Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 15 Grand Cross Lunar Eclipse


April 15, 2014 Lunar Eclipse

We’re less than one week away from the April 15 Lunar Eclipse, and thoroughly in the “eclipse shadow.” A Full Moon heightens emotional reactions. An eclipse is a “super” Full Moon. An eclipse one can actually see from their location is a super-dooper Full Moon. An Eclipse that also triggers already existing difficult patterns--as this one does--is a golly, gee, wow super-dooper Full Moon. (Why do I suddenly feel like I’m in a 1950’s sitcom?).
     
Eclipses also shed light on what was formerly hidden. I noted in a March 26th post that this particular eclipse speaks loudly of sudden disasters and we’d see a breakthrough in the disappearance of the Malaysian plane at or near this time. 
     
Mars, planet of war sits unhappy in sign-of-peace Libra near the eclipse Moon and though this heightens the desire to socialize (and strategize,) differences of opinion are apparent. Playing chess is a perfect way to productively direct current energies, it being a peaceful game of war that involves strategy (and exercises our gray matter to boot). The economy being what it is, hopefully we haven’t pawned our chess set.
     
Mercury aligns with Uranus near the eclipse Sun which heightens intuition and sudden insight (“bolts from the blue,”) but also heightens the risk that we’re going to misplace the napkin we wrote the insight down on amongst piles of similar notes. 
      
The eclipse triggers the on-going Cardinal Grand Cross (the big red “square” and “cross” in the inner ring of the Eclipse
horoscope, shown). Violence and assault are classic negative manifestations of such a pattern but that always brings to mind the old joke that streets were quiet today in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Rome, but elsewhere fighting continued. Still, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto is a nasty mix and accident or violence involving weapons, knives, brute force are a known manifestation. For most of us it simply means don’t force the screws or spark plugs when readying the lawnmower for spring, or we’re risking long grass by summer.  Avoiding problematic people is always a good idea, and if we have to ask ourselves “should I say it?,” under these stars the answer is no--but we probably will anyway.

Eclipse advice Cliff Notes version: Breakdowns and breakthroughs in our personal life are highlighted.  A change of direction or letting go is required. All suffering comes from clinging, as the Buddha says. We’re reminded of the Zen teacher who was asked that if he could be granted any wish, what would he wish for? “To stop wishing,” he replied. Where do we feel inspired? Propitiate our personal muse--easier to do these days in Colorado than elsewhere--and actively pursue our genius. Hopefully it has slowed down by now and we can catch the sucker this time.  

This eclipse targets favors: writers, mathematicians, scientists, logical nerdy types. 
Disfavored: impulsive, emotional, obsessive types (particularly if female); critics.  Recommendation: don’t be a nag. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Horoscopes from New Moon March 30 to First Quarter April 7


ARIES (Mar 21-April 19):  A change of direction is needed at this time Aries. Either that, or heavy moving equipment so that we can keep going through the wall we’ve reached. Stars say back up or back hoe, the choice is ours.  

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth, said Ludwig Börne. Stars say it’s a great week to rid ourselves of confusion Taurus. To make it easier tell ourselves there’s profit in it; just remember that there are some things we can’t sell on eBay.  

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):   Never place friendship above profit, say the Ferengi, Star-Trek’s race of über-capitalist aliens. Whether partnered or single, we feel like we’re speed dating this week Gem. Just keep saying, “next offer,” until we’re back where we started, and no one can say we’re fickle, exactly.  
      
CANCER (June 21-July 22): “After the laws of physics,” notes astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, “everything else is opinion.” Stars say it’s a good week to be less opinionated and more observant Cancer. Especially of things like stop signs and speed limits. 

LEO (July 23-Aug 22): Stars say avoid butting heads with stubborn individuals this week Leo. Actually, avoiding butting heads with soft, flexible individuals is wise too because really, that head banging thing only works out well for goats.  

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22):  Don’t argue with loved ones about money this week Virgo. Don’t argue with people you merely like about money either. Arguing with those you dislike about money, eh, that might be okay. Non-productive, but okay. 

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22):  A partner either digs in their heels or suddenly changes direction this week Libra. It’s possible they’ll both dig in their heels and try to suddenly change directions at the same time, in which case they’ll fall down. Try not to laugh.     

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): Stars say don’t argue with appliance repairmen this week Scorp. Don’t argue with appliances either. Remember what happened the last time we yelled at our dishwasher? That’s right, he didn’t speak to us for a week.   

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Children are especially stubborn and need a lot of attention this week Sadge. So take a deep breath, have patience, and cough up extra cash for the sitter.    

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): The Greek philosopher Diogenes lived on the streets of Athens and wore rags. A well to do citizen accused him of intentionally living no better than a dog. Upon which Diogenes lifted his ratty robe and peed on the fellow. When tempted to be either judgemental or philosophical this week Cappy, make like a philosopher.  

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Someone asked Saint Augustine that if God created time, where was God before time began? Augustine replied that God created hell for people who ask questions like that. Questioning other’s philosophy, religion, and politics can have long term consequences this week Aquarius. Not that that will stop us.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20):  Our spending habits are questioned this week Pisces. We had to know that listing “mini-fridge for the beer,” as a home office deduction would raise a few eyebrows. 



April Astrology, Eclipse and Grand Cross

We're on the cusp of April and folks, prick your ears because it's going to be an "interesting" month. Lots of ups and downs and instability, with high likelihood of "breakdowns or breakthroughs," especially from the April 15th Lunar Eclipse to the April 29th Solar Eclipse. April 21st-22nd is another peak of this pattern, so for the last half of April, hold the rein free, have a good seat, and be ready for sudden spins or unexpected dismounts. Wear our helmets! (Literally and metaphorically). Whoa boy.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Horoscopes from Sunday 3-23 to Sunday 3-30

The cutting and pasting didn't work (must be because Mars, ruler of scissors, is retrograde--or wasn't I supposed to use scissors?), so, on my website: Trish Marie Astrology

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday March 21 Equine Astrology Tip of the Day

Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for Friday, March 21: The line between imagination and reality is easily blurred this evening. We could afix unicorn horns to our horses and go for a ride in the moonlight. My neighbor can see my back pasture from her window ... if I could figure out how to give my gray Arabian gelding a unicorn horn that he wouldn't knock off, it'd be tempting to do so after dark, making sure to remove it before dawn ...very tempting indeed. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

St.Patrick's Day astrology


Equine Astrology Tip of the Day for St.Patrick's Day: Stars say there's a likelihood of surprising turns of events this eve (6-11 pm EDT). Don't celebrate St. Paddy's Day too ambitiously or we may encounter a Pooka. The most feared of all Irish Faeries, the Pooka usually appears in the form of a dark, sleek horse with flowing mane and glowing eyes. They are most frequently seen when we are making our way home from the pub
late at night. Like all Irishmen, Pookas possess the gift of gab, but beware the offer of a ride home: the Pooka delights in having a wee bit of fun with their rider, galloping breakneck up rocky hillsides, making death defying leaps, running through barnyards knocking over everything they see. After all this the Pooka doesn't even take you home, but deposits their rider in a ditch or a barrel. This is how so many Irishmen are discovered in ditches and barrels after a night of celebrating--the Pooka put them there!
     If we do end up riding a Pooka in tomorrow's wee hours, don't worry--no human has actually been harmed by the Pooka and indeed, if you show courage and the Pooka likes you, they may leave you with a prophecy about your life as a parting gift.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Malaysia Airlines, Mars, and the star of widowhood

Many astrologers are looking at the astrology of the ill-fated Malaysian airlines flight, and it's looking like there's as much mystery in the plane's astrology as in the disappearance itself. What I can say is that Mars, currently moving retrograde will turn around on May 19th aligned with Vindemiatrix, the ancient star of widowhood. This may have nothing to do with the Malaysia Air disaster, but Mars is a potent planet, and Vindemiatrix is an interesting star. Long considered a "widowmaker," when prominent--and especially of widows or widowers made due to deaths that are connected with disasters or high drama of some sort, it aligns with the Sun of actress Kate Winslett who became famous for her role as Rose in the movie "Titanic." Rose's lover Jack ( Leonardo DiCaprio) sacrifices himself for her at the end of the movie--Winslett becomes the perfect channel for Vindemiatrix to express itself harmlessly through fiction in the film.