February 4, 2013

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by C.A. Brooks

The Week Ahead

February 4 - FEBRUARY 10

It may be a little too early to start singing the praises of Pisces; after all the Sun is still in Aquarius and will not drift into Pisces until the 18th of February. However the writing is on the wall as Mercury, the planet of thinking, messages, communication and travels joins Mars, Chiron and Neptune in Pisces this week.

Mercury's entry into Pisces is particularly important as he's planning an extended stay. (Spoiler alert – Mercury retrogrades in Pisces from February 23rd until March 17th). When Mercury enters Pisces on Tuesday morning it will be there for more than two months, until April 13th. This is the first of 3 Mercury retrograde cycles in 2013, and all will be in the sensitive, emotional and psychic water signs. Something to think about, or rather, it's something to wrap your imagination around.

The Pisces solar cycle will also be interesting this year as it's one of those times when a single sign will be hosting more than its usual share of the planets. By the last week of February, 4 planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars and Neptune) along with the Sun and Chiron will all be in this mystical and imaginative water sign. Just think about the party for the New Moon in Pisces on March 11th!

But I'm getting ahead of myself; this week let's focus on getting our minds in the mystical, psychic and compassionate flow of Pisces. I am reminded of something I read not long ago. Tarot aficionado and author Barbara Moore in her book of Tarot spreads records a saying 'that a thought should pass through three gates' before it is spoken. 'Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? That will certainly give us pause. We don't necessarily have to believe it or abide by it, but if we gave it some consideration it would truly change the way we speak with each other, which is exactly what Mercury in Pisces will do.

The New Moon on Saturday night shortly before midnight Pacific time finds both the Sun and Moon at 21 Aquarius and in an almost perfect square to the North and South Nodes of the Moon. This may super charge the usually radical properties of this New Moon as habits of the past and our hopes for the future (South and North Node) collide with the Aquarian demand to 'wake up and stand up'! This could end up being a lunation that precipitates greater change than we have seen in quite awhile. The New Moon is 'dark' so there is nothing to see here, but there is plenty to see with the eyes of your soul.

Sunday February 10th is the celebration of the Chinese New Year – the Water Snake. If you have never seen a Chinese Dragon Dance get yourself over to a local Chinese restaurant or cultural center and be prepared for something amazing!

Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.

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Moon Void of Course 4:31 am (PST) – 7:45 am

It's a day for creativity and a little fanaticism. (What was that?) The Moon in truth-seeking Sagittarius starts the day with squares to both Mars and Neptune in Pisces. Mars' hookup with dreamy Neptune is not exactly a natural merger and the Moon's square to the duo further confuses the issue. The path is far from straight and narrow.

The upside is a touch of youthful innocence and passion fueled by imagination. The downside is really the same thing. We may be excited about an idea and have little or no tolerance for others who don't agree with us or see life in another way. People are likely to confuse their opinions with fact. I'm seeing a headstrong teenager off to change the world – the ideas are inspired but the methods somewhat naïve and probably untested.

However, inspired creativity is in high gear today even if the path is not obvious. Constructive lunar connections to Venus in Aquarius and Uranus in Aries spice up the mix with even more originality. Speak your truth today, but remember it is yours and not necessarily shared by others. Resist the urge to make others wrong because in doing so, you actually are projecting your own self doubt.

Daily Muse: The price of the democratic way of life is a growing appreciation of people's differences, not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience. (Jerome Nathanson)


Moon Void of Course 12:42 pm (PST) – 9:55 am (Wednesday morning)
Mercury enters Pisces 6:56 am (PST)

Imagination is underscored today by Mercury's move into the fluid and magical water sign of Pisces and a void of course Moon all afternoon and through the evening. Mercury's stay in Pisces this year is a long one – more than two months and will include a retrograde pattern from late February through mid-March.

This is fertile territory for dreams, imagination and creativity. Entrenched thinking and mental blocks can be dissolved for those willing to draw upon their spirits and hearts. The boundaries between imagination and logic are blurred which in the end, can be a very good thing! We are probably a tad less fanatical as Mercury in Pisces opens our minds to new ways of thinking. The Moon's facilitating connection to the Sun in Aquarius also improves the overall flow of the day.

Daily Muse: I am among those who think science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician; he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impresses him like a fairy tale. (Marie Curie)

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Moon enters Capricorn 9:55 am (PST)

The Moon's move to practical and down-to-earth Capricorn diverts our attention, at least temporarily, to the necessary details of our lives like paying the mortgage and owning up to those credit card debts. However, the job of keeping us focused on the mundane is a tough battle to wage today and maybe a losing one. Venus connects with outrageous Uranus in Aries inflating our aspirations and Mercury's hookup with foggy Neptune just about negates any tangible use of logic.

Those of us with 'day' jobs aspiring to make the leap to an occupation more aligned with our heart's desires will feel the tug acutely today. Dreams of living as an artist, musician, actor, writer, photographer, energy or light worker, masseuse, therapist, jewelry designer, spiritual counselor, or designing the world's most fabulous dirt bike track are not in vain.

The celebration of imagination and creativity continues tonight as Venus the planet of values gets a huge boost from Jupiter in Gemini. Ideas abound! Let your imagination run wild and dream a path for yourself. However, keep one foot on the ground and keep the Capricorn Moon happy – keep your current commitments and pay your water bill!

Daily Muse: You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. (Paulo Coelho)


Moon Void of Course 4:44 am (PST) – 11:17 am (Friday morning)

The whimsy party may feel like it's over today as the no-nonsense Moon in Capricorn brings in reinforcements when it makes connections to heavyweight Pluto and Saturn the disciplinarian. We are still 'under the influence' of the twin forces of Aquarian vision and Pisces imagination, but nose-to-the-grindstone Capricorn keeps us attending to the here and now under our feet. There is no reason you can't mix imagination with attention to detail and secure your foundations for greater freedom, joy and prosperity by taking care of business. Today is a day to use practical wisdom. See the impossible and design strategies to achieve it.

Daily Muse: The key to happiness is having dreams. The key to success is making your dreams come true. (Anonymous)


Moon enters Aquarius 11:17 am (PST)

Mercury in Pisces meets up with the usually energetic Mars also in Pisces. Not that Mars is tired or listless. It's just that in Pisces he's traded his warrior ways for more peaceful, easy going and reflective strategies. Ordinarily when these two get together we can expect rapid fire bullets of communication carefully targeting particular goals and people. Probably not so when the medium of communication is water connected less to the mind and more to the heart. This is especially true with the Moon in the final phase of its cycle in the futuristic sign of Aquarius. I can imagine we will be inundated today with choruses of the dubious fad slang 'it's all good.'

This softer energy can take us to new spiritual highs and open doorways to compassion and forgiveness. It can also turn in on itself and come out in more passive aggressive ways where we are deceiving ourselves about our true intent or purpose in communicating. Thinking back to the introduction to this week's column, if we are faced with a troubling conversation or interaction, before we speak we may want to ask ourselves, Is it true, is it necessary, and is it kind?

Daily Muse: And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (I Corinthians 13:2, Bible)


Moon Void of Course 11:20 pm (PST) – 1:20 pm (Sunday afternoon)
NEW Moon 21 Aquarius 11:20 pm (PST)

Egos might be a bit fragile today with the Sun in a funky connection to radical Uranus. In fact, lots of the energy is a bit dicey today as we head toward the New Moon in reforming Aquarius late tonight. Thinking Mercury in squishy Pisces squares off with Jupiter making thinking and conversations less cohesive than usual. There's a potential here for rambling and a plethora of data, but little or no information, if you know what I mean. (Note to self….)

The sky may be very dark tonight with the dawning of the New Moon at 21 Aquarius just about 30 minutes before midnight, Pacific Time. But this New Moon is anything but quiet. The Sun and Moon will make an almost perfect square to the North and South Nodes of the Moon highlighting the need to move beyond our past in order to grasp our future. This cosmic earthquake very likely will target those areas of our lives in which we have grown lazy, sedate, broken or demoralized. The good news? It's time to wake up our passion and move beyond our disappointments or life baggage. Life awaits us!

Daily Muse: I spent most my childhood being terrified by the question, 'Am I normal?' I am relieved now that I know for sure that I am not. (Tom Limoncelli)


Moon enters Pisces 1:20 pm (PST)
Happy Chinese New Year!

Things may go a little 'fuzzy' again today when Mars in unfocused Pisces squares off with Jupiter in very distractible Gemini. Although there is the potential for disagreements about strategies or behaviors, it's hard to believe planets in these two flexible signs will be able to hold the necessary stamina to keep the argument going for long. The Moon eases into Pisces in the afternoon further diffusing any efforts to stay focused. However, all of this energy is very emotional, and emotions can prove to be strong motivators for good and bad. Don't discount the possibilities for hurt feelings or passive aggressive behavior.

Late tonight Venus in Aquarius squares off with Saturn in Scorpio adding some late night tension. Differences around values, the use of resources, and personal commitments could provide troubling. However, this energy can also provide the necessary impetus to get clarity on finances and relationship issues that previously were not well defined or addressed.

Daily Muse: The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings. (Henri Frederic Amiel)

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Out of Mo's Mind:
After You, Please!

I've never been very competitive.

There's nothing wrong with competition. After all, it's the foundation of the capitalist system, athletics, businesses, politics, television ratings, games and even relationships. In fact, humans are, by nature, pretty darn competitive. That doesn't mean that I get it.

When I was a kid, I hung out with a tribe of neighborhood boys. We had a leader, an alpha, and he had his sidekick. I was always fascinated with the dynamics of the group. I came to the realization that I could actually manipulate the hierarchy by some pretty simple techniques. It didn't take me long to realize that those in charge aren't always in charge and that sometimes being competitive can blind you to what's really important.

If you don't think we live in a competitive society, try the following experiment. Go to any store or boutique, and begin looking at something in a corner of the store not usually frequented by shoppers. Soon, you'll find yourself surrounded by other shoppers trying to figure out exactly what it is you're going to get before they do.

It doesn't make intellectual sense, but it's how we're wired. It's how we've survived. By being competitive, we assure ourselves of being able to be in the right place at the right time, to grab that extra piece of fruit, or to claim the best cave so that we and our families can stay warm and safe for the night.

Lately we've seen competition that seems to be rooted in greed, made all the more shocking by an astounding lack of ethics. I'm referring to the recent bicycling scandal that's rocked the sport. In this case, it involved an alpha male, so competitive, and so intent on winning that nothing else mattered. Not only was there rampant coercion, cheating and intimidation, but also repeated lying and threats to those who opted to tell the truth.

Baseball has been permanently smeared by the handful of cheating athletes who used unethical and illegal means to obtain their goals. Bigger biceps meant bigger stats and bigger endorsements and fame. Imagine, once upon a time, cheating in baseball was pitching a ball with spit on it.

It seems to me that most of the impetus for this lack of ethical standards is due to that greedy, competitive spirit, its jaws unhinged and ready to devour anything in its path. When is it enough?

We live in an age where our collective competitive spirit has grown so strong that some people will do anything they can in order to win an advantage over others. Sixth graders are often worried about their future SAT scores, something their parents have been worried about since Nursery School.

I vaguely remember taking the SAT. Let's just say that I didn't get the proper rest the night before.

There are those who've accused me of being competitive. This is actually due to my being irritated when facts are twisted. I'm quick to correct dates, point our anachronisms in period films, argue about the cast members of television sitcoms, or point out the inconsistencies in a way of thinking. I especially bristle when metaphysical subjects are distorted or misrepresented. This could be seen as competitive, but in actuality, all I'm trying to doing is set the record straight.

Okay, I'm also a bit of a curmudgeon.

Luckily, I've learned that I'm not always right. Years ago, a hot debate erupted about who played "Eddie" in the movie version of, "The Courtship of Eddie's Father." It taught me a valuable lesson. Although I was convinced to my core that I was right, I was utterly, adamantly and spectacularly wrong. This stunning occurrence led me to the sane understanding that there are times to keep my mouth shut, even if I'm sure I'm right. (The correct answer? Ronnie Howard, NOT Eddie Hodges.)

If you happen to be the competitive type, good for you. I make no judgments and I'd never say that what you're doing is wrong. Be who you are. Competition is important to our economic structure and to the very safety and security of our families, friends and nations.

If you aren't competitive, don't feel bad. Relax and accept yourself as you are.

As for me, I think I'd rather shuffle up my tarot cards and see what they have to say, or knit for a while. Or better yet, I'll rub our Golden Retriever's belly, an activity for which there's simply no competition.

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by Tamara Childs
Your Inspired Life:
Wild Magical Full Moon

This week magic was whispering in my ear. Some recent events spoke of the miraculous ways that our requests to the Universe can be delivered. Magic is what happens when you recognize your intention has been created. The universe has responded to your call for transformation. On our end of this miracle, we might ask, why then, does it often take years to see the outcomes of our desires?
Every sincere request seems to have has its own time-line, and often what creates the need for a "time-line" is clearing the blocks and fears we have. When we are wrapped in fear we are like prisoners tied to what we fear. We become hostages tucked away on the inside of a building. How many doors are between you and your miracle? When you first make your request, the universe begins opening doors. Perhaps the first door is realization of your true request. The next door might be a whole catalog of beliefs that don't serve you, like "I never get what I ask for." Or, "Things just get worse, no matter what." Or, I know I am a burden, so I shouldn't ask for anything." These beliefs can include such tricksters as, "I should be realistic," and assumes reality is a concrete wall, when, in actuality it is a state of mind.

The barriers to receiving are the doors the Universe must open to free you to receive the miracle. This is why surrender and faith keep our dreams alive, as we intend and ask for our miracles. When all the doors have been opened, an amazing event occurs. The miracle you have been waiting for arrives. This moment is what I call MAGIC.* Is it less magical for a miracle to arrive nine years after the request? What if you decided to melt the walls that hold the doors between you and your request, so that your miracle shows up like hotcakes off the griddle?

* Ahsian , N. (1995.) Magic [image] The Crystal Ally Cards, Heaven & Earth Publishing, Marshfield VT.206.


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by Kristi Brower
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I have been thinking a lot about happiness lately. I live with 5 cats, who are tremendous examples of happiness. As I write this my kitty, Sandy, is asleep on my lap with the most content smile on her face. One thing I have learned from watching cat happiness is that happiness comes from being, not doing. My cats do very little throughout the day, but seem to be the most content and peaceful beings I know. It is a funny myth most of us grew up with that happiness comes from hard work and perseverance. I'm pretty sure that happiness actually comes from just being ourselves, and not getting too hung up on what we have or have not accomplished.

Sandy had a rough start to life. I found her outside a gas station when she was about 8 weeks old. She was dirty and skinny and sick. It took six months to get her little body functioning normally so she could start growing. That was 2 years ago and now she is a happy, healthy cat. The interesting thing is that she seems unaffected by her past. She is happy and carefree and obviously feels safe and loved. The fact that her kitty mind can't relive her past and fret about her future is a huge contributor to her happiness. She lives in the moment, and everything is great in this moment. This is where we humans get hung up.

Over the past several years I have worked to cultivate a "All is well in the here and now" attitude. It is a challenge not to lament the past and worry about the future. When I catch myself thinking about somewhere other than here and now I remind myself to stop and look around. Is everything ok in this moment? If so, then I remind myself that I am ok, and right now is all I have control over. If everything is not ok in that very moment then I have the opportunity to make a change, right then when I actually have some control. I am not saying that this is easy or that I don't get stuck in cycles of over thinking the past and future. This definitely happens, but I can usually bring myself back to a sense of peace by returning to the moment.

My Dad is dying of Prostate Cancer. He has been on Hospice for 8 months and his condition deteriorates a little more each day. I see him every other day and do my best to spend quality time talking and laughing with him. This has been a real challenge to my "live in the moment" philosophy. I know what is coming and that makes it hard not to worry about the future. I know I can't change it or control it, but my ego has a strong desire to predict what is coming and worry about things I can't possibly do anything about. I continue to work at bringing myself back to the now when worries about my Dad surface. Somedays I handle it great, I feel happy and see my life going in a positive direction.

Other days are much harder. I think that what I am doing is practicing happiness, kind of like practicing the Clarinet or practicing meditation. Each day presents a new challenge to be here now. I know that true happiness is fluid, and that real emotions still occur. It is the ability to return to a happy state after a troubling experience or emotion that indicates that we truly are happy on the inside.

Here is a picture of Sandy doing what she does best!

Blessings of happiness my friends,



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