The Week Ahead
Happy Birthday Aquarius
JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 3
There are interesting changes at the cosmic dance this week starting with Jupiter – the planet of expansion and improvement which finishes a 4-month retrograde cycle bright and early Wednesday morning January 30th. Jupiter is associated with the sign Sagittarius and represents our search for meaning in our lives. Through Jupiter we explore, grow, become socially conscious and develop core ethics and wisdom.
Jupiter is currently at 6 Gemini where it is a lover of learning – is verbal, versatile, witty, and inventive. Over the next few months it will gain momentum and shoot through this curious and versatile sign ready to leave the chatty sign of the twins in late June and won't be back for 12 years. We have a little less than 5 months to fully take advantage of this energy so….if you are working on a book, a speech, a blog, learning a new language, studying anything for that matter, or any project involving communication – get cracking! No more excuses. Fly like the wind and harness this incredible energy for exploring ideas, gathering information, networking, and connecting the dots.
Cosmic soul mates Venus and Mars both change signs this week, in fact both on Friday within an hour of each other. How's that for being in sync? Their new attitudes and latitudes will be a stretch. Assertive and energetic Mars, usually associated with male yang energy, softens up in psychic and emotional Pisces. This can sure take some hard edges off of a relationship and fire out of the bluster!
Mars finds himself in unfamiliar territory where intuition and compassion reign supreme. None of that macho bravado is going to work here unless it's taking aim at exploring the imagination or taking some emotional risks. Imagination and creativity are energized with Mars in Pisces, but we also have to be aware of the potential backlash. Mars the great ball of fire likes to take a direct approach. The meandering and dreamy effect of Pisces can be confusing and disorienting. Watch for potential passive-aggressive tendencies as Mars makes the adjustment to yielding water.
Meanwhile his softer and more feminine counterpart Venus finds herself in brainy and emotionally aloof Aquarius. She's looking for freedom, independence and non-traditional commitments. Well, not really. I'm not sure she's looking for personal entanglements at all! But look at the bright side. Aquarius commitment is more like dedication to a cause. She is open-minded, tenacious, original, social and a bit outrageous. And did I mention fun and a bit quirky?
It should prove to be a very interesting month as both Venus and Mars explore new territory. Consider it a breath of fresh air and a somewhat rare opportunity for that yang side of our personalities to display its mushy and emotional side. As different as Aquarius and Pisces may seem, they share an important link of compatibility – much like Venus and Mars. Aquarius and Pisces are both idealists and visionaries refusing to be bound by conventional limits and boundaries. Aquarius 'shatters' restrictions with new ideas and unrestrained thinking (compliments of its ruling sign Uranus). Pisces on the other hand, like her ruling planet Neptune, 'dissolves' artificial boundaries and separations by demonstrating the undeniable force of unity. So there you have it!
Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.
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Loosen the reins of control. If you don't, you will have quite the challenge ahead of you. With the Moon in royal Leo we may struggle to maintain some sense of leadership and control over our lives today. This lunar leader sees the end of its rule as it moves into a void of course pattern in the morning. An obstinate opposition with willful Mars in futuristic but stubborn Aquarius has us second guessing our motivations and double checking our strategies. In the middle of the afternoon the Moon heads for practical Virgo, but our hopes for finishing the day with a sense of accomplishment are elusive as the Moon opposes dreamy Neptune in Pisces. We will take advantage of the utilitarian and no-nonsense efficiency of this Virgo Moon, but it will have to be another day. Today, seek only to see people and things as they truly are.
Daily Muse: When you arise in the morning give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food. And give thanks for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason to give thanks, rest assured the fault is yours. (American Indian Saying)
TUESDAY JANUARY 29 MOON IN VIRGO
Yesterday's promise of harnessing the power of the resourceful and capable Virgo Moon was not in vain. In midmorning, Virgo's attention to detail is reinforced by a lunar trine to masterful Pluto in Capricorn and shortly after noon, the Moon connects with disciplined Saturn. This should well make up for yesterday's unfocused meanderings. We are on target and clear about our goals. Guidance is clear and motivation is high. Remember your promises and obligations. Today fulfilling these duties will seem less like a burden and more like a form of sacred service. As we go about our day and responsibilities we may very well get a contented feeling of taking our place on the wheel of life.
Daily Muse: If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day. (Alex Noble)
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JANUARY 30 MOON in VIRGO / LIBRA
Moon Void of Course 3:42 am (PST) – 7:00 pm
Intellectual and verbal energy is still in high gear throughout the day, well at least until evening when the Moon enters emotional and sensitive Cancer. The Moon in verbal Gemini until then is void of course. We are more introspective and maybe even cautious with our communications, becoming acutely aware of our audience and our ultimate goal. To get your point across effectively, slow things down a bit and choose your words with care. Instead of talking off the top of your head, think about your real purpose and what you hope to accomplish, especially if the call, e-mail, or business meeting could have Moon Void of Course 5:59 pm (PST) – 10:36 pm
Jupiter stations direct 3:37 am (PST)
Opposing forces are at work today, but nothing we can't handle. Before daybreak, Jupiter the planet of expansion and pushing limits looks forward after a 4 month retrograde pattern and heads for the future. Our eyes and hearts are likely to be pulled right along with him. Jupiter is associated with optimism, confidence and hopefulness so even the sourest of dispositions have to at least take a momentary pause to reconsider.
The Sun in forward thinking Aquarius clashes with Saturn the disciplinarian who is taking emotional inventory in Scorpio. We've felt this energy recently as Mars has moved its way through Aquarius. Today it might seem more personal as the Sun is involved. I'm reminded of the line from the movie Top Gun, when the authoritarian figure (Saturn in Scorpio) looks at the upstart fighter pilot (Sun in Aquarius) and says 'Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash.' The Sun knows no boundaries in Aquarius or is willing to dismiss them as unnecessary and not applicable. But very little gets by Saturn in Scorpio. We are asked to seriously consider the implications of our next steps. What resources are required? Who will pay for it? What's the payoff?
Thoughts and conversations are anything but predictable tonight as Mercury, also in Aquarius, is energized by a temporary disagreement with Uranus in independent Aries. This is quickly followed by the Moon's move to Libra, so hopefully any fireworks will be limited to fresh thinking and tempered by socialite Libra's love of peace and decorum.
Daily Muse: In the end you belong not to yourself, but to the world. (Ari Ulrich)
THURSDAY JANUARY 31
MOON in LIBRA
Usually people are just a little more reasonable and eager to please on a Libra Moon, but will that be true today? The intention for keeping the peace is certainly there, but as the Moon opposes dissenting Uranus this morning and squares off with intractable Pluto this evening, necessary compromise may be just a little less forthcoming. Fortunately those aspects are interspersed with the Moon's connection to planets in the other two mental air signs - faithful Jupiter in Gemini and the Sun in Aquarius. It might seem like a bit of an emotional roller coaster. However steady and cooler minds can prevail.
We need to ask ourselves about our overall intentions. There is no right or wrong here, but be assured, our day will unfold according to our deepest desires. Do we value peace, harmony and getting along or are we so passionate about a cause or idea, we welcome a bit of stress and revolution?
Daily Muse: There can be no offense where none is taken. (Japanese Proverb)
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1 MOON in LIBRA
Moon Void of Course 5:03 pm (PST) – 4:02 am Saturday morning
Mars enters Pisces 5:54 pm (PST)
Venus enters Aquarius 6:47 pm (PST)
Can we have a little drum roll please? Venus and Mars, cosmic soul-mates are taking the floor at the cosmic dance. Tonight Mars gets dreamy and misty-eyed as he takes a turn in poetic and romantic Pisces. Maybe you won't recognize him. He's turned his climbing gear and mountain bike in for an artist's palette, a poet's shirt, dancing shoes, a musical instrument or the novelist's pen. Or maybe you will spot him in the plain and simple manner of the monk or spiritual disciple. No matter his form, his motivation as he cruises through Pisces is softer, more compassionate and forgiving. It may take him and us a bit of time to make the adjustment – after all – Mars is used to fire, speed and direct approaches.
His partner too may be hard to spot. Venus who we often think of as the feminine side of the cosmic equation is moving into mental Aquarius tonight. She's leaving sentiment and romantic ideas behind in favor of freedom, independence and the opportunity for unencumbered thought. Expect your own ideas about love and relationships to be challenged as these two embrace their roles this month. Be ready for both imagination and to give your partners a little breathing room. (The Daily Muse epitomizes Venus in Aquarius!)
Daily Muse: Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2 MOON in LIBRA/SCORPIO
Moon enters Scorpio 4:02 am (PST)
Venus's first day in intellectual and freedom-loving Aquarius may be a challenging one as the Moon enters the very emotional, intense and passionate sign of Scorpio. We too may be feeling torn between our own desires for independence and for deep and meaningful connection. There is a sense of needing to make emotional adjustments today even if we are not too sure just what they are. The Moon makes connections with Mars, Venus, Neptune, Pluto and Saturn by the end of the day. And Mercury makes a not so friendly overture to Pluto. No wonder we might be feeling a bit confused and even wary! Let your emotions be your North Star of guidance and listen to your gut or heart, whatever the case may be. However, listen for the voice that speaks of love, unity and compassion. Anything else is nothing but an illusion.
Daily Muse: Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness. (Robert Browning)
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3 MOON in SCORPIO
That uneasy sense of needing to make an adjustment is more urgent and insistent today as the Moon moves toward its last quarter of the cycle. Once again we find the familiar tension between smarty-pants Aquarius (Sun) and deeply emotional Scorpio (Moon). It's easier to move through the tension if we stop and take a listen to both sides. Our egos want to be unfettered and believe we live in a world of no limits, but our hearts remind us even dreamers need to eat. Don't dismiss the internal conflict as craziness, but rather be open to ways your spirit can soar without bankrupting the savings account.
Daily Muse: He who binds to himself a joy, does the winged life destroy; but he who kisses joy as it flies, lives in eternity's sunrise. (William Blake)
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Most weeks I don't know what I'm going to write about until it hits me. I never worry about it though. Something always seems to come along, and this week was no different.
The last dream image I saw before I awoke this morning was beautiful and stunning in its realism. As I opened my eyes to the new day, I could still see it in my mind as clearly as if I were holding it in my hand. It was the so-called, Venus of Willendorf. For those of you who aren't familiar with this tiny piece of art, it's prehistoric and magnificent.
Found on the banks of the Danube in the early part of the 20th century, this statuette is thought to be about 25,000 years old. By those standards, the Sphinx is just a kid.
It's hard to describe her, other than to say that she's a representation of a woman, well fed, naked and not personalized by specific features.
In modern times, it's become politically correct to call her, "The Woman of Willendorf," rather than the Venus. This has to do with modern ideals that we put upon the goddess, Venus, as well as the fact that the statuette predates that goddess by tens of thousands of years. However, I don't think that changing it really makes any difference, or makes any sense. Either way, she's beautiful.
By today's standards, she'd be considered obese. I've read descriptions of the statuette that claim that she's a gross misrepresentation, or caricature, of a woman's form. I beg to differ.
It occurs to me that I saw her this morning because I've been thinking quite a bit about how we view ourselves and each other. We live in a world of appearances, where we want to be seen in a certain way and expect to see others in a form that pleases us. Anything else is often times considered wrong.
With obesity becoming a worldwide problem, we've had the topic shoved down our throats. We're constantly told that we shouldn't put on extra weight, and if we do, it's probably due to some sort of weakness.
I've grown up with extra weight. I put on pounds during an extended trip overseas when I was about seven, and it stuck. I've have had to deal with my self image, off and on, for most of my life. It's only within the past couple of decades that I've concluded that I like myself the way I am.
I need to stress here that this has nothing to do with health benefits or the logical necessity for losing weight as a matter of maintaining one's wellness. That's all common sense. I'm talking specifically about self-image and self-confidence.
Some archaeologists and historians have theorized that the statuette represents fertility. Others have thought that she's a representation of wealth and opulence. 25,000 years ago, we can only imagine that one of the main concerns in life was simply staying alive and outmaneuvering famine and disease. In this way, the Venus represents someone who's healthy and, in fact, probably quite wealthy by their standards.
Today, the standard for wealth can be epitomized by a wafer thin physique, cosmetic surgery, designer clothing, expensive cars and exquisite tans. Follow that up with a mansion or two, some time in rehab for addiction and you've got a pretty well-rounded view of what we tend to view wealth as being. I have nothing against wealth, celebrity or their stereotypes, but I like the statuette better.
I don't mean to sound cynical, but our modern view of what's beautiful confuses me.
I'll take someone who's natural and comfortable in their own skin any day of the week. I like people, real people. I like individuals who know who they are, or are at least looking to discover themselves, and who can do so without apologies.
I'm all for self-improvement and for moving forward in life, but being hyper-critical about one's body shape, or social status, is nothing but counterproductive.
I took a good look at myself in the mirror this morning, and while I don't look like the Venus of Willendorf, thank goodness since I'm a man, I do look like a human approaching his 60th decade on the planet. I liked what I saw. There's always room for improvement, but the bottom-line is that I'm me and I'm happy to be me. If I decide to make changes I'll make them, but because I want to and not because I feel pressure from a society that doesn't know from day to day what it expects of us.
I urge you to love yourself as you are. If you want to make changes, make them if you can, but stop beating yourself up over your body image, or anything else for that matter. You can't expect anyone else to accept you if you won't accept yourself. In fact, that's the most important part of finding, meeting and relating to a worthwhile relationship in your life.
Self-love is the only path to being loved in a healthy way by someone else.
I urge you to look at the statuette of The Venus of Willendorf and feel the energy coming from her. She's beauty itself. She's love and protection, as well as a sense of complete and total well-being. There's absolutely no doubt that the statuette was created from a place of great love and respect, and that was 25,000 years ago.
Don't you deserve love and respect in the present, especially from yourself? I know you deserve it, and I suspect you know it too. Live in love and with the assurance that no matter what your shape, you're important.
Until next week, love and peace.
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This past week I've had the pleasure of staying with my mother as she recovers from a fall on the ice and a broken wrist. What you may not know is how full of activity her daily life is! The day after surgery she refused pain medication on the idea that it messes with her head and she suspects it retards her healing. Four days later, it's driving her crazy to have one arm in a sling and she is very competitive about how many chores she can do before sunrise. (One morning she showed me proudly how she can indeed open the dog food with one hand by using her feet to hold the can.) As I help her get around I keep wondering, is it a vacation if you didn't choose it? And then I look out at a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains, with a radiant sky and realize that just because it's unexpected doesn't mean it's not a moment in paradise. Ahem. Have you noticed any paradoxes in your own life emerging?
Recently while walking my dog in the hills I saw another dog-like creature in the brush and recognized it as a coyote. I called my dog back quickly, because coyotes here are known to lure a dog away and then the pack descends. The wild thing skulked to the top of the hill and sat watching us intently from a distance. I could feel his wary, interested golden gaze. I love wild things and their messages.
Of course, I had to consult Ted Andrews' Animal Speak on the matter. He says coyote "is filled with paradox, but at the heart of its energy is the balance of wisdom and folly that makes for a fulfilling life. Are you not seeing the wisdom of your life and its events? The coyote will help you. In the tarot deck is the Fool card. Its energies are tied to simplicity and trust. It is the card for developing poise in the chaos of life. It stimulates and renews innocence, and it reawakens a childlike wisdom in response to the world. It is the card that reminds us that true teachers of wisdom have a wonderful sense of humor. Through the coyote, we learn to become again as little children with a reawakening of the intellect, creativity, the artistic mind and all the intuitive faculties."*
Need I say more? Enjoy your paradoxes this week. May any chaos you sense become a magical ingredient in rediscovering some important aspect of your life that vitalizes you.
*Ted Andrews, Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, (Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1993), 261.
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Dream Within A Thought
The figure floats in a relaxed position in a hot air balloon over the flowing waterfall and green landscape with cartoons playing on television screens inside and outside of the house. A dream has flashed in your thoughts. The world seems relaxed and amusing. Take the time to write about a dream or a goal you have, it may be just the time to follow through with it.
She's 1/4 of the Psychic Sisters, a Quartet of related Females who use their power for Good! They Joined us in 2012 on 12Radio.com with the Psychic Sister Show and Kristi and Katie branched off to include their own shows and to be a part of the 12Listen.com family of psychics.
Kristi Brower has a "Grace with Honesty" approach to life. In our time together she has spoken up with praise where she saw it was deserved and suggestions when things needed to be different. I found myself proud, that this woman, while leading an entire family, thought the 12 would be an appropriate home. I was doubly thrilled when she offered her writing services to the Power Peek.
The Psychic Update
As I write this I am reminded of my lifelong experiences living in a place that has little respect for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I was a child we did not get out of school for MLK Day. It was entirely ignored by our school system and community. My parents did not ignore it, however. My Mom taught my sisters and I about MLK and the amazing work he did for human rights. I remember asking a teacher once why we didn't observe MLK day at school. She told me that we didn't have many African-American people living in our state so it wasn't really necessary. That really happened, even now as I remember it I am shocked by that statement. I was incensed by this attitude and argued over this issue with my teachers many times. When I was in High School our state legislators finally had no choice but to observe MLK day because it became a Federal Holiday. Even now our local schools will give the students the day off and hold in-services for teachers, a not very subtle way of continuing to show disrespect for Dr. King.
As a social worker I have worked for multiple mental health agencies who did not acknowledge MLK Day. I was amazed by this considering that we worked with a population of people who were vulnerable to human rights violations. Once while teaching in an adult mental health day treatment program I went on a crusade to educate management about MLK Day and actually got them to agree to observe it. I am regularly stunned by the attitude that we don't need to observe MLK day and respect/appreciate the work he did. It is also a testament to the attitude that we don't have human rights problems anymore. It's almost like some of us think we already checked that problem off the list, on to something else!
MLK has long been a hero of mine. I have read and listened to recordings of his speeches and taught the children in my life about the amazing work he did. I feel that I must continue his work in my own way. My favorite MLK quote is "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." I love this message, and see it so literally true in the energy work I do. I read Auras and help people release attachments, balance their chakras, and heal other energetic issues. My primary tools for healing a person's energy body are love and light. No matter how much darkness someone has experienced in life, light will always overcome and heal. What a visionary Dr. King was, and his legacy lives on in many ways. I wonder what he would think about a Psychic like me being so inspired by his work in a slightly different way than most.
I will leave you with another of my favorite MLK quotes. "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
Blessings my friends,
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