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    Struggling Vines Produce Better Wine

    astrolAs an astrologer who owns a metaphysical store, I have all the appropriate language to give you a feel-good, rainbows, dolphins, and unicorns kind of positive reframe. But in good conscience, and in alignment with my own triggers around the above, I have to tell you that this month sucks! The confluence of planetary pressure is likely to crack you. It has what it takes to knock you out of your habitual rut, and into discovering your current evolutionary direction.

    Now, before you grab the end of that last sentence and envision yourself skipping merrily down True Purpose Lane, let the celestial influences work you as they will. In other words, resist the temptation to fast forward, prematurely repair, or go numb, during the rough stuff. I agree with Coco Chanel when she said, “Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.” Be willing to bring your total self into the dialogue, and release that which you have been holding so tightly. Many of the structures in our lives are kept well past their due date because we are just too afraid to let them go. Have faith that you are held together by something much greater than your own effort. Allow the cracks in your life to be large enough for your True Essence to emerge onto the fertile soil that is rich with evidence of your Presence. Remember, struggling vines produce better wine!

    ARIES (March 21 – April 19)

    Your sense of self is likely to be felt like a 2000-piece jigsaw puzzle up in the air, and not connected. See if you can stretch your faith a little, trusting that you will soon have at least a border formed. It’s futile to strain your eyes trying to figure out the full picture right now. I’ll give you a hint… It probably has something to do with relationships. They have clearly been a source of upheaval lately, but they are helping you to form your new negotiable and non-negotiable needse.

    TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

    Wake up! This is a new beginning for you! Your own personal shakedown that first left you empty has now given you a pocket full of new values. Some of these values you will be willing to negotiate, and others, not so much. It’s time for you to bravely occupy what’s right for you, while offering your service and stability to others who are feeling more chaotic.

    GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)

    What would you like people to say about you when you’re dead? Be imaginative and creative about the direction you want your life to begin taking. Be silent. Listen. There are universal secrets being revealed that only you can hear. They are whispers telling you the form that your self-expression is about to take. Pay attention to the beginnings and endings of relationships or your relationship patterns, as your inspiration is drawn from this field.

    CANCER (June 21 – July 22)

    Massive shifts at work are forcing you to ground yourself in the only home you truly have: the one inside of your own skin and bones. It would not be wise to attach yourself to any specific form right now, because so much is currently unknown. Relationship triggers, or someone pulling rank on you, only strengthen your resolve to practice what you preach. Stay morally attuned to yourself and your confidence will bloom and soar. Choose humility over self-aggrandizement.

    LEO (July 23 – August 22)

    Remember the famous line from the movie The Sixth Sense? “I hear dead people.” Currently your overall faith and the beliefs that give your life meaning are in a Fukushima meltdown. Listen to your ancestors, your guides, and your dead pets, as they are sending you much needed guidance with your shifting values. These values are the precursor to seeding your future legacy. (And it’s okay if you can’t actually hear the dead people with your ears.) A little faith goes a long way this month!

    VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)

    Although it is your nature to work hard, to serve something other than yourself, and to master something by figuring it all out, it is now time to let go. Let go of old habits, old people, and old places that keep you rooted in survival mode. There is magic in the air and you will find relationships the source of this beauty. Don’t try to figure it all out. Just keep a bag packed and be ready to follow the delectable crumbs through the forest. It might lead you to a pot of gold, or it might lead you to a stinky swamp. The magic is in the journey, not the outcome.

    LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)

    The seeds of your deeper, and very valid, emotional needs are just beneath the surface of the dark rich soil. Trust, if you can, that the extremely harsh weather at home and with your most treasured relationships is the necessary fuel to massage these needs to the surface. Your future self depends on your letting go of many old habits, codependent relating, and dismissal of your own desires. Your Aries polarity point is trying to send you a message about sacred selfishness.

    SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)

    The difference between intimacy and drama is that one is rooted in power struggles and one gains its strength from transparency and vulnerability. You can addictively follow the yummy pleasures and temporary highs that lust, infatuation, and control give you, or risk baring your soul in order to contact and be contacted deeply. Both of these realms belong to your archetype and, like always, you are free to choose between light and dark.

    SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)

    You are pregnant with the magic of learning to serve something other than your own philosophical quest. This is something earthy, tangible and physical. All of the resources you need are within your reach, and your family and community are standing by waiting to lend you a hand. After all, it has been your optimism and enthusiasm that has brightened the path for them in the past. Receiving the blessings that are offered is as important as offering them.

    CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)

    No one will question your position as the King or the Queen. However, they may question whether or not they want to follow you. Only those of you who have the wisdom of humility will be respected by those around you. Jesus led his followers with gentleness and compassion as his guide. There is a flock ready to follow you. Be willing to show them your sensitivities. Now is not the time to hunker down in your cave just because you are feeling unusually unarmored.

    AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)

    Your biological and imported clan is a great resource for you right now as you figure out what you truly value. Yes, you will always need your freedom, and I do recommend a VisionQuest journey soon. However, do not neglect, deny, or overlook your valid human need for others. Sometimes the quest is in your own back yard, and your true liberation occurs because you have a home base upon which to return.

    PISCES (February 19 – March 20)

    Your true currency is always going to be pure energy. Money is nothing more than the manifestation of pure energy. Play with your own wattage and let your energetic being brighten up the world. There is a difference between magical thinking and manifesting miracles. The difference is your involvement. Don’t merge yourself with another’s light; burn brightly with your own. This is a fantastic time to let others hear from you. Write it. Speak it. Sing it. Tell it.