Love Lanyadoo Astrology 12.05-11.2018
This week’s astrology can teach us about our interconnectedness and the power of allowing potential to unfold in its own time.
On the 5th, the Sun will form a challenging square to Neptune. Neptune governs empathy, compassion for strangers, spirituality, and service. It is the planet that nudges us to be connected to the Divine, the transpersonal, and the high arts. On a personal level, Neptune requires the need for healthy boundaries and spiritual wholeness. This transit can kick up a fair amount of anxiety, as you are likely to be unsure of yourself or your situation. The key here is to stay with the present moment, no matter how tempted you are to check out, or worse, to blame others for your feelings or situation. Seek meaning in the madness, and find the unified truth in seeming contradictions. You can expect to become disillusioned with something that isn’t working around this date, but it’s not wise to take things at face value. Breathe through your stresses, and do your best to fortify, not starve yourself.
On the 7th Mars will meet Neptune in the sky, and this can be a bit of a demoralizing hit. This transit brings together two very different forces: Mars, which governs the ego, ambition, and the body, and Neptune, which rules over self-sacrifice and the Soul. When these two forces meet, you're likely to feel exhausted. This happens in efforts to turn you away from worldly ambitions and prioritize matters of more spiritual consequence. You would do well to consider the divine implications of your goals and the ways in which you’re attempting to achieve them. If you have to sacrifice what you deeply care about or believe in to reach your aims, you’re probably on the wrong path.
Sandwiched in between these two transits to Neptune is a powerful New Moon at 15° of synchronistic Sagittarius on the 6th. This is a powerful transit for manifestation, but it’s not an unqualified blessing. Because of Neptune’s involvement, it’s important that you’re careful about what you ask for – just in case you actually get it. Potential is not the same as compatibility, and this is a terrible time to ignore the evidence sitting right in front of you. It's important that you understand that you are not alone; you have resources, both in the world around you and within you, that you can call on for support and strength. When you allow yourself to act out of fear without first getting centered in the present moment, you may only succeed in co-creating the very things you’re scared of. Potential is beautiful, but it’s not enough. Invest your energy into what's promising as much as you like, but don’t convince yourself you know something based on a feeling. Allow room for things to play out and prove themselves over time. Happily, Mercury is done with its Retrograde on the 6th, and by the 9th things should be totally back to normal (for better or worse).
Simple New Moon Ritual
1. Take nine full breaths. Allow yourself to be uncomfortable, restless, or anything else.
2. Ask yourself what you want.
Sit with that desire, and unpack it a bit.
Is your fantasy based on a fantasy self? (spoiler alert: if it is, then it’s a fantasy desire and won’t bring you real happiness).
Does your desire make sense within the life that you have now?
Can you take steps, no matter how small, to make room for your desire?
3. Commit to spending a couple minutes every morning revisiting your desire. Sit with it, feel into it, and reinforce your desire with the simple act of bringing energy and attention to it. Do this every day until December 22nd, when the Moon is next full.
March 21-April 19
There are so many variables; it’s impossible to manage them all. Instead of getting lost in the weeds, use the KISS method this week (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart). Start by reconnecting with the decisions that you’ve made, and then realign with them. This week, the bigger picture will provide the energy you need to inspire you to the next level. You don’t need to know how or when in order to show up here and now. It’s time for follow-through, not nitpicking, my love.
April 20-May 20
You can go round and round in circles, or you can just identify your needs and honor them. This week is an excellent one in which to practice communicating and upholding your boundaries. If you try to convince others to see your point of view or wait for them to agree with you, you’ll end up feeling turned around and stressed, Taurus. Do what’s right for you because it’s right and not because it will win you favor or attention, my love.
May 21-June 21
When you act defensively or out of fear, you tend to kick up opposition to your plans, no matter how heartfelt they are. Get honest with yourself about what you really want to do, so you can take steps to actually get there. Stop lamenting where you’re at, what’s in your way, or what you think other people have going for them. You don’t need to be in competition with anyone, and you don’t need to be perfect. Just do you, Twin Star.
June 22-July 22
Sometimes the cost of pursuing your dreams is higher than you’d like to pay. Seek balance between forging boldly ahead and allowing some space for people to catch up with you. This week is likely to trigger some anxiety in you or the people around you, or worst-case scenario: both. Don’t worry about getting there quickly, Moonchild. Instead, strive to get there happy. Compromise in ways that don’t compromise you or where you’re going, my love.
July 23-Aug. 22
It’s as good a time as any to start something new, Leo. The New Moon on the 6th is likely to inspire something exciting – a crush, a creative project, or just a warm, lovely feeling. Avail yourself of it without attachments. Stay here in this moment for the good and the growing of your life without needing things to look a certain way or stay that way forever. You don’t need to know where things are going to end up in order to appreciate them now. Find joy, and commit to it fully this week.
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
When things don’t go your way, it’s easy to want to distract or deflect the bad feelings that arise. You may be coping with a disappointment, but it’s not a failure if you’re learning, growing, and trying. Don’t forget who you are, and don't allow your situation to define you. There are so many tools that you have access to – you just have to remember to use them. Don’t allow your thinking to get small when you’re upset. Rely on your inner strength, Virgo.
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
Every ending is a beginning too. Instead of focusing on what you need to phase out, this week it’s time for you to focus on what you’re calling in. Have hope, dear Libra. You’ve done the work, you've put in the time, and you're ready for what comes next, my love. For now you need to prioritize self-care in such a way that you can weather whatever storms your way. Find creative solutions to life’s problems, and trust in yourself, my love.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
If you’ve taken on too much lately, this week is likely to greet you with a sense of overwhelm. Instead of rushing to fix things, first attempt to simplify them. Prioritizing your time based on what will be most nurturing to you sounds straightforward enough, but you and your needs don’t exist in a vacuum. How you handle your obligations, time, and ambitions is directly linked to your sense of satisfaction. Strive to create supportive conditions for yourself, Scorpio.
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
On the 6th there is a New Moon in your sign, making this an excellent time for innovating something heartfelt. The problem is that, as the saying goes, not all that glitters is gold. This isn’t a good time to take on new things without careful consideration. Say yes to healthier habits and updated attitudes, Sagittarius. Bring in a higher quality of your inner life while slowing down the tempo of your activities this week.
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
You’re not in control of so many things, and that can be hard to sit with. Have faith in the wisdom of your choices and your ability to cope with whatever comes this week. You can follow a stream of ‘what-ifs’ all the way down a waterfall if you want, but you’d do better on dry land. Stay aligned with what you do know, and let the future unfold in its own time. Take a deep breath, Capricorn; you’re only responsible to this moment.
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Uncertainty is inevitable, and this week I’ve got some advice for how to handle it when it arises. Instead of trying to understand your problems, first get grounded. Locate yourself in the present moment, and then take a minute to really feel your feelings and notice where they reside in your body. If you can be present, you can handle at least one tiny part of what’s in front of you today. Put one foot in front of the other, one day at a time, Aquarius.
Feb. 19-March 20
Growing your ego into its full size doesn’t mean that you become a huge jerk. It means you don't have to defensively prove yourself to anyone. This week will provide opportunity for you to stand in your power, or alternatively, to feel the discomfort of shrinking instead. Experiment with ways of showing up with the fullness of your will, your passion, and even your fears. Don’t diminish yourself in efforts to get along, dear Pisces.