Holy Crap you guys...
We've got the Lunar Eclipse going on! Wow! The energies are very powerful right now. And sensitive. And creative. And complicated.
It happens at 3:05pm ET in Pisces, the sign of the disintegration of the ego. And, y'know...everyone loves that! Haha! Oh man...
I'm writing to you from Ireland where we'll be able to see the eclipse, weather permitting. Unfortunately US folks wont be able to see it... but you're SO going to feel it!
It's opposite Chiron, the Wounded Healer. So yeah, this is going to bring up our old shit to be healed. And it'll happen in ways that we don't expect. Sometimes we think we know what healing is supposed to feel like and look like...but it comes in unexpected ways with this eclipse. Remember that all beings and situations are our teachers.
Eclipses sometimes precipitate hairpin turns, and so expect to let things go into directions that you didn't expect to head toward!
The Virgo/Pisces axis has to do with service and devotion. What are we devoted to? What will we sacrifice for the love of something greater?
This eclipse is square Mars, the God of War. Mars is currently in Sagittarius; the shadow side of belief and truth oriented Sag can be fanaticism. I think of the archetype of the medieval crusading knights...warrior monks trying to reconcile the discrepancy between killing for beliefs and killing being sinful as they went into crusade for a cause. We may find that we come up against a clash between different aspects of who we are, and they seem to do battle within. and yet, there is action to be taken.
Cognitive dissonance is “the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas or values.” While the Virgo/Pisces axis has to do with healing and devotion, that Mars energy might insert a major moral contradiction into the works...perhaps stemming from a very strong desire for something that contradicts our conscious impulse. The Eclipse creates a moment where the shadow is revealed...uncomfortable, yes, but ts something that we may need to know in order to move out of old patterns.
Pisces has to do with the archetypal world...the world of gods and goddesses, of ancient patterns and modes of being. Sometimes we can get caught up in an archetypal pattern that we live out over and over...and we can get confused (con=with; fused=together) and believe that we ourselves ARE the archetype, when really we are much more fluidly able to move in out of them. Some examples of archetypes are The Mother, The Warrior, The Priestess, The Judge, The Divine Child, The Orphan, The Victim, The Healer, etc.
If you were to devote yourself to one thing...one kind of energy that you were to immerse yourself in above all others....if you had to choose (you don't have to, but try it for just a moment right now) what would it be right now? Immerse yourself in that way of being right now and feel what its like...whats possible...what makes your energy expand (or what makes you contact?) It might surprise you what comes into focus.
Enjoy Luna tonight! Love and LVX, Aepril
This week's report is going to come to you in written form, as there is so much going on for me today! Poor Gwyddie is having a flare up of a chronic auto-immune issue with his paws, and he needed to go to see the doc today. He knows that I am getting set to travel, as he sees me putting things into a suitcase; this tends to aggravate his condition. So while he's ok, I decided to spend extra time with him today, especially since I'll be going away for a while.
But lets talk about what we have happening here! My gosh...could the astrological plate be more full! We are coming off of an eclipse and headed toward another, so we are in the thick of it now. Can you feel that??? The pace is picking up, and yet the direction is quite uncertain. This last eclipse was/is a tough one for many, especially in terms of the generalized anxiety is could potentially produce.
Today the Sun makes an opposition to dreamy Neptune. This can diffuse our efforts, and will be frustrating if we are set on some particular way that things ought to unfold. What it IS good for is creating a compassionate atmosphere within which to connect. The Sun is the heart, and Neptune is the heart opener---Neptune connects all things as being ONE. So much of our intelligence resides in the heart. If don't believe that, that's probably because you need the medicine that this aspect can bring!
Mercury continues to move backward. No, this is NOT necessarily a negative transit. No all your woes do not come from Mercury retrograde (though it can be fun to blame Merc Retro if you need an easy way out!). It does mean that, especially in Virgo, we are reaping what we've sown. Virgo season is harvest season. When Mercury goes backward, that which we have attended to tends to run smoothly. What we have not...well, the shit can hit the fan. Don't worry, Virgo likes to clean and organize, so you'll be in good shape in no time.
We've got a couple of seismic shifts going on that will really be felt coming up. The big one is that Jupiter is moving into Libra (finally!) on the 9th. Jupiter HATES being in Virgo, dammit (we can say that now that its almost over). He's all about being big and bold and broad minded, and has been super uncomfortable being in detail oriented fatsidious Virgo! Yes, maybe we got some new opportunities in terms of healing and job possibilities, but day-am, lets go already...
So now he can expand a bit more in Libra. This is great news for personal, one-on-one relationships. Virgo is about being discriminating, and not flying off the handle. Is this right, is this correct, is this the best thing, is this healthy, what are the details of this situation--Virgo pulls things apart to be sure that everything is pure... Jupiter hated that shit.
In Libra, He wants to give big presents and say outrageous, big, beautiful things to his lover! He wants to create partnership and a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing love nest in which it can thrive. Up until now, this has been inhibited...and rightly so...Jupiter spent time in Virgo for a reason. We needed to purify intention and stay in clear minded integrity. But now he can let loose a bit in this sign of beauty...and openly appreciate! Just for the record however, this can also bring out bigger, bolder, more outrageous behaviors concerning open enemies and court cases as well. Libra is about one-on-one relationships of all kinds, not just lovers. However, Jupiter tends to bring out the best in us, so this can help smooth over long-standing animosities. There could be a lot of announcements about new partnerships and weddings over the next year.
Venus does square Pluto on the 11th-12th, which can bring more intensity and a darker, deeper, sexier feel to relationships. It calls for intimacy, but can turn easily into manipulation if not used with clear intention. And that almost never happens entirely, because Pluto is about the unconscious mind. But its through relating that we find out more about what is dwelling about in the dark recesses, so its all good, right?
The last thing bearing mentioning is Saturn square Neptune... Yes, I know that we've talked about this one a lot. And that's because it is a long-standing transit that has pretty much dominated 2016, and will continue to do so for a bit. The year of the Question Mark, as I said at the New Year. What IS reality anyway? Haha! Well, that is a question far too big for my little website post; this is a question that will continue to play out for some weeks if not months. What is real? What makes something real? What is Truth? However, we get the last exact 90 degree connection on the 10th. So while the ante is upped for now, we can know that from here, the aspect will begin to slowly dissipate. And that is great news!
Much Love and LVX,
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About your astrologer:
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.