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Remember That You Can Be Flexible 

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  • Amanda Painter

As we emerge from the eclipse period and get our bearings after Tuesday’s Taurus New Moon eclipse, what are you noticing in your life that seemed emblematic of that event, or perhaps has taken on extra importance because of its timing with the astrology?

Did you experience a "transformational experience" regarding attachment, jealousy and control? Did you reacquaint yourself with physical reality—including engaging some muscle and stamina to "break ground" in your life somehow?

In world news, one manifestation was the terrifying and destructive tornadoes in the Midwestern and Southern US. Another was Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, getting banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million Tuesday for racist remarks he made. You can’t make your fortune on the backs of elite black athletes and talk like a Civil War-era plantation owner and get away with it these days—even though institutional racism is still rampant.

The US and the EU instituted new sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine. At least 17 banks and other institutions controlled by four billionaires with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, plus other individuals, have been sanctioned.

Whether you experienced the eclipse as an ordeal, a release, a subtle blip or something to celebrate through ritual, you can expect its effect to develop and ripple out over the next six months or more.

Looking ahead, Mercury in Taurus will oppose Saturn in Scorpio Friday (exact just before 9 pm), with Venus ingressing Aries about 25 minutes later.

Since Taurus and Scorpio are both fixed signs (the other two are Leo and Aquarius), Mercury-Saturn looks like a standoff, with both parties seemingly intractable. If you’re aware of that ahead of time, you have the option and ability to remember that you can be the more flexible party. Do the power analysis and consider the results carefully.

That’s valuable insight if you find yourself squaring off against someone and feel the urge to dig in your heels—especially since Mercury-Saturn can also describe a parent-child scenario. What can you personally do to keep interactions on the adult-to-adult level?

Venus in Aries is an interesting critter; we’ll have more to say about it in coming days. Venus goes from "exaltation" in Pisces (a kind of dignity) to "detriment" in Aries (a kind of discomfort). Eric Francis has described this as a "what happened?" kind of scenario.

Eric adds, “Now Venus and Mars will be (1) in detriment; and (2) in mutual reception. The concept here is to watch out for situations that are not good for anyone but about which nobody seems able to do anything. The strategy/suggestion would be to "see things from the point of view of the other," or "do not judge a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins"—that kind of thing."

Given the astrological ground we’re all walking these days, that could be illuminating.

If you want direct guidance through this astrology, Eric has prepared an excellent spring reading that covers all 12 signs. You can listen to free samples and a preview at this link.

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