See that chart next to this text? That's the chart for right now as I am typing. See those red lines? See that there's a lot of them? The red indicates friction, heat, tension. Sh-bam! There is a lot of tension now.
Red lines are the ones that create growth. They are not aways cute, but they are there to help us get unstuck and move forward.
Luckily there are also some blue lines to add some harmony into the situation. those are the cool lines, or the ones that help us keep our cool. They help support us in the Work that the red lines indicate.
Today Mercury is super charged, making a conjunction with Uranus and a square with Pluto. Let's just get the dirt right out in the open, shall we? Mercury in Aries is not big on keeping the lid on things, even through Pluto would prefer to keep things secret. There will be this kind of tension now, and blurtations of all kinds may ensue. Like the Ace of Swords, it'll be double edged, and the result may be both liberating and painful for some. Revelations are like that.
The more fiery among us might be just so sick of the mutable sign t-square tension and ambiguity by now that they'll do just about anything to "cut through the bullshit" and just do something...anything...just for some clarity here. I mean let's go! We'll have to see how that works out. The mutable signs are multi-faceted and multi- faced, and it can be hard to know if one is striking at the source of the issue, or a mirror image.
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Chiron, the Wounded Healer, has been quite the busy bee these last weeks as he's made oppositions, conjunctions, and squares to just about...everything. He's the archetype of the Shaman, and as such, a sickness (and the healing that follows) is part of how his power is gained.
Now as Venus moves into position to get the Chiron treatment, sexual wounding can come up to be healed. Illusions around relationships may dissolve, and we are left with who we are without the armor of glamour. The layers just keep peeling away. Defenses that we've had up for a long time---and that maybe we didn't even know were there--may start to dismantle. The exhaustion of trying to keep up an appearance could catch up with us, and thank goodness for this!
We say we want to be loved for who we really are, and yet so often we keep pretending that we are someone that we are not to get that love. This is creates a sense of "cognitive dissonance"; as wikipedia points out, this is much like saying we don't want to get drunk and ordering a drink. It can't work. You just can't get there from there. It's stressful, and it hurts.
These energies are inviting us to create more direct pathways to getting our needs met. In doing so, we might have to come up against needs that have never been met, and that we've buried deep down in order to protect ourselves from further pain. We might have to come up against beliefs that say we are "weak" if we actually have needs. We might come up against some really raw, hungry feelings. Good thing, too, because it means that we are alive! Just admitting that we have needs can be a huge step in letting go and letting in more that truly fulfills. We can't line up with what we can't acknowledge. Our truth is where our power is.
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The intensity levels continue, as we move into Aries season with the Equinox yesterday, and as we approach a Lunar Eclipse on Wed....On Friday, Saturn goes retro, which also marks a shift in energy; it squares Jupiter as well. Venus gets involved in this square right around the time of this next eclipse, and so, yeah, its a hum dinger.
So what does all of that MEAN? And when does it end?, many of you ask.
The answer about meaning is within you, and no where else. Who ARE you? What is this energy trying to tell you about you? Are you trying to "ride out" this energy, waiting for "better" times? Or can it be embraced with more Love and openess?
If you are confused or anxious, what is it about you that needs to be welcomed back home?
Is there some part of you that you are leaving out of the picture? Why?
This energy is offering us a remedy for chronic and widespread dissociation. It is asking us to reconnect. Not to wait for things to go back the way that they were. But to come back together differently, and more whole.
(dɪˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃiˈeɪ-)
1. an act or instance of dissociating.
2. the state of being dissociated; disjunction; separation.
3. the splitting off of a group of mental processes and emotions from the main body of consciousness.
There may be good reason to dissociate sometimes. There is not one of us who hasn't experienced some sort of trauma. We can sometimes use emotional cauterization to keep ourselves alive. Or just to get us through the day. To keep us in the relationship, at the job, on top of the chores, keeping the business going...
And, yet there may be even better reason now to reconnect. Dissonant feelings are messages from Higher Self that it is time to realign. If things are falling apart its because they should. Perhaps the Universe is trying to release you from a prison of mind. Perhaps the reasons are still in Mystery, and will be clear later. What might it be like to struggle less, and connect more? To give the appearances of life a break, and to be more truly present, and authentic? What do you imagine that might feel like?
You can do this. So much Love and Light.
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Aepril's Astrology Oracle: time to call the Higher Self Hotline and dial 1-800-HGA (Holy Guardian Angel)
HANG IN THERE!
The seas are getting stormy, mateys! Get on your life preservers and hang on. But not too tight! That will only get you more sea sick. We've got to simultaneously keep ourselves safe and centered while also being flexible and buoyant enough to ride these waves.
The Tarot card that corresponds to Neptune is the Hanged Man. With all these Pisces energies, Neptune is the star of the show! Here are some key words from Learntarot.com that can help us get it:
letting go, having an emotional release, accepting what is, surrendering to experience, ending the struggle, being vulnerable and open, giving up control.
reversing, turning the world around, changing your mind, overturning old priorities, seeing from a new angle,
upending the old order, doing an about-face
suspending action, pausing to reflect, feeling outside of time, taking time to just be, giving up urgency, living in the moment, waiting for the best opportunity
sacrificing, being a martyr, putting self-interest aside, giving up for a higher cause, putting others first
Yeah, but who the f*ck likes this kind of sh*t?
We all want action, recognition, fireworks, candy, hot sex, money, don't we?
I feel like the weather man, telling you guys its going to be 36 degrees and raining again. Haha!
As the week begins, we are experiencing a brief but important Grand Cross. Ah, if there ever was a symbol for martyrdom, it is the Cross!!!! The whoa-is-me's are churning out everywhere! Why me? Oh why? This physical plane is just a place of persecution and pain! I want to go back to bed forever!! I only do this for YOU... How I suffer for...
Phew! It's a lot to swim in, isnt it? Or, let's try running with a wet blanket on us and see how that goes. Or, how about camping in the rain for a week? Woot. Fun times! All angsty and qucik-sandy and like a trip that has really outlived its thrill.
Sorry, I'm just kvetching along with you. I don't mean to make it all gloom. It's actually NOT. See that chart I have up? Look at those red lines. Red lines are HOT-lines. These indicate conflict, but they also indicate heat. Friction is what creates life force, and growth. So this IS going somewhere. The fog IS going to burn off.
Hotlines are also help lines of communication. they are there to provide assistance during crisis. Crisis is what creates opportunity. With the Nodes/Jupiter involved, its time to call the Higher Self Hotline and dial 1-800-HGA (Holy Guardian Angel) . "Ok. O-Kayyyy-YUH. My gosh. I'm here. I'm listening." Relax if you can, and listen for the answer with your heart.
So, what came up out of the water for you as the Moon eclipsed the Sun last night?
The Moon is our deeper needs, our comfort, our family (chosen absolutely counts, too, and sometimes especially), our bodies, our feelings, etc. When the Moon eclipses the Sun, we are reminded that "self-actualization" is important, but it loses meaning if it happens at the expense of how we feel. We need connection, comfort, support, authentic feeling.
Pisces energy has to do with sacrifice, and for some there might be revelations that cause us to have to make a choice. Again, remember that eclipse energies do not only effect at the moment of the lunation, but well before and past the actual event. Those of us who are holding onto very fixed ways of doing and seeing things might really be splashing around now. But the waves are slowly wearing down defenses---in some cases very quickly via flood--and we might not be able to keep up the same illusions anymore. This may sound scary, but its trying to free us of our own imprisoning, poisoning ideas. And we all have 'em. That's being human.
The illusion behind some long-standing conditions might be revealed now for those of us who need that. It can be shocking how much we've allowed for certain things--the experience could feel like waking up from an enchantment. We might be more aware of our own needs, and the ways in which we could be sacrificing ourselves unnecessarily.
By late this afternoon the Moon will move into Aries, and his can help us burn away some of the fog. And Mars has moved into Sagittarius, bringing some more fire into the picture. We start to hear a call to come back up out of the deep waters.
Hoping to stir up some old emotions that you thought were put to bed? Well then, I've got just the thing for you: A total solar eclipse in Pisces! Open up dem flood gates, cause here comes the water!
It happens at 18 Pisces Tuesday, March 8 at 8:54 pm ET. The sabian symbol for this degree is "A Master teaches his disciple". If we've been thinking that emotions are not what really drives the bus, we are probably getting schooled right about now!
The sea can be very tricky. And that's Her beauty. It is calm and easy one minute, and all stormy and wild the next. The waves are high, the waves are low. Ebb and flow. It acts out in tsunamis and earthquakes. And, it is connected to the changeable Moon.
We tend to think of it all as unpredictable, but its not. Not really, if we're paying attention. The Moon is very predictable in her changeability. Nature is predictable in her seasons--but this is best noticed with deep observation and a connection to feeling.
What we might not like is that we are not entirely in control. We have not figured out how to control the weather yet. And thank Goddess for this! What a boring, dried up world this would be if we could do that. If rational, solar consciousness ruled everything, and we knew exactly what was going to happen next. Bo-ring.
Even with its square from Saturn, this eclipse and its watery nature reminds us that linear time is not always king. That cycles and seasons get their due. And this goes for the heart, too. There may be some surprises now as to what is coming up from the depth of the soul. Eclipses are revelatory in nature, pulling the curtain on what is going on back stage behind the stage lights.
It's not only outer space that we as a species have yet to explore further...but also the depths of the oceans. It's dark down there, and there is a lot of pressure...and like the transpersonal energies of Pisces, not entirely fit for humans to swim in without special preparations. In fact, some of the deepest parts can only be experienced via sending viewing devices...a kind of sending consciousness via out-of-body travel. This is a chance to do some deep sea exploration via travel inward, perhaps revealing to us old shipwrecks full of treasure! We can prepare at this dark moon by taking the time to really feel, and ask our hearts: what is it that you have to say?
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Aepril Schaile, MFA, is Venus ruled; a Taurus with Libra rising; Lilith conjunct ASC. As an adept astrologer, Aepril provides readings which can help solve everyday problems and assist in regaining a sense of alignment with True Will, finding your deeper, uniquely powerful truth. She lives in Salem, MA and spends her days with her beloved canine companion, Gwyddion.