Saturday, July 04, 2015

Venus Enters Leo, Mercury Enters Gemini

Two planets change signs on Saturday, July 4th -Sunday July 5th, within hours of each other.
Venus is first, leaving Cancer, and entering Leo. Although Venus is not totally happy in Leo (the Sun, ruler of Venus, is an enemy to Venus), at least Leo is more stable than Cancer, and therefore the Venus principles of Harmony, Agreement, etc., are improved, especially regarding Leaders & Governments, since Leo is the sign of leadership. Venus is moving much more slowly than normal at this time, because it is about to go Retrograde, on July 25th. Therefore Venus will only get several degrees into Leo, before it reverses direction, and slowly backs up, to return to Cancer in mid-August.
Mercury leaves Taurus, entering Gemini, late Saturday night /early Sunday morning (depends on your time zone). Mercury likes being in its own sign, which energizes the Mercury significations of Ideas & Reasons, Data & Information, the Media, etc. But, Mercury will now join up with its enemy, Mars, which has been transiting in Gemini since mid-June.
Mercury planet of Communication & Rational Thinking, combined with Mars, planet of Aggression & Combat, encourages Rash Speech, Distorted Ideas, Arguments, etc. In other words, this transit of Mercury in Gemini will be fraught with problems. Mercury remains in Gemini until July 20th, when it will move into Cancer.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Jupiter conjunct Venus, Full Moon in Sagittarius

On Tuesday, June 30, Jupiter and Venus will be exactly conjunct @ 27 deg Cancer. You can spot the two planets on the Western horizon just after Sunset. Venus is the brighter of the two. Both Jupiter and Venus are considered "natural benefics," but when the two are together, as they have been for the past few weeks, there tends to be Excess, or even Extreme, events. Jupiter is the planet of Wisdom; Venus is the planet of Guidance.
The US Supreme Court has been handing down important decisions all last week. One example: Jupiter as the planet of Laws, and of Increase. Venus is the planet of Love & Marriage. The Supremes have Expanded the meaning of Marriage by making same sex marriage the law for the whole country. Jupiter and Venus will continue to be in close proximity for the next several weeks.
The Full Moon will be on Wednesday, July 1, @ 15 deg Sagittarius. This marks the culmination of the energy of the Hindu lunar month of Ashada. The Full Moon will be in the lunar sign Purva Ashada, noted for Drastic Actions. Nearly opposite to the Moon will be Mars, the planet of Action and Combat. Therefore, this Full Moon will be full of Energy, and may even bring more drastic actions and violence with it.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

No Changes in the Zodiac for this Week

The planets are in the same signs as last week. 
Venus and Jupiter are getting closer together in Cancer. These two planets are clearly visible on the Western horizon after sunset. Venus is the larger, brighter one; Jupiter appears smaller, and more yellow. Venus together with Jupiter can be too much of a good thing, leading to Excess. This is also the planet of Value plus the planet of Expansion, which can lead to inflated costs. It's also the planet of Love plus the planet of Wisdom, leading to Forgiveness (#CharlestonShooting).
Mars is still in Gemini, until the end of July. The planet of Aggression in the sign of Ideas and Reasons, leading to Controversy.
Mercury remains in Taurus, opposed by Retrograde Saturn in Scorpio. Mercury is the planet of Data & Information, in the sign of Material Worth, leading to various calculations about the worth of policies and decisions. Saturn, the planet of Harsh Reality, is putting the brakes on Mercury.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mars in Gemini, New Moon in Gemini

Mars changes signs, entering Gemini on Monday, June 15. It's the planet of Action, Aggression, and Combat, in the intellectual sign of Ideas and Explanations, which is not a good fit. This energy pattern produces Restless or Agitated Thinking, Fast Responses, Aggressive Speech,  and potential for Mistakes. Mars will be in Gemini for 6 weeks, until the end of July.
The New Moon is on Tuesday, June 16, @ 1 deg. Gemini. This New Moon will be nearly exactly conjunct Mars. Thus, the lunar month will be flavored with the energy of the planet of Combat. Therefore, expect Fast-moving events, Excitement, and due to the mental nature of the sign, a lot of Argument, during the coming weeks. It's the Hindu Lunar month of Ashada, known for Aggressive, Drastic Actions, which will be further encouraged by the Mars energy.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Mercury Retrograde Ends, Mars Combust

On Thursday, June 11, Mercury ends its retrograde phase, @ 10 deg Taurus. It takes several days for the planet to resume normal forward speed in the zodiac, so the effects of Retrograde Mercury can still linger for another week. Therefore, continue to be ready for delays and mistakes in communications, etc. Also, Mercury is now within 4 degrees of direct opposition with Retrograde Saturn, which can also slow things down and complicate matters. Mercury will remain in Taurus until July 5.
Mars is now within a couple of degrees of the Sun. When a planet is so close to the Sun we can't see it, it is "combust" and its significations are "burnt up." This can harm some of what Mars represents, such as cooperation for the sake of pursuing a common goal. Another effect of combustion is that the planet's energies are combined with the energy of the Sun. Both Mars and the Sun have a fiery, forceful quality. Thus, there is a lot of Forceful, Uncompromising energy, which is now in Taurus, and will move into Gemini when Mars and the Sun simultaneously change signs on June 15. The Sun begins to pull away from Mars at the end of June.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Retrograde Mercury Conjunct Mars, Venus Enters Cancer

Mars will be exactly conjunct Retrograde Mercury on Wednesday, May 27, @ 16 deg Taurus. Already behaving badly due to being in its retrograde phase, the planet of Speech & Communications combines this week with the planet of Combat, in the sign of Material Values. This planetary combination is prone to fiery pronouncements, denunciations, challenges, arguments, etc. Mercury the planet of Reason, "backwards," indicates being Unreasonable. Thus, Irrational Thinking, powered up by the force of Mars, means disagreements will swiftly escalate. Best to stick with people you already agree with.
Venus leaves Gemini and enters Cancer on Saturday, May 30. The planet of Love, Harmony, Agreements, Pleasures, Finance, Guidance, etc., will be in the sign of Nurturing, Emotional Support, Sentiments, etc. for the next 5 weeks.  While in Cancer, Venus joins up with Jupiter, the planet of Increase, Optimism, Faith, Wisdom, and general Beneficence. Thus both of the main benefic planets will be in one sector of the zodiac, creating an imbalance. Venus -Jupiter combinations can be "too much of a good thing," indicating Excess: Celebration, Indulgence, Over-confidence, etc. Continues until July 4th.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mercury Begins Retrograde, New Moon in Taurus

On Monday, May 18, Mercury goes Retrograde, @ 19 deg Taurus. The planet of Rational Thinking and Communications, going "backwards" in the zodiac, is famous for producing annoyances like Delays in Communications, Misunderstandings, Equipment Malfunctions, etc. This is bad enough, but when Mercury is retrograde and simultaneously under stress from other factors, the annoyances can become dangerous. Such is the case this time: Mercury is conjunct its enemy, Mars. The planet of Aggression, Conflict, and Impatience, combined with a poorly functioning Mercury, makes this Mercury Retrograde period especially problematic. Misunderstandings and Mistakes will be compounded by combative Mars, leading to Anger, Accidents, and Willful Destruction. Therefore the next three weeks will be difficult for everyone. Best defense is to stay aware, and exercise Patience. Mercury ends its retrograde phase, and returns to normal motion in the zodiac, on June 11th.
The New Moon will be Sunday, May 17, @ 2 deg Taurus. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month of Jyeshtha, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, which will be on June 2nd. The month of Jyeshtha is considered good for Dealing with Officials, Taking on Responsibility, Giving Assistance to Elders, Dispensing Discipline. But this lunar month will be tainted by the Retrograde Mercury conjunct Mars combination, and therefore is not recommended for beginning anything of importance. Furthermore, ongoing projects will likely run into problems and delays. Therefore the recommendation is to stick with familiar routine activities, and be prepared for things to go wrong.