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

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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 sensibly about the future.

Venus also presides over our values and the possessions that we own, and in her role as attractor she is also involved in issues of wealth and money.   This retrograde period will likely break the dramatic spike in the stock market and create a pullback in financial markets, and during the Aries portion of the Venus retrograde things could be volatile.

Venus will slip back into Pisces on April 3 and will turn direct again on April 15th.  During this period, while Venus is in Pisces, there will be a softening and a rebalancing in these areas, and once Venus turns direct on the 15th everything will feel more settled.

Venus moves back into Aries on the 28th of April, infusing us with a renewed sense of purpose and clarified energy.

By | 2017-03-03T08:34:03+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Featured posts|5 Comments

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

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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 square, creating extreme excitement and fueling us with a tremendous amount of energy, but also triggering anger and rage that may be suppressed or otherwise managed but not resolved.  As with any intense Mars time, using our conscious mind to focus this energy on a goal or aspiration can be very helpful in utilizing the power of Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto.  Physical activity can help us to channel the intensity and feel more comfortable in our bodies.

This will become more confusing around February 25-28 when a solar eclipse in mystical Pisces, with the Sun and  Moon conjunct Neptune, dumps a bucket of water and a wet blanket on all this fire.  I suspect that this is when the stock market will begin to retreat in response to this confusion.  On a personal level, this is an optimum time for a personal retreat and reset, especially since Venus will turn retrograde on March 4th.  I’ll be writing more about that as we get closer to the time, but Venus retrograde periods tend to cause a pullback in the financial markets and are good times for a personal review.

We live in exciting times.  Thank the gods we have astrology to help us to make sense of them!

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By | 2017-02-21T11:59:56+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|11 Comments

The Jupiter/Pluto dance: What it means for you

Jupiter square Pluto 2016, Jupiter square PlutoJupiter, beloved by many as the planet of beneficent good fortune, is in Libra now where it is bringing its expansive qualities into the realm of diplomacy, beauty and a search for harmony.  This all sounds lovely, but things are about to get more intense as Jupiter is about to face off against Pluto, planet of ultimate transformation.

The first phase of this dance will culminate on November 24th but we are within range of its influence now.  Jupiter is King of the Gods, and inspires us to be our best selves. Under Jupiter’s influence we gain confidence and majesty and seek the success of our highest aspirations.  Pluto represents destruction of the old and regeneration into something new – in my theology Pluto represents the Higher Self – always guiding us to the highest expression of Self despite our own personal desires and whims.  So the dance between Jupiter and Pluto can be a powerful time of success and achievement of our dreams, or it can be one of inner conflict and ideological battles.

Under this influence any false veneer of polite agreement (Libra) will be exploded by Pluto’s demand for absolute Truth.  If we have worked to build a false self of superficial and artificial beauty (Libra), Pluto is likely to challenge you to greater authenticity.

Squares formations (90 degrees) are powerful, but not always “bad.”  Because they are strong influences, they challenge us towards greater personal transformation and can facilitate this transformation as well.  This planetary cycle of Jupiter square Pluto can bring enhanced vision (Jupiter) and greater influence (Pluto).  We may find our inner wisdom (Jupiter) deepened through significant inner work (Pluto).

On the global stage this could mean the takedown (Pluto) of kings and leaders (Jupiter), or challenges to their authority.  The last time Jupiter squared Pluto, in 1998 with Jupiter in Pisces squaring Pluto in Sagittarius, Bill Clinton (Jupiter – leader) was accused of sexual improprieties and his office threatened through impeachment (Pluto).  Mathew Shepard, a young gay man (Jupiter) was murdered (Pluto).  The Serbian civil war began in Kosovo and the second Congo war began, eventually the bloodiest war since World War II.

But it wasn’t all disaster – it was discovered that the Universe is expanding at an accelerating (Jupiter) rate, breaking (Pluto) a variety of scientified paradigms.  Viagra was first released, expanding (Jupiter) the ability of older men to have affairs with younger women (Pluto) – joke!!  The International Criminal Court (Jupiter) was established to prosecute war crimes (Pluto).  Google was founded, expanding (Jupiter) and transforming (Pluto) the nature of the Internet.

The second phase of this cycle will occur in March of this year and will coincide with another stressful aspect (opposition) to Uranus, effectively reviving the Uranus/Pluto square of the past eight years.  These will be interesting times!  The world is changing, and there is no room for the past to linger.

 

 

By | 2016-11-17T19:36:23+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|10 Comments

All About Favorite Jupiter 2016-2017 brings blessings of beauty and love

All About Favorite JupiterJupiter moved from the detail-oriented mental sign of Virgo into the relationship-oriented sign of Libra on September 9th 2016 and will remain in that sign until October 20th 2017.

Jupiter, the Great Benefactor

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system – filled with expansive gases and generating twice as much energy as it receives from the Sun, it is a powerful influence that demands attention.  Everything about Jupiter is big.  It has more moons than any other planet in the solar system (60!) including Ganymede, the solar system’s largest moon.  It has the strongest gravity of any solar system planet, and a faster rotational speed.

Jupiter has sufficient mass and power that it was almost a star – just as the astrological Jupiter is in some ways like a second Sun.  We must honor the energy of the Sun in our charts to feel nourished and alive; we must honor the energy of Jupiter to feel whole and to give our lives meaning.  Jupiter is called the “greater benefic” –  inspires confidence and faith, it inspires us to expand the boundaries of our mind to break down limitations and gain greater understanding. It can bring good luck and good fortune and so can Venus, the “lesser benefic” and ruler of Libra, so the next year offers the potential for expansion and great positivity in our lives.

Libra, balance and harmonious connection

Libra is the sign of balance, harmony and justice.  While it is known as the sign of lovers and relationships, that association is not like the water element which promotes emotional connection but more of an intellectual idea.  The Libra focus on relationships asks “How can I enhance myself through my connection with others?  How can I balance my needs against the needs of my partner?”   While as individuals we must find balance within ourselves. there is a need under the Libra influence to find balance with a partner as well.  The downside to this need for a personal mirror is the danger of looking only in the mirror, and failing to look within and develop the interior self.

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By | 2016-10-09T07:52:06+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|5 Comments

The Eris-Uranus conjunction of 2015-2017

( from “All Hail Discordia” by Divine Right.) If the global situation seems crazy and insane (and it does!) we can blame it on the conjunction between Eris and Uranus in the warrior sign of Aries, a conjunction that began in 2015.

Eris is a small planet that was discovered in 2003.  Her Roman name was Discordia – she is the goddess who, when not invited to a wedding, began the Trojan War by throwing a golden apple marked “for the fairest” into a circle of goddesses, beginning a dispute that threw Greece into turmoil for ten years.  (Read more about the mythology of Eris here.)  Eris moves very slowly – its orbital cycle is 560 years – and it is still not clear what astrological impact it brings.

Uranus is the planet of radical change and revolutionary behavior.  It has been in the sign of war (Aries) since 2010, fomenting conflicts around the world.  When the planet of discord (Eris) aligns with the planet of disruption (Uranus), it’s easy to see where established paradigms and principles would be turned upside down.

The last Eris/Uranus conjunction took place between 1927 and 1929 in the first degrees of Aries.  This was a period of tremendous scientific and technological (Uranian) breakthroughs as well as political turmoil.  The discovery of quantum physics, the first transatlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh followed by the first woman-led transatlantic flight (Amelia Earhart),  an 8.6 magnitude earthquake in China, rebellions and revolutions encircled the globe including China, Austria, Portugal, Mexico, Japan, Afghanistan.  This of course was the peak of the “Roaring Twenties,” a period of cultural revolution and excesses of all kinds that ended in the stock market crash of 1929 – an event that certainly caused the “shock and awe” with which Uranus is associated, as well as the discord of Eris.

Under this influence (until early 2017), the very fabric of our lives is being shaken and stirred and it will be ever more necessary to find ways to adapt.  The world is changing – we are at the cusp of a new age in Aquarius, and the past is falling away at an ever-increasing pace.

On a personal level, Eris draws out latent feelings of resentment and we may find ourselves more inclined towards reactive behavior.  Attending to these feelings in a conscious and mindful way can bring about healing rather than repression which will help us to utilize this disruptive period to create positive change.

By | 2016-10-08T12:16:29+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|5 Comments
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