Ukrainian Artist Ilya Repin, the Narodnik Movement, and the Power of Propaganda

Ilya Repin, Ukrainian Woman, 1876

Artist Ilya Repin was born in 1844 in Chuhuiv, Russian Empire, in an area which, after the February Revolution of 1917, was declared the Ukrainian People’s Republic, and then in 1991 became independently known as Ukraine.  Most recently, Chuhuiv was bombed on February 24, 2022, as a result of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine which began on the same date, but which has been an ongoing threat since February 2014. Presumably, Russia is seeking to regain territory it lost with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, and so the world watches as it invades Ukraine with impunity, destroying the peace and lives of families throughout that nation. This area of the world has a long and rich history, but has suffered from the terror of war for centuries.  At one point, during the 10th and 11th centuries, Ukraine was the most powerful state in Europe, and its capital, Kyiv, was the center of Kievan Rus, until Kyiv was destroyed by the Mongols in 1240.   With centuries of shifting nationalities, borders and political alliances all based on the productivity of one of the richest caches of natural resources in the world, Ukraine’s position in European history cannot be understated.

Ilya Repin was highly influential and prolific, and remains one of the leading artists associated with his day.  Due to the inflammatory nature of some of his art, as well as his ideological differences with the Russian government, Ilya Repin lived much of his life in exile, in an area of Finland which was later allocated to Russian Saint Petersburg.   His paintings depicted the some of the most important political moments of Russian history, ranging from the murder of Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich by his father, Ivan IV Vasilyevich, known as Ivan the Terrible and the first declared Tsar of Russia, to the documentation  of the Narodnik Movement, which was active in Russia after the abolition of serfdom in 1861.

Ilya Repin, Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16th, 1581, oil on canvas, 1885, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

The painting below, Arrest of a Propagandist, depicts the betrayal by an informant and subsequent arrest of a propagandist in the Narodnik movement which grew among Russian intelligentsia and focused on redistribution of capital, and social revolution. After the overthrow of serfdom in 1861, agrarian-based socialist sentiment became widespread among middle and upper-class Narodniks, with the belief that if the peasantry, newly released from serfdom, could be organized, then the aristocracy could be overthrown, paving the way for a new form of socialist egalitarianism.  

Ilya Repin, Arrest of a Propagandist, oil on canvas, 1892. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. A Narodnik propagandist is betrayed by an informant, and arrested by authorities.

The fervor and idealism of these sentiments developed into a movement known as  Going to the People. Organized by the intelligentsia, notably Mikhail Bakunin and Pyotr Lavrov, and focused on educating and uplifting the peasants to overthrow the aristocracy, Going to the People was a mass phenomenon of social unrest.  While having no centralized leadership, intelligentsia encouraged idealistic students to leave their university posts, abandon their studies and go live among the peasantry, inspiring them to rebellion and eventual overthrow of the ruling classes.  Students were to guide the peasants in ideological education and development of propaganda networks, promising that participation would lift up their station in life, allowing the development of greater equality. At its height in 1874, between 4,000 and 6,000 impressionable students from the upper classes quit their studies and flocked to the countryside, brimming with idealistic, revolutionary sentiment meant to see through an economic and political transformation of Russian society. Differences within the Going to the People movement arose as to whether it should remain peaceful and idealistic, or more overtly revolutionary, and adoption of the peasant lifestyle proved too onerous for many used to the comforts of upper class urban life. 

Ilya Repin, They Did Not Expect Him, oil on canvas, 1884-88, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. This painting depicts the return of a Narodnik revolutionary to his home after imprisonment and exile.

Nevertheless, the Narodnik movement ultimately resulted in the successful assassination of Russian Tsar Alexander II in 1881, after four previous attempts by radicalized Narodnik agitators failed in 1866, 1867, 1879 and 1880.  The movement, while achieving its goal of destroying Tsar Alexander II, was ultimately not effective because of the disconnect between the ideologies of learned intelligentsia and illiterate peasants. The upper classes overly idealized the peasant lifestyle, as well as the willingness of the peasantry to participate in revolutionary activity.  Many former serfs were suspicious of the interference of the urban agitators, and actually supported those in power as their rightful overseers, believing that the aristocracy acted on Earth acted as representatives of God, not to be opposed or aggravated in any way. The ideals behind Narodnichestvo, however, had taken hold strongly enough to influence the later Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and it is speculated that the ideology influenced the Bolshevik Revolution that resulted in the destruction of the Russian Royal Family. 

Ilya Repin, Bolsheviks, oil on canvas, 1918, Constantine Palace, Saint Petersburg. A depiction of a Bolshevik soldier stealing bread from a child.

Ilya Repin was a close friend of Leo Tolstoy, whose books strongly focused on their depictions of the lives of both peasants and aristocracy.  Tolstoy was strongly influenced by Narodnik ideology, as can be seen in his masterpiece, Anna Karenina, in the rendition of an idealized rural lifestyle taken up by the discontented but idealistic protagonist Konstantin “Kostya” Dmitrievich Levin, as he struggles to leave behind the aristocracy and embrace a more natural, wholesome and spiritual lifestyle as exemplified by the simple yet happy peasantry.

Ilya Repin, Tolstoy Writing at Yasnaya Polyana, oil on canvas, 1891, Pushkin House Collection.

While the Narodnik movement may have begun as a truly idealistic outgrowth of the release of people from centuries of serfdom, with an urge to equalize classes and seek reform for the benefit of all, unfortunately, the romantic idealization of the peasant lifestyle, and the flattering glorification of good, honest hardworking family folk living close to the land still continues to this day. Note the recent “Freedom Convoy” movement, with many adherents coming from the North American heartland – centers of industry based on agriculture, oil and associated resource extraction and transportation. While we no longer openly acknowledge class divisions in the Western world, implicit class distinctions based on education, income and heritage still remain, and people all along the spectrum are easily manipulated by the propagation of increasingly sophisticated, emotionally charged propaganda and disinformation.

Whether in 19th century Russia, or 21st century Europe and North America, power protects itself. Those holding it are isolated from the harsh realities of life, easily deploying common people to spread propaganda which further its interests.  It is sad to see this at play in the world today, spreading throughout the world via social media venues. Peace is an elusive thing, easily fractured and rarely found, but we must strive to achieve it at all costs – except through the horrors of war.  While many changes are needed in our world to effect greater economic equality and improved living conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable, incitement to violence and war should be the very last avenue of approach.  However, when attacked by the power hungry, grabbing for additional resources and terrorizing innocent citizens, unfortunately, there must be a call to stand and fight for the basic right to live peacefully and unobstructed.   It is a travesty that even after the terrible lessons of two world wars, with 40 million dead in World War I and almost 85 million dead in World War II, we are still facing the brutal, horrible realities of war today. 

We must support peace in Ukraine, peace for all people everywhere, and work for an end to war once and for all.

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Astrology: Sun Sign Pisces

Michelangelo, Creation of Adam, fresco, Sistine Chapel ceiling, Vatican City. 1508-1512. Michelangelo was a Pisces, b. 6 March 1475.

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist, Pisces, b. 14 March 1879 – d. 18 April 1955

The Sun moves through the astrological sign of Pisces from ~February 19 to ~March 20, and in the Northern Hemisphere, this sign marks the last chilly, watery days of winter, when the weather is usually quite bleak, damp and miserable. Nature in the grip of profound changes, and She is busy with activity, but much of it is unseen, occurring deep below the surface. Pisces is Mutable Water, and it is this energy of changeable, pervasive, encompassing moisture which is the stuff of life, primal and foundational. Pisces rules everything from clouds to the depths of the churning oceans, to the enveloping fogs and the serene ponds. The fact that our bodies are composed of 80% water speaks of our dependency on this element, perhaps best manifested in the swirling subconscious mind, and that level of reality which exists just beyond the realm of perception, but which we rely upon for our very lives, in our continual assumption of its presence. We could not exist without water, and while Pisces is typically considered as a rather humble, meek sign, there is tremendous strength within those hidden depths, a pervasive holding pattern that can simply never be avoided.

Pisces Tarot Correspondence – Major Arcana XVIII: The Moon (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

Traditionally ruled by Jupiter, and in modern astrology ruled by Neptune, Pisces is a sign of paradox, for it encompasses both the absolute heights of inspiration and mystical realization, as well as the lowest depths of fantasy, delusion and debauchery. Thus its symbol is two fishes swimming in opposite directions, itself a reflection of the Taoist Yin/Yang icon so familiar to us all, a marriage of opposites, forever entwined and eternally inseparable. Pisces embraces life in its entirety, feeling, sensing and understanding on a profound level the many divergent paths and vicissitudes which encompass the journey of the soul. Sounds deep? Well it is, but then again, so is a drunk in his cups late upon a Friday night, two sheets to the wind and lost to all reason. Pisces is a matter of both the sacred and the profane, the good and the bad, and Pisces gathers, loves and understands it all. As Mutable Water, Pisces has the ability to adapt and flow with whatever circumstances it encounters, malleable and fluid, ever adjusting, reacting, responding with ever finer tuning of perception and reaction.

Pisces people often say things like “I knew you were going to call”, “I had a feeling that would happen”, “I was thinking about him, and then it was amazing, I ran into him at the grocery store.” Many people just shrug and roll their eyes, often quite accustomed to these “weird” mutterings from their Pisces friends. Pisces people don’t look at the world the way the rest of us do, especially not the Earth signs. To them, nothing is outside the realm of reason, everything is possible, and it is only through our own will that we limit our abilities to perceive and understand the world the way that they do. The more unusual, the more difficult, the more challenging, the better, for many Pisces, as it is in these outer reaches of human experience that they find themselves thriving, where they realize that they have deep insight and much to offer.

Hand a Pisces person a hammer and nails and ask them to fix that bit of loose carpentry, and they may look at you like you are from another planet. Stop to do something practical? What? Tell them that you think you saw a spirit in your backyard last night, or you have a fantastic business deal lined up and they are all ears. Before I make Pisces seem flaky, which is how they are often perceived, don’t get me wrong. If it were not for these folks, the idealists, dreamers, seekers and those with the pure compassion that Pisces offers the world – even to extraterrestrial visitors who may find themselves in need of an exit strategy – the world would surely be a much colder, duller and more impersonal place. In its mutability, a well-developed Pisces can easily understand everything about you, placing themselves so deeply into your shoes that you will feel that they have known you for your entire life. On the flip side, there is that other fish who often prefers to swim upstream, and sometimes you can catch them off balance, overwhelmed, swimming in waters that are too deep and threatening to submerge them once and for all. It is those Pisces who need some of your empathy, for once, for it can be a very hard thing to be so sensitive in a world that can be as cruel as ours, and escapism is often the only option for those who feel too much, too often.

Sometimes Pisces needs a little containment, when things get too far blown, so don’t be afraid to offer some resolution to their perplexity. They may not appreciate it at the time, preferring to lose themselves in dreamy dissolution, but they will remember and thank you, even if it isn’t right away. If you want to feel like the world is as magical as you wished it were, and walk away feeling nourished and renewed by the gentle waters of a fine soul? Find a good Pisces friend, listen to them as they share their thoughts and dreams with you, and consider yourself lucky, because these people are rare indeed.

The often surreal, sensitive Pisces finds its polarity in Mercury-ruled Virgo, a Mutable Earth sign, and it is from Virgo that Pisces can learn to make sense of the impressions that they receive from the depths and nether-regions of life. Virgo can teach Pisces how to distinguish fact from fiction, how to analyze experiences with a critical eye, and through tapping into the Virgoan capacity for discrimination that Pisces can eventually make true art of life, as Virgo helps make manifest all the little details that can so often get lost in the passages of emotion and inspiration.

  • Key words: emotional, empathetic, diverse, sensitive, imaginative, compassionate, kind, inspired, intuitive, insistent, sympathetic, tolerant, caring, escapist, moody, addictive, unrealistic, wishy-washy, secretive, indiscriminate, hedonistic, self-indulgent, delusional, depraved.
  • Rulership: traditional – Jupiter; modern – Neptune
  • Modality: Mutable Water
  • Polarity: Negative feminine
  • Gemstone: amethyst, pearl, chrysolite, coral, moonstone, peridot
  • Metal: platinum, tin
  • Tarot: The Moon
  • Colors: crimson, buff, pinkish-brown, stone, sand, deep colors, blue-green, white
  • Deities: Anubis, Isis, Poseidon, Vishnu, Neptune, Eros, Typhon
  • Flora: coffee, ferns, moss, cucumbers, pumpkins, lettuce, melons, water plants (like water lily, lotus), willow, pussy willow
  • Fauna: fish, dolphin, water animals, large animals, chameleons, jellyfish, lizards, poisonous animals, barnacles
  • Famous Pisces Personalities: George Washington, Emperor Constantine, Mikhail Gorbachev, Michelangelo, Elizabeth Taylor, Kurt Cobain, Spike Lee, George Harrison, Osama Bin Laden, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, Rihanna, Tyler the Creator, Trevor Noah, Justin Bieber, Stephen Curry, Antonio Vivaldi, Frederic Chopin, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Ansel Adams, Jessica Biel, Rupert Murdoch, Bryan Cranston, Nina Simone, Harvey Weinstein, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Piet Mondrian, Wilson Pickett, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alan Greenspan, Hubert de Givenchy, Mitch McConnell, Nat King Cole, Wilhelm Grimm, Nicolas Copernicus, John Steinbeck, Dr. Seuss, Levi Strauss, Bruce Willis, Sidney Poitier, Alan Rickman, Jack Kerouac, Daniel Craig.

Astrology: February 2022 Full Moon in Leo with forecasts for each zodiac sign

Nick Brandt, Windswept Lion, platinum print, 2002

The increased light available at each Full Moon allow us to see clearly what is otherwise obscured from consciousness, giving us the capacity to be more objective than at any other point in the month. For those who are consciously set on their course, this can be an encouraging time as pieces of our personal puzzles are more easily apprehended.  For those who tend to avoid personal responsibility, the Full Moon can flood the mind with an influx of imagery, thought and emotion that can be overwhelming, thus observations of “lunacy” that surface around Full Moons. Life feels more intense and strange things can happen as compulsions take over otherwise rational minds. These lunations are powerful times best dedicated to assessing and harvesting what is working well and for consciously acknowledging and letting go of what no longer serves us.

The Full Moon of February 16 is exact at 16:58 UT (11:48 EST) and we have a concentration of planets in Earth signs as well as Fixed signs.  This is a combination which gives density and seeming immovability to the time.  “Wherever you are, there you are” as the saying goes, and that sentiment holds especially true now.  Fixed Earth is all about security and manifestation, and the energy is executive, focused and fertile. Use this time to stand your ground, look around and thoroughly take in your environment.  Who are you in the midst of it all? Is this what motivates you every day? Would you be willing to fight for your circumstances, or are you yearning for something else? Can you see where you need to change things to find your most authentic self?   If there is something in your personal world that you don’t like, doesn’t fit, or otherwise bothers you, use the light of this Full Moon to soundly address your circumstances.

The Sun/Moon opposition between Aquarius and Leo strongly highlights issues of personal pride and identity versus what is important to those around us. People want to be heard right now – they want to tell their stories, stand up and be counted, but push-back comes from a weary population that is inundated with a flood of too much information from too many. The line between the individual and the collective has grown increasingly blurry, but this Full Moon in Leo allows personal definition to hold center stage. The energy at this time reminds us that it’s ok to be yourself, use your voice and be proud of it, but remember to consider those around you too. Everyone deserves to shine.

The Venus/Mars conjunction in Capricorn gives a passionate push to satisfy desire on a material level.  People are very focused on manifestation of their desires and willing to go to great ends to get what they want.  The out-of-sign Mercury/Pluto conjunction straddled between Capricorn and Aquarius creates an intense, potentially obsessive capacity for concentration, a deep tendency to brood and pick bones as we ruminate over slights real or imagined, adding to the Mars/Venus willingness to fight for what we want most.  This is a perfect time for concentrated work and manifestation of concrete change, as we have power available for important personal discoveries, but we must beware of fixating.  Know when to let go, and allow yourself to release burdens that are holding you down.

Uranus continues to square Saturn and we continue to feel a push/pull sensation. We seem to make progress then are stopped in our tracks as sticking points crop up, leading to mounting frustration.  Thankfully, Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces provide inspiring visions of better days to come. These two are at home in Pisces, giving us gentle reminders that we are all in this together, that creative dreaming and escapism can be beautiful and healing.  Remember to look for joy in your days.

February’s Full Moon follows close on the heels of Valentine’s Day, originally a Christian holiday celebrating St. Valentine, the patron saint of love, couples, happy marriages, and beekeeper. He is also the patron saint of the mentally ill, and plague, a very apt patronage which soundly reflects the status of our world today. Too many people are isolated, alone and experiencing trauma caused by the continuance of social restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19. Valentine’s Day is already a rather tough holiday for many, and likely a bit harder this year as options for contact remain limited. Let’s remember to be extra kind over the next few days as we get past this bump. A smile never hurts!

Forecasts for Each Sign of the Zodiac

Aries: Follow your bliss, Aries. You know where it lies, and you can see it clearly now as you feel the rumblings of revolution on the career front. You see a new future taking shape and you are driven to achieve concrete manifestations of your hard work. Who you are is changing, your values are changing, and things you never knew you cared about pop up and demand your attention. It’s all good! Remember though, you can’t push the river – it’ll happen in good time. Look inside and allow secret dreams to rise up and offer direction and inspiration. There’s gold there, you just need to claim it (even if it feels embarrassing!)

Taurus:  You come across as a firecracker, which is unusual for normally placid Taurus. Well, too bad, people will have to get used to it as you find shifts in your personal philosophy taking hold.  A tendency to brood can make you feel heavy, but the spotlight is really on home and how what people know about you impacts your most private being. Secrets may be spilled, causing you serious reflections about public persona. Friendships lift you up and inspire, and old wounds feel tender. Center yourself, see what needs the most attention and get to work on the hard stuff while it’s bright enough to see.

Gemini:  You’ve got a lot to say this Full Moon as your dreams are stirred and budding new personal philosophies take shape. What’s hidden feels compelling, even sexy as you focus on the depths of experience that you normally skirt past.  Watch for power plays in close quarters, you may lay an ultimatum you regret later. Your subconscious mind will produce a few zingers – pay attention to your dreams and any sudden inspirations. Write this stuff down and surprise yourself later – you’ll be thankful you did.  A good time to break a bad habit, Gemini, and make a fresh start.

Cancer:  What makes you feel secure, Cancer? What do you want to nurture, and where does your duty lie? Most importantly – what are you going to do to protect this tender stuff? There’s a pull on your heart from what others impose upon you, and you are unsure which way to turn as you seek to do the right thing for all. Let your guiding philosophies and inner devotion help keep your head above water. Partnerships feel hot, and can bring you into deep waters as you skirt with issues of control and dominance. Don’t fixate on changing each other too much.   You know what’s what with career, you carry it daily.  Make peace and let it be as you see where your true priorities lie.

Leo:  Be loud and proud now Leo, this is your Full Moon, so shine on. Your persona is big and bright – use this time to let the world see the whole package that is you in your Leonine splendor.  However, it’s really through relationship that you will best understand yourself, so if you want to know something about yourself, just ask, people are more than willing to reflect back to you what you need to hear. Workaholic tendencies prevail as you seek to manifest your desires – don’t get squirrely, just remember to plan. Surprises pop up in career, expect the unexpected and think twice before speaking openly, especially if it’s not a sure thing yet.

Virgo:  Now is the time to take a good look at any habits that are holding you back, Virgo.  Look at your regular routines – are you working too hard, not eating well, not sleeping enough? Strong creative urges push you to chase what you desire most, and you feel committed to seeking joy, but it’s not an all-you-can-eat buffet, so slow down and savor the experience.  Intimacy feels tender but partnerships and closest friends inspire and provide solace. Be open to learning something new – you may just surprise yourself with a passionate new interest.

Libra:  Be willing to wear your heart on your sleeve Libra, and open up to new groups of people, ideas and associations, and be sure to take the time to do a good, thorough job of vetting any new connections. Doing so will support how you manifest your creativity, which is helpful, as you may be feeling that things have gotten a bit too heavy on that front. Home life is a source of passionate focus as you seek to keep balance – beware of control issues that crop up in surprising reactions to shared finances, taxes or sexual relations. Work can feel dreamy as inspiration flows freely but watch the details.

Scorpio:  Career is in the spotlight as you balance your outermost being with your home life, Scorpio. What you stand for is out there for all to see, and you feel passionate about communicating with those closest to you, even if you get occasional push back or blank stares.  You want to be heard, not just placated as you seek to probe ever deeper for the truth that you see before you. Focus on what gives you pleasure and allow inspiration to lift you out of the doldrums of routines that you cannot change. Surprises come in close partnerships, but don’t worry, it’s all for the best as your roots are strengthening.

Sagittarius: Your immediate environment imposes some restrictions, and your daily worldview may require some tweaking as you are dealing with fresh concepts and approaches, especially on the work front. You feel particularly passionate about what is important to you right now Sagittarius, and you are willing to go the extra mile to manifest your goals.  You want what you want and you see the finish line, but don’t allow yourself to fixate or you are courting burn-out, which surely would be a waste of your precious time.  Home life offers gentle solace, allow yourself to dream and feel connected on a core level.

Capricorn:  Your approach to what you value, your acquisitions and achievements gets serious. What’s important to you, and how that aligns with outside influences is highlighted this Full Moon. How does what you want match up with what others want of you? Can you accept the generosity of others without feeling beholden, or are you keeping tabs? You come across with great passion now Capricorn – don’t be shy, let your intensity shine as you communicate your ideals. Declaring your intentions proudly will create the momentum you need to achieve your goals. Make peace with the things you can’t change at home – it’s all still part of who you are, so don’t shun your roots.  

Aquarius:  While an individualist, Aquarius, who you are is directly related to who you know, and those closest to you, whether partners, friends, lovers or enemies. How do you process these influences on a conscious level, and how do others impact how you present yourself to the world? Pressure feels personal now – watch for intense feelings of compulsion in your reactions, emotional outbursts and compelling dreams this Full Moon. What you value most is deeply inspiring and rewarding, though communication feels tender as old insecurities rise. Surprises pop up on the home front – new announcements or arrivals.  Who and what are closest to you present new considerations.

Pisces: This Full Moon, allow your dreamy, otherworldly self to take center stage, Pisces.  Deep inner processing is going on, and you can’t quite see what it all means just yet, but keep the faith – it will see you through the darkest hours.  You feel the need to examine your daily habits – work, health, diet, routines – and make improvements once and for all.  Surprising communications from those closest to you may shed some light on the matter and spur you to new directions. Hopes and dreams feel passionate, and you feel compulsion to see interactions intensify.  Heavy subconscious material is floating up for your review, allow the light in where darkness has ruled for so long – you can break old habits now with greater ease than otherwise.

The next New Moon is Wednesday March 2, 2022, exact at 17:36 UT (12:36 EST).  Use the focus of this time to allow you to make the best use of the renewed enthusiasm that will come with the New Moon. Take stock of what is working and discard what is not, freeing yourself for a new cycle to begin in early March.

Full Moon in Leo February 16, 2022. Focused, productive and concentrated. Chart courtesy of Astrodienst

Astrology Weekend Update: Mercury Direct and More February 4, 2022

Mercury went direct yesterday, though we are still in shadow until February 24, when it reestablishes itself at 10º18′ Aquarius. Anything that’s been on hold for the last month can be given full attention again, but ensure you take your time with the details. Mercury’s still in conjunction with Pluto, so this is a great time for concentrated work. The ability to focus will be supercharged, however, beware of obsessing or get dour. If you find repetitive thoughts arising, take a moment to clearly focus and figure out why. Have you been avoiding something? Are you not considering all angles, or just repeating the same approach again and again? Up until mid-month we have an opening to shake off mental bugbears once and for all.

Further, all weekend the Moon is in Aries until Sunday evening (5:52 pm EST/22:52 UT). This is a potentially ornery Moon, as it squares off with Mars, Venus, Mercury and Pluto. People may be a bit edgy, argumentative or otherwise grumpy. There’s a definite push for accomplishment on now – tidy up, figure it out, get it done. Find something to keep busy with, and go at it, but remember to be nice. You will want to have your own way this weekend – but so will everyone else.

Venus and Mars are still traveling together in Capricorn – a passionate time to fulfill desires, especially anything material. If you’ve been holding off on a big purchase, this is a good time to pull the trigger, especially if it’s something a bit showy or more expensive than you normally buy. You will get your money’s worth.

The Sun is conjoined with Saturn, so it’s a very good time to get serious about working through any new or existing plans, any material changes in your environment, dealing with tough stuff we don’t usually want to do, like tedious chores etc. You will feel like accomplishing something concrete, and not in the mood to fluff the time away. Get a head start on taxes, start that renovation, clear up the mess, hash out any legal issues, outline a game plan for the next period – any which way, the concentration and seriousness needed for big jobs are now available. A great weekend to get things done – enjoy!