Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mars squares Saturn: Anger, frustration and delays

This week will not be without stress as Mars squares Saturn, exact, Thursday, January 19. This transit will be felt before it becomes exact and after, as well.

Mars rules our energy and in some way it may seem or feel restricted. This can be a period where we don't have the vigor we are accustomed to, and we may feel limited or slowed down in some way.

Mars-Saturn can result in anger and it is often considered a transit of some form of cruelty in astrology.

The best way to deal with this transit is to proceed with caution, slowly and methodically as you go about your week. Used constructively, you may accomplish more than you think.

My advice is to use caution in your dealings with others as they can lash out if angered or irritated, and you could regret bringing up controversial subjects. This transit will be felt for a few days and then we will soon return to normal, and move forward.

This transit will play out in the world as well. In my January newsletter I predicted we would be dealing with a situation involving those considered enemies to the United States who may try and confuse issues a lack of clarity around the circumstances, as Saturn squares Neptune in the US natal chart. Mars will 'set off' this transit and we will see more in coming days.

US intelligence agencies have stated that Russia, and specifically Vladimir Putin, were involved in hacking of US political entities.  Mars will 'set off' this transit over the next few days and we will hear more.

Saturn-Mars transits typically involve military and police affairs, and we can expect to see a great deal of upheaval over these few days and violence wouldn't surprise me.

While the Saturn-Neptune square in the US natal chart will ease in the coming days and weeks, this transit will return again both in July and September-October of 2017, and we will once again be confronted with the same or similar issues regarding foreign entities.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Full Moon in Cancer: a grand cross and unexpected events

The first full moon of the year falls at 22 degrees of Cancer in the early morning hours of January 12.

Cancer rules the fourth house of home and family and is the most emotional of signs.

This is a big, intense full moon with many possibilities. It forms a grand cross, a configuration shaped like an X with two oppositions and four squares. A grand cross is a difficult and stressful configuration. This could be explosive. It will certainly bring unexpected events with Uranus involved.

The Sun is at 22 degrees of Capricorn and it opposes the Moon, along with Pluto. Jupiter opposes Uranus and the Sun. Jupiter squares the Sun-Moon. The Moon squares Uranus. Uranus squares the Sun/Pluto. The Sun/Pluto squares Jupiter. Jupiter squares then moon.

Major transits always play out both in the world and in our personal lives. In the world we will hear unexpected news and we could hear of explosions and situations that involve women, and the homeland, or other homelands (countries).

The Moon rules women and our emotional lives. Opposing Pluto, emotions could become dark, intense, controlling and obsessive. The Sun rules ego and it always opposes the full moon making situations more emotional, as does every full moon. Moon-Uranus transits bring emotional changeability, upsets and unexpected news or situations. Moon-Jupiter transits are typically not bad, but Jupiter expands whatever it touches, good or bad. It can expand a good emotion, but it can 'blow up' whatever is on the plate.

As Cancer rules the home and family, interactions here can become especially tense, and there will likely be a focus on family, or extended family. Home may be a focus one way or another.

As always, exactly how this full moon plays out depends on what it touches in your personal chart.

The Sun meets Pluto: obsessions, power struggles and metamorphosis

The Sun conjuncts Pluto January 7, but this energy will also be felt the day or two before.

Pluto is the planet ruling ultimate change and transformation, control issues, obsession and power as well as sex.

Events will play out in the world and in our personal lives, especially if you have cardinal planets-Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, or Libra at 16-17 degrees.

Look to see struggles in the world, issues concerning power and control, the abuse of power, and potentially violence. There may be news about the media in some way. Sun-Pluto transits go beneath the surface to reveal what is really there, such as the Senate hearings on Russian hacking that we are seeing on December 5.

Sun-Pluto transits can bring change and transformation in a big way. This is not an easy transit and the energy may not be comfortable.

This transit is indicative of control issues and obsessions, power struggles, and some situations may end or break up at this time.

Sun-Pluto has to do with bullies and the abuse of power. This can play out in your personal life as well as the world.

Who or what do you control, or try to control? Attempting to exert too much control over something or someone can easily backfire at this time. In the end, we can only control ourselves and this is well advised at this time. Push someone and expect push back. Question things that seem like a matter of life and death. Are they really that important or is this a passing phase? Of course, the situation could occur in the opposite way and someone could try and control or manipulate you. There could be a feeling of 'forced change.'

On the other hand, this transit could result in some big change, transformation or new understanding, but the latter is more likely, and change would involve great maturity and patience. Are you up to this?

This transit could also result in some type of internal change. At times we all need to purge things, people or even attitudes from our lives to move on to a higher existence.

Sun-Pluto also deals with the breakdown of things, machinery or even situations and people that can break down as the Sun meets Pluto in the sky. 

But, Pluto has regenerative powers and things can be re-built in a stronger way. If something in your life does break down at this time, it must change for the better or end.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The most important transits of 2017

These are the most important transits of 2017. As the transits are approaching the exact mark they become very powerful, so the energy begins before the start dates listed. As the transits move away from the exact hit, they become weaker, but nevertheless continue to be functional for some time. So, the energy of these transits continues to be powerful much longer than the dates listed.

Jupiter opposes Uranus This transit is prone to unexpected situations and events that can go either way. Jupiter is expansive and Uranus is about change and freedom. You could desire to travel, and financial speculation can be very good or very bad. Jupiter rules foreign things and people.  The first pass of this transit became exact on Christmas Eve, 2016-December 29, 2016. We saw several celebrity deaths, and the CIA and FBI announced Russia had been involved in hacking to influence the US election. Changes with foreign alliances and the financial markets are unpredictable. Use caution. This repeats February 22-March 5, and September 27-October 1, 2017.

Jupiter sextiles Saturn This is a positive and optimistic transit that is strong for business. Many things may finalize or come together at this time. Positive. December 31-January 6, August 27-September 1.

Jupiter squares Pluto This can relate to issues with joint finances, conflict, lawsuits, arguments, and major change and transformation in the world and our lives. At times individuals with this transit can believe they are right and attempt to convince others of their position. Strong opinions are evident. Caution. We experienced this transit November 7-14, March 25-April 2, August 2-8,

Saturn trines Uranus Positive for business and improvements or new starts of all types. At times can connect the old with the new, or reconnect individuals. Good for starting new business, clients, internet projects and projects of all types. Positive. We may see major advances in technology. May 12-25, November 6-13.

Jupiter trines Neptune Creative, inspirational and compassionate. Positive December 1-4. Positive

Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto in a t-square   A t-square is a difficult aspect that involves the energies of three planets, and tends to pull us in many different directions.  As the planets are Cardinal, things will happen quickly and in significant ways.

The t-square will reach its peak February-March of 2017, when Pluto reaches 19 degrees of Capricorn, Uranus, 22 degrees of Aries and Jupiter 20-21 degrees of Libra. While this t-square never becomes exact (all planets at the same degree) the planets reach a 3 degree orb of each other February-March, 2017 which is powerful. The energy gains momentum the closer it gets.

The t-square energy will play out in the world in terms of change and events that will occur, and it will affect our lives as well, especially those with Cardinal planets at  18-23 degrees. The Cardinal planets are Aries, Cancer, Capricorn and Libra.

Pluto in Capricorn is powerful, and Pluto is the planet of transformation. Pluto in Capricorn has to do with business and power, and this includes the bullies of the world and those who force their will on others.

Uranus is the planet of revolts, revolutions and unexpected events, sometimes explosive.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion, money and grace. Libra is the sign ruling relationships of all types and justice.

T-squares like this one typically bring change and even upheaval in the world. Uranus is square Pluto again, and this transit dominated the skies 2013-14. At that time we saw many changes in governments, terrorism, and the upheaval in the Middle East was probably one of the greatest changes.

Mercury retrogrades Mercury is retrograde in Capricorn at the start of the year. January 4, it retrogrades into Sagittarius and turns direct January 8.

The second retrograde occurs April 9, at 4 degrees of Taurus. On April 21 it retrogrades back into Aries, where it turns direct on May 3, at 24 Aries.

The third retrograde occurs August 13, and Mercury retrogrades at 11 degrees of Virgo. September 1, it retrogrades back into Leo where it turns direct on September 5.

The fourth and final retrograde of Mercury occurs December 3, at 29 degrees of Sagittarius. It turns direct at 13 degrees of Sagittarius on December 23.

Retrograde Mercury periods are better spent re-doing and reflecting rather than starting new projects. Begin a new project or buy a high ticket item and you may well regret it. This is not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, but cars, houses or computers, or start new things. Machinery and situations break down, and at times the fate or karma of relationships play out at these times.

Eclipses of 2017
Eclipses arrive in pairs on the new and full moons. Eclipses are like wild cards, and often reveal new information we did not know. They are associated with major events in our lives and indicative of change. By knowing where the eclipses fall in our chart we have a good idea of what we will be dealing with over the course of the year. Eclipses often bring news of some of life's biggest events-good or bad. You can experience an eclipse as good or bad. With each eclipse things both end, and begin. Sometimes unexpected and surprising events occur.

If your personal planets are the same (or close) to the degree of the eclipse you will personally experience some type of major effect from the eclipse, depending on what it is aspecting in your personal chart.

Major events typically occur in the world with eclipses as well as our personal lives.

February 11, lunar eclipse at 22 degrees of Leo
February 26, Solar eclipse at 8 degrees of Pisces
August 7, lunar eclipse at 15 degrees of Aquarius
August 21, solar eclipse at 28 degrees of Leo

With an emphasis on Leo-Aquarius this year, the eclipses focus on the 5th-11th houses. The fifth house rules friends, love affairs and children, while the 11th house rules friends, hopes and wishes and 

Aquarius rules groups of all types and the collective.

The solar eclipse of August 21, will be the first one visible from the US since July 11, 1991.

Venus retrogrades March 4, at 13 degrees of Aries. April 3, it retrogrades back into Pisces, and turns direct at 26 degrees of Pisces on April 15.

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. 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 will play out during this period. 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 goes stationary direct on a personal planet in your chart or your Sun you may well meet someone significant at this time. A retrograde Venus is not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, buy art, jewelry or items ruled by Venus. Money matters may be slowed down as well.

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.

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. That is, unless you were born with a retrograde Venus, but the other party in question may not have been.

Venus retrograde periods are always significant. Relationships and even friendships tottering on the edge often end at this time.
Venus was last retrograde July 25-September 6, 2015.

Jupiter retrogrades February 6-June 9. The planet of luck and abundance retrogrades about 4 months every year. During this time, Jupiter's beneficial rays are not as powerful. Sometimes things can change direction and finances can slow down. On occasion, it aspects something in your chart, its affects can be marked.
Jupiter turns direct at 13 degrees of Libra. If Jupiter turns direct on a personal planet in your chart you may experience positive news or gains in some area.

Jupiter enters Scorpio October 10. The planet of luck enters the sign ruling the eighth house of other people's money and transformation. As Jupiter enters Scorpio money may increase.
Jupiter enters a new sign each year and if it is your personal Sun sign this should be a good year. Jupiter only enters your personal sign once every 12 years. The last time Jupiter entered this sign was late October 2005-November 2006.

Saturn stations, retrograde, April 6, at 27 Sagittarius. Saturn retrogrades every year, as do all the outer planets. If it stations retrograde or direct on a personal planet it may have a marked effect one way or another. It stations direct on August 25, at 21 degrees of Sagittarius.

Pluto stations retrograde April 20, at 19 Capricorn. It stations direct September 28, at 16 Capricorn.  If it stations retrograde or direct on a personal planet it may have a marked effect one way or another.

Uranus stations retrograde July 2, at 28 Aires, and stations direct January 2, 2018 at 24 Aries. If it stations retrograde or direct on a personal planet it may have a marked effect one way or another.

Neptune stations retrograde June 16, at 14 degrees of Pisces, and stations direct November 22, at 11 Pisces. If it stations retrograde or direct on a personal planet it may have a marked effect one way or another.