Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mars Opposite Jupiter, Mars Conjunct Uranus, Mercury enters Aquarius

Mars is Directly opposite Retrograde Jupiter this week. The planet of Action and Combat is attacking the planet of Ethics, Truth and Justice. This is not a good week for the higher qualities of Jupiter. Simultaneously, Jupiter is aspecting Mars: the planet of Optimism influences the planet of Action, making Rash, Risky Actions more likely. The exact opposition is on Monday February 27: Jupiter at 28 deg Virgo; Mars @ 28 deg Pisces.
Mars conjunct Uranus this week. This is a rather combustible combination: the planet of Violence together with the planet of Sudden Events =high potential for Accidents. The aspect of Jupiter, planet of Increase, shining on the Mars-Uranus conjunction serves to increase chances of a major event. Also: Mars is Violence, Uranus is Rebels, and Jupiter is Confidence = potential for Terrorist Acts. The exact conjunction is Sunday Feb 26, @ 27 deg Pisces.  More Details in this Video post. 
Mercury enters Aquarius on Wednesday, Feb 22. The planet of Rational Thinking is happy in the air sign that values Contemplation, and likes acquiring Knowledge. But Mercury has to contend with its opposite, Neptune, the planet of the Dreams and the Irrational. The result is good for Imaginative Thinking, but can also lead to Confusion and Misunderstanding. The exact conjunction of Mercury and Neptune will be March 4.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Jupiter Begins Retrograde, Cancer Full Moon

Jupiter begins a Retrograde Period on Monday, Feb 6. Jupiter is at the very end of sidereal Virgo, 29 degrees Virgo, and will now appear to move slowly backwards in the zodiac until June 9th, when it ends its retrograde phase @ 19 deg Virgo. For the next four months the significations of Jupiter will be "backwards," i.e., not operating normally. Jupiter is the planet of Increase, Prosperity, Truth & Wisdom, Guru, Belief, Religion, Optimism, and Opportunity. These areas of life will be in some way Distorted over coming months.
Uranus is directly opposite Jupiter, in the last degrees of Pisces. The planet of Sudden Events, Freedom & Rebellion, has been impacting Jupiter for the last couple of months, and will continue to do so until Uranus moves into Aries in early April. Additionally, Mars the planet of Action and Combat, is moving forwards in Pisces and therefore combining its energy with Uranus. The two will be conjunct at the end of February, while directly opposite Retrograde Jupiter. Thus besides being retrograde, Jupiter is in a bad way this month, and its significations will suffer.
Jupiter retrograde is the planet of Opportunity going "backwards," suggesting revisiting opportunities in the past and giving them a second look. Jupiter the planet of Wisdom going backwards suggests a good time for Contemplation, for learning from past events. In your own chart, the significations of the house position of Virgo would be the area for you to examine regarding past actions and realizations.
The Full Moon is on Friday, February 10, @ 28 deg Cancer. This marks the culmination of the energy of the Hindu lunar month Makkha, although this year the Full Moon is in the prior nakshatra, Ashlesha. This Full Moon is also a Partial Lunar Eclipse, which will be visible from the Eastern US.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturn Enters Sagittarius, Venus Enters Pisces, Capricorn New Moon

Saturn changes signs, entering Sagittarius, on January 27. After spending 2 years in Scorpio, the planet of Structure, Obligation, Restriction, Stability, etc. will now manifest from a new venue in the zodiac. Sagittarius is a positive upbeat sign, so this is mostly good. Problem is, due to going through a retrograde period starting in April, Saturn will be hanging around the borderline between Scorpio and Sagittarius for most of 2017. This is one of the "Gandant" areas of the zodiac, a sort of Pothole where planets loose a lot of strength. Therefore the planet of Stability will be Unstable for the next several months. Actually, Saturn has already been in the Gandant degrees since early December. The most obvious example is all the instability created by the new Trump Administration.
Venus changes signs, entering Pisces, on Friday, January 28. This is Venus's sign of Exaltation, meaning that some of the best qualities of Venus manifest in this sign. It's the planet of Love and Harmony in the sensitive sign of Emotional Support. The downside is that the Pleasure principle of Venus can go a bit overboard in profligate Pisces. Also, the benefit of exalted Venus is not initially apparent, because Venus joins with Mars for most of February, creating a lot of Heat, Passion, and Argument. Venus will stay in Pisces for much longer than usual because it will go into a retrograde period in early March. Venus therefore remains in Pisces for four months, until the end of May.
The New Moon is on Friday, January 27, @ 14 deg Capricorn. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month of Makkha, named for Magha, the nakshatra of the Full Moon. Except that this year, the Full Moon falls in the prior nakshatra, Ashlesha. Therefore the month takes on the qualities of Ashlesha, the sign of the snake, known for manipulation, sneaky behavior, and poisoning one's enemies. This New Moon also marks the Chinese New Year, on January 28, which kicks off the year of the Fire Rooster. The Rooster is known for a lot of Strutting Around, and making A Lot of Noise. Also, being protective of one's harem (family).  More on Saturn & Venus & New Moon in this weeks video post.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturn Square Mars, Mars Enters Pisces

Saturn Square Mars this week: Saturn approaches the end of Scorpio, while Mars approaches the end of Aquarius; the two planets will be exactly 90 degrees from each other on Thursday, January 19. Simultaneously, the two planets are in Parivartana Yoga, i.e., occupy each other's signs. The Mars-Saturn combination produces a lot of Frustration, Tension and Stress, which has been obvious over the past weeks, and reaches its final point of intensity this week just before Mars changes signs.
On Friday, January 20, Mars enters Pisces. After spending 6 weeks in Aquarius, the planet of Action and Force now moves into the sign of Hope and Faith. This planetary pattern gives energy to the Believers, the Devotees, and to the Zealots. Naturally the energy will be available to followers of all stripes, and will likely produce more dissension between various groups.
Mars will join up with Uranus, already transiting in Pisces. The planet of Force combined with the planet of Rebellion and Sudden Unexpected Events is a dangerous, volatile combination that will undoubtedly produce results especially as the two get closer together in February. The events will occur in both the Human Realm as well as Mother Nature.
Additionally, Mars will be opposing Jupiter, the planet of Truth and Belief, which has been transiting at the end of Virgo. This pattern will exacerbate the tensions and fighting between groups and parties with Opposing Beliefs, the worst of it coming in late February when the opposition will be exact.
Mars will be in Pisces until March 1.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mars Conjunct Neptune, Venus Conjunct Ketu

Mars is exactly conjunct Neptune on Dec 31, @ 15 deg Aquarius. The planet of Action and Violence is joining forces with the planet of Fantasy, Delusion, and Deception. This energy pattern is problematic, even ominous, with a potential for Unintended Results, and even Violence. Neptune is also the planet of Intoxication, which with Mars can lead to overdoing it for the New Year holiday. Mercury, the planet of making decisions, is still Retrograde, creating a high potential for Accidents.
Venus is exactly conjunct Ketu on Jan 7, @ 10 deg Aquarius. The planet of Romance joins up with the Eclipse point, which can damage Venus significations. Ketu is a spiritual indicator, which combined with Venus can give Devotion. Since Mars accompanies Venus and Neptune in Aquarius, the sign of Social Idealism, there can be Passion for Social Ideals.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Mars Conjunct Ketu, Venus Enters Aquarius, New Moon in Sagittarius

Mars is exactly conjunct Ketu on Dec 25 -Dec 26, @ 11 deg Aquarius. The planet of Action and Aggression joins with the mysterious South Node of the Moon, which can bring Extreme Events, even Chaos. These events can be either Human caused or from Mother Nature. Since Aquarius is a sign associated with Social Change, it could signal more Terrorist Actions occurring during the holiday weekend. Watch Youtube Video analysis of Mars conjunct Ketu.
Venus enters Aquarius on Wednesday, Dec 28. The planet of Compromise and Harmony will be in the sign of the Humanitarian for the nearly all of January, until Jan 28. While in Aquarius, Venus will join up with Ketu and Neptune, both signifying Idealism, and Mars, planet of Action. Venus + Mars = Passion. The result is Passion for Social Ideals.
The New Moon is on Thursday, Dec 29, @ 13 deg Sagittarius. This marks the beginning of the Hindu Lunar Month of Pushya, named for Pushyami, the nakshatra of the Full Moon. Except that this year, the Full Moon will be in Purnavasu, the prior nakshatra, on Jan 12. Purnavasu is good for Starting Over; i.e., it has the energy of Success on the 2nd Attempt. This New Moon is closely conjunct Retrograde Mercury, which will boost the Retrograde energy for the coming weeks, increasing the Potential for Misunderstandings and Mistakes, i.e., this is not a favorable lunar month for beginning new projects. Watch Youtube Video analysis of Mercury Retrograde

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mercury Retrograde Begins; Winter Solstice, Jupiter opposite Uranus

Mercury begins a Retrograde Period on Monday, Dec 19, @ 21 deg Sagittarius. The planet of Facts and Data in the sign of Personal Beliefs is not the best placement for Mercury, which now gets worse due to the retrograde effects. The result is that everyone feels entitled to "their own facts."
The usual precautions for Mercury Retrograde periods should be observed: Expect Delays in Everyday Operations, Messages get Misinterpreted, Equipment Failure happens more Often, Mistakes in Business Transactions, etc. The potential for Misunderstandings is increased because the sign Sagittarius won't admit to making mistakes. The interference of Beliefs with Facts gets emphasized due to the Parivartana yoga between Mercury and Jupiter, which is in Mercury's sign Virgo. Mercury will be Retrograde until January 7.
For Analysis by way of your rising sign, watch this video: https://youtu.be/3VyitIRuvJw
The Winter Solstice is on Wednesday, Dec 21. This marks the point of the Sun's furthest travel towards the southern horizon (as seen from the Northern Hemisphere) and thus the shortest period of daylight for those living north of the equator. In Vedic Astrology this is considered to be a time of Weakness; therefore not favorable for starting anything important, for three days before and after the solstice. On the other hand, it is good for spiritual observances.
Jupiter is now within a degree of exact opposition to Uranus, which is coming to the end of its retrograde period. A planet at the end of retrograde is "Stationary" in the Heavens, and very powerful for effects. The planet of Sudden Events, Rebellion, Independent Action, Disruption, etc. opposes the planet of Truth, Law, Justice, Wisdom, Prosperity, etc. Generally, this is not a good situation for Jupiter and its significations. On the other hand, the Rebels symbolized by Uranus will benefit from the influence of Jupiter. The exact opposition between the two planets will be over the Christmas Holiday, with Jupiter @ 26 deg Virgo and Uranus @ 26 deg Pisces.