Spring Equinox & Re-Calibrating

Happy Spring Equinox!

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Let’s face it, we’re still fighting the corona virus.  It’s not spring-as-usual.  It’s easy to escape into thoughts of Easter eggs, bunnies and chickadees.  All these things are nice and help us to feel good, but right now, I feel the world is called to restore balance.

So many us are chronically over-stressed, busy in lieu of being present, and not balancing rest, repose and activity.  Our environment is over-burdened by the pollution caused by our commutes.  Our psyches are now overburdened by fear, anxiety and panic.  We need to embrace this pause, this balance point, offered by the vernal equinox.

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Looking ahead, this spring equinox we have a void-of-course moon on March 20th for most of the day, if you are in the US.  Check your local times.  Void-of-course moons are ideal times for reflection, study and meditation.  Take this opportunity to re-calibrate your body, mind and spirit.

I did a tarot and Lenormand pull by sign pairs, regarding what needs to be brought back into harmony and balance.  Every Aries has a deep part of them that’s Libran, acknowledged or not, and vice-versa, as so with all the sign pairs.  When restoring balance, it’s helpful to think of the signs as a story with a theme that’s playing out between the “opposing” or complementary energies. Look at your sun, moon and ascendant to see what areas to re-balance.

ARIES/LIBRA

The Sun, reversed

The Queen of Wands, reversed

The Key

It’s time to stop and smell the flowers for Aries and Libras.  Too much doing is scattering your energy and robbing you of joy.  Don’t keep knocking on metaphorical doors, looking for approval from everyone.  You have the keys.  Use them.  Your mission is to set yourself free of the approval trap this equinox.

Saturn moves out of Capricorn around the equinox.  It’s now time to put the old criticisms of a boss or your own father to bed.  This is especially true for Libra and Aries women.  You don’t have to earn daddy’s love now or ever.  Build a new life around an empowering POV, instead of answering for “mistakes” you made deep in the past.

TAURUS/SCORPIO

The Chariot, Reversed

The Anchor

Taurus and Scorpio, how you feel about a matter is not moving you forward.  Now is not the time to choose freeze or hide.  How can you move forward valiantly and purposefully?  Old, unprocessed emotions are keeping you stuck.  Get grounded to get in a safer emotional space.

Both Scorpio and Taurus need to keep expecting the unexpected, with Uranus in Taurus.  Some surprises are good, some not what we’d hope for, but from now til the next equinox, you are asked to make the best of everything.  You’re being a called to alchemize the inconvenient and adopt the attitude that all things are ultimately moving in your favor.  What’s needed most is a deep surrender.  Pull the anchor up and trust the tides.

GEMINI/SAGITTARIUS

The Ace of Swords

The Mask

The truth sets Gemini and Sagittarius free for the next six months.  Commit to the truth, speak it, write it, teach it and preach it.  You’re keenly aware of other’s masks, pretensions and follies.  People who put on a nice persona around you may be eager to take from you.  Be careful of flattery and ask yourself what’s truly behind it.  Your gut will know what’s a sincere compliment versus one that’s intended to get something out of you.  The strength of your will and character are being tested.  Choose integrity over shortcuts.

Venus enters Gemini in early April.  Venus, being the lover, the coquette and seductress of the zodiac, brings pleasant distractions to you this spring.  That in mind, keep it real in dating and romance.  Opt for deeper conversations and don’t just hear what you want to hear in the game of love.  Deep listening in matters of the heart is called for.  Does the beautiful lover you desire have beautiful thoughts?  A beautiful spirit?  Look at the whole package.

CANCER/CAPRICORN

The Four of Pentacles, Reversed

The Nine of Wands, Reversed

The Key

The Man

Capricorns and Cancers, are your defense mechanisms working?  Your strong self-protective streak may be backfiring.  Your equinox goal is to dismantle the deep tiredness and apathy you’ve been feeling.  Give a little, especially to yourself.  It’s safe to splurge on something that will revivify you at this time.  Likewise, look at what you tend to hoard–things, bad memories, resentments.  It’s time to purge all the past junk that’s not serving you.  Stop chasing.  The truth that you seek is seeking you too.  It’s time for stillness.  I am talking to you, Capricorn and Cancer men, especially.  Sit down, chill, meditate.  You have a deep, unacknowledged need for space.  Give it to yourself.

Saturn moves out of Capricorn at the equinox, so the long-held burdens weighing down the Capricorns and Cancerians are lifting.  Pluto, Mars and Jupiter are all in Capricorn at this time.  This is a powerful, transformative, activating energy at work.  It’s time to drop the past and build the future.  Don’t build your new future with stones of anger, resentment and regret.

LEO/AQUARIUS

Strength

The Mice

For Leo and Aquarius, it’s time to identify the small things that are taking up too much time and energy.  It’s time to gently and deeply investigate your work processes, habits and impulse buys.  You are called to make the best use of your resources and rid yourself of the tiny thieves of your life.  What’s robbing you of joy, calm and peace of mind especially?  Leo will be deeply in their element with this inquiry, as the Strength card resonates with their sign.  Aquarius, keep this purging gentle, like you would a fast or detox.

Saturn enters Aquarius near the equinox and for Aquarius, it’s time to take stock.  Ask yourself, “am I making the best use of my time?”  For Leo, Saturn in Aquarius rewards them for being and staying on mission and purpose, using their natural leadership skills to lead others towards a better life.  Both signs need to examine how they want to grow as leaders and what they want their legacy to be.

VIRGO/PISCES

The Magician, Reversed

The 8 of Wands

The Coffin

Pisces and Virgo need to be more intentional with their actions at this time.  Both signs are in the trap of feeling like they have to work themselves to death to accomplish something, anything.  They may also be trying to prop up a situation that’s far outlived its usefulness to them.  It’s time to say “enough” and acknowledge there’s no more you can or should do.  Meditate on right effort, right mindedness and right actions.  There’s no magic words you’ll be able to conjure to bring something back to life.  Let it be.

Mercury is in Pisces til about mid April with Neptune in Pisces.  Both Virgo and Pisces need to trust their intuition, but not indulge in too many fantasies, what-ifs and such.  The situation or burden they are facing will undo or unravel itself.  Let it settle.  No more effort is needed.

Wishing you a beautiful, restorative spring journey, full of health, wealth and love.

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Pluto: An Examination of Conscience

Lately, I’ve been fascinated by how the Christian idea of the devil plays out in astrological terms.  Here’s some thoughts about Pluto and how Pluto manifests as our Western idea of evil or The Devil.

In mythology, Pluto is the king of the dead.  In astrology, Pluto rules that which must be transformed and resurrected. The mythical Pluto is an abductor.  He’s a rapist.  He holds his young niece Persephone captive and makes her a child bride.  Pluto is the taker of innocence.  He entraps Persephone by feeding her pomegranates.  By eating, she doesn’t understand there’s an unspoken contract.  She eats in the land of the dead, therefore, she must stay.  She doesn’t see that Pluto’s gesture of seeming care is a means of binding her to him. Pluto initiates what seems like an eternal winter until Persephone’s mother makes a deal with him and Zeus to get her back, at least part of the time.

“Innocence”–that which is without darkness (Latin: nox).  When Pluto captures Persephone, the darkness settles in.  Barren lands are the dark night of the soul.  There’s no fertility, no life, no joy.  Persephone becomes the queen of the dead.

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She’s powerful.  She has so many subjects, but her kingdom is joyless.  In fact, everyone becomes her subject eventually because everyone dies.

Pluto represents the loss of our naivete, often through shocking, hellish circumstances.  One day we’re fine, picking flowers, closely guarded, as Persephone was.  The next day we’re in situation, perhaps even a “situationship”.  Our innocence cannot be restored.  We’re forever changed by what we’ve seen and heard in the Underworld.  Our quest then is to return to joy, to rediscover what once made us happy, but with more adult eyes.

My Catholic school girl days required regular trips to the confessional, where I had to do an “examination of conscience”, list out my sins and confess them.

A Pluto-themed examination of conscience:

~What is dead in my life?

~Is propping up a “dead” or “dying” situation compassionate or selfish?

~What is rotting that I have not buried?

~What is still torturing me?

~What season is this person, job, project, etc., inhabiting in my life?

~Who am I punishing and why?

~Do I have any unfinished business with dead relatives, friends?

~Do I have someone I’m obsessed with romantically?

~What makes me think I am entitled to be with a particular woman or man?

~How do I manipulate by pretending to care when I really don’t?

~What unspoken agreements have I made with others, with or without their consent?

~What must I cut out to make room for the “new” in my life?

~What “deals with the devil” have I made lately?

~Do I get off on corrupting people or taking them down a peg, especially those who I perceive to be less savvy or experienced than me?

~What are my control issues really hiding?

~Do I get pleasure from overpowering others mentally, physically or emotionally?

~What traps have I laid recently to bind someone or something to me?

~How often do I abuse my power?

~How often do I consider others needs and feelings as I pursue what I want?

~If the person I loved didn’t love me back, would I bless them and release them or would I attempt to further bind them to me?

~In order to be “king” or “queen”, do I beat people down to keep them in their place?

~Do I believe in redemption or punishment?

~What have I hoarded to maintain a sense of closeness?  A sense of control?

~In what areas of my life am I stifling growth or change?

~What secrets am I keeping to maintain control of a situation or person?

~How do I control my fears?

Hell is a very real fear for many people.  There’s many that advocate that hell is not a place, not a chthonic underworld, but a state of mind.

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When you compare the Christian Devil to Pluto, they are similar enough.   Whether or not hell is a destination is debatable, but it’s certainly evident some have a hellish state of mind.

Pluto rules Scorpio-the sign of sex, death, transformation and secrets.  Scorpio rules the liminal time of year before Halloween, a time we confront our deep fears, especially of death.  As humans, many of us make our whole lives about avoiding death, avoiding Pluto, avoiding The Devil.  What if we looked at devilish and Plutonic energies head-on?  How less fearful would we be?  How much needless control would we yield?

2019: The Year of the Martians

I’m not talking about little green men or Marvin the Martian.  I’m talking about the character of 2019.  The New Year came in on a Tuesday–day of Mars–and Mars is the driver’s seat this year, in Aries.

Find your Natal Mars sign here.

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Mars rules Aries (as well as Scorpio) and is exalted in Capricorn.  You may be feeling “on fire”–are you passionate or getting burned?  Mars is about drive, confrontation, taking action and making war.  Aries energy confronts challenges, individuates and shows strength.

“Mars in Aries”–the fight for you, the fight for your individuality, your authenticity, the fight for your passion, the drive to do it your own way.  (Cue Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way”).

The New Year had Mars in Aries at nearly 0 degrees–so this a very much like lighting a match.  The fire you may be feeling is fresh, new.  There’s a quality of newness.  It’s the fire of fire–acting for the sake of acting.  It’s a year to make your will known and heard–and act on your will.

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The year did start with a waning moon and waning moon years are about deep emotional let-go-s.  (Cue Frozen).  You’re not letting go with resignation though. It’s not giving up.  That Tuesday, Martian, solar start says you’re letting go to get in alignment with your true will.  There’s just stuff you don’t want to carry around anymore so you can move faster and stronger towards what you truly want.  You want to travel lighter.

If you have natal Mars in Capricorn, Aries, Scorpio, Sagittarius or Leo, you’re on fire right now and feeling this Mars energy.  Remember this feeling as Mars transits through other signs this year and you may be feeling down or deterred.  Hold on to this passion that you’ve started something new with this year.

If you have natal Mars in Libra or Taurus, it’s okay if you’re not feeling the passion right now.  Honor any burnout you may feel.  Honor that little voice that says “be careful”.   Things may be moving too fast and too recklessly for you.  Bide your time.  Take the long view.  You’re being choosy about whom and what to fight for and that’s okay.

If you have your natal Mars in Cancer, Mars influences you less than other planets.  Be careful of passive aggressive tendencies, though.  Don’t rain on someone else’s parade.  You may not see what the fuss is about.  When water confronts fire you get steam or hot water.  You can heal or hurt.  You get to choose.

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If you have natal Mars in Aquarius or Gemini, don’t get swept up in someone’s passion project to the point you neglect yourself.  Have a plan and work the plan, but don’t get relegated to being the sidekick.  Likewise, where there’s smoke there’s fire.  Your “early warning” radar is on high alert.  Trust your hunches.  Fire energy needs air to fuel it and smoke is the product of fire.  You’ll be very in tune to the rhythms of this year.

If you have natal Mars in Virgo, you also have to guard against getting swept up in someone else’s passion project to the detriment of yourself.  The energy here is like lava–hot, but when it cools, creates new ground and new stones with which to build.  Managing your temper, especially if you’re in a habit of biting your tongue to keep the peace, could get challenging in a Mars years.

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If you have natal Mars in Pisces, you may feel left out or out of sync.  The pace at which things are transpiring may irk you.  When you’re feeling pushed or not in the driver’s seat, imagine a peaceful waterfall, the water surrendering to gravity, with a bright rainbow dancing against the cascades of water.  You are that rainbow–a sliver of beautiful light in constant movement.

 

Other insights:

Mars itself, the actual planet, becomes a big topic.

People are not afraid to fight in a Mars-driven year. Unfortunately, this means more potential for conflicts, especially in countries that are ruled by Aries, like England.  The Brexit debacle is exacerbated by this Mars energy.  We are also attracted to politicians with military experience, especially combat experience.

Athleticism and athletes draw more attention this year, especially in individual sports, like tennis, boxing and golf.  Expect a big headline or two, especially in boxing, since the tendency of Mars is to want to draw blood.  Lots of luck for fire sign boxers this year, especially when the matches are happening during Aries, Leo or Sagittarius season.  Even the Rams might get some extra astrological love this year, since Aries is the ram.

Mars rules any kind of weaponry, from guns to pepper spray.  The gun control debate will be in full swing, especially pertaining to the “individual’s” (Aries) right to bear arms (Mars)”.

The pertinent tarot cards are The Emperor (Aries) and The Tower (Mars).  Emperors by their nature are autocrats and rule by force.  The Tower indicates an act of God, or a sudden insight or revelation, shaking people from their lofty and exalted positions and the tower is on fire.

In this year, if someone seems entrenched or immovable or has consolidated their power to the point they’re too comfortable, it’s likely a sudden shock or unanticipated event will throw them.  Expect the unexpected, especially when it seems like someone may be invulnerable. In the traditional image, it’s two people who fall off the tower, so it’s likely the Emperor and an enabler fall off.  If you look at the original Rider-Waite image, in defiance of gravity, one of the persons falling off the tower still wears a crown–like an emperor.

Likewise, there’s a lot of ego energy to go around this year and a sudden insight or misfortune may knock the ego and force us to grow spiritually in ways we don’t think we need to.  The more positive side of this is that we may get the flash of insight we’ve needed for years if we’re spiritually ready for it.  Instead of being punished in the tower, we may get the lightning bolt of insight (Mars) to rule (Aries) over ourselves with confidence, compassion and dignity.

Happy New Year!  The red planet is red hot this year.  Use this energy to your advantage!

 

 

 

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Is Your Beauty Routine Written in the Stars?

Are you destined to be beautiful?  My opinion is everyone can be, with a little wisdom from astrology.  Here’s a tidbit for the seductive Scorpios out there:

“They want to seduce and be seduced, so Scorpios tend to buy their beauty products in person and want to do some harmless flirtation all the way to the checkout line,” says Kristin West.

Learn more about sultry Scorpios’ beauty needs along with the 11 other signs in this stellar article by Courtney Leiva on cools.com.

Pro tip:  Find out your Venus sign too.  My advice to Courtney and Cools was based on your sun sign, but check your chart for the placement of your Venus.  Venus is the planet of beauty.  For example, my Sun is in Capricorn and my Venus is in Pisces, so our tips for both signs would apply to me.