Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mercury Conjunct Mars, Mercury Opposite Neptune, New Moon in Virgo

Mercury is exactly conjunct Mars on Saturday, Sept 16, @ 13 deg Leo. The planet of Rational Thinking and Communications is heavily influenced by the planet of Force, Haste and Impatience, leading to Impulsive Decisions, Rash Speech, etc. This combination also results in Accelerated Thinking. The energy pattern continues for the next couple of days. Newscasters and Media Pundits will be more rambunctious than usual.
Mercury is exactly opposite Neptune on Tuesday, Sept 19. The planet of Rational Thinking gets influenced by the planet of Dreams & Fantasies, leading to Delusional Thinking. But it can be good for the Imagination, Creativity, etc., although not so good for making Important Decisions. This energy pattern continues for a couple more days. Media Reports are suspect, prone to use of Alternative Facts, etc.
The New Moon will be on Tuesday, Sept 19, @ 3 deg Virgo. This begins the Hindu lunar month of Asvina, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, Ashvini. However, this year, 2017, the Full Moon will occur in the previous nakshatra, Revati. Therefore, the energy of the lunar month is more dictated by the significations of Revati, a sign connected with Communications and The Media.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Mercury Retrograde Ends, Full Moon Conjunct Neptune

Mercury Retrograde is over on Tuesday, Sept 5. The planet of Rational Thinking, Reasonable Decisions, Communications, etc., has been "backwards" since Aug 12. Now Mercury resumes normal forward motion, but things will not return to normal just yet. Mercury is conjunct Mars, exactly on Sept 3, and stays closely conjunct Mars for the next two weeks. This is due to Mercury not moving at its normal forward speed after completing retrograde, and therefore stays with Mars, which will continue to distort the significations of Mercury. The planet of Force, Haste, Conflict,overwhelms the planet of Reasonableness. Mercury is Communications & The Media; Mars will cause a lot of Argument, Anger, Forceful Messaging, etc., during the coming weeks.
Mercury finally gets away from Mars when it enters Virgo on Sept 26.
The Full Moon is on Wednesday, Sept 6, @ 19 deg Aquarius. This is the culmination of the energy of the lunar month of Bhadrapada, known for disasters. And of course there have been some this year, and the lunar month isn't over yet, until the next New Moon. This Full Moon is closely conjunct Neptune, planet of the Irrational, which is now @ 18 deg Aquarius. The energy can be quite chaotic, especially since Mars conjunct Mercury lies opposite in Leo. Therefore it is not a good week for scheduling anything of importance. On Tuesday, the day before the Full Moon, the Moon will line up with the Mars-Stationary Mercury -Eclipse Degree combination, indicating high likelihood for a Dramatic Event with Long-range Consequences.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mars Conjunct Rahu, Mars Conjunct Retrograde Mercury

Mars is conjunct Rahu as it enters Leo on Saturday, Aug 26. The north node of the Moon, one of the eclipse points, has a reputation for Crisis, Accidents, and Emergencies. Mars has the signification of Fast Action, Aggression, and Violence. Therefore this can turn into a deadly situation. The first manifestation is Hurricane Harvey. The energy pattern is still in force for most of the week.
Mars is conjunct Retrograde Mercury, exact at the end of the week. When Mercury is Retrograde, there is Misunderstanding, Delays in Communication, Problems with Equipment, Mistakes in Transactions, Wrong Decisions, etc. Mars makes everything worse with its Impatience, Anger, Violence, and Impulsiveness. The result is that Misunderstandings quickly degenerate into Argument, and Mistakes can turn Deadly.
Mercury and Mars are both approaching the Aug 21 Solar Eclipse Degree. The exact conjunction of all three begins next Friday, Sept 1, @ 4 deg Leo, and continues for several days. The conjunction on top of the eclipse degree indicates that events will have long-lasting consequences. Since Mars + Retrograde Mercury is not a favorable combination, it would be best to avoid starting anything important; even ordinary decisions can spiral out of control. Therefore, best to lay low and wait it out. (For more information on effects on individual charts, watch this you tube video.)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Venus enters Cancer, New Moon / Solar Eclipse, Mars enters Leo

Venus changes signs on Sunday, August 20, leaving Gemini and entering Cancer. This is not considered to be a favorable sign for Venus, because the changeable Moon, the ruler of Cancer, is unfriendly to Venus. The tendency is to over-react to feelings. Therefore some of the downside of Venus is displayed here: Selfishness, Jealousy, Unstable Romance, etc.
The New Moon is on Monday, August 21, @ 4 deg Leo. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month Bhadrapada, which has a rather bad reputation for evil events: Hurricane Katrina, the 9-11 Attack, the beginning of the 2008 Financial Meltdown, all occurred in this lunar month.
This New Moon is a Total Solar Eclipse, visible across the continental United States. In Vedic Astrology eclipses signal forth-coming changes, usually with extended consequences. The events associated with the eclipse happen when a planet subsequently transits through, or opposite, the eclipse degree. In this case, Mars and Retrograde Mercury will become exactly conjunct 4 deg Leo on Sept 2 -4, indicating the potential for a major event or development in the first week of September. Watch this video for more details.
Mars changes signs, entering Leo on Saturday, August 26. The planet of Action, Aggression, Conflict, Haste, etc., transits in the sign of Leaders and Governments for the next 6 weeks. By itself this is not necessarily a bad thing: Mars likes being in Leo. But this time Mars encounters Retrograde Mercury, and the Eclipse Degree, simultaneously. The exact conjunction is on Sept 3. The potential for regrettable Hasty Decisions with Long Term Consequences is very high during the first week of September. Mars and Mercury will remain in close contact for several weeks, until Sept 26.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Capricorn Full Moon, Mercury Begins Retrograde

The Full Moon is on Monday, Aug 7, @ 20 deg Capricorn. This marks the culmination of the energy of the Hindu lunar month Sravana, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) Shravana, that the Full Moon falls in. Shravana is especially connected with Communication, Teaching, Upholding Cultural Traditions.
The Full Moon is Opposed by Mars, which is opposite, @ 17 deg Cancer. The influence from Mars, from the Moon's sign Cancer, indicates a high intensity day, with powerful, even overwhelming, emotions: careful of excess Reactivity.
Mercury goes Retrograde on Saturday, August 12, @ 17 deg Leo. Mercury significations of Rational Thinking, Communications, etc., will be challenged during the next three weeks. Mercury will "back up" in Leo until Sept 5, when it ends its retrograde period @ 4 deg Leo.
Neptune is opposite to Mercury as the retrograde period begins. Neptune is on the other side of the zodiac, at 19 deg Aquarius. The planet of Dreams, Imagination, and the Irrational, opposes the already disadvantaged planet of the Rational Mind. Thus the usual problems of Misunderstandings and Mistakes typical of retrograde Mercury will be even more the case.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturn Stationary during August

There are no significant changes in the zodiac this week.
Saturn is still retrograde until August 25. Before and after ending its retrograde period, a planet appears to be motionless, i.e, "stationary." Slow-moving planets become stationary for extended periods of time. Saturn is now Stationary @ 27 deg Scorpio. In this case, Saturn the "Great Malefic" will be dispensing its energy of limitation all through August and most of September. A stationary planet is considered to be Strong for effects. The planet of Restriction becomes more restrictive. The planet of Harsh Reality can be especially harsh, even cruel, in the sign Scorpio. The planet of Structure is "stuck" and not making progress in the zodiac. Meanwhile, Mars the planet of Action is still in Cancer, its sign of debilitation, for most of August.  And in the 2nd week of the month, Mercury goes Retrograde. Therefore August is not the best month for new endeavors, or even making progress on existing ones.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

New Moon Conjunct Mars, Venus opposite Saturn, Venus Enters Gemini

The New Moon is on Sunday, July 23, @ 6 deg Cancer. This New Moon will be in near exact conjunction with Mars, setting up an energy pattern that will feature the planet of Action and Conflict for the coming lunar month. This New Moon initiates the Hindu lunar month of Sravana, named for Shravana, the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, which will be on August 7. Shravana is symbolized by the Ear, indicating Listening, the transfer of Information and Knowledge, therefore The Media. More details in this video:
Venus is exactly opposite Retrograde Saturn on Monday, July 24. Venus is at the end of Taurus; Saturn is at the end of Scorpio. The planet of Harmony, Agreement, Romance, Finance, Guidance, etc., is being strongly influenced by the planet of Harsh Realities, Limitation, Discipline, etc. for the first few days of this week. Financial Markets will likely be Down.
Venus Changes signs, entering Gemini, on Wednesday, July 26. The planet of Harmony and Relationship usually does well in the sign of Mental Adaptability. However, since Gemini is the most dual sign of the zodiac, it's flexible nature can make a visiting planet seem Unreliable. Venus will be in Gemini for nearly four weeks, until August 21.