It’s just another wonky week here on Earth, with lots of things continuing to turn inside out and upside down, while lots of folks continuing to try to make sense of a world that seems to spun itself into a parallel universe, where very little is as it once was. In the United States, we’re trying to understand how the Republicans lost control of their grand old party and handed over their belligerent base to their self-created Trumpenstein. And their dismay is so bad, it’s almost possible to feel sorry for them as they flounder in the chaos of Trump’s triumph. What are moderate Republicans to do? (Yes…I know moderate Republicans could be an oxymoron…but there are still some.) Are they to vote Democrat? Not vote at all? Or run a third party candidate? It’s hard to find answers if you’re a non-Trump, non-Evangelical Republican. Perhaps a savior with savoir faire will rise out of the mist and offer redemption—but as of Monday, it won’t be Bloomberg.
The struggle of conservatives deserves attention because it is reflective of a large segment of the collective that should be recalibrating its concerns to pressing global issues and simply refuses to do so. We have solutions to these complex problems, but we can’t implement them until we break down enough of the barriers that divide us and instead reach critical mass in our agreement that life on Earth needs to change. Even the Democrat who thinks the melting polar cap isn’t a problem has to get onboard the ecological train—and quickly. Humans, like all other species on the planet, also face the threat of extinction: Global warming isn’t a hoax created online. Income inequality isn’t an isolated issue; it is deeply woven through the fabric of racism, not just in America, but all around the world. Anywhere we exploit each other on the basis of color, gender, creed, or age, we are eating ourselves alive. The list of issues goes on and on and on and on, and no one reading this column needs to be reminded of all that needs to change. But I am repeating them because even those who are aware can lose the big picture in the struggle to survive the day-to-day. It’s easy to forget that our current situation reflects a much greater process. From an astrological perspective, we are in the midst of a deep revolutionary phase, symbolized by Uranus and Pluto, a phase where resistance is futile and evolution is the only intelligent response.
This week, that process is amplified by two eclipses: A solar eclipse that occurred yesterday and a lunar eclipse that occurs on March 23. There’s no need to worry if you didn’t know about yesterday’s eclipse. The effect of an eclipse can be felt from six weeks prior to the event until six weeks after. Eclipses almost always reveal something that’s hidden, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that what’s lurking in the shadows is bad. Yesterday’s solar eclipse took place in Pisces, a Mutable Water Sign, which is associated with feelings, boundaries, and mediating between the two—or the many. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself emotionally overwhelmed or, on the other side of the spectrum, unable to feel anything but numb. Expect that what might emerge from the shadows are authentic feelings about a certain situation you’re no longer willing nor able to deny.
The lunar eclipse on March 23 takes place in Libra, the Sign of relating. Libra is a Cardinal Air Sign, and that signifies action, particularly transitions based on ideas about significant others. Anticipate that some of the feelings brought to the surface by the solar eclipse are likely to be expressed through the intensity of the lunar eclipse, as Water gives way to Fire. Just try to avoid pointing too many fingers of blame and judgment—they could boomerang.
We get a preview of that lunar eclipse this week as the Moon moves into Aries, a Cardinal Fire Sign, and conjuncts Uranus, simultaneously squaring Pluto and trining Saturn. Yes…a complex bundle of emotional interactions with the potential to fuel strong reactions and even stronger power struggles.
There is still a strong concentration in Pisces—Mercury is conjunct Neptune, supporting intuitive hunches, as well as hypersensitivity to the environment. Venus moves into Pisces on Saturday, where she quickly moves into contact with Neptune, adding another layer to the already sensitive air. The Sun/Jupiter opposition continues all week long, inviting us to find balance in the big picture, symbolized by the Sun, even as we identify the particulars, symbolized by Jupiter.
As the week unfolds, each of us will have a lot to handle. So try to make kindness your first response. Remember, we are all in this soup together.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Many threads are being woven together into a whole cloth, so don’t be surprised if you feel a sense of completion. I’m not suggesting everything is neat and tidy—far from it. But you’re better equipped to witness the complexity and to skillfully manage it to its conclusion.
Taurus April 20-May 20
You’re in the mood for a community of significant others—and not necessarily the romantic kind. Allow this longing to attract a vibrant team of committed individuals who share a similar vision and are willing to work together to manifest the dream.
Gemini May 21-June 21
As Natalie Goldberg wrote (and Nike adopted for its advertising): Just do it! Put yourself right out there on the limb of being true to what you most desire to accomplish. Then be confident that you have the skill and stamina to handle whatever comes your way.
Cancer June 22-July 22
It’s not often that we experience the luxury of enough time and space to fully contemplate the consequences of our choices before we act. But you have that opportunity right now. Make the most of it by taking as much time as necessary to make thoughtful decisions about what’s best for all.
Leo July 23-August 22
The solution you’re looking for can only be found in a well-trained mind that is able to stay focused and clear in spite of internal or external interference. Watch those thoughts—they are the key to navigating this phase successfully.
Virgo August 23-September 22
There isn’t a scientific solution to your current relationship dilemma, but don’y t let that keep you from attempting to analyze your predicament. Do your best to assess what needs to shift, and then apply the trial and error method until you solve the problem and disperse the tension.
Libra September 23-October 22
There is a certain relief in just being direct and telling the truth. And while you may not win a popularity contest by being completely honest, you will rest better within yourself. Commit to being as non-codependent as you can possibly be, and see if that stance just feels better.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
You’re inclined to be both creative and romantic, which means you just might surprise yourself with the intensity of your desires. Don’t hold back—grab your doubts by the tail and refuse to succumb to misgivings. Simply believing in the power of your passion will be transformative.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
As you step into the leadership role try not to forget what it’s like to be a follower. I’m not suggesting you diminish your power; I’m simply advising you to accept this new position with an egalitarian attitude that will inspire the loyalty and respect of others.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Being able to speak intimately with significant others is hard for most, especially when the topic touches on prickly areas that could erupt into uncomfortable exchanges with dangerous consequences. But sometimes it’s healing to just tell the truth and trust that our heart will be heard.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
The emphasis is on money, but don’t forget that other resources—internal, non-material resources—also play a role. Pay attention to financial matters, but also concentrate some of your time on how to build greater self-esteem and self-confidence.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Yes, there are almost too many threads that need to be woven into a coherent fabric, but you’re up to the task of handling the diverse elements. Continue to focus on the biggest picture, and you’ll find ways to incorporate the particulars at the right time in the right place.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-212-222-3232, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail email@example.com.
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