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Open Mind, Open Heart -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., March 30th - Sun., April 5th, 2015

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

It was a typical Eclipse week... very busy and electric ;-) I am definitely starting to feel the toll it has taken on my physical being... rest is definitely what’s needed most — and it seems so hard to do. I have to remind myself that we are getting a consciousness upgrade; there’s no need to rush or push... And yes: That too is easier said than done ;-)

This week's headlines: Mercury changes signs from Pisces to Aries on Monday evening; Mars changes signs from Aries to Taurus on Tuesday around noon; Jupiter starts to slow down on Wednesday; Pluto does the same on Thursday; and of course... there is another Eclipse this week — this time, a Lunar Eclipse, exact on Saturday morning.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday late morning (for almost 29 hours), Thursday early morning (for 22 hours), and Saturday around noon (for 27 hours).

Monday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day. It will journey there until Tuesday afternoon. We have a chance to appreciate ourselves and our lives -- and to connect to the heart. Hand out as many compliments as possible, they will be deeply appreciated :-)  

Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you squeak just thinking about it?

Monday very early morning, harmonious Venus/Pluto aspect will be exact at 3:47am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from last week Friday of on; it will be strong until this Thursday morning. This aspect brings a fruitful and rewarding period in our lives. We experience new depths of intimacy (with an existing or new partner), we learn to appreciate the important people in our lives, and our value system transforms and evolves. 

This is likely an excellent period for finances as well. Work we've done might pay off, and we are able to manage our finances better, with more attention to detail, planning and strategy -- as well as the elimination of anything that no longer serves us. We might renew a commitment, or bring new, deeper and more intimate energy into a relationship under the influence of this aspect. 

Our sexual lives might get a real boost now, as we tend to want to connect on a deeper level. We might find ourselves strongly attracted to someone, almost to the point of obsession.  If this aspect connects with any of your personal planets, you might just meet the "love of your life".  

One thing’s for sure -- relationships experienced now are bound to be unforgettable. While this transit tends to signal new or strengthened relationships, any relationship that ends during this cycle may leave us feeling liberated. 

Those of us who have their Ascendent (or personal planets) in 12-19 degrees of Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo will be most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus being the ruler of Taurus and Libra, while Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

Monday at 9:57am EDT, we enter an almost 29-hour Moon void of course (VoC),which last until 2:12pm EDT (Tuesday afternoon).Use this intuitive time to connect to your heart’s desire and share your ideas from that “heartfelt" joy and bliss. If at all possible though, refrain from actually starting anything brand-new — in fact, plan your day ahead of time, or stick to routine things. If you can't… simply go with the flow.

Monday afternoon around 3pm EDT, Mercury moves over 29 degrees of Pisces -- the Solar Eclipse degree from 10 days ago; this might highlight some new information. Issues connected to trust, spiritual union, or creativity will need to be addressed over the next 5.5 months. 

The key is to bring awareness to two areas: First, what is taking us off the path of our Soul's journey (and needs therefore to be released)? Second, what would connect us to inner divinity? To bring these issues into sharper focus, it will help to ask these questions too: What doesn't serve you any longer? Where are you experiencing separation?

Monday at 9:44pm EDT, Mercury leaves dreamy, creative Pisces and moves into enthusiastic, direct Aries. It will journey through this courageous sign until April 14th. For these next two and a half weeks, our thinking speeds up and we are ready for new endeavors. 

We may come off as impulsive and impatient when communicating; however, we are focused on reaching our goals as quickly as possible -- we must therefore speak (and get answers) faster. Nothing stands in our way now: we are ready, we are brave, we want what we want and we want it now ;-) 

Something to watch out for: blurting things out prematurely or inappropriately; as best you can, choose your words carefully -- and pause before responding ;-) All of us are feeling the Aries energy quite strongly at this time, so do your best to not take it personally, if someone ignores what you want, or says something insensitive. 

Remember to keep the focus on yourself instead -- and take responsibility for how you are communicating or expressing yourself. 

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries? If so, you will feel especially chatty for the next 2.5 weeks. Your mental energy will be quite active and you feel the need to connect to others -- whether it be in person, via email, over the phone or via social media. New ideas and new connections are very likely. 

Do you have your Ascendent or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo? If so, you will feel a tremendous energy burst for the next 2.5 weeks: really enthusiastic and physically strong.

Tuesday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo and VoC until 2:12pm EDT (see Monday for details). Today is also your last chance to get the Early Bird Special to our magical Sedona Retreat in the end of May. Click here to register

Tuesday at 12:26pm EDT, Mars moves from fast-paced, enthusiastic, active Aries into steady, sensual Taurus, where he will journey until May 11th. With this placement we value strength and stability. We are more driven by security and an especial fondness for personal possessions. 

Mostly we are not afraid to work for what we want, and there is an overall patience to this position of Mars. If it takes a a while to achieve a goals, so be it. Adaptability is not our strong point right now and we also don't like to be rushed now, however we tend to be more reliable.

All this is especially true if you are an Aries or Taurus Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Taurus, you will feel more energized, passionate and direct than usual for the next 6 weeks. As an Aries, you will slow down a little and get more in touch with the practical side of your nature, especially where your personal goals are concerned. 

Tuesday at 2:12pm EDT, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Friday morning. This turns our focus toward practical activities. Solving problems, making order out of confusion, helping others: all bring emotional satisfaction. 

Health might come into focus. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to see if our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.), align with our long-term goals.

Wednesday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Tuesday afternoon for details).

Jupiter starts to slow down its speed (stationing) on April Fools Day, preparing to come to a halt on April 8th (after having been retrograde for the past 4 months). This station will last until April 14th. This could be a great day for practical jokes ;) (We may also have to take care we’re not taking those jokes a little too far).

When a planet stations, we start to be more fully aware of its energy; this awareness helps us to get more connected to those energies as they exist within us. We get to see where we need to embrace them more fully, so that we can use them in a healthy way, without getting lost in the lower vibrations of their expression.
Jupiter represents our desire to seek insight through knowledge. Some of this planet's keywords: morality; gratitude; hope; honor; the law. Jupiter is the planet of possibility, optimism, wisdom, understanding and growth (including mental and spiritual growth). Jupiter is also associated with our sense of humor, generosity, tolerance, goodwill, and mercy. 

The lower expressions of Jupiter include irresponsibility -- too much of a good thing, leading to blind optimism, excess, and overindulgence. 

We have been connecting internally to our wisdom and ability to grow for the past four months. What did you discover about your ability to learn and grow since December? Do you have a better understanding of your own inner wisdom and how to access it? How could those discoveries change how you live in the world?
Those of us who have any of our personal planets (or our Ascendent) in 10 - 15 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio will be more affected by this station. This is also true for those of us with their Ascendent or Sun-sign in Sagittarius (Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, so those folks will always be affected more strongly by Jupiter's movements and aspects).

Wednesday evening, an opportune Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 10:51pm EDT. We started to feel this from Tuesday morning on; it will be strong until Friday. It's an opportunity to bring healing to our wounds around relationships or our sense of self-worth. 

We get a chance to love ourselves and heal deep fears of not being "good enough". Healing happens much faster when we can open to forgiving ourselves and others. As best as you can, bring compassion and understanding to yourself, to others, and to those past experiences that wounded you. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 17-21 degrees of Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra)

Thursday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Tuesday afternoon for details).

The big news today (Thursday) is that Pluto starts to slow down its speed (stationing), preparing to come to a halt on April 15th (starting its 5-month retrograde phase). This station will last until May 3rd. When an outer planet stations, its energy gets more pronounced; we become more aware of its impact on us -- and this can sometimes cause discomfort. We are being asked to hang out with that discomfort and observe what comes up.

Pluto is associated with our soul purpose. It relates to the process of empowerment -- our ability to feel empowered from within, through the experience of wholeness -- and to our deepest passions. 

It is also associated with transformation, for example our ability to transform darkness into light or "death" into "rebirth". Those terms don't necessarily refer to physical death or rebirth, but rather some sort of ending and beginning. 

To get to a place of truthfulness on the soul level, Pluto will remove what no longer serves us, replacing it with something new -- something fully aligned with our deepest passions and soul purpose. 

When we resist the deep changes Pluto brings, we tend to suffer; on the other hand, when we surrender and allow for that process to take place, we will move to a place of greater authenticity -- and feel a newness and empowerment from within. 

As best as you can, take a closer look at whatever is "in your face" for the next 4 weeks. Look for what might no longer be in alignment with your soul's purpose (your deep authentic Self). 

Ask yourself: Where am I holding on, out of fear? What habits, behaviors or fears are holding me back from feeling  fully  empowered  from within? What would it look like, if I was fully aligned with my Soul-purpose? How would it feel? When we confront our fears we very often discover hidden gifts and strengths.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-17 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra? If so, you will feel this station more strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Scorpio (Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio). 

Thursday at 5:01am EDT, we enter a 22-hour Moon void of course (VoC), which last until 3:07am EDT (Friday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to organize your finances and take a closer look at what’s truly valuable to you. If at all possible though, refrain from actually starting anything brand-new — in fact, plan your day ahead of time, or stick to routine things. If you can't… simply go with the flow.

Also on Thursday morning: a harmonious Mercury/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 8:20am EDT (we started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on and it will be strong until Saturday morning). It will help to interact from a place of integrity and commitment. We can set aside unrealistic views and make concrete, practical plans, that help us explore a larger truth.   

We “get to the point” -- no wasted time or words. Seeking a larger understanding, we speak our truth, but with adult caution and moderation. The reality of our beliefs gets clearer and our thought processes more realistic. It is important for us to learn something new -- with a mature attitude. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 1-8 degrees of Aries, Sagittarius or Leo? If so, you will be more blessed by this aspect.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Capricorn (Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo; Saturn rules Capricorn)

Thursday afternoon, a harmonious Sun/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 1:20pm EDT; it will be strong all week, as will our energy. It’s an opportunity to see things from a different perspective. What will lead us to this new vantage point? Optimism, an open mind, an open heart: Follow your enthusiasm as if it were a wilderness guide — and let yourself be creative and free. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 9-16 degrees of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Sagittarius (the Sun rules Leo; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius). 

Friday at 3:07am EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Sunday afternoon. The energy of the Libra Moon wants to maintain equal relationships: we thus tend to spend more time on diplomacy -- making compromises, negotiating, practicing graciousness, balancing, etc.
We can better set aside our emotions, to achieve the peace we desire; the shadow side of this is a tendency to avoid direct confrontations. We see both sides -- and may also fear loss of approval -- so we can't decide. As best as you can, find your inner balance with this... and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm. This Moon placement starts the build up towards the Full Moon, which is also a Lunar eclipse! (exact on Saturday)

Friday afternoon: We may need to find a balance between what we say, how we say it, and what we need from others. We want to collaborate, but we are also feeling quite impatient, because our minds are moving very fast right now. As best as you can, take a deep breath now and then, and drop in to your heart center ;-)

Saturday at 8:06am EDT: The Sun opposes the Moonin 14 degrees of Libra. This extra-powerful Full Moon is also a total Lunar Eclipse; as such, its energy is more intense than the typical Full Moon. 

It is also the culmination of the Eclipse from Oct. 2014, which was all about seeing something that we needed to become aware of -- in particular, something related to the roles we identify with in our various one-on-one relationships. What have you discovered since last fall?

Lunar Eclipses bring our attention to the "emotional body”, making us aware of what has been suppressed or ignored. Get ready for some big shifts in your life, especially around relationships of all kinds. Where do you need more balance in your life? What roles or contracts need to be redefined or released?

The last Lunar Eclipse in 14 degrees of Libra was back in April of 1996; the one before that was in 1977. Think back to those periods; what was important? Where are you being called to make major changes now?

Eclipses bring a strong focus to endings and beginnings -- those forward pushes forward in our evolution -- they connect us more fully to our Soul’s Journey. As best you can, trust that whatever is leaving or falling apart is making way for something better... The more willing we are to change, the easier it will be to go to the next level. 

Of course, all of this will resonate more for you if you have personal planets (or angles) within 5 degrees of the Eclipse… More on that later (and feel free to watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart”)

The Sun in Aries is connecting to Uranus, Mercury and the South Node; this is a call to redefine our understanding of “assertion" and “independence” -- and how we communicate our sense of self. It will be very useful to allow the higher vibrations of Aries to shine: courage, openness towards the new, being direct and developing a healthy sense of identity.

The Moon aligns with the North Node in Libra, indicating that an emotional resolution of some kind will occur -- a healing of relationship memories perhaps, or a new emotional connection. This could also mean moving into a new home, starting a family, something of that sort. The North Node wants us to focus on mastering the Libra energy: collaboration, objectivity, consideration, equality, balance, justice...

Pluto in Capricorn is the focal point of a T-square with Uranus, The Sun, Mercury in Aries and the Moon in Libra. This stresses the importance of transforming anything that no longer serves us. Look at the shadow, bring it into the light, look at what is toxic and discard whatever is “poisoning” the inner experience. 

The T-square to Pluto adds a clear message to this Eclipse: “Let go of anything that doesn’t empower you... Advance your Soul’s Journey!” Deep structural changes have to occur. 

Ask yourself: What am I building long-term that supports my Soul Purpose? What am I building that doesn’t? Another question you can ask yourself: What role does “FEAR” play in my life? Where am I attached out of fear? Where are my walls?

Make sure to take care of yourself: Without self-care, we cannot accomplish the things we are here to do. As best as you can, remember that each of us is experiencing this Eclipse in one way or another... We may feel overwhelmed or anxious, some may even have vertigo :-) 

As best as you can, be compassionate with yourself and others. If someone is not returning your call, it’s not personal: They may not be able to ;-) Eclipses are Uranian in nature: Anything could happen between now and April 18th

As best as you can, don't jump the gun: If you feel compelled to do something, do your best to simply watch and observe. In particular, if you have any ambivalence about an action, or suspect that you are acting out of fear, wait until Eclipse Season ends to go for it. For more details on this powerful Full Moon click here and watch my video on the subject 

Natal houses in your birth chart effected by this Lunar eclipse indicate the areas of your life that are up for development at this time (and for the next two weeks to 6 months). Feel free to watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart"

Do you have your Ascendant (or any personal planets) in one of the following placements: 10-18degrees of Libra, Aries, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you may feel the effects of this Lunar Eclipse more strongly.

Saturday at 11:59am EDT, we enter a 27-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that lasts until 3:04pm EDT, Sunday afternoon. Use this intuitive time to balance your need for equal and harmonious connection, with your drive toward personal visions and ideas. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new. If possible, plan your day ahead of time ;-)

Sunday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra and VoC until 3:04pm EDT (see Friday early morning and Saturday late morning for details).

Sunday late morning, a challenging Sun/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 11:08am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Wednesday on; it will be strong until Thursday morning of next week. This aspect is part of the Sun/Uranus/Mercury/South Node alignment in Aries. What we identify ourselves with could now be challenged.
This aspect forces us to confront our will, power, assertion, and authority. Coming into focus now: the relationship with a father- or other important male-figures. We may face the need to be more independent, assertive, and autonomous.
We may alienate others with a controlling, jealous, or overbearing manner. This manner stems from a deep fear of letting go and surrendering to the idea that some things cannot be directed or controlled. We are learning to detach from (let go of) something or someone that no longer serves us -- the "something" could include attitudes.
This fear may lead us to compulsive, suspicious, or difficult behavior, costing us the very thing that we hold dear. As best as you can, open yourself up to the power of love within. When you do, you will discover your own strength, and rework your very identity. Perhaps most importantly, this aspect puts us face to face with exactly what's been holding us back from leading a fuller, more meaningful life.
We may have to make some changes or adjustments with our personal or long-term goals. If you feel pressured into doing something or you feel a power struggle build, as best as you can, get centered, get grounded and open your heart and mind. This aspect is a major growth opportunity for us: we struggle with buried elements of our personality and ego, learning to face, accept and transform them.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-19 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra or Cancer? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Scorpio (the Sun is the ruler of Leo; Pluto rules Scorpio)

Sunday at 3:04pm EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Wednesday very early morning. We feel emotions on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things -- superficiality won't work for us now -- and we instinctively read between the lines. 

The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power; it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. This tends to be an emotionally colored, all-or-nothing, black or white experience -- it can therefore be an intimate, passionate time. 

As best as you can, avoid manipulation, brooding and suspicion; instead, open to the wealth of your innermost feelings -- decide to go deeper, allowing all feelings to surface, if they need to. Embrace all of who you are. Know thyself, love thyself and you shall be set free. 

Remember: a deep love of all that we are will connect us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and is ultimately what disempowers ourselves and others.

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Sunday afternoon for details). The Jupiter station will intensify (see Wednesday for details), a harmonious Mercury/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 9:26am EDT, and the Sun aligns with Uranus in Aries at 10:08am EDT….more about all that in next week’s forecast ;-) 

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,

PS: Feel free to go to my Facebook Fan page for my daily forecasts ;-) To apply my forecasts and videos to your own birth chart, watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart"

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