Today I'll give links to articles that are still timely and relevant even though I wrote them awhile ago and some have dropped off the radar screen. In no particular order of importance, I'll start with this article on the Venus retrograde effect on your sign, with an internal link to another important article on how you can find a greater compassion at this time. It's still going on, and how we handle its lessons will have a long term effect on our relationships, values, and resources. This article reminds us that we've made it through the night, and it's full speed ahead, given the present aspects. More by clicking on the link.
This article gives a look at why things are so irrational and weird at present, and why many of us are making critical decisions at forks in the road of our lives that will create results for a long time to come. In this article about the Winter Solstice of 2005 I discuss the Solstice effect on affairs through late March 2006. In The Year of the Fire Dog I discuss forces about to kick off on January 29, 2006 that will make this year radically different from the past two years, and in this article I discuss how it will affect your specific Chinese sign, with a table telling you how to find your birth year sign.
This post takes a look at productive and positive ways to deal with Saturn conjunct, square or opposition to your Ascendant or planets, which affects just about everyone, given where it's been, where it is, and where it's going to be. On a non-astrological but important note, effective and compassionate ways of dealing with grief and bereavement after the death of a loved one are covered here. If you grieve, or know someone else who grieves, what you read in that article may help you to a measure of love and clarity. On a related note, this article on overcoming fear is probably worth a new look.
Finally, as I wrote a few weeks ago, the Jupiter square Saturn is very strong in December, and is a prelude for the period between May 2006 and November 2006 when they will be in constant square to each other spanning all three sectors of Leo and Scorpio, thus affecting everyone born in February, May, August, and November. If you have planets anywhere in Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius you will most definitely be affected by the Jupiter square Saturn in 2006. This is an aspect challenging Soul growth, or more accurately, personality growth to express the Soul's love and wisdom more effectively. It is a "last chance" aspect, in that when it's operating, we MUST give up selfishness, fear, inappropriate controlling behaviors, or destructive moral or philosophical attitudes. For those who don't take the hint, it's crash and burn time, so plan accordingly if you're in a struggle with someone who refuses to mature or take responsbility for their behavior.
It is a time that challenges us to find a more adequate ideal, and find situations that bring forth our creativity, releasing us from blockages, dualities, and lesser rules and procedures. There are lessons in how to align our values and ambitions so they're not in conflict with each other, and we must find ways to make forms of success worth their price while not surrendering to discouragement or a defeatist attitude. Under this aspect, we must justify our "cherished ambitions" which can help us hold the faith through all difficulties. As we learn how to manifest these energies constructively, it will definitely show as new ways of being adults in our world in the areas of our chart this aspect occupies, and new magnetism that will attract what we need to be that responsible self in ways that are more effective and appropriate than who we used to be.