StarWise December 2017 – January 2018

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STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

Saturn enters its own sign, Capricorn, on December 19 for a two-and-a-half-year visit, after which it begins to travel through Aquarius (also ruled by Saturn) for another two and a half years. That’s five years of some pretty strong Saturnian medicine. Generally, people don’t really want to hear about Saturn; certainly, most of my clients groan when I bring him up. But he is part of the pantheon of zodiacal gods and must be adhered to. In Vedic astrology, the planets are called grahas, which means to grab or seize. When a planet contacts a planet in your chart, it grabs it and brings its effect to it, whether positive or negative.

I have done a study of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s horoscope, along with charts for Canada and the US and Donald Trump’s birth chart. Here’s what I found. Saturn passes over Trudeau’s Sun in January and proceeds to oppose Canada’s Sun and Moon (February to June) and then backs up to practically sit on Trudeau’s Sun, finishing in 2018 in opposition to Canada’s Sun and Moon. Synthesized, it means our country and its leader are besieged with this very powerful Saturnian influence throughout 2018. Saturn passing over a person’s Sun is no fun and generally brings up a time of limitation, frustration, delays, adversity, scarcity and myriad other concerns. To save a very long story, Saturn pays a long and strong visit to the US’ chart and Trump’s chart too, right up to at least 2020. Throw a couple of dramatic eclipses into the mix and we can surmise we have a potent cocktail of serious karmic conditions to work out over the next few years. If we thought 2017 was alarming and dismaying with Trump’s antics, we haven’t seen anything yet. Attacks and wars could break out and, at the least, he probably will be discredited, exposed and impeached. Nobody wants to lance the cyst on the child’s arm, but once done, the toxins are released and the healing process begins.

Saturn’s true message is that of healing, purity, honesty, sobriety, cleanliness, discipline, chastity and every other thing that will help us to bring our societies and countries into a workable and wholesome order. Saturn tightens the belt and brings scarcity and sacrifice, hard work, sometimes impoverishment and, at least, correction. If we’re living a hog-in-trough mentality, we will have to correct it somehow. At the end of it all, we come out better for the process. In the meantime, I expect the next two years will be fraught with serious and heavy concerns, decisions and considerations. Let’s get to work.

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
You’re the lead-off man or woman of the zodiac, bold, brave and true. Now it’s up to you to show the way and break through to something new. “How,” you might ask? By living honestly, honourably and leading through example. Come on valiant one; we need your direction and spirit now more than ever.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
Aries initiates action, but it’s the steady and stubborn Taurus that sustains and stabilizes the energy that Aries creates. Venus rules Taurus and matters such as ethics, morality, purity and beauty. Taurus cares for the land and her resources. We need your power and strength now more then ever.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
You are the word merchant and negotiator par excellence and you certainly know how to cut a deal and get everyone on-side. The world needs your gift of seeing both sides of anything and everything. Do your thing and help humanity come to reasonable resolutions to our myriad, complex problems.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Saturn, the task-master, will be moving through your opposite sign Capricorn for the next couple of years. He casts his glance your way and will manifest his energy in the form of all kinds of concerns and considerations. Career, health and relationship areas will get a workout. Wisdom and growth are the results.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Late January and February are telling times for your sign. Generally, it’s not the best of times, but a time in which you can do some deep reflection regarding your life’s values. Throw a couple of eclipses into the mix and they will bring further revelations and realizations your way.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Saturn passes through Capricorn over the next two years casting good energy your way. Virgo may secretly admire much of Saturn’s disciplinary and corrective admonishments. You are more likely than not to get in line with his astringency plans. In many ways, Saturn and Virgo resonate some very similar ideals and morals.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
Saturn visits Capricorn and strongly connects with your sign. Libra is all about the law. Saturn is the letter of the law: all laws, natural and man-made. He is exalted in Libra. Now, a time has arrived in which you can use your skills as a fair judge and arbitrator.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Scorpio is another sign that cares deeply about Earth’s environmental health. It seems the world has gone a bit mad and there are a vast number of problems that must be dealt with; you are made just right to handle it all. When others give up, you’re just getting warmed up.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
You have been gifted with long vision and high intuition and now it is high time to put these gifts into play. You’ve been corralled for the last couple of years and, no doubt, you are restless and ready for some new challenges and adventures. Saddle up and head out. You are needed.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Do or die! Well, not literally, but with what is to come in the next couple of years you may very well feel you are in a position that is seriously vital, personally and professionally. If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. With cloven hoof, set forth up the mountain.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
Eclipses at the end of January and mid-February will help you in finding your direction. In the heart of hearts, you are the true humanitarian that can love one and all. Your skills are sorely needed now and will be needed even more over the next five years.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
Jupiter and Neptune, co-rulers of Pisces will continue to cast their energies your way throughout most of 2018. This will provide you with the opportunity to truly find yourself and your position in our society. You have the gift of universal love, caring and compassion and now it is truly needed. Do what you love and love what you do.

StarWise November 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

The dominant planetary aspect in effect throughout November is Saturn Trine Uranus. Triangular configurations are very harmonious and just about the best we can expect from planetary behaviour. The triangle aspect gives a dovetailing effect in the sense of cooperative energies prevailing. Let’s break it down a bit. Saturn is in Sagittarius. Interestingly, Saturn represents all aspects of law and judgement. He’s a stern and somewhat dour taskmaster. Somewhat like castor oil, it doesn’t taste good, but it’s good for us. He brings hard and harsh lessons and, sure enough, once we pass through them, we garner great wisdom and are usually better off for the experience. Sobered and cleansed, we move forward.

Sagittarius is the sign most related to the spirit of the law, along with societal, medical and educational philosophies. This combination of Saturn in Sagittarius will help us to bring our collective ship into its right headings. Along with this energy, we have Uranus moving through Aries, which is a powerful marker for all kinds of social unrest and volatility, along with revolutionary activity. I’m not going to stoop to harping, whining and preaching, but I think we know what time it is. We have to grow a backbone and bite the bullet; grievous as it is, we have to clean up the very serious problems that plague our world these days. As we move towards the end of the month, Mercury begins to slow down and go retrograde in early December. Generally, this may throw a stick into the spokes and present us with myriad concerns regarding communication and transportation, along with business negotiations. This is standard fare for Mercury retrograde, but this time around, Mercury is travelling alongside Saturn and it may bog things down considerably until mid-December.

If you’re bogged down in serious traffic or sitting in an airport where the systems are down, know that Saturn and Mercury are up to their high jinks. The remedy is to have yourself together and allow plenty of time to get where you are going; even with that, you can expect a few snafus around dates, schedules and all other kinds of unexpected delays. Book early, don’t leave things to the last minute and get your snow tires now. Be kind and patient and, most of all, speak the truth, live honourably and help out where you can. Forewarned is forearmed and a stitch in time saves nine.

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
There’s bound to be some fireworks throughout the month as lord Mars moves through your opposite sign Libra. Contentious relationships, loose lips and any kind of inconsiderate behaviour will not pass unnoticed at this time. It might be time to have a good fess-up session, or a confession, and set the record straight. Love heals all.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
Be kind to yourself and others, as November is generally not the best of times for Taurus. It is the right time to look in the mirror and truly see who is staring back at you. Deep reflection will do. Some interesting lucky breaks could come into play and love could grow very strong.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
When planets are in your opposite sign, they cast their light into your sign bringing illumination and clarification. That’s the story now as Mercury and Saturn move through your opposite sign Sagittarius. Read the intro for more details. Mainly, it’s a time to clear out and clean up tangled situations, however you can.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Venus and Jupiter cast lovely energy your way all month. They are very beneficial planets. Make the best use of them by mending, healing, giving and loving. There are new mountains to climb starting in 2018 so it’s best to settle with the past now and prepare for some new challenges.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Two sets of planetary energies are pulling you in opposite directions. Acquiring a bigger house or finer car won’t really cut it. These are merely trinkets and baubles and will not bring any lasting satisfaction. On the other hand, deep meditation, devotion and striving for the light and love will work wonders.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
The times are a bit tricky, especially towards the end of the month and heading into December. Expect delays and complications. When a silken scarf is caught in the rose vine, you remove it from the thorns carefully, otherwise you risk tearing it. That’s the answer now. Disentangle yourself from complicated knots and double knots.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
Fiery Mars is in the house and when the god of war is around, we can expect sparks to fly, right into early December. Things could get a bit sketchy and tense. Use it or be abused by it. Positive use is being bold, honourable and brave; negative use is frustration, inconsideration, impatience and anger.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
It’s your time to shine as the two beneficial planets, Venus and Jupiter, travel through your sign. Be pro-active and do your best to make things happen. Put lots of irons in the fire, and if one gets hot, you’re on your way. Lucky breaks and good timing figure in the play. Do something now.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Go deep and go long in your search for freedom, peace and happiness. Shake off any form of fear and negativity. Undoubtedly, the hard knocks you have been receiving have had their effect. Brighter times are just up the road a bit. Hang in there and see what the universe provides. Study hard.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Pay attention to the energies on board on November 7 and 8. Intrigue, mysteries, surprises and challenges may arise through to mid-month. Stay out of the darkness; stay in the light and mostly fight the good fight. Of course, the best fight is within ourselves in overcoming anger, ego, lust and greed.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
Circle November 25 as a special day in which some interesting news may come your way. Pleasantries and good times with friends and family will do. November represents effort and challenges on the work front and changes may occur. It’s highly likely you will land on your feet and in very good circumstances.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
Magical and mystical Pisces types may enjoy the energies that unfold in November. Travel is highlighted, as is spiritual growth. Career-wise, you may be honoured for your achievements or you could be ushered out the door. Much depends on how you have conducted yourself over the last 15 years.

StarWise – October 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

The Sun passes through Libra from September 22 to October 22. Libra’s pictograph is a blindfolded goddess with a sword in one hand and scales in the other. It symbolizes impartialjustice and fairness. Libra is a cardinal–air sign. The cardinal signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn – lead off the seasons and, as such, they contain more power and dynamism. The element of air in astrology represents the intellect and its abilities. When we amalgamate the cardinal–air qualities and project them onto humankind, we can expect to find some of the most brilliant, talented, creative and artistic souls in our midst.

The first one that comes to mind is Mahatma Gandhi Ji. His philosophy of passive resistance transformed India. Venus is the planetary ruler for Libra. She is the goddess of love, harmony, beauty and balance. I’m sure if you did some research, you would find some very highly evolved souls in the world of art, music, dance, design, architecture and law. Yes, folks, harmony, intelligence, fairness, beauty and balance sum up the essence of Libra, a sign known as the iron fist in the velvet glove. Well, we have to ask the question. Do we need harmony, balance, love and peace? I think we do, more than ever.

The scales are rocking precariously and the big and little egotists are gambling with our lives. Hopefully, we don’t sit and passively watch it all unfold. While under the influence of Venus– Libra, it would be helpful to remember that Jupiter, the planet of wisdom and idealism, is moving through Libra and has formed an opposition with Uranus, the planet of revolution and innovation. It might be high time to hit the streets again as world peace hangs in the balance. We know there are myriad brilliant minds out there and we need them to come up with some true resolutions for today’s very serious problems. Although the Vietnam War was very ugly and highly destructive and devastating, it also raised the consciousness of the whole world; as we know, there were worldwide protests at the time of that war. All of this business with the US and North Korea has gotten to a risky and very dangerous place and the powers that be truly need to do something about it before things really go south. No sense warmongering with a bunch of fear tactics. We need love and peace now. When you’re standing up to your knees in gasoline, it doesn’t matter who lights the first match.

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 as the light of the full Moon lights up your sign on October 5. Venus and Mars are conjoined on the same day indicating something quite special heading your way. Make it a special day and do something meaningful and important.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
You might want to plan something unique or just wait and see if the universe has anything to offer over the weekend of October 6-8. The stars are leaning your way as your planetary ruler Venus snuggles up with fiery Mars at that time. Break out those red, high-heeled sneakers and head to the club.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
A lively time is indicated especially around the full Moon time on October 5. The Gemini Moon on Thanksgiving Day provides a big boost and there is a strong likelihood of surprising news coming your way. A secret is leaked and, as we know, those family gatherings can sometimes get hectic. Hide the alcohol.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Home and family are important topics for Cancer. Now, the Sun travels though your solar house related to home life. The full Moon on October 5 brings work related news. Jupiter, the planet of luck (good karma), casts excellent rays your way for the next 12 months starting on October 10. Confidence and timing play a special role.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Communicate and relate is the mantra of the month for Leo. Promotions, sales and proselytizing will work well now. An increase in resources could take place in the first half of the month. Make that call. Reach out to the people that really matter in your life. A series of short journeys takes place.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Venus and Mars meet up in your sign on October 5. It’s also a full Moon day. Basically, it amps up the areas of love and creativity. It’s your time to shine and others may take a shine to you. It’s time to take stock and evaluate what is real and what has true value.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
Take note of what comes to pass on October 5. Some illuminating scenarios are destined to unfold. People from the past come into the play. The new Moon on October 19 will bring interesting surprises and opportunities. You might be in the midst of important changes in your life now. Go with the flow.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Jupiter, king of the gods, moves into Scorpio on October 10 for a 12-month visit. You should capitalize on this once in 12-year cycle by doing whatever you have to do to elevate your status. Confidence gets a boost and timing becomes very important. Basically, do your best in all endeavours. It will pay dividends.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Your solar house of friendships and alliances is lit up. It’s time to mix and mingle. The full Moon on October 5 stirs up some fun and entertainment. Behind-the-scenes work will pay off in the long run, such as quietly committing to the gym and paying the price through sweat and effort.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Your solar career sector is very active. The stars are aligned nicely in the sense they are casting good energy into your sign. Work towards strengthening alliances and loyalties after October 10. Power plays abound and all kinds of hidden machinations take place. To be clean and let your works be seen is best.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
It’s time to blow off the dust and strive towards higher knowledge. This could come through a series of journeys to far-off places. It could also occur in the classroom, but, regardless, it’s time to dig into the topics that can quench your thirst for enlightenment. Job opportunities loom on the horizon.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
The question is just how to fit in and make it all work and how to achieve success in your desired field of activity. Mainly, to just keep giving of yourself and helping other people is best. The overall plan was formed before your body was formed. Be who you are and do what you do.

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 – July-August 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

The stars are indicating it’s going to be a hot summer, sunny or not. The full Moon on July 8 is accompanied by Mars and Pluto. As we know, a full Moon heightens energy bringing high tides and high emotions. Mars and Pluto are intense energies in their own right and when mixed together can bring up some pretty nasty weather. Hmm, let’s see. Is there anything going on politically in Canada or the US that can reach the boiling point? Choose a topic and use the info above as a template and let’s see how the action unfolds. We already know the real estate market is hot and getting hotter by the day. And we may be looking at an election call in BC. How fun is that? How about all the violence going on amidst the gang communities, not to mention the opioid crisis? Yee ha, ride em cowboy!

The new Moon on July 23 is closely associated with Mars and oft times he is looking for a fight. Mars also rules fires so it would be wise to be extra cautious when out in nature. When Mars is around, we have choices to make. We can exercise free will and not react angrily when others are behaving ignorantly because, if anything, the positive use of Mars energy is valour and bravery. The choice is ours to make. Slow down and take your time. Show a little courtesy to others; it’s contagious.

August offers up a lunar and solar eclipse for our consideration and contemplation. Sure enough, the lunar eclipse on August 7 has Mars in the picture again and as already mentioned, it puts us in fight mode. We will be up in arms about one thing or the other. Again, our choices will make all the difference in the world to our peace of mind and happiness.

The solar eclipse on August 21 is most impactful in the sense it lands on a most sensitive spot in Donald Trump’s horoscope. August and September are indicating a most fateful time in the man’s life. It is highly probable a big event will take place, such as his impeachment or some other event that impedes him dynamically and dramatically. This summer is a time of clearing up and cleaning out a whole lot of entangled and contentious issues. The true remedy for our troubles and ills is to love one another and to inculcate a sense of tolerance, forgiveness, patience and compassion. We’re only here for a short while.

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
Lord Mars is busy as can be throughout the summertime. You will have a series of challenges to surmount. The nature of man is that he either moves forward in his journey or falls back, but never remains in one place. Step up your game and apply more and more effort. It will pay good dividends.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
It looks like July will run more smoothly than August. It would be within your interest to get things done in July while the stars are in a cooperative mood. It might be a bit more challenging or possibly frustrating as a different energy blocks your pathway and efforts in the Month of August.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
Venus lends a hand throughout July. She helps you consider the right pathway to tread. She confers with Saturn in the last half of the month helping you to make some hefty decisions about what to do as a series of hold’em or fold’em events manifest throughout July and August.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
High excitement and adventure come your way as Mars accompanies the full Moon on July 8. It’s always exciting when Mars is in the picture. You’re on the move and in the groove. August is hot for other reasons besides the weather. Venus heats things up and love may be in the air.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
July is prep time in which you conduct all kinds of behind the scenes activities as you make ready for a very dynamic and somewhat dramatic August. The new Moon on July 23 will tell quite the tale while the lunar and solar eclipses in August unfurl the fate karma from the storehouse of past life activities.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Career and earning sectors of your solar chart are very enhanced in July so make hay while the sun shines. Lord Mercury goes retrograde on August 13 and it can throw a stick into the spokes regarding agreements, contracts and negotiations. Travel plans can go awry as well so be prepared as best you can.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
July offers up some challenges on the home front and career sector. With a little bit of effort, you can overcome your concerns and with major effort, you can be very successful. August sweetens up and the overall energy smoothes out nicely. New people and new places are on the cosmic menu as well.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Travel is indicated in July and long and short journeys take place. Writing and publishing interests get a boost as well. It’s a good month for tests and exams. August has more challenges and possible hurdles to overcome. Career changes may take place, which could be very much to your benefit. Good energy is on the horizon.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Mysteries and secrets come bubbling up to the surface in July. An inheritance or windfall could be in the works. Joint and shared monies become a hot topic. August holds a strong promise of travel, which, of course, usually uplifts the Sagittarius spirit. Romance may not be a stranger and a warm summer is indicated.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Circle July 8 on your calendar as it’s the day of a full Moon and it could be a doozy. Don’t forget to duck. Intense and dynamic scenarios form and dissipate like passing clouds. Actually, July 5 to 12 are intense days. Money, health and family are the big topics in August.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
What you say and how you say it will have strong ramifications in July. It’s all about communications or the lack of them. The new Moon on July 23 sets the pace heading into August, which promises to be a highly charged month. Patience and kindness will work wonders, but impatience and cruel words could backfire dramatically.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
Take some time off and enjoy yourself in July. The stars are right for love and romance to manifest. At the very least, enjoyable times with family and friends are indicated. August holds fairly good promise as well. If there is a glitch, it will be about agreements and miscommunications. Expect the unexpected.

StarWise – June 2017

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STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

The Sun travels through Gemini until June 20. Gemini is a mutable air sign, mutable in the sense that we just cannot jump from the rainy cool days of early spring into the intense heat of the summer season. There has to be a period of adaptability as nature adjusts to the climatic changes taking place. The element of air in astrology relates to the intellect and reasoning faculties. We’re inspired. Spring has sprung and we’re out and about doing our thing along with the birds and the bees. Everything is beautiful, fresh and new. Likened to this time in nature, the souls that are born into Gemini are blessed with angelic qualities. Myriad artists, poets, musicians, intellectuals, educators, business types, promoters, sales people and others with a great litany of intellectual capabilities are – and were – born at this time. Mercury is the planetary ruler of this sign. Castor and Pollux are the twin stars ruling the constellation of Gemini; curiously, one of the twins was a boxer and the other an intellectual.

So far we have portrayed Gemini as an angelic sign, but don’t be fooled or misled by this. Being of the element of air, some Geminis can be devoid of deeper feelings, which may manifest as hard-heartedness and cruelty. Generally, they’re sweet and kind, but if crossed or the energy is distorted in some way, they can wreak havoc and cause serious pain and consequences without giving it too much thought later. They can shake your hand with one hand and have the other hand in your back pocket at the same time. Remember Gemini Trump commenting on that woman that must be bleeding. Although we all knew what he really meant, he said later he meant a nosebleed and that anyone who thought otherwise was despicable. Ya, sure, Donald. Gemini is known to be amoral, meaning if you didn’t catch them at it, they didn’t do it.

Let’s get back to the high side of this very interesting and highly complex sign. When you come across a Gemini that is flying right, they are a delight. Highly gifted, multi-talented and generous to a fault describes the angelic Gemini. On the other hand, my Gemini stepdad astonished me one day when he stuck his head out of the window and yelled at the kids playing in the yard to cut that Gdamned swearing out! He also saved a woman from being attacked in our yard one night, but after scaring off the attacker, he would not allow the woman into our house. Got to love those Geminis.

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
Aries is like the knight who jumps on his charger and goes off in all directions at the same time. The stars are in a good position and are offering many opportunities for you to get it right. Your earning potential is strong and moving to a new residence may be on your mind.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
Creative energy is running high all month. A busy time is indicated. Wheeling and dealing takes place as all kinds of opportunities manifest. Love is in the air and the instinct to make all things beautiful is strong. It’s a good time to get on with the projects you have been thinking about all winter.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
Read the introduction. It’s about Gemini. Now, the Sun is in your sign, bringing you into your solar high of the year. You may have a nine-ball juggling act going on, as all kinds of scenarios manifest. Do your best and do what you do best, which is to get out and mix and mingle.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Energetic Mars visits Cancer for several weeks. He fires you up and inspires you in all kinds of ways, but watch for overload and knee-jerk reactions. Things can get slightly out of control when Mars is around so go easy and remember to measure twice and cut once. Do something bold and be brave.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Your solar house of friendships is strongly activated, indicating that this is the right time to go on a walk-about or a journey of some sort. Now’s the time to connect with others. Minor surgeries could take place and the time is right to deal with any type of annoying health problem.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Your solar career sector is hot and it may be wise to crank up the energy a bit. Travel and career are both hot topics throughout June and July. Earning power and potential are especially strong. What you start now may serve you well over the next 15 years. You’re coming out of your shell.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
When a planet appears to stand still, it is at its greatest power. Jupiter, which is known as the great benefactor, is standing still in the middle of Libra. It’s a strong signal for you to truly drive towards your goals and aspirations. Jupiter brings trust, faith, truth, good timing and confidence into the picture.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
It’s your time to go deep and long and delve into the topics that are of keen interest to you. Joint monies, wills, legacies and investments come up now. Your solar house of partnerships is strongly activated and a new relationship could blossom in the near future. Existing relationships get a boost as well.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
The storm clouds are dissipating. Many lessons were learned in the last couple of years. No doubt, a deep wisdom has been carved into your soul. A new light dawns and new pathways appear on the horizon. A flood of fresh ideas are beginning to congeal and soon enough you will be on a fresh journey.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
A Capricorn friend commented that, while running a small business, he felt under challenged. He changed that and took on some big challenges and became very successful. You might be in the mood now to do something extraordinary. Go for it. The next step is the hardest step, but eventually you will reach your goal.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
The big planets are in good position for Aquarius. It’s a signal to move towards your goals. Your solar house of travel, spirituality and foreign affairs is strongly activated. This is also a good time for any type of educational pursuit along with publishing and promotional activities. A move or renovation could take place.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
Neptune, co-ruler of Pisces, is standing still in the middle of your sign. He’s an unusual planet and brings significant and oft-times genius gifts to the souls that have him prominent in their birth charts. A new dawn and a new reality may be taking shape. Follow your intuition and your dreams and dream big.

StarWise May 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

The saints and mystics teach us our fate and destiny are decided even before our bodies are formed. Our fate – destiny – aka karma is formed by our own hand, written by our thoughts and actions in previous lifetimes. Karma represents our indebtedness, both what we owe and what is owed to us. Negative thoughts and actions are chains of iron and positive thoughts and actions are chains of gold. Both are chains, designed to keep us on the wheel of transmigration in a never ending cycle of births and deaths mounting to millions of years and millions of incarnations in the 8,400,000 species of life forms on dear, old planet Earth. Then, in his great mercy, the Creator sends his Sat Gurus to the Earth to emancipate and free our souls and start us on our journey back to our true home, a place where there is no dissolution or death and only eternal love, light and bliss.

None of this was designed by man. It has existed as long as creation itself and was designed by the creator. Most of it is far too deep and complex for our limited human brain to even comprehend. Astrology in its true usefulness represents the roadmap of our karmic journey through time from the womb to the tomb. The karma we carry is inexorable, unalterable and must be worked through. Positive or negative, it is all a blessing designed to bring us into the light once again. If we were to live a life of peace, kindness, compassion and forgiveness, by the by we would surely evolve into true humane beings. As my beloved Guru Param Sant Kirpal Singh Ji would say, “You cannot wash away blood with blood, but only with the waters of forgiveness.”

How many leaders run the various countries on the planet and how many minions do they have? What is the number? Let’s say seven thousand; 0.0001% of seven billion is seven thousand. Yet this amount of people carry our fate in their hands. Even with all of our technology and all of our ability to be connected and communicate, we continually fail miserably to attain any lasting peace. I feel a deep shame about this ­ – these men who continue to threaten our very existence and insist on pointing their insidiously dangerous and destructive weapons at each other. Seven thousand people saying what is going to happen to the seven billion people that live here. When will we ever learn and why do we allow these weak, short-sighted, paranoid souls to run the show?

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
A unique combination of planetary influences lights up your life. Innovative ideas materialize at an alarming rate. You and others may be shocked or surprised with what you come up with. Plus, you are able to put things together in a cohesive fashion. Popularity is on the rise and love is on the horizon.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
Just as the full Moon lights up the night sky, the full Moon on May 10 will light up the night sky of your psyche. Epiphanies and aha moments take place. You’re energized, collected and directed. Someone from the past, possibly an old flame, shows up. Maybe someone from another lifetime comes back into your life.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
You’re on the move, on fire and ready for all kinds of excitement and adventure. A plethora of innovative ideas stimulates your imagination. You better write them down, lest you forget half of them. Go easy and take your time as the chance for incidents and accidents is rather high. Measure twice, cut once.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Your solar career sector is hot. If you are seeking a career change, this might be the time to look around and maybe submit an application or two. Health concerns may pop up now that have to be dealt with. Don’t procrastinate. Slow and steady wins the race.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Travel is indicated, possibly regarding career or business ventures. It’s also a great time to visit friends and family. Seeking enlightenment may be on your list as well. All intellectual endeavours are favoured. Publishing, promoting and proselytizing are highlighted. It may be time for high adventure and visits to far-off, exotic places. Basically, a new restlessness begins to seep into your soul.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Wills, legacies, mysteries, hidden and secret matters, obscure facts and a whole lot of other unusual topics are on the cosmic menu for your perusal. Your solar eighth house of sex and death is lit up like a Christmas tree. Hmm, sounds interesting. Possibly, you will set off on a journey of discovery. Self discovery, that is.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
Plan something special for May 6 and 7. Even if you don’t plan anything, those days may turn out to be special anyway. A whirlwind of activity is indicated throughout the month. Jupiter is practically stopped right in the middle of Libra. It’s a strong indicator that some type of good fortune may manifest.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
You’re in your solar low until May 20. It may be time for some rest and recreation. Scorpio people are driven sometimes to exhaustion and burnout. Nature and nurture sound about right. Actually, this is a good month to create a new plan, a health plan and a plan of how to put it all together.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Read the Scorpio message and apply it to yourself, especially in the last half of the month. Life’s demands intensify and there may be more than a few battles going on. No sense being too anxious about it. Take things one day at a time and, by the by, the storm clouds will pass. Patience is key.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Lord Saturn lingers in your solar 12th house until the winter solstice. The 12th house is the cosmic dustbin in which we have stored all kinds of karmic attachments. It’s your time to do some spring cleaning on a cosmic level. Clear out everything that truly does not pertain to your health and happiness.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
Ketu, the south node of the Moon, has started his journey through Aquarius. Basically, Ketu seeks freedom, knowledge and enlightenment. Curious Aquarius never could resist touching the “Wet Paint” sign. Now, a journey of discovery has commenced. Eighteen months from now you will be amazed at where you got to and how much you have learned.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
It’s a time of gathering and learning about all kinds of things. Many Pisces are otherworldly types who not always connected to mundane matters, but are wonderfully dynamic when it comes to the spirit of compassion, caring and love. It’s thought that Pisces carries the collective wisdom of the other 11 signs combined.

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.

StarWise March 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

Let’s fantasize for a few minutes and see where we get to. How about this? Three hundred thousand years have gone by and now we’re in the Golden Age. Everybody is getting along. There’s peace on Earth and love prevails throughout the land. There are no borders, no wars, no pollution, no violence, pestilence or disease. We are all one people on one planet in which race, creed and colour mean nothing. Men and women are equally respected and accepted. The children flourish and everyone lives in harmony. Utopia, ecstasy and freedom prevail and all is well on dear, old planet Earth. Can we find anything wrong with this picture? Is something not right? The true problem is that even with attaining every particular thing, we are still confined within the limitations of our physical bodies. We are still subject to birth and death and to the cycles of Awagawan, in which we journey throughout the ages, very much still stuck in the cycle of 84.

Awagawan is a term indicating the soul’s journey through the cycle of 8,400,000 species of life forms, from mineral, to plant, to insect, reptile, bird, animal and human form, ad infinitum. In other words, if we had the whole thing together and had all we could possibly desire, we would still feel at a loss and discontented with our lot. The problem is that we’re not from the Earth; our true home lies far above the stars, in a land that has eternal life and eternal love and bliss and it is not subject to change.

My beloved Guru, Param Sant Kirpal Singh ji Maharaj, gave the analogy of men being in prison. Upon seeing the condition of the prisoners, a benefactor made a donation so the men could have better food. Another benefactor decided to give better clothes. And a third benefactor set the men free. Which benefactor do you think the prisoners appreciated the most? Okay, let’s plummet back into 2017, smack in the middle of the Iron Age with all of its accoutrements of loneliness, despair, war, pain, disease, addiction, prejudices and hatreds. What to do? It seems like we’ve gone a bit mad and we’re certainly not treating each other very well. However, all is not lost and there is much to gain. The true Sant Gurus have stepped onto the Earth and are busy emancipating the souls and directing them homeward. Our daily work is to begin to create the Golden Age again, by truly striving to love one another, with no excuses or exclusions, only peace and love. See you on the high side.

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 Sun enters Aries on March 20, placing you in your solar high of the year. Mercury, Venus and Uranus are visiting as well, while Jupiter and Saturn cast good energy your way. The indicators are good, very good. It’s up to you to either do something with it or just languish through the fine spring days.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
Fiery Mars visits until April 23, bringing energy, strength and activity into your life. You’ll be busy, which you may not mind. Keep in mind that Mars also rules fires and accidents so go slow. Measure twice, cut once. It may be wise to measure your responses as a war of words could develop easily.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
Your solar career sector is a bit cloudy and a tad murky until mid-March. Then the clouds part and you can see your way through; you will know what to do. Stay above board and don’t stoop to any form of low activity. Speak the truth, as it will set you free.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Travel and solar career sectors are hot and it is likely you will be on the move. You may be inclined to take a spiritual vacation or a time out, in which you consider your options. Work and feed the spirit first, pocketbook next. In this way, you have your priorities right with no confusion.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Leo is one of the true metaphysical signs of the zodiac. You are on a quest for truth, light and love. Now, as the stars light up your solar eighth house, you may be inclined to dig in deep and leave no stone unturned. Life’s mysteries, death and the afterlife are topics that come up now.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
You work so hard and so diligently and generally you have all your ducks in a row. Bravo! But is it enough? I don’t think so, especially if you leave yourself vulnerable on the level of spirituality. Put up your treasures where rust cannot corrupt. In other words, feed your spirit first.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
You can play now and pay later or pay now and play later. Jupiter is on board bringing you all kinds of gracious gifts. Please do not squander them on trivial endeavours. Head for the high ground and strive with all of your heart and soul towards enlightenment. Ask and it shall be granted.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Relationships seem to be the hot topic for Scorpio these days. You are not alone – you’re never alone – although you may feel that way. You are here to finish off your give-and-take karma with the souls you have past life indebtedness with. Take it as a special, gracious duty to do so.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Big lessons come in waves. Get one done and another pops its head up. It’s going to be that way for a while so you might as well get into it and embrace it. It’s just a cleansing of the karmic slate and you may feel quite unburdened once you get through it all.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
You were thrown into the cosmic blender years ago and soon you will be able to reassemble yourself in a brand new way. To put it mildly, you are in the midst of a rebirthing and renewal of all things. This time around, don’t forget your spiritual values. It’s the only reason you’re here.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
Take me to your leader. Oh yes, you are plenty capable, competent and courageous. It’s just that you have been slumbering in the stones for many lifetimes and now the time has come for you to awaken and move towards the light. You have it in you and the power just needs to be awakened.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
It’s your time to shine and I don’t think anyone can burn such a bright flame as dear Pisces when they’re at the top of their game. You are the mystic in our midst. Yes, I know you don’t know, but you do know, don’t you? Purify, forgive, pray, love and give of yourself.

StarWise – February 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

 We are living in very interesting times and it is highly likely things are going to get a whole lot more interesting as we move through 2017. Many people are afraid, depressed, scared and horrified. Everyone has a theory, an angle or some sort of take as to what will unfold this year. My wife seemed a bit depressed the day after Trump won the US election. I asked her what was wrong. She said she just felt very down and worried about the state of affairs in the world. I told her if you want the world to be a better place, meditate more and give more love whenever and however you can. If we want love and peace, we must be loving and peaceful.

Now just imagine if Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin were taken out of the equation. Would we be in a better place? Maybe so. Well, according to the stars, it is a high probability that this scenario may take place. Vladimir Putin’s chart is indicating the likelihood of an illness along with serious infighting and competition amidst the power types in Russia. He may have to step down or he may be ousted. A fateful, climatic and very dramatic solar eclipse takes place on August 21, 2017 that will have a major effect on Mr. Trump’s destiny and the destiny and fate of the US. Impeachment is likely and the stars are indicating a very stirred-up time in which anything can, and probably will, happen. All will be changed by September 2017.

In the meantime, another very interesting planetary configuration takes shape that started in January 2017 and will be in play until October 2017. The planetary configuration involves Jupiter and Uranus as they form an opposition aspect. Jupiter travels through Libra creating a combination that indicates a striving for justice, fairness, balance and harmony. Uranus moves through Aries indicating a time of revolutionary upheaval and massive movements to bring about dynamic change in the world. When we put these two dynamic forces into the cosmic blender, we can expect no less than some type of revolutionary activity to take place. This configuration took place at the time of the French revolution. Everything that needs to be changed – women’s rights, Black Lives Matter, etc. – is going to be challenged. We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any longer. Well, I’m not mad as hell. Actually, I’m very determined to meditate more and to give more love. And if there is any way I can help my brothers and sisters, I will do so. Only love will do – only 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.

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19
Possibly, you haven’t noticed, but there is a fuse burning and there is about to be an explosion in your life. Hopefully, it’s an explosion of light, love and hope that propels you far into the future. You are the basic archetype and forerunner of things to come. Lead the way.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
Loosen up, lighten up and make yourself ready for a dynamic ride into the future. Oh, you have time to play and ponder it all, but all is about to soon change. Taurus never changes willingly, but you might consider different probabilities and possibilities the future may present. Embrace it all.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
Expansive Jupiter casts his special energy and blessings your way bringing opportunities for growth and advancement. Saturn casts his glance bringing his special hidden blessings that may not, on first inspection, seem like blessings. Hard work, sacrifice, dedication, devotion and discipline come into the long-term play. Gains and losses are indicated.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Ahh, Moon Child, what to do? It seems to me many of you are in the midst of some type of spiritual unfoldment. Life may not have panned out as you had expected. In the wake of failed dreams, many new vistas are taking shape. Travels, far and wide, are indicated.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
The lunar eclipse on February 10 will illuminate your inner psyche. Interestingly, most of the planets are casting fine energy into your sign. ‘Innovate and create’ is your mantra for the month. Take things slow as you are in your solar low until February 18. The road ahead is pretty clear.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Your solar low of the year begins on February 18. Basically, give yourself five days before and after your birth date as the solar low period. It just means it is time to nurture and nourish yourself. Your pathway may not be as clear-cut as you would like it to be.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
Read the introduction regarding the Jupiter-Uranus opposition as it relates strongly to your sign. It’s time for growth and expansion in many areas now. Don’t be afraid to shake things up and do something totally radical. Also watch out for doing too much, if that makes any sense at all.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
The area of your solar chart that indicates romance, entertainment and children is very activated beginning February 18. Activity regarding the above topics could come into play. Health and dietary concerns could be in the mix as well. Look at the long view as late 2017 and 2018 is looking very promising for Scorpio.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
It looks like a time has come in which you have to re-invent yourself. My Sagittarius grapevine tells me there has been quite a lot of dissatisfaction and possible frustration with how things have been. Let go of what is not worthy or healthy in the next several months.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
A couple of dates are noteworthy in February. The first one is February 7 and 8. Challenges and changes are likely on these dates and emotions will be running high. Then, on February 21 and 22, another set of dynamic circumstances comes into play. Power plays and powerful days come to pass.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
The lunar eclipse on February 10 will bring clarification and all kinds of information your way. Communicate and relate and take things a step further as the stars are leaning in your favour. Timing is everything and it is likely you will be in the right place at the right time.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
The solar eclipse on February 26 is important and revelatory especially if you were born within a few days of this date. Pay attention to your dreams and intuition as they will provide all kinds of hints and information for your evaluation. Be clear and honest as the tendency to cut corners will be strong.