LEO – Souls Just Wanna Have Fu-un!

by Barry Kerr, Evolutionary Astrologer

  • Dates:           July 21 – August 20
  • Ruled by:     The Sun
  • Element:      Fire

Though true for everyone, the following information will feel more relevant to you if your sun, north node, Chiron and/or a group of other planets are in Leo on your birth chart.

What Is Leo’s Intention?

Having satisfied our need for love and belonging in the soul-babtismal waters of Cancer, we now turn ourselves outward with a radiant shine of pride and warmth, knowing we are a child of “God”, ready to share our “special” gifts with those around us. Oh what joy – it’s Leo.

Just as the Sun radiates warmth into our solar system, so our inner Sun shines our inspired individuality into the physical world through our ego/personality. It is by expressing our creativity, playfulness, passion and joy that we fulfill the ego’s limited sense of purpose in life. This is generally very different than our soul’s purpose in this lifetime, but is necessary for the soul to reach it’s goals. To lend our unique talents to the collective creation, we must first know how to actually manifest our own vision and talents.

When conscious in this expansion into Leo, we learn to strengthen our individuality, follow our heart’s desire, be willing to take center stage, increase our willpower, enthusiasm, and self-confidence. By being willing to take risks and look at life as a game, we learn how to have fun and relate to the childlike qualities in others.

Our unconscious Leo might insist on getting its own way, make changes just to show its power, become addicted to taking risks. We might demand others’ attention, create melodrama, or be overly prideful in the face of fear. At times, we might be overly concerned with what’s expected instead of following our own heart.

What needs healing and growth?

Our Leo ego, if wounded in youth, can feel that we cannot express our self, or that our creative expression has been squashed, our self worth damaged or missing. We can feel we are not a part of the celebration of life, we are not creative, talented, inspired enough or in any way special. Or we may not feel like we are given our due respect or adoration.

What Can I Do This Month?

To heal and evolve your Leo self, notice if you have a fear of being seen, recognized, put in the spotlight. Do you feel unworthy of notice, lacking talent or any gift to share? Conversely, do you find yourself trying too hard to be seen, applauded or loved? Do you steel attention at the same time you are feeling unworthy? Do you have a hard time accepting accolades, compliments or attention? Do you live primarily through others’ achievements? Perhaps your children’s. 

Things to do

Give yourself permission to shine. Let go of standards, comparisons and judgments. Just follow your creative urges. Draw, sing, sculpt, craft, write, perform. Make having fun the priority, as if you were a child, without regard for outcomes. Play a sport. Compete in a game. Laugh and feel your inner child radiate joy and warmth to those around you. Take pride in your self.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 38 years of experience with an international clientele, including medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at their Inner Essence Center in Sedona, Arizona. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com. Call Barry at 608-345-2470.

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CANCER – Gaining Emotional Intelligence

by Barry Kerr, Evolutionary Astrologer

  • Dates:           June 21 – July 20
  • Ruled by:     The Moon
  • Element:      Water

Though true for everyone, the following information will feel more relevant to you if your sun, north node, Chiron and/or a group of other planets are in Cancer on your birth chart.

What Is Cancer’s Spiritual Intention?

Through the first quarter of the zodiac, we establish and ground the individual self into the physical world and begin to turn our attention outward. We then notice others and our need to feel connection and belonging. Our inner Moon cries “Oh Cancer! – I need love”.

Our inner Moon is our emotional self. Feeling, knowing, and sharing our emotions all fall under the realm of the Moon and Cancer. Because our mother and family are typically our first opportunity to feel nurtured and loved, they are a prominent theme. It is in this stage of development, that we learn how to receive and give love, how to belong to a family and tribe. In a world that appears to be all about separation and survival, establishing a bond of loving care with others is primary to our ego’s ability to remain stable and navigate the challenges that life in the greater world will present. Maintaining healthy emotional bonds with family and tribe are essential survival tools in the physical world.

Learning to swim in the watery lake of emotions and feelings is paramount if we are to succeed in the much greater challenges to the ego that will play out down the road in the intimate and raging rivers of Scorpio and the confusing mysteries of oceanic Pisces. For our ego to eventually transcend the fears that worldly illusions create, we must have at least a taste of the unconditional love that originates from the universal, divine mother source. To whatever extent our earthly mother and family may have channeled such love to us, or not, Cancer and the Moon will repeatedly provide us opportunities to nurture our emotional security and wholeness until we know we are always loved.

When conscious, our Cancer notices and validates feelings, our own and others, without judgment and we feel empathetic, supportive and nurturing. From a foundation of emotional security, we can disclose our feelings and insecurities. We can stay centered in our feelings, not fleeing them, and be comfortable with others’ feelings. Our unconscious Cancer can be overly dependent, clingy, moody, insecure, fearful, stuck in the past, avoiding risks and controlling of others through emotional overreactions.

What needs healing and growth?

Our Cancer ego, if wounded in youth, might feel love was lost, was never given or will never be found. We might believe that the world is not a loving place and whatever love there is will not be given to us. This can lead to a feeling of emptiness, a tendency to sabotage relationships, withdraw when love is given, withdraw the love we give, reach for unattainable partners or overreach in trying to prove we are loveable. Often there is a preoccupation with memories, family and tribal history.

What Can I Do This Month?

To heal and evolve your Cancer self, pay attention to your emotions. Can you allow yourself to feel and share them? Do you even know what they are telling you? Or do you avoid them, stuff them, “postpone” them? Can you be present to “negative” emotional expression in others without rescuing or fixing? Do you feel unworthy of being loved or giving love? Is that guilt?

Things to do

Give yourself time to feel whatever you feel. Cry. Cry some more. Throw some pillows around if you feel angry. Scream out loud. Let whatever is there come to the surface, without need for analysis. Just let it be. Share some tender feelings with someone you trust. Notice other people’s emotions more and ask about them.

Let me know what you think of this blog. Or ask me a question.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 38 years of experience with an international clientele, including medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at their Inner Essence Center in Sedona, Arizona. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com. Call Barry at 608-345-2470.

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GEMINI – I Think, Therefore I Am?

by Barry Kerr, Evolutionary Astrologer

  • Dates:           May 20 – June 21
  • Ruled by:     Mercury
  • Element:      Air

Though true for everyone, the following information will feel more relevant to you if your sun, north node, Chiron and/or a group of other planets are in Gemini on your birth chart.

What Is Gemini’s Spiritual Intention?

After Taurus helps us ground our spirit into the physical world, and we build material stability and security, we are ready to look around, awaken our curious mind, and connect to our surroundings, including people. OMG, Gemini! – Where do I start!

Our inner Mercury, ruling Gemini, is our rational mind, designed to process information through our fives senses and “make sense” of our environment. Its instinctual function is to discern danger from opportunity. From this limited view, the world appears to be fractured; everything and everyone separate from everything else. Our lower human mind forgets that ultimately, all is divine oneness. So, within the illusion, it learns all it can, about whatever it can, categorizing data, good or bad, in order to better survive.

This is basic to Gemini, however Gemini’s spiritual intention is to become aware of the countless ways that spirit manifests through dualities, thoughts, forms, and relationships. In Gemini, we learn how to learn, think, and communicate. If conscious, we learn tact, logic, and objective listening. We seek facts and alternative perspectives, asking questions to learn how others think. Fully conscious, we strengthen our ability to make objective decisions and actions, communicate internal dichotomies, and use non-threatening approaches to expressing our ideas. When our minds can also integrate emotional awareness, we keep a positive outlook on life and people, delighted and fascinated with the diversity we see. This is prep for our own creativity.

Our unconscious Gemini will tend toward indecisiveness, waiting for more and more information, and trusting other’s perceptions before our own. We tend to gossip, guess what others are thinking, or say what others want to hear as misguided attempts to establish connection. Logic overrides our deeper, intuitive truths and we get stuck in our heads.

What needs healing and growth?

Our Gemini ego, if wounded in youth, can feel unable to communicate well with others, inept with words, or even unintelligent. There is a social uneasiness, not fitting in, or not perceiving the connections between things and people that others seem to see. We may feel uneducated, slow or stupid compared to others.

This can lead us to either worship and/or belittle those who we see as better in this way. We may hide our real talents in order to not be compared to others, and through self-deprecation, form alliances with others we perceive as safe. We may withdraw socially, living with our own internal dialogue.

What Can I Do This Month?

To heal and evolve your Gemini self, pay attention to your stream of thoughts. Where is your attention at any moment? Now where? And now? And so on. Are there patterns to this? This may be a clue to your unique form of intelligence and expression, different than others. Do you value your intuitive truth? Or do you cancel it out with logic? Notice who you admire or denigrate for their intellect or communicative expression. Do they mirror those aspects of yourself you have yet to acknowledge and embrace.

Things to do

Follow your curiosities. Read, write, and ask questions. Sign up for that class. Or teach it! Grow your communication skills. Communicate a deeply guarded emotion or intuitive truth to someone who will listen. See how well you listen to someone else do the same.

Let me know what you think of this blog. Or ask me a question.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 38 years of experience with an international clientele, including medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at their Inner Essence Center in Sedona, Arizona. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com. Call Barry at 608-345-2470.

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TAURUS – Let’s Get Physical

 by Barry Kerr, Evolutionary Astrologer

  • Dates:           April 21 – May 20
  • Ruled by:     Venus
  • Element:      Earth

Though true for everyone, the following information will feel more relevant to you if your sun, north node, Chiron and/or a group of other planets are in Taurus on your birth chart.

What Is Taurus’s Intention?

Last month, fiery Aries renewed our impulse to assert our spirit into the world. Now, Taurus grounds that intention into the physical, starting with the denseness of our bodies, extending out to all the practical, physical resources we need, and reaching further to that which we want and desire. Thank you, Taurus – I needed that.

Our inner Venus, ruling Taurus, responds to our earthy existence, and based on our likes and dislikes, needs and wants, pleasures and displeasures, it forms our values. It is our values that give shape to our life. When we know and commit to our values, we can infuse our Martian vitality into the physical resources that Venus attracts to us, thus creating that which pleases us. Through planting, building, business, artistic expressions, and relationships, we increase our sense of abundance and physical security. Taurus’s spiritual intention is to build our commitment to the physical world, rewarding our limited senses with delightful expressions of how spirit can express sacred beauty and love into physical form.

In the Taurus part of our humanity, we learn loyalty, patience, gratitude, persistence, endurance, commitment, and forgiveness. If conscious, we grow our self-worth and self-resourcefulness. We take action slowly, deliberately, honoring others needs, but respecting their boundaries and our own. We feel awareness and gratitude for Mother Earth, value our bodies, and enjoy the pleasures of our five senses. Fully conscious, we realize that the physical is only a reflection of the spiritual, and our values evolve to the intangible qualities of spirit, which then guides us to infuse our physical creations with love and beauty.

Our unconscious Taurus, by leaning too much into self and insensitivity to others, can let our need for physical and emotional security turn into attachment and accumulation, jealousy and possessiveness. Our need for self-worth can turn into stubbornness and greed; our enjoyment of pleasure turn into excessiveness and addiction.

What needs healing and growth?

Our Taurus ego, if wounded in youth, can feel a lack our needs being met, or being unvalued by others, or not knowing our own values, or not being good enough, perhaps physically. This can result in a drive to prove our worth through accumulation of wealth or enhanced attractiveness. We can also have ongoing insecurities that wealth, relationships and pleasures can never fill.

As an alternative, we might deny our physical existence by attempting to extinguish our desires, living celibate, and repressing our natural creative talents and gifts by living out a severe and fixed routine. Or to the same end, we might devote ourselves to others, denying our own needs. These strategies continue the wound and lead to disappointment and resentment, deepening the experience of neglect and unworthiness.

What Can I Do This Month?

To heal and evolve your Taurus self, ask this: Do you know your own values, and are you willing to assert boundaries around yourself to help you uphold those values? Do you feel worthy of your needs and desires? Can you give yourself or ask for what you want without feeling selfish? When you feel stubborn, jealous, or possessive, can you sense your insecurities and create an inner security. What are your intangible values, and can you be flexible with how those show up in physical form.

Things to do: Build something. Plant something. Use your hands. Use your body. Enjoy sensuality. Plan your finances. Make and spend some money.

Let me know what you think. Or ask me a question.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 38 years of experience with an international clientele, including medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at their Inner Essence Center in Sedona, Arizona. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com. Call Barry at 608-345-2470.

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Your Sign Through The Year – in CAPRICORN

CAPRICORN

December 22 – January 21

Grounding Your Worldly Purpose

by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

Each month, Barry explains the sign for that month and then lists all 12 signs and how each interacts with this month’s sign. Look for your birth sign below. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Ascendent and/or a number of planets in the sign.)

As the third earth sign in the zodiac, Capricorn relates to practicality and purpose, but now not just for our self or those close to us, but for society. Scorpio opens our heart to our soul. Sagittarius inspires us to find meaningful context for our soul. Now, naturally, in Capricorn, we want to apply our expanded, soulful beliefs to our purpose in the world. Through careers, philanthropic pursuits, businesses and other ambitions, we learn how to set goals, make plans, conspire with others, and manage time, people and resources. By bringing order to our vision, we ground inspired ideas into practical realities. This begins by taking charge of our own lives: accepting responsibility for our own emotions, applying discipline to our thoughts and actions, and holding ourselves and others accountable. Though we may feel driven to make our mark in our world and receive some level of recognition for our achievements, it is integrity that becomes most fundamental to our measure of success. Are we living our lives in alignment with the beliefs and higher intuitive truths we’ve come to embrace and thus serving our soul’s intended potential for giving to this world.  

If our ego is healthy and strong and has awakened to the awareness of our soul’s spiritual divinity, and we have attuned to a metaphysical wisdom, then we are more likely to hear and listen to that inner voice of divine guidance that gives intuitive and moral direction to our choices, helping us stay aligned to our soul’s plan. By doing so, we also align our self with the divine logic of a larger, higher, collective destiny, and in this way, the hidden forces of divinity can support the manifesting of our own unique higher potential, bringing us personal rewards while also furthering the collective evolution of our world.  

If we have not yet awakened to spirit, then our Capricorn organizing energy is applied to more ego-driven goals and plans, still informed by the illusions of separation, death and fear and out of balance with the emotional needs of the opposing sign of Cancer. Personal wealth and power become the goals that promise more control, order and protection in our lives, even if it requires we become numb to the pain it causes in others and ourselves. And to the extent we are still experiencing the unhealed wounds of our personality, our personal pain and shadows can fuel our worldly ambitions in ways that manifest much pain for others.

Through the many experiences we have in pursuing our worldly purpose and contributions, sooner or later, we learn to become attuned to the collective rhythms of souls merging into creative synergy and we re-discover the feelings of belonging that reflect our divine oneness. Welcome Aquarius.

 

Aries (Mar 20 – Apr 20)Aries

As with the rest of your life, Aries, when it comes to career and purpose, you need plenty of autonomy and freedom to go your own way. In your career, it’s best that you lead or are given your own track. Or perhaps be an entrepreneur. In any case, it’s your ability to assert your unique identity that informs your goals, your associates, your style and your success. During this time, you may feel a surge in ambition that can set your course for some time to come, so be sure to check your ego and ask your higher self for direction.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)Taurus

As another earth sign, Taurus, your steady and practical approach is helpful to reaching goals that are grounded in reality. For this reason, colleagues and clients find you reliable and trustworthy. This is a good time to promote those qualities in your self. At the same time, watch for signs that your vision and goals may be too conservative, too cautious. Is it possible to think bigger without falling off the edge?

Gemini (May 20 – June 20)Gemini

Gemini, if your professional life lacks stimulation and activity, you will feel frustrated more during this month. Your desire to learn, share, and communicate need a purposeful outlet, so set some goals that will honor that. It may take more than one profession or maybe some extra philanthropic activities. Make sure your intellectual strengths are recognized, yet be discerning with it. Sometimes, wisdom equals silence.

Cancer (Jun 20 – Jul 20)Cancer

Cancer is opposite Capricorn, so your challenge during this time, Cancer, is to integrate your sense of responsibility and outward achievement with your sensitivity to emotions and nurturing of others. This is a good time to examine how well you balance your work and home lives. Do you know when to stop caring about your colleagues’ personal troubles? To get things done in the world we usually have to remain a bit aloof from emotions; ours and others’. You’re probably better off in a profession that incorporates your feelings. Your soul kind of wants that.

Leo (Jul 20 – Aug 20)Leo

This is a good time to shine your individual light into your profession. You have power, strength and leadership skills to bring to the table. Let your playful and creative urges inform the goals and plans you and your team choose. You can inspire others by being yourself, and by being in tune with your soul, you act as a catalyst for positive change in the world.

Virgo (Aug 20 – Sep 20)Virgo

Ok Virgo, this would be a good time to do a reality check around the goals and plans that you and others have set. Perhaps you’ve already seen some room for improvements. Now, more than ever, is the time to share and apply. Your critical and exacting style needs to be recognized and if you offer your insights with a soulful sensitivity, you will bring appreciated order to your ambitions.

Libra (Sep 20 – Oct 20)libra

Libra, now is the time to notice if your professional environment and relationships feel balanced and in harmony. More importantly, is what you are doing creating more fairness and beauty in the world? Your social skills are important to what you bring to your worldly purpose, so make sure you are in a place to use them. This Capricorn month is a good time to draw attention to your own strengths and how it serves others.

Scorpio (Oct 20 – Nov 20)scorpio

You may feel an intense need for recognition in your work during this time, Scorpio. Others may notice your ability to dig deep, do the research, find the resources, and handle crisis situations. When you are connecting to your soul, you are a catalyst for transformation in the world. Be conscious during this month of how much drama you experience or create. Your own willingness to show vulnerability may allow others to be more authentic, enhancing their worldly purpose, too.

Sagittarius (Nov 20 – Dec 20)sagittarius

During this month, Sag, you will be more sensitive to the limits of your work environment and mission. If you are not feeling plenty of room for adventure, travel or deep meaning in your work, now is the time to take note and make goals for changing that. If you are bored, ask for change. Freedom to wander, literally or figuratively, is key. Your natural enthusiasm contributes greatly to your success in life, but is contingent on your goals having deeper meaning to you. Help others remember the bigger picture, too.

Capricorn (Dec 20 – Jan 20)Capricorn

This is your time, Capricorn. Seize the day. Set those goals. Make those plans. You are a manifestor and your soul is counting on you bringing order to all you touch. As you keep aligned with your soul’s intuitive guidance, you attract those who can serve your cause well. Be mindful that they are whole human beings, with feelings and needs of their own. However important the goal, the best plan of action is one that respects everyone, so include people’s feelings into the plan, at some level.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 20)Aquarius

Changing the world is at the heart of your self-identity, Aquarius. You see so much that needs innovation and re-design. And you have original and ingenious insights to answers. Does your career path honor you this way? Now is a good time to ask these questions. Are you serving the right people that align with your values? Are you ready to create your own unconventional career path? More than most of us, you want to contribute to humanity, so make sure you are creating your life as you need.

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)Pisces

Engaging with the world at large with purpose and ambition is not your natural state, Pisces. Yet, your compassion for humanity draws you onto the world stage, nevertheless. If you can stay attuned to your deep soul wisdom, your heart will guide and protect you. If during this time you are aware of confusion, fantasy or a need to escape, look to the people who surround you. Make sure you have colleagues who are grounded, to whom you can delegate practical tasks, on whom you can rely for practical advice, and appreciate your sensitivity and need for tranquility.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com. Call Barry at 608-345-2470.

 

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Your Sign Through The Year – in SAGITTARIUS

SAGITTARIUS

November 22 – December 21

Expanding Your View

by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

Each month, Barry explains the sign for that month and then lists all 12 signs and how each interacts with this month’s sign. Look for your birth sign below. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Ascendent and/or a number of planets in the sign.)

Sagittarius is the third fire sign in the journey through the zodiac. Having come through the crucible of egoic fear and surrender in Scorpio, we now have some conscious awareness of ourselves as spiritual beings, as souls. This new, sense of identity fuels our desire to explore and understand our expanded reality in spirit and invites a subconsciously driven idealism and hopefulness that reflects our true divine nature. Through travel and exploration, we are drawn to discover new horizons and unfamiliar environments which stretch our knowledge of people and life. In the opposite sign of Gemini, it was enough to exercise our Mercurial curiosity by simply taking in information and data within a rational, logical process of dualism. Now, Jupiter stirs our mind to search for context and meaning in ever larger paradigms through the study of philosophy, science, religion, and spirituality.

If we have come through this zodiac journey thus far with a healthy, positive ego and have awakened to our transcendent self, our spiritual searching will eventually lead us to metaphysical perceptions that see beyond the polarities and dualities of this illusive time-space dimension of physical form. Though human religions may play a role in our spiritual growth, we will sense their limits and be ever inviting of deeper and more expanded awareness, willing to trust our own unique soul connection (Christ Consciousness) to find truth that informs our own moral compass and leads, eventually, to mystical enlightenment.

However, if when the emotional and psychological traumas of Scorpio intimacy has indeed awakened some awareness of spiritual divinity in us, yet we nevertheless remain mostly within the limited perceptions of our ego, then our search for understanding in Sagittarius will be limited to these narrow perceptions. We will be attracted to religious or scientific belief systems that re-enforce duality and polarization, often dogmatic and with rigid rules of morality. Such philosophies and religions support our newfound hope of divine connection, but also continue to fuel the ego’s misunderstandings and fears that stem from the illusions of separation in the physical world. Yet, even within these more narrow-minded experiences, our Jupiter self is seeking out that which will lead to eventual greater consciousness.

Whether we travel the world of Sagittarius in wide-open and loving trust of our inner guidance or with the self-imposed blinders of religious or scientific caution, we are preparing ourselves for the next sign in the zodiac, Capricorn, where we will step into society with a new sense of self, meaning, possibility and mission. Then, our Sagittarian paradigm will color what we accomplish.

 

Aries (Mar 20 – Apr 20)Aries

Fire meets fire here, Aries, so be aware at this time that your inspired enthusiasm and idealism is creating the adventures you need for your own growth and understanding. Books and “systems” may not suit you. Though you can be an inspirational leader, be ready to check any tendencies toward judgment and preaching. You are entitled to follow your own truth, and to go it alone if you must. Others may follow, but those who don’t are not your enemies. In your quest for truth, always ask “Who am I?”

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)Taurus

Taurus, this is a good time of year for you check you priorities regarding material life and spiritual pursuits. It’s not that they are necessarily contradictory. Your natural tendencies toward material abundance and pleasurable comfort can be a fine avenue toward higher understanding if you are mindful to invite insights and wisdom around your human appetites. Once you set your mind toward higher consciousness, you can be steadfast, just avoid stubborn dogmatism. Some truths will change.

Gemini (May 20 – June 20)Gemini

Gemini is opposite Sagittarius in the zodiac. This is the time of year that most supports your integration of this polarity between rational thought and intuitive understanding. In fact, as a student of dualities, Gemini, this is a good time to apply your awareness of such to a search for meaning around them. Invite these insights through the books you read, the conversations you have, through writing, through travel and even academic studies. Your enthusiastic curiosity can also inspire others.

Cancer (Jun 20 – Jul 20)Cancer

Cancer, with your sentimental attachments to home and family, the Sagittarian call to explore the world might feel threatening. Just as travel can put physical distance between you and loved ones, so can inner explorations of truth and meaning create mental and emotional distance from your past. You cannot force loved ones to follow you, but you needn’t stop loving them. Kindly share what you can, but make your home your sanctuary of truth. Your “spiritual” family will always feel welcome there and affirm the love that binds beyond bloodlines.

Leo (Jul 20 – Aug 20)Leo

As a fellow fire sign, Leo, this month of Sagittarius affords you a chance to bring deeper meaning to your natural passionate flare and creativity. If you are an artist, invoke high ideals as your muse. If you like children, invite their wisdom to teach you. If you enjoy competition and play, seek to expand your experience of intuition and love. The truths that you are gaining during this time relate to the purpose of having a strong ego and who is served. Ego or soul?

Virgo (Aug 20 – Sep 20)Virgo

This month may feel a bit scattered, Virgo, as you alternate between leaping into daily chores with enthusiasm, and departing from routine as you chase adventure. It’s best to acknowledge your need for exploration that requires a break from your routines, and design a schedule of travel or spiritual studies that appeals to your need for order and practicality. Just don’t shoot for perfection, as it will stifle the spontaneity needed for expansive insights and awesome surprises. Remember, most deeper truths do not come through analysis, but through open-minded and open-hearted awareness.

Libra (Sep 20 – Oct 20)libra

Libra, if you consider your life as a journey toward spiritual consciousness, ask yourself, “Am I traveling alone?” Whether partnered or single, you may be feeling more sensitive to your longing for spiritual companionship and the enthusiasm and fun that comes with it. A compatible relationship between ego personalities is not the same as spiritual partners and at some point falls flat. If you are partnered, this is a good time to introduce mutual intentions for meaningful adventures through travel or studies. If necessary, claim the freedom to explore on your own. Without a life partner who can share the journey, conscious friends will serve the purpose.

Scorpio (Oct 20 – Nov 20)scorpio

When it comes to higher understanding, Scorpio, what is important for you is to relate it to the deep inner world of intimate emotions and psychology. Your “research” into meaning and truth is carried out within your own realms of sexual encounters, joint enterprises, shared resources and the like, where you can dig into the hidden undersides of power struggles, fears and intimacies. This strengthens your capacity to return more consistently to the surrender of your ego to your soul and grow a framework of cosmic awareness. Watch for judgmental and moralistic attitude as a key to the ego’s slipping backward into unconsciousness.

Sagittarius (Nov 20 – Dec 20)sagittarius

This is your month, Sagittarius, so let yourself be free to follow your intuition and quest for expanded living. Whether it’s travel, study, philosophy, metaphysics, teaching or anything else that inspires you, you know it’s about learning about and understanding the world and the nature of reality. Now, more than ever, is a good time for you to question any over-reliance on limited logical thinking. Invite your soul’s guidance to strengthen your intuitive ways of knowing and your ability to channel wisdom to others.

Capricorn (Dec 20 – Jan 20)Capricorn

As one who creates order and manifests achievements, Capricorn, this is a good time to consider just how much your “career” is reflecting your beliefs and adding to the meaning of your life. As you mature in spiritual consciousness, your sense of responsibility changes, aligning more with your soul’s perspective of divine order. This can lighten your ego’s sense of heavy personal burdens even as it can step up the challenges your ego is willing to accept in service to the world. Recognition comes without being sought after.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 20)Aquarius

Your spiritual understanding comes most easily within friendships and groups of kindred spirits. If you’ve longed to travel or study with a group, this is the time. The synergy you create with others is a primary subject of higher understanding for you. Fellowship, so to speak, is the path you travel to ground spiritual wisdom into full bodied mysticism. Invite your intuitive guides to surprise you in fun and innovative ways during this time of Sagittarius.

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)Pisces

Pisces often experience states of confusion in this physical world because you are attuned, if only subliminally, more than most of us, to the larger reality of divine existence. The confusion is typically for lack of ability in your human mind to be able to make sense of your experiences. Thus, as Pisces meets Sagittarius, it is a good time to commit yourself to applying your rational mind to explore metaphysical principles which will give your mind useful frameworks for sorting out the confusions. You will be delighted each time you are reminded that others have travelled your watery path and have created language to share it. Your centered peace, confidence and gifts will grow.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com. Call Barry at 608-345-2470.

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Your Sign Through The Year – in SCORPIO

SCORPIO

October 22 – November 21

Finding Your Way To Intimacy

by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

Each month, Barry explains the sign for that month and then lists all 12 signs and how each interacts with this month’s sign. Look for your birth sign below. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Ascendent and/or a number of planets in the sign.)

Scorpio is the sign of deep intimacy, with others and with our self. Our commitment to relationship in Libra invited this deepening of bonds that merge our self with others. Such merging can involve sex, money, beliefs, values, goals, or more, and creates a symbiotic dynamic with another person, as typically experienced in a marriage. Unlike in Aries, where our Martian willfulness was free to follow our own impulses, fending off the will of others, now in Scorpio, we are more sensitive to our desire to maintain loving connections to others, and therefore we are challenged to consider and incorporate their desires with our own. The more we perceive our valued interests to be entwined with the other person, the higher the stakes seem and the more vulnerable we may feel. It is in this emotional and psychological vulnerability that Scorpio invites us to transcend and transform our ego.

When our desires align in harmony with a partner, we can easily feel the synergy of mutual love and trust that reflects the reality of our souls’ divine oneness with each other. However, when our desires conflict in opposition, we are faced with a primary choice. If we limit our consciousness to our ego’s illusive perceptions of 3D separation, we are likely to revert to the Martian warrior stance of self-protection in Aries and experience the conflict as a win or lose battle with an enemy. This is the stuff of melodrama, power struggles, abuse, co-dependence, withdrawal and loss of love and trust.  

However, if in this vulnerable conflict, we choose to stay consciously present to that field of love that keeps us attuned to our immortal soul, which is impervious to the illusive harms of this world, including death, we are then able to perceive our adversary as another similar soul, a divine extension of our greater self. From this higher perspective we are free to respond to the situation by revealing our ego’s fears, inviting a deeper, more intimate response from our self and others. We can invoke our intuitive and synergistic power to create solutions for us from beyond our ego’s illusion of separation. This is what the planet Pluto represents in us. This crucible of vulnerable intimacy, repeated throughout our lives, is what stretches us into spiritual consciousness, remembering that we are divine beings who are having a human experience. Sometimes we do stretch and then integrate this consciousness into our day to day lives. Sometimes we remain in fear and then retreat into limited ego perception, feeling wounded by love, fearful of vulnerability and we put on a mask of invincibility. Yet, despite our fear of intimacy, we cannot help but be drawn back to it. It’s what we came to do

Aries (Mar 20 – Apr 20)Aries

Aries, you are keen to take the initiative in joint projects and shared experiences, including sex. Be aware that this can be a way for you to maintain distance, protecting yourself from the feelings of vulnerability that threaten your ego and provoke unwanted battles. During this month, be aware of this and see if you can find opportunities to let down your guard, trust more, and let someone else take the lead. Revealing your fears and asserting your needs can help a partner address them with you.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)Taurus

You bring the qualities of comfort, stability and pleasure to your intimate relationships, Taurus. As Scorpio and Taurus are opposite each other, look for ways that a partner can influence your values, your sense of security, and your self-esteem. Remember that adapting to other people’s desires and ideas does not require you to change what you most value about your self. You’re building a life, not a fort.

Gemini (May 20 – June 20)Gemini

Gemini, your natural tendency to scatter your curious attention can at times also be a defense mechanism, protecting you from vulnerability and deeper intimacy. During Scorpio, apply your love of learning to your self-awareness while with a close relation. Listening intimately requires your heart be involved. Find ways to share vulnerably with loved ones without letting conversations turn into mere intellectual exchanges. Be curious about the heart and how it can be attended to. Emotional intelligence is an important component of your education, but you must connect your head to your heart.

Cancer (Jun 20 – Jul 20)Cancer

Cancer, you are at home in the gentle and emotionally supportive pond of water that your sign represents, but Scorpio is a deep river of water, appearing calm on the surface, yet raging and dangerous deep below. So Cancer, here’s a chance to bring your deepest feelings to the fore. If you have any sense of emotional insecurities remaining in my life, now would be a good time to find a trusted loved-one or guide to help you dig deep. Find out what’s missing, what you can heal, and what you can ask for from others. Remember that “I AM LOVE” could strengthen all your relationships.

Leo (Jul 20 – Aug 20)Leo

Leo, you are enthusiastic and creative in joint projects and experiences, which can be delightful at times for your partner. At other times, it could feel a bit overwhelming and demanding. During Scorpio, find a way to share the limelight with a co-star. Intimacy is a dialogue, not a monologue. Vulnerability is stepping onto the stage without a script. You needn’t hold back on your passion, rather expand your source of inspiration to include your partner’s soul, too.

Virgo (Aug 20 – Sep 20)Virgo

This is a good time, Virgo, to bring your intention for clarity and perfection to how you handle your intimate relations. Asking a sexual partner for cleanliness is fine, but expecting emotions and feelings to be clean and orderly is not. Emotional intimacy can get messy, and sometimes everyone involved needs to get wet. So, rather than worry about cleaning up the mess, put your focus on how the mess was made. Just avoid getting too analytical. The heart has it’s own logic.

Libra (Sep 20 – Oct 20)libra

So Libra, if the Scorpio experience is the natural outcome of your desires for relationship, then this ought to be an easy-peasy part of the cycle, right? Well, yes, it is easy for you in one sense. You are more likely than most to stay committed in the face of conflict and adversity. At the same time, it can feel more painful for you because you have a low tolerance for disharmony. In a way, this sets you up, more than most, to succeed in the transformation of your ego. Staying committed to your “enemies”, for you, means making peace. Just make sure you aren’t capitulating to their ego. That peace will not sustain. Lasting peace will be created by conscious souls.

Scorpio (Oct 20 – Nov 20)scorpio

This is your month, Scorpio. It’s a good time for self-examination. With Scorpio as a dominant theme in your birth chart, there was obviously a soul intention in this lifetime to dive deeply into the themes that Scorpio presents. Start with this question: How much do I still hide my own feelings and fears behind a mask even as I am obsessed with what other people are hiding? Your answer may be an invitation to get real, reveal and let heal. Scary? Of course, but it’s also your fulfillment.

Sagittarius (Nov 20 – Dec 20)sagittarius

Sag, your passion for truth can be inspiring to others, including your intimate relations. During this Scorpio month, pay attention to the difference between general truth (like philosophy, religion, metaphysics, etc) and personal truth (eg, “My stomach is in a knot”, “I feel afraid of …”). Espousing beliefs does not typically invoke vulnerability or intimacy. In your desire to create closeness and trust, lean into the inarguable personal truth of the body and emotions. They will inevitably lead you back to a higher vista of cosmic awareness.

Capricorn (Dec 20 – Jan 20)Capricorn

Capricorn, your natural abilities to take responsibility and create order are probably highly valued in your relationships. Others can lean on you. However, during Scorpio, watch for a tendency to want to maintain control. Managing joint finances is one thing. Managing emotional or sexual intimacy is quite different and not recommended, unless requested. It avoids vulnerability. Try to loosen up and let go. What’s the worse that can happen? If things get out of hand a bit, you’ll probably be able to whip things in shape again.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 20)Aquarius

You are typically prone to avoid intimacy, Aquarius. It’s your desire to remain objective and free from the emotional distractions that cloud your intuitive visions and idealism. Trouble is, without emotional intimacy, your inventiveness remains disconnected from humanity. Use this time in Scorpio to stretch your ability to be sensitive to feelings, your own and others. Explore some dimension of your own vulnerability and share it with a trusted partner. Try to be more sensitive to the feelings of your teammates. Tune into their souls.

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)Pisces

Pisces, if Scorpio is about surrendering ego to soul, you have a head start. As the third water sign, Pisces represents an infinite wide ocean of divine oneness, without boundaries. Thus, when it comes to vulnerability and intimacy, you may need to pay attention to where the boundaries need to be. If someone is worthy of your trust, then surely let compassion and forgiveness rule the day, but let those feelings create the container and not cut short the necessary personal emotions that your ego must express. Denial of ego is not intimacy. Revelation and recognition of ego is.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com. Call Barry at 608-345-2470.

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