This month's horoscopes were written in collaboration with Andi Astre (aka Mystic Sandwich) of The Good Spirit—a curated metaphysical boutique in Vancouver that aims to provide clarity in your spiritual path by way of introspection, intuition, and inspiration.
December sees an influx of energy into Sagittarius, where Saturn has been parked for nearly three years before it leaves on the 19th. This month Mercury retrogrades through Sag (Dec 3rd-22nd), taking us to the past. This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the last three years where Saturn’s passage through Sag offered us lessons: showing us our limits, instilling responsibility with regards to our beliefs, adventure, and higher learning. What have you learned? What do you feel more committed to? The Gemini Full Moon on the 3rd encourages us to balance logic and rationality, with intuition and experiential truth. The New Moon on the 18th sets the tone for moving forward on our newfound commitments to expanding the mind.
Zodiac illustrations by Katie Maasik
(March 21-April 19)
Taking one step at a time, we don’t always realize how much ground we’ve covered. Sometimes, stopping to reflect on our journey helps us to understand where we are and where we’re going.This month I contemplate the past and see that I’ve climbed a mountain. That I’ve enabled my mind to expand, my beliefs to shift, my worldview to evolve. I see how much I’ve learned—even about learning itself, and how I desire to continue to grow. In surveying the expansive view from atop this mountain, I see the big picture. I’ve glimpsed the possibilities that come when we have the courage to release our hold on the past, and the beliefs we thought defined us.
(April 20-May 20)
In recognizing that this month is the final chapter in a three-year inner journey—a dark night of the soul, I can more easily look back and see the gifts that this journey has brought me. Looking forward, I see the renewal, revitalization, the rebirth that is coming. Sometimes the darkest moments bring us the greatest growth; while there may have been pain and loss I recognize how much I’ve learned and how far I’ve come. I see that my very soul has transmuted into something more brilliant. I see that I am more ready than ever to face the day. I see that I am more fully ensouled and embodied than ever before.
(May 21-June 21)
As I approach the graduation from this three-year intensive course on relationships, I look back and gain insight from my trials. I can see now that the difficult moments were in fact divinely timed lessons. I can see how much I’ve learned about other people, myself and relationships. I can see how much I’ve grown. In this domain, I am completely different than I was three years ago. I can also look forward and see more clearly where I’m headed. I envision what I want and need in a partner and friend. I’ve gained the confidence to know that I can manifest relationships that work for me, that nourish my soul, that inspire and ignite happiness and joy.
(June 21-July 22)
With the perspective that comes from reaching the top of the mountain, I can look back and see that whatever health struggles or injuries I’ve faced in the past three years have helped me learn how to better take care of myself. They’ve helped me learn what I need, from my own personal experiences and the hard won wisdom that only comes through life lived. Having learned to better care for my beautiful body, I have more vitality and energy. I wish more than ever, to serve my fellow humans. I see more clearly how I can contribute and I feel more than ever the upliftment of uplifting others.
(July 23-August 22)
Sometimes play is hard work. Sometimes pleasure takes discipline. Sometimes we have to learn hard lessons about romance. This is the graduation month after a three-year intensive course on creative self expression--including pleasure, play, and romance. It is a period for reflection and integration, of looking back over the past years to understand more clearly what I’ve gone through and why. To reflect on what I’ve learned and how far I’ve come. I’ve experienced the difficult consequences of pleasure without regard for consequences, of creativity without discipline. I have clarified my unique creative flow, the ways in which I alone can make an original contribution. With a sense of excitement, I look toward the future: more confident in my inherent creative genius, more comfortable in the uncertainty of creative flow and more capable of enjoying pleasure and romance with a sense of responsibility.
(August 23-September 22)
This month forms the final chapter in a three-year story having to do with home, family, and roots. This is a time for thinking back, and contemplating these themes. What have I learned about the ways in which I do or do not feel at home in the world, and in my own skin? What have I learned about the ways in which my early childhood and primary caregiver have shaped me? What stories have unfolded in my current homelife? I recognize that when I take care of my own needs and give myself time to rest and care for myself, I feel more comfortable. I honour my roots, where I come from, the ancestors whose lives have led to my own. I call on my ancestors for support and I am open to receiving their help.
(September 23-October 22)
This is the final month in a three-year exploration of communication. I take this time to reflect and learn from the past. I learn from all the miscommunications and blockages in communications as well as the times that communication flowed with ease. I see that misunderstandings are sometimes required in order that we may learn what needs to change. I seek to refine the words I use, my tone of voice, my ability to listen. I see how far I’ve come, and honour myself for all the learning I’ve done. Communication can always be more clear and compassionate, and so I respect how much I’ve learned with the knowledge that there is always more learning to be had.
(October 23-November 21)
As I gain in awareness, I see the ways in which I sometimes undermine my own value in the way I speak to myself or others, implying that I am unworthy or less than—that something is wrong with me. I’ve been working hard in recent years, to be more kind to myself, to recognize and affirm my value. I notice that when I value myself, others do as well, and when I know in my bones that I am deserving, then abundance flows into my life. I’ve developed better discipline and planning around my finances and income. More importantly, I’ve cleared the channels for all forms of wealth to flow into my life.
(November 22-December 21)
Looking back over the past few years, I see how far I’ve come and how much I’ve learned. I see that the trials I’ve faced have taught me deep lessons. That whether I perceive something as positive or negative, there is value in the experience as there is always something to learn. I see that limitations can be valuable. They can offer structure, provide boundaries and enable creativity. I’ve made friends with discipline. I see the rewards that come from consistent effort over time. Far from weighing me down, responsibilities and commitments offer me direction, focus, and meaning. From this foundation of learning, I look toward the future and create a plan--knowing that my plan may change, but that a plan offers the structure and stability, like bones, that my life and creativity may fill.
(December 22-January 19)
I become more and more aware of the movements in the depths of my unconscious mind. I am coming to see that a deep restructuring has been taking place, reorganizing my patterns and tendencies, so as to offer me greater freedom, so as to adapt the structure of my psyche to fit the evolution of my consciousness. When I become aware of aspects of myself that I perhaps dislike, I nevertheless recognize the value in greater awareness. I work to love who I am, completely, even these shadow aspects of myself that I sometimes wish to turn away from. I accept myself, right now. I lean in to this truth of who I am and how things are. I foster compassion toward myself and recognize that when I’m compassionate with myself, I’m compassionate with others.
(January 19-February 18)
I feel the support of my friends and community. I see how I’m held within a vast interconnected web. I have a place. I am an integral part of the whole. Each part, each node in the network, each soul, contributes to the others, supports the others--creates the whole. I reflect on how my community has changed. I look back over my involvement in various groups, and consider how group dynamics have played out. I reflect on what has happened within my community and the organizations I’m a part of. Looking back helps me see both the pleasant and unpleasant experiences as learning opportunities. From this wisdom that I extract from the past, I then turn to face the future, more equipped, more wise.
(February 19-March 20)
Reflecting on the past few years, I can see how far I’ve come. I’ve learned, grown and evolved. I’ve been paying attention to the subtle hints, the inner longings, my joy and bliss. More and more, I’m following those very personal intuitions, as if they were crumbs on a trail leading to my divine mission. More and more, I’m finding my place in the world. I’m coming to understand the work I’m here to do--my purpose. And I’m stepping into that, allowing my true nature to flow through me, embodying my soul. Equipped with this wisdom garnered from reflecting on the past, I turn toward the future, considering my intentions. I commit to continuing to follow this path toward my purpose—toward my heart.