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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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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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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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Chased By The Shadow Agents: November 2013’s Solar Eclipse

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

This eclipse has more energy moving through it than Grand Central Station!  An emotionally fragile baby Moon in Scorpio must contend with the harsh realities of Saturn and the cold logic of Mercury, but fortunately Mars helps bring in some self-assertion, Chiron brings healing and Pluto brings release.  Be very gentle on yourself and others during this eclipse, because things could too easily go off the rails.

Details About This Eclipse

Date:  November 3, 2013
Time of eclipse:  4:50 AM Pacific Time
Type:  Hybrid (annular and total, strong in intensity)
Visible in:  The northern Atlantic, equatorial Africa, eastern North America, northern South America, southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
At:  11 degrees Scorpio
Shadow Agents: Mars in Virgo, Mercury in Scorpio, Pluto in Capricorn, Chiron in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio.

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
Scorpios born October 29 to November 8
Aquarians born January 26 to February 6
Taureans born April 26 to May 6
Leos born July 29 to August 8

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.

Your front door bursts open.  The Sun and the Moon run in.  The Moon is a pale young woman with dark hair and pointed features.  The Sun is her male counterpart, with similar features, and not looking like his usual warm-colored self.  They are holding hands, extremely agitated.
Moon:  Quick—shut the door!
Sun:  They’re coming for us!
Moon (grabbing the Sun’s arm):  Oh no, I can feel it—it’s starting!
Sun (takes her hand):  Don’t worry, I’ll come out of this all right.  I always do.
Suddenly, right there in your living room, a huge flash of light surrounds them.  It’s the Moon, getting brighter and brighter as she merges with the Sun.  It just as suddenly extinguishes as they completely merge into one person, leaving the room as dark as it previously was light.  That person is a young child, pale and fragile-looking, emitting a soft glow or corona.
You:  And who might you be?
Child:  I’m the eclipse of course.  I came to you because the Shadow Agents are after me.  I need a safe place to hide.
You:  Why should I take you in?  I suspect you’ll bring trouble with you.
Eclipse:  I need this.  Where can you hide me?
You:  All right.
You open a small cabinet and the Eclipse climbs in.  You hear footsteps and the door crashes open again.  It’s Mars, carrying a scalpel.
Mars:  Where is the Eclipse?
You:  Hiding.  What’s that scalpel for?  It looks sharp.
Mars:  I perfect things through criticism.
You:  I think this Eclipse is too sensitive for that.
You’d say more but you’re interrupted by the next arrival—Mercury.  The snakes on his staff are hissing angrily.
Mercury:  Believe it or not, I can help.
Mars:  This Human doesn’t understand that we’re all here for a reason.
Just then, in burst Pluto, Chiron and Saturn.  Your living room is getting a bit crowded.  Everyone is shouting at once.
Pluto:  Transformation is afoot!  There’s no way to know what you’ll turn into, so don’t even try to predict it.
Saturn:  Responsibility is key.  You can’t afford to pretend this isn’t happening.
Chiron:  There’s real healing available here—but it might sting a little.
All these planets are now searching the room, poking into corners, looking up the chimney and behind the sofa.  Finally they arrive at the cabinet, where Mercury stands with a mischievous look on his face.  Silently he points to the cabinet and all the planets realize where the Eclipse is.  The room goes silent.  
Mercury (loudly):  We know where you are, Eclipse.  You might as well come out.
Eclipse:  You can’t make me.
Mercury:  That’s true.  We can’t.  You have to come out on your own.  You’re not a victim here.
Eclipse:  No, but I can’t bear all the things you want me to look at.  It’s too much.
Mercury:  I think you’d be surprised at how gentle we are.
Eclipse:  Can you tell Mars to put down that scalpel?
Mars:  Oh.  Ok.
He does so.  After a long silent moment, the cabinet door opens and the Eclipse comes out.  The Eclipse’s soft glow fills the room with unearthly light.  Mars picks up the scalpel again, before the Eclipse can protest, and slices the light, which shreds and falls away in ribbons.  
Mars:  There goes your victimhood!
Eclipse:  What?  I feel different.  Now I can assert myself.  I feel so much more vital!  Chiron, what did you come here for?
Chiron grabs some of the ribbons of light and weaves them together into a soft, night-colored scarf, which he throws around the Eclipse’s shoulders.
Chiron:  I bring healing and integration.
Eclipse:  I’m more whole now.  Saturn, what did you bring?
Saturn holds out a giant stone, bigger than the Eclipse’s head.
Saturn:  I bring the weight of responsibility.  Reality hurts sometimes, but no matter how intense you’re feeling, behaving with integrity can help more than it harms.
Eclipse (standing up straighter):  True.  And Pluto, what’s your contribution?
Pluto:  All this could only happen because you were willing to be vulnerable.  That was the first step.  I helped you with that while you were still in the cabinet.  Look in your pocket.
The Eclipse finds a lovely red and black stone there, glowing warmly.  Just then, another change begins to happen.  The Eclipse grows brighter and brighter, as the Sun and Moon separate.  The Sun is thin, tired-looking and so pale he’s almost transparent, but he’s shining and getting brighter.  The Moon is still dark, but she’s vital and strong.  She gives him a hug.
Sun:  That was dark, but I’m back to my old, shiny self now.
Moon:  And after a few weeks, I’ll be as bright as ever too.

Can you handle the intensity of this eclipse with the grace that these characters did?

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A Thunderstorm of Tears: October 2013’s Lunar Eclipse

Friday, October 18th, 2013

What to do when emotions get too hot?  Jupiter in Cancer has the solution to this month’s Lunar Eclipse, happening on the Full Moon in Aries.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: October 18, 2013
Time of eclipse: 4:38 PM PST
Type: penumbral (weak in intensity)
Visible in:  Eastern Canada, Europe, Africa
At: 25 degrees Aries
Shadow Agent:  Jupiter in Cancer

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
October 13-23
January 10-20
April 10-20
July 12-23

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.  Lying down in the door-frame is the Sun in Libra, weeping a little, while the bright red Moon in Aries walks over him and into your living room.  
You:  What on earth are you doing?  You could hurt him!
You help the Sun to his feet, where he totters uncertainly.
Moon:  For once, I’m stronger than he is!  So there!
Sun:  I’ll be eclipsing you shortly.
Moon:  You mean the Earth will be eclipsing me.  Sure.  But until that happens, you’ll have to deal with ME!
Sun:  It’s true I don’t do well in Libra.  I feel weakened.  I want to please everybody else before myself.
Moon:  While I have the opposite problem in Aries!  I want my own way and that’s all.  Don’t care who I have to step on.
Sun:  Can’t we do something a little more fair please?
Moon:  Don’t even think about crossing me—I’ll burn your eyebrows off.
Just then the door opens again and Jupiter walks in.  He’s a large guy in a blue costume of some soft fabric that shimmers gently.  
Jupiter:  Am I the only one around here in a sign I like?  (checks)  Oh yeah—I am.  I’m afraid I can’t help but feel self-satisfied about that.
You:  I’ll bet you do.
Jupiter:  But I am here for a reason.  This eclipse that’s coming.  I have a solution.
You:  What’s that?
Jupiter:  A storm of tears.
You:  What?
Jupiter:  Like this.
While you’ve been talking with Jupiter, the Sun and Moon have been moving in a circle, stalking each other.  The Moon is beginning to dim.    
Moon:  I’m not happy about this eclipse thing.  Just letting you know.  (getting louder)  This is really not ok!  I’m getting mad now!  I really am!
Jupiter:  She’s gonna blow any minute—
Sun:  (backing up)  Yikes!
The Moon suddenly turns a dark, angry red.  Jupiter pulls a magic wand out of his voluminous sleeve—
You:  Really, Jupiter?  A magic wand?
Jupiter:  Yup.  I’m a god, after all.
He waves it and a small thundercloud appears in your living room, right over the Moon’s head.  The Sun claps his hands in glee.
Jupiter:  (cheerfully)  Don’t worry—this will pass soon.
A couple of spikes of lightening hit the Moon, then the thundercloud opens up and pours rain on her head.
Moon:  (madder than ever)  Blub-blub-blub—
Jupiter:  Just watch. . .
As the rain pours down on the Moon, she begins to relax and her color changes from dark red to her usual soft blue.  As the burst of rain is slowing down to a gentle drip, she smiles.
Moon:  Ah, I feel so much better!  I just needed a little outburst.  No hard feelings, Sun?
Sun:  (gallantly extending his hand)  None at all.
They shake on it.  Then they link arms and walk out the door together in step.  Jupiter follows.
You:  But wait—what about this mess?
You point to the giant puddle on the floor.
Jupiter:  After an eclipse, there will be some mess to clean up.  It could be worse.  See you later!

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Arguing With Joy: May 2013’s Lunar Eclipse

Friday, May 24th, 2013

This eclipse is about the argument between joy and logic.  Do you react to your dreams with rationality, thus killing and squashing them?  Or do you overreact with joy and delight, perhaps blowing their possibility out of proportion?  This is not likely to be a very strong, dramatic eclipse (as eclipses go), unless you have something in your chart right at 4 degrees Sagittarius.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: May 24, 2013
Time of eclipse: 9:25 PM PST
Type: penumbral (very weak in intensity)
Visible in:  the Americas, western Africa, southwestern Europe.
At: 4 degrees Sagittarius
Shadow Agent:  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:
May 20-30
August 22-September 1
November 21-December 1
February 18-27

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.  The Moon, Sun and Neptune are clustered on your doorstep, engaged in a fierce argument.  They sweep into your living room.
Moon: I’ve really had enough of this.  I’m going to be happy, whether you like it or not!
Sun:  You have no reason to be happy.
Moon:  I don’t need a reason!  I just am!  It’s a wonderful thing to be able to find joy and meaning in life, even when it “doesn’t make sense.”
Sun:  Yeah, if you want to be deluded and not live in reality.
Moon:  Well, that’s your definition of reality.
Neptune:  You’ve asked me to mediate your argument today and I have to interject something here:  I don’t care a lot about reality.
Sun:  To your detriment.
Neptune:  I’m not in my detriment—I’m in my home sign right now!  Pisces is where I belong!  You’re the one in a difficult sign.  You don’t like being in Air signs.
Sun:  You and the Moon are nothing but a couple of unruly Water planets.
Moon:  And proud to be so.  Very happy to be in Sagittarius, I might add.
Sun:  But when you are eclipsed, you’ve got to look at your own shadow.  And the shadow of Sagittarius is buoyancy without groundedness.  Is it a good thing when you’re  clueless, blunt, dunderheadedly optimistic, and outright denying the negative?
Moon:  I don’t care, I’m having fun.  Why should I care if anyone else is?
Sun:  Exactly my point.  You’ve gone too far, Moon.  You should care about others, because you are the Universal Mother archetype.
Neptune:  With all this arguing going on, how can I possibly listen for my dreams?
Neptune pulls out a giant pair of earmuffs and puts them on.  Suddenly, all sound in the room is muted.  Neptune rubs her hands together and a ball of energy springs to life between them.  She pulls her hands apart and the ball expands, till it barely fits into your living room.  Inside the ball appears a vision.  
Neptune:  What a lovely vision of what’s possible I’m creating here.
Inside the ball you can see a castle in the clouds.  It seems to be occupied by happy people, doing things they enjoy.
Moon:  Great—I’m sending joy into your vision.
The Moon waves some golden sparkles into the ball, making the image positively glow.
Sun:  I’m going to have to send some rationality into your vision.
The Sun waves some darts into the ball, but Neptune protests.
Neptune:  Hey, don’t burst my bubble!  Don’t squash my dreams, don’t harsh my mellow!
Sun:  You’ve got to balance your optimism with sense.

As, in fact, do we all.  What are your cherished dreams and what logic are you resisting?  During May’s lunar eclipse, it may show you your shadow.

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Vocal Lessons: May 2013’s Solar Eclipse

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Mercury appears during May’s Solar Eclipse to remind us of the importance of voice in getting our essential message out.  A Solar Eclipse brings events that show you your shadow, your own dark side.  What does your shadow have to say?  Has your shadow lost its voice?

Details About This Eclipse

Date:  May 9, 2013
Time of eclipse:  5:28 PM PST
Type:  Annular (weak in intensity)
Visible in:  Australia, Indonesia, Oceania
At:  19 degrees Taurus
Shadow Agent:  Mercury in Taurus

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re likely to experience this eclipse:
May 4-14
August 6-17
November 6-16
February 3-13

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.  Mercury is there, carrying a metronome, a packet of sheet music and a music stand.  He bustles into your living room, sets up the stand, placing the music on it.  He puts the metronome on a convenient table and starts it ticking.  He does all this so fast, you don’t have time to protest.
You:  Ok, what’s this all about?  I recognize you—you’re Mercury.
(You’ve spotted the familiar thinking cap he’s wearing, with wings on it.)
Mercury:  I’ve come to give you some vocal coaching.
You:  What makes you think I need that?
Mercury:  Because I’m involved with the current eclipse and I’ve noticed that you don’t use your voice to its capacity.  Now follow me: la, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH!
You:  Uh, la, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH!
Mercury:  You’re a little off-key and your projection stinks.
You:  Gee, thanks.  Leaving now?
Mercury:  Sure, if you project.  Take a deep breath and fill your lungs to the bottom.  Now really use your diaphragm.  Send that sound all the way across the room, as if you’re talking to someone two houses away.  Make it come from the bottom of your being.
You:  La, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH!
Mercury:  Don’t shout!
You:  I don’t really get the difference.  I’ve never done this before.
Mercury:  You are a musical instrument and your voice is the medium.  Notice the good feeling of humming. . .
You try humming.  
You:  It does feel kind of good.
Mercury:  It feels good to send a vibration through your body.  Sound is pleasurable.  It’s a subtle pleasure that beings made of meat and bone don’t always notice, but it’s there.  When you use your voice, it feels good, as well as getting the point across.  Now take that deep breath and try again, this time from the very bottom of your lungs.
You:  La, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH!
Mercury:  Much better!
You:  I may be getting the hang of this!
Mercury:  Now do that again, and send the sound over to the next house.
You:  La, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH, LA, LA, la, lahhhhh!
Mercury:  You really are catching on.
You:  This is all very nice, but why should I care?
Mercury:  Because your voice is not just a physical thing, it’s also a metaphor.  Every human being is born with a message they are to deliver to the world.  Is yours getting out there?  Are other people hearing it?  The more you develop your voice—and enjoy it—the more your message comes across.
You do a couple more scales and trills, getting more comfortable with it all the time.  
Mercury:  Now for the real point of this exercise.
Out from behind him steps your Shadow.
You:  I thought I’d released you!  Thought I’d sent you on your way, burned you up, transformed you!
Shadow:  I’m wherever you’re not looking.  And since your eyes are placed in the front of your head, there’s always something you’re not looking at.
Mercury:  Your shadow needs a voice.
You:  Ok, Shadow, what do you need to say?
Shadow:  I’m your body, which has needs you ignore all the time.  I can’t speak for myself, so I need you to speak for me.  Speak of what it feels like to be hungry, cold, lonely, untouched, empty, naked and alone.  Speak of what it feels like to be fed with love, to be touched kindly, to be clothed by someone who cares, to be sheltered in the arms of someone who loves you.  I am your mute animal body—speak for me.
Mercury:  And don’t just speak—sing!  Feel the vibration of it in your throat, your chest, your heart.  Let it open you up.
You’re a little at a loss, but you try.  
You:  La, la, LA, LA, LAAAAH, LA, LA, la, lahhhhh!
Mercury:  That’s not a bad start.  I’ve got to go now.  I’m leaving you alone with your Shadow now, to practice that.
He folds up the music, the stand and grabs the metronome, is gone in a flash.  You go on practicing.  Suddenly, Mercury pops his head back in the door.
Mercury:  Oh, by the way—Epiphany Day is coming, a time when insights pour forth.  Give your Shadow a voice and epiphanies will rain down on your head!   Read about current year’s eclipses.

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Lunar Eclipse: The Escape Artist Captured

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

This month’s Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse and it shouldn’t be too intense.  The Moon is in cool, collected, clever Gemini, while the Sun is in warm, friendly Sagittarius.  Uranus assists in Aries.  There may be “no escape” but this isn’t a bad trap to be caught in.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: November 28, 2012
Time of eclipse: 6:48 AM PST
Type: penumbral (weak in intensity)
Visible in:  Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific ocean and most of North America.
At: 6 degrees Gemini
Shadow Agent:  Uranus (in Aries)

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you are likely to experience this eclipse:
February 19-29
May 21-31
August 23-September 2
November 22-December 2

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).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  The Moon stands there, wearing her thinking cap, and tied up with ropes.  Uranus, grinning, holds the end of one rope while the Sun stands by in a glowing orange outfit.  What could it mean?
You:  All right, what are you all doing here?  You’ve got something to tell me, I’m sure.
Moon (yanking on the rope defiantly):  But I can explain everything!
Sun:  That’s exactly the problem.  When you’re in Gemini, you are very good at explaining everything you feel.  This habit gives you an escape from the feelings themselves.
Moon:  But I can’t help but feel—I’m the Moon!  Feelings are what I’m all about.
Sun:  But you need to stop being so damned clever and notice what the feelings are.  You’re trying to escape them.  You’re trying to skate across the surface of them.
The Moon turns and you can see that her figure skates are hanging off her shoulder by their laces.  They are still wet from the ice.
Sun:  Aha!  Told you!  You’ve forgotten about the big picture, Moon!  You’ve gotten lost in the details you can explain with your clever mind and your clever words.  Now, I’m not much for words myself.  Actions matter more to me.
Uranus:  We had to tie you up, Moon, because you were running circles around the Sun, being smart but talking yourself out of what you were feeling.
You:  So the shadow here is to use intelligence and cleverness as an escape from feeling?
Sun:  Exactly.
You:  So what’s the solution?
Uranus:  We don’t want suggest throwing out intelligence.  Breakthrough thinking is important, and the willingness to entertain new, startling ideas can lead to deeper understanding of the emotions you’ve been trying to escape.
Moon:  Can I explain now?
Uranus:  Only if you’re willing to feel something while you do it.
Moon:  Oh, I’m having a feeling, I know I am!
Uranus:  If you can say that, you’re not having a real feeling.
Sun:  Clearly, this is going to take some work.
Uranus:  Fortunately, I’m here to help.
You:  I suppose the moral of this story is, “don’t use your head to do heart’s work”?
Uranus:  Exactly.  But also, “don’t throw out your intelligence just because it failed to describe your actual experience.”
You:  That’s deep.
Sun:  Then we accomplished what we came for.  Off we go!
The trio departs, continuing to argue, but in a friendly way.

Read about other eclipses coming up: 2012 Eclipses.

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The Teflon President and the Void-of-Course Moon

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

If you’ve read my monthly Forecasts over the years, you may have periodically noticed that sometimes I’ll describe days in which “nothing is happening,” and you may have wondered what use you could possibly make of information like that.  These are days in which no planet is connecting with any other.  That’s a very unusual kind of day, because the Moon moves through the zodiac quite quickly, completing all 12 signs in its monthly round and connecting with most of the other planets as it moves through each sign.  So there are only a few days like this a year.  But it’s connected to another phenomenon that’s more frequent, which is called the Void-of-Course Moon.

The Moon takes about 2 and a half days to pass through each zodiac sign.  When the Moon has made the last aspect (connection) that it’s going to make in a given sign, it is said to go “void of course,” which basically means that there are no more connections due to happen in the Moon’s upcoming path.  After the Moon changes signs, it’s like hitting a reset button and the Moon enters a new “course” which is not “void” until it again finishes the final connection it’s going to make with another planet while in that sign.

So if, for example, the Moon is in Capricorn and squares Saturn at 2:42 in the afternoon and trines Jupiter at 6:05 that evening, and leaves Capricorn at 9:22 that night, it will be said to be void-of-course between 6:05 (when it made its last aspect, which was to Jupiter) and 9:22 (when it left Capricorn and entered Aquarius).  The period of time that the Moon can be void-of-course varies—it can be for just a few minutes or a whole day (although that’s rare).

So those rare days I’ve been describing in my Forecast pages as days when “the Moon makes no exact aspects” tend to have an eerie feeling, almost a feeling of suspense.  It’s hard to know how to respond to anything on these days, and making decisions is about as bad an idea as it is during Mercury retrograde, and for similar reasons.

Not all these “no aspect” days are also void-of-course days, because it’s possible for the Moon’s course to have a sort of dead patch in the middle, followed by more planetary connections, followed by a real void period at the end.  But when a “no aspect” day is also a void-of-course day, the effect is intensified.

While the Moon is void-of-course you may not know what you feel and your intuition may be off, so you may decide later that your decision was faulty.  Astrologers have a catchphrase for what happens during the void-of-course Moon: “nothing will come of the matter.”  One astrologer made use of this characteristic of the void Moon, with rather famous results.

You may know that Astrologer Joan Quigley was hired by President Ronald and Nancy Reagan to help set dates for meetings and other things during Reagan’s presidency.  According to Wikipedia, Nancy hired Joan after the assassination attempt on the president, because Joan said she could have predicted that event.  What you may not know is that Joan’s astrological help is probably the reason why Reagan came to be known as the “Teflon President.”  Joan advised the Reagans about when to hold press conferences, scheduling them during void-of-course Moon periods so that “nothing would come of the matter.”  So, no matter what difficult questions the press threw at Reagan, he was able to smooth things over.  Nothing ever happened that seemed important enough to report on or to question in the press, and no ugly smear campaigns or rumors ever resulted.  Nothing stuck to Reagan—and thus he was Teflon.

The Moon void-of-course is a powerful time, even though it’s also a “dead” time.  So the conclusion that we must come to is that during a void-of-course Moon you have two choices:  1) take a load off and don’t make any important decisions or 2) call a press conference you don’t want negative repercussions from.  And that’s what to do with a void-of-course Moon!

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