D  e  s  e  r  t     E  x  p  o  s  u  r  e  April 2006


Heaven on Wheels
SW New Mexico
has become a bikers' paradise

Tour of the Gila
Turns 20

for Kids

Food in the Raw
Living Foods Learning Center offers an alternative to a "toxic" world.

The Writing on the Wall
For graffiti artists, the world is their canvas.

The Bus Stops Here
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A Decade of Desert Exposure
Favorite moments from our first 10 years

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The Starry Dome
Ramblin' Outdoors
People's Law
40 Days & 40 Nights
Border Book Festival
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Clubs Guide
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Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

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Body, Mind & Spirit
Beyond the Easter Bunny
Language of Change
Follow Your Heart
to Happiness

Red or Green?
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The Sun travels through Aries this month, awakening us from the depths of winter and igniting in us a stronger sense of self. As the Sun enters Taurus on the 19th, we begin to feel the ground beneath us offering the stability we need to grow into our new potential. Who are we really? What do we really care about? Aries' energy asks us each to consider ourselves first. When we know and value ourselves, we can more easily draw to us those things that support us. The full moon on April 13 in Libra invites us to command the world around us to reflect the truth of our deepest beauty back to us. The new moon on the 27th in Taurus helps us to move forward with a sense of determined allegience to our own identity and to plant seeds of choice. We all deserve to be sustained through knowing and loving ourselves and by recognizing our needs as beautiful and worthy of fulfillment.

The month opens with Mercury moving directly through Pisces and then entering Aries on the 16th. We see anew the spiritual value of giving voice to our individuality and find it easier to be real. On the 5th, Venus moves into Pisces, where it joins up with Uranus on the 18th. We are all more able to see the great spritual value of honoring our individuality. Yes, we are all one, but we are also each an individual spirit. We become more balanced collectively when we exist holy in our personal sacredness. Mars in Gemini opposes Pluto in Sagittarius on the 8th: Do the actions we take empower the things we value? What have we learned through experience, and how do we take it all to a higher place? Mars moves into Cancer on the 13th, aligning our actions and feelings. Jupiter traveling retrograde in Scorpio keeps us all on track and, as Saturn turns direct in Leo on the 5th, we are ready to apply ourselves toward creating self-sustaining structures. Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius help us heal the wounds of spiritual self-alienation. Pluto traveling retrograde in Sagittarius deepens our transformation. We are growing into our power both personally and collectively.

Famous Aries: Gloria Steinem, Marlon Brando, Hugh Hefner

ARIES (March 21-April 19)—Happy birthday, Aries! You shine as you show us the strength that self-honoring builds. This world can be confusing when it comes to the issues of self. You teach others that knowing and respecting the self is fundamental to creating a healthy life and healthy world. This gem of truth is what you hold sacred and protect for humanity. Hey, thanks!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)—Life begins anew as you seek out experiences that hold the potential for more emotional fulfillment. And hey, why not? One cycle ends and a new one begins. Each phase of life brings with it the capacity to feel more deeply. As we know ourselves better through time, we become capable of showing up more completely for the experiences life brings us.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)—What are the dominating forces in your life, Gemini? You are called upon now to consider this question and to pick a side. Your open-mindedness can leave you vulnerable to being overridden by others. It is important for you to be super-clear in determining your ultimate level of willingness to tolerate the various energies vying to rule your world.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)—You have the force behind you to get a lot done now, Cancer. You are ignited and can overcome any obstacles that may have defeated you in the past. You will be amazed to see how much you accomplish in the days ahead. Nothing stands in your way. Let the fires of your creativity fuel you!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)—The only thing that really matters now is that you stay true to yourself and act in honorable ways. This is actually quite easy for you to do, Leo. Your love of self serves you well when it comes to honoring others and treating them with respect. Your friends are lucky to know you!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)—Happiness is yours to have, Virgo. There is nothing quite as satisfying to a Virgo as a job well done. But now, you are able to find pleasure in all things. Life is good and your happiness is overdue and well deserved. Enjoy yourself, you industrious marvel—this life holds great pleasures for you. You must simply turn toward them.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)—Sometimes life makes us grow in new ways without our consent. Now is such a time for you, Libra. You are being changed in dramatic ways that will ultimately create in you a greater capacity to experience life in more fulfilling ways. Your job is to trust the divine plan and know you are good.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)—Giving of yourself feels good, Scorpio. And what Scorpio doesn't want to feel good? You have more than you can hold and turn naturally to those around you who are deserving. You are happily in the dance of life and feel the wonder of being received by others.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)—You are invigorated by the start of a new season and have the energy now to make a great deal of progress on those projects that have been stagnant lately. You are in your element of passionate creativity. Show us what you have up your sleeve!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)—You always seem to get where you are going, Capricorn—eventually. Now is the time to keep plodding ahead, one foot in front of the other. It is natural to lose sight of your progress when you have your nose to the grindstone. Getting the footwork done is what it's all about, and you know this better than anyone.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)—Sometimes we need to feel disappointed in order to find the motivation to create the changes we need to propel ourselves forward. You are able to be there for yourself and to feel your feelings—the high ones and the ones many people spend their lives trying to avoid. Let your feelings guide you out of what is not working and into what makes your spirit soar.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)—You are the one who knows, Pisces. There is no ambiguity about you these days. Tell us what you think. You are able to alter the world with your convictions and people around you respond to your certainty with the respect that you command and deserve. Be empowered and own your authority. It will bring you great rewards.


Motavenda Melchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City (click here to see some of her glass work). Some of her work can be seen at Luna Gallery in Silver City. She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached by phone at 534-1024 or by email at moti@gilanet.com.


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