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Aries, HighLights 2017
Aries ACTivation!

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Happy Birthdays, Aries!

Meet Ricardo Breceda, Sorcerer of Sheet Metal!

Aries-Mars Ricardo Breceda Metal Sculptor Borrego

This story is about an artist born in 1962 in Durango, Mexico, no birthdate available. But I’m sure he is Aries something and/or has a strong Mars, the Aries planet, in his birth chart!

Dubbed “the Picasso of Steel,” Ricardo Breceda was an injured construction worker and a boot salesman, but became a renowned artist in ten short years with no previous art training or even an interest in art!

People are awestruck by the beauty and scale of his work, and the way his animals seem so real, the way he fashions sheet metal into muscle and bone, the way he captures motion. One writer says: Breceda believes in motion. He’s almost always in motion. One of those fast-metabolism guys who need to be moving. He’s been that way his whole life. Breceda believes in the can-do attitude. He refuses to set himself limits.”

His dedication is apparent in this story about him by Gordon Lee Johnson!

It’s 116 degrees under the desert sun, so hot even the Borrego Springs horned toads are hunting shade.

But there’s no shade for metal sculptor Ricardo Breceda who’s welding sheet-metal scales onto a 350-foot sea monster.

White-hot sparks pop and blister from molten metal. So much sweat rolls into his eyes, he can hardly see through the welding helmet’s visor. The sun is hot, the metal is hot, the arc welder is hot, the helmet is hot, his clothes are hot.

It’s July, he’s been sweltering for almost three months on this sea monster. “All I can think is — let’s finish this thing,” he says.

Lost in the fever of work, his working delirium is broken by a young man who is yelling at him to stop, and holding out a bottle of water.

“He actually got in my face, and yelled at me to stop. I didn’t want to stop, I wanted to keep going. But I’m glad I stopped. That guy may have saved my life.”

Breceda knocked off, drank lots of water, and regained himself after a few hours, cooling off to continue.

A couple of days later, he finally finished. “Let me tell you, a beer never tasted so good.”

Ricardo has won prizes, there is much written about him. He says “I work hard to get a piece to look alive, to give it a soul.

You can see this amazing work at Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs California.

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ARIES 2017 Celestial Highlights!

Astronomy April 10 2017 Full Moon Jupiter Spica

April 7  Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons. A medium-sized telescope should be able to show you some of the details in Jupiter’s cloud bands. A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter’s four largest moons, appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.

April 10, 2017, see diagram – presents the first full moon of spring for the Northern Hemisphere and the first full moon of autumn for the Southern Hemisphere. The first full moon of the season shines in front of the constellation Virgo the Maiden.

Jupiter stays in front of the constellation Virgo until November 2017.

Don’t forget to make special arrangements for viewing the August 21 Eclipse!

Aries 2017 TimeLine!

October 23 2016 started a whole new round of SIX aspects through Dec 31 that are the primary aspects of 2017! We have had Jupiter inconjunct Neptune, Jupiter square Pluto ThanksGiving Day, Nov 24! The ‘Holiday Four, plus the very close Jupiter sextile Saturn, happened the last 8 days of 2016. 

The first outer planets aspect of 2017, the Valentine’s Day Jupiter inconjunct Chiron, started the 2017 retrograde set of the SIX aspects in reverse order through May 18. The next of the set is the March 30 Jupiter square Pluto! See more 

We are in countdown days! Many of us have followed the many years long Uranus square Pluto. At times we have been hysterical, held in suspense with bated breath, sometimes enduring, sometimes kicking the traces of old inbred power and mores. Cultural, racial, sexual, gender, economic, environmental and climate change. Primal matters have been on the line, some to the degree of extinction, to changes of necessity for survival. The long time Uranus square Pluto is finally finishing what it started in 2010, its first of seven exact aspects! It is in the final 5 degree close range 11.29.16 to 4.13.17 and doesn’t go back! It won’t be the click of a switch and it’s over. Such long term major matters permeate deeply throughout our layers, to reach subconscious levels of our lives. It leaves us years of work to integrate, to reach a sustainable ability to reiterate our new thinking that gradually has become part us us in a new working order. We simply aren’t the same people we were 7 years ago. The internet and social media have moved things along even faster than in times before. See more

Jupiter will be in Libra until Oct 10, 2017. It is now opposition Uranus, changes, rebellion! We are making adjustments, rebalancing with our new President. It will be a challenging time for many of us through Nov 2, 2017. Choose your battles, stay long term intentional, stay focused and don’t forget who you are.
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20  Happy Spring Equinox!
xxxxx 27   New Moon, Mercury Retrograde cycle starts 
xx 25-27 Stelliums! Four Planets in Aries, 28/29 Five in Aries, 30/31 Four  xxxxxxxxin Aries
xxxxx 30   Jupiter square Pluto
Apr      9   Mercury Retrograde!
xxxxx10  Full Pink Moon
xxxxx22  Earth Day
May   10  Buddha’s Birthday Celebration – Mt Shasta?
Aug   21 Total Solar Eclipse in the US! See more info!

Continuing abiding Aspects

  • The long time Uranus square Pluto is finally finishing! It started its first of seven exact aspects in 2010! It is in the final 5 degree close range 11.29.16 to 4.13.17 and doesn’t go back! See more.
  • Chiron & Uranus continue in their many years long journey closely together in the background…. More

Outer Planet Transit Aspects with Aries 2017-April 2018!

Aries Heady RED Hat!

Aries are heady! They love their hats! Caps & helmets are daily wear! AP Photo by David J. Phillip – great shot!

It’s time to surge into your New Year! May there be many grand new accomplishments!

Pluto is just past mid Capricorn through Jan 2018. Pluto is Scorpio’s planet and in Capricorn is in a harmonious sextile sign, an earth and water mix. A darn good business person estimating time and money to the inch! Aries is FRESH, a sign of the times, even of times to come! Give them the job, they will lead, but get outta their way. They may experiment here and there, taking a bit more time, but the offshoot ideas will be well worth it! Pay attention and capitalize! Aries, be smart and realize the worth of the experience of elders and practiced business men, even if it does remind you of your Father! You may be denied at first, feel blocked, but you can and will do it! If things are too musty, move on and do it on your own, taking the good ideas and sensible guidance with you. You remain independent because it’s your choice to do so!

Neptune is in its own sign, at the first third of Pisces. It is a water Planet in the last water sign seeking a deeper side of life. Neptune is oceanic – is still like glass becalmed, has forever tidal cycles, titanic storms, tsunamis! Those of you with chart factors between 12 and 15 degrees will be activated with this pure energy. If your factors are in Aries, it will be the surf of a lifetime! it will be your unpredictable but fascinating neighbor you get glimpses of. There will be curiosity, caution and irresistible inspiration! Pisces insights about you may be tailor made, so really listen though at times it sounds like they are speaking in tongues. Their troubles may call you to rescue them. That may go well, but if it goes on and on, you may inadvertently be enabling. Walk away, maybe check in time to time. Plant your seeds where there will be potent results.

Uranus covers 23 to 29 Aries, brings us to the brink of the sign change into Taurus May 15, 2018! Those of you with factors in these last degrees will be accomplishing the last year of Uranus in Aries, strengthening the final touches to secure the foundation of the future that Taurus will build on. Ideas need to be instilled, spread far and wide to create a support network, cleverly woven into our daily fabric so they are not forgotten. Change worthy ideas need to be highlighted so they are not taken for granted.

Uranus is the planet of Aquarius, so unique that utter freedom is a automatic. In Aries, the First of everything, it is kin to Aquarius the Awakener! Aquarius is way ahead of its time; Aries is the first to DO it! It takes a lot to make an Aries head spin, and this is exactly what’s happening! At last, a friend who is grateful and keeps feeding you the most outrageous data, inventing daily! It’s their turn to keep up, and that’s rare! Sparks fly and everyone marvels! It’s like Love at first sight, and it works! It may not always be easy, each are quite independent and used to having their own way, but the ideas are bigger than they are separately, so get to work and have an uncommonly good time!

Chiron, like Neptune is also in Pisces, and like Uranus, also covers 24 Pisces to 0 Aries, entering Aries April 17 2018! Chiron will conjunct any factors you have in those degrees. If you have Chiron in those degrees, you will be having your Chiron Return! Wounds and vulnerabilities will be assessed. Updated healing systems will be applied with unbelievable results! Medical teaching will be inspiring, especially about the feet. The Magi Society thinks Chiron is the #1 marriage factor and good in business.

Chiron is fluid in Pisces, takes only a moment to assess a situation and impresses Aries with its immediate insights, whether in love or business, body or mind! When it goes into Aries for 9 years. through 2027, it will speed up healing at an enormous rate! We will process many challenges with unproven but successful results. Yes, there will be some rash attempts, but quickly remedied as the leaders push on. In some ways it will be like a renaissance!

Saturn builds from 21 Sagittarius to 9 Capricorn now through April 2018.

In Sagittarius Saturn may find his travel budget lacking for the time being, or may find perfect low budget opportunities! Education may need to wait, but is still a good investment as soon as possible. Saturn challenges Aries to pick a purpose and stick to it. Sag travels point to point. Aries is willing to go if it suits his purpose right now. Saturn has his hands full because Sagittarius gets distracted and abandons the local project for something more worthy and far sighted. Aries loves a new cause and believes Saturn to be a good backer, so will go along. Sag can lead and teach. Aries wants more than words, let’s make doing it part of the teaching! Saturn may have to adjust the rules to fit the time, place and situation. Together they may get it done, or the locals may take it up and finish it themselves. Teaching is the core. Aries is satisfied, and like Sag, is ready to move on.

29 year Saturn Returns can make you bring yourself up to your full height, proud of your achievements! If you are on your first Return, you may be having substantial career success, marry, have your first child, buy a home! If you are on your second Return, about age 58, you may be thinking of retirement plans, be called to take care of aging parents. Sometimes Saturn brings losses, sadness, delays. Advice from experienced experts may be just what you need.

Those with Saturn 21 to 29 degree Sagittarius will be having their Sagittarian Saturn Returns. Sagittarians are seers, looking across the mountains, over the rainbow, keenly to the arrow’s point far, far away. Saturn knows that is doable, one step, one board, a brick at a time, the framework will go up. Sagittarius will have their learning place, teaching hope itself. They are optimistic and faithful to the cause. When that one is built or fait accompli, on to the next!

When Saturn goes into his own sign Capricorn Dec 19, 2017, Saturn might have more work than anybody should, or they are let go. In the long term that may be a blessing when they get replacement work that suits them better or they start their own business! Aries loves the perfect fresh challenge of new beginnings, especially independent new beginnings! Thresholds were meant to be leapt across! Capricorn may get tired just watching, and they are hard workers themselves. But things get done. Capricorn needs to watch to be sure things are per specs. Aries may get grumpy it there is smothering supervision. Need to talk this out. If Aries is experienced, give them a free hand. The love department may have delays or hit a dry spell for awhile. Give your body plenty of rest, take time out. Cappies make you think you have to prove yourself, and you do, but there are limits too!

Those of you with Saturn 0 to 9 Capricorn will be having your Capricorn Saturn Returns! There will be more traditional endeavors. Take good care of yourself, keep your networks alive. Housing, parenting may be challenging new responsibilities. Age may become a factor, retirement. Give yourself credit for what you have done, the talents you have! Rules, responsibility, respect for elders is called for. It’s a time to honor, be honored!

Jupiter moves from 13 Libra to 23 Scorpio, entering Scorpio Oct 10.

Jupiter in Libra is a volatile Fire and Air combination, loves to carry on getting to know you. Aries finds that exhilarating, plus meeting new people, seeing new places! Negotiate personal time while Libra is with other friends so they won’t feel lonesome while you gone. Be back when you say you will be or they will worry. They are ever etiquette minded, and you will learn some good skills that bring several excellent opportunities your way! They will broaden your horizons as they survey the entire territory while you may be focused on one facet of it. But your focus may be perfect for getting one thing done at a time while they are contemplating. Social situations may cause you to gain a little weight. Dance it away!

Jupiter in Scorpio is not exactly an Aries comfort zone. The Underground dimension may visit you, requiring a deeper look at you, your intentions. Seductive, lucrative financial offers may need you to sacrifice temporarily. Things are not completely straightforward, yet certain revelations may compel you to take a chance. You have picked yourself up before and done even better than before. You can do it again if necessary. Or maybe you are older now and feeling less willing just because it’s an intriguing challenge. Unlike usual you may find yourself seeking tried and true advice. The timeframe involved is longer than your usual venue. It may be worth it, or the tunnel cramps your style, you just want it to be over, get back to your stand up mode. An oblique alliance may be formed that you use as a wild card in the future. Stay clean.

If your Jupiter is in these Libra or Scorpio degrees, you will be having your Jupiter Return! Jupiter will bring you big truths or reveal lies. Sometimes it exaggerates your condition or makes it wildly abundant! Plans for the future may be magnified, your course changed significantly. Profound circumstances are likely to impinge on special relationships – loving or leaving.

Happy Birthdays, Aries! Wishing you a #1 Year!


Any of these outer planet factors may be activating other factors in your chart as well as your Sun. They may be difficult, may be rosy, maybe both! Check with your favorite astrologers for the whole picture! May it go well with you…. 

See the entire Aries 2017 Newsletter!

See the 2017 Special Edition Newsletter for upcoming Planetary Patterns! Make your changes count.

Make your changes count.

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Aries ACTivation!

Aries Sea Serpent Head Ricardo Breceda Metal Borrego

A fire made treasure, that’s our Aries! Ricardo Breceda’s Sea Serpent. This is just the head. The rest of it undulates through the desert sand along behind… Gordon Johnson Photo

If you have never been there before it is INitiation! If you have been there, but inactive, perhaps forgotten, you may need ACTivation! If that’s all going for you, then it may be time for you to be the lead Activator!

Purity is high grade energy, has absolute integrity! Aries rarely calculates or is conniving. They function immediately on auto response, accurately filling the immediate need. It’s a White Diamond Light function. Mind you, they aren’t saints, well, not usually, ’cause they are impatient if you can’t or don’t do the same. It’s no fun if you don’t keep up, LOL!

Red is their other color! They are red-blooded heroes and heroines, love those red trucks, and white cars! Racing in any form, is a passion! To them it is not a gamble, they are just so fast they don’t even think about it. Gets them in trouble sometimes. Other times we are so glad they made it, came to help when they did!

They love the challenge of a catching a good partner. They are adoring fans, roses, new places to go together. But they can leave once the challenge is over. They need a match to their continued high energy, needs to be physical. Biking, hiking, skiing, skating. Speeding somewhere together at the front of the pack suits their Spirits! If you like your sex a bit quick, anywhere anytime, fiery and red hot, you have found your lover!

Being their own boss, having their own hours and business, is perfect for self motivators like them! They may start with nothing and build an empire! A Job that has dramatically different challenges, not routine, works. Aries is innovative, loves being the first to try something new. Meeting new people, possible co investors, delights them. They are terrific sales people. They know what you need before you do! Knives, swords, guns, fighting hold fascination. They have the courage to lead even if it might mean their own death. You will find them at the front working with fire!

Classrooms are a tough assignment. It’s a closed space. Boring to look at, always the same for a time frame as fast as Aries. Assign them to keep it changing. Have different instructors. Blow off the energy on top by riding your bike to work or school! Put in plenty of sports, dance classes before sit down classes. Sitting drives them crazy. Let them stand? Do walking meditations! They will thrive on anything that involves heroes and builds independence. For many the independence of riding their bike makes it their vehicle of choice. Science and mechanics, how things work, especially cars, race cars, will do the trick!

Lean blondes or redheads. Dashing and dazzling demeanor. Fresh. Naive and innocent. Radiant health. They exercise, are generally not readers or TV watchers, don’t sit long enough to eat much. But they can have accidents – cuts, head/eye injuries, road rash, punctures, and headaches and burnouts from too much exercise! They like a clean body machine and aren’t inclined to meds or addictions, unless it’s to or for exercise. Oh, and btw, headgear is primal for Aries! It keeps their mind happy!

Fiery crafts jump start their day! Whether it is creating a mechanical toy for their kids, building a new vehicle, exotic enhancing fuels, making expensive jewelry, glass blowing, cheffing that fine steak or burger, retiring to metal sculpting recycled leavings! It engages their whole being. It’s gotta work, amaze people, and you gotta stay alive while you are doing it! Iron matches their blood and copper is their tone!

Many would disagree with me, but I think of Aries as the Crown Chakra energy center of the body. It’s that White Diamond Light you see on some Chakra diagrams. Their perception of incoming information, connecting with the higher realms, must be clean and clear to quickly save lives when it is an emergency, or to not miss a potent opening, that one moment that could make a difference for the rest of your life! Robin DiPasquale, ND RH (AHG) says ‘The energy of the crown chakra is about opening to the heavens through the crown of the head, connecting with the electrical forces of the universe, and allowing these to flow through the body to join with the magnetic forces of the earth energy in the heart.’

Pink is that blend of White Light and the Red Blood of the Heart of Life. There’s nothing Aries wouldn’t do for you if they could. Most of all, they would like you to be strong. To be able to stand on your own two feet. They want you to try. They will take you places you have never seen before. They ignite your curiosity, show you what’s possible. They scatter seeds with the spark of life wherever they go. They have relentless passion for the Spirit of Life!

Bright White Light, Red Hot Flame, Pink for Pure Love…they love for love itself.

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Happy Birthdays, Aries!

Aries Circle of Fire Protection Warrioress Sacred Space Sanctuary

The Protector Warrioress taking time out in the Circle of Fire Sacred Sanctuary

Thank you for your Sweet Firelight!

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Venus Mercury Retrograde Zion Angel's Landing Walters Wiggles

Switchbacks at Utah’s Zion National Park, Angel’s Landing, Walter’s Wiggles! If we are going to do two retrogrades in a row, and overlapping – both at once for a week, whether descending or ascending, we might as well do it elegantly in great Beauty!

March 20 Note: Venus has been retrograde since March 4. Mercury starts Rx during Aries, April 9. Venus goes direct April 15. The DOUBLE RX is April 9 to 15!

For your advance planning ~~~ trips, moves, weddings, significant purchases, remodels, elective surgeries, investments, taxes, job changes or reviews. Venus involves your love life, money and values, art and beauty. Mercury typically has to do with signing papers, snafus of all sorts, appointments, mind changes, reversals, breakdowns, electronic failures. Retrogrades have three parts. First is the time the planet goes forward. Next is the retrograde period when it goes back over that same ground. Third is when it turns Direct, forward, and goes over the same ground the third time. Often, having a change of direction, extra work to accommodate the changes, delays, drives us crazy. Given time, from the different vantage points, and as other planets move along, we see the values in these adjustments. Without switchbacks or retrogrades, sometimes we might never reach higher ground had these events not have happened. New vantage points show us how to incorporate new facets in our lives.

Venus Retrograde

Venus sweetens from 13 Aries 8 back to 28 Pisces 54! The whole three part cycle starts Jan 30, finishes May 18 with Venus Rx Mar 4 to 15.

Venus does make beauty and kindness, money and love. Retrogrades make changes, omits, misunderstandings, mistakes, adjustments.

Venus in Pisces dreams, commiserates and blesses, is music, magic and miracles, lives for the beauty of Soul. Your understandings, beliefs and desires will shift, can even take 180 different positions and return back to your original position even wiser! The idea is to flow with the tide, rise and fall with the swells of life. Be as whole as you can, make Magic as your insights and visions carry you forward. Pisces can be a gentle sign, or the deluge of a tsunami! If things come too fast it could be scary confusion, feeling lost. Lay back on sugar and carbs. Avoid overindulging in social drugs, alcohol; arrange to have a trusted friend to see you safely home. Water sports and businesses, especially related to the ocean, can make significant changes, select new teachers.

Venus in Aries wants what it wants, now, and takes the action needed to get it! They love being first, prize being leaders, are quick super athletes, are great dancers, put in stunning performances! During the Rx you may find your style changing as to how you do these things! The warning is not to overdo it, be careful not to hurt your head or eyes. Sweet hot sex if you’re lucky! But have that sex with your established partner. Many don’t recommend first time sex during Venus Rxs. There is a quality of rebellion and you could get in trouble with dares. You may not get away with it this time, so please be careful, and try not to break the law in front of the officer!

Aries is often impetuous, but most astrologers would not pick anytime during Venus (love and marriage) Retrograde to get married, elope. Only if the compatibility charts were exceptional, both parties have exceptional progression and transit aspects at that time, and the marriage chart is chosen for the best aspects it can have that also are in splendid harmony with both birth charts. Otherwise, some unions are karmic and will be as they are.

Mercury Double Retrograde!

DURING Venus Retrograde, Mercury starts its Rx cycle, and part of its Retrograde time is during the Venus Rx time! So we have a double Rx April 9 to 15! This is a wee bit of a complicated time with two overlapping cycles and Venus and Mercury each changing signs as well. Mercury will move through 24 Aries 15 to 4 Taurus 50. Mercury is Rx April 9 to May 3.  It makes sense to see your astrologer for details about how this activates your personal chart.

At the time of the double Rx, Venus will be in Pisces, Mercury in Taurus. The degrees are not close, so they will be operating independently of each other. That means in two different houses of your personal chart, possibly even four houses, will be activated. They may act together for you depending on the personal linkage of your planets.

Mercury in Aries is quick to see what’s happening, often distracted, maybe jumps to conclusions, or it’s all in your head. Its speed can save lives, tilt the world in a new direction, blitz by old hurdles! It can be impatient, angry, get down to head butting! Get going or get outta my way, but mainly it just wants to do things! It is a leader that inspires confidence! New projects may finally be undertaken, or fail because they are ahead of their time, there are more considerations than realized. Plant your seeds then plant more seeds! Caution signing papers, even if an expert advises it. This is likely not the time to be impetuous. If you are never impetuous, maybe you should give it a try! Do your best.

In Aries it is very likely not the time to do electional face surgery, elope, buy a new car or mechanical items. If you can wait, fix the furnace or air conditioner later. Be careful about head bumps, your brain/skull, eyes. Put in fire alarms well before the retrograde.

Mercury in Taurus takes its time, maybe too much time, but is the most stable of these four combinations. Sometimes it resists change and is thrown off by shifts in routine. Yet, if Taurus has become tired without realizing, changes may be just what the Dr ordered! Your land may change, your garden, your flowers, trees – earthy things. Taurus is your neck, throat and thyroid. If there are any questions, have a checkup in advance, especially if singing or entertainment is important to you. In general, Taurus is ownership and a solid untouchable bank account, but what we want may surprisingly change during this Rx. A generous gift may be expected and you might have a dilemma about what, how much, or whether to give.

If you make investments, do only test amounts during both retrogrades because Venus (money) is Taurus’s planet. Your thinking about what is attractive can easily change. Not a time to buy a new wardrobe, furnish your home, do a remodel or buy a comfortable car. Whatever you buy, get receipts, buy from well standing companies with excellent return policies, get the warranty. If you sign papers include a review clause so it can be changed, canceled or extended within a reasonable time. You set the time for your next job review time.

Complete Venus & Mercury Retrograde Timetable

Jan 30 Venus starts Rx cycle
Feb  3 Venus Aries
Mar 4 Venus Rx
xxx18 Mercury conjunct Venus – words of appreciation, noticing beauty
xxx25 Sun conjunct Venus – big hearted Love
xxx27 Mercury starts Rx cycle
xxx29 Mercury trine Saturn – recognition of job well done, on time, keeps a level head
xxx31 Mercury Taurus
Apr  2 Venus Pisces – dreams can come true
xxxx8 Venus square Saturn – less than hoped for
xxxx9 Mercury RxDOUBLE Rx starts
xxx10 Full Pink Moon
xxx15 Venus Direct (forward) last day of Double Rx
xxx16 Venus sextile Mars – opportunity for a fresh start
xxx19 Sun conjunct Mercury – bright words!
xxx20 Mercury Aries
xxx21 Venus Rx square Saturn – reconsider values, high priced or a super bargain
xxx24 Mercury Rx trine Saturn – wise choice
xxx28 Venus Aries
xxx28 Mercury Rx conjunct Uranus – Surprise! Brilliant!
May 3 Mercury Direct (forward)
xxxx9 Mercury conjunct Uranus – terrific idea! Friend, join community assn.
xxx10 Full Flower Moon, Wesak – Buddha’s Birthday Celebration!
xxx11 Mercury trine Saturn third time – venture is secure
xxx15 Mercury Taurus
xxx18 Venus cycle finishes
xxx21 Mercury cycle finishes

Mercury trines Saturn three times. Logical and sensible, productive, excellence.

Venus squares Saturn twice. There are costs and the budget may not be enough. Love is not what it used to be or expectations are too high. Out of work partners may not be chosen.

Mercury stations with Uranus April 27 to May 9! Super intelligence, a friend returns and leaves again.

Plan what you can, the Creator will do the rest. Good luck and Grace be with you.

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Mercury Retrograde Taurus while Mars Retrograde 2016 Road Sign S Curve

June 20, 2016 note: Mars continues Retrograde until June 29, three days after Jupiter trines Pluto. Some energies won’t be released until Mars has gone forward a few days after the 29th.

Mars started the first of its three Retrograde phases on Feb 18! Mars type things started since then until the retrograde April 17 will be reviewed during his retrograde April 17 to June 29. The third phase starts June 29, when Mars directs – moves forward again, until the finish August 22. Mars moves about twice as slow as Mercury, taking 2 years to circle Earth, while Mercury goes with the Sun once a year. So the Mars Rx period is longer, will be 2 months, 12 days!

The first pass is new ground. The reverse period, the Retrograde, things are covered in reverse order, reviewed, changed. The third pass is when the answers fall into place, mature decisions are made, last chances for finetuning course corrections.

The retrograde will span from 8 Sagittarius to 23 Scorpio.

Sex & Love

In Scorpio a fervent time, powerfully potent. Scorpio will generally love you forever, but Mars is less patient. For your own goodness they will prod you to take better care of yourself, mend relationships with other. It can be an obsessive combination, and you may have to take serious measures to depart if they get mean. If a new, fresh love, it may rock your socks, be tantric fusion! Just be careful about starting your new intimacy during the retrograde period, especially if it is an affair on one or both of your parts. There are likely to be sad consequences. If you are single be super careful. If with your very own Honey, what a great time to try out some new experiences! If you break up during the Rx, you are likely to get back together, so if you are serious about it, wait until Mars goes direct, then if you still want to, make your move. Be gentle and kind as possible in all circumstances.

In Sagittarius a runaway adventure! A high % of love ’em and leave ’em, but sometimes so worth the hit and run! Take a vacation with your Sweetie, just don’t take your most valuable luggage during the retrograde. Things get lost, so valuables stay with you on the flight. This wonderful exploration could be to a meaningful sacred site, an altar, to see the oracle about your love life, or off to a school or a visit with a teacher. Don’t believe everything you see or hear, or promises made. Evolution is the always change, and trumps any human thinking. What we thought we wanted changes with the perspective of time and circumstance, and though at first we are a bit undone, in the long term things are better!

Health & Healing

In Scorpio This is one of Scorpio’s prime businesses. They are super therapists whether it is mind or body. They have powerful mojo. If you find the healer uses too much force or intimidation for you, stop the program. If you had a super healer it may be time to return for another round. Good healers always know more about you than you do. They have the intuition, skills, experience that can do the best for you. From midwife to Hospice, let these Beings be there for you. Scorpio specially has to do with our intestines and sexual organs. Less food that over taxes our system. Food and exercise that keeps our body at optimum. Take good care of yourself. It’s another way of loving others.

In Sagittarius Sometimes we forget to play. Our Spirit needs relief from serious concerns. Do some things you forgot you love to do. Literally get away. You and your body forget you had aches and pains. If you are about to publish, perhaps immersing yourself in your text or images will take your mind elsewhere. Or go see a healer that has inspired you or the good people you trust, possibly has helped you before. Try something new. Be with the Truth. If you have been procrastinating, in denial, get with a strong friend, talk about what you are scared of, make your plan, take it a step at a time, have your friend be with you to help you get started. We all need help at times. You would do it for them. Sag is hips, thighs, sciatic nerve. These are what let us propel us through our lives. Be ready to happily make adjustments to your exercise, physical therapy programs. Together we can do this.

Career & Business

In Scorpio Financial relics will be summarily dismissed and replaced – not without resistance, but it will happen! Mars likes things done directly, right at the heart of the matter, with the least fuss. Let go of excess procedures, lighten the load, save time and money. Try some new ventures and keep tabs on things yourself, delegate when you find someone capable and trustworthy. Check on security matters frequently during the retrograde. Get proper lighting and make backups. Don’t be too disappointed if you don’t get the job or make the contact or partnership you expected, or the pay you hoped for. A better choice or deal may be in the offing after the retrograde. If you must have a review during this period, negotiate another after the retrograde. (See your astrologer for good dates!)

In Sagittarius Travelers will change course several times, planners be ready for revisions! What you teach may true one day, new info the next! You might reprint old texts, but do better to wait on your new publishing, a better title, a better cover to come. Caution about religious organizations. The management may change or they aren’t as suited as first thought. Your company may decide to go back to meeting at a previous place. Selecting your courses or place of continuing education will be more sure later on. Keep your options as open as possible.

Mars Retrograde Timeline

Feb 18 Mars started Phase 1

Mar 5 Mars into Sagittarius

Mar 19 Sun into Aries, Mars’ sign. Into Taurus April 19.
Mar 21 Mercury into Aries, Mars’ sign. Into Taurus April 5. From Mar 22 until April 19 there will be 3 planets in Aries! 

April 5 Venus into Aries, Mars’ sign. April 29 Taurus.
April 12 Venus in Aries trine Mars

April 17 Mars RETROGRADE 8 Sag to 23 Scorpio

April 28 Mercury RETROGRADE 23 to 14 Taurus DURING the Mars Rx! It’s a double retrograde!

May 9 2016 TRANSIT OF MERCURY Rx in Taurus, 7.5 hour ECLIPSE across the Sun, 8:12 AM Pacific at 19 Taurus 25! On the average, there are only 13 transits of Mercury each century. The last planetary Solar Eclipse we had was Venus Retrograde in Gemini June 5, 2012. The last Mercury eclipse was Nov 8, 2006 at 16 Scorpio. The May Mercury eclipses are about half as frequent as November transits, but are bigger because Mercury is Aphelion, farthest from the sun. They occur at Mercury’s South Node. See More & the Chart!

May 22 Mercury DIRECT
May 22 The same day Mercury Directs, goes forward, Mars is at the Rx midpoint; Mars is always opposite the Sun at its Rx midpoint! This time the Sun is in Mercury’s sign Gemini at 1 Gemini/Sagittarius 47! Mars and Sun, two fiery planets will be facing off. The Sun is Light and rules the Heart, the sense of our core Self. Mars is Fire personified, lives for action! It is the candle flame of ignition when we need inspiration. It quickens our reaction time, is a spontaneous and cleverly innovative problem solver! It is the Seed of Spring, the Initiator, Leader! If you happen to be in the flock-of-lambs dept, not to worry, you will become a fine ram or ewe!

May 27 Mars Rx back into Scorpio

June 18  Mars Rx inconjunct Uranus  – 23 SC 51 Rx. Disturbances in the valence through July 13!
June 29
 MARS DIRECT at 23 Scorpio 3.9!

July 13 Mars direct inconjunct Uranus – 24 SC 25

Aug 2 Mars Sagittarius

Aug 10 Mercury starts Retrograde Phase 1 in Virgo

Aug 22 Mars 3rd phase finishes at 8 Sag, Sun into Virgo

Aug 30, eight days later, Mercury retrogrades in Virgo

23 DEGREES

Though Mercury starts its Retrograde at 23 Taurus, and Mars goes Direct (forward) at the opposite point, 23 Scorpio, they are never in opposition while both are retrograde due to the differences in their timing. But that 23 degree point becomes a sensitive point, since the degree positions when planets turn Retrograde or Direct, called a Station, are held for many days in the sky.

Feb 18 Mars already crossed 23 Scorpio
Apr 28 Mercury Rx at 23 Taurus
June  7 Mercury completes the Rx cycle at 23 Taurus
Jun 29 Mars Direct at 23 Scorpio

Passing it back and forth, who’s across the table, crossfire, differences, independence, separation, negotiation, complementary efforts, exciting joint advocacy, cooperation, will all be part of our considerations. Mercury is mind and communications. Mars is action inspired by Mercury’s inspired quick thinking – even in Taurus, or perhaps especially in Taurus, because Taurus has ruminated on matters, coming up with amazing common sense solutions, worthy of Mars’ actions! A retrograde in Taurus releases long held consciousness. Sensing and trusting fundamental value, Mars doesn’t hesitate to inaugurate a powerful trial in Scorpio, a cautious yet astute sign, to see if further sharing/teaching is feasible in Sagittarius.

More than concurrent retrogrades, the profound 7.5 hour TRANSIT OF MERCURY Rx Eclipse across the Sun, Mercury Direct at the Mars Rx midpoint opposite Sun in Gemini – Mercury’s sign, and the 23 degree connections, these two Retrogrades are powerful and specially linked.

Enjoy your hunt, the Quest, the depths and the heights, meeting new people!

See Double Retrograde! Mercury & Mars Rx Together!

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Please, always remember these planetary combinations are what’s happening in the world. Check with your astrologer to see how they do, or don’t, activate your personal chart! May it go well with you….

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Taurus HighLights 2015   Taurus!
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Happy Birthdays, Taureans!
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Taurus Boreanaz Bones Buffy Vampire

Taurus is an Earth sign, so no surprise David Boreanaz‘s two most famous roles involve very earthy stuff! As the vampire Angel on the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he rose out of the grave (Earth), and as a Taurus, the sign specific to the neck, his food was blood from those neck bites! As FBI Special Agent, family man, Seeley Booth on the television crime drama Bones, he goes from the neck to forensic, Taurus ruling the body in general and his Saturn (bones) is in Taurus.

Born May 16, 1969, birth time not known, Boreanaz is likely double Taurus, Sun and Moon, they opposite dank Neptune in Scorpio! He was born right after a New Moon. The Moon rules family, business and women, is super sensitive. The women in both series are more prominent than he is. He is strong and gorgeous support, and with Venus in Aries trine Mars in Sag, he is their champion. He is also athletic, loves and supports hockey! Boreanaz has a super Pluto/Jupiter in Virgo with Uranus in Libra conjunction! This is power & wealth, fame from the unusual, unconventional relationships, intense secrets, extreme intelligence, extraordinary details, mojo! Nothing common about this man. His chart!

Classic Taurus staying power! He has done well with his roles, from teens to middle age! Who knows what his next role will be, but you can bet he will do it well and it will do well for him. He has an instinct to know what is in sync with the times, natural.

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Taurus 2015 Highlights!

May Day, Beltane, the first day of Taurus, follows the April 18 Aries New Moon. The next Full Moon, called WESAK, is the Taurus/Scorpio special gathering time in celebration of the Buddha’s birthday! It’s May 3, at 13 Scorpio 23, 8:42 PM Pacific.

Saturn square Neptune finished its first close, but not exact, aspect April 18. Next it runs from Oct 15 to Jan 20, 2016, making its first of three exact aspects on Nov 26, and the last aspect of 2015! It finishes in 2016 April 13 to Oct 31 with its second exact aspect  June 17, and the final aspect Sep 10.

May 18 to June 11 MERCURY RETROGRADES in Gemini!

May 21 brings our 3rd and last Jupiter inconjunct Pluto! It is followed by Saturn returning to Scorpio June 14, then the final two exact aspects of this entire set June 22 & 30, Jupiter trine Uranus, inconjunct Chiron! We are continuously in the auspice of the glorious Jupiter trine Uranus until July 21! 

HEADS UP for late summer planning! This year, July 25 to Sep 6, Taurus’s planet Venus retrogrades from 0 Virgo back to 14 Leo. Most wouldn’t choose this as falling-in-love-on-your-vacation time, nor a wedding date choice time. Retrogrades can be unstable with constant mind changes, or you have a sense of unfinished business, a constant reappraisal. Values aren’t settled. If you love that, the little challenges and the Leo dramas it brings, then things just get better and better. If aspects are well for you, for you both, at that time, love always returns, better than ever! Leo loves big!

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Taurus, Heroes of Gentle Kindness, Beauty Be

Taurus Free Hugs

Stand up, gently, for our rights! https://youtu.be/vr3x_RRJdd4

Take your time. Every day. To make loving connection. Taurus is the sweet Master of taking the time it takes. Letting people steep in the pace of their Soul allows their full flavor to come through. Tauruses are magnetic because their pace is non threatening, natural. The can work with children, elderly, animals, by adapting their pace to others. It’s a gift.

Give what you can. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted – Aesop. Every precious touch, gift, breath, is a connection to the next step. Without it, a chain would stop, the tapestry incomplete, a sector missing, lost. We are all so intricately connected in many ways. Another’s loss is our loss. Taurus does the most simple things, like just sitting with us, no words need be spoken. Taurus can be potent and rich with a touch to a pet, a pat on our shoulder, a few kind words of understanding or appreciation, a few coins, purchasing ‘suspended coffee.’

Face your fears with an open heart. Amazing change can happen. Taurus shines luminously with an internal beauty that attracts others to them, calms distress. The transformation is beyond words. They may give you a job you naturally can do given your inclinations and ability at the time. Taurus has a slow keen eye for true value, the right place, right time, right person.

Beauty be. Taurus plants flowers, magnificent trees. Taureans do your hair, shape your body, your life! Yoga suits. They make your sleeping place so snuggly and safe; you feel spoiled with your down comforter, flannel sheets. We are attracted to lovely things, things with a core intrinsic beauty. Hard to keep your hands off. Taurus is not glib, but real. You can trust what they say. They like to be touched. Tag, you’re it, pass it on! Beauty is a learned skill as much as any other. Practice from your heart out and from the outside in to your glowing Center. Act as if until you own it.

Stay steady in the Light. Highs and lows come and go, but your main reason for being here is always with you, guiding every step. Taurus calmness is an invitation. Sometimes repetition is a meditation. Spiritually, there is no race, everyone is on time. Taurus knows our progress is one by one as well as all of us together. Every step is valued, honorably necessary. Taurus knows being unfrenzied lets us stay centered, on our true course. Their raw strength is legendary.

Taurus Kindness Barnum Hart Portland

Pay it forward. Keep it rolling. Make it count. Let’s do this for each other. Let’s build foundations, make foundations for the future. We all have abiding needs and a million reasons to be here! The kindness and beauty a Taurus gives is a sacred blessing.

“Knowing how he struggled with police, his bravery and courage to catch my eye and approach me were impressive,” Sgt Barnum said. “And it’s a blessing for me that I didn’t miss an opportunity to impact this child.” Devonte Hart was giving free hugs at a Portland Ferguson rally.

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GrandMother Moon - Watcher, Hunter, Nurturer, Bringer of Cycles

Taurus 2013 Lunar Happenings! Eclipses, New & Full Moons, Voids!

April 25, 2013 – 12:57 PM Pacific
5 Scorpio/Taurus 56, Lunar Eclipse, Full Moon!

Partial, not visible in North America

The first lunar eclipse of 2013 is in the same signs as the Moon’s nodes, currently in Taurus/Scorpio. The Moon is with Saturn, considered another Karmic factor.  Saturn is thought of as Father Time, the Past.  The North Node (16 Scorpio 50), is considered to be what you may be afraid of yet need to learn, to balance your forces.  Saturn of Responsibility, age, and wisdom through experience, makes it a must.  Scorpio is also considered to be a Karmic sign, of Past Lives, Soul Retrieval.  Mother Moon, in Scorpio, is bringing her nurturing to these intriguing lost places of fear, obsession, that need to be restored to a full rich potency.

Many think the South Node, always exactly opposite the North Node, is what we have done before, overdid, not well, yet definitely skills are there even if you did it that bad!  If there are planets in that sign, they indicate unfinished business, those planets indicating specifically what needs tuning up.  In this case it is the three planet Taurus Stellium, Mars, Sun, and especially Venus, since it is the closest to the South Node.  Mars and Sun hold the Full Moon position opposite the Moon.  In Taurus, they won’t run away, they will persevere forever and outwait the insistent psychological pressure of the Scorpio Moon.  Mars was the old ruler of Scorpio, so there is a resonance between him and Mother Moon in Scorpio.  He accepts her nurturing, feels confident to sally forth, Father Sun lighting the way, head held high and independent, yet free to go home when needs or is ready.  Venus is in one of her own signs, Taurus, of enjoying ownership of physical goods, wanting to be attractive, establishing long term values, aware of intrinsic worth.  Both Taurus and Scorpio are passion signs, of touch and intimacy.  Hotty Mars heats up sensual Taurus and would rather not wait!  Saturn doesn’t mind working hard, and longs for achievement, cresting the mountain with honors!  Give the dog a bone!  There will be secrets, and successes as we gnaw away at the deeper meanings and bring those powers to bear on our intentions.  ¡Buena suerte!

Mars/Sun sextile Neptune; Moon trines Neptune, the planet of surreal beauty, the art of the Soul, the Spiritual Compass.  Sun and Mars are not always famous for thinking of others, are even selfish at times.  Yet Mars leads, sometimes at its own risk and cost, and the Sun is radiant and generously giving, teaching, sharing.  Moon in Scorpio wants to forgive, heal, restore, whether it is the old falling down home, or your damaged twisted hurts and fears.  And it is amazingly successful.  Fools walk in where Angels fear to tread.  Neptune invites a rest, the spa, ocean cruise, time alone, the dreamtime, visions.  Through understanding and compassion, a comforting combination, courage is built beyond what could have remained stuck in a stance of chronic acceptance of suffering.  This is a touching connection, Sun/Mars steady in Taurus offering an arm along the Path, Mother Moon in Scorpio bringing the cuisine of loving support, Neptune in Pisces sensitizing us to just how important it is to heal the Spirit.

Jupiter plays an inconjunct role from the side, askew, tickling, in the same degree as the nodes.  So back to that Taurus/Scorpio balance.  Rather than possession and obsession, perspective, long range planning, choices that move us forward in good cheer.  Rather than Mine versus Ours, a blend, perhaps, allocations of personal monies and shared funds for mutual purposes.  Rather than sitting still, rooted in secret hiding place caves, get out, see/learn something new, have some fun!

April 26 2013 Partial Lunar Eclipse, Full Moon Astrology Chart!


May 9, 2013 – 5:28 PM Pacific
19° Taurus 31′ Annular Solar Eclipse New Moon!

Visible in the Americas!
 

This is an exciting New Moon day!  Venus enters Gemini, a blessing of Word, spoken with grace.  Time to advertise, blog, share ideas.  There are two occultations preceding the New Moon, Moon of Mars, 6:52 AM Pacific, and of Mercury, 12:06 PM Pacific.  These are mini eclipses, the Moon and those planets lined up both horizontally and vertically, exactly lined up!  This is an action, reaction sequence.  First Mars starts the process, then Mercury reacts, tells the story, inspiring others to join in!  It may not be obvious at first, and Mars may be unusually gentle, insist on caring.  The feelings about the effort are important.  There will be a certain purity expressed as a more inner awareness calls for clarity, no missing the mark.  The eclipse itself will be the Moon’s last aspect in Taurus, then the Moon is Void of Course.  It will be at a low ebb of energy, time to rest, let go, contemplate, be at peace, wait.

The degree of this Eclipse is 19 Taurus, opposite Serpentis at 19 Scorpio.  In old Horary Astrology (divination), 19 Scorpio was considered the most dread degree of the Zodiac!  Clearly people are born when the Sun is at 19 Scorpio, in fact, it’s 11-11!  And those people live fine lives.  Some famous people you probably know of are General Patton, Calista Flockhart, Jonathan Winters (just passed April 11), and Demi Moore.

We have a potent 4 planet Taurus Stellium, all within only 5 degrees!  Mars is almost halfway through Taurus now, it has momentum.  Progress is steady, purposeful.  That’s not generally like Mars, who is usually impetuous, easily side tracked or inspired by a louder, brighter direction.  This time, it tends more to stay with the project, see it through.

Mercury, the one who notices, is just two degrees from the New Moon, there to document the happenings, hold the memory, speak the connection to others of what could otherwise be a very quietly unspoken time.  Perhaps because it is quiet, it is more easy to see, not be distracted.  There can be an unusually centered, well grounded, sensible focus.

The Eclipse is Semi Sextile, exactly a sign away from Jupiter at 19 Gemini.  Gemini is one of Mercury’s signs, so with the link to Jupiter, Mercury prominent, and Venus potently at Zero Gemini, there is supposed to be a telling of the story, right here at home, among ourselves, our siblings, neighbors.  Taurus is often thought of as a founder, the Center, the hub of a long standing organization.  The Word will go out from this strong place.  Its work will be worthy of telling.  Its attractiveness will cause Mercury/Gemini to happily bear witness to the steady achievements that have raised awareness to this point and keep it there.  There will be an abiding loyalty to the profound simplicity that has made this growth possible.

May 9, 2013 Annular Eclipse of the Sun, visible in the Americas!  New Moon at 19 Taurus 31

(The program shortens the chart name – should read Solar Eclipse.)

 Remember, as always, if the degrees of these happenings aren’t connected with
your personal chart, they may not activate you as they
would others whose charts are connected.


MOON Void of Course!

It happens there are SEVEN daytime voids in TAURUS 2013.  April 20, 22, 24, 26 and May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), 7, 12 (Mother’s Day).

What is Void of Course, what does it mean? From the time a planet makes its last major aspect, a conjunction, sextile, square, trine or opposition, until it enters a new sign, is the time it is Void of Course, VC. The traditional interpretation is nothing will come of anything started or talked about during VC time. You go shopping for an item that is regular stock, and they are out of it that day! Sometimes it’s a good thing nothing comes of your effort, better left unsaid, so to speak, or, oops, thank God you didn’t do that! But not a preferred time for the interview for the job you really want. Yet, another interpretation is there is nothing to stop the matter, it’s a done deal. If the Moon’s last aspect was classically favorable, I would lean to declaring a positive outcome for action taken. Generally, I would postpone if possible.

I have selected the VCs that occur during the 8 to 5 workday. Ones that occur generally on personal time or while most of us are sleeping, I have not counted. If you work nights, be sure to do your own or get some help learning how to do it, or invest in a Maynard’s Pocket Astrologer, Pacific or Eastern, depending on where you spend the most time. Many calendars conveniently list them for you. If you will be doing important relationship work or projects in the evenings, check for voids those dates. All of us need to carefully watch our Lunar Calendars, because there are many ½ day and midday voids as well. Be sure the time is correct or correct it for your time zone.

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Windsurfer Nancy Rios of the United States of America competed in the Women’s RS:X class race held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center during day 4 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 12, 2008 in Qingdao, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images AsiaPac)  Nancy has Neptune in a grand trine with her Sun/Jupiter/Mercury and Moon!

Feb 3 Neptune into its own sign Pisces for 13 years until March 2025. Neptune takes 168 years to orbit, so only those of us living now get to experience the potency of this magic!  Neptune and Chiron have been traveling together since 2008.  Chiron is about two times as fast as Neptune, so now will be moving on, leaving Neptune behind, though both will be in Pisces for the next six+ years.

Neptune first entered Pisces back on April 4, 2011, jump started by the amazing Aries Stellium!  See the chart!  It retrograded back into Aquarius, finishing up support group matters, realigning finances, now Neptune is on his way, no going back!

Don’t ever think of Neptune, or its sign Pisces, as a lack luster planet or sign!  They quiver with life!  Ocean water is their element, and it takes power to meet power, or you die.  Intuition is prime.  The ability to morph, act, make music, transform themselves and others, is beyond words.  It takes strength to know when to retreat, to rest, be in recovery, to do it.  It is work to meditate, to live spiritual tenets, keep faith when the world is falling.

It’s from life generated in your own personal primordial tide pool, to gliding the silvery sails of Spirit!  It’s living  in colonies with your brethren, touching, close as sea anemones on a rock, bunks in ships at sea, monks in a monastery.  It is swimming at exquisite depth, total immersion, prayer/meditation, 100% tuned in, safely alert to danger, transformation possible!  Being swept away tsunami style, or still at the moment of tide’s turn, highs and lows, advance and retreat.  Sleep and dreams, daydreams, waking visions.  There is a terrific amount of involvement – fishing industries, boatyards and watercraft sales, ocean sports, retreats and spas, cruises – floating cities, ocean’s edge tourist towns with parties, music, drink, theatre.  Other places, some beaches, islands, are remote, untouched, one can be alone, time stands still, suspended.  Imagination is set free, visions accessed.  Some come gradually with each cleansing of life’s tide; some come whole in complete understanding, an insight, the Gate is open, the Threshold crossed.  Mythically, there are Mermaids and Magicians.  There are whole skies full of stars at night with no land in sight; you can hear the sound of your own thinking.  Close your eyes………

Each of us, in turn, will be touched, as Neptune goes through the degrees, one time activating one planet, then another, until it does them all.  What we call the Mutable signs, Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, will be activated most strongly, perhaps confusion at first, but stirring  new options.  Fellow water signs, Cancer and Scorpio, may take things in stride, flowing with advantages that may have seemed hidden.  Leo and Libra will be nudged and niggled, peripherally, but perhaps too busy socially to pay the attention it may be worth.  Capricorn and Taurus, could do some good business incorporating Piscean talent and products, events.

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Mercury Direct!

Mercury at station in Aries, getting ready to turn direct, has been in a long opposition with Saturn in airy Libra. It has been in a 3 degrees or less range that started Apr 14, continues until Apr 29! It comes very close, less than ½ a degree of being in exact opposition, when it turns Direct! Mars made its opposition to Saturn on the 18th, tugging reluctant old Saturn along to new adventures. April 19, Mercury conjuncted fiery Mars, ideas in action, and now is chatting them both up, wondering how the new things can be done. Keep the practical working partnerships, add independent new projects and people. Oppositions can stretch things to the limit, sometimes breaking connections that are fragile, spent, not meant, not able. That can be best, a great relief. There may be sadness, and happiness that the dance was tried yet failed. Other times oppositions act practically like a sling shot, propelling us to the furthest amazing reaches, far beyond our ‘normal’ sphere! Life is NEVER the same again, and, perhaps, happily so!!! Let go the too old, and let the new juice up your circuits!

As reality has struck close to home, this opposition has been sobering for some. It is also in a fading formation, a T Square with Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is now 5 degrees behind, but still within range to remind us, have a hangover effect. The two Saturn square Plutos of recent times, Jan 31, 2010 and Aug 21, 2010, were part of the hard economic aspects we have had, for some us quite personal, even indelible in our memory. If it’s broken and can’t be fixed, be wise, put it behind you, move on. If restructuring is called for, get reeducated, get an expert to help you mend matters in a very good way. Make a difference and don’t delay.

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