Saturday, March 25, 2017

New Moon in Pisces; Mercury Enters Aries

Mercury changes signs, entering Aries, on Sunday, March 26. The planet of Rational Thinking, Making Choices, Communications, The Media, etc. now enters the sign of the Pioneer, Independence, Adventure, Creativity, etc. The result is a New Way to Think about things and New Ways for Solving Problems. Mercury joins up with Mars, already transiting in this sign. Mars the planet of Fast Action and Aggression, combined with Mercury = Fast-moving Events, Rash Decisions, Argument. The combination breaks up when Mars leaves Aries on April 12. Mercury is slowing down in its progress in the zodiac, in preparation to going Retrograde, on April 9. Due to its retrograde period, Mercury will remain in Aries until June 3.
The New Moon will be on Monday, March 27, @ 13 deg Pisces. This begins the Hindu Lunar month Chaitra, named for the nakshatra Chitra, where the Full Moon falls, on April 11. This is considered an auspicious lunar month; in some traditions it is regarded as the Vedic New Year. This lunation will be conjunct Retrograde Venus, which is only 4 degrees away. Therefore the coming lunar month puts emphasis on the significations of Retrograde Venus: The planet of Values "backwards," making people doubt the Value of things. It's also the planet of Compromise & Agreement, going in reverse, which makes Agreement difficult to Achieve. Venus ends its retrograde period on April 15.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mercury conjunct Retrograde Venus, Mercury conjunct Uranus

Mercury is conjunct Venus @ 15 deg Pisces on Saturday, March 18. Venus is retrograde, making the signfications of that planet unreliable. The problems of retrograde Venus therefore influence Mercury. Thus, the Facts and Data of Mercury are distorted by Venus the planet of Appearances, and of Guidance. Mercury is also weakened by being in Pisces, its sign of debilitation. This energy pattern continues through the week.
Mercury next moves into conjunction with Uranus. The planet of Communications and The Media combines with the planet of Unexpected Events, promising an exciting news cycle for the week. Simultaneously, Mercury will be opposite to Retrograde Jupiter. Since Jupiter is the planet of Beliefs and Ideology, the Mercury-Uranus combination will likely upset some sacred cows. Also: Uranus & Mercury influence Jupiter the planet of Truth, which by being retrograde, indicates finding the Truth in the Past. This pattern suggests there will be some Revelations coming this week. The exact conjunction will be on March 26, @ 29 deg Pisces. More details in this weeks video blog.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Mercury Enters Pisces

Mercury changes signs on Friday, March 10, entering Pisces. Mercury is considered debilitated in Pisces. This is because the planet of Rational Thinking doesn't do so well in an emotions-based water sign. Therefore logical reasoning will be less logical and less reasonable for the coming weeks. On the other hand, Mercury in a water sign can be good for Creative Ideas and Intuitive Thinking.
Mercury and Jupiter in each other's signs form a Parivartana Yoga. Jupiter is retrograde in Mercury's sign Virgo, while Mercury is transiting through Jupiter's sign Pisces. Simultaneously, the two planets are in Mutual Aspect, i.e., opposite to each other. This sets up a strong relationship between the planet of Wisdom and the planet of the Intellect, promoting Intuitive Understanding, Bright Ideas, Compassion, etc.
Mercury will join with Retrograde Venus and Uranus, which are already transiting in Pisces. Mercury's energy is added to Retrograde Venus' significations of Reviewing and Reconsidering Romance, Values, Cost, Aesthetics, Agreements, etc. Mercury's conjunction with Venus will be exact on March 18. Mercury combined with Uranus in Pisces creates Independent Thinking & Realizations. Mercury's exact conjunction with Uranus will be just before Mercury leaves Pisces on March 26.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mars Enters Aries, Venus Goes Retrograde, Solar Eclipse

Mars changes signs, entering Aries on Wednesday, March 1. The planet of Action, Combat, Victory, etc. will be in its own sign until mid-April. A planet in its own sign is strong for what the planet represents. Further, Mars will not be under any malefic influence during this transit. Therefore, it's a good time for Initiating New Projects, Taking Independent Action, Engaging in Competition, etc. In your own birth chart, locate the house position of Aries. This sector of your life will be strong for new events, for moving forward, for the next 6 weeks, until April 13.
Uranus and Venus are still in Pisces and still opposite Retrograde Jupiter for March. But now that Mars is moving out of the picture, Uranus will be only influenced by two benefic planets, and can give more positive results. This is good for Realizations, Humanitarian Concerns, Finding New Approaches to Solving Problems.
Venus begins a Retrograde Period on Saturday, March 4. The planet of Romance and Agreement will be traveling "backwards" in the zodiac, in Pisces, for the next 6 weeks, until April 14. Retrograde planets are close to the Earth, therefore extra bright in the sky. Venus will be visible as the "Evening Star" on the Western horizon after sunset.
A retrograde planet is going back over the past. Therefore this is a time when Venus significations are to be "reviewed." It's a time for reassessing your Romance, Agreements, Purchases, Values, etc. Romance will be reconsidered. Sometimes this means rekindling a romance that fell apart. True Value is harder to determine when Venus is retrograde; it's not a good time to make important purchases.
The New Moon is on Sunday, February 26, @ 14 deg Aquarius. This begins the Hindu Lunar month Falguna, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, which will be in Uttara Phalguni. This New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse, which will be an Annular eclipse, i.e., the disc of the Sun will not be completely covered by the shadow of the Moon. The New Moon will be flanked by Neptune on one side and Mercury on the other, combining the energy of the planet of Dreams with the planet of the Rational Mind. The result is good for the Creative Imagination, but doesn't help Realistic Thinking.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mars Opposite Jupiter, Mars Conjunct Uranus, Mercury enters Aquarius

Mars is Directly opposite Retrograde Jupiter this week. The planet of Action and Combat is attacking the planet of Ethics, Truth and Justice. This is not a good week for the higher qualities of Jupiter. Simultaneously, Jupiter is aspecting Mars: the planet of Optimism influences the planet of Action, making Rash, Risky Actions more likely. The exact opposition is on Monday February 27: Jupiter at 28 deg Virgo; Mars @ 28 deg Pisces.
Mars conjunct Uranus this week. This is a rather combustible combination: the planet of Violence together with the planet of Sudden Events =high potential for Accidents. The aspect of Jupiter, planet of Increase, shining on the Mars-Uranus conjunction serves to increase chances of a major event. Also: Mars is Violence, Uranus is Rebels, and Jupiter is Confidence = potential for Terrorist Acts. The exact conjunction is Sunday Feb 26, @ 27 deg Pisces.  More Details in this Video post. 
Mercury enters Aquarius on Wednesday, Feb 22. The planet of Rational Thinking is happy in the air sign that values Contemplation, and likes acquiring Knowledge. But Mercury has to contend with its opposite, Neptune, the planet of the Dreams and the Irrational. The result is good for Imaginative Thinking, but can also lead to Confusion and Misunderstanding. The exact conjunction of Mercury and Neptune will be March 4.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Jupiter Begins Retrograde, Cancer Full Moon

Jupiter begins a Retrograde Period on Monday, Feb 6. Jupiter is at the very end of sidereal Virgo, 29 degrees Virgo, and will now appear to move slowly backwards in the zodiac until June 9th, when it ends its retrograde phase @ 19 deg Virgo. For the next four months the significations of Jupiter will be "backwards," i.e., not operating normally. Jupiter is the planet of Increase, Prosperity, Truth & Wisdom, Guru, Belief, Religion, Optimism, and Opportunity. These areas of life will be in some way Distorted over coming months.
Uranus is directly opposite Jupiter, in the last degrees of Pisces. The planet of Sudden Events, Freedom & Rebellion, has been impacting Jupiter for the last couple of months, and will continue to do so until Uranus moves into Aries in early April. Additionally, Mars the planet of Action and Combat, is moving forwards in Pisces and therefore combining its energy with Uranus. The two will be conjunct at the end of February, while directly opposite Retrograde Jupiter. Thus besides being retrograde, Jupiter is in a bad way this month, and its significations will suffer.
Jupiter retrograde is the planet of Opportunity going "backwards," suggesting revisiting opportunities in the past and giving them a second look. Jupiter the planet of Wisdom going backwards suggests a good time for Contemplation, for learning from past events. In your own chart, the significations of the house position of Virgo would be the area for you to examine regarding past actions and realizations.
The Full Moon is on Friday, February 10, @ 28 deg Cancer. This marks the culmination of the energy of the Hindu lunar month Makkha, although this year the Full Moon is in the prior nakshatra, Ashlesha. This Full Moon is also a Partial Lunar Eclipse, which will be visible from the Eastern US.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturn Enters Sagittarius, Venus Enters Pisces, Capricorn New Moon

Saturn changes signs, entering Sagittarius, on January 27. After spending 2 years in Scorpio, the planet of Structure, Obligation, Restriction, Stability, etc. will now manifest from a new venue in the zodiac. Sagittarius is a positive upbeat sign, so this is mostly good. Problem is, due to going through a retrograde period starting in April, Saturn will be hanging around the borderline between Scorpio and Sagittarius for most of 2017. This is one of the "Gandant" areas of the zodiac, a sort of Pothole where planets loose a lot of strength. Therefore the planet of Stability will be Unstable for the next several months. Actually, Saturn has already been in the Gandant degrees since early December. The most obvious example is all the instability created by the new Trump Administration.
Venus changes signs, entering Pisces, on Friday, January 28. This is Venus's sign of Exaltation, meaning that some of the best qualities of Venus manifest in this sign. It's the planet of Love and Harmony in the sensitive sign of Emotional Support. The downside is that the Pleasure principle of Venus can go a bit overboard in profligate Pisces. Also, the benefit of exalted Venus is not initially apparent, because Venus joins with Mars for most of February, creating a lot of Heat, Passion, and Argument. Venus will stay in Pisces for much longer than usual because it will go into a retrograde period in early March. Venus therefore remains in Pisces for four months, until the end of May.
The New Moon is on Friday, January 27, @ 14 deg Capricorn. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month of Makkha, named for Magha, the nakshatra of the Full Moon. Except that this year, the Full Moon falls in the prior nakshatra, Ashlesha. Therefore the month takes on the qualities of Ashlesha, the sign of the snake, known for manipulation, sneaky behavior, and poisoning one's enemies. This New Moon also marks the Chinese New Year, on January 28, which kicks off the year of the Fire Rooster. The Rooster is known for a lot of Strutting Around, and making A Lot of Noise. Also, being protective of one's harem (family).  More on Saturn & Venus & New Moon in this weeks video post.