Hello my friends,
Well, we made it - the first eclipse of
the year is upon us, along with the intense
Grand Cross that has so many of us buzzing.
First the eclipse - the first eclipse is
a Lunar Eclipse (which I believe will be
visible from North America) on April 15th
at 12:42am PDT (April 14th at 9:42pm EDT).
This event has the Earth (our physical selves)
obstructing communication between our emotions
(the Moon) and our Higher Self (the Sun).
This makes a sort of disconnect and it makes
people a little crazy sometimes. The Solar
eclipse on the 28th puts the Moon back where
it "belongs" between our physical
self and spirit self, as it were and restores
emotional balance. The Sun is in Aries (the
sign of the self) and the Moon is in Libra
(the sign of "we" and balance).
The Sun has his "gang" at the
ready to support the Higher Self - his reinforcements
consist of Juno (the marriage Asteroid,
focusing us on partnership) in close conjunction
and Uranus (the planet of change and surprise)
and Mercury (the communicator) conjunct
each other earlier in the sign and just
outside of aspect. The Moon has her "gang"
lined up, to support the emotions - two
asteroids (often referred to as the faces
of Virgo) closely conjunct, nurturing Ceres
(closest) and Vesta (the asteroid of the
Heart's Flame), with Mars retrograde earlier
in the sign, not quite sure what to do,
it seems. This all strongly speaks of the
need to return to our original mission plan
(Vesta) and to nurture and care for ourselves
and those closest to us (Ceres). The Higher
Self is focused on our personal relationships
(Juno) and working with them to satisfy
our emotional needs - changing (Uranus)
and talking about (Mercury) where we go
from here. Maybe finding new ways to talk
in our relationships even.
Pluto will also go retrograde on the 14th,
again turning that transformational energy
inward, so we can review where we are and
how close we are to fulfilling our deepest
needs and desires. Pluto is often likened
to the Phoenix - that mythical bird that
is consumed in its own flames, only to be
reborn of its ashes. For some the transformations
of this time will be that dramatic, for
many, it will not.
Now, let's add into that the Grand Cardinal
Cross - formed by that Uranus Mercury conjunction
(talking about change or changing the way
we talk) in Aries (very "me" driven")
opposing that Mars Rx in Libra (again, not
really sure what to do - that inwardly focused
energy is easier directed toward self change
than it is for getting up and going). This
opposition is crossed in the center by Pluto
in Capricorn (aiming that Phoenix energy
on our structures - America in particular
as she reaches her Pluto return) opposing
Jupiter (the planet of expansion) in Cancer
(the sign of home and family - also America's
Sun sign) making a perfect X - the Grand
Cross. It's a Cardinal cross, because all
the signs involved are Cardinal signs -
the mode that changes most appropriately.
That is to say that Fixed signs (Taurus,
Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) don't like to
change - things started when the Moon is
in a fixed sign and go on longer than they
should. Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius
and Pisces) tend to change a bit too easily
- things started when the Moon is in a mutable
sign might have them ending before you are
ready. Cardinal signs change appropriately,
and so this is an appropriate time for changes.
The outer planets involved (Pluto, Uranus
and Jupiter) indicate a societal change
more than individual change, though we will
need to change the way we communicate (Mercury
conjunct Uranus) and the way we do things
(Mars in Libra) to make those changes happen.
With Chiron (the wounded healer asteroid)
and Venus harmoniously trined with Jupiter,
inspiration will play a part in our expansion
as will money and comfort (Venus).
Now I am hearing from both sides on the
fence as we lead up to these awesome energies.
I hear many people excited and poised to
positive change. I also hear many people
angry at the prospect of change or unaware
that they themselves need to do things differently
to move forward. Folks having their Uranus
opposition (ages 38-42) seem to be having
a wild time - and that is quite natural
as this is a particularly difficult to be
going through a Uranus opposition.
The bottom line that is the world is going
to do whatever it is going to do. I heard
a story about a woman who works for the
government who got a bill from the IRS because
when she was 5 the government overpaid on
her father's death benefits. What? Really?
That is crazy! But she doesn't need to get
crazy about it. She was so calm when interviewed
by the press - she so clearly knew it was
a mistake and that it would get cleared
up. In the mean time she was just going
to do her job and trust the process. That's
the way to do it. Getting upset will not
help. This is the way the world seems to
be going and it really feels good to resist
the urge to add drama and pain to the problem.
I am not talking about ignoring problems
- we all need to follow up and follow the
rules, but we don't need to be angry about
it. One friend got a speeding ticket doing
10 miles over the speed limit - he took
the ticket, paid it and did the driving
school in quick order, with a smile on his
face and it was over. It may be a wild time,
but we don't have to get wild over it.
Luckily, we have been focused on taking
good care of ourselves and learning to stay
centered, so we are in a good position to
weather these energies with calm and grace
- better able focus on the good things in
our lives. Many of us are seeing good things
- a relief in financial trouble, removal
of difficult people or situations and a
better ability to enjoy where we are now,
which helps to move us forward positively.
If you are struggling, take heart - there
is much beauty and magic to be had, particularly
at the end of the year. The changes we are
going through now will lead to a brighter
and better future. If you are struggling
to hold on to something, the best course
of action may very well be to let it go
and optimistically look forward for something
better to fill that space - and be open.
That something better might not take the
form you expect but might be the best thing
Sending love and light my friends. xoxo!