The New Moon in independent Aries on Monday has big dreams and big inspiration to drive them. While the Moon is moving towards its rendezvous with the Sun on Monday evening, energetic Mars is connecting with spiritual and dreamy Neptune. Listening to our dreams and desires is not an idle pastime. They are important messages from our souls. Frankly, the energy of Mars can get a bit frustrated by the slow and determined pace of Taurus, the sign it is currently moving through. The hookup with Neptune can help us recognize a bigger plan is in play. Modest, steady and intentional progress is more aligned with the energy of the cosmos than are quick and possibly reckless jabs at pushing forward.
Although our tendency may be to push hard and fast with this New Moon, the collective energy of the times suggests a more moderate approach. Self-discipline combined with a willingness to adapt to current information and rhythms will see us through. Under the driving influence of an exuberant Aries New Moon we can fail to appreciate our inexperience and overinflate our confidence. This is a dangerous combination that could derail or jeopardize the attainment of our goals in a reasonable time frame. This New Moon has great promise if we are willing to pace ourselves.
Another energy integral to Aries and this New Moon is independence. Don’t look for rescue from your challenges or issues. Aries prefers to be self-sufficient. That being said, it’s always a good idea to check in with your higher self/inner guide and teacher for an attitude adjustment and a game plan.
Mercury the messenger and planet of thinking, learning, and communication is back in the news this week as it steps into Taurus on Friday, but be advised, it’s both a shorter and longer stay than we might expect. It’s short due to a retrograde pattern which begins the second week of April which sends Mercury hustling back into Aries. It’s long, for the same reason. In the days surrounding a retrograde, planets appear to be in slow-motion. Also, on the back end of the retrograde pattern, Mercury will re-enter Taurus for real. All this back and forth means we enjoy Mercury in Aries and in Taurus for longer than usual.
Whew! That was a long way of saying, here’s what we can expect of Mercury in Taurus, and don’t get too attached! I like to think of Mercury in Taurus as the strong silent type. Actor Clint Eastwood who was born with Mercury in Taurus has acted in many roles that exemplify this energy. Maybe doesn’t say much, but when they do, the words and ideas are memorable and maybe even iconic! Many Mercury in Taurus natives also have extraordinary and/or distinctive voices as well as messages, such as President John F. Kennedy, actors Jack Nicholson and George Clooney and performers Cher and Barbra Streisand.
During this short and prolonged cycle of Mercury in Taurus the focus may very well be on identifying the truth. Amidst a social milieu that includes ‘alternative facts’ people will be more tuned into finding the truth for themselves. Accepting communications on face value may be what we want to do, but both the overlapping Venus and Mercury retrograde patterns will make this nearly impossible. We will be more sensitive to ideas that don’t add up and communications that seem to have gaping holes and vital pieces or connectors missing. We may be more wary of traditional sources of information and start to question the credibility of even our most valued resources. This is a valuable and necessary part of retrograde patterns, review and re-evaluate for greater understanding and clarity. Embrace them with open minds and hearts.
Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.
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Debbie Reynolds, born April 1, 1932. This woman exemplifies the independent and pioneering spirit of Aries with Sun, Uranus, and Mercury all residing in the first sign of the zodiac. Despite the unpredictable influence of Uranus in the house of marriage and committed partnerships (7) and the very public breakup with her first husband, Eddie Fisher, she was a survivor! Like the character she identified with, the Unsinkable Molly Brown, she had the ability to bounce back from adversity, and write her own version of success.
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MOON in PISCES/ARIES
Moon Void of Course 3:19am (PDT) – 7:11 am
New Moon 7 Aries 7:57 pm (PDT)
The Moon rockets into fearless Aries just in time for breakfast and our morning commute. But we may not feel the full force of this takeoff until we approach evening and the New Moon just before 8 Pacific Time. As the Moon approaches its rendezvous with the Sun, it will first connect with retrograding Venus reminding us of the importance of walking our talk. Re-examining the values we live by can help guide our course to destinations of our liking.
We may receive a bit of divine guidance today in the form of energetic Mars connecting with spiritual and dreamy Neptune. Listening to our dreams and desires is not an idle pastime. They are important messages from our souls. Frankly, the energy of Mars can get a bit frustrated by the slow and determined pace of Taurus, the sign it is currently moving through. The hookup with Neptune can help us recognize a bigger plan is in play. Modest, steady and intentional progress is more aligned with the energy of the cosmos than are quick and possibly reckless jabs at pushing forward.
The New Moon in independent Aries has big dreams and big inspiration to drive them. Although our tendency may be to push hard and fast, the collective energy of the times suggests a more moderate approach. Self-discipline combined with a willingness to adapt to current information and rhythms will see us through. Under the driving influence of an exuberant Aries New Moon we can fail to appreciate our inexperience and overinflate our confidence. This is a dangerous combination that could derail or jeopardize the attainment of our ultimate goal in a reasonable time frame. This New Moon has great promise if we are willing to pace ourselves.
When Mercury goes retrograde on April 9th, it will return to where it is today at 24 Aries. Start paying attention to ideas, thoughts and interactions occurring this week and in the next few weeks. We very likely will revisit this territory during the second half of April and first week of May.
Daily Muse: Genius is eternal patience. (Michelangelo)
MOON in ARIES
At the risk of sounding like a repeat of yesterday, pace yourselves! Progress is often a curvy path strewn with detours and unexpected people and situations. The Moon in daring Aries sparks a series of events and potential conflicts as it squares transformational Pluto, opposes over-the-top Jupiter, and finally joins Uranus this evening. Unquenchable faith needs to be tempered with common sense and the wisdom that comes through experience.
Chances are we may feel thwarted today by circumstances that feel outside our control. Knowing what we can change and influence, and what we can’t, helps to avoid some bruised heads and egos. (Aries the Ram loves to lead with his head!) Before you go charging into a situation, make sure it really isn’t a brick wall. A change in perspective can help reveal an alternate route. We may need to sacrifice a short-term goal today, but it will not be in vain and could be instrumental in the long-run. Unless otherwise advised, skirt around obstacles rather than meeting them head-on. Remember to take turns, a simple but effective solution to many of life’s problems.
Don’t look for rescue; Aries prefers to be independent and self-sufficient. That being said, it’s always a good idea to check in with your higher self/inner guide and teacher for an attitude adjustment. If you feel overwhelmed, consider delegating some tasks or responsibilities to someone else, or postponing them to another day.
Daily Muse: You have to believe in yourself. (Debbie Reynolds born April 1, 1932)
Today on Simpletales let’s take a look at that New Moon! You will find me on 12Radio.com at 10 am Pacific – 1 Eastern.
MOON in ARIES / TAURUS
Moon Void of Course 5:07 am (PDT) – 8:48 am
The Moon’s move into sensual Taurus this morning diffuses the urgency of the past couple of days. This morning we might prefer silence, quiet, and non-verbal forms of communication. Taking a walk, cycling, being outdoors and communing with nature instead of people are good ways to restore our psychological and emotional balance.
It’s pretty likely we will get our voices back mid-day as Mercury the messenger connects with pragmatic Saturn. For those wishing to extend their solitude, this is great energy for getting our thoughts together, blogging, and writing. For the more chatty and social among us, this is a fertile time for sharing ideas and communicating with purpose and clarity. Especially if you have felt a bit off course or scattered, this is a great opportunity to regain your mental focus.
Daily Muse: I loved being on the radio. Being paid to talk? It's like being paid to eat. (Rachel Maddow, born April 1, 1973)
Tonight on 12Academy – Astrology Basics Session 7 – Pluto, Chiron, and the Lunar Nodes. During this class we’ll continue talking about the meaning of the planets in astrology with a focus on the outer/transpersonal planet Pluto as well as taking a look at the asteroid Chiron and the North and South Nodes of the Moon and their significance in astrology. Register here:
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MOON in TAURUS
Moon Void of Course 4:12 pm (PDT) – 9:40 am (Friday morning)
The Moon’s connection with dreamy Neptune first thing this morning can increase the possibility we wake up with prophetic dreams or feel like we receive an otherworldly download during our morning shower or rituals. The Moon’s hookup with Mars a few hours later energizes the feeling we know what we are about. But before you sell the house, quit the job, and book a one-way ticket to join the resistance, or follow the guru, consider this. Before Noon, Pacific Time, expansive and hopeful Jupiter makes a jarring square to Pluto. This can be an uncomfortable place to be caught between the planet of expansion and the planet of elimination.
In addition to turning devoted believers into fanatics, it encourages extremes even in the most moderate of individuals. One danger lies (pun intended) with misinterpreting messages and information, or believing a small piece of the puzzle represents the whole picture. We might be in possession of only a small fact that has been fractured or split off from the whole scenario or truth. Before making sweeping declarations or making important decisions, check your facts and turn to your inner guide and teacher for verification.
Daily Muse: I think a lot of people of my generation are discomfited by the assertion of neutrality in the mainstream media, this idea that they're the voice of God. I think it's just honest to say, yes, you know where I'm coming from but you can fact-check anything I say. (Rachel Maddow)
MOON in TAURUS / GEMINI
Moon enters Gemini 9:40 am (PDT)
Mercury enters Taurus 10:31 am (PDT)
Mercury the messenger and planet of thinking, learning, and communication steps into Taurus today, but be advised, it’s both a shorter and longer stay than we might expect. It’s short due to a retrograde pattern which begins the second week of April which sends Mercury hustling back into Aries. It’s long, for the same reason. In the days surrounding a retrograde, planets appear to be in slow-motion. Also, on the back end of the retrograde pattern, Mercury will re-enter Taurus for real. All this back and forth means we enjoy Mercury in Aries and in Taurus for longer than usual.
Whew! That was a long way of saying, here’s what we can expect of Mercury in Taurus, but don’t get too attached! I like to think of Mercury in Taurus as the strong silent type. Actor Clint Eastwood who was born with Mercury in Taurus has acted in many roles that exemplify this energy. Maybe doesn’t say much, but when they do, the words and ideas are memorable and maybe even iconic! Many Mercury in Taurus natives also have extraordinary and/or distinctive voices as well as messages, such as President John F. Kennedy, actors Jack Nicholson and George Clooney and performers Cher and Barbra Streisand.
During this short and prolonged cycle of Mercury in Taurus the focus may very well be on identifying the truth. Amidst a social milieu that includes ‘alternative facts’ people will be more tuned into finding the truth for themselves. Accepting communications on face value may be what we want to do, but both the overlapping Venus and Mercury retrograde patterns will make this nearly impossible. We will be more sensitive to ideas that don’t add up and communications that seem to have gaping holes and vital pieces or connectors missing. We may be more wary of traditional sources of information and start to question the credibility of even our most valued resources. This is a worthwhile and necessary part of retrograde patterns, review and re-evaluate for greater understanding and clarity. Embrace them with open minds and hearts.
Despite Mercury being in low key just-say-what’s-necessary Taurus, today the Moon in chatty Gemini more than makes up for any awkward pauses. We want to be stimulated and entertained. A harmonizing lunar connection to Venus mid-day opens up pleasing lunch options and encourages socialization and playtime for the rest of the day and evening.
Daily Muse: It used to be that we disagreed over the basic facts we were fighting over, and we had different opinions about them. Now I think we accept different sources of authority. ... And people can establish credibility on their own say-so as long as nobody follows the trail and calls them out on it. (Rachel Maddow)
MOON in GEMINI
It may be hard to focus, wake up, or shake dream images this morning as the Moon in Gemini gets into a scrape with dreamy Neptune in mystical Pisces. Keep in mind, the Gemini twins make a game of seeing both sides of issues and it’s not too unusual to hear two contradictory statements coming from the same individual under the influence of versatile Gemini. This Moon energy also has a knack for slanting conversations toward what people want to hear and avoiding what will be unpopular. Be advised and listen with ears, mind, and heart in the open position. We all have a tendency to use filters to let in only what we expect or want to hear. If our goals are expansion and growth, we have to become aware of our pre-dispositions and consciously work to hear what is unfamiliar or uncomfortable.
Turn away from ideas, conversations, and communications that are demeaning to self or others and refuse to let your mind move in a negative direction. At the first warning sign of a downward spiral, do an about face. The Moon’s alignment with hopeful and optimistic Jupiter in early evening turns around any downcast moods and signals it’s time for more faith, thankfulness, and quality social interactions.
Daily Muse: Gratitude can nullify some of the worst feelings in the world, regardless of the challenges we face. (Mo Abdelbaki)
MOON in GEMINI / CANCER
Moon Void of Course 7:43 am (PDT) – 11:27 am
Venus re-enters Pisces 5:25 pm (PDT)
The Moon’s entry into home sign Cancer can bring out the home-body in all of us. This is usually a time of greater sensitivity and desire both to nurture and be nurtured. As retrograding Venus re-enters Pisces this evening, intuition is on the rise, as are virtues such as forgiveness and compassion. However, being in a cardinal sign, this Moon stirs up the tension of the on-going cardinal square (Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.) Although family and social gatherings can be sweet and comforting, we may feel more on edge, protective, and even defensive. Is the gift being offered truly motivated by love and selflessness or are there strings attached?
Keep your side of the street clean. Offer what you want without expecting something in return, unless getting paid, reimbursed, or reciprocity is clearly part of the exchange. This is a great time for giving to those in need, and asking for what we need, as long as the communications are clear and without sticky undertones or hidden agendas.
Daily Muse: It's not at all hard to understand a person; it's only hard to listen without bias. (Criss Jami)
The Power Peek is brought to you by: Mark Husson
12Radio hosted a symposium the other day, a gathering of some of the wonderful minds in the 12 Family. I was included, too, although I suspect they were being kind to me. My friend, Mark, started everything off with a discussion about thriving, which was the theme of the symposium. He spoke of the necessity for adversity, or challenges, to be present in order to push the ability to thrive forward. He also explained about how important it is to have a purpose in life and that without a purpose, we wither rather than grow. (I’m paraphrasing him. Luckily, you can listen to it online. Click here. )
His discussion made me think about the very nature of being interested, or obsessed, with the metaphysical world and all that it encompasses. By the very nature of our beliefs, it seems logical that we face challenges that other people may not face. If we are completely open about our thoughts on religion, the universe, magic, Tarot and astrology, bells and crystals and incense and all of the other wonderful, rich parts of our world, we are likely to be ridiculed, or worse.
I’ve certainly had my fair share of moments when I’ve said too much, which is almost every time I say anything, and watched as jaws dropped, eyes rolled, spittle gathered at the corners of mouths, brows furrowed, eyes glazed over, hands began trembling, tiny whines mewed from the throats of burly men, nervous glances were exchanged, derisive snorts of outrage were sounded, or sarcastic laughs were snarfed. I’ve been singled out as a troublemaker, simply because I refuse to back down from my beliefs. I've been accused of causing a major rift in this organization or that by simply being myself. Yes, I’m a wise-guy, but I never go looking for a fight. They do find me from time to time.
I’ve been through financial straits, existential whirlpools, philosophical conundrums, difficult realizations, bumpy relationships, joy and sorrow, and everything in between. Not once, never did I consider abandoning my belief system and my life in metaphysics. I can’t imagine turning away from what has been a lifelong journey in the mysteries. Yes, I’m a Taurus, but it’s far more than stubbornness that keeps me thriving in the world of the wonders. It’s the adversity itself that has proven to me that it’s worth pursuing fervently.
After pondering what trait emerges that allows thriving the most, I realized that it’s tolerance. There’s something remarkably freeing about being tolerant. I can guarantee you that no two of us in metaphysics believes exactly the same thing. Some will believe in mediumship, while others won’t. Some will use a dowsing rod, others wisps of smoke and there are those who won’t use anything at all. I use the Crowley Thoth deck, and although it took me a while, I finally reached a tolerant mindset and now know that there’s worth in every Tarot deck, regardless of what it looks like or the philosophy it espouses. If it works for someone and they like it, it’s worthy.
Not only do we have a tendency to be tolerant of others, but we also learn to be tolerant of ourselves and to face every situation in life with a sense of wonder, hope and determination. Certainly we get the blues. When things don’t go our way, we can be as depressed as anyone anywhere, but we always know that there’s magic at the end of the tunnel and that it awaits our emergence out of the darkness into the light.
For me this isn’t religion, for there is no dogma attached. This is freedom of thought and the joy of facing anything in my life, some of it lousy, with the realization that it will help me to grow and that in the end, I will thrive. You’ll continue to thrive, too, as I figure you probably feel the same as I do. By helping others to find a strength of purpose and encouraging more tolerance and hope, we are making the world a better place, hopefully allowing everyone the opportunity to thrive fully and dynamically. If we stick together, we will always thrive, survive, grow and share.
Until next week, I wish you all peace and love.
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I know that we live in a world of conveniences and “gotta have it now” thinking. I am just as susceptible as anyone else to irritation and frustration when things don’t work out as I want them to. This week has been fraught with slow downs, miscommunications and irritations. It is in the air! Below are a few tips for managing those moments when you just want to scream and throw things.
-Stop and breath. Take 10 deep, intentional breaths. As you are breathing out visualize the tense energy in your body leaving you in a cloud of colored smoke. You choose the color.
-Take a break. If a situation seems to be stuck in the mud and all you are is frustrated, go do something else for a while. Listen to music, take a walk or watch a funny video. Removing your attention creates relief inside of you.
-Ask for help. Is there someone in your life that could take over solving this issue? Or at least offer their support? You don’t have to solve everything alone.
-Be direct. State how you are feeling and ask for a better resolution. Often a slow down is due to another person’s situation and they don’t realize they are frustrating you.
-Take it to the top. Sometimes you have to seek a higher authority when you aren’t getting what you need. It is ok to ask for a supervisor and express your frustration. It is healing for you to say how you feel and often a person in authority will help you.
-Let it all out. Do you ever sit in your car and scream? It can really help. Also, I am not above flipping off my phone if I am on hold and frustrated. I do my best to be kind and understanding with people but I do also silently express myself, or loudly after the fact, because those emotions need to be expended.
-Send it all down. If you are feeling full of tense, frustrated energy, send it down your body and out your feet to be healed in the earth. This also grounds you which helps relieve anxiety.
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Challenges come and go, as quickly as one pertinent issue is resolved, we find ourselves at the precipice of another trial. Indeed, it may feel as if the weight of the world is pressing on your shoulders. To each their own, reality is a pressure, a force beyond the natural world, inviting us deeper into our journey.
There is no escape, just a delay or a tangent. We may find ourselves immersed in the study of a new and interesting topic, drinking in wisdom, dancing with the joy of exploration. From alternate lenses, we might fall apart, cracking under the pressure. The mind, the body, the food we eat, the substances we ingest, are all tools to be used along the path. No thing is inherently good or bad, evil or holy, but it is what we make of it. It has been said by beings wiser than myself, a weapon is simply a tool handled in a dangerous fashion.
Regardless of the path you choose, light shines upon you from all angles, inviting you to dance. For much of my life, I was blind to this perspective. Coddled in a cubby hole of sadness and anger, I resented the world around me. Unbeknownst to my young Earthly eyes, I was building the same walls that kept me separate from peace and unconditional love. I spent many days and nights battling myself, a thoroughly dark and fear ridden path. Stories of being wronged, theories on the ills of the world, a viewpoint and direction driving me deeper and deeper into a hallucination of utter separateness from the universal love that is my birthright.
I cannot say that I have transcended anything at all. The truth being, I have done quite the opposite. Call it my Aquarius sun sign, call it an inability to integrate the experience of being, I was, for the longest time, attempting to avoid and transcend. My efforts were certainly in vain, grasping at straws in the dark, resisting the fullness of my life. No, my friends, there is nothing to transcend.
My truth, my peace, my clearest path has come through the integration and acceptance of my
circumstances. As a healer, an empath, a human with the gifts of psychic vision and
otherworldly perspective, these tools, at times, have been my greatest enemy. Like any other loving beautiful person, I found ways to create an illusionary world for long enough. Perhaps there is no full recovery from the trauma of exiting the womb of my mother, a fetal pod of god consciousness connected to the bigger picture. A pain that we all share, the great equalizer.
Chiron, the wounded healer, reminds us of that which has yet to be integrated, the holes in the auric field, the blind spots within our own consciousness. To this end, I now welcome the integration. I choose to align in solidarity with James, with all of my tools cleaned and sharpened, on a constant vigilant watch of the potential pitfalls of the egocentric ways of being endemic to our third dimensional reality.
Find peace within the drama, the trauma, for you are bigger than this experience. You are a soul living the physical form. This physical form will cease to exist, but you, in all your glory and light, will continue to shine and explore. For now, with however many years or decades that your holy heart pumps human blood, THIS is your place to shine.
Astrological literature speaks of the “hard angles”, squares and oppositions, as a time when we are asked to develop and refresh areas within ourselves. In working with numerous blessed beings, I have seen the challenges that each man, woman, and child face during these times.
One of the greatest gifts in my line of work is to be aligned with my brothers and sisters during these periods of often catastrophic shifts and changes.
The heart is open, the crown cracked free of limiting beliefs, the body integrating the shifts with tumultuous illnesses and confusing relationships. The potential for incredible lightness and transformation is found within these situations. Rising from the ashes, I have witnessed the courage, the ingenuity, and the downright grit of the human experience in the most ugly and horrible of times.
What is the key to thriving in these times? Faith? Perseverance? Dumb luck? Again, each path is different and every being unique, so to this end, I cannot predict what will bring you a feeling of love and comfort as you cozy up to sleep at night. What I can share is what I have gleaned so far in my years on this gorgeous green planet...
The keys are found within YOU. You must be willing to galvanize your internal warrior, call forth the troops, ring the angelic doorbell and be grateful for whatever you can. Reach out to those who will listen, be willing to lay it on the line. Create boundaries, tell others to back off, to stop calling, to back away and dance their own dance. Try new things, whether it is a dance class, an astrology reading, or changing your diet, be willing to push the reset button on the more controlled aspects of your life. Keep MOVING, many have found themselves wallowing in the self indulgent ways of the emotional body.
Through movement, physically, mentally, spiritually, you are aligning with the magic of creation. Do things that scare you, make a list, be excited to cross things off, look in the mirror and say “Good job you fabulous person!”. Celebrate the victories, give yourself a day off, an hour off, be willing to cancel and let go when you want to,
it’s totally cool to do this. Finally, practice impeccable self care! Take a bath, stay hydrated, eat a donut when you want it, turn off your phone, pay attention to that miracle that is your body.
If you follow all of these steps, well, your life may still feel like shit at times, but hey, you are doing your best. Say namaste and start at square one, this life is your birthright.
It has been a blessing to share with you for this time. The gratitude that I feel for the 12 Family ((this means you)) overflows my super sensitive and apprehensive heart. I thank you, the readers, the subscribers, the callers, and most of all Mark for his vision, charisma, and for teaching me what it is like to be accepted for who and what I am.
Until our paths cross again, be at peace and know that you are loved.
Xx StarMan James xX
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