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Did you feel the Sun burst into Aries on Saturday night at the Spring Equinox? It was like a torrent of energy had been let loose – Spring has definitely sprung! (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). And, the astrological New Year has begun.

Even Death Valley’s normally scorched landscape is celebrating Spring with showy wildflowers. Cheerful blossoms like the Desert Gold are blanketing the southern region of the park – but you better move fast if you’re contemplating a road trip, as climbing temperatures will soon lay them to waste, at least until the next El Nino brings more.

Yes, El Nino rainstorms are responsible for this rare “super bloom,” by dumping unprecedented amounts of water on our fair state in the last few months. Don’t get me wrong, we’re grateful for the rain – and the blossoms! But El Nino’s global warming-driven storms have also left floods, erosion, power outages and car accidents in their wake – and experts say the crazy weather isn’t over yet.

But here’s the interesting part: In the last super bloom of 2005, some of the flowers that emerged had not been seen in years – their seeds were lying dormant until the appropriate conditions arrived. And, the same is happening now.

This is true for us, as well. Can you feel your dormant yet most resilient seeds beginning to sprout? It’s not always a pleasant process (birth rarely is), but you can rest assured that blossoms are on the way. The recent Pisces solar eclipse was like the El Nino deluge, bringing up latent feelings and fears for clearing – but also fertilizing the ground for beautiful things to bloom.

Next, the upcoming Full Moon eclipse (March 23 at 5:01 a.m. PST), starts to bring our creative powers into blossom. In order to bloom, however, we must balance our Aries warrior assertiveness with Libran relatedness. In other words, we can’t do it all on our own. With the Aries Sun conjunct Mercury at the lunar eclipse, heated words are sure to fly (turn off the TV if you can’t take the onslaught!). With the peace-loving Libra Moon being eclipsed, it’s more important than ever to find ways to build bridges between warring factions and see the other’s point of view.

This Full Moon wraps up a series of eclipses in Aries and Libra that started in October of 2013. What was going on in your relationship life at that time? That way of relating is coming to a close (even if particular relationships are not). If you want to know more, be sure to order April Elliott Kent’s terrific Followed by a MoonShadow report to see what the current and upcoming eclipses mean for you personally.

 

 

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