Archive | April, 2015

Astrological Earth Week Weather

22 Apr

Yesterday APRIL 20 (at 2:42 am PDT):
Be in Nature and Your Nature!


Johfra Boschart: Taurus, ruled by Venus

It’s the season to settle, slow down, enjoy life with all your senses, plant your garden, take time to relax.
Mercury in TAU squares Jupiter in LEO on the same day – don’t get stuck in your head or the ego.
Get into creative, entertaining, and enjoyable writing or conversation.
And hey, what’s REAL WEALTH?
Themes of cooking, body, garden, money, and values are up, with Mercury in TAU (until April 30).

In these Taurean weeks of the year, re-discover slowing down and enjoying the emBuddhament (embodiment without attachment)!


What a breezy weather!
Also lots of motion in the AstroWeather of today April 21 and tomorrow April 22 – EARTH DAY (very apropos!):

* The newly waxing MOON in GEMINI met VENUS ‘Evening Star’:
Beautiful energy for inspired learning, writing, chatting with your friends, flirting. Be young and fresh and curious.
* MARS in TAURUS trine PLUTO stationary / retro in CAPRICORN:
Stability in the Evolution, Resisting / Defending against Abuse of Resources.
One of the grounding and integrative factors this Spring (after the wild ride of March / early April) is MARS, now in TAURUS:
The energy wants to settle and enjoy what-IS (just like the Taurean resting warrior in the picture below). This can be a good time for finding stability in the big changes.
It’s also an excellent energy to guard and protect sacred land and Mother Earth from exploitation and abuse. Mars in Taurus can harness its resisting and defensive energy. Earth Day ahead!

Dedicated to Mars in Taurus trine Pluto retro in Capricorn:


Medicine Wheel


You have been telling people this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is THE Hour.
Here are the things that must be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of the river, keep your eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is here with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves!
For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lonely wolf is over.
Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

The Elders
Oraibi, Arizona
Hopi Nation

Snail Trail 2 (Mary)

Slow is Beautiful: Snail Trail – Photo credit: Mary Dowds


* MERCURY meets MARS in TAU, and trines PLUTO retro in CAP
* VENUS in GEM sextile JUPITER in LEO:

Time to speak up for values, for nature and the land, with Love and Passion!

PLUTO Focus this April – and Mission to PLUTO

18 Apr

PLUTO is being catalyzed by today’s New Moon! 

2 days ago, on April 16: Pluto went retro (until Sept 24)

Regeneration of Spirit, and Empowerment with Timeless Wisdom and Common Sense, from the Inside Out.

Deep Inner Core Transformation and Empowerment Mirror the Bigger Collective Evolution.

April is not only a Jupiterian month (Jupiter in LEO turned around from retro to direct) but also a Plutonic month:

After a very intense and cathartic month of March, and an amplified, Pluto charged Total Lunar Eclipse, Pluto has shifted gears, and is now on its yearly 5-months retro (‘inward-backward’) journey, to help us integrate all these intense outward changes, and translate them into inner change.

A yearly ‘tanker U-turn’ that takes us into old power themes, and gives incentive to retrieve our inner connection to ultimate natural power from within, and go through core essential transformation and renewal. Higher Power working through us…

When Pluto goes direct again on Sept 24 the inner alchemy of the year should be ‘done’ so that we can change from within, and experience the world very differently than now, esp. in the area of life that relates to mid Capricorn in our charts (where Pluto is now retro).

Esp. over the coming Summer (mid June – mid Sept 2015) when Saturn will be for the last time in this round in Pluto ruled Scorpio while Pluto will be still retro in Saturn ruled CAP (= they will be again in ‘mutual reception’, informing each other) will be an important time for residual processing and inner integration of what the very transformational ERA 2012 (2012 – 2015) has brought.

Pluto and its Moons

Pluto and its Moons – Photo credit: NASA

Apropos Pluto focus in April:

At the occasion of the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto which was launched early 2006 (before Pluto was astronomically demoted as a ‘Planet’, in Aug 2006) while Pluto was in the Galactic Centre end of Sag – the big Unknown and notion to know the Ultimate – this astronomical article re: Planet Pluto popped up:

Closest encounter with Pluto is scheduled for July 14. The day after, July 15, 2015, will be a New Moon, and on the same day Mercury and Mars (driving force to learn and understand) will oppose Pluto. Interesting astrological schedule!

SEE you soon, Pluto!

ARIES to TAURUS Cusp NEW MOON 2015 – Let Newness Settle, and Listen to the Inner Voice.

18 Apr

Today April 18 at 11:57 am PDT:
ARIES to TAURUS Cusp (28º25′ AR) NEW MOON 2015 –

Let Newness Settle, and Listen to the Inner Voice.

Check out the New Moon chart for Victoria, with the ‘Creativity Point’ on the Cancer / Leo Cusp Rising (ruled by Moon / Sun – pointing right to the New Moon).
Grand Earth Trine is well needed….

AR NM 2015

That’s been a lot of activation (if not agitation), through an intensely wired and fired ARIES month 2015 which started with the Spring Equinox and DAY of the Total Solar Eclipse, March 20! It has catalysed much liberating renewal for the ARIES ‘parade’ of Sun, Moon, Mercury, and earlier also Venus and Mars, as all linked up sooner or later with Uranus in ARIES.
If you have any ARIES placement in your chart you couldn’t have missed it!

No wonder we need and thankfully will receive more grounding EARTH energy now, after so much Fire:
The SUN (on Monday April 20) and MOON (today at 2:31 pm PDT, 2 1/2 hrs after the New Moon) are moving into (Mercury and Mars are already IN) the settling quality of TAURUS.
PLUTO is now retrograde in CAPRICORN, to integrate the un-structuring changes on deep levels, for new yet ancient, timeless ways of life.
And LILITH in Virgo reminds us to be in our true Nature and Integrity that takes care of wellness and wholeness.

This NEW MOON in clearly an ARIES ‘ending’ (wait a minute: there is no such thing in nature, just integration, transformation, and transition) and bridging over into TAURUS.
A much more grounded and integrative energy is available this month. We are invited to s~l~o~w down and enjoy this precious embodiment on Planet Earth.

It is also EARTH DAY WEEK…. whoever invoked it must have some sense of Astrology, since April 22 is the 2nd day in Taurus, the 2nd sign of the Zodiac year.

Here is the Sabian Symbol for New Moon at 28º25′ AR:

29º ARIES:


Hubble Spiral Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy – Photo credit: NASA (Hubble Space Telescope)

Keynote: Attunement to cosmic order.

At the fourth stage of a five-fold sequence a technique is often presented. It is based on the experiences implied in the preceding symbols. In this case, what the individual who has entered into a new realm of possibilities of action should learn is the harmonic principles operating in this realm. The music of the spheres is the celestial embodiment of principles of polyphonic interplay. The individual advancing ‘on the Path’ should seek to understand and realize his place in the vast scheme of human evolution, in the immense chord of the harmony of the universe.

The message to the seeker for meaning which is implied in this symbol is to LISTEN TO THE INNER VOICE; to listen without personalizing this voice in a glamour producing manner. It is the Voice of the Whole, of which one begins to realize that one is a tiny little part – yet a significant part, for every note of the universal chord has its place and its ineradicable meaning.”


That expands the Libran Ecliptic Incentive into the BIG picture of Harmony.

Pluto retro in Capricorn speaks of the inner evolutionary Ascension to new dimensions of consciousness – which naturally transforms the status quo experience from the inside out.

And Saturn presently retro in early Sag in frine with the New Moon is also about listening to Inner Guidance and authority from within, on this Journey called Life.

A beautiful contribution to the purifying & unifying effect of chanting: The Gayatri mantra made visible – via Cymatics – chanted by Deva Premal.

Music of the Spheres… be inspired!

APRIL 3 – 9: CARDINAL CHARGE from Mercury, Sun, Uranus, Moon, and Pluto – BE in Dynamic Change & BE the StillPoint, in Balance and Relatedness

4 Apr

Well, yeah, the theme of the Total Lunar Eclipse wasn’t just happening last night and is now ‘over’.
The energy did culminate with the Full Moon.
But: As with any Eclipse ‘season’ its message has been building up and stretches out for integration over several months surrounding the exact dates.

Plus, to make the point, the universe adds more:
This Easter week, from April 3 until April 9 brings a series of multiple Cardinal Cross Activations – every DAY!

What are these astrological ‘Cardinal Corner Stones’ of Life?
3 of the 4 Cardinal Signs ARIES (Self), CANCER (Home), LIBRA (Balance / Partnership, Relatedness), CAPRICORN (Purpose) are presently strongly represented (see Full Moon / TLE chart):

LI - AR FM 2015  - TLE

PLUTO stationary (retro from Apr. 16 on) in mid CAP: BE the Change, just-in-time, and in empowered Timelessness!
Uranus, Sun, South Node, Mercury in AR: Renew and liberate, be the Paradigm Shifter!
The MOON and North Node in LI: Choose Peace & Balance, and Right Relationship!

And most importantly:
When you feel the dilemmas and conflicts, the charge and the cross roads, pull the four directions into your centre.
Stay connected to your vantage point in the ‘Hub’, the still point and empty void around which life seems to turn like a wheel. Ultimate freedom.

Celtic Cross Sky

In a Christian context:
The Cardinal T-square started to build up in the Holy Week, and wraps right around Easter Sunday on April 5.
Easter is traditionally on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon in Spring (the only Christian lunar based holiday), which will be right after tomorrow’s Total Lunar Eclipse!
There are hints in the Gospel that the crucifixion of Jesus would have happened under either a Solar Eclipse, or a ‘blood red’ Lunar Eclipse rose in the evening after Jesus’s death on the cross. Literally, or metaphorically?
See for your own research and resonance.

The Cardinal T-Square shows clearly that we are at cross roads, personally (esp. if you have planets in cardinal signs), and collectively.
Whichever your spiritual reference is, find the centre in the cross, the Cap stone, the Philosopher’s Stone, pure emptiness, the Buddha or Christ consciousness. Let Spirit resurrect you in the cross of matter.

Here is the line-up of Cardinal Charge (by Square or Opposition of planets, Sun and Moon in AR, LI, or CAP) this coming week:

April 3 (yesterday Fri):
Moon in LI opposite Mercury in AR
Need for Balance and Calmness while the Mind is super active (or agitated). Perfect time to meditate and be mindful.

April 4 (today Sat):
Full Moon / Total Lunar Eclipse. Moon in LI squares Pluto in CAP, and opposes Uranus in AR
BE in Dynamic Change, and BE the Balance! Let old contracts and ’empires’ expire. Wake up, and make new empowered choices.
Create from the outcome, rather than from the challenge.

April 5 (tomorrow Easter Sunday):
Sun in AR squares stationary Pluto in CAP
Let Spirit and Consciousness resurrect you from what’s gotten very heavy and old, and what is ripe for transformation.

April 6 (Easter Monday):
Sun in AR conjunct Uranus
Freedom From… and FOR…!

April 7 (Tue):
Mercury in AR squares stationary Pluto in CAP
Let Mind be transformed.

April 8 (Wed):
Mercury in AR conjunct Uranus
Let Mind be FREE and innovative.

April 9 (Thu):
Mercury in AR conjunct the Sun (Superior Conjunction – half way in the Mercury direct mode):
In-spirited Mind!


4 Apr
How have you been opened up, and renewed, in the most intense, potent, and ‘pregnant’ month of March 2015?
How has your experience of the COSMIC CATALYSTS for BREAKTHROUGHS, LIBERATION, and AWAKENING been?
Have seeds been planted in your life?
Can you see their potential emerging now?

Pink Blossom Wonder
Be as-Spring!
Let the En-LIGHTening Self Emerge in every NOW, and be the higher consciousness Aries energy!
Be free and fresh and innocent, in THIS moment, like a new blossom in Spring on a strong well rooted tree!
Open to Cosmic Crown Consciousness, AND rooted in the embodiment and in what provides ‘root support’, on Planet Earth.
Trees are such wonderful examples – shamanistic Plant Elders and Guides of how-to-live.

April 4:

LIBRA / ARIES Full Moon / Pacific Total Lunar Eclipse in T-Square with PLUTO

Total Lunar Eclipse 3

BE YourSelf, in Balance, Peace and Harmony with Life, and let the Old Empire Expire!

The Full Moon at 5:06 am PDT today April 4 comes right after a Total Lunar Eclipse at 5:00 am PDT – at Moonset!

Amazing synchronistic cosmic correspon-dance to see that totality of this LIBRAN Lunar Eclipse will be pretty much exactly over the PACIFIC Ocean,

The whole Eclipse phase will be from 2:03 – 7:58 am PDT.

A quick note to de-mystify the ‘Blood Moon’ urban / global online myth:
EVERY Total Lunar Eclipse is ‘blood red’ from the sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere and refracting red light onto the otherwise unilluminated lunar surface.

Yes, Eclipses come always in pairs. However, this time we have TWO Total Eclipses:

The Total Solar Eclipse on March 20, just before the Spring Equinox 13 hrs later, brought endings and release, to catalyse Seed Potential and Newness.

The Total Lunar Eclipse is about BALANCE, Peace, and Harmony.

How come?

The Eclipses catalyse the present South Node in Aries and the North Node in Libra.

Eclipses always connect with the Nodes of the Moon.
They occur when the Full Moon and New Moon align with the Nodes of the Moon  – the closer the alignment with the Nodes the more ‘totality’ – see in the chart of the Full Moon / Total Lunar Eclipse – only a few degrees away!

LI - AR FM 2015  - TLE


North Node

North Node (South Node is reverse symbol)


This Total Lunar Lunar Eclipse is # 3 out of FOUR Total Lunar Eclipses in a row (called Tetrad).

And: ALL 4 of them with South Node in ARIES / North Node in LIBRA.

Here are the Dates, and Nodal degrees in AR / LI:

April 15, 2014: 29º AR / LI 

Oct 8, 2014: 19º AR / LI 

April 4, 2015: 10º AR / LI (see attached chart)

Sept 27, 2015: 1º AR / LI 

So with this Tetrad of FOUR Total Lunar Eclipses in AR / LI in a row there is definitely a theme here that wants to get our attention…. 🙂


The SN in ARIES and NN in LIBRA (since March 22, 2014 – Oct 10, 2015) reads:

BE Authentically Yourself (AR), in Balance, Peace, and Harmony!

You (AR) get Energy from finding Synergy, Cooperation, Partnership, and right Relationship (LI).

Spring Mirror on Thetis

Spring Mirror on Thetis Lake – photo by Melanie


The Lunar Nodes (always exactly opposite each other) are 1 1/2 years in a sign, have an 18 1/2 year cycle, and go always backwards in the Zodiac – which corresponds with their reputation as ‘Karmic Pathways’:

They help us with transformation of old conditioning, with bringing the gifts ‘from the past’ into the present, but that requires releasing of old habits and attachments, embracing of new qualities of being, and balancing two poles of the spectrum. Which is presently the LIBRA – ARIES axis.

A new, more authentic and dynamic harmony is now not only available but also highly required, which allows us to negotiate well, and make genuine decisions. The ‘incentive’ of the LI North Node!

Just to be clear: what’s not supported is a ‘false’, weak, low vibrational, ‘dead’, disempowered Libra state of ‘artificial harmony’:

Peace keeping, and compensating, so that nobody gets hurt, but: at what expense?

– ‘Designing ourselves’ in a way that ‘looks good’ since we are concerned about other people’s judgement – but: is it authentic?

– Compromising ourselves / loosing touch with who WE are because of strong need to relate and ‘fit in’ in general, or to certain people / groups.

You get the idea…


Since Lunar Eclipses (exact Full Moons) are per se about Balance but this one especially, with the Moon in LIBRA next to the North Node:

  • Let’s set the side of Aries FREE that takes too much energy, and is outdated.
  • Let’s find new sustaining energy from the Libran quality.
  • Let’s BE in dynamic balance.
  • Let’s wake up, and make new choices.

In other words:

  • Let’s release the Aries energy that’s in stressful survival mode (rather than in peaceful harmony and balance), reactive (rather than pro-active), competitive (rather than cooperative) .
  • What are you a warrior of?
  • How can you live from Peace-in-Action?
  • In what ways are you starting fresh and authentic, now?
  • Where are your partners? What / who is a good match and compatible with you?
  • How can you turn competition into cooperation?
  • How can your autonomy benefit from synergy and win-win?
  • What does it mean to aim for ‘best of both worlds’, rather than worlds clashing?
  • Where can the inner war (where we battle with ourselves and ‘inner enemies’) find an end?
  • How do you find harmony this Spring?
  • What does it mean to be in ‘right relationship’ with others, with the world, with your purpose, with….?

How can we be the ‘Warriors of Balance and Peace’?

Negotiation of synergistic win-win exchanges can be very rewarding.

Nobody is ‘an island’, and we are all interconnected and can help each other.

And when we pro-actively give to somebody else what we want for ourselves (love, appreciation, help…) we tell the Universe that we are in that vibration, and as we exude that we attract. We don’t have to ‘fight for it’.

Life is a dance, rather than a battle field.


The LI – AR Nodal Axis comes ‘Full Circle’ for YOU if you have your ‘Nodal Return’ = were born with AR SN – LI NN:

Oct 1939 – Apr 1941

May 1958 – Dec 1959

Jan 1977 – July 1978

Aug 1995 – Feb 1997

You are probably familiar with the themes of authenticity / autonomy without aggressiveness, skilful negotiation, incentive for win-win partnerships, fair and balanced exchanges (Did I say it was easy? Rewarding if you do engage there), as a life theme.


Whether you are in the LI – AR Nodal Axis group or not:

Where is for you the LIBRA – ARIES Axis?

Is something imbalanced where LIBRA is in your chart?

What’s with the balance of giving and receiving, of activity and rest, of pursuing and attracting, and of the ‘Feminine’ and ‘Masculine’ there?

How can you be in partnership with others, with nature, with celestial energies?


MARS in TAURUS (ruled by Venus) since March 31 until May 11 can help us with owning our physical container, anchor the abundant Aries activation. Slow down, in grounded sensuality: Smell the blossoms, cook the food, enjoy being IN the body.


Let’s see what the Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 14º24′ LI / Lunar Eclipse has to say:

15º LIBRA (also right in the middle of LI!):



Not quite circular… 🙂

Keynote: Coming to terms with the inevitability of establishing steady rhythms of social activity.

In his early course, “Symbolical Astrology”, Marc Jones sought to concretize this abstract image by speaking of “machinery parts, new and circular.” It is far better, however, to face the image in its most general sense, as he himself did later on. It is because of everyday activities, whether in the home or in the business, inevitably tend to repeat themselves in circular fashion that it is necessary for the individual to have rest times during which s/he can be released from repetitive patterns. It is only when the individual has fully attuned to, and in a sense identified with the vast planetary and cosmic rhythms of the universe, and thus free from emotional and group tensions, that s/he can act serenely and at peace along ‘circular paths’.

At this … stage… we find an abstract image which can be interpreted in a positive or negative manner. We deal with repetitive activity; but that activity may either bind or free the consciousness of the actor. It can mean boredom or TRANSPERSONAL PEACE in action.”


Indeed: Now is the Time to integrate and balance out the recently activated rapid changes that have been breaking down and purging old, dead ways of being, and catapulting us into the NEW, and to attune with natural rhythms and natural laws.

Natural Peace-in-Action can follow.

A good perspective.


The Total Lunar Eclipse Axis squares PLUTO.

Chick Hatching

In other words: it creates an almost exact T-square with Pluto (see chart) which works itself through the coming week.

The Pluto focal point in mid CAP, and the fact that Pluto is stationary this month (to go retro on April 16) makes the Total Lunar Eclipse very ‘Plutonic’. Does that sound scary? Let’s demystify that too.

Pluto serves as a powerful ‘outlet’ for the Eclipse.

Dynamic Balance and New Choices are catalyzed when we follow the evolutionary process to let old contracts, old ‘matrixes’, old outlived structures organically ‘expire’, and are reborn as the Change, also on behalf of our lineage, our biological, spiritual, and karmic ancestors. They don’t want us to walk in their footsteps of conditioned limitations, and they are here to help us evolve. We can invoke their support.

Check it out where it feels no longer ‘secure’ to be loyal to and live by limiting structures that are breaking down now or that we are ‘picking’ ourselves free from within. What would be sustainable, long term choices that are due now?

DO something significant. BE the Change.



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