Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mercury Retrograde in Aries: March 22 - April 15

Mercury turns retrograde in the evening hours of March 22 and will remain retrograde until April 15, when it turns direct again. You have probably heard people talk about this or even speak of their dread of it. Of all the planetary aspects, this one definitely gets the most attention. When Mercury retrogrades, it appears to go backward. So, when the planet of communication retrogrades, those areas of life it rules are basically not functioning up to par.

Mercury rules all kinds of communication, both verbal and written, speaking, learning, even listening and thinking, as well as all forms of electronic communication. It rules formal agreements and contracts, buying and selling, travel, transportation, and shipping. It also rules pets and young people. You shouldn't expect terrible things to happen, but on a certain level, chaos and confusion can and will occur.

A Retrograde on Fire
Each year retrograde Mercury favors a specific element — fire, air, water, or earth. This time around, Mercury enters retrograde in the fire sign of Aries. Fire signs are innovative, unusual, and love to think big! Look at the big picture and come up with solutions that involve fire element qualities: creativity, enthusiasm, forward thinking, communication, and most of all, action. Fire signs don't let grass grow under their feet, and sometimes we must make decisions on the spot.

What to Expect
First of all, communication can break down, slow down, or stop altogether. People can become confused, change their minds, job interviews can slow down, and things, projects and people can change their course of direction, sometimes unexpectedly. Equipment can breakdown, whether it is a computer, a coffee pot or a car. It is hard to get decisions from others, and if you do, they could change their mind after Mercury turns direct.
Thoughts and inner conversation can be more negative during a retrograde. If this occurs, view it as though it were playing out on a screen. View it objectively, as though you are watching someone else. Step back, consider the possibilities, and consciously decide on a positive path to action, rather than listening to negative self-talk.
Retrograde Mercury can be a time of reconnecting with those from the past in some instances. This does not mean reconnect to a former, toxic relationship, but reconnect with those who have been tried and true. Go back to the things from the past that have served you well and reconnect. You could hear from relatives, old friends and on occasion old loves. It’s time to take care of those things you have put off, and clear your closets, both literally and figuratively.

What Not to Do
Don't make important changes such as starting a new job or project, launching a website, buying big ticket items, closing on real estate, buying electronic equipment, getting married or engaged, having elective or cosmetic surgery, launching new endeavors, or signing contracts. Of course, there are some exceptions:
Let's say you need a job and one comes up during the retrograde. Don't turn it down, as a job on a retrograde is better than no job. Things may change after you begin. For example, there could be a shift in the direction of the job, or you may not have understood the nature of the job. If you have to have surgery under a doctor’s orders, go ahead. Surgeries are performed successfully every day of the year, and sometimes a retrograde Mercury is about correcting something. If you have to sign a lease or another document, ask a lot of questions. Go over things several times, and enlist the judgement of your trusted friends.

Your Secret Garden
This retrograde is the perfect time to reassess, reevaluate, revisit, redo, rethink, and even redesign our lives in some way. This is a time to stop, look, and listen to our inner voice, so that you may move forward with clarity and confidence when Mercury turns direct again. It is a time of personal realignment with the world. You may reach a sense of completion with something by the time this cycle ends. View this chapter of your journey as your private inner garden: now is the time to cultivate it and clear that which needs to be removed so that optimum growth can occur as Mercury turns direct in about three weeks. 
There is no doubt frustrations can and do occur under retrograde. But, it is important to remember this is part of the natural cycle of life. This time is about reflecting on what we have done, and will do in the future, but not yet moving forward. Just like the crab that moves sideways, sometimes we have to take this approach and move sideways before we can really move forward. This, too, is part of the natural flow.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Venus squares Pluto: obsessions, jealousy and scandals

Venus is square Pluto at 21 degrees of Aries/Capricorn, and this transit will be exact March 23, in the early evening. This energy will dominate the sky between now and then and at least 24 hours afterwards, as I wrote about earlier.

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 contentious 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.

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 20-22 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 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. Let things lighten up and then see how you really feel.

At its best this transit can signify an intense encounter with someone else of a positive nature. It will not however be a light weight interaction. The energy is there-channel it for positive or negative results.

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, which is why I advise clients to be aware of what the aspect means and respond according to their real desires, as opposed to temporary impulses. In this way you can avoid going off 'half-cocked,' as they say.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring with a twist!

Spring arrived March 20, at 12:16 PM, EST. At this time, the Sun entered the 0 degree point of Aries, sometimes called the world point, and the astrological new year was underway. This point, or degree is known to be related to interaction in connection with the world, or some type of public projection.

Mars entered Capricorn last week, another Cardinal sign and this creates a square to the Sun. This square generates the potential for a public projection of aggression, anger, strife, sexuality or at its best courage or athleticism.

We typically see events that affect the world at large with the Aries point. The day began with another school shooting in Maryland that ended with the student gunman dead and two inured.

The square between the Sun and Mars is part of a powerful stellium in Aries, that will last well into April. The Sun and Mars will square each other, or be within orb through April 2.

This square will become apparent in terms of people lashing out at one another, arguments and debates, breakups, friction and at its worst violence in the world.

If you have Cardinal planets (Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn) at 0-9 degrees this powerful square will affect you personally in some way, depending on what it aspects in your chart. Otherwise, you will still experience the energy, but it will not seem so personal.

This powerful square become part of the Aries ingress chart, which is used by mundane astrologers to predict national events and give us a picture of the state of the country and its people over the next number of months. The Sun-Saturn square, plus the Mars-Saturn conjunction in this chart shows spring will be a period with significant turmoil in the US, especially involving the US President and US open enemies. I will write more about this chart in the future.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mars squares the Sun; A clash of the titans

Mars enters Capricorn about 4 hours after the New moon in Pisces March 17. Mars is exalted in this sign, ruled by Saturn and is considered very powerful. It will remain here until May 16, when it enters Aquarius.

The Sun enters Aries March 20, and this will begin about a 9 day clash (square) between Mars and the Sun. Other planetary clashes in Aries/Capricorn will occur as well, and you can read about them here.

Mars rules our action, and the Sun rules ego, and herein will lie the clashes.

   Sun-Mars squares create an energy buildup within that can manifest in a strong desire to assert the personal will, act domineering and aggressive, act out in rash and impulsive behavior, make demands and in general put the personal will on the front burner. This energy will be upsetting, rather than angry to some.

  You can experience this in a projected form, that is someone else acting like this.

This is also prone to sickness if your are run down (like colds and flu), and especially accidents. Use the utmost caution driving as many people are likely to be agitated over this period of time.
The positive side of this energy is high energy, a take charge attitude and a desire to accomplish a great deal in a short time. Channel your energy here, and exercise is a great option now.

As Mercury turns retrograde March 23, expect this energy to be exaggerated and some may lash out without knowing what they are really talking about. Mercury is operating in Mars' sign (Aries) and this will make people in general even more vocal, whether they have the facts or not.

As always this energy will pay out in the world and we can expect angry debates and angry people if not accidents or disasters. Any battle started could be protracted. Unfortunately, Mars rules young men and guns and there will be a tendency toward violence during this period.

While Mars and the Sun will never be more than one degree away from each other they are exact on these days:

March 22, 2 degrees Aries/Capricorn

March 23, 3 degrees Aries/Capricorn

March 24, the Sun, Mars and the Moon form a t-square at 4-5 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Cancer. Anger and violence toward women, and upset emotions will result.

March 26, 5 degrees Aries/Capricorn

You would have to know a little about your chart but if any of these degrees match Cardinal planets (Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn) you can expect to be affected on a more personal level.

A calm and rational attitude is the key toward overcoming these energies.

If you are a Capricorn or Capricorn ascendant Mars entering your sign begins a new two year cycle. You may feel energetic and very busy over the next number of days.

Monday, March 12, 2018

New moon in Pisces: Straight for the heart

The new moon falls at 27 degrees of Pisces on March 17. This moon squares Mars at 29 degrees of Sagittarius and Chiron.

Some of you may recall the energy of Mercury and Venus (in Pisces) as they squared Mars February 25-28. Those were volatile days for many, and this New Moon looks stressful as well. With its square to Chiron we may be dealing with some type of  deep seated emotional issues that have not been resolved, or come back up. Contacts with Chiron  frequently reveal chinks in our armor, so to speak of the deepest personal nature.

Moon-Mars relates to emotional issues and issues with women. Some people are going to be upset. Others are going to feel they must or are sacrificing something, especially when it comes to relationships. This square represents something that should be dealt with, that you may prefer to avoid.

Mars however, rules men and issues may relate to or come from men and there could be sexual themes that can occur in our lives and in the collective as well. Who knows what scandal will erupt next, right?

There will be clashes between the sexes and the energy at this time is not well balanced between men and women.

Pisces energy also dissipates and dissolves things, and Pisces rules the 12th house of things secret and hidden, some of which may come to light on this moon. The 12th house also represents endings, that can occur of many types.

This isn't all bad as squares bring change and the Moon is supported by Jupiter and Pluto which will be of some help. Also Mercury and Venus are closely aligned and this can lighten the day and be more cheerful.

Mars leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn within hours of this moon where it will transit through mid-May. While Mars is at 29 degrees, it is a critical degree, that is things and events of significance can occur.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Big change coming as Uranus enters Taurus May 2018

This is a few months down the road but its big and worth noting.
Uranus enters Taurus for the first time in 76 years, May 16, 2018. This cycle will last until April 26th, 2026  Uranus was last in this sign March 28, 1935-May 16, 1942. Anyone alive who experienced this last cycle would be currently in their 80's.

At the time of this post Uranus is currently at 26 degrees of Aries and moving through its last few degrees in the sign ruled by Mars. It enters Taurus this year for just under 7 months this year, then retrogrades back to the last degrees of Aries (29/28 degrees) November 7-March 6, 2019. This will be the last period Uranus is in Aries in our lifetimes.

Uranus will then re-enter Taurus March 7, 2019 where it will spend the next 7 years.

The ruler of Taurus is Venus (money) and Uranus is considered at its fall in this sign. This means Uranus will be functioning from a position of weakness. But it will make aspects to other planets that can be positive.

As Venus rules Taurus we will see many changes in money, and the way we are affected by money on the world stage. Taurus rules possessions, and the second house of money and earned income. It is a fixed sign: it digs in its heels and change comes slowly.

As Uranus enters Taurus it squares Mars in Aquarius May 16-19. Uranus is the awakener, the planet that's shakes up the world. We will likely see major world events around this time, if not on this day.

If you have planets in your personal chart from 0-3 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius something will change or be shaken in your life as Uranus enters Taurus. Uranus typically cuts away the 'dead wood,' or situations from your life that no longer serves a purpose, so it may open the door to something new.

If you have planets in Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn or Pisces at 0-3 degrees, Uranus will still bring change to your life but in a smoother way. For example, I started my business on Keen when Uranus was in Pisces trine my Mercury (communication) some 16 years ago.

I will write more about this in the future.