Here it is, the week of the Total Solar Eclipse in Scorpio (exact tomorrow, 21.57 degrees of Scorpio, 22.09 GMT), followed a couple of hours later by retrograde Mercury sliding back into Scorpio (not returning to Sagittarius for another month). Award for the most symbolically appropriate news feature for me this morning goes to the BBC – Invisibility Cloaks: Will we ever really have them?” The feature is about “cloaking” science aka “Transformation Optics” and astrologers cannot help but make the link to Pluto (one of Scorpio’s planets) and the mythology of his invisibility helmet, enabling him to leave the underworld unseen, and his symbolism of change, absence and transformation.
From a cultural point of view it’s probably quite British to say “don’t get involved”. Where I live in Greece, however, an argument or an accident on the road would empty cafes as everyone rushes in to have their say or to offer help. I think the point is to decide what you want to be involved in right now, and what you don’t. For now, in the shadowy world of the eclipse and Mercury being super secretive, the current astrology would suggest some value in “absenting” yourself and staying invisible in any situation that is highly charged or puzzlingly complex.
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It’s an action packed start to the week with Mars in good aspect to Uranus this morning, planet of innovation and the dramatic. My day started, as did everyone else’s here on Lefkada, with a mini hurricane blasting across the island. With thunder and lightning thrown in it was a spectacular show, but scary. For a moment I felt as if my little house was about to be uprooted and hurled over to Kansas, complete with little white dog! As above, so below… love the lead story this morning on the news of Felix Baumgartner breaking the speed of sound with his own body for capturing that Mars/Uranus crazy/brave (depending on your point of view) stunt. Love even more his words as he prepared to jump – something along the lines of you have to climb very high to understand how small you really are. He also said in the press conference that followed that at that heart stopping moment he wasn’t thinking about breaking any records, he was thinking only of his loved ones and getting home. The Wizard of Oz strikes again – there’s no place like home. Thankfully, he made it.
This picture also reflects this morning’s New Moon in Libra, sign of relationships – big R and small r. New Moons, new beginnings. There seems to be a message here that no matter what dramas may be erupting around you, it’s your relationships that really count. As always with Libra, sign of The Scales, there’s also a theme of finding balance in your life.
Finally, linking into this is a Mercury (talk) link to Venus (love), exact at 13.32 BST tomorrow. As Mercury is starting to slow down, in readiness for turning retrograde early next month, this is an aspect that will repeat next week. Heart to hearts/plans/meetings/decision processes started at this time are therefore doubly important and there will be more to come.
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