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.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Venus Enters Scorpio, Mercury Conjunct Saturn, Mars Enters Libra

Venus changes signs, entering Scorpio on Sunday Nov 26. The planet of Romance leaves its own sign Libra and will be in the sign of Secrets, Passion, Power, Alliances for the next three weeks. Scorpio is also the sign of Investigation; Venus is Young Females. This combination encourages Secret Romance, Seduction, Investigation of Young Lovers, Indiscretion, etc. Venus is in Scorpio until Dec 20.
Mercury is Conjunct Saturn for the next two weeks. Mercury entered Sagittarius on Friday Nov 24, and immediately combined with Saturn; the exact conjunction is on Monday Nov 27 @ 3 deg Sagittarius. The planet of Facts & Information combines with the Reality Check planet in the sign of Truth & Beliefs. Since Sagittarius is attached to Personal Truth, this results in Everyone Feeling Entitled to Their Own Facts, now having to contend with Reality. This conjunction lasts longer than usual, because Mercury is now nearly Stationary in the zodiac, before it goes Retrograde on Dec 3.
Mars changes signs, entering Libra on Wednesday Nov 29. The planet of Action & Aggression leaves Virgo, now moves to the sign of Harmony and Relationship for the next 6 weeks. Basically, this is not a good fit for Mars. Mars will join up with Jupiter, already transiting in Libra since last September. The planet of Action combined with the planet of Optimism indicates too much Self Confidence, leading to Reckless Actions. Mars remains in Libra until Jan 16.
For more Details, see this week's Video Post.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Scorpio New Moon, Mars Square Pluto

The New Moon will be on Saturday, November 18th, @ 2 deg Scorpio. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month Kartikka, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, Krittika, which will be on Dec. 3. Except that this year the Full Moon will be in Rohini, the nakshatra after Krittika. Therefore, the energy of the lunar month lines up more with Rohini, a nakshatra associated with Beautiful Young Women, Fertility, Productivity.
Mars will be exactly Square to Pluto on November 19th. Mars is in Virgo; Pluto is in Sagittarius. The two planets will be @ 23 deg of their respective signs. The fourth house aspect of Mars is considered inimical. Mars the planet of Action and Violence is sending its threatening aggressive energy to Pluto the planet of Complete Destruction and Rebirth. The potential is for something with large consequences. In modern astrology, Pluto is also thought to signify Nuclear Energy.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mercury Enters Scorpio, Venus Enters Libra, Full Moon in Aries

Mercury changes signs, entering Scorpio on Wednesday, Nov 1. The planet of Data & Information will be in the sign of Secrets and Alliances for the next three weeks, adding energy to the various inquiries going on. While in Scorpio, Mercury forms a Parivartana Yoga (exchange of sign rulers) with Mars, which is in Mercury's sign Virgo. Mars in Virgo is the Aggressive Action planet in the sign of Details & Analysis. Thus the two planets reinforce each other during a month which will obviously be about Investigations. Mercury will be in Scorpio until Nov 24.
Venus changes signs, entering Libra on Thursday, Nov. 2. The planet of Harmony and Agreement in its own sign promotes Compromise, Fairness, Agreement, etc. Venus will immediately be opposite Uranus; the exact opposition is on Friday, Nov 3. The planet of Romance is exchanging energy with the planet of Sudden Events. But since Uranus is also the energy of Freedom & Independence, this pattern can indicate a BreakUp.
Venus joins up with Jupiter, already transiting in Libra. The planet of Love + the planet of Opportunity may bring Romance. It's also the planet of Agreement + planet of Optimism, giving more confidence that agreement can be reached. Venus is the planet of Pleasures; Jupiter is the energy of Increase; the combination indicates "Too Much of a Good Thing," i.e., Indulgence. Venus will be in Libra until Nov. 26.
The Full Moon is on Friday, Nov 3, @ 17 deg Aries. This marks the culmination of the energy of the lunar month. Note that it is simultaneously the day of Uranus opposite Venus, with the Full Moon energy weighing in on the Uranus side of the equation =high potential for Surprise Events.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mars in Virgo, Mercury with Jupiter, Saturn Enters Sagittarius

Mars entered Virgo on Oct 13. It's the planet of Aggression in the sign of Analysis, indicating Aggressive Analysis. Mars brings out the worst of detail oriented Virgo, creating Criticism. Mars joins with Venus, the Romance Planet, which is debilitated in Virgo. Therefore Venus significations suffer, until Venus gets away by entering Libra on Nov 2.
Mercury joins Jupiter in Libra on Oct 17, putting the planet of Information and the planet of Beliefs together in the sign of Idealism for a couple of weeks, until Mercury leaves at the beginning of November. Jupiter overwhelms Mercury, leading to Ideology triumphing over Facts.
Saturn enters Sagittarius on Thursday, Oct 26. The planet of Time & Delay, Responsibility & Obligation, Work & Discipline, Harsh Reality and Suffering, will be in the mostly positive but self-righteous sign of Belief & Philosophies until January 2020. For an analysis of Saturn's effects for each rising sign, see New Video Post.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mercury Enters Virgo, Venus Opposite Neptune, Jupiter Opposite Uranus

Mercury changes signs, entering Virgo, on Tuesday Sept 26. The planet of Rational Thinking will be in its own sign for the next 2 -1/2 weeks. By leaving Leo, Mercury also escapes from its enemy Mars. This is Good; Reasonable Discussion, Rational Choices, etc. will be easier to achieve. On the downside, Mercury in Virgo can get too obsessed with Details, and lose site of the larger picture. Mercury will be in Virgo until October 13.
Venus is directly opposite Neptune this week. The planet of Love and Romance is exchanging energy with the planet of Dreams & Idealism. This is good for Devotion, but not particularly realistic. There's also the downside of Neptune: Deception & Confusion, influencing the planet of Guidance & Agreement. The exact opposition is on Friday, Sept 29, when the planets are at 18 deg of their respective signs: Leo for Venus, Aquarius for Neptune. Venus is also getting closer to Mars. The two gender planets together generates a lot of Passion, Heat, Excitement, and Argument.
Jupiter is directly opposite Uranus this week. The planet of Truth & Justice is exchanging energy with the planet of Freedom & Revolution. The exact opposition is at the end of the week, with Jupiter @ 3 deg Libra and Uranus @ 3 deg Aries. Jupiter's Optimism gives encouragement to the Uranian Rebels and Social Revolutionaries. Uranus as the planet of Sudden Unexpected Events influencing Jupiter the planet of Law indicates something surprising coming from the Courts or the Prosecutors. Cue the Mueller Investigation.