This weekend, caring Venus is in her own earthy sign of Taurus and forms a friendly, supportive trine to the planets that are signaling the most trouble right now, and this could offer us some needed respite or purpose.

Spring has sprung. The sun is now in brave and feisty Aries and strengthens all our defense systems. Aries is notorious for the ready, fire, aim, approach: We have to …

This is a week of opportunity, though it may be slow to build momentum, and some of the gifts will come in strange packages. The planets have left us emotionally charged but with swampy thinking over the past five weeks. Mercury is now direct, the fuzzy aspects are dissipating, and our direction forward becomes clearer. If it’s not the direction we’d like, we now have more tools to plan the road ahead.

Let’s take a deep breath and pace ourselves. We can’t see where we’re going but could feel we urgently that have to get there as retrograde Mercury prepares to turn direct Sunday night, and the sun approaches a conjunction-foggy Neptune. Early next week, the clouds begin to clear and we can begin to see farther down the road.

The astrological mood can turn on a dime this week, and we have to find a healthy middle ground. First wisps of exciting spring renewal mingle with occasional moments of feeling overwhelmed by everyday pileups.

Let’s turn up the volume on our situational awareness this week. We need to stay aware of what’s around us and who we’re dealing with as the sun, retrograde Mercury, and Neptune dance together in sensitive Pisces. Otherwise, the situation can become confusing.

Star Codes, Feb. 14-20

Star Codes: Feb. 14-20

Valentine’s Day is an idealistic Aquarian holiday: The sign brings our minds to community and our physical and metaphysical interconnectedness.

While inspiration and emotional impatience crank up this week, logistical capacities begin to slow down. Venus has just entered brash Aries to encourage emotional and creative bravery and call up the first wisps of spring fever. But just as the heat turns up in our hearts, Mercury adds sludge to our efficiency when it appears to slow down to turn retrograde from Feb. 16 to March 9.

    On Sunday we mark winter’s halfway point, when Persephone begins to walk toward the upper worlds and when beans were traditionally started in the kivas. It’s also a traditional day for animal auguries of all types. Let’s be curious about what animals cross our paths as Venus sextiles Pluto, which asks for acts of affection and compassion.

    Star Codes, Jan. 24-30

    Star Codes, Jan. 24-30

    This Friday morning, a new moon and Mercury, both in Aquarius, call us to start a new cycle in our relationship to our respective tribes.

    What was set in motion over the last few weeks still echoes and calls for action. But with less major action you may have less excitement this week; instead of more being heaped upon our plates, we get a chance to work on what is already here.

    The planets start a new 38-year cycle as Saturn and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn on Sunday, as the sun and moon do every new moon. What we begin now will set up the rhythm for our work, structures, and power dynamics — which are all Saturn and Pluto issues — for the next 38-year cycle.

    We’re heading into a competent but potentially difficult few weeks. At the moment, we have five planets in Capricorn, with a major conjunction between Saturn and Pluto…

    Star Codes, Dec. 27, 2019-Jan. 2, 2020

    Star Codes, Dec. 27 to Jan. 2

    This week ends one decade and begins another under politically and personally strategic aspects. Take this opportunity to review the decade that was and to sort out what did and didn’t work.

    Welcome to the fertile psychic loam of the darkest week of the year. Late Saturday evening, the sun enters Capricorn and winter officially begins. Let’s gift ourselves with a moment of rest.

    The Geminids meteor showers peak this weekend around 2 a.m. each night. We could see up to 50 meteors an hour as Earth crosses paths with the comet 3200 Phaethon. 

    Pre-solstice frivolity glazes over deep emotions. We can enjoy camaraderie and still feel the world changing.