When All Other Lights Go Out
THE ARIES NEW MOON & NEW VENUS March 27-28, 2017
Years ago when I was a second grade teacher, I inadvertently ignited a school-wide conflict which ended in my decision to leave teaching for good. The trigger was a note sent home to the parents of my students.
Invariably each morning, two, three, sometimes four different mothers would breeze in the room while class was in session. Each would sing out to their child across the room while waving some item in the air: a lunch box, soccer gear, gloves, hat or some other item that had been mistakenly left behind that morning. Sometimes the mother would leave blowing kisses to her child. All of my students stopped working to watch the entire performance, and it would take a minute or two to get everyone back on task again — just in time for the next mother to come sailing in.
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So Many Kinds of Yes THE ARIES EQUINOX March 20, 2017
Spring is my favorite season of year and the older I get the more I appreciate it, the more I need it — this return of life, of the Sun, which higher in the sky each day actually feels warm again. Although the nights are still cold, daffodils scattered around the yard and the cheerful orange and yellow calendulas are blooming proof that winter is truly over. At the forest's edge, trilliums and milkmaids are blooming among ferns, emerging from their winter's sleep, they spiral their emerald heads skyward dressed in their green fractal lace, a perfect symbol of spring.
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Intellect and Intuition
THE VIRGO FULL MOON & FULL MERCURY March 12, 2017
At every Full Moon the Sun and Moon gaze at each other across the wide expanse of the zodiac wheel. Positioned in exact opposition, each Full Moon highlights a different pair of complementary signs. And this month, a Pisces Sun will be reflected through Mercury-ruled, feet-firmly-planted Virgo. A combination of water and earth, Virgo and Pisces form a polar pair that symbolizes no less than the intersection of the mundane and the sublime.
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Deeper Meaning VENUS STATIONS RETROGRADE IN ARIES March 4, 2017
What a week! We began with a solar eclipse, the next day, Mars conjoined Uranus ratcheting up the buzzy restlessness, then Jupiter and Uranus arrived at their second exact opposition — and just a few hours ago, Venus stationed retrograde. That's quite a lot of swirling activity in one week!
The star of the moment, however, is Venus at station standstill in the cardinal, fire sign of Aries, ruled by Venus's favorite guy, Mars. We don't get a Venus retrograde every year, there's about 19 months between them; so unlike Mercury, which seems to be going retrograde all the time, when Venus begins her backwards waltz through the zodiac, it can be especially disorienting. In Venusian ways, and one of the biggies is relationships: thinking about them, longing for them, longing to get out of them, longing to improve them. Whatever our particular romantic situation is, when Venus stations retrograde it is the beginning of a major contemplation project regarding love. The matters of the heart.
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To Save Yourself Heartwhole
THE PISCES NEW MOON & SOLAR ECLIPSE Feb. 26, 2017
By the time the Moon catches up with the Sun and eclipses it this weekend, Luna will have joined an impressive flock already gathered in Pisces. Sun and Moon conjoin the lunar south node (hence the eclipse), Mercury, newly in Pisces, and Neptune, Lord of the Deep, Pisces' own ruler. A bit further down the line is Pallas Athena, goddess of wisdom, hanging with Chiron, the wounded-healer. Eight, very different fish swimming together in Pisces' sea of eternity, all trying to convey, in their own way, what lies beyond words, is just out of reach, through an intangible siren song human ears cannot hear.
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Holy Water THE SUN ENTERS PISCES Feb. 18, 2017
Mystical, ethereal Pisces is one of four mutable signs, along with Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius. Characterized by a freeflowing, adaptable nature, mutable signs occur at the end of the seasons when life is in flux and instability and change are in the air. Unlike the other "mutables" however, Pisces is also a responsive, intuitive water sign. Mutability, combined with the sensitive, formless water element — it is no wonder Pisces individuals often feel surreal and insubstantial, as if they are made of nothing more than fairy dust. With one foot on earth, the other in the clouds, Pisces is drawn to the numinous realms, where the earthy illusion of separation recedes like some vague dream.