Straight Stars

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Fe­bru­ary 8 to 14, 2018

The open­ing of the Olympics on Thurs­day—co­in­cid­ing with Mer­cury in Aquar­ius di­al­ing it up—is sure to be a stand­out event, not only for the cre­ative spec­ta­cle but for the pol­i­tics, too.

Thurs­day/fri­day, Mer­cury teams up with the karmic axis (south node). Serv­ing as pre­cur­sor to next week’s so­lar eclipse in Aquar­ius, agent Mer­cury is now pro­mot­ing the next “live ac­tion” movie. Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the po­tency of what sparks you or what you run up against. Last month and this month places us at a peak des­tiny-in-the-mak­ing thresh­old, one that holds greater-than-av­er­age po­ten­tial to make greater-than-av­er­age progress. This time of karmic re­call pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to meet with the past in or­der to re­work and re­solve it, or to meet with the earn­ings of the past as a fruition spring­board. Of course, evo­lu­tion is, typ­i­cally, a blend­ing of the un­re­solved and fresh op­por­tu­nity.

No mat­ter how the eclipse just past or the com­ing one de­liv­ers for you, they serve to speed up the ac­tion. Eclipses set the fu­ture onto a faster track.

Venus leaves Aquar­ius for Pisces on Satur­day. Venus is con­sid­ered ex­alted in this ide­al­is­tic, imag­i­na­tive, and ro­man­tic sign. Along with sun/jupiter pump­ing it up, Satur­day evening sets a great back­drop for date night.

Mon­day’s Capricorn moon makes for a get-down-to-busi­ness day. As of Tues­day, Mer­cury/jupiter and sun/uranus put ev­ery­thing on the in­crease and on the move. Fol­low through on a good idea. Cre­ative think­ing/so­lu­tions and spon­tane­ity are your best bet. Valen­tine’s Day is mostly no­table be­cause it is the day be­fore the so­lar eclipse in Aquar­ius. Any­thing goes; it’s all up for grabs!

ARIES March 20–April 19

Des­tiny is in the mak­ing. Do not un­der­es­ti­mate the po­ten­tial of what you feel in­wardly or wit­ness out­wardly. Thurs­day/fri­day are the ad­vance trig­gers for next Thurs­day’s so­lar eclipse. As such, they are aus­pi­cious get-mov­ing-on-it/take-flight days. Let in­tu­ition, in­spi­ra­tion, or spon­tane­ity lead the way. A first im­pres­sion, con­ver­sa­tion, piece of news, or meet-up sets the fu­ture into high gear. Mon­day/tues­day keeps you go­ing strong.

TAURUS April 20–May 20

No mat­ter what the re­cent lu­nar eclipse has set in mo­tion, the stage is set for you to make a ma­jor per­sonal, ca­reer, or life­style leap. Off with the old, on with the new, per­haps abruptly or rad­i­cally so. Your stars are built for speed, not for com­fort. Don’t deny the re­al­ity; get on­board ASAP. Thurs­day/fri­day, some­one or some­thing can sur­prise you.

GEMINI May 21–June 21

Mer­cury in Aquar­ius keeps you quick on the ball/perks up your in­tu­itive smarts and cre­ativ­ity. This next week sets a syn­chro­nis­tic back­drop for get­ting your mes­sage across, con­nect­ing the dots, and mak­ing the most of it. A sud­den hit, im­pres­sion, or stroke-of-ge­nius mo­ment spring­boards you. A talk, meet-up, piece of news, or sur­prise could make your day.

CAN­CER June 21–July 22

You may have ex­tra to tackle right now, but know you have ex­tra stel­lar as­sis­tance, too. Ex­pand your reper­toire; ex­plore more; in­crease ef­fort; and ex­per­i­ment with a new way of think­ing, be­ing, and liv­ing. In­no­va­tion and rein­ven­tion are where it’s at. Venus in Pisces, start­ing Satur­day, goes eas­ier on you, but in­ten­sity and guess­work con­tinue through to next Thurs­day’s so­lar eclipse.

LEO July 22–Au­gust 22

Some­one you meet or some­thing you hear, see, or read will strike a deep chord. Never a dull mo­ment; the ac­tion and op­por­tu­nity con­tinue on ready dial-up. A con­ver­sa­tion, in­vi­ta­tion, or sur­prise keeps you go­ing strong. You can feel a strong sense of déjà vu or des­tiny at play. It’s an ideal time to take a break and/or dive into some­thing new.

VIRGO Au­gust 22–Septem­ber 22

Too much to deal with? Over­whelmed of late? Al­low your­self to take a break, let go, un­wind, move on. As soon as you do, you’ll hit a quick phys­i­cal bounce-back. Even so, with all that you have been through re­cently, your emo­tions can need more time to come up to speed. Fri­day through Mon­day, take a load off; go gen­tle on your­self.

LIBRA Septem­ber 22–Oc­to­ber 23

Spur of the mo­ment can make your day Thurs­day/fri­day. Syn­chronic­ity is in high gear; des­tiny is too. Mer­cury in Aquar­ius can trig­ger some­thing in­ter­est­ing, in­spir­ing, un­ex­pected, or even ex­cep­tional. Satur­day can see you spend more, go fur­ther, or take on more than you planned. Tues­day through so­lare­clipse Thurs­day marks an aus­pi­cious time to sign a con­tract, meet some­one, or start some­thing new.

SCORPIO Oc­to­ber 23–Novem­ber 21

Thurs­day can get you go­ing on some­thing else or some­thing fresh. The un­ex­pected is in the mix. When that sud­den flash or stroke of ge­nius hits, go the dis­tance. The week­end is also an ideal time to let your­self off the hook; don’t wait for Valen­tine’s Day. Venus in Pisces, start­ing Satur­day, en­hances ro­man­tic po­ten­tial, cre­ativ­ity, and re­ward.

SAGITTARIUS Novem­ber 21–De­cem­ber 21

Seize the mo­ment! The moon in Sagittarius keeps you freshly re­fu­elled and good to go through Satur­day. For the week­end, ease up, re­lax, in­dulge. Satur­day night, aim for quiet or play up the ro­mance. It holds bet­ter prom­ise than Valen­tine’s for date night. Tues­day on­ward, watch for some­thing in­spir­ing, sud­den, or un­ex­pected to get you up and rolling. Some­one may sur­prise or im­press you.

CAPRICORN De­cem­ber 21–Jan­u­ary 19

Get an early start to the week­end or get a jump-start on Valen­tine’s Day. A week­end get­away is also ide­ally timed. Satur­day night through Tues­day, take charge; have it your way. Tues­day on­ward, the so­lar eclipse can fire up some­thing aus­pi­cious, new, or un­ex­pected. A con­tract, ac­tual or karmic, is on the stel­lar agenda.

AQUAR­IUS Jan­u­ary 20–Fe­bru­ary 18

Mer­cury in Aquar­ius and the Sagittarius moon put you into full swing Thurs­day/fri­day. Des­tiny does too. Don’t hold back, go for it big-time. The tran­sit of Mer­cury trig­gers next Thurs­day’s so­lar eclipse. Watch for some­thing or some­one to ig­nite, sur­prise, or over­take you. Things could change in a flash. Some­thing ends; some­thing aus­pi­cious be­gins.

PISCES Fe­bru­ary 18–March 20

Thurs­day/fri­day can get you started. Satur­day can see you pick up more speed and, as of next week, a new re­al­ity sets into play. Venus in Pisces in­creases your abil­ity to at­tract, en­hance, and make the most of the mo­ment. Next Thurs­day’s so­lar eclipse puts the un­ex­pected, per­haps even the ex­cep­tional, into high gear.

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