Star Signs

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017

Category: Star Signs

Contributor: West Cork People

It’s most likely already come to your attention that there is an eclipse this month! We have two in fact, the Lunar Eclipse on August 7 and the Solar Eclipse on August 21. They always come in pairs with the New and Full Moon phases. Also we can expect to have two sets of eclipses every year. So why is this month’s Solar eclipse getting so much publicity? This eclipse has several important characteristics that make it stand out.

The shadow path crosses an entire and hugely populated landmass, which is not so common. It will be witnessed by millions of viewers in North America. The greatest effect of an eclipse is seen in the location of the greatest shadow and the coming Solar eclipse also happens to make several interesting connections to the birth chart of the US president. Because whatever happens in America has a profound knock-on effect for so many other countries worldwide, there is a huge anticipation of disruptive events as a result. The full unfolding is likely to take about two-and-a-half years and it could be six months before the effects are really felt in world affairs, so the day itself may seem uneventful regarding political changes.

A Solar eclipse is traditionally considered to be a time when ‘kings will rise or fall’. The Sun, in astrology, represents the ‘king’ or significant ruler, someone who holds power, or as in ancient times, the human representative of the divine ruler or ‘God’. It also represents our energetic ‘heart’ that guides, or rules us from within. It can be understood that through the heart centre in our energetic body we receive the intention of the divine ruler.

When the light of the Sun is eclipsed and essentially turned off for a short while it’s as if the divine light that supports life on earth has been turned off. On a mundane, or worldly level, this was always considered to be a dangerous time for the ‘king’ in particular, but also for his subjects. An absent or powerless ruler can have chaotic consequences for the population. On another level there is a parallel, which has a much more personal meaning. The Eclipse can be a time for a change of power, a re-alignment or adjustment, an upgrade. It’s as if whatever has finished its purpose can now leave whilst the new and more appropriate version can be installed.

This month is significant not only because of the two eclipses but because there are other planetary positions that add to the story in a particular way. The involvement of the planet Mars, which is associated with war and conflict, can suggest volatility and aggression. But this is not the only expression of Mars. There is also the assertion of will, and that’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes we need to get angry to show that there is a line not to be crossed or that things have gone far enough and a change is imperative. Anger, as assertion, does not have to be a destructive force. It can lend weight to cause a change or end something intolerable. On a personal level it can be empowering to unleash and direct the energy towards making a real shift in our destructive behaviour, thought patterns, habits or beliefs.

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on August 7 is likely to raise the issues that require this major realignment. The questions to ask are ‘where is your personal power being undermined by conceding to the wishes of others?’ or ‘in what way are you failing to use your personal power to take responsibility for your own life?’ Maybe it’s simply enough to reflect on what having personal power actually means for you? or ‘how is your free will being directed ?’ The prominence of Mars suggests the issue of individual will is especially important now. The use of willpower as the driving force in the world is also significant. If your personal will is aligned with the divine will during these Eclipse times, then some very profound changes can occur, and that may direct the course of our collective future towards something we have been dreaming for a long while.

Full Moon is at 16° Aquarius on August 7 at 7.10pm and New Moon is at 29° Leo on August 21 at 7.30pm.

Aries: Your thoughts may be on improving and making the best of a current situation this Full Moon. You can always bring an unexpected twist or insight to anything you set your mind to. Ideas about what’s really important may be flooding in, showing you clearly what’s of value and what has run its course. Your ruling planet Mars is highlighting all that you hold dear. While it’s still close to the Sun during these next few weeks you may get really fired up and blast through whatever holds you back. Remember though that not everyone is as ready to make changes as you might be.

Taurus: Your ruling planet Venus is adding some caring communications to this Full Moon energy making it easy to know who you truly value. Your home and family take on extra significance, as you reconsider your role in society or a work environment. This marks an end to a time of questioning and feeling your way. Now you can get a fuller picture of where you stand in your profession and what people think of you. Secure your position, feel whatever limits there are, and move forward. This may be the perfect time to act on career matters that have been under scrutiny for a while.

Gemini: This Full Moon you are likely to feel like a born doer, with an incredible drive to accomplish and achieve in life. Whilst your ruling planet Mercury is well placed with Venus you could find your thoughts turning towards your hearts desire. If you seize the moment you can push on toward whatever goals you have in mind. You’re exploring and searching, linking things together, following up connections of all kinds and defining your limits. If you do make the moves be prepared to take the responsibility that goes with them.

Cancer: Your ruling planet has its Full Moon phase in Aquarius. You have to consider your independence and you may find yourself thinking about your needs in relationship to others in your life. Your mind may take a more studious turn, questioning, exploring, and searching deeply for answers. You sense a need to be gathering resources, materials and finances to further your future and deciding whether you receive appropriate acknowledgement for what you do in the world. Make sure there is a balance between what you give and what you receive as it’s important to keep the energy flowing.

Leo: This Full Moon focus finds you wanting to take a fresh look at relationships and let go of all that’s worn out and uninspiring. Your ruling planet the Sun is in your own sign and is joined with Mars. Finding your personal drive and valuing yourself can be balanced with understanding the needs of others. You will enjoy more harmonious and rewarding partnerships as a result. You will want to know that those you care about truly appreciate you but you are also able to give your love generously in return. A greater sense of shared enjoyment is available as you express your gratitude.

Virgo: This Full Moon brings a time of change that finds you examining your foundations, responsibilities, and basic security. The Sun and Mars are working on your unconscious mind to bring important issues to light. At the same time your ruling planet Mercury is giving your personal expression a boost. Your business sense is enhanced, and you are able to really get down to what is important when it comes to making decisions affecting your material welfare. You might have to put up with minor inconveniences and irritations for the sake of what is really important in your life.

Libra: Your ruling planet Venus is highlighting your place in the world this Full Moon. An opportunity to excel in your chosen field may arise. Your usual tendency to compromise and settle for less than you dreamed can be a problem. You’re inclined to choose the path of least resistance, willing to bypass some of the things you always wanted in favour of expediency but tension results when you ignore your own desires. Now you feel the need to be creative and express yourself more clearly. Others may urge you on toward a more self-confident and outgoing attitude. If you make the moves you may be pleasantly surprised at what you receive in return

Scorpio: The Full Moon accent is on your home and private life, which could be very rewarding now even though Mars, your traditional ruler, joined with the Sun, is prompting you to assert your energy outwards. Taking a fresh look at choices you recently made in your domestic life could reveal an annoying source of conflict that was previously hidden. A lot of personal and sensitive psychological material may be surfacing making it a good time to make some changes and reach new levels. Remember though that despite appearances things are working for you rather than against you so don’t get overwhelmed.

Sagittarius: This Full Moon will find you busy taking care of details and dealing with all kinds of communications. Your liking for honesty and truth is something that others sense in you and appreciate. You attempt to balance the needs of your close relationships with the demands of your idealism and may reach out beyond your comfort zone. Jupiter your ruling planet adds emphasis to your association with the community and those who are there to assist you. Any extra effort or attention you give to expanding your horizons now, has far-reaching effects and will repay you with worthwhile rewards.

Capricorn: This Full Moon is a time for getting down to business. With Saturn your ruling planet putting a focus on your inner life you find that you are inclined to seek out some alone time to reflect before making the next move. You have the extra drive to improve your finances and material security by stripping away and discarding non-essentials and moving on. You’re able to be understanding when it comes to accepting and dealing with other people. You may even find that you benefit materially from others who are prepared to show their appreciation in practical ways.

Aquarius: This Full Moon in your own sign finds you feeling like getting out and expressing your self. You tend to go against the crowd though and some may even find you overbearing, as your intensity runs counter to whatever is wanted by them. Saturn as your traditional ruling planet highlights the importance of keeping an open mind and a willingness to learn through taking risks. If you can avoid a very personal and reactionary response you may find you’re appreciated and valued by someone who enjoys your offbeat manner. You find your personal ambitions are backed up by the will to get things done and you can make good progress this month.

Pisces: Although this Full Moon may seem to leave you wondering if what you experience is a dream or hallucination, you can actually perceive things at a more subtle level than normal. Your inner self is telling you about something you might have neglected recently. This is a chance to see where you can be your own worst enemy. These insights can lead you into making practical improvements and lessen the sense of burden or responsibility that you carry. Your traditional ruling planet Jupiter finds you some support or assistance from others, clearly a welcome boost just when you need it.

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

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