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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

May New Moon in Gemini

 


May’s New Moon falls at 9 degrees of Gemini on May 30th, which is Memorial Day in the US. Gemini is the natural ruler of the 3rd house of the zodiac which rules speech and communication, travel and immediate family members as well as neighbors and your immediate area. Gemini has a duality to it, as represented by the twins. This is a changeable sign (mutable) with a reputation of having more than one personality. In fact, mutable signs are always changing and evolving and looking at all sides of things. This moon is about communication. Expect conversation, emails and meetings to pick up along with your pace of thinking.

Mercury rules many things; conversation, travel and children. Unfortunately in the US we have suffered another tragedy with another mass shooting in TX. At the time of this post at least 19 kids are dead along with 2 teachers at Uvalde High School. In December of 2012 we experienced an eclipse at 9 degrees of Gemini within days of that terrible massacre, and when the Parkland High School shooting occurred in 2018, the full moon was in Aquarius, but the last quarter of it was in Gemini. My thoughts are with all of those who lost loved ones. It is my hope that those who can, do something to create sensible gun laws in the US before this happens again. I could write page pages on this, but it is neither the time nor place.  In the US, this New Moon is conjunct Uranus. This shows a highly agitated and upset population, and there is a possibility of other unexpected events happening in the US.

Mercury is square Saturn and it is retrograde. With this aspect you may be forced to take responsibility for you words, or you may simply act in a responsible manner when communicating with others which will provide the best outcome. Sometimes Mercury-Saturn aspects can relate to harsh words, so be aware of this and delays can occur. This aspect can also be tiring and lean slightly toward the negative as Saturn rules fear, feelings of restriction and emotional depression.

As this Moon sextiles Chiron, known as the ‘wounded healer’ this is a time to reflect upon and heal any deep seated wounds that may be affecting your life. At this time the healing is easier and may even occur through conversations with others who can present a different point of view.


Monday, May 23, 2022

Mars enters Aries!


 

Mars is the planet of action that rules the way we approach things, take action and go after what we want. It also rules men and sex. Mars enters Aries on May 24th and will remain here until July 5th.

For the past 5 and half weeks Mars has been in gentle laid back Pisces. We will experience quite an energetic shift when Mars enters Aries.

Mars is at home in this sign which means it operates well and is extremely powerful.  Aries rules the first house of self, so we will be interested in furthering our own interests most of all during this 7 week cycle of Mars. We will evaluate what we want and go after it whether it is a job, an idea, or even a romantic partner.

This begins a new Mars cycle as Mars once again crosses the ‘world point’ or 0 degrees of Aries and starts its two year trip through the zodiac once again. The ‘world point’ is associated with events on the world stage than can affect us all and give us an extra dose of get-up-and-go. Mars conjuncts the Moon as it enters the first sign of the zodiac at 7:17PM, EDT adding an extra boost of energy that can make us extremely busy or agitated; especially women and issues relating to women or our emotional life. The red planet will enter Aries with a bang!

Mars in Aries likes to take control of things and can increase our personal drive and ambition. Expect this to be a spontaneous, forward looking and action oriented period. Winning may become more important and Aries can be quite competitive. We will pursue things in a more straight forward manner, which is the opposite of Mars in Pisces that often approaches things from a sideways and intuitive perspective. Aries is typically confident, optimistic and does not let grass grow under their feet.

The downside of Aries is impatience, arrogance and self-centeredness. While we pursue our goals in a very direct manner, we can express anger in the same manner which can turn many more sensitive people off or create hard feelings.

Aries is considered a pioneering sign not afraid of trying out new ideas and concepts and approaches life head on. Some famous people with Mars in Aries include Steve Jobs, Stephen Hawking, Bernie Sanders, Nicolas Sarkozy, Monica Lewinsky, Queen Victoria, Caroline Princess of Hanover, Martha Stewart, David Letterman and Priscilla Presley.

Independence, confidence and courage are all Aries qualities that we can embrace during this period. As Aries rules the first house of the zodiac this can be a time for new beginnings, new experiences and new and greater confidence in our own abilities to inspire others and lead. We will have plenty of opportunities to put our ideas and plans to the test when Mars enters Taurus after July 5th.

The most significant Mars in Aries will make occurs on July 1st when Mars squares Pluto. While this aspect holds the potential to transform something with a lot of work, it can also relate to power struggles and those who try and push their weight around. It is advisable to avoid any contentious issues over the next few days when the energy will settle down once again.

 

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Scorpio eclipse; Hard to solve spiritual realities and transformation

 


May15-16th (depending on where you live) we will experience a lunar eclipse that falls at 25 degrees of Scorpio. This is a total lunar eclipse that can be seen in most of North America except some Northwestern regions.  Check your local news or the internet for details on viewing it. This eclipse will have both positive and negative aspects and affects.

Scorpio can evoke dysfunctional behaviors and patterns, wounded feelings, dark and intense feelings of rage, repressed anger, hurt and reopen old wounds and traumas. If you have been hanging onto false illusions or ideas about someone or something that is not working, you may be forced to remove the rose colored glasses at this time and deal with reality along with responsibility. This eclipse can give us the resolve to deal with any adversity we have to.

Scorpio is the natural ruler of the eighth house of death and transformation, taxes, corporate and joint finances held with partners. It also has to do with the way we feel in relationships along with sex. Eighth house themes can often seem as though there is a feeling of forced change, ready or not.

Scorpio is ruled by Mars (and Pluto). Mars is considered the God of war, and Pluto rules power structures, bullies and change that is beyond our ability to control.  Pluto is considered the planet of revenge and can create obsessive feelings and hidden agendas and on the positive end regeneration.

For many the Scorpio theme will have to do with money, credit and taxes. It is an auspicious time look at budgets, investments, taxes, debt and finances.

With the energy of this eclipse, we will be confronted with what our obligations and responsibilities are, along with our limitations since the Moon squares Saturn. This is not light, airy energy, but it can make us resolute in our decision and give us the ability to carry through with what we need to do and accomplish.

Scorpio energy is generally can be dark and intense or alternatively very high and spiritual. It usually goes one direction or the other, and Scorpios more than any other sign must determine which road they chose to take in life: the high road or the lower one. You may make this type of choice about something during the eclipse.

Eclipses work on a personal level depending on what they are aspecting in your own personal natal chart. They also work on a world or collective level bringing about events that affect us all as a society.

The Sun is in Taurus and this Moon opposes the Sun as any full moon does. The ruler of Taurus is Venus, the planet of love, money and values On a collective level we are at a point in history when our values are being tested and we must reaffirm those things we value the most. Taurus (Venus) also relates to younger women, money, farming and agriculture, food and beauty.

This is the companion eclipse to the April 30th solar eclipse in Taurus. Taurus-Scorpio rules the 8th-2nd house axis in astrology which concerns money and resources, partner’s money and debt and change. It also rules drugs and transformation. For many though there will be a focus on financial matters over this period between eclipses as well as afterward.

Mars conjunct Neptune is a tiring and confusing aspect that leans toward the stimulation of emotional impulses and subconscious desires and feelings. This transit can bring about a self defeating attitude if allowed to run amuck and is frequently associated with confusion, lack of clarity, scandals and incorrect information.  At its highest this can also relate to spiritual pursuits and healing as well as artistic and psychic or intuitive endeavors. Energy is neutral and it is up to us to direct it, and we get better results when we do.

Eclipses almost always bring some type of surprise or unexpected event. An eclipse is like a street light showing us the way and what our focus should be on for at least 30 days and typically much longer.

Since Mercury is retrograde events connected to an eclipse can be delayed by a few days. It is unlikely any event the eclipse brings will be delayed much longer than this.

A full moon eclipse is a time to release negativity and with the Moon’s sextile to Pluto get rid of negative emotions and feelings that can drag us down so we may transform our inner life into something more positive and potentially useful.

The US chart

This eclipse falls in the US natal chart’s 12th house which pertains to situations, people and events that are hidden and unknown. This includes prisons, hospitals, places of seclusion and anything that is subversive to the established order.  The Sun is conjunct fixed star Algol the most dangerous star in the heavens that deals with violence and the possibility of acting recklessly.

Mars conjuncts Neptune in the US chart just before the eclipse and sets off the natal Neptune square Mars. This deals with foreign affairs, race issues, partners and those considered enemies to the US, known or unknown. It also squares the Moon which rules the people of the country and in particular women. This shows a majority of women in the country upset or feeling repressed and they will make their voices known. We can expect many significant world events to occur on and around this powerful eclipse.


Monday, May 2, 2022

May astrology 2022; Jupiter enters Aries!

 

This month Jupiter, or the planet of luck and gain leaves Pisces and enters optimistic Aries where it will remain for nearly 6 months. Saturn in Aquarius reaches 25 degrees where it will stop in preparation of turning stationary retrograde in early June. Mars, the planet of action will finish its cycle in Pisces and enter energetic Aries while Venus the planet of love and beauty transits through Taurus and Gemini. The Sun finishes its cycle in Taurus and enters the mutable sign of spring; Gemini. Mercury turns retrograde for the second time this year, and we will experience a powerful lunar eclipse in Scorpio and a New Moon in Gemini. Now, the details.

Jupiter enters Aries

Jupiter is consider the ‘greater benefic’ and leaves Pisces for Aries May 10th, where it will remain until October 28th. It will then retrograde back into Pisces once more and remain here in the late degrees of the sign until December 20th. Typically during any given year, Jupiter dips its toes into the next sign for a few months so we can get a feel for what each   sign will bring before it begins its complete transit through any given sign.

When Jupiter enters Aries, Fire signs in particular will benefit. While Jupiter in Pisces rules the 12th house of the zodiac things that are hidden from view such as spirituality and intuition, Aries rules the first house of self and is very expansive in nature.

Jupiter in Aries is fast paced, exuberant and we may feel a surge of confidence and desire to lead and take action. Jupiter always widens our perspective and this will occur on a personal level as the planet of luck transits through the sign ruled by Mars.

Aries/Mars is considered a bold, assertive and pioneering sign. We will be more focused on ourselves, our goals and may feel much more energized than when Jupiter was in Pisces. Jupiter-Aries can inspire a type of bravery and more energy to take and accept risk. This is a positive goal oriented sign and we will be working on our own personal interests while Jupiter is in Aries. Aries does not like restriction or limitation and does not let grass grow under its feet. The downside of Jupiter-Aries is reaching too far, too fast, and as it rules the first house of self it is important to remember other people have their own goals just as we do. Aries can be rash, impulsive and brash at times, but this is seldom the intent. At times, Aries can generate a type of playfulness and idealism and enjoys being free and unfettered. You can be your own best cheerleader while Jupiter transits through this sign and it is quite possible your optimism and confidence will take you beyond any self imposed limitations during this time.

We can expect to see some advances in the US as Jupiter sextiles Uranus in the US chart during the summer months. This can relate to job growth, and advances in healthcare and public health. Uranus represents cutting edge technology, air and spacecraft along with technological advances.

Mercury retrogrades

Mercury turns retrograde May 10th at 4 degrees of Gemini and will remain in its 3 week cycle until June 3rd. When Mercury retrogrades things tend to break down, get cancelled, slow down and confusion or lack of clarity frequently occurs especially during the ‘stationary retrograde’ period May 10-15th. Mercury retrograde is a 3 week cycle of re-doing, re-considering and readjusting our actions and expectations for the time. It is not the time to get married or engaged, buy high ticket items or begin important undertakings if it can be avoided. It is time however, to clean out the closets both literally and metaphorically. Frequently when Mercury retrogrades we uncover new information we need to move forward in the most competent manner.

Retrograde Mercury relates to the past along with things and people from the past. We often re-connect with those we have known before and they could be friends, clients or even romantic partners.

Since Mercury turns retrograde in one of the signs it rules this will affect communication, speech and thinking to a greater degree than in other signs so we will have to make a bigger effort to present ourselves clearly in terms of our communication with others, and listen carefully when others are communicating with us. Expect to make more errors in writing and communicating especially when it comes to detailed subjects. Caution is also required while driving as Mercury rules travel as well.

Mercury stations to turn direct June 3rd-9th. When this happens we can often expect a change in course once again, new information is sometimes uncovered and glitches tend to pop up again just when you think it is over.  Once Mercury begins to move forward again after June 8th we can expect things to begin to straighten out and return to normal.

Mercury turns direct June 3rd and Saturn retrogrades the next day; June 4th. Mercury will be in a square or a clash with Saturn from May 30th-June 13th. Mercury square Saturn aspects are tiring, and can lean toward the negative in terms of communication and our thinking. This will affect all who have fixed signs from 25-27 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.

Saturn square Mercury occurred for the first time April 24th before Mercury’s retrograde.  Go back and look at this date as themes tend to repeat themselves during Mercury retrograde. This will be a serious 2 week period. You can accomplish a great deal at this time if caution and negative thoughts can be limited and contained.

Mercury retrogrades through two signs

Mercury first entered Taurus April 11-May 2nd in its direct mode. Mercury repeats this cycle during its three week retrograde when it moves from Gemini back into Taurus May 24th-June 13th. Expect similar themes to come up again as they did during Mercury’s first cycle in April. The difference will be that now you may reconsider ideas that came about during the earlier cycle or you may uncover different information than what you had the first time around. Things may have to be fixed, changed or reconsidered in a different way.

Now is a great time to go over finances, investments, insurance matters, mortgages, taxes, debt or anything else of a financial nature and make changes that will suit your current situation in a better way.

 As Venus is the ruler of Taurus she becomes the star of the show, and of course, Venus rules love, money and values. Sometimes we can reconsider relationships and whether they are working for us and vice versa. The downside of Mercury/Taurus can have to do with a stubborn unwillingness toward change. As Taurus is a fixed sign, change comes slowly with Mercury in this sign, and once a decision is made it is often irrevocable. This quality will be even more pronounced with Mercury’s retrograde.

Powerful solar eclipse in Scorpio

May15-16th (depending on where you live) we will experience a lunar eclipse that falls at 25 degrees of Scorpio. This is a total lunar eclipse that can be seen in most of North American except in some Northwestern regions. 

Scorpio is the sign that rules the 8th house of death and transformation, other people’s money, taxes and debt, sex and the mysteries of life. Scorpio’s rulers are Mars and Pluto. Mars deals with our action and aggression and Pluto is associated with major changes and transformation.

This is the companion eclipse to the April 30th solar eclipse in Taurus. Taurus-Scorpio rule the 8th-2nd house axis in astrology which concerns money and resources, partner’s money and debt and for many there will be a focus on financial matters over this two week period between eclipses.

While the Moon gets support from Mars, Neptune and Pluto it still squares or clashes with Saturn. Saturn is the planet of restriction and responsibility so this moon can coincide with personal responsibilities and its square to Saturn can create tiredness and a certain degree of negative or very serious feelings and emotional responses depending on what it hits in your personal chart.

Mars conjunct Neptune is a tiring and confusing aspect that leans toward the stimulation of emotional impulses and subconscious desires and feelings. It can also relate to spiritual pursuits and healing as well as artistic and psychic or intuitive endeavors at best. At worst this aspect is associated with addictions, drugs, alcohol and delusion. This transit alone will not create any of these issues however, that do not already exist.

Now is the time to transform areas of your life that need change. The change may not be easy but the Moon’s sextile to Pluto will give impetus and even a desire to do so.

Eclipses almost always bring some type of surprise or unexpected event. An eclipse is like a street light showing us the way and what our focus should be on for at least 30 days and typically much longer.

A full moon eclipse is a time to release negativity and with the Moon’s sextile to Pluto get rid of negative emotions and feelings that can drag us down so we may transform our inner life into something more positive and potentially useful.

The Sun enters Gemini

May 20th the Sun enters Gemini and the Gemini season is on! The Sun will remain in the sign ruled by Mercury until June 21st when the Summer solstice occurs. Gemini is the mutable sign of spring when the weather begins to change and shift toward summer. Like the weather, we too are under the influence of a mutable sign which means we are more changeable at this time than others. We may change our minds, and even direction during the next four weeks sometimes more than once.

 If the Taurus season is about being grounded and luxuriating in sensuality and connectedness with the earth, The Gemini season is more intellectual, loquacious, upbeat, free spirited and open to change. 

Gemini is an intellectual Air sign ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, travel, young people and pets. The Gemini season will inspire social activity, conversation, new ideas and a focus of our energies outwardly and into the world.

Air signs are typically full of ideas and plans and while the Sun is in Gemini our energies will be directed much more toward others. Air signs are full of mental energy that can sometimes seem to move at the speed of light, activities and communication pick up and you may feel that ideas come so rapidly you can hardly remember everything. This will be especially true while Mercury retrogrades in Gemini.

Gemini is observant of the world and all surroundings. At times this sign can be considered ‘airheaded’ or duplicitous but much of the time this can be attributed to the fact that Gemini is changeable and always looking for the better solution and all sides of the problem. Gemini can often take a neutral approach to problems as they search for a logical as opposed to emotional answer. Never underestimate Gemini’s remarkable ability to see all sides of an equation.

Sometimes this energy can seem unpredictable and restless. You may find your time is split in many different directions and your curiosity piqued on different levels. Enjoy the natural curiosity and desire to interact with others during the Gemini season. Engaging with the world can be a rewarding experience especially given the past years with Covid.

Use this time to express all sides of yourself and enjoy things that are a little offbeat rest assured, it won’t be boring!

Mars enters Aries

Mars is the planet of action that rules the way we approach things, take action and go after what we want. It enters Aries on May 24th and will remain her until July 5th.

For the past 5 and half weeks Mars has been in gentle laid back Pisces. We will experience something quite different when Mars enters Aries.

Mars is at home in this sign which means it operates well and is very powerful.  Aries rules the first house of self, so we will be interested in furthering our own interests most of all during this 7 week cycle of Mars.

Mars in Aries likes to take control of things and can increase our personal drive and ambition. Expect this to be a spontaneous, forward looking and thinking period. Winning may become more important and Aries can be quite competitive.

We will pursue things in a more straight forward manner, which is the opposite of Mars in Pisces. Aries is typically confident, optimistic and does not let grass grow under their feet.

The downside of Aries is impatience, arrogance and self-centeredness. While we pursue our goals in a very direct manner, we can express anger in the same manner which can turn many more sensitive people off.

Independence, confidence and courage are all Aries qualities that we can embrace during this period. As Aries rules the first house of the zodiac this can be a time for new beginnings, new experiences and new and greater confidence in our own abilities to inspire others and lead. We will have plenty of opportunities to put our ideas and plans to the test when Mars enters Taurus after July 5th.

Venus enters Taurus

The planet of love, beauty and values changes signs once again and enters Taurus May 28th where it will remain until June 23rd.

Venus is at home in Taurus which is one of the signs it rules.

Venus in Taurus will be a significant change from self oriented Venus in Aries. Over the next few weeks there will be a greater focus on love, money, luxury items or beauty, beautiful things, relationships and values. Venus is happy and lavish in this sign and you may feel a desire to surround yourself with richness on many different levels whether it is art, clothes, jewelry, calming music or rich food. Go ahead and enjoy Venus in Taurus which relates to the most basic of comforts: touch, smell, sensuality, beauty, comfort and food. Venus in this sign takes us back to the basics of life and we can indulge and luxuriate in the simpler things that make us the happiest on an inner level.

Now is the time to focus on relationships, and putting your emotions and feelings first, ahead of work or other heavy demands. This can be a relaxed, sensual period of time where we are focused on the physical, the beautiful, and we can connected to the earth and outdoors as Taurus is an Earth sign. Plan a walk or hike, and get grounded by Mother Earth. Typically this is a great time for planting and getting your garden under control if you are inclined in this way. Taurus is typically considered fruitful and the best sign for planting whether it is a large country or urban garden or houseplants on a balcony or in a window.

By seeking pleasure in all of its most basic forms and with others this period typically embodies harmony and can be a beautiful, chilled out and relaxed period that won’t return again for another year.

May’s New Moon

May’s New Moon falls at 9 degrees of Gemini on May 30th. Gemini is the natural ruler of the 3rd house of the zodiac which rules speech and communication, travel and immediate family members as well as neighbors and your immediate area.

This moon is about communication! Expect conversation, emails and meetings to pick up along with your pace of thinking.  Mercury is square Saturn and it is retrograde. With this aspect you may be forced to take responsibility for you words, or you may simply act in a responsible manner when communicating with others which will provide the best outcome. Sometimes Mercury-Saturn aspects can relate to harsh words, so be aware of this and delays can occur. This aspect can also be tiring and lean slightly toward the negative as Saturn rules fear, feelings of restriction and emotional depression.

As this Moon sextiles Chiron, known as the ‘wounded healer’ this is a time to reflect upon and heal any deep seated wounds that may be affecting your life. At this time the healing is easier and may even occur through conversations with others who can present a different point of view.

 


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Pluto retrograde: April 29-October 8th, 2022

 

The first retrograde of the New Year occurs April 29th when Pluto turns retrograde at 28 degrees of Capricorn. It will remain retrograde until October 8th. Pluto is generally retrograde roughly half of the time.

Pluto’s retrograde is not anything like Mercury retrograde when things can go off the rails, and many times this retrograde may go unnoticed unless it is making a significant aspect in your own personal chart as its affects occur on a very subtle level. If it is aspecting something in your chart that affects a Cardinal planet (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) from 26-29 degrees change will occur depending on where it is in your personal chart.

When Pluto turns ‘stationary retrograde’, April 29-June 22, it is very powerful. Major world events typically occur when Pluto changes direction, especially on the eve of an eclipse which occurs April 30th barely 24 hours later.

When Pluto retrogrades it begins to move back toward Pluto in the US natal chart and we will experience the second pass of our Pluto return which last occurred in 1776. This can represent many things that include decay, corruption, power and control and finances to name only a few. Pluto removes or destroys things to rebuild. This is a difficult transit in the chart of a country and typically changes many things as it only occurs every 248 years.

The first Pluto return was ‘exact’ February 22nd, but this aspect does not have to be exact for events to occur. The Ukraine war with Russia started February 22nd, and the US warned the world Russia was going to attack days before the war began. Since that time the US has heavily supported Ukraine with intelligence and weapons. The next date this aspect is exact is July 11th, but expect many events to unfold before this occurs. 

Issues relating to money, joint finances, investments, lawsuits, partnerships and sex will become more internalized during this period allowing us to look at things from a different viewpoint. Pluto is about making deep change that goes beneath the surface very slowly. One way of looking at Pluto’s retrograde is destruction of that which is no longer working, which will become obvious to us over time. Pluto wants to uncover things and bring them from the darkness and into the light so positive change may occur. This works on a collective as well as personal level.

When Pluto turns direct again any issues we have failed to deal with will surface again both in our personal lives and on the world stage. But, as Pluto retrogrades we have the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective and effect a slow transformative change that can be permanent and make our lives stronger.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Jupiter enters Aries; Get ready to expand!

 

Jupiter is the planet of luck and gain and it enters Aries May 10th-October 29th. At this point it retrogrades back into Pisces until December 19th when it enters Aries again until May 17th, 2023.

Jupiter is consider the ‘greater benefic’ and typically during any given year, Jupiter dips its toes into the next sign for a few months so we can get a feel for what each   sign will bring before it begins its complete transit through any given sign.

Fire signs in particular will benefit with Jupiter in this sign since it only enters your sign once every 12 years. While Jupiter in Pisces rules the 12th house of the zodiac things that are hidden from view such as spirituality and intuition, Aries rules the first house of self and is very expansive in nature.

Jupiter in Aries is fast paced, exuberant and we may feel a surge of confidence and desire to lead and take action. Jupiter always widens our perspective and this will occur on a personal level as the planet of luck transits through the sign ruled by Mars, considered the planet of action.

Aries/Mars is considered a bold, assertive and pioneering combination. We will be more focused on ourselves, our goals and may feel much more energized than when Jupiter was in Pisces. Jupiter-Aries can inspire a type of bravery and more energy to take and accept risk. This is a positive goal oriented sign and we will be working on our own personal interests while Jupiter is in Aries. Aries does not like restriction or limitation and does not let grass grow under its feet. The downside of Jupiter-Aries is reaching too far, too fast, and as it rules the first house of self it is important to remember other people have their own goals just as we do. Aries can be rash, impulsive and brash at times, but this is seldom the intent. At times, Aries can generate a type of playfulness and idealism and enjoys being free and unfettered. You can be your own best cheerleader while Jupiter transits through this sign and it is quite possible your optimism and confidence will take you beyond any self imposed limitations during this time.

We can expect to see some advances in the US as Jupiter sextiles Uranus in the US chart during the summer months. This can relate to job growth, and advances in healthcare and public health. Uranus represents cutting edge technology, air and spacecraft along with all technological advances.


The powerful solar eclipse in Taurus April 29th

 

The first solar eclipse of 2022 falls on April 30th at 10 degrees of Taurus. This is a partial solar eclipse that is not visible in the US. A solar eclipse is like a super charged New Moon.

Eclipses are like wildcards that frequently reveal previously unknown information and can bring us to turning points and ah ha moments. An eclipse can produce positive or negative results depending on what is in doing your chart. Eclipses frequently bring surprises, unexpected information and are often connected with major life events. The energy of an eclipse begins before it occurs and can last for at least 30 days and often much longer depending on the strength of the eclipse.

A solar eclipse similar to this one occurred April 29, 2003 at 8 degrees of Taurus and other eclipses fell in Scorpio-Taurus 2003-2004.  If you can remember this date, you might have a clue as to what this eclipse will bring, although history never repeats itself in exactly the same way as we make many changes over a 19 year period as well as handling and viewing things differently.

Taurus rules the second house of money and opposes the 8th house of other people’s money so this eclipse will be about finances, directly or indirectly and we may reconsider our finances, make financial decisions or find ways to increase our income. Taurus’s ruler Venus is connected with love, money and values as well, so we will be thinking along these lines as well and changes in relationships can occur.  All things connected with Venus including sensuality and self worth can become front and center as well as our own personal values.

Venus is the ruler of this eclipse and Venus is conjunct Jupiter. This is pleasant, relaxing energy that can be associated with love, social activities and financial transactions. Since this eclipse is in sync with Mars this can be an action oriented period of time. Venus and Jupiter form a sextile to Pluto which is a harmonious aspect that can give us insights into regenerating relationships and emotional habits as well as the ability to express our feelings more easily than normal.

The Moon also conjuncts Uranus. This is prone to sudden and unexpected events and is emotionally changeable. You could experience this as an exciting time to try new things, or alternatively it could produce a nervous and restless type of energy. Moon-Uranus can relate to a desire toward freedom or to feel freer and unbound. While this is a very unpredictable aspect we have a great deal of planetary support to make creative change. Nevertheless, we can expect some unexpected things to occur; they can be small events in some cases or quite large.

On the world stage there will be a focus on finances, money and values. As the Moon is conjunct Uranus we can expect unexpected situations to occur during the eclipse and before. Uranus rules air and spacecraft, explosions, explosive circumstances and unpredictable change. It also can be associated with rebellions, coups and the overthrow of governments. Unexpected weather conditions can occur.

It is well worth noting that Pluto turns retrograde April 29th. This typically coincides with significant world events and changes of direction especially if it occurs during an eclipse. Situations, people and entities can collapse or change direction completely and Pluto deals with destruction, corruption and those who force their will on others. With Venus, Jupiter and Neptune all in Pisces things can be confused or hidden from view until they actually happen. This also begins Pluto's backward motion once again coinciding with the US Pluto return which will change many things and bring corruption and needed change into the light. Pluto is trine Mercury and sextile Jupiter as it begins its retrograde which adds support and we will likely hear important news.

This eclipse is prominent in the chart of Donald Trump, US President Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, and Volodmyr Zelenskyy to name only a few.

There could also be a focus on women or a well known woman in the public view. This certainly includes Madeline Albright whose funeral takes place on April 27th.

 

 


Monday, April 18, 2022

Mars has entered Pisces!

 



April 14th, action planet Mars left Aquarius for Pisces where it will remain until May 24th. Mars joins Venus in this sign and the two planets that rule our love life will dance together once more until May 2nd when Venus moves into Aries. Venus and Mars have been traveling together in the same sign since December 2021 and is an unusual occurrence for these two planets to remain in the same sign together for so long. This will be the last time in 2022 this occurs.

When Venus and Mars travel together this can present new opportunities in love for those born under the signs Venus and Mars are in or compatible with. Those most influenced by this will be Pisces, Scorpio and in particular Scorpio or those born with a Cancer ascendant as Venus and Mars will be transiting together in their 5th house of love.

Mars is the planet that motivates and drives us toward our goals. When Mars enters Pisces we act more on intuition, sensitivity to others and at times, spiritual, psychic or moral convictions.

Mars in Pisces will bring about a noticeable energetic shift as Pisces is the most laid back of signs. Pisces is ruled by both Jupiter and Neptune adding even more Neptunian energy to the mix in April with Jupiter in Pisces conjunct or together with Neptune this month. Compassion and understanding will be the key this month with so many planets in the sign that rules spirituality, understanding and the psychic world. Don’t be surprised if you don’t also experience vivid dreams as Neptune also rules dreams. Confusion may also filter in as Neptune is also the planet of illusion, confusion and delusion.

Mars in Pisces will come across as more compassionate and understanding than Mars in other signs and our action may be broader and in some cases more scattered or confused. Mars in this sign does not operate in a direct manner, but rather moves sideways much of the time. There is method to the madness however; as Mars-Pisces is so intuitive, action often comes at the right moment.

During Mars transit through Pisces keeping the peace becomes more important than it does at other times. People born with Mars in this sign often go with the flow in life rather than approaching things in a head on manner and they often end up being correct in their approach to timing if they are paying attention.

As Pisces is a mutable sign, what we want may be quite changeable as this is the nature of all mutable signs. Above all else mutable signs are most interested in the freedom to evolve and change as they go along.

At times Mars in Pisces can seem like moving through fog, not knowing where we will end up. The greater gift of this sign however is being able to conceptualize the bigger picture and wait until the time if right as opposed to jumping on every apparent opportunity that comes up. You may feel inclined to wait to act when the spirit moves you to do so.

Since Pisces is the most sensitive and spiritual of signs so we will be prone to look at the world through a different lens that values compassion and understanding over direct confrontation and approaching things in a head on manner.

The most significant aspect Mars in Pisces makes is its conjunction with Neptune May 17th-18th. This can be a tiring if not somewhat discouraging aspect but don’t take it too seriously if this is the case. On the positive end it can denote creativity, compassion and spiritual pursuits but it often manifests the more negative qualities of anger, melancholy and feeling tired. Dreams may be unusually vivid around this time as well.

Mars in Pisces will work well for the water signs. It may be a little more difficult for the Fire signs that are used to taking direct action as opposed to waiting for the right time to approach something.

 


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Full moon in Libra; serious matters

 

April’s full moon falls on April 16th at 28 degrees of Libra, the sign ruling the 7th house of marriage and partnerships.

In the broad sense this full moon is all about our relationships with others, romantic and otherwise. Issues that may come to the forefront at this time include; what am I getting from my relationship as opposed to what I am giving, and is my partner or potential partner the right person for me?

This moon has a theme of me versus we. There is energy to transform relationship and partnerships at a core level but there but there is also possibility of endings if the relationship is tottering on the edge. This is not enough to destroy a healthy and solid relationship.

Mercury is conjunct Uranus and this transit is exact April 17th but this is part of the full moon energy. Mercury-Uranus aspects are prone toward unexpected news and communications, communication breakdowns, sudden changes of mind and accidents. This can also coincide with sudden decisions, unexpected news, arguments, separations and unexpected parting of the ways at worst. This transit makes the full moon hard to predict as it is so changeable.

The Moon forms a t-square with Pluto and the Sun. This brings in the energies of all three planets and is considered difficult to handle. Moon square Pluto aspects lean toward emotional upheaval, dwelling on the past and uncovering hidden issues.  The Sun has entered its square to Pluto which is exact on April 18th. This is prone to revelations, power struggles and those who force their will on others. The Sun opposes the Moon on each full moon and this typically deals with heightened emotions which are why health care workers know the ER rooms are generally busier during full moons.

This will be a significant full moon on the world stage. In the US chart we can expect to see political power struggles and issues may arise that concern money, communications and unexpected developments. We could see sudden issues come to light that have been hidden in the past. Pluto can be associated with death, literally or metaphorically and it is likely we will continue to see negative news relating to the most subsequent issues in the world at this time. This will be a time of serious issues with serious consequences.

 


Monday, April 11, 2022

Mercury has entered Taurus!

 

Mercury is the planet that is associated with speech, thinking and all types of communication, and as it changes signs our thinking and style of communication change along with it. Mercury also rules our intellect, ability to analyze, pets, travel, siblings and immediate family members.  Get ready for communication to go from direct, bold and straightforward, to a more laid back and relaxed style. Mercury will remain in the sign Taurus until April 29th.

In the late night hours of April 9th and the early morning of April 10th before Mercury enters Taurus it completed a square with Pluto. While most of this energy will be felt the day before it can linger. Watch for a tendency to dwell on things and it may be hard to let go of a particular idea or thought. This aspect is prone toward arguments and accidents as well so use caution. Others may try and convince you of their viewpoint or you others.

While Mercury is in Aries we felt inspired and full of new ideas, and now is the time to turn these ideas into concrete reality. Mercury in Taurus can give our communication and thinking a practical type of style and determination.

Taurus rules the 2nd house in astrology or income and possessions. Venus is the ruler of the sign Taurus and Venus represents money, values, love and our social lives so our thoughts will turn to these matters as well. Taurus is a rich and sensual sign and we will be more interested in material possessions, land and perhaps the earth itself. Our interests could turn to investments, property, food, art and jewelry, beauty products, clothes and items that beautify our surroundings. As Venus is the ruler of Taurus she becomes the star of the show, and of course, Venus rules love. Expect to feel more expressive and expansive in your feelings and communication, and others will be the same. Now is the time to communicate with your partner and those you love and express the way you truly feel. This type of communication will come easier, and be much more natural during this time.

Taurus also rules the voice. Mercury in Taurus is a great time for those who are musically inclined and sing, do podcasts or anything involving the voice. Mercury in Taurus could indicate sales, trade, and profit as well.

The downside of Mercury/Taurus can have to do with a stubborn unwillingness toward creative change. As Taurus is a fixed sign, change comes slowly with Mercury in this sign, and once a decision is made it is often irrevocable.

Mercury will conjunct Uranus April 17th making this aspect part of the powerful full moon energy on April 16th. Mercury-Uranus aspects are indicative of sudden and unexpected changes and emotional instability or changeability. Uranus is associated with freedom and breaking free of oppressive situations. Given the state of the world at this time and in particular the war in Ukraine we may see sudden twists and turns.  Uranus rules explosions and aircraft so we can expect to see an escalation of hostilities among other world events. Taurus also rules the 2nd house of money so we may see issues connected with finances or the stock markets, food shortages and other money related situations.


Monday, April 4, 2022

April astrology 2022: Jupiter conjuncts Neptune

 

During April the Sun transits through Aries and then enters Taurus. Communication planet Mercury transits through Aries and Taurus and then enters Gemini at the end of the month. Mars completes its cycle in Aquarius and then enters Pisces. Jupiter conjuncts Neptune this month and Pluto retrogrades ending the 2-month cycle of no retrogrades.

Venus the planet of love and money leaves Aquarius for Pisces, changing love energies once again. Venus and Mars have been traveling side by side since the beginning of the year and this cycle will come to an end this month, although both Venus and Mars will be in Pisces about half of the month which will be great for Water signs.

We experience two New moons this month, the first in Aries and the 2nd in Taurus which is also a solar eclipse; the first this year. The full moon this month falls in Libra. Let’s get to the details.

Jupiter conjunct Neptune

Jupiter’s conjunction with Neptune will be exact April 12th but of course we are already feeling the effects of this energy which will continue until Jupiter leaves Pisces for Aries on May 11th. Jupiter returns to Pisces to conjunct Neptune once more October 29th-December 20th. No one living at this time will experience this aspect in Pisces again in our lifetime.

For the most part this should be a positive and creative type of energy, but there are certain pitfalls to avoid such as escapism, lack of clarity, substance abuse, self deception or looking at things through rosy glasses. We can be at risk of deluding ourselves over many matters so it is important to keep our feet on the ground while we reach for the stars. Since Neptune likes to merge with others it is important to get to know anyone new that comes into your life at this time either personally or in business. Under this aspect we could easily get swindled or have our heart stolen by someone who has less than honorable intentions. In other words, don’t rush into anything with people that you do not know well. This aspect can represent false illusions, often in terms of relationships. Sometimes with a Neptune aspect, things get revealed for something different than what we thought they were. Watch your heart and your money.

Compassion is front and center with this aspect and it can be a pleasant and intuitive type of energy where we may gain a great deal of insight into our own as well as others motivations.

This aspect occurs about every 12-13 years moving forward from one sign to the next. For example in 1907 which was the first conjunction of the century, Jupiter-Neptune was in Cancer and the last conjunction of the century was in 1997 in Aquarius. This century it began in Aquarius in 2009, and 13 years later or this year (2022), it is in Pisces which is the second conjunction of the new century. The next conjunction will not be until 2034 in Aries. The last time Neptune was conjunct Jupiter in Pisces was 1856.

If Aries is the first sign of the zodiac representing new beginnings, Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac meaning some things will come to an end at this time both on a personal and global level as Pisces rules the 12th house of the zodiac or endings. Neptune places an emphasis on the collective mindset and the collective global power but bear in mind Neptune will remain in this sign until January of 2026 and Jupiter only joins it for a short time. Jupiter aims for peaceful exchanges and is expansive and humanitarian in nature.

While we may experience many beautiful moments personally with this aspect in regards to creativity, building our dreams, intuitive experiences and spirituality, this is a significant transit in the world as well.

Pisces rules spirituality and religion, creativity and the arts and most of all compassion. Unfortunately, Neptune in Pisces relates to many displaced people in the world and will continue to for some time. Jupiter will bring some aid and hope.

Oil is ruled by Neptune and as Jupiter expands whatever it touches good or bad. The prices of oil have risen due to the western blockage of Russian oil as a result of Putin's assault on Ukraine. It is interesting to note the first oil well ever drilled in the world which produced oil was in 1856 by the American Merrimac Company in southeast Trinidad, the last time Jupiter was conjunct Neptune in Pisces.

Art, theatre and music will take a turn for the better as Neptune is associated with art, theatre and all performance arts.  In 1856 the impressionist movement was well under way which would herald the start of what we consider modern art.

This is an aspect that favors universal moral values according the late Andre Barbult who whose work was widely known in predicting events connects with WW11. Hopefully this is the right transit for the right time and the collective will make the best use of it.

Will this compassionate aspect be enough to end the war in Ukraine? Time will tell.

New Moon in Aries

The first of two New Moons for the month falls at 11 degrees of Aries on March 31st or April 1st depending on whether you live on the East or West Coast. If you live on the West Coast the lunar peak falls at 2: 24AM, and the East coast just before midnight.

The April 1st New moon in Aries is the first new moon of the astrological New Year which began March 20th, when the Sun entered Aries. This moon represents a jolt of positive energy and new beginnings as we welcome spring!

Expect to feel a more energetic and ready to take on new projects and challenges as we enter a brand new lunar cycle which rules the 1st sign of the zodiac or the self. This could in some way uncover or reveal something about the way you view yourself or you could get in touch with something within that you have believed was lost. Aries planetary ruler is Mars, the planet of action, aggression and sexuality. Aries does not like to let grass grow under their feet and now will be the time to take action toward something, or just feel free and unmetered for a time from the long, cold winter months and all of the ongoing negative news.

This moon conjuncts the Sun which can often place a focus on our own egos and desires as well as those closest to us, as it does on every new moon. The moon conjunct Mercury can cause us to rethink some of our ideas and opinions and place us in contact with those whose opinions can sometimes differ from our own. Mercury also rules travel, young people and children as well as our thinking and communication. The moon sextile Mars gives us a big burst of mental energy and perhaps the will power to tackle things we might not normally be able to accomplish with as much ease as the new moon will provide.

As this moon opposes the 7th house of partners, we may interact with others or those closest to us. There can be a ‘we versus me’ type of energy at this time and it will be important to remember the feelings of those closest to us without becoming too aggressive as Aries can be prone toward doing.

Overall, this is a positive and upbeat moon and we should expect a significant shift in our confidence, ability to handle things and energy to move to a new level personally. Under this moon we may feel inspired and ready to begin a new year (astrologically) with a new or greater purpose than we have felt in a while.

Mars conjuncts Saturn

April 4th, Mars conjuncts Saturn but this energy will be felt during the few days before and after the transit is exact. This is a heavy and frustrating aspect prone to irritation and a feeling of ‘blocked energy.’ If you are not dealing with an emotional upset of some kind you can actually accomplish a great deal, especially if you work alone.

This aspect will play out in the world in terms of police and military actions. It is prominent in the chart of Vladimir Putin and we will certainly hear war news. It is also prominent in the chart of Ukraine and its President Volodymyr Velenskyy so this will represent a significant time.

April 5th Venus enters Pisces

If Venus in Aquarius has seemed somewhat aloof, Venus in Pisces will be quite different as Pisces is one of the most romantic of signs and Venus is well places here. The planet of love, money and values will remain in this sign until May 2nd.

Venus is in Pisces is gentle, perceptive, artistic and emotional, creating a great ambiance for love. Pisces is Venus’s favorite sign and love has no barriers here.

Now is the time to embrace romance, love, fantasy, creativity and dreams and Pisces is all about all of these things. Pisces is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion as well as Neptune the planet that rules the imagination, our dreams and fantasies. Giving to others comes much easier at this time as Pisces is known as the most compassionate of signs, and our desires turn to focus on meaningful and deep bonds. Neptune frequently brings about a desire to merge with others on a deep level. Venus is operating at its highest octave in this sign.

Now is the time to feel romantic thoughts and experience love at its fullest but we must also remember that since Pisces is co-ruled by Neptune, Venus in Pisces can also mean putting on rose colored glasses and failing to judge a situation for what it really is. Love can be grand, but we must also pay attention to warning signs that tell us if the person we are interested in is not all in the relationship. This can be a fine line to walk; feeling the romance of Pisces and yet maintaining boundaries and a clear perspective. In other words, because Venus is in Pisces does not mean throwing caution to the wind. The desire to merge with others will be significant and complex but we must be careful just who and what we choose to merge with.

 April 10th, Mercury enters Taurus

Mercury is the planet that is associated with speech, thinking and all types of communication, and as it changes signs our thinking and style of communication change along with it. Mercury also rules our intellect, ability to analyze, pets, travel, siblings and immediate family members.  Get ready for communication to go from direct, bold and straightforward, to a more laid back and relaxed style. Mercury will remain in the sign Taurus until April 29th.

In the late night hours of April 9th and the early morning of April 10th before Mercury enters Taurus it completes a square with Pluto. While most of this energy will be felt the day before it can linger. Watch for a tendency to dwell on things and it may be hard to let go of a particular idea or thought. This aspect is prone toward arguments and accidents as well so use caution. Others may try and convince you of their viewpoint, or you others.

While Mercury is in Aries we felt inspired and full of new ideas, and now is the time to turn these ideas into concrete reality. Mercury in Taurus can give our communication and thinking a practical type of style and determination.

Taurus rules the 2nd house in astrology or income and possessions. Venus is the ruler of the sign Taurus and Venus represents money, values, love and our social lives so our thoughts will turn to these matters as well. Taurus is a rich and sensual sign and we will be more interested in material possessions, land and perhaps the earth itself. Our interests could turn to investments, property, food, art and jewelry, beauty products, clothes and items that beautify our surroundings. As Venus is the ruler of Taurus she becomes the star of the show, and of course, Venus rules love. Expect to feel more expressive and expansive in your feelings and communication, and others will be the same. Now is the time to communicate with your partner and those you love and express the way you truly feel. This type of communication will come easier, and be much more natural during this time.

Taurus also rules the voice. Mercury in Taurus is a great time for those who are musically inclined and sing, do podcasts or anything involving the voice. Mercury in Taurus could indicate sales, trade, and profit as well.

The downside of Mercury/Taurus can have to do with a stubborn unwillingness toward creative change. As Taurus is a fixed sign, change comes slowly with Mercury in this sign, and once a decision is made it is often irrevocable

Mars enters Pisces

April 14th, action planet Mars leaves Aquarius for Pisces where it will remain until May 24th. Mars joins Venus in this sign and these two planets that rule our love life will dance together until April 2nd when Venus moves into Aries.

Mars in Pisces will bring about a noticeable energetic shift as Pisces is the most laid back of signs. Pisces is ruled by both Jupiter and Neptune adding even more Neptunian energy to the mix.

Mars is the planet that motivates and drives us toward our goals. When in Pisces we act more on intuition, our dreams, sensitivity to others and at times, spiritual convictions.

Mars in Pisces will come across as more considerate than Mars in other signs and our action may be broader and in some cases more scattered or confused.Mars in this sign does not operate in a direct manner, but rather moves sideways at times. During Mars transits through this sign keeping the peace becomes more important than it does at other times. People born with Mars in this sign often go with the flow in life rather than approaching things in a head on manner.

As Pisces is a mutable sign, what we want may be quite changeable as this is the nature of mutable signs. Above all else mutable signs are most interested in the freedom to evolve and change.

At times Mars in Pisces can seem like moving through fog, not knowing where we will end up. The greater gift of this sign however is being able to conceptualize the bigger picture and wait until the time if right as opposed to jumping on every apparent opportunity that comes up. This is especially true of those born with Mars in Pisces and they will wait to act when the spirit moves them and they are often correct in their timing of things.

Pisces is the most sensitive and spiritual of signs so while Mars is in this sign we will be prone to look at the world through a different lens that values compassion and understanding over direct confrontation and approaching things in a head on manner.

Since Venus will be traveling with Mars in Pisces, this presents a great opportunity for Pisces and other Water signs. When these two planets are together it increases the chance of meeting someone special if you are looking. Those most influenced by this will be Pisces, Scorpio and in particular Cancer or those born with a Cancer ascendant as Venus and Mars will be transiting their 5th house of love.

The most significant aspect Mars in Pisces makes is its conjunction with Neptune may 17th-18th. This can be a tiring if not discouraging aspect. On the positive end it can denote creativity, compassion and spiritual pursuits but it often manifests the more negative qualities of anger, melancholy and feeling tired. Neptune is associated with oil, water related weather conditions, chemicals and gasses on the world stage as well as propaganda and unclear or incorrect information.

Full moon in Libra

April’s full moon falls on April 18th at 28 degrees of Libra, the sign ruling the 7th house of marriage and partnerships.

The Moon forms a t-square with Pluto and the Sun. This is an aspect that brings in the energies of all three planets and is considered difficult to handle. Moon square Pluto aspects lean toward emotional upheaval, dwelling on the past and uncovering hidden issues. The Sun has entered its square to Pluto which is exact on April 18th. This aspect is prone to revelations, power struggles and those who force their will on others. The Sun opposes the Moon on each full moon and this typically deals with heightened emotions which are why health care workers know the ER rooms are generally busier during full moons.

Sun square Pluto becomes part of the full moon energy even if it is not ‘exact.’This is are associated with power struggles, change, a desire for control and any number of things can break down at this time including relationships with others.

Mercury is conjunct Uranus and this transit is exact April 17th. Mercury-Uranus aspects are prone toward unexpected news and communications, communication breakdowns, sudden changes of mind and accidents.

This full moon has a theme of me versus we. There is energy to transform relationship and partnerships at a core level but there is also possibility of endings if the relationship is tottering on the edge.At this time we will become aware of our need for relationships, as well as satisfying our own needs versus the needs of others.

This will be a significant full moon on the world stage. In the US chart we can expect to see political power struggles and issues may arise that concern money,communications and unexpected developments. We could see sudden issues come to light that have been hidden in the past.

April 19th, the Sun enters Taurus

The Sun enters Taurus on April 19th and will remain here until May 21st. Welcome to what astrologers call the Taurus season!

As the Sun moves from Aries into Taurus, we should have experienced some new beginnings in our lives, whether personal or in work. The Sun in Taurus is a time to become steady on our feet, get grounded, and turn our attention to more material concerns. This represents the second sign of spring when the seed begins to grow, and our new beginnings from the previous month should start to show some growth as well. Taurus is typically a relaxed, sociable period of time as Venus is the ruler of the sign.

With Venus as the star of the show, we tend to become more social and interested in the material world to a greater degree. This includes those things pleasant to our senses, sensuality, clothes, art, beauty and often rich foods. We may purchase luxury items and have a desire to surround ourselves with beautiful objects.

New clothes can become an objective this month, along with new make-up or a new hairstyle. We could feel an urge to update these things as Venus rules all of the above. There is nothing like a new hairstyle or make up to pick up from the doldrums of the winter!

The downside of Taurus can be a stubborn unwillingness to make change. Taurus is a fixed sign that moves slowly and does not make fast decisions. Keep an open mind and chill out this month. If you do this, there is no reason you should not enjoy and prosper from the richness of the Taurus season.

Pluto turns retrograde

The first retrograde of the New Year occurs April 29th when Pluto turns retrograde at 28 degrees of Capricorn. It will remain retrograde until October 8th. Pluto is generally retrograde roughly half of the time.

Pluto’s retrograde is not anything like Mercury retrograde when things can go off the rails, and many times this retrograde may go unnoticed unless it is making a significant aspect in your own personal chart as its affects occur on a very subtle level.

Issues relating to money, joint finances, investments, lawsuits, partnerships and sex will become more internalized during this period allowing us to look at things from a different viewpoint. Pluto is about making deep change that goes beneath the surface very slowly. One way of looking at Pluto’s retrograde is destruction of that which is no longer working, which will become obvious to us over time. Pluto wants to uncover things and bring them from the darkness and into the light so positive change may occur. This works on a collective as well as personal level.

Issues involving control, money, sex or power may appear to lose steam during this time, but these issues are not really going away, they are just going underneath the surface, where activity is still occurring on a deeper level. In a sense we are backing up, to reconsider important ideas and new information. In essence we are being given an opportunity to delve into the deepest parts of our subconscious mind to understand how we really feel, and what we would like to change.

When Pluto turns direct again any issues we have failed to deal with will surface again both in our personal lives and on the world stage. But, as Pluto retrogrades we have the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective and effect a slow transformative change that can be permanent and make our lives stronger. The part of your life that will be affected depends on where transiting Pluto is in your personal chart.

Solar eclipse in Taurus

The first solar eclipse of the year falls on April 30th at 10 degrees of Taurus. This is a partial solar eclipse that is not visible in the US.

Eclipses are like wildcards that frequently reveal previously unknown information and can bring us to turning points and ah ha moments that can produce positive or negative results depending on what is in doing your chart.

A similar eclipse occurred April 29, 2015 at 8 degrees of Taurus and other eclipses fell in Scorpio-Taurus 2003-2004.

Taurus rules the second house of money and opposes the 8th house of other people’s money so this eclipse will be about finances, directly or indirectly and we may reconsider our finances, make financial decisions or find ways to increase our incomes. Taurus’s ruler Venus is connected with love, money and values. The effects of this eclipse can last for 6 months after the date of the eclipse and affect all things connected with Venus including sensuality and self worth.

Venus is the ruler of this eclipse and Venus is conjunct Jupiter. This is pleasant, relaxing energy that can be associated with love, social activities and financial transactions. Since this eclipse is in sync with Mars this can be an action oriented period of time. Venus and Jupiter form a sextile to Pluto which is a harmonious aspect that can give us insights into regenerating relationships and emotional habits as well as the ability to express our feelings more easily than normal.

The Moon also conjuncts Uranus. This is prone to sudden and unexpected events and is emotionally changeable. You could experience this as an exciting time to try new things, or alternatively it could produce a nervous and restless type of energy. While this is a very unpredictable aspect we have a great deal of planetary support to make creative change.