I think it’s a good idea to start this week with inspiring news: A couple of weeks ago, on March 28, donorschoose.org announced that ripple.com was fully funding all the requests for help from teachers all around the country—35,647 requests, to be exact—the total amount was $29 million. If you don’t know about donorchoose.org, it’s a great website where you can make a donation of any amount to help teachers get the supplies they need for students. This enormous contribution is a great story about someone having the courage to ask for what’s needed for those in need. And it’s an important story to keep in mind in these days of increased greed and parsimony by Mr. Trump, his Gang of Hungry Ghosts, and all the others following their lead and choosing selfishness over altruism. It’s good to be reminded that lots of people care about the welfare of their fellow travelers and are willing to put their money where their hearts are and share their success so that others may prosper. It’s especially good to know that we care enough about all of our children to help them learn. As most of us know, education is the most important gift and knowledge is the greatest superpower.
Read the New York Times story here.
This week, we need a big story of kindness to counter a tendency to turn pessimistic about the state of the world. The list of what must be transformed continues to grow and continues to be overwhelming. Recently I saw a video about all the garbage floating in the oceans—not something new—but for some reason, this particular clip which showed waves crashing on a beach filled with debris became a metaphor for daily life: The Internet has enabled each of us to open up our heads and pour everything out into the oceans of cyberspace. And now we are swimming through the garbage of what’s been dumped there—everyone, everywhere, sharing everything without discrimination or hesitation to the point where our collective waters are now so murky, inside and out, we can no longer ignore the problem. The planet is literally and figuratively demonstrating what needs to be cleaned up so we can save ourselves from ourselves.
This week we also need an inspirational story to soften the strident tone of the current planetary patterns. Mars, still in Capricorn, is separating from its conjunction with Saturn, also in Capricorn. This is a pernicious interaction that leans toward stern, authoritarian attitudes, and as it pulls apart, tempers are likely to do more than flare. Some of us—okay, maybe many of us—could get so angry about anything, big or little, that we run the risk of going off at the slightest provocation or infraction of personal space. Don’t be surprised if you, someone you love, or a co-worker melts down. Especially be prepared for children to have a hard time coping emotionally with what’s happening around them. They have no way of contextualizing their feelings as part of a bigger picture, and they may be frightened by the intensity.
Definitely keep those patience pills within reach because as the week progresses, Mars moves into a conjunction with Pluto, in Capricorn, another pernicious interaction that is exact and separating on April 26. This conjunction signifies brute force and the desire to use it as a solution for every problem—it empowers bullies and encourages violence. The bellicose behavior in the White House is certain to escalate to an even more fevered pitch as this next Martian phase unfolds.
But that’s not all. An ongoing Sun/Pluto square is separating today—it was exact a little before 1:00 AM EDT—and as it pulls apart, appetites for power increase. This square feeds the craving to be Number One, so anticipate despots, petty or otherwise, to assert their authority, real or otherwise, whether or not their ‘authority’ is welcome.
Also be aware…the Sun, in Aries, is closing in on its conjunction with Uranus, which will be exact on April 18. Please note that Sun/Uranus conjunctions will continue as Uranus changes Signs, but the Sun and Uranus will not be conjunct in Aries again until March 2095. This conjunction is all about the need to break free from whatever enslaves—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—so make the most of this contact and liberate yourself from the stagnant ties that bind you to situations that are no longer congruent with your desire to grow.
More good news: Mercury Direct begins on April 15 at 5:21 AM EDT. Yes…it’s been a rough retrograde ride, but don’t get too excited and jump the gun—give Mercury a couple of days to gain forward momentum before you start setting too much in motion.
Power issues, personal and collective, dominate daily life this week, and while too many fellow travelers are enduring tremendous suffering at the hands of others, many more have the power to choose how to respond to the turmoil that surrounds us. This is why we need to be reminded that many good deeds are being done in a world that needs many good deeds. Use this powerful week to contemplate how you can make a positive difference in your world. It’s not necessary to donate a gazillion dollars; it might be a simple as this: Be kind to everyone you encounter and engage with. Kindness always has an exponential beneficial effect.