Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mercury Begins Retrograde, New Moon in Leo

Mercury goes Retrograde on Tuesday, August 30, @ 5 deg Virgo. Mercury will be closely conjunct Venus and Jupiter this week; all three are clustered in the early degrees of Virgo. Virgo is Mercury's sign, so Mercury's retrograde condition will affect both Jupiter and Venus. Therefore, the energy will be rather confused. Jupiter the planet of Faith & Belief will contaminate Mercury planet of Facts & Data, which will already be disadvantaged by being retrograde. Therefore, not a good week for making important decisions.
Mercury will "back up" in Virgo and enter Leo on Sept 8, spending the rest of its retrograde period in that sign. Mercury Retrograde ends on Sept. 21, @ 20 deg Leo.
The usual Retrograde Mercury precautions apply: People are less rational, Misunderstandings are more likely, expect Delay in Communications, careful of Mistakes in Transactions, Equipment Failure is more likely. The beginning of the retrograde period will be plagued by False Optimism, due to the conjunction with Jupiter and Venus. Therefore be on guard for Exaggerated Expectations.
New Moon on Thursday, Sept 1, @ 15 deg Leo. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, Purva Bhadra, which will be Sept 16. This lunar month has a bad reputation. Many unpleasant events and disasters have occurred in Bhadrapada. Recent examples: the 9-11 event, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 Financial Meltdown. Combined with the Mercury Retrograde period, and the ongoing conjunction of Mars and Saturn (see previous posts) it appears that this lunar month we should be careful and not take risks.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Venus Enters Virgo, Venus Conjunct Jupiter, Mars Conjunct Saturn and Square Neptune

Venus enters Virgo on Thursday, Aug 25th. The planet of Love in the sign of Analysis is not a good fit: Venus is considered debilitated in this sign. But this is also the planet of the Arts in the sign of Details, so it can be good for artwork. Venus will be in Virgo until September 18.
Venus joins with Jupiter & Mercury forming a triple conjunction in the early degrees of Virgo for the coming week. Since all three planets are considered "natural benefics" it may sound like their conjunction is a good thing, but this is not necessarily true. Jupiter is the energy of Faith and Belief, and can overwhelm Mercury's Facts and Details. Jupiter is the planet of Increase, and can make the Venus inclination for pleasure get out of hand.
Venus Exactly conjunct Jupiter on Saturday Aug 27, @ 3 deg Virgo.
Venus + Jupiter = too much of a good thing: Excessive Indulgence, False Optimism, etc. Maybe Mercury's reasonableness helps to hold things in check.
Mars and Saturn exactly conjunct on Wednesday, Aug 24, @ 15 deg Scorpio. Some of the possibilities: Planet of Action + planet of Delay =Frustration. Planet of Force + planet of Focus =Deadly Force. Planet of Aggression + planet of Persistence =Intractable Foe. Scorpio is a sign with an instinct for acquiring and using Power, so this combination has potential to manifest as something violent and overwhelming.
Mars Square Neptune exact on Thursday-Friday, August 25 -26. The planet of Aggression in an inimical aspect with the planet of Dreams & Idealism is not favorable for fulfilling your dreams. The destructive potential of Mars is powered up by its conjunction with Saturn. Neptune in Aquarius is Social Idealism. Thus, not a favorable combination for promoting progressive policy or politics.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Venus Conjunct Rahu, Aquarius Full Moon, Mercury Enters Virgo

Venus is conjunct Rahu @ 18 deg Leo on Monday, Aug 15. Venus is the planet of Art, Love, Pleasures, Entertainment, Romance. Rahu is an eclipse point that can obscure what it connects with, which results in some distortion of the significations of the conjunct planet. Rahu is a significator of Great Desire, of Obsession. Thus, an obsession with Romance. Rahu also represents something Unusual, thus: an Unusual Romance. Venus is also opposite and therefore influenced by Neptune, planet of Fantasy & Illusion. Thus, Romance tends to be Unrealistic. Other significations of Venus, such as Financial Markets, are also likely to be Unrealistic.
The Full Moon is on Thursday, Aug 18 @ 1 deg Aquarius. This marks the culmination of the energies of the lunar month of Shravana, although this year the Full Moon will be the following nakshatra, Dhanishta (see post for July 30). Also in Aquarius are two significators of Idealism: Neptune and Ketu. Aquarius is also idealistic, especially for Social Causes, so this Full Moon will likely manifest as some Humanitarian Cause or Event.
Mercury enters Virgo Friday, Aug 19. Mercury will be entering its own sign, which makes both Mercury and Virgo strong. This is good for dealing with Details & Analysis. Mercury will join with Jupiter, which recently entered Virgo. The planet of Ideas and Reasons combining with Jupiter's energy of Expansion = Big Ideas. It's also the planet of Facts & Data combining with the planet of Beliefs and Faith, indicating a lot of Faith in Data, or: Belief in your own facts. The exact conjunction of Mercury and Jupiter is on August 22 @ 2 deg Virgo.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Jupiter Enters Virgo

Jupiter enters Virgo on Thursday, August 11. Since mid-July, 2015, Jupiter has been transiting in Leo. Now Jupiter moves on in the zodiac, creating a new energy pattern with some notable effects. The planet of Increase, Optimism, Religion, Truth Prosperity, Generosity, Wisdom, and Law will be in the sign of Details, Analysis, Service, Perfection, Methodology. Jupiter manifesting in Virgo for the next thirteen months means there will be a lot of seeking Wisdom through Analysis, Methodical application of Technique, and an Obsession with Truth. The downside is a Fussy Preoccupation with Perfection.
In the USA Astrology Chart, Jupiter in Virgo will be in the 10th house, the house of the Ruler, therefore, the current party in power: the Democrats. Jupiter's energy of Increase appears to indicate an Expansion of Executive Power, and favors the incumbents for the upcoming November election.
Jupiter will manifest its energy of Increase depending on which House of your Vedic Astrology Chart it transits through. A new video describing the effects for each rising sign will be available on Aug 7: