Make Love Instead of War 

For the week of August 5-11, 2009.

A stern astral wind blows through the days and nights of daily life this week, and as it collides with the August 5 Lunar Eclipse, pragmatism buffets idealism, turning moods sour and dour. It's not a pretty planetary picture. And as I mentioned last week, the next several weeks are equally bleak. Of course, not every life is going to play out like a grim chapter in a Dickens novel. Some of us will prosper and flourish. But for many struggling with the fatigue of holding life together, the question of how to handle this next negative convergence is right at the top of the survival list. The best strategy is to fly under the radar by refusing to engage in harmful activity of any kind. Intention is the prime mover that turns thoughts, words, and deeds into instant karma, so pay attention to your motivation. Is it really necessary to smugly or snidely comment on another's choices or to rattle on about how you would do "it" better? Or to participate in any of the other ways that bolster an "inferior" position by attempting to feel superior to someone else? The world is in the midst of a material and spiritual catharsis, an extreme condition that makes it all the more important to keep not just our wits, but also our hearts, about us.

This Lunar Eclipse is the last of the season. (Whew ... I think I've had enough, thank you.) During a Lunar Eclipse conscious concerns overshadow unconscious ones and the here-and-now supplants the Dreamtime. Of course we know the Dreamtime, because it is the basis of all other time, can't really be overtaken, but there are phases when that primary reality does seem to be heavily veiled. And this is one of those times, especially because so many minds are focused on material survival. Yet no matter how pressing the concerns of the 3-D, when those concerns obscure spiritual perspective, finding any solid, reliable reality to stand on is a Herculean task. That has been and continues to be the challenge of this year's eclipse season: Facing material survival through the lens of spiritual awareness.

Herculean, for sure, but not necessarily an impossible labor if it weren't for a difficult pattern of Martian resistance. Mars, archetype of the Warrior, is extremely active all month long. First, and all August, a Sun/Mars sextile generates a vigorous, vital atmosphere. But lively is not the problem. What's problematic is Mars' other interaction. This week, it is in a square to Saturn, a fractious relationship that could devolve into harsh and bitter disputes intended to cause harm. This would not be a good time to become embroiled in acrimonious divorce or custody proceedings. This would be a good time to make love instead of war.

Humans do not live by bread alone, and love has always been a powerful antidote to hate. So as this week and the coming weeks unfold, let your actions become a remedy for what ails.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that, too.

ARIES Words continue to be the core of any possible conflict, so once again practice peaceful and mindful communication with others. While it won't be easy to keep your cool, it will be necessary.

TAURUS Flexibility is the key to handling any potential conflict over how to prioritize issues of safety and security. Make every effort to honor your needs, but be aware everyone else is wrestling with the same theme.

GEMINI Stay focused on your day-to-day activities, and try not to let disagreements and disappointments morph into a crisis of faith. Do whatever is necessary to maintain a positive attitude and you'll fare well.

CANCER No one is exempt from dealing with the current financial situation, but that doesn't mean you have to capitulate to anxiety. Find healthy ways to manage your stress and you'll develop a strong protection strategy.

LEO This eclipse in your Sign highlights relationship issues, but keep in mind as you move through the shadows, your first relationship is with yourself. Bring that relationship into balance, and the others will clarify.

VIRGO The eclipse creates rare access into your unconscious, so pay attention to your dreams, waking and sleeping. Not every story will reach classical mythological status, but some will reveal valuable information.

LIBRA Be prepared for the needs of friends and associates to override your own — and don't worry about it. An open heart is a necessary component to a healthy heart, so give willingly and the process will also nurture you.

SCORPIO Focus on career concerns and you'll align with the natural flow of energy. This is not about neglecting home or family responsibilities; I'm simply suggesting that the path of least resistance will conserve your energy.

SAGITTARIUS Instead of indulging that famous tendency to say more than is necessary, try to keep your opinions to yourself. While what you have to say is probably accurate, it could inflame the situation.

CAPRICORN Use this time to sort through recent lessons and then to digest and integrate the information. This may sound like a boring process, but as it unfolds you will uncover valuable information.

AQUARIUS This eclipse is all about acknowledging the needs of others, especially significant others at work or at home. Pay close attention to what's said and then make a commitment to honor those words.

PISCES The best way to handle the potential for conflict and confrontation is to stay focused on individual tasks. It may sound simple, but putting one foot in front of the other will keep you on track.


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