Monday, March 23, 2015

Equinox-ing, Tipping Toward the Sun, and Watching Each Others' Backs For Dirty Piscean Tricks

Happy Equinox!
Photo: Willow's Mama 

We are now coming out of the 29-degree Pisces New Moon total solar eclipse March 20 that kicked off spring with a bang in the northern hemisphere. The "backdrop change" themes of that eclipse are now carried through Aries season (March 20 - April 20).

We're opening into an all-encompassing new expression of Pisces over the next 28 days - an expression that will carry us successfully into the astrological Aquarian era. We've been putting these "new-era Pisces" themes into practise for quite some time now, but this is final exam time.

Communication planet Mercury is closing in on a conjunction to wounded healer Chiron in Pisces on March 24, and the wounded and wounding themes of the astrological Piscean era are very much on our minds. Under the influence of this aspect, our troubles may seem more overwhelming than usual. Our damage may seem more unmanageable than usual. But take heart. We pretty much all feel this way at the moment.

If Pisces teaches us anything, it's that individual struggles are actually shared struggles. Individual problems almost always connect to a common root, shared by many through time and space, and we certainly share many very large issues amongst us on Planet Earth at the moment.

(The ongoing nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan and the oil/Corexit contamination of the Gulf of Mexico are two of the larger open Chiron in Pisces wounds, pertaining to the oceans (Pisces)).

The Mercury-Chiron aspect is past exact as most of us wake up on Tuesday (7:15 a.m. CST), though the themes will be colouring our experiences for the rest of the week.

This is an excerpt from the article, "Equinox-ing, Tipping Toward the Sun, and Watching Each Other's Backs For Dirty Piscean Tricks." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons, or it can be purchased for $4.75 by PayPal or email money transfer.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Intensity Buffers

Communication planet Mercury has just nicely settled into Pisces (late on March 12) after an extended stay in highly-cerebral Aquarius since January 4, including a retrograde period from January 21 to February 11. That extended stay in Aquarius pretty much blistered our brains with an overload of flash-bang Uranian insights since the beginning of the year.

Whether you found the Mercury in Aquarius transit of 2015 simply intense or downright traumatic, it was definitely one for the history books. The house or houses where Aquarius lies in your natal chart was the fertile territory for mental rewiring, information downloads, and the intense "new era" crossover being experienced throughout the first months of 2015.

We are required to change our thinking in certain ways in order to be successful moving forward into the new era. The at-times overbearing challenges of the Mercury transit and retrograde through Aquarius pertained directly to that process.

Now, Mercury has glided into surreal-and-dreamy Pisces, where it will stay until breaking new ground in Aries March 30 (7:44 p.m. CST). This transit of Mercury through Pisces gives us a much-needed mental rest, allowing our minds to just drift for a while. We're bobbing along in a more passive and surrendered mental state (what else can we do but surrender at this point?) with the universe bringing us information and bits of necessary perspective in oddly serendipitous ways.

During the Mercury in Pisces transit, we will start to see the spiritual connections and the threads that link us to others through time and space, in struggle and in love, but the universe has a mind (and a timing) of its own. We're in a more transcendant mental space now, surrendering certain worries and concerns that dogged us relentlessly during Mercury in Aquarius, and this is a sweet relief.

Pisces is considered a sign of Mercury's detriment, being a sign opposite one it naturally rules (Virgo), and this is generally considered a challenging placement. It can be difficult to communicate our perceptions clearly or in a concise way with Mercury in Pisces. It can be difficult to know what our perceptions even are, exactly. Pisces is a sign of dreams, ghosts, illusions, going-with-the-flow, spiritual guidance, and otherworldly connections - all things that are diffuse, boundary-less, and hard to define in Mercurial terms. There can be some confusion, forgetfulness, and brain fog associated with Mercury in Pisces, attuned as it is to the otherworldly as much (or more so) than to the concrete, physical world.

However, the softened definitions and rosy hues of Pisces are just what our over-taxed synapses need following the Mercury in Aquarius transit. Even the more challenging aspects of Mercury in Pisces should be fairly welcome at this point.

With Mercury transiting Pisces until the end of the month, our dreams and "the other side" will be communicating with us more vividly than usual. We may need more unconscious processing time (ie. sleep) than usual. Drifting away from intensive conversation or social media connection could be just what our tired brains require. Allow for more unstructured time, less scheduling, fewer details, and a lighter mental load until the end of the month.

Mercury in Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius tomorrow morning (3:41 a.m.) before forming conjunctions to Neptune (March 18 at 2:49 a.m.) and then wounded healer Chiron in Pisces (March 24 at 7:15 a.m.). These Mercury aspects all occur in the morning, indicating again that there is a lot going on, a lot being processed, as we slumber. Some disrupted sleep patterns can be expected over the next couple weeks as we move through a roller coaster of an eclipse season...

We have a second intensity buffer on its way this week with Venus entering home-sweet-home Taurus on March 17 (4:15 a.m.) for a transit that lasts until April 11. This adds some much-needed Earth Mama energy and loveliness to the proceedings. Basic, simple, natural, healing, nourishing.

Venus has been transiting the sign of its detriment, warrior-esque Aries, while triggering the Uranus-Pluto square, so coming home to Taurus provides some much needed calm, grounding, and relaxation. It has been quite a triggered and sometimes-hostile transit of Venus through hot-blooded Aries (February 20 - March 17) as we battled our way into new relationship territory, and the ingress into earth sign Taurus allows us to move out of "high alert," particularly in relationships and with money matters. Things start to settle out a little on the other side of the Uranus-Pluto square March 16, and Venus in Taurus leads the way.

Venus and Mars came together in a conjunction at 1 degree Aries on February 21, 2015, propelling relationships into white-hot "new era" territory, like it or not. This was then taken up a few notches as both Venus and Mars in Aries activated the Uranus-Pluto square, creating relationship turmoil, upheaval, and re-positioning particularly between March 4 and March 11. More can be read on those aspects here: Just a Little "Intensity Heads Up"

We can expect further upheaval, changes, and developments along "new-era relationship re-positioning" lines as we move to the Libra Full Moon total lunar eclipse on April 4, followed by both the Sun and Mercury in Aries triggering the Uranus-Pluto square April 5 - 7. More will be shaken out there, new directions will be taken, and much of the current positioning in relationships and social scenes will likely be temporary. Expect things to be rocking and rolling on the relationship/social fronts during the first 10 days of April.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Main Event

The Moon is currently transiting Scorpio (until it surfaces in Sagittarius at 5:30 p.m. CST on March 11), which means the general emotional climate is coloured strongly by dispositor bad boys Mars in Aries tightly square Pluto in Capricorn. You can cut the tension with a knife.

The emotional state is deep, dark, and compacted with some simmering rage possible. No one, and I mean no one, is in the mood to be messed with over the next few days.

Things are moving in and out of "crisis state." But most of us are used to this by now. Some of us were born used to it.

Mars in Aries will trigger the applying Uranus-Pluto square exactly on March 11, forming a conjunction to Uranus (10:06 a.m.) and a square to Pluto (4:41 p.m.). Something's about to blow - unless we can ease the pressure somehow.

All this is going on as Saturn slows to station retrograde March 14 (9:02 a.m.) and Uranus and Pluto form their seventh and final exact square aspect March 16 (8:54 p.m.). The state of things is weighing heavily upon us. Keep breathing; keep moving.

This is the final event of the Uranus-Pluto square series (2012 - 2015). The Big Show. The one we've been working toward. Capitalize wherever you can.

We have the momentum to move mountains now, to change detrimental patterns that have been with us for generations - so long as we find the courage to make the necessary changes and then stick with them.

Where do you dearly desire to create change in your life? The universe is supporting this now in a way that we will likely never experience again. So don't hold back. Don't settle for less. It's do-or-die, now-or-never.

Clinging to the way things have always been is the best way to get walloped by this square aspect between the planet of upheaval and shock, Uranus, and the planet of transformation and endings, Pluto.

Be ready to move. Be ready to change. Be ready to grow in unexpected (yet required) ways. Be ready to have your heart dropped into the dirt a few times, but we're moving too fast to spend much time dwelling on it. This is the big surge and the big purge all in one.

We are absolutely hurtling into the 29-degree New Moon total solar eclipse in Pisces on March 20 (3:36 a.m.). This is the New Moon to end all New Moons. Or rather, it's the New Moon that begins all Aquarian Age New Moons. This is a New Moon on the very last degree of the zodiac, and it's a full, total eclipse backdrop change.

This is the end of the astrological Piscean era. It's sad and devastating and exciting and exhilarating all at the same time.

From a previous post:

"We're blowing some major Piscean-era karma - personal and/or collective - out of the way here, and it may be a bit of a bumpy ride. We're advancing beyond old siren songs, mirages, illusions, disappointments, and old-era traps, and only Uranus and Pluto moving full speed direct into this final square in the cardinal signs could provide the energy and catalytic forward-ho we need to get this job done."

The psychic cacophony of pain and jubilance and chaos and sweetness and disappointment and love will be pushed to a head at the Full Moon total lunar eclipse at 14 degrees Libra on April 3/4.

The Libra Full Moon triggers the Uranus-Pluto square directly, as well, so the emotional edge we're experiencing now is really not going anywhere for the next few weeks. Enjoy any moments of reprieve while they last. The Moon in Libra will form a square to Pluto in Capricorn and an opposition to Uranus in Aries just after the opposition to the Aries Sun marks the Full Moon on April 4 (2:31 a.m.).

We are officially operating within "new era" relationship themes as of that Libra eclipse, so expect some relational detritus to be flying off at a pretty rapid rate around that time. Things will be "getting real," as they say, during the first week of April, particularly in interpersonal relationships and social settings.

The emotional backdrop change we're moving through involves dropping the love and relational ideals of an era now past while embracing the exhilarating current moment that we are experiencing together - the only moment that exists. 

Both the Sun and Mercury in Aries will trigger the Uranus-Pluto square yet again following the Libra Full Moon, and we have officially arrived. The changes are right in front of us now, permeating our minds and our current moments. We can't look away, and we can't go back again.  

The Sun in Aries will move from Full Moon position into a square to Pluto in Capricorn April 5 (9:08 a.m.) and a conjunction to Uranus in Aries April 6 (8:08 a.m.). Messenger planet Mercury in Aries will follow shortly after, forming a square to Pluto in Capricorn April 7 (6:07 p.m.) and a conjunction to Uranus in Aries April 8 (6:20 a.m.). We can expect more turbulence here as people upset apple carts by moving in new and unexpected directions. During the first week of April, we are gaining the full awareness and perspective we need to continue breaking new era trail, but this is not without its challenges and difficulty.

The Sun and Mercury will follow all that intensity up with their own exterior conjunction at 19 degrees Aries on April 9 (10:00 p.m.).

These are some amazing times we're living through. Intense, difficult, painful but with immense potential that is only just beginning to unfold.

I'll see you all on the other side of it. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Patrons Not Receving Articles in their Email Inbox

I've received word that a couple patrons are not receiving their articles in their email inbox.

Patrons, would you please check to make sure that you are receiving the articles from me?

The last article that was sent out was titled: "Saturn Retrograde Sets its Steely Gaze on Late Scorpio: the Final Resolution of Old Heartbreaks, Hurts, and Unfinished Business," and I believe it was sent out on February 23, 2015.

My email address is also sometimes put into the Spam folder, so please check there, also.

If you have not been receiving your articles, please let me know. I will start a second mass mailout list and see if that solves the problem.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Just a Little "Intensity Heads Up"

It's apparent that things are just plain too intense on Planet Earth at the moment, but the tension and edge don't appear to let up all that much for the next six weeks.

We're closing in on the seventh and final square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, exact March 16. This is the first square of the series where both planets are moving direct, and the velocity with which things are moving and changing could make one's head spin.

We're blowing some major Piscean-era karma - personal and/or collective - out of the way here, and it may be a bit of a bumpy ride. We're advancing beyond old siren songs, mirages, illusions, disappointments, and old-era traps, and only Uranus and Pluto moving full speed direct into this final square in the cardinal signs could provide the energy and catalytic forward-ho we need to get this job done.

These themes are carried right through March equinox and the 29-degree Pisces New Moon total solar eclipse on March 20 and into the following 28-day lunar cycle. Pace yourselves.

Expect particular turbulence between March 4 and March 11, with a Virgo Full Moon at 14 degrees on March 5.

Relationship-related planets Venus and Mars are breaking new trail in feisty, hot-blooded Aries. We've gotten a taste of the fresh relational territory within our grasp, and nothing can stand in our way now but ourselves.

Jupiter Rx in Leo forms a fiery trine to Uranus in Aries on March 3 (6:25 a.m. CST), and we are creating the new forms as we go. 

Love planet Venus in Aries will trine Jupiter Rx in Leo on March 4 before forming a conjunction to Uranus in Aries and a square to Pluto in Capricorn later that day. We're being propelled beyond the draining Piscean-era relational constructs and dynamics and re-positioned in relationships of all kinds for new-era success. But we have to be willing to fight for it. We have to be willing to settle for nothing less. We have to channel the warrior spirit here and stand up for ourselves in relation to others whenever necessary. Any turbulence experienced around the time of these Venus aspects is related to this process of endings and beginnings all rolled up in one. Stand back from any relational turbulence, allow the detritus to be spun off, and don't take it personally. Just keep moving toward the relationship dynamics you wish to experience.

Action and goal-related planet Mars follows Venus into the same aspects on March 10/11. Mars in Aries will trine Jupiter Rx in Leo early on March 10 (12:04 a.m.), providing a burst of energy and motion. If you're pissed off, use that anger as fuel to move you out of the same old crappy dynamics, beyond their reach.

Mars will then rub up against the Uranus-Pluto square, forming a conjunction to Uranus and a square to Pluto on March 11, and this could create some friction. Changes in direction, desires, and goals can be expected around this time.

Communication planet Mercury leaves its retrograde shadow at 17 degrees Aquarius on March 3, as well. Expect the messages of the Mercury retrograde period to become clearer now. Final bits of information and perspective about the way forward from here are coming together during the first days of March.

The extended stay of Mercury in Aquarius, disposited by Uranus in Aries, has been a bit intense. Mercury will move into the slippery sign of its detriment, Pisces, on March 12 (9:52 p.m.), and I have a feeling that even the confusion and brain fog associated with Mercury in Pisces may be welcome as a reprieve from highly-cerebral Aquarius. Mercury in Pisces certainly softens the edges a bit, if nothing else.

With Saturn stationing retrograde in Sagittarius, remember: Breathe. Meditate. Be philosophical about it all. Allow the mystery and magic of the big picture to take over. Step aside. Sit it out. Allow the intensity and hub-bub to pass you by whenever necessary. There is wisdom in slowing down and in allowing nature and the universe to take care of themselves.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Avoiding the Seven-Year Itch at Willow's Web Astrology Blog

Today is the seven-year anniversary of the first Willow's Web Astrology blog post, which hit the astro blogosphere with a bang on February 25, 2008.

I was living in oil-rich, gentrified-and-cleansed Calgary, Alberta at the time, working at a magical import art store called Art of My Heart. Art of My Heart was, unfortunately, bulldozed over by the Pluto in Capricorn steamroller in early 2009. And then I got poisoned by Cipro. But for a tiny window of time there during which WWA blog was spawned, things were pretty A-OK in Willow's world!

Now I'm back where I came from, living in the rural area where I grew up. I'm still in oil country (with the oil flares to prove it! sigh), but I'm also right where I need to be to continue reporting on the critical (and buried) issues of the times. I live in the primary uranium-producing province in all of North America. I'm in the middle of the Bakken oilfield. I'm surrounded by chemical-intensive genetically modified agriculture (but also plenty of great gardeners and greenhouse growers, as well). The politics here run right-wing conservative and Old Boys' Club. The relationships run to the "traditional gender roles/family units that don't really work for anyone at this point." There's plenty of work to do, plenty of work to do.

So my baby is seven years old today, no longer a baby at all.

Wow, time sure flies when humanity is on the brink of annihilation, doesn't it?

Thank-you for your support of Willow's Web Astrology over the years via comments, emails, and patronages. If I didn't know that these energy-intensive articles were hitting the mark, I doubt I would have had the confidence to continue writing and pouring my heart and soul into them. So thank-you for letting me know.

To the whiners, the complainers, and the overly-entitled sorts who think they have a say in what goes on here, as always, I thumb my nose in your general direction and will continue to do so as long as this blog is operational. *eye bat, eye bat*

I will continue to write some content that is free for the general public and some that is available in its entirety only to patrons and paying customers. There will likely be fewer articles than in the past, but the articles that do appear will be substantial, as usual.

I don't ask anyone else to work for free, so please don't ask or expect me to. Astrological analysis and writing are work. They're hard work. And I deserve fair and basic compensation for the work that I do and for the assistance and guidance I provide in these times.

If you don't believe I deserve fair and basic compensation for the work that I do, you are no friend to Willow's Web Astrology, and I would ask that you hitch your wagon to another astrologer instead. There are plenty out there.

I have to say, I've perused the Solar Return chart for the blog for this year, and I like it. I like it a lot. There will be some intense challenges, of course, but lots of good stuff going on, too. Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces. Venus-Mars in Aries trine Saturn in Sagittarius. Moon in Gemini trine Mercury in Aquarius trine the North Node in Libra. Ceres and Pluto bringing their hardcore power together with a conjunction in Capricorn.

All in all, this baby has the fire to go another year for sure and maybe even another seven, who knows?

(We really can't plan too far ahead with Fukushima spewing into its 4th year, now, can we?)

This blog has been a lifesaver for me over these past seven years - not least of which because it has provided me a way to survive financially through utter Big Pharma-induced health devastation. This blog has allowed me to improve and utilize my skills, and it has brought me into contact with like-minded people from all around the globe, something I very, very rarely find in my day-to-day life. For that, I am forever grateful.

Happy Seventh Birthday, Willow's Web Astrology blog! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you. Here's to many more to come.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Saturn Retrograde Sets its Steely Gaze on Late Scorpio: the Final Resolution of Old Heartbreaks, Hurts, and Unfinished Business

The planet of karmic challenges, Saturn, is currently slowing to station retrograde in Sagittarius, and the squeeze is on during the last days of February and first three weeks of March.

Saturn will station at 4 degrees Sagittarius on March 14 (9:02 a.m. CST) for a retrograde period that lasts until August 2, 2015.

With Saturn stationing retrograde, we may experience increased feelings of frustration or restriction. Our forward progress, previously inspiring to us, may now feel stymied or slowed. Our responsibilities may be weighing heavily upon us, and our fears could be grinding at us a little. We may feel just plain tired and old. We may experience some setbacks, being pulled back into territory we thought we had already progressed beyond, and this can be demoralizing and depressing. The expansion we were working toward is not quite here yet.

These effects can be expected - off and on - from late February through the first three weeks of March.

The Saturn retrograde also occurs during the seventh and final exact square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn (March 16 at 8:54 p.m.). This adds to the intensity, potentially increasing the fear/anxiety/frustration/arghhhhh of the Saturn station.

This is an excerpt from the article, "Saturn Retrograde Sets its Steely Gaze on Late Scorpio: the Final Resolution of Old Heartbreaks, Hurts, and Unfinished Business." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons, or it can be purchased for $6.50 by PayPal or email money transfer.

Please note: I send these articles out myself, so there may be a short delay before you receive your article. This is especially the case over a weekend. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Pisces For the Aquarian Era" and More Post-Pisces Clearance on the Love Front

 Pisces Season. Sleepy. Shh.
Photo: Willow

We are now moving into a 29-degree Aquarius New Moon on February 18 (5:47 p.m. CST) - the bookend New Moon to the zero-degree Aquarius New Moon we experienced January 20.

New Moons indicate new cycles opening and something fresh about to unfold, especially related to emotions and emotional patterns. With bookend New Moons in Aquarius, we are developing and securing an emotional anchor that will carry us through the turbulence and into the new astrological era.

Now, according to my data, this February 18 New Moon occurs on the very last breath of Aquarius, at the very last possible moment of the sign. Other people are calling this a zero-degree Pisces New Moon.

To me, it doesn't really matter all that much. We are in a major "change of eras" transition and a major clearing of the emotional slate as we move through the first months of 2015. It's a little messy, a little confusing, but a lot exhilarating. And it likely isn't necessary to quibble over the details.

What we can be sure of is that this New Moon keeps those "change of era" themes rolling.

From now through the 29-degree Aquarius New Moon, both relationship-related planets, Venus and Mars, are traveling through oh-so-karmic late Pisces. It requires nothing less than Uranian dynamite charges to break up and change the dynamics and patterns held here. Lucky for us, Uranus is in very strong and influential position at the moment. You can read more about the effects of the strong Uranus energy during the first months of 2015 in this post: "Powerfully-Positioned Uranus in Aries Leads the Charge Through Aquarius Season."

As we move into Pisces season 2015 (February 18 - March 20), we're making the final transition into a new expression for the sign of Pisces - Pisces for the astrological Aquarian era. This is true for all 12 of the zodiac signs. The way we express them in the new era is different, and we are tasked with experimenting and figuring out what will be successful in every passing moment. Challenging!

But Pisces may just be the trickiest sign to transition, caught as it is so often in the attachment to old-era love ideals, dreams, and illusions. The cycles of bliss then torment, hope then despair. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat.

The 29-degree New Moon in Aquarius propels us into a highly-potent Pisces season. But it is a Pisces season coloured by necessary change from start to finish. We are tasked with transitioning the expression of the sign of Pisces over the next lunar month (and beyond), and this particularly involves hopes, dreams, relationships, and ideals of love.

During the astrological Piscean era, we learned such nuggets of wisdom as: Love hurts. Love scars. Love wounds. You have to suffer for love. The more you suffer, the deeper your love. If it doesn't torment and mistreat you, it isn't real love.

Well, sorry, Roy Orbison, but your beautiful song has now passed into the classics, a song for an old era. (I'm sure you would be glad to hear that, anyway.)

Pisces is known for the heroic lengths it will go to in order to long and pine and sigh and hurt and torture itself over ideas and ideals of love and over the projected object of its affection.

Old school Pisces wants complete immersion in love and in a loved one. Always. And forever. It wants to be wrapped up in a cocoon of unending love, adoration, and support from the universe and from other people. It wants to do a continual backstroke in the auric field of the one it desires. Blissful communion and spiritual ecstasy with nothing reality-based that might burst its bubble. 

But we're moving on from that as the dominant ideal for love. Those things exist in love, certainly, but they are no longer the singular ideal for which we are holding out.

That old school love ideal ain't coming back (thank goodness), and those who are wasting time waiting on it will be moved into the new era via Uranian shocks to the system, like it or not. 

There is no time, no energy, no inclination left to torture ourselves over anyone else or over any outdated ideals for love.

If you haven't noticed by now, it isn't actually about that individual. It's about figuring out the energy and the dynamics that are stirred by that individual, outsmarting them, and then moving through them until you're free.

Under the astrological Aquarian era, Pisces loves freely, just as it always did. But Pisces must also ensure that loving someone does not drag it into the same old traps. The pure and open-hearted love given so generously by Pisces must be applied a little more intelligently, with a little more discernment, with a bit higher standards.

Pisces loves as openly and fully and divinely as it ever did under the astrological Aquarian era, but it does so without preconceived expectations about what that will mean or what that will bring in return.

The intent behind the love has to be cleared.

We do not love to obligate others to us. We do not love only so that we can receive love in return. We do not love only to help or heal or prop others up. We do not love because we feel guilty or beholden or sorry for someone. We do not love simply so that we don't have to move forward.

Under the current scene, if it hurts, it isn't love. If it hurts, it's an old Neptunian trick you have to figure out, an old Piscean-era construct, a mirage you need to move through.

Or on the other hand, if it hurts, it may be a point of too-extreme detachment, too much cold Aquarius, too hard an angle. Going too far into the Aquarian extreme can be just as painful, requiring the correct application of Piscean love to bridge the gap. Pisces is the sign of union, remember, the last sign of the zodiac, the sign that brings it all together.

So on the Piscean end of things, if it hurts, you need to let it go. You need to detach from it. You need to re-formulate, distract yourself, propel yourself beyond it.

But on the Aquarian end of things, if it hurts, you need to make the loving connection, build the bridge, bring it back to love, bring it back to union and communion. You need to hold space for the love that fills the cracks and makes us whole again.

With the transiting North Node of the Moon in Libra into November 2015, maintaining the right Aquarius-Pisces balance, particularly in relationships, is key.

We have one last week with Venus and Mars in Pisces stirring the old-era dynamics, and then something shifts.

Mars enters Aries February 19, and Venus enters Aries February 20. They form a conjunction at 1-degree Aries on February 21 (11:13 p.m.) that kicks off a fresh new direction in relationships, love, sex, values, money matters, and personal goals. This is a "first day of spring" vibe coming into our interpersonal relations, a major propulsion into new territory. Ride the wave. Fight for it, even.

From their conjunction February 21, Venus and Mars will continue through Aries and trigger the Uranus-Pluto square. Venus forms a conjunction to Uranus in Aries and a square to Pluto in Capricorn March 4. Mars follows suit March 11.

Honestly, anything could happen this March with the final Uranus-Pluto square at 15 Aries/Capricorn on March 16 and a New Moon total solar eclipse on 29 degrees Pisces, the last degree of the zodiac, on March 20. There is a definite shake-up and re-positioning in relationships and money matters this March, and it is all-encompassing. Our personal directions and goals could change - and then change again - on a dime. We're moving through very unstable and changeable energy this March. Don't fight it. Just go with it as cheerfully as possible.

If anything descends on your heart like a wet paper bag this Pisces season, fight your way out of it. It's just a wet paper bag. It's easy to break free from - as long as you're willing to try.

Don't roll over and play dead. Don't weep about the hopelessness of the situation. At least, don't indulge in those things for long.

Strong-arm that motherfucker. Show this dead-end Pisces energy you mean business. Grab it by the short and curlies, show it who's boss, and then show it the door. This will be easier once Venus and Mars form their conjunction at 1 degree Aries on February 21.

The Piscean era is over - if we make it so.

So let's make it so.

Laugh at the silly little Neptune tricks. Don't allow them to take you down. Don't allow them to erode your self-confidence or sense of well-being.

Communication planet Mercury is now direct (as of February 11) in early Aquarius. As I wrote about previously, there are some cautions related to this extended Mercurial stay in Aquarius, especially with the potency of dispositor Uranus in Aries right now:

"[Mercury in Aquarius] will bring us information, insight, and perspective about the way forward from here. We will be wrapping our minds around the changes we have been through, the changes we are experiencing now, and the changes that are yet to come. We are being informed of the new blueprints - and of last-minute changes to those new blueprints. It is a challenge to stay up-to-date with everything that is unfolding...

The perspective and new ideas we come to through this Mercury retrograde are quite vast and long-reaching. We may be able to see years, decades, or even centuries down the road. Mercury will transit Aquarius until March 11, so we have an extended period of time to mentally integrate the continually-unfolding scenarios. 

But Mercury in Aquarius disposited by Uranus in Aries in its current position indicates a definite possibility of mental circuitry overload, and this possibility is also extended into early March. There is some mental burnout possible...

Shut off the damn cell phones! Shut off the computer for a while. Stay off social media for a couple days - or more.

Limiting technology time is one way to protect our tired synapses, especially in the days surrounding the Mercury stations.

We have to apply our own versions of "surge protectors" to our brains and nervous systems over the next three months in order to counteract the intense Uranian charge. We can only stay wired for so long until it starts to have adverse effects.

Uranus is conjunct the South Node in Aries, which means we have to balance that erratic and at times overwhelming charge via the Libra North Node. Keeping our balance while maintaining a sense of peace amidst any turmoil and upheaval is our soul-level challenge now. This is our path to success."

Happy Pisces Season, all!