Astrological Musings & More

Astrology 7The astrologer who taught me natal astrology had cast my chart. That was how our relationship began all those years ago. It was interesting, at the time, that he said that, because my Moon is in Cancer (its home sign), I would become more outspoken and more emotional as I grew older.

I had already recognized that the “outspoken” part was true, but hadn’t found the “emotional” part to be quite true. Oh, I cry at a happy event, a sad occurrence, a moving drama or movie, but no more so than I did when I was younger. Of course going through menopause had caused me to be very emotional, but I don’t believe that’s what he was talking about. Hmmm…

The other day, the proverbial light bulb went on over my head! It might have been a matter of semantics on his part or translation on my part but… It occurred to me that the Moon’s journey through its phases and the different signs of the zodiac had really intensified in its effects on my day to day mood. The other day, I woke up as happy as a lark! The Moon was in Leo – you know, that radiant, sunny sign ruled by the Sun. Previous to that, I had awaken feeling gloomy, even though the Sun was shining and it was a much warmer day than we had been having. I had to ask, “What’s up with this?” Well, the Moon was in Capricorn, the sign that opposes my natal Moon and is know for producing feelings of pessimism and negativity. Upon further thought and observation, I discovered that when the Moon is in Virgo (ruled by Mercury), or Gemini (also ruled by Mercury) I have trouble shutting my mind off and thus have trouble sleeping. OMG!

Now, you may be wondering if I am justifying my moods by using the placement of the Moon or its phases. The answer would be “No.” To me, this is no different that discovering that every time you’re around a cat you sneeze or every time you eat strawberries you break out in a rash. I’ve discovered an underlying cause. Once you know what’s causing something, you take action to correct it. Right? Well, I would hope that you would. That’s what I’ve been doing. It may involve aromatherapy, music, or just some energy medicine therapies, but I do something.

Awareness is such a key factor in our personal well-being. That awareness should also include how the planets are affecting you on a daily basis. You might be surprised what you discover!

Blood MoonThere is an awesome Full Moon and lunar eclipse occurring on Saturday, April 4th at 8:05 a.m. EDT in the sign of Libra.

This is the third of four consecutive total lunar eclipses that are visible in North America. Also known as a “Blood Moon”, some say it is an omen of an important – perhaps catastrophic – event. In actuality, because the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun, sunlight has to pass through Earth’s atmosphere causing the Moon to look anywhere from pink to red.

Astrologically, a full moon in Libra speaks to a search for harmony and balance, not only within oneself, but in the relationships in one’s life. The eclipse may do just exactly that: eclipse the ability to find that harmony and balance or eclipse some of the relationships in your life.

With the Sun in Aries, the combination of the Sun and Moon create, for those affected by its energies, a keenly sensitive nature that makes one observant, alert, and sociable.

Since this is an eclipse of the Moon, one could use it to pause and decide what is preventing harmony and balance from entering your life. It could also be used to bring to an end any relationships that no longer serve your search for harmony and balance in your life.

Jupiter RetrogradeJupiter, which has been in Leo since mid-July of last year, will go direct from retrograde on Wednesday, April 8th at 12:58 p.m. EDT.

Jupiter in Leo produces energies of self-confidence that ensure success. With Jupiter going retrograde this can cause us not to listen to the input of others – input that could aid us in our quest for that success.

That self-confidence, produced by Jupiter in Leo, could have tipped over into egotism with the retrograde motion of Jupiter. This could have caused us to be so overly self-assured that we can be abrupt with people, often interrupting them so that we can be heard. The conscious or unconscious belief being that what we have to say is more important than what they are saying.

You could say that the retrograde motion, whose energy is that of double fire, presented us with the opportunity to learn balance in areas that include success, self-confidence, and even work/play in our lives. With Leo in play here, the lesson becomes one of empowering ourselves and others. When we forget one or the other, life does not contain the joy that Jupiter in Leo wants us to feel and experience.

So now that Jupiter is direct again, if you felt those retrograde energies and learned from them, self-confidence and success now await you!

Venus in GeminiVenus will be entering Gemini on Saturday, April 11th at 11:29 a.m. EDT. making for an unsettling combination.

Venus is emotional and earthy, while Gemini is airy and rational. This can literally take the emotional warmth from those who either have this placement or are affected by it. What it produces is a coolness that can be impersonal, at least, and downright cold and stand-offish at worst.

Love, and emotions in general, become intellectual rather than heartfelt. While this may be great for scientists, it does provide a substantial stumbling block for those looking for a personal relationship.

Literary pursuits are favored with poetry and jokes being a favored artistic expression of this combination’s energies.

Mercury in TaurusMercury takes its place in Taurus on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:52 p.m. EDT.

It is here that Mercury energies become patient and practical. Many sound ideas concerning financial management can happen during this transit.

There is a certain conservativeness and stubbornness connected with this pairing. For any affected by this transit, sticking to what’s tried and true while resisting all outside influences may become the course of action, or inaction, taken at this time.

Pluto RetrogradePluto, which has been in Capricorn since November of 2008, now turns retrograde on Thursday, April 16th at 11:51 p.m. EDT.

Pluto is about transformation, especially where it concerns the removal of those things that no longer serve good purpose. Capricorn is an earth sign, ruled by Saturn (who brings us lessons), and is all about the physical world and structure.

Whatever part of your chart has Capricorn in it, that’s where Pluto is and that’s where this retrograde will take place. Lasting until late September, this retrograde transit will ferret out those things, in that area of your life, that need transforming. To ignore or deny this necessary change to manifest in any number of unpleasant ways.

The good news is that to be open to change can produce some wonderful opportunities in your life. The key is being willing (really willing) to let go. That means being open to the “death” or destruction of things in your life so that Pluto can create the “rebirth” of something new.

Planets & StarsWell, it should certainly be an interesting two weeks! Just as the Earth changes with the seasons, so, too, should we be open to change. Until next time…

Transformation

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