What brings you joy?
This is the question the planets are giving you the time to contemplate. It's Valentines Day, maybe you have been thinking of what to give a loved one, or what they might get you. Asking what are you worth to someone and expecting a material measure of your relationships or love. You might be sorely disappointed, lonely or resentful when this occasion like so many others, can fail to reflect what you desire or feel you deserve. It's the perfect day to start thinking about what it is that makes you happy, blissful, excited and passionate. What it is you are working towards and why. And how to bring more joy to your life NOW and more each and every day. Love is another word for bliss, joy, passion and it doesn't have to be delegated to only one single stress filled, and price inflated day each year! Spooning with giant teddy bears, gorging on chocolates, taking hot selfies in pink, finally enacting that role play scene you dreamed up, or having your bedroom smelling of fresh flowers can be a good place to start.
February is a major and jam packed month for the year 2017. In the Chinese zodiac the new year has brought about the fire rooster. This means we have a lot of motivation and passion that we can use to fire our career or personal growth goals. On February 10th we had more fire with 2017's first eclipse - a lunar eclipse - in Leo. This eclipse was lunar and revealed our shadow selves with undesired flashes of ego, jealousy and competitiveness. Maybe it was a fight you had with a friend, lover or family member out of no where. Rather than dismissing the undesired and the repressed, the planets have given us a warning and an opportunity: Illumination is power. We are not weaker for possessing these feelings but we are more empowered when we see and feel our selves more wholly. So the planet's want us to work towards a more empowered whole and expansive self this year through realizing more joy. How do we want to change to find a joy and happiness within our selves and our lives, how can we bring that about now? Self centered leo is asking us not to be selfish, rather to look at our lives and centre our selves. How do we express ourselves and how does that affect our surrounding community? What is it we allow to surround us and what do we need to call in to find more joy?
We have almost four months to consider and work towards our expansion with Jupiter just beginning it's retrograde. This retrograde is going to slow everything down in an attempt to help us take more time for our happiness. Choose to fight this and you can expect a very arduous, torturous period of conflict! Rather than resisting our self, we can resist what society is telling us we are and what it thinks we deserve. With the sun in Aquarius and the Jupiter retrograde, we have more time to allocate towards dreaming, planning and visioning our happiness and our individual and our collective destiny. We are in charge of our future and we have the potential to start creating it now!
Aries this is an exciting time for you! Awakening your passionate, fun loving, vivacious self! You are aided by Venus stationing in your sign for two months! Venus is the planet of love! Particularly the giving and receiving of love. You know you are worthy of it, but Venus is telling you to indulge yourself. To examine how you want to receive love and to ask for it! It's also a time to be conscious of how those around you like to receive love remembering that everyone is different in what they need to feel respected, sexy and satisfied. The more love you give the next few weeks and the more love you ask for the next few weeks the better!
Encouraged Stone: Rose quartz.
Taurus, the next few weeks will be a opportune time to prioritize healing. Ever hard working towards career and materialist goals that help give your life a sense of security and safety, the planets are begging you to give your self mental, emotional and spiritual time so that you can heal. Ruled by venus, you know how to indulge and for you, now is the time to indulge in your own healing. An opportunity for closure is upon you and you need this to feel more at peace. Take it. Do what you need to do to allow feelings of anger and grief for the time of endings and closure for you is here. Soon the season will change and you will be able to feel lighter and happier each and every day.
Encouraged Stones: Turquoise, Unakite.
As a mutable sign you are very affected by Jupiter and Libra currently Gemini. You want justice and peace in your life through your relationships however there have been many painful conflicts for you. You have tried to to keep peace through diplomacy, however this has not helped you feel any lasting and real peace or connection. For you to achieve a greater sense of happiness now and this for this year ahead, you are being asked to examine yourself within your friendships. Can you work on healthier communication? Saying no when you want and need to, asserting those boundaries that are healthy rather than silencing the part of you that prioritizes what you need. Be careful though. What you want and what you need can be very difference and right now you must become allied with your needs. If you can work to identify your needs and boundaries you will be able to foster the friendships and community you so desperately desire. There is so much potential for you and a fresh beginning right now Gemini, you will love yourself and your new friendships more than perhaps ever, if you can do you shadow work this month! There is so much joy and connection to reap.
Encouraged Stones: Aquamarine, Kyanite, Fire Agate.
For you, this is a time of learning, growth and recognition in a really profound way Cancer! The planets encourage you to travel and explore outside of your comfort zone. A lover of your comfort zone, you have also been in a rut. Not seeing what is around you with the fresh eyes others have been experiencing, may have caused pain or resentment and feelings of being unappreciated or unvalued. However you have so much success and recognition headed for you if you can push yourself into the unknown! If you can, travel somewhere new solo, go to a new part of town, or unexplored park, start a new book or youtube how to video, push yourself to be around people who have little to no connection to the people you currently know! Being out of your comfort zone physically will feed the emotional and spiritual this month and is going to help you receive the recognition for your self and from others that you deserve! Joy now, successes to come!
Encouraged stones: Peridot, Celestite.
Travel, travel, travel! Leo the planets urge you to travel in the next few weeks in whatever ways you can! There is much to learn about what it is that you value right now vs what you want to start learning and inviting into your future! You are usually so bold, brave, defiant and passionate, but do not be afraid to push yourself and those around you harder right now. Conflict is a chance to work on your problem solving and communication skills. Conflict is healthy. And it is through conflict and commence change and improvement. Advocate for your needs and actively start searching for your joy because with the Leo eclipse there has been a very real warning of the unhappiness that lies in hoping for future joy, but doing very little to seize it now. The fire has been lit, start feeding your self so that you can burn bright with pride, passion and much joy this year.
Encouraged stones: Rose Quartz, Fire Agate, Tigers Eye, Red Jasper.
This month is very karmic for you Virgo. The planets are asking of you to dig extremely spiritually and emotionally deep. To excavate and retrieve a lot of pain. Prone to suffering and actually quite enjoying it, now is a time for pain to surface and for you to consciously and actively LET IT GO. A karmic time of death right now, you must slow down and reflect on romantic and familial intimacy and the allow yourself to feel the pain of the past and tell yourself you are ready and willing to let it go. Now is the time for the hidden to be dissolved so that you have room within yourself for what is to come.
Encouraged stones: Smokey Quartz, Petrified Wood, Amethyst.
Libra you are romance and beauty, but joy does not necessarily follow. This month you are being asked to dream of new ways to imagine and experience happiness. Sharing does not have to mean giving, and sharing does not have to mean taking. Allowing yourself to share right now, in the way that you are simply open, is what is being asked. Jupiter has nothing to give you right now however there is so much growth to come if u can remain open in the now! Be honest with yourself and with those around you about what is contributing to unhappiness with no pressure for change rather more transparency. Spending more time now taking stock of who you are and what new ways you can create joy within your everyday is going to aid in helping your feel empowered and on your path to reap creative and material success in the next coming months.
Encouraged stones: Carnelian, Sodalite, Sunstone.
Scorpio! You are being asked to prioritize your health these next few weeks. Things have been gaining momentum for you through organization and acts of service. You have been feeling light and like your work is paying off, and all of this can continue! There will be the temptation to delve into hedonism and heavy play the next few weeks however old habits are going to obscure your path right now. Instead of indulging in things that have in the past helped you feel happy, continue to allow the peace and lightness in your life currently to carry you through to opportunities that await for you on the horizon. Through tasks, responsibilities, activities and prioritizing your mental and physical health as well as that of those around you, romance and career opportunities for the near future are expanded and due to explode!
Encouraged stones: Black Tourmaline, Citrine, Golden Calcite, Seraphinite.
Sagittarius you are known for your romantic, playful creative and radical expressions of self, but lately you are sustained on memories of your past self. You are charismatic, wise, charmed and artistic but the planets have come to give you some harsh criticism; that at this time your have become somewhat clouded and dull. Now is the time to awaken your self. Not remember times you have had, but to dream and manifest a perfect storm of what is to be this year! Your playfulness is the key to bridging past and future selves to your present. You are encouraged to be sillier and more experimental than ever. More is more is more is more. Your light does not diminish that of those around you and you are asked to burn bright now to help yourself and others create meaningful passion, art and joy for the coming months ahead!
Encouraged stones: Bloodstone, Larimar, Lapis Lazuli, Dalmation Stone.
This month you are asked by the planets to really delve back into your feelings around home and to your emotional foundations. Take the time to understand childhood pain that came about with parental upbringing and your home environment. What did you need that you didn't get? It is important to grieve and to let the anger and sadness exist, but to understand more fully why it is there. You are allowed to fall apart because you Capricorn are an exceptional builder. What do you want more- to save a beautiful looking house on unstable foundations, or to let it crumble knowing a much more beautiful house on fertile and stable foundations is to come? Stop thinking in survival terms and start dreaming and planning for your future happiness NOW! This is really overwhelming Capricorn but you can do it. You have done so so much all on your own and there is so much happiness to inhabit if only you will let yourself understand your pain, anger and fear more fully. You deserve so much happiness in your future and the planets want to support you now more than ever.
Encouraged stones: Apache Tear, Rose Quartz, Garnet, Desert Rose.
You've had a solid past month in terms of feeling in alignment with yourself. Who you are you feel you know well, and practising independence and solitude you have down pact. Now is the time for connection. Not in a necessarily sexual or romantic way but definitely you are encouraged to seek connection in a way that is vulnerable and deeply satisfying. This will likely be felt most with a sense of community orientation and a lot of communicational effort on your part. You are being asked to reexamine your ways of communicating and they way that feelings and conflicts in your childhood have impacted how you choose to communicate now. Taking more time to learn patience for those who communicate differently to you will help you achieve your goals this month and this year as well as help you feel more deeply and satisfyingly connected to those close to you.
Encouraged Stones: Labradorite, Diopside, Malachite, Aquamarine.
Pisces you have an opportunity. You are being offered a fresh and new chapter in your life. A chance to really experience something different! Not because you need to, but because you have lived things the way they are for so long. You see others experiencing profound adventure and nothing is expanding your consciousness in meaningful ways these days. You are looking for a lover to give you this, and in the past this has periodically worked, however the change now must come from you. So, will you take a risk and begin a new chapter? If the answer is no feel free to plod along in your nice life but do not complain of resentment or envy of those around you for you have re committed yourself to your current life. If however the answer is yes, you have profoundly blissful empowering joy and expansion this year. The first step towards shifting your consciousness will be examining your values system, and changing the way you make money as well as changing your environment. For any other sign this would be too much but you are a strong swimmer Pisces just dive in!
Encouraged Stones: Ametrine, Apophyllite, Desert Rose, Unakite.
Written by Lexi Laphor. Find her instagram here.