Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cancer Full Moon, Venus Conjunct Neptune, Saturn Aspect Retrograde Mercury


Venus is Exactly Conjunct Neptune on Sunday, February 1, @ 12 deg Aquarius. The planet of Entertainment conjunct the planet of Entrancement, on the day of the Super Bowl. This is also the planet of Agreement combined with the planet of Doubt & Suspicion, and can also be interpreted as the planet of Value conjunct planet of Confusion. This energy pattern continues to be strong for the first part of the week. Not a good week for finding compromise, coming to agreement, or making an important purchase.
The Full Moon will be on Tuesday, February 3, @ 20 deg Cancer. Although this is the Hindu lunar month of Makka, this year the culmination of the month's energy happens in Ashlesha, a sign known for being Cunning, Sneaky, and potentially, Poisonous (the image is A Coiled Snake). The Full Moon will be closely conjunct Retrograde Jupiter, which would magnify some of the "backwards" Jupiter energy, creating undependable conditions.
Saturn is in exact aspect to Retrograde Mercury on Thursday, February 5. Saturn throws its energy to the third sign ahead of itself (60 deg, sextile aspect in Western Astrology). Mercury, moving backwards, will be exactly positioned to receive this influence this week. Since Mercury is already disadvantaged by being retrograde, the addition of the influence of the planet of Restriction, Suffering, Obligation, etc., will create more problems for the planet of Communications, Ideas, Reasoning, Business, Equipment, this week. Watch out for possible internet problems, misunderstandings, transaction mistakes, equipment breakdowns, etc.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Venus Conjunct Neptune

There are No Major Changes in the zodiac this week.
Mars is pulling away from Neptune, as Venus gets closer to Neptune, in Aquarius.
Venus will be nearly conjunct Neptune at the end of the week. The planet of Entertainment teams up with the planet of Dreams, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. Venus is also the planet of Harmony, combining with Neptune planet of Fantasy, in the sign of Social Idealism. But Neptune has a darker side as well: Confusion, Deception, Disappointment. Mars is on the other side of Neptune, adding its energy of Impatience, Conflict, and Argument, and thus defeats any attempts at coming to Agreement.
The exact conjunction of Venus & Neptune will be on Sunday, Feb. 1, @ 12 deg Aquarius.
Mercury continues to be retrograde, in Capricorn, and opposite to Retrograde Jupiter. This combination also tends to get hopes up, but with the planet of Communications "backwards" in the zodiac, Misunderstandings are more likely.
Uranus & Ketu are still in close conjunction this week. The combination of the planet of Sudden Unexpected Changes with the eclipse point signifying Past Karma, has produced some significant changes in the past week: the Government of Yemen collapsed, and Saudi Arabia has a new king. Uranus and Ketu move very slowly, so this conjunction continues to produce surprises, and the potential for crisis, for the next several months.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mars Conjunct Neptune, New Moon in Capricorn, Mercury Begins Retrograde, Venus enters Aquarius

A lot going on in the zodiac this week:
On Monday, January 19, Mars will be exactly conjunct Neptune, @ 11 deg Aquarius. The planet of Action plus the planet of Dreams & Confusion in the sign of Social Idealism. Generally, the conjunction of Mars & Neptune has a high potential for making mistakes. Neptune is also Deception, so it can also indicate deliberate, subversive action. This energy pattern will continue to be strong all week, and could get worse on Thursday, when the Moon enters Aquarius.
Also on Monday: Uranus is exactly conjunct Ketu, @ 18 deg Pisces. The slowly forming conjunction of the planet of Sudden Unexpected Events, with the significator of Past Karma, has produced plenty of Crisis & Disasters over the last few months. The energy pattern continues to create havoc, and gets worse when Mars joins in mid-February.
The New Moon will be on Tuesday, January 20, @ 6 deg Capricorn. This begins the lunar month of Makkha, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, Magha....except that this year, the Full Moon will fall in the previous nakshatra, Ashlesha. Thus, the lunar month takes on the characteristics of the sign of the snake: Cunning, Calculative, Suspicious, with a Focus on Survival.
Mercury goes Retrograde on Wednesday, January 21, @ 23 deg Capricorn. This is the first Merc Retro period of 2015. The usual precautions apply: Expect delays, Check to see that the Message got through, be ready for Misunderstandings, Equipment Failures, Mistakes in Business Transactions (Count your change!). Mercury will be retrograde while opposite retrograde Jupiter. This planetary pattern of two significant planets both "backwards" while in mutual aspect will likely compound the problems of the next three weeks. Mercury will be retrograde until February 11. 
Venus enters Aquarius on Thursday, January 22. The planet of Romance, Values, Pleasures, Entertainment, Guidance, & Agreement, enters the sign of Social Revolution and Humanitarian Action, for 3-1/2 weeks, until February 16th. While in Aquarius, Venus encounters Neptune, planet of Dreams, and Mars, planet of Aggression. The result will be more Passion for Social Idealism. That energy will be available for everyone: Democrats, Republicans, Taliban, Revolutionaries, etc.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Venus conjunct Mercury, Mars conjunct Neptune, Uranus conjunct Ketu

There are no major changes in the zodiac this week. But three different planetary combinations are becoming more exact, and therefore more intense.
Venus is conjunct Mercury, within 1 degree, for most of the week. Venus is the planet of Romance, Pleasures, Guidance, Values, & Finance. Mercury is the planet of Data & Information, Communications, Business Transactions. They are influencing each other strongly this week. Some results: Data Reports affect Financial Markets, The Media attempts to Give Guidance, Information influences Values. Mercury will be slowing down as it approaches its retrograde period (begins Jan 21), allowing Venus to pull away from Mercury after this week.
Mars will be withing a couple of degrees of Neptune by end of the week. This is a rather problematic combination: the planet of Force & Violence combining with the planet of Fantasy, Delusion, & Deception. It is a dangerous combination, which has already been producing events during the past week. Saturn is also in a position to send a square aspect to Mars, making the Mars-Neptune energy even more likely to produce evil results. Therefore, best to be careful. Mars is Haste & Impulse. Giving in to those feelings will produce unanticipated consequences.
Uranus and Ketu are less than a degree apart by the end of the week. This nasty combination has been in progress for months, and is now reaching the height of intensity. The effects range from Crisis to Rebellion to Chaos. Since it is happening in Pisces, the sign of Oceans, there is increased likelihood of more disasters in or over the Ocean. Not a good time for long-distance travel.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Full Moon in Gemini, Mars Enters Aquarius

The Full Moon will be on Sunday, January 4, @ 20 deg. Gemini. The Full Moon is the culmination of the lunar month's energies, and takes on the qualities of the nakshatra (lunar sign) that it falls in, which this time is Purnavasu. This nakshatra is known for Success on the Second Try. So the energy of the lunar month has the quality of Doing Things Over. This energy pattern continues until the next New Moon, which will be on January 20.
Mars Changes Signs on Sunday, January 4. Mars leaves Capricorn, where it has been since early December, and enters Aquarius. Mars will no longer be receiving the aspect of benefic Jupiter, which has been opposite, in Cancer. But now Mars encounters Neptune, which has been creeping along in Aquarius since 2009. Mars +Neptune is not a good combination: the planet of Action, Impatience, Aggression, Combat, Argument, etc, will combine forces with the planet of Dreams, Confusion, Deception, & Disappointment. The result is Misplaced Action & Unanticipated Consequences. Since Mars is the planet of Initiating Projects, it would be better to not start anything important for the next 6 weeks. The exact conjunction will be on January 19. Mars will be in Aquarius until February 12.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Venus & Mercury Enter Capricorn, Mars Opposite Jupiter

On Monday, December 29, Venus changes signs, entering Capricorn. The planet of Agreement leaves self-righteous Sagittarius, and enters the sign of Practical Results, where it will be until January 22. Venus will be receiving the special 3rd sign aspect of Saturn, which is sending its energy forward from its placement in Scorpio, to Capricorn. This position gives some hope for practical realization and progress in negotiations for the coming weeks.
On Wednesday, December 31, Mercury changes signs, entering Capricorn. The planet of Communications, Ideas, and Reasons, follows Venus into the sign of Practical Realization. While in Capricorn, Venus & Mercury will be receiving the aspect of Jupiter from its position in Cancer, on the opposite side of the zodiac. Hopefully the energy of the planet of Wisdom will help Mercury & Venus make better decisions in the coming weeks.
Mars will be exactly opposite Jupiter on Thursday, January 1. The planet of Attack has been agitating Jupiter for several weeks, and now the energy is at its peak. Jupiter has been retrograde since early December, so it is already hampered in its expression. Jupiter is the planet of Banks, Bonds, & Credit. The financial markets, particularly the banking & bonds sector, are likely going to take a hit this week. Mars is on its way out of Capricorn; it changes signs on January 4th.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sagittarius New Moon, Winter Solstice

The New Moon will be on Sunday, Dec 21, @ 6 deg Sagittarius. This begins the Hindu lunar month Margasiras, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, Mrigrashira, which will be on January 4. Except that this year, the Full Moon will fall in Purnavasu nakshatra. Therefore the energy of the month has more of the nature of Purnavasu, a lunar sign that is considered auspicious for "re-doing" or "starting over." In other words, this lunar month is favorable for making a second attempt on something.
December 21 is the Winter Solstice. This is the day that the Sun appears to stop its travel towards the South, and begins to return to the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore the shortest day and longest night of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). Traditionally a day of prayers & ceremonies, but not considered a good time to begin anything new, due to the Sun being "in between" two phases of its energy pattern.