Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mars, Saturn and Neptune-blocked action and lack of clarity



Mars conjuncts Saturn at 9 degrees of Sagittarius August 22-24. It then squares Neptune August 26-27 and this transit sets off the Saturn-Neptune square.  

The definition of Mars-Saturn is 'blocked energy.' Mars-Saturn transits are often irritating, frustrating and can lead to arguments, disputes and endings if it affects your personal chart.

More often than not however, this energy leads to feeling restricted in some way. The energy of Mars is stifled by Saturn's boundaries and heaviness.  It can be hard to express yourself or act, which can lead to more frustration.

The other side of this is extreme anger and, or resentment, which can lead to harshness in relationships, even endings.
The combination of Mars and Saturn often has to do with police or other authority figures, guns and accidents so caution is advised.

Pushing against the tide is not the best way to handle this energy as it will lead to more frustration. Pushing difficult things forward can lead to hitting an even bigger brick wall. The best course of action may be to wait a few days, and go with the flow so to speak until this energy passes rather than attempting to mow down obstacles in your path.

One note about this energy is that it can lend itself to extreme willpower. I'm not telling anyone to give up on their goals, but timing is everything, especially in dealing with other people. This energy could be good for solitary work.

By August 25-26, Mars squares Neptune and the energy will change from frustration to low energy, confusion and at times lack of clarity, fear and melancholy, especially if this hits your personal chart.

Egos can be fragile and situations can seem confusing or even weird. You may feel out of step with others of just 'off your game.' You may feel as though you have run out of steam. Communication is important as situations can get mixed up or confused. Secrets can be kept or revealed at this time, and there may be deception, fraud or subconsciously motivated self destructive tendencies that can come into the equation. Those prone to drugs or alcohol may overdo things during this time, or substances can cause issues for some.

Mars-Neptune can also be related to spiritual or religious experiences, compassion and illumination and this is the highest use of this energy.

This is not a good time to confront someone or take on new and difficult challenges. The best advice is to not set your challenges too high for this week, don't confront others if avoidable, and know this energy will soon pass.

As each of the fast moving planets have entered Virgo they set off the Saturn Neptune square. Venus was the last to do this the weekend of August 13-14, and prior to this Mercury set the square off the weekend of August 6. If these transits affected you, it is likely this one will as well.

The Saturn-Neptune square is confused and convoluted energy and many situations are coming to the forefront now that haven't been working out well. Issues may deal with lies and deception, or even self-deception, or lack of clarity in situations and disillusion.

As we reach the end of September and this square begins to separate many situations in our lives and the world will be revealed for what they really are and the rose colored glasses will come off.

This transit will play out in the world. Mars-Saturn transits often involve police or military action, and as the transit occurs in Sagittarius, this can involve ideas, foreign governments and people. Mars-Neptune involves chemicals, gasses, water related weather incidents and situations, scandals and lies.

In the past we have seen violence, terrorist actions, protests and scandals each time this powerful square becomes exact. While Mars will set this transit off, Saturn and Neptune will remain in an exact square through September 21.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Coming soon: retrograde Mercury!



Mercury turns stationary retrograde August 30-31 at 29 degrees of Virgo. This will be a powerful retrograde as Mercury is in one of its own signs of rulership. The shadow period of this retrograde began August 10.

Mercury retrograde is often considered a 'fated period,' and often important changes are made during this time. This is a period to re-access and re-do, rather than create new projects.

Mercury turns retrograde 3 or 4 times a year, and generally has a bad name and elicits groans when mentioned.  To an extent this is perfectly understandable, as retrograde Mercury is the planet that causes delays, glitches, breakdowns in computers and equipment, relationships, slowdowns and brings hidden factors to the surface. It is however part of a natural cycle, and this period is meant to recess, redo and reconsider plans and situations in our lives.

Plans can be put on hold, miscommunication can occur, relationships can end or change, and cars, computers and other machinery can break down at the most inopportune moment.

When planets retrograde, their effects on humans are different than when in direct motion. Thinking is deeper, situations often appear to go underground for a time, or change altogether, and sometimes our focus shifts. Mercury retrograde is the most talked about retrograde, because it is a fast moving planet that controls our thinking, speech, travel, and cognitive skills.

When Mercury retrogrades, I always tell people, ‘Mercury retrograde is a wild card.” Sometimes, relationships can be fixed and problems brought out into the open if it is worth saving. Sometimes the karma of a relationship will play out as retrograde cycles are karmic in nature. Expect delays, changes of plans and try and not have situations set in stone.  In other words, prepare to be flexible.  

Mercury retrograde is often a frustrating time to be looking for a job.  Don’t give up though, just keep plugging on and stay on top of all communication. And make sure you are direct and to the point in your communication with others.  If you don’t understand what someone is telling you, by all means ask for clarification.

With this retrograde in Virgo  we need to watch our speech and communication as we may become overly critical or even overly analytical of people and situations, or other people may seem this way to us. Our personal thinking will become more analytical, but we could also become too self-critical.

Virgo rules the 6th house of health and work and it is here we will be focused during this retrograde. Many people may start diets, and re-adjust their lifestyles and exercise as it relates to health and this is a positive use of this energy. Issues at work that weren't dealt with may crop up as well.

While 'stationary retrograde,' or even stationary direct, Mercury is at its most frustrating. this is the point where glitches and changes often occur and it may even be hard to think.

The second most stressful period is when Mercury turns 'stationary direct.' as it prepares to move forward September 23-24. At this point plans may change once again, but after this period things will slowly begin to return to normal.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Saturn turns direct-square Venus



Saturn turns stationary direct Friday August 13, at 5:51 AM, EST. While retrograde, Saturn slows down the normal rate of activity so better methods can be developed and organized. Saturn rules the structures in our lives and allows us to develop our boundaries.

Wherever Saturn is located in your personal chart is where you need more work to avoid feeling limitation in some way.

When transiting Saturn is retrograde, and we experience a Saturn transit in our personal charts, the retrograde of Saturn is typically the most difficult period of the transit. When we experience a harsh Saturn transit, it typically makes three passes over the course of about a year, one of them typically while Saturn is retrograde. Saturn turned retrograde March 25, and retrogrades every year for about four months.

As Saturn turns direct this can be good news for many issues and situations that have been stuck or in some way or unproductive, and this is true for both the individual and the collective.  Saturn can represent a reality check in many areas of our lives and even in the world.

While Saturn was retrograde many problems were internalized that were cloudy and difficult to figure out.

As Saturn is square Neptune, reality has been much less apparent in many different ways. While Neptune is the planet of confusion, delusion and confusion Saturn's forward movement will help clear the fog. As the 'taskmaster' moves forward a clearer approach to many problems will be noted.

But, as Saturn moves forward it squares Venus, which also sets off the Saturn-Neptune square. If this aspects planets in your personal chart, events can be large, and Saturn's direct movement typically coincides with large events in the world. This will be a very powerful transit.

The square is not pleasant or light energy. In some way it can bring a sense of reality to relationships and finances which isn't all bad, either. It may limit our ability to express ourselves well, or feel love. Some may make choices in relationships and some relationships will end at this time.

The next few days may seem melancholy, harsh or even confusing as Venus opposes Neptune on Sunday.  If you were affected by the transit last weekend, this transit will affect you as well. You may do well to cast a critical eye over financial situations. You could have intense/vivid dreams at this time.

Some people might benefit by spending time alone under this transit, but that doesn't mean ignore the affections of others which could cause problems as well. You (and others) will be looking at relationships with critically, which is both good and bad. 

If you aren't getting what you want, you may decide the relationship is not worth the effort. But, as Venus is in Virgo don't over analyze or over criticize a basically sound relationship.  It may be best not to make important decisions until this transit lifts.
Soon, the harsh and difficult Saturn-Neptune energy we have been under for almost a year will begin to pass.  This has been a difficult summer for those with mutable planets (Gemini, Virgo, Gemini, Pisces) at 8-12 degrees. As this energy passes, many things will become clear, decisions will be made, and the new will replace the old. Many things, situations and even relationships have faded away. While this has been a harsh time for many, we are almost at the end of this cycle, and new things will emerge in the near future.

This transit falls on Uranus in the US natal chart. Uranus is the planet of upheaval, sudden events, explosions, explosive situations, aircraft and unexpected events. So far, we have seen many events when this transit is set off that include scandals and lies, terrorism, and public unrest to name a few. Venus rules women, social situations and money, and expect to see major events as this transit transpires over the next few days. We could also see some type of hacking-theft situation in the news.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Almost Eclipse/Full moon of August



The August Full Moon occurs August 18, peaking at 26 degrees of Aquarius at 5:26 AM, EST.

The NASA website calls this a penumbral lunar eclipse. In any case, viewers on Earth will not be able to see the Earth's shadow on the Moon, hence my title, the "Almost Eclipse." This eclipse grazes the northern boundary of the Earth's penumbral shadow and marks the end of the Saros series 109.

This is a powerful and somewhat exciting Full Moon/lunar eclipse as it sextiles Uranus. The Sun also trines Uranus.

Moon-Uranus transits can bring exciting new ideas, elements and situations into our lives. It can also be a time to break free of things and situations that oppress us and as the Sun forms a trine to Uranus change may be easier now than at other times. We could hear exciting news relating to breakthroughs, medicine, inventions and new technologies and ideas.

Projects you began several weeks ago may be finished or reach a peak at this time.  Other themes and goals you have been pursing for the past six months can be finalized before the September 1, solar eclipse which will begin a whole new cycle of eclipses.

With all the Uranus energy surprising events may occur over the next several weeks. Positive change can occur using originality, creative expressive and new methods of awareness.

Relationships and situations of all types can be rejuvenated by allowing or encouraging personal freedoms and increased self confidence.
Mercury (almost) conjunct Jupiter can bring some type of positive news and a more positive and happier frame of mind. This is positive for travel, communication, or education. It could be a good time to settle any disputes.

As Venus trines Pluto this is a positive time for finances, love and social activities. You or other may express themselves more fully at this time.

Aquarius rules the 11th house of the collective, and groups which can be important at this time. As Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus, unexpected events may occur. Aquarius is often connected to revolts and revolutions.