Relationships are an area where people often invest a great deal of their emotional currency, and where they are often reticent to withdraw their funds even when the investment is clearly not paying off. There are a lot of reasons for that, but for now, we only need to recognize that partnerships tend to be such a significant area in our lives that they can gain a kind of power over us. We say that we have relationships, but in many cases our relationships have us. Leaving a relationship or having a partner leave can be a traumatic event in a person’s life.

We meet many other souls as we move through life, and in one way or another they teach us about love and who we really are at a fundamental level. We connect deeply with some of these souls—as lovers but also as friends, family, and in other ways—and we find great joy in these connections.

Alas, we are on this plane to learn and evolve, not to bask in the joy of love. Or perhaps we are here to bask in the joy of love, but most of us have quite a bit of learning to do before we can really live that way. Despite our deep connections, despite the love we feel, our complex lives often don’t mesh with the transcendent soul connections.

From the preface to
Separating Aspects: The Astrology of Breakups, Divorce, and Other Partings.

In Praise of Folly...

It's April Fool's Day, but a fool isn't necessarily a one given to tricks (that is a Mercurial version of the word), nor was it originally thought of as one who is a little dull mentally. Rather, a fool (and the related word folly) described one who was uninformed or misinformed, and so acted unwisely and probably a bit rashly.

It's a perfect image for the sun's meeting with Uranus in the early hours of April 2nd, which we'll be feeling all through the first.

As we begin to meet with April's charged cosmic energy, we are all in a sense fools, moving into the unknown with nothing but our assumptions and expectations (like the Tarot's fool with his absurd little sack of valuables), many of which may not survive this tumultuous time. Not knowing is a perfectly valid point of view to take, and those who think they do know may find that the celestial weather leaves them feeling a bit... foolish.

(Tarot images from The Secret Tarot, published by Lo Scarabeo, art by Marco Nizzoli)