Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mercury Retrograde Begins March 22

First Mercury retrograde period of 2018 starts Thursday, March 22, @ 22 deg Pisces. Mercury will "back up" in the zodiac for the next three weeks, ending on April 15, @ 10 deg Pisces. As the planet of Rational Thinking, Mercury is not at its best in an emotions-centered water sign. The retrograde condition will make Mercury even less rational. Therefore, the usual precautions necessary for Retrograde Mercury should be observed: Expect Delays, Misunderstandings, Mistakes in Transactions, Equipment Breakdown, Irrational Thinking, Distortion of Facts, False Media Reports, etc. Mercury is the planet of Signatures: signing something while Mercury is retrograde insures that the document or project will be plagued with delays and problems.
Jupiter is the ruler of Pisces, and it too is retrograde (see previous post). The link between Jupiter and Mercury while both are simultaneously retrograde creates an even higher potential for Misunderstanding.
The middle of this Mercury Retrograde will be especially problematic due to Mercury receiving a square aspect from Mars, exact on April 3 -4. Mars puts pressure on Mercury, making Mistakes more likely, especially due to Distorted Information and giving rise to Irrational Anger. The effects of Mars on Mercury will be observed to some degree all through the Mercury Retrograde period.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Mercury Conjunct Venus, Mars Enters Sagittarius, Jupiter Retrograde

Mercury is exactly conjunct Venus March 4 -6, @ 2 -4 deg Pisces. Mercury and Venus will remain in close conjunction for the next three weeks while they transit through Pisces. Normally Mercury moves faster than Venus, but Mercury is slowing down due to approaching its retrograde period (which begins on March 22). The planet of Communications conjunct the planet of Guidance and Relationship in the sign of Emotional Support is good for Giving Advice. But with Pisces the advice is more about Hope and Compassion, and may not be practical or realistic.
Mars changes signs, entering Sagittarius on Wednesday, March 7. The planet of Action and Force will be in the sign of Personal Truth for the next 7 weeks, until May 2. While in Sagittarius, Mars joins up with Saturn, which has been transiting here since last October.
Mars and Saturn are "enemies" in Vedic Astrology: it's the planet of Action + the planet of Restriction & Delay. The result is a lot of Stress and Tension. But used positively, Saturn can help to Focus the energy of Mars, leading to Determined Accomplishment. (more details in this month's Astrology Newsletter).
Jupiter begins a Retrograde Period on Friday, March 9, @ 29 deg Libra. The planet of Opportunity will be "going backwards" in the zodiac for the next 4 months, which is good for checking back on opportunities that did not initially pan out. It's also the planet of Wisdom going back over the past, i.e., good for Self-reflection, "gaining wisdom for the past." Retrograde planets are close to the Earth, therefore strong, but not operating normally. Also, Jupiter is at the very end of a sign this month, which makes it even less reliable.
(more details in the March-April Vedic Astrology Newsletter).

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mars Square Venus, Mercury Conjunct Neptune, Full Moon, Venus & Mercury Enter Pisces

Venus and Mars form an Exact Square Aspect from Saturday through Monday, Feb 24-26. Mars is powerful in its own sign Scorpio; Venus is in Aquarius. The 4th House Aspect ("Forward Square") is considered Inimical, putting a lot of pressure on Venus significations. I.e., not a good time for Agreement, Relationship, Harmony, etc. (more details in this video post)
Mercury is Exactly conjunct Neptune on Sunday, Feb 25. The planet of Rational Thinking and Reasonable Discussion suffers while in contact with the planet of Illusion, Confusion, and Deception, making Communications difficult, and Media Reports Inaccurate. On the other hand, it may be good for Creative Thinking.
The Full Moon is on Thursday, March 1, @ 17 deg Leo. This marks the culmination of the lunar energies in the lunar sign Purva Phalguni, noted for Creativity, Enjoyment & Pleasure. The Full Moon will be within a couple of degrees of exact opposition to Neptune, increasing the potential for Parties, Strange Events, and Irrational Behavior.
Venus enters Pisces on Thursday, March 1. The planet of Romance and Sociability is considered Exalted in the sign of Faith and Belief. Pisces is the sign of Sympathetic Emotional Support, therefore social engagements should do well for the next 3 weeks.
Mercury enters Pisces on Friday, March 2. This is Mercury's sign of Debilitation, because the planet of Linear Thinking doesn't do well in the emotional sign of Faith. But Mercury will be closely conjunct Exalted Venus for the next three weeks, which is very good for Communication in Romance, Creativity, Imagination, Compassion, etc.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mercury Enters Aquarius, New Moon in Aquarius, Mars Square Neptune

Mercury changes signs, entering Sidereal Aquarius on Wednesday, Feb 14. The planet of Communication likes being in the sign of Social Awareness. Mercury is the planet of The Media, now in the sign of The Humanitarian =more Reports on the Suffering of the Disadvantaged, etc. Aquarius likes to learn and retain knowledge, Mercury is the planet of Study & Learning.
The New Moon will be on Thursday, Feb 15, @ 3 deg Aquarius. Mercury will be in close conjunction, so this lunar month will feature the signifcations of Mercury, planet of Rational Thinking, Reasons & Explanations, Study & Learning, etc. This New Moon initiates the Hindu Lunar Month of Falguna, named for the nakshatra the Full Moon falls in, Purva Phalguni, which will be on March 1.
Mars is Square to Neptune this week. The exact aspect is Saturday Feb 17, when both planets are at 19 deg of their respective signs: Mars in Scorpio; Neptune in Aquarius. Mars is strong in its own sign; the square aspect is inimical. Therefore Neptune the planet of Dreams & Idealism, but also Illusions and Confusion, will suffer. This is an unpleasant combination prone to be demoralizing. The Deception of Neptune + Aggression of Mars leads to Nasty Events. ( More details in recent Video Blog)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Venus Enters Capricorn, Mars Enters Scorpio, Capricorn New Moon

Venus enters Capricorn today, Saturday January 14. The planet of Romance and Agreement will be in the sign of Practical Realization for the next few weeks. This combination is good for Practical Unions, Realistic Agreements, etc. But, while in Capricorn Venus will combine with Ketu, one of the eclipse points. Ketu is Idealistic, which simultaneously engenders Dissatisfaction. Thus the potential of Venus in Capricorn may not be realized unless it is on a high level. The exact conjunction of Venus and Ketu is on January 29, @ 20 deg Capricorn.
Mars enters Scorpio on Tuesday, January 16. After 6 weeks in Libra, Mars changes signs this week. Mars is happy to be in its own sign, where it will be free to operate, unlike in Libra, where Mars was in a sign that blunted its energy, as well as being influenced by Jupiter. Scorpio significations such as Investigations, Forming Alliances, Achieving Goals, etc. are enhanced. But Scorpio is also the sign of Secrets; Mars is the planet of Action. Thus: Secret Actions, Conspiracies, etc. are also promoted. Mars will be in Scorpio for 6 weeks, until March 7.
The New Moon is on Tuesday, January 16, @ 2 deg Capricorn. This New Moon is closely  conjunct Venus, which just entered Capricorn. By being combined with the lunation, the influence of the planet of Romance and Agreement will be prominent during the coming lunar month. But the energy of the month will be compromised because the Full Moon, the culmination of the month's energy, will be a Total Lunar Eclipse, which happens on January 31, in Cancer.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Mercury in Sagittarius conjunct Saturn, Mars conjunct Jupiter

Mercury enters sidereal Sagittarius today, Saturday January 6. The planet of Rational Thinking is in the sign of Personal Beliefs for three weeks, until Jan 27. Mercury in Sagittarius emphasizes Ideology. Therefore don't expect much compromise on Ideas and Reasons over the next three weeks.
While in Sagittarius, Mercury combines with Saturn. Saturn is the planet of Control, Endurance, & Persistence. Therefore Mercury's Ideas and Reasoning tend to have Longevity. Saturn is also the Reality Check Planet, which with Mercury brings more Serious Thinking. The exact conjunction of Mercury and Saturn will be Friday- Saturday Jan 12 -13, @ 8 deg Sagittarius. As it happens, that is very close to the USA Vedic Astrology Chart's Ascendant Degree, indicating a high likelihood of some significant decision needing to be made. Therefore, this week will be important for developments in the US. (for more on this, see last week's video post)
Mars is exactly conjunct Jupiter today, Saturday January 6, @ 23 deg Libra. The planet of Action combines with the planet of Law, creating lots of Legal Activity. This has already been evident over the past few days, and will continue to manifest this coming week. Jupiter is also the planet of Optimism, which when combined with Mars promotes Overconfidence, resulting in Reckless Action. Mars will separate from Jupiter when it changes signs on January 16.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Full Moon in Gemini, Mercury Enters Sagittarius, Mars Conjunct Jupiter

The Full Moon will be on New Year's Day, January 1, @ 17 deg sidereal Gemini. This marks the culmination of the lunar month's energy, and occurs in the lunar sign Ardra, the sign of Rudra, the God of Storms. But, countering the stormy forecast, Venus will be directly opposite the Full Moon, @ 15 deg Sagittarius. The Mutual Aspect of Venus and the Full Moon in social Gemini promises a good day for a Party, Entertainment, etc.
Mercury changes signs, leaving Scorpio and entering Sagittarius, on Saturday Jan 6. After spending two months in Scorpio, due to going through a retrograde period, Mercury finally moves on in the zodiac. The planet of Reasons & Explanations will be in the sign of Personal Beliefs for the next three weeks, promoting Partisanship and Alternate Facts. Mercury will join up with Saturn, which is now in the early degrees of Sagittarius. The Thinking planet + the Reality Check planet should make for more Realistic Thinking for the next few weeks.
Mars is conjunct Jupiter this week, in sidereal Libra. The exact conjunction will be Saturday, Jan 6, @ 23 deg Libra. The planet of Action & Haste is together with the planet of Optimism, creating an energy for Overconfidence and Impulsive Action. This is happening in Libra the sign of Idealism. Therefore be careful of rosey outlook leading to Unrealistic Action. Mars is also the planet of Aggression; Jupiter is the planet of Law. Therefore: high likelihood for more arrests in the Trump-Russia affair.