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April 2014 is a wild month. There are two eclipses – a Lunar eclipse on April 15 to add more tension to tax day, and a solar eclipse on April 29. The lunar eclipse is at 25 degrees of Libra, next to Mars, and the Solar is at 8 degrees of Taurus. If you have planets at or near those degrees, you will feel the effect of the eclipses strongly and there will be big changes in your life. The last two weeks of the month will be unstable, like trying to keep your balance while standing up in a canoe.

Pluto, Uranus, Mars, and Jupiter form a square by degrees and signs. This is a signal of tension and is another herald of big change. Something that started in the mid-sixties and has been developing since then will erupt. It’s like turning up the heat on a pot that has been simmering and watching it spill over the top. Anyone with planets at 13-15 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Libra, and Cancer must be ready for their world to be shaken up.

Mars continues to move backwards all month making you feel like you’re trying to run in a swampy marsh. Take deep breaths and stay loose. This too shall pass.

April 1 – Moon in Taurus. Today is a fertile day and you can use it to grow more than seeds. It’s a good day to expand your business or artistic ventures. Make some conservative changes to your investments. You can find bargains where you least imagine them if you keep your eyes open. Keep your April Fools pranks on the earthy side.

April 2 –Moon in Taurus. Today is a better day to ply your April fools pranks since with the Sun meeting Uranus everything is upside down. Life will hand you unexpected opportunities. You need to let your eccentric side out to play. Write down your dreams, both the sleeping and awake kind. You’ll want to use the ideas in them later on. It’s a good day to do research on material matters.

April 3 – Moon in Gemini. Don’t look for stability as the Sun and Pluto square off to shake up the day. You’ll have to let go of what is used up and done with even though you don’t want to. Something is working its way up from the depths of your psyche and you need to make room for it. You will have to upset the apple cart as you struggle to get out from under someone’s control.

April 4 – Moon in Gemini. There’s lots of energy to keep you buzzing around and interacting with lots of people while you get your work done. Stick to short tasks. Try not to get distracted by gossip or by the fun stuff on the Internet. You’ll find the words to communicate what you feel when you are asked for your opinion. Don’t leave anything important for tomorrow, do it now.

April 5 – Moon in Gemini, VC from 10:55 am until 5:40 pm when it enters Cancer. Your mind will enjoy the free time of this VC day. Have fun browsing bookstores, libraries, listening to lectures and talks, and going to museums. Call up some friends or relatives you haven’t seen in a long time and try to see them today. Venus enters Pisces, a sign she excels in, and offers you an insight into your ability for universal love and compassion.

April 6 – Moon in Cancer. It’s a family day when it will feel good to hang out at home with kids and pets and favorite objects. Cook your childhood comfort foods and let the food soothe you. It’s a super fertile day for planting so the time you spend in the garden will bear good results. Make some wishes and ask for them to come true.

April 7 – Moon in Cancer, VC 2:14 pm. Let your feelings tell you what are the most important things to do first. You may feel blocked in your actions by other people’s emotional outbursts. Everyone is sensitive today. Mercury enters Aries to give your mind a sharp, focused, hot way of thinking.  He helps you get right to the point but also makes you impatient with some one else’s wordiness. Recheck the smoke alarms and other safety devices in your home.

April 8 – Moon in Leo. There’s fire in the air and you’ll want to rush out and roar. Today is the mid point of the Mars retrograde period. You may have some moments of explosive outbursts that come from the past weeks of frustration. It may be time to reconsider any new direction you’ve headed towards. Stay loving and kind as you address imbalances in your relationships.

April 9 – Moon in Leo. You have a large amount of energy to pursue your passions. You’ll do best working on your own agenda and at your own pace as you do not want to be told what to do. You must express your creativity in some way once you get today’s and tomorrow’s work done. Go out on a special date with your loved one.

April 10 – Moon VC Leo, enters Virgo 6:08 pm. Today is a good day to send in your taxes so they will slip in under the radar. Recreate your childhood sense of wonder about the world and look at everything and everyone you see today with a child’s innocence. Turn your daily work into a game. Save the important communications until this evening.

April 11 – Moon in Virgo. You will have to slow down to pay attention to what you are doing and ignore the part of you that wants to run ahead and leave things unfinished. It’s a big picture vs. little details of life conflict. It will be a very romantic evening with fantasies taking over, the kind of night when her godmother appeared to Cinderella.  Act out your dreams.

April 12 – Moon in Virgo, VC 1:12 pm. Work hard in the morning and get your chores done. It’s a day to fix things and make preparations for Spring. Sort through your closets, pantry, and medicine chests and look for things that need to be thrown away or recycled. Take the dog for a long walk – it will be good for both of you.

April 13 – Moon in Libra. This will be a lovely day. Put your worries aside and create a peaceful space where you can relax. Buy some flowering bushes or a new houseplant. Go look at art and then wander around and take pictures. Make sure to do something with a friend, partner, or lover. If you have something you need to talk about, it’s a good time to do so. Enjoy today’s serenity, as the next few days will be rocky ones.

April 14 – Moon in Libra. Pluto turns retrograde at 7:44 pm. Pluto is known to upset the day when he changes direction so be careful and watch your back. Tomorrow’s eclipse is also stirring up the energy and nothing will be as you thought it would be. Take action, even if it’s symbolic, to turn things in the direction you want them to go. Affirmations are powerful and helpful today.

April 15 – Moon VC Libra, enters Scorpio 12: 20 pm. Today’s full moon is eclipsed and marks the beginning of a two week period when things are upsetting, not stable. It is a good day to let go of old patterns of behavior and response. Give serious thought to all relationships and take action if some have run their course and have no life left in them. Make sure that your present day circumstances are not limited by past actions.

April 16 – Moon in Scorpio. Try to diffuse any irritation that came out of yesterday’s discussions. Eclipses do rock the boat. You have the energy to speak your mind and will say what needs to be said but keep your anger in check. Let go of negative feelings. It is a fertile day for planting perennials and berry bushes. Write in your journal tonight.

April 17 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 5:44 pm. It’s an expansive, blow open your boundaries, type of day. Luck is with you, though it’s better to wait until tonight to buy those lottery tickets or take a big step. You want to stay active and can put your energy towards finishing things. Go swimming if you can. Once the moon is in Sagittarius, be as bold as you can be.

April 18 – Moon in Sagittarius. Take a personal day, if you can, to go on a trip, or take a workshop to learn something new.  If you have to finish up the week at work, put your energy to selling ideas or products. You can instruct co-workers on how to do things with greater emphasis. Do any of the work that involves international business. Go out tonight and look at the stars.

April 19 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC from 9:17 pm until 9:28 pm when it enters Capricorn. The Sun enters Taurus at 11:56 pm. Today is the last full day of Aries and the last day when there is an abundance of fiery energy to get you moving. Stay active – go hiking, take a course, teach a course, do some exploring. Do what you want to do  – you don’t want to be limited and need the freedom to roam.

April 20 – Moon in Capricorn. You’ll feel connected to the earth, literally. The Sun and Moon in earth signs grounds you and changes your perspective. Your thinking is practical and you want to plan ahead. It is beneficial to slow down and be aware of the stressful patterns of energy that the outer planets are making. Proceed with compassion and strive to heal the earth, her animals, and your fellow human beings.

April 21 – Moon in Capricorn, VC 7:21 pm. You want to keep everything organized and in order, but forces beyond your control with cause eruptions and explosions. Something that started a very long time ago is being activated. Stay safe and away from potentially dangerous areas. Put your efforts into work and improving your daily output.

April 22 – Moon in Aquarius. This is not a day to rest. You will be dealing with some interesting and exciting events as Mars gooses Jupiter to deliver some golden opportunities. You’ll feel the conflict between thinking about them and having to go and grab them. Today is not a day to be lazy or you’ll miss out on something special that is being offered to you.

April 23  – Moon in Aquarius, VC 12:10 pm. The excitement continues with Mars pushing up against Pluto and standing opposite Uranus. He is revving up the energy for major change. Get ready to step out of the way and also to let go of whatever shakes loose. Mercury moves into Taurus to give you down to earth thoughts about what is going on.

April 24  – Moon in Pisces. Take some deep breaths and move into your heart center.  This is a week of extreme and unusual planetary events. You will need to sit and repeat, “This too shall pass.” Your intuition gives you guidance on what to say, do, and where to go. Everyone is having a tough time so be sure to extend your time and energy to those who are in need of them. It will help you if you help others.

April 25 – Moon in Pisces, VC 4:03 pm. This is a fertile day when dreams can come true, so take some time in the morning to write them down. You can settle any money issues that have been dragging on. It’s a day to propose to your loved one or to find another way to cement your relationship. Pay attention to the ideas that enter your head, as you will be using them in the future.

April 26 – Moon in Aries. This is a weekend to do what you want to do. Think of it as the Universe giving you a few personal days. Hold back on planting but it’s a great day to prune and mow the lawn, or get a haircut. Try creative writing in a new style or make a video. Run a race or try an extreme sport. Test your courage by facing a fear.

April 27 – Moon VC Aries. Don’t even try to get anything important done. Just follow your fancy and do what comes to mind. The Sun and Neptune have a pleasant connection and they take you into other worlds through imagination and fantasy. You’ll be moved to stay active so do what feels like fun to you.

April 28 – Moon VC Aries, enters Taurus 10:23 am. This is an old moon on the day before a powerful solar eclipse. It’s another day to hold back on initiating new projects. Take it slow and easy. It’s okay to feel tired so try to take a nap when you can. This is good energy for getting rid of stuff and taking it to the recycling center or thrift store.

 April 29 – Moon in Taurus. Today is the new moon and a solar eclipse. Something new is starting which can increase the comfort level of your material world. Spend some time appreciating nature and contemplate the serenity of the earth element that manifests in this season. Plant a tree. Take time for prayer or reciting mantras. It is a spiritually auspicious day when you will receive great benefit from meditation

April 30 – Moon in Taurus, VC from 11:53 am until 4:56 pm when it enters Gemini. The energy is still unsettled from yesterday’s eclipse. Do what you need to do during the morning or late afternoon and spend the middle of the day on a long lunch with friends or taking a walk in the woods. Quiet your mind so you can listen to what your inner voice is saying to you.

Thank you and Blessings, ALL text by Arlan Wise


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 Mars turns into retrograde motion on March 1 followed by Saturn who turns retrograde on March 2. Mars will travel from 27 to 9 degrees of Libra. Saturn moves from 23 to 16 degrees of Scorpio. Since Libra and Scorpio are next to each other, this means that a large area of your chart will feel the pressure to review and revise. It will be a serious time with many frustrations along the way. You will have to rethink and rebalance your relationships and partnerships, and, give serious thought to what is happening below the surface. Mars will be retrograde until May 19; Saturn until July 20.

The North node of the moon has entered Libra and brings fresh energy to how you handle yourself in relationships. It is important to be honest. You’ll have to stop any tendency towards passive aggressive behavior and not blame anyone else at any time.  All in all, March is a month to do some serious cleaning out of old clutter and debris on all levels – material, emotional, psychological, and spiritual.

March 1 – Moon in Pisces. Mars turns retrograde at 11:24 am. Slow down on this day of transition to let yourself adjust to the new energy of Mercury in direct motion and Mars in retrograde. Today’s new moon is a mystical one. Let yourself drift on the waters of higher consciousness. Meditate with the image of the ocean in mind and feel how it connects all on the planet. Listen to spiritual music and chant the names of the lord.

March 2 – Moon VC Pisces, enters Aries 10:40 am.  Saturn turns retrograde at 11:19 am. This puts another big wave in your way and makes it harder to stay centered and on track. If you feel irritated, get off by yourself for a while to avoid angry confrontations. Exercise in the afternoon to work off the pent up energy.

March 3- Moon in Aries. The Sun meets Chiron to present a day of healing energy. This is the day to break habits and start on a new way of being. It will be easy to transform your thinking, and your neural circuits, to become a new person who does not do the thing you want to stop doing. Listen to your inner voice for wisdom about any health issue you have.

March 4 – Moon in Aries, VC 12:31 pm until 2:12 pm when it enters Taurus. You can start new projects this morning. Have a long lunch or a good run during the VC period. You need to get used to moving slowly and thinking before you act to minimize the instances when you have to redo things. The next six weeks will be a time of slow growth, not instant gratification.

March 5 – Moon in Taurus. This is fertile energy if you want to get an early start on planting seeds. Venus moves into Aquarius and wants you to become more adventurous in your pleasures. She is finally out of the sign where she spent her retrograde vacation and it’s time for something new. Do tomorrow’s work today and do it carefully. It’s a night for a gourmet dinner and a gooey dessert.

March 6 – Moon in Taurus, VC from 8:55 am until 9:37 pm when it enters Gemini. Jupiter turns direct at 5:42 am and you’ll see your luck change. This begins an excellent time to inaugurate a new venture. Don’t act on impulse today even though your emotions may urge you on. Take a mini- vacation and give your body a treat. Go for a massage, a facial, sauna, or take time for a nap.

March 7 – Moon in Gemini. It’s a day to stay busy doing Mercury things on this first day with the Moon in a Mercury ruled sign since he turned direct. Make phone call and write emails. Send in proposals and applications. Do your taxes or get the information to your accountant. Shop for that new ipad, tablet, phone, and computer and/or do upgrades on the ones you have. Go out with friends to talk and play games.

March 8 – Moon in Gemini. Stick to your list of short errands and you’ll get a lot of them done. It will be fun to stop and catch up with the acquaintances you meet along the way. Look back on your thoughts and ideas from last month and decide which ones you want to act on.  Take a short trip to visit a friend or go to a museum. Get out of the house and stay busy.

March 9 – Moon VC Gemini, enters Cancer 9:33 am. TURN CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR - Daylight Savings time starts early this morning. This will throw your body clock into a bit of upheaval. Stay home and have a family day. There’s an emphasis n water with its ability to communicate through non –verbal means. Listen to your feelings and respect their people’s sensitivity.

March 10 – Moon in Cancer. There’s no need to talk much as you can read people through their body language and facial cues. Use your intuition when you need to make a choice. It’s a very fertile day and a prime day for growth of all kinds. Take care of your plants and start some seeds. Call Mom and find out her news. Go to bed early and get lost in your dreams.

March 11 – Moon in Cancer, VC from 3:50 pm until 9:07 pm when it enters Leo. Mercury and Saturn team up to help you fix any mistakes or bad decisions you made during his retrograde period last month. They also help you concentrate on things you need to write and research. They will keep your hands steady for precise work. Clean up your surroundings in afternoon and then take a rest.

March 12 – Moon in Leo. Your optimism returns and you can have great faith in your creativity. Express your thoughts and feelings in a personal way and people will listen to you. Be generous with your smiles, hugs, and kisses. Spread cheer wherever you go. It’s a day to let love take precedence over any other feelings,

March 13 – Moon in Leo. The Sun and Saturn offer you a chance to set your bottom line and to remake boundaries with ease and kindness. Let your intuition tell you what are the top priorities and what are realistic goals to strive for. Discard anything you don’t love as you sort through your stuff, both the material and emotional kind. Give a gift to your loved one.

March 14 – Moon VC Leo, enters Virgo 10:17 am. Mercury gives you the words when you need to take action in negotiations and partnership deals. You can be precise when stating your side of the argument. It’s best to stay away from starting new agreements but a good time to redo ones already in place. You may have to do more corrections in places where you acted without thinking last month. Rethink your diet and watch your weight.

March 15 – Moon in Virgo. You’ll feel like talking your chores and making preparations for Spring, which is only a few days away. Clean up any damage and debris from the winter’s storms. Do an inventory of your gardening tools. Cull your bookshelves for donations to the library book sales. Clean out the pantry and shelves and make a bag for the food pantry. Work hard, you can rest tomorrow.

March 16 – Moon in Virgo, VC from 1:08 pm until 8:46 pm when it enters Libra. Today’s full moon is the last one of Winter. The Pisces/Virgo vibrations are gentle and subtle, and the mind and heart needs to be at peace to receive them. Harmonious rituals help you contact the magic of the day. Do some acts of service to help those who need your help.

March 17 – Moon in Libra. Mercury comes back into Pisces where he had a short visit in early February before he turned retrograde. Expect a recurrence of some old stuff and old thoughts to occur. You will have to deal with relationship and partnership issues head on and this is a good time to do that, so don’t put it off. Move pictures around in some rooms in your house or work space to lighten up the energy.

March 18 – Moon in Libra, VC 9:07 pm. As the day goes on, you’ll receive some interesting ideas. Record them if you can’t act on them right away. Take some time to slow down and enjoy the artistic side of life. Have a tête-à-tête over lunch in a nice restaurant. Buy something beautiful yet inexpensive. Work on compromises and see how you can foster cooperation.

March 19 – Moon in Scorpio. Today is the last day of Pisces and the last day of Winter 2014. It is also the last day when water energy is prominent for a few months. Let your right brain have sway over the day and feel, don’t think. Make a reprise of the last few months and intuit what you learned and what the lessons were. Meditate on endings and how they need to come before beginnings.

March 20 – Moon in Scorpio. The Sun enters Aries at 12:57 pm and Spring begins! Make another set of New Year’s resolutions, as this is the first day of the astrological new year. It is also International Astrology Day – make an appointment for a chart reading. You’ll feel a bit unsteady, as it’s a big transition day – like rowing a boat into a new current. Bobble about until you can set the new course.

March 21 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 11:39 am. Plan to take a getaway weekend and be sure to go somewhere you’ve never been. Fire is the dominant element for the next few days with its enthusiasm and vitality. You still have to take baby steps with Mars in retrograde motion but you can get out and have an adventure. Sign up for a course or workshop to study something that excites you.

March 22 – Moon in Sagittarius. Mercury meets Neptune and they color the day with mystical thoughts. It’s the perfect weekend for a spiritual retreat, or for a musical or poetry workshop. Or, you could take a long walk by some water and just space out. Don’t try to get things done today – the Universe is giving you a vacation day to explore other worlds.

March 23 – Moon VC Sagittarius enters Capricorn 4:03 pm. Continue on with yesterday’s activities or inactivity. Catch up on your reading and studying about topics you find fascinating. Get out of the house and enjoy Spring while you discover different places. Make a new friend. Use the evening hours to make a realistic plan for what you want to accomplish this week.

March 24 – Moon in Capricorn. Today is the best day of the week for working and doing things that will stay done. You need to do two day’s work today and set things up so you can just glide to the finish line tomorrow. Act professional as you promote your business to others. Take a small step towards your career goal. Don’t be afraid to ruffle feathers as you make your move.

March 25 – Moon in Capricorn, VC from 8:35 am until 6:39 pm when it enters Aquarius. Finish up what you started yesterday. Wait to begin a new project or to make important decisions.  It’s a “one step forward, two steps backwards” kind of day, so take it easy to avoid frustrations. Things get easier tonight.

March 26 – Moon in Aquarius. Today is sandwiched between two VC days so you want to make the time count. Think big thoughts as your mind flies through the realm of ideas. Write them down for future use. You’ll do a lot of creative daydreaming today. It’s a good day to write poetry and compose music; the muse is with you.

March 27 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 9:13 am until 8:10 pm when it enters Pisces. Go into any meetings that have been scheduled knowing that nothing much will come from them except some wild ideas. Volunteer your time and get involved in a community service project. A group effort will show better results than going it alone today.

March 28 – Moon in Pisces. Spend a bit of time in bed recording last night’s dreams. There were important messages for you. The moon highlights Mercury and Chiron today and gives you access to your inner ability to heal physical and emotional ills in you and in others. It’s a day to be of service and helpful in as many ways as you can. Find time to take a yoga class and to meditate. Quiet down and listen to your inner voice.

March 29 – Moon in Pisces, VC from 9:44 am until 9:54 pm when it enters Aries. Today is a play day. You won’t be able to make anything you do stick so leave the serious stuff and just have some fun today. Do the things you’ve wanted to do but haven’t had the time to do. Follow your dreams. Work on your art. Plant seeds, it’s a fertile moon. Hang out with the ones you love. Take a rest.

March 30 – Moon in Aries. Today’s new moon catapults you into action. It is one of the best times of the year for starting fresh enterprises and putting plans into practical operation. You have the power of a blowtorch to cut through old obstacles. Work alone so you can avoid a confrontation with someone else who wants to do it his/her own way.

March 31 – Moon in Aries, VC 4:07 pm. The fiery energy of the day gives you the confidence to promote your ideas, your work, and yourself. Take steps to move your life along. It’s time to start, not finish. You have to do tomorrow’s work as well as todays, but it won’t be hard as you need to keep in motion. Watch your temper and be sure to wear a helmet when needed as you may move too fast.






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Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
by Lama Tangpa Dorje Senge
(11th Century meditation master)
With the thought of attaining enlightenment
For the welfare of all beings,
Who are more precious than wish-fulfilling jewels,
I will constantly practice holding them dear.
Whenever I am with others
I will practice seeing myself as the lowest of all,
And from the very depths of my heart
I will recognize others as supreme.
In all actions I will examine my mind and
The moment a delusion arises
Endangering myself and others,
I will firmly confront and avert it.
Whenever I meet a person of bad nature
Who is overwhelmed by negative energy and intense suffering,
I will hold such a rare one dear,
As if I had found a precious treasure.
When others, out of jealousy,
Mistreat me with abuse, slander and scorn,
I will practice accepting defeat
And offering the victory to them.
When someone I have benefited
And in whom I have placed great trust
Hurts me very badly,
I will practice seeing that person as my supreme teacher.
In short, I will offer directly and indirectly
Every benefit and happiness to all beings, my mothers.
I will practice in secret taking upon myself
All their harmful actions and suffering.
Through perceiving all phenomena as illusory
I will keep these practices
Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly concerns,
And, free from clinging, I will release all beings
From the bondage of the disturbing unsubdued mind and karma

this text is copyright  by Lama Tangpa Dorje Senge

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