Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Energy-packed week kicks off Wednesday

The coming days bring several important shifts. Mercury turns direct on Saturday, March 25th after being retrograde since March 2nd. We've been sharpening our intuition and learning that if it sounds good but doesn't feel right, it's not right for us. Watch your day and night dreams for insights as to your next step. This is a great day to network and act on things you've been considering for a while. With Uranus only a degree away from Mercury, it's easier to think out of the box, and with Venus yearly rendezvous with Neptune on March 2nd also, easier to connect with like-minded souls.

Early Wednesday morning, at 2:16 AM PST on March 29th, a Solar Eclipse at 8º 35 Aries forms. A New Moon marks the ending of a monthly cycle; a Solar Eclipse marks the closing of a nineteen-year chapter. It's time to move on and move up. With the Sun and Moon close to the North Node in Aries, the message to break out of old ruts and mindsets is unmistakable. On March 29, 1987, there was a Solar Eclipse at 8º 18 of Aries; events and directions begun back then are ready for completion or the next octave of expression.

Aries, as the first sign, is about moving into the future, into the unknown. It's about the development of courage, the willingness to try something new, and fully experience the angst and excitement of discovery. Aries is also about independence and assertion, learning to trust one's instincts and act on them. Six months ago, on October 3, 2005, there was a Solar Eclipse at 10º Libra, opposite this eclipse, initiating a cycle in how we form and maintain relationships. Now we feel ready to explore some new territory in other areas of our lives.

Pluto, the archetype of transformation, stations retrograde just a few minutes before the eclipse, very close to the galactic center, helping us see beyond our cultural and religious conditioning to what is really true. We have all been profoundly programmed--by our families, education, nationality, culture, religion, and the media. Pluto's station near the galactic center, a source of intense cosmic radiation, rekindles our memory of who we really are and what we came to do.

Keep tuning into your inner guidance and remember: "The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do, the hard part is doing it."--General Norman Schwarzkopf.

Stephanie Austin