Eclipse Madness

Why is everyone so combative/irritated/irritating? Why is the Twilight Zone playing nonstop in the background?

This week’s Gemini new moon is a solar eclipse that’s stirring communication issues (and how). For starters: How we think. What we think about. How we convey our thoughts. Whether we listen, or just wait for a break in the conversation until it’s time for us to talk again. Whether we impose our opinions as Truth or are willing to listen to other points of view. Where we get our information. How frequently or effectively we clean out our channels.

More in my:
✭ weekly forecast
✭ weekly podcast
✭ first videoblog about the summer’s eclipses (featuring guest assistant Eli the Chihuahua)

Venus, Mars & the Gauntlet of Earthly Delights (Okay — Decisions)

We are in the thick of Taurus time. This week we sink deeply into the physicality of our existence — and then run a gauntlet of choice points regarding the ground rules and structures of our lives. At the end of the run, we sink deeper again into the physical world, reframed by the decisions we have made.

This sounds a lot less intense than last week, and it certainly should play out with significantly less drama, spikes in blood pressure and visits to hospitals and divorce attorneys. Enough with the stomach-lurching revelations. It’s time for harmonizing with what’s left and good in our lives.

More’s in my forecast for this week and podcast for this week.

Harness Some of That Pluto Power!

As the Scorpio full moon gives way to a gauntlet of trines to its ruler Pluto, a simple tool has landed in my life that’s ideal for working with these intense and clarifying energies. The purpose is cultivating qualities that attract money and discouraging ones that don’t. My experience is that it uncannily brings to light unproductive concepts that are lurking in the depths of my being.

The tool is nothing but a chart of 42 pairs of qualities that attract and repel money. You pick a number from 1-42 and find the corresponding entry on the chart. For 24 hours, you then work on implementing the attracting quality.

Give it a try. If nothing else, the exercise will distract you from the disconcerting news and events that are swirling about this week.

The host is the Namaste Cafe Internet Coffee House. Thanks to astrologer Shelley Ackerman of Karmic Relief for posting the chart on Facebook.

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Pluto Power: The Scorpio Full Moon

May 17, 2011
7:10 AM EDT / 11:10 AM GMT
28 Scorpio 34 / 28 Taurus 34

Get out your gardening shears and trowel. This month’s Scorpio Full Moon invites us all to get to work.

The metaphoric garden that we have been seeding and tilling has reached the stage that we can see what’s growing in it. That’s the first task: taking a good look at what’s in the garden.

Some of the growth should be expected. During the Aries-heavy weeks in March and April, we shot scores of projects and ideas out into the world. As recently as the Taurus new moon at the beginning of May, some of these began settling in nicely. Some of that growth has now hit the point that we can enjoy it a bit — a perfectly appropriate action to take with so much planetary activity in Taurus.

Some of what’s in the garden may not be expected, or welcome, or even ours. The Taurus/Scorpio axis deals, after all, with possessions, values and attitudes, our individual ones as well as those in joint endeavors. Have you been investing in someone else’s work/issues/life instead of your own? Is a rate of exchange off? It’s not uncommon for one person to put most of the energy into a relationship, not get much in return and then — hmmm — resent the other person for the disparity. If that’s happening in your world, this moon ought to light up the situation.

And some of what’s in the garden may have escaped your notice. Scorpio has what I call periscope vision: the ability to see around corners and into similar places that are not directly in front of your face. This moon will draw attention to the underbelly, the undergrowth and the underground — diseases and root rot, damage by pests and the pests themselves, improper soil conditions that do not bode well for the garden’s long-term flourishing, interlopers lurking in the brush for their own furtive reasons.

The next task is addressing what you don’t want. This could require weeding, hoeing the ground and cleaning up the neighbor’s trash that’s blown into your shrubs. You might uproot perfectly healthy plants simply because they don’t suit you and replace them with ones that delight or nourish you. (Who’s planting food in their nonmetaphoric gardens? No? Why not?) You might find yourself banishing invaders, planting marigolds to chase them off or setting traps for them. A stern talk with neighbors may be in order, too, if their activities are slopping over onto your turf.

And then there’s follow-through. Some of these decisions will be slow in coming to consciousness. Some will take some time to muster up the courage and motivation. But action will take place, and how — swiftly and with no going back. (Look for much to unfold organically Friday and Saturday.)

Given the over-the-top potential of this full moon, these tasks will not be superficial or brushed off. This moon has a quadruple intensity: The usual heightened emotions of a full moon. The intensity and fearlessness of Scorpio. The stealth factor of occurring on the unmonitored playground of our psyches, during the overnight hours. And a stressed-out ruler, Pluto, who’s caught between equally demanding and unyielding archetypes of obligation and personal freedom.

Pluto’s role kicks in a good 30 hours or so before the actual event. The moon’s last major aspect before this is a sextile to Pluto just after midnight Monday AM, which props open a doorway in our subconscious that stays open until the Sun and Moon face off early Tuesday morning. Everything this Moon stirs is major, and a lot of it is cellular and far below the level of conscious thought.

Keep that in mind when your attention wanders from yourself to the behavior that you’re going to consider insane, outrageous or out of control coming from people around you. Fantastical and escapist thinking is being kicked up by this event, thanks to the Sun and the Moon making an out of sign square to Neptune and Chiron.

The people you brand as wingnuts will be coming out of the shadows. (They might return the favor of labeling, you know.) Ancient fears will be on the prowl. Some people will be freaking that the world is unrecognizable to them, or that they can not find a place for themselves, or that they have lost a control that they didn’t actually have in the first place. Nostalgia for by-gone days may be epidemic — for days that, again, actually never existed as they are currently being mourned. A desire to snuff out anything and everything that stirs these fears will ramp up. (Think the tax and legislation tactics have been extreme? Just wait.)

What’s the way out? The pressure on Neptune/Chiron dumps directly into the rationale, analytical, healing turf of Virgo. Tend your garden. Maintain good fences and proper boundaries. Eat sensibly. Make healthy choices. Clean up your own life. There’s enough to do in that garden for now.

And the last task? Rest and enjoy the fruits of your labors. The point of the garden is to nourish you. Breathe deep; dig in.

© Kathy Biehl 2011. All Rights Reserved. You may forward this article as long as the copyright notice is intact.

The Power of Pluto: Forecast for Week of May 16

Tie down your grounding cord! First a full moon in Scorpio, then a weekend of Mars, Venus and Mercury aspecting Pluto — this is going to be one intense week.

This weekend got the party (?) started. In my own circle that brought (a) a theatrical production stopping for paramedics to assist and wheel out an elderly gentleman in a medical crisis; (b) waves of lies and backstabbing coming to light in a nonprofit project; (c) an invoice for a huge legal fee the attorney had never discussed with the client (much less obtained an agreement for), out of the blue two and a half years late and with no breakdown of services provided or time spent; (d) a mugging that resulted in a broken nose and overnight hospital stay.

Powerful energies are afoot. Work with them consciously. For how:
☛ Read my forecast for the week of May 16
☛ Listen to my podcast for the week (it’s short!)
☛ Read my Scorpio full moon forecast
☛ Watch my Scorpio full moon video (it’s short, too!)

Be careful out there!

Well, Trine My Fire: The Launch of My Astro-Videoblog

My astrology videoblog ignited into reality on Friday the 13th. The idea had been kicking around for almost a year. It took the march of planets through the last degrees of Aries to make it happen.

Last week transiting Mars (action) in my second house (my talents and earning potential) trined my natal Jupiter and Pluto (over-the-top expressions of power and transformation) in the sixth (daily work). Full-blown ideas for a half dozen videos erupted, down to props and camera angles. On Friday the 13th (I do love that date), Venus (women, money, values, art) and Mercury (communication) made trines to Jupiter/Pluto as well, and the astrological symbolism spread like wildfire throughout the day (and, apparently, my psyche).

The first stage was lunch with two female colleagues, an Aries bankruptcy attorney and a Scorpio business coach, the latter of whom kept bringing the conversation back to setting a value on our services, speeding up the time frame for financial goals and taking imperfect action instead of waiting for ideal circumstances. (Don’t you love the magic realism of astrological aspects?)

That imperative seized the day. “I’ll get around to it someday” turned into a couple of test shoots and diving with the Fool’s confidence into my first solo edit using iMovie, which I haven’t even opened since my only One-to-One training session for the program two years ago. I set up a new YouTube channel to house the blog, The Professional Aquarian, and sent out the first wave of announcements of the new arrival.

On reflection, I now see that the launch was right on schedule. When Mars, Venus and Mercury sparked my Jupiter/Pluto conjunction, they also set off the degree of last December’s Gemini lunar eclipse. The trio completed a grand trine to the Sun’s position then, in my 10th house (public life), and sextiled the Moon’s point in my 4th (home). And what happened at that eclipse? I received a group gift from my siblings and the media-savvy quasi-family member who had first suggested the blog: a video camera.

The solar eclipse coming on June 1 is conjunct my Mars. December’s lunar eclipse is on my MC/IC. This rocket ship is heading to points unknown. I have a good feeling about this!

Eternal thanks to Matt Wayne and Divya Chandra for suggesting the blog, to Karen Biehl, Kurt Biehl, Kim Fryar and Matt Wayne for providing the technology, and to Barbara Nelson for unwittingly pouring lighter fluid on the fire.

Neptune, Chiron & The Lame Swan

As I was driving out of my subdivision this morning, I saw a swan walking on the outside edge of the opposite lane. His gait was ungainly and slow. As he approached the reason came into view: His left foot was gone. He was hobbling on one webbed foot and a stump. He swung himself laboriously from one side to the other, each step taking him only a short distance forward. He was silent, persistent, taking no notice of the

A car pulled up behind me, so I abandoned my immediate plan to take a photo of him, pulled onto the main street and swung back around. By the time I returned he’d cleared the barrier and had waddled down the bank into the water, which he was moving through slowly but more gracefully.

An astrological metaphor in action: Neptune, the god o’er the water (and waterfowl, perhaps?), and Chiron, master of physical wounding, converging in the form of a one-food swan determinedly pulling himself back to water. Not complaining. Working with what he had. Still functioning in this physical world. An inspirational icon for us all.