Important Dates: February 14th, Valentine’s Day; the 25th, Mardi Gras and Shrove Tuesday; and the 26th, Ash Wednesday.
Winter Is Nearly Over…Hurry Up Spring!
I am not a big fan of winter. I don’t ski. I don’t go snowmobiling or sledding, nor do I involve myself in any snow related-activities. I hate the cold! I prefer the spring and fall when the temperatures are mild. One of my favorite comedians, Lewis Black, said in one of his specials. “Fall is great for about three days when the leaves change color and then after that, you have sticks for the remainder of the winter!” There are a lot of sticks around here right now up in the Pocono Mountains. However, the snow and/or ice that clings to them makes them seem alive somehow.
In Akashic Records and Metaphysical traditions, it is said that our soul has to learn how to experience becoming everything on this planet before becoming a human soul. Pets are supposed to be the most developed animal souls because they interact with humans. They are learning behaviors by how we treat them, so when they reincarnate, they will have some of the traits that their masters may have had. This is also a process that takes many incarnations to be learned, but I digress. Trees too have souls in them. I wonder worry about them sometimes. It has been proven that trees, plants, flowers, and most flora have reactions to certain stimuli, like cutting a leaf off of the branch or bush or perhaps cutting flowers for a vase. So, I wonder throughout this harsh winter, how are the bare trees fairing? Some are broken in half by the heavy ice. Some are continually covered with snow. Many have fallen over and seem dead and gone. I wonder if the trees that are “dead” or “injured” in some way, continue to allow spirits to reside in them and is that part of the learning process. I would assume the dead tree spirits go on their merry way to their next lesson, but what about trees that are cut down with only a stump is left, and what about damaged trees? Are the spirits still inside the tree or does the death or destruction of a tree coincide with the spirit moving on? Maybe when I was a spirit in a tree, I was in the cold too long during a harsh winter or was up here in the Pocono Mountains and really started to hate the snow. One never knows. All I’m saying is, “Hurry up, spring,” with all the new life that will leap up around us to show us again that there is a cycle to life…life and death in trees seems similar to the human world. Be kind to your trees, for eventually they may be someone you will know or love!
ARIES – March 21 – April 19
Now that the holidays are joining new organizations. over, you seem to want to catch up on things you had to put on hold. Getting back to joining groups and organizations for your business or personal pleasure is a good idea. It seems as if you will be meeting people who will be important to your well-being. This is an invigorating time to start attracting additional friends and will want to start many new projects at work and at home. You are thinking about so many new exciting ways to change your life, especially what you should continue to do and perhaps what has to go or be altered in some way. Planned changes in business will help you move onward and upward. Whether or not you stay with your present job, you will be successful. Thinking from many perspectives at once, you are able to see what the outcomes of any scenario will be. Your energy level is high and you seem to be doing too much at one time; be careful not to run yourself down which may affect your immune system or health in general. Be sure to rest when appropriate and don’t take on too many things that others can help you with. There is much luck, positive energy and great opportunities awaiting you if you decide to try something new; otherwise, things will stay exactly the same.
TAURUS – April 20 – May 20
Don’t try to keep your emotions pent up inside of you. Depression may creep into your life from time to time, but life is going to get better and sometimes changes need to be made to push us into our next adventure in life. It looks like a lot of things are changing in the way you think and feel about people and things that it may be an overwhelming time. This also seems to be a very serious time in your life when you are thinking about your future direction and goals to make yourself happy and financially stable. You may be thinking from a philosophical or metaphysical point of view and may even take some classes to learn what this is all about. Your interest has been piqued in esoterica and your spirituality is going in a much stronger direction; that’s why your interest is so strong now. There’s a possibility of a change in career, especially if you have been thinking about it for a long time. If you are unhappy in your current position, perhaps it’s time to send out resumes and see what else is out there for you. Be very careful about keeping your career on an even keel as it seems you will be getting upset easily so you will need to be more centered and focused within your goals. Be open to change and a bit more flexible than usual and things will go more smoothly.
GEMINI – May 21 – June 20
New beginnings, new relationships, journeys, jobs, perhaps moving, and financial security are coming to you. It will be like a breath of fresh air and you will be able to think in a more direct and positive way to decide what you really want to accomplish. There is much positive energy around you and outcomes couldn’t look brighter. You sometimes feel as if you need to accomplish much in this lifetime on your own and you are so right. You can do so many things and are talented in many areas; it would be wonderful if you could harness your energy to make life easier by condensing your workload and doing what makes you more money in a shorter amount of time or as the saying goes, “Working smarter and not harder.” Making yourself a priority is important now. Homelife is more satisfying whether you are alone or if you have a family. Divide up the household chores so you don’t have to do everything yourself even if they are not done to your specifications. Children will learn and you will have more time to do what you need to do for yourself.
CANCER – June 21 – July 22
It seems dealing with finances and relatives will be your main interests. Of course, perhaps planning short trips for a well-needed break from the winter is also possible. What a good time for making more money or acquiring it through investments, luck in the lottery, an inheritance or working hard and getting a promotion or more responsibility for more money. You will continue to be very fortunate with financial stability. Nothing makes you happier than having money in the bank and you will be able to save a bit more than usual. Friends and associates may ask to borrow money, and it’s up to you whether or not you want to lend them money. However, it doesn’t look like you’ll get any of it back. Your romantic partner is still not on the same wavelength with you regarding money so another conversation is due. Upsets and worrying can spoil the mood of your month, so find out what your exact issues are and deal with them one at a time until they are completed. This is a transformational time for you to make yourself first in your life and having you not worry about everyone else.
LEO – July 23 – August 22
This is a wonderful time to get back into your artistic side, especially art and writing. Any hobby that makes you focus on yourself or gives you much-needed rest would be in your best interest. Family and home life fall into place and you are ready to really get involved in your family’s interests, pastimes, and hobbies. You talk a great deal to each other but now you are actually listening to one another. You don’t have to be the caregiver alone any longer. Share responsibilities and make sure you have enough time for yourself. Classes, lectures, workshops, the spa, a massage, mani/pedi or anything else you feel like doing for yourself are important now. You need to be pampered like you have pampered others. If someone wants to do something for you, let them. Smile and say, “Thank you,” instead of telling them that it’s okay because you’ll take care of it. Some reciprocal energy was bound to find its way to you and now here it is. Activity is mild; you have many plans, but just don’t seem to have the energy to do everything you want. Prioritize and at least you’ll get some things done that are important.
VIRGO – August 23 – September 22
This is time to plan adventures and trips. You should get involved with many organizations that do the things you would like to do. It would be wonderful if they also had planned tours to either a country of your interest or a hobby class or lecture. Romantic love, creativity and children seem to take up a good deal of your month. Be careful not to fantasize about a romantic partner because (s)he may not be as perfect as you think. If it is a new partner, be sure to ask family and friends’ opinions because you may not be seeing the real person. Emotions are high; you are also super sensitive now, so crying at the drop of a hat may be at hand. Why? Only you know. You tend to make things worse than they truly are by worrying and being anxious over everything, so if you lighten up, you may immediately resolve some of your issues. Money doesn’t seem to be your main concern as it is steady and you feel as if your life is secure. Feeling as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders may be real or imagined. Again, deal with reality and handle the things you have to and let other things go.
LIBRA – September 23 – October 22
You are trying to get back into the swing of things with diet, exercise, trying to perhaps be more organized and you are also working on your procrastination issues. Health improves once you try to keep New Year’s resolutions about eating better and exercising. Have a checkup at your health care professional if you have let them slip by. This would be a good time to make sure everything is fine. You are scattered and frantic trying to get so many things done during the winter. Don’t panic or drive yourself crazy. Having a list of things to do is a fine start to getting things done, but it is not set in stone. Make time for yourself to rest, meditate, pray or veg out. You have the right to watch TV or listen to self-help CDs. Take a class or two so you can become relaxed and calm. If you get overwhelmed, give yourself permission to rest. You always tend to do too much, so take it easy from time to time. Visit friends and have a gab session. Talking over your problems with others may put them in perspective. You do not always have to be the one who helps others; let others help you now.
SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21
This is a time where you will find simple pleasure in doing little things for others and you will appreciate what you have in life. You will try to get so much pleasure in changing yourself or your habits a little bit a time when you realize the results of your efforts. You may take a yoga or meditation class (or the like) as you are ready to absorb more knowledge. Set some boundaries so that you are not being taken advantage of on a daily basis. If retired, you may find that life is getting rather boring; you may need a part-time job or something to do to pass away the time. Leisure is great, but without making a contribution to life, one gets bored to tears. Otherwise, health issues should be addressed and do not just let this pain continue without dealing with it. If it is something that needs to be taken care of, you are ahead of the game since you went to the doctor early so issues can be dealt with and resolved quickly. Depression and worry take hold of you from time to time. If you can’t do anything about the problem, just take one day at a time. If you can change it, then take positive action. You need to think in a more constructive way giving yourself many options for your career, love life and financial future.
SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 21
Doing activities with others or going to family events will be a continuing theme this month. This is a month where you will always seem to have someone to do what you want to do for a change. It also suggests marriage or having a serious, romantic partnership is on your mind. Romantic and business partnerships may not make as much sense as they used to. You are re-evaluating your relationships and may come to an interesting conclusion. Some may think that being single would be the way to go while others could not think of leaving a partner, so which option is for you? You have much to accomplish now such as art, reading, dancing, singing, writing, poetry, a blog or pottery to name a few things that you may have an interest in. This is such a creative period so what will you be creating? Make time for yourself. There is so much potential for you to be artistic and creative, so get those creative juices flowing and see what happens. The more you change, the more the energy around you will change for the better. Choose which friends should remain in your life and get rid of the negative people who always bring you down. You need to be surrounded by positive souls who want the best for you and who want nothing from you.
CAPRICORN – December 22 – January 20
You should be concentrating on cutting through any confusing situation and making decisions about important topics. This is also a good time to understand new situations in business or a good time to promote your own business. You can see through any business situation with a sense of intelligence and logic that many people do not possess. You also have the opportunity for formal education, lectures, seminars, workshops or training that may be planned for the future. Long-distance travel does not look too promising at this time. Financial security and abundance are your issues this month. You are concerned that there may not be enough money for the future and it seems as if you are concerned out about it. Be sensible and try to deal with your fears and worries and the situation at hand. Drama unfolds as you worry yourself to distraction over nothing. This is a great time to reconsider what it is that you really need in your life. Thinking about so many opportunities will make you crazy, so only choose a few you can really accomplish within your time frame and let the others go. You seem very sensitive and emotional now, even though you may not want to admit it, but just know that better days are coming and once you decide the direction you want to go, then the opportunities and choices will follow. It would be good if you concentrated on your self-esteem and self-confidence now as they could really use a boost. Let others appreciate what you do for them and don’t let your family and friends continue to take advantage of your good nature.
AQUARIUS – January 21 – February 19
This seems to be a wonderful time for organizing your business goals and objectives. You have the insight to change procedures for quicker results and will be noticed for your efforts. Also, you seem to be re-examining your life and what you feel has to change to make your life run easier and without stress. Travel and career are important now, so plan whichever trip you want, but be sure you do not leave during your company’s busy season (budget season, new promotions, etc.). It is up to you to set company standards so be sure you know the company’s policy and are very clear to help those under you adhere to the standards your company has set. Career goals may be changing for the better. Some may be getting a promotion and others may be leaving their comfortable position for a new job. This is amazing news since taking that first step will help you move into your new world with many positive changes that will make you feel wonderful. Dealing with finances is still tricky, but you are doing well. Keep that budget alive and well and your bank account will be the same. Don’t let depression take over your life from past experiences and events. The past is gone and there is nothing you can do to change it. You must live for today and the future.
PISCES – February 20 – March 20
Being very careful about what you say at work would be a good thing. Don’t trust too many people because someone is trying to sabotage you and make you look like a lazy or untrustworthy employee. Just be aware that others may want to get you into trouble with your boss or company. Think before you speak to others and try hard not to be too super sensitive since others will find that a weakness in your character and prey upon it. However, if you are in a creative field, this is the time for you to shine. You may just want to brush up on some hobbies that you haven’t worked on in a long time. Thinking in a clear and concise way will help you figure out anything that needs to be decided. Don’t second guess yourself. If you make a decision, stick with it. Most times when you change your first decision, you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing. Procrastination sets in and you are back into the negativity that kept you from making a decision in the first place. Move forward, be strong and determined and you will get through any instances of worry, anxiety and confusion.
Rev. Vikki Anderson has been a metaphysical teacher, writer, and lecturer for over 47 years. She may be contacted at 570-215-4223 for a phone tarot and astrology reading, or Feng Shui consultation. See www.vikkianderson.net for more information.