Soothing, Healing Contentment
THE TAURUS NEW MOON TRINE NORTH NODE Apr 26, 2017
My favorite place in the world is my garden, especially at this time of year when Nature demonstrates a no less than magical ability to bring forth life. Just a few weeks ago, at equinox, the garden was only bare bones and stubble; since then it's been green growth run riot. (I took the photo here today, with a few of my hens on garden bug patrol.) After living and gardening in this same spot for almost 20 years, the transformation still astonishes me. Even the most rational minds would have to agree it is a miracle what Mother Earth pulls off every spring. From seemingly dead canes pruned back last January, the roses are now three-foot tall shrubs crowned with their first buds. The first spring lettuces and the potatoes are both filling their beds, and the snow peas, stretched halfway up their trellis, will soon open their pretty white flowers.
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Considering Leaves THE LIBRA FULL MOON Apr 10-11, 2017
In just a few hours, the Sun and Moon will perfect their monthly opposition: a bright, full Luna will reflect the light of an Aries Sun through the Venus-ruled sign of Libra.
When the Full Moon falls in harmonious Libra, relationships take center stage, whether we are in happy ones, ones that make us crazy, or we are currently out of one, longing to be in one, better than that last one. Symbolized by those balanced scales of justice, Libra seeks that elusive fulcrum point of blissful communion — somewhere between complete autonomy and "alien takeover" by our partner. Yet, in a larger sense, Libra, and her 7th house of the chart, also represent how we handle the "social" realm of life in general, our "social skills" as our elementary school teacher put it. How we connect with everyone, and what we tend to do too, that undermines happy connections, usually having to do with something being off-kilter. Balance. It is always an issue of balance with Libra.
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Where Heaven and Earth Meet
VENUS RETROGRADES INTO PISCES Apr 2-3, 2017
The current Venus retrograde "contemplation project" — re-evaluating all matters of the heart — will be shifting gears very soon. Nearing that power point, most cardinal of cardinal degrees, Zero Aries, the genesis point of the zodiac wheel, Venus will float over this "alpha" degree to the "omega" — 29° Pisces — in 36 hours. The retrograde cycle will not only shift signs, but flow backwards over the zodiac's starting point to its end, while ushering in a distinctly different Neptune- and Pisces-flavored final journey.
Exiting through the back door, Venus leaves this fiery, yang sign with objectives and impulses very much at odds with our demure, receptive Goddess of Love, who'd rather avoid such brash and impatient (to her, ill-mannered) "Mars-y" methods. No, Venus's strength lies not in direct action but attraction: drawing what she desires through a passive, but no less powerful, magnetic process. In this post-feminist world of ours, we tend to think of this kind of behavior as wrong or manipulative, but it isn't always. In some situations it can be the wiser, more effective approach.
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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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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.