Saturday, April 14, 2018

Mercury Retrograde Ends, New Moon in Aries, Saturn Begins Retrograde, Venus Enters Taurus

Mercury's Retrograde Period ends on Sunday, April 15, @ 10 deg Pisces. The planet of Rational Thinking, Communications, Ideas & Reasons, will slowly return to normal forward motion over the coming week. But Mercury is still in its sign of debilitation. Pisces is the sign of Hope & Faith; Mercury as the planet of Linear Thinking is not able to perform at its best in this sign. However, this combination can be good for Intuitive Thinking, where rational logic is not so critical. Mercury will remain in Pisces until May 9.
The New Moon is on Sunday, April 15, @ 2 deg Aries. This lunation initiates the Hindu lunar month Vishakh, named for Vishakha, the nakshatra of the Full Moon.  Except that this year the Full Moon will fall in the previous nakshatra, Swati, a sign associated with Initiating New Projects. The New Moon will be closely conjunct Uranus, which is @ 4 deg Aries. Thus the energy of the lunar month is tied to the energy of the planet of Sudden Unexpected Events, Freedom & Independence, Rebellion & Disruption. (for more details, see this video)
Saturn begins its Retrograde Period on Wednesday, Apr 18, @ 15 deg Sagittarius. The planet of Restriction and Delay will be "backwards" in the zodiac for the next 4-1/2 months.
Saturn moves very slowly; therefore it will be "Stationary," i.e., appearing to not move, for the next couple of weeks. Stationary planets are considered Strong. Therefore the planet of Limitation, Responsibility, Established Order, etc., will be restraining things more than usual for the rest of April.
Venus changes signs, entering Taurus on Thursday, Apr 19. The planet of Romance, Pleasures, Agreement, Guidance, and Finance will be in its own sign for the next three weeks, boosting the energy of both Venus and Taurus. Taurus is especially attuned to Sensual Enjoyment and Material Gratification, so the Venus significations of Pleasure and Prosperity will do well over the coming weeks.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mars Conjunct Saturn, Mars Square Retrograde Mercury

Mars is exactly conjunct Saturn on Monday, Apr 2. The two planets are conjunct at 14 deg sidereal Sagittarius. Mars is the planet of Force; Saturn is Restriction. This combination gives Concentrated Force, Determined Effort, which can be used for good or ill. It can also manifest as Punishment and Cruelty, because Saturn is the planet of Suffering. The effects extend a few days before and after the exact conjunction. On Saturday, April 7, the Moon joins Mars & Saturn, boosting the potential for events.
Mars is exactly Square to Retrograde Mercury on Wednesday, Apr 4. The two planets are at 15 deg of their respective signs. The annoyances of Retrograde Mercury are exacerbated by the inimical square aspect of Mars. Mars injects a dose of Impatience, Force, and Anger into the problems of Miscommunication, Misunderstanding, Mistakes, etc. typical of retrograde Mercury. This combination is highly problematic, resulting in an exaggeration of associated events. Saturn being close to Mars, adds more malefic energy to the square aspect on Mercury. The effects of this pattern will be present for most of the week. Best to be patient with others, stay conscious, stay awake, and be ready to deflect negative energy when it shows up.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Venus Enters Aries, Venus Conjunct Uranus, Full Moon opposite Retrograde Mercury

Venus changes signs, entering sidereal Aries on Monday, March 26. The planet of Romance, Pleasures, Agreement, Guidance, Finance, etc. will be in the dynamic sign of Adventure, Challenges, Discoveries, Creativity, until April 19.
Venus becomes conjunct Uranus as soon as it enters Aries. Uranus has been in the early degrees of Aries since April 2017. Venus the planet of Love, Young Females, Sociability, Harmony, Finance, etc. combines with Uranus the planet of Sudden Unexpected Events, Disruption, Freedom and Rebellion = Unusual Romance, Volatile Stock Market, Rebellious Young Women. The exact conjunction is on Wednesday March 28 @ 3 deg Aries.
The Full Moon is on Saturday, March 31, @ 16 deg Sidereal Virgo. Retrograde Mercury will be directly opposite the Full Moon @ 18 deg Pisces. Virgo is Mercury's sign; therefore Mercury and the Moon have a powerful link, increasing the potential for more Retrograde type events during the lunar month. The Full Moon is in Hasta nakshatra, a lunar sign known for Salesmanship, Trickery, Manipulation.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mercury Retrograde Begins March 22

First Mercury retrograde period of 2018 starts Thursday, March 22, @ 22 deg Pisces. Mercury will "back up" in the zodiac for the next three weeks, ending on April 15, @ 10 deg Pisces. As the planet of Rational Thinking, Mercury is not at its best in an emotions-centered water sign. The retrograde condition will make Mercury even less rational. Therefore, the usual precautions necessary for Retrograde Mercury should be observed: Expect Delays, Misunderstandings, Mistakes in Transactions, Equipment Breakdown, Irrational Thinking, Distortion of Facts, False Media Reports, etc. Mercury is the planet of Signatures: signing something while Mercury is retrograde insures that the document or project will be plagued with delays and problems.
Jupiter is the ruler of Pisces, and it too is retrograde (see previous post). The link between Jupiter and Mercury while both are simultaneously retrograde creates an even higher potential for Misunderstanding.
The middle of this Mercury Retrograde will be especially problematic due to Mercury receiving a square aspect from Mars, exact on April 3 -4. Mars puts pressure on Mercury, making Mistakes more likely, especially due to Distorted Information and giving rise to Irrational Anger. The effects of Mars on Mercury will be observed to some degree all through the Mercury Retrograde period.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Mercury Conjunct Venus, Mars Enters Sagittarius, Jupiter Retrograde

Mercury is exactly conjunct Venus March 4 -6, @ 2 -4 deg Pisces. Mercury and Venus will remain in close conjunction for the next three weeks while they transit through Pisces. Normally Mercury moves faster than Venus, but Mercury is slowing down due to approaching its retrograde period (which begins on March 22). The planet of Communications conjunct the planet of Guidance and Relationship in the sign of Emotional Support is good for Giving Advice. But with Pisces the advice is more about Hope and Compassion, and may not be practical or realistic.
Mars changes signs, entering Sagittarius on Wednesday, March 7. The planet of Action and Force will be in the sign of Personal Truth for the next 7 weeks, until May 2. While in Sagittarius, Mars joins up with Saturn, which has been transiting here since last October.
Mars and Saturn are "enemies" in Vedic Astrology: it's the planet of Action + the planet of Restriction & Delay. The result is a lot of Stress and Tension. But used positively, Saturn can help to Focus the energy of Mars, leading to Determined Accomplishment. (more details in this month's Astrology Newsletter).
Jupiter begins a Retrograde Period on Friday, March 9, @ 29 deg Libra. The planet of Opportunity will be "going backwards" in the zodiac for the next 4 months, which is good for checking back on opportunities that did not initially pan out. It's also the planet of Wisdom going back over the past, i.e., good for Self-reflection, "gaining wisdom for the past." Retrograde planets are close to the Earth, therefore strong, but not operating normally. Also, Jupiter is at the very end of a sign this month, which makes it even less reliable.
(more details in the March-April Vedic Astrology Newsletter).

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mars Square Venus, Mercury Conjunct Neptune, Full Moon, Venus & Mercury Enter Pisces

Venus and Mars form an Exact Square Aspect from Saturday through Monday, Feb 24-26. Mars is powerful in its own sign Scorpio; Venus is in Aquarius. The 4th House Aspect ("Forward Square") is considered Inimical, putting a lot of pressure on Venus significations. I.e., not a good time for Agreement, Relationship, Harmony, etc. (more details in this video post)
Mercury is Exactly conjunct Neptune on Sunday, Feb 25. The planet of Rational Thinking and Reasonable Discussion suffers while in contact with the planet of Illusion, Confusion, and Deception, making Communications difficult, and Media Reports Inaccurate. On the other hand, it may be good for Creative Thinking.
The Full Moon is on Thursday, March 1, @ 17 deg Leo. This marks the culmination of the lunar energies in the lunar sign Purva Phalguni, noted for Creativity, Enjoyment & Pleasure. The Full Moon will be within a couple of degrees of exact opposition to Neptune, increasing the potential for Parties, Strange Events, and Irrational Behavior.
Venus enters Pisces on Thursday, March 1. The planet of Romance and Sociability is considered Exalted in the sign of Faith and Belief. Pisces is the sign of Sympathetic Emotional Support, therefore social engagements should do well for the next 3 weeks.
Mercury enters Pisces on Friday, March 2. This is Mercury's sign of Debilitation, because the planet of Linear Thinking doesn't do well in the emotional sign of Faith. But Mercury will be closely conjunct Exalted Venus for the next three weeks, which is very good for Communication in Romance, Creativity, Imagination, Compassion, etc.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mercury Enters Aquarius, New Moon in Aquarius, Mars Square Neptune

Mercury changes signs, entering Sidereal Aquarius on Wednesday, Feb 14. The planet of Communication likes being in the sign of Social Awareness. Mercury is the planet of The Media, now in the sign of The Humanitarian =more Reports on the Suffering of the Disadvantaged, etc. Aquarius likes to learn and retain knowledge, Mercury is the planet of Study & Learning.
The New Moon will be on Thursday, Feb 15, @ 3 deg Aquarius. Mercury will be in close conjunction, so this lunar month will feature the signifcations of Mercury, planet of Rational Thinking, Reasons & Explanations, Study & Learning, etc. This New Moon initiates the Hindu Lunar Month of Falguna, named for the nakshatra the Full Moon falls in, Purva Phalguni, which will be on March 1.
Mars is Square to Neptune this week. The exact aspect is Saturday Feb 17, when both planets are at 19 deg of their respective signs: Mars in Scorpio; Neptune in Aquarius. Mars is strong in its own sign; the square aspect is inimical. Therefore Neptune the planet of Dreams & Idealism, but also Illusions and Confusion, will suffer. This is an unpleasant combination prone to be demoralizing. The Deception of Neptune + Aggression of Mars leads to Nasty Events. ( More details in recent Video Blog)