Weekly Horoscope, Sunday 9- Saturday 15

All Signs

This week we have Valentine’s Day, but have you ever wondered how it got started? According to Encyclopedia Britannica: “The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day.” Wow! Fertility rites! And they chose couples by lottery! (I think this is also the origin of the phrase, “Your number is up!”)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a popular week! Enjoy schmoozing and interacting with clubs and organizations. Your ruler Mars is at the top of your chart, which arouses your ambition. This influence will last for six weeks and it occurs only once every two years so use it! Mercury retrograde will help you because it is in a part of your chart that influences doing research and ferreting out answers and solutions to old problems. Meanwhile, your ability to schmooze is enhanced, which is why you are so charming. (This is because Venus is in your sign.) This is a great week to buy wardrobe treasures, which is a good idea since you are pumped to pursue your ambitions! (You never get a second chance to make a first impression.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Right now, the Sun is at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight, which means people are impressed with you even if you don’t do anything special. Obviously, you can use this to your advantage. You also want to travel and grab every chance to expand your world through study, film and talking to people from different cultures. Many of you are pursuing opportunities in publishing, the media, the law and medicine. Old friends are back in your world now. Perhaps this is why some of you are having secret love affairs? Fear not, my lips are sealed. (Swami knows all, sees all, tells nothing.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This week you want to do something to expand your world because you feel the need for adventure and a chance to learn something new. Obviously, travel would be an excellent choice. And if you can’t travel, you can always explore your own backyard. Meanwhile, disputes with the government and other sources about taxes, debt, shared property and insurance issues might be a drag. Just deal with it. Old bosses and parents you have not seen for a while might be back in your life at this time. Fortunately, the placement of Venus indicates that your ability to schmooze will be excellent. You will be charming and diplomatic with everyone you meet! In fact, a friend could become a lover. (Oh my.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

For some reason, you feel intense and passionate about issues at this time. You will notice this because you are a sensitive “feeling” person. In part, these passionate feelings could be due to serious discussions about inheritances and shared property. But also, fiery Mars is opposite your sign for the next six weeks and this can make you feel easily annoyed with others. Fortunately, your saved by the fact that Venus is at the top of your chart. Whatever is at the top of your chart is very visible to others, so this means your charm and your interest in the arts and your ability to be creative is noticeable to all. Nice.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Remember to get more sleep this week because you need it. At this time, you have a unique opportunity to more objectively observe your closest relationships, which means you can improve how you relate to others. This is invaluable. When we get along well with those who are closest to us – this promotes our happiness. Mercury Retrograde will help you wrap up loose ends regarding shared property, inheritances, wills, estates, taxes and debt. Use this to your advantage. Fortunately, Mars will give you the energy to work hard this week. (In fact, it could make you bossy and busy delegating to others.) Venus will heighten your appreciation of beauty and encourage opportunities to travel for pleasure. We like!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You are still in work mode, which means not only are you busy, you are also doing everything possible to get better organized in every aspect of your life. Although we recently had the Chinese New Year, you have one more chance at a new “fresh start” because the Tibetan New Year is on Monday, Feb. 24. (I’m using that as my deadline.) Use this to clean up your act so that you start your new year feeling better organized, polished and shiny! Ex-partners and old friends are back in your world. Hopefully, this is interesting and not a problem. This is a good week to ask for a loan or mortgage because people will be generous to you. You might even receive a gift. Yeah!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

It’s play city for you this week! Accept all invitations to party. Enjoy schmoozing with others. Sports events and fun activities with kids will appeal. It’s also a romantic week so plan on fun with your main squeeze. Singles should not hesitate to flirt. Chaos and increased activity on the home front will require your attention. Fortunately, with Venus opposite your sign, you will be diplomatic with everyone. Admittedly, in addition to dealing with whatever is happening at home, your job is also frustrated by silly, goofy mistakes. Patience is the key to keeping your sanity and a smile on your face.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Home, family and your involvement with a parent continue to be your primary focus this week. Likewise, some of you might spend more time on the home front cocooning. Perhaps you are thinking about old flames who are back on the scene. Sometimes when an old lover pops up, it’s thrilling and exciting. But other times, it’s disconcerting. Be tactful. Right now, Mars is in your House of Communications, which make you energetic, proactive and persuasive! It will encourage you to read and write more but it can also make you a bit scary if you come on too strong. Fortunately, at work, this is not a problem because Venus will sweeten your words with everyone. And so it goes.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your busy pace continues because you’ve got places to go, things to do people to see! You are an excellent communicator right now, which means this week is a great time to write, sell, market, teach and act. Old issues regarding home and family might finally be wrapped up due to the influence of Mercury retrograde. (Mercury will either stall things or bring them to a closure.) Mars will guarantee that you are working hard to earn money but it also increases your cash flow, which means you are spending as well. That’s okay. (Money is only useful if you spend it.) Venus will attract opportunities for romance, socializing, enjoying the arts and participating in sports events and fun times with kids. It’s a great week.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“Show me the money!” Yes, this week you continue to be focused on cash flow, earnings and assets. Not only are you thinking about boosting your earnings, many of you are also making an effort to take care of what you own. You enjoy doing this because you hate waste and you value continuity and respect for the past. “These were my dad’s tools.” With Mars in your sign for the next six weeks, you will be pumped with energy! (You will notice this because this occurs only once every two years.) Get physical exercise to blow off any pent-up steam that might occur. This is also great week to entertain at home and tweak your digs by redecorating or buying something new for where you live.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Ta da! The Sun is still in your sign this week, which empowers you. It attracts people to you as well as favourable situations. It also re-energizes you. Meanwhile, fair Venus is in your House of Communications and this makes you particularly diplomatic and charming when talking to others. This is why you will begin to notice how much love there is in your daily world. People care about you and vice a versa. You will also observe your daily surroundings with greater appreciation. This is a wonderful influence for you! Unfortunately, cheques in the mail will be late and delays regarding money and cash flow are likely. Be aware of anyone who might be working against your best interests.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This week has conflicting influences. One part of you wants to hide and retire from the busy insanity of the world around you. (This is why you will seek out moments of solitude and pleasant surroundings and keep a low profile.) Countering this is an energetic influence from Mars that makes you want to engage with friends and groups in a dynamic way! You might take charge of a group or you might find yourself in competition with someone? Obviously, because Mercury is retrograde in your sign at this time, silly, goofy mistakes will plague your footsteps. Transportation delays, misplaced items, confused communications and old friends from the past are part of the picture. Patience.

 

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A Little About January Birth Symbols

January Babies

“Little January, Tapped at my door today. And said, ‘Put on your winter wraps, And come outdoors to play.'” —Winifred C. MarshallZodiac: Capricorn until January 19 and Aquarius from January 20

Gemstone: Garnet
The garnet, from the Latin word granatum, means seed (think: pomegranate). The stone signifies eternal friendship and trust.

Flower: Carnation, Snowdrop
The carnation’s different hues suggest different meanings: red for love or pink for affection. Snowdrops imply hope and beauty.

Tree: Fir, Elm, Cypress

FROM: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#02

January’s birth flower, the carnation, comes in several different colors to convey different meanings, much like roses. A pink carnation means affection, while a red carnation means ‘I love you.’ White carnations mean pure love, striped carnations means regret that a love is not shared, and yellow means rejection or disappointment. The other January flower is thesnowdrop, which used to be considered bad luck due to the fact that it would always seem to appear to grow in graveyards. Nowadays, it signifies hope and beauty.

FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

January Birthstone – Garnet

For those born in the month of January, the gemstone is garnet. Hindu religion will also recognize the serpent stone for this month, but for modern, Western society, the garnet is most familiar. Most people recognize this precious stone as a deep, almost blood red crystal. However, garnets can be found in brown, black, orange, pink, green, and yellow. With some more rare ones found with no color, though blues tend to be the most rare. Because they are more well-known for their red hue, the origin of the word, garnet, or, ´gernet´, is derived from Old English, meaning dark red. It has been adored for over five-thousand years. In Europe (where is was easily found), during the Victorian Ear, it was traditionally cut in the shape of a rose and linked with other delicately faceted gems.

Each month of the year brings in a new cycle. Each cycle represents a new season, has a renewed energy, and a new meaning. Throughout history, specific gemstones have been designated to symbolize our birth-month according to the Gregorian or Western Calendar. In the first century, a Jewish historian by the name of Josephus, stated there was a connection with the twelve stones on the breastplate of Aaron, and the twelve months of the year. In the earlier civilizations of Babylon and India, gemstones have been known to attribute magical properties in connection to their significance of the Zodiac calendar. It is believed that the gemstones for each month aligns with the season, our spiritual and mental energy, religion, magical powers, and even the power to aid in ailing health or allow us to maintain our health.

The Latin word “granatus”, meaning grain or seed, might make one think about the seeds of the pomegranate fruit. According to Greek mythology, Hades, god of the underworld, gifted Persephone a pomegranate before she returned to the earth to visit her mother, Demeter. As she had been a kidnapped goddess forced to be his queen, the gift of this fruit ensured that she would return to him safely after four months time.

In the Antique Roman period, garnets were also used to symbolize areas in which they had taken control. These stones were inlaid in cells of gold using the ´cloisonne´method, utilizing enamel to strengthen the inlay. The artifacts of what the Romans left behind have been found in Anglo-Saxon England to the Black Sea.

Some other interesting facts about the garnet: The darker, more opaque stones of the garnet family are used in ´garnet paper´as an abrasive, the favorite among cabinetmakers. When mixed with water and high pressure, they can also be used to cut steel. It is the state gemstone of Idaho and Arizona, but can be found in India, Russia, Africa, the rivers of Australia, and South America.

Garnets, the January birthstone, have been used to encourage a heightened sense of sensuality and sexuality, with Metaphysical properties strengthening regenerative powers of the body, commitment, and giving insight to healing thoughts.

More symbolically, as a gift it represents constancy, and it utilized to balance one´s yin and yang energy. If you are one that experiences restless sleep due to bad dreams, you might use a garnet under your pillow to ward off these bad dreams and the evil spirits that might the cause of them. It is also meant to cure any inflammatory disorders of the body, stops hemorrhaging, and brings a silence to anger and emotional discord. With these powerful, life-balancing abilities, it is no surprise that people born in the month of January are described as, ambitious, and natural-born leaders. People with these characteristics might be individuals who travel and explore. The gift of a garnet will be a protective gem of these journeyers, a gift of love and a desire that they have safe travels and return soon.

The January birthstone garnet have unique light transmission qualities, and some garnets seem to change color in various light conditions.  With daylight conditions some garnets have many different colors, but in incandescent light they generally appear reddish or pink/purple in color.  Garnets that are more opaque (less color) are often the ones used for industrial purposes instead of those that are used as gemstones most commonly those that appear in shades of green, red, orange, and yellow.

January Birth Flower:

The Snowdrop is the January birth flower representing love, fascination, and purity. Meanwhile, the carnation is the birth flower of January and symbolizes: love, pride, distinction, and beauty for those that follow British traditions.

January Birth Tree:

The Cypress tree is said to symbolize understanding the role of sacrifice and has been associated with the Hades, God of the underworld.

Famous People Born in January:

Oprah Winfrey – January 29, 1954

Tom Selleck – January 29, 1945

Eli Manning – January 3, 1981

Drew Brees – January 15, 1979

Benjamin Franklin – January 17, 1706

To learn more about your birthstone garnet check out Wikipedia.

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