Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Avoiding trainwrecks is good

The Moon and Mercury have entered Scorpio, and Venus is stationary retrograde in Scorpio at 10 degrees as well. This will create a clash today between Mars/Venus and the Moon. 

This will make many people feel uncomfortable at some point. It could be issues with money, relationships, or some other situation, depending on where this hits your personal chart.

Today is a good day to remain calm, rather than acting on this potentially volatile energy. To avoid conflict, I would advise giving space to those who seem to be on the verge of agitation, and today is not the day to push ultimatums.

In addition, the Moon and Mercury are opposing Uranus in Taurus. This can bring sudden and unexpected news and events, and cautions should be used in travel. We will see some adverse weather conditions play out in the world as well.

While the Mars-Venus energy will not end overnight, as the Moon moves past Mars tomorrow, things should be calmer.

Monday, October 8, 2018

New Moon in Libra: A potpourri of emotions

Today's new moon in Libra is typically a pleasant moon, but I say typically, because it will square Pluto, before it is over and this can bring up some deep seated issues. Pluto rules the dark and hidden undercurrent.

This week may not be the calmest as Mars is still in a square, or clash with retrograde Venus. Issues relating to relationships and/or money can come up at this time, and we will see some type of scandal in the world, if not more.

This square will not peak until late Wednesday, and this does not mean the energy is completely gone.

On the same day, Mercury opposes Uranus and this can create nervous, tense energy and bring unexpected events. In the collective this could represent another extreme weather related situation.

By Friday, the Sun squares Pluto at 18 degrees of Libra/Capricorn and this is a difficult transit, that can bring hidden issues to the surface, things into the open, and power struggles. Libra does not do well with this sort of thing. This transit will play out in the world as well, as situations being revealed and potential abuses of power.

Those with Cardinal planets (Cancer, Libra, Aries and Capricorn) at 17-19 degrees will be affected to a greater degree.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

October 2018: Venus retrogrades, love takes a turn

As we begin the month of October many things are happening in the world, and in the US one of the most talked about situations is the investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for the Supreme Court.

The testimony of Dr. Ford who has alleged sexual assault 30 some years ago will be a turning point in society, and a significant historical moment now and in the future.

This is because Jupiter is in Scorpio along with Venus at the time of the hearings, Venus was/is on the eve of turning retrograde making it very powerful in the sign it is considered at its detriment in. Venus, the North Node and Mars are and were in a powerful clash stirring up the energies in the collective where powerful men have often taken advantage of their situation with women, perhaps since the beginning of time. This is a societal turning point, and history is being made. But, is society truly ready to change? Only time will answer this question.

October 24, the Sun enters Scorpio and October 11, Mercury enters Scorpio intensifying the 8th house energies, in the collective and our individual lives.

Scorpio rules the 8th house of sex, secrets, change and transformation, and there will be much focus in these areas during October. The eighth house also rules money, taxes, joint finances, lawsuits, debt and other people's money, along with drugs/addiction and death.
he #MeToo movement makes a powerful social statement of our times, and was borne of Venus in Scorpio (among other things). Now, this movement will be re-visited.

As Mars is in Aquarius, it will clash with Venus the first two weeks of October. Mars/Venus squares represent clashes between the male and female sexes. Add to this, Mars' opposition to the North Node, which can bring up past karmic hurts.

Black Moon Lilith has played a role as well. Lilith is recognized in Christianity and Judaism, and falls somewhere in each of our charts.

Interestingly, Lilith is prominent in the chart of both Bill Cosby and Brett Kavanaugh. Lilith is the primal force of feminine sexuality. 

She reflects our inner power and demands resistance to control by outside forces.

The place in your chart where Lilith is located is often a place where hurt can turn to vengefulness if you are not self aware.
Many situations will play out between men and women this month, both on the world stage and in our personal lives. Just as astrology affects the world, it affects us both individually and collectively.
Venus turns retrograde October 5, at 3:05 PM. A retrograde Venus is not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, or buy expensive products related to beauty, or even art as you may not be satisfied when the planet goes direct. Women driven businesses may see lower sales during this time.

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 and with Venus in Scorpio, which is considered at its detriment the worst qualities can manifest such as obsession, secretively, revenge, suspicion and mistrust. that are tottering on the edge may end completely at this time. Situations become revealed for what they are. Other couples however, will reunite or take things to a deeper level.

If you begin a new relationship during a retrograde Venus the love energy may never be totally expressed. The relationship could survive for the duration of the retrograde then shift to another level or end when Venus goes direct. I always liken a retrograde planet to throwing a wild card into the mix.

Venus retrograde is a process. The shadow period when we first began to feel the effects of the retrograde began September 3, when Venus was 25 degrees in Libra. Venus officially retrogrades on October 5, and goes direct on November 16. Another shadow period follows where things are not quite back to normal until December 18.

Venue goes stationary direct at 25 degrees of Libra November 16. If this is aspecting a personal planet in your natal chart you may meet a new love during this time, see an increase in your social life or benefit from some type of Venusian activity: love, beauty, art or money!

Let's take a look at some of the other transits of significance in October.

October 2, Mercury squares Pluto in the evening. This is an obsessive, demanding transit and many people will be trying to get to the bottom of some type of situation. Watch travel and driving, communication problems and arguments. We will see major events in the news. This transit is made even more powerful due to Pluto's direct station on the same day. Many things will begin to move forward in the collective and the individual basis, that include lawsuits, stalled projects, and we may be confronted with dealing with the reality of many situations which can seem overwhelming at times.
October 8, the New Moon falls at 15 degrees of Libra. While Libra is generally positive, this Moon squares Pluto and this can create tension in relationships. Change is possible, especially with retrograde Venus.
October 9, Mercury enters Scorpio bringing the total to three, and we are in the Scorpio season. Communication can become more subversive, and shallow discussions will not satisfy.
October 10, Mercury opposes Uranus. This can be nerve wracking transit prone to sudden and unexpected news. Watch for accidents and communication going off the rails today, and expected the unexpected
Venus also squares Mars today and this is the peak of the recent harsh energy, especially between the sexes, but it is not limited to this. Mars and Venus fall somewhere in everyone's chart so conflict is not limited to romantic situations.  Many people are experiencing stress at this time, and what the stress is over, depends on where these two planets fall in your personal chart.
As this is the peak of the energy, it will soon begin to lighten up. While the energy will remain with us for the next 10 days, it won't be so harsh,
October 12, the Sun squares Pluto. Change is in the air, and this is typically related to power struggles, arguments and it can represent forced change of some sort. If change seems imminent, it is better to go with the flow than to resist.
October 15, Mercury conjuncts Venus and this is typically positive for relationships and business, or social life.
October 19, Mercury trines Neptune and this is a compassionate transit, prone to creativity of all sorts.
October 23, the Sun enters Scorpio and we are in the Scorpio season. The Sun also opposes Uranus and this is indicative of explosive situations, explosions, and sudden change, often in a volatile way. Some things end, and we break away from other things. This will be a big news day.
October 24, the Full Moon falls at 1 degree of Taurus and the Moon is conjunct Uranus. This makes it very powerful and indicative of sudden and unexpected change, and explosive circumstances. If you have fixed planets at 0-2 degrees of Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius, this will affect you on a personal level, so expected change, often unplanned for.
October 26,the Sun conjuncts Venus and this is positive for all types of relationships, social lives and business.
October 27, the Sun conjuncts Saturn. This can be tiring, negative, and prone to dealing with responsibilities.
October 29, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter, and this is another positive transit, but prone to tall drinks and tall tales, as Blanche Devereaux might say.
October 31, Mercury enters Sagittarius where it will retrograde in November. Mercurial energy becomes more vivid, fast and exciting in this sign.
Also Venus re-enters Libra where it is considered at home. This will be a change from the Scorpio energy, and the clashes with Mars much of the month. Venus here is more interested in fairness and keeping the peace. Venus also opposes Uranus and this can be an exciting time, or a day when plans go awry. Either way, have a Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Love changes, Venus retrogrades October 5

Venus, the planet ruling love and romance, marriage money, pleasure, art, and values, turns retrograde in the heavens on October 5, through November 16, 2018. Venus retrogrades about every 18 months. While in its retrograde period Venus will move through the sign that is considered to be at its detriment (Scorpio) back into the sign where it is considered at home (Libra).

Venus turns stationary retrograde, a point where the energy change is most noticeable, October 5-12 at 10 degrees of Scorpio. Venus in Scorpio at its detriment and retrograde can lead to overly intense or dramatic situations, jealousy, and obsessions, sexual incidents and issues or breakups, depending on the aspects in your personal chart. A solid relationship is unlikely to break up or end, but those relationships tottering on the edge or not stable could end. As Venus is in a fixed sign, the end could be final.

In a general sense when Venus retrogrades love energy becomes more intense and drama can occur, especially in Scorpio. 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 and Pluto (Scorpio) people may seem more aggressive, passive aggressive, needier and overly intense, brooding and demanding or even revengeful.

The Karma and Fate of Relationships
Relationships can take many twists and turns, slow down, end or change in some way. But, as stated earlier, if your relationship is solid you need not fear an ending.  Some people may re-unite after a separation during this time. At times, those from our past can reappear. It is a time of reviewing and re-accessing your love life, what you want, need and are getting from others. Changes occur, and people can switch their affections and partnerships. The karma (karma=the universal will) 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 the relationship can become stronger.

Situations in relationships can be revealed for what they really are during this time. 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. Love interests that are not solid can dissolve or come forward at this time, and an interest that has never gone anywhere can dissolve, shift to someone else, or an incident can occur that spells out the fact you should move on. The rose-colored blinders can come off. Those relationships not grounded in reality can be shown to be inaccessible at this time, such as a love interest who is involved with someone else and takes that relationship to the next level. This is not a bad thing, as it can show you the truth, thus freeing you to move on to someone who is emotionally, if not physically accessible.

I always tell clients that during this time, the ‘karma,’ of their relationship often plays out, especially questionable, negative or unstable relationships. Retrograde planets often have to do with events that are ‘fated’ or otherwise outside of our ability to control.
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 at that time. Venus retrograde is a wildcard. Sometimes the relationship doesn't take off until Venus turns direct. This is not a bad thing, if it does. A retrograde Venus period is the time to fully get to know any new person, not give your heart away or enter a spontaneous affair with high expectations. Relationships are changeable during this period, and especially when Venus turns direct again. What appeared to be a viable relationship during retrograde Venus may change once it turns direct, or it could be the other way around.

Venus on Social Situations and Creativity
During a Venus retrograde period the things that Venus influences will be less apparent and visual sensibilities can be reduced. This is not the time to buy jewelry, art, expensive clothing or decorations, give big parties, get married, engaged, move in together, or have plastic surgery. Since Venus rules the courts, legal situations can slow down as can diplomatic efforts.  Unresolved issues come forward and demand resolution. It may be more difficult to express ourselves socially.  Venus is the lesser of the two money planets, and money may not flow as freely during this period.

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.

Beyond romance, Venus can effect 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.

Venus Moves from Scorpio to Libra
Venus will retrograde from 10 to 0 degrees of Scorpio October 5-31, when it re-enters Libra, the sign where it is considered at home. From here, Venus turns direct at 25 degrees of Libra November 16.

Venus in Libra, is quite different from Scorpio where it is considered at its' detriment. At detriment Venus often portends its worst qualities (jealousy, obsession, aggression, revenge) and in Libra, it's better nature. Venus in Libra is more fair, balanced and at peace and Libra likes to please.

If Venus turns turns direct aspecting a planet in your chart in a positive angle, significant events can occur, or you could meet someone new or a relationship can improve. For some the retrograde direct period can be very significant and positive.

Venus changing direction to weed the negative or useless relationships out of your life, or change them and enable you to make room for something more positive.  Reality will be the key word, and it is not always what we want to see. The good relationships will become stronger during this period, and it is a time to work through issues and create more balance in you closest relationships with others.