Thursday, January 17, 2019

Total lunar eclipse in Leo January 21: Passions and desire

The full moon on January 21 is a total lunar eclipse that falls at 0 degrees of Leo. This is considered a Supermoon, and the peak of this eclipse is just after midnight, EST. This is being called the "blood wolf moon," due to the fact the moon will turn completely red during its eclipse. The 'wolf' moon refers to the January moon when wild wolves howl more often. It has also been called the Old Moon, Ice Moon, Snow Moon, and the Moon after Yule.

This eclipse will be completely visible from North and South America, and western parts of Europe and Africa. Central and eastern Africa, Europe, and Asia will see a partial eclipse. It will be many years before we have another opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse again in the US, so consider this an opportunity.

A Supermoon appears closer and brighter to the earth and is associated with heightenened intensity and weather and earth related events such as tidal waves and earthquakes. As this eclipse falls at 0 degrees, and Mercury is square Uranus, it is possible we could see a major weather related event during this time.

Eclipses are like wildcards and can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart. Eclipses show us where we are headed like a lamp post in the night. They are often dramatic, or reveal important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest situations and events, and the energies can go on for at least several months, if not longer.
Many times unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life.
This the final Leo eclipse in a series that began in 2017, and Leo rules the 5th house of children, friends, love and creativity. Leo is a fire sign and many will be focused on love and fun at this time as the few days before is a weekend. Emotional and romantic relationships, or relationships with friends and children will be front and center. It is important to remember that Leo lives for drama and theatrics and we will see this in the world and our lives. We may see a great deal of 'palace intrigue,' or those who consider themselves 'royal,' behaving badly, and this is certainly not limited to actual "royals".
The Sun enters Aquarius January 20,  and opposes the Moon as it does during all full moons/lunar eclipses. This creates an emotional intensity and Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected change.
Mercury is square Uranus, and this can bring unexpected news and events. These events can involve communications, young people, children, co-workers, neighbors or other situations depending on where this falls in your personal chart. Mercury-Uranus transits can create nervous anxiety in some or scattered thinking and rapid mood swings. It can also relate to accidents and the breakdown of electronic equipment, so caution is advised in these areas.
The events that come up at this time may take some time to complete or fully understand, so don't expect an immediate resolution.  All things may not be completely clear as Jupiter is square Neptune which is a significant transit throughout 2019.
Jupiter square Neptune may seem magical to some and there is a creative and spiritual element to it, but Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion so it is necessary to look at many things from a clear and unbiased perspective, as Neptune can distort, confuse and may represent smoke and mirrors instead of facts. Neptune is the planet known for deception, and self deception as well.
Jupiter is conjunct Venus at 15 degrees of Sagittarius, and this is the one day out of the year these planets will meet up. Jupiter and Venus together is a pleasant, if not overly indulgent transit. Over indulge too much and you will have to pay the piper the next day.  Jupiter and Venus are the two planets of expansion and Venus rules love, entertainment, our social lives and values. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter who is at home here, making this a powerful planetary connection prone to fun and entertainment, higher ideals and new ventures. As both Jupiter and Venus are square Neptune you could feel magic is in the air and it may be, but let time be the judge before jumping to conclusions.
Leo loves attention, to be in public and noticed. Leo rules the stage, and many people will demand attention at this time, and Leo is among the flashiest of signs. If someone has something they want to say, it is likely to come out at this time. Patience, self control and adaptability are qualities that will come in handy during this period.
Mars also squares Saturn at 13 degrees of Aries/Capricorn adding another dimension or layer to this eclipse. Mars-Saturn is indicative of  frustration, blocks and change or in some cases endings.

At best Mars square Saturn can bring change but it is not an easy transit to harness and many people will seem to be, or actually be angry or upset.
This is not the time to hash out a brewing conflict or drama but rather wait for a day when the energy is calmer.
Here is how or where this eclipse may affect your sign:

Aries: Romance, friendship, creativity and children.

Taurus: News from family, changes or renovation in the home.

Gemini: News from immediate family, friends, short trips, changes in thinking.

Cancer: Focus on money or money making opportunities.

Leo: Focus on the self, or being in the public eye.

Virgo: Endings, closure, self seclusion, visiting a friend in the hospital.

Libra: Friends, and groups or organizations.

Scorpio: Career and matters of high priority

Sagittarius: Travel, education and tapping into the higher mind.

Capricorn:  Change, transformation, joint finances, money and sex.

Aquarius: Partners and partnerships, marriage.

Pisces: Work, diets and health matters.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Jupiter squares Neptune: Magic or mayhem?

Jupiter is currently locked in a square with Neptune at 14 degrees of Sagittarius/Pisces and it is exact through January 16. (squares are difficult angles) Jupiter in Sagittarius is in the sign it rules, as is Neptune in Pisces making both planets in their respective signs very powerful together.

Neptune is the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion, as well as creativity, psychic abilities, drugs and alcohol to name just a few. The symbol representing Neptune is two fish swimming in opposite directions. Neptune is frequently associated with lies, deception, unclarity and self deception. That said it rules the artistic world, psychics, religion and spirituality, compassion and sacrifice.

Jupiter in Sagittarius rules the 9th house of world view, travel, education and politics and many may do well in these areas this year. The 9th house/Sagittarius is also associated with politics hence all the recent news.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion and gain and wherever it falls in our charts gain can be expected. Sagittarius is an optimistic and expansive sign.

But, as Jupiter clashes with Neptune issues and situations can become muddled. Things may not be what they appear and we can be deceived into believing things are one way when in fact they are another. As Jupiter expands whatever it touches deceptions can get larger along with self deception.

Gaslighting, smoke and mirrors, unclear scenarios and self delusion will be common during this transit. Confusion and lack of clarity or being mislead in terms of the facts will be the hallmark of this time.

On the other hand, this can be beautiful, spiritual and creative energy. Compassion can be given or received, creativity may be at a high, as can psychic abilities, and dreams can be vivid. Dreams may increase and be vivid. Love can seem ideal at this time. A relationship that seems this way should be given the test of time because only when these planets move apart or separate and we are no longer under the 'Neptunian spell,' can we gauge accurately whether or not we feel the same way as we do under this transit. As the two planets separate things and situations can be revealed to be different from what we may have thought.

This is the first of several times these planets will clash this year. In reality this transit remains in the sky through November, but will be much more powerful when it is 'exact,' or close to being at the exact degree.

In the world we have seen several major events that stand out. Jupiter rules the Republican party. As this transit became exact it was revealed the FBI is or has investigated US President Donald Trump under suspicion he is an agent of Russia, wittingly or unwittingly. No information has been published regarding an outcome of the investigation.

Also, in the UK Brexit has been voted down and Theresa May's government has received a vote of no confidence, making the UK's economic future very unclear.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sun-Pluto: Obsessions, control, metamorphosis

The Sun conjuncts Pluto and is exact in the early morning hours of January 11, so this energy will be felt this day and the day or two before.

There can be a desire to uncover or find what is secret and hidden, but you must be prepared to deal with what you find. Sun-Pluto can deal with some unpleasant subjects, as challenging information can be revealed.

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 19-21 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.

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. Some things may seem like a matter of life and death, whether they are or not. 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 2, 2019

January 2019: Break out, break free, move forward!

2019 starts out with a bang! Uranus turns direct January 6, a solar eclipse occurs, and every planet is moving forward in direct motion. After all the retrogrades and slowdowns of 2018, this is a change. What this means is we are free to move forward with our plans without delay.

But first, let's take a look at New Years Day. Quite a shift occurred the night before, as Mars moved into Aries. This puts the planet of action in a fire sign, and it is at the 0 degree world point. Astrologer Celeste Teal says 0 degree Aries represents "spectacular out rush of energies... and involvement with the world at large"  

The Sun is conjunct Saturn January 1-2, and this seems like an especially somber day after the holidays. Many people may be making serious resolutions for the New Year. Sun conjunct Saturn will coincide with serious events and situations in the world, and it is time to get real for many and back to day to day responsibilities.

The Sun, Saturn, Uranus, Mercury and Mars are in Cardinal signs as we begin the month: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are the Cardinal signs and they are the initiators of the zodiac and make things happen.

Mars move into Aries shifts the energy from laid back creative and spiritual Pisces to the high powered fire sign that is all about action, and it will remain in this sign until mid-February. Mars rules our action and ego, so most of us will start out the new year with a plan, or we will soon develop one. Aries rules the first house of self and self interests and we will begin the new year with new goals.

Venus, the planet of love and money, remains in Scorpio for the first week of the month, before moving into Sagittarius, a mutable fire sign. Venus has spent most of its time in Scorpio-Sagittarius since September of 2018, due to the 2018 (Venus) retrograde, and it will make one more pass through the sign ruled by Jupiter this month.

Jupiter, the planet of gain and expansion is also in Sagittarius, where it is at home and very powerful. Sagittarius rules the ninth house of travel, education, and world view and over the next year we will all benefit from this placement in some way, especially Sagittarius and all fire signs.

Venus and Jupiter will meet up on the sky January 21-22 at 15-16 degrees of Sagittarius and this meeting falls on the day of a total lunar eclipse I will get to shortly.

Sagittarius is a mutable sign. The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo. Sagittarius and Pisces. Mutable planets are subject to change.

Neptune is the lone planet in a water sign-Pisces. Neptune is at home in this sign, where it will remain until 2026. The last time Neptune was in Pisces was before and during the US Civil war.

So, as we begin the year, the sky is dominated by Cardinal and Mutable signs. We will be moving forward, and our plans and energies will be subject to change.

Cardinal signs are divided into the elements of Water, Fire and Earth, and Mutable signs are divided into Water, Air and Fire elements. When these different elements meet up in the sky there is going to be a clash, and with clash comes change. The change may not be easy at all times, but January will be a month of significant change in our personal lives and in the world.

The first such clash occurs January 8, when Mercury squares Mars. We can expect tension, arguments and the potential of accidents.

January 13, Jupiter will square or clash with Neptune. This transit will be ongoing during 2019, and last for extended periods of time. While it is exact on this date, this only represents the peak and this energy is powerful at least two weeks before and after. Jupiter-Neptune transits can inspire creativity, compassion and spiritual awakenings, the other side of this energy can be fog, delusion, lack of clarity and the feeling or belief things appear better than what they really are. 2019 will be a year to keep our feet on the ground.

At the same time, Saturn sextiles Neptune, and this energy will be prominent at different times throughout the year, and while it is exact on January 31, the transit actually lasts at least two weeks before and two weeks after the exact date. This transit will combine imagination and the ethereal world with common sense and grounding. Creative ventures can turn into solid accomplishments, compassion will be combined with common sense and an ability to do something worthwhile or of value, and ideas can come with the ability to put them into action. This can be a grounding transit, which will be needed with Jupiter in its square to Neptune.
January 18, the Sun squares Uranus and we can expected sudden and unpredictable events. We and those around us could make a sudden break or change in our lives.
January 20, Venus squares Neptune and this can create fog and confusion in relationships and money matters. Relationships may be unclear and this is a bad day to finalize any significant money matter. The other side of this transit can seem magical, but we must remember Neptune rules illusion. But then, what is magic afterall?
January 21, Mars squares Saturn and this can seem limiting and restrictive, angry or frustrating. I would sidestep arguments if possible. The energy will pass soon.
January 23, Mercury squares Uranus and unexpected communication is the norm today. Some may be nervous, and this is accident prone. We could also have major problems with computers, cell phones and communication of all kinds. On the positive side you could experience an epiphany .
January 5-6, as Uranus turns direct, a partial solar eclipse occurs at 15 degrees of Capricorn. Uranus will play a particular role in this eclipse as its direct motion is very powerful on this same day. We will see many unexpected events in the world, and may experience great change (sometimes unexpected) in our own lives at this time.
Eclipses are like wildcards and an eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart. An eclipse is often dramatic, or reveals important information. An eclipse can brings news pertaining to life's biggest events and the energy can be present for months or years to come. Important things, situations and even people can be eclipsed into and out of your life.
A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.
The solar eclipse in Capricorn is conjunct Saturn and Pluto. Responsibilities will be forefront, along with change and transformation, and Capricorn rules the 10th house of career, priorities and business, and it is here we will be focused.
A stellium of five planets will fall in Capricorn opposing the north node and square Uranus. Change will happen quickly and it can bring up deep seated past issues. The Moon's sextile to Neptune can inspire creativity and compassion. It will affect those born under Cardinal signs, more than others.
This eclipse falls on fixed star Wega. Robison says with the Moon this star can' bring public disgrace, loss through writings, some ill health, success in business, gain through an annuity or pension.'
January's lunar eclipse falls at 0 degrees of Leo on January 20-21, and is considered a Super moon. This is the same day the Sun enters Aquarius and this is a total lunar eclipse. A Super moon appears closer to the earth and is associated with  major events and natural disasters.
Leo rules the 5th house of love, children, friends and creativity. As this moon opposes the Sun emotions may be high and on edge for a while.
Venus and Jupiter are conjunct (together) at 15 degrees of Sagittarius square Neptune. This can be creative and romantic, but it is important to remember Neptune is the planet of illusion, confusion and delusion, and many things may seem unclear or even too good to be true. Let this energy pass before making important decisions, although it could bring a few days of fun, entertainment and romance.
Other transits in January include:
January 13, Mercury conjuncts Saturn. Serious thought, negative news or attitudes, good for constructive work, tiredness.
January 18, Venus trines Mars. Great for love, social activity, upbeat and positive, Mercury also conjucnts Pluto and this can be good for researching matters, can be obsessive and argumentative. On the same day the Sun squares Uranus as already mentioned.
January 29, the Sun conjuncts Mercury and this can seem like willful energy and egos can be involved in communication.
This month will set the tone for the New Year and may it bring luck, happiness and prosperity.