By =Lorna Anne

Trends: Last month’s expansionary trend continues due to so many aspects to opulent Jupiter – the planet that encourages faith and trust in Leaps of Faith, heightened awareness and new states of consciousness. It’s a month filled with spangles and glitter and new beginnings. Libra rules the month. Librans add grace, charm and elegance to life. They love to create beauty in their surroundings and enjoy socializing and entertaining. Libra, being a mental sign, seeks intellectual stimulation. They are known as the partnership sign and feel at their best when they are a complement to others. Whether in intimate partnerships or groups, Librans like to feel they are a connected part. The symbol for this airy, gregarious sign is the Scales, representing balance, equality, fairness, cooperation and the superior intellect that endorses these attributes. The dysfunctional side of Libra is the exchange of those qualities for the approbation of others. In simple terms – people pleasing. And secondly, indecisiveness, the result of abandoning their principles to appease others. The Libran lesson is to be an individual in partnerships and not allow others to dominate or control them, or vice versa, to dominate others try to keep them from leaving a partnership, which Librans have difficulty doing, even though it would be best. They have a tendency to avoid conflict and unpleasant issues and to prefer their glossy version of what they would like reality to be, rather than what it actually is. Overall, Librans can make very good objective mediators and are also very supportive and encouraging of others’ ambitions and talents.

Week 1, relationship challenges and upheaval may surprise us. We must form a relationship with the unusual, the different and the unexpected. There’s a Full Moon on the 8th conjoining Uranus in Aries, opposing the Sun in Libra. Acceptance of change, breaking routine and new perspectives may cause us to find new solutions and ways of relating and doing things. Mercury goes Stationary Retrograde on the 4th, encouraging us to deal with things we’ve let slide or brushed under the rug.

In Week 2, aspects to Jupiter from the Sun, Venus and Mars create spiritual awareness, heightened clarity of vision and abundance. The 8th through the 14th is a particularly favorable time to gain and impart wisdom, to stand up for what is right, and to expand in any area of life we may be focused on. Opportunities that we embrace now will have long-term benefit in our lives.

In the 3rd Week, there’s lots of excitement, particularly when drive and ambition are keyed to values and desires.. The fusion of 3 planets, Sun, Mercury and Venus team up with an opportunistic aspect to Mars creating harmony between action, intellect and energy. Both Week 2 and 3 are very dynamic, action-oriented times when great things can be accomplished.

In Week 4 the energies calm down a bit and we turn inward toward deep-thinking and introspection when the Sun finally conjoins exact with Venus in Scorpio. We need to analyze this month’s process to see what has been gained. Mars enters Capricorn on the 25th, bringing with it the drive to build structure, set boundaries and consolidate, and to find a balance after so much mid-month expansion. We end the month with the Sun and Venus trining Neptune. Long-term spiritual truth will be derived from the effects of our actions, and we will see their importance in the grand scheme of things.

Key Words: Opportunity, Action, Awareness

ARIES: Aries must learn to embrace their opposite sign Libra. The Sun, Mercury and Venus are all in your 7th Libran House of intimate and business partnerships. Mercury begins in Scorpio but returns to Libra on the 10th, so it’s going to be a busy month for partnership of all kinds. Mars, your ruling planet, is in a position that favors progress and opportunities for long-term growth if you are open to allowing everyone to be themselves. There is a dynamic, expansionary trend toward wisdom, faith and optimism, so there’s no time to feel out of the loop. Maybe it’s time to accept expanded viewpoints and create new loops for everyone involved. It’s a Full Moon lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Aries-Libra on the 8th, so it should be a great time for insight and understanding, and in the following weeks, making peace with others.

TAURUS: By mid-month the fields of opportunities should open for Taureans with new alliances, energy, work and investments, especially during the 9th through the 21st. Unexpected changes may be challenging, but with faith and willpower, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Expansionary ideas are the path to follow. Loosen up any unnecessary restrictions that you imposed in the past and see the beauty in creating the new and different with more opportunities for freedom and expansion than ever before. The Moon enters Taurus on the 9th, one day after the Full Moon so it will center you for clear action mid-month.

GEMINI: Your ruling planet, Mercury, turns Stationary Retrograde early in the month on the 4th. This sometimes causes sudden reversals in thinking and new solutions to old problems. Its return to Libra brings up partnership issues and much progress can be made now in terms of adding new life to stale situations. Tapping into creativity to help your self-expression is recommended. Mars is in your opposing sign of Sagittarius so others’ actions may cause you tension. With all this Libran energy making harmonious aspects to your sign, it’s best to be open-minded and attempt negotiation. Maintain a sense of playfulness, freedom and open communication. The 16th–20th are particularly favorable days. The Moon is in Gemini on the 11th, enabling you to think clearly.

CANCER: Focusing on improvements in the home environment and lots of entertaining are highlighted this month. Sudden unexpected career opportunities and public recognition may also present themselves during the first week, so don’t overlook opportunities to be recognized for your unique talents. New and unusual partnerships and new ways of doing things may challenge you to step up to the plate when you are uncertain. Speak your truth so that others know where you are coming from, rather than hiding it to conform. Remember to always honor your feelings and work on coming up with solutions that are equitable for everyone. The Last Quarter Moon is in Cancer on the 15th, so you can see if efforts begun in the first week can be brought to conclusion.

LEO: The Sun, which rules Leo, is making harmonious aspects to Jupiter in Leo, so if you feel like you’ve been pushing against a wall in certain aspects of your life, now is the time for breakthroughs and solutions. Communication and self-expression are highlighted with lots of extra energy to get things done, especially from the 10th to the 16th. Open communication can alleviate tension from differing viewpoints. Accept unorthodox perspectives and work with them. Much can be learned by respecting these differences. There are creative ways to make win-win situations for everyone. Do not be afraid to take a Leap of Faith if you are called on to do so. The Moon is in Leo on the 16th, when goals and ambitions can be realized. At the end of the month, take time to relax with spiritual pursuits.

VIRGO: It is a favorable month for business or intimate partnerships which can provide you with the resources to carry out your deepest desires. Making investments in the latter part of the month will yield positive results. Your ruling planet, Mercury, is Retrograde most of the month until the 25th, so any large-scale purchases should be made after that. A good flow of communication between the sexes will expand and deepen relationships to a new spiritual level. Put some energy into home repairs in some way. The Moon is in Virgo on the 18th, grounding you for a dynamic mid-month.

LIBRA: It’s your birthday month and with the Sun, Mercury and Venus in your 1st House, there should be lots of focus on you and on socializing with friends. Verbal and artistic communication and creativity of all types are highlighted, with new ideas and concepts to expand your direction in these areas. Mercury Retrograde goes back into your sign on the 10th and there’s a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Libra/Aries on the 8th, so you may be challenged to release something you’ve been holding back in order to expand and grow and achieve those hidden desires. On the 20th opportunities abound to bring what you value into focus and to come up with the wherewithal to achieve it. Faith in the path that you have chosen will be tested on the 9th and the 23rd (the New Moon Solar Eclipse). By the 25th, when the Sun and Venus make long-term spiritual aspects to Neptune, the higher wisdom derived from this month’s cycle will be clarified. Enjoy the artistic blast of energy.

SCORPIO: At the beginning of the month, Scorpios may experience some conflict with others who prefer to go it alone – or the reverse – they are excessively needy. Too much too fast may seem a bit daunting, but expansion is the order of the month, so use your resources to invest in what will give you ways to make things easier on yourself. It is a very opportunistic month to obtain additional resources to meet your needs, but large-scale purchases should be delayed until after the 25th, when Mercury goes Stationary Direct. Career expansion is also highlighted. Both the Sun and Venus enter your sign on the 23rd, the same day as the New Moon Solar Eclipse at 0 degrees, 25 minutes Scorpio. It’s a good time to relinquish what doesn’t work anymore, or what is too excessive, and to begin a new cycle of growth.

SAGITTARIUS: Sagittarians are in an expansive mode this month, since your ruling planet, Jupiter, is in favorable aspect the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. It is a time for new beginnings and dynamic action. Standing up for what you value and know to be right is most important, especially concerning partnership issues. The 8th-20th is loaded with opportunity. With Mars in Sag, drive and ambition are strong. The Sun, Mercury and Venus are all in your 11th house of friends, goals and ambitions, so others can help you achieve your goals if you present a clear vision, no matter how unusual or unorthodox. Others will respect you for being different and daring and not being afraid to take a chance on what you know to be right. Pay attention to what works for the greater good of everyone. The Moon is in Sagittarius on the 26th, giving you the opportunity to turn inward and to review the results of this month’s process.

CAPRICORN: Capricorns have the Sun, Mercury and Venus all in their 10th House of career and public image. Behind the scene efforts are opportunistic for career growth. The first week may produce a sudden change of plans. Challenges at the Full Moon on the 8th will encourage you to take extra care to bring about your heart’s desires as well as giving others what they need. Expand your vision as to your capabilities. Mid-month career opportunities and networking are highlighted. Don’t let opportunities pass you by even if you can’t see how they fit into your grand scheme of things. After the 26th, when Mars crosses into your sign, and the Moon is in Capricorn on the 28th, for the second time this month (the First Quarter Moon is in Capricorn on the 1st), the path will be clear.

AQUARIUS: Your ruling planet, Uranus, is being opposed by both the Sun and Venus in the first half of the month, and the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is very close to Uranus, bringing up freedom issues in partnerships. Go with the fairest possible scenario for everyone. With Mars in your 11th House of goals and ambitions, there are opportunities for higher learning and spiritual truths. The choice to expand your career in some way may be possible at the end of the month. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is in your 3rd House of communication, highlighting the need to express your personal truth. Intimate and business partnerships have lots of opportunity for growth and spiritual understanding, bringing with it deeper trust and belief. By mid-month there is opportunity for growth in terms of your life philosophy and your role in the culture. The Moon is in your sign on the 3rd and 30th of the month. Key days are the 9th, 16th, and 23rd for energies to release themselves.

PISCES: This month is a continuation of last month’s process. Pisces are valuing and deepening intimate partnerships and are also concerned with the utilization of joint resources. Opportunities to use those resources to expand work and career are highlighted’ though what you choose to do with those resources may be at odds with others at the beginning of the month. By mid-month issues should clear up with new directions for change and transformation. Expansionary tendencies are focused on work and career. There is a need to have faith and relax if you are being overly authoritative, or, having others be that way to you may cause you to rebel and choose a path of your own. The Moon is in Pisces early in the month on the 5th to help ground you in this month’s decisive process. At the end of the month there is long-term growth through spiritual insight.



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