Pasatiempo - - STAR CODES - Heather Roan-Rob­bins

Af­ter a wild week­end, the emo­tional back­drop shifts from the world stage to a more per­sonal and self-pro­tec­tive tone as the sun, Mer­cury, and Mars leave ex­tro­verted Aquarius and en­ter sen­si­tive Pisces. We may re­al­ize where our re­sources are worn thin; it’s time to re­fill the wells.

A re­cent arc of astro-ac­tiv­ity kicked into gear on Jan. 4 un­der a so­lar eclipse and broke loose af­ter Jan. 23 as Jupiter en­tered Aries, the sign of in­sti­ga­tion. This mo­men­tum now be­gins to work be­hind the scenes and in our per­sonal busi­ness un­til mid-March, when the plan­ets turn up the heat on his­tory again.

The week­end is so­cial and col­lab­o­ra­tive; we see what ac­tion is re­quired to main­tain mo­men­tum and bring our lives in line with our philoso­phies as Mer­cury, Mars, and Nep­tune con­junct. But this as­pect can also stim­u­late philo­soph­i­cal ar­gu­ments or ac­ci­dents — don’t ar­gue when drunk. It can also drive spon­ta­neous ac­tion within our imag­i­na­tion, pro­duc­ing wild dreams, pro­found art­work, or crimes of de­luded pas­sion. We may have dif­fi­culty dis­tin­guish­ing re­al­ity from fan­tasy, but we can choose to act from imag­i­na­tive, in­spired san­ity. Ex­pect a busy week­end, and then let the en­ergy turn in­ward and re­claim a pri­vate life next week.

Fri­day, Feb. 18: An overnight high tide of emo­tions can help us make a tough de­ci­sion to­day as the moon now en­ters Virgo. Re­cent de­ci­sions de­mand hard work as Venus squares Saturn. Prac­tice good re­la­tion­ship skills even if ticked off. Evening soft­ens as the sun en­ters Pisces; we need a kind and gen­tle touch.

Satur­day, Feb. 19: Ask what needs heal­ing; is it your re­la­tion­ship, body, or coun­try? Don’t hold back; pour your heal­ing en­ergy into it to­day. Spir­i­tual hunger and men­tal thirst can come across as prickly dis­con­tent. Good con­ver­sa­tion flows this an­a­lyt­i­cal af­ter­noon. Talk of the fu­ture tonight; peo­ple are feel­ing self-pro­tec­tive and ten­der and need to feel your heart as well as hear your in­ten­tions.

Sun­day, Feb. 20: The day is fiercely fo­cused on what’s right and fair. We get more ac­com­plished with love and en­cour­age­ment than by ar­gu­ment as the moon en­ters Libra. Midafter­noon, we can feel over­whelmed, as if it’s all been too much. We may crave down time or a chance to drop pleas­antries and get real. Evening is de­ci­sive and in­tense as Mer­cury, Mars, and Nep­tune con­junct in Aquarius.

Mon­day, Feb. 21: Last night’s as­pects may re­quire us to re­assess our sit­u­a­tion. Make it fresh, but do the work. We need to own our wants, needs, and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as the moon con­juncts Saturn. The mood soft­ens tonight as Mer­cury en­ters Pisces; tell sto­ries to one an­other.

Tues­day, Feb. 22: The en­ergy now drops into a deep wa­tery well; we can choose to float or dive deep into our sub­ter­ranean caves as the moon en­ters Scorpio. We need to re­cen­ter in our pri­vate lives (and will be hauled there by events if we don’t go vol­un­tar­ily) but can feel self-pro­tec­tive and self­cen­tered in the process.

Wed­nes­day, Feb. 23: We ra­di­ate what­ever we feel. No­tice the en­ergy and mood un­der the sur­face and work with sub­tle en­ergy fields — body lan­guage, feel­ings, and un­spo­ken thought forms. Be as di­rect and gen­tle as pos­si­ble. Some are not so sub­tle, and will fiercely guard what they are afraid to lose.

Thurs­day, Feb. 24: The mood picks up and grows ner­vous but hopeful as the moon en­ters Sagittarius. We have a chance to help oth­ers through a fierce un­der­stand­ing earned by over­com­ing per­sonal dif­fi­cul­ties. If im­pa­tient, take some space; if ac­ci­dent-prone, dance with con­scious­ness. Open doors, open minds, and open pos­si­bil­i­ties later on.

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