Dishing It Out: The Sag New Moon Solar Eclipse of Nov. 24/25

This month’s New Moon is a partial solar eclipse that launches a new phase in how we perceive, think about and experience life. Heady stuff, indeed, with heady ramifications.

We’ve been changing aplenty in the past few months. Updating our beliefs is in order, and no aspect of existence is immune, not even — especially not — our view of ourselves. It won’t be clear for some time exactly where this updating is leading. It is already on the table, though, and very much in process.

We are in the thick of becoming aware of and resetting our relationship to how and what we think — and also how we get around on this planet. That’s the ongoing challenge of the current eclipse cycle, in the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius. The cycle started up again last Christmas and will continue into May of 2013. It’s reawakening issues and themes from roughly 19 years ago, from the end of 1991 to the middle of 1994. (You can look back in additional 19 year increments if you wish.) It will help to look at the current themes of your life in light of what you were grappling with during those years.

This week’s eclipse is in Sagittarius, which rules what we do with all the information we gather, learn and process, from the systems of thought we create (academia, law, politics, philosophy, codes of beliefs) to the media technology systems that convey them. The sign also governs aspects of life that expand our horizons by exposing us to other ways of thinking and being, including long-distance travel and people, places, cultures and languages that are foreign to our upbringing.

All of these areas are up for revisiting now and in the next six months or so, as this solar eclipse plays out. Because this eclipse is coinciding with Mercury retrograding — in the same sign, to boot — we have the opportunity over the next three weeks to come across lots of information that’s relevant to the process. As the retrograde takes us back over old turf, look for messages and insights that flesh out history and put the stories we tell about the past into quite a different light. We’re likely to get a fuller picture, discover that we made an erroneous assumption and/or question why we attached the importance or meaning that we did. In some cases, you will be feeling as if you’re hearing about a stranger’s life; that’s how much you’ve changed.

Keep that in mind when your tire blows out during an after-dark rain storm, or an 18-wheeler overturns and freezes highway traffic in both directions, or your anti-virus program goes HAL on you and blocks your computer from accessing the Internet (current, real life examples, all). You’re being bombarded with valuable data now. It’s pointing to a better, more workable future for you.

Read the full solar eclipse forecast at EmpowermentUnlimited.net.

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BIG Week! Forecast for Nov. 21-27

Hang on to your hats, guys! Thanksgiving week brings a one-two punch of Mercury retrograding and a solar eclipse. They’re both in Sagittarius, which rules long-distance travel and communication systems, not to mention our beliefs and life philosophies. We’re more than nostalgic; we’re all over time/space, and so are the people and issues sitting down at the table with us.

Oh, and Mars completes his trine to Pluto, too, pushing us ever deeper into incremental, curative action. Lots won’t see the light of day till spring, but trust that enormous progress is underway.

This week calls for strategies galore. My online resources are full of ’em:

Count your blessings! You’ve got more than you realize!

Cans of Popeye’s Spinach & Fated Company: Forecast for Nov. 14-20

This week has very much the flavor of the last one, minus the pressures and insanity of the Taurus Full Moon. We’re getting into the flow of practical, efficient action while making energizing, fun and profoundly important connections.

The two influences are interlinked, too, in a way that could bring people to help with some of that action. Men in particular; men with resources, men with keen diagnostic abilities; men with pronounced fix-it genes, all inclined to throw some of their know-how your way.

Long discussion why in my extended weekly forecast.

Sweet and sassy explanation in my weekly podcast — now on iTunes!

Be Here NOW: The Nov. 10 Taurus Full Moon

The Taurus Full Moon echoes a current theme in the skies: No matter how spiritually aware, evolved or connected we are, the place where we live out our existence is still planet earth.

Yes, the particular dimension we’re occupying may affect our perceptions and experiences. (And speaking of which — how many of you have found roads you frequently travel completely unrecognizable lately?) Yes, intangible forces and factors may be influencing events and guiding us to an over-arching bigger-picture perspective. But the playing field is still under our feet and at our fingertips. We remain very much in our bodies, in our physical circumstances and in our physical homes and communities.

This week’s Full Moon answers the Taurus New Moon of the beginning of May. If you think back to that time, you’ll sense a definite atmospheric similarity. In May we were still bounding around crazily and impulsively from the fiery electricity of Uranus just having moved into Aries. The Taurus New Moon tapped the brakes, slowed our experience of time and redirected our perspective back into immediate mundane matters.

Those matters have been inescapable lately, with Jupiter and Pluto teaming to clean out or renovate so many of the structures and conditions of our lives. Time doesn’t merely feel slow any more. It now feels as if it has stopped, or as if we are suspended outside of time in some DMZ between worlds or ways of being. The absence of frenzy and activity for its own sake makes it easy to spot the harvest of the Taurus Full Moon. It’s showcasing the state of our physical conditions — our money, our possessions, our earning capacity, our practical talents and skills, our values — and, just as importantly, how we feel about them.

This Full Moon also brings fruition to the exploration of inner and hidden realms that we’ve been doing since the Scorpio New Moon of October 26. What treasures have we brought to the surface? What baubles have turned out to be worthless or unappealing, now that their glistening surfaces have dried and dulled? What beasties of the deep shriveled into unimportance when they came into light?

All of this data feeds right back into our physical experience. We’re going to be organizing, perfecting, improving and tweaking it for the rest of this month, as Mars moves into Virgo and creates the round-robin flow of a grand trine in earth with Jupiter and Pluto. Pay attention to the here and now and, above all, to details.

God’s in them, I’m always saying, but that’s more than a trite statement. Taurus is simultaneously the most earthbound of the signs and the one with the greatest potential for spiritual evolution (when is Buddha’s birthday? ). Like the 10 of Pentacles in the Tarot, Taurus can be spirit come down to earth. That’s the very potential that each of us has. Actually, that’s the very reality that each of us has, a reality of which we are coming into greater and greater awareness.

This Full Moon reminds us of that, if we will only view its messages and culminations that way. Then it’s time to do something about them. This Moon is a milestone in a prolonged work phase. A tweaking phase. A getting things fixed and in order phase. At the end of it, next year, that explosive, erratic, electric Uranian energy is going to ramp up again as Uranus and Pluto move in and out of an exact square (seven times between 2012 and 2015).

That’s no doubt part of why this current phase is so long, so prolonged, so maddeningly slow-moving. Get your circumstances in order, now. Streamline your life, now. Later, when outer events really start getting erratic, you’ll be calm, focused, centered and able to respond in a way that’s healthy for you.

This Moon has one additional, important message: You’re not in this alone. The Moon’s ruler is Venus, the love goddess and overseer of relationships of all kind. She’s traveling with Mercury, the planet of communication, in the sign of good-times-loving, reach-out-and-yak-someone’s-ear-off sign of Sagittarius. This is anything but a formula for isolation. We’re traveling in a pack of people whose company and conversation we enjoy, in a kind of roving party atmosphere.

Some of that company, conversations and partying is going to prove extremely defining for our life paths. Venus and Mercury are coming up on the North Node of the Moon, a meeting that will spark many an important encounter, conversation and connection. Some are going to feel larger than life and even fated. Why sidetrack yourself by debating whether fate exists? Stand in awe at the connections and embrace them. As heaven sent as some may be, they’re part of the web you’re building here on terra firma.

Originally published at EmpowermentUnlimited.net. © Kathy Biehl 2011. All Rights Reserved. You may forward this article as long as the copyright notice is intact. No part may be used or reprinted without my prior written permission. Karma, ya know.

Forecast for Week of Nov. 7, 2011

This week brings the final phase in a major cycle, a downshift in how we’ll be exerting energy, a worlds-spanning full moon and contacts that are pivotal to our life paths. Nothing much, really.

Oh, okay; it sounds like an overload, doesn’t it? Yet it won’t feel like one, at least not compared to the last three weeks. The planets of communication and love being in Sagittarius has made the difference, putting light-heartedness, enthusiasm and even optimism back at our disposal.

Lots more in my extended weekly forecast, weekly podcast, and astro-outlook for the month of November.

Miss me last week? The freak snowstorm in the Northeast knocked me off the Internet. I’m baaaaaaaack now!

How Deep Is Your Love (For Yourself): Scorpio New Moon

October 26, 2011
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Going deep is always part of the Scorpio New Moon. This year’s takes us into even deeper waters than usual.

Emotions, perceptions, intuitions and fears are heightened right now — all the sensations that come without tangible evidence or reason. Call it X-ray vision, sonar, hunches or feelings; everyone’s got an extra dose of sensitivity at their disposal.

Pay attention to it. Go with immediate reactions, before your brain kicks in and edits, censors or rationalizes. Honor the tingling of your physical radar — a tightening in your stomach or solar plexus, nervousness and uneasiness, headaches out of the blue, even excitement and exhilaration. (Radar doesn’t only pick up warnings!) Ground yourself, sit quietly and see where your attention goes. Its stops aren’t likely to be trifles or coincidences.

We’ve got fearlessness to the nth power now, too. This is an optimal time to investigate matters that can be scaring or intimidating. (Discuss joint finances with your spouse; stand up to a creditor or someone you view as more powerful; look into that surgery or will you’ve been putting off.) To dive into the subconscious, or into union with another person. To plunge through the dark and murky aspects of situations and expose truth. To confront mortality, move through loss and grief and connect with the dead. To apply a scalpel to your psyche, your surroundings, your relationships or your life and boldly cut away diseased, withering or dead areas.

Hardly the makings of an Elmo and Disney princess Halloween, are they? Watch the costumes. They’ll reflect that the holiday is more dark, macabre and potentially real than usual this year.

Read the rest of my moon report here.

How Dark Is Your Moon? Forecast for Oct 24-30

We are on the dark side of the moon, and it’s a doozy — fitting for the Scorpio new moon that follows on Wednesday. Seen the drama? Felt it? Issues that we’re sick and tired of grappling with have roared back up. Life and death terrors are cresting and rampaging. Monsters that we’ve batted down are refusing to stay in the closet, or buried in our psyches.

One friend saw her personal demons walk into a party before her eyes this weekend. Two clients called me crying so uncontrollably that they were incoherent. (Both invoked the possibility of dying, no coincidence, one with fear, one with relief.) Me, I buried myself in inner work to an extent and with an intensity that would have taken a month in our earlier experiences of time…and still degenerated this morning into screaming myself hoarse at a drain that will not plug.

Sounds stupid, right? It’s a reflection of the current energy, though. This flaw is keeping the sink from holding water for the 15 minutes needed to clean the blades for the purifiers that pull mold from the air of my storm-damaged house. (Astro pop quiz: how many Scorpio or Pluto references can you spot in that one sentence?) It doesn’t matter how carefully I place the stopper, or what else I use or stack to block the drain; the sink empties.

It’s another metaphor for this week. Keeping things in is futile. The drain is open and it is going to empty. Scream; fight; kick; scream some more; cry. None of that is going to affect the drain.

What’s behind the intensity is Scorpio moving into dominance of the sky. Jupiter, which escalates any influence it touches, is in cahoots with Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto, overseer of the underworld and the subconscious, our most irrational desires and longings, and the whole gamut of skin-shedding, garden-pruning, Phoenix-into-the-ashes-and-out-again death and rebirth processes. Both of these guys will be in direct contact with the new moon, which will imprint this sky’s-the-limit, deep-cleaning vibe into the moon cycle.

Game for more? Read my extended weekly forecast and listen to my podcast. I’ve got resources for 2012-2013 up now, too. They’re in this weekend’s blog post and also on my site.

Change Your Thinking; Change Your Life: The Gem/Sag Eclipse Potential

Mp3s are now available of my talk “It’s All In Your Mind: The Potential of the Gemini/Sagittarius Eclipses of 2010-2013.” It discusses how we will be resetting/rebooting our information flow during the ongoing, radical change of the next few years, and gives specific strategies for navigating it well. Info included on what the eclipses are stirring up for each sign, as well as the bigger astrological context of pressuring and healing influences. Order at EmpowermentUnlimited.net.

Itchy & Scratchy: Forecast for Oct. 17-23

The last few weeks have brought stabilizing, grounding and, for some, the sense of imposed stillness. That’s all changing now, as the skies needle us into twitching and shifting and getting off dead center.

Yep, it’s already time to move on. No period of stasis can last. It’s in the natural order of things for stability and calm to slip into something more dynamic. Remember that when you feel an electric buzz, or impulse, or discharge this week. They’re not merely disrupting your complacency; they’re also doing their job.

Read the rest of my extended weekly forecast here. And listen to my podcast (under five minutes!) here.

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Up on a Tightwire: Forecast For Week of Oct. 10

Grounding cords continue to sink down and lock in this week. As they’re settling into place, they get a good shake to test and show us how secure they are.

What sets the shaking in motion are relationships, and the process will sort them, too. Some will fall away. Some will recede. And some will deepen and grow as hearts and minds link with forces far greater than individual consciousness.

Expect more important developments, offers and communications, more getting comfortable and secure with ourselves, more giant steps in compassion and intuitive accuracy, and lots more comings and goings in our social lives and connections.

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