Saturday, May 23, 2015

Retrograde Mercury Conjunct Mars, Venus Enters Cancer

Mars will be exactly conjunct Retrograde Mercury on Wednesday, May 27, @ 16 deg Taurus. Already behaving badly due to being in its retrograde phase, the planet of Speech & Communications combines this week with the planet of Combat, in the sign of Material Values. This planetary combination is prone to fiery pronouncements, denunciations, challenges, arguments, etc. Mercury the planet of Reason, "backwards," indicates being Unreasonable. Thus, Irrational Thinking, powered up by the force of Mars, means disagreements will swiftly escalate. Best to stick with people you already agree with.
Venus leaves Gemini and enters Cancer on Saturday, May 30. The planet of Love, Harmony, Agreements, Pleasures, Finance, Guidance, etc., will be in the sign of Nurturing, Emotional Support, Sentiments, etc. for the next 5 weeks.  While in Cancer, Venus joins up with Jupiter, the planet of Increase, Optimism, Faith, Wisdom, and general Beneficence. Thus both of the main benefic planets will be in one sector of the zodiac, creating an imbalance. Venus -Jupiter combinations can be "too much of a good thing," indicating Excess: Celebration, Indulgence, Over-confidence, etc. Continues until July 4th.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mercury Begins Retrograde, New Moon in Taurus

On Monday, May 18, Mercury goes Retrograde, @ 19 deg Taurus. The planet of Rational Thinking and Communications, going "backwards" in the zodiac, is famous for producing annoyances like Delays in Communications, Misunderstandings, Equipment Malfunctions, etc. This is bad enough, but when Mercury is retrograde and simultaneously under stress from other factors, the annoyances can become dangerous. Such is the case this time: Mercury is conjunct its enemy, Mars. The planet of Aggression, Conflict, and Impatience, combined with a poorly functioning Mercury, makes this Mercury Retrograde period especially problematic. Misunderstandings and Mistakes will be compounded by combative Mars, leading to Anger, Accidents, and Willful Destruction. Therefore the next three weeks will be difficult for everyone. Best defense is to stay aware, and exercise Patience. Mercury ends its retrograde phase, and returns to normal motion in the zodiac, on June 11th.
The New Moon will be Sunday, May 17, @ 2 deg Taurus. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month of Jyeshtha, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, which will be on June 2nd. The month of Jyeshtha is considered good for Dealing with Officials, Taking on Responsibility, Giving Assistance to Elders, Dispensing Discipline. But this lunar month will be tainted by the Retrograde Mercury conjunct Mars combination, and therefore is not recommended for beginning anything of importance. Furthermore, ongoing projects will likely run into problems and delays. Therefore the recommendation is to stick with familiar routine activities, and be prepared for things to go wrong.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Mars Opposite Saturn, Venus Square Rahu-Ketu

Mars will be exactly Opposite Saturn on Friday, May 15. During this week, the planet of Action and Aggression moves into position where it will be directly opposed by the planet of Control and Resistance. Saturn's propensity to put the brakes on things is enhanced due to it currently being Retrograde. This is a recipe for Tension, Stress, and Crisis. Mars is the planet of Attack; Saturn is the planet of Established Order, indicating a strong potential for threatening events, whether produced by humans or mother nature. Therefore, this week is not favorable for beginning or making progress with any important endeavor.
Venus is exactly Square to Rahu & Ketu on Saturday, May 16. This is the same as saying that Venus is at the midpoint between the two poles of the nodal axis. A planet passing through the midpoint of the nodes is under a great deal of Stress. Therefore, Venus significations of Love, Harmony, Agreement, Pleasure, Values, Finances, etc. will suffer, especially towards the end of the week.
Mercury is slowing down as it prepares to go Retrograde. Normally a fast-moving planet, Mercury is now creeping along, barely moving 2 degrees this week, prior to beginning its retrograde period on May 18. The significations of Mercury such as Communication, Daily Operations, Rational Thinking, etc., begin to run into difficulty this week, especially since its enemy, Mars, begins to draw closer.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Mars Enters Taurus, and Full Moon in Libra

Mars enters Taurus on Sunday, May 3. The planet of Action & Results in the sign of Material Worth & Value puts the emphasis on doing things that are worthwhile. Mars joins with Mercury already transiting here. Thus: planet of Aggression with planet of Communication makes for some Strong Language, especially when Challenged. And Mars will be challenged, by Saturn which is across the Heavens in Scorpio. Saturn the planet of The Established Order is retrograde, making it even more prone to Resist any of Mars's actions. The result is a lot of Tension, Anger, and potential for Violence. Mars will be exactly opposite Saturn on May 14.
The Full Moon is on Sunday, May 3, @ 19 deg Libra. This is the culmination of the energy of the Hindu lunar month Vaishaka, indicating the accomplishment of Goals. This Full Moon will be exactly Square to Jupiter, which is in the Moon's sign Cancer. This arrangement is Full of Energy, which could be extreme, but is not necessarily negative.