My coworker has a birthday on this eclipse, it'll be interesting to compare her, and my mom (birthday around May 9's) and me (the eclipse before THAT) in the year to come...
New moons provide us a monthly opportunity to reset our intentions and plant the seeds of that which we'll watch develop… and solar eclipses are the hyper-charged superhero version, bringing an extra life-transforming potency to whichever intentions we ritualize a commitment to shepherding into material being over the months to come. Thursday's Taurus eclipse is conjunct the lunar South Node, indicating that this one carries an energy of past habits culminating.
In the two weeks since Apr 25's Saturn-heavy lunar eclipse, we have become more acutely aware of how our long-repeated behavioral patterns have reaped certain results, which can only accrue over time... and of whether these results have left us delighted or disgruntled. Our recent attempts to alter the less desirable patterns likely reactivated them with renewed potency, as our inner stubborn-reactionary seeks to compensate for the discomfort of change. There is uncanny familiarity to this straddling of past and future. We have been here before. As we feel the attraction of that path-of-least-resistance pulling us backward into old habit, we can passively choose to succumb to its magnetic power—or we can stubbornly affirm our refusal to fall back, no matter the potential losses.
During the eclipse-dominated week ahead, Mercury and Mars will conjoin, an aspect that unites our mind (Mercury) with our might (Mars) for an unconflicted consolidation of personal energy. A Mercury-Mars conjunction means that our words will be undergirded by an attitudinal strength to carry through with what we say—an excellent influence with which to fortify our eclipse-inspired intention-setting. This conjunction also brings serious fighting power, should we need to demonstrate our unyielding resoluteness to those who may doubt us or threaten to obstruct our progress. Its Taurus tone permits us to be patient, should the situation demand that we restate our intent multiple times… but only up to a reasonable point. Once we cross that line to anger and/or discover the attempt to communicate our reality is falling on deaf (or just plain dense) ears, there will be no going back.
Just hours before the eclipse is exact, Venus will transition out of Taurus and into Gemini, a sign with a great deal more flexibility than its predecessor. (Venus stays in Gemini through June 2.) Considering that, as ruler of Taurus, Venus will serve as dispositor for the eclipsed Sun (as well as the Moon, Mercury and Mars), this dash of Gemini color promises to help us find alternatives in any circumstances where we have tired of hitting our head against an unmoving wall. Though our guiding resolve must remain firm if we hope to topple old habits and/or establish new ones, our relational methods of interacting with people who've been somewhat out-of-sync with our recent efforts to change could probably benefit from a bit of experimental tinkering.
During our roughest moments in the transformational process, according to Venus in Gemini, we might reach toward less obvious allies, folks with supportive sentiments we haven't already heard… try different modes of communication, diffusing any standoffs by adopting a 'side-door' manner of opening further dialogue… agree not to continue a dead-end debate, accepting instead the necessary partiality of certain interpersonal connections, learning to appreciate them for their areas of easier overlap while avoiding the touchier spots… and/or to simply turn the other cheek, focusing ourselves only on those social relations that help us get where we want to go and ignoring the others, temporarily or forever.
To consciously set a habit is to adamantly refuse to allow encounters with any complicating obstacle (whether an internal psychological knot to untangle or an external conflict to navigate through) to sap our spirit, discouraging us from believing we can succeed. To set a habit is to preserve our precious forward momentum no matter what it takes, even at certain collateral costs.
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): This is a lot of energy to be expending on angling for position in relation to that certain someone else. Not that this an unfamiliar role to once again find yourself in, is it, Scorpio? It's almost like you're built for constant preoccupation with the ever-changing psychological state of whoever's co-starring with you in the latest epic… and for constantly bouncing your own varying efforts-of-engagement at them, from one dramatic angle and then another, to determine what might stick the best landing. Interpersonal engagement, of course, is one of the greatest blessings of being alive. The insights into the human condition which you possess, likewise, provide you a shrewd ability to feel into the specific zones where you're likeliest to strike the most charged connection with your target-of-interest. But does that shrewd insightfulness sometimes work against you in relationship? After all, too acute an awareness of what makes another person tick, tingle, or turn on can actually cause you to play to their reactions—as opposed to, say, just doing what you would do regardless of what they're up to. In other words, you could get so caught up in successfully generating desired responses in others, you overlook what you as an individual most desire. Remember your approach to relationships is now actively evolving. To help it along, consider energy conservation as a goal.
I want to make some comments on the Taurus one:
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Thursday's south-node-conjoined super-Taurean solar eclipse is an outstanding occasion for you to bid a firm farewell to self-identifications that just don't serve you. As you well know, Taurus, the mirror-reflection of your sign's steadfast reliability is a fierce resistance to too-much-too-soon change: Why make a move until you're damned sure it's the right one? Yet, after too long, the motivational self-talk about how you want to change your life (but only once this, that, or the other has been completely taken care of or solved) coagulate into hollow words you subconsciously start to doubt, much as a disappointed friend might learn to ignore that one more promise made to them when it's uttered atop a field of broken ones.
Hah. That is so very, very, absolutely true. I haven't the faintest idea how one flies by the seat of their pants on that!
When I say there is no time like the present to actually make the change, I am not speaking idiomatically: This is literally the most excellent time to force those rooted feet out of the indentations they've eroded into their cushy resting-places, and onto unfamiliar terrain. Ritualize this moment with at least one risky step… an initiatory adoption of some behavior which, though it may go against the constantly-rerunning stories you tell yourself about who you are and what you do, is absolutely essential for enacting the change(s) you already know you want to make. To help this along, I strongly suggest physically removing some material item from your life that symbolizes who you aren't anymore.
Well, I don't have the time to worry about throwing things out of my house, but I am definitely doing one risky initiation step soon...
Astrology Class is all about Taurus and your mother today.
this Eclipse can create a ravenous appetite and/or ferocious greediness to fill an unfillable hole.
There is little point in telling anybody right now that all life is a silly illusion,
EVEN THOUGH IT IS,
mainly because when you do have great needs that imust be satisfied.
you're likely to just chomp away at life till you're full.
Yes, self restraint.
And all that.
But too many people have missed too many meals, literally and otherwise.
So we tend to substitute one thing or another to allay our hunger and thirst.
Yours can be found below.
TAURUS AND TAURUS RISING You’ve got to fight for independence now. Asserting yourself and covering up all your doubts and insecurities could be a full time job, especially because anybody looking in from the outside sees what’s going on with you. Compensating for the fact that you are, for the moment anyway, being asked to participate in playing a more, dare we say it, traditional “female” role only allows others who support you to show you that you need to be grateful to be able to be on the receiving end for a change.
SCORPIO AND SCORPIO RISING
Promise yourself you won’t forget the fact that the magic of infatuation is fun but gets dangerous if you go overboard and idealize another person to the extent that you blind yourself to their human flaws. Naturally you can’t play cop and keep the lights on all the time. There is no sin in allowing yourself to be infatuated from time to time. When you have so many responsibilities and everybody needs or wants something from you, is it so wrong to look for comfort in the arms of a stranger?
I keep finding good stuff!
Stuff from the April 25 eclipse:
This last one reminds me of the Michael Lutin eclipse pattern of 2013 message. Which I ordered, but I suspect I'd get in trouble for talking about online since it's for pay. This is a lulu enough for me (and my mom, who is also having an eclipse around her birthday... FUN TIMES THIS YEAR YOU GUYS) that I paid up and...well, I would say that if you're a Taurus or Scorpio or rising of either, or have both like I do, go get it. It's very good relationship-y talk along the lines of SunShines. I'd like to note that he doesn't even put anything up for the upcoming week this week (not a permalink) EXCEPT for that message....which is frightening.
On another note, here's a post on Beltane for tomorrow. Which is also very heavily reminding me of the Lutin message:
"Heavy energy out there. All that fixed earth Taurus. It’s easy to get bogged down. And to give up.
You know that’s Shadow Taurus, right? Giving up. Withdrawing. Isolating. Shutting down. It’s a survival instinct, gone wrong. If you’re feeling less than enthused, this could be why.
But this is still a fertile season. Taurus is also about new growth. Yes, even with the current opposition from Saturn in Scorpio.
The evening of April 30th to May 1st is Beltane, a fertility festival. Even if you don’t feel like celebrating, the wheel of the year continues to turn. The energy is potent right now for creating something new. Saturn’s limits may narrow the scope, but there’s still something to work with. The pulse of new life is happening, and it’s bigger than you. This is encouraging, because it means there’s always hope, no matter how insurmountable your problems are. Not that your problems aren’t valid, but there’s always something more to reach for.
Remember, efforts made in Taurus will be slooow. You may have to push a bit harder, be a bit more patient, take things one day at a time."
Next, posting for the May 9 eclipse:
Also, the monthly horoscopes:
"Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You are surrounded on all sides by potential, and by people who believe in you. Yet you may have an ominous feeling, as if something is brewing that you don’t understand and cannot discern clearly. Yet consider all that you’ve learned about yourself the past few weeks — how many things you would not necessarily have considered, and were probably not expecting. These have worked out well, and many situations are still developing. The ominous feeling is an eclipse of the Sun in your sign on May 9. This is profoundly meaningful astrology that will deliver a clear message to you. You may not be certain if it’s a sign from the distant past or something entirely new; in a way, both are true. What this eclipse signals is a kind of growth checkpoint. There are two questions that I see. One is: what do you ‘take on’ when you engage with someone in an intimate relationship? There’s something suggesting that you become like that person, at least a little, and I suggest that you decide consciously the extent you want to do this. Another image in the chart involves your father, and your tendency to want to live up to what you perceived as his expectations of you, or his image of you. It’s more likely that your highest vision of yourself would take you in another direction entirely. It will help if you notice this negotiation process with full awareness rather than having it run in the background."
"Yet you may have an ominous feeling, as if something is brewing that you don’t understand and cannot discern clearly. Yet consider all that you’ve learned about yourself the past few weeks — how many things you would not necessarily have considered, and were probably not expecting. These have worked out well, and many situations are still developing. The ominous feeling is an eclipse of the Sun in your sign on May 9. This is profoundly meaningful astrology that will deliver a clear message to you. You may not be certain if it’s a sign from the distant past or something entirely new; in a way, both are true."
That has definitely happened. And seriously, JUST WAITING ON THAT SIGN THERE!
"Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
To what extent are you invested in a close partner, and have you considered whether you might be over-invested? This isn’t necessarily an easy question, though you may be getting some new information on this topic in the near future. This is, however, not a new story. Indeed, it’s the latest step in the process of your rewriting what may be a very old story, and that relates to certain fixed patterns of how you tend to think of yourself, your relationship partners and your mutual role in one another’s lives. This question is valid whether or not you currently are with a partner. The underlying material remains the same. The question gets more relevance if you tend to repeat patterns in your relationships. It gets even more relevance if you tend to come up against certain emotional issues and then skip them over, expecting a different result from last time. The current astrology is, to use a strong word, demanding that you be real with yourself. You know it’s also time for you to be relating to others on real terms, and call nothing less than that intimacy. I know there is a temptation to have the pleasure, security and emotional contact of relationships without taking the risk of vulnerability. Yet it’s never long before this runs out. If you’re someone who does value depth and intimacy and who takes emotional risks, the next few weeks promise to be a daring, meaningful and beautiful time in your life."
Okay, with all of this prediction stuff? If I continue to be immune to the charms of everyone even after this year, I need to just freaking shoot myself because that means ain't nothing gonna move me :P
In my case, I had a good day--surprise birthday celebration at my volunteer job, which was adorable. There was a little work drama, but not directed at me, so what the heck. I also just downloaded a concert recording done that night (hey, they allow tapers) and that was good too.
However, someone I know had their entire office CHEWED THE HELL OUT, in great, nasty, people being threatened with firing level of drama, on that date. I feel very sorry for that person.
How YOU doing?
TO ALL PEOPLE ON THE PLANET WEEK OF 29 APRIL AND BEYOND ECLIPSE PATTERN 2013 UH- OH THERE’S GOTTA BE MORE THAN THIS
Money and sex sex and money money and sex sex and money
There’s got to be more than that even if the eclipses are taking place in Taurus and Scorpio. Everybody gets the joke no matter what sign you were born under.
Money and Sex?—that’s too crass, too low consciousness, too crude, too vulgar.
What about the higher vibration, like creativity and manifestation and rebirth and transformation and all that good stuff people who wear Birkenstocks talk about?
Actually, it is all those things, all to be found in the same package at the moment, so we have to understand that until we have all experienced a common worldwide apotheosis and simultaneously become gods and goddesses, we are all evolving at different rates.
Some of us are already eating organic vegetables and seeking transcendental Tantric unions. Others, believe it or not, are still robbing the poor and exploiting the weak. And, get this! Some still talk about eating other human beings.
Sounds icky, but the Taurus Scorpio axis operates on many levels at once.
Rarely does all of humanity embrace the higher vibrations at the same moment. There are still greedy rascals out there and seductive skunks still skulking about. It’‘s hard sometimes to know whom to trust, since EVERYTHING seems to be a transaction lately.
With Saturn and the North Node of the Moon vying for supremacy, is sex always behind the sale of EVERYTHING?
Is human desire and appetite the driving force of our plane of existence?
Of course you don’t have to act out your baser desires, but magnetic attraction is at the heart of every connection between two consenting adults. At least right now.
We are currently experiencing each of us in our own way a personal kidnapping. We are being wrenched from a place we have found comfortable, but one that is no longer useful or satisfactory.
Think about that.
A force is moving us away from what we know as familiar toward the unfamiliar.
We are but prey in the paws of the predatory Inevitability of Change.
We EITHER EMBRACE IT OR ARE DRAGGED AWAY BY IT.
To embrace the unknown is to overcome the terror of death of course, but also of looking into our own unconscious drives and wishes.
It is the only way to release the fire of creativity that smolders within us all.
Creative inspiration is born in passion and curiosity, both of which can be liberated only when we respect without judgment or fear the deep needs and wishes and attractions and repulsions we often secretly harbor.
These are primitive, instinctual, ravenous hungers emerging from our most primal and anti-social selves.
To live in a civilized society we are asked to control some of our impulses and restrain ourselves from seeking mindless satisfaction to our hungers and thirsts.
This cu rrent eclipse pattern of 2013 demands that we release our hold on the more mundane aspects of our security, detach from the known in the search for a more meaningful and sincere form of happiness and fulfillment.
Way more to come.
"Perhaps the most important suggestion for eclipse season is that, although change may happen to you, you don't want to be the instigator of any change just yet -- if you can help it. Yes, eclipses will bring news of life's major events such as a birth, death, marriage, divorce, career milestone, move or other significant turning point. And yes, there is often a sweeping transformation in the air that you'll be forced to address. But the energy during eclipse time is so unstable and supercharged that it's always best to be in receptive mode if possible. Save important decisions about the information that has come your way until after the eclipse season dust has settled.
Eclipses remind you that life is happening. But at eclipse time, the universe has a way of suddenly altering the rules of the game. It's your job to go with the flow now. Do your best to take things in stride and understand that the universe has an infinite wisdom. Trust it."
"The Eclipse will be closely conjunct Saturn and opposite Mars, suggesting that an internal fight about what you know you need to let go of may ensue. If there's an emotionally-charged situation brewing around you it might be hard to forgive or to surrender. Try to remember that the higher expression of Scorpio energy is about letting go.
Alternatively, there might be a situation you're in where you want to retain power. If so, this Lunar Eclipse could feel more unsettling because a tight grip will only leave you in pain. Ultimately, with this Lunar Eclipse, the greatest power just might come from accepting your personal limitations, and (if you can) taking the high road.
Remember not to make a major decision during an eclipse, too, even if the eclipse does not affect your chart personally. People around you might be troubled and this could affect you. The energy in the sky is super-charged at eclipse times and it's always better to be in receiving mode, rather than move forward with a decision you're making due to intense emotions. Plan and strategize, but be patient. See what happens."
Struggling to hold your ground is an understandable response to this challenging Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio. It falls in your 7th House of Partners and opposes your sign to raise fundamental questions about values, resources and relationships. Digging in your heels is a natural response, but recognizing where you're fighting a losing battle and finally letting go is more likely to make you feel like a winner.
This Full Moon Eclipse in your sign can mark a significant change of direction in your personal life. It challenges you to commit more deeply to your most compelling desires, which may require you to let go of people and projects that are secondary to these goals. A physical transformation could put you in the best shape of your life, update your appearance and increase your appeal to others."