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August brings a pair of eclipses; this happens twice a year, each year always a couple of weeks earlier than the prior one. Eclipses bring a break in continuity and they help us set patterns and cultivate the future in a direct, immediate, and dependable way. For starters, we have a total eclipse of the Sun in Leo on August 1, then a partial lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August. 16. The Leo total solar eclipse is pretty extraordinary, in part due to the fact that solar eclipses in this sign have been quite rare in recent decades. Also, a few hours after the Moon eclipses the Sun, it eclipses Mercury. So we have the image of the seed of a new idea in a new era of time, which is predicated on closing a chapter and forgetting an old idea. Often, we want to welcome the new without letting go of what is old, what no longer works or no longer has a purpose. Keep your eyes open for developments on both sides of that equation. By the time of the Aquarius Full Moon and lunar eclipse on the 16th, this idea can develop into a full-on vision for what is possible—and mind you, that may mean embracing the reality of something that seemed unlikely or impossible just yesterday.

Aries (March 20-April 19)

What we humans don’t quite get yet (as a group; some individuals get it) is that the way into the other is through the self. If this same quality seems to trap us, it’s only because we’re not going deep enough. All you have is yourself, that is, as your perceptual tool and experiential vehicle to journey through your life; through consciousness. You are being summoned to surrender to this truth. The paradox is that if you let go fully into yourself as the vessel through which you experience existence, you must acknowledge that at some point, sooner or later, this vessel will cease to be. And from one particularly potent angle, the experience of surrender to creativity, to love, or to erotic pleasure implies its opposite, which from our point of view in ego consciousness is “nonexistence.” What all these things have in common is surrender. Right below the surface of whatever you are doing is an invitation to yield to it fully. This means letting go of the blocks you hold to full self-awareness; and this, in turn, will put you in contact with the world and the people in it.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)

This month’s total solar eclipse in your fourth solar house (dwelling places, security, emotional well-being, father) will call you closer to your true home. You may also be met with the fear of uprooting, of losing your comfort zone, or of having your delicate sense of security challenged in some way. It is difficult to imagine on this side of a threshold that life will somehow be better as a result of it. Indeed, it may seem impossible to do so. Yet change is the one thing that we can count on. The reason you don’t have to worry about any one aspect of your stability is because your entire being rests on a greater certainty, something so vast you may not even be aware of it. This is a surety that transcends the normal fluctuations of the world, the rise and fall of fortunes, and the waves of belief or disbelief in ourselves. Events this month will go a long way toward connecting you to the deeper reality within yourself. The changes themselves will connect you with your more authentic sense of confidence and presence in the world; indeed, from where you stand now, there is no other way to get there.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)

You are finding the strength to focus, and it is finding you. Yet the odd quality of this is the lack of effort involved. You are going beyond your usual ideas of what constitutes success or good work. You are devoted to quality in much of what you do, yet there is the associated idea of glory that gets in your eyes like the Sun obscuring what would otherwise be a clear view of your objective. It is difficult for you to weed out your need to excel from your need to be the best; and since we can never really be the best in this world, it is a need that often has the quality of taking more than it gives in return. You now have the opportunity to get some relief from that particular quest and immerse yourself in ideas for their own sake, and their expression for its own sake. You have an unusual opportunity to draw yourself into the vortex of an idea that you resonate with entirely, so that you may express it with your full being. It has nothing to do with your sense of recognition, and this, in turn, may allow you access to an idea you’ve carried around for a very long time but did not express because you feared it was too different or too dangerous to be accepted.

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