Part of astrology's power and perhaps the reason it seems to survive the tides of cultural change is its ability to contextualize life events. Astrology delineates cycles and that can be a comfort, especially if we are in a bad patch and desperately in need of reassurance that patch will not last forever. But more importantly, astrology speaks to the soulâ€”it tells the personal story as part of a much larger universal story, and that expanded vision has the power to both soothe and inspire. Telling an individual story through a larger archetypal or mythological framework offers the possibility of connection, direction, and purpose.
Sometimes it takes a lunar eclipse to remind me that I am on a planet that's spinning on its axis at approximately 1,000 miles an hour, as it orbits a star that's approximately 93,000,000 miles away. It's only when I get a clear experience of Earth's constant motion that I even begin to understand just how powerful the illusions of samsara actually are. Blame this particular illusion on science and gravity if you prefer, but as Willie Nelson sings, "Still is still movin' to me."
The veils between the universes grow increasingly thin this week, and as this transparency clarifies what was previously hidden, we have almost too many opportunities to witness what's already in motion. Too many simply because it's possible to view both the causes and the conditions, negative as well as positive, and it takes a clear mind to maintain such discernment. From now until the beginning of May, astral activity allows a lucid view of how the past intersects with the present to create the future. Pay attention: It's important to walk between these many worlds carefully, not because the path is particularly dangerousâ€”although some will say it isâ€”but because during times such as these, the gods have little tolerance for hubris, and an arrogant misstep could take a long time to repair.
It's always interesting when the stars make "confrontation" their default setting. And I'm using "interesting" in that enigmatic and loaded way we've come to use the phrase, "May you live in interesting times"â€”a phrase wrongly attributed to an ancient Chinese curse, but nonetheless part of our modern vernacular. Robert Kennedy used it in his University of Cape Town speech on June 1966.
A deep hum underscores the routines of daily life, this week, and you won't have to listen too closely to hear it. But even if you can't identify its heavy rumble, you're more than likely to feel its pulse. We're in the gravitational pull of the fifth exact Uranus/Pluto square that occurs on April 21, and its relentless intensity has the power to place many of us into situations, conversations, and declarations we might otherwise avoid â€” even if we've visualized those moments in the privacy of our own minds for quite some time.
It's "Psychic Sensitivity Week" here on Planet Earth, so don't be surprised if skins, yours or others', feel more than a little thin. And because so many of us are already sore and bruised from what is best described as the unrelenting intensity of simply trying to get through the days, lots of us are sure to be more than a tad reactive. As you attempt to deal with this hypersensitivityâ€”again, yours or others'â€”try to notice how often you fall into old attitudes as a way of defending yourself from being overwhelmed; not just overwhelmed by how much is happening around you, but also overwhelmed by how much personal growth is still necessary to ride these waves of change, skillfully.
For the next five and a half weeks we're in the countdown to the fifth exact Uranus/Pluto square on April 21, and as we approach this astral event, many of us are likely to experience the already too intense environment of daily life intensifying even more. Sudden twists of fate that challenge conventional order are one of the signatures of this configuration.
"Confusion" is the keyword for the week. So don't be too hard on yourself if you're feeling like the Mad Hatter. There is so much contradictory astral activity that even the best multitasking efforts are likely to resemble a smattering and scattering of energy, intentions, goals, and objectives. Last Friday, Mercury went direct, freeing us from its retrograde snafus. But before any of us had a chance to calculate and apply personal course corrections, we were immediately immersed in the doldrums of Mars Retrograde, on March 1, a condition that only worsened when Saturn went retrograde on March 2. Yet these are not the only start-stop contributors to the disorder, disarray, and disruption of daily life.
Odd, polarized rhythms turn the pulse of daily life erratic, and the world wobbles from the stress of extremes. One minute the routines of daily life slow to a crawl, and the next, a rapid, staccato pace jars nervous systems into hyper activity. The lack of a consistent identifiable backbeat makes confusion probable, especially when certain situations, which don't appear to be significant, surge forward, and others, which actually seem to matter, fall apart. This flux is part of a powerful astral turbulence generated by a collision between Mercury Direct on Friday, February 28 and Mars Retrograde on Saturday, March 1. This clash is likely to override all efforts to move almost anything anywhere with ease. Pay attention: The best way through the psychic debris is to wait until at least March 4 before setting anything new in motion.
We're in the final stretch of the first Mercury Retrograde of 2014â€”it ends on February 28. But, unfortunately, relief isn't really in sight. While there is only one more week of communication and travel delays, detours, and disasters, routines aren't going to revert to "regular" any time soon. We're only in the third lap of a five-retrograde relay that defines the first six months of 2014.
Weâ€™re stuck in the staccato rhythm of Mercury Retrograde for the next couple of weeks, and as daily life unfolds to this stop-start-stop-and-start again pattern, nervous systems struggle to maintain a steady grip. Life is unsettledâ€”something we donâ€™t need the stars to tell usâ€”and in the sharp and often confusing pulse of this retrograde, moods are sure to turn edgy, irritable, and intolerant, making it difficult to whistle while you work.
From time to time I write a long letter at the beginning of the year that attempts to set the tone for the months that lie ahead. This year, that letter is longâ€”very, very long. And part of the reason for its length is that I am taking off the month of January. Iâ€™ll see you back here on February 5, 2014.
I want to thank you all for your support this past year. Your kind words about the column are deeply appreciatedâ€”and I am still answering the many emails you sent sharing your feelings. I am deeply grateful that my words are so well received.
Deep currents of emotional intensity drive these final days of an already too intense year. You, someone you love, a person you just met, or strangers on the train, bus, or plane are certain to have moments when the littlest thing suddenly turns into a gigantic brouhaha, replete with finger-pointing blame, bruised egos, and vows never to love and/or trust again. Even those with barnacle encrusted emotional bodies, whose hearts are under lock and key are bound to have strong responses to something they would normally be oblivious to.
The stars and planets are as busy as Santa's elves this week, and the hustle and bustle of daily life here on Earth mirrors the hubbub in the sky. For those that thrive on being busy, rejoice! Your moment is now, as schedules, appointments, meetings, and deadlines drive intensityâ€”just be prepared for plenty of changes in plans and projects. Also be aware: A deeply emotional component underlies all the action, and on certain days, feelings effortlessly override reason and/or common sense, which could result in melodramasâ€”and these meltdowns aren't limited to over-stimulated or disappointed children.