O Stars Above: Solar Eclipse - Pisces New Moon

A Tide Change

New moons represent initiation phases and a time to plant seeds for future harvest. Eclipses emphasis the moon's meaning. This Sunday's Pisces new moon eclipse (February 26 at 6: 58 am PST) comes with a twist. It is the last of a two-year series in Virgo and Pisces. Thus, it is a beginning and an end, a tide change.

Astrological processes use the symbols of planets circling the sun through starry constellations. We go around and around, season to season, year in and year out, day to night, and night to day, again and again. Astronomy shows that we are not orbiting the sun in a flat plane but in a spiral, and so hopefully, in astrological terms, each cycle offers a higher perspective of what it means to be a human, or a society, or even a civilization alive on one small planet for a short period of time.

Each sign outlines a lesson plan full of growth and regressions. From Aries through Scorpio, we focus on individual development and actions, but the last four signs, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces, shift to societal views and how we fit into the whole. If we haven't fully internalized the first eight signs, we find ourselves ill-equipped for the final four.

In Virgo/Pisces, the eclipses turned our attention to how our personal, earthly habits fit into an eternal view. We hold these two extremes within our small bodies. Do we ignore one at the expense of the other? Virgo represents the individual seed, Pisces the endless ocean: Virgo, doing, Pisces, being. How do we stretch ourselves between today and eternity? After these lessons of the last two years, where do you find yourself today? What seeds of endless love and compassion are you planting for tomorrow - in your personal life and society?

Horoscopes February 27 to March 12

Pisces, if your life was a poem, what would the image be? You stand at the gate between your inner world and out...there. Pieces you were missing have come home to your heart giving your feet a solid place to stand where you can create your vision and transfer it to the outer. Halljeluha!

Aries, your dream world may be inundated with images and symbols even as you are ramming the gates of what you desire, love and will no longer deny. Pay attention for inner direction and expect sudden, unexpected change. Do not hurt yourself or others but focus on balance with true partners.

Taurus, you may look calm and collected but your cauldron is double, double toil and trouble. You can only plod along so long until an over-heated need bubbles up. Yours may have to do with wanting a love partner, someone (a work colleague?) who gets what a hot commodity you are!

Gemini, your Mercury joins a tribe in Pisces and suddenly, logic is out the window. Let it or it will be a rough ride while subconscious material bubbles up in public ways. Emotions, obsessive compulsive thoughts, living in two worlds at one time? It is the best of times. It is the worst of times.

Cancer, you could join a convent, or an ashram. At least, take a trip or a spa day. Emotions are awashin' you clean and fillin' your heart with hope. Don't take on too much for others. Pick your personal target and commit. Work is rambunctious, full of sturm und drang (egos). Stay true to you!

Leo, have you heard the expression “Give him enough rope to hang himself?” Be wary of doing yourself in as psychological material pops out like boils on your face where everyone can see. Even those you thought you could trust are acting crazy. Take a retreat - where no one knows you!

Virgo, radical forgiveness may be in store for yourself and dearly beloved one. Kindness and compassion go far towards making amends. Lists and agendas drop by the wayside. Meanwhile, tax or financial matters need action now. Don't give yourself up to hold on to friendships. Find better friends.

Libra, build kindness, compassion, imagination and intuition into your daily life. Otherwise, you feel fuzzy and unsure, you collect the unreliable, maybe even explosive. True partners and collaborators are your goal – people to see you through the next 12 years. Cherish yourself - outloud.

Scorpio, creativity, romance, FUN! Just go do it even if it makes no sense whatsoever! Revitalize your daily life. Get seriously active. Hang-glide, Zumba, rollerblade, shake it and move it before your nervous system explodes. This is a time to trust your intuition and risk the right action.

Sagittarius, you can be far thinking but at your root is not philosophy, dogma or adventure for adventure's sake. It is the great pearl of spiritual wisdom: compassion. It starts at home and if you can't feel it, look to your childhood. Your soul is undergoing a deep healing. Sit down and stare at the horizon.

Capricorn, transformation comes in chit-chat, bits and pieces, poems, images, songs, gossip, hints, mirrors, down-time. One small bit after another - a huge collage. Stand back to see the picture. It is not a five-year plan, another certification. It is the song of the collective – echoing in your heart.

Aquarius, without a baptism, utopian visions cater only to the few. This is the cleansing of your sense of self and your values. It is not fuzzy thinking – you are moving from head to heart. A fifteen-inch shift that can rock your world. Put your hand on your heart and feel it. Revolutionary!


O Stars Above: Pisces Full Moon Eclipse

Eclipse - A Drama or Comedy?

Quicksilver could be the code word for this full moon eclipse (Friday, Sept 16 at 12:05 pm PDT). Mercury, quicksilver in the elements, is a fast talker and happy to joust with Mars, Mr. Sword Play - quicksilver of another sort. We may find our mouths working faster than our good sense and surprised at the fast and furious reactions coming at us. (What? What did I say?)

Confusion ensues as the sweet Pisces moon, the wounded healer Chiron and the calm Sun in no- nonsense Virgo struggle toward a body and soul healing. The trigger point comes when too much pressure around getting the job done drains the joy out of nebulous longings for imagination and spirit.

This eclipse unfolds like a Shakespearean play that could be a drama - but may be a comedy. Still, with Mercury and Mars loose on stage, mixing it up and bumping into our hidden wounds, protective reactions can come out overstated, aggressive and personal.

No one escapes an eclipse so everyone needs a slow-down-strategy! Step outside for a smoke (even if you don't), count to ten, go to the restroom, Do whatever it takes to slow down snappy responses and error on the side of kindness.

Of course, this is far easier said than done so a forgiveness strategy could come in handy - whether applied to ourselves or the other. When we (or they) put our foot in it, phrases like “Did I say that out loud?”, “Oops!”, and “OMG, I can't believe I just said that!” followed by a belly laugh can launch a renewed camaraderie and way forward.

Sometimes all it takes to find a new path is a bump in the road or a hilarious misstep. However you get there, this eclipse bounces us out of our ruts and ultimately, your life changes elicit a round of applause.

Horoscopes September 16 – 30

Virgo, waking up to your own needs demands change and eclipses don't let you slide. Logic may be on your side but move gently. Healing is afoot and partners are tender. Clues may be held in threads you dropped nineteen years ago. You're at a crossroads and you get to choose.

Libra, this moons asks you to look over the past year and deal with what you haven't. You're ultra sensitive to others. Seek solitude and quiet as you integrate last year's journey. An uplifted faith in yourself makes you eager to expand horizons - one step at a time and gently, please.

Scorpio, you are sorting and filing friends. Who is in and who is out is based on a vision for your future. Friends with real support are required. Flex your self-worth and assert your independence. You are ready and capable so flow with the action ahead. You have angels on your wings.

Sagittarius, that sigh of relief is your ruling planet moving into a friendly sign. Compatible people open doors to future growth. If difficult patterns develop between you and yours, either at work or home, slow down. Let go of perfectionism, overwork and remember your people count.

Capricorn, work lightens up and shines a spotlight on you, so take a bow. Behind the scenes, you're working hard in ways you can't put our fingers on. People and communication are like a tsunami. It feels – exhausting. Extra rest, water, nature, music, and quiet balance you out.

Aquarius, wow - groups, psychological pressures, joint monies, and a nebulous sense of self-worth push you to get clearer about your inner workings. Are you going after money, venture capital, challenging a will, a huge loan? It's almost too much. Do what you can and ease up.

Pisces, looking at yourself through the eyes of your most important others is one lesson. The other is seeing their point of view, especially with a beneficial visitor in your house of business partners. Is your business plan together? Know what you want and what you want to give.

Aries, this eclipse packs a ton of potential when you remember your goal. Look at the overall picture and wait for more information before you get your sword out. You feel vulnerable and don't like it. Take a break and chant a mantra. Set positive habits in motion and re-ignite daily routines.

Taurus, what you want in relationship is pushing changes and you don't like change. While you just wanna have fun (maybe a love affair) there's pressure to be more intimate with your own patterns. Take it easy on self and others. Establish routines toward your heart's goals.

Gemini, pressure builds at work, home and with your closest friends and mate. Work doesn't satisfy like it did and you have new thoughts on home. Revisit your family and roots. Remember who you are at the foundation and make improvements from there. Talk therapy, anyone?

Cancer, communications, small projects and helpful connections abound. New ideas are poppin' as you talk, share, and listen to the folks you bump into in a normal day in your neighborhood. Tempers heat up trying to get too much done or incorporating too many ideas. Find the flow.

Leo, a check up on financial and security creeps into joint finances. Security increases as you get real about cash flow, life style costs, and you and your partner are on the same page. Fun money is the trigger point. Your core values include fun so budget for it! Time to raise your rates? Truth.


O Stars Above: Sagittarius Full Moon II

A Complex Lesson

A cosmic lesson plan launched with an eclipse last September as the school year started. The optimistic and complicated plan grappled with healing unconscious patterns (Pisces) while untangling beliefs painful to ourselves and others (Sagittarius). Often as many as six of the ten planets were in action and we were like mice running routine patterns in a maze that no longer had cheese.

Much sorting, filing and mis-steps ensued throughout the foggy winter until a conglomeration of earth sign planets conspired at the Taurus new moon, May 6, to reveal the results of our work – or lack thereof. A full moon in Gemini/Sagittarius followed by the Gemini new moon on June 4, helped us 'see' what old perceptions had shifted and what updated dreams we dared to entertain. Little by little, we dismantled stagnate mind sets and dead-end beliefs, and broke out of our mouse maze.

To underscore the year's lesson, here comes ANOTHER full moon in Gemini/ Sagittarius (June 20, 4:02 am PDT) which echoes a double set of full moons in June, 1997. If you're old enough, this signals a second chance at a road not taken or abandoned, or a review of outdated beliefs set in motion then.

If you learned this year's lesson, it's a major accomplishment - like receiving a Master's degree in Life. If you didn't, you'll encounter diminishing returns. Old patterns won't work. Suddenly, you're bumping into walls where there were none and there's no cheese in sight.

The cosmos constantly conspires to move us towards an evolutionary path of growth. The stellar command wants us to take a step forward in faith and trust. This was a complex lesson but we can still make the shift if we open up to one expanded thought and see how we grow and are rewarded, both personally and collectively.

Horoscopes June 20 – July 4

Gemini, can you feel the shift? The courage to follow your true path? Your mere presence opens doors so get out there. Make a plan, find help mates and get ready to take baby steps in your new direction after June 29. It's been quite a year for you and you are ready!

Cancer, all of the logical activity happens in your most unconscious sector. Does life feel karmic? It may be karma or it may be that blind spot where we are our own worst enemy. Feel your way along and remember symbolic language: dreams, tea leaves, poetry, music.

Leo, your fire lights up in the areas of business connections and fun! Follow the 'feel good vibes' as you keep an eye on the future you want. The people you meet change your possibilities so plans may need revision or expansion. Just be sure it's change you want!

Virgo, it's a summer of big energy. Use it to clarify, plan, consult and make decisions. Only you know what you really want (and victim hood is so passe.) Trust yourself! Make a plan, work it and build a solid foundation...even if you have to sell the house!

Libra, time to envision a bigger life. This last month gave you a taste of the possibilities. Tune into your guardian angel for guidance. When God speaks, take good notes, 'cuz you can go with the ideas of the last person you talked with. Practice going with what works for YOU!

Scorpio, geez, you're missing the fun, but then you love digging in the deep. No problem, just a last minute clean-up as you prepare for the first two-year voyage of your new 28-year cycle! Value your right to be you. Feel what that means and create personal strategies for moving on up!

Sagittarius, two full moons! Aren't you something?! How vulnerable do you feel coming out of an ivory tower and copping to what you're committed to. Commitment isn't a Sadge word but you've got a big vision and need partners to accomplish it. Plan now. Forward motion soon.

Capricorn, you can't see clearly, but you feel the shift. Look where you put your everyday energy. Talk around 'it' until you hear the words that vibrate with your heart. Get hold of the biggest dream you can imagine accomplishing and get busy! You are a pragmatic visionary.

Aquarius, ideas and inspiration, woo-whooo! Cut ties with those who talk, but don't walk the talk. (Or is that you?) Get real, baby, you're the leader of the new age. Study at the crossroads of physics and metaphysics. Trust the unseen world or lose a source of power.

Pisces, words create reality - eventually. What's your role in the family myth? You can change your mind, your words and your story. Any pity party is old story. Follow the new one. You ARE a creative, magical leader surrounded by helpers - even if you can't see it yet.

Aries, take time to talk with others and stretch to new heights. Dig into your roots and lead with your heart. Invite others into your great adventure. Words count and can hurt – or inspire others. Words help you paint the picture of a blossoming reality that calls on all of your courage.

Taurus, you get caught up in the bottom line. But there are other valuable things to count: friends, family, home, the inspiration work brings you. Feel what your heart wants in that place you've secreted it away. Share yourself deeply, truly. (And quit poking your best mates with sharp words.)

Stars Above Kitsap: Sagittarius New Moon

Sagittarius Beaded Embroidery

Sagittarius Beaded Embroidery

Open the Box of Possibilities

You rarely have to tell a Sagittarian to think outside the box. They are all about expanding horizons and going where no man has gone before. If anything, you sometimes need to corral Sagittarians, the half man/half horse centaurs, a combination that reminds us we are both instinctual and logical. We grow in wisdom when we use both appropriately.

At holiday gatherings we will carefully NOT discuss religion, politics, (and whether the Seahawks will make it to the Super Bowl.) Beliefs are challenging to talk about, maybe because we drop our analytical abilities, and return to what we learned unconsciously when we were kids. We were told what to believe, and how to behave without a full understanding of logic and intuition. Somehow God-stories got mixed up with fairy godmothers, and prayers merged with wishes upon stars.

Sagittarian energy bubbles over with faith and optimism so we dare venture out of our home box and limited mind-sets. As we leave the familiar and experience the 'otherness' of different cultures, religions, and races, we recognize we have a box (Who? Me?) and we aren't in it anymore, Toto! It's scary and...empowering.

After the Paris violence, the Dalai Lama said “We cannot solve this...through prayers...humans have created this problem and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, 'Solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.'”

Every new moon is a fresh beginning. Venturing out to meet others creates new beliefs. This Sagittarius moon (December 11, 2:29 AM PST) brings inspiration so we dare look at ours with logic AND heart. Wherever we got our beliefs - families, habits, sex, race, religion, politics, personal experience - some we outgrew. Some we misinterpreted. And some simply don't work.

In other words, what box do you need to get out of to create PEACE ON EARTH?

Horoscopes December 11- 25.

Sagittarius, light shines on how people receive you. Is your image helping or hindering? People see you representing something in word and deed. What vision do you want to fulfill. An action plan, not spontaneity, works. Do yourself proud. Use this HUGE growth period, get clear and focus.

Capricorn, extra rest puts the Spirit in the Season. If beliefs are too reality-based, let go and let God. Movies and books expand you. Old friends and auld lang sang touch your softness. Your birthday is on the horizon so clearing left-over emotions makes way for brighter days. Take it easy.

Aquarius, you gotta be you - independent. If dependent friends rein you in, TROUBLE! Social gatherings connect to future friends on new path. Quiet leads to intuition OR seeing self-illusion. This is tricky. Go slow and use a smart, loving friend for reality check. Keep the faith, baby.

Pisces, you are such an ephemeral being people are happy to project all over you. You need only remember who you are and speak up in important ways. Like at work - it's okay to take credit. True friends get you. Weed out those who don't. If your job isn't your calling, imagine a new one...slowly

Aries, take someone close and GO...you need respite and a break from reality. If you can't travel, movies, books, music, new stagings of old favorites reinvigorated and inspire. Formal and informal education nudge new directions. Whatever you do to open your mind works!

Taurus, who do you trust with your body and money? No one?! Get going on finding someone you can grow to trust in a steady way. Money isn't what it's cracked up to be without love but it does bring up issues - like getting naked with someone if you aren't bikini ready! Check out colleagues.

Gemini, acquaintances surround you but close friends and spouses are invaluable. You see yourself reflected in their eyes. Any adjustments needed? Still you are your own wise one. It's a growing time in relationships. If you discover unworthy partners, consult with attorney first.

Cancer, work is endless details as is life. Find ways to lighten up even as you get them done. If your job is less than inspiring, use your friends to find one more fun! Review your must- do-list and shred, or delegate what you can. And, oh, quit making everyone's life easy while yours goes flat!

Leo, fun, recreation, hobbies, romance...whatever it takes to find FUN. Get the Life back into your life! Your creations deserve showing off AND getting paid for. It's time to cash in on your discipline and patience. Don't sell yourself short. You need money for your lifestyle!

Virgo, home for the Holidays centers you and reminds you of who you are. Any seasonal activities need speak only to your heart and all can carry your flair. Old friends bring the party and make everything merry and bright. From this foundation, the entire year flows. En-JOY!

Libra, friends, siblings, cousins, neighbors and peers keep your mind hopping with fresh input. Conflicts happen and you don't back down – for a change! Communications lead the parade and stumbling on where you...stumble in them...well, live and learn! Forgive yourself. We're charmed.

Scorpio, even enemies find you charming and gracious this month helping you be generous with yourself. Get financial house in order and review spending with core values and what makes you 'feel' secure. Relationships show where you put your foot in it, over and over again. Hmmm...


Stars Over Kitsap: New Moon in Libra

The Dancers in the Mirror

                                      American Ballet Theater

                                      American Ballet Theater

If you've been shopping lately, you know it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But before we share the season of 'Peace on Earth', Libra sponsors a season where we can put our relationship with ourselves in order so we can dance a merry-dance on down the road.

Mercury finished his retrograde whirl returning with fresh insights on how we dance the dance of love. Dancing often takes place in a room with a mirror. Use the mirror and notice you both. Do you like what you see reflected there? Or are you disappointed that they see you 'this' way? Or that you see them 'that' way? The mirror reveals partners but, beware, there's tricky footwork here, and you can only manage your own feet.

The new moon (Monday, October 12, 5:05 PM) in Libra, the relationship expert, is a private affair. So take a deep breathe, and tell the truth. Do you love yourself? Really, truly, deeply? Can you bring compassion to those tender spots you work so hard to hide? You know the ones of hurt or shame we hope someone, someday will come along and love enough so those pains no longer hurt. Remember 'co-dependency' is not a happy dance.

Recently a friend told a story on herself. “I love people so much it hurts, but I don't love me.” Her illusion of a fairytale about her endlessly giving heart popped in her moment of truth and put her feet on a new path, one where she can take steps to love herself - so she can love others. Yep, get your footwork together and you can dance with anyone!

When we learn love's true lesson, we give love without thinking, and receive it, too. When relationships flow, we move together, being the love we are, receiving the love we want. Dancing becomes a love-fest, and we have a shot at 'Peace on Earth.'

Horoscope from October 12 – 27

Libra, you shine like a new penny after two years (!) of lessons about being yourself fully in relationships. Venus, the goddess of love, moves you to graceful, heart-felt acts toward true partners who's actions toward you feel good, too. Their actions don't feel good? Cut the cord. Bye-bye!

Scorpio, after intense networking, leave time for driftin' and dreamin' as you review last year. Look at it. put it in place and let it go. If you can't get enough autonomy at work, think about free-lancing or a job with less supervision. That's where networking and a few good friends come in.

Sagittarius, are you respected - or flip? If respected, positions for your leadership skills can pop-up. More responsibility demands more work. Growing up takes work, too, at any age, Now is the time to lean-in. Work on grounding dreams and learning new skills. You are building your future.

Capricorn, friends in high places open doors so reach out. Surely you've noticed that as hard as you work, there is magic afoot. Welcome the unseen world where aloneness could be 'all-one-ness.' You can trust the vastness of life and put down the burden. But first, you must ask.

Aquarius, practice being a steadfast friend because community includes you, too, you big doofus! Broadening your worldview and the meaning of life expands your pick of companions.

Spread ideas through writing, teaching or talking and find like-minded companions for more fun!

Pisces, the veils between the worlds are always thin for you. Life and death catches your attention, but don't get lost or give your power to anything on either side of the veil. Transform, heal and let the cycle renew. If it's too heavy, or too fuzzy, rely on your closest loved ones for balance.

Aries, arguments on the job, or prestige-seeking without putting in the work doesn't work! Details count more than ever so hunker down. Partners are not merely there to support your whims. Learning to work, and love, with others is a life lesson for you. Just be you and do your share.

Taurus, working well with others is guaranteed and moves work into fast-forward. Throw in focused, detailed creativity and this month could set you apart with an A+. Don't get too crazy on the after hours scene where you could lose track of reality and call it romance. It may be, but go slow.

Geminis just wanna have fun. Gather friends and party! Art walks, jazz festivals, be seen with the beautiful people. Details at home pile up and the to-do-list gets longer so enjoy your escape time and play. Pay attention, though. Mercury may have re-arranged your friends into different line up.

Cancer, it hardly gets better than friends, family and home. You could pay back all your social obligations this month alone and it will seem like play. The eccentric at work could be a problem but send him home early - or leave early yourself, run errands and go cozy around the hearth.

Leo, what happened? You're alone for the first time in a year, and what a year it's been. Jupiter and Venus moved to work detail in Virgo-land. Sort out financial details, take some classes, write a journal – and land last year's experience so you can use it as you move ahead. Good job!

Virgo, a party is happening in your personality. It looks like a case of Sybil, with parts of your psyche emerging for all to see - including you. Who knew! Claim yourself - your skills, talents, money, friends, and connections. Only equal partners who can keep up need apply. Wow!