Mercury enters Aries on Monday at 11:14 AM Pacific time. I like Mercury in Aries because it is quick, alert, but often over reactive. Its Achilles Heel is that it doesn’t often listen. Listening is a key point this week, and, actually for the next few weeks as it travels through Aries. Perhaps your accountant is telling you to get ‘those receipts’ in for taxes (due April 15), or, you’ve been putting off finding out the price you paid for your house before you sold it last month, or, whatever needs to get done that really matters in terms of your tax returns and accounts. If you need to file extensions this year, which seems to be the case for many, you still have to pay the government what you owe them by the 15th. An extension does not authorize not paying what you owe. Strategic thinking is the way to go with Mercury in Aries. If it doesn’t work this way, then by exploring and putting in some of the work or asking more questions, gives you another way. Patience is required, one of the least favorite words for anything Aries.

With Sun opposing Mars (still retrograde) on Tuesday, this exacerbates the impatience and unruliness inherent in all of us when we haven’t done our homework or taken care of what needs taking care of. It is, however, a First Quarter Moon (Monday) and this often helps in getting organizing and figuring out a plan on how to proceed with limited resources. Since this writing is taking place at the beginning of 2014, and, I really don’t have a crystal ball (it is in the dishwasher), I will say, that with the upcoming eclipses of next week, taxes due, Mars still retrograde that it is pretty much a sure bet that interest rates will remain somewhat low for at least a few more months.

However, after July (90-days after the eclipses all marked out in our 2014 Cheat Sheet), then it is probably when things will turn upwards in terms of interest rates, costs, etc. But, again, I don’t have a crystal ball, but in July Jupiter enters Leo and prices usually go up during the year is in Leo, because there is more consumer demand. Lest I diverse, however, this week is the week before taxes are due on April 15. Next week we explore the larger discussion with regard to the two powerful eclipses in April, but you will feel them winding up this week. So– watch your driving, correct your responses, think before you speak, ask more questions, think, look and listen…because the USA, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Federal Reserve charts are about to walk into a nine month re-direct. This could actually be good, rather than bad. It is all and always about perspective.

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Tuesday is April Fool’s day and with Sun and Jupiter at 90° to each other, get ready for April Fool’s jokes that are whoppers. Don’t over exaggerate or overextend because it may blow a lot out of control than expected. I remember when my son was in middle school (one of the hardest places for kids in America), he had a note written to me (supposedly by his teacher) telling me that he had been acting out horribly in class, was being suspended from school and that I needed to call the school!! I still have that letter!! The good news was that after the shock of it, I realized that the handwriting looked more like a young girl’s handwriting–you know the newly learned cursive that is sometimes shaky — and I got the ‘joke’! Whoppers — yes that is what April Fools is all about.

This week continues with some of these whoppers both real and unreal as several aspects from the Sun to Uranus (chaos) and Pluto (discoveries) are triggered in stressful ways. On Friday Uranus gets back to where it went retrograde back in 2013 delivering an extra punch of reality news. Cool you jets, though, because it is temporary and by the weekend, as Venus enters its favorite sign of Pisces, things calm down and mellow out. Remember this was the week after the New Moon, when anything or everything can happen, surface or reappear. Next week brings more workable solutions.

On Sunday March 30, we have a New Moon, new beginnings in Aries very near Uranus, triggering a wave of multiple activities of the brain, mind and body. Before Sunday, however, we are still in the Last Quarter Moon phase, which is always a good time to clear off the desk, set up some vacation time for the year and even rearranging the furniture in your office or home. In other words, this is a good time for spring cleaning without spending a lot of money. Often a freshly laid out environment triggers new thoughts and patterns and directions.

This is supported by the fact that on Wednesday and Thursday Mercury, still in imaginative Pisces, is in complementary distance to Jupiter, the planet of good luck, possibilities and expansion. What you believe or envision appears before you. Another great aspect on Thursday involving Mercury is with Pluto, the planet of consciousness and choice. This is a great day for research, asking those important and life changing questions and actually getting an answer! What you hear you may not embrace completely as Friday arrives with Mercury and Chiron together. This could be a good day to make that appointment for your annual physical and follow through with it. Love and relationship aspects are highlighted on Saturday as Mars (though retrograde) and Venus come together in a Sympatico place.

These last few days of Pisces find us moving in a new direction of hopefulness and possibility. On Monday, Mercury, the planet of thinking and communication, enters the psychic and intuitive sign of Pisces, heralding a few weeks of imagination and vision. Sometimes the less said the better. On Tuesday March 18, we have Venus, the planet of agreements, relationships, compromise at very good relationships between Pluto and Uranus…i.e. feathers ruffled, settle down. The suggestion here is to wait for those ‘bigger’ or ‘clearer’ decisions until after the 20th of March at 9:57 AM (Pacific Coast) when the Sun enters Aries, one of the four powerful and cardinal points of the zodiac.

Rudolf Steiner in his writings of many years ago stated that Spring Equinox is the moment at which the conception of what occurred at Winter Solstice, Dec 21, 2013, emerges as the idea. Or something like that. This is a planting season in the Northern Hemisphere and appropriately the state of mind (Mercury after all is in Pisces) is important in terms of the type of crop you grow. This might be a time to take or schedule some time for a more creative pursuit like photography, drawing, design, or even taking classes like designing things like apps, websites, anything that is an extension of the ideas you’ve been holding in since last year.

I think Full Moon weeks are always weeks where anything can happen, particularly the last full moon of the zodiacal year, which falls on Sunday, March 16, 2014. It is at 26° Virgo opposite the Sun at 26° Pisces. The zodiacal year, for those who have questions, is when the Sun travels through the last sign of Pisces, and the sign I lovingly call, the “toxic waste management station” of the zodiac! Why? Because in a few days March 20 to be exact, the Sun enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. As we travel through the month of March, we always clear out the cobwebs of the year prior. And since the year began with a Venus Retrograde (ended on January 31) and in March began a Mars Retrograde (until May 19), things are moving more slowly than expected. However, slow is good. Slow often gets more done than rushing around here and there.

In the last few days before Spring Equinox, we often experience a frantic quality of trying to get things done and finding ourselves squelched in all directions. The week, beginning with Mercury and Saturn, at an adverse aspect suggests this to be the perfect time to check all contracts, tax papers, agreements, and plans. As the week unfolds and Sun and Saturn dance beautifully together on Thursday, the efforts of the first of the week pay off. Since Chiron also reaches its shadow position (where it went retrograde in 2013), it could mean some insights that never even dawned on us, pop out of our brains or come through friends or being in the right place at the right time and making things change.

Whew! Well we got through last week’s stops and starts accompanied by the sounds of screaming brakes. Luckily, this week the feeling of freedom emerges from some of last week’s darker moments. As Jupiter begins stationing direct on Thursday March 6 at 10° Cancer 26′ at about 2:42 am Pacific time, a breath of fresh possibilities arises. With Venus entering charismatic and charming Aquarius on Wednesday, the air is crystal clear relieving the many months of Venus in Capricorn’s heavy vibes. It’s time for a little more fun and a lot less stress. Taking deep breaths and getting outside for fresh air each day clears out the rest of the mental cobwebs hanging around since late 2013. Jupiter Uranus was square to each other last week. Their magical ability to conjure up moments in which there are no coincidences where people meet each other that are meant to meet each other is at hand.

Being in the right place at the right time is the theme for the week. Get social. Call people with whom you share similar values and dreams and wishes because Sun and Pluto and Chiron are in sync with each other this week. Chiron always invokes innovative, hybrid thinking by taking the old and somehow merging it with the new, creating a bridge of ideas between the two.

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In retrospect, this will be the week that was because major planetary movements of the planets swing back and forth all week. Thankfully, Mercury is now moving in a direct motion on Friday January 28 at 9 am on Pacific Time. It is direct in its favorite sign, Aquarius at about 18°. On that very same day, protective Sun and Jupiter dance beautifully with each other — they provide optimism as well as insight. This will be important over the course of the next couple of days that trigger about eight weeks of rehashing and rethinking and often, self-doubt. This could be reflected in the markets as well since Mars is the planet starting its retrograde motion and Mars is all about spending.

On March 1 is the New Moon (new beginnings — check your 2014 Cheat Sheet for these dates and times and degrees) at 10° Pisces 39′. This is in the second decanate of Pisces, which is the Cancer segment. Cancer energies represent real estate, food, food businesses, antiques, storage facilities for those of you interested in pursuing these possibilities over the course of the next few months.

However, on that same day, Mars, mentioned above, is retrograde at 23° Libra. It stays retrograde until later in May suggesting that rethinking and rehashing projects is imperative. Watch costs and spending. In the course of seeking out a direction, more money may be spent, or, even thrown away just to find that you were on almost the right track to begin with. It might be that new projects started at the beginning of the year having a certain direction, change direction along with further research and study. Thus an explorative theme reigns supreme over the next few weeks through late May 2014 when Mars finally shifts to direct motion.

In addition, Saturn is retrograde (happens once a year for about four to six months) on Sunday March 2 at 23° Scorpio 19′. This is also the Cancer decanate for Scorpio — again the theme of family, real estate, food, food businesses, antiques, storage facilities. Thus, it would seem that real estate may be in the news. Perhaps interest rates are rising (not unexpected because of the Fed’s tightening of QE earlier in the year), but also that while Jupiter is still in Cancer (going direct on March 6), prices overinflated in mid-2013 — now have a reality check and drop again. Just remember — check all details. Waiting is sometimes the best strategy while the markets and rates sort themselves out!

On Tuesday, the Sun enters the sign of Pisces, for the next four weeks. This is the last sign of the zodiac and signifies a month where it is important to put things in order, process our ‘toxic waste’, let go of the past year, and get ready for the new when spring begins next month. A lot of the aspects this week are favorable even though Mercury is still retrograde, it still seems foggy, particularly on Thursday and Friday. For Pisces, however, that is often okay — since foggy is an everyday reality for people of Pisces persuasion. :) We often call up our otherwise unused and ancient senses in the fog, which we often ignore as human beings, and which were the basis of survival for our ancient ancestors.

With the Last Quarter Moon occurring on Thursday around 9:15 am Pacific Time, this assists the closing out of the zodiacal year’s energy. Many people start to feel an early Spring Fever during this time, wanting to pull back a little. This is perfectly appropriate since Pisces energies are about intuitive pursuits rather than overt and intellectual pursuits. If someone comes to mind, or an idea comes to mind, then act on it within 48 hours, because your powers of perception are at their height this month. If you think you should consider selling or purchasing something, start your research. The research may not lead to what you initially sought out, but may lead you down a completely different path that doesn’t become concrete until late May 2014.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. It turns out that Valentine’s Day is also a Full Moon at 26° Leo 13′, one of the most extravagant and fun loving moons. So if you don’t have a ‘love’ with which to share this day, share it with friends, family — even a Valentine’s Day dinner at home with those you deeply care for works, too. Any sort of group activity would work here since on the same day Mars and Sun are working really well with each other, great for conversations, idea exchanges, networking. Where two or more are gathered — well you know the rest?

This is very important because just a couple of days before, on Tuesday February 11, we have the Sun and Saturn at an adverse aspect to each other. Some people experience this as a kind of down day, but it is often just a reality check of our limitations and our perceptions of limitations. If there are limitations, then share those perceptions or feelings with others. Even though you may not have that Valentine in your life, there are a lot of people that love you and want to be with you, so gather them up on Friday and have a love fest of ideas that spur community cooperation.

Remember McSteamy in the first episodes of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy? For those of you who do not, McSteamy, a frankly beautiful man, steps out of a shower of steam, giving us the illusion of unequivocal ecstasy! This week’s Mercury retrograde at 3° Pisces 15′ closely conjoining Neptune at 4° Pisces, the ultimate steam machine combo, may throw us off balance with illusions of what might be rather than what really is.

Easing yourself into the energy of this week, resting as much as possible, emptying your mind of all the massive batches of data, is probably the right way to cope with the Mercury retrograde at the end of the week. Illusion incorporated into vision is a good thing if you can capture it on a mind map, a drawing, a mental picture and affixing that in your mind, particularly over the course of the next few weeks as Mercury works its way back to Aquarius, going direct at the end of February.

With Jupiter (good luck, knowledge, vision) sending off a brilliant line of energy to Chiron on Wednesday February 5, signing up or researching classes or workshops that enhance ideas, possibilities, and careers is suggested. This is supported by the First Quarter Moon on Friday February 6, the same day that Mercury goes retrograde at about 1:43 PM Pacific Time. If you aren’t sure about the contract, if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right, don’t do it.

The New Moon on Thursday at 10 Aquarius 55′ heralds in a month of technical tweaking and improvement. Computers, communications, equipment, group projects that all need further examination are screaming for attention. The Chinese New Year of the Horse begins on Friday January 31 (much of the forecast for this is covered in this year’s 2014 Starcycles Cheat Sheet, which can be downloaded for $6.95). The year of the Horse wants and needs freedom. If your equipment, your group efforts, your technology is sorely in need of updating, please consider reviewing it during the course of the next few weeks (It would be nice if the IRS would do that as well, since they may discover some serious problems at their own websites this spring with all the retrograde activity in the sky until late May).

The other reason for the review is to re-assess budgets and spending. The Jupiter Pluto opposition on Friday January 31 begs for new budgets and reviews. An opposition is when two entities are as far apart as they can possibly get in the course of a 360° circle. Something has to give.

It might even be some of the fluff and stuff that we saw in the markets this last year as they ran like a train out of control up, up and away. This could be the time where things start quieting down, and, where, frankly, some bargains are to be had as that occurs.

In the meantime, enjoy the fact that Venus went direct on January 31 at 13° Capricorn (close to Pluto) and that choices in love and luck are upon you. Be clear about what you value, be very conscious, listen to your inner guide and get rid of the things or jobs that aren’t working. Improve quality, let go of quantity. (For some further insights, you might want to download the Forecast 2014 lecture given in late December 2013 at SFAS).

I’ve been trying to figure out why 2014 is so much easier to write than 2013. It is, perhaps, because it adds up to a number seven (7), which represents movement, change, relocation, new jobs. It is the Chariot in the Tarot where the man is holding several wild horses going in different directions and controlling their direction. This reflects where we are at the beginning of this year. This week we have that Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio on January 23. This is a good time to let go of the past. If you haven’t cleaned out the drawers, the closets or even the employees (yes, employees) that are no longer functional, or, just don’t want to work, this is probably a good time to have that ‘special meeting’ to inform those with whom you pursue your life’s work, how things are to work going forward.

Re-establishing work boundaries, policies, having regular group meetings, or, even regularly scheduled meetings with friends that go in the calendar — and whose dates are sacrosanct — is probably the way to go right now. With Mercury and Mars in good relationship on Friday January 24, communication is good and people might even ‘hear’ you! Yay! So if they hear you, then it is time to set down a schedule or rules (Friday January 25 has Mercury and Saturn pushing each other). This is good for focus, scheduling and editing.