There are all kinds of astrologers out there covering all areas of life. We have natal astrologers, astrological financial advisers, medical and psychological astrologers, spiritual, intuitive, mundane, Vedic and Western, Siderialists and Uranian astrologers just to name a few. The one thing that all of the above stargazers must possess is the ability to interpret what the stars are saying. Without this gift you’re in the wrong profession. In essence, the astrologer creates a dialog between the planets, or at least I do. We study the nature of each planet and how it behaves in different situations. Harmoniously placed beneficial planets obviously will behave in a cordial manner bringing good times and pleasantries. The more difficult or troublesome planets will certainly make their presence known when they are ill placed.

At a biker bar you most likely will run into all kinds of Mars and Pluto types but down the road at the symphony you would likely see Venusian and lunarian types rubbing shoulders. It is unlikely that you will find a sensitive Venus or Mercury type hanging out with the Mars and Pluto testosterone brutes.

Saturnine people who often shape and form our governments and society usually will not be found socializing with loosey goosey loud and aggressive types. Jupitarians generally shine on in their awesome way and we are attracted to their great warmth, generosity and jocularity. You won’t find Jupiterians near the Saturnians as they are at opposite ends of the scale. Jupiter types find the Saturnians a tad oppressive whist the Saturnians find the Jupitarians a little on the goofy or unhinged edge of things. In every family and in every workplace and relationship you will discover the dynamics of why we like some people, totally distrust another, wholly love one person and can hardly tolerate his brother. Yes it’s in the stars.

Aries and Scorpio are Mars and Pluto types. Libra and Taurus are ruled by Venus, while Capricorn and Aquarius are ruled by Saturn. Gemini and Virgo are Mercury ruled while Sagittarius and Pisces are governed by Jupiter. The Sun rules Leo and the Moon rules Cancer.

Okay, on to the next lesson in astrology 101. Just because you are born in any particular sign does not mean that you will have the ruling planet of that sign as the ruler of your chart. Other planets may dominate by being in strong and exalted signs and rising or culminating. I know we have all experienced a time when someone tried to guess our sign and failed miserably at it. Of course, like a dog spying a bone I cannot help myself when I’m around other people for all I see is their signs and planets manifesting through their appearance and behavior. Although the astrologer may have missed picking up on your Sun sign they may very well have been picking up on a dominant planet that you are displaying. On numerous occasions I have met someone and immediately picked up on their date and year of birth and sometimes time of birth as well. On occasion I have done it on the phone just by listening to a person and how they talk. It is a fascinating study that has not been looked into very deeply. Astrology is the language of the stars written by the hand of God. Okay enough for today.

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Keep the faith baby. Don’t back down. Hold your ground. A major renovation takes place as Venus continues to cast her blessings your way. Venus and Mars harmonize until the end of the month bringing a rhythmic accord. It is time to beautify, simplify and harmonize your existence. Take stock of everything and weigh up what works and what doesn’t and make the appropriate moves. Soon spring will be upon us, but now is the time of preparation, perspiration and hopefully inspiration that fires you up and gets you on the move and in the groove.

On one level tensions ease up a bit as the Sun commences his journey through Pisces on February 18, which is a sign that runs in harmony with Taurus. On another level work place pressures still exist and you may have to be a bit more amenable and cooperative in order to keep the flow going, otherwise you can experience endless delays and frustrations. Others may want to do battle with you just on principal. Win or lose, time is wasted and nothing gets done. It is a good time to seek others that share your interests and passions.

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. Plus of course, we can fool ourselves quite easily at any given time. Now is a time that you must ask yourself if you are happy with what you are doing and with the present state of affairs in your life. If you are happy and fulfilled then you know you have it right. If you are unhappy then this is certainly the time to make the radical changes necessary in order to bring the ship around to its proper course.

Basically you are in a time of gathering knowledge and honing your skills. Don’t be in a hurry. Absorb the lessons and let them distill in your mind and heart over time and they will give you wisdom that will serve you well now and in the future. Nothing less than life, death, rebirth and everything in between will be experienced in one form or another in the months and years to come. This is nothing new or different as it is all part of life on dear old Mother Earth. But now it seems that you will grow a deep appreciation for what life brings or takes away. Just like a fine wine it should be savored.

Here are just a few things that may develop according to your solar chart. There is a possibility of meeting someone very special while traveling in the next few months. Maybe someone from afar shows up and everything heats up. Whatever it is, something is definitely up. Of course we know that you live for the drama be it Madonna or Obama, both regal lions for sure. Your solar seventh house which is associated with relationships is on fire and now all those that are for you or against you will show up and demand a portion of your attention. It won’t take much of a spark to set off some real fireworks or should we say fiery words. Somehow you are faced with the task of amalgamating and fusing the divergent concerns in a way that all can walk away feeling they got a fair deal.

Cloaked in a dark hooded robe, old man Saturn stands in a fallow field, sickle in hand, representing scarcity, poverty and death. No, not your death, but the death of the wasteful polluting and despicable ways that we have treated our dear Mother Earth. Saturn is in Virgo, the very sign of wholesome organic healthy living. His message is one of concern for our overall health and well being. He is a stern taskmaster though, and he doles out the castor oil which tastes bad but heals. This is where you come in. It is your time to economize, cleanse and heal all you can. Actually you may already be on the case and will be able to lead the way and show us how to make it happen.

Follow your intuition as it will put you on the right track. Instinctively you may feel like reorganizing and revamping many aspects of your life. Health considerations are at the top of the list and of course healthy relationships are a dominant theme as well. A lively time is hinted at and your creativity levels are running high. Rather than waiting for something to happen, make it happen by being proactive. Others will respond appropriately.

Bittersweet is an appropriate term to express the energy that is onboard for Scorpio. On one level life may seem to smooth out as doors open and opportunities present themselves in the days and weeks to come. On another level there may be all kinds of tensions and problems that need to be addressed, especially regarding home, family and real estate. Politics, be it public or within the family circle, are what it is all about. Negotiation and communication are the best ways to unravel the knots.

Moving or renovation may be on your mind these days. Thoughts and memories of early childhood may come looming to the surface. Romantic energies are strong and those that are attracted will make themselves known. Babies and children are other topics of interest for those of the appropriate age. Writing, education and publishing along with legal wrangling take some of your time as well. It looks like you are busy with it all.

A little girl that I know threw a hissy fit because she didn’t like the popsicle she had been given. After a couple of minutes into this event she realized that in her wailing and tears the popsicle melted and she ended up with nothing which made her even more upset. Life is like that now for Capricorn. Enjoy and treasure what you have because someday it may be gone. It is time to reset your values and remember that all that glitters is not gold.

A big build up of planetary energy is on board as four planets move through Aquarius. It is such a strange time, strained as well. On the one hand high energy and action packed days are here and on the other hand you may be dazed and not quite able to meet the demands of the times. Good news arrives on February 23 in the midst of a series of odd or awkward scenarios. Remember this slogan which seems to fit the times, “Stop making sense.”

The new Moon in Pisces takes place on February 24 bringing a new start in a new direction. It is important to be proactive in dealing with whatever changes that are in front of you. It is best to try to accommodate life’s changes rather than to ignore them and hope they will go away. If you don’t make the changes then the universe will make them for you. Basically it’s about you getting in touch with those things in life that bring you peace, contentment and happiness as well. February 25 tells the tale.