We’ve moved through one fourth of the year already. The winter storms are abating, the flowers are beginning to push their way into our conscious sight and we’re greeting each quasi-warm breeze with all of our hearts. There’s no doubt about it, it’s Spring! Celebrate the passing of the old by acknowledging yourselves for how far you’ve come in the last twelve months. New life and the courage to live it summon us.
“To risk is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To try at all is to risk failure. But to risk we must. Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The man, the woman, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
THE EMPEROR (March 21 – April 20) “God’s delays are not necessarily God’s denials.” ~Errol Van Mannen~ The delays and obstacles in your way aren’t a hindrance to your progress. They’re actually an opportunity for you to take another look at how and why you’re making the decisions that you’ve been making. They also give you a chance to change your mind if an idea has outlived its usefulness. It’s important for you to go through this mandatory review phase. You’ll discover an important detail you couldn’t have seen otherwise.
THE EMPRESS (April 21 – May 20) “Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”~ Joseph Campbell~ You know that stubborn streak you’re always being accused of? Well, give thanks for it because this time, by insisting on your own pace and path, you have allowed yourself to be standing at the intersection of Luck and Opportunity. Good things will happen for you as long as you listen to what is true for you. Help will come from the most unusual people and in the most unusual ways.
THE LOVERS (May 21 – June 20) “Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your inner voice.” ~Steve Jobs~ This is a time to indulge in exploration but don’t let that exploration lead you to any conclusions just yet. This is a gathering time for you in which you take in all of the different aspects of the subject(s) that grab your attention. Allow time and circumstances to do the sorting and sifting. By letting the process work naturally, the real object of value will reveal itself to you on its own.
THE CHARIOT (June 21 – July 20) “Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.” ~George Bernard Shaw~ Going for it may not be the most comfortable thing you can do now, but it’s definitely the most beneficial action you can take at this time. Keeping your true feelings buried and going with the consensus is an old, outmoded and unsatisfying pattern with you. The Universe is insisting that you change that behavior and put yourself where you belong– in the driver’s seat.
THE SUN (July 21 – August 22) “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” ~Henry David Thoreau~ You’ll do yourself a world of favors if you adopt the perspective of a happy 5-year old child during the next few weeks. 5-year olds can look at a cardboard box and see forts, dollhouses, castles and all manner of wondrous things. Why? Because they don’t have preconceived ideas about how or what life should be. What you’ll discover is heart, soul and life enriching.
THE HERMIT (August 23 – September 22) It’s not selfish to look after ourselves—it’s essential.” ~Pearl S. Buck~ Last month, your ruling planet, Mercury, was retrograde and you were advised to devote more time and energy to yourself. Though Mercury is now moving in a forward direction, that advice still holds true for you. Treating yourself well and making that treatment a regular part of your life is the point of the exercise here.
JUSTICE (September 23 – October 22) “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~Mark Twain~ Sometimes you can’t create peace by moving to the center and surrendering to the status quo. Sometimes you just have to stand your ground and bare your teeth. This is one of those times. Otherwise, the bullies who count on you seeking peaceful compromise, will run rough shod over you and all that you hold dear.
THE MAGICIAN (October 23 – November 21) “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~L. P. Jacks ~ It’s not like you to dwell on the ‘what ifs’ of a situation, so as appealing as it may be now, don’t give in to that temptation. A kind of persistent insistence is the best way for you to operate at this time. The clarity and confirmation you’re used to before you take action won’t come until after the dust dies down. Yes, it is like balancing on a live wire, but you’re already a master at that, so everything will come out fine.
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE (November 22 – December 21) “Never confuse someone else’s inability to do something with its inability to be done.” ~Steve Maraboli~ The nay-sayers are really screaming loudly now. An era is at end and they don’t want to let go of the past, so they think if they deny the obvious long enough, it’ll go away. You must ignore them and move toward the light of what you know is the future. It may not make you popular with them but it will make you happy with yourself.
THE WORLD (December 22 – January 19) “Too late to turn back now.” ~Van Morrison~ Admit it—you love a good challenge. And right now, challenge of one sort or another is all around you. Although, the going is slow, what you’ve been working towards is in sight. Others who share your vision will step forward to assist you.
THE STAR (January 20 – February 19) “Those who see the invisible can do the impossible.” ~Pandurang Shastri Vaijnath Athavale~ Your guardian angel this month is the great philosopher and mathematician, Albert Einstein. Don’t read his life story—study his quotes. His wisdom and his ability to explain and apply practical concepts to what only he could see are the guides you need to break through into a new phase. Go on now, the Universe is waiting.
THE MOON (February 20 – March 20) “Fear is energy. Energy is innocent; it’s what I do with it that determines the outcome.” ~Reverend Aldridge~ Truer words were never spoken. Flip-flopping is a result of being afraid to take a stand because you’re afraid that you may be wrong. Everyone is afraid at some point(s) in life. It’s part of the human experience. Let your gift of natural courage lead you and take a stand. If you’re wrong, you’ll correct it—that’s what erasers are for.