Tuesday, October 31, 2017

November 2017: Saturn trines Uranus



Mars entered Libra on October 22, in the sign ruled by Venus. Venus enters Scorpio on November 7, and is in Scorpio, the sign ruled by Mars. This is called mutual reception, with each planet in the sign ruled by the other.  This creates potential for greater understanding among the sexes. Men may find some deeper understanding of women and vice versa at this time.

Mutual reception basically means the two planets want to help each other out. Mars rules men and Venus rules women, so we may see the sexes wanting to cooperate more, or come to a greater understanding.

That said, it is interesting that both planets are in their detriment in the others sign. This means neither sign comes from a position of strength. So, while the will may be there, the way may not become possible.

It's interesting with this placement sexual abuse issues are coming out again (Harvey Weinstein, George Bush Sr., Kevin Spacey, Roy Price, Robert Scoble, Chris Savino, Bill O'Reilly and others to numerous to mention), #Me too went viral in October as a way of encouraging women to recount personal sexual abuses of a misogynistic nature, just prior to Mars entering Libra.

It's going to be an interesting month in many respects. We will see what kind of results Mars and Venus produce, or if it's just another round of giving lip service to an age old problem. Either way, it is drawing attention to the problem. Any attention to the issue can only help to change it in the future.

Saturn trines Uranus for the third and final pass, exact on November 11 at 25 degrees of Sagittarius-Aries. The energy will be felt before it becomes exact, and decreases in strength after the exact date. This has contributed to maintaining stability in society in spite of nothing but chaos in Washington.

This is an excellent transit for stability and in some ways combining the old with the new. With this transit there is an awareness of needed change, but without the desire to overthrow things and create more chaos. This can be positive for any task requiring disciplined application, such as learning a new skill. Any activity is favored with this aspect as long as it leads to creative change.

As the transit passes we may very well see less stability in Washington, and more shakiness in the economy and politics. The short sightedness and lack of attention to many policies (such as healthcare) will become more apparent after this transit passes and we lose the stability it brings.

When both Saturn and Uranus change signs next year however, we will see this aspect again, falling in the Earth signs of Taurus-Capricorn.

If this trine aspects your personal chart you should be in a period where you can experience change for the better in some area of your life depending on what it is aspecting. It will aspect you personally in a very positive way if you have planets at 24-26 degrees of Leo or Aquarius. Otherwise it affects us all to an extent, collectively.

Other transits in November
November 3, Venus sextiles Saturn. This is basically positive and makes us realistic about those we care for. Could be positive for money or reconnecting with those from the past. The Sun also trines Neptune, and this could be used for spiritual or creative purposes. Good all the way around.

November 4, the full moon falls at 12 degrees of Taurus, in the sign ruled by Venus, peaking at 1:23 AM, EST. Venus rules love and money, and it is here we will be focused.
Taurus can be the most stubborn of signs and I would guard against being 'immovable,' or others could seem this way.

Venus opposes Uranus on this moon and we will see some surprising events. As Venus rules love and money, this is the likely area where events will occur.

For some, relationships will end, but this will only typically occur if your relationship is tottering on the edge anyway.

If you are in a stable relationship, there could be some unexpected event, but the other side of this transit is more positive-excitement, or trying something new, different or unusual. You could break out of a rut in some way. I would guard against taking sudden actions that you could regret later.

November 5, the planet of communication (Mercury) enters Sagittarius. It will remain in this sign until January 11, 2018 as it will retrograde on December 3.

Sagittarius is the most expansive of signs and open to new ideas and ways of doing things. This placement is good for travel and people may be more enthusiastic and social.

Now, consider this a warning of you are a Christmas shopper!  Most people understand a retrograde Mercury is the time glitches occur, things break down, and in reality we should buy as little as possible due to the propensity to change one's mind after the purchase.  I would try and complete my shopping by November 18, as this is when Mercury enters its shadow phase of the retrograde. If you can't do  this, then complete your shopping by December 3, when Mercury turns retrograde. Mercury turns direct on December 22, at 13 degrees of Sagittarius. My prediction is there will be a lot of last minute shoppers this year and returned gifts!

November 7, Venus enters Scorpio. Venus here is more intense and passionate. Power struggles could emerge. This works best for water signs.

November 9, the Sun sextiles Pluto. A good day to get to the bottom of any questions or research.

November 11, Saturn trines Uranus

November 13, Venus conjuncts Jupiter. This is a pleasant transit, prone to enjoyment rather than work. It will be easy to overindulge. Great for social interaction, and the results will be felt the night before.

October 13, Mercury squares Neptune.  This is a difficult and confusing transit and  not good for important decisions and conversations. You could feel depressed, or melancholy. Conversations and situations will be misunderstood. Dreams may be vivid. Don't take things at face value-let this pass.

November 16, Venus trines Neptune.  this transit is prone to creativity and compassion of all types. You could find yourself more interested in pleasantries-music, moves or the like, or in helping others. As Neptune is involved dreams may be vivid.

November 17, Mercury sextiles Mars. This is good for conversation or writing. People may be more talkative than usual-positive.

November 18, the New Moon occurs at 26 degrees of Scorpio. Scorpio rules the eighth house of other people's money, taxes and debt, change and transformation.

November 19, Mars squares Pluto at 17 degrees of Cancer-Capricorn . This is an angry and difficult transit, prone to arguments, accidents and power struggles. Best to avoid contentious subjects and if you push someone, expect pushback.

This will be a significant day in the world as Pluto rules the bullies and those pushing their agendas.  Pluto rules nuclear situations, and the New Moon in Scorpio is also ruled by Mars and Pluto. We could see conflict over money or taxes, and the world will be an angry place this day. Caution is advised for a few days.

November 21, Venus sextiles Pluto. A positive day for finances or expressing your feelings. Or it could come from someone else.
Also the Sun enters Sagittarius, and we are now in the Sagittarius season!

November 22, Neptune turns stationary direct. When Neptune is retrograde it brings about more acute sensitivity on an inner level and we may be able to pick up on those things we don't perceive when Neptune is direct. We are more likely to be listening to our own inner voice during this time and creativity and psychic or intuitive abilities may be increased during this time.

If transiting Neptune turns direct aspecting a personal planet in your chart, in hard aspect, we may deceive ourselves or others may deceive us, and situations can be revealed for what they are. Neptune transits can go on for several years and if ever your feet need to be planted on firm soil it is now if you have such an aspect.

As Neptune turns direct, what we have learned on deep psychic levels over the past several months can be put to use in the outer world. In some cases our thinking can become more clear.

November 25, Mercury trines Uranus. Positive, and prone to new ways of thinking and ideas.

November 28, Mercury conjuncts Saturn. This is a tiring and depressing transit prone to negative thinking and communication. On the other hand it is good for work associated with critical thinking and analyzing. Communication should be clear, if not overly critical or demanding.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Venus squares Pluto: obsessions, love and money



Venus is approaching a square to Pluto at 17 degrees of Libra-Capricorn that becomes exact October 27, at 11:19 PM. The energy will be felt before and after.
  
This square will bring relationships, and in some cases money, front and center. Typically this transit can bring up deeply buried issues, that could involve sex, money, or jealousy. This is an intense transit that could change the outcome of relationships if issues are pushed, but that would be an extreme situation. Worst case scenario would be endings, abuse or even domestic violence, if those tendencies are present.

You might make a decision as to whether a relationship is or isn't fulfilling your needs. This aspect demands we delve deeply into our associations with others and some may make a decision to end a relationship. At it's best a relationship could be transformed in some way with a great deal of effort.
Venus-Pluto transits are indicative of obsessiveness, and heavy thinking and this will affect you to a greater degree if you have planets in Aries, Cancer, Capricorn or Libra at 16-18 degrees.

For some, events will be large if this aspects your personal planets. We will see events play out in the world that can involve women, domestic abuse, sex, scandals and money. Typically, Pluto transits bring out the bullies in the world and those who try and force their will on others.

With any Pluto transit things can come to a head so to speak, one way or another. As Pluto  transits are overly intense, if you are feeling this way, it might be best to let this energy pass before making serious decisions.

Pluto transits change situations and in many cases the change can be permanent or beyond your ability to control, as all aspects connected to Pluto are.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Saturn-Venus transits: Love tough, or let it go



Saturn-Venus transits can be some of life's most difficult times, especially in terms of love and romance.

Venus rules love, beauty, money and social values, and Saturn is the planet of restriction. The two do not blend easily or harmoniously. As a matter of fact, hard Saturn-Venus transits are known for ending relationships.

Between ago 21-70 each person will experience about 7-8 harsh Saturn-Venus transits. Saturn will make a difficult contact with your Venus once every 7 years.

When you experience a Saturn-Venus transit money, friendships, and especially relationships come into question. If you or your partner have been unhappy in the relationship, it may very well end at this time.

As Saturn aspects your Venus, it generally makes three passes over the course of a year. In some cases it could make two passes, and on rare occasion it only makes one contact. If this is the case, the first and only contact will likely bring on a significant life changing event.

One of my favorite authors, Dr. Herber Smith, wrote, "This aspect seldom passes without some sorrow, whether in the form of the death of someone dear to you, or the separation from someone you love. New friends made at this time are likely to bring more sorrow or discipline  into the life than pleasure or benefit. It is very unfavorable for social affairs which don't go rightly, you will be disappointed in things not turning out pleasantly. The people you wish o meet will not be presented to you, or your plans for pleasure will be disappointed. 

Herber continues, "Do not marry, become engaged, or arrange for any important social meeting under this influence. It is an unhappy influence under which to play gaiety, amusement or anything of the sort, and it is unwise to expect much from a vacation, social engagement, visit, meeting between friends, love affair or anything that concerns personal happiness under this condition."

Of course, the above was written more than 100 years ago, but astrology never changes and neither do the transits.

Many things can happen on a Saturn-Venus transit depending on where it is located in your chart, and what other aspects are occurring at the time.  9 times out of 10 however, most of those calling me with this transit are concerned with their relationships.

Whether or not your relationship will survive this transit can depend on a number of things.

First of all, what is the synastry between the two charts, or in other words, what is your real compatibility?  The better and more compatibility the two of you have the better your chance of surviving this transit.

Secondly, time can come into the equation. If this is someone you have known for a few weeks or months, there is a good chance the relationship is meant to end. Any number of things can happen to make it end. You, yourself could be unhappy, or your new partner could, or information could be revealed that changes things.

With time you acquire memories, ties, solidity and in some cases become financially intertwined or have children.  But, even in these cases relationships can end. But the more ties that exist between you, and the greater your ability to function well and get along overall the greater chance you have of surviving this transit. This is where actual commitment comes into play and it is a two way street.

And of course there is love. Love can overcome many but not if it's one sided.  If both partners are equally connected with each other, there is a far greater chance you will continue on. If one partner is in love with someone who is not available, does not care, involved with others, or is not vested in the relationship, you can expect a break up. 

This is simply the universes way of ending a situation that is not good for the person who cares. Make no mistake: Saturn transits are often final.

If the aspects takes the form of an opposition, it is typically the other person that ends the relationship.

If the aspect is a square, it could go either way, or either party could end the relationship or become disinterested.

I have found the conjunction the least harsh of the three transits mentioned. A conjunct will either cement or end the relationship,. It can go either way. Sometimes an old love can return on this one.

What happens when you have a hard Saturn-Venus transit? The energy of this transit begins to play out before it is 'exact.' Relationship issues can start to surface, and you or your partner may pull away. If you meet someone new at this time, it will likely not work unless there are mitigating factors.

Most people feel lonely, unloved and even unattractive with this transit. Some people begin diets and work out programs at this time. All self help can only be good!

You do not have luck under this influence. As Dr. Herber wrote, this is not the time to plan important meetings, go to court, apply for your dream job, make public appearances, or leave anything to chance. Saturn delays and in some cases, ends some things.

Things break, cost money, change and it's not going to be solely connected to your relationship.

But, what can you do if you want to keep your relationship going?
First of all you must ask the question that only you can answer. Do I really want to keep this relationship going, and why? Is it really good for me? Are my feelings being returned or is this a one way street.

Secondly, realize this is the time things can break, especially relationships. This is not the time to get into fights, bring up negative issues or make demands. I am not saying you should take abuse, or suffer silently in any way. But this is not the time to push antagonistic issues, give ultimatums, display jealousy, or go crazy. You or your partner could break, or just give up on the relationship. Or it could be you that gives up.

The above paragraph is why I call this blog "Love tough, or give it up." If you want to save your relationship, it is going to require work, patience, and knowing what you really want, especially in these times. And it requires commitment-there's that word again, and dedication.

Sometimes however, the choice is made for you, and this is often the case. 9 times out of 10 when it involves a hard Saturn-Venus transit one person loses interest, wants out of the relationship, or outside factors occur that make the relationship difficult or impossible to continue.

Can the relationship come back together? Anything is possible, but often the third pass of Saturn, is often an end, especially if the relationship is not well established, and there are no strong ties, and especially if the word commitment is not in your mutual vocabulary.

Then again, there are people who have been married 60 years. If you were to ask them about their Saturn-Venus periods, you can rest assured they would tell you these were the most difficult times in their relationship, but the bond was strong enough to stick it out. Even in the best of relationships, issues will occur that can include separation for various reasons, sickness, or some other problem.

If you make it through a Saturn-Venus period in your relationship, you will know that your relationship has strong roots and can survive future storms, that we all experience in life. If you have been involved with someone for 7 years, in all likelihood you have experienced a harsh Saturn-Venus transit.
 
Saturn can also make a sextile or trine to Venus, and this can bring stability in your love life, commitment, or you could meet some of the most significant people you will know.

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Moon in Libra: Restless, unpredictable and changeable



The main astrological event this week will be the New Moon in Libra that falls at 26 degrees in the sign ruling partnerships and marriage on October 19. The lunar peak occurs at 3:12 PM, EST.

This Moon is a double edged sword, as it opposes Uranus at 26 degrees of Aries. The Sun at 26 degrees of Libra also opposes Uranus.

Both luminaries opposing Uranus makes this Moon more powerful than normal, and we may expect the unexpected in terms of events and situations that will occur. The energy of a new or full moon occurs before its peak and after.

As the Moon rules women, you may encounter those who are erratic, unpredictable and make sudden changes. The Moon also rules our home and emotional lives and change may occur here as well. Themes of freedom versus security may be prevalent.

Some relationships may take a turn in a different direction, and others may end completely.

At its best, it's could be an electric and exciting time, but events that occur at this time may not last, 
and must withstand the test of time to know who they will work out.

You could feel nervous, tense and mentally changeable.

Uranus rules coups and evolutions, unexpected change, revolts explosions and explosive situations. It can rule weather and natural events. It also rules aircraft and in the internet. We can expect to see unpredictable circumstances in the world.

In the US chart, the Sun and Moon square the second/eighth house axis of death/transformation/drugs and taxpayers money, and income.  It also squares Pluto and we may see hidden issues uncovered and come to light, issues connected to drugs and fights over income and health care.