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Astro Report for January 2015

January, 2015

Notable Holidays – New Year’s Day

Thursday, January 1, 201500:00:01 am EST

Sun in Capricorn – 10 degrees

Today is the day to make resolutions, right? And the most difficult thing is keeping your promises (to yourself). And as it happens, there is a Stellium of four Planets – the Sun, Pluto, Mercury and Venus in the 4th House of Hearth and Home. Where personality transforms with dedication and expression employs the talents you have already honed. You may question yourself whether you have mastered them enough or if you need to enhance them even further. Saturn might be able to help you with your self-disciplines… It has recently entered Sagittarius, so any changes you want will come because YOU want to make them and not for anybody else.

 

In simple terms, your decisions will be based on your personal quest to change. And you will make the right decision the first time, because you have made all considerations over the idea with conviction. Trust your instincts to make the right decision for those annual resolutions.

 

 

T-Square of Three Classical Planets

At the same time the Old Year turns over a new leaf, three classical Planets have already aligned to create a T-Square within three Fixed Signs. Mars in Aquarius sits opposite Retrograde Jupiter in Leo causing a confrontation of attitudes that can be actively confusing with unwarranted generosity. Challenged by the emotional Moon in conservative Taurus, it could lead to heated discussions and turmoil. It’s best to step away from any arguments, lest they burst into snorting allegations that are blown out of proportion.

 

Jupiter still Retrograde in Leo – 21 degrees

Thursday, January 1, 201512:01 am EST

When the grandiose Planet of blowing things out of proportion goes Retrograde, the ability to erupt ill feelings at home can still be potential, if you’re not careful. Family matters most in life, so take care to enjoy the time you have. Find time and energy to have fun. Avoid the pessimism that can occur during Jupiter’s Retrograde. Jupiter goes Direct on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 8:08 am EDT.

 

 

Venus enters Aquarius

Saturday, January 3, 20159:30 am EST

Venus moves right into Aquarius today. Affections and devotions of Venus tend to be more allowing of certain actions and demeanors. Venus will enjoy a bout of independence, whether that’s hedonistic charm or otherwise.

 

 

Sun conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn – 13 degrees

Saturday, January 3, 20156:20 pm EST

The Sun moves faster in the sky than Pluto does, so its effects aspect upon Pluto. The personality traits of the Sun can burden the transformational energies of Pluto. The ego can be stubborn when it comes to making adjustments and changes in one’s life. When we start looking at making resolutions for the coming New Year, we tend to fight the urge to make those changes for the better, but in fact it is our ego that stands in the way of progress. If you can step aside from the mundane and truly see what others see in you, you will be able to make the right changes in your life and transform into something that is beyond belief. The mystery of your life is within your mind alone. Harness the power of change and, behold, you will become enlightened.

 

 

Full Moon in Cancer – 14 degrees

Sunday, January 4, 201511:53 pm EST

Emotions can run high when the Moon is in its ruling House. Full Moon energies are just as devastating, too! So, here is a Full Moon in its ruling House of Cancer. Emotions will be running amok! It’s a Sunday – beginning of the week – folks will be ready for the new week to start. Kids start back to school for more edu-ma-cation. Time to buckle down and hit the books! But keep it safe…

 

Native Lore

The Algonquian’s Wolf Moon is a lone Moon. The Wolf tends to come out of its den and seek food for sustenance throughout the winter, but the Full Moon in January can show off a blanket of snow on the ground, making it rather difficult to find food. The lonely Wolf bays at the Full Moon to express his feelings for hunger and for the illuminating Moon on the snow. The Wolf Moon tends to have more howling wolves than any other.

 

The Old Moon shows how dark and still the nights can be during the winter months. With nary a soul to share the blistering cold, the Moon shines above with a light that beckons, but folks and animals alike stay sheltered against the bitter cold. So, the Full Moon shines high above like an old man of the sky – like an Old Moon.

 

 

Mercury enters Aquarius

Sunday, January 4, 20157:56 pm EST

Mercury is quite compatible with this Air Sign as it becomes accidentally dignified in the 6th House. You may find yourself with original thoughts and abstract ideas, because they seem more profound at this time. Try to write down your ideas and go with the flow to be yourself. If you have been working on a project, you may find yourself on the verge of finishing it. It will be quite easy to break out of that mental block you had been in. While conjuring ideas of saving the Earth, have a cup of Earl Grey tea and enjoy a moment of peace and quiet. Maybe you will find more inspiration…

 

 

Mars enters Pisces

Monday, January 12, 20155:13 am EST

The Planet of Action enters a Sign that would rather take a backseat to any action. Thus, Mars is willing to except a moment of solitude and serenity. It’s a time to be lax and take a brief break. While there is composure, there is mystery and mysticism. Don’t be afraid to consider taking action later as Mars enters its ruling Sign, Aries, next month.

 

 

Sun enters Aquarius – Happy Birthday, Aquarius!!

Tuesday, January 20, 20154:32 am EST

Are you ready to get past those mental blocks? The Sun will boost you past those issues and then some. You will find today to be one of those days where you will be able to conquer any mental block. Creativity and intellectual acuity and lucidity will abound! Personalities are honed when the Sun sits in Aquarius.

 

 

New Moon in Aquarius – 0 degrees

Tuesday, January 20, 20158:13 am EST

Aquarius is the most intellectual Sign of the Zodiac. When the Moon is new, it’s time to re-evaluate your emotions and re-discover something new. Take an analytical approach to your emotions. Figure out why you react to certain situations and then re-organize your thoughts and emotions accordingly. This is a time of personal discovery.

 

 

Mercury goes Retrograde in Aquarius – 17 degrees

Wednesday, January 21, 20153:11 pm EST

Goes Direct Wednesday, Feb 11, 20152:12 pm EST

Be prepared for communications to go awry. Back up your computers, verify your writings and think about what you’re going to say before you utter a word. As a Planet of communications, Mercury’s role can elicit free-flowing words of wisdom. However, make it Retrograde and you might find that proverbial foot in your mouth more often than not. You might find computer glitches and down-time as commonplace during a Mercury Retrograde. At work, bring a book to read while you wait for the computer geeks to reboot the computer systems. As a minor Planet in health issues, it is best to watch your diet, drink plenty of water and wash your hands often. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when Mercury slides across the face of the Sun.

 

 

Venus enters Pisces

Tuesday, January 27, 20159:42 pm EST

The Planet of Love and Affection moves into the Sign of mysticism and secrets. Making advances on your partner should be fun, yet alluring. Remember that you have better chances of making connections with your partner from the heart that are quite spiritual and orgasmic. If this is a lifetime partnership, you will know during this period as Venus enters Pisces.

 

 

No Planets go Direct in January 2015.

Astro Report for February 2013

February, 2013

Imbolc in Aquarius at 12 degrees

Friday, February 1, 2013 – 0:00 am (midnight)

 

Imbolc (Candlemas)

Names: Candlemas, Imbolc, Oimelc, Brigit, Brigid’s Day, Bride’s Day, Festival of Lights, Brigantia, G?yl y Canhwyllau (Welsh), Lady Day

Date: Feb 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve – Jan 31st)

Astro correspondence: 15 degrees Aquarius
Color: reds for the blood shed by lambs, whites for the milk

Food: lamb, nuts, legumes, breads, egg dishes, chicken, cakes, chocolate, wine

Common Info: Brigit or Brid is honored (Keepers of the Flame at Kildare, Ireland), Brigit’s Crosses are made, first Fertility Fest, Initiations/re-dedications,

 

Imbolc (Oimelc) is the festival of candles, aka as Candlemas. The date is usually around the 1st or 2nd of February, or when the Sun moves 15′ degrees into Aquarius. It is the mid-point of the winter season, when a single candle is burned from dusk to dawn to commemorate the waxing Sun. The days are getting obviously longer now, as the Goddess grows pregnant with fertility. Some folks will celebrate it in the US as Ground Hog Day or St Brigid’s Day. However, other cultures will recognize other animals as they come out of hibernation. St Brigid, Danu and Epona are the celebrated Deities of choice, which makes this Sabbat female-oriented. Customs include candle making and burning, relighting the Hearth and snuggling in with a partner. Foods used most often are the canned foods and preserves of the previous harvest.

 

I would like to share an Act of Power we use in the Coven for our Imbolc Sabbat. We call it “Banishing the Winter”.

 

Quite simply, we make paper snowflakes. After folding and cutting them, each person opens them one at a time to divine the different shapes and figures that reveal themselves within the snowflake. It’s amazing the things you can see within the paper snowflake after cutting and opening it. It is similar to reading Tea Leaves, except it’s a snowflake…

 

Second, we ball the snowflakes and have a paper snowball battle. It releases the tension that cabin fever can bring… And paper snowball battles are relatively safer indoors. Oh, the frivolity it alludes!!

 

Last, we take each snowball and burn them in the cauldron to “Banish the Winter”. We recite the following incantation over the paper snowballs before we burn them:

 

“Awaken, O slumbering Earth.

Bring us Joy and bring us Mirth.

The long Winter’s Sleep lingers still.

Cold nights decreasing

And warmer days increasing.

Cease ahead the cold Winter’s chill.

Banish the snows traditional,

Until the need arises next Yule.

So Mote It Be!!”

I hope that anybody who likes this specific Imbolc Act of Power shares their interest. Obviously, anybody who uses it has the option to augment it to their desire as it is given without interpretation.

 

 

Mars enters Pisces

Friday, February 1, 2013 – 9:23 pm

 

Impulses tend to be more mystical and mysterious. Any actions on your part will be quite impressionable. When Mars enters Pisces on a waning Moon, emotions can be wary and erratic. You will think you need to accomplish this one task, but in the end it will be moot.

 

 

Venus enters Aquarius

Friday, February 1, 2013 – 9:32 pm EST

 

And after Mars moves into Pisces, Venus moves right into Aquarius. This semi-sextile movement can be accommodating, but more tolerating. Affections and devotions of Venus tend to be more allowing of certain actions and demeanors. The waning Moon can put a little bit of restraint on all of this.

 

 

Ground Hog’s Day in Aquarius at 13 degrees

Saturday, February 2, 2013 – 7:21 am EST (sunrise)

 

The Pennsylvania Tradition of Groundhog’s Day stems from the Norse, where they celebrated Horning. This celebration happens midway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Although it was not really emphasized as a major holiday, it did mark the calendar to prepare for the return of spring. The Norse would keep vigil on hibernating animals, such as the badger, to see if it would emerge from its shelter. The myth says that if he sees his shadow, it will foretell six more cold weeks of winter. However, if no shadow looms, then spring would soon be evident. This tradition is carried over into North America as the “watching of the groundhog”, a counterpart of the badger, by the PA Germans. Punxsutawney Phil Sowerby is the name given to the Groundhog of Gobbler’s Knob, where he lives with his wife, Phyllis.

 

Astrologically, Imbolc marks the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox, so there are approximately 6-7 weeks left of the Winter Season. Whether that is cold and harsh or mild and warming is all part of the prognostication of the Badger or Groundhog.

 

 

Mercury enters Pisces

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – 9:42 am EST

 

The Planet of Communication will move into the mutable, water Sign of Pisces. Get ready to speak from the heart. Intuitions will play a big role in expressing what you feel. Many of your conversations may be profoundly controversial, but hardly combative. The direction is more towards analytical mystery than blunt or superficial expressions.

 

 

The Locomotive Train

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Locomotive Train happens when all 10 Planets are spread across 8 Houses where one third of the Sky is void of Planets, which becomes an unexpressed sector. For two days, the Signs Cancer, Leo, Virgo and Libra lack any planetary movements, which happen to be the vast, night sky. Any planetary movement will happen in the wee hours of the morning, all thru the day and into the early evening. Our activity is overtly in movement during the day. It will be easier to rest at night during this time. Enjoy the break of the busy, hectic days.

 

 

New Moon in Aquarius at 21 degrees

Sunday, February 10, 2013 – 2:20 am EST

 

Aquarius is the most intellectual Sign of the Zodiac. When the Moon is new, it’s time to re-evaluate your emotions and discover something new. Take an analytical approach to your emotions. Figure out why you react to certain situations and then re-organize your thoughts and emotions accordingly. This is a time of personal discovery.

 

 

St Valentine’s Day in Aquarius at 25 degrees

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 – 0:00 am EST (midnight)

 

St Valentinus was martyred for performing forbidden marriages. Now known as Valentine thru Anglicization of his name, the Martyr is now venerated as a love idol of sorts. He is called upon to invoke lust and love twixt two individuals. Modern times have instituted cards, candies and decorations to commemorate this love-intentional holiday.

 

Look at the weekend ahead for settling in with somebody you adore. St Valentine’s Day will be the beginning of a new facet of your relationship.

 

 

Saturn goes Retrograde in Scorpio at 11 degrees

Monday, February 18, 2013 – 4:13 am EST

 

Saturn is the last Planet that can be seen with the naked eye. It represents restrictions and limitations. When it goes Retrograde, Saturn can illustrate tendencies to open up. It allows us to be more lax and less traditional. Scorpio is that Sign, which can be mysterious and secretive. The energy invoked here is that Saturn is waiting to tell secrets that should remain hidden and undivulged. It could mean that it’s time to come clean.

 

 

Sun enters Pisces

Monday, February 18, 2013 – 6:50 am EST

 

The energy of the Sun is overwhelming, but is subdued when in Pisces. It’s a time to make final attempts to relax and get ready for the impending Spring. It is a time to enhance your supernatural energies and hone your spirituality. Avoid being a pack-rat… when in doubt, throw it out. Start your Spring cleaning now.

 

 

Sun conjuncts Neptune in Pisces at 2 degrees

Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 2:18 am EST

 

The Sun seems to be chasing after Neptune and catches up finally to surpass it today. The feelings of courage and leadership seem to be impressionable, but delusional at times. Neptune is quite comfortable in its Rulership of Pisces, so when the Sun finally rides past, Neptune will be able enjoy its peace and quiet of mysticism again. So for the moment, rise above, avoid the drama and share the love!

 

 

Mercury goes Retrograde in Pisces at 19 degrees

Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 8:55 am EST

Goes direct on Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 8:17 pm EDT

 

Be prepared for communications to go awry. Back up your computers, verify your writings and think about what you’re going to say before you utter a word. As a Planet of communications, Mercury’s role can elicit free-flowing words of wisdom. However, make it retrograde and you might find that foot in your mouth more often than not. You might find computer glitches and down-time as commonplace during a Mercury Retrograde. At work, bring a book to read while you wait for the computer geeks to reboot the computer systems. As a minor Planet in health issues, it is best to watch your diet, drink plenty of water and wash your hands often. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when Mercury prepares to slide across the face of the Sun.

 

 

Full Moon in Virgo at 7 degrees

Monday, February 25, 2013 – 3:26 pm EST

 

Full Moon energies can be so compulsive!! And this is the time of the year when a Full Moon shining upon the land grants a glimpse of the starkness the Winter offers. When the Moon is Full in Virgo, our emotions have to be right on target and not erratic. At New Moon, it was time for personal discovery. By the time we got to Full Moon, did you discover anything about your emotional self?

 

Native Lore

Snow Moon or Hunger Moon – February is a month of heavy snowfalls, thus the Full Moon is referred to as the Snow Moon. Due to the heavy snows of February, it is more difficult to go hunting for food. Animals tend to burrow deep into their holes. The land is covered so there is little vegetation. Hence, the Full Moon of February is also called Hunger Moon. It is best to eat and get plump before the snows of February keep you from leaving the nest.

 

 

 

Venus enters Pisces

Monday, February 25, 2013 – 8:47 am EST

The Planet of Love and Affection moves into the Sign of mysticism and secrets. Making advances on your partner should be fun, yet alluring. Remember that you have better chances of making connections with your partner from the heart that are quite spiritual and orgasmic. If this is a lifetime partnership, you will know during this period as Venus enters Pisces.

 

 

Astrologically yours,

 

Lord Fairy Bottom Educifer

HP, Coven of the Mighty Oak

Master of Sol, Blue Ridge Mountain Clan