November 11 to 18, 2010
Visible Planets: Morning: Venus and Saturn Evening: Mercury, Mars and Jupiter
Venus Peace and Libra Harmony, Inside and Out
Venus has returned as a morning star, and for those who rise before dawn, it’s a magnificently beautiful celestial treat. Currently retrograding through the late degrees of light and lovely Libra, we are being briefly shimmered with vibrations of sweet balance and heavenly grace. It’s an energy that encourages us to find the common ground, shared intention and mutual benefit in our relationships – for the good of all concerned – cultivate tranquility and promote peace.
But out in the world, we discover this to be more fantasy than reality, a seemingly impossible ideal and vanishing species amongst the chaos and contention of political polarities, the distinct layers of economic and social strata and the age-old power plays of ego and self-interest. It’s both challenging and difficult to float upon the calm waters of inner serenity when the waves are choppy, the ocean rages and tsunamis threaten. Venus in Libra loves harmony, seeks justice and emanates equality. It gravitates toward beauty and art, glorifies cooperation and finds comfort in solidarity. How then, can we embrace and manifest inner and outer peace amidst the raging ideological battles and social, political, personal and religious wars running rampant on the planet?
This week, as the Moon waxes and autumn wanes, Mars – the ancient god of war and astrological planet of desire, motivation and ego – forms a supportive, harmonious sextile to Saturn – the Lord of Karma and astrological planet of physical reality, structure and personal and social responsibility. This aspect takes place in the fire and air signs of Sagittarius and Libra, encouraging us to broaden our perspectives, open our minds and look at the bigger picture while we focus on positive, diplomatic solutions to problems of imbalance, injustice an inequity. Mars in Sag fuels fires of spiritual generosity and big-hearted action, encouraging the pursuit of idealistic goals and philanthropic dreams. Saturn in Libra favors realistic, practical strategies and plans, diplomatic negotiations, polite conversation, sweet smiles and calm, cool communication. The combination delivers a week of great opportunity for all of us – individually and collectively – to repair damage and build bridges, open our hearts and see beyond the limits of our own personal horizons to a calm, peaceful land of joint effort, shared responsibility and common interest. Hand in hand, heart to heart – may we walk in beauty, act with integrity, speak with honesty and cultivate the inner serenity that will carry us through the roughest waters and most outrageous storms. May the Great Cosmic Tranquility be with you, and also with you…
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)
With motivated Mars (the Ram’s ruling planet) in a supportive sextile aspect to Saturn (the Lord of Karma) in fire and air signs all week, know that what you do now has the potential to restructure and recreate your entire life. You are being gifted with a golden window of opportunity regarding acts of virtue and positive personal change. Embrace the grace.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
One-to-one relating and important personal relationships continue as themes this week. A recent flurry of activity in financial or business partnerships stabilizes as you see the wisdom of your choices and a positive return on your investment. Right action, patience and perseverance are allies. Remain calm and balanced, peaceful and serene.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Magical, metaphysical Mercury – your ruling planet – is racing to catch up with Mars in fiery Sagittarius this week, spinning tales and enlightening souls as it goes. This fleet-footed messenger is on a mission to excite spirit, open minds and inspire higher-self living and being. Awaken to angelic presence and recognize the basic goodness in yourself and others.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Steamy, seductive Scorpio vibrations emanate throughout the cosmos, lighting fires and fueling deep desires. Feel the beauty of heartfelt love and embrace its power. Look beyond the physical world to the lands of spirit. Let intuition guide and direct your path as you focus on life’s most simple pleasures. Ask the Sun, Moon and stars, they are your teachers.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
Home life is the best life now. A crackling fire, a cuddly couch and a cozy casa bring great comfort and satisfaction. Read a good book, rent an inspiring movie or simply discover the great power of one’s own mind and imagination. Travel through time and never leave the house, cook an enriching meal or self-nurture via loving-kindness. Count your blessings.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
Domestic issues or family relationships benefit by way of quality communication, compassion and awareness. Instead of attempting to fix others, focus on fixing you. And remember that silence is often golden. Listen to others and consider their perspective. Refrain from interrupting and be impeccable with your word. Stay in the solution and be good.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
The Lord of Karma sextiles the God of War this week and in so doing, engages you in battles of might and right, darkness and light. Read a fairy tale or watch a classic devil/angel movie to refresh you on the ancient theme of good vs. evil. Today, it’s your job to be compassionate and open-minded. Cultivate goodness in yourself and others – enlighten the world.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Happy Birthdays continue as candles flicker and cakes are cut. Lessen the pressure of expectation and accept what comes. Justice is not always visible and either is magic. Invisible forces are at work 24/7 and constantly transforming reality as we know it. Look beyond the physical to the metaphysical and spiritual. Seek divinity and experience the divine.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Undercurrents of nostalgia and sentimental longing dissipate this week as Mercury and Mars in Sagittarius stimulate new ideas and encourage action. You may feel suddenly excited, motivated and ready to explore fresh territory physically, emotionally and spiritually. You are entering a time of sustained effort and focus. Stay grounded and maintain balance.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
A recurring sense of spiritual consciousness or connectedness is guiding you toward experiences of higher knowledge and enlightenment. And, in the process, you are naturally gravitating towards people and places that resonate with spirit. Explo
re the possibilities but keep one foot firmly placed on terra firma. Focus on realistic goals and work toward their manifestation.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
Working consistently and patiently in the effort to “get ‘er done” is the best thing you can do now. Make lists, stay on task and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Some days are better than others, but all in all, you’re amazing when it comes to accomplishment. For fun and laughs, spend time with people who inspire and uplift you. You betcha!
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
Motivation to accomplish, get it done and experience the fruits of your labors is running strong and hot. Others may not be as ambitious or desirous as you are when it comes to work – especially when it comes to personal agendas and standards – but they’re more than willing to help. This is a great time to work alone or side-by-side. You make the call.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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