An Eclipse Primer

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The eclipse frenzy on social media is a little overwhelming to say the least – both astro-related and otherwise! Everything from ominous and dire apocalyptic predictions, to enormously inspirational messages about how this is going to be the month when your life transforms beyond your wildest hopes and dreams.

When I first plugged into astrology news years ago, there was such intensity around eclipse reporting that I got the impression eclipses were this really rare event. And different types of eclipses certainly are rare and particularly significant at a global level – like the long-awaited Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st. But I think it is important to note that eclipses (including partial eclipses) occur at least twice a year, six months apart. Eclipses may only be personally significant or life changing for you if they land within 2-3 degrees of a personal planet or angle. That’s not to say you won’t feel the intense heightened energy during eclipse season – eclipses just might not have the same level of potent ripple effect in your life as they do for others or vice versa.

I hope to publish a post later about the symbolism of the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius (since as some of you know, I’m a little obsessed right now with analyzing the Leo-Aquarius axis; my natal chart horizon line), but before I do that, here are all the nitty gritty details beginning with the absolute basics, up to more advanced descriptions of what is actually happening and how to interpret eclipses according to how they activate your natal chart. I hope you find it grounding and informative!

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Solving Puzzles :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for May 15th – 21st

Some words and phrases that come to mind when reflecting on the cosmic weather of the coming week include…

Solving puzzles. Tying up loose ends. Identifying “You Are Here” on a public map. Plotting out a change of course. Processing. Sorting. Addressing doubts and uncertainties. Clearing the air. Re-orientating yourself toward a new direction. Finally seeing the big picture. Assembling the necessary tools and resources to make change happen. Preparing for the big launch.

Venus was retrograde March 4 to April 15. Mercury was retrograde April 9 to May 3. After their Rx periods, they have taken a couple weeks to travel back to the point where their retrograde first started. This week both planets will clear their retrograde shadows. Venus clears her shadow on Thursday and Mercury clears its shadow on Sunday.

So much has changed. So much has shifted. Your personal retrograde stories are wrapping up. As this week unfolds, their lessons will be illuminated in your life as these Rx developments and insights finish taking up residence in your consciousness. The puzzle pieces are coming together.

The Big Bang of the week occurs on Friday when the rambunctious, over-the-top Jupiter blows his trumpets loudly to congratulate and celebrate Venus (the planet of love and self-worth) on her completing her Rx journey. How interesting that the day after Venus clears her shadow she is greeted and welcomed back by a noisy opposition to Jupiter? This will be a transit that will be hard to miss.

Further emphasizing the tone and themes of the week, Mercury shakes the embers of Aries from its boots, and then steps into Taurus’ green pastures on Tuesday. On Saturday, the Sun leaves stable Taurus to enter curious Gemini. Mercury and the Sun are both very influential cosmic forces in our day-to-day lives, so we will feel these shifts as they tie up loose ends in one zodiac sign, to enter the next.

We have the Last-Quarter Moon on Thursday, again reminding us to resolve what needs to be resolved in this lunation cycle so we can let go, and move toward the next chapter that begins with a Gemini New Moon next week.

Slow-moving Saturn and Uranus have been trining each other for a while now, but on Friday their trine is exact. Together with the Moon’s North Node, this pairing is urging you to invest the work into making all those great ideas a reality. Now you can see the big picture and you are developing a plan.

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Learning Astrology is like Learning a Language

“Hello. How are you? I’m fine. Bye.”

These are the types of basic words and sentences we might learn how to say when first learning another language.

Astrology, is a language. When someone says “I’m a Pisces”, this is equivalent to being able to say the above sentence in Arabic when you are not a native-speaker. It’s fun to be able to know a few words in another language so you can exchange a basic greeting with a native-speaker of the same language, but really, it won’t get you very far! It is only the beginning. Most people don’t move beyond this point. They learn how to say some basic phrases just for fun, or to be able to navigate their vacation trip with less frustration.

I’m not a language expert. I’ve tried to learn French, Spanish, and Arabic, but I haven’t come close mastery. However, I have learned a few things about the process of learning a language, and learning astrology. Here are 6 steps that will get you well on your way to learning astrology! Continue reading “Learning Astrology is like Learning a Language”