StarWise April 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

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 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.

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