Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Moon conjunct Venus, Mercury goes Direct

The New Moon will be Thursday, October 23, @ 6 deg Libra. This marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar month of Karttika, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, Krittika... except that this year, the Full Moon will fall in the previous nakshatra, Bharani (on Nov. 6).
The month therefore has the qualities of Bharani, one of the "extreme" nakshatras. Therefore, good for severe, fierce actions, like attacking, destruction, etc.
This New Moon will be exactly conjunct Venus. Therefore the energy of Venus is carried through the month.... which may help to compensate for the otherwise detrimental qualities of the month. But Venus is weakened by being completely combust the Sun ("burnt up"). The exact conjunction of Sun & Venus will be Friday, Oct. 24, @ 7 deg Libra.
Mercury will end its retrograde period on Saturday, Oct. 25, @22 deg Virgo. The planet of Rational Thinking, Communications, Data & Information, will resume normal, forward motion in the zodiac. It takes several days for Mercury to "get back up to speed," so the retrograde effects can linger for another week.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mercury, Mars, & Venus Change Signs

Mercury, still Retrograde, "backs into" Virgo on Thursday, October 16. The planet of Communications, Rational Decisions, Information, Media, etc. returns to its own sign, which is good. Except that Mercury is still Retrograde, until October 25. So the usual precautions regarding Mercury should still be observed. Mercury will be exactly conjunct Venus, at 28 deg Virgo, on Friday, Oct. 17. 
The Sun enters Libra, on Friday Oct. 17: The Sun is considered Debilitated, i.e. Weakened in Libra. This is because the Sun is the planet of Power, and Libra is the sign of Compromise. But the Sun will be joined by Venus, the ruler of Libra, the next day. Thus the Sun's energy combines with Venus in Venus's sign, which may be helpful for finding agreement.... except that: Mars will be in Sagittarius, which goes in the other direction:
Mars, planet of Action & Violence, leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius on Saturday, Oct. 18. Mars will no longer be in its own sign after this week, but Mars likes being in Jupiter's sign Sagittarius. Mars is a fire planet; Sagittarius is a Fire Sign. This combination creates a lot of Enthusiasm, tendency to Take Risks, and above all, Willingness to Fight for One's Own Beliefs. Mars will be in Sagittarius until November 26.
Venus enters Libra on October 18. The planet of Love, Pleasures, Compromise, Guidance, Agreement, Finance, etc., leaves Virgo, its sign of debilitation and enters its own sign Libra. This is good for all Venus significations. Except that, Venus is still conjunct the Sun, still deeply combust. When we can't see Venus, we are "Without Guidance." (example: Supreme Court declines to hear same-sex marriage cases last week). Also, when we can't see Venus, it's hard to tell the Value of something, therefore not good for making major purchases. Venus is still combust until mid-November.   

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Full Moon -Total Lunar Eclipse conjunct Uranus, Venus Opposite Uranus

Wednesday, October 8, will be the Full Moon, @ 21 deg Pisces. This Full Moon is a Total Lunar Eclipse, the 2nd in a sequence of so-called "Blood Moons," i.e., total lunar eclipses, which are scheduled to occur every 6 months. (First one was last April). Eclipses are considered "Portentous," i.e., signifying forthcoming Bad Events. In this case, the Eclipse is nearly exactly conjunct Uranus, the planet which itself signifies Sudden Unexpected Events. So, get ready for some surprises, coming Soon. Uranus also signifies Rebellion & Revolution.
Jupiter, the planet of Increase & Optimism, is in near-exact Trine Aspect to the Eclipse, thus giving more energy for Events. The events could be courtesy of nature, such as Storms & Earthquakes, or of Human Origin, i.e., Wars, Rebellion, etc.
Uranus will be exactly opposite Venus on Friday, Oct.10-11. The planet of Sudden Events influences the planet of Harmony, Agreements, Romance, The Arts, Young Females, Pleasures, and Finance. Since Venus will also be in exact opposition to the former Eclipse Point, we can expect some Events connected with Venus to be occurring this week. Venus is already in a bad way, being both Debilitated & Combust, & now in Parivatana Yoga with Retrograde Mercury (see previous posts). Thus, Venus significations will be thoroughly hammered this week: Agreements Won't Happen, Romance is Off, the Markets will be Down.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mercury Retrograde Begins October 4

Mercury will begin a retrograde phase next Saturday, October 4. This is the last retrograde period for Mercury in 2014. Mercury begins its apparent reverse movement @ 8 deg Libra. On October 16th, Mercury will "back into" Virgo. Mercury ends its retrograde period on October 25th, @ 22 deg Virgo.
The usual problems of Mercury retrograde will arise: Delays in Communications, Misunderstanding and Misinterpretation, Problems with Equipment, Mistakes in Business Transactions, etc. Mercury retrograde periods are good for "going back over things," i.e., paying past bills, responding to past correspondence, editing a report or manuscript.
This Mercury retrograde period will be more problematic than usual because Mercury and its dispositor, Venus, are in Parivatana yoga, i.e., in each other's signs. Since Venus is debilitated and combust, and Mercury is retrograde, both planets are disadvantaged, and therefore reinforce each other's problems (see previous post). The issues with Mercury retrograde will improve somewhat after Mercury returns to its own sign Virgo, on Oct. 16.
In your personal Vedic Astrology chart, if you have any important planets between 21 deg Virgo and 9 deg Libra, you should be especially watchful for Mercury Retrograde problems. The problems are more likely to arise in the area of life indicated by the houses in your chart containing Virgo and Libra.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Moon in Virgo, Venus Enters Virgo

The New Moon is Wednesday, September 24 (Tuesday night) @ 7 deg Virgo. This begins the Hindu lunar month Asvina, named for the nakshatra Ashvini. But this year, the Full Moon will fall in the previous nakshatra, Revati. Thus the energy of the month will have more of the nature of Revati, rather than Ashvini.
In any case, the energy of the month is severely compromised due to the Full Moon being a Total Lunar Eclipse, on October 8. Further, the Oct. 8 Eclipse will be exactly conjunct Uranus, the planet of Unexpected Events. Therefore, this lunar month is not favorable for starting any important new projects.
Venus enters Virgo on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The planet of Love, Art, Agreement, etc., will be in its sign of Debilitation, i.e., weakened, for 3 weeks, until October 18. Since Venus will be in Mercury's sign, while Mercury is in Venus's sign Libra, the two planets are in a Parivatana yoga, i.e., exchanging sign rulerships. This forms a relationship connecting the meanings of the planet of Compromise, Venus, with the planet of Communication, Mercury. The coming weeks are good for Negotiations, Better Understanding, etc.
By the end of the week Venus becomes Combust: Venus will be catching up to the Sun, getting so close that it disappears from view . When we can't see the planet of Guidance, we are "without guidance." Therefore, making important decisions regarding Venus significations, such as Romance, Finance, Purchases, is not recommended. Venus will be combust until mid-November.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mercury Conjunct Rahu, Mercury Enters Libra

Mercury is exactly opposite Uranus, today, Saturday September 13. The planet of Ideas, Explanations, & The Media, has been trading energy with the planet of Freedom, Rebellion, & Sudden Change. The result has been a lot of Radical Thinking, Crazy Ideas, Unexpected News, over the past week. This energy continues this week.
Mercury is exactly conjunct Rahu on Tuesday, September 16, @ 25 deg Virgo. The planet of Ideas, Rational Thinking, Information, & Communications, combines with the eclipse point that signifies Obsession, Innovation, and Confusion. Since Mercury is in its sign of Exaltation, the results are mostly good. Already we have Apple's new Apple Watch: Communication + Innovation. But there has also been Confused Thinking, such as this idea that arming Syrian rebels will solve the problem of the advance of ISIS in the Middle East.
Mercury will enter Libra on Saturday, Sept. 20. The planet of Rational Thinking does well in the sign of Balance & Agreement. By leaving Virgo, Mercury will also escape from the influence of Rahu, and Uranus. Mercury joins up with Saturn, the planet of Reality, which is still in Libra. This combination gives some hope for next week for more Reasonable Ideas & Realistic Thinking.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Full Moon in Aquarius, Venus opposite Neptune, Mercury opposite Uranus

The Full Moon will be Monday, Sept 8, @ 22 deg Aquarius. This marks the culmination of the energy of the lunar month Bhadrapada. The Full Moon will be in the nakshatra Purva Bhadra, which is associated with remorse & regret. It is not a favorable month for beginning important new projects, except those involving penance, self-mortification, sacrifice, or revenge. Cue the suicide bombers and drones.
Venus will be exactly opposite Neptune on Wednesday, Sept 10:  Venus @ 11 deg Leo; Neptune @ 11 deg Aquarius. The planet of Love, Creativity, Guidance, Compromise & Agreement, is being influenced by the planet of Dreams, Imagination, Illusions, Deception & Suspicion. Except for creative imagination, Venus significations generally suffer this week. Not a good week for making honest agreements.
Mercury will be exactly opposite Uranus on Saturday, Sept. 13: Mercury @ 21 deg Virgo; Uranus @ 21 deg Pisces. The planet of Rational Thinking, Decisions, Data & Information, and Communications, is being influenced by the planet of Rebellion, Independence, & Sudden Unexpected Events. Already this past week there have been numerous instances of Unexpected Events involving the Media & Internet. More of that sort of thing this week. Good for Inspiration, but beware of Crazy Ideas.