he loved me so much and that love was no longer possible for us to share. He couldn’t control that (Pluto) so the dark side emerged. It took me years to understand this, but once I did I became free from the hate I felt for him. The higher self always returns to understanding and compassion. To love.
Coming full circle into love
Can you see how, when someone feels hate they are really feeling the dark side of their Pluto? Can you see how, when you can honestly examine the deep root of that hate, surrender to it and free yourself from it, you are once again ready for love? Are you ready to embrace YOUR dark side?
Maybe this is what Williams meant by that quote. Consider it.
Hate, anger, control and resentment are merely gloves our psyche puts on to mask pain. It is only by honestly confronting this pain that we can ever come full circle and get back to the other side.
You won’t be set up, you won’t be asked along for a dinner date with mates to find little Miss or Mr Singleton waiting to share a dippy bread and camembert, you want all that goodness for yourself and what’s double dunking about? Friends mean well Aries, but the truth is you’re way too busy having a good time. And right there is when someone finds you. Just shine.
If you can’t say something nice about your ex it may be better to say nothing at all, especially on your first date. Say what? Are you talking about how things didn’t go so well with someone who wants fun times with you? Or maybe you’re putting them off with a mopey-story of ten? A week to let it go Elsa, build a snowman, build a snowwoman, let them hear your woes.
If it’s all too much for you it could be you need a little spa time, that’s whirlpools and mud treatments not loitering in your local shop, just to be clear. Get thee to a place of relaxation Gemini, come back feeling more inclined to let someone in your space, more room for their conversations and admiration of how soft your skin is.
There’s very little you can do to convince someone that a dinner date would be a good idea, in fact let’s change that. Why would you try so hard with someone who clearly isn’t all that bothered? Don’t push it, there’s enough going on in the land of would be love links for someone to come to you. If it feels too much like hard work, it’s because it is.
As Venus tots up her air-miles you might be thinking of a break, somewhere with sun, sea, sand and someone to make your heart flutter? She would agree, a nice little break might help quench your thirst and nobody is talking cocktails. If you’re in stay at home mode, your daily commute offers eyes across a crowded carriage. Love is travelling, move with it.
As the Sun continues to travel through your relationship sky, he’s meeting Pluto’s icy stare from your new love sky. That’s hardly heart-warming. Well… think of it as more of a question as he wonders if you see what everyone sees, if you see someone is into you and you’re still talking mundane stuff? Look again Virgo, someone is using any excuse to talk to you. Flirt a little.
If Mercury is communication, Venus is love and Uranus is unpredictability you have the full set working in your relationship sky and trying their best to bring out the spontaneous flirty-mcflirty in you. Don’t hold back Libra, give it some of your best one-liners, your brightest smile, your spontaneous ideas for fun in your lunch break?
I can’t tell if you’re feeling a little hot under the collar because someone who is just your type has made his or her feelings known, or you’re nervous about what happens next? Either way it’s simply about having a good time Scorpio, you can draw the line wherever you want and the move it if you feel like it. You may think it’s all in or nothing, not true. Set the pace.
What can’t you say that you haven’t said? What can you do that you haven’t done? Is this where you give up? Seems someone hasn’t got the message Sagittarius, it’s not that they’re disinterested, they just don’t know that you are! Get super clear with message, shall we go for a coffee sometime beats so, what are you doing today? Get direct.
Things are changing, in the next few months you’re set to go from not a lot happening in your new love sky to being so busy you might have to introduce and queueing system. This then, is the time you use to ponder, to consider what it is you want in said relationship? Don’t be in a hurry, true love take a little longer to come around.
I had the most wonderful date with an Aquarius, we started at morning coffee and ended at dinner and all that time there was laughter and witty banter. I often wondered what was cancelled in that day to make it all happen, for my Aquarian to spend so much time with me? That’s how you know, nothing else matters and that’s what could come your way this week.
If you’re surprised at who thinks you’re the best thing since sliced bread you may want to butter him or her up, even if you’re still not sure they’re the one for you. Some folks are growers, some take time to reveal their hidden depths and this is one of those times Pisces. Don’t dismiss a hasty advance, it might just be nerves.
Talk is cheap but actions mean everything today. Knowing which direction you want to go in and not just following the crowds, can help you to improve both your personal and your professional life. Saturn helps you get hold of funds which you were about to give up on and you no longer have to rely on the person who has been using finances for emotional blackmail.
TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
As Thomas Edison once said, ‘many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up,’ and think my friends where we would have been without him! A fresh start with someone you have fallen out with can only work if you make a more conscious effort not to bring up the past.
GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
There is a whole new feeling of power which is enveloping your life this week. This is giving you the knowledge that you can control where your life goes and how successful it becomes. Old friends re-enter your life for all the right reasons and invitations which come your way this week and indeed month, will provide many fun times.
CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Of course, you can’t get to the top without hard work. Why would you think you could? Don’t ask anyone to do your work for you this week, but prove to those around you why you are worth investing time, money and energy into. The need to spend some more time with someone you love could see you acting in a childish fashion.
LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
You are expecting something to be a problem but it doesn’t have to be so. Knowing what you want and conveying your wishes to others is half the battle Leo. The Sun favours personal relationships. You should find it easier to talk to those you love and to get across what and who has really been making you unhappy.
VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Try to make more of an effort with family this week. You may not realise it, but many of your close ones have not been feeling as close to you as they would like. Any efforts you make to ensure they feel special is sure to pay back tenfold. Imagination you use over the coming days really will take you everywhere.
LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Someone you care for has disappointed you and you don’t seem to be too sure how to tackle the issues which have come up between you. Being honest and upfront and not using third parties to say how you feel, is the key my friend. Travel plans loom and should prove to be one of your most exciting trips for several years.
SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
If you genuinely want something this week, then don’t wait for it, but draw on the impatient qualities you are usually so famous for. This is one time when I am encouraging you to use the traits that close ones have put you down for. In fact, it can benefit both your home life and your financial security if you do.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
You are not your resume, you are your work and you can prove this by social and work aspects mixing over the coming days. Try to keep your temper with family this week, as they may be going through things you are yet unaware of. Animals link to some of your most interesting friendship introductions for a very long time.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
It is ok to take criticism seriously, but do not take it personally or you will lose focus on all that really needs to be done. Spending time with those who you know make you feel good about yourself plays a really important role in you making this week a constructive one. New faces with foreign names prove more than a little impressionable on you.
AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
The best way to tell a close one how you are feeling is just to tell them. You have spent far too much time worrying about all that was not in your control, when you should have been focusing on what can and will go right. Self belief is your biggest secret weapon. Joining forces with someone you used to work with can solve an unexpected professional problem.
PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Mars is making it hard for you to not feel a touch of the green-eyed monster. Try to stop looking at the past, but focus on the future. It is where your life is heading and where you can be a better version of yourself. Making money is easy if you do things by the book. Cutting corners this week can only ruin your bank balance and your reputation. Ring now for a look at the bigger picture.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, March 11
You are in a particularly good position to make plans related to business and money now, dear Aries, but as the day advances, things turn around you. In fact, your judgment of what you truly value –or what is valuable — can be off with a Venus-Saturn square temporarily skewing your perceptions. A responsibility, critique, or obligation may surface, putting a damper on your enthusiasm for personal plans and activities, or it ties you down or holds you back. Obstacles present themselves, perhaps at just the wrong moment, but this is only a temporary setback and can absolutely be a blessing in disguise, as slowdowns related to challenging Saturn aspects so often are. Fortunately, you’re feeling emotionally empowered and strong overall, particularly with a Sun-Jupiter transit in the works.
There can be bonding moments with others in the first half of the day, dear Taurus, particularly through shared ideas and viewpoints. In fact, these things are more important to you than usual. There is some tendency for blocks in the natural flow of things as the day progresses, however, as your ruler, Venus, forms a square to Saturn. Under this influence, it can be all too easy for defensiveness to get the best of you. There may be some feelings of resentment of others who seem less interested or supportive. People may be wrapped up in their own problems and are not readily intuiting your needs. Look for the lesson if things are slowing down or not going as planned, after which focusing on what IS working in your life is appropriate.
The morning is strong for gaining a better understanding of your deeper feelings about a matter, dear Gemini. Your thinking is strategic, and this benefits you greatly, as planning can be useful now. Later today, we head towards a Venus-Saturn square, and there can be complications or blocks to your enthusiasm related to relationships. As much as you’re enjoying your friendships or projects, something or someone may be holding you back temporarily. Because you and others tend to be more self-protective now, it’s not an ideal time to grow a bond or express your feelings, but it is a signal to perhaps slow down and avoid pushing something that needs more time to evolve and develop on its own.
You’re in a strong place for considering the long view related to happiness goals and your relationships, dear Cancer. Networking efforts can have excellent results. Gunning for a cherished goal, dream, or cause may be in focus now, and it can be intensely rewarding. However, the day advances towards a Venus-Saturn square which can pull up obstacles or restrictions. Fears can be stimulated, particularly related to long-term goals, career, and partnership. Try not to expect negative responses from others, as this can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. A significant other may be disapproving or not quite sharing your enthusiasm for your plans. There is no need to accept others’ disapproval, but do a self-check, as sometimes a bit of criticism, as frustrating as it seems in the moment, can lead to useful adjustments.
This morning is strong for considering the long view related to work, reputation, career, or health, dear Leo. Making plans can be exciting and motivating now. You may have an ace up your sleeve today. There is a good, healthy focus on your work or services. As the day advances, though, a Venus-Saturn square comes into influence, and it can point to a block, reality check, criticism, or other break in the flow of your enthusiasm, mainly for personal interests, studies, or adventurous experiences. Avoid pushing things if they’re not developing at the speed you’d like right now, and be patient for best results. If you’re feeling unfulfilled or disillusioned, don’t allow these feelings to rule decisions, as they’re temporary. Duties and responsibilities to work or matters related to health tend to keep you grounded for the time being.
This morning is excellent for feeling a sense of purpose or deep enjoyment related to a project or pursuit, dear Virgo. Valuable insight into educational, promotional, publishing, work, or travel matters is possible now, as well. Bonding or vibing with someone on mental levels now can motivate you. As the day advances, a Venus-Saturn square comes into play. This can come in the form of blockage, a reality check, disapproval, or even self-defeating thoughts. Differences in tastes, styles, or attitudes with people close to you may seem more disruptive now, but they’re unlikely to be game changers. Confused signals in a relationship are possible until you sort out which of your feelings come from your instincts and which are merely fear-driven.
There is good, supportive energy in the first half of the day for research or an in-depth probe into your psyche. You can discover something valuable about your personal goals or deeper desires and motivations. You seem to instinctively know how to best use your resources. There is a sense that you know your next step regarding support. Long-term ventures designed to secure you down the road can be strong in your mind now. As the day progresses, your ruler, Venus, moves towards a square to Saturn, suggesting blockages or delays, whether these are literal or emotional. You can be especially sensitive to criticism and perceived slights. There could be someone who acts as a downer or who bursts your bubble about a relationship, but in all likelihood, it’s more about a need to slow down and get into better touch with your feelings.
You can be feeling empowered this morning, dear Scorpio, possibly as the result of a significant person in your life or new insight into a project. Talking about your plans with someone you trust can be rewarding. There can be some truly brilliant ideas building now. Even so, there is a hump to get over in the form of a Venus-Saturn square that comes into influence as the day progresses and into tomorrow. This can relate to a reality check, some disapproval, or perhaps some problems with overload and time restrictions. Try not to let any of this push you back. Watch how you express yourself, as you may be coming across in a self-effacing way that might lead to missed opportunities, or on the other side, a critical way that interferes with your chances of getting ahead.
You are looking at the long view when it comes to your health, work, or money now, dear Sagittarius, and this helps you see these things from a different and useful perspective. Decisions this morning are good as a result of this depth of vision. It can come to you in a rush how to deal with a challenging situation and put it behind you. As the day advances, insecurities or frustrations can interfere with perceptions. There can be complications to giving or receiving love today or early tomorrow, but keep in mind that these may be self-imposed. Passion and creative energy may meet with some level of frustration or blockage. Obstacles may be financially-related on the surface of things, but they can also relate to emotional reservations or fears of unworthiness. Keep in mind that blocks are temporary, but there are also valuable lessons to absorb while you wait.
Creatively speaking, you’re in great form this morning, dear Capricorn. You’re in good shape for cultivating and enhancing connections through conversation. You may be excited about advancing a hobby or creative project. While there can be very supportive energy now, as the day progresses, you can be particularly sensitive with Saturn in your sign forming a square to Venus in a personal area of your solar chart. You can be touchy now, and you may read rejection when the situation is unlikely to be dire. Love is complicated, mainly because you’re in need of some self-nurturing. There are opportunities today, but some lousy timing or reservations seem to interfere. Do a self-check now, as it’s possible that you are limiting yourself through self-defeating attitudes. Otherwise, consider that it’s time to slow down and that it’s merely a checkpoint, not a permanent condition.
The morning is excellent for your vision regarding long-term projects, dear Aquarius, particularly those that help secure you in a significant way. You might see patterns or make insightful discoveries regarding the past, family or private life as well. The power of a good attitude or perspective on problems becomes obvious now. Decisions are well-backed in the morning, but lose quality as the day progresses. Later today, the Moon enters your sign and enlivens you. Even so, a Venus-Saturn square exact tomorrow morning comes into influence, and there may be a reality to face or a block/delay to deal with. You may feel excited about something, but you can be holding yourself back from sharing it. The need to censor yourself can overcome you now. Timing can be off as it’s hard to judge the value of things in your life just for the moment, and if it’s possible to do so, you may want to put off decisions.
Energies active this morning continue to remind you of the need to focus rather than scatter your energies, dear Pisces. You have a comforting feeling that you’re learning a lot from your recent experiences. Later today, a Venus-Saturn square comes into influence and suggests some need to rein things in if you’re overdoing. There may be a social or emotional issue that nags at you and prevents you from expressing yourself freely. A disagreement related to values or respect is possible now, or you could experience a small reality check concerning a friend or finances. It’s important to get to a state of realism now, but keep in mind that with Saturn challenges, the first look at a situation can seem far glummer than it really is.
No matter what your age, you always remain youthful and playful. You are open to a wide range of ideas, and you have a real sense of the right words to say or write and the best way to present an idea. You would be excellent at promotion or advertising, and also make a warm and interesting friend who always seems to lend a hand or lift others’ spirits with words of encouragement. At times impatient with others, your warm heart wins in the end. Famous people born today: Liza Minnelli, Jack Kerouac, Barbara Feldon, James Taylor, Samm Levine, Darryl Strawberry.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!
The year ahead can be an ambitious time and a supportive period for reaching your goals. You might solve a long-standing problem, or capitalize upon a resource that was previously hidden.
This is an excellent year in which to advance projects revolving around communications – writing, speaking, selling, and so forth. Your reputation may be enhanced through word of mouth. Making new contacts through learning and mental pursuits figures strongly as well.
Jupiter forms a trine to your Sun until October, and you have a stronger than usual desire to improve, grow, and learn. This is a fortunate aspect that helps boost optimism and confidence, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Matters related to universities, higher education, religion, publishing, legal affairs, and/or foreign interests can be especially strong. It’s an excellent time to further your education. You are likely to enjoy a larger perspective on matters that keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses.
Mercury conjunct Venus in your Solar Return chart adds charm to the way you present your ideas this year, certainly helping to smooth over differences in your personal relationships. This influence also helps you to express yourself more creatively. Even so, their square to Saturn suggests some obstacles to overcome. Getting serious about love and money can be a theme this year. The need to buckle down with your finances or with certain pleasures may be necessary. The responsibilities of partnership, love, or friendship can be magnified this year.
Bursts of creativity and energy emerge at seemingly perfect times and help you to further your goals. Healthy risk-taking is likely again this year, as you are more able to spot an opportunity when you see one. You are progressive, growth-oriented, and ready to take the initiative when the moment feels right.
This is also a fine period for expanding your connections, contacts, creative pursuits, and romantic relationships. Relationships benefit from increased generosity and goodwill. You’re more inclined than usual to indulge, shop, socialize, and enjoy yourself this year. Whether it’s a hobby, person, or pursuit, this is a good time for discovering what makes you happy.
Pluto transits in harmony beginning in 2019, and you are determined, ready to make changes, and in a great position to get rid of bad habits. This is a year in which to get your life back on track, as you have the willpower to do so. Others are bound to recognize your leadership skills and talents, or, at the very least, your potential. You want your life path and your objectives to reflect what you’re really about. You benefit from being more decisive than usual, and your ability to concentrate and focus help you to achieve what you set out to do. A new project or goal begun this year has a good chance of being successful and long-lasting.
The year ahead can be an ambitious time and a supportive period for reaching your goals. This can be an inventive time of your life that’s good for breaking out of old patterns and making powerful changes. You receive plenty of cosmic support for making big improvements or lifestyle changes.
2018 is a Number Eight year for you. Ruled by Saturn. This is a year of power and accomplishment. Actively seeking to expand, taking educated risks, and moving forward are highlighted. This is a year of opportunity, particularly in the material and business world, and opportunities need to be seized. It’s generally not a year to find a new love partner, simply because the focus is on the material world and your place in the world. This is a problem-solving year in which you can expect real, tangible results. Advice – take action, plan ahead, seize opportunities.
2019 will be a Number Nine year for you. Ruled by Mars. This is a year of completion and transition. It is a time when we need to let go of things that no longer serve their purpose, and hold on to things that have a future. It is a time of cleaning out dead wood, not necessarily for new beginnings. It can be a time when a burden has been taken off your shoulders, and it can be a year of giving of yourself. Advice – let go of things that are holding you back, give of yourself and express your sympathetic, compassionate side.
A Venus-Saturn influence this morning points to the need to slow down or get past an obstacle, dear Aries. There may be a delay or block to contend with that throws a wrench in your plans. Personal freedom and responsibilities are in focus, and probably not mixing well. An obligation could emerge that ties you down or holds you back. However, as the day advances, you are in an excellent position for support, new insight into old problems, and private matters, in general. Benefits may come from a surprising or hidden source, and if it’s possible, this is a good time for a retreat or other refreshing change of pace. An intimate relationship or the pipeline to your deeper self might open up now.
With a Venus-Saturn square this morning, dear Taurus, watch for defensiveness or self-protectiveness that gets in the way of opportunities, particularly as the day promises much. It can be difficult to state what you need or want, and criticism or fear of criticism can wear you down a little. As the day advances, a Sun-Jupiter trine opens your heart and mind wide, and is particularly good for building up your confidence and faith in your relationships. Generosity is the key to social success right now. Be open and generous with your support and time for best results now. You’re looking forward now.
A Venus-Saturn square is active this morning, dear Gemini, and there may be some complications with relationships, and possibly finances or ownership matters as well. The desire to enjoy friendships and independence is active now, but something or someone may seem to hold you back or block you. However, this can also be a time for putting a dysfunctional part of your life behind you. As the day advances, you’re in particularly good shape for being with people as well as for gaining the inspiration to pursue your ambitions. Career matters can be especially fruitful now, and you may feel motivated about reaching a goal. Expressing optimism, warmth, and generosity is helpful for maximum benefit from a Sun-Jupiter aspect occurring now
Worries and concerns regarding career, long-term goals, life direction, and partnership may emerge this morning with a Venus-Saturn challenge, dear Cancer. Even if you’re positive with others, there may be some negative feedback, but this doesn’t have to be a problem if you aim to deal with it as maturely as possible. As the day advances, you’re in a great position to refresh or rejuvenate yourself through engaging and fun activities. A Sun-Jupiter trine encourages you to do things that advance your interests and support growth and improvement. It’s a potentially excellent day for creative inspiration, and you might revive a friendship or endeavor. Very warm and positive energy is with you for sharing viewpoints, spending time with others, creative expression, romance, and learning. Non-routine experiences tend to favor you most right now. Confidence and faith bring benefits and opportunities to you.
A Venus-Saturn square occurs this morning, dear Leo, and you can experience a feeling of being blocked or limited from pursuing your dreams and personal interests. This is a time for realism, and the more you resist this, the more uncomfortable this period may be! It’s briefly uncomfortable, but recognizing limits helps you make constructive changes. While there is somewhat serious energy with us this morning, today is potentially excellent for family connections or an intimate relationship. You’re thinking ahead and focused on growing, changing, and making improvements. There can be a feeling of restored or increased faith and optimism, and a general sense of harmony with the important people in your emotional life–or with yourself!
There may be some confused signals in a relationship this morning, dear Virgo, or there can be predicaments related to relationships or with projects. Differences in outlook or levels of commitment can be glaring. Look for ways to adjust expectations if this will get you to a better frame of mind. As the day advances, your optimism and enthusiasm build. It’s a time of increased hope and improved spirits, as well as excitement about a relationship or venture. You have the chance to enjoy people in your life more fully. Openness and generosity lead to new levels of understanding. You can experience a stronger sense of well-being which, in turn, inspires you to do your best.
There can be heightened sensitivity this morning, dear Libra, as Venus and Saturn perfect their square aspect. Family members or responsibilities to the home can feel burdensome or restricting, particularly when it comes to your relationships and social life. Toning something down now may lead to improvements in the long run. As the day advances, we benefit from a Sun-Jupiter trine that encourages positivity and optimism. Opportunities to grow your finances or career (or both) can emerge now. You’re taking a step in the right direction. You might learn something new about a health or work matter that puts you in a good mood, or you can see and feel forward progress in current projects. Cooperation on the job helps your outlook. It helps you to be clearer about your goals and to feel good about what you do and about your contributions.
Saturn’s influence on Venus casts a somewhat serious tone to this morning, dear Scorpio. This can be about disapproval, blockages, self-defeating attitudes, or time constraints, but whatever it is, there can be the need to redo or retry rather than move plans forward. Try to pay attention to how you express yourself, whether you’re not asking for enough or if you’re coming across as critical. It may be that you’re not giving yourself enough credit, and this is interfering with your ability to attract the resources you need. As the day advances, you benefit from an aspect between the Sun and Jupiter in your sign. You’re in particularly good shape for creative self-expression and relating well. You may be establishing trust with others. Something opens up for you, perhaps a new channel for expressing yourself, and this can feel empowering. A surge of enthusiasm brightens your day and your vision of the future.
A Venus-Saturn influence this morning can find you holding back from enjoying yourself, dear Sagittarius. Whether this is due to the unresponsiveness of others around you or lack of resources, something’s coming up short, and you need to slow down. As the day advances, though, the Sun forms a lovely aspect with your ruler, Jupiter, and you’re in excellent shape for turning things around. While it remains an important time for centering yourself, you’re feeling much more confident about things. It’s a robust time for tapping into your intuition. Radiating an expectation of success with people you love does wonders for you now. Relaxing, recreational activities can appeal and can even be a little therapeutic now. Introspection does some wonderful good for you.
This morning, passions are strong, but love is complicated, dear Capricorn, especially since you are in need of some self-nurturing these days, which can seem to conflict with your personal ambitions at the moment. Giving up a pleasure to take care of an obligation or duty may not sound like fun now, but will benefit you in the long run. As the day advances, a Sun-Jupiter trine comes into influence and points to wonderful success with communications, networking, personal interests, and friendships. Conversations are generous, open, and meaningful. This is a time for thinking in bigger terms than your norm, particularly about long-term plans for happiness and your social life.
Venus forms a square to Saturn this morning, dear Aquarius, and this is a signal that slowing down is appropriate now, and is a better strategy than going all out. Even so, as the day advances, you can feel quite hungry to grow something, and you’ll find reliable cosmic support for doing so. While your inner critic can emerge early today, temporarily holding you back from expressing yourself or even enjoying what you’re doing, you come into your own as the day progresses. Money and work matters can improve. Others may be noticing your efforts, talents, or accomplishments. You may draw in the right people or resources to advance your goals. Widen your comfort zone, help others, and make the first move now.
It can be challenging to express your feelings this morning, dear Pisces, and perhaps even to
understand them as Venus and Saturn reach a square aspect. A project or pursuit may reach a block or a standstill, but there are likely workarounds. As the day advances, you find it easy to relax. The Sun in your sign harmonizes with Jupiter, and you are especially at ease with others (and yourself). There can be some wonderful opportunities to enjoy yourself. Educational, travel, and other mind-expanding activities can be in focus and can thrive, or opportunities for these things can present themselves. There is a strong desire to distinguish yourself from others, to take the high road, and to do right. You are holding yourself well and getting your message across powerfully now
Meaning: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone, it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.
“Not-this” – Literally: “Need-fire” or “Necessity” – Esoteric: Constraint, Friction
Key Concepts: Need, resistance, constraint, conflict, drama, effort, necessity, urgency, hard work, need-fire, life lessons, creative friction, distress, force of growth, the consequence of past action, short term pain for long term gain
Psi: resistance, need, effort
Energy: necessity, coming forth into being, urgency
Mundane: doing what must be done, chores, hard work
Divinations: Resistance (leading to strength), recognition of örlög (ultimate law, primal truth), innovation, need-fire (self-reliance), personal development and life lessons, achievement through effort; or constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity, warnings, worry, guilt, moral cowardice, unfulfilled or unrecognized needs.
Meaning: This rune symbolizes your friends and family and their influence upon you. Its meaning is usually derived from the other stones closest to it. This rune is also associated with travel. A journey abroad is indicated especially if the Sun rune is nearby, but a journey for someone close to you if the Moon stone is closest. If it is near to the Rings it foretells a holiday or long distance relationship.