Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mercury Retrograde Ends

Mercury goes back to normal forward motion on Wednesday, May 3. Mercury "turns around" at 0 deg Aries. For this week, Mercury is Stationary, i.e., barely moving: it takes a couple of weeks before the planet is back up to normal speed. Mercury is still closely conjunct Uranus, which is @ 1 deg Aries. Mercury remains in Aries for all of May, leaving Aries and entering Taurus on June 3.
Mercury in Aries is a strong indication of "Independent Thinking." Aries is the sign of Adventure, of the Pioneer. Uranus represents Inspiration and Enlightenment. Therefore the Mercury-Uranus combination promotes Radical Thinking, New Concepts, Futurist Ideas, etc. This energy pattern continues during the month of May, and is especially strong during the first two weeks while Mercury and Uranus are in close conjunction.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Moon in Aries, Retrograde Mercury conjunct Uranus, Mars Square Nodes

The New Moon will be on Wednesday, April 26, @ 12 deg Aries. This lunation marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar Month of Vaisakha, named for Vishakha, the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, which will be on May 10. Since Vishakha is all about Setting Goals and Achieving them, this is normally a good month to set forth on a Journey, Initiate a New Project, etc. But unfortunately, the New Moon shares its sign with Retrograde Mercury, which sort of queers the deal, by introducing all the retrograde problems to the energy of the month. Therefore starting new endeavors is not recommended.
Retrograde Mercury is exactly conjunct Uranus on Friday, April 28, @ 1 deg Aries. This is a rather problematic combination, prone to Misunderstandings and Miscalculations, which could have unexpected consequences. Therefore best to beware of any fast developing situations and not give in to Sudden Impulse. Mercury is the planet of The Media; Uranus is The Unexpected. Mercury ends its retrograde period on May 3, but will still be in close conjunction with Uranus until mid-May. Mercury is the planet of the Rational Intellect, and when combined with Uranus planet of Independence, we get Radical Thinking.
Mars is Square to the Rahu-Ketu Axis. The planet of Action is at the exact midpoint (7 deg Taurus) of the Lunar Nodes on Sunday, April 23. Planets at the midpoint of the nodal axis are put under a lot of Tension. Since Mars is the planet of Action and Violence, this is a rather problematic situation, which has already been seeing some effects (Venezuela) and will likely show up in other ways over the coming days, for instance, the French Election.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Venus Retrograde Ends, Retrograde Mercury Conjunct Uranus

Venus's retrograde period ends on Saturday, April 15. The planet of Romance, Harmony, Pleasures, Agreement, Finance, etc., returns to normal direct motion in the zodiac. But Venus significations are still going to suffer for the next couple of weeks due to the square aspect from Retrograde Saturn. Venus is barely moving this week, at 2 -3 deg Pisces; Saturn is also barely moving @ 3 deg Sagittarius. The planet of Restriction, Harsh Reality, etc. is "throwing shade" on Venus,  preventing Venus from full expression. The exact square aspect will be on Friday, April 21. By the end of the month Venus will make enough progress to start escaping from Saturn's worst influence.
Retrograde Mercury becomes more closely conjunct Uranus this week. The planet of Rational Thinking is already less rational due to its retrograde condition, and now encounters the planet of Unusual Events. Mercury is the planet of Communications, and has a lot to do with Daily Operations. When retrograde, Mercury creates a lot of annoyances. The conjunction with Uranus can add a whole other dimension to the problems of retrograde Mercury. Mistakes, Accidents, Alarming Media Reports, etc. are an increasing likelihood as the week progresses. The exact conjunction of Retrograde Mercury and Uranus is on April 28, @ 1 deg Aries. For more details, watch this Youtube video.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mercury Retrograde Begins, Full Moon in Virgo, Mars Enters Taurus

Mercury begins a Retrograde period on Sunday, April 9. The planet of Communications and Rational Thinking will appear to be moving "backwards" in the zodiac for the next 24 days, until May 3. Mercury begins its retrograde period at 10 deg Aries, backing up to 0 degrees Aries at the end of its retrograde.
Retrograde Mercury is moving towards a conjunction with Uranus, exact at the end of the month. Uranus has just entered Aries, and will be at 1 deg Aries by the end of April. Due to combining with the planet of Unexpected Events, this Retrograde Mercury period promises to be a lot more Crazy than normal. Along with the usual annoying problems of Misunderstandings, Delays in Communications, Mistakes in Transactions, Equipment Malfunction, etc., there will be an additional "Surprise" factor. This can either be Exciting, or Extremely Unnerving. Due to an increased likelihood of Communication Problems leading to Disruption of Everyday Activities, it is best to be really careful, especially during the last week of the month when the conjunction will be exact.
The Full Moon is on Tuesday, April 11, @ 27 deg Virgo. (near midnight on Monday for most of the USA). This marks the culmination of the Hindu lunar month Chaitra. This Full Moon will be closely conjunct Jupiter, which would normally be a good thing. But Jupiter is still Retrograde, so its normal contribution of Hopeful Optimism is tempered somewhat, and with so many other planets retrograde simultaneously, the energy is more towards Doubt rather than Confidence.
Mars enters Taurus on Wednesday, April 12. The planet of Action will be in the sign of the sensual materialist for the next 6 weeks, until May 26. Mars energizes Taurus for acquiring Wealth, Possessions, Assets, etc. Mars in Taurus also emphasizes sensual enjoyments. The downside of Mars in Taurus is that this is the planet of Aggression in the sign of the Bull. When the Bull gets Angry, it's Bad.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Uranus Enters Aries, Retrograde Saturn Squares Retrograde Venus

Uranus changes signs, entering Aries, on April 7. Uranus has been in sidereal Pisces for 7 years, since 2010. Now the planet of Freedom and Rebellion will be in the sign of Independence and Adventure for the next 7 years, until 2024. Both Uranus and Aries share some of the same qualities: both are Freedom Loving and Independent. Both are therefore opposed to the suffocating effects of the Established Order. This combination will therefore boost the energy for independence and rebellion, presenting a serious challenge to the Establishment for the coming years. (more details on Uranus in Aries in this article).
Saturn begins a retrograde period on April 7. The planet of the Established Order will be "going backwards" in the zodiac for the next 4-1/2 months. The qualities of Saturn, the planet of Delay & Restriction, become more pronounced when it is retrograde. Therefore it becomes harder to initiate changes. Note that this is simultaneous with Uranus, planet of Change, entering proactive Aries. This results in more Tension & Stress over trying to make changes.
Saturn is Square to Venus for most of April: Saturn is now Stationary at 3 deg. Sagittarius. Venus is moving towards the end of its retrograde period (on Apr 15) and will be stationary in the early degrees of Pisces next week. The two planets are therefore Square to each other. The exact square aspect will be on April 8. Saturn puts pressure on Venus significations, which are already stressed by being retrograde. Thus there is not much potential for finding Compromise and Agreement for the next few weeks.