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.