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January’s Birthstone

Garnet

The precious birthday stone for this month is the Garnet, symbolizing the grounded commitment and stability of Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, as he forges this subterranean red gemstone through time and space. This stone, created under slow, deliberate pressure, over millennia, deep underground, represents stability, commitment, and friendship. Capricorns are loyal, committed people with a good understanding of the material dimension. Remember Saturn is the father of time, so that Capricorns can be very patient.

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2022

As we enter this new year, I want you to approach it with an open heart, and January, much like the Ace of Cups, sets the agenda for the whole of 2022. 2022 is a new year, a new beginning, and yes, we are still finishing off business, some unresolved baggage from 2020/2021, but the primary astrological markers of the last two years are finally behind us. Well almost. The good news is that we have Jupiter in Pisces for the first time in 12 years, which is a big deal as this will help bring some positivity back into the collective field. This will trickle down to us individually and help us move away from the pain and fear that so many have experienced, entering a more optimistic phase. January is an unusual month, as two new moons are taking place. One on January 2nd and the second on January 31st. When we have two new moons or two full moons in a calendrical month, we call it a Blue Moon, hence once in a blue moon, because it is rare. With two new moons, it signifies that we will have a lot of new beginnings and new things coming into the collective. This is a time to embrace change, not fight it. We must be willing to question old belief systems and allow the universe to guide you to novel ways of doing things. Newer thoughts and emotional patterns can be brought in. This is very liberating once we accept the change. Significant shifting energies are playing out as all the outer planets leave their retrograde cycles and go direct. This means that for a lot of last year, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, and Pluto were all retrograde, and now they turn direct. Uranus is the last planet in retrograde, and it goes direct on January 18th. This is a big deal. The planetary archetypes, their raw power will be made known again. Things will start to move, new territory will emerge, and change will begin to pour from the Aquarian Cupbearer.

January 20–February 18

Aquarius • Water Bearer

The ancient ruler of the sign of the Water Bearer is Saturn, the Lord of time and structure. This is an important month for you as the Sun goes over your natal sun wishing you many happy returns. Yes, this is a period of renewal as birthdays often signify this particular energy. Be careful, however, as transiting Saturn will also be going over your natal sun. This will specifically bring some friction for those born in the middle of the zodiacal month. Work with the friction, don’t resist it, even if it feels stuck and annoying. These challenges are here to take you onto a more aligned path, a path that is more congruent with your higher self. The message here is to listen in, listen to your intuition, and let go of those things that no longer serve you. By transit, Uranus will be challenging your Sun at some point during this month, further pulling you into the new. Enjoy the ride.

February 19–March 20

Pisces • Fish

For those of you who have planets in the sign of the Fish, it is going to be an exciting time as Jupiter has just entered Pisces for the first time in 12 years (albeit he moved there briefly last year just for a few months in June/July). Your sense of wonder, spirituality, and ability to imagine will be significantly increased at this time. Above all, you may desire more truth in your personal and public life. This is a time to grow and expand, reaching your potential and not being constrained purely by the Saturnian world of facts and figures. This is really about allowing your aspirations to come forth. Remember that our thoughts form our reality. Please embrace this energy and don’t shy away from it, as it will significantly benefit you, especially in late February through March.

March 21–April 19

Aries • Ram

The sign of the Ram works well with Aquarian energy as both are yang/masculine signs and make a lovely sextile to one another. The Arian energy calls you to work your inner magic, preparing to bring out the sacred warrior in you, as Chiron by transit is currently in the heart of the Aries Constellation, asking you to embrace your wounds and take on the archetype of the Wounded Healer. Once you trust someone to share your weaknesses and insecurities, if you can, it will help you grow spiritually and physically. Sometimes the person on the other side needs to sense your humanity and will be more compassionate towards you if you show your human side.

April 20–May 20

Taurus • Bull

This has been quite a challenging time for those with strong placements in the sign of the Bull. Due to transiting Uranus currently in Taurus, there are some very disruptive and new energies emerging at the moment. You are being called to go beyond your limitations and accept change. Taurus is Fixed Earth, meaning it is the sign that finds it the hardest to move on or to adapt. There is going to be a back and forth over the next month with resistance and acceptance. Understand this and try to ride out the storm.

May 21–June 21

Gemini • Twins

For those of you with strong Gemini placements, you will feel the ingress of Jupiter in Pisces as it makes a square to your natal planetary positions. Use this positive and expansive energy to communicate at a higher level, bringing in new ways to share information and perhaps take this opportunity to travel to some new places or even visit familiar places with fresh eyes. This is a time for expansion; even if at times, it is challenging, it will ultimately be a time of growth.

June 22–July 22

Cancer • Crab

Those who have planets in the sign of the Crab are going to feel the strong pull and astrological opposition of the transiting planets in Capricorn. With Venus in retrograde, which is close to Pluto, there will be significant questioning of old or current relationships. What is their value now? Do these relationships still serve you? An upgrade is going to be on the table. Don’t resist, instead go deep within and question what is really in the interest of your higher self.

July 23–August 22

Leo • Lion

Saturn and the Sun are making a direct opposition to your natal Sun or any other planets that you may have in Leo, forcing you to challenge power structures and organizational systems. Indeed it is uncomfortable; try to stay with it, alchemize it. This is a time for bearing witness to the power struggles that go on either within ourselves or within the collective. Observe what is really happening and not be pulled into the mainstream perspective, which is propaganda in nature, as Saturn always has a plan.

August 23–September 22

Virgo • Virgin

With Jupiter finally joining Neptune in Pisces, those who have strong Virgo placements are going to be pulled into an expansive, visionary, and even dreamlike reality for a while. This can be quite a tonic for the practical Virgoan, as it will expand the right brain to the imaginative part of yourself. Maybe try to write some prose or poetry or paint a picture creatively. Do something that is nonlinear. However, don’t go too far in the other direction when these dreams and visions can become illusory. Enjoy keeping the balance between the practical and the imaginative.

September 23–October 23

Libra • Balance

With so many transiting planets in Capricorn, they are making a square to your natal chart, challenging you to make some changes to relationships, whether personal or professional. There is a focus on re-evaluating some of these extant relationships and asking yourself whether they still serve you. Libra people tend to always think of themselves in pairs and groups. Sometimes, it is vital to be a bit more selfish in asking what you really want and need in terms of a relationship. This will make for healthier and happier bondings.

October 24–November 21

Scorpio • Scorpion

Challenges to the status quo are still the order of the day and indeed the month as you will still be peeling off dead skin from your metamorphism. This is a time of renewal as Uranus in Taurus makes a direct opposition to you, especially to those who have planets between 7-14 degrees Scorpio. Remember, Scorpio is fixed water and finds it hard to change, so please run with it. It will be deeply cathartic when you are out the other side.

November 22–December 21

Sagittarius • Archer

A quieter month than previous months for you, especially once Mars moves out of Sagittarius and enters Capricorn from January 25th onwards. You can also pick up some positive energy from Jupiter in Pisces, which makes a square to your natal planets in Sagittarius. This is a time for spiritual expansion and opening up to new ways of being. It could mean a new road trip or flying to a novel destination. Embrace this time of change and opportunity.

December 22–January 19

Capricorn • Goat

This is still a heavy time for those with lots of placements in Capricorn as Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Pluto are all present in the sign of the goat for most of the Aquarian month. This is a Saturn ruled sign, so it’s about doing the heavy lifting: working hard, head down, doing the inner work, and resolving relationships that may no longer serve you, whether personal or professional. Try dipping into your intuition more, and balance those insights with your rational heady ones.


BIRTHSTONE READINGS

February’s Birthstone

Amethyst

The name comes from the Greek word “Amethystos,” which translates as a cure for drunkenness since this wine-colored stone was believed to prevent intoxication. This stone can give you courage and strengthen friendships. It's one of the many birthstones that can be mined or created in a lab and is linked to the element of wind. The gem also provides healing powers to help with both physical and emotional issues and is known to relax nerves and improve balance. You can instantly recognize the amethyst from its stunning purple color.

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March’s Birthstone

Aquamarine

This birthstone is most closely associated with seawater and provides soothing energy as it helps connect us to water, the origin of life. The gem has many other properties, including the ability to purify energy and provide stress relief. Aquamarine is known to inspire truth, trust, and the ability to let go. Many people treasure this stone for its ability to restore beauty and youth through its incredible anti-aging properties.

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April’s Birthstone

Diamond

This gem inspires love and devotion. The garnet is a stone of strength and safety, and as such, it helps to ground you and keep you connected to the present. These gemstones are found all over the world, and each color version of the garnet has its own spiritual properties. Although the most widely-known color of garnet is red, you can find this stone in many other colors, including green, yellow, and orange. Garnets are energizing, regenerative, and shield against negativity.

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May’s Birthstone

Emerald

The precious birthday stone for May is the emerald symbolizing the beauty of Venus, the ruler of Taurus. The emerald is one of the rarest gemstones and needs to be nurtured and protected, two great hallmarks of Taurus energy. However, Beware of the negative side of this archetype is excessive desire, greed, and hoarding.

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June’s Birthstone

Pearl

Much like Gemini having two personalities, the birthstone for June is also dual-focused, both Pearl and Moonstone. To complicate things further, Alexandrite is also associated with this zodiacal month and with Mercury, its ruler. Here we can see that we are given multiple options in the Gemini season, so the skill is in the selection process and deciding what is prioritized. The Pearl and Moonstone carry a Hermetic quality as they speak to the ability to transmute their energy through changing their essence and precisely their color in different lights. This is a hallmark of Gemini, mercurial in its nature, and thus able to adapt to multiple situations. It is the archetype of the shapeshifter.

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July’s Birthstone

Ruby

This month’s precious birthstone is the Ruby symbolizing the passion and intuition of the Moon, the ruler of Cancer. This unique stone helps maintain vitality and strength of character by creating a shield of psychic protection. Cancer is known as the portal to life itself, where those seeds are birthed within the mystical waters of our sacred planet. This is a month for you to listen to your body and listen well; you will reap the rewards. The Ancient Egyptians saw Cancer as the beginning of the cycle, much like seeing Aries as ours. Remember, the Great Nile annually floods in the month of Cancer, starting the cycle once again.

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August’s Birthstone

Peridot

The precious birthstone for this month is the peridot symbolizing the solar light of wisdom, with its soothing golden-green glow, signifying the high point of summer light and vitality. Leos are natural-born leaders; they provide a vital role in shaping society, leading the way with charisma and joy, bringing about steady change. The Peridot strengthens the individual and protects the person by surrounding them with more protective and nurturing energy to manifest at the highest level.

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September’s Birthstone

Sapphire

The precious birthstone for this month is the sapphire symbolizing the bountifulness of what the earth can produce. Virgo is an earth sign, and sapphires are deeply connected to this element. It is why this stone can also be associated with the other earth signs Capricorn and Taurus. There is a mutability in the caliber of the light of this gemstone, which explains why Mercury, its ruler, is apt to bring about an intelligent and communicative quality to this sign. When this gemstone is used correctly, it allows for a positive energy flow to occur, encouraging manifestation. This jewel, much like its zodiacal sign Virgo, is really about discernment and judging what is right and wrong for the individual. Above all, this gemstone symbolizes quality over quantity.

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October’s Birthstone

Opal

Libra is the Scales and is constantly seeking balance in the world of polarity. Venus-ruled Libra is the beautiful and proportioned Opal stone that resonates most with the Goddess of Love, known for bringing prosperity in relationships and personal power. In this current season, we will need to hang on to the opal stone judiciously and work wisely with its powerful and positive energy.

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November’s Birthstone

Topaz

Scorpio has a few birthstones associated with this zodiac sign. The Topaz and Amethyst are the two that correspond the most, symbolizing the powerful and psychic side of the sign ruled by Pluto in modern astrology and Mars in ancient. The Topaz stone is connected to water and hence empathy and psychic ability, so use this stone to harness these skills within yourself. The Amethyst stone helps cleanse the body and mind of unwanted energy by promoting spiritual connection and releasing fears and anxieties.

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December’s Birthstone

Turquoise

Sagittarius has a number of birthstones associated with this zodiac sign. Much like its ruler Jupiter there is an abundance here. Sodalite, turquoise, and Blue Topaz are the three that correspond the most, representing powerful calming stones that help still the mind and focus the brain on the mission at hand, creating more clarity. Blue is the color here associated most with Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius. This zodiac sign is mutable fire and can sometimes be overly optimistic, at times scattered, not always focusing as intensely as it could, so these stones help calm the heat down so that attention to detail can manifest. I love the Sodalite, which is an opaque blue stone with flecks of white and grey within. This is a powerful manifesting stone and heightens the ability for rational thinking, permitting the soul working with this gem to slow down and think more critically, allowing for greater successes. It is truly a powerful talisman. Blue topaz is also a very calming stone bringing balance and harmony to an often busy and fiery Sagittarian.

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