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By Aluna Michaels
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)
Happy birthday Pisces! Give yourself the gift of healed self-esteem. You’re the only one who can re-wire yourself to receive the abundant love around you. Meditate to heal old experiences that “prove” it’s not safe to open your heart. Picture love washing through you. You’ll be able to change patterns, while still having discernment about what’s right for you (so you can say no to people or circumstances!) Also look squarely at finances to repair “leaks” and feel worthy enough to draw prosperity in!
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Venus, the planet of love, self-worth and finances, is retrograde in your sign. Venus retrogrades the least of any planet, and the last time this happened in Aries was 2009! From now until mid-April, meditate on releasing “issues” that have built up in Venusian areas these past 8 years. You can have a true change of consciousness that heals your world, or makes good stuff even better! Look for areas where you feel you’ve been wronged, and allow other perspectives into your mind.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Confident Mars moves into your sign, giving you courage to make changes and have new beginnings! Venus retrograde also gives insights into your subconscious blocks to emotional or financial abundance. Meditate with an open mind and take note of little ideas that pop up, even throughout the day after your quiet time. Something simple or seemly silly can hold a key to huge healing! You can also have health improvements in an area you thought was permanent.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Venus retrograde wants you to be less analytical. You’re so smart and see many sides to things, but that can make you unhappy because you’re less likely to feel emotionally present in experiences and relationships. Being in your head causes you to find or exaggerate faults instead of feeling joy. Meditate to practice “being” rather than thinking. When you come upon a strong belief, ask yourself if it is possible a different conclusion exists. Then open your focus to include that option.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Working hard with no recognition? This is the month you’ve been waiting for! Open your heart to receive the praise, promotion, new job or bonuses that are due you! Meditate to release any stories of resentment or unworthiness. These are just repetitive thoughts that seem real, but are not the truth of you or of your situation, as these new experiences will prove. But you need to be ready to view this month’s blessings without suspicion or caution. Plan time with spiritual, positive, inspiring friends who move toward their goals. Confront limiting beliefs, even if inherited from family — you can move beyond those ideas to a better reality!!
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)
Create a balance of spirituality and “real life”. This can mean applying yoga principles at work or with family. Practice seeing others (and also yourself!) through eyes of compassion. Make time for a short meditation at work, even just taking a few deep centering breaths in the privacy of the bathroom. Read books on money and spiritual energy. This type of integration will draw amazing people toward you, as well as lift your spirits and bring solutions to challenges!
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)
Venus retrograde has an eight year cycle. This month, meditate to release disappointment in intimacy or finances. Also forgive experiences of betrayal and broken trust. Even ponder any deaths in the past eight years. Opening old wounds helps them heal more fully and open you to new depth in relationships, sexuality, spirituality and prosperity. The wonderful sense of connection you’ll have at the end of Venus retrograde (Mid-April) will make it worth the journey!
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)
Your ruling planet, Venus, turns retrograde March and April. You’ll open to new joy and bonding in longterm partnerships, or starting a wonderful new relationship if single. Meditate to find subconscious blocks to commitment and connection. As a Libra, part of your spiritual path is learning balance in relationships in order to heal your heart and your soul. Forgive past errors on your part or those of others to be able to receive the love that is surrounding you now and in the future!
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Meditate about being frustrated with yourself about changes you need to make, but haven’t taken steps to correct. Venus retrograde wants you to examine stress-relief resources and your ability to self-soothe. Are you nurturing yourself with healthy foods, rest and quiet reflection time? Or are use using substances like caffeine, sugar, or being overly busy to drive yourself? Being gentle releases tension in relationships, and opens you to better work opportunities. Pushing less hard creates more success in all areas!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
You’re generally very optimistic and positive. Venus retrograde asks you to meditate and find disappointments or frustrations with love, children or friends that have impacted your joyous nature the past eight years. You can gloss things over, but the pain might be buried and needs to surface and truly heal. This make current relationships better, or draws in awesome new ones. A new work project or job can pop up unexpectedly. Your internal compass is back on track and leads you to happy adventures!
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
It may sound strange, but this Venus retrograde helps with childhood issues you project onto authority figures. Meditation reveals unconscious vulnerabilities that cause emotional reactions at work with superiors, or other people who intimidated you. You might even have the same triggers in romantic relationships. It feels your partner has power over you since you’re vulnerable there too. Work and love will improve. Also a deep, unsettling anxiety or fear of failure that constantly lurks in your mind will lift!
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Mastering the mind is a huge goal as an Aquarian! Venus retrograde wants you to ask yourself constantly, “Is this thought loving to me?” And it is not loving if thoughts create fear, obsession, worry or distraction from the joy of the present moment (that’s a big Aquarius issue, thinking about life rather than experiencing it by feeling it!) Practice being truly connected to people and events. Gratitude lists can help. And be patient with your busy mind in meditation — don’t give up trying to have moments of mental peace!
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Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer and soul evolutionist practitioner. 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.
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