The Oscars are coming, and we’ll have full cosmic coverage on Friday. In the meantime, here are some of the goings-on outside of the red carpet and statue race:
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Oscar night is this Sunday, and the planets are stirring up an interesting energetic blend. Four planets will be in glamorous, sentimental Pisces, guaranteeing some teary-eyed acceptance speeches and enchanting outfits. By contrast, expansive Jupiter is in fiery Aries, the trailblazing trendsetter, from January 22 through June 4. Aries is the sign of “firsts” and devil-may-care risks. It’s also ruled by warrior planet Mars, which carries a lot of masculine energy. Short hemlines, edgy speeches and other eyebrow-raising antics will bring laughs to a three-Kleenex evening.
The heavy, somber vibes felt at last night's Oscars — and in many people's love lives — begin to lighten up. Love planet Venus moves from serious Capricorn into lighthearted Aquarius until March 27.
Did somebody spike the planetary punch this week? While they could have used a nip of that kooky juice at the (yawwwn) Oscars, there’s been a rash of notably erratic behavior going on in celeb-ville. We’re chalking it up to the end of unstable, rebellious Uranus’ seven-year tour of Pisces, the planet that rules addictions, subconscious impulses and even mental illness. It also rules jails, rehab, hospitals and institutions — all of which have become celebrity stomping grounds as much as Chateau Marmont and West Hollywood. Uranus has been in Pisces since 2003, and on March 11 it departs.
Surrender and release. Pisces, the ruler of all things imaginary and unreal, is reigning the skies this weekend. Today, the Pisces new moon kicks off a six-month cycle of creativity and healing for us all. But in an unusual twist, it’s joined by four other planets: communicator Mercury, passionate Mars, the bold Sun and unpredictable Uranus. Major “aha” moments, flashes of creative inspiration, even powerful hits of intuition and psychic guidance could all come out of the blue. Need a miracle? The Pisces new moon and her cosmic tribunal could deliver.
The veil of illusion is lifting this week, as revolutionary Uranus wraps up a seven-year tour of Pisces, but first ... we may spend the early part of this week laboring under some serious delusions. When a planet is packing up and preparing to move on, we’ve seen it kick the qualities of that particular sign into high gear, almost like a last hurrah. Pisces rules the imagination, the subconscious mind, the blurring of boundaries, and codependence. The fact that Mercury, Mars and the Sun are also in Pisces only intensifies these qualities.
The Academy Awards are on February 27, and the nominees are in. While Geminis swept the Golden Globes (see our January 20 post), it's a whole different astrological landscape out there now. Although they may not take home all the statues this time, there are plenty of Gemini Oscar nominees. In the category of Best Actress, three of the five nominees are Gems: Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman.
We’ve all heard the cliché that relationships are hard work, but we’ll learn what it really means between now and June 12. Saturn, planet of discipline and tough lessons, will be retrograde (moving backward) in Libra, the partnership sign. Saturn throws us challenges that are designed to make us stronger — provided we face our deepest fears and tough it out. The recovery slogan “Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle” could be Saturn’s personal mantra.
Ba-da-bing! Lucky, expansive Jupiter has transited into Aries, the sign of the self and new beginnings. Aries is the zodiac’s first sign, daring and outspoken. It’s the ruler of pioneers, daredevils and divas: Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Steinem, Jackie Chan and Hugh Hefner are all Rams.
Bye-bye, Simon; hello ... Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler? We admit, we’ve been skeptical about “American Idol’s” survival without Cowell and his scowl. But after watching the first round of auditions, we’ve gotta admit, we like Randy’s new “dawgs.” Sure, they’re not calling people out or crushing dreams like Simon — at least, not yet. But J.Lo and Steven Tyler’s warmth and heartfelt supportiveness feels (to us) like a positive switch.