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Thursday, July 27, 2017

August 2017: Days of change-The Great American Eclipse

August is a big month with many things happening in the sky.

We are in the Leo season now, the most fun time of summer. Leo rules the fifth house of children, entertainment and love.  The Sun and Mars are in Leo, and Venus enters Cancer July 31. Mercury will be in Virgo all month, and retrograde August 13.

We have two eclipses, including the Great American Eclipse as it is being called, Jupiter leaves its stationary direct period and moves ahead, and squares Pluto again, and Mercury retrogrades, to name a few. So, let's get started!
August 3, Uranus turns retrograde at 28 degrees of Aries. Uranus is considered the planet of unexpected changes and can be explosive and unpredictable in nature. It rules government of and by the people  and elected officials are represented here. We will likely see many changes in government during this cycle.

Uranus is known as the Great Awakener because it has a tendency to ‘wake up,’ latent possibilities, bring unexpected and unusual events and radical change. It is the planet involved in divorce and separation in many cases propels us in new directions. Uranus is the planet associated with ‘freedom at any cost.’

While retrograde the Uranian energies are more bottled up, and the individual becomes aware of the need for change or revolution.  When Uranus goes direct those energies can be acted upon, seemingly in an unexpected manner. Events involving Uranus often seem shocking, but they are often the inevitable result of a situation, and transits involving Uranus often wake us up to what is really occurring in our lives.

While in Aries, Uranus will awaken the individual urge to change and grow and move forward on possibilities that might have been dormant until now. 
If this aspects Cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) planets in your chart at 27-29 degrees you can expect to see changes in your life as this powerful planet begins its yearly retrograde. It won't turn direct until January 2, 2018.

August 4, Jupiter squares Pluto for its final pass, and will be exact through August 8, but the energy will continue on for some time. This transit won't occur again 2023. This is indicative of power struggles, especially in government but can also affect us individually.

 Pluto rules vengeance, hidden agendas, revenge and it deals with the abuse of power, which may come from any quarter of government or from those opposed to the government. It can also occur on a more personal level.
As we saw in 2014, this cycle also deals with the rise of international terrorism.  There could be issues around nuclear weapons and threats, and there will be conflict and struggles in the government. There could be litigation, or conflict over money and ambitious individuals who push an agenda-good or bad.  The financial markets could be affected. There is no doubt a major fight is brewing in the US.

On a more personal level this transit (Jupiter-Pluto) can arouse your personal ambition and things can come to a conclusion at this time. Projects you have been working on may complete now. It is important to be scrupulously honest in your dealings with others because that which is left unsaid or not handled correctly can come back to bite you in the future. Make sure your intentions are above board and others are as well.

In some instances this transit can also deal with relationship issues, that can become embroiled in power struggles of different types. Sometimes this issue can lend itself to a desire for personal improvement, and it other times people may be criticized by someone who fails to see the flaws in him/herself. There could be issues around joint finances or other people's money. Pluto is obsessive and compulsive in nature.

It is important to be aware on a personal basis how powerful this transit is, especially in terms of dealing with those who may oppose your efforts on some level.

The lunar eclipse/full moon falls at 15 degrees of Aquarius on August 7. It will peak around 2: 11 PM, EST.

Aquarius rules the 11th house of friends, hopes and wishes, as well as the collective. Its planetary rulers are Saturn and Uranus.

This eclipse trines Jupiter which can be expansive and positive, but it also opposes Mars which can be volatile. Some people may take unexpected actions (Uranus) or act in unexpected ways.

This is the first of two eclipses this month. Use caution in the days surrounding the event. Eclipses can eclipse things into your life, and things out of your life. Pay attention and you will see many major life events occur around the time of an eclipse.

August 10, the Sun sextiles Jupiter and this is positive and expansive. Mercury sextiles Venus and this is a positive time for love, social events, business and personal expression.

August 12, Venus trines Neptune and this is positive for love, creativity and compassion. But, Mercury begins its retrograde Station at 11 degrees of Virgo on this day that will last through August 16. It is at this point plans change, glitches can occur and previously unknown information can come to light.  During the retrograde period it is best not to start new ventures, buy high ticket items or get married. Retrograde Mercury is about re-accessing, redoing and finishing what is at hand.

August 13, the Sun trines Uranus. This is a bold transit, indicative of new ideas and approaches.

August 15, Venus opposes Pluto. This is one of the most stressful transits of the month, and the energies will be apparent before and after this day. Venus rules love and money, and Pluto has to do with sex, power and abuse. This transit can lead to obsessive thinking, and situations relating to love or money can come to head.

This is not the transit to offer ultimatums, and if you engage in fighting energy you could end up the loser. Some relationships will end at this time.
In the world we may see situations relating to domestic abuse and violence, sex scandals, and the abuse of power in government. We could see financial issues come to the forefront.

My advice is to save arguments and confrontational subjects for another day. Expressing your strongly held opinions can run into conflict today.

August 17, Venus squares Jupiter. This is typically not a negative transit but can lead to overindulgence on many levels.

August 20, Mars sextiles Jupiter-This is indicative of expansion, positive, and forward movement. Make the most of it.

August 21, the long awaited solar eclipse occurs at 29 degrees of Leo. The eclipse peaks in the US at 2:30 PM, EST, but check your local times.
Eclipses are like wildcards, and one of the ways we learn how and what we need to change and evolve. An eclipse can seem good or bad, depending on what it aspects in your personal chart, and often an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart/life.  An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life's biggest events. The energy of an eclipse can go for months and in some cases years.

With an eclipse we have both endings and beginnings. A solar eclipse is more like a new beginning, and it is always a new moon. A lunar eclipse can being more news of endings and it is associated with a full moon.

Almost always unexpected information comes to light and at this time something may be eclipsed completely out of your life, or into your life. 

Eclipses can bring positive or negative events depending on what it aspects in your personal chart.

Leo rules the fifth house of children, friends, entertainment and love. Many celebrations will take place, as this is the first coast to coast eclipse in nearly 100 years.

The eclipse trines Uranus and this can create an exciting energy pertaining to new ways of doing things. It also trines Saturn giving us some stability. Mars sextiles Jupiter and this is indicative of expansive energies=positive.

Wherever an eclipse travels is where major events will occur, and in the case it is the US.

Looking at US (Sagittarius rising) chart, the eclipse falls in the 9th house of foreign affairs, governments and laws. As it opposes the Moon, the people will be upset and agitated. We are likely to hear sudden and unexpected news.

This eclipse falls in the 12th house of US President Donald Trump. As it conjuncts his Mars, this will be a critical time, and information that was formally hidden will likely emerge at this time.

Mars rules anger, frustration and at times an eclipse conjunct Mars can indicate sickness and accidents.

We may also see other events connected to royalty and royal families.

Events connected to this eclipse can be delayed as Mercury is retrograde. The energy of an eclipse lasts months, sometimes years. In early September as Mars and Mercury conjunct the eclipse point we will likely see events connected to the eclipse play out then as well.

As the eclipse falls at 29 degrees of Leo-a critical degree. Many things will end on this eclipse, for many people. All endings are not bad, and sometimes simply the prelude to a new beginning.

The last time we experienced an eclipse in this sign and degree was August 21, 1998. If you are old enough to remember this time, you may have an idea of what the eclipse holds for you.

August 22, Mars trines Saturn, and this is positive for practical accomplishment. The Sun enters Virgo, the mutable part of the season. This is when the weather changes from dry, hot Leo and becomes more unpredictable.

August 24, Venus squares Uranus. As Venus rules love and money, expected unexpected events here. Some relationships will end. Sometimes we see changes in financial markets.

August 25, Saturn turns stationary direct. While retrograde, Saturn slows down the normal rate of activity so better methods can be developed and organized. Saturn rules the structures in our lives and allows us to develop our boundaries.

Wherever Saturn is located in your personal chart is where you need more work to avoid feeling limitation in some way. Wherever transiting Saturn is located is where your current limitations are felt.

When transiting Saturn is retrograde, and we experience a Saturn transit in our personal charts, the retrograde of Saturn is typically the most difficult period of the transit. When we experience a harsh Saturn transit, it typically makes three passes over the course of about a year, one of them typically while Saturn is retrograde. Saturn retrogrades every year for about four months.

As Saturn turns direct this can be good news for many issues and situations that have been stuck or in some way or unproductive, and this is true for both the individual and the collective.  Saturn can represent a reality check in many areas of our lives and even in the world.

While Saturn was retrograde many problems were internalized that were cloudy and difficult to figure out.

As Saturn turns direct sextiling Jupiter (exact August 27-September 1) many things may come together at this time. This is a positive type of energy prone to advancement, moving forward and accomplishment, and should not be taken for granted. Make the most of this in the days and weeks before and after, as we have not seen a great deal of progressive energy of this type lately.

August 26, Venus enters Leo. The summer fun is not yet over with Venus's entrance into Leo. Love energy will become bolder, more flamboyant but there can also be more drama as people seek to be noticed.

August 26, the Sun conjuncts Mercury. Egos can get in the way and this can be a willful type of energy.

August 27, Jupiter sextiles Saturn-see above about Saturn. This is the exact hit.

August 31, Mercury enters Leo (retrograde) as the month comes to a close. Communication will become bolder and more direct as Leo is a fire sign. Watch that egos stay in check.

Monday, July 24, 2017

About Leo men

Leo is ruled by the Sun. When you think about the Sun, what do you see?

It is the most powerful heavenly body that beams down its light and warmth every day.  The Sun is perhaps the most important planet in the natal chart, ruling Leo, and symbolizing one's vitality and will.

Therefore, it is no surprise that most Leo men (unless the chart is afflicted in some way) are typically outgoing, energetic and confident. These men are typically ambitious and determined to accomplish great things.  They are generally not wallflowers, and attract attention in a room of strangers, where he will often be found holding court. A Leo man needs plenty of personal freedom and seldom accepts limitation in any form.

Leo is a fixed, fire sign, and fixed signs are slow to act at times, and can be considered stubborn. Once they make up their mind it is not changed easily. Nor, do they easily deviate from their path, and such is the way of a fixed sign-Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius.

A Leo man can have fixed opinions about certain things. Most of the time, he believes he is right. If you are trying to change a Leo man, remember it's the Lion, that lives in the wilds, that you are dealing with, or trying to tame, and Lions have claws and teeth.

A gentle touch and stoking of his ego will do far more to change his opinion than an argument, which you will probably not win, anyway.

If all of the world is a stage, and all the men and women are merely players, then the Leo man will play the leading role. He typically won't shy away from being in the limelight, whether in work or play. Sometimes he may have a flair for the dramatic and the romantic, and remember Leo represents and rules royalty. Sometimes he may even act this way.

As Leo is a Fire sign, things can sizzle. When a Leo man falls in love it is dramatic, spectacular and all consuming. When he loves he is generous to a fault, loyal and devoted and nothing can shake his opinion. He has found his partner in the hunt and nothing will stand in his way.

Leo is ruled by the Sun, which rules the heart, by the way. If you remember in The Wizard of Oz, the Lion was searching for a heart. Once he found it, he was whole.

The Sun rules the first house in astrology, and the first house rules the self. Sometimes a Leo man can become self absorbed, demanding of attention and stubborn. This typically happens if the lion has been hurt or feels he has been wronged or ignored in some way.  If this is the case, it may take a lot to get things back on track. He may nurse his wounds in private.

If you are ever disloyal to a Leo you have committed a cardinal crime in affronting the King of the Jungle. As he prides himself on loyalty, the wounds will go deep and he may or may not forgive, depending on how serious the offense is. If you play with his heart, try and make him jealous, or break a commitment, nothing will ever be the same.

Leo men are not for every woman. If you want to make things work with a Leo you must remember he likes attention, he likes to be right and he like to be the man in the relationship and do the chasing. If he commits his heart you will have a loyal and devoted partner, who like the Sun, will shine down warmth which will always make the love grow. He has the capacity to be devoted to the end, when he finds the right women.

Mercury enters its shadow period!

Mercury entered its shadow period preceding the summer retrograde in Virgo/Libra, on Monday, July 24.

Mercury enters Virgo July 25, and will retrograde at 11 degrees of Virgo on August 13-September 5.

During the shadow period that proceeds the retrograde, Mercurial energy starts to shift, and we can see glimpses of the delays and glitches that will lie ahead.

Now is the time to finish up projects, sign contracts and agreements, or do anything else you want before the planet of communication starts its perceived backward treck.

During a retrograde period you should not buy high ticket items, start new projects, marry, get engaged or start anything important. Many things will be delayed.

It is a time for renewing and reflecting, or re-evaluating and researching and these activities can bring great rewards.

If you start a job on a retrograde, it may not turn out as you wish, or you may discover it isn't what you thought.
When Mercury turns direct, the time for direct action opens up again.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Venus opposes Saturn: love pains

Venus opposes Saturn and this transit will be exact July 24, at 10:53 AM,  on the heels of the New moon in Leo.  We will start to feel this energy sooner, and it may continue after the transit is exact.

Venus and Saturn energies don't blend well. Venus rules love and money and Saturn typically represents restriction. Some relationships will end under this transit, but it would only be those who are tottering on the edge or are unstable.  Some may feel financial pressure.

Don't let melancholy or lonely feelings pull you down and seek other things instead. This is not the day to let your heart rule your world, or to take negative feelings seriously. It may seem harder to express yourself, or others may not respond as you would hope. If others don't respond as you hope, remember they are feeling the effects of this transit as well, and personal expressions of love may not bode well today.

It's a good day to clean out closets and exercise! This is not the best day for financial transactions or important business dealings, but this transit will move on quickly.

This is a day for 'tough love.' What I mean by this is Venus-Saturn transits test relationships. Maybe this is a day your significant other does not appear very attractive- if you are in a committed relationship you realize that every day is not a banner day for romance. Or this could be a day you have to accompany someone to surgery or to a Dr.or a gathering you would rather avoid.  If the person is significant in your life you will do what you have to do. Otherwise, it's not a significant and real relationship!

If you can get through your normal daily activities with no problems, consider that you have done well.

As always this transit will play out collectively. We could hear news of finance, women and endings. As Saturn is in Sagittarius we would hear major political news.