Yesterday’s second Gemini New Moon of 2012 should have provided you with a strong forward momentum. However, Venus now makes an off-kilter, 150-degree link to distant Pluto (4:19AM PDT) while Mercury squares Saturn (9:06AM PDT). With friends like these, who needs enemies? The Venus-Pluto and Mercury-Saturn clashes are warning signals to be extra careful if you are a wheeler-dealer in stocks, bonds and delicate business matters. Romantic ties and relationships in general may also be rattled by these two planetary conflicts. Mercury forming a flowing trine with Juno in water signs (3:35PM PDT) represents one saving grace and extra support system across the board. Another major event is the Sun switching its zodiacal allegiance from airy Gemini to watery Cancer (4:10PM PDT) at the sacred turning point known as the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. With the Sun and Moon now in Cancer, find more time to rejoice in nature’s gardens, forests, parks, seaside resorts, and hiking trails. Romantic longings make a comeback since Venus makes a supportive, 60-degree liaison with revelatory Uranus (5:56PM PDT) while the Moon parallels Venus (9:11PM PDT). Even a seemingly frictional 45-degree link from Mercury to Venus (6:20PM PDT) might be tweaked to help give comfort and nurturance to your love life and family ties. Get set for another rollicking 24-hour, carnival-like psychic atmosphere tomorrow when several challenging and favorable aspects vie for supremacy.
Dragons of the Zodiac: Taurus
Color: Pink and blue
Teach me, Great Dragon!
Show me the way, Emerald Dragon!
Air has the qualities of coolness and dryness and associations with breath, life, and communication. In astrology, Air rules the zodiac signs Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. People born under the Air signs think, communicate, analyze, and theorize. They love freedom, truth and justice, and have the ability to change circumstances with amazing speed. As thinkers, they rely on rationality rather than on intuition or emotions. Their philosophical approach to any situation allow them to endure hardship. Air signs can tolerate almost any circumstances, as long as there is a rational explanation for it. They have great leadership capabilities, with a reputation of being fair. Interested in almost everything, they are lifelong students.
The Element of Air becomes a negative one when Air folks require family and friends to uphold the same standards they live by. Air people cannot understand why everyone does not think and act as they do When they make a mistake, they tend to rationalize instead of using the situation as a learning experience. They are devoted to abstract ideas and have difficulty making decisions, making them sometimes exasperating to work with. In addition, they tend to procrastinate.
Dragons of the Zodiac: Aries
Note: Perform during bright noon or the hour of Mars, and during the waxing Moon, with the Full Moon being strongest.
Ruling Planets: Mars
Description: Energetic, impatient, lacking in foresight, short-tempered, sarcastic, witty, demanding, sharp-minded, cutting, egocentric, adventuresome, feisty.
Sharpened mind, energy,
Aries Dragon, Bring to me.
Boundless luck, adventure bold,
These are things I want to hold.
Dragon Red of luck and will,
Help me my desires to fill.
Dancing with Dragons
D. J. Conway
Dragons of the Zodiac
As there are dragons of the planets, so are there dragons of each zodiac sign. Some magical systems look upon these dragons as devic in nature and therefore not as powerful as element dragons. I have not found this to be so. I leave it to your own personal experience to decide the situation.
Sometimes we need to enhance the good qualities of the sign under which we were born, sometimes lessen the negative qualities. Many times we need the qualities and energies of other signs for a short period. By using the chant under each zodiac sign, the magician can add to her/his magical energies, particularly when she/he must face a sticky situation or deal with difficult people. However, no magician should work with the powers of one sign too long or she/he may develop too much of a particular power, thereby overbalancing.
As with planetary dragons, indeed all dragons, the magician should extend a mental invitation to join the ritual. Choose music that reflects to you the zodiac sign with which you are working. Steven Halpern has recorded some very beautiful New Age music specially for the zodiac signs, but these may not appeal to you. Response to music is a very personal thing. Your responses can even change from time to time, depending upon your emotions, physical health, and environmental situation. What feels right one time may not be appropriate at another.
Like the planetary rituals, these zodiac rites use candles, herbs, and oil of the appropriate sign to connect with dragon energy and draw on it.
Use the basic dragon rituals as a foundation ritual, adding the appropriate colors, herbs, etc. Insert the chants in the place where spell working is called for. Dance with your dragons; sing with them; chant vowel sounds with them. At the end of whichever zodiac chant you decide to use, meditate on absorbing the energies and qualities for which you have asked. Listen inwardly for suggestions.
Dancing with Dragons
D. J. Conway
Love vibrations are increasing in frequency – courtesy of a Moon-Venus flowing trine in water signs (1:29AM PST). While romance appears to be promising, surprises and shock waves can easily pop up due to a frictional, 45-degree connection from the Sun to radical-change agent Uranus (2:05AM PST). Expecting the unexpected is more the rule now than the exception. A short void lunar cycle from 4:32AM PST to 5:25AM PST is a reminder to finish old projects on a high note. Once the clock strikes 5:25AM PST, the Moon enters warmhearted and outgoing Leo for a change of pace. Advances on the cutting edge of science and metaphysics can suddenly show up as the Moon trines Uranus (9:01AM PST). Become more familiar with new technological marvels entering the marketplace and be fearless about exploring the ever-expanding online universe. However, more topsy-turvy conditions are likely to spontaneously manifest around the time that Mercury makes an abrasive, 45-degree link to its higher-octave planet Uranus (12:03PM PST). When Uranus begins to throw its erratic, iconoclastic and revolutionary weight around, stability and comfort are hard to find. Instead, you need to periodically check in with your intuitive awareness and fly more by the seat of your pants. Keep preparing for tomorrow’s enlightening Full Moon energy-field and Saturn turnaround in motion.
If you are a frequent reader of this calendar, then you know that every so often the cosmos settles down and refrains from blasting earthlings with solar, lunar and planetary discord. Today is one of those one-sided affairs where the potential for good outweighs the potential for its opposite. This is because the only two major celestial alignments are flowing trines of 120-degrees – the first one from the Moon in Gemini to Mercury in Aquarius (6:42AM PST) and the second one happening some 7+ hours later when the Moon forms the same rapport with the Sun in Aquarius (2:02PM PST). Be receptive to visions and insights coming from the great beyond. Think about your higher destiny on Spaceship Earth rather than your personal needs and desires. Literary and educational endeavors as well as cultural and global perspectives win the day over petty peeves and superficial interests. Catch up with email and overseas correspondence. Meanwhile, gear up for a big sea change happening for the planet ruling the oceans as Neptune prepares to enter Pisces for nearly 14 years tomorrow. This orb of dreams, spirituality, religious beliefs and the creative imagination is saying goodbye to Aquarius after a brilliant 14-year run in this third, universal air sign. Now it’s on to the last sign of the zodiac for a trip into unknown waters only Einstein, a double-fish Piscean himself, might perceive with his mystical and kaleidoscopic mind-set.
With last night’s New Moon in Aquarius in your hip pocket, it may seem as if it is clear sailing ahead – as each solar-lunar union offers a forward push for the next 29+ days. However, even though Mercury and Mars form a flowing trine of 120-degrees in earth signs this morning (3:17AM PST) – potentially bolstering communications and construction projects across the board – everyone is about to deal with a possibly volatile Mars station at 24 degrees of Virgo (4:55PM PST) where the red planet shifts from direct to reverse until April 13. While our very accurate, scientifically-calculated ephemerides give us the exact timing of the Mars shift, this entire day (not to mention the last few days and the next 48+ hours ahead) is under the aegis of the red planet gone wild. Stations or the apparent stopping points of celestial bodies are tremendously significant because the planetary archetypes are then thrust upon us – often in an unrelenting manner. Thus, Mars motionless equates with a vast increase in themes such as courage, leadership, passion, sensuality, desire, athletic prowess, independence, but also selfishness, egocentricity, rash acts, immature and adolescent attitudes, as well as violence, anger, aggression and volatility. Accidents, fevers, burns and inflammations are much more common when Mars is singled out via the cosmic players who throw their weight around in our solar system. Do all in your power to steer clear of temperamental individuals, avoid dealing with legal matters and signings, and remember to drive defensively. The good news about Mars retrograde is that you can review and re-evaluate many of your behavior patterns – on the personality level – over the next 80 days.
All your senses are on red alert today and your acute perceptions register every single nuance in your immediate environment. Unfortunately, you could be so sensitive now that you start noticing things that aren’t actually there. Be careful with your judgments about what is real; you might be making up stories to justify what’s in your imagination without even realizing it.
Your friends and associates seem to be out of step with the rest of the world while you are marching to the beat of a reliable drummer today. The Moon and Mercury are in fellow earth sign Virgo, helping you maintain a steady pace, even if fleet-footed Mercury screeches to a halt. Unfortunately, you can easily work yourself into an anxious state if you try to complete everything in front of you. Don’t rush; do what you do well and practice patience with yourself and others.
Your key planet Mercury turns retrograde today, emphasizing many forms of exchange, including verbal interactions, written correspondence and monetary transactions. You think that you are being very clever, but might discover that you only outsmarted yourself. Being mentally agile is a useful trait, but now it’s more useful to stick with the plan. Don’t let your curiosity tempt you to search for solutions to problems that haven’t even surfaced yet.
You have already looked over your daily calendar enough times to realize that there’s no easy way to fit in everything today. You must face the facts and decide what needs to be eliminated. Unfortunately, talking about your current perspective may be a lot easier than actually narrowing it. Still, you will feel much better after you postpone a few things on your current schedule and kindly explain that it’s just not possible for you to do so much at this time.
You may be losing momentum at work and fears begin to surface about your long-term financial security. Although you’re ready to shore up your cash flow, it could take longer than you realize to put everything back in order. Still, you’re ready to take action because you don’t want money issues to become more problematic in the weeks ahead. Remember, there’s no need to spend what you don’t have just to keep up appearances. It’s more important to get back to basics so you can make it all work out.
You are struggling as you consider two divergent approaches to life with the Moon in your practical sign while Mars is in noisy Gemini. You might try to limit the amount of data you need to handle now, but the information keeps coming. Thankfully, you can manage the situation by remaining open-minded while sorting through the details later. Don’t waste time trying to figure out what’s right; the answers will come to you organically on their own.
You feel as if others are pressuring you to complete a project today, but your current deadlines don’t make any sense at all. Unfortunately, you might have a hard time tying up loose ends. The more you work, the less finished it seems. Overreacting isn’t helpful; just do the absolute best you can and then quit stressing out. If something has to fall behind, let it go without resistance. You can do more harm than good if you hurry up and rush your work.
You may need to make time for a serious relationship discussion with a close friend or partner. However, you might find yourself having a rerun of a recent conversation. You’re not interested in looking back now because you want to see forward movement. Be patient and remember that you’re in a holding pattern for the next few weeks. You’ll have time to express yourself later on down the road.
You are growing concerned that your life is heading into a serious roadblock. Actually, you may be forced to change directions if you’re not willing to slow down considerably. There’s no need for an immediate decision today, but the sooner you begin discussing your fears with someone you trust, the faster you’ll be able to regain a clear perspective.
You may be very thankful that you have a plan now, even if it will take a while to put it all into motion. When Mercury turns retrograde today, you’re ready to dig in your heels and be serious about reaching your destination. You excel at calculating how to act to get what you want, especially if long-range goals are involved. Nevertheless, gaining control of your day will actually help you gain more control of your life.
You may feel like you have a bit of deep magic at your disposal today, yet it’s not yours to use for personal gain. But answers are more likely to come to you through dreams now, instead of rational logic, so don’t seek solutions through the usual channels. Although your words might backfire on you, using images and employing symbolic gestures can strongly impact the outcome of your work.
You may feel like a Fish out of water with the Moon in dry Virgo and Mercury turning retrograde in your 7th House of Others. You long for deeper personal connections in your life, but your friends seem to be more emotionally reserved than you prefer. Fortunately, your imagination may hold the keys to the kingdom, but it’s easy to get confused by everything you don’t yet understand. Don’t push too hard for answers; be content with what you know for now and let the rest come in its own time.
Your passionate ruling planet Mars’ shift into sensitive Cancer softens your pursuit of romance this week. Instead of being the hard-charging, spontaneous type, you’re more likely to approach people with caution. You could be feeling a bit insecure, but this kind of vulnerability reduces your air of independence, allows you to receive support and makes you more accessible to others.
Your emotional temperature is on the rise this weekend with the Moon’s presence in mysterious Scorpio and your 7th House of Relationships on Friday and Saturday. The desire to connect in very deep ways is powerful, but so is your concern about being manipulated or controlled. A high level of trust needs to be established before you can comfortably open your heart and let others in.
Your personal life may be complicated by work and other responsibilities for most of the weekend. However, handing these obligations with total commitment can make you more attractive in a non-social setting. A lunar shift into risk-taking Sagittarius and your 7th House of Partners on Sunday supplies a spirit of adventure and openness, stretching your boundaries in playful ways.
Mars, the planet of action and aggression, enters your tender sign on Wednesday, which can spur you to be more active in pursuing your personal goals. If you’re feeling edgy, don’t complain, blame or stress out. Channel your excess energy into physical activity and doubts will quickly fade away. This confidence boost will make it easier to take the initiative with your present partner or make a move toward someone new.
Alluring Venus in your sign warms you with a newfound appreciation of yourself. But the enthusiasm that this inspires may not be expressed as boldly as you might expect. Aggressive Mars is hiding in your private 12th house, making it uncomfortable to come on strong or expose your feelings openly. Ironically, a more indirect approach could get you exactly who and what you want.
Sharing intimate secrets and speaking in measured tones could be especially sexy this weekend. The mood-setting Moon is visiting confidential Scorpio and your 3rd House of Communication, which favors subtle ways of talking that will draw others closer to you. Discretion is a must as telling tales out of turn will undermine trust and could damage a relationship.
Strategy is a key to romantic success this weekend with the Moon’s presence in subtle Scorpio on Friday and Saturday. Being just a little bit mysterious and less available can make you more captivating. Besides, you’re allowed to withhold your thoughts and affections while you assess others to determine whether they are worthy of your attention. Hold back a bit and you might receive more in return.
The Moon’s presence in your emotionally intense sign on Friday and Saturday can make this a personally powerful weekend. You’re not into playing games or taking halfway measures, you need the company of a serious contender. A complex person willing to dive into the depths of his or her feelings is much more desirable than an easygoing individual who keeps everything on the surface.
Your time to shine this weekend might not come until Sunday. Sure, you can have fun before then, but the Moon’s visit to your ultra-private 12th house on Friday and Saturday could keep you out of the spotlight. Use that time to get away from it all, either alone or with someone in whom you have total confidence. Rest, relax and nourish your soul instead of pushing yourself socially. You will be glad you did once the Moon moves into your sign on Sunday morning and you are the life of the party once again.
Friends and organizations bring both social opportunities and responsibilities this weekend. One pal could introduce you to someone who could become the love of your life, while another one might drain you with unceasing demands. Finding the right balance between responding to others and taking care of yourself requires a deeper understanding of how to incorporate your desires and your obligations into your life.
Personal matters could get a little sticky this week as assertive Mars splashes into sensitive Cancer on Wednesday and the Moon swims into complex Scorpio on Friday and Saturday. These Water signs emphasize feelings, which don’t always align with your intellectual view of reality. Relaxing your rational perspective and accepting the uncertainty and mystery of emotions will make you more tolerant and loveable now. Follow your heart for a while and see what happens.
Passionate Mars slips into cuddly Cancer and your 5th House of Romance on Wednesday, increasing your chances of experiencing pleasure and love. The Moon in sister Water sign Scorpio colors the weekend with the emotional and spiritual realms where you feel so much at home. Trusting your instincts more than reason isn’t always a great idea, but your psychic powers should be right on target now.