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Welcome February 2018

Away in a meadow all covered with snow
The little old groundhog looks for his shadow
The clouds in the sky determine our fate
If winter will leave us all early or late.
- Don Halley

 
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Faery Guidance For February 2018

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The Queen Of The Night brings a message about desire, yearning, and inspiration. She is the embodiment of all longing. She is the endless night of desire that never thinks of the morning; but not just physical desire. She can inspire you to write a poem, paint a picture, find a lover - all with the intensity of single focus. If you choose to ignore her, you may be haunted by the spectre of what might have been. You will never know whether the fragment of poetry you had in your head would become something complete or how the images in your mind would translate onto canvas or paper and you may never know if the person you desire could become your one true love - but you will be safe.

If you choose to follow her, this queen will be your constant companion until you have fulfilled your desire. Only then will you be free of her. However, her gift of inspiration may not be what it seems. You may wake to find that the very thing you have created with such passion has turned to dross in the light of day - the poem, mundane, the lover a loser. Will you risk it?

From The Heart Of Faerie Oracle - Brian & Wendy Froud.

 

Celtic Tree Month February 2018

January 21st through February 17th starts the tree month of Luis (Rowan) - The rowan or mountain ash is perhaps the most magical tree in the Celtic worldview. It protects against undesirable influences, and bestows the ability to see what others cannot see. Rowan energy is about making up your own rules for life – disliking authority, loving freedom, and rebelling against conformity and repression. These tendencies, if excessive, can sometimes manifest as unpredictability, lack of tact, or provocativeness.

February 18th starts the month of Nion (Ash) - The ash features prominently in Celtic stories of enchantment, and is the symbol of the mythological “World Tree”, linking the Underworld and the Upperworld with everyday reality. It is therefore a tree of magical powers. The ash is also associated with healing,
 
Astro - Days to watch for your sign -  February 2018.

Aries
Rewarding Days: 18, 19, 20
Challenging Days: 4, 5

Taurus
Rewarding Days: 21, 22
Challenging Days:  6, 7, 8

Gemini
Rewarding Days:  23, 24
Challenging Days: 9, 10

Cancer
Rewarding Days: 25, 26
Challenging Days: 11, 12, 13

Leo
Rewarding Days: 1, 27, 28 
Challenging Days:  14, 15

Virgo
Rewarding Days: 2, 3

Challenging Days: 16, 17

Libra
Rewarding Days: 4, 5
Challenging Days: 18, 19, 20

Scorpio
Rewarding Days: 6, 7, 8
Challenging Days: 21, 22

Sagittarius
Rewarding Days: 9, 10 
Challenging Days: 23, 24

Capricorn
Rewarding Days: 11, 12, 13
Challenging Days: 25, 26

Aquarius
Rewarding Days: 14, 15
Challenging Days:  1, 27, 28

Pisces
Rewarding Days: 16, 17 
Challenging Days: 2, 3
Void of Course Moon Schedule for February 2018

It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign.  Times given are for GMT.
Date Void Begins Date Void Ends
February 1st 10:58 February 1st 19:13 Virgo
February 3rd 07:07 February 3rd 21:47 Libra
February 5th 18:46 February 6th 03:56 Scorpio
February 8th 07:16 February 8th 13:43 Sagittarius
February 10th 13:38 February 11th 02:21Capricorn
February 13th 05:43  February 13th 15:11 Aquarius
February 15th 21:05 February 16th 02:42 Pisces
February 17th 22:14 February 18th 12:05 Aries
February 20th 11:11 February 20th 19:12 Taurus
February 22nd 11:46 February 23rd 00:07 Gemini
February 24th 19:58 February 25th 03:06 Cancer
February 26th 21:51 February 27th 04:42 Leo
February 28th 23:13  March 1st 05:57 Virgo

 
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What's New This Month 

Blessed Imbolc and a happy February to everyone! We are just days away from the annual event of Groundhog Day and I know many of us are praying that Mr. Groundhog doesn't see his shadow and brings on an early spring to get us out of the deep freeze we have been plunged into! 

February tends to be a time when many of us focus on love and relationships. We also celebrate Imbolc which is the official start to Spring for many Pagan cultures. We start to welcome a time of new birth and rebirth as the days slowly grow longer once again.

This month, in my Monthly Specials section, I have a few readings geared towards love and relationships on offer. To honour Imbolc, I have the Brid's Wheel tarot reading. To celebrate the Chinese New Year I have the Chinese Astrology Reprt available. For Valentines Day many of the love and relationship readings will also be marked down. I've also kept the New Year Outlook readings on special as well since many are getting around to having a peek at what is ahead for them. All of these can be found in the  Monthly Specials  section this month, along with a few other inspirational readings to help bring balance into your life, such as the Spiritual Journey and the Fool's Journey readings for those who are looking to start off in a new direction. So be sure to stop by and have a look at the September specials! You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the  Tarot Readings page.  Tarot's Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start!  Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings.  All of these categories can be found on the main Reading Room page.  Don't forget to check out the other areas on the Readings page, like the Oracles, Rune and Animal Medicine Cards sections.

If you have a website or blog that you need some creative content writing for, I offer my services as a freelance writer.  You can check out my basic prices at Faery Scribe.  I've written for several sites, such as Natural News, Jules of the Earth, Hirewriters and a number of private clients.

 

In the Reiki/Energy Work section you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us.

If Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each persons Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight.

Come and check out my Blog that at http://earthspirittarot.com/wp/   I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year.  But for now you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there. 

You can follow me on Facebook and keep up with the latest planetary transits: www.facebook.com/pages/Earth-Spirit-Tarot/202568966439

And don't forget to check out the Tarot Oracle Club: http://earthspirittarot.com/tosub.htm For a membership fee you get a free one card reading each month, discounts to in-depth readings, a free Natal Report package, one free in-depth reading for every one you buy, and access to a private Facebook group for members.
 

And now to announce the January 2018 raffle winners:
 

V. Smith and A. Crosley

Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter February's raffle, stop by and visit the Raffle Entry page! Good luck!

How To Draw The Right Love To You 

With Valentine's Day approaching, a lot of people are turning to me for readings about love and romance. You'd be surprised at how many times I get asked, "How can I make him (or her) come back to me?"

The thing is, you can't. No one can take away another person's free will. Oh, sure if you want to spend vast amounts of money on a love spell, there are people who will take it and send you a spell to do, or maybe even cast the spell for you. What kind of relationship does that create, though? Would you be happy knowing he was only there because you manipulated his willpower? What if you then decide that you don't want him; are you going to be stuck with him because of the spell? Love magic is at best, complicated, and at worst, unethical.

There are things that you can do in order to hasten love to you, though, but it involves working on yourself. You have to be the best you whom you can be in order to attract the best mate to you. Why would you want to be with someone who doesn't want to be with you, anyway? "Because I love him," is the usual answer, but delving a bit deeper the reason is nearly always because they were the last person who meant anything, and you're frightened of being alone.

 

In special cases there may be a sacred contract, or you may have unresolved karma from other realities or time frames that needs sorting. Most of the time, though, it's ego. Pride gets hurt when love is faced with rejection. It's only human.

Rather than asking, "How can I make him return," the more appropriate question to ask a reader would be, "How can I draw love to me." This doesn't involve spells or potions; it's just good old-fashioned hard work, and you know what 'they' say; anything worth having is worth the wait.

Love,
Charlie

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  February Celebrations
 
February 1st - Imbolc - A celebration of renewal and growth

Imbolc is a festival of preparing for renewal and growth. It’s symbolic of fertility and ridding of the old, making way for the new. Farm animals have given birth or will have their babies soon. This is the midpoint of the dark part of the year. It is the festival of the Maiden Brighid. Her snake emerges to test the weather, the basis for Groundhog Day. In many places, crocus flowers bloom, a sign of spring to come.

The celebration is also called the Feast of Lights, Feast of Torches, Feast of the Virgin, Feast of the Waxing Light, Festival of the Ewe’s Milk, Festival of Lights, Imbolgc Brigantia, Lupercus, Candlelaria, Snowdrop Festival, Greater Sabbat and Solar Festival.

To learn more about the traditions and celebrations of this day, click this link: Imbolc


 
February 2nd - Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.

If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.

ty" in 1992 when Edinburgh hosted the European Union Heads of State conference. Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival was so successful that it spawned similar events throughout Scotland for the millennium Hogmanay festivities.

For more on Groundhog Day, follow this link: Groundhog Day

 
 

February 14th - St. Valentines Day

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?

Find out here: Valentines Day

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

February 16th - Chinese New Year - Year of the Dog 

February 15th is the last day of the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. The 16th ushers in the year of the Earth Dog. Chinese New Year is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative chi from the past. This fourteen day celebration is very symbolic, and has many important do’s and don'ts.

In Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to a specific animal. The Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Rat, Boar, Rabbit, Dog, Rooster, Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Ram are the twelve animals that are part of this tradition. This year the Dog is welcomed back after the 2017 year of the Rooster. Each of these animals are thought to bestow their characteristics to the people born in their year. 

Year of the Earth Dog 

Dog years are believed to be the most unlucky for people born in previous years of the Dog. In general, people with Chinese zodiac Dog sign will have a year full of challenges. Their career may face changes. The financial condition will be not as good as last year. Failed investments may lead to the unbalance of income and expenses. Most of them need to make great efforts and adapt for a long time. During the Year of Dog, they may suffer from sub-healthy body condition. Even though they feel exhausted because of the high pressure from work, they should balance well their health condition and career. It's not all unlucky for everyone though, as the Dog is a symbol of luck in general.

The Dog's Personality: Loyal, Honest... 
Dogs are loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Due to having a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, Dogs will do everything for the person who they think is most important. 

As Dogs are not good at communication, it is difficult for them to convey their thoughts to others. Therefore, Dogs tend to leave others with the impression that they have a stubborn personality.
 

Born with a good nature, Dogs do not tend to be criminals or seek dishonest gains. They just need a quiet life and a good family and, therefore, forget the ugliness and evil on Earth.

Dogs are always ready to help others and do not care about their own interests, but if they find themselves betrayed by cunning people they will feel shocked and hurt.

When thrown into doubt, Dogs think the world is evil and complicated. Then they criticize sharply when giving comments on something, and infer all things are according to their pessimistic point of view. 

 

To learn more about the Chinese Year of the Earth Dog 2018 please follow this link: Chinese New Year 2018 
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Star Transits For February 2018


SUN TRANSITS


The Sun has been in Aquarius since January 19th and will remain there until February 18th when it starts to shift into a new sign  
When the Sun is in Aquarius, mental agility and socializing are the keywords. Aquarius is the friendliest of Signs -- the Fixed Air Sign of humanitarianism and social gatherings. Ruled by Saturn, Planet of Karma and Uranus, Planet of Individuality and Rebellion, Aquarian energy is a stimulating combination of innovative, futuristic thought and gregarious amiability. This transit is a time for abandoning tradition and forging new techniques and perhaps new paradigms. Aquarius brings people together to work on issues that are beyond the individual, that touch us as a society.

Charitable pursuits and progressive ideas come to the fore. With all this community-mindedness and focus on advancement, though, this Air Sign force can seem detached, even aloof or cold. It's not a time for intimacy or quiet reflection -- use this time to turn your thoughts and energies outward.

The Sun in Aquarius is a good time for:

  • Hanging out with big groups of friends
  • Enjoying technical gadgetry
  • Working for a humanitarian cause


The Sun then moves into Pisces on February 18th  

Happy Solar return to all of you Pisces natives! 

The Sun brings our qualities into clear and present manifestation. It strives to manifest its potential clearly and directly. However, pride can destroy the Sun's potential for achieving excellence. Pisces rules empathy, selfless love, devotion, and wisdom. Its shadow side rules self-pity, a feeling of being victimized by life, passivity, and elusiveness.

The Sun's entry into the last sign of the zodiac is a step into synthesis. Its presence in Pisces reminds us that the walls that keep us apart from one another are merely illusions. We are all one in the sea of consciousness where the Fishes swim. This oceanic state can be confusing, of course, since we rely on boundaries to maintain our individual identities. Rather than reinforcing barriers to sustain them or tearing them down completely, adding flexibility to the ego lets us seamlessly flow together and drift apart as desired. Reconnecting with spirituality, nature and one another are its sweetest rewards.

When the Sun is in Pisces, we turn inward. Through nurturing a personal, internal peace, we are more able to empathize with others and to reach out in ways we might not often allow ourselves. Pisces, an emotional and intensely compassionate Water Sign, tunes us into the feelings of others on an intuitive level: Subtle facial expressions or turns of phrase can speak volumes during this time. It is a tolerant, patient and sometimes overly trusting energy that, because of its Mutable quality, can take the form and character of the situation in which it finds itself. Pisces urges us to open ourselves up to the experience of interpersonal connectivity, but we must be cautious that our emotional honesty and availability do not get us into trouble. This sensitive influence can be taken advantage of and causes easily bruised feelings. Our will may be more brittle at this time, for we are feeling the emotions of others more acutely than ever.

The Sun in Pisces is a good time for:

  • Connecting on an intimate, empathetic level with others
  • Cultivating your creative instincts and talents
  • Daydreaming and paying attention to your subconscious



MOON TRANSITS

On January 31st we have a Leo Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse 

Tonight is our Leo Full Moon! I know it's not technically happening in February, but the effects of this powerful Moon will be what kicks off the new month.

Full Moons are a time when things seem more illuminated. Where the New Moon gives us the opportunity to set our intentions in the different aspects of our lives, the Full Moon asks us to stand still for a moment and look at what has come to fruition since the dark moon. 

Full Moons are the best time for doing energy and spell work that is geared towards releasing something old or reaping the harvest of whatever seed you planted at the last New Moon.  

The Leo Full Moon asks the question “What does it mean to believe in yourself?” It allows us to draw within and look at ourselves and reconnect with our intuition, faith and feelings about ourselves. It means that we need to be aware of and open to our own inconsistencies without losing faith in ourselves. And many have been faced with a lot of challenges and change over the past few months, so our perception about who we are may feel a bit unbalanced right now. And what do we do with these challenges that keep cropping up?

Leo's creative energy and self-expression lets us take those lemons and make lemonade! We need to be flexible and think outside the box a bit here. Keep in mind that Mercury is still in retrograde here and don't get too attached to any one particular outcome right now or how you plan on getting there. Retro mercury tends to put the kibosh on our plans, causing us to have to re-examine and change directions at times.

It's about taking what you see as a failure and maybe finding another use for it, making the most of the resources you have and whatever life is throwing at you right now.

With this Leo Full moon, the one person we should be focusing on, and opening our hearts to, is ourselves. We can rediscover that the one person who bring us the love, recognition, and appreciation that we want....is already with us....ourselves!

Things to do under a Leo Moon:  tell jokes; send funny pictures on Facebook; surprise someone with a just-for-fun gift; encourage someone you love; accessorize; style your hair in a way that gets attention; wear warm colours (red, orange, yellow); smile when walking down the street; dance to your favourite music; have a girls night out; go on an adventure with a child; take a creative risk; work on your screenplay or play; decorate your home for the holidays.


On February 16th we have a Pisces New Moon

A New Moon is that it is all about new beginnings that come from a deeper and more spiritual level of our being. It's a good idea to take time and see where your philosophies don't measure up to your day to day life.

When we have a New Moon we also have the Sun in the same sign, which is why these energies are so focused and potent. For those who do energy and spell work, the New Moon is the perfect time for setting intentions for the things you wish to create, cultivate, manifest and develop. Its energies differ from the Full Moon in that the New Moon looks inward. It is the void empty space between letting go of the old and waiting for the new, and this can be frightening for some. A Void is meant to be filled though and we need to not fill it with frightened and uncertain energies, but rather fill it with hopes, wishes and desires

In Pisces, it's a good time to look at where we may be scattering our energies right now. We are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It's a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.

Your life takes on a kind of mystical quality at the emotional and instinctive levels now. Dreams and illusions, forgiveness, and understanding human frailties: these things arouse deep feelings. The past and the future intermingle, and the barriers between people dissolve - there is the key to the greater psychic and spiritual sensitivity you feel now.

Things to do under a Pisces Moon: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.

 

PLANETARY TRANSITS


February 3rd - Mercury sextile Mars (Mercury in Aquarius, Mars in Sagittarius)
This is a transit where we have the potential to dig down and find the courage needed to speak our minds and stand up for ourselves and what we feel is right. Thoughtful actions will produce positive results and by planning ahead for possible consequences we can minimize any potential conflicts.

This is a time when our ideas and words come so swiftly that we may find it hard to stop them from coming out before we have had a chance to think about the best way to present them. It's an opportune transit for some creative problem solving and testing out our decisions to see if they will fit into our plans and goals.

If we want our communication to flow more easily and be most effective then we need to be direct and to the point, especially in cases where we are faced with having to confront another about a difficult situation. However, we can tap into the courage of this transits energy and find a clear way to express what we need to get across. We just need to be careful with the more delicate situations that require less force.

February 3rd - Sun opposite North Lunar Node (Sun in Aquarius, North Node in Leo)
In our natal charts, the Lunar North Node shows us which particular traits and tendencies we need to bring to the surface or embrace. When we embrace these traits we become more whole or complete as a person, as well as moving closer to our spiritual fulfillment. So what does it mean when the Sun is in opposition to the Lunar North Node? What do we do when the person we become is in opposition to who we need to become?

Let's say you are an Aries and your Lunar North Node is in Libra. You will probably be in continuous contact with Libra individuals, which is the Universe's way of telling you that you need to become more like Libra in some ways, be more tactful and considerate of others.

The Sun's opposition with the North Node today could bring about a connection with someone from our past. We may also see situations arise that will make us more aware of our old habits, patterns and attitudes. Its a bit of a learning curve we will experience today and it means we need to find a way to balance the traits of our two opposing signs.

Today's aspect is between Aquarius and Leo – so those born under the Sun sign of Aquarius will need to bring balance between fulfilling the needs of their ego vs filfilling the needs of other people's ego.

February 4th - Venus square Jupiter (Venus in Aquarius, Jupiter in Scorpio)
When the romance planet Venus squares Jupiter, the planet of luck, we tend to want take pleasure in doing things in a very big way. We become more generous and may spend money on others to make them happy. But there is a need here to set boundaries or we could end up over spending and over doing it. By all means let yourself have some fun! But be wary of depleting your resources or wasting time on superficialities-leaving you hungry for something more substantive.

The optimistic nature of this transit can lead us to expand on projects too quickly and an over inflated sense of optimism can have us over estimating where financial dealings are concerned. It’s also more challenging to stick to your budget and it really is not the best time for self-discipline or limiting our pleasure. We also need to take care that we don't over-indulging in rich or sweet foods and drink, or be excessively lazy.

February 5th - Venus sextile Uranus (Venus in Aquarius, Uranus in Aries)

This is an unpredictable transit and can feel quite exciting for the social aspects of our lives. We may find that enjoyment pops up where we least expect it. Anything that breaks away from our routines will feel like a very welcome change. We want to interact with others who are off beat, interesting and just plain different from what we usually are attracted to. This is also a good time for standing apart from the crowd if you want to attract the types of people you wish to be around. Highlight your unique qualities and let them shine now. Oh, and do be careful that you don't allow boredom to push you towards doing anything too reckless.

February 8th - Mercury opposite North Lunar Node (Mercury in Aquarius, North Lunar Node in Leo)

With Mercury in opposition to the North Node we may find that our ideas are either a bit behind the times or ahead of the times. This is an aspect that can also have us dwelling in the past. This can prevent us from finding our proper future path though. So we need to find that balance between past and future and let go of what is holding us back from our future destiny, while keeping what is helping us. This transit allows us to open up and communicate our destiny if we keep things in balance.

February 9th - Sun square Jupiter (Sun in Aquarius, Jupiter in Scorpio)

Under the energies of this transit we feel more upbeat and enthusiastic. We may feel inspired to expand well beyond our usual boundaries now and this may or may not work in our best interests. We do run the risk of reaching far beyond our means, possibly promising more than we can actually give, or seeing things in a far more unrealistic light than we otherwise would. Our rise in confidence can have us over estimating our abilities. There is increased restlessness here too so we need lots of space to move around in now.

This can be a challenging time where important lessons could emerge that help to expand the limits of our true beliefs. We may find ourselves choosing to move beyond our current horizons because we have the "oomph" needed to push for that which we believe will bring us true happiness, prosperity and a sense of fulfilment.

Be careful though because our objectivity and ability to see things in a realistic light can be a bit wonky at this time. It's easy to overestimate the results we are envisioning die to this upbeat and optimistic vibe. We may also underestimate just how much work is needed for a certain project or goal. Try to keep it balanced and real.

February 10th - Venus enters Pisces
The planet of love is exalted in the sign of Pisces, meaning Venus is quite comfy here. As a result romance and compassion are enhanced in our relationships. Venus in Pisces doesn't see the world in black and white. Our creativity, sense of compassion, and feelings of harmony are all affected by the energy of Venus moving through Pisces. It's a really great energy for those who are artists, writers, musicians, or anyone who deals in the art of imagination. Creative inspiration abounds and even those who are not normally inclined to appreciating the arts will find their appreciation heightened now. Our sensual enjoyments also increase now and our relationships are largely influenced by this Venus/Pisces energy. We feel encouraged to be more open to romance and life seems to run magically smoother. We feel at one with the universe.

However, this energy can also make us feel more vulnerable to being deceived or disappointed. Our increased sense of compassion may draw those to us who abuse that compassion so we do need to take care. Our hearts become more open as we dissolve negative judgements but we also need to be discerning so as to not create illusions in the areas of love and finances. There is also a temptation here to be self-sacrificing and this will feel a bit more intense when Venus mingles with Neptune on April 11th. Use your better judgement while allowing yourself to tap into the joy and abundance that this transit can bring.

February 10th - Sun square Jupiter (Sun in Capricorn, Jupiter in Scorpio)
Under the energies of this transit we feel more upbeat and enthusiastic. We may feel inspired to expand well beyond our usual boundaries now and this may or may not work in our best interests. We do run the risk of reaching far beyond our means, possibly promising more than we can actually give, or seeing things in a far more unrealistic light than we otherwise would. Our rise in confidence can have us over estimating our abilities. There is increased restlessness here too so we need lots of space to move around in now.

This can be a challenging time where important lessons could emerge that help to expand the limits of our true beliefs. We may find ourselves choosing to move beyond our current horizons because we have the "oomph" needed to push for that which we believe will bring us true happiness, prosperity and a sense of fulfilment.

Be careful though because our objectivity and ability to see things in a realistic light can be a bot wonky at this time. It's easy to overestimate the results we are envisioning die to this upbeat and optimistic vibe. We may also underestimate just how much work is needed for a certain project or goal. Try to keep it balanced and real.

February 13th - Mercury square Jupiter (Mercury in Aquarius, Jupiter in Scorpio)

This transit brings an information overload and it can become all too easy to miss or neglect important details. We can be tempted to exaggerate or overstate our situations and views, or we could have a hard time putting our ideas to practical use. What we need to be careful of is that “pie in the sky” thinking, or having ideas and making plans that are a bit too grandiose.
We can start to see the weak links in our knowledge, understanding or beliefs as our ideas and words fall short of what our mind actually envisions. It can also be hard to convince others of our point of view. There is a real need to be careful of trying to over-compensate with more self-confidence, faith or optimism than we actually have.

Another angle here is a tendency to over explain or give out too much info that comes across as nervous rambling. Or we can encounter others who are doing this and become a bit too judgmental. So this can be a good opportunity to learn something about how we jump to conclusions or place blame, especially if a situation triggers something that challenges our beliefs.

February 13th - Sun sextile Uranus (Sun in Aquarius, Uranus  in Aries)

This is a fun transit where we become more open to being spontaneous and others seem to appreciate our quirkiness a bit more. Our sense of humour is finely tuned and we have a willingness to adapt to new circumstances, ideas, and unfamiliar situations that can get us just the right attention.

Breaking out of old and outworn habits is a good goal during this transit as we seek out new things and experiment with things that may seem out of character. We simply won't stand for the same old routine now and we will find it easier to find some creative solutions to problems, both old and new.

While we may find that it is really easy to break from old routines, we need to make sure we don't become too reckless or feel restless and dissatisfied with our ordinary lives. It can help to dig a bit deeper and see what it is that is driving that hunger for something new now. The key to this transit is flexibility!

FFebruary 15th - Mercury sextile Uranus (Mercury in Aquarius, Uranus in Aries)
Under this transit our thoughts are inventive, original, and we may secretly enjoy shocking those around us with some of our more outrageous opinions and insights. It's all in good fun though! This is a time when we enjoy making connections, especially with people who bring something different and unique to the table. We want to stay busy and be on the move. Any plans that revolve around creating something new and fresh gives us that motivation and excitement we need to create the time and space for them. It's a good day for stimulating the mind with new and interesting things.

For those who are used to a predictable lifestyle, you may suddenly feel inspired to do something new, out of character, or to experiment with new ideas. And those of us who tend to be impulsive normally, we may find new ways to express this. This transit helps us to think outside the box and expand our vision and perspective. New realizations and answers to old questions may seem to suddenly appear in a burst of light.

We also may feel a bit mentally restless now and feel it is hard to slow our thoughts down, making it hard to focus and apply ourselves seriously where our responsibilitiea are concerned. Our attention span is short and we get easily …….(Ooh shiny!)

…what was I saying?

February 15th - Venus  sextile Saturn (Venus in Pisces, Saturn in Capricorn)

This is a day for romantic yearnings, fantasies and longings. It makes the perfect time to ask yourself if there is a dream of yours, perhaps one you had to shelve for awhile, that you can now take down, blow off the dust, and make it come true.

Our interactions with others become more serious under this transit’s energy and we feel more able to solve problems by working through the details. It is also possible to find stability in both our finances and relationships now, especially those where we feel more inclined to negotiate realistically and fairly. We find that structured and committed approach (Capricorn) comes easier than taking risks.

Where our funds are concerned we have a stronger ability to use discipline regarding our spending habits and our budgeting system. Some may even decide to work a bit of overtime or a bit harder to increase their earnings and make things work in the best way possible. This transit gives us that ability to really grasp the true and solid facts needed to choose investments wisely and to interact with others where relationships of all kinds are concerned.

Another aspect of ourselves that this transit effects is our self worth, which can really benefit now because we are less likely to let ourselves give in to mood swings. However, for those of us who suffer from depression, we may want to take a bit of extra care that we don’t let ourselves become so stable and grounded that we totally lose touch with our sense of hope and potential.

This really is a good time for making solid progress though in matters that Venus rules; love, harmony, beauty, balance, finances, values, and material things.

Many of us may feel less than social at this time and steer away from conversations that seem frivolous or gossipy. But discussing financial matters and relationship responsibilities can go well under this transit. We tend to be more concerned at this time with the practical side of any creative ventures. We may not feel a great deal of inspiration right now but we will feel more organized which will allow us to manage those little details involved in projects. To get the most of this transit, try keeping your pleasures humble and simple.

February 17th - Mars square Neptune (Mars in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces)
For up to a week before and a week after today, we have a chance to discover and work with our blind spots and the hidden motives that tend to trip us up. It may feel like we are spinning our wheels or "shadow-boxing" and we aren't even sure why right now. We may be fighting a hidden agenda or unconscious motives (either our own or someone else's). We might also be trying to apply a concrete solution to an ambiguous situation, and then wondering why it isn't working out very well.

It can be tempting to respond to conflicts in a passive-aggressive or manipulative way under this transit, given that we aren't sure how to take direct and effective action. Resentment might become a defiant way to express our toothless anger. Part of the problem may be that we are fighting against our own idealism, and resisting the acceptance that the other person or situation can't be the way we want them to be. Feelings of disappointment or helplessness may trigger much deeper feelings from our unconscious, making it difficult for us to know how to respond effectively in the here-and-now. It will probably help to work on owning our feelings, needs, longings and (hidden) agendas. Being honest with ourselves about what's really going on inside of us will go a long way toward increasing our empowerment.

February 17th - Sun conjunct Mercury (Both in Aquarius)
We tend to have a lot to say when the Sun conjuncts Mercury. We are compelled to communicate; letters, memos, phone calls, texts...messages of all kinds have a stronger impact under this aspect than usual. We may find that we acquire and distribute information quite accurately. Some may be choose to take some short trips now to keep themselves, and their minds, busy. However, because of the varied interests we have right now, we may find it hard to rest, or find the time to do it!

Many may find that they express their confidence through their plans and ideas now. We may choose to initiate new activities that involve sharing our ideas, teaching others, or writing. Whatever information comes our way at this time, we will surely be physically up for the challenge of sorting through it all.

February 18th - Mercury enters Pisces

When Mercury is in Pisces, our thinking processes become visual, intuitive, and imaginative. Our brainy Mercury is less interested in the facts and more in touch with feelings at this time. We are more attuned to the world of emotion, and it colours both our thoughts and our communication style. We guess well, express ourselves with imagery, and make decisions intuitively. Minds meander with Mercury moving through Pisces, going off course to places that words cannot adequately describe.

This transit serves poets, artists, healers, spiritual seekers and all those who don't rely on objective evidence to shape reality. Facts may grow fuzzy, but conversations grow tender as intuition becomes the most valuable source of information. Our “right brain” activity is activated now which can result in things like daydreams, mediation, and dream patterns more accessible to us.

One negative under this transit however is that managing details can be more difficult with airy Mercury in this watery sign. We may be more impressionable and more open to ideas that, before we may have considered down right silly. We can all too easily be caught up in the confusion and ambiguity that this transit brings. It could be all too easy to be enticed or convinced by deception and illusions and this is due to our ability to be objective and critical becoming less focused. Feeling mentally dragged down or slow can result in a need to rest our minds at this time. It’s a good time for some alone time doing things that entertain the brain.

February 19th - Mars trine North Lunar Node (Mars in Sagittarius, North Lunar Node in Leo)

Mars' interaction with the is the most dynamic. It gives us the courage we need to follow through on our new ideas, as well as helping us to strike out on our own. Our actions and timing tend to feel in sync with socially accepted norms. The only thing to be careful about is that we tend to take risks under this transit.

February 21st - Venus conjunct Neptune (Both in Pisces)Venus/Neptune conjunction that began a new cycle which will bring certain issues to the fore that we will be exploring. It will gradually unfold over the next year. This transit brings dreamy desire and romance as well as deceptive manipulation and negotiations that are self-serving.

The positive side of this transit is that it can inspire a lot of creativity as well as healing faith in the areas of abundance and love. We are more open now to lofty possibilities around our closest of relationships along with our own abilities to attract to us who and what we want and desire. The problem here is that we need to have a realistic approach to the views and actions necessary to fully realize our potential. So assessing these areas won't come easily right now. Many will be willing to leave things in the hands of fate, believing that the Universe will make it right and bring us our desired outcome. The problem here is that we can all too easily slip into wishful thinking that causes us to lose touch with the realistic aspects of a situation.

During this time, if you find yourself considering any major changes that involve tapping into resources, income, and investments, it would be a good idea to do a reality check with someone who you trust. In love, if you are talking about making changes to an existing relationship or getting ready to start a new one, make sure you take the time to step back and take a look at the long term aspects so that we can differentiate between our hopes colouring our thinking and the reality of gaining what we hope for. Again, a reality check with someone who truly trust is the best action to take at these times.

February 27th - Sun opposite Jupiter (Sun in Pisces, Jupiter in Libra)
Today we have the Sun and Jupiter in a challenging transit. Under its influence we might fall victim to wasting opportunities, time, or resources. Generally, this transit is a "feel-good" transit where we are likely to be feeling quite powerful and optimistic. The problem with the transit is that we may also over-reach as a result of these inflated feelings of importance. This need not be the case at all. In fact, we might find that we receive a much-needed boost to our ego at this time.

Conflicting urges with regards to what we think we should do and what we want to do can be frustrating now as well. There can be a tendency to go overboard and to indulge in extravagances. Watch that you don't overestimate your capabilities now. The desire to experience something new, or the desire for more freedom to explore new possibilities, can amount to restlessness if you don't know what it is you want. Over-optimism can lead to losses or waste. Avoid boasting and indiscriminate generosity. The desire for something "bigger and better" could take hold now, but try to avoid throwing practical considerations out the window!

February 21st - Mercury  sextile Saturn (Mercury in Pisces, Saturn in Capricorn)

This is a supportive transit that can help us to bring mental and disciplinary influences together to create a balanced atmosphere for working together. Our focus is on bettering situations around us so it makes a good time for taking stock of what needs to be corrected or adjusted in our lives. Saturn's discipline to thinking gives that gentle nudge needed to focus on and work on the small details rather than just looking at the big picture. It's a good time to focus our energy on completing those difficult tasks we may have been putting aside till now. You may just find that those blocked situations can now be resolved more easily.

Under this transit we may finds it easier to take that practical, logical approach towards decisions and solving problems. mental duties can be more precise, more accurate, and we become a bit more cautious when new information comes through. This is a good time for making plans and working out the small details of how you will get from point A to point B where our ambitions are concerned. Some may find that finished goals can be brought to a close.

This is a transit that brings us a feeling of mental stability which can help us to see things in a more realistic and grounded way. We may find that our communication has a more serious tome to it than usual. We do need to be careful that we don’t get too caught up in too many details or start worrying about trivial things. Make sure to take breaks if you feel a bit overwhelmed and try to make a bit more time for everything.

February 25th - Venus square Mars (Venus in Pisces, Mars in Sagittarius)

Venus will be in a square aspect with Mars, making our diplomatic and receptive side a bit argumentative with our more decisive and assertive side. We may feel a battle of wills between our yin and yang sides here, or we could find a way to harness both of these energies creatively. We may see this transits energy manifesting as problems in our relationships, financial struggles, arguments centring around control issues, or finally taking action on ideas and plans that you have had bubbling away on a back burner for some time.

Those who are more comfy with their Yin side (diplomatic and receptive energies) could end up feeling backed into a corner or feel they are being forced into negotiations under pressure. Those who are more comfy with their Yang side (action oriented and assertive energies) could end up feeling compelled to sheath Mars’ sharp sword, or at least blunt it, when dealing with the “enemy”, rather than just fighting. In the end, it’s all about finding a balance between these two sides of ourselves as well as finding a happy medium that works for both sides.

Social blunders are a possibility now and we need to be wary of making impulse purchases. Those who are prone to drama and attention seeking could very well stir up problems in order to fulfil a need for excitement.

February 25th - Mercury conjunct Neptune (Both in Pisces)

Our intuitive creativity is stimulated under this transits influence. You might get insights into your own mind and/or into others' behavior. Our imaginations can really soar here as insights become more magical and richer. Our creativity tends to flow better, dreams become more vivid and lucid, and experiences become more likely.

For those who are more sensitive to this transits energies, a need for finding quiet time to meditate or just be alone with our thoughts could be strong. Our mental focus can become a bit blurred and conscious reasoning can be distorted by subconscious matter. So concentrating on cold hard facts can be challenging. Daydreaming, visualization, and prophecy are stimulated. Communications may be unclear, vague, or downright confused. You could be subject to deception. Avoid signing contracts under this influence.

February 25th - Sun  sextile Saturn (Sun in Pisces, Saturn in Capricorn)

Under the vibes of this transit we are more able to effectively take care of loose ends and attend to small details, especially the ones we dislike. We find a sense of satisfaction in following directions and playing by the rules. And because of this we have a better chance of tackling any serious issues in our lives and complete tasks that we have put off for some time. Commitments that we make now are more apt to last because of a more serious attitude and willingness to take on responsibilities. It's a good time to prove to others that you can be dependable when it counts. Focusing on practical matters and getting organized are good things to focus on now, especially if you are laying the foundation for something positive to grow.

February 27th - Venus sextile Pluto (Venus in Pisces, Pluto in Capricorn)

This is a subtly powerful and uplifting time for romantic/sexual relationships because our sense of attraction is very strong. The focus is on those close, one to one relationships which means these can benefit from moving to a deeper level. The key is to creatively blend deep connections with balanced harmony. New insights into relationships and love can come to us that could help improve a current relationship or help us to improve how we view relationships of all kinds.

Our feelings become impassioned but not in an offensive or unpleasant way. We feel more focused and confident and can appreciate authenticity and the depth of feeling in our dealings with those around us. Because there is a feeling of openness at this time, we may just discovering something new and relevant about a partner (or about our own romantic nature). Venus rules money and love so we this can be a good time for either (or both) if the opportunity arises.

We do need to be cautious however that bonding and intimacy don’t flow overboard into domination and obsession. Establishing a balance of power is important so we will need to be sure we are not trying to suppress, overpower, or control the interests of the people we wish to gain a deeper bond with. This can also be a time for financial profit as opportunities with institutions such as banks, the tax man, insurance, or anything that deals with collective funds open up for us.

February 28th - Mercury square Mars (Mercury in Pisces, Mars in Sagittarius)

This transit is characterized by hot debates, fiery speech and lots of arguments. We may experience this in forms of conflict or we may find these exchanges as challenging yet stimulating. We just need to remember to pace all of that mental energy.

One of the things we need to watch out for here is that we may have a really short fuse, as will others around us. There is a tendency to blurt things out that we may come to regret later on. In some cases though we may find the courage we need to tackle something that is way overdue. The tricky part here is that there is a fine line between these two scenarios; what we felt as courage one moment may come across as reckless and hasty behaviour later one. And those harsh words we may let fly are not so easy to retract.

We can get through this one by keeping a tight rein on our judgement and objectivity when having verbal duels. We can tap into this energy and use it to fan the flames of motivation or take our ideas and use them to generate some positive and constructive action.

February 28th - Mercury sextile Pluto (Mercury in Pisces, Pluto in Capricorn)

Under this transit we may find that we possess more insight and psychological understanding than usual. Passionate communication along with penetrating insight are easier to come by and we become more willing to look beyond the surface of things and investigate matters in more depth. We do need to be careful that our words don’t come out with more force than intended however, especially in situations that require a bit of delicacy.

Perhaps more importantly, we are more patient and strategic in our decision-making processes. It's a time for introspection and conversation can reveal some insight that brings on one of those "Aha!" moments. Another thing to be wary of is becoming obsessed as a result of our mental concentration flowing so easily now. We tend to be able to pick up on the undercurrents of what is going on around us now. And we find we are able to let go of and leave behind those perceptions and ways of communicating that are worn out and no longer fit us.


What to watch for in March 2018!

Venus, the planet representing love and money, will spend most of March in her least favourite sign of Aries, before moving into Taurus at the end of the month. Mercury starts it's retrograde cycle near the end of the month, in Aries, which it will move into during the first week of March.  Jupiter will begin it's retrograde cycle, Mars moves into Capricorn, Ceres ends it's retrograde cycle, Pallas enters Gemini, and it's the Spring Equinox!

Well my darlings, this wraps up our February's newsletter! Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!


 

Blessings 
Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot

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