Saturday, August 16, 2014

Venus Conjunct Jupiter, Mercury Opposite Neptune

Venus will be exactly conjunct Jupiter on Monday, August 18, @ 13 deg Cancer. Venus, the planet of Agreement, Pleasures, & Guidance, catches up to Jupiter, the planet of Increase, Wisdom, and Beliefs. Although this sounds like it would be a good combination, it has some problems. Venus still has Mars and Saturn, two major malefics, in its sign Libra. These "bad" planets are distorting the energy of Venus. Jupiter as the planet of Beliefs is strong in its sign of exaltation... but for all sides. Thus the potential for compromise and agreement is less than we would hope.
Mercury is exactly opposite Neptune on Monday, August 18. The two planets are respectively at 12 deg Leo and 12 deg Aquarius. This doesn't help the situation. Mercury is Facts, Data, & News Reports. Neptune is Fantasy, Illusion, & Deception. Rational Mercury is being contaminated by irrational Neptune. Therefore we can't trust reports of what is actually happening; even outright deception is possible. This energy pattern, which has been functioning through the past week, promotes distrust. The manifestation of Neptune vs. Mercury has been obvious in events ranging from Ukraine to Ferguson.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Full Moon "Super Moon," Mercury enters Leo

Sunday August 10th is the Full Moon, @ 23 deg Capricorn. This Full Moon will be powerful for two reasons: It is in opposition / mutual aspect with planets in Cancer (Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, Sun), and it is a "Super Moon," i.e., closer to the Earth than normal, therefore appearing larger & brighter. The Full Moon is considered "Extreme Energy" in Vedic Astrology, and therefore hard to control. Not recommended for starting important new projects. Best to stick to routine actions.
Mercury enters Leo on Tuesday, August 12th. This is good for Mercury: the planet of the Rational Mind wasn't doing so well in Cancer, an emotion-based water sign. But by entering Leo, Mercury will now be opposite Neptune, the planet of Dreams & Fantasies. The influence of Neptune on Mercury is good for the imagination & creativity, but not so good for linear, rational thinking. Mercury will be exactly opposite Neptune on August 18th.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Venus Enters Cancer, Venus with Jupiter

Venus enters Cancer on Thursday, August 7.  The planet of Love in a water sign is Sentimental. Venus joins up with Mercury, Jupiter, and the Sun, already transiting in this sign. Venus with Jupiter is Love +Beliefs =Devotion to Religion. Venus is Guidance; Jupiter is Wisdom, therefore: Wise Counsel. Venus is Agreement, Jupiter is Conciliatory, therefore Negotiations & Compromise. Venus will be in Cancer through all of August.
It sounds good for ending some of the conflicts in the world. 
But there's a problem: Mars & Saturn, two major malefics, are transiting in Venus's sign Libra, and therefore transferring their destructive energy to Venus. Uranus and Ketu, also malefics, are transiting in Jupiter's sign Pisces, transferring their disruptive energy to Jupiter. Therefore, the Venus-Jupiter combination will not deliver on its promise. There will be hope, there will be diplomacy, but the conflicts will continue during the month of August. More details on Video Blog.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Moon Conjunct Jupiter, Mercury enters Cancer, Mercury Conjunct Jupiter

The New Moon is today, Saturday July 26, @ 9 deg Cancer. This marks the beginning of the Hindu lunar month Shravana, considered auspicious for new beginnings. But this year, the Full Moon (on Aug 10) will not be in Shravana, instead falling in the next nakshatra, Dhanishta, which is still considered generally auspicious.
This New Moon is conjunct Exalted Jupiter. The New Moon is @ 9 deg, and Jupiter is @ 8 deg of the sign. Thus the "birth of the month" is even more auspicious, signalling a strong influence from benefic, expansive Jupiter. Let us hope that Jupiter's energy of Conciliation aid in bringing an end to the deadly conflicts around the globe.
Mercury enters Cancer on Monday, July 28th. The planet of the intellect leaves its own sign Gemini, and enters the sign of the Moon. Mercury doesn't do so well in this sign: the linear rational thinking gets contaminated by emotion-driven Cancer. Still, it is good for Intuitive Thinking. Mercury will be in Cancer until August 12th.
Mercury will be conjunct Jupiter. The exact conjunction will be on Saturday, August 2nd, @ 9 deg Cancer. This puts together the planet of Thinking with the planet of Expansion. The result is "Big Ideas." Generally the combination is benefic, indicating a more positive & optimistic approach to dealing with issues.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Jupiter Combust Sun, Saturn Stationary, Uranus Retrograde

Jupiter is within a few degrees of the Sun this week & next. When a planet is so close to the Sun that we can't see it, it is "Combust," meaning, burnt up. The planet's significations therefore suffer. Jupiter is the planet of prosperity, therefore prosperity is affected. Jupiter is also the planet of Wisdom: when we can't see Jupiter, we are "without wisdom." Jupiter will come out of combustion on August 2, when it will again be visible just before sunrise in the East.
Saturn ends its retrograde phase on Monday, July 21. Saturn has been "going backwards" in the zodiac since March 2. This week Saturn appears to hang motionless in the Heavens, @ 22 deg. Libra, as it prepares to return to normal "Direct" motion in the zodiac. When a planet is Stationary, it is considered to be very strong for effects. Saturn is the planet of Delay, Limitation, Structure, Established Order, and Suffering.
Uranus begins its retrograde phase on Monday, July 21, @ 22 deg Pisces. The planet of Sudden, Unexpected Events, has been near stationary all this past week, and will appear to be motionless this week as well. The significations of Uranus are therefore strong. The shoot-down of the Malaysian Airliner over Ukraine is one obvious example of this energy pattern.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mars & Venus Change Signs; Nodes Change Signs

Mars enters Libra on July 13: The planet of War enters the sign of Peace & Harmony, which should be a good thing, especially since this breaks up the Mars-Uranus opposition which has been fueling Rebellion around the world. But once in Libra, Mars will join with Saturn, creating an intense combination that, while good for Focused Efforts, also leads to Ruthless Actions. Mars will be in Libra until September 4. (more details on Sunday July 13 video blog).
Venus enters Gemini on July 13: Venus leaves its own sign and enters the sign of Mercury, where it joins with Mercury. Gemini is the sign of consensus, able to see things from multiple points of view. Generally, this is favorable for talks and negotiations. But with Mars now conjunct Saturn, the energy for compromise is not available.
Rahu and Ketu change signs: The nodes of the Moon form a new energy pattern as they leave Libra and Aries, and enter Virgo (Rahu) and Pisces (Ketu). The traits of these two signs will be emphasized over the next year and a half, until January 2016, with differing results depending on your rising sign. Watch the video that explains it all.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Full Moon in Sagittarius

Today, Saturday June 5, Moon is conjunct Mars & opposite Uranus. The Moon provides additional energy for the Mars-Uranus pattern =Strong potential for Excitement, Dramatic Events, Violence. Exact conjunction will be @ 6:30 pm, PDT.
Full Moon will be on Saturday, June 12, @ 26 deg Sagittarius. This marks the culmination of the energies of the Hindu lunar month of Ashada, generally considered good for beginning new projects. But the lunar month's energies were spoiled by the New Moon being conjunct retrograde Mercury, therefore not favorable for beginning important new endeavors (see: June 21 post).
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