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

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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

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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.

StarWise – December 2016 – January 2017

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STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

The US is in the double cycle of Rahu until 2018

Alexander the Great consulted his astrologers as to how long he would live. His chief astrologer told him that when the sky turns to gold and the Earth turns to iron is when he would die. Hearing that, Alexander was pleased and nearly thought himself immortal. He figured it would be a long time before the sky turned to gold and the Earth to iron. So the story goes… he was journeying across the desert and became very ill. One of his men took off his chainmail vest and laid it on the ground for Alexander to lie on. Another guard held up a golden umbrella to shield him from the burning sun. When Alexander realized that the Earth beneath him had turned to iron and the sky above had turned to gold, he lamented regarding his foolishness for believing in his astrologer’s prediction. In today’s world, astrology has many branches and many uses, but, in the end run, it really is about trying to get a handle on what’s coming up the road. The world seems to be spinning a bit faster and many people are in a spin regarding the consequences of President elect Donald Trump at the helm of the good ole U.S. of A. Well, I think we need some predictions so here we go:

In my mind, it is profound and astounding that, according to Vedic astrology, which has been around for at least several thousand years, the US is in the double cycle of Rahu until 2018. The US started off as a nation in the Rahu cycle. Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets, basically points on the ecliptic where eclipses take place. It is well known in astrological circles that eclipses are very associated with personal and collective karma. Interestingly and fatefully, the US manifests Trump born on a lunar eclipse, with Rahu in a most powerful position. If there is, or ever was, a figure to represent Rahu it would be Trump. Rahu is known to be insatiable, one who can never be satisfied, no matter what he has or what he attains. Now, as the fates would have it, a solar eclipse takes place on August 21, 2017, practically right on Trump’s ascendant, and very close to Mars in his chart. This configuration would get any self-respecting astrologer to sit up and take notice. But there’s more, much more.

Within the next several days following the eclipse, Mars transits over Trump’s Mars while retrograde Mercury practically stations right on the eclipse degree. This tells us that something big is in the wind and will manifest at this time. At the same time, Saturn comes along and is basically stopped right on Trump’s Moon opposite his Sun and opposite to Pence’s Mercury and the US’ Mars.

Well, that was a real mouthful, but what it means is that whatever is going to befall Trump and the fate of the US will happen in August-September of 2017. You name it and it could take place. Impeachment is highly likely with Saturn the lawgiver very much in the play. Outright violence is a high probability with assassination attempts certainly possible. Let us pray that peace prevails and people keep their wits about them. By the way, Mars in Trump’s chart is not only rising, which gives it great power and status, but it is considered to be Raja yoga-karaka. Raja means King, yoga means union and karaka means indicator – indicator of a King or one who wields great power. So, as you can see, the seas are churned up and destiny and fate are in motion. The American Indian word, hanta yo, comes to mind, which means “clear the way.” I know this column is dramatic, but whatever is destined to be will be. Our work is to be the best that we can be, and the best bet is to strive to love one another now. There are some long, very positive planetary cycles coming up in the future that will give mankind a big boost. The true Godman Param Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj has told us he has seen the golden rays of the coming Golden Age. Our hearts are hardened and we are in a time of great consternation and confusion. The time has come to love and 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
Dare to dream; even better, make your dreams a reality. Jupiter in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries for the next three months. Jupiter rules good fortune and good timing. Uranus is the planet of revolutionary thinking. Think out of the box, think big, and then make some moves. Throw caution to the wind and damn the torpedoes.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
Your solar tenth house of career objectives is lit up like a Christmas tree throughout December. It means that you’re hot and probably in good position for a move up the ladder. January is dynamic as well with strong indications of increased connectedness and expansion within your circle of friends and colleagues.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
There are two distinct planetary patterns unfolding in December and January. During December, you may feel held back as the Sun and Saturn cast their energies into your sign. Best advice? Go slow and see what comes in the New Year. January is a lot more positive, and there are indications of lucky breaks, especially career-wise.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Organize, plan, and reorganize, and possibly regroup and re-plan. I know it sounds crazy and silly, but this is the type of energy on-board, especially in December. Lots of movement is indicated, with possible travel more likely in January. Take care of any health issues, and stay open and willing to make changes where necessary.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
The December skies are very much in your favour. January too. It doesn’t mean it’s all a cakewalk. The gist of the energy on-board is that you can work through practically anything that comes your way. Innovation and planning are key factors. Sort out any lagging concerns so you can move forward with ease.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
December appears to be a bit rocky. You may have to rewrite the plan as you near the end of the month. Blockages, stoppages and other types of concerns seem to get in the way. January is a totally different story. High energy, action and movement take place. It looks like that rewrite did the trick.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
A high energy time takes place over the next few months. Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and good timing, is moving through Libra. It means this is a significant time of changes for you. Make the best of this opportune time by reaching for what you truly want to do.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Your mind might be on topics such as resources and real estate, especially in December. It’s probably not the best time to purchase, but you sure can make plans. A renovation or move is possibly in store. Come January, your attention may be focused on family. Children, entertainment and romance could be big features at this time.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
The Sun and Saturn meet up in Sagittarius on December 10 and your mood may be more on the solemn side. You may be in the midst of making important decisions regarding family, career and finances. Lord Jupiter throws in some very good energy brightening the days as you move through January.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Throw it to your drummer. This little expression is something we hippy kids put together when we were troubled and had no answers. Your drummer is your subconscious. Mercury goes retrograde on December 19 and he’s conjunct Pluto. It’s time to go deep. The wisdom and answers you seek will probably show up at the time of the full Moon on January 12.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
Venus and Mars travel through Aquarius in December bringing a highly creative and possibly romantic time your way. Jupiter, the great benefactor, also casts fine energy bringing opportunities for travel and spiritual upliftment. January also looks to be promising and exciting. You’re on the move.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
The Sun and Saturn move across the top of your solar chart in December indicating a time of acknowledgement and fulfillment, or a time when you might want to move on to greener pastures. January may prove to be highly positive as Mars and Venus visit Pisces bringing excitement, challenge and possible romantic attraction.

StarWise – November 2016

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STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

Hopefully, this will be the last blurb on Tweedledee and Tweedledum – oops, I mean Trump and Clinton. As of this writing in mid-October, it looks like Clinton will be the next president of the US. When I look upon the stars for any type of sustenance and security, my eyes come upon the upcoming Jupiter/Uranus opposition that takes place from December 2016 to April 2017, and then again from August to October 2017. Jupiter is moving through Libra and this is a most dynamic mixture of planet and sign energy. Jupiter is the planet associated with our higher attributes of vision, truth and freedom. Libra is known as the sign of fairness and balance, justice and equality. In the time periods mentioned above, Jupiter casts his glance across the sky into Aries and onto Uranus, the planet of revolution and resistance to all things that have become stale, old and stultified. This powerful, potent planetary combination of Uranus in Aries signals a time in which great movements will be afoot, and the people will be on the march protesting everything under the Sun.

When you put this potent planetary combination into the cosmic mixing bowl, we can expect anything to happen, such as revolutions, and all kinds of social upheaval. It may not matter who’s at the helm because it is likely no one singular person can clean it up and clear up the problems presenting themselves these days. Has there been injustice? Is there racial inequality? Is there religious bigotry and fanaticism? Well, we know the answers to those questions. Now the karma gods – or planetary deities – are signalling a time to sort it out, and sort it out we will. We cannot have madmen, wherever they are, threatening to push the button. We need to eliminate the button itself. The bigger-stick mentality has to go, and all major weapons should be removed from the face of the Earth forever and ever, period, end of story. Ultimately, love will prevail some day, and we must learn to love one another right now. Man already has gone too far, and it is now in the hands of God.

Next month we take a look at the cycles of Pluto in Aquarius from 2024 to 2044, and Neptune in Pisces, as these long cycles may be the time that Man has a change of heart, and a true spiritual change may come to the Earth. It may be mid-century before we get it right, or at least get on the road to getting it right.

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 might want to read the introduction this month regarding the Jupiter/Uranus opposition unfolding in Aries and Libra. It talks about revolution, upheaval and great movements of the people. Apply it to yourself, and after doing some deep soul searching, it might be high time to truly make life-changing, dynamic decisions.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
November really is not your best time of the year. Generally, Taurus goes into a bit of a funk at this time. It’s called your solar low, when your vital energies are ebbing and you have to work harder to get things done. The remedy is to nurture and nourish yourself and get some rest.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
The last eight days of November and the first few weeks of December constitute your solar low of the year. Gemini is often in high gear with much to do, so it might be time to slow it down a few notches, and let go of a few things that have been dragging you down.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
The Sun’s passage through your solar fifth house this month stirs up all kinds of activity surrounding pleasure, romance, children and enterprise. Jupiter continues his journey through your solar fourth house, which rules real estate, home and family. This would be the best year for a family reunion, or the purchase of a home.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Important decisions come up regarding home and career choices. It would be rare for a bright and sunny Leo to tremble in their boots, so go ahead and make the moves you must make in order to meet your destiny. It might take a while to steady the ship, but you will land on your feet.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Circle November 22 and 23 on your calendar. They will be days of making important decisions, or the arrival of important news. Do what you do best, which is analyzing everything under that Virgo microscope. Communications, negotiations – secret and not so secret – come into play. Say what you mean, mean what you say.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
Read the introduction regarding the Jupiter/Uranus opposition, as it is bound to have a huge affect on your sign. Home, family and real estate are features. Jupiter brings great and gracious blessings, while Uranus brings opportunities to sort out whatever needs sorting out, especially in the relationship department. Shocks and surprises are in store.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Whatever has been bouncing around in the deeper part of your psyche will come up on your conscious screen around full Moon time on November 14. Lord Mars is also stirring the pot, and all things related to family dynamics must be considered now. Go long and go deep and the answers will come.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Mercury, the planet of communications and negotiations, conjuncts Saturn on November 23. Saturn rules all serious considerations. You may have to sign on the dotted line, and live with the decisions. It’s not a bad thing, such as when you’re committed to studying a hefty topic and you want to quit but you can’t.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Venus moves though Capricorn from November 11 to December 7, bringing her pleasantries to the table. Mysteries and romance come into play as well. Birthing and dying, laughing and crying. Sounds like life to me. All things intensify, some things beautify, and sometimes we say goodbye. You won’t be bored, but you will be busy as a bee.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
Fiery Mars pays a visit from November 8 to December 19, stirring things up and getting you fired up, and hopefully not fired. Although Aquarius is very fair minded, they can dig their heels in and become very resistant and stubborn when riled up. You might be fed up. Be kind with your responses.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
Your solar money houses are hot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a windfall comes your way. It may not come in the form of cash, but it could be some type of grace and good fortune from the far past. Nebulous Neptune continues to shape and mould you in all kinds of different ways.

STAR WISE – October 2016

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STARWISE
by Mac McLaughlin

Everyone’s holding his or her collective breath as we approach the fateful November US election date. November 8 tells the tale. I’ve gone on about Trump’s chart – especially in the April 2016 issue – but it might be worthwhile to put the charts of Clinton and Trump under the cosmic microscope once again. When I look at their birth horoscopes, it makes my head spin and my heart pound, nearly audibly. It’s been in the news that Hillary Clinton may be ill, and her stars are strongly indicating she may very well be suffering from some type of severe illness. On top of that, her husband – and former US president – Bill Clinton is also on shaky ground, health-wise. Hillary has the power to win the election, but she may not be able to perform her duties, and the stress could be over the top for the Clinton family.

Donald Trump’s chart is equally strong and very dynamic and he also has the power to pull off a win, but the stars are indicating a most dangerous time in his life. It’s one of the strange things about astrology. Trump comes into a double Jupiter cycle just days after the election that promises great abundance, fame, wealth and power. At the same time, other planetary influences indicate the probability of a great fall in his status and wealth. On top of that, other indicators are showing the high probability of some type of accident or incident that could bring injuries or death to him before the fall of 2017. Go figure.

Both of the top contenders for the throne of the most powerful position on the planet are on shaky and very dangerous ground. What could this mean? To me, it means both have the power to win, but neither one may be able to see it through to the end of their term. Either of their vice presidents may be the one that ends up carrying through until the 2020 elections. I hope that what is written above doesn’t come to pass, and whomever is elected is able to carry on and do their best with the best of health, peace and safety. The remedy is to counterbalance this energy with more love and more caring for one another. Give, give and give some more, and by the by, we will get it worked out with love. According to the true mystics, we have a time coming up when the planet will be run by the wise ones who are spiritually enlightened, with wisdom and love in their hearts.

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

Anything weighing on your mind these days? If so, throw it to your drummer. Your drummer is the sum total of all that you are; in other words, your spirit. The answers to your problems will come flying back your way within a few days of the full Moon on October 15.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21

Taurus never makes changes easily or readily, and if change comes, it is often experienced as somewhat of a tectonic shift. No sense waiting around for that type of energy to manifest. Be the master of your own destiny by moving forward now and making the changes that will bring peace and happiness your way.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20

It’s one of those unique differences in personality types, in which Taurus doesn’t make changes easily or readily while Gemini looks forward with anticipation to anything new and exciting. You must put this natural gift to good use now and be very pro-active about getting it together body, mind and soul-wise.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22

Things could get a bit hairy around the full Moon on October 15. There might be power plays and other types of manoeuvres going on that need your attention and intuition. Kindness, caring and patience get you through while anger and aggression could easily backfire. Relationships of all sorts get tested throughout the month.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22

You can ease on though the October time or you can use the energy on board to tackle any sort of persistent problems or concerns, especially regarding your overall health. If your health is fine, you can focus the energy towards organizing the different areas of your life that have needed your attention for some time.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

It may be hard to keep your focus and attention on all of the different projects and objectives you have going. You may sense you have lost your way. Time and pressure are the two components you are up against. Doing one thing at a time, and taking your time, is best.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22

Reach for the stars and make a wish. Better still, just make it happen. Dynamic changes are taking place in your life, and out of the 12 signs, you have the best opportunities to be successful in all that you do. The full Moon on October 15 will bring more than a few surprises your way.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21

It’s time for some behind-the-scenes work. Topics such as health, be it physical or spiritual, need your attention now. It’s also time to serve and help other souls that may be in need of nurturing and care. It’s time to resurrect your spirit and energy once again. A time of healing takes place.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21

Saturn continues to carve out his wisdom into your soul. Sagittarius is generally a joyful type and not too much can really get them down. A time has now arrived in which you have to get serious about what works and what doesn’t work. Seemingly onerous, once done, you can put the past behind you.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19

Mars and Pluto meet up in your sign mid-month, bringing on all kinds of power plays and other displays of possible outright ruthlessness and some danger. Keep in mind an honest man fears no enemies. The best bet is to avoid dangerous people and places. Moreover, stay clean and let your works be seen.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19

The time has come to do some exploring. You can climb the highest mountain and dive to the depths of the sea, but, in reality, the best search and discovery are within your psyche. Philosophy and spirituality, along with all forms of academia, will be of interest now. The world is your oyster these days.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20

Pisces is the most gifted and naturally talented sign of the zodiac. Art, music, medicine and theatre are natural vehicles for your expression. What you need to know is that you are flowering and opening as never before. Keep your vessel clean and pure and stay receptive to the higher vibrations being offered these days.

STAR WISE: September 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

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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.