Friday, February 17, 2017

Mars squares Pluto: choose your battles carefully

Mars squares Pluto and this transit is exact February 22 at 18 degrees of Aries/Capricorn. We will feel the energy of this in the days before and a few days after.

Mars-Pluto is an obsessive and volatile transit capable of producing conflict, anger rage and abuse on many levels. 

Some things may end, and we are also in an eclipse season so events can be large.

This is not the best day to bring up issues that you know will turn into conflict or to issue ultimatums.

Mars/Pluto transits deal with obsessiveness, sex, anger, violence, conflict and agitation, as well as issues over joint finances.

You will experience this transit to a greater degree if it is aspecting your personal natal chart. If this is the case you have a Cardinal planet-Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn at 17-19 degrees.

Mars-Pluto transits at their worse are indicative of physical violence, anger, jealousy and rage. I would avoid bad areas, and people you know who will aggravate and agitate. 

Now is not the time to press an issue unless you are prepared for a fight.

This transit can amp up your determination, ambition, and relates to the elimination of old conditions and the creation of new ones, but even if this is the case, nothing comes easily.

At its best, this transit may transform something to a different situation, place or level. For example, and issue may finally be resolved one way or another and this can include relationships, business, and they way you approach things.

On the other hand with Pluto involved, simmering issues can emerge, and Pluto transits have a feeling of events beyond your ability to control, as well as obsessiveness.

This transit will play out in our personal lives and in the world. Mars-Pluto transits typically deal with violence and aggression, the abuse of power, media, the bullies in the world and nuclear incidents/talks.

We can expect to see or hear of major events in the world at this time. This transit falls close to Saturn (structure) in the US natal chart. In mundane astrology Saturn represents the state and its institutions, the legal system, and it governs authority and tradition.
  
Mars-Pluto hits Saturn in Vladimir Putin's chart in the 12th house of things secret and hidden and there a potential of revelations on this day or before. It also aspects Jupiter (governments, money, foreign powers and persons, laws) in Donald Trump's chart as well so there will be news here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Venus retrogrades March 4: the bitch is back!



Venus turns retrograde March 4-April 15. At the time of this post (2-15) we have already entered the shadow period of the retrograde and Venus is moving slowly through Aries. During a retrograde period a planet appears to be moving backward in motion.
  
Venus is associated with money, love, beauty and attraction and values. Typically it is associated with love and changes in relationships as we re-access our love lives, but in reality it is so much more.

Venus will be the second planet to retrograde after Jupiter turned retrograde on February 6. This means the two financial planets are retrograde for the next six weeks, and this could affect the ebb and flow of finance and money between now and April 15. Jupiter doesn't turn direct until June 8.

In a general sense when Venus retrogrades love energy becomes more intense and drama sometimes begins. It is a period when seemingly fated events occur, sometimes appearing to be beyond the control of the parties involved.

As Venus is in the sign ruled by Mars people may seem more aggressive, or as Venus retrogrades, passive aggressive, more needy and overly intense.

Relationships can slow down or end. Sometimes those from our past can reappear. It is a time of reviewing and re-accessing your love life. Changes occur, and people can switch their affections and partners. The karma (karma=the universal will, what will ultimately be) of the relationship can play out during this period, especially if there is conflict to begin with. Unresolved issues come to the forefront to be resolved one way or another, but if a commitment exists with work it can become stronger.

If Venus turns stationary retrograde on a planet in your personal chart you may experience a change or slowdown in something, depending on what planet it is aspecting. Alternatively, if it turns direct aspecting a planet in your chart in a positive angle, significant events can occur, or you could meet someone new. 
For some the retrograde direct period can be very significant and positive.
A retrograde Venus is not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, buy art, jewelry or items ruled by Venus. It is better not to spend money on things that are questionable. Do you really need it?

Venus retrogrades about every 18 months. The most important period is the stationary retrograde period when Venus is starting to retrograde and the stationary direct period when it is about to move forward again.  The last retrograde of Venus occurred July 25, 2015-September 6.

If you begin a new relationship on a retrograde Venus the love energy may never be fully expressed or when Venus goes direct the relationship may change or end. It's a wildcard. Sometimes the relationship doesn't take off until Venus turns direct.

I always tell clients that during this time, the ‘karma,’ of their relationship often plays out. Retrograde planets often have to do with events that are ‘fated’ to some extent, or otherwise outside of our ability to control.

Sometimes during a retrograde you can re-connect with those from your past, and other relationships may end during this period. Love energy seems more difficult.

Relationships that are tottering on the edge may end completely at this time. Situations often become revealed for what they are and secrets can come out. Some couples will decide to divorce or split and decisions will be made as to the future of the relationship. Other couples will reunite or take things to a deeper level.

Art and creativity can be affected in a positive way at this time. Retrograde planets can mean finding a deeper and more profound energy to work with which can affect those in the creative arts in a positive way.

Venus retrograde is a process. The shadow period when we first began to feel the effects of the retrograde started on January 30. Venus officially retrogrades on March 4, and goes direct on April 15. Another shadow period follows where things are not quite back to normal until May 18.

And remember, Venus is about more than romantic love. It's about other relationships, our values, money and those things that are important in life. Many significant changes can occur depending on where it falls in your personal chart.

Retrograde Venus may bring about changes but it is part of the natural cycle. It is important to re-evaluate our priorities from time to time so we may continue to move forward. Good luck!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Solar eclipse in Pisces: when you wish upon a star



The second eclipse of 2017 occurs on February 26, falling at 8 degrees of Pisces. This eclipse will peak at 9:58 AM and is a solar eclipse/New moon. The eclipse will not be visible in the US and you can click here to see its path.


The last time a solar eclipse occurred at this degree was February 26, 1998. If you are old enough to remember this time, you may have a clue as to how this eclipse will affect you.

Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.


With an eclipse we have both endings and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.


Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.


Pisces is ruled by Jupiter and Neptune and represents the twelfth house of the zodiac so this eclipse will relate to endings of various types, and previously unknown information may be revealed.


Neptune is at home in Pisces and rules dreams and intuition, creativity, salt water, drugs and drinking, theater and movies, preachers, religion and creativity, and lies and deception that includes self deception to name a few.


Neptune-Pisces is also about spirituality and compassion. As the Moon (in Pisces falls very close to Neptune) this theme (and other things ruled by Neptune) will be heightened. You could experience vivid dreams at this time, déjà vu, or have psychic experiences.  You may experience and act upon a desire to help those less fortunate or have a deep spiritual experience. My advice is to go in this direction with this energy and focus on who could benefit from your company, experience and knowledge.


This Moon (eclipse) falls on fixed star Skat which is 7 degrees of Pisces. Skat, According to Ptolemy is of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter. It gives good fortune and lasting happiness. Vivian Robson writes that with the Moon, 'it gives new and influential friends, associated with companies, public position, but little prominence, valuable gifts, love of respectable women.'


Mars is conjunct Uranus at 21 degrees of Aries and this will bring unexpected situations/events, as this becomes part of the eclipse energy. This will affect you personally if you have planets in your chart at 20-22 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn.


On the positive side, this could be an electric day full of surprises. Some will experience a desire for independence, or to try new things and situations.


On the other hand this energy is not easily contained and can lead to explosive arguments, accidents and unexpected situations, depending on where it is located in your chart.


In all probability this energy will play out in the world in terms of explosive news, situations and even explosions. There is a tendency toward violence and unexpected volatile events, accidents and situations that involve aircraft and technology.


February 27, Mars opposes Jupiter, and situations may be exaggerated and blown out of proportion. There will certainly be news of governments, laws and dealings with foreign situations, and it may well involve Vladimir Putin of Russia among others.


This eclipse also highlights the natal chart of Japan, among others

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lunar eclipse in Leo: Make a date!



The first of two eclipses this month occurs February 10, peaking at 7:33 PM, EST. This eclipse falls at 22 degrees of Leo and is a lunar eclipse/full moon.
Eclipses are the universe's  signposts, lighting the path into the future. Eclipses come in pairs and a solar eclipse in Pisces occurs on February 26.

This is the first in a series of eclipses in Leo-Aquarius since 2009.

Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.

With an eclipse we have both endings and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.

Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. 
Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.

We will have another eclipse in Leo, a total solar eclipse August 21, and this marks the first one since 1979 that can be seen from the United States.

Leo is the most dramatic of signs and rules the 5th house of friendship, love and children, and it is here our interests will lie.

This eclipse has the potential for a great time with friends, loved ones, or alternatively, drama. As the ruler of the 5th house, Leo also rules entertainment and fun! It's time to make a date and get out.

People may dress and appear in dramatic fashions, and some may make mountains out of mole hills. Such is the nature of Leo. This energy may push things along, but as the case with any eclipse it can bring some fiery endings as well. If an ending occurs it may well be that its time had come and with the aspects this Moon makes, and something better is on the horizon.

As Leo is represented by the lion, now is the time to become King or Queen of your own jungle.

This eclipse contains a mystic rectangle. The oppositions in this configuration (Uranus opposes Jupiter=freedom/change) and (Sun opposite Moon=emotions) can be stressful, but the harmonious aspects contained can bring positive change. Astrologer Kelli Fox describes a mystic rectangle like this, "Sextiles and trines are ‘soft,’ or beneficial, aspects, and oppositions are ‘hard’ ones that can cause conflict. But since there are four soft aspects and only two hard ones in a Mystic Rectangle, the overall effect of this configuration is considered helpful — with just enough of a challenge thrown in by those two oppositions to keep things interesting." Other astrologers have called a mystic rectangle, 'an aspect of practical magic.'

Make your own practical magic and make the most of it!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Jupiter retrogrades February 6



Jupiter turned stationary retrograde in the early morning hours February 6. Jupiter is the planet of gain and expansion and it is currently at 23 degrees of Libra.
Jupiter here rules marriage and partnerships, laws, governments and relationships of all types.

All the planets have been direct in recent weeks, and Jupiter will be the first one to turn retrograde. As Jupiter retrogrades matters pertaining to law, governments, justice, and partnerships of all types may be delayed to further access the situation, and we are seeing this play out now in the news.

In some instances, money matters can be delayed when Jupiter retrogrades, but it does not totally take away the beneficial affect.

Sometimes however, with Jupiter retrograde if a positive aspect is being made, whatever is being shown may not be delivered at this time. If so, Jupiter will return again to this degree later in the year, and positive results may occur then.

Jupiter is part of a t-square at this time involving Pluto and Uranus. This is a clash, and we will be concerned with many different matters, and change in the world and our personal lives is at hand. You will experience more change if you have cardinal planets (Cancer, Capricorn, Aries, Libra) at 18-22 degrees.

As Jupiter is opposing Uranus we will see sudden, erratic an unpredictable change. In our personal lives, some relationships may end, but especially if they are tottering on the brink anyway.

Jupiter retrogrades every year for about 4 months. This year it will go direct again  June 9th, at 13 degrees of Libra. If this aspects a planet in your chart, you may expect some type of positive energy or events depending on what it is aspecting. As Jupiter retrogrades, this is a good time to enlarge your internal dialogue to see where you can expend your personal perspective.