Mars Action

Some folks have called in wondering if I was still writing the Star Wise column in Common Ground Magazine. I had backed off of the column in my effort to dial down the outside influences in my life. But of course I’m compelled to stare at the stars in this life, so I will continue on. I will write on the Equinox and Solstice times of the year. You cannot change the spots on a leopard, and when a pick pocket meets a saint, all he sees is his pockets. When I meet people I see their signs, and planets, and really cannot help myself after nearly 50 years  in this line of thinking. So I guess yer stuck with me for a while longer. Curiously, my moon nakshatra indicates a split, and I’m always battling between the inner and outer worlds. Anyway enough about me. Let’s dive in, and see what the stars are cooking up for us.

Mars and Ketu are conjunct this month and promises some real fireworks, collectively and personally. Ketu is the south node of the Moon and is ruled by Mars, and Mars is moving though its exaltation sign in the sidereal chart, allowing him maximum freedom of expression. In essence, we have a double Mars effect to contend with. Let’s hope that Don and Kim behave, if they do get a chance to meet up. Both have a tendency to swagger and strut, and with their fragile egos are vulnerable to conflagration. This conjunction occurs in sidereal Capricorn which is the sign off all governments. Let’s wish them well, and pray that they keep it real, and civil.

The full moon on June 27 has Saturn presiding, and Mars stands still on that day indicating that important news is in the works. Saturn’s presence always slows things down to a crawl, and we have to grind things out, while Mars throws it into reverse indicating that we will have to redo and renew all kinds of things. The trade wars are big on the list, as is the pipeline fiasco. One of the unique qualities of Ketu is freedom, liberation and spiritual emancipation. This dance of man’s egotistical antics and ignorance has been in effect  from day one. It’s just way more noticeable in the Kali Yuga (iron age). As long as the negative power can keep us down and worried, he wins, we lose, and we just ad more time on the cosmic wheel of transmigration and reincarnation. My beloved Master Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj taught us that in the future, the world will be run by the enlightened ones.  As he would say, “do your best, and leave the rest” No worries. That’s it folks.

ARIES 

MARCH 21 – April 19

The martians have landed! Okay, well, maybe not the martians, but the Mars types such as people with the Sun, Moon, or rising sign in Aries or Scorpio will be more active and reactive than at other times, throughout June. People that have Mars strong in their charts such as Mars rising or in conjunction with other planets will get a big play from Mars this month as well. You may earn well as money flows in. Joining groups and societies can be in the cards, and all kinds of ventures and adventures could manifest. Do what you do, but think about it before you make any risky moves. It’s a highly charged time to say the least.

TAURUS

April 20 – May 21

Dem changes are in the wind. Energy gets amped up throughout the month especially professionally and romantically. Home and family activities get a boost, and you will be busy as a beaver. Mars is centre stage this month for all signs, and he’s kind of looking at you sideways. It means that you have to be nice, play well, and get along with others. Otherwise changes can come fast and furious. Don’t push as others are likely to push back. You can get a lot done, and achieve more than expected. Enjoy but take it easy fella.

GEMINI

May 22 – June 20

It’s your time of the year, so get out there and mix and mingle and shake things up a bit. Travel could be in the works, and publishing, writing, negotiating and all other kinds of communication endeavours manifest. Generally you can see both sides of everything, and you may need that gift now as all kinds of philosophic and spiritual debates flare up.

CANCER

June 21 – July 22

Some type of important news comes your way around June 27 as the full moon takes hold. Saturn is involved, and with his presence in the room its bound to be a time in which serious decisions are made. Concerns regarding elders, parents, employers and lawyers, doctors, judges, teachers and others that have some authority in your life manifest now. A career change, destiny shift, or a possible move may come into play.

LEO

July 23 – August 22

Venus casts her special energy your way as she spends the last half of the month moving through your sign. Plan something special from June 16 to 18. Love, romance and excitement are indicated. It just might be happy times with friends and family. Watch for doing anything to excess as Mars is waxing strong now. Humility and patience go a long way as the June planetary picture can stir up quite a bit of drama and danger. So… keeps those claws in, and smile to your face falls off. Give and forgive and continue to live.

VIRGO

August 23 – September 22

You’ve got it in fourth gear, and the peddle to the metal. Career activities are strong now, and you’re in the mood to accomplish your goals. Work hard, play hard, and pray hard. Nothing remains the same, and all will change at some point in our lives. Virgo does love to have all their kittens in one basket, and everything neatly arranged. All well and good, but just make sure that your spirit is being nurtured, or you will feel restless and dissatisfied no matter what you accomplish. Take care of yourself is the cosmic message of the month.

LIBRA

September 23 – October 22

The summer solstice on June 21 may rock your boat. Venus and Mars do their dance bringing action and attraction. Then again, it just might be you weighing things up and seeing what is real and of true value. Children and entertainment figure into the play, and you might be spending time with family. Travel comes up, as does spiritual awareness. Maybe its time to do some writing or take up a new study or two. You gotta feed that powerful and hungry intellect. The full moon on June 27 brings revelations and realizations of just what to do.

SCORPIO

October 23 – November 21

Read the intro regarding the Mars effect as he is a little worked up. Actually he’s fired up, and you may be as well. What the hey, you say? Well there’s a whole lot of planetary energy unfolding throughout the summer time and you will have a lot on your platter, and don’t fall off of the ladder. The energy is actually great for all kinds of activities and endeavours but you need to measure and deliberate on the moves that you make. Don’t over reach or take crazy chances which you may be prone to do. Fear not, get things done, just don’t run.

SAGITTARIUS

November 22 – December 21

Your solar low ends on June 21. Solar low does not mean bad, it means that your energy may not be at its peak. Accommodate this reality by notching things down a tad, for as we know Sagittarius is always doing things in a big way. Venus and Jupiter square off, and Mars kind of gets in on the play as well in the last half of the month, indicating a tendency to overdo, overeat and generally miscalculate all kinds of things. Accommodate this information by keeping an even throttle. Steady as she goes. Relationships and money come into play. 

CAPRICORN

December 22 – January 19

The full moon on June 27, is of special importance as Saturn is aligned with the moon. Whatever has been banging around in the back of your psyche will come to the fore now. Back in the hippy days we had an expression of ‘throw it to your drummer’. The drummer being your unconscious part of yourself. Sure enough, and soon enough your drummer would throw it back to you and you would have your answer as to what to do. It that time now for you. Should I stay, or should I go? It is time to let go of whatever is not working or of any practical use. Work, health, relationships all get a going over.

AQUARIUS

January 20 – February 19

Read the intro about the Mars affect as it is happening in your sign. Whatever takes place, it won’t be dull, and you will not be bored. You may be floored, hopefully in a good way. The point of the drill is symbolized in the picture of you sitting in a double AA fuelled dragster. You’re halfway down the strip, clocking 250 MPH and lots of gas pedal left. When do you pull the Shute.? How much more do you press on the gas before you light the tires up? Ye ha. Okay back to reality. Just take it easy, or not. Its up to you. Don’t get roped into knee jerk emotional reactions. Big energy is on board and it must be handled with care, caution, and respect.

PISCES

February 20 – March 20

Health concerns, incidents and accidents are in the cosmic lottery for dear Pisces this month. So is love and romance, and good times with loved ones. You just don’t want to space out when you’re adding starting fuel to the barby. Otherwise poof! There goes the beach house, or whatever. Basically Mars is in the picture and we have to be more attentive and careful when he’s around. Use this info in traffic and slow down when the light turns yellow. The big planets are casting protective energy your way as well, but it does pay to play it safe. Travel is more than hinted at, and you might be in the mood to make some fundamental changes in your life.

Bad Moon Rising

One of the topics that came up at a recent talk for the Fraser Valley Astrology guild was how the north and south nodes of the moon were known to carry a fairly negative impact, and that many of the mass murderers, Dictators, stalkers and other deranged types had their natal moon conjunct with either Rahu (north node) or Ketu (south node) of the moon. Now, not all people that have their moon with the nodes are affected negatively, such as Mahatma Gandhi, but it seems to bring some type of notoriety or fame into the persons life. The list is long and shocking when you look into it, as to those that have made a huge imprint on the society that have this combination. In the April Star Wise column I had said that Mars was drawing close to Pluto in the last half of the month, and that it was an  ominous combination that would bring violence etc. In ancient times the astrologers noted that the moon moved rapidly in comparison to the planets, and that each day the moon visited a different star group. The star groups were called constellations, asterisms, lunar mansions, or Nakshatras. Each Nakshatra was ruled by certain deities, some very positive, and some not so nice, and the souls that were born when the moon moved through these Nakshatras carried the impulses and influences of the gods, goddesses and other deities. One would imagine that when the moon and the nodes connected in the more negative Nakshatras that there would be some type of insanity manifesting. All this material brings me to the horrible event that took place in Toronto on April 23, at 1:05 P.M. The moon was rising with Rahu, moving through the Nakshatra called Ashlesha, all this while Mars and Pluto were in a tight conjunction. At that time Mars had very powerful status enabling his worst traits to manifest. If you google the Nakshatra, Ashlesha you will find that the Astrologers considered that this was probably the worst of the 27 Nakshatras. This astro combination was nearly a perfect storm in which this dynamic and devastating scenario manifested at the hands of a madman, maniac with no regard for human life, and has caused untold sadness and suffering. The one positive outcome of this tragedy is that it has drawn the human spirit together, and has made us pull close in order to help and support those that are suffering. We are strong and the human spirit is strong, and one day love will overcome all this negativity and suffering. The answer is to keep giving, living, loving and forgiving.

ARIES 

MARCH 21 – April 19

We’ve heard the expression, ‘measure twice, cut once’. It’s a good one for the impatient Mars /Aries types that cannot stand to be impeded in anyway, shape or form. It takes one, to know one, and I’m one, Aries that is. I bumped into a wall once and hurt my elbow. I instinctively lashed out and punched the wall. My grounded and very pragmatic Virgo Son asked, “Dad why did you do that?” I responded, feeling a bit sheepish, “it hurt me, so I hurt it”. Keep this story in mind in the first half of May, as there will be opportunities to react, lash out, peel out, freak out, and get yourself involved in accidents and incidents. So chill out dude, and you too Atilla the Huness.

TAURUS

April 20 – May 21

The Sun continues his journey through your sign until May 20, bringing his warmth, wisdom and strength your way. It’s your solar high of the year, and certainly you should be in gear, out and about doing your thing. A new start takes place on May 15 with the Taurus New Moon, plus Uranus enters Taurus the same day and sticks around for eight years. Taurus really doesn’t like a whole lot of changes unless they’re really planned out and thought out thoroughly. Well, thats not the case with revolutionary Uranus on board. It’s shift, shock, change and rearrange, and the best way to deal on it is to be open and honest with yourself as to what you truly need and want in your life. Don’t hide under the bed, as it could prove to be a truly exciting time of growth and adventure. Bring it on.

GEMINI

May 22 – June 20

Your solar high begins on May 20 as the Sun enters Gemini. It’s brings a great boost of enthusiasm, confidence and strength. Lovely Venus is in your sign until May 19, bringing her gracious and divine creative vibe your way. Spring is in the air, and hopefully a spring in your step. Compliments and innocent flirtations wing their way through the airwaves, and true love manifests for some of your lucky rascals. Put your best duds on, and apply for the position that you have been fantasizing about. With the Venus vibe around you could pull it off. At the very least, do enjoy the days, smile, give your love, and do something good for yourself, and your community.

CANCER

June 21 – July 22

It’s a mixed bag of cosmic energy for Moon Child this month. The first half of May has some frustrations, dangers and limitations to contend with. Keep the lid on, and bite your tongue, and keep in mind that a soft reply turns away wrath. If you have an agenda and a chip on your shoulder certainly someone will manifest to reflect your energy and anger. You don’t want to go down that road. On the other side of the coin, the Sun is casting a soothing and wise vibe that will help to disentangle and knots or snags. Jupiter, king of the gods also casts a special ray your way bringing grace under fire, and wisdom to boot. You have deep decisions to make regarding family, relationships, and career. Innovation and inspiration comes along as Venus visits Cancer starting June 19, and Uranus the wild card planet casts good vibes as well. Stay true to yourself, stay original and honest, and things will get worked out.

LEO

July 23 – August 22

The last half of May can be a little hairy as Mars and Uranus square off and cast their energy your way. Much depends on what you’re doing, and where you’re at, physically, psychologically, and spiritually wise. If you’ve been holed up and hiding out and resisting change then changes are going to come on pretty strong, and probably unexpectedly. Conversely if you have been desiring change and have been facing your problems squarely, and truly wanting to make a difference In the world, then your time has arrived. Weigh anchor, heave ho, mount up and head out. Gird your loins and make ready for battle, be it inwardly, spiritually or somewhere within your realm of reality. You may thrive on it, and experience some type of thraldom as you breakthrough seemingly impossible barriers. This Mars, Uranus thing is going to be on board until mid November, so roll up your sleeves, face your demons, and get on with the show. Hi ho, hi ho, its off to work I go. Or stated another way, I owe, I owe, its off to work I go.

VIRGO

August 23 – September 22

It’s green light go for the industrious Virgo. Never mind the details. Oops, sorry, you can’t say that to a Virgo, it will drive them crazy. Okay let’s break it down. The Sun travels through Taurus until May 20, another Earth sign like Virgo which is very good. So does Pluto, Uranus, Saturn, Mars and Mercury. They’re not all in Taurus, but they are all casting excellent energy your way. Jupiter, Venus and Neptune are in water signs which also harmonize with the earth signs. We don’t have a lot of space to carry on at length, but the gist of it is that there is a whole lot of cosmic cooperation going on that can be very beneficial if you capitalize on it, or not. If not then you can have a good time, and just live off of the fat, but that would be a big mistake. Get at it, get with it, and get on it, would be my advice.

LIBRA

September 23 – October 22

Lovely Venus casts her magic spell your way until May 19, bringing good times and happiness. Then the Sun takes the helm as he spends late May and most of June in Gemini which harmonizes with Libra. Mars will be in Aquarius from mid May until mid November casting another positive ray of energy and enthusiasm into the mix. This will be well needed as Saturn and Pluto are not so much in a cooperative mood and could cause some difficulties and concerns that have to be contended with. Libra is ruled by the scales, and as we can see from what is written above the planets may very well balance each other out. So you can expect business as usual, laughter and tears, joys and fears, and time marches on. Did I mention that money may come your way, or at least your earning potential is on the rise. Be wise and make it happen. Be your joyous self, and continue to grace us with your love, wisdom and divinity.

SCORPIO

October 23 – November 21

Although it’s not exactly the same, you can take some hints by reading the Leo paragraph. The Mars,Uranus square from Mid May until mid November will be ruffling the eagle’s feathers. The Eagle is one of the higher symbols that represent Scorpio and like the eagle many Scorps have long and deep perception. Expect to be a bit anxious or restless and you may not know why. A lot of Scorpios are deeply psychic and pick up on a lot of material on an unconscious level, only to realize later what the concerns were about. You’ve got that nagging feeling that your mate is cheating, or that something is going on, and you find out later that you were right on. In the mean time, it just might be you that is changing and going through changes on a deep level. Take flight, move towards the light, and in the end everything will be all right. Nothing remains the same, and we’re here to work off our old indebtedness, and now the universe is offering you the opportunity to get things right. You have great internal strength and resolve. Let’s see what you can do with it now.

SAGITTARIUS

November 22 – December 21

The areas of your solar chart pertaining to health of body, mind and soul have become active. It’s a clarion call to pay attention to what your body and spirit is saying. Sagittarius is known to be quite cavalier and to brush things off as not important. Well, you don’t want to be bitten on the bum, and it will pay dividends to pay attention to what your deep inner psyche is saying. There may not be anything wrong, and you need not look for problems, but keep six anyway. Late May through to the third week in June is your solar low of the year indicating a time to let down a bit, take some time off, and get some garden soil under your nails, or go sailing, traveling or whatever brightens your spirit.

CAPRICORN

December 22 – January 19

All the heavy weight planets, Mars, Saturn and Pluto are moving through your sign. Mars moves on mid month, but in the meantime he can give a boost of confidence and energy. Saturn is at home in his own sign, so he may be welcomed there. His energy helps you to focus and refocus on what is real and what is important. Mars gives energy and Saturn seemingly takes it away. A feeling of lethargy and limitation often accompanies Saturn transits. Possibly they will balance each other out. Pluto will be around for a while and he represents transition, regeneration and rebirthing in some way, shape or form. Venus cast her energy into your sign as she transits through Cancer in the last 10 days of May and the first half of June. She brings peace, love, and creativity onto the scene, or at least the opportunity for those types of topics to manifest. Venus also assist in helping us to understand what we truly value in life.

AQUARIUS

January 20 – February 19

Mars visits Aquarius from mid May till mid November amping up energy all kinds of ways. He will also make a square aspect with the Aquarius co-ruler Uranus which indicates that things can get shaky and dicey if you tempt fate too much. So… the best way to deal with this nitro-glycerine energy is to play it safe and stay off the cliff face, and other risky ventures. Unless of course, that’s your thing. Then go ahead and fill your pockets and get it on. On the real positive side of the coin all types of adventure and exploration can take place which as we know can be wonderfully fulfilling. You won’t be bored, you may be floored, but whatever the case certainly you will grow in wisdom from your experiences.

PISCES

February 20 – March 20

The majority of planetary energy sways in your favour in the first few weeks of May. Even after that the planetary balance is still quite positive. The co- rulers os Pisces Jupiter and Neptune form a triangle pattern that will be in play from mid May until at least mid September. This is a good harbinger of good things to come, all the more so if you are pro- active and out there making the magic happen. Late May and early June is a special time in which love can manifest all kinds of ways, along with artistic and creative inspiration. Move past the daydreaming perspective, put it in gear and let the clutch out and see where you get to.

Mercury and Saturn

Mercury and Saturn square off for the whole month of April, ratcheting up all kinds of tension in the markets, and governments throughout the land. Mercury rules communication, travel, negotiations, contracts, and agreements, and all things to do with business and commerce. Saturn usually slows things down forcing us to grind our way through, as we sort out just what to do. With (Mercury ruled) Trump at the helm of the Good Ship Lollipop who knows what could go wrong. Trade wars, and hopefully not other wars manifesting. Gun law protests, oh yeah, and we know the rest. Here in the northland we have the Provences bickering about laying pipe, protests galore, and a million other worries and concerns dog us throughout the days. Fiery Mars throws his hat into the ring as he mixes it up with Mercury and Saturn in the first half of the month, which will certainly throw fuel onto the fire, and then joins up with his heavy older and much darker brother Pluto for the last half of the month. When Mars and Pluto meet up they can cast a fairly dark shadow as this combination is well known to represent violence and all other kinds of machinations of a nefarious type. April begins and ends with full moon energy, which will help to illuminate our concerns, and cast a light on them. Jupiter brings a stabilizing influence as he harmonizes with Pluto and Mars, hopefully bringing wiser and calmer minds onto the scene. We certainly do need the visionaries to step up now. Venus travels through Taurus for most of the month and she rules that sign, which is good news for us, in the sense that she will bring stability, order and harmony on board. In a sense all things get balanced out, worked out and onward we march through time. Although the above writing sounds somewhat ominous, it’s really pretty average planetary drama. It has always been this way, and always will be this way, until the dawning of the Golden Age when the moat is removed from our eyes, and we will be able to see that we are all one people on one planet, and that we are all brothers and sisters, and we are all one family, including all life forms, deserving of our respect, kindness and gentleness. We are digging our graves with our teeth. We continue to assassinate and consume other life forms (animals) that have souls, and we continue to fail to see the grave and serious karmic repercussions of this behaviour. We cry out for peace, but never give it.
ARIES
MARCH 21 – April 19
You are a diamond in the rough, multi-faceted, and just needing some polishing and training. April offers up all kinds of opportunities to do just that. Anything that is of true value, never comes easy. Meet the challenge by choosing want to do, and then get at it. Surprises and changes are in the works.
TAURUS
April 20 – May 21
April 17 is your magic day in which magical Experiences take place. The Sun enters Taurus on April 19 bringing you into your solar high of the year. Venus visits Taurus nearly all month while she harmonizes with Mars and Saturn bringing opportunities for stability, Romance and finance. Put your best hoof forwards now.
GEMINI
May 22 – June 20
Lord Mercury finally gets himself straightened out after his three week retrograded phase which ends on April 15. Or does it? Well not quite. He still has to get up to speed, and he’s still in lockstep with Saturn which Indicates that you will be learning valuable lessons. Patience, honesty and humility will do nicely.
CANCER
June 21 – July 22
You’re one of the big wheels in Astrology. Cancer, Aries, Libra and Capricorn are the four Cardinal signs of the zodiac. So they carry more authority, energy and dynamism. Leadership rolls carry big responsibilities. April 20 to 22 provides myriad opportunities to test your ability to handle pressure under fire. You can prove your worth now.
LEO
July 23 – August 22
You may be dreaming of new career ventures, and possibly other adventures such as travel and spiritual endeavours. All well and good. It costs nothing to dream. But in the meantime there may be serious house cleaning to be tackled, which you may loath, but it’s not going to go away on its own.
VIRGO
August 23 – September 22
The stars are leaning in your favour. Not completely favourable, as there is serious work to be done. Which in Virgo’s world it means getting to the fine details such as taxes and other accounting scenarios. Speaking of accounting, it might go way deeper such as taking account of your inner values and spiritual progress.
LIBRA
September 23 – October 22
You are in your solar low until April 19, which isn’t a bad thing. If anything it offers up opportunities to get your life in order. You may be hard at work, and working through myriad problems and concerns. Say what you mean, and mean what you say, and say it with kindness and sweetness.
SCORPIO
October 23 – November 21
Starting April 19 the stars offers up a time of reflection and introspection until mid May. Venus casts her energy your way throughout April bringing a time to weigh up what is real and of most value to you. You might be in the mood to make significant changes to your lifestyle and daily habits.
SAGITTARIUS
November 22 – December 21
Sagittarius types are known for their broad stroke capacity to weigh up a situation, and deal with it effectively. They’re the archers of the zodiac, and they must take careful aim before they release their arrow. One part broad view, one part deeply attentive. Now you must use both skills in order to be successful.
CAPRICORN
December 22 – January 19
A big planetary focus takes place as Mars and Saturn join up in Capricorn, bringing action, tension, and frustration in the first half of the month. With Mercury in square with Mars and Saturn it is highly likely that there will be sticks in the spokes, delays and other types of concerns that will need delicate handling.
AQUARIUS
January 20 – February 19
Aquarius is the ambassador of goodwill, wise and fair in your judgements. That type of impartiality will be needed in the coming weeks as the planetary drama is destined to get ratcheted up a few notches. We’ll need cool heads to prevail, and that’s where you come in at. Much is accomplished behind the scene.
PISCES
February 20 – March 20
Never doubt your value, and remember that if you don’t promote yourself, the world never will. Now is a time in which you must take stock of what is important to you, and move forward towards your goals. You have the gift of the collective wisdom of the other eleven signs of the zodiac.

March 2018

When the great saint Kabir stepped onto the Earth in the fourteenth century he realized that no one was happy. When we look back as far as recorded history goes, we find the same reality. War, poverty, disease, and discontentment with our lot has been the steady diet. Even the wealthy, elite, and powerful among us suffer from this same malady. What gives? What is it? Possibly the preachers and priests, soothsayers and star gazers can help us out. Well so far none of the above have been able to bring any lasting relief. As my beloved Guru, Param Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj would say, “When the blind lead the blind, both fall into the ditch.”

What we need, and what so many of us truly lack is the guidance of a realized soul that can give us a first-hand experience of the higher realities, and connect us with the divine love and light that is the given right and eventual destiny for all embodied souls. We seek love, happiness, and security outside of ourselves, and no matter what we receive or achieve, we are still discontent.

The true problem brothers and sisters is that we continue to feed the horse (the body) but starve the rider (the soul). We need to turn this around, for the very thing that we are after is already inside of us. We just need to learn to tap into it. Sex, drugs and rock and roll has not provided very much except more suffering and unhappiness. Love is not on the outside of us, it is not in the other person of our desires. It never has been, but we continue to stubbornly look there for sustenance. The world seems a bit unhinged with the so-called leaders playing nuclear one-upmanship with our very existence, as we continue to allow dear mother Earth to be defiled, polluted and poisoned.

What to do? Heartfelt prayer is a good start. Peaceful nonviolent living, and respect and love for all of God’s creatures will certainly go a long way to bring our emancipation and true freedom into reality. Changing the gun laws is a joke, shame and sham. We will know that we have made a difference when all of these wicked, insidious and terribly destructive weapons have been eradicated from the Earth, for ever and ever. We have the power, the power of love, but only greed and fear hold us back. Lastly, and most importantly, we need a true Guru to guide us out of the darkness of these days. Gu means darkness Ru means light. Find a GURU.

Aries Mercury the messenger visits Aries until early May. A busy time has arrived in which all kinds of realities manifest. Venus also visits throughout March bringing love and creativity your way. The Sun enters Aries on March 20 bringing you into your solar high. Get in gear, it’s your time of the year.

Taurus The one person we can only avoid for so long is ourselves. Eventually we run into them. Now that time has come in which you do some soul searching as to what is right, and what is wrong. As they say, ‘make hay while the sunshines.’ Move toward those things that bring true happiness and peace.

Gemini All that glitters is not gold, but it sure looks nice, doesn’t it? Don’t be tricked nor duped in the first half of March. Life’s energies are heightened, and you may feel emboldened. It seems like you are connected to so many people, and now is the time to utilize those connections to your advantage.

Cancer It might be time to put your feelings on the back burner, and let them simmer. Mars and Saturn oppose your sign until mid May, manifesting frustration if you allow. Use this energy by working hard and keeping your cool. If you have a chip on your shoulder, someone is sure to knock it off.

Leo It’s time to weigh anchor. Changes are occurring on a deep level, and you may have grown restless. Cast a glance to the far horizon, as a time of adventure and discovery has arrived. You’ve got that itchy feet syndrome. Better still, take a look within, for there are way more discoveries to be had there.

Virgo Cross signals and assumptions can trip you up in the first three weeks of March. Keep an eye on the small details which you seem to be good at anyway. Investments and joint monies may be an area of focus, or unfocused confusion if you take your eye off the ball. Honesty trumps all.

Libra Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? The mirror always answers back honestly. Now a time has arrived in which many reflections take place, and it is most important to be upfront and honest. Late March and April offers up a time to rest and enjoy the finer things in life.

Scorpio Jupiter’s presence in your sign casts a benign light that will help guide you along the way. He will help you to sort through what is of importance. Don’t waste this valuable time on frivolous pursuits. Seek the truth, and it will surely set you free, whereas overindulgence will bind you further to the wheel.

Sagittarius You might be feeling frisky, which is sometimes contagious. Others pick up on your high energy and want to come out and play as well. Romance area heats up all month. Watch for burnout or over estimating any situation or scenario. Home and family activities are high on the ‘to do’ list. Kindness works wonders.

Capricorn Mars and Saturn Join up late March to mid April in your sign. On the positive side of the coin you can achieve almost anything, by sheer will and determination. On the negative side there may be frustration and limitation as others strive to block you. Gentle persuasion, patience, and persistence get you through nicely.

Aquarius If you have a writer’s gene in you, it might be time to start tapping that deep well of knowledge that you are known for. Purge yourself and get it out, and into written form. Just put your hands on the keyboard, and your spirit will do the rest. Past life gifts are manifesting now.

Pisces Energy runs high as the Sun continues his journey through your sign until March 20, while Jupiter casts his benevolent glance your way until November. Health and diet topics feature throughout March and April. Neptune continues to shape and reshape your awareness and consciousness. Spiritual changes are taking place on a deep level.

February 2018

Astrology columns are often foreboding as they cannot help but to create some form of apprehension regarding the future. Oh my, what’s going to happen to dear so and so when Saturn or Pluto gets activated in their chart? It’s a very challenging task to create something positive when a person is experiencing heavy astrological weather. With this in mind, let’s take another approach to what the stars are trying to convey. Often the planetary energy is portrayed as punitive, corrective or punishing. It is my belief that the stars are guides and are invested in helping us to perfect our evolution and spiritual growth.

We’re aghast with the behavior of all the mighty and powerful men that have plummeted from their high perches and have come crashing down, accompanied by deep shame, humiliation and embarrassment. Are they bad men, or just men coping with the human problems of lust and desire? All men are beset with the same problems except those with copious power and wealth have more privileges and opportunities than the average bloke. My bet is that 99% of men would fail the test and stagger under the weight of serious temptation affecting them every day. We’re constantly bombarded and inundated with temptation, subtle and not so subtle. So where’s the astrology in all of this? Right, here we go. Saturn visits Capricorn and Aquarius over the next five years. He has ownership of both these signs, and his journey through them offers up and opportunity to truly get in touch with his divine wisdom and guidance. He teaches us that we need to get sexuality into its proper perspective.

The true Gurus teach us that we have misplaced the sacred act of procreation and made it into recreation, and it has caused untold miseries and suffering for both men and women. This is no new thing, and this phenomenon has been with us since the beginning of time. The great Saint Param Sant Kirpal Singh ji Maharaj tells the story of Lord Rama and Ravana. “Ravana was a very learned pandit, knowing all the four Vedas, all the six Shastras and so on. With all of that, what did he do? He abducted the wife of Lord Rama. So with all of that knowledge he fell down.” It is obvious that we need to turn our lives around. We could all learn to live more modestly, not repressively, but at least more conservatively. The planetary deities are willing to teach and guide us, but are we willing to learn and pay heed to the wisdom of the stars?

Aries You’re the leader of the pack, and you may not even know it. Rest assured, many take their cues from you. Live in the truth, stay in the light, and everything will come right. Career opportunities will present themselves, along with opportunities for travel and spiritual growth. New people manifest in your life now.

Taurus The big planetary energies are looking your way, providing myriad opportunities for growth, expansion and stability. Take the hint and make some moves. Even if you are set back, get up again, and persist, insist and it will pay dividends. By the way, I’m not just talking money and career, I’m talking lifestyle and internal integrity.

Gemini Your solar ninth house of spirituality, travel and education is lit up like a Christmas Tree. Writing, publishing and any manner of higher learning is indicated. Mars is sparking up your solar house of relationships which could be great and exciting, but also there could be some fighting. Diplomacy and patience are needed now.

Cancer The time has come to go deep and go long. Partnerships of all sorts get a work over now. Sort out what is real, and of real value. Some decisions may be painful, and saying goodbye never is any fun, but in the long run your peace of mind and inner happiness returns.

Leo Leo loves the big picture, especially if their right in the middle of it. It’s those tiny and bothersome details that will trip the lion up time and again. Matters such as health, legalities and taxes must not be looked over, lest you are tripping over them now. The time has come to set things right.

Virgo Never one to slack off, it might be time to cut yourself some slack. Late February and March is your solar low of the year allowing you time to recoup and repair. The positive planets Jupiter and Venus are lending a hand, while fiery Mars creates intense scenarios that you can choose to dive into or avoid.

Libra Your solar fifth house is strongly activated for the first three weeks of February. The fifth house rules entertainment, and enterprise, children and romance. Health topics are on the cosmic menu. It might be time to get yourself together. Elders, and their health and welfare may need some attention. Real estate activity comes into play.

Scorpio Jupiter continues his journey through Scorpio. The positive side of Jupiter’s energy enhances timing and good will, monetary increases, and a boost in popularity. The negative side of Jupiter hints at waste, overconfidence, sloth and sloppy thinking. It is time to mix and mingle and connect with the people that are positive and productive.

Sagittarius Mars is making his presence known as he visits Sagittarius until mid-March. On the positive he generates confidence, strength, energy and activity. On the negative he can bring dissatisfaction, irritation, and conflagration. Dry tinder just needs one spark to set off a wild fire. Accidents and incidents seem to manifest when Mars energy manifests.

Capricorn Saturn the great teacher will be in Capricorn for the next couple of years providing a time in which you can truly inculcate many deep and powerful lessons. Fortunately, he’s your ruling planet. You’re wired right and can get in line with him quite easily. Starting university, a career or a family fits the bill nicely.

Aquarius Every sign has its duds that don’t live up to the qualities indicated for their sign. Generally speaking, Aquarius has been gifted with a scintillating intellect, along with the ability to digest and disseminate knowledge. The next five years presents a time in which you are on a great learning curve of inestimable value.

Pisces A magical and mystical time has arrived, and I wouldn’t be surprised with what comes up for you now. Love and marriage, baby and carriage, and all kinds of other life changing events could manifest. You can go out and play or put your intention and dreams together. My hint is to do it all.

December 2017 to January 2018

Saturn enters its own sign Capricorn on December 19, for a two-and-a-half-year visit, then begins to travel through Aquarius (also ruled by Saturn) for another two-and-a-half-year visit. That’s five years of some pretty strong Saturnian medicine. Generally, people don’t really want to hear about Saturn, and certainly most of my clients groan when I bring him up. But he is part of the pantheon of zodiacal gods and must be adhered to. In Vedic astrology the planets are called Grahas, which means to grab or seize. When a planet contacts a planet in your chart it grabs it, and brings its effect to it, positive or negative.

I have done a study of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s horoscope, along with the charts of Canada and the U.S., and with Donald Trump’s birth chart. Here’s what I found: Saturn passes over Trudeau’s Sun in January, and proceeds to oppose Canada’s Sun and Moon (February to June) and then backs up to practically sit on Trudeau’s Sun, and finishes 2018 in opposition to Canada’s Sun and Moon. Synthesized, it means that our country and its leader are besieged with this very powerful Saturnian influence throughout 2018. Saturn passing over a person’s Sun is no fun, and generally brings up a time of limitation, frustration, delays, adversity, scarcity and myriad other concerns. To save a very long story, Saturn pays a long and strong visit to the United Sates chart, and Trump’s chart too, all this right up to at least 2020. Throw in a couple of dramatic eclipses into the mix and we can surmise that we have a potent cocktail of serious karmic conditions to work out over the next few years.

If we thought 2017 was alarming and dismaying with Trump’s antics, we have seen nothing yet. Attacks and wars could break out, and at the least he probably will be discredited, exposed, and impeached. His life is in danger. Scary eh? Maybe not. Nobody wants to lance the cyst on the child’s arm, but once done the toxins are released and the healing process begins. Saturn’s true message is that of healing, purity, honesty, sobriety, cleanliness, discipline, chastity and every other thing that will help us to bring our societies and countries into a workable and wholesome order. Saturn tightens the belt and brings scarcity and sacrifice, hard work and sometimes impoverishment, and at least correction. If we’re living a hog at the trough mentality then we will have to correct it somehow. At the end of it all we come out better for the process, but in the meantime, I expect that the next two years at least will be fraught with serious and heavy concerns, decisions and considerations. Let’s get to work.

Aries You’re the lead-off man or woman of the zodiac. Bold, brave and true, and now it’s up to you to show the way, and break through to something new. How, you might ask. Living honestly, honourably, and leading by example. Come on valiant one, we need your direction and spirit now, more than ever.

Taurus Aries initiates action, but it’s the steady, and stubborn Taurus that sustains and stabilizes the energy that Aries creates. Venus rules Taurus and matters such as ethics, morality, purity and beauty. Taurus cares for the land and her resources, and we need your power and strength now, more than ever.

Gemini You are the word merchant, and negotiator par excellence, and you certainly know how to cut a deal, and get everyone on side. The world needs your gift of seeing both sides of anything and everything. Do your thing, and help humanity to come to reasonable resolutions to our myriad complex problems.

Cancer Saturn the task-master will be moving through your opposite sign Capricorn for the next couple of years. He casts his glance your way, and will manifest his energy in the form of all kinds of concerns and considerations. Career, health and relationship areas will get a workout. Wisdom and growth are the results.

Leo Late January and February are telling times for your sign. Generally, it’s not the best of times, but a time in which you can do some deep reflection regarding your life’s values. Throw a couple of eclipses into the mix and they will bring further revelations and realizations your way.

Virgo Saturn passes through Capricorn over the next two years casting good energy your way. Virgo may secretly admire much of Saturn’s disciplinary and corrective admonishments. You are more likely to get in line with his astringency plans, than not. In many ways, Saturn and Virgo resonate some very similar ideals and morals.

Libra Saturn visits Capricorn and strongly connects with your sign. Libra is all about the law. Saturn is the letter of the law, all laws, natural and manmade. He is exalted in Libra. Now a time has arrived in which you can use your skills as a fair judge and arbitrator.

Scorpio Scorpio is another sign that deeply cares about Earth’s environmental health. It seems that the world has gone a bit mad, and there are a vast number of problems that must be dealt with, and you are made just right to handle it all. Where others give up, you’re just getting warmed up.

Sagittarius You have been gifted with long vision and intuition, and now it is high time to put these gifts into play. You’ve been corralled for the last couple of years, and no doubt you are restless and ready for some new challenges and adventures. Saddle up and head out. You are needed.

Capricorn Do or die, well not literally, but with what is to come in the next couple of years you may very well feel that you are in a position that is seriously vital personally and professionally. If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. With cloven hoof, set forth up the mountain.

Aquarius Eclipses at the end of January and mid-February will help you in finding your direction. In the heart of hearts, you are the true humanitarian that can love one and all. Your skills are sorely needed now, and will be needed even more over the next five years.

Pisces Jupiter and Neptune, co-rulers of Pisces, will continue to cast their energies your way throughout most of 2018. This will provide you with the opportunity to truly find yourself and your position in our society. You have the gift of universal love, caring and compassion, and now it is truly needed. Do what you love, and love what you do.