Setting Anchor

The Sun began its yearly transit of earth sign Taurus at 5:42 Monday morning, signalling a subtle slow down in the astrological atmosphere. It’s often difficult to calm the pace of our external hi-tech world. But when the influence of Taurus is strong, we have a better shot at easing up and tuning in to where we feel enjoyment and serenity– a place where we can loosen our grip because we are anchored in the present moment.

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The wrinkle in that idealized peace and calm is some tension between Mercury and Mars, which are already in earthy Taurus, and their successive squares to hot air balloon Jupiter in Leo. When the planet of brains (Mercury) and muscle (Mars) are pumped up with the glamorous vision of Jupiter in Leo, there’s a strong potential of stubbornness. Taurus and Leo are fixed signs, meaning their energy doesn’t shift easily. Fixation on a particular perspective, desire, or intention is one of the downfalls. But there’s also a great potential for taking the moral high road, of sticking to a plan or strategy with resolve and faith. It all depends on the choices we make.

Mars and Mercury will both pass through an easy 120 angle to Pluto early this week before the two speedy planets form an exact conjunction with each other on Wednesday. The trine to Pluto in fellow earth sign Capricorn means we are inclined to handle reality with some maturity and productivity. There is a natural skill at making decisions, eliminating waste, and taking pragmatic action. And when Mars and Mercury join forces, we can really feel some sense of easing into a rhythm, the way the marathon runners are doing today in Boston, going for endurance and sustainability.

While the Sun, Mercury, and Mars pass through Taurus, it’s a good time to quiet down and tune in. Simplicity, quality– the love of nature and animals, the enjoyment of food, aromatherapy, massage– all the things that connect us to the earth and our physical bodies are important. We can recharge our batteries by focusing in on that sensation of grounding ourselves in the physical here and now.

 

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Individuality

Transitional times of year, like these weeks while the Sun passes through cardinal sign Aries, bring with it an implicit urge to make changes. Spring cleaning, new exercise routines, budget plans, tuning up cars… all of those things on our ‘to do’ list beckon louder because we naturally want to be ready for summer activity. And with that comes a more self-involved focus where we are so in touch with what we are working towards or preparing for that we have little patience for or interest in other people.

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Two planets will change signs within the next few days, hopefully helping to lighten some of this willful intensity. Venus shifts into airy Gemini on Saturday morning, and Mercury lands in calm Taurus Tuesday night. The curiosity and sociability of Venus in Gemini allows us to avoid getting bogged down in heavy emotions– we’re excited to relate in new ways, and probably more open to engaging in new styles that separate us from the past. This shift of pleasure-loving Venus in versatile Gemini means that we’re receiving a breath of fresh air that allows us to move around in our environment with more appreciation for the diversity that surrounds us.

Mercury’s move into Taurus eases up on the gas pedal of our brains. We’ve been under a lot of pressure lately with passionate astrological influences that urge us to make major breakthroughs in our individual expression. So we keep on thinking about what we need to do now to get to a goal then. Taurus, however, is an earth sign at peace in the present moment. It doesn’t worry about the past or stress about the future; it lives in the now. While this may also bring some stubbornness to our opinions or stances, there is also a potential for us to slow down and observe our situations on solid ground. We can be very practical with this planetary transit– Taurus is grounded and logical, and unlikely to get too carried away by  the fun and flirtation that Venus in Gemini is stirring up. Together, these aspects make it easier to see ourselves within the context of our own personal societies. We’re more open and flexible to contact, and yet more solid in our own position.

Rather than feeling so driven by our egos, maybe this step back, this little bit of detachment, can help us act with more consideration for the social worlds we live in.

 

 

Big Waves

Astrology does not determine one’s destiny. Our lives are shaped mainly by the choices we make and the circumstances we find ourselves in. But the symbolism of astrology is a tool to gain a better perspective on where we are now. The point of it all is not to predict the future, but to help us understand the universal planetary energies that are at work.

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We’ve entered into the full phase of the Moon, which will be exact at 8:05 a.m. EDT tomorrow (Saturday). This Libra Full Moon is also a total lunar eclipse, and it opposes the Sun as it approaches a conjunction with wild child Uranus. That brings this lunation in a T-shaped formation with transformative Pluto, urging us to break out fast and furious. If things seem a little volatile lately, try to take a step back from diving head first into the deep end. As the Sun and Uranus get closer in the forceful and adventurous sign Aries, there’s a compelling urge to bust out of former states of being, whether that be certain routines, habits, relationships, jobs, clothes… whatever. Aries isn’t a patient sign, and Pluto’s square to the Aries Sun can expose the shadow qualities of arrogance or selfishness.

Diplomacy is a key to the Libra Moon, and the message of this astrology is to try to see the other side of things. Rash action and inconsiderate behavior may feel like a trigger during these next few days, and the ripple effect can be huge. While it may not be possible to tread softly through these huge waves, it’s wise to maintain some balance

The planetary energies are extreme, and we’re likely to feel a lot of changes taking place in one form or another. The electric energy continues through next week, as Mercury follows the Sun’s path and forms a conjunction with Uranus on Wednesday. This heightens our awareness to brilliant insight, but it also can be a little hyperactive, making it difficult to slow down. And when we go too fast, we can lose our ability to see another angle, another possibility.