Cosmic Candor

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio HoroscopesSo how do you prefer your struggles: Internal or external? Well, the good and bad news is that today’s edgy Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio may deliver both.

I’ve been dreading today’s Lunar Eclipse for weeks because it’s coming with some negative energy that could rock both relationships and finances, two things I pretty much struggle with all the time anyway.

Neither of these areas of my life can handle any more hard knocks, thankyouverymuch.

Among other aspects, this eclipse is making a conjunction to Saturn and an opposition to the Sun in Taurus, which is all about bringing deep issues and desires to the surface and making radical change instead of just accepting the status quo.

Really?? But whaaaaa, I don’t wanna (she whined). What if I like the status quo? It’s so much easier than making radical changes. Sigh.

But OK, I get it. The whole point of this Lunar Eclipse is to get to the bottom of what we truly want and need — whether it’s love or money or anything else — so we can remove the obstacles to making it happen.

It may hurt a little, but it will be worth it.

Read your Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Horoscope at »

solar-eclipse-energy-380x235As we creep up on tomorrow’s intense Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio (April 25, 2013), a number of people have been asking me what exactly is the difference between a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse — astrologically speaking, of course.

Because the basic difference is easy to explain — a Solar Eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun.

But in Astrology, it’s more complicated than that …

In a Solar Eclipse, which can only happen at the New Moon, the shadow of the Moon is cast on the Earth and fully or partially blocks the Sun. This darkness can also cast a shadow on our innermost selves, so it becomes a time to turn within and explore your emotions.

A Lunar Eclipse, on the other hand, can only occur when there is a Full Moon, and the shadow of the Earth is cast on the Moon. The sky becomes very dark at this time, but the Moon itself appears luminous, with a soft pink or orange hue.

This “soft” looking Moon has a likewise softer effect on our emotions and this time, giving you the ability to lighten up, shed old habits and start to move forward.

Tomorrow’s Lunar Eclipse takes place in Scorpio, so it won’t be as “soft” as some, but we can definitely rest assured that it will bring changes intended to spur us forward.

Learn more about Solar Eclipses and Lunar Eclipses at »

Eclipse Season Survival Guide at Tarot.comMy good friend Tiffany does the best karaoke version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” I’ve ever seen or heard.

She lovingly mocks the overly-dramatic theatrics of the original Bonnie Tyler lyrics, wailing and collapsing into faux sobs as she sputters “once upon a time I was falling in love, and now I’m only falling apart … ”

I can’t help but wonder if Bonnie Tyler was into Astrology. How else would she know how emotionally intense a Full Moon Eclipse can be?

This Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse takes place in scorching Scorpio on April 25, and it’s expected to challenge our relationships and finances.

Maybe now it’s my turn to be melodramatic, but I can’t stand relationship drama and I’m always struggling with finances, so I’m pretty much studying up on my Bonnie Tyler lyrics to prepare for a troubling time.

A Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio always stirs up powerful feelings, but this time it’s making a conjunction to stern Saturn that will add extra pressure. Can you hear the wailing in the background yet?

This is just the first eclipse of the 2013 eclipse season, too. It will be followed by another Lunar Eclipse on May 25 and a Solar Eclipse on May 9.

Eclipses are usually challenging times because they can bring about sudden change, but you can prepare yourself for the eclipses to come by studying up on Maria DeSimone’s Eclipse Season Survival Guide at She explains how each eclipse can pack a powerful punch that can be good or bad, depending on how you handle it.

I, for one, will be calling Tiffany to see if she can meet me at our fave karaoke joint to sing our troubles away before they even start!

Read the Eclipse Season Survival Guide at »

flowers-tulips-380x235I live in Portland, Ore., where most of us go green every day — not just on Earth Day.

I’ve been recycling and riding a bike and conserving water since I was in diapers — in fact, my diapers were cloth rather than disposable — so I can legitimately say I’ve been recycling since birth.

That said, Earth Day (every April 22) is an important day to educate and raise awareness about how to take better care of our planet.

And also, it’s simply a great spring day to appreciate the things that grow here, like big, bright, beautiful blooms. Lilacs and roses are my favorite flowers, so I think I’ll put together a bouquet with each to celebrate Earth Day in my own special way.

I do think it’s awesome that Earth Day always takes place just when the Sun has moved into Taurus — the zodiac sign most closely associated with nature and most likely to stop and smell the roses (and lilacs).

Another funny fact — I’ve always loved lilacs, even before I found out they are associated with my sign of Gemini. Perfect.

Every zodiac sign rules its own set of plants and flowers, so why not use this Earth Day to celebrate the beauty of nature and see which flowers correspond to your own zodiac sign.

Happy Earth Day!

See Flowers for Every Zodiac Sign at »