Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Moon in Virgo, Navatri, Venus conjunct Saturn

The New Moon is on Tuesday, Sept.27, @ 9 deg. Virgo. This marks the beginning of the Lunar Month of Ashvina, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, although this year the Full Moon will actually fall in the previous lunar sign, Revati.
The first nine nights of the month of Ashvina are special in the Hindu world as the Navratri Festival, honoring Durga, the Godess of Protection. (note that in India, which is 12 hours ahead of the USA, the festival begins Wednesday, Sept.28, India Time). The festival culminates at the ninth night and 10th day (Oct.6 in India). Prayers and Pujas to Durga, i.e., seeking help to get rid of your problems, are appropriate during Navratri.
The New Moon, and the coming lunar month, carries with it the energy of Mercury, Venus, and Saturn, all of which are together in Virgo. Mercury, the ruler of the sign Virgo, is closely conjunct the New Moon, indicating a focus on Details and Analysis.
Venus is getting closer to Saturn, and will be exactly conjunct Thursday, Sept 29, at 24 deg. Virgo. The planet of Finance and Guidance will be confronted by The Reality Check Planet. The Financial Sector will be under a great deal of stress (as if it hasn't been already!) during this week. Venus is also the planet of Compromise and Agreements, therefore Treaties. The conjunction with Saturn, the planet of Harsh Reality, Restrictions, Limitations, makes coming to Agreement difficult unless major concessions get made: the current stalemate in the US Congress will be another cliff-hanger this week.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mercury enters Virgo

Not much change in the Heavens this week.
Mercury will enter Virgo on Thursday, Sept. 22. Mercury in its sign of Exaltation will boost the Mercury significations for the next two and a half weeks. Mercury will join Venus, Sun, and Saturn in Virgo, and also be opposite to Uranus in Pisces. Generally, this combination is favorable for Realistic Decisions, especially pertaining to the Financial Sector (Venus). The Uranus energy oppposite could contribute some surprises, as it did this past week, with unusual action by Central Banks and Government Finance Ministeries bending over backwards to avoid a Euro-zone financial debacle.
Mars is still in Cancer until end of October: along with two other "natural malefic" planets in Water signs, i.e., Rahu in Scorpio and Uranus in Pisces, the indications are for extreme weather events, flooding, accidents on the water, etc. This energy pattern gets augmented when Moon transits through Cancer, and conjunct Mars, starting Thursday and lasting until Saturday. Mars will simultaneously be in exact Trine Aspect (120 degrees) from Uranus, creating another pattern for Unexpected or Unusual Events, Accidents, etc.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Full Moon in Aquarius, Venus with Saturn in Virgo

The Full Moon will be Monday, September 12, @ 25 deg. Aquarius in the Sidereal Zodiac. This marks the culmination of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) Poorva Bhadra, a sign associated with Transformation, Pain, Regret, Remorse, Penance, etc.
Venus is now in Virgo, its sign of debilitation and has joined with Saturn, which has been transiting in Virgo for the last two years. Venus is the planet of Finance in the sign of Analysis, with Saturn the "Reality Check" planet. Already the markets are going through reassessment due to the reality of the European Sovereign Debt situation. Venus is also the planet of Agreements and Compromises, which similarly will have to adjust to Reality.
Additionally, Venus is moving into Opposition with Uranus: the oppostion will be exact in a week, on Sept. 17. The planet of Finance and Markets is under additional stress from the planet of Sudden Unexpected Changes.
Mars has entered Cancer, its sign of debilitation. There are now three "natural malefics" in Water Signs: Mars in Cancer, Rahu in Scorpio, Uranus in Pisces. This sets the stage for accidents, disasters, and problems through the Water Element. Already a major boat accident has occured off the coast of Africa.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Planets Changing Signs: Mercury, Mars, Venus

This week a new pattern emerges in the Heavens as three planets move into new signs in the Sidereal Zodiac:
Mercury enters Leo on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Mercury is good in Leo: the planet of Rational Thought in a naturally Philosophical sign. But, while changing signs Mercury has to pass through the Gandant degrees (intersection of Water Sign and Fire Sign) and therefore will be weak for its significations for the holiday weekend. Further, as soon as Mercury enters Leo, it is opposed by Neptune, planet of Dreams, which is opposite in Aquarius. Mercury influenced by Neptune is great for the Imagination and Utopian Ideals (watch for Obama's speech this week) but tends to be either Confused, or at best Unrealistic. The opposition of Mercury and Neptune will be exact on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Mars enters Cancer on Friday, Sept. 9. The planet of Action and Violence is considered debilitated, i.e., weakened, in Cancer. Mars is classed as a Natural Malefic (capable of doing harm) and when a natural malefic is debilitated it is considered Very Bad. Since Cancer is a Water Sign, we can expect some more blows from Mother Nature during the 6 weeks Mars is in this sign (until Oct. 30).
Venus enters Virgo on Friday (early Saturday Pacific Time), Sept. 9. Again we have a planet entering its sign of debilitation. But since it is Venus, a rather mild-acting planet, the results are not so bad as with Mars. Still, Venus significations are prone to suffer. Venus is the planet of Love; Virgo is the discriminating sign of details. The anal qualities of Virgo and the Romance of Venus don't go together that well. Venus will also be conjunct Saturn, which is still transiting in Virgo. The Reality Check planet Saturn puts the brakes on Venus, the planet of Finance: the Financial Sector has to weather the storm for most of the rest of September.