Saturday, May 28, 2016

Venus Conjunct New Moon, Opposite Saturn

The New Moon is on Saturday, June 4, @ 20 deg Taurus. This marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar Month Jyeshtha, named for the nakshatra (lunar sign) of the Full Moon, which will be on June 20. Except that this year, the Full Moon will be in the next nakshatra, Mula. Therefore, the energy of the month takes on the quality of Mula, a Fierce sign which is known for Extreme Actions.
Venus, in its own sign Taurus, will be exactly conjunct the New Moon. The exact association with its sign ruler puts emphasis on the Venus significations this month: Romance, Pleasures, Sociability, Appearance, Guidance. But unfortunately, Retrograde Saturn is nearly exactly opposite Venus and the New Moon. Thus the planet of Harsh Reality, Obligation, Restriction, Delay, etc. obstructs the potential of the Venus New Moon. This lunation is also exactly square to Jupiter, which is at 20 deg in Leo. The square aspect of Jupiter to the New Moon indicates some challenges during the month from Jupiter significations: Religion, Beliefs, Ideology, etc.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mercury Retrograde Ends, Venus opposite Mars

Mercury goes back to direct motion on Sunday, May 22nd, @ 20 deg Aries. The planet of Communications has been "backwards" in Aries since April 28th. Mercury's significations will gradually return to normal over the coming week: Better Understanding, Clearer Thinking, Fewer Mistakes. Mercury stays in Aries until June 7th.
Venus is exactly opposite Retrograde Mars on Tuesday, May 24th. Venus will be @ 6 deg Taurus; Mars @ 6 deg Scorpio. Mars is close to the Earth, therefore strong for effects. Venus is weak due to being deeply combust the Sun. Therefore Venus significations suffer this week: Difficulty making Agreements, Financial Markets likely Down, Problems with Romance, etc.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Venus Enters Taurus, Venus Opposite Mars

Venus changes signs, entering Taurus, on Thursday, May 19th. Venus rules Taurus; a planet in its own sign is strong. The significations of Venus, as well as Taurus (and the house containing Taurus in your own chart), should benefit from this situation for the next few weeks. But, there are a couple of problems: Venus is getting closer and closer to the Sun, i.e., entering into Deep Combustion. Therefore, Venus and its significations are getting "burnt up" (see previous post). This condition weakens Venus and its potential for creating benefits.
As soon as Venus enters Taurus, it is directly across the Heavens from Mars, the "attack planet" which is transiting opposite in the sign Scorpio. Mars is retrograde and in its own sign, therefore powerful. Mars also carries the energy of retrograde Saturn, which accompanies Mars in Scorpio, making the aspect of Mars especially malefic.
Thus, the significations of Venus will suffer for the next couple of weeks. Compromise and Agreement will be More Difficult to achieve. Love and Romance will hit a Rough Patch. Financial Markets will be Stressed. The exact opposition of Mars to Venus is on May 24. By the end of the month, Venus will be enough advanced in Taurus to not be suffering so much from Mars, but by then Venus will be in near exact conjunction with the Sun.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Venus Becomes Combust

Venus becomes Combust this week. When a planet gets so close to the Sun that we can't see it, it becomes "combust the Sun" and its significations get "burnt up." Venus has been visible in the East before sunrise for the last several months. Now as it gets closer than 8 degrees from the Sun, it will disappear from view for nearly two months, until it advances enough in the zodiac to get past the Sun.
Venus is the planet of Guidance. When we can't see Venus, "We are Without Guidance." Therefore it is not a good time to get counsel from a lawyer.
Venus is the planet of Value. When we can't see Venus it's Harder to Determine True Value. Therefore this is not a good time for making important purchases.
Venus is the planet of Fairness. When Venus is overwhelmed by the planet of Power and Authority, Fairness and Equality are harder to achieve. Venus will be combust until the first week of July, when it will reappear as the "evening star" in the West after sunset.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Aries New Moon conjunct Retrograde Mercury

The New Moon this month will be on Friday, May 6th, @ 22 deg Aries. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month of Vaishaka, named for the nakshatra Vishakha, although this year the Full Moon will fall in the next nakshatra, Anuradha. This month is normally a good month for beginning new projects. However, since the lord of the month, Mars, ruler of Aries, is Retrograde, starting new projects is not recommended. Also:
The New Moon will be conjunct Retrograde Mercury (only 4 degrees away), indicating that the energy of the month is contaminated by being born while conjunct a "backwards" planet of making rational decisions.
This lunar month embodies the energy of Retrograde Mars. Not only is the month born in the sign of Mars; the Full Moon will be exactly conjunct Retrograde Mars, on May 21st, @ 7 deg Scorpio. Therefore, the energy of the lunar month is totally involved with and expressing the energy of Retrograde Mars. The general rule in Vedic Astrology is that natural malefics, such as Mars, are more capable of doing harm when retrograde. The energy of Pressure,Tension, Frustration, and potential for Violence, is strong for the next four weeks.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Venus enters Aries, Mercury begins Retrograde period

Venus enters Aries on Monday, April 25th. The planet of Romance, Agreement, Guidance, Finance, etc., will be in the Proactive sign of the Ram for the next three weeks, until May 19th. Aries is not a favored sign for Venus because it is a sign of Mars, and therefore more inclined to use force to get what it wants, which is contrary to Venus's naturally more gentle approach. Therefore Venus in Aries brings out more of the negative qualities of Venus, such as selfishness, self-indulgence, vanity, jealousy, etc.
Mercury begins a Retrograde Period on Thursday, April 28th. Mercury is Stationary this week, at the very end of Aries, 29 degrees. The planet of Rational Thinking, Making Decisions, Communications, etc., will be "backwards" in the zodiac for the next three weeks, until May 22nd.
The usual Mercury Retrograde precautions apply: expect Delays, Misunderstandings, Equipment Malfunction, Mistakes in Transactions, etc. This Mercury Retrograde period is likely to be worse than usual due to Mars, Mercury's dispositor (ruler of Aries), also being Retrograde, which will compound the damage to Mercury. The involvement of Retrograde Mars brings the potential for more Tension and Stress, which can explode. Example: reacting with Anger to a Misunderstanding.
There will be 4 retrograde planets in the zodiac for two weeks. Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all retrograde simultaneously. With so much backwards energy in the Heavens, this is not a good time to begin anything of importance. Ongoing projects will encounter delays and obstruction. The number of retrograde planets will reduce to 3, when Jupiter ends its retrograde period on May 9th.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mars Retrograde Begins

Mars is retrograde from April 17 to June 30. The retrograde period begins in the middle of Scorpio (nearly 15 deg) and ends @ 29 deg Libra. When a planet is retrograde, its progress in the zodiac is being "held back," and its astrological significations do not operate normally. Thus, the planet of Action, Initiative, Getting Fast Results, etc., is in difficulty, which can bring out the worst qualities of Mars: Irritation, Anger, Violence, Destruction. The difficulties for Mars are further enhanced by the presence of Saturn, the enemy of Mars, which is also retrograde, and which by being close by further restricts Mars.
Both Mars and Saturn are "natural malefics," i.e., have the quality of being capable of doing harm. The rule in Vedic Astrology is that when natural malefics are retrograde, their ability to do harm is increased. Therefore, two natural malefics, both retrograde, in the same sector of the zodiac, for an extended period of time, is especially portentous for adverse events. (More details in this video) In our own lives, we have to be careful of situations where Circumstances (Saturn) hold back our Action (Mars) resulting in Tension, Pressure, & Frustration, which can then lead us to "blow," causing unhappy results.