ALACAZEM 2014.04.17

ALACAZEM 2014.04.17

April 17 to 24, 2014    Visible Planets: Morning: Venus, Saturn  Evening: Mars, Jupiter

After a quick trip to Denver, I’m back home, back in the saddle, attending inside to basil, tomato and pepper starts; outside watering lettuce and spinach sprouts, raking freshly cut grass-hay in the tree farm to use for mulch and compost, and now, sitting in front of the computer to write my weekly columns.

cosmic faceMy trip to Denver was a bit bizarre. The night prior to my departure was the eclipse night of April 14-15, and I got only three hours of sleep. Both my husband Richard and I had gone to bed at around 11:00 pm, but neither of us could sleep. In anticipation of the full Moon total lunar eclipse – which was billed all over the media news as an ominous “Blood Moon” – we kept getting up to look out the window to see if the Moon was starting to eclipse. It felt ridiculous, but as an astrologer, star-gazer and Moon-watcher, I simply had no choice.

Finally, around 12:30 am, Richard dozed off, but I lay there, wide-awake.  One hour later, the Moon was near total eclipse – a darkened burgundy-reddish-orange color, in full shadow of the Earth – and I decided I’d seen enough. I could return to bed and go to sleep. After all, I would be getting up at 6:00 am to load my car and head off to Denver. I needed my sleep. But sleep did not come.

cosmic planets5*The next morning, driving through Gateway Canyon and over the Unaweep Divide, I kept thinking about my life, my family and eclipses. This one – the one that kept me awake until about 3:00 am the night before – had been touted by astrologers and soothsayers as one of great impact and import, largely due to the fact that it took place just days prior to the fifth of seven exact Uranus-Pluto squares. It also constellated a powerful cardinal grand cross involving Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus and several feminine asteroids. And yet, I felt relatively calm, but definitely curious. Nothing super-crazy or weird had happened – so far. Other than the ongoing unveiling and unraveling of our corrupted and disgustingly bottlenecked, bureaucratic system of government, the inequity and inequality of the masses in contrast to the exclusive needs and unbridled greed of the super-wealthy – who actually control the world’s politics, media and business – it all seemed business as usual.

cosmic planetsI was headed to Denver to attend a parole hearing for an inmate at the Denver Department of Corrections. On a very personal level, I was wondering, “Would this eclipse pan out to be an omen of release or continued jail time? What will come to fruition? What will be revealed?” Like so many, I wanted to know: good or bad? What part of my, and my family’s life and times, will be “eclipsed?”

About 2:00 pm, my brother called my cell phone to let me know he had just received a call from a DOC case manager regarding the parole hearing. None of us would be able to attend the hearing due to a lock-down flu quarantine at the prison. And there you have it…

cosmic planets2The story is much longer, but I’ll spare the details. My trip was eclipsed, along with my plans to enter the prison, visit and see a very-close-to-my-heart prisoner. Three days later, I’m back home. Back in saddle, gardening and writing, doing what I usually do. But somehow, I feel changed. I have seen the world illuminated by the burgundy-reddish tint of lunar light. My body, soul and spirit have traveled through the enigmatic, ethereal tunnel of ecliptic mystery and metaphysical transformation. And I still don’t know the outcome. Surrender and acceptance. Gratitude and grace.

Onward Cosmic Traveler…to the upcoming new Moon solar eclipse; living in the magic and miracle of the eternal now. 

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) As the full Moon lunar eclipse brought issues to fruition, the upcoming new Moon solar eclipse opens the way upon a path of territory yet uncharted. The rich fodder of previous experience has provided you with the necessary lessons, learning and knowledge you need to survive this metamorphic cycle of death and rebirth. You must now commit to creative change to succeed.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) The waning Moon rises later and smaller each night; increasing darkness and illuminating the inner treasures of soul and spirit. As your birthday month fast approaches, take time to revisit the experiences, feelings and learning of the previous year. An upcoming new Moon solar eclipse heralds a major life ending and new beginning. Mantra: Health is wealth.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) Old programs are erased and new possibilities emerge as the present eclipse cycle rolls around the zodiac. Energetic grids are deleted, taken offline, recoded, rewritten and rebooted. As the first air-sign of the tropical zodiac, Twins react by thinking and talking. This month, record ideas via journals and diaries. You need time to process perceptions before presenting them to the world.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) The cardinal grand cross in orb mixes magic and magnificence with trials, tests and tribulations, but, c’est la vie, such is the price of a rewarding life. You may see what you thought was “bad” deliver the most “good” and what you desperately wanted, lose its luster. Whatever comes, accept it with grace. Jupiter in your sign continues to shower you with gold. Shimmer and shine.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Mental Mercury in impulsive Aries may have you suddenly planning an exotic trip or researching travel to far-off places on foreign soil. Whatever the manifestation, spiritual stimulation comes now via intellectual exploration and discovery. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, intimate sharing with attractive partners proves seductive and enticing. Be realistic, but enjoy the show.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Other people, places and things attract you now as voluptuous Venus in your solar 7th house of partnership pulls you up and out of personal projects and agendas. Enjoy the company of someone you love, dine at your favorite restaurant and relax in the pleasure of sharing some of life’s most simple pleasures. All in all, life is good. Just remember, responsibility equals freedom

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Martial Mars in Libra continues playing the role of a spiritually enlightened, physically fit and emotionally balanced warrior in your life now, encouraging right action and taking the high road whenever possible. Its current retrograde motion favors personal retrofit and review. Focus on balance and maintain self-discipline as you follow your heart and walk in beauty.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) As the Sun moves from Aries into Taurus at week’s end, you may feel a subtle shift of priorities regarding yourself and others. After a month of emphasis on service and self-improvement, health and work, you are now moving into a phase of relationship action and interaction. Living selfishly no longer feels good. Now it’s time to share the best of what you have and are. Just take it slow.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Good things are found close to home this week as Venus moves through your solar 4th house of family and foundations. You may find yourself wanting to beautify your immediate physical environment, improve your domestic situation or find an attractive roommate with whom to share your home and time. Cultivate inner peace, practice patience and maintain calm.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Pluto recently retrograde in Capricorn heralds a prolonged period of review and revision regarding everything and anything having to do with you and your life. Personal responsibility, acceptance and patience are powerful allies in this metamorphic, transformative time. The good news is that you are the most important person in your life. It’s all up to you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) While others seem to be caught up in the chaos and drama, trials and tribulations of these days and times, somehow you seem to be riding the tide and catching the waves with unique grace and unusual calm. Perhaps it is because radical Uranus – the revolutionary character-forcing awakening and change – is your personal ally. Just go with the flow.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Venus in Pisces surrounds you with a sparkle and glow that others find enticing and magnetically attractive. How sweet! And as one who naturally exudes empathy and compassion, this is a very seductive mix. So don’t be surprised if people in the market or on the street are smiling at you and admiring your beauty. Take it all in with grace.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @


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