This Friday, March 1, Venus, the planet of love, desire, and beauty, enters Aquarius, the sign of rebellion, future dreams, and idealistic visions.
Aquarius is always an interesting place for Venus. Venus helps us to relate, but Aquarius can have an emotional chill to it. That doesn’t mean it’s not a nice sign – it is highly social and compassionate – but it expresses itself differently.
Aquarius doesn’t always need to emote in the same way that some of the other signs do, like watery Pisces or passionate Leo. Some signs are wired to connect through deep feelings and intense conversations, and others are made to relate through ideas, notions, and actions – like Aquarius.
Aquarius also gravitates towards the unconventional. It doesn’t care what anyone else thinks, which is also why it can come across as detached. Aquarius is drawn to people and concepts that are different, eccentric, or unusual.
And so when Venus enters Aquarius, we are given the opportunity to open to new, personal experiences. To try on a different style, whether it’s through the clothes we’re wearing or the art we’re creating.
Try out a new hobby, especially if it’s creative. Venus in Aquarius can be inventive, experimental, and avant-garde – perfect for exploring new artistic practices, whether you are creating them or supporting them.
It’s also an opportunity to open to new ways of relating. It can be an interesting time to seek new connections, new social encounters, or, if you’re dating, to give someone a chance that isn’t your usual type.
Venus in Aquarius might also help us to see whether there are any old relationship habits, patterns, or beliefs that are keeping us stuck.
Late last week, on Friday, February 22, Venus conjunct Pluto, which may have stirred up some realizations around relationship attachments, dependencies, or power struggles that are not serving you any longer.
Today, the Sun enters Pisces, the sign of transcendence. This is the twelfth sign of the zodiac, the final curve of the wheel before we begin again at Aries. It can be a challenge to stay grounded during Pisces season, despite all the beauty that can unfold.
It’s the second week in a row that I’ve pulled a card from the suit of pentacles for these messages.
The pentacles are earth energy. They are grounded, practical, stable, secure. They ask us to look down at our feet so that we can see what we have planted ourselves upon.
In spiritual discussions, especially of the esoteric nature, “groundedness” comes up a lot. But what does it really mean?
While I don’t think there is ever one single, simple definition for how to be, or how to approach an idea or philosophy, I can tell you what my experience has been in defining groundedness thus far:
Sometimes, when we are on spiritual paths, we can get really caught up the transcendence of it all. We want to connect to our intuition, our “higher selves,” to Spirit, to God, Goddess, to astrology, tarot, our ancestors…all kinds of possibilities begin to open up.
And it can become so tempting to focus all of our energy and attention on the magic and mystery of spiritual realms.
But the work of it all still needs to be done in the here and now. And of course, we can’t direct all of our energy into one area to the point where other things get neglected, like our physical bodies, our routines, or responsibilities.
To me, groundedness is about staying practical and present, no matter what new horizons you are exploring.
It is about checking in with yourself: “What do I need to get done today? What can’t wait until tomorrow? What do I know I need to feel calm, clear, and centred throughout the day?”
The answers to those questions won’t all be about prayer, meditation, or divination. Sure, those things can be part of a daily practice or routine, but the rest of it will likely centre around the basics: Food, water, getting to work or school on time, paying that bill that’s waiting to be opened, or taking care of chores, kids, cats, dogs…you get the idea.
Groundedness is about remembering that when we take care of ourselves and our daily lives, that we are still engaging in spiritual work. We are here for a reason, and it’s important that we care for the life that is in front of us.
Sometimes, that means making time to run errands, or decluttering that junk drawer you’ve been meaning to tackle for the last six months.
These are the questions to explore in the month ahead.
Tomorrow, on Tuesday, February 19, we welcome the Leo Full Moon. This lunation may add to the intensity that Pisces season stir up. This is a blend of fire and water, which creates steam. It may be a little harder to focus through this Full Moon, as we might be caught in its haze, but there can be beautiful hits of inspiration through it all.
If you set any intentions with the Leo New Moon six months ago, check in to see how they are coming along.
And if you are craving a deeper connection with your self-expression or artistic side, take some time this week to let yourself open to that energy:
“I open to my creative potential.”
Here’s a tarot spread to help you connect with this week’s Full Moon:
1. What can be a source of inspiration for me at this time?
2. Where has my personal power become stronger over the last six months?
3. What step can I take to explore that power further?
4. How can I express myself moving forward?
Until next time,
Mars has been in Aries since December 31.
This Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day – the fiery warrior planet will enter sensual, earthy Taurus – the sign that Venus rules.
Mars just wants to get things done. It likes moving forward, no matter what it takes.
But it can also amp things up, for better or for worse. Astrology can affect each of us in different ways, and sometimes we don’t always need all the added energy that Mars in Aries might bring. So if you’ve been feeling on edge, impatient, or short-fused these past few weeks, Mars may be responsible for some of that agitation.
Mars can also make us relentless in our pursuits. When have action-oriented planets in fire signs, it’s always important to step back and ask:
“Why am I doing this, why is it important, and does it absolutely have to be done right this second?”
Because sometimes, Mars in Aries can have us trying to do too much, too soon, without a break or pause for reflection on our priorities.
Take a pulse on your own energy levels so far this year.
Have you been plowing through something with renewed determination…or flying by the seat of your pants?
No matter how Mars in Aries has felt for you, we have a nice, grounded message through the Three of Pentacles this week that reminds you to stay focused on your foundation.
Of course, because this is combustible, fiery stuff we are working with, these energies might not always show up in the most productive forms. Impatience, presumption, and heated moments can flare up.
This week can be a strong time to make headway on your personal path, especially if you are working to create more freedom or independence for yourself this year. But it makes me think of the phrase “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
In other words, be careful that impulse or impatience don’t push you to act upon something that you haven’t fully thought through. By all means, take risks, and be open to flashes of inspiration that come up this week. But remember that risks can still be calculated.
The impulse can be strong right now to quit, walk away, unleash a tirade, or speak too soon.
Just as it can be strong to undertake a brilliant new idea – but one that may need further thought, investigation, and planning in order to be sustained in the long-run.
Aries’ downfall is that it leaps before it looks, but it doesn’t have to keep living that same lesson over and over again.
Mars enters Taurus on Valentine’s Day, which can help start soothing any fires that have been burning within, but the energy of this Mars Uranus conjunction will vibrate throughout the week to come, so be mindful of how that may be impacting you in the days beyond:
“I will show care and attention to the breakthroughs the universe offers me.”
Until next time,
We welcome a new lunar cycle at 4:04pm today with the Aquarius New Moon.
Here in the northern hemisphere, there are about six weeks until spring arrives. Last week, I talked about Imbolc, which just arrived on Saturday, February 2, another important energetic threshold we are moving through right now.
The energy of Imbolc foreshadows our spring season. What we focus on within our intentions, paths, and plans can be indications of what is ready to grow for us in the warmer months.
Earlier this year, I kept hearing a message being repeated through various conversations:
If you have a desire, there is a reason for that desire. It’s up to you to follow it to find out why.
I like this idea. While I do believe it is important to move towards the things we want, I think it’s also important to remain unattached from a specific outcome.
What we sometimes envision for ourselves does not always appear exactly as we expect when we get it – but the forms our dreams take may be the exactly what we need to be working with.
With the Aquarius New Moon arriving just days after the potency of Imbolc, it can feel especially important now to envision your future. Or, to listen for what your future is pulling you towards.
Sometimes, we don’t always know what direction to take ourselves in next. Even when we know we need a change, it’s not always obvious how or where to begin.
When I do readings for people who are in those in-between times, unsure of what to do next, I often hear that they are overwhelmed with the idea that they have to have it all figured out before they can take a single step in any one direction:
“Who am I? What do I like? What do I want? What if I choose the wrong thing?”
But changes are not always tests. It’s not always a question of being right or wrong, or coming at it from an either / or mentality.
Often, changes occur because you are actually about getting closer to who you really are – you just can’t see it yet. The process of peeling back a layer of your old life can feel radical, uncomfortable, and uncertain.
Why? Because the world doesn’t let us foster our true nature. So many of us spend our whole lives working our way back to the beginning, back to ourselves. Every relationship, job, hobby, mistake, joy, and transition we move through is an opportunity to call back our spirits.
Sometimes, it’s important to remember that making a change doesn’t have to be approached as a massive overhaul. Sometimes, people fear change because they thing that it is somehow going to introduce chaos into their lives. They worry about spinning out of control, and so instead, they choose not to do anything at all.
Sometimes we have to pull ourselves back from the “what ifs” and do a gut-check on what a decision or vision stirs up: Does it feel right, necessary, healthy, helpful, obvious?
“I am breaking free.”
If you would like to connect with the energies of this New Moon and upcoming lunar cycles, I invite you to work with my New Moon Meditations to support your intentions.
You can also book a reading with me for one-on-one insights into your current path.
And for anyone who wants to work with the energies of this New Moon in Aquarius through tarot on their own, here is a spread you can try:
1. What does my future self want me to focus on today?
2. What can I start once I find that focus?
3. What change must I make at this time?
4. Who am I becoming as a result?
Until next time,
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