The Eclipses Begin: Forecast for April 22-28, 2013

By Kathy Biehl

About last week:  poet John-Michael Albert's life-affirming response to what went down in Boston.

Beginnings and endings. Arrivals and departures. Blossoming and uprooting. That’s the texture of this week and the four that follow.

We’re entering a landscape-altering gauntlet of eclipses and revolutionary convulsions and contractions. Landmasses are emerging or reshaping, while new growth is bursting forth from cracks and cultivated ground alike. Our worlds, and to a great extent our selves, are reformulating.

Don’t walk out into this unprepared. Sink down your grounding cord and lock it in tightly. Keep your wits and towel about you, your expectations, knees and neck loose (who needs whiplash in the midst of all this?) and your eyes to the future. Look for reasons to smile, too. They are plenty, whatever else may be going on.

The beginnings taking shape have quite a long growth potential. Flames have ignited that will burn for the next two years. That’s the length of Mars’ new cycle that started last week when he joined with the Sun late Wednesday (early Thursday in the Eastern Hemisphere). Impulses, agendas and sheer life force will stabilize and develop to color and drive our lives over that time. They’re enjoying a prolonged send-off, since Mars and the Sun are still traveling together -- acting in tandem and boosting our ability to push ourselves forward --for nearly four more weeks.

Your emotions lately have given clues to what is emerging. Where have you felt the new phase, the new approach, the new resolve? Where have you felt like scorched earth? The blast of that conjunction was fierce, and it erupted like a flare from a gas well within anyone who has placements at the very late degrees of fire signs. (This includes you, Boomers from 1955-56.) The point of departure is wherever 28 Aries appears in your chart. To learn more about this cycle, read Mary Plumb’s article Meeting Mars: Inside and Out at The Mountain Astrologer blog. (If you’d like to explore its personal meaning, I am always available for a consultation.)

As these fires glow -- think of a spark traveling down a long, long fuse -- they have the protection of the current Taurus emphasis. It’s banking the fire and embers and, to mix metaphors wildly, the sprouting seeds. You’re building, or finding, practical, tangible structures, retaining walls and supports for your inspirations and budding visions.

The placements in Taurus (Venus, Mars and the Sun) also encourage looking for a patch of solid ground as we pass through this gauntlet of tumult. When circumstances shift, or emotions spike dangerously, or you start -- let’s be honest -- freaking out, sink into your body. Grab something tangible -- a pillow, a tree, a pet, a person. Eat something fresh. Go outside. Imagine the currents that are disrupting you running instead out of your hands and feet into the earth.

Our reactions and experiences are only going to intensify. This week brings the first of the spring’s three eclipses, the Full Moon lunar eclipse in Scorpio on Thursday. A lunar eclipse expands on the culminating nature of a Full Moon with huge doses of revelation. In Scorpio, which perceives and feels more deeply than any other sign, this one is emotional and revealing to the max.

The ahas going off promise to hit tender spots very close to home. (Haven’t you already been feeling the impacts?) Secrets and demons are coming out. Fear and paranoia are running amok. The Scorpio/Taurus axis lights up money, taxes, possessions, power, resources, sharing and what we get out of that. Life and death issues are in the mix, including coming from people elevating situations to that status. What’s mine? What’s yours? Is someone threatening to take mine? What am I getting back? Questions like these are in the air, bubbling up from the depths of otherwise rational people (and many who have been staring into the abyss for some time.)

You can’t argue with impulses this primal, cellular, terrified and, in some cases reptilian. Logic has nothing to do with them. Keep that in mind and endeavor (a) not to take personally or buy into any fury and lunacy you witness or intercept, (b) to view outbursts as the cries of frightened children, (c) to maintain a stance of compassion toward all, including yourself and (d) to separate and clear your energy periodically. To help with the last, listen if you haven’t yet to my 60-minute talk published on OM Times as Keeping Calm Amid Chaos .

I’ll have more about the Scorpio lunar eclipse by Wednesday. Until then, keep your grounding cord locked in place, and trust that information is coming to you that explains much. Space is being made for everything that’s blossoming.

For another take on this week’s events, listen to my five-minute podcast.

Want to get personal? Learn more about astrology’s role in your everyday life with personalized conultations. Visit Kathy Biehl at Empowerment Unlimited 

Kathy Biehl is a professional astrologer and Aquarian who has lived on the bridge between intuition and the rational mind for more than 30 years. Visit for her podcasts, recordings and information about her services. You can also find her on Facebook, and at the Professional Aquarian YouTube channel.

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