Saturday, October 08, 2016

Venus Enters Scorpio, Full Moon Conjunct Uranus

Venus leaves Libra and enters Scorpio on Thursday, Oct 13. The planet of Love in the intense sign of the Scorpion is somewhat problematic, indicating High Passions. But in this case, the passion gets tamed by the presence of Saturn, planet of Restriction and Harsh Reality, which is already transiting in this sign. Venus + Saturn is good for Saturn significations, i.e., good for Older People, The Established Order, etc. The exact conjunction of Venus and Saturn is on Oct. 29. Venus remains in Scorpio until Nov 6.
The Full Moon is on Saturday, Oct. 15, @ 29 deg Pisces. (early Sunday AM for East Coast & Europe).The last degree of the zodiac is considered auspicious for Spiritual Endeavors.
This Full Moon is in near exact conjunction with Uranus. Full Moon energy is considered to be Extreme, i.e., Hard to Control. In this case the planet of Sudden Unexpected Events is conjoined with the high energy of the Full Moon, giving the potential for something Exciting, or Disastrous, to occur. Or it could manifest as some sort of Realization. Best to be cautious and stick to routine activities.
Mars approaches conjunction with Pluto. By the end of the week, Mars is 2 degrees from the exact conjunction. Pluto is the planet of Complete Destruction and Rebirth. Mars is the planet of Force & Violence. Therefore, the energy of their conjunction is likely to produce some sort of large scale event, either in nature, or the human world. The exact conjunction is on October 19, @ 20 deg Sagittarius.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Mercury Enters Virgo

Mercury Enters Virgo on Monday, Oct 3. Virgo is a sign ruled by Mercury, therefore Mercury operates well in this sign. Virgo's significations are similarly enhanced. Thus: good for dealing with Details, Analysis, Rational Evaluation, etc.
Mercury joins Jupiter, which has been transiting in Virgo since last August. The exact conjunction is on Oct. 11. The planet of the Intellect with the planet of Wisdom should lead to Intelligent Analysis and Better Understanding. The planet of Ideas combined with the planet of Expansion = Big Ideas.  
The sign Virgo gets obsessed with the details, and since Mercury is the planet of The Media, combined with Jupiter, we get Exaggerated Stories, i.e., things appear to be more important than they really are. The planet of Rational Thinking combined with Jupiter's energy of Increase can lead to "Over-Thinking" things.
Mercury will be in Virgo until October 21.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

New Moon in Virgo

No major planetary changes in the zodiac this week.
The New Moon will be on Friday, Sept 30, @ 14 deg Virgo. This marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar Month of Asvina, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, Ashvini, which will be on Oct 15. Except that this year, the Full Moon will fall in the previous nakshatra, Revati. Therefore the energy of the month takes on more of the attributes of Revati, a sign related to Travel, Communications, and Hospitality. Revati is considered good for Business Transactions, Religious Rituals, and Relaxation.
The New Moon is conjunct Jupiter, which is just a few degrees away @ 10 deg Virgo. The conjunction with Jupiter lends a more expansive, positive, hopeful quality to the energy of the month.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Venus Enters Libra, Mercury Retrograde Ends, Equinox

Mars enters Sagittarius today, Saturday Sept 17. Mars is happy in Sagittarius: strong for Self-expression, Fighting for one's Beliefs, etc. (see previous post).
Venus enters Libra on Sunday, Sept 18. Venus is happy to be in its own sign for the next four weeks. The planet of Romance in the sign of Harmony & Agreement promotes all Relationships. Venus in Libra is good for finding Compromise and Balance. Venus will not be under any malefic influence while in Libra. Venus stays in Libra until Oct. 13.
(more details on Mars & Venus in this week's video blog)
Mercury Retrograde Ends on Wednesday, Sept 21. The planet of Rational Thinking and Communications goes back to normal forward motion in the zodiac, @ 20 deg Leo. However, Mercury is now closely conjunct Rahu, the eclipse point, which obscures and distorts whatever it contacts. Therefore, Mercury significations are still not operating normally for another week, until Mercury gets some distance away from Rahu. Also: Rahu is an agent of Obsession; Mercury is the planet of Data. Rahu + Mercury =Being Obsessed with the Facts.
The Autumnal Equinox is on Thursday, Sept 22. Designated as the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the time when the duration of Night and Day are equal. The Sun is crossing over the Celestial Equator; i.e., the midway point of the yearly extremes of its path in the sky. In Vedic Astrology this is considered to be a time of Transition, and therefore Weak for results. Therefore it is Not Recommended for starting new ventures on the day of, and before and after, the equinox.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pisces Full Moon, Mars Enters Sagittarius

The Full Moon is on Friday, September 16, @ 0 deg Pisces. This marks the culmination of the energies of the Hindu lunar month Bhadrapada, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) that the full Moon falls in: Purva Bhadra. The Full Moon will be nearly directly across from Jupiter, and thus will aid in manifesting Jupiter's significations of Optimism, Truth, Justice, Opportunity, etc.
Mars Changes Signs, entering Sagittarius, on Saturday, Sept 17. After spending most of 2016 in Scorpio (due to going through a retrograde period in that sign), Mars finally moves on in the zodiac. Mars is a fiery planet; Sagittarius is a fire sign. Thus the energy of Mars manifests strongly while in Sagittarius. Also, by moving into Sagittarius, Mars gets away from the inhibiting energy of its enemy Saturn, which will remain in Scorpio until the end of January. Mars in Sagittarius will emphasize the passion and enthusiasm of that sign. But Mars is also the planet of Combat; Sagittarius is known for Willfulness and Devotion to one's own Beliefs. Thus, the "true-believers" of whatever stripe, will get a boost from this transit. Mars remains in Sagittarius until October 31.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Mercury conjunct Jupiter, Mercury Retrogrades into Leo, Saturn Square Neptune

Retrograde Mercury is closely conjunct Jupiter most of the week. The planet of Ideas, Facts, Information, Explanations, etc. is not behaving normally, and simultaneously conjunct the planet of Expansion and Increase, resulting in Exaggerated False Reasoning. Jupiter is also the planet of Belief, Faith, Hope, etc. Therefore we have to be careful of blindly believing news reports, opinions, reasoning, etc.
Retrograde Mercury will "back into" Leo on Friday, September 9. By leaving Virgo, Mercury will no longer be conjunct Jupiter and Venus. However, since they are still in Mercury's sign, the retrograde condition of Mercury will continue to reflect on Venus and Jupiter. But the effects of retrograde Mercury will not be as intense when it is no longer associated with the two other planets.
Saturn is exactly square to Neptune this week. This slow-moving planetary pattern has been in play for the past few months, and is exact this week. The Reality-check planet is in an inimical relationship with the planet of Fantasy and Idealism, resulting in the popping of some bubbles. Saturn is also the planet of The Established Order; Neptune in Aquarius indicates Social Rebels & Revolutionaries. The two are at odds with each other.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mercury Begins Retrograde, New Moon in Leo

Mercury goes Retrograde on Tuesday, August 30, @ 5 deg Virgo. Mercury will be closely conjunct Venus and Jupiter this week; all three are clustered in the early degrees of Virgo. Virgo is Mercury's sign, so Mercury's retrograde condition will affect both Jupiter and Venus. Therefore, the energy will be rather confused. Jupiter the planet of Faith & Belief will contaminate Mercury planet of Facts & Data, which will already be disadvantaged by being retrograde. Therefore, not a good week for making important decisions.
Mercury will "back up" in Virgo and enter Leo on Sept 8, spending the rest of its retrograde period in that sign. Mercury Retrograde ends on Sept. 21, @ 20 deg Leo.
The usual Retrograde Mercury precautions apply: People are less rational, Misunderstandings are more likely, expect Delay in Communications, careful of Mistakes in Transactions, Equipment Failure is more likely. The beginning of the retrograde period will be plagued by False Optimism, due to the conjunction with Jupiter and Venus. Therefore be on guard for Exaggerated Expectations.
New Moon on Thursday, Sept 1, @ 15 deg Leo. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, Purva Bhadra, which will be Sept 16. This lunar month has a bad reputation. Many unpleasant events and disasters have occurred in Bhadrapada. Recent examples: the 9-11 event, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 Financial Meltdown. Combined with the Mercury Retrograde period, and the ongoing conjunction of Mars and Saturn (see previous posts) it appears that this lunar month we should be careful and not take risks.