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.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Venus Enters Virgo, Venus Conjunct Jupiter, Mars Conjunct Saturn and Square Neptune

Venus enters Virgo on Thursday, Aug 25th. The planet of Love in the sign of Analysis is not a good fit: Venus is considered debilitated in this sign. But this is also the planet of the Arts in the sign of Details, so it can be good for artwork. Venus will be in Virgo until September 18.
Venus joins with Jupiter & Mercury forming a triple conjunction in the early degrees of Virgo for the coming week. Since all three planets are considered "natural benefics" it may sound like their conjunction is a good thing, but this is not necessarily true. Jupiter is the energy of Faith and Belief, and can overwhelm Mercury's Facts and Details. Jupiter is the planet of Increase, and can make the Venus inclination for pleasure get out of hand.
Venus Exactly conjunct Jupiter on Saturday Aug 27, @ 3 deg Virgo.
Venus + Jupiter = too much of a good thing: Excessive Indulgence, False Optimism, etc. Maybe Mercury's reasonableness helps to hold things in check.
Mars and Saturn exactly conjunct on Wednesday, Aug 24, @ 15 deg Scorpio. Some of the possibilities: Planet of Action + planet of Delay =Frustration. Planet of Force + planet of Focus =Deadly Force. Planet of Aggression + planet of Persistence =Intractable Foe. Scorpio is a sign with an instinct for acquiring and using Power, so this combination has potential to manifest as something violent and overwhelming.
Mars Square Neptune exact on Thursday-Friday, August 25 -26. The planet of Aggression in an inimical aspect with the planet of Dreams & Idealism is not favorable for fulfilling your dreams. The destructive potential of Mars is powered up by its conjunction with Saturn. Neptune in Aquarius is Social Idealism. Thus, not a favorable combination for promoting progressive policy or politics.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Venus Conjunct Rahu, Aquarius Full Moon, Mercury Enters Virgo

Venus is conjunct Rahu @ 18 deg Leo on Monday, Aug 15. Venus is the planet of Art, Love, Pleasures, Entertainment, Romance. Rahu is an eclipse point that can obscure what it connects with, which results in some distortion of the significations of the conjunct planet. Rahu is a significator of Great Desire, of Obsession. Thus, an obsession with Romance. Rahu also represents something Unusual, thus: an Unusual Romance. Venus is also opposite and therefore influenced by Neptune, planet of Fantasy & Illusion. Thus, Romance tends to be Unrealistic. Other significations of Venus, such as Financial Markets, are also likely to be Unrealistic.
The Full Moon is on Thursday, Aug 18 @ 1 deg Aquarius. This marks the culmination of the energies of the lunar month of Shravana, although this year the Full Moon will be the following nakshatra, Dhanishta (see post for July 30). Also in Aquarius are two significators of Idealism: Neptune and Ketu. Aquarius is also idealistic, especially for Social Causes, so this Full Moon will likely manifest as some Humanitarian Cause or Event.
Mercury enters Virgo Friday, Aug 19. Mercury will be entering its own sign, which makes both Mercury and Virgo strong. This is good for dealing with Details & Analysis. Mercury will join with Jupiter, which recently entered Virgo. The planet of Ideas and Reasons combining with Jupiter's energy of Expansion = Big Ideas. It's also the planet of Facts & Data combining with the planet of Beliefs and Faith, indicating a lot of Faith in Data, or: Belief in your own facts. The exact conjunction of Mercury and Jupiter is on August 22 @ 2 deg Virgo.