By Aluna Michaels
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
Happy birthday Libra! Purify your heart to make room for new love. That can mean brand new partnerships, or healing current ones. Meditate and look for patterns from family of origin that echo in your adult bonding. So much healing is available, even if you feel you’ve been slogging through for years. Your efforts will be rewarded! Make a “joy list” each day, writing what you love about your life. Your heart and mind will be filled with pleasure and you’ll attract abundance!
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Mercury turns retrograde in your sign, helping you plunge into the depths of your identity and internal motivations. You can refresh life goals, relationships and even your health by meditating on your own center. Identity is fluid and changing, so try to release attitudes, resentments and old ideas that make you feel bogged down. Work with affirmations that inspire you to move toward your future, even if they don’t feel “true” yet! This is deep work, so counterbalance by having fun with friends who lighten your mood!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
It’s a powerful financial month! Meditate on prosperity, and also on what might block its flow in your life. Ponder how unconscious family beliefs have limited you in various ways. Counteract “poverty thoughts” with statements of abundance. Talk with friends who have an open and hopeful mind about money. You can have health breakthroughs with issues with which you’ve long struggled, like smoking or binge eating. Don’t give up! Praise all your small victories!
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
As Saturn and Pluto move forward in your sign, vow to release self-defeating thinking once and for all! Meditate and imagine you’re putting down burdens you’ve been carrying as if like heavy backpack. See yourself walking away, free from self-criticism and mean internal talk! Ask friends to write things they like about you and read that list everyday. Force yourself to add your good qualities to that list! Choose a form of meditation or yoga that’s fun fulfilling and easy. Let go of spiritual struggle!
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Love can help you overcome anything in your subconscious that holds you back or keeps you down. If upsetting feelings arise in meditation, welcome them into your heart as you would a troubled friend. You’ll see that pain will melt away in the energy of your self-compassion. Allow yourself to be hugged by safe people if it feels right. Being touched grounds you in your body and gets you out of swirling thoughts. Also, career opportunities you might have given up on can suddenly reappear. If possible, ponder them carefully until next month when Mercury moves direct, and make sure the position suits all your needs.
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
As Mercury moves retrograde this month, return to meditation or spiritual practices that soothe you best. Your dreams and intuition are very strong right now, so seek out answers from your internal source of wisdom. Connect with fiends and activities that are meaningful to you. Superficial doesn’t cut it for you right now! If single you can start a new relationship that matches your values and uplifts your spirit. If partnered, do things together you did early on for a revived sense of love.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Big career changes are coming. You're moving into the best opportunities of a thirty-year cycle! These can be things for which you’ve waited, worked and prayed for a long time! Embrace these challenges and by December, you’ll feel very successful at the new tasks. Also, with Mercury retrograde, re-open conversations about trust and intimacy with your partner. A lot of healing and deepening can happen together. Even if you have financial squabble with siblings, issues can be smoothed over.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
As Saturn and Pluto move direct, re-commit to your spiritual practices. Even if you feel “nothing is going on” when you meditate, pray, practice yoga or whatever — trust that slow and steady changes are occurring! Within a few months, you’ll have big breakthroughs that prove you were moving ahead even when you thought you weren’t! If partnered, have deep conversations that clear the air and help you both plan the next phase of your soul journey together.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Lots of Geminis have problems with anxiety, attention or focus. With this month’s Mercury retrograde examine foods that could be disrupting your nervous system — caffeine, sugar, processed items, even high histamine foods. Also be aware of the “stories” your thoughts tell you. Dwelling on painful memories can re-traumatize you. Meditate and hold challenges in your heart with love. Release the story and let the emotion dissolve in your own compassion. Don’t worry about a “quiet mind”, instead repeat a gentle mantra like , “I love you” or “I forgive you”. Joy will flow unexpectedly!
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
This month is about deep healing in relationships. Ponder your boundaries and whether they’re being honored in your partnership. Also contemplate if you express and maintain them clearly. After all, people can’t read your mind! Having direct, yet gentle, communication mends many rifts that have occurred this past year. Physically you’ll have more energy and mentally more optimism! Also connect with supportive friends to strengthen bonds you’ve been “too busy” to nurture.
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
It’s a great money month! You can have a little windfall or even get a bonus at work. As Saturn and Pluto move forward, career issues smooth out and the best course of action for more success will be clear to you! Nurture your body with simple practices like deep breathing. (Those long exhales are the best detox around!) Get back to yoga or a mediation practice. Allow yourself extra sleep and naps. At home, toss out old junk that’s been laying around to create a new spaciousness.
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Venus in your sign is a great time to focus on self-love. Stop the “mean girl” criticism and making yourself the butt of your own jokes! Meditate on kind words and affirmations. As Saturn and Pluto move forward, be sure to play, make art, dance, be silly with pets, and allow yourself to be loved! Don’t deny yourself the sweetness and fun life has to offer! You can give a relationship a second chance if true kindness, love, boundaries and respect are part of it.
Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book, Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs, is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Skype. Call or text (248) 583-1663 or visit www.alunamichaels.com