Star Wise – September 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

n the combined July/August column, I predicted it was going to be a very hot summer regardless of the weather and that has certainly proved itself out. We get all wound up regarding Mercury retrograde times in which communications, plans, negotiations and schedules go haywire. Mercury stops and goes direct motion on September 5, right on Donald Trump’s ascendant. The ascendant is a most sensitive point in any horoscope. Mars, the planet of exploration, courage, valour and bravery on the positive side of the coin, and war, anger and violence on the other side, accompanies Mercury and these two planets do not mix well at all. There’s bound to be trouble and controversy. Remember the great American eclipse on August 21? It occurred at 28 degrees of Leo – Trump’s ascendant – which is where Mercury and Mars meet up. That point is a cosmic hotspot, soaked with the fuel of frustration, irritation and anger and it won’t take much to set the whole thing ablaze. Let’s hope it’s a blaze of awareness, consciousness and love.

To add to the mix, Mercury forms a triangle with its higher octave planet Uranus, which will pan out in the form of epiphanies, brilliant strategies and powerful movements with masses of people involved. Later on in the month, we have a Jupiter/Uranus opposition that will be in play until mid-October. Anything goes with this wild-card combination of planetary influences. How about a revolution? Certainly, a revolution in consciousness is way overdue. There are so many bright and brilliant people out there that know that things must change, and change now.

We’re all on the same planet with the same blood in our veins. All of us are born the same way and estranged from the higher aspects of love and enlightenment. We need love and lots of it. One day, this planet will be run by highly enlightened souls that are fully conscious and endowed with the power of love and wisdom. Let’s start this party now. Let’s move the neanderthals out of the way along with all their greedy, warmongering friends. We have the the power of God’s love with us, and as my great Guru Param Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj has said, “The golden age will not fall out of the sky, but will come from men’s hearts.” It’s a wakeup call folks, and not from the nightmare of war and violence, but of love, light and caring for one another. I’m down with it, are you? Can you love me? I love you.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19
Pay close attention to your dreams on September 9. Actually, all kinds of powerful information could be flowing through your consciousness from September 7 to 9. If you’re feeling restless, consider it a good thing. Sometimes, we need to be shaken up a bit in order to shake off the old and get on with the new.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
Your solar fifth house of entertainment and romance is strongly activated in September. The fifth house also rules over business adventures, gambling and creative endeavours. Embrace it all and enjoy all that life has to offer. Before you do too much embracing though, know that things are not as they appear to be, especially on September 29..

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
Home, family, land and real estate are hot topics throughout the month. It may be time to buy, sell or renovate. Speaking of renovations, it might be high time for some internal renos. The stars are calling for it and it is always best to stay abreast of what the stars decree.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Your creative juices may be flowing as all kinds of ideas and epiphanies come your way. You might need to get any type of impediment regarding your overall health out of the way first. The stars are indicating it is time to take a long, hard look at everything and anything that needs healing.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Love has a beginning, but no ending. Love should always increase, but never decrease. Now, the love planet Venus visits Leo until mid-month after which it enters your house of personal values and earning capacity. It’s time to dig deep and get to the truth of what is what and what is real.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
The full Moon on September 6 will bring light and awareness. Actually, September 4 to 7 are very dynamic days and nights. Try to remember your dreams and pay attention to psychic impressions that come your way on these days as well. September 17 to 20 are dynamic days in which a new start is indicated.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
An energy shift takes place on September 22. The autumnal equinox affects the magnetism of the Earth and it most likely will affect your magnetism as well. Important shifts in consciousness take place for those sensitive enough to pick up on them. September 21 and 22 are days in which unique and interesting news arrives.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Scorpio people are very keen on the power of the collective. Not only keen on collective power, but many Scorpio types love to be at the head of whatever is going on. They love to run the show. September offers up myriad opportunities to get together with like- minded souls, groups and affiliations of all sorts.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Saturn, which rules falls from high places, lingers in Sagittarius for a few more months. My Sagittarius neighbour fell off his ladder and my Sagittarius grandson fell off of his motorbike. Both are licking their wounds. Brighten up; they’re all good lessons learned in the school of hard knocks. Career opportunities may manifest this month.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Spirituality, philosophy and all matters to do with travel and education come into play now. Overall, this is a time of transition and regeneration. It’s a long-term thing and not something to be worried about. The main theme is continuing to let go of the past, enjoying the present and embracing the future.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
Oh, what a trail we have left behind throughout the ages. It’s nearly overwhelming to even consider how long our soul has existed and how many times you have reincarnated on this planet. Heavy and heady as it is, you might be interested in delving into the deeper waters of the soul’s existence now.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
The full Moon on September 6 occurs in your sign. The Moon conjuncts with Neptune opening up a channel of awareness and connectedness with your higher self. Pay attention to all that comes to pass from September 4 to 7. Love, forgiveness, kindness and gentleness will get you to where you want to go.

StarWise April 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

One ship drives east and another drives west, with the selfsame winds that blow. Tis the set of the sails and not the gales which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate as we voyage along through life. Tis the set of the soul that decides its goal and not the calm or the strife.
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Gotta love that quote. We can apply it to our own lives and we can certainly apply it to the stars and planets as they drive us onward towards our fate and destiny. We elect the politicians and hope they are steering our ship properly. It hardly ever works out that way, though, and we usually end up very disappointed with their leadership and behaviour. We groan, whine and complain and everything remains the same. The rich get richer and the rest of us keep grinding out a living and then we die.

“Tis the set of the soul that decides its goal and not the calm or the strife.” Here we are in the Kali Yuga, aka the Iron Age. Is there high stress? Yes. Are we living in dangerous times with all the nuclear weapons and other nasty devices we have created to wipe out the bad guys (whomever they are)? Yes. I’d like to write about how nice it will be in a few years when the planets change their positions, but I think the maladies we suffer from are going to be around for quite some time. Yet, however seemingly hopeless, it is not, especially if we set our soul on its right course and proper journey.

What we really need is a revolution in consciousness. The human spirit is truly something great. Look what Mahatma Gandhi did, but, of course, we killed him for it. But that’s not the point. It’s not how we die, but how we live that makes the real difference. Pluto, the planet of regeneration and transformation will be in Capricorn (ruling governments) for seven more years, then Aquarius (ruling social awareness) for 20 more, and Pisces (ruling spirituality) past the mid-century point. We have a great opportunity to reshape the landscape, politically, socially and spiritually. We have free will of choice. Through calm or strife, if we are centred and balanced within ourselves, that within itself will make a huge difference. There’s plenty of land and food to go around to feed everyone on the planet. The plan starts with you, as you learn to live a nonviolent, loving and giving lifestyle.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19
An internal and spiritual change is happening. Can you feel it? You probably sense it and know it. Now, you just got to get with it and live your truth. The full Moon on April 10 will shine some light on your situation. You can’t stand untruth; now it’s time to do something about it.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21

It’s time to rework the plan. Taurus always has a plan, a scheme or a dream they continually work towards. April offers up a time to rethink everything and with Mars moving through Taurus, you will be provided with the courage and determination to forge a new pathway. Make it a worthy endeavour.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
Many Gemini have been blown off course and scattered to the winds in the last few years. Life has wrought all kinds of big changes. Not necessarily negative, but probably daunting. The obvious remedy is to jump right in and create what you can. Start by eliminating what is not worthy, useful or productive.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Career and family sectors of your chart are highly activated. Plus, you are being reshaped, chiselled and reformed in some fashion. Some losses are indicated and you may have to put the past away and look towards the future. Spiritual values and lofty aspirations help define what it is you are truly after.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Travel and career are foremost on your mind. Writing and education are other features these days. All well and good, nice things to do and think about. But is it enough? Probably not, especially if you are hungry for some divinity and spirituality. All attainments will seem hollow if you haven’t done any spiritual work on yourself.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

Romance and finance are big topics now. You got a glow on that others are attracted towards. On the financial end of things, it might be about how to make it all work. Basically, there’s good energy happening. It’s really about values and ethics and what will truly make you happy.The answers lie within.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
The Libra full Moon on April 10 will illuminate what truly needs attention and action. Famous for indecisiveness, you will be prodded into making decisions. Watch for over-reaching and over-doing anything. Jupiter’s generosity and vision help you see the big picture. Timing and destiny meet up now.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21

It’s time to get all your ducks in a row. Strangely, you may be in position to benefit from other’s misfortunes. Plus, you have the power to conquer enemies. Sometimes, it’s the enemies within that do us in. All kinds of contrasting scenarios take shape now. Kindness, consideration and diplomacy win the day. The heat is on.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
You may be humming the tune, “I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go.” It’s true; we’re here to work off our indebtedness in order to be free of the harness and bit. Bite the bit or the bullet and settle up the accounts. A big relief comes once it’s done.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
What you covet and desire so deeply today may turn out to be the albatross around your neck a few years from now. Desiring less is best, for what is meant to come our way will come anyway. Spiritual emancipation and freedom is the true target to shoot for. It’s the only mountain worthy of climbing.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
You may be rummaging around in the recesses of your psyche wondering just what to do about your present predicament. Answers may come as the Moon moves through Aquarius from April 19 to 21. Follow your instincts as they won’t let you down. There is planetary inspiration and support. Unique resolutions manifest soon.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
Venus visits all month. She is able to wield her power and wisdom easily. Creative energies are high and cupid’s arrow may find its mark. Step it up and step out the door. Your vibe is bright and others want to know what you’re all about. Have no shame in your game and give freely.

STAR WISE: September 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

We’ll be riding out a couple of eclipses this month. In olden times, an eclipse would strike fear into the hearts of those for whom the eclipse was visible. I don’t think we have much to fear, though. The September eclipses are not visible in our region. What is of importance is that the Sun and Moon are in hard aspect with Mars and Saturn at the time of the solar eclipse on September 1. Saturn has a tendency to slow things down and bind things up while Mars stirs things up. Interpreted, it indicates a possible slow-down with the economy and business in general. As we head into the Labour Day weekend, we may experience all kinds of traffic snarls along with accidents and incidents. The remedy: keep your cool and don’t get sucked into hot-headed, knee-jerk reactions, as they could prove costly. Patience and more patience – minus alcohol and drugs – will help the situation.

On the bright side, the best thing to do is relax and ride out the planetary storms, so to speak. We’re getting ready for the fall season and everyone is jockeying for position. Start early, leave early and take your time. Things will heat up and intensify at the time of the lunar eclipse on September 16. Again, fiery Mars has his finger in the pie and when he’s around tempers seem to flare and egos become bloated. All in all, September promises to be hot and possibly heavy as the war of words and nerves continues on with the US presidential elections looming on the horizon. “The Donald” will no doubt create more controversy as he lets fly with a barrage of maligned comments that will send people into a frenzy. No doubt, the haters and warmongers will be carrying on with their distorted agenda of hate for all things and people not of their liking. Nothing new here.

Something we can do, though, is to give more love, more consideration and more help to those around us. It’s what we really need and will always need. Love is the only commodity that increases when given out; all other forms of fgiving lead to depletion. The September skies invoke the spirit of Virgo, which is the sign of service, healing and caring. The September 16 full Moon is the harvest Moon, in which we gather in the crops, put them up and prepare for the colder days of fall and winter. It’s time to plan and organize.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

 

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19

The two benefic planets, Venus and Jupiter, will be casting fine energy into your sign throughout September. They bring the promise of good times, love and lucky breaks your way. Even the two heavies, Mars and Saturn, cast good energy into Aries helping to steady and stabilize many aspects of your life. Get moving.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21

Money and health will be on your mind. It seems we can’t do much without either of them. Joint monies, shared and inherited monies and legalities may dominate the scene. Your instinct is to put it all together – and you should. Work on your health, namely, for without it money won’t matter much.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20

September may prove intense in all kinds of ways. The eclipse cycles, along with Mars and Saturn, will be a handful to handle. Kindness, compassion and patience are the remedies for September’s maladies. There are plenty of opportunities to use this energy to clear the air and get things straightened out. Use your time wisely.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22

Health, family, home, land and real estate dominate the scene for Cancer this month. It’s a whirlwind time and you won’t have much time for daydreaming or lazing around. Hubba hubba. Take advantage of this opportunity to get a whole lot done. Scholastics, sales, applications and publications are at the forefront. You can do this.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22

The planetary energy in September goes like this. You can admire a brand new car or you can get in it and drive it away. All you have to do is turn the key. Interpreted, it means you can be successful, but you must make a dynamic effort in order to make it all happen.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

It’s your time to shine. September is not so much about results, but very much about what it is you would truly like to accomplish. Two eclipses in Virgo this month indicate a most powerful time has arrived, in which your life may shift or change significantly. Diligence and hard work are required.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22

Venus visits Libra until September 23, casting its lovely energy your way. Venus enhances life, bringing love, creativity, beauty and resources. Her presence certainly brightens the picture. Jupiter visits Libra for one year starting September 9. Travel, expansion and good fortune are his general attributes. It’s your time. Make the best use of it.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21

The past we cannot change and the future will never come, but we can do so much in the present to shape the future. It’s that kind of time now for Scorpio – hard work, burning the midnight oil while others party and play. When success comes your way, everyone marvels and wonders how you did it.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21

You’re going to have to bite the bullet, tighten your belt and basically trim off the fat or any type of excessiveness. No, it’s not a pleasant task, but it’s a must-must scenario. Legalities, limitations and frustrations keep you somewhat corralled this month. The clouds part and the bright, warm Sun shines again.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19

Travel to distant places in indicated. Spirituality figures strongly. One way or the other, you’re in the midst of a huge transformative process. Career opportunities loom on the horizon. Be clean and let your works be seen; it’s the best way to roll. Negotiations come up and it is important you don’t sell short.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19

Soul plus mind equals man. Soul minus mind equals God. It’s time for you to go deep and break through with an understanding of these deep, spiritual truths. Money, name and fame will not get you through to the light. A time of research and discovery is at hand. A high probability of travel comes up.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20

The solar and lunar eclipses in Virgo this month might have a profound effect on your sign as well. Illumination is indicated. It’s time to take stock of what is real and important and to truly make an effort to make changes in your life. The results of your efforts are peace, love and tranquillity.

STAR WISE: July-August 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

The planetary deities are constantly dialoguing. Astrology is one part science and another part art. When a student truly learns the basic science of astrology, he/she sets off on the path of learning the art of interpretation. This journey can take decades of time and tons of experience to hone one’s skills. The only way to accomplish this task is to dive right into the deep end of the cosmic pool. If the astrologer has done their homework and paid their dues through diligent study over the years, they can deliver seemingly magical and exceptionally helpful information and knowledge to their clients.

Each planet has its basic meaning and quality. This quality may be altered by the planet’s association and aspects with other planets. As an example, Venus represents love and beauty, kindness, caring and all things of a refined nature. Now, if Venus has hard aspects from planets like Saturn, Mars or Pluto, that refinement will be marred or distorted in some way. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch if the astrologer mentioned that marriage could be delayed, or divorce or abuse experienced when Venus is afflicted and the client wonders how the astrologer knew they had just been through a serious breakup. If a person has a very prominent Jupiter in their chart, it will be highly likely they will be considered very lucky, likeable, affable, funny, well educated, etc. A while ago, a lucky Jupiter type came in for her reading. Yes, she had just been through an amicable divorce in which she got to keep several houses and the Maserati! I don’t think she has worked a day in her life and she is exceptionally fortunate. On another day, a person with a very afflicted Saturn can come through the door with a heavy, sad tale of woe, loss and sacrifice.

The horoscope is a cosmic road map that helps us see and confirm just what the stars decree. The astrologer’s task is within helping people understand the script they wrote for themselves through the previous incarnations. Sometimes, we’ll come across a Saturnian person that has a very excellent life of purity, peace and harmony. We may also come across a Jupiter type that is a total mess, with a life steeped in greed and excess. The stars incline and compel and we have 75% fate/karma and 25% freewill to forge our future and stabilize our present status. Shakespeare’s, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings,” says it nicely.

We’re making a few changes here at CG, and the July and August columns are rolled into this one column. The December and January columns will be amalgamated as well. The dominant planetary feature in August is the conjunction of Mars and Saturn. They are both considered to be malefic planets and we may very well see some fiery dramas unfold throughout the month in the form of fires, accidents, terrorism and other forms of chaos, such as gang activity. Mars and Saturn will be in square aspect with Neptune, indicating disasters at sea or other concerns of a water-borne nature. It’s unfortunate that the security forces here and in other countries place no value on astrology. A week before the 2010 Vancouver riot, I was telling people it was highly likely a riot would take place at that time.

Even an amateur astrologer would have seen the great potential for danger if presented with the birth chart of the man that killed all those dear souls in Orlando. Mars was moving very slowly – nearly stationary – and passing over the Sun in Omar Mateen’s birth horoscope. Mars is the planet that rules war, violence, weapons, aggression and anger. and when moving slowly, a planet becomes very powerful for good or ill. Given one hundred birth charts with the identities hidden, an astrologer would probably have picked out his chart knowing the energy was red hot and that if he was a terrorist, he would be on the move and very active. Lives could have been saved and so much suffering avoided if our people in charge only had the wisdom to use the stars properly. Historically, it’s a known fact astrologers were employed in helping their countries during times of war.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

 

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19

In mythology, Aries the Ram had supernatural powers. You might be quite interested in developing your own supernatural qualities. You are a diamond in the rough and with a little bit of practice, you may do wonders. The past figures prominently now. While other signs struggle through August, you may sail through the month easily.

 

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21

If we conducted a study of the top-notch chefs, Taurus would be at the top of the list. Family gatherings, picnics and parties are featured. Action and attraction and possible friction are strong probabilities this month. Mercury, Venus and Jupiter cast fine energy your way throughout August, making it a fine month indeed.

 

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20

Honesty is the best policy. The pathway ahead could become distorted or confusing. It might be time to let go of things that are no longer worthy, wholesome or healthy. The reward for letting go is freedom, harmony and happiness. Home, land and real estate feature prominently throughout August. Family gatherings are featured.

 

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22

The New Moon on July 4 indicates a fresh start. You’re in your solar high of the year. Don’t be afraid to make changes because changes are in the wind and it is time to do so. Positive planetary energy is onboard, far outweighing any negative influences. Communications and health considerations are on the cosmic menu throughout August.

 

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22

The pace picks up mid-month and your social calendar fills up as well. It’s never easy for Leo to make changes, but now through August the stars are offering up a time in which you can make changes readily and easily. Mars and Saturn bring energy, courage and sustained effort throughout August.

 

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

Here’s a heads up. Take the month of July and seriously contemplate what it is you would truly love to do. Then implement those plans in August and September. You might even have to readjust your goals along the way, but that’s okay because you will be on your way towards attaining your overall target.

 

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22

A fruitful time fast approaches. Now it’s summertime and a time to play and enjoy the days. All of that changes in September as we take a more serious approach to life’s tasks. August is the time to work behind the scenes working up your plan for the fall season. It may be a very good year, overall.

 

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21

Your ruling planet Mars stays in Scorpio until the end of the month. Use this energy to catapult yourself into the future. Move forward fearlessly. Rest assured that if you don’t promote yourself, nobody else will do it for you. August is a time to seriously align with the people you truly resonate with in order to solidify your future.

 

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21

You might find yourself delving into some pretty deep stuff as Saturn brings on some stark realities. Things get lighter in the second half of the month. Mars joins up with Saturn in August bringing a stronger sense of commitment and determination as you exert your willpower to battle the forces lined up against you.

 

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19

Some things will go and some things will stay, but it is a time of letting go and growing in a new way. The Full Moon on July 19 illuminates the situation. You can gain a lot of yardage in August with Mercury, Venus and Jupiter casting good energy your way. Strike while the iron is hot.

 

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19

It’s time for a tune up, physically and spiritually. You may feel you’re running on empty and it would be wise to refuel and refurbish. Conflicting and contrasting energies dominate until the end of the month. Mysteries come up and secrets are exposed in the month of August. It’s a time of research.

 

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20

You may be restless and desiring change. A career shift is likely. Interestingly, you could meet your significant other through your work. Someone that has a good light in them and understands what you’re all about could be close now. A very active month unfolds throughout August. Read the fine print and listen carefully regarding business deals.

STAR WISE: May 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

The new Moon takes place on May 6, in the middle of Taurus. Spring has sprung and everything is beautiful in its own way. The grass is green and the birds and the bees are doing their thing – and so are we. Just as all of nature is compelled to move along the lines of its genetic make up, we are also compelled to move along in accordance to what the planetary deities dream up and dish out. We have collective and personal karma to work out in every moment of our lives.

On one level, the Taurus new Moon indicates a lovely and stabilizing springtime in which everything is fine – and it is. The Sun and the Moon form triangles with Jupiter and Pluto and you can’t beat that. It indicates a time of growth and harmonious collective effort to make it all work, as we strive to sort out the myriad complex problems and concerns we face. When we weigh up all of our social, medical, educational, legal and political concerns, we have to admit we still live in the fairest land on the planet. We have freedom, opulence, wealth, education and compassion, for which we must give thanks. And we must give and give some more to the less fortunate among us, as this type of action is the adhesive that makes us a great society.

Taurus represents our values and, at this time, we must evaluate just how we’re doing and how we can become even better. Truly, we are a ‘showcase nation’ with privileges that most of the people on the planet will never experience. Let’s give thanks and rejoice in the wonderful collective karma we share. We know it’s not all lollipops and roses and we know we have some seriously gritty tasks at hand to clean up the underbelly that needs care and attention as well. The stars are also indicating such work and circumstances. Presently, we are under a Jupiter Saturn square which indicates the stresses regarding the legal and political complexities of the time. Things are intense and will be that way for some time to come. In the big picture, we are in the midst of a revolutionary time. As upsetting as that is, when we see some of the inhumanity to our own kind, one day we will be past it and we will live in peace. Yes, peace on Earth to all of the inhabitants and all of our brethren – the furry and feathered kind as well. Until then, there will be no rest.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

 

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19

The month starts off at a good pace with very good circumstances developing from May 3 to 6. Personal and financial gains are indicated. You should up your game and make your presence known on May 4. Do something new and adventurous. May 30 and 31 are excellent days for you as well.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21

It’s your time to shine. A new cycle begins on May 6. Life may seem magical and your personal magnetism is very strong. If half of this prediction comes through, you will be doing real fine. Don’t spend too much time preening your feathers though, as you have work to do and serious decisions to make.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20

You have a tricky course to navigate, especially on May 7 and 8. Diplomacy and kind words are essential in order for you to experience success. The cut from a sword heals in time, but a cut from the tongue may fester for a lifetime. The clouds part in the last week of May.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22

Circle May 10 on your calendar, as this is probably the best day of the month for Cancer. The day could fly by easily without much notice, but you should make it notable by doing something special and unique. Actually, and generally, the whole month holds very good potential and you should make good use of it.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22

You’ve got your challenges and hills to climb throughout the month. Much of the work and concern seem to be around career objectives. Take your time and take some time to consider your options. Truth and honour get you through. Goodwill mixed with your will power are the ingredients that spell success.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

Special circumstances develop on May 10 that will need your keen attention and timing to capitalize on the opportunities presented. You could just lay back and have a good time, but that would be a waste of time and opportunity. May 15 is a special day in which good times are had. Travel is highlighted.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22

Investments, inheritances, joint monies, wills and legacies are on the cosmic menu for your consideration. Secrets and mysteries may come up on the screen for your perusal. This is a good time to get everything in order, such as taxes and other such matters. Research and metaphysics could be on your mind as well.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21

It’s a complex time for your sign. Not so much negative as it is challenging. The challenge is within your ability to be forthright, honest and direct in all that you do. Any deviation from this line of behaviour could have strong consequences in the months to come. Love, humility, compassion and deep caring are the answers.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21

Intense times are onboard. Multiple challenges and layered tasks must be met and dealt with cleanly. Although the lancing of a cyst is never pleasant, it is a relief once the healing begins. The full Moon on May 21 is power packed and will need special care so that emotions don’t become overheated.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19

The stars are leaning in your favour, but you have to make the moves to make the best out of the situations that arise. It is an overall transformative time in which big changes are taking place. Go with it and reach for the stars. Weigh up what is of true value or not.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19

It’s time for some inner work on your basic foundation. Speaking of foundations, home and real estate may be on your mind; possibly, a move is in store. Inheritances may figure in as well. You may be hungry for something deeper or more meaningful these days. May 26 is your best day to make decisions.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20

It’s time to reset your compass, as you may have been blown off course recently. You can make things worse or much better by the decisions you make throughout this month. Challenges? Yes, but you are more than capable of handling them and may even relish the opportunity to do so. Make things right.

STAR WISE: April 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

Wouldn’t you know it? Donald Trump has a most phenomenal birth chart – right off the roadmap powerful. As one astrological writer exclaimed when describing a powerful planetary position, “But powerful for what?” The man, for better or worse, has captured the attention of the whole world. Everybody’s watching this one with rapt attention.

Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York at 10:54 AM. For starters, he was born on the day of a lunar eclipse and at a time that places his Sun and Moon in angular houses of the birth chart. The houses are the fields of activity for the planets and the angular houses have the most power by far. In astrological parlance, he has the Sun in Gemini and Leo rising. The lord of Leo is the Sun and it is placed in his tenth house, which is the most powerful house in the birth chart, especially considering name, fame and career activities. In order to be born on a lunar eclipse, the Sun and Moon must be close to the lunar nodes, aka the dragon’s head and tail.

In vedic astrology, the nodes are called Rahu and Ketu and when Rahu and Ketu are associated with the lights (Sun and Moon), it brings immense power and magnetism. Rahu carries a very hefty reputation among the planetary deities. He is known to be mean, aggressive, haughty, egotistical and insatiable. He can never get enough no matter what he has; he will always seek more power and wealth. Rahu is known to be devious. It’s all smoke and mirrors. Mars rises in Leo at Trump’s birth giving him a fiery and brash disposition. Never a quitter and always on the go, non-stop, all day long.

From an astrological perspective, it is highly likely he will attain the presidency of the US. He has literally knocked the stuffing out of the competition and he breaks all the rules while doing so. No doubt, the Donald has, and is creating, many powerful enemies that would love to stop him dead in his tracks. According to the astrology on board, he is in great danger and if elected he enters into a time that is even more precarious and very dangerous – especially from January to September 2017. We are witnessing history in action and from a spiritual perspective I wish him and all others peace and love. From what the stars are indicating, the USA is in the midst of a revolution in consciousness and Mr. Trump seems to be the lightning rod for it all.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

 

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19

It’s your time to shine. Fate and destiny run the game of life and now much is being formulated regarding your future. Aries are instinctive and intuitive and now more than ever you need to rely on your instincts. It’s a green light go time and don’t waste time. Love is around; move towards your destiny.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21

For the first three weeks of April, most of your work and efforts are done behind the scenes. You may be conflicted about all kinds of issues and concerns. The Sun enters Taurus on April 19, giving you a big boost, confidence wise. The full Moon on April 21 brings revelations, epiphanies and other possibilities.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20

Gemini is known as the chameleon of the zodiac and can blend in easily with whichever environment it finds itself in. This ability may come in handy in the next couple of months, as sparks are sure to fly. It may be wise to remain neutral – or fight really hard if you have to.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22

The answers you are looking for will probably pop into your psyche within a couple of days either side of the full Moon date on April 21. Cancer is affected by every full Moon and as it lights up the night sky, it lights up your inner sky bringing illumination and understanding in clear detail.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22

April 14 and 15 are feel-good days, with April 15 probably the best day of the month. Travel and career sectors are heating up with all kinds of potential opportunities manifesting. Play the long game, as things are in a state of flux and will remain that way through to the end of May.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

It’s time to dig in deep and get to the bottom of any particular thing. You’re known to be analytical, critical and very hard working and now is the time to put those gifts to good use. Home, family and real estate seem to be the focus now. It’s spring cleaning time, spiritually and materially.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22

Libra is all about harmony, equanimity and fairness in all things. The new Moon on April 7 is directly opposite to your Libra planets. A series of surprises, changes and challenges throughout the month is highly likely. It’s a whirlwind time, with not much time to rest and you may not mind.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21

The Scorpio full Moon on April 7 will help you see what needs to be done in order to bring peace into your life. The next couple of months may seem problematic, confusing and a bit challenging. One remedy is that if you don’t know what you truly want, keep eliminating what is no longer useful or worthy.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21

Concentration, effort and a keen eye on the target are needed now. It is definitely not the time to be careless. Stay off your electronic device while driving. Every successful person puts in hard hours and devotion in order to perfect their skills. It’s your time to do so.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19

You may sense some rumbling beneath the Earth as changes start to formulate and take place. Fortunately, you are of the cloven foot clan and can make life-saving leaps when necessary. Dramatic as it sounds, it’s just a clarion call that things are in the midst of change and you must accommodate them.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19

The Aquarius keywords are “I know.” But is what you know the truth? Is it real and will it bring you freedom and peace of mind? There’s a battle going on deep within your psyche regarding all kinds of topics regarding the law, humanity and the present condition of the world. Your contribution is needed.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20

Co-rulers Jupiter and Neptune are casting glances from across the sky. And, of course, Neptune is in Pisces enlivening your sign dynamically. In my effort to describe its influence, lets say it can open you up to the cosmos. Jupiter and Neptune are spiritual planets and can bring visions and enlightenment.

STAR WISE: March 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

In western tropical astrology, the single most important date in which we can gage the prevailing energy of the year is the spring equinox. This year, it takes place on March 19, at 9:31 PM. The position and condition of the planets at that time offer us a look at how the year will play out. Traditionally, January 1 is heralded as the beginning of the new year, but astrologically, it has always been the spring equinox. So Happy New Year to one and all.

Now, let’s get down to the bones of this equinox chart and see what the stars decree.

The predominant feature is a square aspect between Jupiter and Saturn. (Ninety degree square aspects are known to cause tension and stress.) Both planets are not in their best signs by any means. Jupiter sits in Virgo. Imagine a very expansive, broad stroke of this brush-like planet situated in a sign of minute detail and great modesty. It’s sort of like a blustery, swaggering, self-centred biker showing up at a symphony orchestra. The two just don’t gel together at all. Twhen we have Saturn, known as a very conservative tightly wrapped planetary energy, in the free flowing, let it all hang out sign of Sagittarius. Again, the energies don’t and won’t gel easily. Jupiter’s energy is expansive while Saturn is contractive.

Locally, we have an out of control housing market with no end in sight. Could greed be the villain? Take a look at the legal system with its “Club Fed” ideology, in which the criminals go into hysterics just thinking about it. Imagine we can rob, kill and plunder and end up in the pen for a few years where we can go horseback riding, fish and play golf. Yes, I’m being ludicrous, but the wheel is squeaking loudly and surely needs attention and repair. Symbolically, Saturn represents coal and when we compress coal for millions of years, it becomes a diamond, which is symbolized by Jupiter. In essence, the prevailing times indicate a tightening of the belt and a readjustment economically, all the way around. I just picked out a couple of scenarios involving housing and legal concerns, but this planetary energy can be applied to all situations that make up the fabric of our society. The remedy is finding the middle road, sprinkled with patience, tolerance and hopefully some ability to look down the road and play the long game. We will be here and so will our children and grandchildren so let’s build a future for all of them.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19

The dominant planetary energy affecting your sign is revolutionary Uranus and he is on-board until March 2019. Ready or not, he brings what is new, of which we had no clue, and right out of the blue. In essence, changes come into our lives at a rapid pace. Become what you aspire towards and stay original.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21

Jupiter and Pluto cast fine energy into your sign, bringing on a time in which you can put your life together, just the way you want it to be. It’s not all roses and lollipops by any means; there might even be a few tears shed along the way and some goodbyes as well.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20

Read the intro regarding Jupiter and Saturn for they are having a major effect on your sign. It’s about finding the balance in all things. Cut back and throw away anything that is not worthy. Your house may seem empty for a while, but you will have your sanity, health and happiness intact.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22

You are morphing into something new and while the process is unfolding, you may feel like you are dying. It’s the old ego that is dying and sometimes that is painful, but necessary. The outcome, though, is joyous and beautiful. You have a special purpose in this life and soon you will connect with it.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22

Saturn and Uranus are casting their respective energies into your sign. Saturn, although sobering, helps us with the work of cleaning up our old karmic debts and scrubs us clean. Uranus pushes us into the future with brand new skills and all kinds of new adventures to seek out and discover. Onwards and upwards.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

Virgo Rocky Marciano, who never lost a fight, had true grit and he just never gave up. That’s my advice for you, as two powerful forces – namely Jupiter and Rahu – move through your sign. Both energies are plenty capable of making you into something quite fantastic, if you wish, and if you have true grit.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22

A lunar eclipse takes place in your sign on March 23, illuminating what it is that must be done in order to bring the scales to balance. As the Sun moves through your opposite sign, Aries, opportunities will arise in which you can make important changes to your lifestyle. Communication is key to the whole process.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21

There’s a strong focus on health matters and your health matters more than any other thing. Not just your body, but your spirit as well. It all has to work together and now the universe is offering up a time in which you can make some truly important changes, dietary-wise and lifestyle-wise.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21

Mars and Saturn are journeying through Sagittarius. Mars brings energy and Saturn holds it back. So life may be that way for a while. Move ahead, fall back and the dance continues. Read the intro regarding Jupiter’s square with Saturn, as it is important for your sign. Find the balance in all things.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19

Karma runs the show. Now, one of the biggest karmic agents in the heavens is paying close attention: namely Pluto. The important thing is that Pluto can bring great riches, fame and power or it can lead one to total destruction. It is of utmost importance that you have your priorities right and straight.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19

Co-rulers Saturn and Uranus cast very good energy into your sign. Saturn helps to stabilize and harmonize all of life’s concerns, while Uranus brings on the elements of innovation and creativity. You can just cruise along and enjoy the scenery or you can strive to truly make something of yourself. Make hay while the Sun shines.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20

Venus and Neptune continue their visit to Pisces offering up love and creative energy. It’s time to decide what is most important and worthy for yourself. Curb all excesses and eliminate that which is not worthy, productive or healthy. Legal concerns could materialize so be wise and stay on the straight and narrow path.

STAR WISE: February 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

It’s not about what the stars are doing to you, but what you are doing to the stars. Think about it. The planetary positions at your birth hail and herald exactly who you are, along with which forms of karma you bring with you into this life, in accordance with the positive and negative qualities you created in previous incarnations. Following this line of thinking, we are creating our future horoscope by our thoughts and actions in this lifetime. Our bad actions create chains of iron, while our good thoughts and deeds create chains of gold. Point being that whatever we do here in our Earthly sojourn creates chains and, as we know, chains are meant to bind and hold us in slavery to our minds and senses.

According to the Sat Guru, we left our true home – high above the starry firmament in Sach Khand – approximately four billion years ago. Imagine that! We have been away from our true abode and have taken form as rock, tree, insect, bird, animal and human as we work our way through the cosmic phenomena called Awagawan, the coming and going of the soul in its myriad forms, in accordance to karmic law. We constantly and continuously spin the web of destiny by our actions as we reap what we have sown in the past and prepare our future with what we are sowing now. Although seemingly nearly overwhelmingly frightful, it is a plan the creator put together to teach the souls about love – and only love. The saints teach us that God is love and love is God and that the way back to God is through love. It’s all too true.

Wearing the astrologer’s hat for over four decades has taught me that no one is happy. When the soul becomes tired and weary and has had enough and cries out to the Lord for help is when things truly begin to change. That is when the Lord sends his emissaries to scoop up the souls that have cried out for relief and want to journey back home to the true abode of permanent love, light and bliss. We came from the regions of bliss and we must return there one day or another. That bliss and consciousness is in all life forms – in the birds and animals to lesser degrees; nonetheless, they seek the same love and bliss. It’s the reason we should love all creatures and treat them all with the greatest respect for they are our brothers and sisters in light and life. Only love will do.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

 

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19

Let the wild flower grow in the dark and when it’s ready it can show its beauty to the world. You’re the wild flower now and it’s time for you to create as never before. Be who you are and stay original and the answers will come of their own accord. Career potential is great.

 

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21

Travel and career interests dominate the scene. Intense times are indicated. Don’t lead with your horns and allow others to have their say. Deep spiritual questions come up and it’s high time to contemplate and consider what is real and of true value. Dollars and trinkets won’t do. Dig deep and get to the truth.

 

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20

Gemini is known as the sign of youth and many Geminis retain their youthful appearance into their later years. Regardless of your chronological age, you may feel old and a tad weary these days. Not to worry, as this too shall pass. It’s time to seek and discover. Journeys are probable and spiritual enlightenment possible.

 

Cancer ZodiacCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22

Crabs love to dig and now the time has come for you to dig deep in your quest for discovery, truth and true understanding of the nature of things. People come and people go and you may say goodbye to someone now. Lasting legacies are made and cherished for many years to come.


Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22

As the Sun moves through Aquarius, it heralds your solar low of the year. It may be wise to lay low and make yourself a small target. Bluff and bluster won’t really wash right now and you would get called on your game. Compassion, patience and honesty comprise the recipe for smooth sailing. Re-invent yourself now.

 

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

Luck and fate factors are huge for Virgo right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if a Virgo wins the power ball lottery or some other huge windfall. Of course, the greatest windfall of all is spiritual enlightenment. It’s the only treasure you can take with you when you transcend your body. Make the right call.

 

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22

Home, family, land and real estate are the big features right now, as are love and creativity. It’s also a time of research and discovery along with discipline and hard work. You may not mind and you may thrive on it all. Someone completely different shakes you up and changes your world.

 

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21

Lord Mars visits throughout the month providing courage and energy. No one will ever doubt your relentless effort and determination and now’s the time to truly put it in gear and move towards your goals. Keep in mind a soft reply turns away wrath. Make this your mantra, as things may get testy and tense.

 

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21

A corralled horse champs at the bit longing for the freedom of the open plains. You may feel like that horse these days. Anxiety and little energy are the general complaints when Saturn is around. Saturn’s presence, although not comforting, brings very important lessons and etches wisdom and patience into our soul. Suck it up.

 

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19

Pluto’s presence brings on a time of great transition and regeneration. To some, he bestows wealth and power; others he takes to a higher plane. It is a time of birthing and dying. Not so much physical dying, but the dying off of what is old and no longer useful.

 

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19

Saturn and Uranus, co-rulers of Aquarius, are casting good energy your way, providing wisdom and creativity. Now all you have to do is use it. Fixed signs like Aquarius find it difficult to make changes when necessary. Point, counter point scenarios are bound to happen now. Keep your sword sharp and leave it in its scabbard.

 

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20

When the cup is full, it cannot receive. Yes, you may have it all and feel empty at the same time. The problem stems from not taking care of your spiritual life. A muscle not used will atrophy and so it is with our soul currents. They need daily exercise, care, devotion, meditation and love.

 

STAR WISE: January 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

It might be worth our while to take a deep look at the intrinsic meanings of Capricorn and its ruling planet Saturn. Deeply embedded religious beliefs and laws come under the heading of Saturn/Capricorn. Chronos (Father Time) carried a scythe and was known as the grim reaper, associated with death, poverty, pestilence and disease. Saturn seeks to correct, cleanse and purify. He rules magistrates and lawyers, along with fathers, husbands, bosses and others that seek to lead and rule. Saturn/Capricorn represents the structures we expect to remain the same, unchanged throughout time. Sounds like sour grapes and castor oil mixed into one.

The above commentary is a pretty general description of this dreary planetary energy. No wonder people from the east and west fear Saturn and dread the news of his arrival. He is a wet blanket and can certainly put a damper on our good spirits. No doubt, he has been behind the pain and suffering of every religious or political crusade that has ever manifested on our planet throughout all time. Pray my way or die. Comply, surrender, straighten out and fly right is the message of this heavy-handed, hooded messenger.

Probably got you depressed by now, but lets take another approach to what is behind this seemingly very harsh planetary deity. Saturn is very connected to nature, purity and wholesomeness. What Saturn has always tried to teach us is to live a life of purity and simplicity. The closer to nature we live, the healthier and happier we become. Likened to a loving father, he wants only the best for his children and will go to extreme means to keep them clean and safe. This Capricorn energy is on board and we will be imbibing of this energy for many years to come. Pluto visits Capricorn until November 2024 and this energy alone signals great changes on the planet. Saturn/Capricorn resists changes while Pluto is the planet of inevitable regeneration and transformation. By the spring of 2020, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are in Capricorn and it might very well spell out a time in which we experience the greatest changes and challenges to our way of life. Uranus will be in Taurus at that time, another harbinger that nothing will remain the same and all is due to change. Mainly, we must do our part and tote our grain of sand to the common pile. “What to do?” you might ask? Simplify, purify, stay close to nature and give love to one and all.

ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You are very good at promoting, instigating and pioneering ways to move into the future. You accomplish these objectives by staying true to yourself and striving to simplify and disentangle the complicated knots we have tied ourselves with. The next several years will bring myriad opportunities for you create something totally original and exciting.

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 21)

The initial spark of genius that Aries ignites, Taurus sustains and solidifies. In the summer of 2018, Uranus will visit Taurus until 2026. These are the years of your greatest changes and challenges. Your genius may be showing in those years and it may be a highly prolific, creative, artistic and innovative time. Start now.

GEMINI (May 22 – Jun 20)

Death and taxes: two topics that most of us would rather skip over, ignore or hope would go away. But no way – they’re on board and must be dealt with. The present planetary positions are indicating a time in which you might be looking at all kinds of deep topics, including mysticism and spirituality.


CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

A great transformative energy is taking place. Life may be full of complexities, some hidden and some not. Power plays and powerful days unfold in which you get to see who is loyal or not. Births and deaths, wills and legacies, deep loves and profound memories are made. Be clean and let your works be seen.


LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Sparks could fly in the first week of January. It won’t take much for you or others to lose their cool and it may be wise to follow the axiom, “A soft answer turneth away wrath.” Negotiations regarding business, romance and children come up throughout the month. Travel to exotic locations may be considered as well.


VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

It’s time to rethink the plan and do what Virgo does best, which is to analyze any particular thing down to its very core. While you’re doing all this super brain work, keep in mind it’s also time to consider just where you’re at on the level of spirituality and your relationship to the creator.


LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

January is a highly creative month for Libra. Not so much in the sense of output and production, but in how you shape your world. It might be time to weigh up your relationships and see which ones are worthy and worth continuing. It’s time to go deep within the sanctum of your soul.


SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Lord Mars visits your sign until early March providing much needed energy, strength and confidence. You may feel as though you have had the stuffing kicked out of you over the last few years, but now you’re on the mend and back to your old self again. Set your gaze on the target and move forward.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Now’s the time for some deep introspection regarding matters of the heart. Sagittarius holds the highest ideals and when they’re not met it can cause a bit of depression. On the other hand, when you have your priorities right you can fly high like no other. Love and career considerations are the dominant topics.


CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Certain aspects of life are being revealed. Things you may never have considered are coming up and must be handled. Not half way, but all the way. As my beloved guru has taught us, “Don’t waste the capital you have been given.” Money, name and fame won’t do it, but devotion to higher consciousness will.


AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 19)

The full Moon on January 23 and a few days either side of this date will help illuminate what must be done in order for you to feel you have yourself together, balanced and copacetic. Much is happening behind the scenes and soon enough what was hidden will come to light. Give love and forgiveness.


PISCES (Feb 20 – Mar 20)

When the cup is full, it cannot receive. Yes, you may have it all and feel empty at the same time. The problem stems from not taking care of your spiritual life. A muscle not used will atrophy and so it is with our soul currents. They need daily exercise, care, devotion, meditation and love.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

STAR WISE: December 2015

by Mac McLaughlin

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

The winter solstice takes place on December 21 at 8:49 PM (PST). For people today, the solstice probably has a lot less significance than for people born in ancient times. A couple of weeks after the solstice, it becomes very apparent the days are lengthening, bringing hope and anticipation of the Sun once again bringing its warmth and new life. I imagine the winter solstice was the original celebration and that it eventually morphed into the Christmas of modern times: Christ Mass, the celebration of light and new life.

If you were to take a look at ancient societies, you’d find they put great emphasis on the solstice and equinox times, as they heralded the beginning of the seasons. Speaking of light and celebrations, this Christmas Day is also a full Moon day, with the Moon being in the sign of Cancer. The Moon rules Cancer and this combination of the Moon being in its own sign is perfect for family gatherings in which we share our love and generosity with our family members. It is also a time of giving our love and care to those in our extended family, including the folks in our community that may be experiencing less fortunate times and to all of God’s children and the creatures that share life on our precious planet.

Mercury, the planet of communications, is in perfect Triangle with Jupiter, the planet of generosity, philosophy and spirituality. It means we have an opportunity to be expansive and generous for, as we know, the gift is within the act of giving, not in receiving. One day, we will be wise enough to perceive that God’s love and light is manifest in all living creatures and thusly they are deserving of our greatest love and respect. There is gold in everyone and every one is golden. All life is precious. In the Golden Age, the souls lived in peace and practised non-violence in thought, word and deed. The last several days of December carry a certain tension to them; we know the holidays can often be filled with tension and for some there can be despair especially when we add alcohol and white powder drugs into the mix. The only way we can cure violence in our society is to strive to live non-violently and to give more and more love. Love is the only commodity that increases when we give it out.

ARIES
(March 21 – April 19)
Let up on the gas pedal, especially in the first half of December as there are a few hairy planetary aspects going on that can spell disaster in a heartbeat. December 5, 10, 19 and 20 are tricky days in which anything can happen and probably will. Measure twice, cut once; otherwise, good times are indicated.

 

TAURUS
(April 20 – May 21)
The winter solstice on December 21 carries some big magic for Taurus. A series of fine planetary aspects takes place bringing serendipitous events and happy times. Christmas Day looks good. It’s time to bring your loved ones together and celebrate and to give thanks for everything. Interesting news arrives on December 7, regarding family or finances.

 

GEMINI
(May 22 – June 20)
You may feel a little lead-footed as you head into December. Gemini relates to the blue sky and rainbows and would rather skip over the tedious and boring details that life offers up at times. It is time to nurture yourself, to go slow and let the gnarly knots work themselves out – and they will.

 

CANCER (June 21 – July
22)
Christmas Day is highlighted by a full Moon in your sign. As we know, the full Moon brings the high tides and this full Moon may bring a heightened time into your life. It is time to celebrate and give thanks for all we have been given. Take some time to take care of yourself.

 

LEO (July
23 – August 22)
You get a cosmic pass in which you can wield your way throughout most of December. It is a good time to sort things out and to plan for the future. Set up a health regime and follow it. If you have any organizing to do, the time is right to set things right.

 

VIRGO (August 23 – September
22)
Lord Mercury and expansive Jupiter create a very nice triangular pattern on Christmas Day. You cannot ask for a better set of astrological circumstances. Mercury is about communications, agreements and negotiations while Jupiter rules trust and timing. Others are impressed with your warmth, love and generosity. Overall, it is a time of abundance and gratitude.

 

LIBRA
(September 23 – October 22)
Energy is heightened on December 5 and 6 as the Moon, Mars and Pluto mix things up. You can mess things up if you’re not careful with your reactions to highly charged situations or you can clear things up by using your Venusian wit, charm and wisdom. The Libra Moon highlights New Year’s Eve.

 

SCORPIO
(October 23 – November 21)
Venus smoothes the way through most of December. She brings, warmth, light and love – or, at least, the opportunity for you to assess what it is you really need in order to bring harmony and accord into your life. December 7 and 8 are special days as the Moon moves through your sign.

 

SAGITTARIUS
(November 22 – December 21)
A shift takes place on December 10 and 11. Stay open and willing to roll with the changes, whatever they may be. It might just be the end of a situation you have endured for some time. It might also be the start of something new and exciting. Sometimes, letting go is difficult, but necessary.

 

CAPRICORN
(December 22 – January 19)
The Sun’s entrance into Capricorn on December 21 heralds your solar high of the year. A great transformative energy is on board and you must make the best of it. Jupiter and Pluto are casting great energy into your sign bestowing wealth and leadership. Figure out what you want to do and go for it.

 

AQUARIUS
(January 20 – February 19)
Lord Saturn steadies the ship as he casts a fine aspect into your sign. You can set up a plan and work with it. The Sun moves through Capricorn starting December 21 and allows for some behind-the-scenes work to be accomplished. The full Moon on Christmas day will help illuminate your pathway.

 

PISCES
(February 20 – March 20)
Pisces is one of the most magical signs of the zodiac and you may have a sense that magical things are happening. It is a time of spiritual transformation and re-evaluation. Lord Jupiter and co-ruler Neptune are activated strongly indicating that timing and destiny are playing their parts and now you must play yours.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.
Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.