Horoscopes September 2017

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Congratulations babes: we survived the total solar eclipse, the great astrological and astronomical climax of 2017! So many people were in awe of our sky for the first time, wowed by our human insignificance on this tiny planet orbiting our Sun. Perhaps it’s our busy modern life and bright lights that keep us from wondering about humanity’s place in the greater universe. Whether you watched it with others or alone, meditated or danced, cried or hollered, the total solar eclipse was truly a magical event. And it isn’t over yet: astrologically we will be seeing and feeling eclipse vibes reverberate for the next six months to two years as eclipses along the Leo-Aquarius polarity continue.

Moving out of warm, dramatic Leo and into critical, detail-oriented Virgo could feel like the grounding we need to get things done. It could also feel like we are left to organize and clean up the afterbirth of a messy eclipse season. As we collectively ease into fall, the days become shorter. Light is diminished, temperatures start to cool and plants begin to die. September offers the shift of Mercury, Venus and Mars into accommodating Virgo. The Sun moves into Libra signaling the autumn equinox and providing a breath of fresh air. As we step towards the darkness of winter, we must do the methodical, analytical Virgo work of attending to our health and healing and refining our vision of a more just and equitable world.

Astro pro tip: if you’re interested in a more detailed list of dates when planets change signs this month, scroll down to the end of the horoscopes.


ARIES RISING (OR ARIES SUN)

Life is disruptive, messy, yet we survive and continue on. We must grow and shift and constantly shed outdated skin in order to not be trapped in our past. Life is so short, and you my dear fire princess have no need to pretend to be who you are not. Consider the beginning of the month to be the last zing of heat this summer and take advantage of your energy and enthusiasm. Exuberant fire energy burns bright in your house of pleasure and creativity during the first half of September, but as planets move from Leo to Virgo mid-month you will find yourself brought back down to earth, focused on the practical mundane details of daily life. Utilize the Virgo new moon on September 19 to set a new intention around your health, chores, to-do lists, or service to others.

TAURUS RISING (OR TAURUS SUN)

Change is painful but remaining stagnant can be even worse. You may have spent the last few months getting so caught up in what’s going on underneath the surface that your path forward looks like a blur. Your challenge is balance, dear stubborn one: you cannot let the internal life override the external, or vice versa. Find ways to honor where you come from without forgetting where you are headed. With so much planetary action in your house of creativity and joy, this month provides many opportunities for creative analysis, joyful categorizing and sexy data. The neurotic Virgo new moon on September 19 is the perfect time to start a new project or love affair to keep you warm this winter.

GEMINI RISING (OR GEMINI SUN)

Tell me about your plans to put love into action, chatty Cathy. Tell me about your ideas and dreams for these months ahead. Tell me about your experiences, lessons, and heartbreaks that have unraveled over this beautiful-yet-hard summer. As Mercury moves retrograde from Virgo back into Leo during the first eight days of September, revisit or reinterpret themes that came up for you during the total solar eclipse. Who or what is calling to you now? How can you lean into love and act on your values in daily life? Mercury stations direct on September 5 and swiftly moves into efficient Virgo on September 9. Spend the last half of the month revisiting or renegotiating issues related to home, family, and who or where you come from.

CANCER RISING (OR CANCER SUN)

Life keeps moving, even though the ground beneath you is shifting quicker than you can keep up. This month, breathe new life into your written and verbal self-expression. Dust off that old journal, start a podcast, blog about your passions or begin a daily letter writing practice. Transform your inner voice into something that can be shared with those around you and see if projecting your voice into the void helps you feel heard in new ways. As we move away from the light and towards winter darkness, methodical and practical communication has the potential to transform old ideas and patterns. If you feel lost or disconnected from your voice, draw divine feminine inspiration from the full moon in Pisces on September 6. It’s easy to get lost in the mundane details of what we already know; call upon the fluidity and permeability of mutable water to help you dream up new ways to survive.

LEO RISING (OR LEO SUN)

The term “self-care” is overused and misunderstood as it becomes more common vernacular in our capitalist U.S. culture, but I want to encourage you to care for yourself honestly and deeply this month. With sensual Venus in your house of self and identity, find ways to fall in love with the very essence of you. Buy yourself flowers. Take yourself on long romantic walks on the beach. Enchant yourself with the tender flirty Leo passion that you usually save for others. On September 12, warm-hearted Venus and truth-seeking Saturn support you in setting loving boundaries for yourself and others. When you put to rest outdated versions of yourself, you free up opportunities for deeper self-acceptance.

VIRGO RISING (OR VIRGO SUN)

Out of the darkness and into the light, out of the past and into the present: this is the time to finally get the clarity you’ve been seeking. Leo season was too hot, too explosive, too grandiose for your taste. This month trust your instinct. Pay attention to your center, your guts. It is time to share the creative process you’ve been devoted to with others, breathing new joy and imagination into your art. As Mercury stations direct on September 5th, the same day Mars moves into your house of self, beware of inflammation and overdoing it. Yes your vitality is high, but you are not immune from burnout. Put your plans into motion, but include rest and recovery time into those plans.

LIBRA RISING (OR LIBRA SUN)

The world needs you harmonious honey, not the things you provide for others. Self-sacrifice comes easy but this is no time to play the martyr. Spend this month paying attention to how much you agree to take on the work that belongs to others; saying no can save you from feeling spiteful and overburdened when you’re alone with an endless to-do list. What actions can you take to fine-tune the balance between personal satisfaction and responsibility to the greater good? Tap into the intuitive Pisces full moon on September 6 to celebrate physical or spiritual healing that you’ve accomplished over the last few months. Look back and notice if/how your emotional boundaries have shifted since the Pisces new moon in February. Release the minute details and go with the flow rather than trying to control your next move.

SCORPIO RISING (OR SCORPIO SUN)

As the heightened joys of summer fun come to a close, tune in to the needs of your community. Who are the people around you? Who are your neighbors, collaborators, friends and colleagues? Where can you connect with your networks to fulfill social needs? The Virgo new moon on September 19 marks the beginning of a new chapter in service to groups and coalitions. Now is the time to slowly embark on new community-based activities, such as bringing together and caring for burnt out activists and marginalized people. Your ability to see in the dark is a gift, but your personal power becomes even more potent when you share and utilize your gifts for greater community healing.

SAGITTARIUS RISING (OR SAGITTARIUS SUN)

September promises to be a stimulating month for your career or public-facing role. Your professional identity benefits from meticulous activities that seem daunting, like balancing checkbooks or creating new Excel spreadsheets to organize information more efficiently. Transformation doesn’t always happen during solo meditation practices and silent retreats, so keep your eyes open for opportunities to transcend beyond your current state. Stay focused and don’t fall into a trap of self-criticism and the outcome will enhance your personal sense of worth, as well as your finances. Set Virgo new moon wishes around work goals or aspirations that you’d like to accomplish over the next six months.

CAPRICORN RISING (OR CAPRICORN SUN)

There is no right way to be spiritual. Religious perfectionism and a philosophy based on flawlessness are difficult to manifest in our complex world. Seeking deeper meaning or truth will become your focus this month, but it’s time to reconcile your fear of the messy, wild, chaotic realities. Writing or speaking about injustice you see around you can be a useful outlet for making sense of the madness. Imperfection is part of the process, part of growth and transformation. It’s painful to let others see beyond your perfect achievements, but your raw, truly authentic potential is within your grasp if you share your failures with others.

AQUARIUS RISING (OR AQUARIUS SUN)

Relationships with others, or just relating to humans in general, has been occupying much of your time lately, you lovely weirdo. Whether the eclipse torched your existing beliefs about relationships or reinforced your desire to be loved whole-heartedly, the power-play between self and other has been intense these past few months. Sweet Venus in fiery Leo will soothe some of the scars left by the Leo eclipse, but notice tension between your desire for unbridled freedom and your responsibility to partners or lovers. The Virgo new moon asks you to use critical reasoning and logic to battle internalized shame, taboo, fear and limitations. Facing and integrating your own shadow qualities will be highly productive in the coming months, especially if you have a detailed plan.

PISCES RISING (OR PISCES SUN)

As a sensitive water creature, you are deeply tuned in to the collective psyche. How have your energetic boundaries been strengthened or weakened by the solar eclipse? Have you noticed that you are fatigued by stress and anxiety that don’t actually belong to you? Take greater care of your health this month. Healing is not always linear, and we slip easily back into old familiar patterns that don’t actually take us where we need to go. Romance may take front and center this month, but don’t lose yourself in caretaking others. Throw a party for the September 6 full moon in Pisces, even if it’s just you and your cat; think back to the new moon eclipse in February 2017 and celebrate on all you’ve accomplished since in then.


Notes on planetary ingresses (i.e. when planets move sign) and new/full moon details for September:

September 5: Mercury stations direct at 29 degrees Leo, which is where the solar eclipse occurred last month. Prepare to revisit or return to things that were coming up for you at the end of last month.

September 5: Mars moves into Virgo. Beware of getting stuck in cycles of passive-aggressive nagging and criticism.

September 6: Full Moon in Pisces. This full moon connects with Neptune, the planet that aches for escapism and surrender. Find ways to tap into deeper consciousness and collective dreams.

September 9: Mercury moves into Virgo. After spending some of June and all of August in Virgo, Mercury now returns to retrace their footsteps.

September 19: Venus moves into Virgo. Time to get serious about your values and find ways to serve the greater good. If you’ve been meaning to volunteer, attend an anti-racism rally or fundraise for a friend in need, now is the time to get started.

September 19: New Moon in Virgo. This new moon offers a chance to get down to the nitty gritty details. If you need a clean slate to help you move forward and put thoughts into action, Moon and Sun in Virgo will support a more detailed critical analysis.

September 22: Sun moves into Libra. Happy Autumn Equinox! Libra is ruled by the scales, aiming for harmony and justice. Find ways to celebrate the light and dark, which are in balance today.


ABOUT KELSEY:

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Deep Sea Astrology is Kelsey Branca, a multi-faceted queer femme astrologer. She has been studying astrology since she was a teen and completed the PSA 2nd-year-program in 2016. Kelsey's astrology practice incorporates an anti-oppression framework and she is committed to uplifting marginalized voices and dismantling racism, sexism, misogyny, classism, cissexism, etc. that is pervasive in astrology communities and beyond. Find her sporadic astro writing on Instagram @deepseaastrology or contact her for a collaborative reading at deepseaastrology@gmail.com or Deep Sea Astrology on Facebook.

Horoscopes June 2017

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We are all seeking relief in these difficult times. While June may or may not bring the things that you crave, it will offer significant shifts in the astro weather, beginning with with strong fire and air energies and ending with deep watery depths. As three planets move into Cancer this month, remember that the crab can be emotive and moody while remaining sympathetic and nurturing. This cardinal water sign swims in the Yin undercurrent of our subconscious desires. Cancer’s vulnerability and nostalgia are not valued under our capitalist society that dictates production and action at any cost, so we often disregard the strengths of this archetype. Cancer season brings familial love and connection, as well as deep healing potential. Remember to indulge your senses (smell, hear, taste, see and touch) as we move towards the initiation of summer and Cancer season.

  • June 9th: The Full Moon in Sagittarius seeks to connect us to our deepest truth, no matter how bitter it may under Saturn’s influence. Jupiter in Libra stations direct the same day, moving us forward as we seek abundance and growth through our connection to others.
  • June 16th: Neptune stations retrograde and hours later the Moon meets Neptune in Pisces. Use the energy of this day to dream up utopias for future generations, and use Saturn’s structure to refine these dreams and guide you to action. 
  • June 20th: The Summer Solstice signifies the start of Cancer season as the Sun moves into the sign of the crab.
  • June 21st: Mercury moves into Cancer, joining Mars and Sun in the sign of the moody healer. With three planets in Cancer, opposing Pluto in Capricorn, the collective is called to nurture and protect our roots.
  • June 23rd: The New Moon in Cancer represents a major opportunity for healing, receiving messages from our deep subconscious, planting an intention or establishing a new goal for the rest of 2017. What needs to be nurtured, replenished and emotionally tended to at this time?

 ARIES RISING (OR ARIES SUN) 

Unpredictable and rebellious Uranus has been in hotheaded Aries since 2011, asking you to redefine how you show up in the world. Think back: have you rediscovered yourself in unexpected ways? Perhaps the shift has been shocking and uncomfortable, or perhaps breaking tradition has freed your inner rebel. In any case, the month begins with charming Venus colliding with electric Uranus on June 3rd, providing an “a-ha” moment about what you love and hold dear. With grounded Saturn refining your worldview, the way to learn your limits is to toe the line between theory and practice. Do you have the courage to invoke radical self-love, unpredictable courage or electric desire? Beware of the poorly expressed side of Venus in Aries which can act on selfish impulse instead of honoring true values. 

TAURUS RISING (OR TAURUS SUN) 

This may sound boring, but bear with me my humble babes, as you often find joy in the mundane. This is the month for taking inventory of your stuff: your money, your belongings and your wealth. Every knick-knack, every childhood birthday card and every priceless, thrifted treasure. Don’t forget to examine internal gifts, talents or skills with gentle curiosity. Take a look at what you treasure and what you have carried from one home to the next. Multifaceted Mercury will be at home in fast moving Gemini June 6th through June 20th, bringing the gift of curiosity over “stuff” of all kinds. This ability to relate to the world around you will be enhanced by high femme queen Venus as she moves into Taurus on June 6th. In this sign, Venus asks you to take advantage of this ability to collect and transmute information, attract others and rediscover the pleasures in life. 

GEMINI RISING (OR GEMINI SUN) 

Stern Saturn has been in your house of relationships since December 2014, helping you structure, define and refine your beliefs about relating to others. Remember astro newbies: when I say “relationships” I’m not just talking romantic monogamous partners; I’m talking roommates, close friendships, lovers and beloved co-workers and the people who drive you to the airport and bring you comfort foods when you’re ill. As the bright summer Sun and versatile Mercury move through your first house of self this month, watch out for conflicts or tensions between self-expression and the expectations you have for others.  This will be especially true from June 14th through June 18th. Remember that your dualistic nature is a gift, allowing you to see these issues from all sides.   

CANCER RISING (OR CANCER SUN)

As a lunar babe, you’re a big ball ‘o feels, but let’s not pretend those feelings are all gentle and kind. Assertive warrior Mars moves into sidestepping Cancer on June 4th and stays there until July 20th. The collective vibe will be irritable, self-protective and sensitive. You might feel called to protect yourself and fight for self-preservation. There are lots of ways to fight: maybe you withdraw and stay inside with Netflix and something to snuggle in order to defend that inner tenderness, or maybe you fight with Mars energy and uncover a new way to assert yourself. As you channel your gut impulses, remember that Mars in hard-shelled Cancer can use emotional waters to cut others down and drown them. Water power is passive, but it’s also erosive, especially when colluding with destructive Pluto and limiting Saturn.  

LEO RISING (OR LEO SUN) 

I know you love play more than most, my bright kitten. Your fun has been somewhat more serious since the end of 2014, with Saturn in your house of fun, sex  and creativity. Rigid Saturn in freedom loving Sagittarius has been your guide in refining your creative vision, while Uranus moves through your house of philosophy and worldview. How has your awareness been expanded? How has it offered you insights into things you never could have anticipated? How can you remain flexible and allow spirituality and theory to unfurl before you? Use your charm, fueled by Venus in Taurus, after June 6th to favorably influence your public life with beauty and harmony. Now is a wonderful opportunity to build a relationship with a mentor or to get guidance about the work you’re here to do. 

VIRGO RISING (OR VIRGO SUN) 

We all know you can be a little uptight, Virgo, but your ability to plan, calculate and dissect helps you get what you need in this earthly realm. Early in the month, take advantage of giantess Jupiter in balanced Libra expanding your values, money and financial resources. From June 6th to June 19th, the bright Sun and charming Mercury in Gemini in your house of career and public life give you a great opportunity to ask for what you want out of your career. If it makes sense, ask for a raise or increase your sliding scale rate for your healing arts practice. As Mars moves into sensitive Cancer on June 20th, tap into your nurturing nature when working in groups. Work with others to meet your goals and find ways to engage in social justice work in your community. 

LIBRA RISING (OR LIBRA SUN) 

You are skilled at the balancing act of pleasing others and making new friends, harmonious honey, but what moves you? What issues or causes push you to own your perspective on justice? How can you expand your awareness and lend your relational gifts globally or in your own neighborhood association? On June 9th, Jupiter starts to move direct, supporting the integration of what you have learned since the giant planet started her retrograde journey in February 2017. Now is the time to recognize your gifts and apply them. Lead with your beautiful heart and don’t downplay your talents. Self-love and self-appreciation are important at this time. If you’re still not sure what I’m talking about, you may gain some clarity when erratic Uranus and tenderhearted Venus collide in Aries on June 3rd, bringing an unexpected replay of some you-vs-me energy.  

SCORPIO RISING (OR SCORPIO SUN) 

What do you believe, you powerful creature? What is truth and what is not? What philosophies do you value and which belief systems are you ready to retire? Expansive Jupiter has been sitting in your house of hidden or subconscious affairs since September 2016 and will stay there until October 2017. You are much less ego-driven at this time, and your ability to empathize has increased. Whether you are strongly drawn to the occult, the church or the academic institutions, look for connection to higher knowledge. As Mars moves into your house of educational systems and collective knowledge on June 4th, be careful not to confuse yourself with your ideologies; you are more than what you believe. 

SAGITTARIUS RISING (OR SAGITTARIUS SUN) 

All work and no play is pretty boring, my daring darling. It's time to celebrate where you’re at right now. Even if you're far from your goal, the first half of June presents some lovely opportunities to stop thinking and start doing. During the early hours of June 3rd, sweet yet salty Venus in Aries meets up with unexpected Uranus. If you’re able, set this day aside for something self-indulgent or leave it open to the unexpected. The first weekend of the month will provide opportunities to pursue a creative, fun hobby or help playfully transform some of the hard work that has consumed you. You can’t push blindly forward without sitting down and digesting your experiences first. Reflect on where you’ve come from and give yourself a pat on the back.  

CAPRICORN RISING (OR CAPRICORN SUN) 

There are plenty of opportunities for power struggles, so treat yourself to a little Venus in Taurus style pampering this month; the pleasures of self-care are a necessity, not a luxury. As three quick moving planets move into caring Cancer, you may find your energies focused on others in your life. On June 4th, impulsive Mars moves into Cancer, followed by the ego-led Sun and dualistic Mercury (June 20th and 21st). Depending on your personal natal chart, the shift from fire to water energy will be either a wet blanket or the cool drink of water you’ve been searching for. Find a healthy balance between self-neglect and self-obsession.  Don't let others control you. You’re a sturdy babe; find a way to embody the saying, “do no harm but take no shit.” 

AQUARIUS RISING (OR AQUARIUS SUN)

You insightful, brilliant genius friend: are you ready to get to work? The full moon in Sagittarius on June 9th will give you an opportunity to cut away the garbage and get to some deep healing with the support of your community. You are a visionary and this full moon will serve up  some harsh realities. It’s time to heal and stop avoiding the breakthrough you’re ready for.  Maybe your next step is to do the Saturn work of releasing emotions by tossing your ego into your daily routines and work. While Mars is in Cancer (June 4th through July 20th), you will find the fuel to get things done. Think of it as parenting yourself. Whatever the framework, it’s time to prioritize the activities, medications, routines or short-term fasts that aid you in freeing yourself from what plagues you.

PISCES RISING (OR PISCES SUN) 

Though this month will likely be tense, the Cancer new moon on June 23rd is just the thing to soothe your weary soul. With four planets in Cancer (the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars) in your house of self-expression, this new moon offers you a chance to truly heal from a deep soul wound or see a major paradigm shift. Seed new moon ideas and plans that you’d like to hatch in December 2017. During Cancer season, which begins on the new moon and lasts until July 22nd, find the self-love and self-acceptance you’ve been aching for. Be your most radiant self and find outlets for fun and play. Nurture the joy in your life.


About Kelsey:

Deep Sea Astrology is Kelsey Branca, a multi-faceted queer femme astrologer. She has been studying astrology since she was a teen and completed the PSA 2nd-year-program in 2016. Kelsey's astrology practice incorporates an anti-oppression framework and she is committed to uplifting marginalized voices and dismantling racism, sexism, misogyny, classism, cissexism, etc. that is pervasive in astrology communities and beyond. Find her sporadic astro writing on Instagram @deepseaastrology or contact her for a collaborative reading at deepseaastrology@gmail.com or Deep Sea Astrology on Facebook.

Horoscopes May 2017

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  • Mercury stations direct 5/3
  • Full Moon in Scorpio 5/10
  • Mercury ingress into Taurus 5/17
  • Sun ingress into Gemini 5/20
  • New Moon in Gemini 5/25

Retrogrades were all the rage in March and April, but this month begins with Mercury stationed direct (as it moves forward from our vantage point on Earth), and by the end of May, both Mercury and Venus will be out of their retrograde shadows. This means they will regain full strength and begin to push us ahead, rather than asking us to review what has already happened.

Prepare for a fiery month. As the days get longer, we will gain momentum on our projects and activities. We may be compelled to “do” without pausing, listening, sorting out feelings or thinking through consequences.

ARIES RISING (OR ARIES SUN)

Have you been running in place, tethered by invisible forces, or feeling stuck in the mud? This month provides an opportunity to escape your rut by sharing, learning about or teaching the ideas you’ve been ruminating on in 2017. If your ideas are muddled, pay extra attention to the words and chatter in your daily life for clues. Your ruling planet (action-oriented Mars) is in quick witted Gemini all May long, making you even more opinionated than usual. As energetic Mars leads the way, your ideas, thoughts and methods of relating to the world will be bold. Depending on what you do with it, Venus could soften blunt language and aggressive mannerisms, or could make you seem especially selfish. This is the month to gently persuade others to join you in your adventures, not to brag, berate or dominate to get what you want.

TAURUS RISING (OR TAURUS SUN)

How do you align your daily actions and routines with your ultimate cosmic goals? How can you fight for justice if you’re unwilling to fight for yourself? From April 28th to June 5th, your ruling planet, pleasure loving Venus, moves through your 12th house of self-undoing, karma, and powerlessness. During this time, there will be an emphasis on your choices and routines in day-to-day life, and how they conflict with your unconscious trauma, your tendency towards martyrdom and your mental self-sabotage. Sound scary? This is not the easiest transit, especially for a gentle soul who likes things to stay the same, but fear not: now is the time to trust yourself. Like the unwavering bull, your gift is your strength, steadfastness and determination. Find a direction and pursue your goals at a slow, steady pace. You won’t get there in one day, so take your time and beware of burnout.

GEMINI RISING (OR GEMINI SUN)

With sly Mercury as your ruling planet, haters say you’re fickle and, worse, two-faced. They don’t understand that as a mutable maverick you’re gifted with the ability to see things from all sides, and to shift and evolve with ease. The month starts off buzzing with the social energy of charming Mercury in adventurous Aries; prior to May 15th, throw yourself into a new social hobby that focuses on self-improvement, such as a creative writing group or a body-positive group exercise class. During the second half of the month, take time to withdraw so you may study, meditate or examine your inner self. The hidden workings of your mind, especially your unconscious compulsions and obsessions, will be more accessible at this time. You can gain a lot from slowing down to surrender, heal, resolve an addiction or gain resolution.
 

CANCER RISING (OR CANCER SUN)

Juggling work and home life is stressing you out, crabby patty. Even if your “work” is your art and your “home” is tending to one houseplant, chances are, you feel torn between responsibility to self and responsibility to others. As expansive Jupiter moves retrograde through your fourth house of home, there may be too much in your domestic life to balance, or you may be transitioning to a new apartment or reevaluating your roots. You are ruled by the Moon and lunar emotions, making it especially easy to lose yourself in the needs of others at this time, so remember to put your safety mask on first. The new moon on May 25th, invites you to name the ways you punish and insult yourself in private. What negative self-talk can be replaced with the seeds of kind, healing words and mantras?

LEO RISING (OR LEO SUN)

You are ruled by the Sun, the light which makes life possible. Imagine yourself standing on a stage, and notice that at this time of year, the spotlight shines brightest on you. Turn your attention outward for a moment and look into the audience. Who are they? Where are you and what is your place in this world? What do you do, not for money under capitalist patriarchy, but as your life’s purpose? How do your actions contribute to your community, friends and neighbors? Get real, and don’t let your pride or stubbornness get in the way of honesty. May 9th will bring an opportunity for particularly intense and powerful insight, offering you the chance to transform a daily habit. Let the full moon in Scorpio on May 10th remind you of how far you’ve come since October 2016.

VIRGO RISING (OR VIRGO SUN)

No one doubts that your gifts are your cleverness, wit and enthusiasm for knowledge. I know your instinct is to make a to-do list and check those dang boxes. Yet with your ruling planet (witty Mercury) traveling through Aries, you might feel a loss of the control you are accustomed to. For the first half of the month, you might be impatient or brash with the resources others bring to you. Now is the time to sort out and make sense of things that seem too dark or taboo to bring to the surface. Schedule an appointment with your therapist, astrologer or life coach. Once Mercury moves into Taurus on May 15th, things will settle into a more stable routine allowing you to broaden your worldview.

LIBRA RISING (OR LIBRA SUN)

Love, beauty and relating is the air you breathe, sweetheart. Your ruling planet, Venus, is moving through your seventh house of relationships and partnerships. That is not to say that romance is your only motivator--I’m talking relationships of all kinds: family, housemates, ex-lovers and peers. Relating and connecting to those who know you on a more intimate level feels especially important this month. On May 19th, Venus in Aries (a placement of assertive self-love) will compete with Jupiter in Libra, which encourages expansion through partnerships. Watch out for conflict in your ideologies and your personal behavior; practice what you preach. Treat your sweeties the way you want them to treat you, and treat yourself with the generosity you shower on others. Celebrate where you are and leave room for new love in your life, even friend love, the love of an acquaintance’s baby or a new furry companion.

SCORPIO RISING (OR SCORPIO SUN)

You need focus this month. While motivated Mars (your ruling planet) moves through Gemini all month, it’s easy to get excited about everything and jump from one thing to the next. You’ll do best if you can eliminate distractions, debunk illusions and use that energy to focus on the task at hand.  Celebrate yourself and all of your mysteries with a sexy Scorpio full moon party on May 10th. Be mindful of power struggles over your values, and how they interact with those of other people; issues related to resources that you share may be especially charged. Notice your anxieties about wealth or poverty (spiritual, monetary or otherwise) as they could be especially high right now. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s a good time to evaluate the stories you tell yourself about your access to resources. What are you lacking? Where are you abundant? How can you better accept help and support in the areas where you are struggling?

SAGITTARIUS RISING (OR SAGITTARIUS SUN)

You are often at the center of the party, my adventurous pal, and with buoyant Jupiter as your ruler, you usually land on your feet. But maybe your footing has been a bit faulty lately. With Saturn in your first house of self until December 2017, be prepared to continue working and reworking themes of self-improvement and self-mastery. Buoyant Jupiter in your eleventh house of social responsibility and community wants justice for all, and aches for harmonious, sustainable peace in the midst of chaotic uncertainty. How can you integrate the self-discipline you’ve been learning in order to create your vision for a greater society? How can your drive, focus and determination be used to create the beautiful community you seek? What can you do, spearhead or create that will feed the communal spiritual growth you are longing for? Spend some time thinking about a daily habit you want to give up, or a new one you’d like to commit to, and take time on the May 25th Gemini new moon to put your wishes into words. The time is ripe to give up smoking, start a daily meditation practice or otherwise feed your physical and spiritual self.

CAPRICORN RISING (OR CAPRICORN SUN)

You are ruled by Saturn, the sturdy determined planet of discipline, and you don’t mess around. You’re a hard worker and have a lot to be proud of. You have the gift of struggling against the impossible. On May 28th and 29th, quick and lively Mars opposes focused Saturn in a power struggle. If you can, structure time to get it out, alone or with others, and let your voice be heard: blast punk music on a roadtrip to the mountains, sing sad karaoke songs by yourself or write letters to your hidden fears and burn them. Get friends together and take turns screaming into the void.

AQUARIUS RISING (OR AQUARIUS SUN)

My dear Aquarian, your ruling planets (mature Saturn and rebellion Uranus*) support each other all month. Acting with bold individuality in your everyday affairs (chatting with your librarian, calling your siblings etc.) will help you rework your dreams and visions for the future. May 17th through May 20th will be the height of this collaboration between serious philosophical inquiry and adventurous authenticity. Now is the time to get unstuck from the past and plan the future that you deserve, especially when it comes to your commitment to greater community or social justice work. Trust your gut, your intuition and your fiery passion. The Moon in Leo on May 1st through May 3rd and again on May 29th through May 31st will give you an extra boost of self-confidence. I know it’s cliche, but beware of drama, especially the kind you initiate.

*depending on who you ask, your rising sign is ruled by one or both of these planets

PISCES RISING (OR PISCES SUN)

You’ve transcended the mundane before and the time has come to evolve again, dreamboat. Your ruling planets (exaggerated Jupiter and escapist Neptune*) are at odds with each other from May 11th to May 25th. This theme of transcendence emerged in late 2016 and will be back again later this year. Jupiter retrograde this month reworks and integrates subtle psychological patterns in the search for spiritual growth. Meanwhile, Neptune in Pisces makes knowing yourself challenging but essential. It’s almost like you are fine-tuning your balancing scales in order to find the harmony between give and take and codependence and autonomy. Maybe you want to hitch your wagon to others and let them help carry your burden, or maybe others will latch onto you in order to sustain themselves. Watch your boundaries. Respect your personal power while asking others to do the same.

*depending on who you ask, your rising sign is ruled by one or both of these planets
 


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Deep Sea Astrology is Kelsey Branca, a multi-faceted queer femme astrologer. She has been studying astrology since she was a teen and completed the PSA 2nd-year-program in 2016. Kelsey's astrology practice incorporates an anti-oppression framework and she is committed to uplifting marginalized voices and dismantling racism, sexism, misogyny, classism, cissexism, etc. that is pervasive in astrology communities and beyond. Find her sporadic astro writing on Instagram @deepseaastrology or contact her for a collaborative reading at deepseaastrology@gmail.com or Deep Sea Astrology on Facebook.

Horoscopes April 2017

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Retrograde Focus We’re all familiar with the annual urge to spring clean. As flower bulbs push through the ground and buds form on the branches, we’re equally inspired to breathe new life into our physical spaces. This April, we are also asked to clean up our psychological baggage. With a whopping four planets in retrograde, this is the granddaddy of mulligans, and our chance to try different approaches in order to manifest the results we are seeking. We will have lots of love in our corner as we endeavor to change the constructs that hold us back, as both the Libra Full Moon on the 11th, and Taurus New Moon on the 26th, are ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love who encourages us to seek balance and beauty in our relationships to people, spaces and resources.

Our month of retrogrades begins with an Aries infused Venus moving back into Pisces on the 3rd. At this point, we’ve reassessed our personal values in relationships and can now apply them to reimagining our self-love and relationship ideals. This may work hand-in-hand with Saturn’s retrograde starting on the 6th, which pushes us to evolve our belief systems. If we do the work, we’ll be charged and open to receive the love we are seeking when Venus goes direct on the 15th. On April 10th, Mercury enters retrograde and brings communication challenges until May 3rd, encouraging us to practice serenity, patience and mindfulness. Finally, Pluto goes retrograde in Capricorn on the 20th, encouraging us to change the ways we have been approaching familial, social and political structures.

 

ARIES RISING OR SUN SIGN

During the first week of April, Venus retrograde brings focus to the roles of balance and ritual in your spiritual life, while Saturn retrograde allows you to begin replacing old and outdated world views. Mercury retrograde on the 10th may slow communications and transactions related to financial matters--wait until after May 3rd to move forward with major contracts. The Libra Full Moon may bring change to a business or romantic relationship around the 11th. During the last week of April, you may feel that your material and spiritual philosophies are at odds with each other. Writing down some clear and organized lists about your values will create clarity. On the 26th, the Taurus New Moon helps you manifest intentions for integrating your life values as well as seeking abundance.

TAURUS RISING OR SUN SIGN

Early this month, Venus retrograde invites you to rethink your approach to promoting equality and justice within your community, while Saturn retrograde helps you dissolve ineffective partnerships and make plans that will increase your access to other people’s resources. When Mercury goes retrograde from April 10th to May 3rd, you’ll experience difficulty expressing yourself and may feel some confusion about your place in the world. However, you’ll be making progress throughout the month and the more you can bring organization and structure to your thinking, the more clarity you’ll receive about who you are and what you’re here to do. On the 11th, the Libra Full Moon brings attention to support that helps you succeed at work, and is a good time to honor work relationships with gratitude. At the end of the month, you’ll be super motivated to grow your bank account, and the Taurus New Moon will further help you set intentions for accruing the resources you need.

GEMINI RISING OR SUN SIGN

Venus retrograde brings focus to your career early this month, encouraging you to align vocation and values and to seek balance in the workplace. From April 6th to August 25th, Saturn retrograde will impact your relationships by reorganizing the roles and responsibilities in personal or business partnerships. Following the 10th, Mercury retrograde may hinder communication with your inner-self or higher power. Try opening up different channels for spiritual expression at this time, and take it easy on yourself. The Libra Full Moon may deliver a creative charge, and by the end of the month, you’ll feel increased passion and drive to take life by the handlebars and ride with power. The Taurus New Moon at the end of the month will initiate a process of uncovering desires that have been lying beneath the surface. Connect with the earth to help unearth these feelings--it's time to start digging!

CANCER RISING OR SUN SIGN

Early this month you’ll start rethinking your ideals about beauty and how you give and receive love. You’ll also be restructuring your daily activities with an eye to living your truth and searching for meaning, even in menial tasks. Mercury goes retrograde on the 10th, potentially straining conversations within a community group. At the same time, the Libra Full Moon may bring attention to the balance of relationships in your family. A close relationship will undergo major evolution over the next five months while latent feelings or information begin to surface over this time. The Taurus New Moon at the end of the month helps open new dialogue within the community. Grounding exercises, moments of silence or checking in before meetings will further help group cohesion.

LEO RISING OR SUN SIGN

In the beginning of April, the energies are working to drive active change within the macro and micro aspects of your career. You will also be compelled to act on your philosophical viewpoints, although, you may face opposition or feel bound by daily responsibilities. Around the 10th, the Libra Full Moon may bring focus to sibling or neighbor relationships. As Saturn turns retrograde, you will be challenged to research and seek novel ways to access inspiration and express your creativity. At the end of the month, you may feel more vocal at work, however, communications will be challenged by Mercury retrograde--choose your words carefully. The Taurus New Moon is an opportunity to set intentions for your work to bring you abundance.

VIRGO RISING OR SUN SIGN

Early this month, a creative class may inspire activism that aligns with your worldview. The Saturn retrograde period, starting on the 6th and lasting four months, will serve to realign familiar structures that may have become imbalanced. Additionally, romantic relationships may feel more confusing than usual during the first few weeks of April. Wait to make any moves until after the 21st. You may also be taking action in your career at this time. It will be helpful to collect all the data before going head to head with a colleague. The Taurus New Moon on the 26th is a time to start considering if your material belongings are aligned with your global viewpoints.

LIBRA RISING OR SUN SIGN

In the beginning of April, consider the changes you can make in your daily routine to welcome beauty into your life. This may be as simple as stopping to smell the roses. Saturn retrograde encourages you to restructure opportunities for learning and sharing information, while the Libra Full Moon on the 11th may help to bring balance, bolster confidence and even make your physical appearance more attractive. Toward the end of April, you may find yourself focused on shared experiences of intimacy, shared finances or supernatural events. The magic will be in your corner if you plan to participate in a witchy ritual to honor the Taurus New Moon.

SCORPIO RISING OR SUN SIGN

Early this month, Venus retrograde encourages you to explore new opportunities for creative expression and to reconsider what “beautiful” really means in a creative context. You may also start to realign your material possessions with your values if the two have become disconnected. Starting around the 10th, you may be rethinking some of your relationships. Wait to take action until after May 3rd. The Libra Full Moon will serve to dissolve the ego and deepen your connection with your inner-self. This will ground you and prepare you for relationship development, which will be the focus of your Taurus New Moon on the 26th.

SAGITTARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN

Early this month you’ll be thinking of new ways to give and receive love and create balance within familial relationships. Be open to course corrections during the four month Saturn retrograde period as it helps you refine your direction and get back on track. When Mercury goes retrograde on the 10th, expect some challenges with technology and transportation. The Libra Full Moon may bring attention to your diplomacy in a community matter. Later this month you’ll feel heightened passion in a romantic relationship. The Taurus New Moon on the 26th encourages grounding exercises like gardening or enjoying herbal tea to nurture your daily routine.

CAPRICORN RISING OR SUN SIGN

Early in the four month Saturn retrograde period, you may rethink opportunities for creative expression, and the Taurus new moon on the 26th, will further encourage this artistic experimentation. Saturn retrograde will also brings focus to your spiritual belief systems and encourages you to create an action plan for spiritual development. The Libra Full Moon may illuminate opportunities for greater balance in your career around the 10th. During the last week of April, you’ll be energized and action oriented when it comes to your daily checklists.

AQUARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN

Take time in the beginning of the month to inventory your values, and assess new opportunities for developing resources through the law of attraction. You may see some restructuring of your community groups over the next four months. Starting on the 10th, Mercury retrograde may challenge communication with family members, and around this same time the Libra Full Moon will illuminate your personal connections to global matters. Later this month, you may feel particularly invested in improving your home life. Around the 22nd, you’ll become passionate about a creative project, and you’ll have all the moxie and drive to pull it off. On the 26th, the Taurus New Moon offers an opportunity to invite love and abundance into your family. Celebrate this day with a family outing in nature.

PISCES RISING OR SUN SIGN

At the beginning of April, place your focus on self-love. Be kind and patient with your self, allowing time for reflection and meditation in order to develop a deeper connection with self. Over the next four months you may experience some restructuring in your workplace. Be patient and wait to see what develops before taking action. On the 11th, the Libra Full Moon will heighten expression of intimacy in a relationship. Mercury retrograde will slow the spread of information until May 3rd, further testing you to practice patience. On the 26th, the Taurus New Moon will help to remove blockages in communication.


Ashley's Bio: 

Ashley Quinn is an astrological researcher and writer dedicated to accumulating knowledge, detecting trends and sharing meaningful impressions for harnessing planetary powers. Ashley is a second year graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, a certified yoga instructor, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently engaged in bringing together these disciplines to offer astro guidance and remediation for individuals and couples, and will be taking new clients in the Fall of 2016

Horoscopes March 2017

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When the Sun meets Neptune in Pisces this month, we may experience some confusion about personal identity issues as our imaginations will be overactive at this time. Starting on the 2nd, many will experience a tug of war between relationship development and personal growth. Know that you don’t have to choose between these two as they work together. On March 5th, Venus enters a six-week retrograde period in Aries. At this time, we’re encouraged to reflect on how we can take a more active role in self care and self love, especially with activities that energize us. The Virgo Full Moon on March 12th may illuminate matters related to health, work or service. Following this, the emphasis returns to personal development and we are encouraged to discuss budding ideas with others, knowing that feedback from personal and structural relationships may help push our personal development efforts to the next level. On March 27th the Aries New Moon helps to solidify the acts of self love we incorporate into our personal experience, and inspires us to set concrete goals for personal development.  

ARIES RISING OR SUN

At the start of March, you may feel some confusion about an interpersonal relationship. You’ll be torn between spontaneously pulling away, and keeping your faith and positivity. Venus goes retrograde at this time, facilitating introspection and dedication to self love. Around March 6th you’ll be motivated to communicate your relationship dreams and desires. The outcome will go one of two ways, either delivering expansion in the relationship, or actualizing your independence. Mid-month, the Full Moon in Virgo highlights the results of self care efforts. At the end of the month, you’ll feel compelled to speak your mind however you may also face some opposition due to structural changes at work. The New Moon in Aries on the 27th is a time to set intentions for activities related to your personal development.

TAURUS RISING OR SUN

Around March 1st, community gatherings will help you experience heightened intuition and strokes of inspiration; this is an important time to listen to your subconscious needs. Throughout the month you’ll feel pulled between activating the subconscious through unconventional means, and enjoying the comfort and expansion you receive through your daily routine. The Virgo Full Moon on March 12th will illuminate a creative project requiring exacting detail. During the last week of March, you’ll start to see some breakthroughs in your efforts to tap into and communication your subconscious desires. The Aries New Moon on the 27th aids you further by putting intention and action behind what you have uncovered.

GEMINI RISING OR SUN

Early this month you’ll be fantasizing about various career paths. You may feel pulled between two directions: one involving creative collaboration, and the other pertaining to a sudden or unconventional community activist role. When Venus turns retrograde on March 5, you may feel romantically connected to a friend in your circle, or you could be focused on nurturing self love through socialization with friends. Allow yourself the six-week retrograde period to process your emotions before taking action. Mid-month, the Virgo Full Moon will bring focus to the needs of your immediate family. The last week of March you’ll be speaking out in your community, and may expect to face some opposition as well as inner conflict related to your creative pursuits. At the end of the month, the Aries New Moon pushes you to further develop your community leadership presence.

CANCER RISING OR SUN

At the beginning of March, you may find yourself exploring research or travel in order to deepen your connection to spirit by expanding your worldview. This pursuit may find itself on the back burner, however, as you will be very career focused this month.  An unexpected opportunity to charge forward in career advancement may be challenged by a family matter needing your full attention. Mid-month, the Virgo Full Moon is likely to surface information from a family member or neighbor that could help guide you. You’ll be quite vocal about career matters later in the month, and the Aries New Moon on the 27th will encourage further action on this front.  

LEO RISING OR SUN

Throughout March you will have an insatiable appetite for new information. While you are bouncing back and forth between informal chats with friends and serious study with teachers, you are likely to experience some epiphanies that really change the way you look at the world. Venus goes retrograde for six weeks on the 5th, allowing you time to reconsider your attachment to philosophies you have held close to your heart. Mid-month, the Virgo Full Moon will shine light on a family matter, and offer opportunity for closure. Following this, you’ll be more vocal about your philosophical insights, which are likely to oppose changing systems and structures. The Aries New moon on the 27th will help you continue to put your new beliefs into action.   

VIRGO RISING OR SUN

March holds the potential for momentous change. Early on this month you may experience disillusionment about a key relationship. You’ll be vocal about this experience following Venus retrograde on the 5th. During the six week retrograde you’ll gain deeper experience with key matters of transformation, such as sex, money, magic or death. On the 12th, the Virgo Full Moon helps you to understand your personal requirement for mental, emotional and physical health. Following this, you’ll be thinking deeply about the actions you can take to foster change in your life. You may also experience some resistance from a relationship based on shared resources. The Aries New Moon on the 27th empowers you to take agency over the changes you want to manifest.

LIBRA RISING OR SUN

At the start of March, you may experience misconceptions about a health or work matter. Following this and for most of the month you’ll be focused on relationships, which will be connected to your growth as an individual. The six week Venus retrograde period, starting on the 5th, will allow you time to reexamine the ways that you give and receive love in your relationships.  Around the 12th, the Virgo Full Moon may bring focus to details of your finances; this is a good time to complete your taxes. Later in the month you will feel more confident in communicating your relationship needs. As a result of this, you may experience some changes in your home life. During the Aries New Moon at the end of the month, you may want to set intentions for further leveraging your relationships to experience the personal growth you are seeking.

SCORPIO RISING OR SUN

This month, you may experience tension between your efforts to uncover subconscious or hidden issues, and attention to material aspects of your daily routine. The six week Venus retrograde period starting on the 5th encourages you to bring an element of self care into every day. Around the 12th, the Virgo Full Moon will emphasize a service role you play in your community. Then, you’ll be focused back on actions you can take to maximize each day through improved organization and communication. During the last week you may uncover new information that will push you to achieve your goals. The Aries New Moon on the 27th encourages you to solidify what you have learned in terms of daily self care and productivity, and to integrate these practices into your life.

SAGITTARIUS RISING OR SUN

This month, you’ll be focused on expressing yourself through creative arts involving movement. Feeding your personal creative expression may feel more important than fostering community relationships at this time. Venus retrograde encourages you to find passion for new creative modalities like dance, yoga or parkour.  On the 12th, the Virgo Full Moon should bring closure to an aspect of your career development. During the last week of March, you’ll be establishing your creative voice, and may be pushed to develop your art by examining your values. At month’s end, you’ll be able to set intentions for the results you’d like your creative efforts to deliver.

CAPRICORN RISING OR SUN

This month, you may find your family needs you more than usual, and this may conflict with your goals for career expansion. The six-week Venus retrograde period starting March 5th encourages you to attend to your home life, focusing on the connections you share with family members and actions you can take to strengthen bonds. Mid-month, the Virgo Full Moon will illuminate an issue core to your personal philosophies and worldview.  During the latter half of the month, you’ll experience increased communication with the family, pushed forward by personal changes you are making for yourself. Around the 27th New Moon in Aries, set intentions for the actions you can take to further improve your family life.

AQUARIUS RISING OR SUN

The month begins with focus on your finances. Be careful not to deceive yourself (or your accountant) when working on your assets. On March 5th, Venus goes retrograde for six weeks. At this time, you may experience some communication challenges. Focus on identifying your unique learning style, such as auditory, visual or experiential, and make efforts to improve communication with this understanding. On March 12th, the Virgo Full Moon may surface some repressed emotions so be gentle with yourself at this time. In the latter half of the month, self expression and communication may be further challenged by an enthusiastic search for deeper meaning in life.

PISCES RISING OR SUN

When the Sun meets Neptune in Pisces on the 1st, you may experience illusions about your self identity, however, on a positive note, your imagination may be free to envision bigger dreams for yourself. Listen to your inner feeling and take care not to mask them with substances. Around this same time and for most of the month, you may feel pulled between actualizing your own values or compromising with someone else’s. Most of the energies will be working to reinforce your own value identification, and will also bring strength and organization to your financial resources. Mid-month, the Virgo Full Moon will focus on identifying the beliefs you hold about the world and what you want to stand for. At the end of the month the Aries New Moon helps you set intentions for action related to your values and resources.


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Ashley's Bio: 

Ashley Quinn is an astrological researcher and writer dedicated to accumulating knowledge, detecting trends and sharing meaningful impressions for harnessing planetary powers. Ashley is a second year graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, a certified yoga instructor, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently engaged in bringing together these disciplines to offer astro guidance and remediation for individuals and couples, and will be taking new clients in the Fall of 2016

Horoscopes February 2017

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February begins with authoritative communications creating imbalance, stalling out relationship development and obstructing justice. On the 6th, Jupiter enters retrograde in Libra starting a process of balance and restoration through attention to spiritual work. This retrograde will last four months and is likely to bring good fortune if your pursuits are noble. The Leo Full Moon on February 10th will illuminate expressive arts and the power they have to connect people. Mid-month, the energies are fusing in positive ways to bring about reform through acts of love, discipline and action.
 
When the Sun enters Pisces mid-month, the importance of feelings will be emphasized over actions. Focus on subconscious acts to see what is revealed through dreams and the imagination. Around the 22nd, we will experience dynamic tension between changing power structures and our individual abilities to act and pursue passions. A few days later the New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces ask us to delve even deeper into the subconscious through meditation. This may also initiate a resurgence of spiritual and religious leadership. At the same time, a sudden an unexpected conflict may arise igniting the will to fight without much premeditation. Always think before acting as this battle may compromise relationships of deep importance.
 
 
ARIES RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
At the beginning of February, your excitement about a personal or business relationship may conflict with your ability to stay focused at work. A few days later, Jupiter retrograde challenges you to take an even deeper look at your relationships as you enter a period of relationship growth and repair over the next four months. On February 10th, the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Leo will encourage you to express yourself creatively. During the last week of the month, changes in political or business structures may keep you from pushing forward. The February 26th, New Moon and Solar Eclipse is a good time to center yourself with meditation. Through this process you are likely to uncover and act upon unconventional means to break through the structural boundaries that are holding you back.

TAURUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
In the first week of February, your idealism may be hindering your ability to complete daily tasks. Jupiter will go retrograde in Libra for four months, allowing you opportunity to reimagine the partnerships that help you get your work done. On February 10th, the Leo Full Moon will bring attention to your home life, where you may be greeted with an emotional performance. Close to the 22nd, you’ll find your drive to pursue spiritual matters is challenged by a big change in your worldview. Make plans to join a community group around the February 26th New Moon and your path to discover the divine will get a jump start, although you may still feel a tug of war between material and mystical acts of service.
 
GEMINI RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
February starts off with some tension between the financial and creative aspects of a partnership. When Jupiter enters retrograde on the 6th, you will start examining your creative outlets with the goal of making them serve your efforts of expansion. This retrograde will last four months. The Leo Full Moon brings focus to how you learn and communicate through experience and expression. When the Sun enters Pisces on the 18th, you’ll be shining at work. A week later, the Pisces Solar Eclipse may set in motion some bigger career changes. At this time you may feel temporarily disengaged from the expressive arts in order to focus on community action or activism.  

CANCER RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
Early this month, information revealed through an important relationship will challenge your faith in a family matter. You’ll continue working through this and other matters affecting your home life for the next four months while Jupiter is in retrograde. On the 10th, the Leo Full Moon will push you to reflect on your values through an expressive art. Near the 22nd, expect a relationship change to challenge your status at work. A few days later, the Pisces Solar Eclipse invites you to expand your intellectual and spiritual perspectives through research or travel. At the end of the month, you may experience a sudden change in your career and be pulled between home and work.

LEO RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
Early this month, your excitement for a novel topic may sidetrack you from your daily work or a service you provide to others. Jupiter retrograde asks you to consider how you serve others and how these acts of service connect to your higher power. On the 10th, the Leo Full Moon manifests a new evolution of your psyche. Your self esteem may increase at this time. You’ll be driven to expand your worldview at the end of the month and this pursuit may be pushed along by making some changes in your daily routine. The Pisces Solar Eclipse will initiate a change in resources that you share with another, perhaps money or sex. At month’s end, you may be afforded a sudden trip that will help expand your horizons.
 
VIRGO RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
At the start of the month, your ability to build an outlet for creativity will interplay with the luck you’ve been having financially. With Jupiter retrograde in Libra you’ll have four months to take inventory on your assets in order to determine what will help sustain financial growth. The Leo Full Moon on the 10th will manifest a karmic experience that may have all eyes on you. When the Sun moves into Pisces mid-month, you will be focused on your relationships, especially those that feed the heart and soul. At the end of the month, you may be driven to explore taboo activities involving structured play.  The Pisces New Moon on the 26th will aid you in your pursuit of deep and meaningful relationships.
 
LIBRA RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
The good luck you’ve been experiencing may be challenged after learning new information about your home or family.  On the 6th, Jupiter goes retrograde for four months, at which time you will be called to reflect on spiritual or philosophical matters, and also to examine and correct any behaviors that have become excessive. Around the time of the Leo Full Moon, you may attend a community event that receives publicity. At the end of the month, you’ll experience some tension between a relationship and your family life. Use the February 26th New Moon to bring spiritual ritual into your daily routine. This will help center you as you may need to make a choice between your personal expansion and tending to a relationship that needs your attention.
 
SCORPIO RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
Jupiter goes retrograde for four months on February 6, encouraging you to foster relationships that help develop your connection with the immaterial. It may feel like your spiritual evolution is slowing at this time, but some karmic good fortune awaits you at the end of the tunnel. The Leo Full Moon, on the 10th, may bring closure to a work project. This may manifest as a speaking engagement. The Sun enters Pisces mid-month, followed by the Pisces New Moon encouraging you to merge spiritual and creative arts to express yourself. At the end of the month, you’ll feel motivated to complete your daily checklists, but take care to maintain balance and not overly exert yourself.
 
SAGITTARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
In the beginning of the month, you’ll be motivated by some community matters to organize your finances. You’ll have the next four months to take inventory on your social circles and clarify which are helping or harming your personal and spiritual development. On the 10th, the Leo Full Moon brings focus to a global matter that is close to your heart. The New Moon on the 26th encourages you to think global but act local, starting with being present and mindful with your family. At the end of the month, you will be creatively energized and challenged to express issues affecting your community through an expressive art.

CAPRICORN RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
Early in the month, you may feel overwhelmed by career matters and prompted to learn and adopt mental strategies to separate these thoughts from your personal life. You’ll have the next four months to reimagine your career path as Jupiter enters retrograde. Don’t be afraid to dream big during this time. You’ll have lots of energy to help manifest your career goals this year. On the 10th, the Leo Full Moon may expose a secret you’ve been keeping. The following week you may start to receive some interesting information from friends or neighbors. At the end of the month, you will be ready to act on an unexpected development at home which may create some tension at work as well.   
 
AQUARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
When you start to analyze karmic cause and effect at the beginning of the month, you may feel some discomfort about the current state of affairs. On the 6th, Jupiter goes retrograde and you’ll have four months to reimagine your worldview. Travel during this time may be slow but will further your philosophical expansion. The Leo Full Moon illuminates a relationship matter around the 10th. The next week, your intuition will be more powerful and may shed light on a matter affecting your finances. The Pisces New Moon on the 26th invites you to imagine heart-centered ways to accrue resources. Put your ideas to the test right away, starting by talking to siblings and neighbors.
 
PISCES RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
You’ll be speaking out on community matters early this month, which may affect an issue of shared resources. On the 6th Jupiter enters retrograde for four months asking you to look inward around sexual relationships, death or occult practices in order to expand outward. The February 10th Full Moon in Leo may bring attention to your health. The Sun enters Pisces mid-month with a New Moon following close behind, and aids you in building your confidence, self-esteem and ability to evolve your self development and intuition. At the end of the month, there will be a sudden change affecting your values or resources. You may find yourself focused on this matter independently or drawn to another person to source your power from them.


Ashley's Bio:

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Ashley Quinn is an astrological researcher and writer dedicated to accumulating knowledge, detecting trends and sharing meaningful impressions for harnessing planetary powers. Ashley is a second year graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, a certified yoga instructor, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently engaged in bringing together these disciplines to offer astro guidance and remediation for individuals and couples, and will be taking new clients in the Fall of 2016

Horoscopes January 2017

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The collective monthly overview includes reference to planetary transits and aspects for additional detail, while the individual zodiac horoscopes focus on transit effects and actions.  Read for your rising sign if you know it and/or your sun sign. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when new horoscopes are released. 

January begins with encouragement to set our goals for the New Year, asking us to plan, organize and persevere in 2017. Early in the month, the Mars-Neptune conjunction can bring action and drive to help realize our dreams. However, our New Year’s resolutions remain stalled until mid-January against our best intentions. When Mercury moves out of its shadow period in late January, events are set in motion. 

Until then, a build-up of energy in Pisces favors activities like meditation, movement and journaling to help connect vision to reality and keep us grounded. The Full Moon in Cancer on January 12th reinforces the need to further nurture our inner selves. The New Moon in Aquarius on the 27th beckons us to examine our experiences and identities by getting a new perspective. It is helpful at this time to participate in group activities because sharing experience with others allows us to take notice of our own unique qualities.

 
ARIES RISING OR SUN SIGN

 
Early in the month, take time to organize your thoughts and create an action plan for achieving professional goals. When Mercury goes direct on January 8th, you will enjoy greater clarity surrounding your philosophical North star, which will benefit the professional path you are paving. During the Cancer Full Moon on the 12th, you may experience strong emotions tied to home and family matters. Focus back on your work after the 13th as research and brainstorming sessions will pay off at this time.  When Mars enters Aries at the end of the month you will feel motivated to take action and charge forward with the plans you have put in place.


TAURUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
Toward the beginning of January, Mercury, planet of communication, can help you express your needs around sexuality, intimacy and taboo subjects.  Expect some philosophical transformation to result from your communication about these topics at the end of the month. The Cancer Full Moon on January 12th may bring new information to light and afford you reprieve from a fact-finding mission. At the end of the month, the New Moon in Aquarius sets the stage for innovation in your field of work. Think about how to pivot from the norm and you will succeed in disrupting the current paradigm to build new and more effective systems.    
 

GEMINI RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
There will be focus on your relationships this month, setting the stage for deep and potentially disruptive intimacy towards the end of January. When Mercury goes direct on the 8th, you will benefit from both clearer perspective and communication about your subconscious values. The full moon on the 12th will also help you express your needs with grace and charisma.  At the same time, your imagination may be overactive when it comes to a workplace relationship, so wait a few days before making any moves. The Aquarius New Moon at the end of the month promises to stir up your spiritual belief system. Stay open to different philosophies and viewpoints moving into February.  
 

CANCER RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
Early in the month you’ll feel focused on daily tasks and activities, and may feel your health and vitality strengthen at this time.  Mercury goes direct on the 8th, further strengthening your ability to think, act and respond to daily tasks with quick wit and intellect. On the 12th, the Cancer Full Moon brings focus to your identity and is bound to stir up some deep emotions. Grounding rituals like meditation, a hot bath or even comfort food may help to center you at this time. Mid-month you’ll be more focused on the relationships in your life, and will want to practice strong and clear communication skills. The New Moon in Aquarius on the 27th invites you to manifest an unorthodox approach to sharing resources with another.
 
 
LEO RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
The Cancer Full Moon on the 12th may stir up emotions and create opportunity for closure regarding a recent spiritual journey. You will be working with strong maternal energy at this time, so take care to nurture yourself and create space for your feelings. Mid-month, Mercury will help you articulate creative ideas, as well as formulate a practical execution plan. On the 27th, the New Moon in Aquarius opens potential for developing an unconventional relationship. At the end of the month you may receive information related to your health, work or care of others that transforms your day-to-day experience. 
 

VIRGO RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
The beginning of January brings lots of energy for creative projects as well as an increased capacity for learning, collaboration and relationship building mid-month. On the 12th, the Full Moon in Cancer will provide nurturing energy to restore comfort in your community.  You will also benefit from loving Venus and spiritual Neptune who will be visiting your house of relationships at this time. The New Moon in Aquarius on the 27th encourages you to shake up your routine by incorporating new activities into your daily schedule. At the end of the month, you may be driven to establish deeper bonding and intimacy in an important relationship.
 

LIBRA RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
When Mercury goes direct on the 8th, you will likely have worked out some ideological issues with the help of siblings, neighbors and those close to you in proximity. Soon after, you’ll be encouraged to communicate with your family about how to better organize the tribe and set the team up for success. The Full Moon in Cancer on the 12th will reflect back the success you’ve been building in your career. You will also feel called to creative and visionary work at this time. Practicing diplomacy in your collaboration with others will serve your creative process. Harness the insights you access for the Aquarius New Moon on the 27th, in which you may set intentions for taking your ideas and innovation to the next level.
 
 
SCORPIO RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
In the beginning of the month, you will be encouraged to socialize and communicate with siblings and neighbors with the goal of expanding your horizons. When Mercury goes direct on the 8th, you may find yourself attending to some financial matters that had stalled during retrograde. Mid-month, the Cancer Full Moon will offer an opportunity to set out on a vision quest or short trip into nature, generating spiritual movement in your life.  At the end of the month, the Aquarius New Moon inspires you to breathe new energy into your home life, while vigorous Mars pushes you to create daily habits that will improve your health.     
 

SAGITTARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
 

Until January 8th, Mercury will continue to encourage reflection about who you are and show up in the world. After the first week of January you will feel more secure communicating about yourself, your needs and your values. The Cancer Full Moon on the 12th may bring heightened intimacy to a personal relationship, in which you may choose to merge together physically or emotionally. Around the same time, you will also be thinking about how to make your home more beautiful and inspiring. The end of January will be a good time to go see a historical movie or start reading a biography when the Aquarius New Moon inspires you to learn about a new topic.
 

CAPRICORN RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
The Sun continues shining on Capricorn through the 20th, with each day providing more and more light following last month’s Winter Solstice.  By the 13th, when Mercury moves back into your sign, you will feel more secure in your understanding of self, and better able to communicate your intentions. This is beneficial as the Full Moon in Cancer is also shining light on how best to nurture your relationships. At the end of the month, the Aquarius New Moon provides opportunities to consider your financial goals and the many possibilities to achieve them, perhaps even unconventional ones. 

 
AQUARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN

 
In the beginning of January, loving Venus will help you feel more steadfast and bonded with your personal value system.  This may come into play when Mercury goes direct on the 8th, and your community is encouraged to unite around a common viewpoint. Soon after this, you may be looking at opportunities to develop your spirituality by joining an organization or establishing your own rituals as a regular practice. The Cancer Full Moon on the 12th will provide comfort to you regarding a matter of your health or work life. This is a good time to connect with the “mothers” in your life, whether familial or chosen. At the end of the month, the Aquarius New Moon encourages you to look closely at your own identity in order to refine the assets that are working for you and shed the shadows that are not. It will be helpful to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses based on your own unconventional standards instead of societal metrics.  
 

PISCES RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
When Venus moves into Pisces on the 4th, you are inspired to love and accept yourself as you are, and in doing so will radiate physical beauty. Mid-month, this energy heightens and strengthens your spirituality, dream-life and relationship building. The Full Moon in Cancer on the 12th helps channel the Piscean energy further, encouraging your creativity and self expression through the arts. You will find that your ability to communicate and organize community events is strengthened once Mercury is out of retrograde mid-month. The Aquarius New Moon on the 27th asks you to explore some more radical spiritual practices that will have the potential to expand your consciousness.  


Ashley's Bio:

Ashley Quinn is an astrological researcher and writer dedicated to accumulating knowledge, detecting trends and sharing meaningful impressions for harnessing planetary powers. Ashley is a second year graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, a certified yoga instructor, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently engaged in bringing together these disciplines to offer astro guidance and remediation for individuals and couples, and will be taking new clients in the Fall of 2016

Horoscopes December 2016

Image source: Creative Commons, artist aka Tman

Image source: Creative Commons, artist aka Tman

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This month will bring our collective focus to worldly matters, with a Saturn/Sun conjunction in Sagittarius highlighting the structures and systems that need rebuilding in order to support our universal truths. Mid-month, the Full Moon in Gemini will encourage socialization, communication and self-reflection in order to harvest information and insights that will benefit both self and collective development. The influence of Chiron and Saturn on the Full Moon means that true insight may be obscured by false information, but that healing is also possible if we focus our energies on what brings us together rather than sets us apart. 

Mercury goes retrograde in Capricorn on the 19th, further straining communication, especially in situations where free thought and expression are suppressed. On this day (which is also when the Electoral College is scheduled to cast their ballots) we are reminded that this retrograde serves us with the opportunity to redo, rebuild, and recreate our power structures. At this same time, we may also see religious or spiritual leaders take a more active role in addressing conflict, as Mars enters Pisces. 

On Christmas Day, we will all experience a beautiful aspect between abundant Jupiter and loving Venus, bringing heightened feelings of warmth, connection, faith and joy. The New Moon in Capricorn on December 29th will bring focus, structure and organization to various aspects of our individual lives, just in time to set powerful resolutions for the new year. With the Sun now in Capricorn and creating a conjunction with Pluto, we will also see the potential for real transformation of systems and structures.


ARIES RISING OR SUN SIGN

The December 13th Full Moon in Gemini will bring new information to your attention, and you will find yourself communicating with heightened clarity and charisma. This is beneficial because you may also be challenged to stand up for your beliefs at this time. With your mental acuity and planning skills operating at high efficiency, December will be a good time to build an itinerary for international travel, or to evaluate and apply to continuing education programs. Stay nimble in your planning, however, as the energies are bound to bring surprises that even you cannot predict. And, when Mercury goes retrograde mid-month, you may experience technological and communication challenges affecting your career.  Right around Christmas, expansive Jupiter trines loving Venus, activating your relationships and community. Put your love and trust in your friends and family and you are bound to be filled with extraordinary warmth, closeness and joy this holiday season.  

TAURUS RISING OR SUN SIGN

With karmic experiences energized this month, you just can’t help but notice how everything is connected. Your intuition and ability to tap into the cosmic frequency is also heightened now, reminding you that the true master of your fate is you. Take care to plan your actions and execute them with intent, as there are some unpredictable energies bound to surprise you this month, and there is risk of being reactionary.  Mercury also goes retrograde on the 19th, at which time you will likely start to reexamine certain beliefs you hold about the world and existing power structures. You’ll be pouring your heart into your work this month, and will have plenty of enthusiasm for service that escalates your career. As you give extra time and energy to your work, you will be recognized and well liked by your peers.

GEMINI RISING OR SUN SIGN

The Full Moon in Gemini this month will contribute to an increase in your natural aptitude for perception, communication and sociability. You may find yourself multitasking even more than usual at this time. You’ll be very focused on building and nurturing relationships this month, and reminded that strong partnerships take time, focus and attention to properly develop. With Mercury going retrograde on the 19th, you may be taking a closer look at the balance of power and resources within your relationships as well. This is a good time to double check your financial arrangements with banks, utilities and insurance companies. Around Christmas time, your crafty skills will be heightened, and you’ll enjoy play time with children, and especially activities that cater to creativity. If you have spiritual or religious affiliation, you may experience a reaffirmation of your faith this holiday season.

CANCER RISING OR SUN SIGN

The stars are aligning to provide a very loving, abundant and magical holiday season for you and yours! Take notice of how different approaches can make your relationships stronger, such as setting healthy boundaries that strengthen your relationships by providing structure. Mid-month, you will be applying the same focus and discipline to your work, and your efforts may result in some surprise action from the community. When Mercury goes retrograde on the 19th, it may trigger the need to renegotiate the terms of an important relationship. On Christmas Day, you will benefit from an outpouring of generosity and good fortune in your home and family life, which will be accentuated by heartfelt gifts from others and intensified spiritual connection. The New Moon at the end of this month will strengthen your ability to foster relationships, but don't rely too much on your typical intuitive and emotional nature. The pragmatic approach you’ve been developing will continue to serve you in the new year.


LEO RISING OR SUN SIGN

Your creative and intellectual juices will be flowing in full force this month, and you’ll delight at the opportunity to express yourself. You may be particularly inspired by a child or young spirit, whose feral nature can help open your eyes to a different viewpoint. Your creative expression will most likely be amplified by a surprising change in your personal philosophies, spirituality or worldview. Make sure not to overextend yourself and to get plenty of rest and nutrition to ward off effects of Mercury Retrograde starting on the 19th. On Christmas Day, you’ll be enthused to engage in dialogue with siblings or neighbors that will continue to expand your mind. You will also have lots of love coming your way this day, quite likely from a romantic partner. The New Moon at the end of the month allows you to set intentions for organizing and structuring your work life, which may be feeling the strain from Mercury Retrograde. After a December filled with so much love, learning and expression, you will be all fueled up for a productive new year. 

VIRGO RISING OR SUN SIGN

This month will bring a focus to introspection as you examine your upbringing and familial influences in order to understand the impressions that are foundational to your values. As you turn over the stones that have created your psychic imprints, you may be surprised by how much you have held onto ideas that are not core to your belief system. Early this month, you are encouraged to have faith in your own value system and to take action to support your viewpoints through the work and service you provide others on a daily basis. Keep your colleagues in good favor and around Christmas, a little kindness and praise will go a long way to build work relationships that may also benefit your checkbook. The New Moon at the end of the month will be an opportunity to invite creativity and self expression into your routine. This is wonderful seeing as Mercury Retrograde has been challenging you to express yourself in new ways. Think about which artistic modalities (collage, painting, journaling, improv) you might like to focus on, and you will have the power and clarity to see your intentions through. 

LIBRA RISING OR SUN SIGN

Your perceptions will be closely tied to your relationships this month, and in particular, sudden or surprising changes in a relationship may radically change your thought patterns. Take advantage of your exuberance for collecting information to gain deep insights, which will benefit from heightened organizational abilities this month. The December 13th Full Moon may bring closure to a worldly event to which you have felt emotionally and spiritually connected. When Mercury goes retrograde on the 19th, you may take a closer look at the influences of your parents and family life to free yourself of negative imprints. This is also a good time to spruce up the home with new decorations if your sanctuary is feeling stale. On Christmas Day, you will be feeling particularly confident, joyful and capable in your abilities, which will serve you well in creative expression. Going into your heart space will energize playful activities, crafts and games. You may even find yourself involved in a romantic fling this holiday season. The New Moon at the end of the month will be a time to set intentions for adding structure to your family life, or organizing your home. 

SCORPIO RISING OR SUN SIGN

This month, you’ll be feeling added pressure to organize and build structure around financial matters. You’ll also benefit from a better understanding of your values. Stay grounded in these beliefs and rely on a slow, steady and thoughtful approach to personal resources, as you will experience some surprises affecting your health or work life that may rattle you. The Full Moon mid-month may bring attention to matters of joint partnerships, and quite possibly trigger a big change in a psychic or sexual bond with another.  When Mercury goes retrograde on the 19th, you may also feel a strain on communication and learning, as well as challenges with transportation. On Christmas Day, the energies are working to deliver a quite moving spiritual experience. If you plan to attend church or other ritual to express your faith, be prepared for a special experience that will also bring feelings of love, joy and abundance to your family. At the end of the month, the New Moon encourages you to build time and structure in your week for activities that help with self reflection. You might try corresponding with siblings, or starting a daily diary practice. 

SAGITTARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN

This month, you will have the opportunity to embark on some identity work, focusing on questions like “Who am I?” and “What am I here to do?” While thoughtful organization, routine, and structure will be critical to this effort, you will also benefit from surprising breakthroughs when you are able to step outside of the box and creatively express yourself in new ways. The Full Moon mid-month will bring some relationship work to culmination, and you will be happy to see where these cards fall as long as you keep practicing healthy communication. When Mercury goes retrograde on the 19th, don’t be surprised if there is a delay in receiving finances. This is also a time to reassess your values and what you hold dear to your heart. The Christmas season will strengthen your sense of community and the abundance of joy that can be received by taking part in communal activities. Try caroling with neighbors, participating in a holiday production, or organizing a fundraising event. You will shine as a loving and adept communicator in these community roles. The New Moon at the end of the month encourages you to clearly prioritize your values, as well as organize your finances. 

CAPRICORN RISING OR SUN SIGN

This month you may tune into the karmic connections you share with family members. Try to recognize the patterns in your relationships so that you may break through old, repetitive cycles and push forward. A surprising family or home matter may be the catalyst to help you evolve your thinking and behavior. The Full Moon mid-month will bring closure to a health or worklife matter that has been affecting your daily life. Soon after, Mercury Retrograde forces you to align the image you project to the outer world with your inner self. Taking a personality test or a look at your natal chart may help you feel more centered at this time. Right around Christmas, exuberance for your career path with manifest good fortune in your wallet. At the end of the month, the New Moon will encourage you to center yourself once again. Try to remove some of the thoughts about your career and family that have been consuming your attention, and refocus on your unique path and the gifts you have to bring to this world. By going inside and connecting with your essential self, you will be able to manifest positive outcomes in the external aspects of your life.

AQUARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN

You will be shining in your community this month, and assuming a leadership role either by appointment, or through example. You will likely get wind of some surprising, perhaps revolutionary, information, which will affect your role in the community even more. The Full Moon mid-month will bring closure to a creative project or pastime. Nearing Christmas, you will start feeling all the joy of the season, and while friends and family are always important, you will be especially focused on self love at this time. In doing so, you may experience an existential breakthrough and come out with great enthusiasm for an entirely new philosophical or spiritual perspective. At the end of the month, the New Moon will encourage you to connect with the greater cosmos. This will be the perfect time to set intentions for a daily meditation practice, which is bound to provide further enlightenment as your progress. The Mercury Retrograde starting this month additionally encourages you to spend time reconnecting to the greater cosmos through meditation, dream work or prayer. 

PISCES RISING OR SUN SIGN

You’ll be putting more energy towards organizational skills at work, and your career will benefit from the additional structure you are bringing into your daily tasks and activities. Mid-month, an unexpected change in your finances may motivate your work even further. Continue to utilize tools like to-do lists and daily calendars in order to stay ahead of the game.  The Full Moon on the 13th encourage you to learn from those closest to you in order to optimize your home and family life. When Mercury goes retrograde on the 19th, you may find yourself reconnecting with old friends, however, there may also be some miscommunications during this period. Around Christmas, you may find yourself especially receptive to psychic imagery and spiritual connections. These experiences may come through dreams and meditation as well, and will be very loving and joyful in nature.  On December 29th, the Capricorn New Moon invites you to connect with and start building your community as you work towards a common goal.  You have great potential for community mobilization and leadership at this time.


Ashley's Bio:

Ashley Quinn is an astrological researcher and writer dedicated to accumulating knowledge, detecting trends and sharing meaningful impressions for harnessing planetary powers. Ashley is a second year graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, a certified yoga instructor, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently engaged in bringing together these disciplines to offer astro guidance and remediation for individuals and couples, and will be taking new clients in the Fall of 2016

Horoscopes November 2016

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Image Credit: Chris Wieland: NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License

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We are poised for an exploratory and growth-provoking season, with the energies of Sagittarius, The Teacher, brought into focus with the passing of Venus, Mercury and the Sun through this sign. Additionally, Saturn, The Disciplinarian, has been visiting Sagittarius since the end of December 2014, which essentially marked the commencement of U.S. election primaries. The Sagittarian centaur -- half human, half horse -- acts with a combination of knowledge and instinct to uncover truths expressed through our philosophies, religions and cultures. This is a time to pay careful attention to the higher mind, the collective conscience, and the shared ideas that surface within societies. 


Election month promises to bring many of society’s beliefs about human rights, the role of government and global relations to the limelight. Mars, the planet that drives action, will enter the sign of Aquarius, The Radical, just two days after election day. This is an innovative, future-seeking, and erratic signature that has consistently disrupted established paradigms throughout history. Aquarius tends to be more of a group energy or societal current, and for this reason, we would expect disruption to occur at the grassroots level. With the warrior energy of Mars in disruptive Aquarius this month, expect factions like Anonymous (the activist hacker network), and movements like Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street, to gain greater prominence and ability to spur change within our society.  


ARIES RISING OR SUN SIGN
For Aries, the new moon in Scorpio on October 30th stimulates transformation through death, rebirth, sex and magic. This is a time to set intentions for your goals around the transmutation of power. What do you need to cast aside so something more fruitful can grow in its place? Who are your allies for building your emotional, physical and financial resources? With these intentions set, the Taurus full moon on November 14th will provide the persistence you need to manifest your goals related to resource accrual. Harmonious Venus is helping you develop a balanced vision for your place in society, while the Sun is revitalizing your relationships and Mars is driving you to socialize new ideas at a community level. Trust your instincts during this time, and also trust your confidantes.


TAURUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
The full moon in Taurus on November 14th will provide you an opportunity to manifest much personal power. However, the full moon encourages us to purge and release, an act that does not always come easily to Taurus. Since we’re dealing with the core identity, this is a time to examine your shadows. Which aspects of your personality do you keep suppressed below the surface? And, where do these parts of you emerge when they cannot be hidden any longer? With the Sun continuing to energize your relationships throughout the 22nd, try exposing shadow thoughts, feelings and behaviors with friends and family that you trust. Remember that examining and exposing your shadows will ultimately provide opportunity for your light to shine brighter.


GEMINI RISING OR SUN SIGN
Saturn has been occupying Gemini’s house of relationships for the past year, bringing some restriction, double-guessing and slow moving energy around the building and maintaining of important partnerships. The good news is that intellectual Mercury will lend the tool of communication this month, helping to push forward through the stagnation you’ve been experiencing. Spend some time thinking about the patterns that are holding your relationship(s) back. When Mercury conjuncts Saturn on the 23rd, you’ll have an opportunity to communicate more thoughtfully as emotions will not be flying high at this time. Choose your words carefully, and listen attentively. By mid-November, Venus will offer the possibility of resolving conflicts with your intimate partners in mutually beneficial ways. If the relationship in question is a business partnership, keep an eye out for secrecy in the workplace until the Sun moves into Sagittarius on the 22nd.


CANCER RISING OR SUN SIGN
Your truly powerful creative potential is ready to manifest in the outer world throughout November. The new moon in Scorpio on October 30th will supercharge opportunity for visionary breakthrough. Scorpion energy asks you to dig down into the depths of emotions to reveal what lies beneath the surface. Think about the positive and negative feelings that drive behavior. Lust, love, greed, survival, belonging, becoming…  When you are able to connect your creative output to the themes that inspire and motivate your audience on the deepest core level, you will achieve even greater impact than you may have imagined. By mid-November, thoughtful and discriminating Mercury will increase organization and communication in the day-to-day management of your project. Use all of these wonderful tools to manifest a truly inspirational outcome. 


LEO RISING OR SUN SIGN
There’s a strong push and pull happening between your home and work life this month, and you may feel your career taking a second seat to domestic sensibilities. The new moon in Scorpio on October 30th presents an opportunity to set intentions around this dichotomy. The full moon in Taurus on November 14th will bring these intentions to action in the area of your career. Really think about the balance you are trying to achieve, and which path will allow you to feed your passions while also providing for the people that depend on you. With warrior Mars bringing some combativeness to your relationships, be careful not to act impulsively and burn any bridges. Remember, transition takes time.


VIRGO RISING OR SUN SIGN
No one is noticing the changes in our immediate community more than Virgo this month. These changes have you reexamining your perceptions about, and perhaps reconsidering, the type of environment best suited for you. Beautiful Venus illuminates your creative outlets this month, encouraging you to seek pleasure and play. Children, animals and love affairs will offer abundant inspiration at this time, and may have a transforming effect on your personal viewpoints. On the 10th, assertive Mars will heighten your drive and efficiency at work. You will achieve a satisfying sense of mastery with Mars in your corner.


LIBRA RISING OR SUN SIGN
Dear Libra, for the last year Saturn has been straining your relationships with siblings and neighbors, drawing attention to some differences in your worldviews. In November, there is ample help from the planets to help you make progress in this area of your life. With Venus, you are encouraged to develop equitable partnerships, Mercury aids you in processing and communicating your goals, and the Sun brings vital life force to drive you forward and provoke growth. Mid-month, the full moon in Taurus will help you to feel grounded, and you may feel even more attached to your viewpoints than usual. At the end of the month, the Sagittarian new moon encourages you to solidify your intentions surrounding the difficulties you’re experiencing with friends and neighbors, and pushes you towards resolution.


SCORPIO RISING OR SUN SIGN
You may be all too familiar with Scorpion characteristics like secrecy, suspicion and the infamous sting of the scorpion. But did you know Scorpio has two additional totems? The eagle flies high above, assessing and collecting information from the land below, and the phoenix bursts into flames, transforming into an entirely new identity. As a whole, these three symbols represent the cycle of death and rebirth, and the process of achieving transformation by exposing what’s hidden. It’s a tiresome but oh so rewarding cycle (once the pain of the burning plumage wears off). The new moon in Scorpio on October 30th provides you an opportunity for self introspection, and to set intentions around who you are and who you want to be. Set some time within 48 hours of this new moon to meditate, pull tarot cards, paint or journal. See what comes up. These creative and spiritual practices will help steer you in the right direction for the next transformation to come.


SAGITTARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
For the last two years, Saturn has been visiting your sign and asking you to think about who you are, and what you’re here on this Earth to do. You’ve been tried, tested, fallen, and gotten up too many times to count. However, all of your tribulations serve to help you create the person you are destined to become. Saturn is actually here to help you with this process, teaching through trial and error. On November 29th, the new moon in Sagittarius will help you move forward by setting and manifesting intentions around your personal identity and expression. Until then, watch out for impulsive Mars in your house of communication. You won’t have much of a filter at this time, so be careful not to fall victim to foot-in-mouth syndrome. 


CAPRICORN RISING OR SUN SIGN
Capricorn, you’ve been hard at work as usual and you might just see some financial gain starting this month when passionate Mars enters your house of values, resources and possessions on November 10th. From then until December 20th, you’ll experience an abundance of drive and motivation to build greater financial security for yourself and your dependents. You may also be called to take on more of a leadership position in your community through November. With all of this building energy pushing out, don’t forget to care for yourself and your personal appearance. Try a new hairstyle or invest in some fun fall garments. This month you’re bound to look good, feel good, and do good. 


AQUARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
This month, you may find yourself more personally connected to your progressive social ideals, and primed to take action to move these ideas forward. This time of year can often bring up your role in society, in which you may assume greater responsibility as well as recognition. October ends with the new moon in Scorpio, helping you to manifest transformation in the public sphere. Mid-month, the full moon in Taurus reminds you to stay grounded through your homelife and family. Use all of these energies to your advantage, Aquarius, as your revolutionary spirit is needed more than ever. Don’t be afraid to express your opinions, even if they rock the boat. When the Sun moves into Sagittarius on the 22nd, you will truly have the power to mobilize groups into larger bodies that can propel progress as a collective. We’re moving fast into the future, Aquarius, and you are helping to lead the way!


PISCES RISING OR SUN SIGN
This month, Neptune the visionary planet of dreams and imagination goes direct in Pisces after six long months in retrograde. If you’ve found yourself second guessing your intuition up to this point, you’ll be relieved to know your psychic compass is pointing North again. The lunar cycle this month will bring focus to how you learn and develop perceptions about the immediate world around you, and the bigger world beyond you. Travel and exploring your own borders through meditation and dream work will increase your naturally empathetic nature, drawing you in closer to the cosmic heart. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the feels, try exercises that ground you to the earth. Jumping into a big pile of autumn leaves, or making a snow angel on Mount Hood will have the dual benefit of providing fun, and solid footing.


Ashley's Bio:

Ashley Quinn is an astrological researcher and writer dedicated to accumulating knowledge, detecting trends and sharing meaningful impressions for harnessing planetary powers. Ashley is a second year graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, a certified yoga instructor, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently engaged in bringing together these disciplines to offer astro guidance and remediation for individuals and couples, and will be taking new clients in the Fall of 2016.

Horoscopes October 2016

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The fall equinox on September 22nd is one of two days in the entire year when the Earth’s axis is stationed parallel to the Sun, creating an almost equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes. It is apt that on this day of balanced light energy, the sun moves into the sign of Libra, driving us to develop equitable partnerships. Keenly aware of the tipping scale, we are reminded that a relationship must feed the self, as the self must feed a relationship. When the Sun moves into Scorpio on October 22nd, we dive deeper into the mysteries of relatedness, and act on our instincts, letting go of associations no longer serving us, while adding more passion and emotional intensity to those dear to our hearts. This month, it is time to actively engage the give and take, the push and pull, and the dark and light that exist to facilitate growth. The Aries full moon on October 15th will be a reminder of these dichotomies, bringing some heartfelt relationship work to culmination, and driving a deeper sense of self and empowerment.
 
ARIES RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
This month, harmonious Venus wants you to understand the common ground between opposing viewpoints. Your ability to see beyond individual outlooks may help surface win-win outcomes within your community, or lift the spirits of those brought down by distressing world events and political posturing. When thoughtful Mercury and optimistic Jupiter meet on the 10th, they encourage you to engage in meaningful dialogue with relationship partners. This is a great day to send a note of gratitude and love to the special people in your life. Pay attention to your inner Ram on the 15th when the Aries full moon reminds you of the personal requirements you need met in order to maintain balance in your relationships.
 
TAURUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
When charming Venus, your chart ruler, moves into the 8th house of other people’s resources on the 18th, expect to receive tokens of affection in gratitude for your social acumen and harmonious presence. Whether these gifts come from friends, family or the divine, they arrive to simply thank you for being you. The 8th house also rules sex and magic, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself participating in experiences that transcend the physical plane. Towards the end of the month, ego-attentive Sun and contemplative Mercury move into Scorpio, opposing your natal Sun. At this time, you’ll be giving a lot of thought to which things in your life you should hold onto, and which you can let go.
 
GEMINI RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
Gemini the creative connector shines this October in the social circuit, buzzing from scene to scene with even more than its usual surplus of ideas. When vocal Mercury joins the Sun and Jupiter in your house of creativity from the 7th to 21st, make sure you focus your ingenuity in the right places, and don’t get caught up in the gossip channel. In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” Focusing your energy on “great mind” activity may even attract or strengthen romantic partnerships as charming Venus moves into your house of relationships on the 18th.
 
CANCER RISING OR SUN SIGN

Pensive Mercury has you thinking hard about your ancestry and familial relationships this month from from the 7th through the 23rd. After this period of reflection, Mercury joins the Sun in Scorpio, lighting up your 5th house of creativity, children and pets. You’ll find yourself channeling your inner child through craft and play, just in time to pull together a mysterious Halloween costume or plan a graveyard scavenger hunt. Balance-seeking Venus enters your 6th house of service this month, encouraging joining up with team members at work to get the job done.  
 
LEO RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
Nothing fuels Leo’s fire for life like witnessing the Sun, his chart ruler, rise above a majestic mountaintop, or dip gracefully below the ocean’s horizon at day’s end. So pack a sack and hit the road this 2nd or 3rd week of October for a quick trip to the mountains or coast. As the Sun and Mercury join forces in your house of short journeys and communication, you’ll find yourself extra open to life lessons as told through the stories of your environment and siblings. Your adventure may even deliver a romantic tryst as loving Venus lights up your house of creative play and love affairs starting on the 18th.
 
VIRGO RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
With lovely Venus lighting up your home and family life this month, you’ll be focused on creating more beauty and comfort in your physical space. The Sun continues to charge your finances until the 22nd, so go ahead and splurge for that new furniture set or room remodel. During the last week of October, the Sun and Mercury invite you to connect with, and learn from your neighbors. What a great time to host a social event in your newly reimagined space! Word games will be a big hit at this party.
 
LIBRA RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
September 30th’s new moon in Libra kicks off a month of manifestation in the arena of relationship building, and when chatty Mercury meets expansive Jupiter here on October 7th, you are supercharged for socializing this month. While you are drawn to the center of the party like a moth to a flame, remember that Libra is about balance, and enjoying some sweet solace will also serve you well. When the Sun and Mercury move into Scorpio at the end of the month, you’ll be thinking about what’s important to you. Identifying and pursuing your passions will be fruitful both emotionally and financially.  
 
SCORPIO RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
During the first half of this month, you’ll be feeling extra sensitive to all the feels around you, and especially attuned to the cosmic flow. Listen to your gut and you will make headway in your committed search to unravel the existential mysteries of life. When Venus brings alignment to your values mid-month, you will enjoy a greater sense of harmony within this complex carbon ecosystem, and by the 22nd you’ll be thriving in your water element as the Sun and Mercury team up in Scorpio. If teleporting beyond the material muck is not what you had in mind this month, try grounding yourself through massage, gardening or cooking.  Even spiritual warriors can benefit from the comforting touch of Mother Earth.

SAGITTARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN

 Early this month you’ll play a leading role in community affairs, offering a sound voice of reason and ideas to restore justice. When diplomatic Venus illuminates your philosophical identity on the 18th, you can further solidify your image as an ambassador of light, love and good will. During the last week of October, thoughtful Mercury joins the Sun in your 12th house of karma. Stay alert to the cosmic causes and effects coming at you this week, and remember that life is not so easily controlled. As long as you are centered in who you are and what you believe, you will always have an anchor to drop when the swell of life’s tides begins to rock you.
 
CAPRICORN RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
After six long months of retrograde, Pluto is moving forward again in Capricorn. You’ve spent some time this year reflecting on, and relearning how to assert your power. Now you will benefit from a period of growth and transformation affecting your familial structures or business. The salient Sun and cunning Mercury will further boost your career this month, helping you to shine in the spotlight. Take advantage of these energies by leading a new business pitch or public speaking event before October 22nd. 
 
AQUARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN

Social Venus lights up community relationships this month, giving you extra affinity for networking, and helping you shine in large groups. The Aries full moon on October 15th may bring an important relationship to maturity, one that will strengthen your personal power.  The effort you’ve extended towards diplomacy will help your illuminate your cunning intellect at work during the last week of October. If your job involves research and discovery, expect to make some breakthroughs at this time.   
 
PISCES RISING OR SUN SIGN
 
Equitable Venus blesses your career this month by helping you foster business relationships based on like-minded philosophies. However, don’t discount a dissenting viewpoint, it is often the antagonist that pushes forward the plot. Pay attention to what those around you value and hold dear, you may benefit from an overflow of their resources. When the Sun moves into Scorpio on the 22nd, with vocal Mercury following close behind, communicate your philosophies carefully and you will be able to manifest what you desire. 

ASHLEY’S BIO

 Ashley Quinn is an astrological researcher and writer dedicated to accumulating knowledge, detecting trends and sharing meaningful impressions for harnessing planetary powers. Ashley is a second year graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, a certified yoga instructor, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently engaged in bringing together these disciplines to offer astro guidance and remediation for individuals and couples, and will be taking new clients in the Fall of 2016. 

Horoscopes September 2016

Monthly Empowerment Progress Report: September 2016

 

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If you feel like you're going backwards, don't fret! Mercury, ruler of communication, begins another retrograde in early September. Take care with relationships and decision making, as thoughts can be chaotic and confusing. On September 1st, a solar eclipse in Virgo has the potential to surprise you with new opportunities. Don't get so lost in Mercury retrograde that you miss out; stay alert and aware of the signs and synchronicities happening all around you. On September 9th, Jupiter, ruler of growth and optimism, shifts into Libra for the year. Libra, offers beauty, cooperation and harmony to the world. Focus on what you have in common with others rather than on what divides, and you will be sure to evolve into a more compassionate and balanced version of yourself.

Aries Rising or Sun Sign

Nothing can take the wind out of an Aries' courageous sails like the ho-hum of day-to-day life. I hate to break it to you, Aries, but for you, September is all about the mundane. It's time to bring your focus to routine and managing the details of your life. Don't lose heart. Fired-up Mars will cruise through your 9th house of aspirations and higher mind, and infuse the mundane with excitement. Ignite your questing spirit and spice up your routine with adventure.

Taurus Rising or Sun Sign

While your attachment to your comfort zone is impressive, this month offers the opportunity to practice the art of letting go. Don't panic! This need not be painful, but rather a release of limiting beliefs and behaviors. While you bring stability and practicality to the community, your higher self may be suffering stagnation. Free yourself with creativity and self-expression. A night of karaoke could be in order, or a new concoction in the kitchen, or a few hours reshaping the garden. It doesn't need to be complicated, as long as it feels freeing and expansive.

Gemini Rising or Sun Sign

You love nothing more than a good story with a fast paced plot, Gemini, and that is just what the universe has to offer you. Passionate Mars has now entered your 7th house of relationships and compromise, heating up partnerships and bringing potential for new relationships. Do what you do best--stay loose and roll with it. Stay flexible as Mercury, your ruler, retrogrades at the beginning of the month. Hone your listening skills and look outside your own point of view in order to expand, grow and evolve.

Cancer Rising or Sun Sign

This moth,old beliefs get new life, Cancer, as Mercury retrogrades and travels back through your 3rd house of perception. Imagine that you have traveled back in time and are being offered the chance to rewrite a painful story. On September 9th, Jupiter moves into Libra, a challenging position for you. Nobody clings to control quite like the crab. It's through this control that you are able to keep your loved ones safe and protect all that you hold dear. But this hyper vigilance takes its toll, and it's time to loosen the reigns and allow others to take the lead. Jupiter in Libra invites you to lean into the support of your community.

Leo Rising or Sun Sign

I know it's hard to hear, Leo, but your season is almost over. Now, before you stop reading, I do have some good news for you: Mars has just entered your 5th house of pleasure and passion, and while the change in season will shift our focus to the more practical side of life, you will still have the drive and desire to whoop it up. A good strategy would be to start the month by taking care of business. Stick to your budget and use the Mercury retrograde energy to review and revise anything that is not adding up. Once you have things in order, you can celebrate and squeeze the last drops of fun out of Summer. Feel free to throw the ultimate end of summer extravaganza!

Virgo Rising or Sun Sign

Are you ready for your close up, Virgo? While attention is not something you usually seek out, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the sun on your face. As September begins, Mercury, your ruler, retrogrades, increasing confusion. On September 9th, Jupiter, planet of growth, leaves your sign after a year long visit, providing some relief from the expansive energy that has been stretching you to your limits.

Libra Rising or Sun Sign

September will bring focus to your subconscious and dream life, Libra. Harness Jupiter, moving into your sign early this month, to make your dreams come true and draw on your subconscious to help you envision your life the way you want it to be. You will be under the influence of Jupiter all year, so get prepared for growth.

Scorpio Rising or Sun Sign

Hey Scorpio, though you may prefer to keep your true self hidden like a buried treasure, do you think you could open up a little more this month? First, September dawns with a cluster of energy in your 11th House of friends and community. It's a good time to get out and share yourself with others. As the month progresses, Jupiter, ruler of faith and optimism, enters your 12th House of dreams. If you can allow your imagination to dive into the recesses of your rich, inner world, you will be sure to find a new source of inspiration. This month is also sure to get you in touch with your deeply treasured values. Keep an eye on your finances and consider revising your budget to be more in line with your master plan.

Sagittarius Rising or Sun Sign

Things are moving fast now, Sagittarius, in fact with Mars halfway through your sign, you may be struggling to catch your breath. Slow down and pace yourself as you enter September and the strong influence of your 10th house of legacy and public life. It's a good time to step up and contemplate career moves, or promotions. Your adaptability will help you enjoy this experience, but if you start feeling the pressure, remember: it's time to marathon not sprint.

Capricorn Rising or Sun Sign

As generous Jupiter moves into your 10th house of legacy and career you are about to become a manifesting machine. It's time to finalize plans and make necessary revisions while they're still on the drawing board. By month's end Mars races into your sign and you will no longer have time to change your mind.

Aquarius Rising or Sun Sign

Feeling vulnerable isn't easy, especially for you, Aquarius. You may be feeling tender this month with your 8th house of vulnerability lit up. If you consider this influence an opportunity to clarify your priorities, it may feel less overwhelming. As the month progresses, you may feel a renewed sense of inspiration and optimism, thanks to lucky Jupiter moving into a harmonious position. By month's end, you should be back to your plucky self, overflowing with brilliant ideas and ready to shout them from the rooftops.

Pisces Rising or Sun Sign

Change is in the air, Pisces, and fortunately your nature is attuned to this energy. At the beginning of the month, focus on your relationships, as Mercury retrograde puts strain on communication. Draw on your impressive ability to float with the current and stay fluid and open. Mercury retrogrades are the best time to re-evaluate and re-examine our thought forms and beliefs. You are the most adept of all the signs at dreaming a new way of understanding realities. Focus the ferocity of Mars on your career and allow it to propel you farther than you can imagine.


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Horoscopes August 2016

Monthly Empowerment Progress Report: August 2016

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Are you ready to get the lead out? August starts with a call to action as Mars finally pulls out of intense, watery Scorpio and into the speedy fire sign of Sagittarius. Those that have their bows loaded, aimed and ready to fly, will pull out of the gate the quickest. Saturn turns direct on August 13th, also in Sagittarius, adding to the forward momentum. Be sure to spend the time to focus your aim and get clear on your intentions before Mercury turns retrograde at the end of the month. If all your ducks are lined up by that time and your eye is on your prize, you should sail through the potential chaos just fine.

Aries Rising or Sun Sign

“Summer Lovin'” is the name of the game for those born under the sign of the Ram.  Allow your wild, passionate side to make the rules and be sure to indulge your creativity. You may also be challenged to dive into a particular course of study that ignites your curiosity and engages your higher mind. Look for ways to indulge this energy while still keeping it light, loose and fancy free. Perhaps you can blend the energies by learning about and trying your hand at a new creative pursuit! Near the end of the month, you may find your thoughts turning towards the more mundane aspects of life such as health and work, but rest assured there will be plenty of time to focus on “adulting” next month when Mercury turns retrograde. In the meantime, you will be well served to squeeze every ounce of joy and passion out of the last days of Summer. 

Taurus Rising or Sun Sign

Feeling some intensity Taurus? Are you ready for things to lighten up a bit? Things have felt heavy for some time now with both Mars and Saturn in your house of vulnerability. You may have felt like there has been a party going on around you but you can't seem to find your invitation. Take comfort in the idea that it is always darkest before the dawn. Rest assured, as August progresses, so too will your sense of fun and pleasure. The key is to allow yourself to unwind and evolve into a lighter state of being. Change is never easy for the stable and rooted energy of the Bull, so if you feel resistance just imagine yourself moving on to greener pastures where bounty awaits. As you relax, your invitation to the party will suddenly appear in your consciousness and you will finally feel ready to put on your dancing shoes.

Gemini Rising or Sun Sign

As Summer bleeds into Fall, you may find that relationships have taken the forefront, Gemini, especially those closest to you on the home front. This is a good time to do a check-in with those you hold dear. This doesn't have to be a painful process, but it could be if you refuse to take a deeper look into the dynamics in play. Your gift, Gemini, is to stay on the lighter side of life, skimming across the ups and downs like a rock skipping across a placid lake. However, sometimes it is essential to allow yourself to plunge into the murky depths where you will find important information in the undercurrent. This month you are invited to take that deeper look into the dynamics at play in your relationships. It is a perfect time to take things to the next level where you will be richly rewarded with more connection and understanding.

Cancer Rising or Sun Sign

Nobody nurtures like a Cancer. This month it is time to put those loving arms around the more practical issues of life like your personal finances. While the Crab often finds itself seeing to the needs of others, it is always wise to put your own oxygen mask on first. The astro weathers of August indicate that the time has come. How does your savings account look these days? What might need to be shifted in order to build up your reserve? Look to your daily habits for some clues. Even the slightest adjustment to your day to day routine could change the outcome considerably. It might even be time to ask for that raise you know you deserve. Cancer prefers to take the safe route, but this month it could be highly rewarding to stretch and exercise courage in order to be fairly compensated for your precious efforts.

Leo Rising or Sun Sign

August is YOUR month Leo! It’s time to celebrate and appreciate yourself in any way that you choose. Feel free to express yourself in modes that bring your soul to new heights. You might be feeling driven to ignite the fiery passion of your desires and put them on full display for others to appreciate. Don’t hesitate or second guess yourself. You have full permission to allow your inner light to shine as brightly as your ruler, the Sun! Towards the end of the month you might find your attention turning to finances and self-worth. Hopefully you will be feeling love for yourself and what you give to the world. Leos exude a special brand of heart and enthusiasm that the rest of the world deeply needs, so don’t hide your light under a bushel--allow it to envelope anything and everyone you come into contact with!

Virgo Rising or Sun Sign

Be prepared for some vividly creative and potentially sweet dreams this month, gentle Virgo. You will definitely discover some nuggets of wisdom courtesy of your higher self. You may also feel like sticking close to home, tending to your family or garden and allowing yourself to get lost in reverie. It would be best not to resist this pull because the planets are supporting your hiatus with the outside world. It might also be a good time to review old journals and photos, and draw upon the past to inform the future. "Surrender" is your magic word this month because resistance to the inward pull could cause undo stress on your delicate nervous system. Instead allow yourself to sink into the place between worlds, engage your imagination and open yourself to divine inspiration. With Jupiter, planet of growth and optimism, leaving your sign by month’s end, it would be prudent to enjoy every last ounce of those positive vibes. 

Libra Rising or Sun Sign

As the world around you succumbs to the political frenzy, sweet Libra, your brand of peace and understanding has never been more needed. This is your time to step into the light and bring some calm to the madness. If you have ever felt inspired to write a letter to the editor or opinion piece for a major publication, this is the time. Nobody can bring levity and balance to the mass confusion quite like you can. Dig deep for the courage to stand in the middle of the storm and bellow forth your truth. On a personal note, August is a perfect time to dig deep and connect to your aspirations. If the words escape you, try free-writing for a few minutes a day. You might be surprised at the insights that flow from your mind. Trust the process and you will be propelled towards the life of your dreams.

Scorpio Rising or Sun Sign

Ready to put that tail down Scorpio? It may seem like it has been awhile since you could relax your guard. With Mars finally leaving your sign, it's time to step down from the watchtower. The world appreciates your vigilance but all good things must come to an end, after all. While you may have enjoyed your time on the intensity train, the bright light of the noon day sun is calling to you. While it can be challenging to allow yourself to emerge from the deep, dark water, you are being called to soar like an eagle in order to see the higher view. Expect things to heat up in your career or anything that takes you into the limelight. This is a great time to put forth your best self and inspire others with your passionate, take-no-bullshit attitude.

Sagittarius Rising or Sun Sign

The archer is the symbol for the lighthearted, adventurous sign of Sagittarius. In order to hit your mark with efficiency and exactitude it is essential to take the time to pinpoint your target. With Saturn, the planet of focus and diligence, in your sign until December of 2017, you will have plenty of time to perfect your aim. However, for the next two months you have the added addition of Mars, planet of drive and passion, at your back. Do not let this opportunity pass you by, clever Sag. This is a time to get clear on your trajectory. Your usual happy-go-lucky attitude is a great asset to you, but you are being invited to take it up a notch into the realm of devil-may-care. This is a fantastic time to chart your path for the next year and half, and decide how you want to evolve. Allow your faith and optimism to take you higher, and remember nothing will take you down faster than self-doubt.

Capricorn Rising or Sun Sign

Dear, practical Capricorn. Nobody keeps the system functioning quite like you do. Your persistence, focus and pragmatic nature is essential to keep society functioning. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and valued. However, even the most tenacious leaders need a break every once in awhile. This month you are invited to allow yourself to loosen the reigns a bit and engage in a daydream or two. Can you allow yourself to take your hands off the wheel just for a moment, to rest, recharge and get in touch with a more relaxed version of yourself? This is no easy task, as you are undergoing a vast transformation with Pluto in your sign for the past seven years. But in order to fully rise like the phoenix it is essential that you take a breather every now and then. It starts with putting your feet up, closing your eyes and...exhale...

Aquarius Rising or Sun Sign

The time has come to keep your focused and persistent eyes open for new partnership opportunities, Aquarian, especially those that will benefit the greater good, a style of collaboration  you are naturally attuned to. If any brilliant ideas are nagging at you, the time is ripe for laying the groundwork for manifestation. It starts by reaching out to like-minded souls. While you prefer to be the lone wolf, be assured that your vision will take shape in ways even you have not dreamed of with a little help from the tribe. The world simply cannot progress without your unique ability to find the road less traveled. Do not hesitate to share your vision with anyone who will listen. As the saying goes, "it takes a village". However, trust that your particular village will be nothing like the world has ever seen and will achieve things that most have never imagined. 

Pisces Rising or Sun Sign

Pisces are known to have a heightened sense of compassion and empathy. With all the fuss being made over the election, it is quite possible that your nerves are more than a bit fried. Are you ready for some lighthearted fun, gentle Pisces? August is a great time to release all that tension. Whether it be a music festival, monster truck rally or frolic on the beach, you are invited to engage in anything that makes your heart soar. As the Summer comes to an end, you may be feeling like you missed the boat. However, it is not too late to squeeze some juice out of it! In order to sustain the demands of your sensitive nature, it is essential that you let go of the troubles of the world. So whatever floats your boat, do it posthaste! Twirl, cheer, soak and spin to your hearts content. You earned it!


About the Author

Deborah Norton-Kertson has been obsessed with astrology for the past 15 years. She began her studies under the tutelage of Edward Gutierrez of the Druidic Craft of the Wise in 2003. From there she began giving readings for friends and enhancing her knowledge with various books and workshops. In 2014 she became a member of the first cohort of the Portland School of Astrology's First Year Program. In late winter 2016 she graduated from PSA's Second Year Program. Deborah integrates the techniques of Evolutionary Astrology into her readings. The focus of EA is on the evolutionary progression of the Soul which takes into account, past lives, soul contracts and soul missions. Deborah also utilizes her shamanic training to integrate shamanic healing methods for astrological remediation. You can learn more about Deborah at her website www.plutonianslip.com