No Foolin’! Forecast for April 1-7, 2013

The awakening and enlivening process continues. We’ve got a major dose of get-up-and-go from the preponderance of bodies in initiating, fast-acting, combative and daring Aries. Another exciting flare-up in the Aries fire is in store this weekend. That builds all week long, amid opportunities for catching our breath and healing at a deep, deep level.

Fires of motivation are blazing under us and within us, and we periodically linger and ponder and acclimate and, in that active inaction transcend longstanding, paradoxical wounds of separation and engulfment. The combination brings balance, really: life force, rest and rejuvenation.

We’re getting clearer, more optimistic and more confident about ourselves — and particularly about the new direction into which we’re heading. The cosmic red arrow that has been flashing and pointing since the winter solstice has become a firm, strong, reliable and friendly signal. We start the week with the Sun in an easy flow to the point of that arrow (a configuration called a finger of God), expansive Jupiter in the high-flying, multi-tasking sign of Gemini. The pair beckons us to a future that is brighter and more expansive than our previous concepts. Dream big, and then dream bigger.

The week’s undercurrent is a link between Pluto, lord of the subconscious, and wounded healer Chiron. The first body is primally scary and insistent, but equally, potently empowering. He’s the agent of unavoidable change, and is locked in a several year universal remodeling project with Uranus, the agent of unpredictable change. The second body (a dwarf planet to be exact) embodies the challenge to sink fully into physical existence.

As Pluto and Chiron reach out to each other, they offer balm for the cracks, fissures, splits and torn-up roots we have all been experiencing. The pair also opens the door to feeling less alone — to feeling not at all alone, in fact, but part of a greater multitude. Notice how many people — and specifically who — have been in contact with you in the last week. Notice the quality of the connecting and reconnecting. (One example is a red tide of marriage equality images washing over Facebook last week, showing more and more and more people who stood in solidarity with each other.) Are you feeling more connected with yourself as well?

This soothing, therapeutic air could turn this week’s spate of void of course Moons into personal spa time. The Moon is void of course when she makes her final major aspect before leaving a sign. Because no planets are in the second half of any of the signs at the moment, the Moon has an uncommonly long journey out of each sign, which makes for frequent, long voids. During a void (think: devoid of major aspects), outward activity often amounts to little, or unravels later. The atmosphere is gentle, diffused, contemplative and generally supportive of not striving toward a goal or the future but instead, simply being.

This week, the long voids consume all of Monday and Wednesday and the second half of Friday. These stretches are suited to stoking and gazing into the fires and experience your own life force coursing through you.

And what is on our mind throughout the week? More appropriately, what is driving us? Desire. Desire and the will to go after it, no matter what. Desire and drive got amped up in last week’s Full Moon festivities. This week they will have their way. They will be satisfied.

That driving impulse comes from the week’s big event, a date between Venus and Mars, after midnight early Sunday morning in the East and late Saturday night elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere. This meeting flame-kisses both the spring season and the next two years, which is the length of the March cycle that has just begun.

This meeting is uniting the archetypal feminine and masculine and setting them on fire, within you as well as in the collective. Although there may be an aspect of the phoenix entering the fire and emerging reborn, the focus of this event is definitely the future. The burst is initiating, motivating and kick-starting. This clinch merges our hearts and our willpower, our desires and our drive to get them met, our value systems and our willingness to go to battle for them. We’re all impassioned to the max, bold, driven, hell-bent even on going after what we want.

Anything that starts now will have a progressive, new-paradigm edge, because both Venus and Mars have come through the freeing, perspective-tilting electricity of Uranus, which each of them met in late March. Relationships may erupt into life, or into new life, with parameters unlike your previous experience.

This energy is not merely about relationships, though, not by any means. It is about throwing yourself into life at full throttle.

Use the voids to quiet the voices in your head, still your being, ground, regroup, and listen to your heart. When the signal changes — and these days, red means go! — let your energy lead you. If you feel excited or energized, zoom ahead. If you find yourself thinking about something and running it by your friends and thinking about it some more, that’s a “no” or “not yet” signal. The same’s true if you are feeling neutral or resistant. Any reaction other than emotions rushing toward something means “no,” at least for now.

The astrology of why gay marriage is inevitable.

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Gay Marriages Under The Libra Full Moon

Astrology is in action all over the Web: Today’s Full Moon is in Libra, the sign of balance, relationships and social contracts, with the Sun in red-hot-Aries, accompanied by the archetypes of the lovers, Venus and Mars,and paradigm-breaking Uranus…and Facebook is awash in images of red equals signs, as the Supreme Court considers cases involving marriage equality, a graceful way of saying gay marriage rights.

The Aries pile-up is militant, insistent and gaining momentum, if the proliferation of red equal images is any indication. (They’ve evolved from two thick rectangles against red, to the floating pillows of Mark Rothko canvases, to stacked wedding rings against red, a red equal sign against the Constitution or a face (even Grumpy Cat’s), to flaming superhero arms flying across red — or stacked plastic ketchup squeeze bottles — forming the now-emblematic equals sign.) This spontaneous, snowballing of images is beautifully expressing the string-of-firecrackers energies in the skies. (Read more about them in my mooncast.)

It’s also giving me far more optimism than my legal background has about the Supreme Court just now. This may not be the moment when the halls of power give in to the groundswell. I will be flabbergasted, actually, if this particular line-up of judges comes down in favor of equality in marriage, and expect intellectual acrobatics that are infuriating and unapologetic. But this is the moment when society tips. This is the moment of no return on the issue. The Full Moon — with the goddess of love, the god of war and the agent of radical change united in rampage — is bearing down with a vengeance on Pluto, the agent of deep and unavoidable change, in Capricorn, which represents the structures that underlie our existence.

Structures must change, because the pressure to evolve is so great. All that pressure onto Pluto is dumping out across from him into Cancer, the sign of nurturing, of home life, of families. Society is changing. Family structures are changing. All this is happening no matter what the arbiters of law say right now. It simply is, independent of any formal or official sanction.

That will come, sooner or later. Whatever the Supreme Court’s decision is — and it may not be announced till late May, when the next square of Uranus and Pluto takes place — the metamorphosis is underway. The issue will return for revisiting and restructuring and refocusing time and again over the next two years, possibly in the form of more and more states passing marriage equality laws.

This week’s key events are occurring at the beginning of a cycle: in an early degree of the first sign of the zodiac. We are in the beginning times of this issue, not the end. A potent seed with radioactive strength has been planted. It will defy attempts to kill it. It will survive.