In their book _The Big Disconnect_ by Catherine Steiner-Adair and Theresa Barker, the authors make the insightful observation that "When we hand a child a smart phone when he's screaming in the grocery line--because it's easy, because it works--what we're teaching that child is the way you handle frustration, the way you handle anxiety, is to stimulate the brain rather than calm it." Their point being, it's the exact opposite of what we want to teach. Today's trick will be calming our brains under an overload of stimulation. Might be a good day to take a walk, bicycle ride, or visit the public library (though if you're like me, the library is overly stimulating ...)
ARIES (Mar 21-April 19): “It’s traumatic, it’s hard on them, they don’t understand it,” says beekeeper John Miller about modern beekeeping methods. We’ve been feeling this way about life in general lately Aries. Stars say cheer up: at least no one smokes us then raids our pantry.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity,” say the Ferengi, Star-Trek’s race of über-capitalist aliens. We were born knowing that, Taurus, what we want to know is what do the Ferengi say about family standing in front of the tv set?
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Talking vs action is a constant dilemma for Gemini. It’s highlighted this week as a partner wants to talk about finances while we’d rather keep exercising that cash. It’s not our fault our partner can’t talk and spend at the same time like we can, is it?
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Stars say problematic old decisions return to haunt us Cancer. Which usually beats having problematic past lovers return to haunt us, though stars can’t guarantee that won’t happen as well.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22): According to recent studies, the single, best indicator of whether or not a person becomes a criminal is if their mother doesn’t like them. Stars say the kids are driving us crazy right now but even so, make sure they know they’re loved. That, or find out what they serve in the local lock-up and imitate it to make the transition easier.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): One of the downsides of being a Virgo is that you spend your life fighting dirt, all the while knowing that when you die, they’re going to bury you in it. Stars say making peace with the contradictions of life are on our current “to do,” list.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): Studies suggest that women who watch a lot of romantic comedies have unrealistic expectations of relationships. Stars say that male or female it won’t take romantic movie watching to make us feel unsatisfied in love right now Libra. If we’re generally happy in our love life though, we’re clearly not watching enough tv.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): On certain roads in Nepal a traveller passes road signs unlike those found elsewhere: “Give Beer to those who are Perishing of Thirst,” “We Need More Passion than Fashion,” “Quiet Please, No Politics,” “Safety First, Speed Next,” and, for a particularly bad stretch of road, “After Whiskey, Very Risky.” Stars say obey Nepalese road signs at this time Scorpio. Yes, all of them.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Ancient Roman law suggested that being a thief was preferable to being a banker; the law required a thief to repay his victim double while it charged a banker who lent money at interest to repay victims fourfold. What we have and where we got it is in the spotlight at this time Sadge.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): Carl Linnaeus is famous for inventing the system whereby plants and and animals are scientifically named. Seems very rational and science-ey. Less well known is that he gave ugly or poisonous plantsthe names of his enemies. We’re tempted to personalize something that shouldn’t be Cappy. Stars say find something better to do. Study taxonomy maybe.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Henry David Thoreau is one of literatures most famous stay-at-homers. Ironically, Thoreau thought of himself as a traveller. Who-we-think-we-are and reality aren’t matching up right now Aquarius. Find a way to reconcile the contradiction like Thoreau did when he wrote, “I have travelled a good deal in Concord.”
PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch observed that conservation has failed, being nothing more than prudent exploitation. Stars say our prudent exploitation of a situation is drawing attention Pisces. What the heck, as long as that’s happening might as well exploit it with careless disregard.
If we're up early and have a clear sky we can see one of the prettiest of all alignments, the crescent Moon and Venus. This pairing was thought so significant by the ancients that it became the symbol for many gods, goddesses and religions. Both Luna and Venus represent vital energies such as love and money so it's no wonder this connection was taken as a symbol by so many ... but I think it's also partly because, visually, it's just darn pretty picture. Venus with crescent Moon
Will California Chrome win the Triple Crown? Stars say no. California Chrome is represented by the 1st house, ruled by Venus and Saturn. The Ascendant is at 29 degrees--a degree of crisis. It also says "too late," to ask the question. Question could be moot, but how I take this is that I didn't actually LOOK at the chart 'til Monday, and by then CC's owners are thinking of not even running him. There is no positive relationship between Venus and "winning" (the 10th house, the Sun), so, no win. (A more technical explanation available if anyone requests it).
A man said to the Buddha, "I want happiness." The Buddha replied, "First remove 'I', that's ego. Then remove 'want,' that's desire. See, now you are left with only happiness." Good point to remember as we leave the "breakdown or breakthrough" patterns that dominated April's sky. In the chart the circled planets are still in "Grand Cross" formation, but the dotted lines connecting them tell us the pattern is passing and we can consider coming out from our blanket tents.
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.
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.