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Valentine’s Day: Full Moon and More

RisaNewSFriday is Valentine’s Day, a full moon in dramatic Leo (Aquarius solar festival) and Chinese Lantern Festival. A creative multi-festival celebration—full moon Valentine’s Lantern Festival party. It’s best to give Valentine gifts and start festivities by 7 p.m. (West Coast time). After that the night’s (the moon is) v/c and connections will be harder to make.
Where to find Chinese lanterns? In Santa Cruz it’s the Om Gallery on Pacific Avenue.

The astrology on Friday reflects deep love, attraction, drama and passion. With Leo moon we give our heart away. Leo rules the heart in the zodiac.

Valentine’s day will not be calm and orderly. It may be emotional, dramatic, and a bit out of sorts. The Aquarius Sun takes a bit of time to reach the heart of the matter. Let’s have a few rules here about the day. Have no expectations. Give a lot and don’t expect a return. Don’t have a tantrum (it’s unattractive). Don’t overspend. Don’t expect to be understood (it’s Mercury retrograde). Don’t make anything complicated. Give yourself a Valentine gift and buy yourself some lanterns. Let them light up your night.

On Tuesday, as the Sun exits Aquarius and enters Pisces, the North and South Nodes (points in a chart signifying present/future and past) change signs. From Taurus/ Scorpio to Aries/Libra. Nodal changes shift humanity’s focus, direction, lessons and endeavors. We now become aware of self (Aries) in relation to others (Libra). This reflects what I wrote about for the Green Wood Horse last week. When all that we are used to (material things) is no longer available we will need to rely upon each other. Forming new relationships in a newly formed economy. Learning the Aquarian Principle of Sharing.

Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Feb. 13–19, 2014 For Sun and Rising Signs

ariesAries-March 21–April 20
The full moon’s in your house of love affairs, romance, gambling, children and knowing who you are by what you create. You really should host a party. Allow all your feelings to get the better of you. No holding back, no restraint. Be in love with everyone and everything. Don’t let Saturn’s influence restrict you. Do things differently. Make everyone happy, yourself first.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21
You may or may not have expectations for Valentine’s Day. If they’re high, you will be disappointed. If you have no expectations, then you will maintain equanimity (balance). Feelings will swing here, there, everywhere concerning the past and the loss of something special, your mother or a family member perhaps. Create an altar. Cut out paper hearts. Put names on them. Give them away.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20
Maintain being that caring person even while you tend to responsibilities and tasks. It’s not a time for elaborate agendas and plans. Keep things simple, effortless and free. Create a dinner for friends offering only the foods you love. Celebrate each day as if it were your last. It’s not, but that perspective keeps us awake, aware and loving more.

cancerCancer June 21–July 20
Make simple plans and attempt to keep those plans intact, difficult during retrogrades. Time seems to fall away, disappearing into no time at all. You may experience high hopes for something special. Perhaps you’ll have to create whatever you’ve hoped for. Perhaps someone else will understand what you want. Avoid expectations. Participate in whatever is offered. Allow something to be slow cooked, happy and special.

leoLeo July 21–August 22
It’s a dramatic sort of day for Leos. There can be fluctuating emotions – from exultation and joy to sadness and despair. Whatever feelings emerge, they’re not peaceful or comforting. Krishnamurti used to say, “Whatever emotions arise, sit with them, observe them. Observation changes them.” It would be good to plan a party for your half birthday. Do what you have to do, then want to do.

virgoVirgo August 23–September 22
There are times and places where you experienced love, care and tenderness. Return to these simple times and environments where the only thing important was having a good time. You need this. There’s someone special you think about often. Make a point of connecting with them. Create a situation of fun in the spirit of pleasure and celebration. These keep complications at bay.

libraLibra September 23–October 22
You need things subtle and sweet, not polite. Inform everyone how you feel. Don’t let any entanglements occur that bring darkness to an otherwise opportune time for quiet, beauty and depth of commitment. Turn all problems toward the light. Allow those who love you to be close to you. Express desires with enthusiasm. Gather friends and family. Make homemade candy.

scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21
There’s a seriousness to the festivals this month, a rather dramatic time for everyone. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. There have been great demands in your personal life these past weeks you can’t do anymore. A property matter has your attention. Try and get away a bit. Do one thing that’s extravagant (for you). Allow comfort to settle your mind and heart. Nothing’s lighthearted. Be gentle anyway.

saggSagittarius November 22–December 20
In celebrating love this week, there may be a few clouds drifting by. Allow no secrets or shadows to deter your need for play, happiness and joy. It’s best for you to be rather solitary. Or with one or more close friends. Don’t allow yourself to be controlled. Make all your own choices, ask everyone to be as undemanding as possible. Sag is the sign of honesty. What would you really like to say (offer, give) to someone?

capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20
It’s very important to define first what we don’t want. A lot is eliminated. Then there’s room (spaciousness) to know what we truly want. Translate want into need. They are different, one resting above the other. Serious issues may arise and call for discussion. Allow yourself to get through them. Remember always when disharmony or difficulty arises, tending to it leads to harmony. It’s always that way. Afterward you can celebrate.

aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18
The full moon shines upon your relationships. It’s a dramatic full moon, filled with emotions, hopefulness, desire, aspiration and seeking of the “other” for care and tenderness. Aquarians needs a very special person. One who understands that under the seemingly unattached surface is a real beating kindly heart. You seek nothing elaborate in the other. Just trust, consistency, understanding and a bit of romance now and then. Happy Birthday.

piscesPisces February 19–March 20
The festivals this week find you working, needing to balance social with the work world. Tend to all tasks so you can participate with friends, have fun, play without a sense of discontent and worry. Offer kindness to those around you, especially co-workers. You will seek order and comfort for yourself while tending those in need. It’s important that you make your own Valentine this year. And prepare in advance for your birthday.

Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.

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