(Originally posted to my membership site on February 22nd)
Key themes for this week are “getting it done” and “living out loud”. And while I’m personally relieved to see the tail end of Mercury Retrograde, we still have the Saturn square Uranus influence - the “driving with the brakes on” experience I mentioned last week - continuing into most of this week. This caused me to remember an experience I had in Greece once, where because I was having trouble operating a rather ancient rental car, I discovered that I actually had been driving with the brakes on for about 5 miles. Anyhow, as soon as I realized, I stopped the car, poured some water on the brakes and rim, got back in the car and was considerably more mindful about how I was driving. So in case the analogy isn’t completely clear: when something isn’t working, stop, cool off, then get back on with what you were doing.
On Monday we have Venus semisextile Pluto, while the Moon is in Cancer. It’s a day in which we can expect a few penny-drop moments, seeing the same thing with fresh eyes or coming to some peaceful surrender. Those of you in relationships can go deeper into your mutual belongingness, because you can go deeper in yourself. Even if you have been married for decades, there may be a “gosh I realize I’ve never talked about this” moment. Those of you not in relationships please also remember there are many different ways of expressing and conveying love well beyond “romance” - cooperation, listening, serving etc. The greater the capacity we have to feel love, the greater ease we have to share it.
On Tuesday with the Moon still in Cancer we are moved by one our deepest values: belongingness. This is how we allow other people to remind us who we are, in the most positive sense. Mirroring is a beautiful experience when it involves compassion and receptivity. That said, life is a continually evolving educational experience, and we are always learning discernment. So be aware of letting your guard down too much or oversharing. Be vulnerable with yourself first, and that opens the awareness of what it is we want to share with others. Given the Moon’s connection with Pluto today, it’s best to avoid overthinking for other people.
It’s a fortunate experience when we can live out loud and still be listened to, and on Wednesday we have a Mars trine Pluto which supports us to be both assertive and ambitious without ruffling feathers or triggering people. You can take this as green light to do what you need to do, say what you need to say to make something that you want to happen. I usually don’t pull cards to do these messages, but if I were to, I feel the 4 of Cups would show up. It’s a reminder that anything I want for the future, I can find NOW through a feeling or a vibrational resonance. It is within me. Within all of us. Right now.
On Thursday, Venus enters Pisces until late March giving more expression to the “living out loud” experience. This transit helps us hear the spaces between the words, to see the different shades in the painting to perceive more in others and extend ourselves further as a result. Remember to allow that to return to you as well, because sometimes it is so much easier to be compassionate to other people, to accept and forgive them than it is to ourselves. The influence of Venus here makes us tender and enjoyable to be around, yet the shadow side can make us evasive and occasionally unsure of what it is that we need. Lets also remember then, that no one can tell us what we truly want and need - they can help us uncover it - but it is our own spiritual path to seek and discover this.
May I celebrate the detail-oriented people in our world for a moment? The people who play down the effort they go to think things through, the people who have been told they are ‘controlling’ by the “go with the flow, man” people? Well Friday is their day - the Moon enters Virgo and we have a greater awareness of physical needs and details. Even emotions feel physical. Now an element of this is the beginning of the pull of tomorrow’s Full Moon. And this is supported by activities of the Sun: first with Saturn bringing perseverance, follow-through and no mistakes; and second with Uranus which brings enough pleasant surprise and inspiration to buy your energy to go the distance.
On Saturday we have a Full Moon in Virgo, and while the full Moon is the actualization of what began at the New Moon, this is an interesting one as the New Moon brought some beautiful changes with it. In this case, making positive change is easier. I have already said in this message that people cannot tell us what we need. So if you make special time on the Full Moon, think in terms of expressing - there is much we can do ourselves through writing, moving, singing or whatever your particular flavor is. This Full Moon is also connected with the Saturn square Uranus that has been present since last week, relating to the challenge of immediate changes; when and how to act. But remember that in each challenge some energy of the whole is moved and the longer term activities get easier. The astrological pendulum we are swinging between here is between Virgo and Pisces - between a need for order, physicality and the day-to-day (Virgo) and our spiritual nature (Pisces). A useful question to ask or reflect on is what is truly your responsibility.
On Sunday, while still in the influence of the Full Moon, the Moon enters Libra. I’m reminded of the nebulous nature of balance, and how we think it either magically happens or doesn’t happen. Very often we have to do something to effect balance in our life - whether to start something or stop something. In this case to create balance, get things off your list. Is there a call to make, an errand to run? Watch the momentum build and your energy lighten as you unburden yourself and pick things off. And then go out and be social (or stay in and be social) and see how much more of “you” you show up with. It’s so simple to say, but ‘peace’ expands as its opposite diminishes.
Wishing you a beautiful week my friends,