If you’re ready for a change of mind, this Solar Eclipse (which is also a New Moon in Taurus) will definitely bring it.  Oddly, it might be gentler than you expect.  No need for armor—just allow your mind to become supple and let go of stubbornness.  Letting loose the old, stuck ideas that just don’t work anymore is the way to go, and you can watch yourself change as if by magic.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: April 28, 2014
Time of eclipse: 11:14 PM PDT
Type: annular (weak in intensity)

Visible in: Australia
At: 8 degrees Taurus
Shadow Agents: Mercury in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
April 23-May 4
July 26-August 6
October 27-November 6
January 23-February 2

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  On the threshold stands Mercury, with the usual wings on his cap and shoes.  He nods at you and walks in.  He roots around in the refrigerator, piles up snacks on a tray and makes himself comfortable on the sofa, where he zones out in front of the TV.  There’s another knock at the door.  You open it to find Pluto, who is conspicuously sniffing.  He walks into your living room and begins picking things up and looking underneath them—first the sofa cushions, then knickknacks, then pieces of furniture.
You:  What are you looking for?
Pluto:  There’s a funny smell in here.  I could swear something is rotting.
He moves slowly and methodically around the room, finally approaching the sofa where Mercury lounges.
Pluto (to Mercury):  Oh, it’s you! I should have known. You’re stagnating, you know. Beginning to smell.
Mercury continues gazing mindlessly at the TV, ignoring Pluto and relaxing more deeply.  Pluto stands behind the sofa.
Pluto:  Don’t you know that too much TV rots your brain?  Cap off, please!
Without really thinking about it, Mercury removes his cap.  You can see that the top of his head is covered in some sort of crusty material, like mushrooms, lichen or part of a coral reef.
Pluto:  Hmm, your mind has become quite encrusted with old, tired and boring ideas.
Mercury:  They work for me.
Pluto:  They probably do.  But they’ve become outdated.  You’re stuck in the past.  I’m going to have to remove some of this junk.
You:  Um, disgusting metaphor, guys!
Pluto:  Thank you!
Mercury:  Try not to take it so literally.
Pluto takes a tiny chisel out of his pocket and begins gently chipping away at the strange material encrusted on Mercury’s mind.
Mercury:  That tickles!  I just realized I’ve been thinking too concretely, too literally.
Pluto:  Ah, it’s working!
He proceeds, more vigorously.
Mercury:  Wow, that actually feels kind of good.  Hey, I’m beginning to be able to think more flexibly!
Pluto finishes up with a scalp scrub and massage.  Mercury purrs with enjoyment.
Mercury:  I just had my first new idea in years!  I’ve been viewing ideas as fixed objects, not the flexible, fluid and mobile things they really are.
He sits up, more alert, with a sparkle in his eye.  He turns off the TV and tosses the remote in a corner.  The snacks roll off his lap, leaving a mess of crumbs and wrappers on the floor.
Mercury:  What did I want those for?
Pluto:  Ready for adventures?
Mercury:  Sure?  Where are we going?
Pluto:  To the bottom of things.
He pulls out a Sherlock-Holmes style deerstalker cap for himself and one for Mercury.  They both don them and wink at each other.  And off they go, leaving you to clean up your living room.

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The world-changing square between Uranus and Pluto in Cardinal signs lasts from June of 2012 to March of 2015, and this month its effects are intensified by the addition of Jupiter and Mars, forming a Cardinal Grand Cross (sometimes called a Grand Square) in the sky.  This post is part of a multi-post thread exploring its meanings.  Missed the beginning of this thread?  Start here.

A true “clash of the titans” is happening in the Dreamscape.  The Great Edifice is crumbling (see parts one, two and three of this thread) and Pluto has grappling hooks and rope attached to it.  Uranus arrives in a burst of Aries fire.  

Pluto:  How dare you interrupt me?  I was busy bringing down the Great Edifice!
Uranus:  I won’t allow you to unveil corruption unless it benefits the people.  We can work together only if what we do results in a more liberated populace.
Uranus throws a line up and grapples on from a different angle.  
Pluto:  Are you telling me that you’re going to try and keep this structure up while I am trying to bring it down?
Uranus:  I am the rebel, after all.
Pluto:  I need to weed out the corruption in the system.
He digs in his heels and begins pulling.  The structure starts to topple.
Uranus:  Corruption does need to end, but I don’t agree with all your methods or your agenda.
He begins pulling too.  The structure rights itself.  Jupiter suddenly appears, in a burst of water like a water balloon exploding.
Jupiter:  Hi, everybody!
Pluto (grumpily):  Why do you always act as if we’ll naturally be glad to see you?
Uranus:  And who invited you to the party anyway?
Jupiter:  I don’t need an invitation.  I’ve stepped in to play the part of the Good Fairy and soften the blow for some people during the big changes you are causing.
Jupiter has brought more rope and a grappling hook of his own.  
Jupiter:  This Edifice may fall, but it doesn’t have to crush people.
Pluto:  Are you saying your transits are always good?  Because that’s not what I heard.
Jupiter:  Well, strictly speaking, not exactly. . .
Uranus:  Always the exaggerator!
Jupiter:  Sometimes what I do is magnify whatever’s already happening.
Uranus:  By magnify, do you mean “blow it up?”  Because I’m in Aries, and I love explosives!
Pluto:  You are such a pyromaniac when you’re in Aries.
Jupiter:  I’ve invited a friend who can help us get into agreement about what we’re doing here.  He’s an amazing negotiator.
Mars appears, with his own grappling hook in tow.  He is dressed in a tuxedo, with immaculate hair and . . . white gloves.
Pluto (sarcastically):  Well aren’t YOU looking dapper!
Mars:  Sometimes proper manners and a well-turned phrase are all the offense you need in order to win the day.
Jupiter:  Are you going to kill us with kindness, just because you’re in Libra?
Mars:  Only if I have to.  It’s my firm belief that we can find common ground and negotiate an agreement that’s good for everybody.  And I won’t stand for less.
While talking, Mars has attached his grappling hook to the Edifice and taken up his position opposite Uranus, while Jupiter stands at the fourth wall, opposite Pluto.
Mars:  Now Pluto and Uranus—you don’t easily agree, do you?
Uranus:  That’s an understatement!
Pluto:  True.  But when we do agree, things change rapidly.
Uranus:  No doubt.
Mars:  But you both want evil rooted out and replaced by good, isn’t that so?
Pluto:  Yes, of course.
Uranus:  Naturally.
Mars:  Pluto, you’d like to air the dirty laundry, yes?
Pluto:  That is my area of expertise.
Mars:  Go ahead and do that, because Uranus can help by facilitating some truth-telling on the internet.
Uranus:  I rule the internet and I’m in Aries, so that’s a no-brainer.  Ok, I can line up with that.
Pluto:  I’ve already found the weaknesses in this structure, the fault-lines where the corruption is leaking out—
Uranus:  —And I’ve placed explosives in the cracks and we’ve detonated some.
Mars:  Then you’re well on your way.  Jupiter, how about if you put out some safety nets to catch the people who are sincerely well-intended?
Jupiter:  —You mean the casualties caught in the crossfire, the innocents?
Mars:  Yes exactly.  They need to be protected.
Jupiter:  And they need to be rewarded for using their intuition and getting out of a failing situation in time to save themselves.
Jupiter waves his hand and an elaborate structure of nets and inflatable landing pads appears around the Edifice.  He then reassumes his station at his side of the Edifice, with his rope in hand.
Mars:  Then I’ll just get in position here at my side, with my rope and grapple.  (He does so.)  I’m going to trigger a lot of angry conversations among people involved in this.  Some people are going to have to wake up.  Others will need to back down.  I’m going to fight for peace and equality.
Pluto:  All right then, everyone’s in position?
They all nod.
Pluto:  Here we go!
As each deity pulls, the Edifice begins to crumble and break apart.  Its bright-red interior glows through cracks in its deep, glossy black exterior.  Inside, the faces of human beings can be seen.  Windows in the surface of the Edifice open and people begin jumping out of them.  Some land safely in Jupiter’s nets or on his inflatable pads.  Others hit the ground with a splat and die instantly.  Each person that lands safely is greeted by Jupiter.
Jupiter:  Congratulations, you used your intuition.  You’re safe now.
A small, dazed group of Human Beings is gathering off to the side of the Great Edifice, which is now not so great.  What will be their fate?  See the final post in this series to find out.
To read this thread from the beginning, start here.
Read about Mars Retrograde in Libra here.

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All four of the asteroid goddesses lend a hand during this Libran Full Moon, which also happens to be an eclipse.  Here’s the dilemma—should you listen to domestic goddesses Ceres and Vesta, who think this eclipse is about beautifying home and feathering the nest, or to fierce and feisty Juno and Pallas Athene, who are ready to start an argument and grab control?  Who’s steering this ship anyway?  Maybe we should all just hide our heads in the sand until it passes.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: April 15, 2014
Time of eclipse: 12:42 AM PDT
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Greenland and the Americas
At: 25 degrees Libra
Shadow Agents:  Ceres in Libra, Vesta in Libra, Juno in Aries, Pallas Athene in Leo

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
April 10-19
July 12-22
October 13-22
January 10-19

Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable.  A lunar eclipse is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event (unlike a solar eclipse, which is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event).  You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  There stands the Sun in Aries, dressed in orange, yellow and red tones and wearing a large golden crown with rays emanating from it.  She sweeps commandingly across your threshold, followed by her entourage: Juno in Aries and Pallas Athene in Leo, both wearing tiaras and arrayed in similarly fiery colors.  Behind them come a team of decorators loaded up with bolts of fabric, measuring tapes and all manner of tools.  They swarm the house and soon are busy measuring, cutting, sewing and hanging.  Soon you are pressed against the wall, but you can hear what the goddesses are saying, because they are all very loud.
Sun (to her entourage):  What do you think of that wallpaper?  (points to a strip of wallpaper with wagon wheels, paisleys and fleur-de-lis in a raised red velvet pattern)
Juno:  Fahhhhh-bulous.  It could be brighter though.
Pallas Athene:  We really need to lean into the cowgirl aspect of this theme.
Sun:  I couldn’t agree more.  Maybe install a stable and a bunch of horses?
Juno:  That would make a good start.  Some walls are going to have to come down.
Pallas Athene:  Naturally.  And what about the bidet?
Sun:  Washlet, my dear—what century are you in anyway?
The Moon steps delicately into the doorway, peering around her at all the mayhem.  She’s tastefully dressed in pastels and pearls, with neatly understated shoes and hair.   Behind her are Vesta and Ceres, her own entourage.  Together, they are the very picture of good design and composition. 
As for yourself, you’ve been backed into a corner behind the door, afraid to be hit by a falling hammer or perhaps sparks from that welder over there.
Moon:  1. . .  2. . . 3. . . 4. . . 5. . .
You:  What are you doing?
Moon:  I’m angry, but I’m counting to 10 first.
Vesta:  How are we supposed to make sacred space here?
Moon:  My thoughts exactly.
Ceres:  This won’t be cozy at all.
Moon  (raising her voice a bit):  You’ve really got to stop!
(The banging is so loud that the fire goddesses have covered their ears)
Sun  (to Juno):  Did you say something, dear?
Pallas Athene  (noticing the air goddesses):  Why don’t you just step over here and let the workers do their work?
She corrals them with her sword.  The Moon uses a white-gloved hand to carefully lift the sword out of the way, and steps into the center of the room.  
Moon (tapping Sun on the shoulder):  Excuse me, but what exactly do you think you are doing here?
Sun:  Oh, it’s you!  What’s it look like?  We’re decorating!  We knew you were going to be incapacitated during your eclipse—
Vesta  (whispers to Ceres):  How rude of her to mention the eclipse!  Would we air her dirty laundry in public that way?
Ceres:  Of course not.  We are sensible people.  And then to actually take advantage of the Moon’s weakness at this time by running on ahead and taking over the project without so much as a “by your leave!”
Vesta:  I can’t believe it.
Sun  (oblivious):  —so we thought we’d do it for you.
Moon:  These colors are awful!
Ceres:  Too brassy!  Not soothing at all.
Vesta:  You’ve got no color sense.  Nobody wants to live in a McDonald’s!
Moon:  You really shouldn’t have acted without getting a second opinion first, Sun.  And the home is my domain after all.  How could you?
Sun:  Uh oh, now I’ve really done it.  Here comes the meltdown.
The Moon begins weeping, then sobbing, then full-out wailing, then she begins to dissolve into angry, yelling tears.  The Sun, Pallas Athene and Juno try desperately to scoop her back together.
Pallas Athene:  It’s all right, Moon!
Juno:  We’ll stop—we promise!
Moon:  Get out!  Get ooooouuuuuut!  Now!
Suddenly the room is silent.  The workers all pause, and glance at the Sun.  She makes a single, imperious nod, puts her nose in the air, and stalks out without a word.  Juno and Pallas Athene follow her, along with every worker.
Vesta:  And take your hideous decorations with you!
They do.  
After the door is closed behind them, the puddle on the floor that is the Moon reforms itself into the gracious lady who walked in.
Moon:  Now, where were we?  Ah yes—pastels!
Vesta and Ceres huddle around her to hear her ideas and you sense you are in for a long night.  

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Taurus heart 2Do you love a Taurean?
Are you a Taurean in love?

Human relationships are complex, layered things.  Every sign responds to love differently and has needs that are particular to it.  Also no individual can be categorized by their Sun sign alone.  Every person is a mixed bag of astrological traits, but an emphasis on Taurus in your chart (or Ceres, its ruling planet) will result in distinctly Taurean experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Taurus OR if you have Venus or Juno in Taurus, this article is just for you.

Are you a Taurus in love?
Taurus, you are a sensualist.  This can make you a great lover—but you must beware of excess.  Fact is, your body is the center of your world and it’s important to maintain it in a good way by enjoying life, but not too much.  The more comfortable you are in your own skin, the better your chances of getting close to someone else’s.  Once you do, it’s important to choose someone who is capable of respecting and valuing you. . .  and your stuff.  Because, let’s face it—money is important to you, and the things you buy with it can feel like an extension of your very self.  When you marry, you’ll be reluctant to share unless your partner really understands this.

How to manage your relationships as a Taurus. . .
You’ve probably figured out that you’re not the shiniest one in the box.  That’s fine because what you bring is real and enduring and anyone who can’t appreciate that should look elsewhere.  You also bring zero drama but you tend to attract drama because you so easily step into the role of “rock others can cling to.”  The dramatic people who come around can only push your patience so far, however.  It’s a good idea, no—a GREAT idea to warn them when you are getting close to the edge of your tolerance, because once that line is crossed and you’ve had it, you’ve really had it and there’s likely no going back.

Do you love a Taurus?
Got an adorable, snuggly Taurean in your armchair or your bed?  Your Taurean beloved is dependable, but don’t for a minute allow yourself to take him for granted, or you might wake up one day and discover him gone for good.  Small doses of appreciation are not hard to give and if you do so on a daily basis, your Taurus will be a most content and happy fixture of your life together.  Frankly, he’d rather stay than go.  Small indulgences (his favorite chocolate in his underwear drawer) and regular loving touch (a lingering snuggle before getting out of bed) go a long way with your Sensualist and will keep him by the hearth for years to come.

If you have Venus or Juno in Taurus in your chart, the chances of you dating Taureans is very high. How to handle the Taurus you love. . .

  • Share not only your money with her, but also the management of it.  This is stuff she needs to learn (if she doesn’t know it already) and she’s likely to show financial aptitude.
  • Ask your Taurean what he values and really listen to what he says about it.
  • Don’t push your Taurean too far.  She might break.  Really.  Then you’re never getting her back.
  • Refrain from comments about her weight.  Believe me, she’s noticed.  Also, praise every bit of progress towards any weight-loss goals she’s expressly mentioned to you.  Keep it positive and let her be the one to bring it up.  Love her body no matter the size.
  • Encourage your Taurean to jettison the dramatic friends that drink too much and never seem to get their life together, while valuing the loyalty that keeps him connected to them.
  • Remember that your Taurean, although he looks like a pillar of strength, will need to lean on you sometimes—so when you see that he’s tiring, offer your love and support before it’s asked.

How to find out more:

In this article there’s only room to hint at the deeper understanding of Taurus that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about being a Taurus in Love or loving a Taurus, get the teleconference call recording Taurus In Love.

In it, you’ll discover:
•    Why your Taurean’s relationship with his physicality is so crucial to everything he does—including how he loves you
•    What your Taurean needs in order to sink into committed relationship with you
•    What’s behind the famous Taurean stubbornness
•    And if you are a Taurus, you’ll learn the benefits you bring to every relationship you’re in and the one thing you must never do in relationships

Taurus In Love is an MP3 recording lasting approximately 45 minutes and costing $9.97. To get the recording, email me at Pandora@pandoraastrology.com for a fast and easy MP3 download. You’ll love it!

If you want to find the trash and the treasure in the zodiac, all you have to do is count by eights.  Each sign looks 8 signs forward to the sign it treasures.  Each sign also looks 8 signs behind itself to the sign it regards as its own trash.  Each sign finds its treasure sign alluring, mysterious and impenetrable.  Each sign has little respect for its trash sign, which is the sign that worships it.  Check the diagram to see what I mean.

zodiac signs in quincunxFind Your Treasure and Trash
Begin with the sign you’re counting from, then go counterclockwise and follow the arrows.  Aries treasure?  That’s Scorpio.  But Aries trash?  That’s Virgo.  So the red Aries arrow points to Scorpio (which is 8 signs away if you start your count with Aries), while the Virgo green arrow points to Aries (8 signs away if you are counting from Virgo).

Here’s how the path runs:  Aries trashes Virgo, which treasures Aries.  Virgo trashes Aquarius, which treasures Virgo.  Aquarius trashes Cancer, which treasures Aquarius.  Cancer trashes Sagittarius, which treasures Cancer.  Sagittarius trashes Taurus, which treasures Sagittarius.  Taurus trashes Libra, which treasures Taurus.  Libra trashes Pisces, which treasures Libra.  Pisces trashes Leo, which treasures Pisces.  Leo trashes Capricorn, which treasures Leo.  Capricorn trashes Gemini, which treasures Capricorn.  Gemini trashes Scorpio, which treasures Gemini.  Scorpio trashes Aries, which treasures Scorpio.

Treasure and Trash, by sign:
Aries is fascinated with Scorpionic depth and power, but can get burned by it, because Scorpio finds Aries’ directness and honesty very easy to manipulate.  Scorpio has no respect for Aries’ courage, because Scorpio feels Aries is too simple.  Virgo is thrilled by Aries because Aries moves fast and gets a lot done.  That kind of efficiency is exciting to Virgo.  But Virgo is meticulous and worries too much, which Aries can’t respect.  Aries moves on to more interesting pastures, leaving Virgo in the dust.  What sign treasures Virgo?  That would be Aquarius, sign of science, which venerates cold, Virgoan logic and attention to detail.  But Aquarius can’t get any respect from Virgo, who thinks Aquarian thinking is undisciplined and too detached to be truly useful.  Aquarius is beloved by Cancer, sign of family, which views Aquarian community and humanitarianism as a social extension of family.  But Aquarius thinks Cancer’s family-centered lifestyle is too preferential and insular, because everyone deserves, don’t they?  Cancer views Sagittarius with scorn, because good old Sag is always in motion and can’t stick around long enough to really connect.  Sag worships Cancer’s sense of place because “the end of every Sag journey is to return home (Cancer) and recognize the place for the first time.”  Sagittarius is venerated by Taurus, which is blown away by the sheer fertility of Sagittarian creativity and the proliferation of ideas that abundantly flow from Sag.  Sag doesn’t give a fig for Taurus, that slow, stodgy, stubborn, provincial stick-in-the-mud.  The sign that does worship Taurus is Libra, who can’t believe the way Taurus seems to remain centered in the midst of whatever chaos life might bring (Taurus is accustomed to being opposite Scorpio—that’s how you get that kind of centering!).  Taurus looks down on Libra, because Libra perpetually waffles, can’t make decisions and pretends to be all about balance while swinging wildly from one extreme to another.  Libra is adored by Pisces, the spiritual side of all of us that is drawn to beauty as a metaphor for spiritual truth.  For Pisces, Libran beauty has a truly compelling nature, speaking to the ideal.  But Libra ignores wallflower Pisces or takes advantage of her, then throws her away.  Leo has the sense to see the value in Pisces.  Like a lion trying to catch a fish, but also trying to avoid the water, Leo is captivated by the glamour of illusion that Pisces weaves all around her and can quickly find himself out of his depth.  Who worships Leo?  Capricorn, naturally, who works hard to gain a leadership position, while Leo simply assumes the throne—how does Leo do that, anyway?  Leo scorns Cap’s hardworking nature and finds Capricorn unglamorous (too true).  Capricorn finds favor in Gemini eyes, however, and that’s because Gemini senses that all of his beloved information, facts and data are nothing compared to Cap’s wisdom.  And who worships silly, flighty Gemini?  None other than Scorpio.  Gemini is the Fatal Attractor’s own fatal attraction, by virtue of being the butterfly even Scorpio (the Great Seducer) can’t pin down.

And there you have it.  A romp around the zodiac by way of treasure and trash.

What’s in it for you?
Take a look at the sign listed here that you trash. If you’ve ever been told (in an astrology sun-sign book or online horoscope) not to date people of that sign, this article should tell you why: because you might find it easy to seduce them, but you will lose respect for them over time. ESPECIALLY if their birthdate falls within a week of yours  (but in their own birth month, obviously).

Now take a look at the sign you treasure.  Aren’t you a little bit (or maybe, if we’re truth-telling here, a LOT) susceptible to that sign?  Isn’t it like a moth to the flame?  Can they wind you around their little finger, then leave you wondering what really happened there?  Hmm, maybe you should avoid that scene.

Now what?
Hope you had as much fun reading this post as I did writing it!  And if you’ve just found (to your dismay) that you’re in a relationship with someone entirely unsuitable, don’t panic.  Instead, consider getting a Lifelong Love reading with me about it.  I have no doubt you are with who you are with for a reason, and your Sun signs are not the whole picture of how you relate.  Not by a long shot.

(This article is about an astrological aspect called the “quincunx.” More about quincunxes here.)

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