I think of Rosie the Riveter as a perfect example of what this month’s energies are about. The Goddess is alive and afoot, and she is ready to kick ass and take names.
This is and will continue to be both a wildly invigorating month, where much will both come to an end, and much will begin. The saying “When one door closes, another one opens” so perfectly describes the themes that we are faced with at this time. The New Moon in fiery Aries is followed by 3 upcoming Eclipses in a row…our buttons are being pushed as we are really being pushed out of our comfort zones. We are urged to deepen our awareness & act from a place of commitment to our own inner truth ~ in a word, authenticity. This is not a time to try to walk around in someone else’s oversized boots, or to use the same curse words picked up from a friend with a bad attitude and habits. There is no room for projection, blame, or scapegoating this month, so if circumstances are unpleasant we’ve got to take them into our own hands, or shift our own perceptions regarding them. It’s time to wear what fits, go where we’re inwardly guided to go, to speak and create based on what inspires us instead of what someone else wishes us conform to.
If the rules don’t make sense, people will stamp their feet like defiant children and walk the other direction, opening the forbidden door, climbing the forbidden mountain, or loving a forbidden person, in a forbidden place, in a forbidden love.
4/10/13 New Moon in Aries
This New Moon at 20 degrees of Aries highlights the symbolic liaison between the god of war and the goddess of love. It is lighting a fire where the sun doesn’t shine and pumping us up for standing our ground with renewed vigor and passion. With Mars at peak performance in it own Arian domain we are working with very assertive energies, which if we are uncomfortable with can become agitating and a trigger for our own undoing. If we know what we want and are willing to go after it, provided that we are in integrity and alignment with whatever that thing is, we are nearly guaranteed success in the weeks ahead. The marked energy here is about action, anger, lust, desire, and movement.
With Venus conjunct Mars and the New Moon the energy is particularly coming up strong for women in the way that they handle and express their inner rage, anger, sexual energy, and ambition. Many women who have suffered at the hands of an abuser or rapist are now reclaiming their power. If women have been forced into menial jobs, denied human rights, or kept sheltered, veiled, “barefoot and pregnant” against their own wishes, they might have something to say about that this month. Their voices are now being heard. They will not back down. The fight – a fight bigger than any we have had in a long time – is ON. Case in point – right after I had already written this forecast I suddenly came across a recent (from September 2012) CNN news report that a woman in Turkey is awaiting trial after murdering a man who repeatedly raped and impregnated her. Her declaration after cutting off his head in the town square was “That is the head of one who toyed with my honour!”
The inner anima is being stirred and awakened in both men and women, very much in the fashion of Athena, the warrior goddess, or the Egyptian sun goddess Sekhmet. Wherever we have been held back, subdued, us or our loved ones otherwise trod upon, is an area where we will likely now spring into action, and assert ourselves in new ways both verbally and physically. Caution must be taken at this time, that words and actions are not used carelessly to blame or bring harm to others. Double check motivations with others that may seem on the surface like fair decisions. Lashing out at others or choosing to disregard their feelings in any given situation can quickly degenerate into dangerous games of competition, revenge, and downright cruelty – all of which will backfire immediately with this New Moon.
Venus is not cozy in the sign of Aries, and her sweetness can soon sour if she does not get to express herself adequately. She has been moving through this sign since March 21st is and will continue until the 15th, getting in our faces about what she will no longer tolerate and exactly what kind of change she wants. She will train a man how to treat her, even if it brings him to his knees. This is particularly so in cases where the feminine energy has been subdued by male dominance. Women are coming out and saying it like it is, at least to them on personal levels. Let us pray that on a more global level there is a sense of unison and empowerment in women’s natural abilities to manifest and achieve their goals and wishes.
If you’ve been wanting to start a new work-out program this year doing yoga, martial arts, or going to the gym, this moon is all in favor. There is a great deal of energy available now, although it is not stable it will help bring circulation and needed change on both interior and exterior levels.
Suggested flower essences to cope with the emotional intensity of this New Moon:
- Aloe Vera (FES) for misuse or overuse of fiery creative forces, focuses life force energy
- Impatiens (Bach or FES) – irritation and impatience, encourages peace & patience
- Tiger Lily (FES) – for overly aggressive yang energy, brings balanced feminine strength
The Sabian symbol for 20-21 degrees of Aries:
“A Pugilist Enters The Ring”
The keynote of this degree and symbol relates to the release and glorification of social aggressiveness. People “get off” at watching the competition in a boxer ring, where any victory gained is only a temporary state. Whoever seems strong and almighty today might be conquered next week. This is the nature of duality. Our challenge to evolve into the conscious awareness of the interplay of weak and strong, good and bad, dark and light, yin and yang coming together as one. It is human nature to envy and seek power, but it is our divine nature that pushes us to strive for the most loving ways to utilize and embody it.
Pluto goes Retrograde in Capricorn on the 12th, moving backward toward a closure of the square it has been making with Uranus for the past couple of years. The exact aspect between these two outer planets will occur on May 20th, and will undoubtedly contribute to the great crashing waves of energy affecting life on earth. Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler is also Retrograde and has been helping us to eliminate the habits, things, and people that we have outgrown since February 19th, while also assisting us in becoming more self-sufficient and mature in certain areas.
4/25/13 Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio
This is the first of three eclipses, and although it will affect everyone differently, it will have a strong Saturnian flavor that many will find disturbing. Is the glass we hold or partake of half empty or full? Are we intoxicated, disgusted or enlivened by what’s within it? Will it leave a sweet or bitter taste in our mouth? As always, we get to choose how we perceive the “glass” and everything else. At 5 degrees of Scorpio, this Full Moon Eclipse makes a conjunction to Retrograde Saturn, and an opposition to Mars. Issues of nurturing, particularly of the emotional kind, and feelings of security in relationship are significant and may be difficult to achieve at this time. There is a lot of hypersensitivity, loneliness, paranoia, betrayal, jealousy and other painful emotions and sensations rising to the surface with alarming potency. A strong desire for home and harmony may push many to leave people and places they have long been attached to. Simply put, many will be fed up and ready to move on. The pay-off for staying in an abusive or unsatisfactory relationship or situation will no longer be worth it. Saying goodbye might not be easy, but staying would mean death at this point.
The Eclipse loosely opposes Venus, makes a trine with Ceres and Cancer, and a trine with Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. This further heightens the need for nurturing and elimination of patterns, addictions, and people that inhibit our expansion and wellbeing. What’s coming up strong is a need for many women and people in general to resolve issues with their mothers or other women. Many must heal their relationship with the mother archetype within, the Mother Earth, and the mother we may call Goddess. Whether or not a mother is physically present does not matter in this case, as we can connect with the motherly essence within.
Suggested flower essences to help cope with the emotional intensity of this Eclipse:
- Black Cohosh – (FES) stimulates the courage to confront rather than retreat from abuse and negativity
- Pink Monkeyflower (FES) fosters emotional openness and honesty with others
- Pomegranate (FES) warming female creative energy, productivity, and nurturing
The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon eclipse at 5-6 degrees of Scorpio
“The Gold Rush Tears Men Away From Their Native Soil”
This symbol points at the way humans get very distracted by things that promise to be bigger and better than what they have, to make them appear younger, or to get rich quick. It speaks of the grass being greener on the other side, or possibility that by extending beyond our small minds and conceptual worlds we can touch more of the rim of the totality of existence. We can come into an awareness of divine union with the eternal beloved, reflected to us in Gaia’s soil, where all of our bodies came from and shall return.
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Aries (March 21st - April 20th)
This is truly a month for you to begin anew, Aries! It’s your birthday time and then some. You might find yourself fired up especially the first half of the month. Passion and your ambitions are strong now, so I hope you have outlets to express your enthusiasm and that you’re ready for a wild ride! Without you even trying, things and people are magnetized to you whether they want your input, your company, your autograph, or to hear you laugh.
Taurus (April 21st – May 20th)
Although the past few months have been intense for you, there is a beautiful purpose emerging from your struggles. It may currently appear as a diamond in the rough, yet the sense that you hold something valuable in an unlikely situation is suddenly clear and strong. A lunar eclipse in your house of relationships this month indicates that you may finally be cutting ties with something or someone that no longer fits into your life. This birthday, break free!
Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)
What seems to grab most of your attention this month are your relationships. During the first half of the month it will be the relationships you have to friends and community, but during the second half you may desire to settle down more with a significant other or spend time nurturing yourself at home. It is an optimal time to plan for the future and invest in your own personal hopes and dreams. Help and resources are available to you now.
Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)
Don’t fret if things are moving like molasses the first half of April for you. The speed will pick up soon enough, and then you’ll need to make some big decisions around career, as well as what you deem important and valuable enough to spend your time and money on. There is a bit of restlessness in the area of romance, and you may feel a need to explore new options. This month make sure your heart is in whatever you commit to.
Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)
There may be a surge of energy and vitality that inspires you to take bigger risks in creativity and love. This month you have great charm and attract a lot of attention from the opposite sex. Travel is favorable, and you may like to plan for a getaway with a loved one, or perhaps to enrich your own body, mind, and spirit with cultural and spiritual traditions. It’s as though you are focused on striking a balance between the old and the new.
Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd)
There is an emphasis for you this month on business investments, loans, inheritances or other acquisitions of money. Much around the money you earn, manage or spend will likely revolve around your family. Be careful not to jump to conclusions or to fritter away your energy in worry. Perhaps you will find the most satisfaction by tuning into the earthy sensual aspect of your sign this month, which will also help you to “ground” yourself.
Libra (September 23rd – October 22nd)
It’s not time to sit down quite yet – there are far too many things going on to keep you on your toes! Financial, creative or other involvements with partners are highlighted, and this might be a month where some major commitments are made. It is highly likely that you’ll experience some significant changes and events that stay in your memory, so take charge of your internal dialogue each morning to create miracles and the life of your dreams.
Scorpio (October 23rd – November 22nd)
This is quite an intense month for you, yet filled with opportunities to set you free and expand your horizons in so many ways. Take care of any nagging health issues and prepare yourself for this active year. The early month is a time of work and focus, but mid-month it’s as though everything shifts at lightning speed. Financial benefit will come of this, as may new love. The spotlight will be on you and your talents and leadership abilities.
Sagittarius (November 23rd – December 21st)
It’s happy times ahead for you Sag, so if you’re not feeling it yet, go out there and make stuff happen! Your inner child wants to come out and play.You might be feeling especially frisky, silly, inspired, or all of the above so make the best use of this auspicious period as possible. Later this month you’re drawn back inward, so that you can heal what is unresolved before moving forward vigorously again in the weeks to come.
Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th)
Home security, remodeling, buying or selling property may be areas of focus early on, or else you may find yourself concerned with your living quarters in some way and accommodating any guests. After a little bit of fuss and adjustment you’ll be out and about, and become the life of the party wherever you go! Soon you will see that what you have been working so hard on for the past couple of years has been well worth the effort.
Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)
Your conversation skills are put to great use this month, as a flurry of letters, phone, calls, emails, texts and otherworldly messages keep you alert and engaged. It is possible that you will capture a wide audience in some way, as there will also be opportunities to speak or perform in public. You may deeply yearn to solidify some aspect of your career but must be patient and not try to force what is not yet moving. Work with what you have.
Pisces (February 19th – March 20th)
This month your focus might be placed on a joint business endeavor or investments of some kind. In money matters you will want to consult with others rather than act independently. Whether it is a business, creative project, or some other vision you have, the way that money makes it all work and come together has become clear to you, and now the resources are available for you. It is a time to delegate, and to put ideas into action.