A Meeting of Fools by the River, Horoscope for Sunday March 27, 2011 to Saturday April 2, 2011

Imagine working backwards in time, in a way that all knowledge born in the process of experience, of seeing what is and what is not, was already present in you and the very act of our will moving forward in time, was in reality a movement in reverse. The perennial wish is to know today what will be in our future – to see what station we will occupy, the accouterments that will surround us, and the precise exacting paths that it took to get there. Seemingly, however, the gravity that attracts the will to action, to obtain and gather what it has yet to eclipse, is something that is found exclusively in forward movement. An anticipation lurks in the heart when a new tale is heard, opening fresh and budding pathways in the brain of the seeker, constructing dreamy layers of futures that may never be. The will seeks out these mirages (Latin, mirer: to be amazed, surprised, bewildered, wondered at; related to mirror, miracle; possibly a sense of incompleteness, fulfillment in an image instead of reality, or alternatively a fullness of reality spewing forth as image, enjoyment of self in other) with full force.

When chasing, with a mixture of pleasure and pain, the heady projections of an unrealized future, the will stumbles on new paths that were unanticipated. A laboring journey to the top of a mountain, executed with full preparation and abandonment, may reveal a sweet and flowering low lying valley that calls you down with its comforts. Choice is revealed here that will mark your future – do you continue on your envisioned journey to the top of the peak, savoring the accomplishments of dedication and the liberating views from on high, or do you lower yourself into the arms of the valley and its aura of contentment. Both the mountain peak and the sweet valley will always be there – but there is an empty space that fills the moment of decision. Projections of potentialities fill the brain – the mountain will have this, the valley will have that – and you place yourself in both the high and low, weighing their respective merits.

And that gaping space of indecision and conflict is closed when you decide to descend into the valley, leaving the lofty peaks behind you. All of the preparation for the ascent up the mountain is made worthless in the fleeting call of the valley’s spring. Whole new internal mirages bud instantly once in the valley’s low. Paths so incongruent and dissimilar to the mountain now are real and vibrant and within reach. On and on the will goes like this.

But, how to prepare the will for spontaneous revelations on the path? One must become nothing less than a fool (Latin, follis: bellows, leather bag, windbag, empty headed; further possibility Sanskrit, vAtula: a whirlwind, mad, crazy; to be carried by the winds, the subtlest of the four elements).

Looking to the ever changing celestial cartography, this following week provides several synchronicities that clear great spaces for the wandering fool. To go back to our original image – working backwards in time – in a real way, the destinies and fates of all things have already been mapped. The stable and harmonious revolution of the planets on the backdrop of distant stars tells stories that have only yet to be chosen. The more the will pushes forward in the accumulation of knowledge, of joy, of vigor, of possessions, the more awareness there is that in these movements there were really no choices at all. There are only great expanses of space to fill, foolishly or with dedication.

The week starts off with Sunday – the day of the Sun – and a confluence of planetary forces that are strongly shaping this week’s tide. The Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter find themselves together in Pisces, in what will seem to many to be a feeling of great release and liberation. The soul, represented by the Sun, and the discursive mind, represented by Mercury, join together in the free sign of Pisces, and this will give the feeling of contentment in our action, represented by Mars, and high quality of life, represented by Jupiter. Rahu, the shadowy eclipse maker, joins the Moon in Sagittarius, which may cloud and obscure the aforementioned beautiful planetary weather.

This is temporary, however, as going through the rest of the week the Moon finds its independence in Capricorn on Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday joins Venus in Aquarius. The dual-day conjunction of Venus and the Moon in Aquarius on Wednesday and Thursday is sure to provide ample beautification of the inner and outer environments. Spring cleaning, meditation, absorption into art, spontaneous road trip, sudden catharsis, are all signs of Venus conjunct Moon in airy Aquarius.

But we find the true meeting of the fools at the end of the week, April 1st, Friday – the day of Venus – as Mercury, which had previously and temporarily moved into Aries from Pisces, goes retrograde and joins the now Pisces stationed Moon, along with the Sun, Mars, and Jupiter. Mercury retrograde is known the world over to disrupt travel, communications, finances, and decision making processes – couple this with a conjunction with the strong and fiery will of the Sun and Mars, the expansive touch of Jupiter, and the personal and intimate movement of the Moon, along with a direct aspect from retrograde Saturn in Virgo, and we have ourselves a truly spectacular potential for April Fool’s day. Expect severe miscommunication, vigorous tomfoolery and shenanigans, strong prideful bursts of joy and confusion, and also the quiet contemplation that can only come when there is a new Moon. Yes, the Moon is empty on April Fool’s day – there will be no moonlight to steal from the stars. After a day of inchoate mayhem and bliss, surrender your madness to a night of complete contemplation. Work backwards in time, moving the mind retrograde through the ignorance of the past while carrying the absolute light of the future. How far back can you envision, and how far forward? Where do the lines of the body and will blur, and whence the ends of the rope of the eternal past and future? Foolishly swallow the tail of both, with full knowledge of both.