Saturday, August 19, 2017

Venus enters Cancer, New Moon / Solar Eclipse, Mars enters Leo

Venus changes signs on Sunday, August 20, leaving Gemini and entering Cancer. This is not considered to be a favorable sign for Venus, because the changeable Moon, the ruler of Cancer, is unfriendly to Venus. The tendency is to over-react to feelings. Therefore some of the downside of Venus is displayed here: Selfishness, Jealousy, Unstable Romance, etc.
The New Moon is on Monday, August 21, @ 4 deg Leo. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month Bhadrapada, which has a rather bad reputation for evil events: Hurricane Katrina, the 9-11 Attack, the beginning of the 2008 Financial Meltdown, all occurred in this lunar month.
This New Moon is a Total Solar Eclipse, visible across the continental United States. In Vedic Astrology eclipses signal forth-coming changes, usually with extended consequences. The events associated with the eclipse happen when a planet subsequently transits through, or opposite, the eclipse degree. In this case, Mars and Retrograde Mercury will become exactly conjunct 4 deg Leo on Sept 2 -4, indicating the potential for a major event or development in the first week of September. Watch this video for more details.
Mars changes signs, entering Leo on Saturday, August 26. The planet of Action, Aggression, Conflict, Haste, etc., transits in the sign of Leaders and Governments for the next 6 weeks. By itself this is not necessarily a bad thing: Mars likes being in Leo. But this time Mars encounters Retrograde Mercury, and the Eclipse Degree, simultaneously. The exact conjunction is on Sept 3. The potential for regrettable Hasty Decisions with Long Term Consequences is very high during the first week of September. Mars and Mercury will remain in close contact for several weeks, until Sept 26.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Capricorn Full Moon, Mercury Begins Retrograde

The Full Moon is on Monday, Aug 7, @ 20 deg Capricorn. This marks the culmination of the energy of the Hindu lunar month Sravana, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) Shravana, that the Full Moon falls in. Shravana is especially connected with Communication, Teaching, Upholding Cultural Traditions.
The Full Moon is Opposed by Mars, which is opposite, @ 17 deg Cancer. The influence from Mars, from the Moon's sign Cancer, indicates a high intensity day, with powerful, even overwhelming, emotions: careful of excess Reactivity.
Mercury goes Retrograde on Saturday, August 12, @ 17 deg Leo. Mercury significations of Rational Thinking, Communications, etc., will be challenged during the next three weeks. Mercury will "back up" in Leo until Sept 5, when it ends its retrograde period @ 4 deg Leo.
Neptune is opposite to Mercury as the retrograde period begins. Neptune is on the other side of the zodiac, at 19 deg Aquarius. The planet of Dreams, Imagination, and the Irrational, opposes the already disadvantaged planet of the Rational Mind. Thus the usual problems of Misunderstandings and Mistakes typical of retrograde Mercury will be even more the case.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturn Stationary during August

There are no significant changes in the zodiac this week.
Saturn is still retrograde until August 25. Before and after ending its retrograde period, a planet appears to be motionless, i.e, "stationary." Slow-moving planets become stationary for extended periods of time. Saturn is now Stationary @ 27 deg Scorpio. In this case, Saturn the "Great Malefic" will be dispensing its energy of limitation all through August and most of September. A stationary planet is considered to be Strong for effects. The planet of Restriction becomes more restrictive. The planet of Harsh Reality can be especially harsh, even cruel, in the sign Scorpio. The planet of Structure is "stuck" and not making progress in the zodiac. Meanwhile, Mars the planet of Action is still in Cancer, its sign of debilitation, for most of August.  And in the 2nd week of the month, Mercury goes Retrograde. Therefore August is not the best month for new endeavors, or even making progress on existing ones.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

New Moon Conjunct Mars, Venus opposite Saturn, Venus Enters Gemini

The New Moon is on Sunday, July 23, @ 6 deg Cancer. This New Moon will be in near exact conjunction with Mars, setting up an energy pattern that will feature the planet of Action and Conflict for the coming lunar month. This New Moon initiates the Hindu lunar month of Sravana, named for Shravana, the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, which will be on August 7. Shravana is symbolized by the Ear, indicating Listening, the transfer of Information and Knowledge, therefore The Media. More details in this video:
Venus is exactly opposite Retrograde Saturn on Monday, July 24. Venus is at the end of Taurus; Saturn is at the end of Scorpio. The planet of Harmony, Agreement, Romance, Finance, Guidance, etc., is being strongly influenced by the planet of Harsh Realities, Limitation, Discipline, etc. for the first few days of this week. Financial Markets will likely be Down.
Venus Changes signs, entering Gemini, on Wednesday, July 26. The planet of Harmony and Relationship usually does well in the sign of Mental Adaptability. However, since Gemini is the most dual sign of the zodiac, it's flexible nature can make a visiting planet seem Unreliable. Venus will be in Gemini for nearly four weeks, until August 21.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mars Square Uranus, Jupiter Trine Venus, Mercury Enters Leo & conjunct Rahu

Mars is exactly Square to Uranus on Monday, July 17. Mars is at 4 deg Cancer; Uranus is at 4 deg Aries. The square aspect is generally an inimical aspect, causing the two planets to challenge each other's energy. Since Aries is a sign owned by Mars, Uranus is already contributing its energy to Mars. Cancer is Mars' sign of Debilitation; a debilitated natural malefic planet can be especially dangerous.Therefore this astrological pattern indicates sudden, explosive anger, violence, etc. The energy pattern will be further enhanced Sunday & Monday due to the Moon transiting through Aries, i.e., conjunct Uranus.
Jupiter is Trine Venus this week. The exact trine is on Tuesday, July 18, with Jupiter @ 21 deg Virgo and Venus @ 21 deg Taurus. Jupiter and Venus are both Financial Planets, so markets should be Up at the beginning of the week.
Mercury changes signs, entering Leo, on Thursday July 20. The planet of Rational Thinking is generally good in the royal sign of the Sun. Also, Mercury gets away from its enemy Mars, which stays behind in Cancer. But not all is well because:
Mercury is conjunct Rahu as soon as it enters Leo. Rahu (North Node of the Moon, i.e., one of the eclipse points) is hanging out in the first degree of Leo. As an eclipse point Rahu has a natural tendency to Obscure, i.e., Distort, the meanings of a planet it combines with. Therefore Mercury's significations will suffer at the end of the week: Illogical Thinking, Fake News, Distorted Information, etc. Mercury moves fairly quickly, and will get away from Rahu's influence in a few days.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Mercury Enters Cancer

Mercury changes signs, entering Cancer, on Sunday, July 2. The planet of Rational Thinking, Communications, Information, The Media, etc., leaves its own sign Gemini and enters the water element sign of the Moon. Emotions-based Cancer is not the best sign for Rational Mercury. On the plus side, Mercury will now separate from Mars, which lags behind in Gemini. Therefore some of the last couple of weeks of Argument and Media Wars may abate somewhat. But on July 11th, Mars will enter Cancer, and once again team up with Mercury for more verbal fisticuffs. Mercury remains in Cancer until July 20.
The Full Moon will be on Saturday, July 8, @ 23 deg Sagittarius. This is the culmination of the Hindu lunar month of Ashada, based on the Moon being in the nakshatra (lunar sign) Purva Ashada. This sign is nicknamed "the Unsubdued." This Full Moon will be closely conjunct Pluto, and simultaneously opposed by Mars, indicating High Energy for Pluto's signification of Destruction and Regeneration, Rebirth.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mercury Conjunct Mars, Venus Enters Taurus

Mercury is exactly conjunct Mars on Wednesday, June 28, @ 21 deg Gemini. Mercury is the planet of Communication and Discussion; Mars is the planet of Aggression. This combination promotes Argument. Mercury is the planet of Consensus; Mars is the planet of Conflict: this is Not a good time for finding Agreement. Mercury is the planet of Making Rational Decisions; Mars is the planet of Haste & Impatience. Therefore important decisions are likely to backfire due to being rushed. In your own chart, watch out for fast-developing events in the sector of life signified by the house placement of the sign Gemini. This energy pattern will continue until Mercury leaves Gemini and enters Cancer on July 2.
Venus enters Taurus on Thursday, June 29. The planet of Love, Harmony, Agreement, Art, Finance, Guidance, etc., is happy to be in its own sign for the next few weeks. Generally this is good for Venus and Taurus significations. Venus is Love; Taurus is Romantic. Venus is Art; Taurus likes to own Nice Stuff. Venus is Finance; Taurus likes Value. Therefore purchasing is encouraged; financial markets will generally be Up. Venus stays in Taurus until July 26.