Dear Readers, nay-sayers and cosmic perpetrators alike:
It's been a while, Lethbridge, since I've written to you and since a relocation to Calgary, Alberta. But I am still here and not intending to go anywhere. Before getting on with the scope, I want to shout out to Sir Mr. Randy Shaver and have to send my love to DJ Booda who worked with me through Charisma and was always nothing but ultimately lovely.
In the case of Randy, I don't think my friend would mind my saying he wasn't an astrologer or any one who would likely ever agree with astrology at all. I mean, he wouldn't want me to be overly harsh as he was awesomely empathetic, but he and I both know that when it came to astrology it just wasn't his thing... Though he seemed to have some kind of great metaphysical sense about him, in my opinion. He was extremely aware. He was also a deeply philosophical Sagittarian, and true to the nature of the sign. He spoke candidly, bluntly and seriously, especially with his Moon in Capricorn. I remember one conversation about the definition of an inquisition, and a few specific events related to the term, like the Spanish one.
We both loved the Dead Kennedys, Amanda Palmer and had the same ideas about strong female songwriters. He got me and it didn't matter what I believed.
That's why I loved Randy. We can all take a lesson from sticking up for the underdog, saying what's unpopular, but true and tolerating that which we know we cannot justly judge others for, no matter how impartially observant we think we are being, we have to check how we're treating one and other. So, all the wit and whim of today's column goes out to him, in the light of a Gemini Moon, where the importance of communicating is everything.
Iris E., Astrologer, L.A. Beat
March 21-23 to April 20-23
Irritations in relationships may be present at the moment as some tension exists between the way things could be and the way they aren't. Watch in areas of personal health for how your social relationships affect your personal activities. Check where your pickinesses are prodded especially socially. Be mindful not to let them be or you may even notice physical symptoms arise more acutely or at least a bit of a shorter fuse this week. You'll also be prone to your own sentimentality, making you more sensitive than you may like to feel comfortable.
April 21-23 to May 20-23
Prone to speaking out all too candidly at the moment, Venus gets Jovial, becoming extremely welcoming, and seeing an expanse in ideas come more swiftly than usually, but with so much Scorpio afoot the intensity may be throwing you off. Never fear, for it's all in the name of evolution, baby. Love is steadying but adverse to specifics. In other words beware the dangers of one opinion trumping another instead of finding the growth potential in varying ideas and adaptability. We cannot truly get to know each other without compromise.
May 21-23 to June 20-23
Mercury is all suited up with Scorpio energy right now. Conjunct a Scorpio midhaven and also conjunct Saturn in the sign, as well. The psyche will be buzzing with intensity but of a heavy, tremendously looming nature, the stuff of which mystery is made up of. Scorpio encourages Gemini to stop talking. For such a verbal sign, this isn't a bad thing. There's definitely good need for the love of silence this week with Mercury retrograde.
June 21-23 to July 20-23
Your emotions will simply be going awry though Jupiter is on your side, having come straight into Cancer now out of its long retrograde cycle. This is ultimately a good time to invest with close friends at home where you're comfortable though there is a strong need for time spent with other people, your head may feel too wired for much venturing in public.
July 21-23 to Aug. 20-23
You can feel the potentiality of strength in the air, high above us, soaring like an eagle when the golden sun shimmers in the sign of Scorpio and though it's extremely good to be getting along with Mars, so much of it around, in Venus' arena of affection we may not be so fortunate. Philosophical intensity grips the lion right now and not more demure sentiments. If you play your cards right, you see that learning from the lady's softness and not fighting to be engaged or retreating will be challenging but most rewarding.
Aug. 21-24 to Sept. 21-23
Virgo is being directed to keep their heads together especially so, with a lot of intense astrological circumstances around the head of Mercury in its retrograde at the moment. The want and need to be socially critical will be pressing and being out and about may be more pressure than it’s worth. Take advantage of a sense of transforming overly analytical thought patterns into something entirely new and transcendent. It'll be quite a task for you.
Sept. 21-23 to Oct. 21 - 23
There are definitely signs less comfortable with the lot of Scorpio in the skies than Libra tends to be. Libra simply turns its back on the intensity Scorpio brings. You're able to be coaxed into more philosophical mind-set than sometimes your own superficiality likes you to be. Though it could just be the wine, you seem more open to deeper concepts rather than surface talk or bargaining. Maybe even bluntly so. Go with what you trust but watch you aren't too fluffy or fickle on the uptake. Dig deep and get sexy.
Oct. 21-23 to Nov. 21-23
Your words may betray you and your silence work to your advantage. Or your words may work to your advantage and your silences betray you. I can't say for sure, with Mercury being in retrograde, and all. Communications will be boldly transformative, and shapes will shift with how you see others in the world and your own trajectory inward as opposed to outward into that sea of people which doesn't mean you aren't involved. It's a time for internal processing through attitudes and ideas wherever they come from.
Nov. 20-23 to Dec. 20-23
Feeling social but overly distrustful, you will be keenly aware of what you like and dislike, so now is a good time to chalk up the pros and cons of life circumstances long hand. Just don't let the list fall into the wrong hands! Speculate on people and their opinions and a lucky comprehension will become of it, aiding you in who to trot toward and who to gallop away from, as irrational as that may sound. Your mind will be aligned with your intuition, but not necessarily congruent with the minds of other individuals. Feel it all out.
Dec. 20-23 to Jan. 18-21
Prepare for your come uppins! And by this I mean reaping what you sow and grimly-so-so. But don't worry, the devil has his way of leveling out the playing field. Things will be changing from here, on in, most possibly in your professional sphere. You'll see the culmination of these current shifts come into proper focus when Mercury leaves its retrograde by Nov. 11.
Jan. 18-21 to Feb. 18-21
You've been considering your home or possibly your possessions, in general, things about the material world and how this relates to your personal feelings about circumstances as opposed to the feelings others have about them. You feel unable to push your own boundaries right now and utterly focused on the material so much that there isn't much energy for people, even for you, Aquarius. You must attempt to let go and come into alignment with the uber direct, spiritual warrior energies of Scorpio, and Aries.
Feb. 18- 21 to March 18-21
Neptune in Pisces keeps you keen wit-wise, and as far as a deep intuition, but you will feel that obligations related to the work that you do get in the way of what you're truly sensing. Not to mention, this week may be a frustrating one where things going smoothly in any place of work may seem near impossible. Energies will be high and, at times, life-assuring in some deeply impactful, hard-hitting ways. But at the end of the day, you will need to put yourself as top priority and not your boss or anything else.
— By Iris E, Special To L.A. Beat
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