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.


Stars Above Kitsap: New Moon Virgo

Super Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo

Super Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo

A Blast from the Past

The Sonic Drive-In brings retro back to Poulsbo along with the eclipse on Saturday (September 13 at 11:41 PM PDT.) Take a trip down memory lane because eclipses occur in 19.5 year cycles. What path did you take back in 1996? What did you decide against? This eclipse revisits old choices and helps us face new ones as one cycle ends and another begins.

Another blast from the past comes from restrictive Saturn as it moves into expansive Sagittarius. It last toured Sagittarius in 1985. If you are old enough to have lived that long, (and still young enough to remember,) what happened in your life back then? This combo focuses on education, travel, and dreams as well as life's experience from 'the school of hard knocks.' What do you know for sure? And even more importantly, what do you believe? Then as Dr. Phil asks, how's that working for you? Saturn's reality hones expectations to a level we can actually achieve. Take a dream – new or old, add a plan, and do the work.

The eclipse in the humble sign of Virgo turns us to the ho-hum, practical tasks – the ones we do daily that end up impacting our lives in big ways. Our diet, exercise, daily work, and lifestyle form the structure of who we are. Fine-tune these issues to align with the results you want. It's a matter of process and the integration of body, mind and feelings. Inner healing and compassion are big players in the eclipses ahead as we learn to balance the practical and the spiritual.

Horoscopes for September 12-27

Virgo, can you feel the lifting of the tide? Jupiter and the eclipses are helping you define your purpose and drop the busy-busy stuff. Serving your craft, your body, your spirit through, dare we say, mindfulness, brings you a dose of self-esteem. Own your talents and skills and see their results.

Libra, this eclipse emphasizes a serious need for quiet to contemplate how far you've come and what you need to embrace in terms of true self-expression. You have guardians helping you be you in all your relationships. Go for your desires. No fudging on who you are. Good manners will suffice.

Scorpio, interacting with broad networks brings good, especially in your career. You are your own best resource - don't sell yourself short even as you improve. Remember the six degrees of separation as you ponder power. Politics? Humanitarian groups? The U.N.? What calls you?

Sagittarius, Jupiter, your ruling planet, the eclipses and Saturn in your sign demand serious attention. What you do in the next few years can activate your dream path and your destiny for many years. Discovery what your mission is AND work for it. Universal winds fill your sail. Work it!

Capricorn, you love this detailed work and grounded expansion stuff. You understand one step after another as you climb your mountan. No hot air balloon here. Forgive yourself for having lost your way and polish the plan as needed so you can make major accomplishments. Enjoy the updraft.

Aquarius, this eclipse opens the door behind the door. Secrets of power and money, solid partners, shoot, even sex is on the table. Remember your purpose of group action for equality and humanitarian actions. It's almost like you found the magic key. Use it wisely and lead well.

Pisces, your balancing act probably needs weight on the practical end. Close friends and loved one keep you grounded and real. Even if you are foggy about details, it turns out right when it feels right. Trust that and tend to the business of being a good spouse and friend. Work is quite expressive.

Aries, so much energy for fun and recreation! The lesson of the eclipse is adapting socially, especially with colleagues. Figure out how to fit in. If your health needs attention, get after it – doctor appointments, the gym, food. Stop something - smoking, drinking, whatever it is for you. Take care!!

Taurus, baby, you need fun. Recreation, a hobby, happy friends, a nature walk. Nothing flashy - just fun. And what does home mean to you and who adores you there? Venus ushers in an eight year cycle around fun! No need to impress. Get to know yourself on a deeper level. And have fun!\

Gemini, get after some recreation with chatty friends. Back at home, well, there is much to be done. Deferred maintenance? Attention to the family? Processing heritage and psychological roots? Organize what you have gathered and tune in to the 'illogical' that makes sense in its own way.

Cancer, feeling is easy for you so your balance point calls for the earthy and real. Energy gathers in personal arenas: easy friends, routine interactions, personal creativity and projects, daily habits. How are you different than your family (especially childhood family) sees you? Hmmm....

Leo, security rises from your self-esteem, confidence, skills, money, and resources of all kinds. A period of expansion is upon you, perhaps arriving in finances or a sense of abundance and gratitude. Apply common sense and manage yourself as the asset you are. Entitlement does not help, though.







Stars Above Kitsap/First Week in March

Energetically speaking, we are running alongside that old Kitsap Peninsula joke: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a bit and it will change!”

The water sign Pisces is in play, but fire, air and earth want to play, too. We’ll get a different flavor in the Piscean waters on an every-other-day basis as the moon rotates through the signs.

The full moon in Virgo highlights how caught up we can be in the material, outer world and how we can miss our inner worlds available through the arts, spirit and dreams. If you are feeling victimized (Pisces) because you are “the only one around here who does any ‘real’ work” (Virgo), well, your “real work” is to find a balance between the two worlds. Intuitive insights show where real world efforts can be most effective.

Usually, Pisces brings a meditative mood to March. But the two week chart features a fiery trio with a rambunctious Ram (Aries), a roaring Lion (Leo), and a galloping Centaur (Sagittarius) leading the parade — which could easily turn into a fire storm. Little fish (Pisces) will have to wiggle fast to keep up with Virgo’s daily demands while still finding pools of quietude where we can conjure up compassion for the slips we are bound to make.

It’s a conundrum — neither Pisces or Virgo, but Pisces and Virgo. Figuring this dilemma out is well worth the effort. Otherwise, we are doomed — too idealistic to live in a world that is so much hard work. Somehow, our hearts and mind must merge and create a new reality.

March 5-20
Note: If you know your rising sign, read it too.

Pisces, this is not a time for sacrifice or a pity party. In fact, bank on your self-esteem and ask for what you are worth. Your muse works to bring you into the spotlight. Don’t be shy — teach us how to act on our compassion.

Aries, Venus and Mars — the lovers — are stomping out an intense tango on top of that revolutionary Uranus, who is primed for a huge scene on March 16. Energies are lined up for action. Focus, be strategic and don’t screw it up, baby! Loose cannons need not apply.

Taurus, your Venus is dancing that explosive tango behind the scenes in your chart. Normally, it’s hard to get a bull to moo-ve, but a high level of anxiety and stirred up emotions could trip your trigger. Raging bulls can be self-destructive, so be a Ferdinand if at all possible (stop and smell the roses). Breathe through your nose, stomp hooves as needed.

Gemini, just hanging out with your peeps doing the daily run-here-run-there is cool but a reality check with your bestie is needed to get back to your ideals. At work, Pisces is too illogical, and at home Virgo is too fussy. It’s fun. It’s a strain. Or both. There’s that Gemini twins thingy.

Moon-ruled Cancer, you see the fire trio as the three Stooges, way too rambunctious, especially at work, but take an assertive risk or clean up their mess. Swim off in the Piscean tides to a warm beach or a cozy condo — somewhere you can go soft and fuzzy. A warm bath, a meditation retreat, a romance novel?

Leo, move out, way out of your comfort zone and give your new direction a test run even if it isn’t perfect yet. The applause inspires you to keep going. Still, you need quiet to figure out how to leverage your small successes business-wise. Flow and feel your way along to the next step.

Virgo, in your moon disguise, even you get mushy. What is your partner doing? Is it time to institutionalize someone or is this their idea of romance? Fortunately, your forward thinking and what happens in the honeymoon suite stays there. Fifty shades of what?

Libra, the Mars/Venus tango intensity ramps up in your most sensitive area — marriage and best friends. It’s exciting, stressful and unseemly! Sometimes kicking up a little dust clears the air — and then you can make up. Remember your body is your temple. It needs a peaceful approach. Relax.

Scorpio, Mars in Aries ignites innovation behind the scenes at work leading to good luck professionally. Play, arts and crafts, children can energize you. Add that to a serious need for spontaneity and dynamic activity to break up your daily routine and, hi-ho, a hike, anyone?

Sagittarius, there is a difference between spouting philosophy and speaking your truth. If you know your truth, it has power behind it and people are noticing. If you don’t, you have a cycle ahead of discovering what star you want to shoot for. Creative, fun time at home is well spent.

Evolve or die, Capricorn. It sounds so dramatic but something in you knows the imperative of which is spoken here. Your heart and soul need this change. Be assertive, surprise yourself and trust this slow process. Music, a romantic comedy, heartfelt talks can lift your spirits.

Aquarius, this moon crosses your money axis.Words create change — think of Thomas Jefferson and his, “We, the people,” which sounded pretty crazy at the time. Your original ideas can inspire new directions in groups, large and small, close and casual. Where do you want to lead?