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.