Saturday, July 25, 2015

Venus Begins Retrograde, Mars Enters Cancer, Full Moon in Capricorn

Venus turns Retrograde on Saturday, July 25, @ 6 deg Leo. The planet of Romance, Aesthetics, Agreements, Finance, and Guidance, will appear to go "backwards" in the zodiac for the next Six Weeks. Generally, the significations of Venus will Suffer: Romance gets Reconsidered, Agreements are Delayed, Lawyers give Bad Advice. Since Venus is Value, it is hard to determine the True Value of things. Therefore, this is a bad time for making any important purchase. Venus will spend the first few weeks retrograde in Leo, and then "back into" Cancer on August 13th. Venus will end its retrograde period on September 5th. (For more details on Venus retrograde, get the July-August Astrology Newsletter)
Mars enters Cancer on Thursday, July 30. The planet of Action and Aggression is considered Debilitated in this sign. Therefore Mars can display some of its worst characteristics, such as Irritation, Impatience, Violence, Destruction, etc. Check to see which house in your natal Astrology Chart has the sign Cancer. The part of your life signified by this house is likely to experience difficulties. Mars will be in Cancer until mid-September.
The Full Moon is on Friday, July 31, @ 13 deg Capricorn. The Moon will be opposite to Mercury in Cancer, and Mars which will have just entered Cancer. Therefore this Full Moon will be more Reactive, and possibly Volatile, than usual.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jupiter Enters Leo, New Moon in Gemini, Mercury conjunct Mars

Jupiter leaves Cancer and enters Leo, on Monday, July 13. The planet of Increase, Optimism, Prosperity, and Wisdom will be in the sign of Ego, Leaders, & Governments for the next 12 months, until August 2016. Jupiter is generally favorable in this sign, but there is still a downside: over-inflated Egos, excess optimism, etc. which can impel leaders and governments to promise too much or bite off more than they can chew. While the planet is changing signs this week, its significations are vulnerable. Jupiter represents General Prosperity, and Banks & Bonds specifically. Cue the Greek -Euro Crisis.
(For more details on the effects on your chart, get the July-Aug newsletter)
The New Moon will be on Wednesday, July 15, @ 29 deg Gemini. This begins the Hindu lunar month Sarvana, named for the nakshatra of the Full Moon, which will be at the end of July. This lunar month normally has  a good reputation, but this year the New Moon's energy will be influenced by an exact conjunction of Mars and Mercury, also in Gemini, barely 10 degrees away.The good energy of Sarvana gets contaminated by a problematic planetary combination.
Mercury is Exactly Conjunct Mars on July 15, @ 20 deg. Gemini. Mercury and Mars are enemies in Vedic Astrology. Mars is the stronger of the two planets. Therefore Mercury significations will lose out.  Mercury is more about Facts, Diplomacy & Consensus; Mars is Forceful, Combative, and Impatient for Results. The result is Distortion of the Facts, Arguments, Rushed Decisions, etc. The planet of Rational Thinking is at a disadvantage for the coming week. Mercury will finally get away from Mars when it changes signs on July 20.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Venus Enters Leo, Mercury Enters Gemini

Two planets change signs on Saturday, July 4th -Sunday July 5th, within hours of each other.
Venus is first, leaving Cancer, and entering Leo. Although Venus is not totally happy in Leo (the Sun, ruler of Venus, is an enemy to Venus), at least Leo is more stable than Cancer, and therefore the Venus principles of Harmony, Agreement, etc., are improved, especially regarding Leaders & Governments, since Leo is the sign of leadership. Venus is moving much more slowly than normal at this time, because it is about to go Retrograde, on July 25th. Therefore Venus will only get several degrees into Leo, before it reverses direction, and slowly backs up, to return to Cancer in mid-August.
Mercury leaves Taurus, entering Gemini, late Saturday night /early Sunday morning (depends on your time zone). Mercury likes being in its own sign, which energizes the Mercury significations of Ideas & Reasons, Data & Information, the Media, etc. But, Mercury will now join up with its enemy, Mars, which has been transiting in Gemini since mid-June.
Mercury planet of Communication & Rational Thinking, combined with Mars, planet of Aggression & Combat, encourages Rash Speech, Distorted Ideas, Arguments, etc. In other words, this transit of Mercury in Gemini will be fraught with problems. Mercury remains in Gemini until July 20th, when it will move into Cancer.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Jupiter conjunct Venus, Full Moon in Sagittarius

On Tuesday, June 30, Jupiter and Venus will be exactly conjunct @ 27 deg Cancer. You can spot the two planets on the Western horizon just after Sunset. Venus is the brighter of the two. Both Jupiter and Venus are considered "natural benefics," but when the two are together, as they have been for the past few weeks, there tends to be Excess, or even Extreme, events. Jupiter is the planet of Wisdom; Venus is the planet of Guidance.
The US Supreme Court has been handing down important decisions all last week. One example: Jupiter as the planet of Laws, and of Increase. Venus is the planet of Love & Marriage. The Supremes have Expanded the meaning of Marriage by making same sex marriage the law for the whole country. Jupiter and Venus will continue to be in close proximity for the next several weeks.
The Full Moon will be on Wednesday, July 1, @ 15 deg Sagittarius. This marks the culmination of the energy of the Hindu lunar month of Ashada. The Full Moon will be in the lunar sign Purva Ashada, noted for Drastic Actions. Nearly opposite to the Moon will be Mars, the planet of Action and Combat. Therefore, this Full Moon will be full of Energy, and may even bring more drastic actions and violence with it.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

No Changes in the Zodiac for this Week

The planets are in the same signs as last week. 
Venus and Jupiter are getting closer together in Cancer. These two planets are clearly visible on the Western horizon after sunset. Venus is the larger, brighter one; Jupiter appears smaller, and more yellow. Venus together with Jupiter can be too much of a good thing, leading to Excess. This is also the planet of Value plus the planet of Expansion, which can lead to inflated costs. It's also the planet of Love plus the planet of Wisdom, leading to Forgiveness (#CharlestonShooting).
Mars is still in Gemini, until the end of July. The planet of Aggression in the sign of Ideas and Reasons, leading to Controversy.
Mercury remains in Taurus, opposed by Retrograde Saturn in Scorpio. Mercury is the planet of Data & Information, in the sign of Material Worth, leading to various calculations about the worth of policies and decisions. Saturn, the planet of Harsh Reality, is putting the brakes on Mercury.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mars in Gemini, New Moon in Gemini

Mars changes signs, entering Gemini on Monday, June 15. It's the planet of Action, Aggression, and Combat, in the intellectual sign of Ideas and Explanations, which is not a good fit. This energy pattern produces Restless or Agitated Thinking, Fast Responses, Aggressive Speech,  and potential for Mistakes. Mars will be in Gemini for 6 weeks, until the end of July.
The New Moon is on Tuesday, June 16, @ 1 deg. Gemini. This New Moon will be nearly exactly conjunct Mars. Thus, the lunar month will be flavored with the energy of the planet of Combat. Therefore, expect Fast-moving events, Excitement, and due to the mental nature of the sign, a lot of Argument, during the coming weeks. It's the Hindu Lunar month of Ashada, known for Aggressive, Drastic Actions, which will be further encouraged by the Mars energy.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Mercury Retrograde Ends, Mars Combust

On Thursday, June 11, Mercury ends its retrograde phase, @ 10 deg Taurus. It takes several days for the planet to resume normal forward speed in the zodiac, so the effects of Retrograde Mercury can still linger for another week. Therefore, continue to be ready for delays and mistakes in communications, etc. Also, Mercury is now within 4 degrees of direct opposition with Retrograde Saturn, which can also slow things down and complicate matters. Mercury will remain in Taurus until July 5.
Mars is now within a couple of degrees of the Sun. When a planet is so close to the Sun we can't see it, it is "combust" and its significations are "burnt up." This can harm some of what Mars represents, such as cooperation for the sake of pursuing a common goal. Another effect of combustion is that the planet's energies are combined with the energy of the Sun. Both Mars and the Sun have a fiery, forceful quality. Thus, there is a lot of Forceful, Uncompromising energy, which is now in Taurus, and will move into Gemini when Mars and the Sun simultaneously change signs on June 15. The Sun begins to pull away from Mars at the end of June.