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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/25/2013: Full Moon & Eclipse in Scorpio

With Moon no longer void of course, and in Scorpio as of 6:25AM ET, this day is ON. Knowledge gained for the sake of power and control; being seen as a person of depth and substance are Scorpio needs we’ll likely see reflected in the world around us today. A combative contact between aggressive Mars in stubborn, possessive Taurus and the equally stubborn and possessive Scorpio Moon at 12:52PM ET suggests a  feisty standoff, frosted with a rosy-colored idealistic fog. Blame nebulous Neptune for sticking its nose in between Mars, Sun and Moon this week. Do you have a vision — artistic, spiritual or healing — or are you just plain delusional? Hopefully it’s the former, and if so, this is a time to use the practical earthy energy of Taurus to give your vision form.

Emotions are waxing full and run deep, as suggested by the Full Moon at 3:57PM ET. This Full Moon is also a partial lunar eclipse — not as intense as a total eclipse, but still significant. A eclipse suggests a bottleneck of energy. Light flowing from the Sun or Moon is temporarily interrupted, focusing attention on the interrupted point and allowing something new and possibly fragile to enter the picture and grow. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden.

Of course while traffic is stopped, it’s also backing up…and when it flows again, it’s possible that some drivers may hit the gas a little too hard — and wham! — there’s a sudden release of the bottlenecked energy.  If you have a planet or point at the degree of an exceptionally potent eclipse, you may feel the effects of the release of the bottleneck for months afterward — sometimes even years. And here I would be thinking of Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks and (former) Congressman Anthony Weiner, who all have a major point or planet at 11 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and/or Sagittarius, which was impacted by June 2011’s solar eclipse at 11 Gemini. Remember what happened to them that year? Might they have been a little eclipsed?

The release period for this eclipse is four and half months. Wherever the eclipse falls in your horoscope is where you can expect a bottleneck, followed by a release of energy,  which may be accompanied by an emotional catharsis. Eclipses highlight an area of life where something needs to be brought to a close, so something new can be brought to light. That can be a very good thing! So look for 6 degrees of  Taurus/6 Scorpio in your chart and take note of the house which contains it. That’s the area of your life where something needs to be released, especially if you have a planet or angle around 6 Taurus, 6 Leo, 6 Scorpio or 6 Aquarius.

The opposition between the Taurus Sun and the Scorpio Moon suggests a conflict between the ability to preserve the status quo for the sake of material comfort and the need for greater depth and substance in our values and joint ventures, including relationships. Dare to go there, despite the discomfort — so that old patterns can be released. With stern Saturn and proactive Mars involved in this conflict, some may be quite militant about what absolutely, positively needs to go. On the plus side, discipline and resourcefulness are yours for the asking.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are “A bridge being built across a gorge” (6 Taurus) and “A gold rush” (6 Scorpio). Wow. Such promise of reward for constructive efforts – as in, bridging a gap or crossing a river — driven by a rush or excitement. In your own personal world, Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests “finding ways to the other side; bridging difficulties; tying caution and excitement together in productive ways”. Consider situations that may be “water under the bridge” or “crossing the bridge when one comes to it”

The day ends on a serious note as the Scorpio Moon meets up with karma cop Saturn at 8:17PM ET. Hopefully you’ll have gotten it off your desk by then, as the Moon will be void all day tomorrow.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 3/2/2012 & the Weekend: Keep the Home Fires Burning

After a brief Moon void from 8:14AM – 10:08AM ET (Eastern and Central time zones, see if you notice a twist in your morning commute), Moon moves into Cancer, focusing the energy of the day on meeting emotional security needs. Home sweet home, feeding your tummy and nourishing your soul, my country right or wrong, Mom and other goddesses. Moon in Cancer may inspire you to stay close to home over the weekend, too.

Meanwhile, Mercury (mind, communication) moves into pioneering Aries at 6:41AM ET, where it will foster clear, direct expression of the best ideas you ever heard. It has to be the best; otherwise no planet in Aries would bother doing it. When a planet changes signs, it takes a few days to get used to the shift, so be patient with your brain while it gets up to speed. The rest of the day progresses as follows: practical focus, demanding expression…that evolves into something more ideal by 12:11PM ET — ending with a surprise, a jolt, a flash of inspiration or other minor status quo disruption at 4:29PM ET.

A reminder again about a potentially pugnacious element in effect over the weekend, as Sun is opposed by aggressive Mars in perfectionist Virgo on Saturday at 3:10PM ET.  Count to ten before you pick a fight and resist the urge to return any slings and arrows that may be lobbed your way. On Sunday, relations with women may be testy — or at the very least, serious —  as controlling Saturn opposes loving Venus at 6:18AM ET. In the headlines, that’ll likely translate as birth (women/Venus) control (Saturn). Interested in the legal history of this debate (it goes back about 50 years, in the United States)? Here’s a link to an eye-opening op-ed I was fascinated to learn how much we owe to a small group of professors and students at Yale Law School.