February’s Solar Eclipse could constitute a real spiritual cleansing or just some old-fashioned escapism as the Sun descends into the self-disintegrating world of Pisces. Juno in Capricorn and Ceres in Taurus are on hand to assist in the proceedings, offering Earthy solutions to a Watery problem. But how can they help one who is used to finding his answers at the bottom of a bottle? And what wisdom does Neptune, ruler of this eclipse’s sign, have to offer?

Details About This Eclipse

Date: February 26, 2017
Time of eclipse: 6:58 AM Pacific Time
Type: annular (weak in intensity)
Visible in: southern South America and southern Africa.
At: 8º Pisces
Nodal Orientation: Releasing. The eclipsed Sun conjunct South Node in Pisces creates a Releasing (not Initiating) nodal orientation.
Shadow Agents:  Juno in Capricorn, Ceres in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
February 21 to March 3
May 24 to June 3
August 26 to September 5
November 25 to December 5

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. The Sun is there, swaying and looking bleary. He staggers into the house, followed by the Moon, who is shaking her head. Close behind them are the North Node in Virgo and the South Node in Pisces.
Moon: I’m sorry about this. He’s so drunk he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
Sun: I’m not drunk! I’m hungover.
South Node: You’re not drunk or hungover. You’ve been drinking so much you don’t get drunk or hungover anymore. It’s a perpetual state with you these days.
The Sun starts shaking.
Sun: Really need a drink.
The Moon’s eyes swell up with tears of empathy. The Sun crashes on the couch and the Nodes are both wearing disapproving looks.
North Node (to the Moon): You’ve been enabling his drinking.
Moon: We need to plan an intervention for him. I can’t live with this anymore.
South Node: I wholeheartedly agree. We’re going to need some help. I’m in Pisces so I’m calling in my planetary ruler, Neptune.
He snaps his fingers. There’s another knock at the door and Neptune sweeps in. She’s wearing a long, flowing gown of an uncertain color which shimmers so much it’s hard to look at her.
Neptune: I know the answer! You need a rest cure. What used to be called “taking the waters.”
Sun: Is that what they meant at that AA meeting where they said that I have a hole in my soul that I’m pouring alcohol into?
Neptune: Yes, exactly. You have forgotten who you are. You’re lost and you need to reconnect with the eternal. Spirituality is what will fill that hole. Your very own higher power.
Moon: That’s what I’ve been saying for a long time.
North Node: And if this doesn’t work, it’s rehab for you.
Neptune waves her hand and sparkles come out of her sleeve which turn your home into a spa. A giant fountain filled with healthful mineral water starts bubbling away in the middle of your living room.
Neptune: Many cultures around the world have had a tradition of bathing to cleanse both the body and soul. . .
Juno: (popping in at the door) Did somebody say cleanse? I’m in Capricorn and I think some austerity is called for here. Sun, you’ve got a buildup of toxicity. Time for a body scrub!
She offers everyone a plain, dark robe to wear. The other deities throw off their raiment and don the robes. Juno then hands out jars of scented pumice and shows the Sun a table. He immediately disrobes and gets on it. Juno, Neptune and Nodes proceed to slough off several layers of the Sun’s dead skin, helping to remove toxins from the his body.
Sun: Ow! Wow!
You: Does that feel great or terrible?
Sun: Wow! Both!
He is squirming under the forceful hold of the other gods who continue scrubbing at him until he’s quite red.
You: Um, all this nakedness is making me uncomfortable—
Neptune: We’re gods. Do you think we care about that?
Ceres (popping her head in at the door): Did someone say body scrub? I’m always up for one of those. And I’ve brought something nice for you, Sun.
Ceres in Taurus steps in. She has brought a giant tureen of chicken noodle soup she has spent hours preparing.
Ceres: I cooked a bone broth and made soup from it just for you, Sun! It’s a panacea passed down to me by my great grandmother.
You: Do goddesses have great grandmothers?
Sun: I can see I’m outnumbered here so maybe I should just surrender.
He picks up a spoon and begins digging into the soup.
Sun: Wow, this is delicious! I can’t think when was the last time I enjoyed actual food.
Moon: Yeah, take a break, Sun! You shine on the world every day but when do you get to rest?
Just then, the Sun begins to go dark.
Sun: It’s starting!
Neptune: Get him to the pool, everybody!
Moon and Neptune help him over to the pool and ease him into the warm water. The Sun sizzles and crackles a bit as he drops into the water, which warms from him being in it, making a delicious bath for everyone to enjoy. Everyone else also disrobes and steps into the hot pool, including you, despite your embarrassment, which no one seems to share. You’ve never felt anything so relaxing and the hot water makes you want to melt right down to your bones.
Sun: I’m feeling a deep sense of gratitude that all of you are in my life. And I’m feeling truly cleansed. Now, how about a drink to celebrate?
All the other planets shake their heads.
Moon: Sometimes a stressful square works better than a harmonious trine or sextile.
Juno: Yeah, if we were harder on him, it might have had some lasting impact.
Ceres: Perhaps he just wanted the attention. He is the Sun, after all, and always was something of an egomaniac.
All the planets rise from the water in a single motion, and grab Sun by the arms.
Sun: What now? Where are you taking me?
North Node: To rehab. You’re out of control.
Sun: Noooooooooooooooooooooo! I don’t have a problem!
And they exit your home en masse, dragging the Sun with them. 

Read about 2017’s eclipses here.

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February’s lunar eclipse involves a self-centered Leo Moon supported in a Grand Trine with Saturn and Uranus. These fiery-placed planets are not going to hold the Moon back but the Sun in Aquarius (with help from Jupiter in Libra) has other ideas. The mood is one of grandstanding and large gestures—but does all this sound and fury signify anything? Sometimes a blowhard just wants attention and doesn’t care if the audience is bored.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: February 10, 2017
Time of eclipse: 4:33 PM Pacific Time
Type: penumbral (weak in intensity)
Visible in: Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America.
At: 22º Leo
Nodal Orientation: Initiating. The eclipsed Moon conjunct North Node in Virgo creates an Initiating (not Releasing) nodal orientation.
Shadow Agents:  Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Libra

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
February 5 to 15
May 8 to 18
August 10 to 20
November 9 to 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. The Moon in Leo is on your doorstep, dressed in a fiery orange superhero costume. The Sun in Aquarius is behind the Moon, trying to hold him back. The Moon bursts into your living room, quickly followed by Saturn and Uranus. Saturn is wearing black, including a pencil skirt, and has a clipboard, with a pen tucked behind her ear. Uranus is covered in wires, trying to untangle them. All burst into your living room, where they land in a heap.
Moon (pulling himself out of the heap): And I want thunder and lightning and a big, big spotlight right on ME!
Uranus: I’m still working on untangling these wires I put away so badly last season. Then I’ll get to work on your special effects and lighting. Believe me, this is going to be SPEEEEcial!
Saturn (standing up and smoothing her clothes with dignity): I’m seeing this as the smash hit of the year. We’re going to get an award for this one!
Sun (finally walking in the door, followed by Jupiter): Are you guys remembering that it’s not just about making a splash, but that the critics will be watching and we want to make a good impression?
Moon: This production is MY baby! It’s an expression of ME! It’s going to go how I WANT it to go!
Jupiter: But have you really thought about what the audience wants?
Sun: Yes, have you put out any surveys on social media?
Uranus: That’s my department and I’m all over his social media!
Moon: They LOVE me on social media!
Sun: Has it ever occurred to you that maybe you have a big head?
Moon: No, NEVER! I really am this great.
The Moon in Leo seems unable to speak except in superlatives. There’s another knock at the door and the North Node in Virgo walks in. As the North Node approaches the Moon, the Moon begins to go dark.
Moon: Hey, stay away!
North Node: It’s eclipse time.
Sun: Thanks for coming, North Node. Thank goodness you’re in Virgo and have a sense of discernment. I think the Moon needs your input as a theatrical critic. What is your genuine opinion of this production?
North Node: It’s got a lot of holes in it.
Moon (getting darker): It’s not finished!
North Node: I really don’t think it’s going to be worth paying attention to.
Moon (getting darker still): I’m not ready!
Saturn (standing behind the Moon and propping him up): It’s ok dear, just go on with what you’re doing. Others see you as an authority and you can do what you want.
Uranus (also standing behind the Moon): Be the change you want to make in the world! It doesn’t matter what others think. Especially those stupid critics. They just want to tear you down.
Sun: This is a vanity play for you. It’s not enjoyable for the audience.
Jupiter: I totally concur. This isn’t just you broadcasting whatever you want. It’s a relationship with the audience. They have a choice about whether to watch.
Just then, the South Node in Pisces walks in the door. She’s carrying a scrying bowl.
South Node: Here’s what the future holds.
Everybody looks in the bowl to see what is to come. The water in the bowl is cloudy at first, then images form. Days flip by on a calendar, and a week later, the show opens. A newspaper appears on the following day, saying “the show flopped.” The critic has written an article about the show, calling it a narcissistic exercise in self-aggrandizement, doomed to implode in its own. . . manure. After another week the show closes due to lack of ticket sales. Watching all this, the Moon, at his darkest, flops down on the sofa and bursts into tears.
Moon (bellowing tearfully): What should I do?
Sun: Still the center of attention, aren’t you? Before it was all about your bellows. Now it’s all about your tears.
Jupiter: Are you ready to actually listen?
Moon: Yes!
Jupiter: Think of it as a dialogue. You have a relationship with the audience. What do they actually want to see? What do they need from you?
Moon: I’m having an epiphany. I need to rethink this whole thing. I need to listen to the audience. It’s not about me.
Sun: Yes, I think some THINKING is exactly the point. You’ve been doing, not thinking.
The Moon starts to brighten up again.
Moon: I don’t know how to pay attention to the audience’s needs and interests. Will you help me?
Everyone: Of Course!
Jupiter: We only needed to be invited.
North and South Nodes (in unison): Our work here is done.
They lock arms and stroll out the door while the rest of the group begins brainstorming the next season’s show.

Read about 2017’s eclipses here.

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The Moon in your chart tells what you need in order to feel safe, secure and well taken care of. Satisfying your Lunar needs enables you to relax, rest deeply and engage in the healthy form of self-care that matters most to you.

Your Moon sign is the key to experiencing deep emotional well-being and happiness. 

Do you have the Moon in Aquarius in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need February’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of your Moon in Aquarius that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Moon in Aquarius (in your chart or in the chart of someone you share a home with or care about), get this teleclass recording: Moon in Aquarius Teleclass Video.

The Moon In Aquarius Teleclass is an MP4 video recording lasting approximately 50 minutes and costing $19.97.
To get the recording, use this webpage for a fast and easy MP4 download. May it feed your soul!

If you don’t have the Moon in Aquarius, you can find out about YOUR Moon sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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The Moon in your chart tells what you need in order to feel safe, secure and well taken care of. Satisfying your Lunar needs enables you to relax, rest deeply and engage in the healthy form of self-care that matters most to you.

Your Moon sign is the key to experiencing deep emotional well-being and happiness. 

Do you have the Moon in Capricorn in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need January’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of your Moon in Capricorn that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Moon in Capricorn (in your chart or in the chart of someone you share a home with or care about), get this teleclass recording: Moon in Capricorn Teleclass Video.

The Moon In Capricorn Teleclass is an MP4 video recording lasting approximately 50 minutes and costing $19.97.
To get the recording, use this webpage for a fast and easy MP4 download. May it feed your soul!

If you don’t have the Moon in Capricorn, you can find out about YOUR Moon sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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The Moon in your chart tells what you need in order to feel safe, secure and well taken care of. Satisfying your Lunar needs enables you to relax, rest deeply and engage in the healthy form of self-care that matters most to you.

Your Moon sign is the key to experiencing deep emotional well-being and happiness. 

Do you have the Moon in Sagittarius in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need December’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

Moon in Sagittarius

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of your Moon in Sagittarius that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Moon in Sagittarius (in your chart or in the chart of someone you share a home with or care about), get this teleclass recording: Moon in Sagittarius Teleclass Video.

The Moon In Sagittarius Teleclass is an MP4 video recording lasting approximately 50 minutes and costing $19.97.
To get the recording, use this webpage for a fast and easy MP4 download. May it feed your soul!

If you don’t have the Moon in Sagittarius, you can find out about YOUR Moon sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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The Moon in your chart tells what you need in order to feel safe, secure and well taken care of. Satisfying your Lunar needs enables you to relax, rest deeply and engage in the healthy form of self-care that matters most to you.

Your Moon sign is the key to experiencing deep emotional well-being and happiness. 

Do you have the Moon in Scorpio in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need November’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

Pandora Astrology Moon in Scorpio infographic

How to find out more:
The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of your Moon in Scorpio that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Moon in Scorpio (in your chart or in the chart of someone you share a home with or care about), get this teleclass recording: Moon in Scorpio Teleclass Video.

The Moon In Scorpio Teleclass is an MP4 video recording lasting approximately 65 minutes and costing $19.97. To get the recording, use this webpage for a fast and easy MP4 download. May it feed your soul!

If you don’t have the Moon in Scorpio, you can find out about YOUR Moon sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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The Moon in your chart tells what has you feel safe, secure and well taken care of. If you satisfy your Lunar needs, you are able to relax, rest deeply and engage in the healthy form of self-care that matters most to you.

Your Moon sign is the key to experiencing deep emotional well-being and happiness. 

Do you have the Moon in Libra in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need October’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

Pandora Astrology Moon in Libra infographic

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of your Moon in Libra that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Moon in Libra (in your chart or in the chart of someone you share a home with or care about), get this teleclass recording: Moon in Libra Teleclass Video.

The Moon In Libra Teleclass is an MP4 video recording lasting approximately 50 minutes and costing $19.97.
To get the recording, use this webpage for a fast and easy MP4 download. May it feed your soul!

If you don’t have the Moon in Libra, you can find out about YOUR Moon sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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March’s Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, with Shadow Agents Mars and Mercury in attendance. Mercury aligns with the Sun in Aries, demanding logic and swift thought. Mars cheers from the sidelines in support. But the Moon in Libra wants balance instead of impulsivity. And all the while, the thoughts are flying thick and fast. What to do? Make a mental net to capture all the ideas that may come along this swift, intuitive stream. Do you have a good idea-capturing system? Now might be the time to begin.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: March 23, 2016
Time of eclipse: 5:01 AM Pacific Time
Type: penumbral (weak in intensity)
Visible in: North America, northwest part of South America, Australia, eastern Russia, China, Japan, Mongolia, India.
At: 3º Libra
Nodal Orientation: the eclipsed Moon conjunct North Node creates an Initiating (not Releasing) nodal orientation
Shadow Agents:  Mars in Sagittarius, Mercury in Aries

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 18 to 28
June 19 to 29
September 21 to October 1
December 19 to 29

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).

This lunar eclipse falls at the North Node, making this an initiating eclipse, one which is capable of sparking events that can lead to a new beginning. Be courageous and try new things under this eclipse. 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 are resting at home, when the doorbell rings. Not expecting any company, you walk to the door and curiously open it a crack. The Sun in Aries, and his small, feisty pal Mercury in Aries, come bursting through the door. “We REFUSE to compromise!” they both scream in unison. Before you have a chance to open to your mouth and ask questions, both planets begin ranting. You suddenly realize that once you’ve let unbridled, Aries energy into your house, there is no way to simply ask it to leave…

“I just moved in with my girlfriend, the Moon in Libra,” whines the blowhard Sun in Aries. “And now, my life has been totally hijacked by this relationship! When I was living on my own, I could do whatever I want! If I didn’t feel like washing the dishes, guess what? They wouldn’t get washed ‘till I felt like it! Also, I could come and go every time I pleased, without ever having to check in with anybody!” The Sun was puffed up with anger. His face became redder and redder as he continued his petulant tirade.

“Ever since my girlfriend moved in, everything I do becomes a long discussion. If I want to decorate, I have to clear it with her first. If I want to invite my buddies over, I have to ask her if it works for her too. I’m sick of this! I want to be a bachelor again!”

The Sun and Mercury storm into your living room and plop down on your couch. They put their feet up on your coffee table. You hesitantly offer some advice, “Well relationships can be tough, because they require lots of communication…” but then you get interrupted by brash Mercury in Aries.

“Who is better at communicating than me?” he exclaims as he clearly hasn’t heard anything you have just said. All of a sudden, a text pings on your phone. It’s from the Moon in Libra: “Excuse me, but would it be all right if I stopped by? I’m having problems with my boyfriend, the Sun, and I’m at my wit’s end about what to do with him. I would appreciate some advice about it.”

As the Sun and Mercury whine on about how lame it is to have to talk about everything, they don’t even notice you texting the Moon back. You write: “Of course you are welcome to come over. But the Sun has already beat you here!”

Half an hour passes, and the Sun and Mercury have not stopped talking about how much the Sun is ready to move out from his home with the Moon. In fact, neither of them has even asked you one question about how you are doing. You’ve already begun to sense where the root of the problem in communication may lie…

The doorbell rings and you get up to answer it. As you expected, the Moon in Libra is at the door. She is standing there politely, and has even brought over some flowers in a gesture of consideration. Behind her is Mars in Sagittarius, one of the Sun’s best friends. As they enter the living room, the Sun and Mercury jump up from the couch. “Hey, Mars buddy!” the Sun exclaims. “Did my girlfriend drag you over here? Oh, hey babe….” the Sun says as he glances over at Moon.

Mars in Sagittarius has often played the mediator between the couple, diffusing tensions and suggesting actions that can help things move forward when they’re stuck. The Aries Sun loves his bluntness, and the Libra Moon enjoys his travel stories. They’re both happy to see him, sensing an end to the tension between them.

“Guys, it’s time you two sit down and discuss you problems,” Mars says, as the Sun rolls his eyes. “Discuss?! That’s all we ever do! I guess I have no patience for living with someone else. I’m not much of a compromiser.”

“Oh, shut up and grow up, Sun!” replies Mars in his typical shoot-from-the-hip style. “You’ve been hanging around with that Peter Pan Mercury in Aries too much. He may never want to grow up, but you’d better, if you expect to have the lovely and talented Moon in Libra in your life.” It’s just the kind of directness that the Sun in Aries needs to make him actually listen. “I could never have said that to him,” whispers the Moon in your ear.

“There’s no reason to be afraid of having your independence taken,” says Mars. “The Moon is in an Air sign. She’s perfectly capable of giving you space when you need it. But now that you and she are living together, naturally she expects you to tell her about things ahead of time, because they affect her too.”

For the first time you can ever remember, the Sun is at a loss for words. Even Mercury in Aries can’t argue with that kind of logic.

Mars in Sagittarius continues, “Sun in Aries, you don’t want to be single. You’ve been on your own for most of your life. This is merely a new experience—and there’s no one better than you at trying new things. Maybe underneath all of your complaints, you are just really afraid of something…maybe it’s becoming more mature, maybe it’s losing your independence…but those fears are all ungrounded. You see, Libra Moon isn’t your adversary, she’s your teammate. And with her, your life is so much better. You live in a beautiful home with someone who cares about what you’re up to. What could be better than that?”

The Moon in Libra relaxes noticeably because Mars has cut straight to the point. And the Sun relaxes too. “Thanks, my brother,” he says. “I needed that.” Mercury looks on in amazement that Mars has stated both positions and brought the two into alignment by being soft on the Moon and tough on the Sun. It looks like magic to him. He sidles up to Mars, whispering, “Can you teach me how you did that?” Mars signs him up for a teleseminar on the spot.

The Sun in Aries and Moon in Libra look adoringly into each other’s eyes, then link arms and happily stroll out of your home towards their own, trailing a cloud of little pink hearts.

Read about 2016’s eclipses here.

If you’re feeling this eclipse
and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above
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March’s New Moon in Pisces is also an eclipse and oh boy is this a complex one! Shadow Agents in attendance include Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Chiron, Ceres and Juno. The mood is one of new beginnings that emerge from muddy origins. The healing themes present in the Jupiter/Chiron opposition are also a part of this eclipse. Imagine yourself pulled in two directions, toward both chaos and order. Now imagine that there are many more factors to consider than you can even cope with. The result: total overwhelm. The solution? Slow down, relax, find your center and re-approach when you are ready.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: March 8, 2016
Time of eclipse: 5:54 PM Pacific Time
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: eastern Asia, southern China, Indonesia, northern Australia, Korea, Japan, eastern tip of Russia and western Alaska.
At: 18º Pisces
Nodal Orientation: the eclipsed Sun conjunct South Node creates a Releasing (not Initiating) nodal orientation
Shadow Agents:  Jupiter in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in Sagittarius, Juno in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces, Ceres in Pisces

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 3 to 13
June 3 to 13
September 5 to 15
December 5 to 15

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).  This solar eclipse falls at the South Node, making this a releasing eclipse, one which is designed to force you to let go of old things you may be attached to, but don’t really need anymore.  Let go of attachment and this eclipse will go more smoothly.  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 a veritable crowd of planetary archetypes, pushing and shoving to get in your door.
You: Oh no, you don’t! There are too many of you. Please go away.
You shut the door. Through the door-window you see the Moon cast an arc of sparkly energy in the air. The door dissolves.
Moon: When I’m in Pisces, I specialize in dissolving things. Especially boundaries.
The Moon enters the living room and stands there for a moment silently, with her eyes closed. You notice that a light mist, or possibly a smoke arises from her feet and her hands and fills the room with a foggy glow.
Moon: Ok, everybody, come on in.
You: I didn’t ask for this!
One by one, the planets troop across your threshold: Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Juno, Chiron and Ceres. They are followed by the Sun, who is quite dark and weak, and who fumbles for a chair. The Moon stands over him, making more sparkles in the air.
Sun: I keep trying to establish my center, but I’m so confused.
Jupiter: You remind me of Superman with kryptonite.
Sun: Yes, it feels like that. I feel so weak and unclear.
Jupiter: Hey everybody, what can we do to help the Sun get his center back?Saturn: You would ask that. You’re at the North Node. You want the Sun to take the high road. But how can he do that, when he’s at the South Node? I’m critical of your method.
Juno: Maybe I can help. The Moon is eclipsing the Sun in the House of Partnership. I am an archetype of Partnership too. Perhaps the answer lies in balance, mirroring and consulting with others.
Saturn: (warningly) It’s possible to do that too much!
Pluto: I have a helpful thought to offer too. Vulnerability and a willingness to share one’s innermost thoughts can bring the Sun all the way through the fog and out the other side. Because, as I like to say, the only way out is through.
Chiron: I agree. Healing is what’s needed, and that takes time and openness. You have to go deeper before you can get through the fog and come out the other side.
Ceres: I think it’s time to check in with bodily wisdom. Sometimes your body knows things you are unaware of. (to the Sun) What is your body telling you now?
The Sun just moans in confusion, thrashing about a little.
Jupiter: All those things are true, but if being near the North Node in Virgo has taught me anything, it’s this: Languishing in a state of confusion and mud can only take you backwards. Onwards, then, into boundaries, common sense and clarity!
Chiron: But don’t leave compassion behind.
Jupiter: True enough. But compassion is no excuse for boundarilessness.
Sun: You’re all speaking in abstracts. I’m more confused than ever.
Moon: Let’s go watch a sad movie together.
Sun: That actually sounds like a good idea. A really sad movie, that will make me cry.
Moon: Then maybe you’ll know what you feel.
Sun: And maybe then I’ll find my center again.
The Moon turns on Netflix and finds some choices. Ceres makes the popcorn, and the Pisces bunch (Sun, Moon, Ceres, Chiron) settle on the sofa to watch. Pluto and Juno join them.
Saturn: Ridiculous!
Jupiter: Idiotic!
Jupiter and Saturn sit in separate corners, reading their phones.
The movie-viewers happily snuggle together and start the movie. Soon tears are streaming down all their faces. After an hour and a half, and a whole box of tissues, they are all hugging.
Moon: That was so sad!
Sun: But also life-affirming—
Ceres: I really felt it in my heart and gut—
Pluto: I let myself be vulnerable to it—
Juno: I was able to feel the main character’s pain—
Chiron: And the pain mixed with my own pain—
Moon: And then when I cried, it all was released together!
Jupiter and Saturn shrug at each other as the still tearful but now happy group gets up and leaves the house in a bunch, punctuated by the occasional hug, back-slap or handing over of another tissue. Saturn and Jupiter follow them.
Jupiter: There’s no accounting for tastes!
Saturn: None at all.

Read about 2016’s eclipses here.

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The Moon in your chart tells what you need in order to feel safe, secure and well taken care of. Satisfying your Lunar needs enables you to relax, rest deeply and engage in the healthy form of self-care that matters most to you.

Your Moon sign is the key to experiencing deep emotional well-being and happiness. 

Do you have the Moon in Aries in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need April’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more: The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of your Moon in Aries that astrology has to offer.

To find out more about Moon in Aries (in your chart or in the chart of someone you share a home with or care about), join my free teleclass on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM Pacific time (that’s 8:00 to 9:00 PM Eastern time).  There I’ll be saying much, much more about the Moon in Aries–and there will be discounts available too!

If you don’t have the Moon in Aries, you can find out about YOUR Moon sign by joining the free teleclass for it, coming up this year:

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The Moon in your chart tells what you need in order to feel safe, secure and well taken care of. Satisfying your Lunar needs enables you to relax, rest deeply and engage in the healthy form of self-care that matters most to you.

Your Moon sign is the key to experiencing deep emotional well-being and happiness. 

Do you have the Moon in Pisces in your astrology chart?

If you do, then you need March’s free teleclass from Pandora Astrology.

How to find out more:

The infographic above can only hint at the deeper understanding of your Moon in Pisces that astrology has to offer.  To find out more about Moon in Pisces (in your chart or in the chart of someone you share a home with or care about), get this teleclass recording: Moon in Pisces Teleclass Video.

The Moon In Pisces Teleclass is an MP4 video recording lasting approximately 50 minutes and costing $19.97.
To get the recording, use this webpage for a fast and easy MP4 download. May it feed your soul!

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This Full Moon (also a Lunar Eclipse) suggests a feeling of persecution. “How unfair!” cries the Libran Moon, while Shadow Agents Pluto and Uranus pick on her. How will she learn to stand up for herself? Fortunately, Jupiter in Leo brings confidence and pride. During this Lunar Eclipse, learn to defend yourself and add teeth to your diplomacy.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: April 4, 2015
Time of eclipse: 5:05 AM Pacific Time
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Asia, Western Australia, Oceania, North and South America and Antarctica
At: 14º Libra
Shadow Agents:  Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter 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:
March 30 – April 9
July 1 – 11
October 3 – 13
December 31 – January 10

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 strange sound outside, like a breeze growing into a wind, quickly growing into a monsoon. You head for the door when it is thrown open by the Moon in Libra, looking like a 1920’s starlet wearing a long gown. She throws herself at you and clings to you. The wind blows her skirt around and then suddenly dies down.
Moon: Save me! They’re after me!
You close the door and hold her. She’s shivering. Soon there’s a beating at the door. Through the peephole you can see Pluto in Capricorn, wearing a long, dark cloak and Uranus in Aries, carrying fiery thunderbolts in a satchel on his back. The thunderbolts give off an occasional sizzle that is audible even through the door.
You: You’re not coming in!
Pluto: What, not by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin?
He and Uranus snicker.
Uranus: I mean, really! That’s just plain silly.
Pluto: Clearly, I am to be the villain of the piece, so I’ll live up to the image.
He produces a flask from inside his cloak and drinks from it, then laughs in an evil way.
Pluto: Come out, Moon! I’ve got some flaws to detect in you this time! You’re not as pretty as you look, ya know!
Uranus: Yeah, and I’ve got an angry mob of protesters here who say justice is not as blind as she should be.
Pluto: Maybe we should take out one of her eyes?
The Moon gasps, looks at you and shivers more violently.
Pluto: Which story is this anyway? Am I supposed to tie you to the railroad track, so I can steal your inheritance? Am I supposed to rip your bodice, turn out to be a bad man with a heart of gold and fulfill your sexual fantasies? Am I supposed to put you out for the monster to eat? Am I the monster? Come on, Moon, give me a clue!
The Moon looks confused. Just then, you hear a rumble on the roof and see some soot drop down your fireplace. Suddenly, Jupiter appears at the opening and tugs his large self free of the fireplace, knocking over the andirons as he goes, but not upsetting his dignity.
Jupiter: I’m used to using fireplaces. After all, some see me as Santa Claus. He pats the Moon gently on the back.
Jupiter: Don’t you know Moon, that you are in charge here? Where’s your power? You’re not a victim of beauty, you wield it. Is it a weapon? is it a connector?
What’s the truth and what’s the pretty lies?
Moon: Those two really have me off balance. I can’t find my center with them around.
Jupiter: Rather than hiding and crying about the unfairness of the situation, why not claim your dignity and stand up for yourself? After all, fairness is a two-way street.
There’s a resounding toot from a horn and the door opens by itself. The Sun in Aries strides in, a larger-than-life warrior figure wearing full armor, with battle plumes on his helmet. Pluto and Uranus are still on the other side of the threshold, with a crowd behind them, brandishing pitchforks and axes and suchlike.
Sun: I sincerely hope everyone is remembering this is an ECLIPSE! Of the MOON! A time for us to look at our emotional shadow. And here and now, that shadow is niceness. False sweetness. Empty beauty. Passivity and excess yielding. And it is love without teeth that runs and hides at the first sign of trouble.
He looks very sternly at the Moon.
The Moon has started to look very pale and begins to go dark while the Sun brightens.
Sun: The powers of day assert themselves over the powers of night. Libra Moon, I am doing what you cannot–I am the Inner Warrior coming out to protect you.
He draws a sword and brandishes it at Pluto and Uranus. Uranus cheers while Pluto cowers, hiding under his cloak.
Pluto (resentfully): Like I said, why am I always being cast as the villain of the piece?
The Moon goes entirely dark and disappears. She is only gone for a few minutes before she begins to fade into shape again. When she takes her form again, she strides over to the Sun and takes his sword, then raises it above her head.
Moon: How could I have forgotten? I am JUSTICE! I am the Scales. Where there is unfairness, there am I with my sword.
She grabs a doily from a nearby tabletop and covers her eyes inexpertly with it.
Moon: I am Blind Justice, impartial and symmetrical! I am pure objectivity!
Uranus (aside to Jupiter): She’s something of a drama queen but she does speak sooth.

Read about other eclipses this year: 2015 Eclipses.

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March’s New Moon is also an emotionally powerful lunar eclipse and it’s in the watery sign of Pisces. This is a Moon with many currents and many flavors, like a soup that’s not quite ready yet. A New Moon is a great time for beginnings but beginnings under this Moon are muddy indeed. Some of the things you begin this month may need time to cook or integrate or blend fully before they are ready for action. Instead of gobbling the soup before it’s ready, allow all the flavors to blend in the pot first—then taste it.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: March 20, 2015
Time of eclipse:
2:36 AM Pacific
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: Europe, Northern Africa, Middle East, North-West Asia, Iceland and Greenland
At: 29º Pisces
Shadow Agents: Ceres in Capricorn, Pallas Athena in Sagittarius

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
March 15-25
June 15-26
September 17-27
December 16-26

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.  There stands Ceres in Capricorn, holding a giant cauldron. She brushes by you and into the kitchen, where she puts the cauldron on your stove. She is wearing a plain garment of a soft gray, and her every movement is pure efficiency. The cauldron is enormous and it covers three burners. She turns on the flame under it and uses a pitcher to add water from the sink. Then she begins pulling ingredients from the air, muttering to herself.

Ceres: Here’s some interesting karma. . . (she waves a grayish substance into the cauldron) . . .  and what about this experience? (she adds a yellow streaked with green) And here’s a twist. . . (a bluish-purple liquid pours into the cauldron from the air above it, causing bubbles and steam to rise). . . and a pinch of this! (the pinch is bright red and sparkly). You approach the cauldron, sniffing appreciatively.
You: Hey, this smells familiar! Is this the project I’m trying to create at work?
Ceres: Sure is! But it’s not ready yet. We have to let it cook awhile.
The front door bangs open and in runs Pallas Athena in Sagittarius, dressed in a bright orange jogging suit. She blows into the kitchen abruptly.
Pallas Athena: Hey guys, what’s cooking?
You: It appears to be a project I’m trying to get going at work.
Pallas Athena grabs the spoon.
Ceres, stopping her: Uh-uh-uh! Nope. Not ready yet.
Athena looks annoyed but holds back.
Athena: I’ve got a great sales plan for this project. I can sell it to your boss and your boss’ boss and your coworkers, and then I can sell it to the rest of the world too.
You: That sounds great!
Ceres: But not yet.
You: Maybe we can talk about it in the living room.
Ceres: Nope. We don’t know what it’s going to turn into. A leak would drain it of its power and change the recipe. Don’t even think about that sales stuff yet.
Athena looks irritated, but she pulls up a stool and sits on her hands.
Athena: Hey, what about this?
She pulls a thread of orange energy out of the air and offers it to Ceres who views it speculatively.
Ceres: That could work. Toss it in.
Athena does so while Ceres stirs. Together, the three of you watch the colors swirl and blend inside the cauldron, while steam brings a strange and intriguing mix of scents to your noses.
Ceres: Now off you go. Both of you. And no side conversations till it’s done. I mean it!
She shoves you out of the kitchen and Athena disappears in an orange cloud.
Three mornings later, you shuffle into the kitchen rubbing your eyes. Ceres is still there, stirring and humming to herself as the sun comes up and the birds begin to sing. She smiles at you and shakes her head.
Ceres: Not ready yet.
You fumble your way to the shower. Another few days later you wander into the kitchen again and there she is, stirring away. She dips the spoon into the cauldron and offers you a taste.
You: Wow, that’s fantastic! It really is!
Ceres shakes her head, amused.
Ceres: You really didn’t believe me, you silly human. Sometimes, you have to leave things in the hands of a deity. And you have to just walk away, trusting that the thing will sort itself out.
You: I will never forget it again.
Athena pops her head into the room for a moment and calls out: Neither will I!
Ceres: Oh yes you will, the very next time you’re in a fire sign again!

Read about other eclipses this year: 2015 Eclipses.

The effects of an eclipse last for about six months.
If you’re feeling this eclipse
and you want to know what it means for you,
and especially if your birthday is in one of the spans above,
contact Jamie for a reading.

Cancer heart 1Do you love a Cancerian?
Are you a Cancer 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 Cancer in your chart (or the Moon, its ruling planet) will result in distinctly Cancerian experience.  In particular, if you have the Sun or Moon in Cancer OR if you have Venus or Juno in Cancer, this article is just for you.

Are you a Cancer in love?
Then you are loyal and tenacious.  You probably don’t expect as much back as you give and you come into love with your heart all the way open.  That’s why you’ve gotten hurt so many times.  But don’t let it harden your shell, because love is a reason to be alive and each time you feel “that lovin’ feeling” stealing over you again, you’re reminded that loving is more pleasurable than being loved. . . and so you fall.  Cancers are better at marrying than dating.  Dating involves being shiny, which is not Cancer’s strong suit.  Cancer is much better at the “in sickness and in health” part.  And that’s a real gift.

How to manage your relationships as a Cancer. . .
You are a giver, but beware your tendency to place yourself in the background and then complain about not being noticed or appreciated—whining will not get you the emotional merging you desire.  Being open to love will, and you excel at that.  Do you think the world doesn’t understand you?  You’re right.  You swim in emotional subtleties that go unseen and unremarked by most people.  Pay attention to how you feel and what motivates you.  Clear your emotional pipes often—keep your waters flowing, allow no stagnation.  And don’t do anything you don’t want to do, even for those you love.

Do you love a Cancer?
Then I envy you.  You’ve discovered one of love’s hidden assets—unconditional love that doesn’t demand.  Or mostly doesn’t demand.  Your beloved Cancerian does have a tendency to extract attention from you without directly asking for it.  And if you go on not noticing your local Cancer for a long time, woe betide you—punishment will rain down on your head.  But the blessings are just as great, because no other sign is as good at sticking with you through the hard times—in fact, hard times seem to make your Cancerian even more attached and supportive.  And isn’t that how it should be?

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

  • Let her take care of you, because she enjoys doing it, but not too much, or she will extract a fee later, and you won’t know what till it happens.  Cancer is not vicious, but can come to feel put-upon and unwilling to recognize that they did it to themselves.
  • Tell him how much you appreciate that he shares his feelings with you.  Tell him often and without him having to fish for it.
  • When she complains and acts helpless, remind her that she’s powerful and then kick her butt in the right direction (not before).
  • Recognize that your Cancerian is an emotional being who grew up in a not-emotionally intelligent world that invalidates everything essential and true about him.  Have compassion for this.
  • Give more to your Cancer partner than you expect to receive, and without asking for anything in particular in return.  You will find your home life improves radically in many ways you could never have expected.
  • If your Cancer wife wants to be a stay-at-home mom and you can provide for her to do that, do so.  Then turn your home over to her and respect her often for all she accomplishes there.  Think of her as a self-employed entrepreneur whose product is a few expertly-raised human beings and count yourself lucky.

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

In it, you’ll discover:

  • Why your Cancer can be prone to codependence—and how to support his independence without loss of yummy merging
  • What your Cancer needs in order to sink into committed relationship with you
  • Signs Cancer is most compatible with, and why
  • And if you are a Cancer, you’ll learn the benefits you bring to every relationship you’re in and the relationship-killers you absolutely must avoid

Cancer 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!

This eclipse has more energy moving through it than Grand Central Station!  An emotionally fragile baby Moon in Scorpio must contend with the harsh realities of Saturn and the cold logic of Mercury, but fortunately Mars helps bring in some self-assertion, Chiron brings healing and Pluto brings release.  Be very gentle on yourself and others during this eclipse, because things could too easily go off the rails.

Details About This Eclipse here. . .

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What makes Cancer sign types (usually born between June 21-July 22) so lovable?  And on the other hand, why is it that so many Cancerians languish in the singles pool while their more glamorous Leo and Gemini friends seem to get all the dates?  Cancer offers substance, not style, and this is exactly the charm of this Water sign.  But how do you get others to appreciate it?

Cancer, when you’re at your best. . .
. . . you are nothing if not devoted to those you care about.  You would rather pour a lot of loving attention into a few special people than spread yourself out thinly over a large group.  Networking is not for you and this is because you come at things heart-first.  You may not be flashy upon first glance, but once you’ve gotten into somebody’s heart, you’ll quickly gain a lock on their affections.  Your emotional intelligence gives you an edge in all kinds of social situations, and your intuition keeps you out of trouble.

. . . and at your worst. . .
Your ability to care and to feel are your finest strengths and your attraction to those who are weak, small or in need is a reflection of this.  Is it any wonder that you wake up some days to find that your home is overrun with stray animals, your life with stray people and your attention with gone-astray family members?  Sometimes a line simply must be drawn.  Your time is valuable because when you give, you give completely.  Is it also any wonder that you get attached, sometimes too attached, to those you care for?

Handling your Cancer nature
Make your home into the perfect nest for you to enjoy and to share with a special someone you can build a family with.  Your home is absolutely your castle and when it’s as you like it, you are sustained, supported and invigorated.  When it’s not, you’re drained, plain and simple.  Also, when your relationships don’t give back to you, you absolutely must pull back from them and begin taking care of yourself.  Forget about blaming others for not reciprocating—frankly, your standard of care is higher than theirs.  Oh, and please draw a line with those crazy family members you’re always trying to save.  It’s a wasted effort that drains the friendships you have with those who are more deserving.

Clueing others in about you
Let them know you’re shy.  Still waters run deep and yours are among the deepest.  Be choosy in all your friendships.  Really bond with your friends and let them know how much you treasure these few special people you’ve carefully chosen to let into your life and heart.  And when you go crazy over the next relationship in your life, don’t ditch your friends for your “new hottie”—you’ll need those friends someday, whether to cry with or laugh with, as soon as you get past the honeymoon.  Be sure to cultivate your connections with the Scorpios and Pisceans in your life: they get you like nobody else and instead of being bothered by your sensitivity, they understand and value it.

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Pay attention to self-care during tonight’s complex New Moon in Cancer, which is also a Solar Eclipse.  Influences from Saturn, Pluto and Uranus combine to put demands on your ability to understand and respond to your own needs.  You’ll find yourself crashing and burning if you don’t honor their demands.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: July 1, 2011
Time of eclipse: 1:54 AM PST
Type: partial (moderate in intensity)
Visible in: a small patch of ocean between Antarctica and southern Africa.
At: 9 degrees Cancer
Shadow Agents: Saturn (in Libra), Pluto (in Capricorn), Uranus (in Aries)

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
June 26-July 6
September 27-October 8
December 26-January 5
March 25-April 4

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).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it. The Sun and Moon sweep in, carrying trays of food.  Behind them crowd Saturn, Pluto and Uranus, carrying loads of cushy, comfy things.
Moon:  Mange, mange!  You’ve got to eat something!  You’re wasting away to skin and bones.
She pinches your cheek and fills a plate for you.
You:  But what if I’m not hungry?
Saturn:  Actually, you are hungry.
Pluto:  To be precise, your soul is hungry.
Uranus:  Hungry for freedom . . .
Pluto:  For change . . .
Saturn:  And maybe hungry for structure.
You:  I’m confused.
Sun:  You should be.  There’s a lot going on during this eclipse.
Moon:  The main point is you need to take care of yourself, or you’ll crash and burn—
Sun:  —and because this is a Solar Eclipse, you’ll see the effects in your life, out where everyone else can see them too.
You:  So what do I need to do?
Moon:  Take care of yourself.  Take good care of yourself.  Really take good care of yourself.
Saturn, Uranus and Pluto have been arranging pillows, cushions and other comfort items on the sofas.  The Moon is tucking you in while the Sun props a pillow under your head.  You begin to relax deeply and suddenly you remember it’s been a long time since you’ve allowed yourself this.
Saturn:  Take such good care of yourself that your responsibilities do not weigh on you, and you don’t need to choose between fulfilling promises to others and being kind to yourself.
Uranus:  Take such good care of yourself that you feel liberated, freed and energized by it, instead of trapped.
Pluto:  Take such good care of yourself that you can maintain a sense of safety and security even when life throws its biggest ups and downs at you.
You:  And what if I don’t?
Sun:  All kinds of bad things can happen.
Saturn:  Job loss, financial pressures, heavy responsibilities.
Pluto:  Deep gloom can descend.  Negative thoughts everywhere.  Emotional meltdown.
Uranus:  Chaotic disruptions.  Feelings of entrapment.  Rebellious outbursts.  You could really blow it!
Saturn:  Yes, this is definitely a test of your ability to care for yourself.
You:  I think I get the point.  It’s about self-care.  And all of you have reasons why it’s important.
Sun:  You’re darned tootin’ we do.
Saturn:  It’s time to wake up and become your own best mother, because nobody’s going to do it for you.
And off they go, leaving plates of food, cushy pillows and fuzzy blankets behind them.

Read about other eclipses coming up: 2011 Eclipses.

This month’s New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse, and it’s one to take seriously.  Influenced by Saturn, this Capricornian eclipse has got a heavy sense of responsibility and duty.  We can expect real-world events to result from this solar eclipse, reminders of what we are supposed to do—and perhaps smackdowns from the Guy Upstairs if we fail to do what is right.  Get on the straight and narrow, people!

Details About This Eclipse

Date: January 4, 2011
Time of eclipse: 1:03 AM PST
Type: partial (moderate in intensity)
Visible in: Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, northwestern China, northwestern India.
At: 13 degrees Capricorn
Shadow Agent: Saturn

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
December 29-January 8
March 29-April 8
June 29-July 8
October 1-11

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).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  Saturn stands there, a tough old man with a craggy, weather-beaten face, dressed in a very expensive suit, wearing a power tie.  Cowering behind him are the Sun and Moon.  Led by Saturn, they all push past you.
Saturn:  Well?
You:  Well, what?
Saturn:  I’ve come to administer your test.
You:  What kind of test is it?
Saturn:  It’s a reality check.
He pulls out a scroll from inside his jacket.  He unrolls it and it’s so long that it hits the floor and touches the opposite wall before unrolling completely.
Saturn:  This is a list of questions I have for you.
You:  Um, ok, shoot.
Saturn:  What have you completed lately?  What have you accomplished?  What is left unfinished?  What have you promised and delivered?  What have you promised and not delivered?  How many times have you been late?  Do you habitually do what you say you’ll do or is your word good for nothing?  Have you earned anyone’s respect this year?  Have you met any goals?
You:  Woah—I haven’t even figured out the answer to question one yet.
Saturn:  I’m sure even a pitiably slow human like yourself could not fail to notice that the year 2011 has just begun?
You:  I had noticed that, yes.
Saturn:  Have you made any resolutions?
You:  I thought of a couple . . .
Saturn:  Do you know that most people abandon their New Year’s resolutions only two months into the new year?
You:  Yes, I’d heard that.
Saturn: (towering over you) Did you think you’d be different?
You:  Um . . .
You turn to the Sun and Moon, who are huddled together on the sofa.
You:  Help me out, guys!
They shake their heads vigorously and go back to trying to appear as small and untargetable as possible.  Both are visibly quivering in fear.
You:  Ok, ok, I give up!  I accomplished very little last year.  I forgot all my resolutions before spring.  I didn’t really want to do any of those things.  They were false promises.
Saturn:  That’s what I wanted to hear!
You:  Are you satisfied?
Saturn:  Not quite yet.  Totally aside from what you promised for 2010 and failed to do, what did you actually do?  What are your successes?
You:  I’m really not sure.
Saturn:  Look not at what you promised but did not deliver—look instead at what you actually did deliver.  Those are your achievements—and they are your commitments too.  If you want to know what you’re committed to, just look at where you’ve put your effort.
Leaving the very long test behind him, Saturn sweeps back out into the night, followed by the still-cowering Sun and Moon.

Read about other eclipses coming up: 2011 Eclipses.

This month’s Full Moon (Dec 21) is also a Lunar Eclipse, bringing emotional intensity even though it’s in emotionally light Gemini.  Gemini’s desire to skate across the surface of emotions may conflict with the Moon’s need to look at emotional shadows during an eclipse.  Several other planetary influences complicate the matter:  Mercury in Sagittarius, along with Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces, leading to a sensation of busyness and many factors to consider.  But if you stay in your head, you may miss the wonder, beauty and depth of this eclipse, so look for the calm place in the center of its storm.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: December 21, 2010
Time of eclipse: 0:13 AM PST
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: North America, South America.  Its beginning will be visible in Europe and its end in Japan and northern Asia.
At: 29 degrees Gemini
Shadow Agents: Mercury, Uranus and Jupiter

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
December 16-26
March 15-25
June 15-25
September 17-27

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).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  The Sun and Moon are there, with several more deities standing behind them.  The Sun looks a little weak and the Moon looks strong and shiny.  The Sun staggers into your living room and collapses onto the sofa.
Sun:  This is really not my time of year.  It’s just too much effort to light things up.  I can’t keep going all day like I can in the summer.  I get so tired.
Moon:  It’s the longest night of the year.  Soon you’ll get your juju back.
The Sun is already dozing.  Jupiter and Uranus meander into the living room and take the love seat.  The Moon is casting a lovely silvery glow over everything in your living room.  On an impulse, you turn out the lights so you can get the whole effect.
Moon:  I’m full and at the height of my powers.
Mercury pops his head in the door and like a streak is suddenly seated in another stuffed chair.
Mercury:  But you’re going to have an eclipse tonight.
Moon:  Yeah, I know.  I’ll be lighting up the night—until I’m not.
Jupiter:  But there’s always hope, even in the darkest night.
Uranus:  And insights can be gotten—
Mercury:  —sometimes even better when we stop thinking.
Moon:  Merc, I can’t believe I’m hearing you advocate for stopping thinking.
Mercury:  True, it’s not my usual strategy, but I’m always for new ideas, and when you think too much, sometimes the thing to do is stop.  And you’re in Gemini right now—
Moon:  Indeed I am—
Mercury: —so you could use to think less and feel more.
Moon:  I do tend to overanalyze feelings when I’m in Gemini.  Perhaps you, currently in Sagittarius, could remind me of the big picture.
Mercury:  Happy to.  And our old friend Jupiter is always good for that.
Jupiter starts to respond, but the Moon’s glow suddenly dims.
Mercury:  Uh oh, it’s beginning!
The Moon’s light lessens until she is completely dark, so dark in fact that it’s as if there’s a black hole in your living room and the Sun’s glow, which he’s gently emitting while dozing on the sofa, is being sucked into it.  A hush is cast over the room.  You move to turn on the electric lighting, but Uranus stops you.
Uranus:  Why not just dwell in the mystery?  Humans used to experience the full darkness of the longest night.  Modern people now understand that it’s a passing thing and soon over, and you are not afraid.  But you can still experience the wonder.
The hush descends again.  You sit in darkness and silence in the presence of these deities, noticing the magic and that there is nothing in particular that needs to be said.  This brings you a deep sense of peace.  After a time, the Moon begins to glow again, very faintly at first, then stronger and stronger until her full shine is restored.  You are glad you didn’t adjust the lighting because this was worth seeing.  You feel that you have been present for something ancient and true.
Jupiter:  So it seems that the key to this eclipse is “Don’t think too much, but let yourself feel it all and don’t worry about whether the feelings make sense.”
Moon:  Yes, the feelings will sort themselves out, given the chance.
Uranus:  And who knows what startling new insights might come of it?
They all get up to go.  Mercury pokes the Sun, who was quietly snoring.
Mercury:  Wake up, Sun, your longest night is almost over and we’ve figured out how to handle it.
Sun:  Cool.  I’m going home to bed now.  Days start getting longer tomorrow and I want to be alert.
They leave and you feel just a tiny bit of sadness as the cool glow leaves your living room.

Read about other eclipses coming up: 2011 Eclipses.

This is a profoundly domestic New Moon.  This Moon asks, “Exactly how do you want your home to be?  Do you feel safe at home?  Do you feel supported?  What can you do to make it a better nest for you?”  Mars, traveling through Virgo forms a helpful sextile to the Moon, offering loads of industrious energy to tidy, fix and refurbish.  This is a great time for house projects.  And because this New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse, we are also likely to see our shadows during it.

Details About This Eclipse

Date: July 11, 2010
Time of eclipse: 12:40 PM PST
Type: total (strong in intensity)
Visible in: People in New Zealand, Patagonia, the South Pacific, and parts of Chile and Argentina will see this eclipse.
At: 19 degrees Cancer
Shadow Agent: Mars in Virgo

Does It Affect You Personally?

If your birthday is on any of the following dates, you most likely experienced this eclipse:
January 3-13
April 3-13
July 5-15
October 6-16

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 mostly experienced internally).  The following script is just one possible way it could go.

You hear a knock at the door.  You answer it.  Mars is there.  Before you can even speak, he’s rushed past you and is bringing things inside: a vacuum cleaner, a toolbox, a bucket containing cleaning supplies and several kinds of brooms, mops and brushes.  Outside you can see his van, groaning with construction supplies: jars of nails and screws, aluminum siding, wood flooring, copper pipes, roofing shingles and other sundry building materials.  After a few minutes of lightning-swift activity, he stops in front of you and gives you a military salute.

Mars:  Domestic Industry Team, reporting for duty.
You:  Team?  But there’s only one of you.
Mars:  I’m so efficient, you only need one.
You:  Oh.
Mars:  So what needs doing?
You:  Um, I have no idea.
Mars:  (pushing past you into the house) Ok, so the foundation needs fixing, the drain-pipes need adjusting before the next rainy season, and you could really use a drainage ditch.  A couple of rooms need updated wiring, and you’d really like a second story and some solar panels.  Is that all?  That can’t be all.
You:  Um, I think that’s it.
Mars:  What about your sense of safety here at home?  Do you feel loved?  Are you comfortable?
You:  What?
Mars:  How about some fixes not only to your home, but also to your sense of home?  Does your relationship need fixing?  How about your family?
He starts rummaging through his toolkit.
You:  Uh, sure.  Lots of things like that need fixing too.  Can you really do that?
Mars:  I can at least kick your butt and get you started.
You:  Wow.  You mean I could get a whole new sense of home out of this eclipse?
Mars:  You betcha.  But you gotta be willing to take action.  Just figure out what your real needs are and ask for them.  You need to take the first step.  Help is near, but you’ve got to ask.
He winks and goes back to the truck for more supplies.  You sink onto your sofa.
You:  Nothing like getting the problem and the solution at the same time!