Saturday, January 28, 2012

Venus Opposite Mars, Venus Enters Pisces

This week Venus will be directly opposite Mars in the Heavens. The exact opposition is Wednesday, Feb. 1. Mars benefits from the influence of the natural benefic Venus: the Mars thirst for Passion, Action, Excitement, Drama, etc. gets a boost. But Mars, as a natural malefic, has a detrimental effect on Venus. The significations of  Venus suffer: Compromise, Agreement, Harmony in Relationships, etc. are difficult to achieve during the first part of this week.
Venus enters Pisces Thursday, Feb. 2. While Venus changes signs, and especially while still under the influence of Mars, Venus is weak and vulnerable. But by Friday, Venus is doing much better because now it is in its sign of exaltation. The planet will also have escaped from the detrimental effects of Mars. Venus in the sensitive, hopeful, supportive sign Pisces is more able to manifest its positive traits of Love, Compassion, and Refinement. The downside of Venus in Pisces is Extravagance, Indulgence, Too much Reliance on Hope and Faith.
Venus will be conjunct Uranus in Pisces. Venus joins up with the planet of Unexpected Events, Freedom, Revolution, Inspiration, etc. This combination adds Excitement, but also some Instability, to the significations of Venus. There is potential for Unusual, or Unexpected Events related to Romance, Love Affairs, Compromise and Agreements, and also the Financial Sector, in the latter part of the week and next week. Venus will be exactly conjunct Uranus @ 7 deg. Pisces on Feb. 9.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

New Moon, Mars goes Retrograde, Mercury enters Capricorn

The New Moon will be early Monday, January 23, @ 8 deg. Capricorn. This begins the Hindu lunar month of Paushya, named for the Full Moon occuring in the auspicious lunar sign Pushyami, except this year the actual Full Moon will be in Ashlesha. The lunar month carries with it the energy of Practical, Results-oriented Capricorn, plus the energy of Ashlesha, sign of the snake: Intelligent, Cunning, Plotting and Scheming.

Mercury enters Capricorn on Monday, January 23. The planet of Rational Thought and Making Decisions leaves self-righteous Sagittarius and begins a three week sojourn in the sign of Practical Goals.

Mars goes Retrograde on Monday, January 23, @ 29 deg. Leo. The planet of Action and Moving Things Forward will be "backwards" in the Heavens for the next 11 weeks, until April 14. Generally, it is a poor time to begin anything of importance. Mars gives the energy required to make progress; when this planet is retrograde the energy is not as much available. Obstructions, Delays, and even Failure are more likely until mid-April. Mars Retrograde periods are good for Planning, Making Preparations, and Strategizing; getting things ready to move forward once the planet returns to normal forward motion. Mars retrograde is also good for re-doing parts of projects that need to be re-worked and finalized.

Mars is receiving Good Influence from Jupiter, the "Great Benefic" which is currently in Mars' sign Aries and simultaneously sending its energy to Mars through its 120 deg. Trine Aspect. This energy pattern encourages Mars, and helps to keep things positive, even while the delay factor of the retrograde planet slows things down.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mars at End of Leo

Mars reaches the last degree of Leo this week. The planet of Action and Force is "slowing down" in its progress in the Zodiac as it prepares to enter a retrograde phase starting January 24. When a planet is retrograde it is at its closest to the Earth, at its brightest in the Heavens, and therefore powerful for Results. Since Mars is also the planet of War, Accidents, and Destruction, we have to be careful when it is strong for effects.
In the chart of the USA, the transit of Mars is in the 9th house, the area of a country's chart that corresponds to Beliefs, Ethics, and Religion. Thus: Religion and Ideologies are given a boost for manifestation. Since the USA has such variety in this area the energy for confrontation is also enhanced. The Republican Party's presidential nominating process provides a good example.
In Mitt Romney's chart, the position of Mars at the end of Leo pits the energy of the planet of confrontation against his natal Aquarius Sun. His natal Mars and Mercury are also opposed by the transiting Mars. Thus his Ambition for Power (natal Sun in 10th house) suffers from multiple attacks from his challengers, which will only intensify during the coming week. Additionally, Venus now transiting in Aquarius will transit over his natal Mars, increasing his level of Passion as he tries to defend himself.
In President Barack Obama's chart, the transit of Mars is conjunct his natal Mars which is also at the end of Leo. Since Mars on Mars intensifies the energy to Do Something, Mr. Obama is strongly impelled towards Taking Action and being more Confrontive than his usual cautious Capricorn nature. But he also has to be careful of the downside of Mars: Haste and Impulsive Actions, even Recklessness. The situation regarding Iran is a good example of where Ideologies, Beliefs, and a need to Do Something could lead to Hasty Action and Violent Confrontation plunging us into yet another Middle East Conflict.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Gemini Full Moon, Venus enters Aquarius, Venus conjunct Neptune

The Full Moon will be Monday morning, January 9 (West Coast: Midnight Sunday) @ 24 degrees Gemini. This is the culmination of the energies of the lunar month Paushya, but takes place this year in the lunar sign Purnavasu. Gemini has a strongly Dual Nature. The energy for the weekend is about Feeling Two Ways about everything = Difficulty Making Decisions.
This Full Moon is opposite to Mercury, its dispositor, which is traveling through Sagittarius. Mercury is also being influenced by the trine aspect of its dispositor, Jupiter, from Aries. The exact 120 degree aspect from Jupiter will also be on Sunday, January 8. This double influence on Mercury, planet of Communication, is powerful for Heart-felt Expression of Beliefs and Philosophies, i.e., Dueling Ideologies, which will no doubt be manifest this weekend in New Hampshire in the run-up to that state's Republican Primary. (Another interesting point: Mercury opposite to Full Moon lines up with Newt Gingrich's natal Full Moon in his chart.)
Venus enters Aquarius, Sunday January 8, and will be conjunct Neptune this week. The planet of Compromise and Agreement leaves Practical Capricorn and enters the more Idealistic sign of the Social Revolutionary, Aquarius. Here Venus encounters Neptune, planet of Dreams & Imagination, adding more Reinforcement for Humanitarian Principles, Imaginary Ethical Standards, Devotion to Personal Ideology, etc. The exact conjunction of Venus and Neptune will be on Friday, Jan.13, @ 5 deg. Aquarius. Heating things up further is Mars, transiting in Leo, opposite to and influencing the Venus-Neptune combination. Look forward to an exciting week of Commentators, Candidates, and their Supporters, sounding off, arguing, and attacking each other.