Israeli postage stamp from 1961 designed by I. Blaushild. (Photo: Karen Horton)
The planets all seem to be in cahoots with the Moon, which is in your sign this weekend, Aries, opening your heart up to more love than you’ve imagined possible. Go see the tremendous love that built the Taj Mahal in Delhi. Fall in love with the expansive beauty of the high desert in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Or feel the love of music rooted firmly in Liverpool, England. You are in a beautiful time these days, Aries, where you get to see what is truly making the world spin around: Love. Be around it. Let it in. And fall deeply in it.
Aries needs to feel the love at the Taj Mahal. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Looks like all of that hard work is finally starting to pay off and come to a close—almost. The Moon kicks off the week triggering travel and adventure, making you eager for an early start on a long weekend. I know you are more than ready for it, but don’t be completely out of touch yet as you may get a work call mid-week and be needed again—just briefly though! You are bound for some of the best spots on the globe this week, Taurus, and you deserve the break. Whether you are having tiramisu on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, getting your shoulders massaged by a waterfall in Costa Rica, or just wandering around the cultural center of Ubud in Bali, go enjoy yourself this week, Taurus.
Taurus can chill in the rice paddies of Ubud. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Lights, camera, action! Jupiter and Mars are pushing you onstage. As the Sun moves into your sign on the 22nd, it joins your ruling planet and biggest fan, Mercury, so of course people are taking notice and talking all about fantastic you. You are in the spotlight! Take a moment to figure out exactly how you want to use this time in the Sun. Here’s a suggestion for this week: get your work done early and spend the long weekend having fun and networking. You can let your ideas and wishes be heard now as people will rally around you with support. San Francisco, Vancouver and Juneau (yes, Alaska!) are all lining up to give you the extra support and bit of fun you have worked so hard for.
Find a bit of fun in San Francisco this week. (Thinkstock)
The planets are shifting this week, Cancer, triggering a little break down… of those “protective” walls around your heart. We both know they aren’t doing you any good really, and they certainly aren’t protecting you from anything but love. So, any upset or frustration that’s been brewing – time to let it out and move beyond it. Spiritually expansive Jupiter is in your corner. The Sun and Mercury are giving you a chance to take a break from the spotlight and do some internal reflecting and releasing. Go deeper in your meditations along the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, India. Spend some time photo-journaling as you marvel at the Badlands of South Dakota. Or simply retreat to the beautiful and overlooked island of Tasmania off the coast of Australia where you can quietly connect to those internal spaces. You have genuine support from the planets and from friends and loved ones to do what you need to do. Allow yourself this support.
You have your energy back, Leo. The planets have shifted into placements supporting your hopes and dreams, as well as your creative expression. Pick up a paintbrush, a pen or some gardening tools—whatever extension of your arm you choose, get it flowing! Get to one of Mexico City’s 150 museums and see how the Masters do it. Or go au natural and let your arms flow while learning traditional dance moves in amazing Thailand. It’s a week of creativity, friendship and wishes fulfilled. Make sure to keep a little bit of down time for yourself for the next month since you’re still incorporating the transitions from earlier weeks.
Get creative in Thailand this week. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Saturn is honing your energy and helping you become of master of your free time. The Moon this week wants you to find with balance with healthy expressions while still having fun. And Mars and Jupiter are lining up making you take a good look at how and where you’re investing your time and money. A trip to bright blue skies and waters of Lake Tahoe, California or the many islands in the Puget Sound can show you how to achieve that healthy and fun balance, and may give you some future investment opportunities too! No matter your age, you are growing and evolving, Virgo, learning more about yourself every day.
Fiery Mars and the chaotic North Node have been in your sign for the last few months, Libra, giving you the chance to learn about balance more than ever. You’ve been balancing your heart and head, your actions with your words, getting involved versus stepping back. The Moon is affecting your heart and home early this week, so take the opportunity to de-clutter and rearrange. With the Sun and Mercury in your house of travel, get inspiration from the incredible landscape and minimalist architecture of Santa Fe, NM or the colorful Portuguese influence in Goa, India. You’ve got these forces with you for the next month or more, so use this time to figure out what you want in your heart. Once you do this, the energy that starts within you can be channeled more effectively outwardly. You can then be the powerhouse you know you are!
Even though the planets are making you focus on your health and wellness, the Moon is allowing you to spend some time this week letting the hard work you’ve been doing sink in. Watch the spectacular sunset while sitting at a windmill cafe in Santorini, Greece. Roam around the colorful streets of Stockholm, Sweden. Or just relax on the white sands of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Do what you need to help your heart and mind reconnect this week. This is the real reason behind any of the challenges you may have been facing. Letting it happen gently is always best on the body, the mind and the heart.
Scorpio, It’s a good week to roam the streets of Stockholm. (Photo: Thinkstock)
The Sun and Mercury are bringing the focus back to your intimate partnerships these days, Sagittarius. But stern Saturn is also reminding you to get some alone time (and we don’t want to disobey Saturn now!). You’re finding the balance between being with others and taking that much needed time for just you. These connections you are making and this reflective time you are giving yourself are also letting you see how a person’s beliefs do in fact affect on all. This brings you to a place of who to align with, and perhaps to a place of activism. With this, you head to the capital cities of the world: Washington, D.C., Tokyo, and Moscow. Gather with those who share your views. There are more partnerships waiting.
The Moon starts off the week in your sign, Capricorn, opening you up to the more emotional side of things, while other planets are helping you to listen to your intuition and to speak up. The Sun and Mercury make you extra sensitive these days, so don’t be shy about letting people know when they’ve crossed a boundary with you. You have excellent support to develop these tools in the American alternative cities of Austin, New Orleans, and Boulder. Don’t hide what you are thinking and feeling. Trust it and express it!
Get out the paintbrushes, your journal and pen, or your camera week, Aquarius. The planets are lining up getting you up and out the door this week. The Moon is in your sign on Tuesday and Wednesday, giving you a chance to get deeper into your emotions and your feelings (which is always helpful in any creative process). The Baltic Sea surrounding picturesque Tallinn, Estonia will give you plenty to express. The colors in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey will inspire you. And the serenity of the beaches of Mozambique will give you the break you may need to check inside. You’re in a time of harnessing ideas and emotions. The conversations and the forward movement are just starting to happen so don’t rush it. Stick with the creative expression for the moment. It’s where you need to be.
This week you are being given a chance to make some changes around how you are feeling and what you are expressing. It’s time to look at the internal wiring that has been created over time. Are your heart and mind in alignment with each other? Are you saying what you truly feel? Take this opportunity to reconnect any circuits that may be off or not really authentic to you. The Canary Islands, Petra, Jordan and San Francisco are supportive of you speaking your truth and being who you are. The Moon in your sign on Thursday and Friday will make you want to spend time with loved ones and put this into effect.
There’s no better place to reconnect with yourself, Pisces, than in ancient Petra. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Our travel astrologer Alexia Neonakis is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico where she studied with Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Claudia Welch. She has been analyzing Vedic charts professionally for over seven years, but has been drawing up charts for everyone she knows since she was about 13 years old.