Astrological Musings

Venus turns retrograde March 4, 2017 – what does this mean for you?

Art by Immortalized Kaos Art by Immortalized Kaos

Venus usually slips through our lives like a whisper, and we barely experience her transits.  Her influence is usually soft and encouraging and I often say that we only really take notice when we experience discomfort of some kind.  Even the challenging transits of Venus are benign, offering us only an opportunity to indulge in greater indulgence.

Venus is famous for her influence on relationships.  As the goddess of love and beauty, she bestows an attractive power and grace, but that attractive power draws more than love.  It can also be a magnet for financial wealth and personal possessions so in that way, Venus is said to rule our values and the things that we love as well as the people. Venus also rules our ability to love and relate to our self, and the kind of talents and personal resources that we possess as well as the material possessions.

Venus is in Aries now, where she is more of a Warrior Queen than a cartoon sex goddess.  This befits her divine lineage, since the archetype of Venus descends from Ishtar, Inanna, Astarte – the goddesses of war and power as well as sex and love.  When Venus in Aries turns retrograde, she has some scores to settle.  Relationships from the past can be healed or resolved now, but confrontations may occur.  This is not a warm and fuzzy Venus retrograde in which we find our old friends on Facebook, but we can find real resolution here and true transformation of weak links in our links to those around us.  Venus retrograde periods are not ideal for beginning new relationships since we are looking back into the past rather than thinking […]

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By |2019-02-03T08:43:06-04:00March 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments

February 26 2017 Pisces Solar Eclipse Awakens the Inner Eye

"Water Magic" by Jasmin Junger “Water Magic” by Jasmin Junger

An annular solar eclipse will take place on February 26, 2017 in the sign of Pisces, sign of the fish.  As with all solar eclipses, this is a Pisces New Moon and there are actually a total of five planets in Pisces which makes this an extremely fishy eclipse! Under the influence of Pisces we are inspired to let go of the material world, the “reality based” world, and find inspiration and magic in the realms that cannot easily be seen.

Not only is the New Moon in Pisces, but the Sun and Moon are closely aligned with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, which doubles the watery magic of this eclipse.

During a solar eclipse the light of the Moon, the instinctive subconscious and intuitive realm, covers the light of the Sun and its conscious attention to the world.  Darkness is illuminated by the inner light, but if we are looking at the world through our worldly eyes it will seem dark as dark can be.  This is an opportunity for the inner eye to open and the inner self to make itself known..

At this time we have stelliums (planet groupings) primarily in watery Pisces and fiery Aries – the Aries planets energize us and push us towards action and a force of will while Pisces urges peace and calm and a letting go of our own personal needs to merge with the great Beyond and infinite bliss.  This is no time for action – actions taken now will likely be confused and irrational.  Until the Moon moves into Aries on the 28th, utilize this time to explore the inner reaches of your mind and your heart.  Spend […]

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By |2017-02-25T07:57:37-04:00February 25th, 2017|Moon|1 Comment

Jupiter square Pluto: The Press vs Autocrat

CNNYesterday President Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer banned CNN and the New York Times from the daily press briefings.  Trump has long had a contentious relationship with the mainstream media that he calls “fake news,” and his communications staff coined the term “alternative facts” to describe claims that do not fit the traditional definition of “true.”

Jupiter presides over the communication of shared ideas and is associated with journalism and the press as well as religion, theology and philosophy.  Pluto is the planet of power, as well as destruction and regeneration.  Capricorn’s realm is the material world, and with Pluto in the sign of Capricorn since 2008, it has been systematically destroying and regenerating the structures of society (Capricorn) including governments, corporations, schools, and even social institutions such as marriage and family.  The consolidation of power in certain strata of individuals and certain corporations has also been evident.

Jupiter is now in a challenging aspect to Pluto, which is still in conflict with the rebellious force of Uranus and as I wrote the other day Mars is involved now too.  Mars, a faster moving planet, tends to trigger larger cycles and the conflict between the current administration, which unabashedly seeks a consolidation of power in the Presidency (Pluto in Capricorn), and the press (Jupiter) has become inflamed (Mars).  This government seeks autonomy and independence (Uranus in Aries) and shows a pronounced disdain for traditional government/press relations anyway, so the astrological climate is pushing everything to a fevered peak.

Mars will soon move away so I expect there to be a temporary resolution, but the larger planetary cycle will continue until the fall as Jupiter retrogrades away from the square to Pluto in the early summer but comes back for […]

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By |2017-02-25T07:28:09-04:00February 25th, 2017|Politics|6 Comments

The Mars effect, February 2017: Stocks, politics and personal power

"Event Unknown" “Event Unknown”

Mars went into Aries on January 28th and will remain in that fiery sign of will and adventure through March 9th.  While in Aries, Mars is at its most potent and the aggressive force is permitted full expression, unhampered by the niceties of signs like Libra or Pisces, by practical considerations such as Capricorn and Taurus would exercise, or by reason and intellectual processing such as Gemini and Aquarius would instigate.  It is pure, unadulterated need and drive.

Mars is also bold and especially in Aries, does not hesitate to venture into unknown territory and take untold risks.  We are seeing this in the stock market, which continues to break records as it soars into the stratosphere because of unbridled optimism and the sheer force of momentum.  Currently Jupiter, the planet of expansion and luck, is forming a challenging opposition to Uranus, planet of radical action.  This planetary combination is ready to break through all kinds of barriers – whether physical, emotional, or ideological.  When we add Pluto’s destructive and transformational force into the mix, we get a powerhouse of movement and upheaval.  Jupiter here is reconnecting Uranus and Pluto for one final dance after nearly eight years of the Uranus/Pluto square.  Although Uranus and Pluto are not in exact alignment to one another, Jupiter “translates” the dynamic by acting as an intermediary over the next few months.  You can see how the current political climate fits perfectly into this drama of radical behavior and action that seems to have no basis in fact.

During the last week of February, Mars steps into the fray like a match thrown into a smoldering fire.  Until February 28th Mars will be poking the bear of the Uranus/Pluto […]

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By |2018-01-04T08:47:28-04:00February 21st, 2017|Planetary cycles|11 Comments

Lunar eclipse in Leo, February 10 2017: A fiery awakening

Photo from Deviant Art Photo from Deviant Art

Eclipses are said to awaken something which has been hidden – to unmask and expose truth.  The eclipse in Leo demands that we look at the ways in which we express our ego (Leo) and purify these expressions so that they truly reflect the depths of who we are (Aquarius).  This dance between the development of the personal Self (Leo) and the more detached and reasoned way of looking at the world (Aquarius) is a tricky one.

Fortunately this eclipse features a Grand Trine in fire, stimulating a desire for change and action, that is part of a Kite formation that grounds itself into the Aquarius Sun.  Kites are powerful aspects for transformation – they take the harmonious flow of the trine and activate it with an opposition that provides tension and a boost of energy.  The Grand Trine features Saturn in Sagittarius for earthy stability, Uranus in Aries for awakening and inspiration, and the Leo Moon for heart opening and embrace of Self.  And the Aquarius Sun, opposite the Moon, locks in the Kite and opens the doorways to higher understanding.

In addition, Jupiter (optimism and faith) harmonizes in a trine to the Sun, showering blessings and general good feelings throughout the eclipse event.

This is not a powerful eclipse astrologically – the lunar nodes are in a different sign that the Sun and Moon which weakens the effect. Asronomically it is a “penumbral” eclipse as only some of the Sun’s light is blocked by the shadow of Earth on the lunar face.  But there is a lovely energy to this lunar event which will be available to us if we are open to it.

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By |2017-02-10T08:06:56-04:00February 10th, 2017|Moon|1 Comment
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