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When an Eclipse Zaps Your Planet(s)

We're in between eclipses now, with a solar eclipse April 28th at 9 degrees Taurus.  What's your forecast?

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Taurus Time: Natural Instincts

Saturday April 19, 2014

What are your Taurus associations? Off the top of my head, a few of mine are: the smell of freshly baked bread, slow food, growing things, being wise with investments, living your (my) values, visual arts and crafts of all kinds, music and dance, the beautiful and the functional. After the first surge of Aries, Taurus is time to stabilize new growth, build strength, tend to a creative work-in-progress and simply be.

The Sun moves into Taurus today (April 19th), and Mercury will follow (23rd) in the window of the big catalyst-event -- the Grand Cross. With whatever comes up in the week ahead, Taurus' steadying instinct keeps the boat afloat.

The Chart for this Week's Grand Cross shows Sun and Mercury in early degrees of fixed earth Taurus. What comes to mind is vitality for earthing the changes, in ways that make sense. That means engaging with what's real, not with the virtual or abstract. It could be time to move forward on plans, make them real.

A power day for Taurus month is May 3rd, when the Sun trines Pluto (Capricorn). These signs together can do the heavy lifting, to ditch waste, re-envision what's being created and design it to last. That's when there can be a conservation of energy, for what matters most... Happy Birthday month to all the Bulls out there!

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Eclipse Zaps to Planets, Houses - What's the Forecast?

Thursday April 17, 2014

We're in the eclipse zone, since they come in pairs, and are a one-two punch. Because they often fall in nearly opposite houses or signs, there's a complimentary rhythm to the sequel. Here in April, the first was at 25 degrees Libra -- a Total Lunar Eclipse. The next eclipse event is at 9 degrees Taurus -- an Annular (the Moon doesn't block the Sun completely) Solar Eclipse.

Even though they're not in opposite Zodiac signs, for me they fall in opposite houses on the birth chart -- the eighth and second. Here's an explanation of how to find an eclipse in your chart, with reader comments.

Looking at the Eclipses and what they zap opens up associations, what to have a ponder about. What comes to mind? For example, the first eclipse at 25 Libra was a close hit to my Mars in the eighth. And it's curious that I've thought quite a bit about my motivation -- how to act on what awakens my outrage, particularly to do with what I perceive as out of whack. But it is too soon to draw conclusions.

To place the Eclipses on your birth chart, put your data in the chart generator. Use the numbers around the wheel to find 25 Libra and 9 Taurus. Eclipses are very significant Full Moons or New Moons, with extra spice, and a chance to muse, or set attention and intention.

What's the Forecast?

Venus + Jupiter = Big Love

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Here's an image of the week to illustrate the Venus-Jupiter soiree Thursday at 9:19 pm EDT. Jupiter's big dreams meets Venus' true loves. This is the second Venus (Pisces) Aspect at 12 degrees to help us keep the faith in drastic times.

This could be one of the most enchanting days of the year. A day to spend with your muse, or conjure a future love, while putting the "how" and "when" in the hands of mystery.

Venus (Pisces) is a love mood of subtle seduction, a look or thoughtful action that says it all. There could be some memorable over-the-top (Jupiter Cancer) scenes -- extraordinary compassion for a stranger, sweet serendipity or a freeing act of forgiveness.

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Jupiter in the Cardinal Cross: Breaking Social Isolation

Tuesday April 15, 2014

This morning I looked at the dayplanner and nearly every day to the end of April has a stand out event. I've resisted the temptation to create screaming headlines, and posted some wise words from others, when my own clarity has flown out the window. I'm definitely in the cauldron here, with everything squaring-conjuncting-opposing my everything.

With Pluto on the move back to 13 Capricorn, the planets are moving toward their spots in the cardinal Grand Cross or Square. It peaks around April 21st to 23rd, but the angles are already within orb now, and creating that restless friction.

In his SkyScraping Ezine, astrologer Philip Sedgwick points out we've seen all of these aspects in the last few years, "just not all at the same time." I can't post it here, but look for his tips for each cosmic player in the Grand Square and "What can you do individually?"

Just a teaser sample is one of the suggestions for Jupiter Cancer: "Approach all goal-oriented relationships with the attitude that you are building an extended family."

This got me thinking about the great social isolation that many feel. And that a risk to grow (Jupiter) could involve risking emotional vulnerability, to make more real-life connections. With its opposition to Pluto, there could be something to unearth in the emotional past, some personal or ancestral inheritance. Jupiter opposes Pluto; squares Mars and Uranus. Here are some other possibilities for Jupiter Cancer in the Grand Cross:

  • Exaggerating what's universal and way to build social bridges -- the longing to belong, to feel safe, to have nourishing food and a secure shelter.
  • Creative works of big feeling.
  • Valuing a sense of place, having strong roots, building familiarity over time.
  • Tending to the child inside with compassion, taking serious his/her need to cry, nap, play or be heard by someone.

Read also Jupiter Cancer in the Houses I'll get to Mars, Pluto and Uranus in the days ahead.

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