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Sexy, Melty, Mergy Goodness: October 2014’s Solar Eclipse

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

This is a highly sensitive yet also very relational New Moon and Solar Eclipse.  Watery types will prefer to stay home and process emotions with those they are intimate with—not a bad idea if you approach it with real vulnerability and the intent to clear, let go and move on. See and accept your partner for who they truly are, and present yourself as lovable, flaws and all. Use this eclipse for bonding and your relationship will transform into a more deep, true and real version of itself.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: October 23, 2014
Time of eclipse:
2:57 PM Pacific Time
Type: partial (weak in intensity)
Visible in: North America and eastern Asia
At: 0º Scorpio
Shadow Agents: Venus in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces
Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
October 18-28
January 15-25
April 15-25
July 18-28

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  There stands Venus in Scorpio, a ravishing creature in a deep, wine-colored dress, holding hands with Neptune in Pisces, who is wearing a long cloak and a mask.  Venus sashays into your living room, tugging Neptune gently behind her.  They are absorbed in conversation and don’t even see you as they pass by.
Venus:  But don’t you understand—I don’t want that!
Neptune:  That’s what I don’t get.  Why wouldn’t anyone want that?
You decide to interrupt, as they are, after all, on your territory.
You:  Can I help you with something?
Neptune (to Venus):  All I want is to be what you want.  And I can.
Neptune’s mask melts in and reshapes itself.  The robe melds to his body and suddenly he is a virile, heroic-looking man with a chiseled face and a strong chin.  Venus can’t help but feel the tiniest bit melty, just looking at him, though she’s trying not to.
Venus:  But I don’t know who you really are!
Neptune (in a strong baritone):  Does it matter?  I know what you like.
Neptune reshapes himself and now looks like a lovely wood-nymph, with garlands of magnolia flowers in her hair and a faintly woodsy smell.  Venus melts a little bit more.  The two join hands and are just about to kiss when Venus shakes herself.
Venus:  Damn it, fooled again!  What if I just want you to be yourself?
Neptune (in a rich, throaty alto):  I don’t have a self.  And I don’t care about having one.
You:  Pardon me for interrupting, but if someone I was attracted to said that to me, I’d run for the hills.  That’s a dangerous relationship.
Neptune:  Sure it is, among humans.  But we are gods, we are larger-than-life archetypal principles.  I don’t go around telling Venus not to be sexy or to control her attractiveness—
Venus:  As if you could!  (and she bristles at the very idea.  And then, with some pride)  As if I could!
Neptune:  —and she shouldn’t tell me not to be amorphous.  Because it’s just the way I am.  And I don’t want to be any other way.  Here, look at this. . .
Neptune reaches up to her face and pulls away the mask, showing blankness underneath.
Neptune:  There really is nothing there.  I enjoy trying things on, because there’s nothing to me.  I am all things and I am nothing in particular.  It’s just my nature.  Can you accept this?
Venus:  I suppose I can, since you show me so clearly.
Neptune:  And what I really want is for you to desire something from me.  Then I can become it, I can try it on.  I want to do this many times, over and over again.  Then I come to understand all things, because I have lived and expressed them.  And that is you fulfilling my desire.
Venus (snuggling closer):  Oh, that makes me so happy!
You:  But how will the humans reading this benefit?  Because humans are not that way.  We have selves, we have identities.  We need to know who we are when we enter into relationship.
Venus:  That’s true.
Neptune:  True, indeed.  But there’s a little of each of us inside each of you.  And a little of each of you inside each of us.  How else can I try out the immense varieties of experience, so that I can come to have compassion for all life-forms?
Venus:  And humans get to be different from each other—how else can I awaken love in the human breast, if there is not enough difference to make the Beloved fascinating?  So we are glad that you humans are not pure types of us.  I mean, I may be fantastic, but does the Universe really need another Venus?  (She flips her hair casually.)
Neptune:  Of course not, my dear.  It would be simply too much.
Just then, the door opens and the Sun walks in, wearing a long, flowing robe in deep shades of rust.
Sun:  I couldn’t help overhearing, but I was busy being eclipsed.  I got here as fast as I could.  Do I hear a crisis of personality going on here?
You:  On the part of the whole human race.  If we listen to Neptune, we’ll merge and blend and lose ourselves entirely.  If we listen to Venus, we’ll fall in love with love.  And if we listen to the both of them together, we’ll have codependent relationships and live in a real mess.  Been there, done that.
Neptune:  I suppose the problem is that in water signs, we agree far too much.
Sun:  Allow me to add that one must always come back to oneself.  Forays into the realm of intimate relating are delightful and soul-deepening, but without a self to return to, how can relating even happen?
Neptune:  And without self, how can there be the wonderful loss-of-self that happens in religious experience—
Venus:  —or in love?
Sun:  Exactly.  Merging is to happen for a time only, and Venus is here to show you how.  Surrender and loss-of-self is also to happen for a time only, and Neptune is here to show you how.  This eclipse is an excellent time to practice.  But remember that the Sun, even though periodically eclipsed, will always come out again.
Neptune (rising and sending a conspiratorial look at Venus, who blushes):  That said, I think it’s time we. . .
Venus (also rising and taking his hand):  I completely agree.
Neptune passes through several shapes as they head through the door, each one making Venus blush afresh.  The Sun beams at them both, then gives you a wink and takes his leave.

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Somebody Stop Me! October 2014’s Lunar Eclipse

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

This Full Moon (also a Lunar Eclipse) is loaded with vitality and sheer fun. Uranus, Mars and Jupiter team up to form a Grand Trine in Fire signs. During this Moon, Fiery people may be feeling quite full of themselves, not very open to feedback and apt to argue with those who would burst their bubble—try not to be one of those insufferable people. Instead, spread enthusiasm and good intentions far and wide, while remaining considerate of others’ experience of you.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: October 8, 2014
Time of eclipse:
3:51 AM Pacific Time
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Most of Asia, Australia, Oceania, North and South America and Greenland.
At: 15º Aries
Shadow Agents:  Uranus in Aries, Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Leo

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
October 3-13
January 1-10
March 31-April 10
July 2-12

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  There stands the Moon in Aries, with Uranus in Aries right behind him. Mars in Sagittarius is also crowding in the door, pushing past Jupiter in Leo to get by. The whole crew may be only four deities, but it has the energy of a large crowd. The Sun in Libra is in the background, attempting to shush them, but no one is listening to her.
Moon: Bring the keg! It’s time to paaaarrrr-TAY!
Uranus rolls the keg in and sets it up in a corner. It’s the biggest keg you’ve ever seen.
You: What’s in there?
Uranus: Ambrosia of course! Nectar of the gods! You’d better not have any—it’s strong stuff. It intoxicates us, so it would kill you.
You: Gee, thanks for bringing something I can’t have.
Uranus (oblivious): You’re welcome.
Mars (to Jupiter): General Bash-Em, reporting for our meeting.
Jupiter: We haven’t set up the War Room yet. (aside, to Uranus) I don’t have the heart to tell him this is a party, not a battle. (to Mars again) Where is your encampment?
Mars: My men have made camp outside. We have discovered that there are many pleasant grassy areas around here where we can pitch tents. The mess tent is right over there. (points)
You look out the window in the direction he’s pointing and see that he’s set up a large tent right over your herb garden and that your lawn is covered with small tents and soldiers in various states of battle array. The army extends as far as you can see, covering all your neighbors’ lawns too.
Jupiter: Well, invite them in!
You: Oh boy, this is going to really piss my neighbors off. I need all of you out of here—and your soldiers too!
But they ignore you and continue setting up party decorations. The Sun in Libra steps delicately around them and walks up to you. She is wearing a beautiful (and obviously very expensive) designer outfit with a gorgeous hat to complete the ensemble. Her hair is in a tasteful and classic French knot.
Sun: You don’t have to put up with this, you know.
You: I don’t want to put up with this, but what can I do about it? They’re gods and I’m just a puny little human.
Sun: This is an eclipse, remember? The Moon is about to go dark. He could get emotional, and very loud, but you don’t have to put up with this crap.
It strikes you as funny that a deity as well-appointed as the Sun is today should use the indelicate word “crap” but you put that aside and listen. The Sun reaches up and pulls a giant hatpin out of her hat, with a large pearl on the end.
Sun: Watch this.
Meanwhile, the festivities have begun and the Moon is at the center of things, zooming around like a comet, filling glasses, laughing and generally living it up. Jupiter is in the middle of a cosmic joke and Uranus is trying to make a spark come out of the electrical wall-socket. About 30 soldiers are spread around your living room, spilling beer everywhere and completely unconcerned. You could swear that Jupiter, Uranus, Mars and the Moon have literally expanded since they walked into the house. You can hardly believe they still fit in the room, they’re so large. The Sun somehow cuts directly through the fray and pokes the giant Moon with her hatpin. The Moon’s mouth forms an “O” of surprise, then the wailing begins.
Moon (louder than you ever thought possible): I NEEEEver get to have my own way!! I just wanted to have a paaaarrrrrty! I don’t want to go home! I’m having fun! Go away! This is MY party! I’ll cry if I WANT TO!!
Then the Moon simply. . .  deflates. Like a balloon, he shrivels up and become a little flat moon-shape on the floor.
Jupiter (deeply disappointed) You broke him!
Sun: Actually, I didn’t. He’s in a Fire sign. He’ll be fine.
You: Thank god the drama is over.
Sun: I’m the god you can thank for that.
She steps over the Moon, who is already starting to re-inflate, probably because Uranus and Mars have pulled out a pump and are pumping him up with hot air.
Uranus: You can do it!
Mars: Up and at ‘em, soldier!
Jupiter: Think of your pride, man!
Moon: Oh, I’m starting to feel ok. I think I’ll be all right. After all, tomorrow is another day!
All of them together burst into song.
Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, Mars: The sun’ll come out. . . tomorrow! Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow. . . there’ll be sun. Just thinkin’ about. . . tomorrow. . . clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow. . . till there’s none!
The Sun is leaving, but on her way out the door, she hands you the hatpin.
Sun: I think you’re going to need this. Cheers!
Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, Mars: Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow, you’re only a daaaaay aaaaah-waaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!
They all take a bow and slap each other on the back in congratulations. You sigh. It’s going to be a long night. 

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High Five! Jupiter Trine Uranus In Fire Signs

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

ball of lightThe scene is Mount Olympus, a heavenly grassy area atop a mountain with fantastic views in every direction.  You hear a rumbling, then a crashing, and before you know it, Jupiter is running up the mountain from one side and Uranus is running up from the other.  They meet in a resounding high-five that shakes heaven and earth.  After wrestling playfully for a moment, they collapse in laughter.
Jupiter:  This is going to be the BEST!
Uranus:  I know.  We’re going to have a great time.
Jupiter:  What’d you bring?
Uranus:  Assorted lightning bolts and a bolt-thrower.  See?
Out of an enormous pocket he pulls a complicated assembly which is essentially a catapult with a winch at one end.  Next to it he places a giant drum with lightning bolts peeking out the top.  The lightning bolts are making a buzzy, sizzling hum and emitting a neon glow in assorted colors.
Uranus:  I’m all ready to shock humanity with innovation and change.  It’s been a busy year already.  What’d you bring?
Jupiter:  This.
He pulls his hand out of his pocket in a fist.  Opening his fist, a warm glowing ball of light appears there, vibrating and jiggling with energy.
Uranus:  Very nice.  What does it do?
Jupiter:  It will grow anything you put out there.  It will infuse humanity with confidence and leadership ability.
Uranus:  Oh yes, that will definitely work.
Jupiter:  Let’s get started.
Uranus:  Got yer back.
They stand, back to back, and survey the landscape.
Uranus:  I see a community that needs to come together.  It’s close to cohering, but doesn’t really have a center.
Jupiter:  Check the moral structure.
Uranus:  Your job.
Jupiter takes out a spyglass and aims it in the direction Uranus is pointing.
Jupiter:  Hmm, it’s a church.  Or a temple or a mosque—I never can tell the difference from way up here.  Looks like some very nice people, but they’re too scattered.
Uranus:  No strong leadership.  Tolerant people and strong ethical fiber, but there’s no real center.  They need someone charismatic to bring fire.  Who shall we zap?
Jupiter:  That one, right there!  Yes, that one has what it takes!
Uranus cranks up the catapult and locks it down.  Then he pulls out a lightning bolt of medium size and places it in the catapult.  Taking aim, he releases.  The bolt flies true and lands smack on the Human Being in question, down on Earth.  There’s a shudder in the Earth’s emotional body as the feeling-field of the people near that Human Being adjust.  The Human Being is about to be noticed.
Uranus (gleefully):  Your turn!
Jupiter rubs his hands together and pulls them apart.  As he does so, the ball expands.  When it’s the size of a basketball, he lobs it down to Earth, where it bursts into a giant explosion of happy leadership, right in the heart of the Human Being.  The Human Being lights up, gets 10 ideas, and runs to tell everyone.
Uranus (applauding):  Again!
Jupiter:  Definitely.  What’s next?
Uranus:  Let’s build a utopian society, upgrade the morals of a world leader and send some truly innovative thoughts to a few people who are positioned to make a difference.  Then we’ll cause a sleepless night for someone who is ready to step into a leadership role.  And then we’ll hlightning boltead over to the tech industry and spark some ideas about inventions that make life better.  Then we’ll take a break for lunch.
Jupiter:  How long shall we do this for?
Uranus:  Till next June.  That should be enough, don’t you think?
Jupiter:  It’s going to be a busy year!
After another high-five neither deity seems able to stop themselves from, they get back to their fun pursuit.

What Does This Mean For You?

This wonderful trine between Jupiter and Uranus begins in September of 2014 and finishes in June of 2015.  It covers 14-20º of Fire signs, so if you have any planet in that span, you will love this transit.

Enjoy it while you can!  Especially if your birthday falls into these dates:

Arians born:  April 3-10
Geminis born:  June 4-11
Leos born:  August 6-13
Librans born:  October 6-13
Sagittarians born:  December 6-12
Aquarians born:  February 2-9

For more about Jupiter’s passage through Leo, read this:
Jupiter in Leo—Your Time In The Sun 

And here’s a post I made the last time Jupiter and Uranus met in the sky, in 2010.  It had a similar feel:
The Crackle Of Change As Jupiter And Uranus Meet In The Sky 

Are you benefiting from this Uranus/Jupiter trine?

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Jupiter In Leo—Your Time In The Sun

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Jupiter is in Leo from July 16, 2014 to August 11, 2015

Jupiter planet image 2Jupiter expands. . . but can Leo get any bigger?
Leos may find their already-sunny personalities expanded this year.  If this sounds like both a good and a bad thing, that’s because it is.  You probably know a Leo (or two) who seems to take over every space they walk into, even when they swear they aren’t trying.  Do you cringe at the idea of this person becoming louder and more self-centered?  You may also know a Leo (or two) who could stand to grow into themselves and express themselves more, and the idea of that person taking up more space may be entirely appealing.

This year Jupiter’s passage into Leo will fuel the creative fires for Leos of all stripes, and lend confidence to any planet you have in Leo, even if it’s not your sun sign, but hidden a little deeper in your chart.

On being a benevolent ruler
At LionSpiritits best, the Leo side of human nature lives life royally, but with a constraint dictated by “noblesse oblige” or the idea that “nobility obligates.”  The privilege of being noble comes with the responsibility to do good with the power that’s been put in your hands.  Sometimes this is driven by a very basic Leonine desire to look good and behaving in a queenly or princely fashion therefore has its appeal.  Whatever reason is behind it, let’s encourage it in our local Leos this year.

My dear Lions and Lionesses out there:  has nature made you a natural leader, someone that others follow just so they can bask in your glow?  Have you noticed that your attention is powerful and that other people look up to you?  Then Leo, become the “gentle giant,” and put away your hobnail boots, treading lightly on the lives of those around you, especially those who are not as fortunate as you are.

Are you afraid of being a target?
Then most likely you have a de-emphasis on Leo in your chart or possibly any Leo planets you do have are struggling.  What to do?  Take on leadership this year.  Practice being seen.  You might even try—gasp!—performance.  Find a creative outlet and then. . . let your creativity out.  Don’t hold it in.  Let other people see it.  Yes, it’s risky.  Yes, you might get noticed.  Learn to receive attention.  It’s a great thing to be able to do.  Find a low-risk, small way to begin it and it will grow from there.  Play unselfconsciously, as children do.  Before you know it, you’ll get bitten by the creative bug and then you won’t want to stop.

Is it your time in the sun?
If you are a Leo, this should be a pretty good year for you.  This transit will be especially nice for Leos born between August 4 and August 15.  Additionally, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus people born in the corresponding week of their own month will be going through a time of expansion too:

Leos born August 4-15
Scorpios born November 4-15
Aquarians born February 1-10
Taureans born May 2-12

If you have Jupiter in Leo, i.e. if your age is going on a multiple of 12 (i.e. if you are just about to turn 24, 36, 48, 60, etc), then you are having a Jupiter Return year—a wonderful year of luck, charisma and leadership.  Not to say that nothing bad can happen to you this year, but anything bad that does happen probably would have been worse if it weren’t for your Jupiter Return in progress.  And anything good will be enhanced by it.  Look to the house where your natal Jupiter is placed—your native self-confidence in that area will be bolstered this year.

Enjoy your time in the sun!

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Jupiter Trines Chiron: The Shaman And The Priest

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Jupiter and Chiron have met at the Edge of the World.  It’s a misty place where the physical world meets the metaphysical one.  Some of the passageways you already know about are there, such as the wardrobe that leads to Narnia, Dr. Who’s tardis and other magical entry-points.  Jupiter is wearing the long, flowing robes of a priest of no particular denomination—he looks like he could lead a dharma talk or deliver a sermon.  Chiron is wearing nothing but a piece of cloth wrapped around his middle, and carrying a staff with a fearsome creature’s face atop it—perhaps a totem animal, the face of an ancestor, or a defeated enemy’s head.  The two meet and shake hands firmly. 

Jupiter:  Shall we get to work?
Chiron:  Yes, of course.
Chiron waves his staff and the air ripples, as if there is a heat-induced mirage.  Then a doorway appears, a portal.  Inside the portal there is mist—it is impossible to see very far and all the colors are in softened shades of gray.
Chiron:  Are they ready?
Jupiter:  On my side, they’ve been lining up for centuries.  And on yours?
Chiron:  There’s no knowing, because time doesn’t exist there.
Jupiter claps his hands three times, and suddenly there is a line of people extending for miles.  Each stands with hands at sides, eyes closed and wearing a simple white shift.  They are obviously asleep.  
Jupiter (beckoning):  Come forward, please.
The first Human steps forward haltingly.
Jupiter:  What is your wish?
First Human:  I wish to relieve karma in my family line.  I have an ancestor whose pain I have been carrying and whose lessons I am to learn.  I wish to check in with this ancestor.
Jupiter:  Your wish is a fine one.  You may go to the portal.
First Human walks awkwardly to the portal, where Chiron awaits.
Chiron:  I have found your ancestor.  You may speak with her.  Step in and I will make sure you return safely to your waking life.
First Human touches his hand in gratitude and steps through the portal.  
Second Human steps forward.  
Jupiter:  What is your wish?
Second Human:  I wish to communicate with the spirit of my unborn child, to make a connection and to create a safe pregnancy and birth.  I wish to make a spiritual contract to help bring a life into the world.
Jupiter:  Your wish is a fine one.  You may go to the portal.
Second Human:  Thank you.  And she does so.
Chiron:  Your little one awaits you on the other side.  He says things may not turn out as you expect, and that you have to be patient, but he wants to be with you, so you may speak with him to arrange it.  I will make sure you return safely to your waking life.
Second Human eagerly crosses the threshold.
Third Human steps forward.  
Jupiter:  What is your wish?
Third Human:  I have been wronged and I desire justice.
Jupiter:  Your wish is a false one.  If your desire is for peace, you can find that here.  If it is for punishment, you’d best go back to your waking life.
A look of anger crosses Third Human’s face.
Third Human:  I have been wronged!  I wish for life’s balance to deal out pain where pain was given!
Jupiter:  Your bitterness will not bring you peace.  Let it go and pursue your own joy.  The person who hurt you will find pain to match it elsewhere, and that is not your story to know.  In your story, you have the power to be the place where the pain stops.  Dream of that, and for now, return to your sleep and awaken refreshed and ready to begin again.
He touches the forehead of Third Human, whose face relaxes and who turns and stumbles away toward the Waking World.
Fourth Human steps forward, holding a large messenger bag.
Jupiter:  What is your wish?
Fourth Human:  I have letters I wish to be delivered to my younger self and questions for my older self.  I want to encourage my younger self to pursue my dreams and ambitions and to be brave in the face of the challenges I know are to come.  I also want to ask my older self for guidance in moving toward the best future I can have.
Jupiter:  Your wish is a fine one.  You may go to the portal.
Fifth Human steps forward.
Jupiter:  What is your wish?
Fifth Human:  I am consumed with jealousy.  If I could just find out if my partner is cheating on me, I could have relief.
Jupiter:  Your wish is a false one.  If your desire is for peace, you can find that here.  If it is for punishment, you’d best go back to your waking life.
Fifth Human starts in confusion.
Fifth Human:  But we made a promise to each other!  That promise has been broken, I’m sure of it!
Jupiter:  You do not own each other.  Love yourself first and then others.  If you cannot trust your partner, then empty your heart.  After it heals, seek to share love elsewhere.  And for now, return to deep sleep, and awaken to your waking life refreshed and ready to begin again.
He touches the heart of Fifth Human, whose face relaxes and who turns and stumbles away toward the Waking World.
As there are thousands of sleeping Human Beings in line, ready for guidance or some other connection with the world of spirit, these two will obviously be busy for the rest of this harmonious transit.

This wonderful trine between Jupiter and Chiron began in August of 2013 and finishes in May of 2014.  Enjoy it while you can!  Especially if your birthday falls into these dates:

Capricorns born:  January 1-7
Pisceans born:  March 1-8
Taureans born:  May 1-8
Cancers born:  July 2-9
Virgos born:  September 3-10
Scorpios born:  November 3-10

For more about Jupiter and Chiron in Water signs this year, check out these posts:
Chiron Enters Pisces: Find Healing In The Ocean Of Dreams

Jupiter in Cancer—Endless Summer

And if you are unfamiliar with Chiron and want to understand the Wounded Healer and Shaman better, here ya go:  “Chiron?” What The Heck Is That?

Are you benefiting from this Chiron/Jupiter trine?

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Mars In Libra Traits, According To One Astrological Blogger

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Check out this EXCELLENT description of Mars in Libra individuals, posted by a blogger whose name I could not find on her blog.

Charming, Strategic, Non-Confrontational
People born with Mars in Libra would rather not fight. They are aggressively peaceful. That may sound oxymoronic, but these are the cool Pink Panther types that derive joy out of killing people with kindness.  The angrier their opponent gets the nicer they will behave. These people wrote the book on remaining cool under pressure.  They actually thrive there.   They will drive their opponent insane with their lack of cooperation in the anger game. These people are usually very skilled debaters. They are usually very good at talking their way out of confrontations and charming their way into their love interest’s bed. They hide their intentions behind manners and chivalry.  They are violently charming, so be very careful trusting these people.  They are experts at hiding possibly dubious intentions behind flowers petals, perfume, and smiles.

Men:
A man born with Mars in Libra will be one of the coolest people you will ever meet. He will be. . .

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Squeezing The Sponge: A Meditation For Pisces Folk

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

(including a gift for you to listen to right now)

Squeezing the Sponge image 

Are you a

“highly sensitive”

Neptune person?

 

 

You know you’re one if:

  • You feel everything more than other people seem to.
  • It’s hard to shut out the world.
  • You have a rich imagination—which leads to inspiration but also to escapism.
  • You take on other people’s problems too much—and don’t know how to stop.
  • Caring for those you love is so important that you habitually let your own life go to rack and ruin so you can be there for them.

If so, I’ve got something really nice for you.

Who needs this:
Pisces/Neptune types.

Astrologically this means you if you have a strong Pisces or Neptune (ruler of Pisces) influence in your chart.  That might mean you have the Sun in Pisces, the Moon in Pisces or Pisces Rising.  It might mean you have Neptune in any aspect at all to your Sun or Moon, or you might have Neptune Rising or at your Midheaven.  If you have more than one of these, you pretty much qualify as a Highly Sensitive Person.

Psychologically this means you if you resonate with the first paragraph of this blogpost, whether you know anything about your astrology chart or not.  And if you do resonate with this, I’ll bet your chart has a strong Neptune or Pisces influence.

Why you need it:
Your sensitivity to the emotional states of others comes from your way of being porous, like a sponge.  You are impressionable—any atmosphere you place yourself in will affect you and get inside you.  You may then mistake it for a part of yourself and take it on as if it was yours.  When you live with or work with someone who generates a lot of negative emotions, this can be disastrous.

Every human being generates a kind of emotional bubble around themselves.  Some call this your “aura.”  It’s a kind of energy field.  When we relate with others, we connect with them and merge bubbles to create a shared bubble for the duration of the interaction.  Your Pisces tendency is to equalize the pain inside the shared bubble.  So if someone comes to you looking for sympathy, you will merge with them and try to ease their burden by taking their pain (of whatever kind: anger, grief, resentment, self-destruction) into your own bubble.  You sponge it right up.  It’s REALLY important to squeeze the sponge out periodically, because that negativity you’re feeling might not even be yours.  And if you get doses of negativity every day and never squeeze it out. . . well obviously that’s the cause of any number of emotional and health complaints you may have.

Here’s the meditation:


How to do it:
Get in a comfortable place, sitting in a relaxed, supported position or lying down at a time when you’re not likely to fall asleep.  If you can be in a natural setting, so much the better.  Listen to the recording and follow the instructions it gives your imagination.  At the end, give yourself a minute or two to stretch and begin to slowly re-enter your day.  Do the meditation every day, at least once a day, for 30 days.

Make it a practice
You need to “squeeze the sponge out” on a regular basis.  If you’ve never had a practice like this before, begin by doing it every day, perhaps even several times a day.  After a while (weeks perhaps, or maybe months), you won’t need it as often and you may know the meditation by heart.  In that case, you won’t need the recording anymore and you’ll be able to do it faster.  Then you can do it on public transit or while waiting in line at the bank.

Turning your sensitivity into a gift, not a curse
You’re a natural healer.  You heal through compassion and other people tend to feel their burden is lifted just by being around you.  You are capable of truly understanding other people, even in places where they feel deeply misunderstood—which means you have an in with them.  You can also forgive (not everyone can).  These are beautiful traits and you may have, out of reaction to your sensitivity and out of the need to protect yourself, closed these abilities off.  If you learn to let go of the negativity you soak up, you can live life in the emotionally open way that’s natural to you, like a flower soaking up the rain and sunshine.  You can lead with the imagination, experience deep gratitude at being alive, and move on to enjoying life more and drowning in it less.  A lot less.

Notice how your life changes
Using this meditation can change your life, but not in ways that are dramatic or directly causal.  If anyone is tuned into subtleties, it’s you, so begin to pay attention to the subtle changes in your life that are already beginning to occur after the very first time you do this meditation.

Notice how changes happen in ways that don’t seem connected to this meditation, but simply unfold naturally in the fresh atmosphere it creates in your life.  Your environment will change and with it, yourself.  Watch yourself begin to really occupy your life.  Move in.  Make it yours.  Be a person.  Become you.  You don’t have to lose all the other selves you could be.  Let them roll around in your imagination.

Reclaim your intuition.  Has your intuition been drowned under all the negativity you’ve absorbed?  Have you become calcified in an attempt to protect yourself from that negativity?  It’s time to let all that go and reclaim your intuitive knowing.  This meditation will help.  It’s my gift to you.

Change your world for the better
Pisces/Neptune person, you are the Visionary, the Dreamer and the Artist.  The Force is strong with you.  Allow the fruits of your imagination to seep out into the world and create good.  This is more satisfying than anything and living in a way that protects you from the pain of others actually liberates you to do more good.  Please do, because the world needs you. . . and your dreams.

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The Crusty Mind: April 2014’s Solar Eclipse

Monday, April 28th, 2014

If you’re ready for a change of mind, this Solar Eclipse (which is also a New Moon in Taurus) will definitely bring it.  Oddly, it might be gentler than you expect.  No need for armor—just allow your mind to become supple and let go of stubbornness.  Letting loose the old, stuck ideas that just don’t work anymore is the way to go, and you can watch yourself change as if by magic.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: April 28, 2014
Time of eclipse: 11:14 PM PDT
Type: annular (weak in intensity)

Visible in: Australia
At: 8 degrees Taurus
Shadow Agents: Mercury in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
April 23-May 4
July 26-August 6
October 27-November 6
January 23-February 2

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  On the threshold stands Mercury, with the usual wings on his cap and shoes.  He nods at you and walks in.  He roots around in the refrigerator, piles up snacks on a tray and makes himself comfortable on the sofa, where he zones out in front of the TV.  There’s another knock at the door.  You open it to find Pluto, who is conspicuously sniffing.  He walks into your living room and begins picking things up and looking underneath them—first the sofa cushions, then knickknacks, then pieces of furniture.
You:  What are you looking for?
Pluto:  There’s a funny smell in here.  I could swear something is rotting.
He moves slowly and methodically around the room, finally approaching the sofa where Mercury lounges.
Pluto (to Mercury):  Oh, it’s you! I should have known. You’re stagnating, you know. Beginning to smell.
Mercury continues gazing mindlessly at the TV, ignoring Pluto and relaxing more deeply.  Pluto stands behind the sofa.
Pluto:  Don’t you know that too much TV rots your brain?  Cap off, please!
Without really thinking about it, Mercury removes his cap.  You can see that the top of his head is covered in some sort of crusty material, like mushrooms, lichen or part of a coral reef.
Pluto:  Hmm, your mind has become quite encrusted with old, tired and boring ideas.
Mercury:  They work for me.
Pluto:  They probably do.  But they’ve become outdated.  You’re stuck in the past.  I’m going to have to remove some of this junk.
You:  Um, disgusting metaphor, guys!
Pluto:  Thank you!
Mercury:  Try not to take it so literally.
Pluto takes a tiny chisel out of his pocket and begins gently chipping away at the strange material encrusted on Mercury’s mind.
Mercury:  That tickles!  I just realized I’ve been thinking too concretely, too literally.
Pluto:  Ah, it’s working!
He proceeds, more vigorously.
Mercury:  Wow, that actually feels kind of good.  Hey, I’m beginning to be able to think more flexibly!
Pluto finishes up with a scalp scrub and massage.  Mercury purrs with enjoyment.
Mercury:  I just had my first new idea in years!  I’ve been viewing ideas as fixed objects, not the flexible, fluid and mobile things they really are.
He sits up, more alert, with a sparkle in his eye.  He turns off the TV and tosses the remote in a corner.  The snacks roll off his lap, leaving a mess of crumbs and wrappers on the floor.
Mercury:  What did I want those for?
Pluto:  Ready for adventures?
Mercury:  Sure?  Where are we going?
Pluto:  To the bottom of things.
He pulls out a Sherlock-Holmes style deerstalker cap for himself and one for Mercury.  They both don them and wink at each other.  And off they go, leaving you to clean up your living room.

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Uranus, Pluto, Who Invited Jupiter To The Party? And Who Said Mars Could Crash It?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The world-changing square between Uranus and Pluto in Cardinal signs lasts from June of 2012 to March of 2015, and this month its effects are intensified by the addition of Jupiter and Mars, forming a Cardinal Grand Cross (sometimes called a Grand Square) in the sky.  This post is part of a multi-post thread exploring its meanings.  Missed the beginning of this thread?  Start here.

A true “clash of the titans” is happening in the Dreamscape.  The Great Edifice is crumbling (see parts one, two and three of this thread) and Pluto has grappling hooks and rope attached to it.  Uranus arrives in a burst of Aries fire.  

Pluto:  How dare you interrupt me?  I was busy bringing down the Great Edifice!
Uranus:  I won’t allow you to unveil corruption unless it benefits the people.  We can work together only if what we do results in a more liberated populace.
Uranus throws a line up and grapples on from a different angle.  
Pluto:  Are you telling me that you’re going to try and keep this structure up while I am trying to bring it down?
Uranus:  I am the rebel, after all.
Pluto:  I need to weed out the corruption in the system.
He digs in his heels and begins pulling.  The structure starts to topple.
Uranus:  Corruption does need to end, but I don’t agree with all your methods or your agenda.
He begins pulling too.  The structure rights itself.  Jupiter suddenly appears, in a burst of water like a water balloon exploding.
Jupiter:  Hi, everybody!
Pluto (grumpily):  Why do you always act as if we’ll naturally be glad to see you?
Uranus:  And who invited you to the party anyway?
Jupiter:  I don’t need an invitation.  I’ve stepped in to play the part of the Good Fairy and soften the blow for some people during the big changes you are causing.
Jupiter has brought more rope and a grappling hook of his own.  
Jupiter:  This Edifice may fall, but it doesn’t have to crush people.
Pluto:  Are you saying your transits are always good?  Because that’s not what I heard.
Jupiter:  Well, strictly speaking, not exactly. . .
Uranus:  Always the exaggerator!
Jupiter:  Sometimes what I do is magnify whatever’s already happening.
Uranus:  By magnify, do you mean “blow it up?”  Because I’m in Aries, and I love explosives!
Pluto:  You are such a pyromaniac when you’re in Aries.
Jupiter:  I’ve invited a friend who can help us get into agreement about what we’re doing here.  He’s an amazing negotiator.
Mars appears, with his own grappling hook in tow.  He is dressed in a tuxedo, with immaculate hair and . . . white gloves.
Pluto (sarcastically):  Well aren’t YOU looking dapper!
Mars:  Sometimes proper manners and a well-turned phrase are all the offense you need in order to win the day.
Jupiter:  Are you going to kill us with kindness, just because you’re in Libra?
Mars:  Only if I have to.  It’s my firm belief that we can find common ground and negotiate an agreement that’s good for everybody.  And I won’t stand for less.
While talking, Mars has attached his grappling hook to the Edifice and taken up his position opposite Uranus, while Jupiter stands at the fourth wall, opposite Pluto.
Mars:  Now Pluto and Uranus—you don’t easily agree, do you?
Uranus:  That’s an understatement!
Pluto:  True.  But when we do agree, things change rapidly.
Uranus:  No doubt.
Mars:  But you both want evil rooted out and replaced by good, isn’t that so?
Pluto:  Yes, of course.
Uranus:  Naturally.
Mars:  Pluto, you’d like to air the dirty laundry, yes?
Pluto:  That is my area of expertise.
Mars:  Go ahead and do that, because Uranus can help by facilitating some truth-telling on the internet.
Uranus:  I rule the internet and I’m in Aries, so that’s a no-brainer.  Ok, I can line up with that.
Pluto:  I’ve already found the weaknesses in this structure, the fault-lines where the corruption is leaking out—
Uranus:  —And I’ve placed explosives in the cracks and we’ve detonated some.
Mars:  Then you’re well on your way.  Jupiter, how about if you put out some safety nets to catch the people who are sincerely well-intended?
Jupiter:  —You mean the casualties caught in the crossfire, the innocents?
Mars:  Yes exactly.  They need to be protected.
Jupiter:  And they need to be rewarded for using their intuition and getting out of a failing situation in time to save themselves.
Jupiter waves his hand and an elaborate structure of nets and inflatable landing pads appears around the Edifice.  He then reassumes his station at his side of the Edifice, with his rope in hand.
Mars:  Then I’ll just get in position here at my side, with my rope and grapple.  (He does so.)  I’m going to trigger a lot of angry conversations among people involved in this.  Some people are going to have to wake up.  Others will need to back down.  I’m going to fight for peace and equality.
Pluto:  All right then, everyone’s in position?
They all nod.
Pluto:  Here we go!
As each deity pulls, the Edifice begins to crumble and break apart.  Its bright-red interior glows through cracks in its deep, glossy black exterior.  Inside, the faces of human beings can be seen.  Windows in the surface of the Edifice open and people begin jumping out of them.  Some land safely in Jupiter’s nets or on his inflatable pads.  Others hit the ground with a splat and die instantly.  Each person that lands safely is greeted by Jupiter.
Jupiter:  Congratulations, you used your intuition.  You’re safe now.
A small, dazed group of Human Beings is gathering off to the side of the Great Edifice, which is now not so great.  What will be their fate?  Watch for the next post in this series to find out.

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A Domestic Frenzy: April 2014’s Lunar Eclipse

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

All four of the asteroid goddesses lend a hand during this Libran Full Moon, which also happens to be an eclipse.  Here’s the dilemma—should you listen to domestic goddesses Ceres and Vesta, who think this eclipse is about beautifying home and feathering the nest, or to fierce and feisty Juno and Pallas Athene, who are ready to start an argument and grab control?  Who’s steering this ship anyway?  Maybe we should all just hide our heads in the sand until it passes.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: April 15, 2014
Time of eclipse: 12:42 AM PDT
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Greenland and the Americas
At: 25 degrees Libra
Shadow Agents:  Ceres in Libra, Vesta in Libra, Juno in Aries, Pallas Athene in Leo

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
April 10-19
July 12-22
October 13-22
January 10-19

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  There stands the Sun in Aries, dressed in orange, yellow and red tones and wearing a large golden crown with rays emanating from it.  She sweeps commandingly across your threshold, followed by her entourage: Juno in Aries and Pallas Athene in Leo, both wearing tiaras and arrayed in similarly fiery colors.  Behind them come a team of decorators loaded up with bolts of fabric, measuring tapes and all manner of tools.  They swarm the house and soon are busy measuring, cutting, sewing and hanging.  Soon you are pressed against the wall, but you can hear what the goddesses are saying, because they are all very loud.
Sun (to her entourage):  What do you think of that wallpaper?  (points to a strip of wallpaper with wagon wheels, paisleys and fleur-de-lis in a raised red velvet pattern)
Juno:  Fahhhhh-bulous.  It could be brighter though.
Pallas Athene:  We really need to lean into the cowgirl aspect of this theme.
Sun:  I couldn’t agree more.  Maybe install a stable and a bunch of horses?
Juno:  That would make a good start.  Some walls are going to have to come down.
Pallas Athene:  Naturally.  And what about the bidet?
Sun:  Washlet, my dear—what century are you in anyway?
The Moon steps delicately into the doorway, peering around her at all the mayhem.  She’s tastefully dressed in pastels and pearls, with neatly understated shoes and hair.   Behind her are Vesta and Ceres, her own entourage.  Together, they are the very picture of good design and composition. 
As for yourself, you’ve been backed into a corner behind the door, afraid to be hit by a falling hammer or perhaps sparks from that welder over there.
Moon:  1. . .  2. . . 3. . . 4. . . 5. . .
You:  What are you doing?
Moon:  I’m angry, but I’m counting to 10 first.
Vesta:  How are we supposed to make sacred space here?
Moon:  My thoughts exactly.
Ceres:  This won’t be cozy at all.
Moon  (raising her voice a bit):  You’ve really got to stop!
(The banging is so loud that the fire goddesses have covered their ears)
Sun  (to Juno):  Did you say something, dear?
Pallas Athene  (noticing the air goddesses):  Why don’t you just step over here and let the workers do their work?
She corrals them with her sword.  The Moon uses a white-gloved hand to carefully lift the sword out of the way, and steps into the center of the room.  
Moon (tapping Sun on the shoulder):  Excuse me, but what exactly do you think you are doing here?
Sun:  Oh, it’s you!  What’s it look like?  We’re decorating!  We knew you were going to be incapacitated during your eclipse—
Vesta  (whispers to Ceres):  How rude of her to mention the eclipse!  Would we air her dirty laundry in public that way?
Ceres:  Of course not.  We are sensible people.  And then to actually take advantage of the Moon’s weakness at this time by running on ahead and taking over the project without so much as a “by your leave!”
Vesta:  I can’t believe it.
Sun  (oblivious):  —so we thought we’d do it for you.
Moon:  These colors are awful!
Ceres:  Too brassy!  Not soothing at all.
Vesta:  You’ve got no color sense.  Nobody wants to live in a McDonald’s!
Moon:  You really shouldn’t have acted without getting a second opinion first, Sun.  And the home is my domain after all.  How could you?
Sun:  Uh oh, now I’ve really done it.  Here comes the meltdown.
The Moon begins weeping, then sobbing, then full-out wailing, then she begins to dissolve into angry, yelling tears.  The Sun, Pallas Athene and Juno try desperately to scoop her back together.
Pallas Athene:  It’s all right, Moon!
Juno:  We’ll stop—we promise!
Moon:  Get out!  Get ooooouuuuuut!  Now!
Suddenly the room is silent.  The workers all pause, and glance at the Sun.  She makes a single, imperious nod, puts her nose in the air, and stalks out without a word.  Juno and Pallas Athene follow her, along with every worker.
Vesta:  And take your hideous decorations with you!
They do.  
After the door is closed behind them, the puddle on the floor that is the Moon reforms itself into the gracious lady who walked in.
Moon:  Now, where were we?  Ah yes—pastels!
Vesta and Ceres huddle around her to hear her ideas and you sense you are in for a long night.  

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