Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mercury Enters Gemini, Uranus enters Aries, Mars goes Direct

Mercury enters Gemini on Monday, June 27. A planet in its own sign is strong for its significations.  Mercury is not under any malefic influence at this time. Therefore, Communications, Ideas & Reasons, Rational Discussion, etc., will be favorable for the next two weeks, until Mercury leaves Gemini on July 10.
Uranus enters Aries this week. After 7 years in Pisces, the planet of Freedom and Independence will change signs, and enter the Pioneer sign of the zodiac. But, before we get our hopes up, be aware that Uranus will only get 1/2 degree into Aries, when it goes Retrograde at the end of July, and then "backs into" Pisces in early September, not to return to Aries until April 2017.
Mars Retrograde Ends on June 30. After 11 weeks of the planet of Action being held back in the zodiac, Mars will go back to normal forward motion. But it is now in the last degree of Libra; not a favorable position for Mars. We have to wait until Mars returns to its own sign, Scorpio, on July 12, for the energy of the Action Planet to be really available. Therefore, frustration and unintentional consequences still prevail for a few more weeks.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Venus Enters Gemini, Mars Retrogrades Into Libra

Venus changes signs, entering Gemini on Sunday, June 12. Venus generally does well in this sign: it's the planet of Harmony and Agreement in the sign of Consensus. Furthermore, Venus is forming a Parivatana Yoga with Mercury: while Venus is in Mercury's sign Gemini, Mercury is in Venus's sign Taurus. By being in each other's signs, these two planets form this astrology pattern which encourages Relationship, Compromise, Harmony, etc. Venus will be in Gemini until July 6, when it will leave Gemini and enter Cancer.
Retrograde Mars leaves Scorpio and "backs into" Libra on Friday, June 17. Mars has been in Scorpio since February 20. A planet in its own sign is strong. Mars is coming to the end of its retrograde period, and will spend the final days in the sign of Balance and Equality. Mars the planet of Force and Conflict, is not suited to the energy of Libra, therefore Mars becomes weakened in this sign. Mars will end its retrograde period on June 29, and re-enter Scorpio on July 11.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Mercury Enters Taurus, Mercury Opposite Mars

Mercury changes signs on Tuesday, June 7, leaving Aries and entering Taurus. Mercury has been in Aries since April 2, an extra long time due to having gone through a retrograde period while in that sign. Now Mercury moves on in the zodiac, and will spend the next three weeks in the sign of the Bull, until June 26. Mercury is the planet of Ideas and Reasons; Taurus is a bit Stubborn. Thus, being attached to one's thinking.
Mercury is Opposite Mars this week. As soon as Mercury enters Taurus, it will be directly opposite Retrograde Mars, which is now in the early degrees of Scorpio. The exact opposition is on Thursday, June 9. The planet of Communications is influenced by the planet of Aggression and Combat = Argument. Mercury is also the planet of Making Decisions; Mars is Hasty and Impatient, and while retrograde, Frustrated and ready to Explode. Therefore, this is not a good time for making decisions. Be careful of locking horns with people who have different ideas this week.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Venus Conjunct New Moon, Opposite Saturn

The New Moon is on Saturday, June 4, @ 20 deg Taurus. This marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar Month Jyeshtha, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, which will be on June 20. Except that this year, the Full Moon will be in the next nakshatra, Mula. Therefore, the energy of the month takes on the quality of Mula, a Fierce sign which is known for Extreme Actions.
Venus, in its own sign Taurus, will be exactly conjunct the New Moon. The exact association with its sign ruler puts emphasis on the Venus significations this month: Romance, Pleasures, Sociability, Appearance, Guidance. But unfortunately, Retrograde Saturn is nearly exactly opposite Venus and the New Moon. Thus the planet of Harsh Reality, Obligation, Restriction, Delay, etc. obstructs the potential of the Venus New Moon. This lunation is also exactly square to Jupiter, which is at 20 deg in Leo. The square aspect of Jupiter to the New Moon indicates some challenges during the month from Jupiter significations: Religion, Beliefs, Ideology, etc.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mercury Retrograde Ends, Venus opposite Mars

Mercury goes back to direct motion on Sunday, May 22nd, @ 20 deg Aries. The planet of Communications has been "backwards" in Aries since April 28th. Mercury's significations will gradually return to normal over the coming week: Better Understanding, Clearer Thinking, Fewer Mistakes. Mercury stays in Aries until June 7th.
Venus is exactly opposite Retrograde Mars on Tuesday, May 24th. Venus will be @ 6 deg Taurus; Mars @ 6 deg Scorpio. Mars is close to the Earth, therefore strong for effects. Venus is weak due to being deeply combust the Sun. Therefore Venus significations suffer this week: Difficulty making Agreements, Financial Markets likely Down, Problems with Romance, etc.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Venus Enters Taurus, Venus Opposite Mars

Venus changes signs, entering Taurus, on Thursday, May 19th. Venus rules Taurus; a planet in its own sign is strong. The significations of Venus, as well as Taurus (and the house containing Taurus in your own chart), should benefit from this situation for the next few weeks. But, there are a couple of problems: Venus is getting closer and closer to the Sun, i.e., entering into Deep Combustion. Therefore, Venus and its significations are getting "burnt up" (see previous post). This condition weakens Venus and its potential for creating benefits.
As soon as Venus enters Taurus, it is directly across the Heavens from Mars, the "attack planet" which is transiting opposite in the sign Scorpio. Mars is retrograde and in its own sign, therefore powerful. Mars also carries the energy of retrograde Saturn, which accompanies Mars in Scorpio, making the aspect of Mars especially malefic.
Thus, the significations of Venus will suffer for the next couple of weeks. Compromise and Agreement will be More Difficult to achieve. Love and Romance will hit a Rough Patch. Financial Markets will be Stressed. The exact opposition of Mars to Venus is on May 24. By the end of the month, Venus will be enough advanced in Taurus to not be suffering so much from Mars, but by then Venus will be in near exact conjunction with the Sun.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Venus Becomes Combust

Venus becomes Combust this week. When a planet gets so close to the Sun that we can't see it, it becomes "combust the Sun" and its significations get "burnt up." Venus has been visible in the East before sunrise for the last several months. Now as it gets closer than 8 degrees from the Sun, it will disappear from view for nearly two months, until it advances enough in the zodiac to get past the Sun.
Venus is the planet of Guidance. When we can't see Venus, "We are Without Guidance." Therefore it is not a good time to get counsel from a lawyer.
Venus is the planet of Value. When we can't see Venus it's Harder to Determine True Value. Therefore this is not a good time for making important purchases.
Venus is the planet of Fairness. When Venus is overwhelmed by the planet of Power and Authority, Fairness and Equality are harder to achieve. Venus will be combust until the first week of July, when it will reappear as the "evening star" in the West after sunset.