Aries Sun and Rising – Boss Battle
You’ve sensed it for a while. The pressure is mounting and the walls are closing in. The time to be a hero is upon us. No longer can you sit back and wait for fate to find you. You can’t wait for it to happen. You have to go happen to it. Luckily, you’re a fighter. Born and bred with, as Johnny cash would say, gravel in your guts and spit in your eye. As a matter of fact, leading the fight is what you are meant for. Look at it this way. Everyone has a role to play in this tale. And yes, it would be easier to be a mild-mannered shopkeeper or a witty bard. But when that dragon flies into town, it’s really, really nice to be a knight. The dragon is here. So be a hero and slay it.
Taurus Sun and Rising – Support from the Deep
The time is now. Those dreams, those plans you’ve been allowing to ferment in your mind are ready to spring to fruition. You had a bit of a reprieve this fall. You were able to build your foundation. Gather support, and make sure that your plans were properly laid. But now everything is coming together. Your support is there, in degrees and from places you never imagined. And that urge toward freedom and change that has been slowly building in your heart is now too powerful to ignore. It’s happening. It’s really, truly, finally happening. You’ve got this.
Gemini Sun and Rising – Virgil with Benefits
Fellow Gemini Jean-Paul Sartre was onto something when he said that hell is other people. Of course, you love to be out and about, telling stories, trading gossip, and generally making life more interesting. But when it comes to our partners, our counterparts, our other halves, the story is quite different. We feel hemmed-in, claustrophobic, like they’re a lead balloon pulling us down, down, down. It’s enough to make us scream, rage, run for the hills. But this month, I suggest cultivating a little perspective. What if down is exactly where you need to go? No life escapes a trip to the underworld. But you get to have your fun, sexy, hilarious, absolute favorite person be your guide. That seems like something to be grateful for.
Cancer Sun and Rising – King Crab
You’ve been trying so hard, Cancer. And I know you’re already tired. You’ve been doing your best to be who you were meant to be, and you’ve made great strides. But what happens when the pressure comes from those you need most, from the very people you’re trying to support? What happens when it feels like all your allies are coming together to tell you that your efforts are just not enough? Well, you get better, of course. Don’t let yourself believe that you’re too soft, too tired, too spent. Who says that you have to be a fire sign to be a hero? Step up. Keep going. With your shell as your armor and your claws as your sword, show them all what a crab can do.
Leo Sun and Rising – Joyful Rebellion
Ugh. The world can be so demanding. The pain, the confusion, the pressure, the relentless expectations. Somehow, no matter what you give, the world seems to want more. It’s enough to make you queasy. To give you dark circles under your eyes and keep you from sleep. Enough to make you abandon your dreams and just become the drone the world wants you to be. But there is another way. It’s risky. It’s bold. But it’s also just crazy enough to work. Laugh. Smile. Have fun anyway. Use your fury, your frustration, and your freedom urge to rebel against the cold demands and instead make it your business to create laughter, love and joy come hell or high water. In times like these, those small acts of resistance are what revolutions are made of.
Virgo Sun and Rising – Survivor
When thinking about you this month, Virgo, my mind was brought again and again to an old episode of the cartoon King of the Hill. In it, Peggy, one of the protagonists, decides to go skydiving and her parachute fails to open. Miraculously, she survived, but nearly every bone in her body was broken. Even being in her full body cast, she was elated, high on her very survival. But after a while, despite her excellent support system, she became depressed and despondent as she confronted her new limitations. It was only when she was able to focus on what she could still do that the dark cloud began to lift. Take heed from her story, Virgo. A brush with death can be exhilarating. Facing down the worst and coming out the other side is amazing. But there is some level of rest and recovery that is required. Instead of bristling at your limits, revel in your accomplishments and appreciate the amazing capabilities you still have.
Libra Sun and Rising – Boiling Beneath
It’s funny how sometimes our deepest struggles happen out of the public eye. With a perfect veneer, there’s really no telling what lies beneath. As Blanche Devereaux, character on the Golden Girls and Libra extraordinaire, once said, “Isn’t it amazing how I can feel so bad but still look so good?” Sometimes this can be empowering, giving us a feeling of mastery over our lives. And sometimes it is maddening, leaving us feeling lonely, isolated, and misunderstood. But take a lesson from Blanche. She may have felt terrible and looked good doing it, but she was also talking about it. To her friends, her chosen family, the people who could help, or failing that, could at least give her a listening ear and a sympathetic smile. Don’t be afraid to vent a bit of your frustration. Let the veneer crack, just a little. It’ll let a little light shine in.
Scorpio Sun and Rising – Into the Light
You Scorpios have such depth. You are so comfortable in the darkness, spelunking and going deep, deep, deep to find the hidden treasure. You exalt in the loamy earth, fermenting the scraps to create fertile soil for growth. At the same time, the light blinds you. Under the scorching brightness of the noon-day sun, your well dries up. Those detached, spiky, jumping electrical pulses tear through you and feel so inhuman, so raw and white-hot. But there is a balance here. Eventually your soil has to be exposed to the light if anything can ever hope to grow. Eventually your insights, borne from the deep, must be shared with the world to do the good they’re intended to. Eventually the dark must be lit. And, just as day must give way to night, you too will be able to turn inward again, this time with the joy of a job well done.
Sagittarius Sun and Rising – Fight for Your Right to Party
It’s that time of year. The holidays have passed, the party is over, and everyone has settled back into the grind. But this month, instead of putting your nose down and girding yourself against the long winter to come, I say you fight back. Fight against the grueling day-to-day. Fight against the cruel expectations that would see us all become drones, working for unseen masters. Fight for real, honest-to-goodness freedom. Fight for your right to be an individual, to play, to explore, to live. You above all others know that life is to be lived. Come out swinging and be the example we need.
Capricorn Sun and Rising – Deep Breath
I’ve thought long and hard about what to tell you this month, Capricorn. There’s seen so much said about this Saturn/Pluto conjunction in your sign that is now coming to fruition. It’s doom and gloom. It’s despair. It’s the culmination of all your work. It’s a manifestation portal, bringing you your wildest dreams on a silver platter. So much chatter. So much conflicting information. I didn’t want to add to the cacophony. So I’ll say this instead – you’re going to be fine. By your very nature, you are prepared. You have paced yourself on this climb and you are going to make it. If you need to rest, rest. If you want to make a final sprint, sprint. Either way, something very real, very deep, and very lasting is waiting to be born. You have got what it takes to raise it, cultivate it, and build something beautiful.
Aquarius Sun and Rising – Practical Rebellion
It’s odd, isn’t it, that dual urge you have? Do you work hard every day to create the real, deep change you want to see in the world? Or do you burn it all down and start over? Do you appeal to the masters or overthrow them? Do you circulate petitions or stage a revolt? Well, this month, I think you’ll find that the real question is “Why not both?” Even the greatest revolutions require groundwork. They require someone to rent the buses, write the legislation, maybe even grease a few palms. But on the other hand, even the best inside job requires a little outside influence. Very few real changes are made my following all the rules. Someone has got to march on the capitol. And Aquarius, I think you’re the right person for both jobs. Merge that duality and see the wonders you can create.
Pisces Sun and Rising – The Magician
There really is something magic about you, Pisces. Both of the benefics, Venus and Jupiter, find their home or place of honor in your sign. And while it’s true that you may experience some confusion or fog at times, and while it’s true that you aren’t really sure on a practical level how everything works, work it does. Things for you have a way of turning out okay, and this month is no exception. When we use a light switch, we don’t necessarily understand why it works. We don’t see the wiring within the walls, we don’t know about the measurements of the electrical impulses. We just know that when we flip the switch, light appears. Just like magic. Just like you.
Aries Sun and Rising – Tortoise Meets Hare
During his big race with the tortoise, can you really blame the hare for taking a breather? He was out of the starting gate so fast, streaking like a comet across the sky. No one can keep up that kind of pace. If you ask me, a little nap was justified. But maybe he could have set himself an alarm. By the same token, while our steady tortoise certainly got his acclaim in the end, I can’t imagine that he had very much fun while he was plodding along. This month, Aries, try to learn from both the tortoise and the hare. Take a little rest when you need it and enjoy the journey, but make sure you keep going.
Taurus Sun and Rising – The Call is Coming From Inside the House
The early life of Circe, notorious witch of Greek legend, was hardly glamorous. While her divine family loved to cavort about, making sure to be seen and adored for their beauty, Circe preferred to stay out of the spotlight. She spent her days among the plants and animals, honing her craft and rolling her eyes at her disruptive siblings. But when her magic began to manifest itself, she immediately used it to gain the love of a young god she’d had her eye on. When that failed, she gathered her power to punish the attention-seeking sister who he loved instead. But who was the real disruptor? Who was it that was really attention-seeking? Was her craft really superior than her sisters’ beauty if she used it to the same ends?
Gemini Sun and Rising – Third Time’s a Charm
There once was a poor wanderer. He was lonely and destitute and felt like this would never change, because who would want to tie their fortune one one such as him? One day he went out to hunt and left his meagre belongings by a tree. When he returned that night with a newly caught deer, he saw a lodge with a beautiful woman where his belongings had been. He stopped to gawk, but the woman ran out, took his deer, and ate it. He had thought himself blessed at first, but he was disappointed. The next day, the same thing happened. The deer, the lodge, the woman, and her greedy acquisition. Again, he had gotten his hopes up and again they were dashed. The third day, same thing. Except this time, instead of taking the deer, she processed it and preserved the meat, and then welcomed him inside with a smile. And there he lived the rest of his days, finally blessed. You may get lost, Gemini. You may be disappointed. There may be more than a few false starts. But like the wanderer, if you keep your faith, the way will find you.
Cancer Sun and Rising – Duckling Pride
In The Ugly Duckling, there were really two villains. One, of course, were the judgmental ducks who made a point to impress upon the duckling how unworthy he was. But the other villain was the duckling’s mind. He allowed his self-image to be poisoned and his self-hatred nearly did him in. He hid himself away, and it took a group of swans telling him how beautiful he was for him to even be willing to see himself in a different light. What would his life have been like if he stood up and proclaimed his value despite the jeers from his peers? How many more years of joy would he have experienced if he let himself be seen? How much sooner would he have found his flock?
Leo Sun and Rising – Cyrano Rising
When Cyrano de Bergerac was hiding behind his friend and speaking to his beloved Roxanne, they won her affections not from his friend’s handsome face, but from his beautiful words. He exalted her and shone a spotlight upon her virtues. He made her feel like a star. That is something that transcends appearance. It’s a shame, then that he was never willing to make himself known to her. Take a lesson from this. Love is about standing in the light. We show love by shining our affection upon our partner. And to receive love, we have to risk being seen.
Virgo Sun and Rising – The Cheshire Alice?
During Alice’s travels in Wonderland, one of her biggest sources of strife was trying to communicate with the beings who lived there: the Cheshire Cat with his cryptic warnings, the nonsensical rules of the Mad Hatter, and the White Rabbit, always rushing but never articulating what is was rushing to. It’s enough to make one mad. I suspect you’ll recognize the feeling this month, Virgo. But before you go bellowing in frustration like the Queen of Hearts herself, take a moment to consider. Are you sure that you’re Alice here? Or do some of the denizens on Wonderland strike a little too close to home?
Libra Sun and Rising – Into Agrabah
When Princess Jasmine could no longer take the claustrophobic confines of palace life, she donned a disguise and set out to explore that her kingdom had to offer. Almost immediately, though, she ran into problems. Not having any experience in the real world, she carelessly handed an apple to a hungry child, nearly getting herself maimed and branded a thief in the process. But her instincts were right! Her compassion is admirable, as is her independence and desire to know more about the world. Sometimes we have to take the risk and defy the authorities. Then, when we come into real power, we know what the stakes are. We know how to help. Keep that in mind if you struggle this month, Libra. What good can come of this once the dust settles?
Scorpio Sun and Rising – Love Your Enemy
There once was a young farm boy whose village had been besieged and raided by enemy ships over and over. He harbored a deep grudge in his heart, and rightly so. One night, he saw a raiding ship on the horizon about to go down in a terrible storm. He thought about it, and while it pained him, he realized that feeding his heart with yet more death would not assuage his pain. He took his small boat and went to aid the ship. When he didn’t return that night, everyone in his village thought he had died. They also thought that it served him right for being so foolish. But the next day, the raiding ship docked. As the villagers all came with pitchforks to drive it away, out came the farm boy. The raiders exalted him and said that due to his courage, skill, and kindness, they couldn’t justify keeping him prisoner. Instead, the raiders set him free and even ate at the village’s inn. The war raged on, but that little village was never attacked again. Scorpio, I know you hold-earned fury. You have the right. But sometimes being willing to overcome it, even for a moment, will improve not only your enemy’s life, but yours as well.
Sagittarius Sun and Rising – Parasol of Contentment
There once was a simple laborer who yearned for a greater life. He wanted to be rich and powerful, with everything he could ever desire at his fingertips. And every night, he would go home and fight with his wife, taking his frustration out on her. Finally, she suggested that maybe his laboring in the sun all day was making him cranky and advised him to buy a parasol. He went to see a vendor who had an array of parasols, with the inside of each being painted to resemble a different sky. One by one, the laborer tried each parasol. Some left him angry. Some depressed him. Some inflated his desires even more. Finally, he chose the last parasol, painted like an autumn evening with geese in flight. This one made him feel a sweet, melancholy longing. But when his heart was restless, he could look at the geese and his pain would fly away with them. He could go home and look at his loving wife and be happy. He still wished for more, but now he knew that the nobler ambition was to appreciate and tend to what he already had. You may not be able to reach all the heights you aspire to all of the time, Sagittarius. But you can still find contentment if you know where to look.
Capricorn Sun and Rising – Don’t Feed the Vultures
Once there were a lion and a boar who were both looking for water. They came upon a beautiful pond and went to drink. But they both bent down to drink at the same time. They glared at each other mistrustfully, each wanting to be the first to drink in case the other left them with nothing. So they argued. And then they tussled. And then they brawled. And while they were tearing each other to shreds, they noticed a few vultures sitting on a branch, watching them and licking their lips. The lion and the boar looked at each other and said, “You know what? Maybe we should be friends.” Do you have any battles that might not be worth fighting, Capricorn? What about people that might not be enemies after all?
Aquarius Sun and Rising – Who Benefits?
In the old tale about the fisherman and his wife, the fisherman comes upon a talking fish. His wife, being a canny woman, realizes that the fish can grant wishes. She starts throwing wishes around fast and loose, upending the status quo and deposing the old, tyrannical rulers. This in itself is a noble cause. But it occurs to her to make herself and her husband rulers instead. Their wishes grow more and more grand, and each time the fish becomes more annoyed, both for having been taken for granted and because the good that was done by the original wishes had fallen by the wayside. Only when the fisherman asks the fish for his wife’s happiness does the madness stop. He goes back to his shack and finds his life exactly the way it was before. And they were happy. While I don’t mean to say that you should stop agitating for change, Aquarius, I do think you should take special care to examine your motives. And it couldn’t hurt to take a moment to appreciate those that got you where you are.
Pisces Sun and Rising – Being There
Once, when Winnie the Pooh and Piglet went to visit their friend Eeyore, they asked how he was doing. Ever in character, Eeyore told them that he was feeling “Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All.” He expected them to cringe, to turn around and be on their way, off to greener pastures. But instead they silently sat down next to him. Surprised, he asked what they were doing. “We’re sitting here with you.” That was it. But somehow, Eeyore began to feel a bit better. Just because they were there. This month might be rough Pisces. If not for you, then for someone you love. But it’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to feel bad. But whether you’re Eeyore or Pooh in this story, remember the lesson. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to be there. No more, no less.
Aries Sun and Rising – One Step Ahead
On Regular Show, Skips is a man’s man. His strength and grit are above question. So when all his coworkers challenge him to arm wrestling matches, he’s feeling pretty confident. He goes through them one by one, slamming their fists to the table with ease. But when he gets to the smallest, weakest member of the group, he is suddenly, publicly, thoroughly defeated. In his humiliation, he ruminates and becomes obsessed with figuring out how it happened. When it is revealed that his coworker cheated but using a hidden support, he immediately challenges him to a rematch. He rips off the support and uses all his strength to throw him to the table. But this blow was strong enough to kill his friend, causing Skips to have to challenge Death himself to an arm wrestling match to win back his friend’s soul. Skips does eventually win with the help of – surprise! – the same illegal support his friend used against him. Sometimes Aries, we’re given a bad turn, even when we thought we were operating from a position of strength. But if we are willing to learn from those around us, we can still stay one step ahead.
Taurus Sun and Rising – Win By Waiting
On Bob’s Burgers, the election for class president was no election at all. One popular candidate had 99% support in all the polls, and his nerdy opponent, Henry, didn’t stand a chance. At least, that’s what everyone thought. But Henry knew better. He plotted. He got another candidate to join in and upset the race. He gently nudged the new candidate’s mortal enemy to work for the popular candidate’s campaign, virtually ensuring that both campaigns went negative and began to implode. All the while, Henry bided his time. One voting day, things had become so chaotic that one person dropped out and the other was disqualified. Henry won by default. Sometimes a plan takes a while to come together. Sometimes things that look like they’re going nowhere are filled with activity just below the surface. Sometimes seed take a while to sprout.
Gemini Sun and Rising – Guiding Light
On My Little Pony, things went very wrong very fast. All the ponies had their cutie marks (symbols that dictate a pony’s special talent and role in society) suddenly switched by unseen magic. The ponies are miserable, all forced to do jobs they’re terrible at. What’s worse they don’t even remember their previous lives. In order to fix things, the protagonist goes to each pony and asks them to help the pony who was doing the job that they had previously done. To paraphrase one of the ponies, “I don’t know anything about that job, but I do know something about that pony. She’s a true friend and I’ll do whatever I can to help her.” When things get confusing and it’s difficult to see the way forward, rely on those things you do know for sure. Let those undeniable truths be your guide.
Cancer Sun and Rising – Your Own Judge
Gene Belcher of Bob’s Burgers loves music. He plays his keyboard all day every day despite never really learning how. It’s fair to say that he slightly overestimated his abilities. So when he tries to start a band, his friends have other ideas. They split off and create their own band and don’t invite him to join, Distraught, Gene hands his keyboard to his sisters and asks them to burn it, renouncing music forever. When they later bring him ashes that they claim are the remains of his keyboard, he realizes his mistake. Smiling, his sisters produce his keyboard and say they knew all along that he didn’t really want to give up music. Gene grins and realizes what he should have known all along – music is to be enjoyed, regardless of judgement. He didn’t have to be good by anyone else’s standards. All that mattered were his own.
Leo Sun and Rising – Chin Up
When Blanche Devereaux of The Golden Girls had the flu, she pulled out her compact and gazed at herself in the mirror. She marveled, “Isn’t it amazing how I can feel so bad but still look so good?” Her words will ring throughout the month for you, Leo. Your dark night of the soul continues, but there’s no time for moping. Others are counting on you get it right, regardless of the pain you’re in. But at least this month you may get a little recognition for all that you’ve been going through. The work may suck, but you’ll look damn good doing it.
Virgo Sun and Rising – Let Go
On Bob’s Burgers, Bob is a true workaholic. He is the sole proprietor of his restaurant, and if he’s not there, nothing gets done. But when he goes long enough without a day off, things get weird. He forgets how to flip a patty. He gets orders wrong. He starts talking to the mustard. It’s not sustainable! So on one particularly bad occasion, his family takes control. They lock him out of the restaurant and force him to rest for his own good. Of course, it doesn’t quite go as planned – he was so obsessed with work that he volunteered to work at another person’s restaurant just to have the experience of work. But he sees the other restauranteur having the same problem. Same burnout, same suffering in their personal life. He returns home and sees, to his mixed relief and chagrin, that everything is fine. His restaurant survived without him. Turns out it really is okay to let go.
Libra Sun and Rising – Narrowed Focus
When Lucy and Ethel were working in the chocolate factory, they were in a little over their head. The chocolates kept coming down the assembly line faster and faster, and try as they might, they simply couldn’t keep up. The responsibility was too much, the workload was unreasonable, and no one was listening. In a situation like that, it really didn’t matter much what they did next. In my mind, they would have been better served to simply kick back and enjoy a nice, sweet piece of deep dark chocolate. Maybe focus on just candy and make sure it’s wrapped perfectly. If you can’t fix everything, why not just make one thing great?
Scorpio Sun and Rising – Building Blocks
After years of struggle and a string of failures, Tom Haverford of Parks & Recreation was finally riding high. He channeled his signature style into a clothing rental company that saw incredible success. But just when everything was finally looking up for him, larger forces stepped in to stop him. A very wealthy local businessman with a personal vendetta tried to buy him out. When Tom refused, the businessman opened a competing store right across the street and began to peel away his customers. Despite having been the first on the scene, Tom was forced to close the store. But this wasn’t enough to stop him. That businessman had taught him that sometimes you simply have to make your own path. So he used his story to create a series of self-help books and made millions. Sometimes we start strong but are thwarted by things beyond our control. But if we keep an eye out for the lessons we can learn, those stumbling blocks will become the foundation for even greater success.
Sagittarius Sun and Rising – Coming Naturally
On Adventure Time, Finn’s beloved dog Jake gets sick. And all Jake asks for is for Finn to tell him a real, true story. Finn realizes with panic that he doesn’t have any true stories to tell. So, ever true of heart, he goes out in search of one. It’s not exactly smooth sailing. He searches for a romance story by ting to get two forest creatures to kiss and ends up complicating their lives. He tries to find action by starting a fight with a bear. Eventually the forest creatures are so angry that they attack and imprison him, adding in the element of suspense. He earned his story for Jake, that’s certain, but surely there was a better way. Once the animals explain the harm he caused, Finn realizes that while we all have to work for our stories, sometimes we’re better off if we don’t force it.
Capricorn Sun and Rising – What It’s For
Once on King of the Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone was a model citizen. He spent his whole life working to be the very best and checking all the boxes for success. But one day, he took stock and realized that all he’d achieved didn’t really amount to much. So he gave it all up. He stopped going to work, stopped paying bills, stopped trying so damn hard. And for a while, it felt great. When nothing you do matters anyway, why try? What are you really doing it all for? But when he realized he was facing foreclosure and that his daughter, ever dutiful, was trying to do her homework in the dark with no electricity, it hit him. Maybe there was a reason for all that toil after all. And maybe, even if he couldn’t enjoy them himself, the fruits of his labor fed someone far more important than himself.
Aquarius Sun and Rising – Inner Validation
It’s awful to know you’re right but have no one listen, as Dale from King of the Hill would be quick to point out. It’s even worse to have them come around only to turn against you again. When Dale was called to handle a routine extermination job at the local Mega Lo Mart, he quickly realized that the true problem was a person stowing away in the store. His friends, one of whom had recommended him for the job, came to check up on him and made it clear that they thought he was nuts. But when they are attacked by two teenage employees playing a prank, they realize that Dale was right to suspect a person was the cause of the damage. However, Dale knew that the problem went deeper than a prank. There really was someone living in the store. But when he told him friends, they again called him crazy. Whiplash fast, he was an outcast, then a hero, then an outcast again. But what Dale eventually understood is that validation from others is ephemeral and truly not the point. It is great to be celebrated, of course. But it’s far more important to know for yourself that you’re right. So when you get that outside approval you’ve been craving, Aquarius, savor it. But don’t come to rely on it. Your integrity is unshakable, and that’s what matters.
Pisces Sun and Rising – Doing What’s Right
On My Little Pony, Rainbow Dash wants a pet. She wants one as fast and brave and radical as she is, and she can’t decide which animal it should be. So she sets up an epic contest. The falcon wins in speed. The Hummingbird wins in agility. The eagle wins in coolness. And the tortoise loses at everything. Everything. Finally, they come to the ultimate challenge. Any animal who can navigate Ghastly Gorge and cross the finish line alongside Rainbow Dash will win it all. While all the animals zoom through, determined to be first, they fail to notice that Rainbow Dash is hit by falling rocks. All, that is, except the tortoise. The tortoise comes upon her trapped in the bottom of the gorge and uses his strength and tenacity to free her. He crosses the finish line with Rainbow Dash on his back, winning the prize and becoming her companion. Sometimes we don’t have to be the best or the fastest or the strongest. Sometime all it takes to win is a little intuition and a commitment to doing what’s right.
Aries Sun and Rising – Reciprocity or Bust
You’ve been a little too responsible, Aries. You’ve kept your nose to the grindstone, your hustle game strong, and your obligations thoroughly met. And this is a good thing! I certainly don’t mean to tell you to stop. But isn’t it time to shake things up? Isn’t there something or someone in your life that takes more than they give? Isn’t there something that makes demand after demand but doesn’t quite seem to appreciate a job well done? Maybe it’s time to think about where you want to direct your considerable efforts. This direction should serve other people, naturally, but make sure it serves you too.
Taurus Sun and Rising – Preparation
You know what you need. You’ve had a vision of the future driving you for so long, and you know exactly what the next step should be. You can feel the new beginnings starting to breathe and come to life. This month asks you to focus on exactly what resources will be required to get this project off the ground. What’s frustrating is that the obvious connection between what you need and who can give it to you may fail to manifest just yet. I know, I know. It’s maddening. Taurus might not be the fastest to get going, but once you’re moving, you want to MOVE. But if you focus now on taking those first steps, you’ll be prepared to burst out of the gates when the time is right.
Gemini Sun and Rising – Zoom
You might not know what to do just yet, Gemini, but you will. This month starts off with more of the fog we’ve been living in, but it fades as time goes on. And what’s left is actually pretty great. What’s left is us. Humanity. Friends and neighbors and groups and sunshine. There are still problems, of course. There are conflicts and fear and real, honest pain. But that’s not all that we are, and we have to remember that. There are virtual group hang outs, big philosophies and even bigger dreams. And it’s your role to remind us.
Cancer Sun and Rising – Beautiful Wreckage
It’s weird, isn’t it, how once the most acute, immediate pain passes, that the enormity of the situation really sinks in. Once you get beyond the struggle for survival, you’re left to take stock of the damage. It’s almost worse, somehow. The battle may be over, but the long process of reconstruction now stretches in front of you. No one counts on this part while they’re fighting to keep going. But there’s a beauty here too. Once you clear out the rubble, new life can spring forth. New life that’s better and more nourishing than you’ve known before. So cuddle up with your loved ones and watch the embers of your old life burn out. A new one is just around the bend.
Leo Sun and Rising – Not Dead Yet
Even as the sun begins to shine and the warmth seeps into the Northern Hemisphere, it feels like the darkness still reigns. The light you were born to shine feels just a little dim, and you’re not sure how to fix it. But it’s okay, Leo. You haven’t stopped existing. You haven’t become unimportant. You just need to regroup. Focus on the small, core group of people you can affect. Let them be the bellows to your fire. And when you’ve done this, step back and look at the bigger picture. There’s a grand narrative here and you have an essential role to play. And then, only then, can you create the public new beginning you so crave.
Virgo Sun and Rising – Serve to Heal
Sometimes the world goes from confusion straight into darkness. The veil lifts and it’s horror as far as the eye can see. And when we turn inward, the darkness is mirrored within in. In times like this, how can we do the most good, not only for the world at large but for our own soul? In a word: serve. I know you hear this a lot Virgo, but it is true now more than ever. The best way, maybe the only way, to fulfill your highest calling and feel better in the process is to help others. So start the local free grocery stand. Run errands for your neighbors. And put that analytical mind and caring soul to work to help others see the find their way out of the darkness. Your light will guide you too.
Libra Sun and Rising – The Grand Why
Sometimes the world is dark and chaotic, and sometimes everyone we meet seems to create another roadblock or conflict to work through and overcome. And when these times are upon us, what it really does is shine a light on who we are. We are asked to reckon with exactly what time of person we’re meant to be and what impact we want to have in the world. And when we do this, we are able to create something even more valuable – a philosophy, a grand reason why. When we undergo hardship and strife and find a way to keep on going, we are left with a perfect pearl of wisdom to sustain us through hard times. Start paying attention now, Libra. That pearl is so close.
Scorpio Sun and Rising – Jarring Insight
You’ve been supported for a while, Scorpio, in matters great and small. You’ve been able to build the community you so desperately needed and have even had a little fun doing it. Now is the time to put that support to the test. As your attention is turned toward your deepest roots, things are going to get a little jarring. Keep an eye out for new insights, hidden inklings, and echoes from the deep. In the coming months, those small shocks will be the seeds to a whole new garden.
Sagittarius Sun and Rising – Muse Dance
Just because the world’s gone to shit, it doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun. You understand this implicitly, Sagittarius, and this is the month to put that attitude into action. Even with everyone stuck at home or working a newly dangerous job, with depression and fear everywhere you turn, humanity still has to shine somehow. This month, let it be you dancing on the balcony or recreating theme park rides in your living room. Be the one creating and shining and laughing so the rest of us can remember what it’s like. The world might be scary right now, but it’s beautiful too. And so are you.
Capricorn Sun and Rising – Calm Before – and After – the Storm
The funny thing about those crazy old characters in movies who constantly issue dire warnings and reminders to not let down your guard is that somethings they’re right. I expect this to be you this month, Capricorn. It will seem like the world has moved on, and somehow expects you to do the same. Like you haven’t struggled mightily. Like your muscles haven’t ripped under the strain. Like you are supposed to just pick up the pieces and live your happily ever after now. But we both know that’s not the case. We both know that this drama hasn’t quote finished unfolding. There will, in fact, be more to come. But one thing the crazy characters forgot to mention – it’s okay to rest too. You can enjoy the good times without becoming unprepared for the bad. As a matter of fact, that enjoyment is a necessary step. So try to smile when you can, but keep carrying that big stick.
Aquarius Sun and Rising – Gracious Winner
There is a seismic shift happening in the collective, and for once you actually might like where it’s going. There’s a good chance that at least one of your ideas has been vindicated recently. And you’ve got the energy and momentum to actually make the changes you want in the world. When things go wrong in the world, Aquarius energy is the kind you want to have on hand. Just make sure you’re enacting your reform kindly. Not everyone will be pleased with your ideas, but everyone matters. Try to do the most good with the least harm. How we behave when we’re winning goes a long way toward defining who we are.
Pisces Sun and Rising – Float with Purpose
A lack of clarity is hardly the worst thing in the world. You don’t necessarily have to be doing the right thing as long as you’re doing a thing. And what’s not often acknowledged is that there is a power to this kind of mindset. To paraphrase King of the Hill, so what if your plans are mush? The thing about mush is that while you can’t build it up, you can’t break it down either. In a funny way, mush has the edge. And that’s true of you, Pisces. When things are unfolding so rapidly, being about to go with the flow while maintaining the integrity of who you are is the ultimate skill. So move when you can, retreat when you must, and trust yourself to know the difference.
Aries Sun and Rising – Underwater Archer
You’ve been focused. You’ve gotten your priorities straight and have your eyes on the prize. And just when you’re about to execute, to let your arrow fly, you suddenly are submerged in water, and your arrow weaves off sideways. But you’re a warrior, Aries. And warriors adapt. Instead of shooting arrows, learn a new tactic, Learn to swim. Learn to be okay with not knowing. Learn that no matter what happens, you’ll figure it out. You’ll adapt. You’ve got this.
Taurus Sun and Rising – Groundcover
You can feel it, right? The hint of change that has been hovering in the edge of you mind might actually be real. What was once a mere inkling now has the chance to bloom into fruition. You can feel the ground shift beneath you as the seedling tries to emerge from the soil. All you need to do now is maintain. Make sure ground is watered, and that there is plentiful sunshine. And when frost threatens to eat at the edges of your crops, make sure they’re covered, nestled safely away the cruel cold. Soon, very soon, they’ll be strong enough to withstand whatever the world can throw at them. But until then, those little acts of love will go a long way.
Gemini Sun and Rising – Genius
Sometimes we get an idea so amazing that we ride high on it for weeks, if not even more. That little nugget of information rocks our world and changes our trajectory entirely. This month, I see you experiencing just such a stroke of genius. You’ll ground it in reality, take it for a spin among your peers, and see if this thing truly has legs. The only potential hurdle comes late in the month, when doubt creeps in. You’ll have the option of dropping the inspiration altogether or expanding it drastically to encompass even more. Be careful which one you choose, because this momentum could carry you far from your normal haunts. Are you ready?
Cancer Sun and Rising – True Resolution
It’s so nice when we get a break. We call a truce and the fighting stops, if only for a little while. It can be easy to believe that the war is over. It can be easy to believe that all our problems are finally solved. But let me ask you, Cancer, are they really? Has this break helped? Undoubtedly. But did it truly FIX things? This month, that is up for you to decide. If not, you’ve got the perfect opportunity in the coming months to resolve matters once and for all.
Leo Sun and Rising – Be Seen
The screws have been tightening just a bit, Leo. You’ve felt a bit of pressure mounting, and are getting the sense of what you’ll be working on for the next few years. But before that process really gets in full swing, you’ll get a reprieve. A little bit of relief before the storm hits. There’s even a chance you’ll be on the receiving end of a gift from the universe. But in order for that to happen, you’ll have to fulfill one request – be seen.
Virgo Sun and Rising – Necessary Assistance
A little fire can go a long way. This month, when you have your great idea (and you will), you’ll find that it takes a little bit of help to set it into motion. And the help you get might piss you off! There’s nothing like being the architect of your grand plan and having someone come in and tell you the schematics are all wrong. But it’s better than the whole thing crumbling the moment you place your final beam. And later, when you hit a snag and aren’t sure what to do next, that outside help will be exactly what you need.
Libra Sun and Rising – Back to Love
Do you ever feel like life has gotten in the way of relationships? Like somehow the pursuit of what we want mot deprives us of…what we want most? Do you ever wish you could go back and make things right? Well, Libra, this month Is your chance. This month you are in a special position to think back on those you’ve left in your past and decide if they could have a role in your future. Be careful and discerning, of course, but also keep your heart open. There’s no telling what riches you could find.
Scorpio Sun and Rising – Biding Time
This month, while others are jumping and jolting around, trying desperately to find their path forward, you are preparing. You are lying in wait, observing the subtle energies that are pulling the strings. You benefit from deep intuition as you prepare to move forward. You know that soon you’ll be able to pounce and make your move. Until then, enjoy the deep knowledge swirling around you. There is so much to learn.
Sagittarius Sun and Rising – Backward Motion
You are the sign that is known for always asking, “what’s next?” You are always ready for the next great horizon. But this month, just as you’re gearing up for the next adventure, you start to get the inkling that in order to go forward, you have to go back. There’s something very important about the terrain you’ve just traversed, something that escaped your notice the first time. If you want to make your dreams a reality, you’re going to need to keep your eyes open. It may not be your favorite thing, but this is the best path forward in the end.
Capricorn Sun and Rising – Requesting Backup
You knew, right? You knew that the strife wasn’t entirely behind you. Things have shifted, that’s for sure, but the principal conflict, the main driver of the story, is still there running the show. Luckily, you were prepared. It’s what you do. It’s who you are. And this month you’ll have the support you need to get in your best defensive position and hold the line. You’re an old pro at this, Keep on keeping on. It will be over soon enough.
Aquarius Sun and Rising – Schematics
You are well known for your stunning foresight, Aquarius. This month, as Saturn begins to turn retrograde, reflect on what you’ve seen. You’ve gotten your sneak preview, your glimpse of the world to come. What you need now is to figure out how to put it into action. What, specifically, do you need to do to make the change you want to see in the world? Make a list. Plot out your course, Draw up your schematics. Now is the time to gather your resources and make sure you’re ready to move when it turns direct this fall.
Pisces Sun and Rising – Hidden Knowledge
Pisces, you are the zodiac’s best kept secret. You always, always know more than you are given credit for. Hell, you know more than YOU give yourself credit for. And now you’re set to prove it. In the coming months, I want you to comb through the past few months of ideas. Look through your mind’s history. Because somewhere in there is your idea. Your big, excellent, life-changing idea. Find it, and brush off the doubts. You’re more than capable.
Aries Sun and Rising – Dragons Forever
You’re out adventuring, a shining knight of a mighty steed. You slay the ogre beneath the bridge, the group of bandits on the high road, and the witch in the forest. Finally you come upon a tower with the most stunning princess you’ve ever seen locked inside. You plot a daring rescue. And once you are finally with her, eye to eye, heart to heart, she looks at you in confusion and asks, “What are you doing here? Don’t stop now. I am at home here in my tower and do not wish to leave, and there are so many more fights be had.” You are perplexed, but you heed her word. There are too many dragons out there to stop here.
Taurus Sun and Rising – Raining Treasure
You’re gardening in a tiny, scruffy patch of earth next to a city street. You hear the traffic and feel the fumes burning your nostrils. You’re sow seeds and do your best to cultivate them, but you’re increasingly certain that nothing will ever grow there. Just when you’re ready to give up, a little golden shoot bursts from the ground. It grow and grows and begins to flower. To your awe, you see that the leaves are coins! Even more surprising, each coin is different. Some are modern, some are from ancient Rome, and still others hail from cultures you have never heard of. What do you to with these riches? Do you melt them down into bars? Try to spend them like normal? Or do you take each coin and try to figure out exactly what this tree is trying to say?
Gemini Sun and Rising – Retrace
You’re walking along a dark, winding forest path. Night is falling, and fog is beginning to blanket the forest floor, further obscuring your path. As you continue on, you get the disconcerting feeling that you’ve been this way already. Haven’t you seen that tree before? And that rock with the face on it – you’ve definitely seen that. You plop down on a log in frustration when you see a little glint in the corner of your eye. You see old tent, wrapped up and ready to be pitched. And what’s this with it? A map and some kindling. Exactly what you needed. By slowing down, you found everything you were lacking in order to get where you need to go.
Cancer Sun and Rising – Deus ex Machina
You’re toiling away beneath the earth, working in some sort of mine. Your feel the grit as you wipe the sweat from your brow, just managing to catch the droplets before they drop into your eyes. Your muscles ache, taught ropes moving beneath your skin. You look up and see…sunlight, where no sunlight should be But as soon as you glimpse it, it’s gone, and you hear a deafening crash, and just as you realize what is happening – a cave in. A hand grasps your arm and drags you to safety just I time. You look around for your savior, but there is no one there. You’ll never know who took the wheel.
Leo Sun and Rising – Ask the Mermaid
You’re a young reporter, asked to write an expose on newly-discovered cultures that live beneath the ocean. You’re dubious, but you go and ask the kind woman who studies such cultures. She looks at you, her brow furrowed. “Why don’t you ask the mermaid?” she asks. Not knowing what she means, you go and ask a gruff fisherman if he’s ever encountered one of these creatures. He glares at you and demands, “Why don’t you ask the MERMAID?” Finally, you throw your arms up in frustration and sit by the ocean, dejected. Suddenly, the most beautiful mermaid you’ve ever conceived of appears before you. As she smiles, something about her seems vaguely familiar. As you look further, the edges of a mirror appear around her. You look down in astonishment and gawk at your glistening fins. Huh. Why don’t you ask the mermaid, indeed.
Virgo Sun and Rising – The Power
As a monarch, your rule has been long and prosperous. You get up every day and take on the grueling minutiae of running a kingdom. And your secret favorite part is to listen to the petitions of the common folk and grant or deny them at your whim. But today, the peasants don’t line up in their usual orderly fashion. This time, they’re a mob. They’re chanting that you don’t care about them, only yourself and your power. Astonished, you offer to abdicate right then and there. The mob, started by it’s win, begins to lose steam. Maybe you’re not such a bad ruler after all, some mutter. And just as suddenly as it formed, the mob dissipates. Maybe they needed to know they had the power. Maybe they didn’t need to use it. And maybe it’s the same for you.
Libra Sun and Rising – Cinderella
As you enter the grand ballroom, a dark and dashing figure in the corner catches your eye. You’ve been yearning for so long to be in those arms. As you approach, their eyes glint a smile plays around the edges of their lips. Your hands touch. In one electric instant, you’re in love. They sweep you up in their arms and you twirl around the dance floor in ecstasy. But just as you are about to declare your love for all the world to hear, the clock strikes midnight. You look up, confused. You’ve been here before, somehow. And your lover…is the same one you left years ago, and for good reason. The illusion fades, and you wake up, just a little wiser and ready to go find something real.
Scorpio Sun and Rising – King of Flames
As you are out adventuring, you meet a gorgeous witch living on the edge of a volcano. You can hear the lava belching in the caldera, and the superheated air blows her hair straight up, making it look like flame itself. She agreed to grant you one wish, and you ask to be a master of fire just like her. Her laugh turns into a shriek as she tells you it is done and you must go. You run away to test your now powers. You run your hand through your hair and you small the unmistakable small of burning. You lean against a tree and it begins to smoke. You’re not sure whether to weep or laugh. King Midas has nothing on you.
Sagittarius Sun and Rising – Showdown
There’s no use in the ritual at all. The way you check carefully in the closet and under your bed, then pull the covers up to your nose. The monster is still there, still waiting, And deep down, you know it too. And now, no longer content to sit in bed waiting to be eaten, Now you find yourself careening toward a stand-off with the very monster that has dogged you all this time, The pain, the fear, none of it matters to you now. All that matters is that you win.
Capricorn Sun and Rising – Backward Motion
The road is cold and desolate. The air freezes in your lungs and leaves little ice crystals on your eyelashes. The path is too treacherous, and the mountain it climbs too daunting. Your turn your back to it all. You can’t do it. So you put one foot…behind the other. Over and over again you do this, and you see the place you’d been standing at begin to shrink with distance. Your old world looks like a dollhouse from here. And you realize, you’ve done it. You reached the summit. And you did it all backward.
Aquarius Sun and Rising – Goodbye, Frosty
An ice giant can be a good friend. They are clear, undemanding, and really quite helpful. In fact, yours has been helping you build a city. Block by frozen block, the giant has been helping to create the towering ice-spires, the small igloos, and the stately town hall. But summer comes even to these icy wastes. And your giant, at least for now, needs to go. It hurts, of course, standing alone in a half-built town. But as the giant affirms, he’ll back again one day,
Pisces Sun and Rising – Retreat to Victory
Life is hard for a sea monster. You’re out, innocently playing in the ocean, feeling the strength in your fins as the water rushes over you, when all of a sudden you’re under attack. Tiny boats with even tinier men are yelling, fighting, and flinging their harpoons wildly in your direction. You’re confused; you never wanted a fight. You try to reason with them, your try to fight back, you try to do anything you can think of to fix this situation, but I the end, the facts are clear. The only thing to do is sink back into your ocean and live to swim another day.
Aries Sun and Rising – Back on Track
After spending the last few months underwater, trying as hard as you can to dodge the monsters dredged up from your past, you’ve finally found dry land. That glorious singularity of purpose that defines your sign comes roaring back to life. You’re back to your normal state of being a bright red race car on a beautiful straightaway. Enjoy it! Just be careful of the slower cars you pass on the way. Being left spinning in your wake isn’t pleasant, so try to be a gracious winner, okay?
Taurus Sun and Rising – Spiritual Action
You know you need change, Taurus. You may resist it, but deep down you know how necessary it is. But the real question is, what is holding you back? What is in your subconscious that leaves you unable to act? What parts of your past have you brought with you that may once have been treasures but are now obstructions on your path? What hidden drives can be harnessed to build the structures you need to move forward? What change in perspective could unlock the door to your spiritual growth? The time is ripe to ponder these questions in the coming months.
Gemini Sun and Rising – Wild Things
In Where the Wild Things Are, Max steps into a world filled with monsters. He, being a brave soul, has fun with them for a while, but after a long night of wild rumpus, begins to grow weary of their company. He sends them away and turns around to leave himself, but they simply continue to follow him and beg for his presence. But Max, knowing he needs to move on, simply looks them in the eye and says, “No!” Sometimes, when our monsters confront us over and over, there comes a point when we can no longer run. We simply face them with confidence and tell them their time is past. Then we can finally, finally move on.
Cancer Sun and Rising – Acorn Rising
Imagine you’re a seed, newly planted in the earth. You want to grow but are afraid of what you might become, afraid of how painful the process could be. So you resist and push away the dirt and water and sunlight that bears down upon you. But in doing this, you become a full-grown plant, blooming despite yourself. Times are tough, Cancer, and it’s entirely understandable to want to stay in your shell. But the very act of resistance is also a part of growth. Don’t be afraid of what you’re becoming. Your bloom is just what the world needs.
Leo Sun and Rising – Cactus Bloom
There once was a child who had a pet cactus. He loved it wholeheartedly and considered it his best friend. But every time he reached out in a burst of exuberance to embrace his pet, he was stuck with the needles and pulled his hand back, sucking on the wound. But over and over he was driven to try to hug his friend. One day, though, the cactus sprouted a beautiful bloom right on its head, and it was smooth and soft. Finally, the little boy had a place he could hug. This month you’re a little like that boy. Every time you try to shine, something seems to strike you down. But the bloom is coming, Leo, and so is the Sun. Be ready to shine when it does.
Virgo Sun and Rising – Securing the Perimeter
This month might not be glamorous, Virgo, but you’re used to working behind the scenes. This is a month to check and recheck your foundations and make sure everything is in line. How’s the plumbing? Is there a spud gasket loose? And what about the foundation? Did you seal up any cracks to keep pests from getting in? And even more importantly, how are all those aspects of your psyche? Have you plumbed your depths and strengthened your borders? If not, I would get to it. While it may be unpleasant, you’ll have enormous support.
Libra Sun and Rising – The Bigger Picture
In times of strife and heartache, there is inevitably a bit of sweetness if we know where to look. Often it lies in the little things – a newly bloomed flower, a gorgeous sunrise, the laughter of babies. But this month, the sweetness for you comes from the contemplation of the bigger questions in life. Who are you? Where do you fit into the scheme of things? How can you, in your small way, rise up and help ease the strain in the world? A little perspective will go a long way toward helping you feel like yourself again.
Scorpio Sun and Rising – Direct Action
Hidden truths, secret machinations, and concealed emotions are your superpower, Scorpio. If you were a Dungeons & Dragons character, your Sense Motive skill would be through the roof. And when you make a move, you’ve always planned 6 steps ahead. But this month I am issuing you a challenge. What if you simply operated directly? What if you, singular in your purpose, just went after the thing you want, no plotting necessary? And what if you actually got it? How healing would it be to know that sometimes the world really is a straightforward place?
Sagittarius Sun and Rising – Who’s the Dragon?
Imagine you’re an adventurer, eagerly sifting through mountains of gold when the dragon that guards the hoard comes back home. Would you run away, holding as much ill-gotten bounty as your arms could carry? Or would you stay and chat, maybe have a cup of tea while discussing the dragon’s terrible tail rot? And now imagine you’re the dragon, all alone with your gold but with no one to talk to. Wouldn’t you be curious about how the adventurer made it past your traps? Wouldn’t it be nice to spend a lazy afternoon swapping stories by the fire? This month, Sagittarius, you have the potential to be both adventurer and dragon, both curious seeker and powerful authority. What do you stand to gain if you approach this with a maximum of kindness and genuine curiosity? Now is the time to find out.
Capricorn Sun and Rising – Fallow Field
Capricorn, you are like a machine. You can go and go and go and seemingly never have to ask for help. And with your ruling planet back in your sign, I’m sure you’re ready to get to work. But this may be a time to lay low, at least at the beginning of the month. Sometimes growth can only happen in the quiet moments. Just like a field that is constantly worked bears less and less fruit, so too will your efforts diminish if you let yourself burn out. So make sure you do what you can to get your needs met, even if you have to cause a little ruckus to make it happen. Once you feel truly rejuvenated, feel free to get back to the climb.
Aquarius Sun and Rising – Change is Good
We think, therefore we are. We change our minds, and we are reinvented. It’s easy to become so deeply identified with our thoughts and ideas that any change feels like a cross between defeat and death. But this month, before you reflexively defend your position, take a little time to really consider the information presented to you. Sometimes it’s braver to consider a new idea than to defend our old ones. If our minds never change, we never grow. And you, Aquarius, are meant to grow.
Pisces Sun and Rising – New Sprouts
In your silent moments, from your deepest reaches, something new is born. Something wild and sweet takes root and begins to sprout. All the hard work you’ve done and the conflict you’ve encountered, all the uncomfortable feelings that have been dredged up, all the harsh realities you’ve faced, have all been secretly feeding this new and shining piece of your soul. Bask in its beauty as it begins to grow. Continue to nurture it into bloom and the heady fragrance will get even sweeter with time.
Aries Sun and Rising – Red Flags
Last month, I characterized you as a bright red racecar in a straightaway, hitting the gas the entire way. I also warned to take it easy on the slower cars you leave in the dust. Well, this month, any damage you may have caused comes swinging back around. You’ll be tasked with exploring the brakes of your beautiful racecar as the universe drops red flag after red flag. The beauty is, if you mess up this time, you’ll likely get another chance to get it right. And if you play your cards right, you’ll be well on your way to claiming a deeper, more lasting victory than you’ve ever known.
Taurus Sun and Rising – Finding the Silence
Astrologer Steven Forrest says that one of Taurus’s superpowers is to find the silence. This month, I think it is high time to put that power to use. As the energies agitating for change in your life begin to quiet themselves, I recommend you move to inhabit that contemplative space. You can meditate on how far you’ve come, where you have left to go, or on the little daily steps that get you closer to your goals. Or you can sit outside, listen to the birds sing, and enjoy a nice cup of tea. It’s all the same, really.
Gemini Sun and Rising – Tiger Wild
In the book Tiger Wild, a little girl has trouble dealing with BIG emotions, and runs away with her tiger friend to escape from the feelings. They have a wonderful time stomping and playing and running wild. Every day is a party! Life is grand. But eventually the little girl starts to feel a little too wild, and notices that her big feelings are still there, waiting patiently for her to address them. She learns that there is a time to be wild, but there is also a time to be mild. This month, Gemini, your path will mirror hers. When you’re exhausted by all things serious, there’s nothing wrong with injecting a little dun into your life. But make sure you build in time to rest and come home to yourself. Wild and mild aren’t such a bad mix.
Cancer Sun and Rising – Sunshine and Lollipops
It’s been a long time since life served you anything sweet, Cancer. It seems like most of the rainbows and lollipops have appeared in your dreams, if at all. But this month, you may find yourself with a bowl of ice cream dropped in your lap. Sure, it’s fragile and precarious. It could give you brain freeze or melt into soup. The flavor could turn out to be kimchi or rum raisin sorbet. But it is real and it is sweet and it is yours, Cancer. Savor the simple goodness while you can.
Leo Sun and Rising – Be Seen
We’ve talked before about Leo’s simultaneous craving and fear of being seen. Standing out in a crowd, bearing your heart for all the world to see and judge is the most terrifying yet sacred work a Leo can do. But even if you’re still on the fence, this month you won’t have a choice. This is your month to shine, and furthermore this is the month you will have to stand for something. If changes need to be made to your career or family or even your public persona, you’ll have to be the one to make them. Take a stand. You’ll have plenty of time later in the month to rest and recover your courage. But for now, rise up and let your light be seen.
Virgo Sun and Rising – Darkness Party
In the children’s book Darkness Slipped In, a little girl named Daisy finds herself face to face with Darkness himself at the end of the day. But instead of screaming and hiding under her bed, Daisy welcomes darkness in. She throws a party for him. They drink tea, eat cookies, play dress up, and dance the night away. And when they’re finally tired, Darkness wraps himself around her room and they both slip off happily into dreamland. Greet the darkness with joy, Virgo, and you’ll be ready to put on your dancing shoes.
Libra Sun and Rising – Defining the Story
Desire is a funny thing. When things have been crazy for so long, it’s hard to know what you want. It’s like your rudder slips away. What’s more, when you’ve been surrounded in strife, you may even find yourself craving the chaos. Normal and healthy suddenly seem boring and mundane. A love you don’t have to fight for feels like no love at all. But look around, Libra. The world is filled with desperate, dramatic love stories. It’s also filled with quiet, simple loves that last a lifetime. Which one do you truly want? What do you want your story to be?
Scorpio Sun and Rising – Surgical Strike
Last month, I challenged you to step outside your normal way of doing things and try to live straightforwardly. But this month, things are back in your wheelhouse. Your well thought out, carefully plotted machinations will serve you well. While everyone else is forgetting themselves and reacting with abandon, you can see several steps ahead and control yourself. If other people are sword-wielding knights slashing at every monster they see, you are a surgeon, striking with precision. And like the surgeon, make sure that any incision you do cut is solely for the purpose of healing, both yourself and others. That way if any of your plans are brought to light, you’ll have nothing to apologize for. That is the true way to maximize your power.
Sagittarius Sun and Rising – Ferris Bueller’s 401k
There are two voices inside you this month, Sagittarius. One is a rich businessman, wanting only to play the game well enough to expand his ever-growing pile of gold. He desires nothing more than to see the digits in his bank account tick up and up, even if it means he never gets to enjoy any of it. And then there’s the teenager, the Ferris Bueller who wants to throw the biggest blowout the world has ever seen. Commandeering a parade and “borrowing” a Ferrari are just the beginning. Luckily, inside every Sagittarius is an inner conviction that experience is a far more valuable thing than security, at least the kind of security that keeps you stuck. Maybe this month you can compromise on a splurge that can please both your inner oil magnate and your inner rowdy teen.
Capricorn Sun and Rising – Say It
Capricorn, you are known for both holding your tongue and staying your hand. Your self-control is famed and admirable. But this month even you will feel the temptation. Once you stay silent for so long, it becomes hard to bite back the words. And even if you manage that, the desire to lash out just grows stronger. So this month, instead of trying to hold yourself above it all, why not speak your truth? Do it in a fair, calm, controlled way if you can, but say what you need to say. That way you’ve discharged the built-up tension and are free to enjoy relationships in a way that feels fresh and new.
Aquarius Sun and Rising – Parting Shot
It’s been a wild few months. This is true for everyone, of course, but for your specifically, Aquarius. You’ve seen all the factions in the world rise up, like so many great tsunamis all converging at once. And you’ve seen your side make real progress even through all the chaos. But now, it feels like some of that is falling away. The waves have broken and each side is in retreat. But don’t fear. Everyone needs to pull back and marshal their resources for the next round. And I suspect you’ll be able to land one last spectacular parting shot.
Pisces Sun and Rising – Becoming the Flower
When a new shoot springs up from the earth, it is in for a shock. Ripped from the cocoon of the seed, it is suddenly buffeted by wind and rain, scorched by the sun, and fair game for hungry animals walking by. It’s a horror. And yet, so many plants manage to bloom anyway. Cell walls get stronger so they can stand up, roots stretch and grow to soak up the rain, defenses emerge to keep animals away, and photosynthesis turns the burning heat of the sun into nourishment and life. That is your process, Pisces. Don’t fear the trials you face. You have within you everything you need to meet the moment and thrive.
Aries Sun and Rising – Two Steps Back
When you’ve been stymied and stuck in place, being asked to retrace your steps feels like a joke. And yet, this is exactly what the universe is asking of you. I can already hear you saying “What? I’ve moved like two feet. What is there to retrace?” But how far you’ve moved isn’t the point. The point is what you’ve learned and how those steps affected those around you. The point is in how you respond to adversity and frustration. The point is what you can do in those moments of stillness. If you listen closely enough, your obstacles may become your greatest teachers.
Taurus Sun and Rising – Candyland
Hansel and Gretel had a rough start. Cast out by their parents and left to fend for themselves, circumstances were about as harsh as they could get. Then they came upon the beautiful, welcoming candy cottage in the woods, smells of gingerbread and cinnamon rolls floating in the breeze and luring them in. Of course, when they met the occupant, they were in for a horrible surprise. But that isn’t the end of the story, is it? They prevailed over the witch and became the new lord and lady of their dessert mansion, their childlike paradise. So this month, Taurus, if you encounter strife or shocking circumstances, remember that there are rewards waiting for you on the other side. And they are so, so sweet.
Gemini Sun and Rising – The Journey Down
Before Dante made his way into the Inferno, he tried to climb a mountain to get some perspective. He was grieving for a lost love and felt that he had nowhere to turn. But on the way up, he was confronted by three slavering beasts. In his terror, he is driven into the underworld, where he met the poet Virgil. Virgil told him that he could reunite him with his love, but that he had to descend through the underworld before he could climb his way to paradise. This month, Gemini, you may be confronted with your own hideous beasts. And what’s more, you may be pushed into depths you prefer not to explore. But if you stay the course and sit with the discomfort, you may very well find yourself on the way to paradise.
Cancer Sun and Rising – Essentials
If you were on a desert island, Cancer, what would you bring with you? What resources would serve you best? Further, who would you bring along? You’d need someone capable and companionable, but they would also need to be someone you’d be willing to fight for and protect, and who would do the same for you. And if you got the chance to repopulate your little island, what cultural values would you want to create? Once you have your answers, think about how you can apply them to your current journey. Make sure you’ve got what and who you need to get where you need to go.
Leo Sun and Rising – Shining Star
You really are gorgeous, Leo. You know that, don’t you? You’re lovely and shining and have the perfect mischievous glint in your eye. It’s breathtaking. And if you doubt me, this month is the perfect time to find out once and for all just how worthy you are. Delight in your own beauty and accept admiration from others. There’s only one caveat: Make sure you understand that your light is a reflection of the grand beauty and divinity of the universe as a whole. You are a child of spirit just like everyone else. Shine your light up to the heavens, and let the heavens shine back on you.
Virgo Sun and Rising – Into the Depths
In Inuit mythology, Sedna is a tragic figure. A beautiful maiden, her father is eager to marry her off and introduces her to a number of powerful hunters, all of whom she finds repulsive and rejects. Her father, unable to see her worth beyond the alliances her marriage could create, becomes fed up and tosses her from a kayak into the freezing ocean. Knowing she is done for, she surrenders to the depths. However, the very act of surrender made her one with the ocean, and she was born anew as a goddess, presiding over the very depths that once threatened to swallow her. This month, Virgo, you may encounter difficult things that make you question your worth. It may take you to a darker place. But it is within that darkness that your true power lies. Embrace the deep.
Libra Sun and Rising – Bright Skies
You’ve been toiling so long. You’ve tried to be kind, to be fair, to keep a brave public face. And while you’re not out of the woods yet, this month you can expect to find a bright, sunny clearing. The lights come on and you can have a little fun again, for goodness sake. After all this turmoil, happiness may even feel like a shock to your system, but this is a good thing! The frustration may still be there, but by now it’s old news. Take this time to bask in feeling like yourself again, and you’ll be strong enough to face the last leg of this epic journey.
Scorpio Sun and Rising – Revise
Like the old saying goes, “Man plans and God laughs.” As you try to move forward with your machinations this month, Scorpio, you’re likely to get a distinctly queasy feeling. Somewhere deep inside, you know that something is not quite right. I recommend you sit with this feeling. Let your intuition lead the way. Listen to the quiet messages the universe whispers in the small hours of the night. If you do, clarity will come, and you’ll be able to align yourself with an even grander design.
Sagittarius Sun and Rising – On the Move
Don’t you miss the wind in your hair, the feeling of freedom as you sail toward the next horizon? This month, Sagittarius, you’ll get a taste of that exhilaration again. Yes, you still have to be practical. Yes, there are still obstacles. But you know all that. At this point, it’s nothing new. At least now you’ll be moving again. And what’s more, you’ll be having fun. So don’t get bogged down by the details. Just spread your wings and fly.
Capricorn Sun and Rising – Cleared for Takeoff
When climbing Mt. Everest, weather is king. No matter how excited, impatient, or prepared a climber may be, if an expected gale blows through, they’re not going anywhere. Sometimes they’re stuck at camp for days on end. But on the other hand, if there is a clear, sunny day, they have to make use of it and cover as much ground as they can. Waiting could be deadly. This month, Capricorn, you may start out stranded at camp. But as the celestial weather shifts, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to cover some serious distance. Wait for your opening, then get moving!
Aquarius Sun and Rising – The Real Scoop
All of us have a dogma, a set of beliefs that comprise our worldview and help us create the structures that hold our reality together. But all of us, I guarantee, have it at least a little bit wrong. There’s simply too much for any one human to know. This month I challenge you to lovingly interrogate your most fundamental beliefs. Ask the uncomfortable questions. Pretend you’re a hard-hitting journalist determined to get a scoop. And then ask how this new understanding can be used to bolster your relationships. This just may be the key to making real progress on your path.
Pisces Sun and Rising – Healer, Heal Thyself
When we heal wounds in others, we are often healed in the same way ourselves. This is something you understand fundamentally, Pisces, but it’s never been truer than this month. As you move to serve others, you’ll find the lights coming on in your own heart. As you empathize with the pain of other people, you’ll be able to understand your down depths. And has you send them on their way, happy and healed, so to you will move forward, ready for the next step of your journey.