Saturday, December 30, 2017

Full Moon in Gemini, Mercury Enters Sagittarius, Mars Conjunct Jupiter

The Full Moon will be on New Year's Day, January 1, @ 17 deg sidereal Gemini. This marks the culmination of the lunar month's energy, and occurs in the lunar sign Ardra, the sign of Rudra, the God of Storms. But, countering the stormy forecast, Venus will be directly opposite the Full Moon, @ 15 deg Sagittarius. The Mutual Aspect of Venus and the Full Moon in social Gemini promises a good day for a Party, Entertainment, etc.
Mercury changes signs, leaving Scorpio and entering Sagittarius, on Saturday Jan 6. After spending two months in Scorpio, due to going through a retrograde period, Mercury finally moves on in the zodiac. The planet of Reasons & Explanations will be in the sign of Personal Beliefs for the next three weeks, promoting Partisanship and Alternate Facts. Mercury will join up with Saturn, which is now in the early degrees of Sagittarius. The Thinking planet + the Reality Check planet should make for more Realistic Thinking for the next few weeks.
Mars is conjunct Jupiter this week, in sidereal Libra. The exact conjunction will be Saturday, Jan 6, @ 23 deg Libra. The planet of Action & Haste is together with the planet of Optimism, creating an energy for Overconfidence and Impulsive Action. This is happening in Libra the sign of Idealism. Therefore be careful of rosey outlook leading to Unrealistic Action. Mars is also the planet of Aggression; Jupiter is the planet of Law. Therefore: high likelihood for more arrests in the Trump-Russia affair.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

New Moon, Venus Enters Sagittarius, Mercury Retrograde Ends

The New Moon will be on Sunday, Dec 17, @ 2 deg Sagittarius. This marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar Month Pushya, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, Pushyami. Except that this year the Full Moon will fall in Ardra (on Jan 1), a decidedly less favorable nakshatra, indicating the energy of the lunar month will be less auspicious than usual. Additionally, the New Moon will be closely conjunct Saturn, giving The Reality Check planet a strong influence over the coming lunar month.
Venus Enters Sidereal Sagittarius on Wednesday, Dec 20. The planet of Romance, Pleasure, & Agreement leaves secretive conspiratorial Scorpio and enters a more optimistic enthusiastic sign for the next three weeks. However, as soon as it enters Sagittarius, Venus will be conjunct Saturn, the planet of Limitation and Obligation. Therefore the energy pattern for the holiday season has the planet of Pleasures seriously Restricted by the planet of Realities. The exact conjunction of Venus and Saturn is on Monday, Dec 25, @ 6 deg Sagittarius. Other significations of Venus, such as Agreement, Compromise, Finance, will be similarly burdened by serious considerations. Simultaneously Venus is Combust the Sun (see previous post). Venus remains in Sagittarius until Jan 13.
Mercury Retrograde Ends on Friday, Dec 22, @ 18 deg Scorpio. The planet of Communication, Rational Thinking, Reasons & Explanations, Making Decisions, etc., will slowly return to normal forward motion over the coming week. Mercury remains in Scorpio until January 6.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Retrograde Mercury Enters Scorpio; Venus Combust

Retrograde Mercury "backs into" sidereal Scorpio on Sunday Dec 10. The problems of Mercury Retrograde will now manifest from the venue of the sign of Secrets, Investigations, and Alliances. This might be helpful in some ways: retrograde Mercury is good for "going back over things" and that would include Research & Investigation. In any case, the problems of Mercury Retrograde continue: Delays, Miscommunication, Misinterpretation, Miscalculation, etc., but now manifesting in the area of life signified by Scorpio's position in your natal chart. (see details for each sign in this video post). Mercury Retrograde will be over on Dec 22.
Retrograde Mercury is conjunct Venus in Scorpio. The exact conjunction will be on Friday, December 15, @ 23 deg Scorpio. The misunderstandings of retrograde Mercury combine with the significations of Venus, indicating problems in Love & Romance. Venus is also the planet of Advice & Guidance, so this would not be a good time to be seeking advice from a lawyer.
Venus becomes Combust the Sun this week. For the last several months Venus has been visible in the East before Sunrise as the "Morning Star," but is now catching up to the Sun. Venus now disappears from view as it rides along with the Sun in the zodiac for the next couple of months. When the planet of Guidance disappears, "we are without guidance." Traditional Astrology sees the combustion of a planet as problematic for that planet's significations. Since it is a Financial planet, when Venus is invisible, it's harder to determine True Value. In early February, Venus will reappear in the West after Sunset as the "Evening Star."

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Mercury Retrograde Begins; Full Moon in Taurus

Mercury begins its last retrograde period of 2017 on Sunday, Dec 3, @ 5 deg sidereal Sagittarius. The planet of Rational Thinking "going backwards" means people are less rational than usual. The planet of Communications "held back" from normal progress means that Communications get Delayed. The planet of Facts & Data not operating normally means that Information gets Distorted. Therefore be careful re communications, expect delays, daily operations get screwed up, and media reports are even less reliable than usual. Mercury retrograde periods are good for "going back over things," i.e., editing, making corrections, finishing up past business, etc. But starting anything new is not recommended.
Mercury Retrograde begins while conjunct Saturn. For the first week of the Mercury retrograde period, the planet is tightly conjunct Saturn.  The planet of Limitation, Harsh Realities, Responsibility, & Delay makes the beginning of Mercury Retrograde even worse than usual. After Dec 10, Mercury "backs into" Scorpio and gets away from Saturn. Mercury will be retrograde until December 22.
For more details: see this week's Video Blog Post. 
The Full Moon is on Sunday, Dec 3, @ 17 deg Taurus. This marks the culmination of the energies of the Hindu lunar month Karttika, named for the lunar sign Krittika, except that in 2017 the Taurus Full Moon falls in Rohini. Rohini is a nakshatra known for Fertility, Productivity, Commerce. This Full Moon is in exact Square Aspect to Neptune, indicating some problem due to Imagination, Fantasy, Disconnect from Reality.