Saturday, July 28, 2018

Venus in Virgo for August

Venus changes signs, entering Virgo, on August 1. Venus is considered debilitated in Virgo. It's the planet of Love and Pleasures in the sign of Analysis and Perfection. Virgo's obsession with Details and Criticism doesn't go so well with Venus's desire for Romance. But Venus as the planet of Art in the sign Virgo is good for high quality artistic endeavors.
Mercury rules Virgo, and now becomes Venus' dispositor
Venus is further weakened due to its dispositor, Mercury, being weak because it is in Retrograde and in an inimical sign, Cancer (see previous post). Thus the problems of Mercury will extend to Venus, causing further damage to Venus significations.
Venus will be in Virgo all of August, until September 1, when it moves to its own sign Libra.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Lunar Eclipse Conjunct Retrograde Mars; Mercury Retrograde

Heading towards the end of July, there are two significant events in the zodiac:
The Full Moon on July 27 will be a Total Lunar Eclipse, @ 10 deg Sidereal Capricorn. Eclipses signal major events coming in the near future. The timing of the event is when a planet subsequently passes through the eclipse degree or opposite (usually within a few weeks or months). But this time Mars will be within a degree of exact conjunction with the eclipse, indicating that the associated event may already be in progress at the time of the eclipse.
Mars is Retrograde, since June 26. Retrograde planets are close to the Earth, therefore extra powerful, but not behaving "normally." Retrograde Mars conjunct the Total Lunar Eclipse is an indication of something significant about to occur.
Mercury begins a Retrograde Period on July 26, @ 29 deg Sidereal Cancer. MercuryRetrograde is the planet of Rational Thinking and Reasonable Decisions going "backwards," i.e., not behaving rationally. Further, Mercury begins its retrograde period while in the Gandant degrees, the borderline between a water sign and a fire sign, which causes significant weakness to the transiting planet. Mercury is opposite to its enemy Mars in the zodiac (but not exactly). With two planets retrograde and opposing each other, the potential for Miscommunication, Misunderstanding, Anger, and Bad Decisions is very high. Best to keep a low profile and stick to routine activities during late July and August. This is not a good time to begin anything important.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mercury Opposite Jupiter, Mercury Enters Taurus, Venus Opposite Saturn

Mercury is exactly opposite Jupiter on Tuesday, May 22. The planet of Rational Thinking, Data & Information, is being influenced by the planet of Beliefs  & Optimism this week. Since Jupiter is retrograde its significations are stronger than usual and more personalized. The result is that everyone feels entitled to their own facts.
Mercury leaves Aries and enters Taurus on Saturday, May 26. The planet of Ideas and Reasons will be in the sign of Practical Value for the next three weeks. This planetary pattern puts emphasis on evaluating News & Information for its tangible worth.
Venus is opposite Saturn this week. The exact opposition is on Friday, May 25, when the two planets are at 13 deg of their respective signs: Venus in Gemini; Saturn in Sagittarius.  The planet of Romance, Agreement, Young Females, Finance, is being opposed by the Reality Check planet, the planet of Limitation. The Reality of the situation makes finding agreement more difficult. Finances are Restricted. Saturn is also Retrograde, making it strong and less likely to give in. Saturn is the planet of Control and The Establishment; Venus is both Pleasure and Reproduction. Thus: an attempt to Control Reproduction by the Conservative Establishment.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Venus Enters Gemini, Taurus New Moon, Mars Square Uranus

Venus changes signs, entering sidereal Gemini on Monday, May 14. The planet of Harmony and Compromise in the sign of Consensus is good for Finding Agreement. It's also the planet of Romance in the most Dual sign of the zodiac. Gemini is able to see things from two or more viewpoints at once, so Venus in Gemini can be Fickle. Venus will be in Gemini until June 8.
The New Moon is on Tuesday, May 15, @ 0 deg Taurus. This New Moon marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar Month Jyeshta, although this year the Full Moon will fall in the prior nakshatra, Anuradha, on May 29. This New Moon has special significance in the Hindu world: it is Shani Jayanti, the birthday of God Saturn. Therefore it is recommended to propitiate Saturn to be on the good side of the planet of Harsh Reality (such as chant the Saturn mantra for 108 times: "Om Sri Shanaishwaraya Swaha"). 
Mars is exactly Square to Uranus this week. The planets are at 5 deg -6 deg of their respective signs: Mars in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries. Mars is the planet of Force; Uranus is the planet of Sudden Events; the square aspect is dynamic but not harmonious.
This is a rather problematic energy pattern, which can result in Violent Events. An obvious example is the Hawaii Volcano eruption, which began shortly after Mars entered Capricorn on May 2. The exact square is on Tuesday-Wednesday, May 15 -16.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Mercury Enters Aries, Mercury Conjunct Uranus, Mercury Square Mars

Mercury changes signs, entering Aries, on Wednesday May 9. After spending over 2 months in Pisces due to going through a retrograde period, the planet of Rational Thinking finally moves on in the zodiac. The planet of Facts & Data, Ideas & Reasons, will be in the Action-oriented sign of the Adventurer for the next two and 1/2 weeks, until May 26.
Mercury will be conjunct Uranus as soon as it enters Aries. The planet of the The Media combines with the planet of Independence & Rebellion, and Unexpected Events, resulting in Surprising News Reports. The energy of Uranus is Disruptive, thus we can expect revelations that cause a Change in Thinking.
Mars sends a Square Aspect onto Mercury this week. From its new position at the beginning of Capricorn, Mars' square aspect will fall on Mercury as soon as Mercury changes signs. The exact aspect will be at the end of the week, Saturday May 12 - Sunday May 13. The influence of Mars on Mercury causes Distortion to Mercury's significations. Thus the new information can't be trusted. The Mars square aspect to Mercury causes Dissension and Argument.
Mars is simultaneously squaring Uranus as well. Mars the planet of Force and Conflict square to Uranus, planet of Sudden Events, can result in Unexpected Violence. This can also manifest as natural events, i.e., Earthquakes and Volcanoes, as is already happening in Hawaii.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Full Moon in Libra, Mars Enters Capricorn

The Full Moon is on Sunday, April 29, @ 15 deg sidereal Libra. This marks the culmination of the Hindu Lunar month Vaishak, although this year the Full Moon will fall in the prior nakshatra, Chitra. Jupiter, planet of Truth & Justice, accompanies the Full Moon, in Libra the sign of Fairness, indicating potential for some developments along the lines of achieving justice.
Mars changes signs and enters Capricorn on Wednesday, May 2.  Usually Mars takes about 6 weeks to transit through a sign, but due to entering a retrograde period at the end of June, Mars will remain in Capricorn until November 5. Thus the planet of Action will be in the sign of Practical Accomplishment for the next 6 months, which sounds good, except that there's a problem:
Mars will be together with Ketu, the South Node of the Moon, for the entire time. Ketu is the significator of Past Karma. By teaming up with Ketu, the planet of Action and Aggression creates the energy pattern of Paying for Past Deeds. Also, since Ketu represents the Non-manifest world, it can dissolve things on the material plane, and create a lot of Chaos. Both Mars and Ketu have a Fiery, malefic quality; together they can be quite Incendiary.The close conjunction of Mars and Ketu begins at the end of May.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Mercury Retrograde Ends, New Moon in Aries, Saturn Begins Retrograde, Venus Enters Taurus

Mercury's Retrograde Period ends on Sunday, April 15, @ 10 deg Pisces. The planet of Rational Thinking, Communications, Ideas & Reasons, will slowly return to normal forward motion over the coming week. But Mercury is still in its sign of debilitation. Pisces is the sign of Hope & Faith; Mercury as the planet of Linear Thinking is not able to perform at its best in this sign. However, this combination can be good for Intuitive Thinking, where rational logic is not so critical. Mercury will remain in Pisces until May 9.
The New Moon is on Sunday, April 15, @ 2 deg Aries. This lunation initiates the Hindu lunar month Vishakh, named for Vishakha, the nakshatra of the Full Moon.  Except that this year the Full Moon will fall in the previous nakshatra, Swati, a sign associated with Initiating New Projects. The New Moon will be closely conjunct Uranus, which is @ 4 deg Aries. Thus the energy of the lunar month is tied to the energy of the planet of Sudden Unexpected Events, Freedom & Independence, Rebellion & Disruption. (for more details, see this video)
Saturn begins its Retrograde Period on Wednesday, Apr 18, @ 15 deg Sagittarius. The planet of Restriction and Delay will be "backwards" in the zodiac for the next 4-1/2 months.
Saturn moves very slowly; therefore it will be "Stationary," i.e., appearing to not move, for the next couple of weeks. Stationary planets are considered Strong. Therefore the planet of Limitation, Responsibility, Established Order, etc., will be restraining things more than usual for the rest of April.
Venus changes signs, entering Taurus on Thursday, Apr 19. The planet of Romance, Pleasures, Agreement, Guidance, and Finance will be in its own sign for the next three weeks, boosting the energy of both Venus and Taurus. Taurus is especially attuned to Sensual Enjoyment and Material Gratification, so the Venus significations of Pleasure and Prosperity will do well over the coming weeks.