Sunday, August 30, 2015

Venus Conjunct Mars

Venus is still Retrograde, and now in Cancer. Mars has been advancing in Cancer since the end of July. The two planets will cross each other at the end of the month; the exact conjunction will be August 31, @ 20 deg Cancer.
Venus significations of Love, Relationship, Agreement, Harmony, Guidance, and Finance, have already been compromised by the retrograde condition of the planet. The addition of Mars, the Attack Planet, makes Venus and its significations suffer further. Therefore this week is Not Favorable for Agreements, Making important Purchases, Using a Lawyer, or Financial Arrangements. The Financial Markets will continue to be Unstable.
Venus will come out of Retrograde on September 6th. Mars will gradually pull away from Venus, finally leaving Cancer on September 15th. After next week, Venus significations will gradually improve.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Jupiter Combust, Venus comes out of Combustion, Mercury Enters Virgo

Jupiter becomes Combust this week. The planet of Prosperity, Generosity, Optimism, and Wisdom will disappear from view for a couple of weeks as the Sun passes over its position in Leo. Jupiter's significations will combine with the Sun, which isn't so bad for the non-material significations (Wisdom, Confidence), but the material significations will likely suffer (i.e., Prosperity, Banks). Jupiter will be exactly conjunct the Sun on Aug 26.
Venus is exactly Conjunct the Sun on Saturday, August 15. Venus significations suffer due to the planet being simultaneously Retrograde and Combust. When we can't see the planet of Guidance, we are "Without Guidance." Venus will come out of Combustion on August 20, when it will reappear in the East before sunrise as the "Morning Star." But Venus will still be Retrograde (until Sept 6) and will be headed towards its conjunction with Mars (Aug 31). Therefore Venus is still in the toilet for a few more weeks.
Mercury enters Virgo on Saturday, August 22. The planet of Rational Thinking is happy in its own sign, where it is also exalted. The significations of Virgo will combine with Mercury, leading to more Detailed Analysis, Data & Information, Critical Thinking, etc. Mercury will be in Virgo for an extra long time, until the end of October, because it will go through a retrograde period, starting Sept. 17.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Retrograde Venus enters Cancer

On Thursday, August 13, Venus "backs into" Cancer. Venus has been retrograde since July 25th in Leo. The rest of Venus's retrograde period will be spent in Cancer. Venus continues to be retrograde until Sept. 6.
Venus will be Gandant and Combust. The borderline between a Water sign (Cancer) and a Fire sign (Leo) is a particularly bad spot in the zodiac, called Gandant. Planets in this position are weakened and vulnerable. Venus, moving in reverse, slowly moves through this "pothole" in the zodiac starting on Tuesday. Also, Venus will be conjunct the Sun, i.e., Combust: we won't be able to see it. The planet Venus will be "burnt up" by the Sun for a couple of weeks. Venus will disappear from view in the West as the "evening star" and re-emerge in the East as the "morning star" after August 20th.
Thus, Venus will be totally hammered this week, and its significations will suffer. It is therefore a bad week for Negotiations or Agreements, Bad for Lawyers (Venus =Guidance), Bad for Making Purchases (Venus =Value), and Bad for Financial Markets.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Mercury Enters Leo, Mercury conjunct Retrograde Venus & Jupiter

Mercury enters Leo on Tuesday, August 4. The planet of the Rational Mind, Communications, Data & Information will be in the sign of Governments and Leaders for the next 3 weeks. This could be a good thing for negotiations, especially since Mercury will be conjunct Venus, planet of Agreement, and Jupiter, planet of Conciliation. But, Venus is Retrograde, which may screw things up. When retrograde, Venus is less likely to compromise, especially in the self-centered sign Leo.
Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter will all be tightly conjunct this week in the early degrees of Leo. The exact conjunction will be Thursday-Friday (just in time for Republican Candidates debate). When planets are on top of each other they tend to interfere with each other, which can result in Confusion, and Distortion of planetary significations. Mercury, planet of Facts, is the weakest of the three. Therefore, this may not be a good week for making important decisions. But all three of these planets are "natural benefics," so the damage can't be too bad. By the end of the week, the planets are getting a couple of degrees apart, and the energy will gradually sort itself out.

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.