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Aries Solar Returns , part two

By Priya Kale with Eric Francis

THERE IS a compelling force that is now pushing you forward into new territory which you can’t see but only feel at the moment. A Mercury-Uranus conjunction on the North Node in your solar 12th house Pisces is the astrology you are speaking about here. This is potent astrology in a strange, difficult to see, difficult to feel angle of your chart. It’s almost like listening to a dramatic movie through a wall; you can’t look right at it, but you have some sense of the story. It would help if you could see, for sure.

The effects of this experience are far from an inert projection of light onto a screen. The astrology that is developing — including Mars approaching Uranus on the North Node, which happens after Mercury, but is still a factor — will, in its time, ripple out into your life as sweeping change, as awareness, and as something so all-encompassing that you will need to pause and reflect in order to fully appreciate the scale.

Usually such potent activity on the North Node involves a sense of mission in life, but this feels different than what we typically experience as such. Different, as in difficult to identify; yet your homing signal has never been more in tune, and this is coming from the depths of the cosmic ocean within you, as if the process involves choices made on another level in another time and place. Reading these signs feels distinctly like learning a new skill, but as your awareness grows, it will become easier to express your unique vision of the world.

One consequence of a lot of 12th house and Pisces activity is the potential for fear to get stirred up, like mud at the bottom of a lake. This is uncomfortable, but it’s a great gift. Fear only hurts us when we’re not aware of it; then, it can wreak havoc. So I suggest you consider your fear an ally. Use it as a form of fuel, and as an indicator of your high level of psychic energy. Learn about yourself; indeed, you need to persist in a policy of keeping no secrets from yourself at all. You need to know everything about yourself that there is to learn, boldly and honestly.

In the weeks following your solar return, you have available a sense of determination that’s very typical of your sign, but on a level that you haven’t seen in yourself before. Aside from all the activity in Pisces, there is unusual movement in the fire signs, specifically Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Leo. You now have the total ability, drive and energy to manifest your dreams into a concrete physical reality — that is the result of having both Saturn and Leo so available.

In some ways your energy is so high that you can get carried away. To the extent that you are running full throttle right now, I would advise you to make sure you take the time to step off the merry-go-round once in a while, take stock of your goals and make sure you are still headed in the right direction, inasmuch as you can tell. The way you can tell is by feeling, and by sensing when the world seems to be resisting your goals. While you’re at it, remember all work and no play makes for one very unhappy ram. Normally one would not need to say this to an Aries, but Saturn in Leo has you focused on things other than partying, or at best, less partying than usual.

You have more important things on your mind. To work with your goals, you need to figure out a way to gather around you those people who share your sense of purpose. There has been an ongoing questioning of you and your involvement in your community and social circle. You might have had some recent revelations that have put you in closer touch with reality.

This awakening, whether it came as a shock or as a gradual awakening, has been causing you to restructure your life and your commitments.

There may be times when you feel like your partner or prospective partner just doesn’t get what you’re trying to do, or feels that you are holding back. You, in turn, may have the same feeling about them. You are being challenged right now to do the hard work on your intimate relationships and to confront your insecurities when relating with another. Consciously avoid ego battles, or defending your territory, and seek to relate from that extremely aware part of you right now that is thrusting you through the waterfall towards the other side of the cave. Your ability to communicate is strong, and maybe showing your vulnerabilities will help foster a more open discussion of the feelings of both involved.

As you move into the coming year, trust your inner wisdom and seek to unite rather than conquer the world around you. You are in a pivotal position to shape the landscape of your life, and those of the people around you. Lead the way with integrity and humility, and listen to those voices deep within you that are guiding you over a threshold into a future that you have long dreamed of but hardly imagined possible.

Photo by Eric Francis.




Weekly Horoscope for Friday, March 30, 2007, #656 – By ERIC FRANCIS

Aries (March 20-April 19)
With the Sun crossing the peak of your sign this week, you are in rare form, with cooperation to the left and to the right. Even the people who seem to hold you back are, despite themselves, playing a supporting role. Yet I suggest you notice the way that certain people or situations represent the past, and others represent the future. Some are familiar and supposedly safe; others are unfamiliar and even a little bit strange. This is the map, and the Full Moon in your opposite sign, Libra, is a reminder that it’s time to begin the journey. You are in a rare moment when the inner landscape is brightly illuminated, so I trust that you know exactly which way to go.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
The stop and go quality of the moment involves the current approach to a Full Moon, and your ruling planet, Venus, about to make a square to Saturn. One represents an outer situation, and the other an inner situation. Let’s take a moment and consider the nature of your doubt. I would sum it up as the question, “Is there enough?” Yet on a deeper level that is merely a question of trust. It is true that you have reasons to doubt yourself, and you may feel like you’re clinging to the banks of a river about to get swept away by the current. Live with your eyes and ears open and many of your doubts will be resolved.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
There has been so much going on in your professional life that you may wonder how you could take on more, come up with better goals or stronger ideas. But the show is not over yet, and it is a sort of show, because you’re at your most visible at the moment and the world is your movie. A new surge of energy is coming into nearly all your activities in the outer world. Your goals are not only obviously worthwhile; you’re also in the mood to make them happen. This is the time to remember your political manners. Politics is the art of getting things done, and the way we do that is not just by hard work — it’s also with cooperation, agreements and diplomacy.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You’re in an unusual phase of life where you get to express your ideas as they pour into your heart and soul — and they are abundant at the moment. As the next few weeks progress and planets follow the Sun from Pisces into Aries, the cycle of ideas to manifestation increases fairly rapidly. Thus, you need to be mindful of what you are feeling, thinking and desiring, because it will extend into what you are building in the world in a way that is not necessarily easy to notice. I suggest you stay close to your foundations: the values you respect in yourself the most deeply, your highest calling, and your sense of safety.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
This is such a mysterious time in your life, you may finally have decided you have no clue where it’s all heading. That is actually reassuring news because it means you’re allowing some of your preconceptions to slip away. That, in turn, will help you make room for new ideas that are based on the extremely interesting discussions you’ve been having with partners and loved ones. I suggest you welcome any moment of uncertainty because it is a container that will hold something new, radical and brilliant. Remember — such is most likely to arise out of a discussion with someone very close to you.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
As usual, people are pulling and stretching you in some interesting directions, but now at least you seem to be seeking their guidance and influence consciously. This is a much better idea than the (earlier model) confrontation method, mainly because it’s more creative and a lot more fun. You are well positioned to be learning what you always wanted to learn, and sharing energy with people in ways that have always seemed appealing, but were perhaps intimidating at the same time. You may want to look back and have a laugh at what intimidated you before; this way you can laugh at what intimidates you now.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
You may feel backed into a corner by circumstances you don’t understand or were not aware existed. You would be wise to ask how much any of this has to do with you. You may need to ask several times, from a few different points of view. As you shift viewpoints, I have a hunch you may feel like you’re shopping around for a convenient way of looking at things, one that serves your own ends. This is absolutely correct. One’s point of view accounts for a lot in life. How we choose to look at things is indeed how we see them. No matter how challenging your circumstances right now, there is a way to see them where you have both leverage and opportunities.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Take it easy on close partners right now. They are going through substantial changes and very likely making some decisions that require all their focus. There is a lot you can do to be supportive, mainly because you have a way of looking at the situation that reveals its relative ease rather than its apparent difficulty. Or, it may be that this particular form of growth and adjustment is less of a stretch for you. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Each of us is ahead of the curve in life in some respects, and behind the curve in others. But we are all ultimately working toward the same goal. Remember that as you journey with loved ones through the next week or so.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
You can measure your energy, your feelings and your creative gifts, up to a point; there comes a moment when you need to open up and let it all flow, and this moment is somewhere around now. You may fear you’ll spin out of control if you cut loose, but it would seem that a close personal relationship is serving as a point of orientation and grounding. This can work two ways, and I suggest you evaluate your situation to see if either may be in effect; you can focus on the relationship as a means of not going too far; or you can use it as an excuse to not go anywhere at all. You may want to cook up a third possibility.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
You have been through quite a bit lately, and you seem to keep emerging from each new trial relatively unscathed. How long will your run of luck hold up? It depends on how you define luck. If you think that you’re just throwing dice, probably not for so long. If you remember you’re learning life skills, including deciding who and what is a healthy influence in your life and who and what is not, you have a lifetime of luck ahead of you. Remember that more often than not, you tend to err on the side of caution. You can afford to be a little more adventurous, especially with your ideas about life.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Mars has been in your sign for the past month, and this has given you a new taste for life. While other factors have, for some years, conspired to remind you of your limitations and of how fragile life is, Mars has given you the strength to push your limits and to expand your idea of what is truly yours. A sense of entitlement is potentially a dangerous thing; so, too, is the notion that you’re entitled to nothing. But neither is strictly true. You have the sense, at least, to know you can make your own luck, solve your own problems, and push some obstacles out of the way. Lately you’ve learned to do this with the raw strength of your mind. As Mars moves across Pisces, you will learn to change reality with the strength of your imagination.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Fear is arguably a more powerful force than love in our world. It has certain advantages; you can get people to run from a gun a lot faster than you can get them to choose to do what they love. Mars has been taking you on a grand and not necessarily pleasant tour of your worst apprehension, the places where you feel your integrity is the weakest, and where you attack yourself with negative thinking. Because you have Aquarius in this house, the 12th, your unconscious patterns tend to be more like titanium etchings and less like the seawater. After all you’ve been through lately, at least you know what you’re made of, and where you can let light shine between the spaces in your mind.

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