by STARSKY +COX
week of January 31-February 6 2016
She’s like a rainbow: We’ve mentioned that Iris, goddess of the rainbow, is one of the classic “descending goddesses” that portrays the Aquarius woman archetype. Iris watered the clouds with her pitcher and brought divine inspiration to mortals from the gods. She also, like Mercury, namesake for the planet (which is exalted in Aquarius), carries a caduceus staff and bears wings. She has a nemesis, an evil twin, a shadow side, called Arke, whose own wings are iridescent. Enter the biblical figure of Salome, female counterpart to the biblical water bearer, John the Baptist: Her dance of the seven veils—one for each color of the Roy G. Biv—is, like the rainbow itself, a beckoning beyond the veil of material illusion, terrestrial life, to experience reveal-ation, and communion with the divine. Whether through revelation or ascension or death this will be achieved. And who would have thunk the following list of seemingly innocent goddesses with their signature outsized bobble-heads plopped atop a nearly eternal nubility would pack such a punch? Hold the Salome: Mena Suvari, Emma Bunton, Natalie Dormer, Christina Ricci, Heather Graham, Mischa Barton, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Aniston, Sheryl Crow, Portia DeRossi, Isla Fisher, Emma Roberts, Rosamund Pike, Elizabeth Olsen, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Banks, Tiffani Thiessen, Jane Seymour, Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie, Brandy Norwood, Amber Valletta, Zhang Ziyi, Shakira, Diane Lane, Mia Kirshner, Minnie Driver, Christie Brinkley, Kelly Rowland, Farrah Fawcett and, the bobble-headiest of all: Paris Hilton.
With the Sun squaring Mars, your approach to everything is direct, while your actions may be impulsive, and your love, tough. Expect a shake-down on the career front as you wax brutally honest. You’re a wide open book, expecting others to follow suit. You may go out on a limb, socially; and there’s nothing wrong with running with a so-called faster crowd—so long as it’s actually going places. Rub elbows with progressive mover-shakers like yourself—don’t hang back with any brutes. You bruise easily, but recover in a snap.
You’re delivered from outmoded, limiting thoughts by a stellium of Venus, Mercury and Pluto. Long-suffering projects need full attention, now, to bring them home. Then you can clear the decks for drafting new plans bubbling on the back burner. You may be offered a lead role of some kind. Being in charge isn’t a burning passion now, but it may be a necessity in achieving desired results. A certain epiphany is in the stars: You realize that always expecting the best puts you in the right frame of mind, regardless of outcome.
Mercury and Pluto squaring Uranus points to an accelerated process of individuation. Aiming to please colleagues, clients or cronies only gets you nowhere fast. You may be singled out for a new project or opportunity. For sure, you are distinguishing yourself from the pack. You will feel edgy in group settings; and unless you’re hailed as a leader, expert or guru, it’s best to avoid them. Strike out in a lone direction. A solo effort tugging at your psyche is to be pursued. On the love front, too, you prove you can stand alone.
The Moon makes a stellium with Venus, Mercury, and Pluto by week’s end, inspiring an alchemical shift. You become more golden a child and get the lead out in heeding true callings. There may be temptation to re-live hedonistic ways. It’s just a test. You haven’t brought your A-game so far this year only to backslide at what is a tipping point. Self-actualization is designed to impress nobody but you. Giving into fleeting pleasures only postpones lasting joy. Think beyond selfish aims—put yourself in a place to help others.
You’re tempted to hide, with Jupiter trining Mercury and Pluto; but trust that networking is currently crucial. So avoid isolation at all cost—and perish the thought that involving others in your plans dilutes the energy thereof. It actually expands your reach along a web of your own weaving. In truth, you haven’t really been alone, but relying on the kindness of strangers, keeping these connections secret. But now, you step out of the shadows with all activities. And you find that champions for your causes are closer than you think
As the Moon transits Saturn squaring Neptune, empathetic power gets amped, and you needn’t fear being entangled in clingy alliances. Your compassion for others is truly detached. As a result of being burned by some jealous detractors of late, you’re right not to invite others input on projects or shared plans. You are freer, though, to bond with fresh faces who see the truest you—a caring character with a cool remove. A once and future friend may extend an olive branch by Friday, but it’s okay if you’re not ready to accept it.
Venus in stellium with Mercury and Pluto provides impetus to convey views and feelings creatively, making you aware of skills and talents that need developing to do just that. You realize artistic potential by isolating any obstacles to it. The primary one being the limitations of your own thinking. Even if your art is commerce, take heed: Breaking the rules is making new ones. Don’t edit yourself. Express yourself now in bold strokes; you can always fine tune later. You’ll find it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.
You exude confidence and renewed authority, as Jupiter trines Pluto and Mercury. You may experience a role swap that puts you in charge of those you once kowtowed to. Meanwhile, those doing your bidding may need reminding of the fact. It is key to put all resentments aside. Strike the word revenge from your vocabulary. So-called rivals may become lieutenants who carry out your edicts in exchange for your championing their causes. Being in command means delegating liberally, empowering those in your charge.
Jupiter trining Pluto and Mercury will hit home the fact you’re not alone but aided by unseen forces. Life is breathed into your goodly actions, particularly those of a group or community nature. You remove yourself from the so-called influential to whose bad behavior you’ve turned a blind eye. And you now give praise to people you may’ve under-appreciated. You feel the power in wanting what you already have, needing zilch from empty promisors. You won’t feel lonely going it alone; good fairies are everywhere.
Karma creeps up now, which, for most of you Seagoats, is a definite plus. The Sun square Mars will expose your hypocrisies so that they might be wiped out. Meanwhile, there seems to be a disconnect between your professional and private selves. See them coming together. You possess great wisdom; while forgiveness can be a stumbling block. Beware of scapegoating others for your losing affection for them. There is nobody dictating the company you must keep, so don’t rationalize blaming people for your cooling on them.
With Mercury conjunct Pluto, both squaring Uranus you cop a thrill from kicking nasty habits and shifting wellness routines into high gear. Ask yourself: what situations or relationships most call for correction? Stick to a sanguine tribe and steer clear of pity partiers, lest you find yourself one of them. Invest energy in areas of interest that will do the most good for you and others. A tumultuous emotional past has wrought pearls of wisdom. The trick is not to cast them before swindlers of your precious time and energy.
Snafus and setbacks may be blessings in disguise, keeping you from multi-tasking your way into total neuron fritz-out. A stellium of Venus, Mercury and Pluto sees group dynamics reach an apex. An exit strategy shows wisdom not weakness. Whatever you’re doing: If it feels like work, it’s not working. Yours must be a path of no resistance. Now is time to focus on solo ambitions, integrating art and commerce. Beware of overindulging to ease any pain. Overpopulating your world can, ironically, make you feel lonelier.
Copyright 2016 Wheel Atelier Inc. All Rights Reserved. No reprinting permitted.