The ram. A planet here in the sign of Aries if full of fire, action, this sign is ruled by Mars. We start projects in Aries, the ram charges forward, like a trailblazer. Aries is up front, upbeat, and first to act. This is a cardinal sign, it initiates, like a match, it creates fire with friction, fire is life, energy, and the ram is the one who lights the torch. Starting things are easy here, though a planet living in the sign of Aries will have a hard time maintaining or finishing the mess he started. Sometimes the ram can be a bully, aggressive, loud, in your face. The ram does not think before he speaks or acts, no time, just do it, now! Aries is fast, making Saturn uncomfortable here, Aries is brash, making Venus turn her head if in the head bangers sign. Aires has a special spot for the Sun, Aries admires the courage, and renowned qualities the Sun brings to its place. A competitive sign, ruled by the god of war himself Mars, Aries will fight rather than take flight when encountered. When the Sun enters Aries in the Sierra , spring arrives, bugs are hatching, buds are blossoming, fish are biting.
The bull. Slow and steady wins the race. A planet here in this sign takes its time, making sure it’s on sturdy ground. Taurus is an earth sign, we can touch what lives in Taurus’ place, everything is tangible. Venus rules Taurus, she helps the bull decide what’s worth value, what we shall keep, and spend our hard money on. Taurus loves to go to art shows, the bull can sit all day and appreciate the artistic nature of anything. Taurus is a fixed sign, stable, enduring, and has no problem with patience and persistence. A planet here follows the bulls lead and develops appreciation for everything the house has to offer. The bull stops to smell the flowers, then eats them, Taurus loves what tastes, and looks pleasing. A planet here can be stubborn, or fixed in its ways, hard to budge, or convince. Don’t take anything from the bull, he can be possessive, and doesn’t like to share, and when he gets mad, watch out! The bull can really get going once provoked and will deliver a constant effort that last. Mars hates it here, he wants to move, and the bull is in his way, the moon loves it in Taurus, as she can slow down and take a break. When the Sun enters Taurus in the Sierra, spring is being carried on, the grass is growing, boats are rowing.
The twins. Information highway. We are in the place of back and forth, to and fro. Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, we are examining, moving, communicating, getting really busy here in the place of Gemini. This is a mutable sign; planets here can be handed off a project for the final inspection and present it for completion. Gemini really wants to figure out solutions, the twins love to play, they get bored easily, Gemini needs mental stimulation. One rule in the house of Gemini is you must do at least two things at a time. Gemini is an air sign, we have ideas here, thoughts, words, activities of the mind. We need someone to bounce these ideas off of, we need the other to see ourselves, it takes two to tango. We wear other people’s shoes in the house of Gemini, we want to know both sides of the story here. Jupiter when in the house of Gemini has a hard time, Jupiter has a big great plan he brings with him, but Gemini shoots it down with all the negative details. When the Sun enters Gemini in the Sierra, Spring is ending, summer is starting, we say goodbye, and hello.
The crab. We are home now. The gates of cancer are strong, sharp, and closely monitored. We keep our very close positions here, Cancer protects them, holds tight with his claws. The Moon rules Cancer, The Moon loves the protective belly of the crab, she is reminded of her mother when she is in Cancer, the Moon loves to be nourished, cared for. Like the Moon grows and shrinks, so will the emotions of the crab. The crab gets sensitive, emotional, and when put in a bad situation the crab will withdraw in his shell. Cancer is a water sign, emotions bubble inside the crab. Cancer is a cardinal sign, like a crashing wave, the initial tap of a well, or the opening of a fire hose, the crab will come at you fast, hard, with a rushing emotion that can be breathtaking, then disappear in its shell. Saturn can’t handle the fussy crab and is in n o company in the home of cancer, Mars can protect himself and wants no care from the crab. Jupiter is right at home within the safe sands of Cancer, he will have whatever the crab is cooking. When the Sun enters Cancer in the Sierra, summer has arrived, we retreat to the waters.
The lion, and the ringleader. We have entered the stage of Leo where everything is part of the show. The sign Leo is ruled by the Sun, pride, ego, authority, showmanship are all cornerstones in the house that the lion built. Here in Leo, we want to be seen and heard, planets here will usually get a “well done” or “good job” from the lion, he wants to praise and be raised. The king is creative, talented, fun loving, outgoing, a true king of the people. The Lion is loud and wants to be heard. The lion is proud, wants to be honored and trusted. The Lion can be arrogant and might rely on his self too much. Leo is a fixed sign, it’s hard to temp the lion, he holds his ground. Leo is a fire sign, he carries the torch that Aires lit, he spreads the fire. The king creates kingdoms. Leo’s place gives life, brings warmth, and receives love. Saturn despises the king, and can care less for what’s happening in Leo, it’s too bright and sunny for the prince of darkness. When the Sun enters Leo in the Sierra, we are carrion on summer, we bask in the hot Sun.
The virgin, the harvest. In Virgos house we are put to work, we must make improvements, cut dead weight, take out the trash. Virgo is a earth sign ruled by Mercury, we are using our mind to make things better in the house of Virgo. We are detailed, sometimes obsessively. Virgo prepares us, helps us assimilate the situation, She wants us to prepare. Virgo is a mutable sign, the virgin is taking something, breaking it down, and creating something more useful than before. We are changing things in Virgo, managing, making to do lists. One rule in the house of Virgo is you must complete your task, perfectly, before moving on to the next. The virgin does the hard work without asking for praise, she is humble, understands what needs to be done, and in what order, and will not wait around to be told when to do it. Venus doesn’t like hanging out in Virgo’s place, the virgin never says anything nice about what Venus is wearing, but always mentions her weight. Jupiter finds it hard to get along with the virgin, she is always burning him out with the details. When the Sun enters Virgo in the Sierra, summer is ending, leaves are falling, we pick the grapes before they spoil on the vine.
The Scales. You must empty your pockets before entering the Libras house. The scales will weigh out your possessions, decide what you deserve to keep, then spread the rest at its own fair judgment. Venus rules Libra, Venus wants to make things fair, so everyone can be happy. This is a cardinal air sign, swift judgments, binding contracts, lawsuits all happen in Libras place. We need to fill both sides of the scales in Libra, and we will find an opponent or partner willing to step in if we are traveling alone. A planet here wants to be fair, balanced. We have hard times making decisions in Libra’s home, we always must worry about others concerns, we want to make sure they are happy, we don’t want to be alone in Libra’s place. Mars can’t wait to get out of Libra’s house, he can care less about fairness, or quality. Saturn is just fine in Libra’s place, he loves to sit back and watch the harsh judgments the scales dish out. The Sun really wants to be king, but must be equal and just like everyone else when in the house of Libra. When the Sun enters Libra in the Sierra, Fall has arrived, the days are shorter, it’s getting cool, we must use our time wisely.
The scorpion, still waters. This place is dark, creepy, quiet. The scorpion lures you into his house, then starts asking us all kinds of uncomfortable questions. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, cold as ice. In this house we are still enough to feel the energy move through our body, we feel the sense of complete control of our emotions, we close our eyes, breath deep. The scorpion makes us face our fears so we can conquer them. Scorpio is ruled by Mars, Mars draws his determination, will power, inner strength from the scorpion’s lair. Things must die here, in order to be born again. Survival is key in Scorpios place. We learn to face extreme conditions here. It’s very deep in Scorpios house, the emotions are hidden at the bottom, possessiveness, jealousy, envy wait beneath the murky waters. Venus wants to get the hell out of Scorpio anytime she is here. Scorpio pins her in a corner and makes us discuss all things she avoids. There are no hiding secrets when in the scorpion’s hole. When the Sun enters Scorpio in the Sierra, we are in the middle of fall, plants are dying.
The centaur, the quest. The centaur shoots his arrows aiming into the distance. In the house of Sagittarius, we find that anything is possible. We search for meaning in the centaurs stomping grounds. The land is expansive in Sagittarius, there is room to run, explore, to live free. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, in this house we find generosity, hope, philosophy, inspiration. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign; the centaur passes the torch to others teaching about his journey while riding with the torch. Sometimes the centaur shoots his arrows into the distance with no aim, we can get lost and over-optimistic in Sagittarius’s place. It’s hard to commit to anything while staying here in Sagittarius, at a moment’s notice we can get an urge to leave and explore. Here “the road goes on forever and the party never ends” (Robert Earl Keen). The centaur must travel to gain his experience in life, and in his travels is where he finds his peace. Mercury feels uncomfortable here, the centaur is always throwing Mercury on his back and taking off to somewhere Mercury had no plans about. It’s hard for Mercury to enjoy the ride when he can’t plan for it. When the Sun enters Sagittarius in the Sierra we see signs of winter, we hold on to hope, prepare, the flame is dim.
The goat, one step at a time. The goat climbs the steepest mountains, reaches the highest peaks. The house that the goat built sits alone above the clouds, it’s strong, and built to last. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, in this house we are disciplined, in order, and well mannered. Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, we build from a strong foundation here, it takes time, we do it right the first time. The goat always reaches his goals, no matter the time involved, patiently, he calculates all aspects, looks for problems before they arise. In Capricorns house we are limited in resources, we work hard for what we have, we earn our keep in this place. Sometimes the goat puts too much stress on himself, never taking time off, neglects anything else other than its goals. Mars likes it here in Capricorn, actually the goat looks up to the warrior spirit of Mars, idolizes his endurance and strength. The Moon feels like she’s walking on eggshells in Capricorn’s house, no one ever cares for her request to turn up the heat. Jupiter can’t stand all the rules set in place in the goat’s pen, basically a prisoner while at stay here. When the Sun enters Capricorn in the Sierra, old man winter arrives, and with it, our bones chill, we slow down.
The water bearer, share the love. The water bearer spreads information in the house of Aquarius. We seek ways to move forward together, we want to change the direction for the betterment of everyone here. Saturn rules Aquarius and if he makes the rules, he can break the rules. We see beyond the rings of Saturn here, we want to knock down the walls in this house, break free. The water bearer shows us here that together, and with a cause, we are powerful. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, we have ideas of the future and beyond, our conversations are progressive, our plans are carried out by many. The place of Aquarius is a place of creative freedom, friendships, and unconventional ways. The water bearer has lots of technology to help us learn here, his one rule is share what you discover. The Sun has a hard time hanging out in Aquarius, for one it’s cold, and for two no one listens to him when he starts talking about himself. When the Sun enters Aquarius in the Sierra, we are in the middle of winter, we make fun with the cold.
The fish, take me to the river. The fish swim in the moving waters of Pisces, one dares to jump out of water, then splashes back home. The fish releases his whole life has been living in water, and now knows the truth, there is another side, another world. Here the fish show us magic, teach us the unseen. Jupiter rules Pisces, we find our spirit, our compassion, our urge to give here with the fish. Pisces is a mutable water sign, feelings are scattered, it’s hard to make sense of what is going on, but it’s ok because we are detached here in Pisces. We forget about the ties that bind us and dip into the river with the fish, we let go and float. We can get lost here in the mystical mansion of Pisces, it’s an easy place to escape reality, or let our guards down. Mercury can’t make any sense of what going on in Pisces place, “what’s all these crazy questions they’re asking me?” (Three Dog Night). Mercury gets dizzy and catches a cold every time he is here. Venus loves the party, it’s peaceful, appealing, she even has her own room here and everyone gets excited when she arrives. When the Sun enters Pisces in the Sierra, Winter is leaving, and spring is arriving. The snow melts to the river, the seeds feel the warmth, a new world is peeking out.