Planetary cycles

How to get the most out of Mars retrograde: June 26 – August 27, 2018

Mars retrogradeThe astrological Mars often gets a bad rap.  Mars is associated with war, hostility, anger and rage; it fuels the primal “id” of need and desire  – all things we consider “bad.”  But Mars is also the factor that provides energy and motivation, fueling our desires so that we can accomplish our goals and dreams.  We need Mars, and can’t live without it.  But we need Mars to be healthy and clean of extraneous issues and ego needs.

That’s where the retrograde cycle of Mars comes in.  Every two years or so Mars turns retrograde (meaning it appears to move backwards from our perspective here on Earth).  Mars is an action planet and easily frustrated, so Mars is not very happy or comfortable during the retrograde periods which can make things more difficult for us individually since the force of Mars tends to be expressed more internally when Mars is retrograde.  We are more likely to feel frustrated and angry if things don’t go our way, and less able to put our plans into motion.

Retrograde cycles are an important part of the unfolding story of our lives, and connecting ourselves with the rhythms of the planetary movements helps us to unlock the power of the planets to guide and help us shape our destiny.  There is a time for action when planets are direct, and a time for rest and reflection when planets turn retrograde, and this is especially true for Mars. During this period we may find it more difficult to initiate new action – there is a tendency to feel like we’re going one step forward and two steps back. Retrograde periods of Mars can feel frustrating because our desires are often thwarted. If we listen […]

By | 2018-06-15T09:53:15+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|14 Comments

Planetary news this week, including Neptune retrograde

Nearly everyone now has heard of Mercury retrograde, thanks to the Internet.  This is a good thing for those of us who follow the planets, because it’s easier to explain why we would rather wait until Mercury is out of retrograde to sign that contract.  But because of the way we view the motion of the planets from Earth, all of the planets in our solar system and our astrological pantheon have retrograde cycles.  In fact, the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are viewed in retrograde motion for approximately half the year.

So it’s not that shocking a situation that Neptune is turning retrograde on the 18th and will be retrograde until November 24th.  This happens every year, and Neptune is at a virtual standstill now as it prepares for its change of direction so its influence is quite potent.  Neptune is the planet that inspires us to explore our inner spirituality and our creative outlets. Any Neptune cycle can create some confusion in the outer world as we turn our attention away from practical matters, so preparing for this cycle by examining those pragmatic types of things now to be sure everything is in its proper place will be quite helpful.

The Neptune retrograde period is perfect for:

  • Reassessing your spiritual practice from the inside out, or if you don’t have one, consult with your inner voice to see whether your spiritual connection might need a boost.
  • Focus more on emotional inspiration to achieve your dreams rather than concrete goals while maintaining a smart approach to the day to day realities of life.  Neptune makes this more difficult, but it still must be done!
  • Use this Neptunian time to explore your creativity.  If you are […]
By | 2018-06-11T08:17:16+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Planetary news this week|6 Comments

The meaning of Uranus in Taurus, 2018-2026

Uranus in TaurusUranus is one of the three outer planets that represent transformational forces in the astrological pantheon.  Unlike Venus, Mars, Jupiter etc. which all represent an aspect of the personality, the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) inspire us to go beyond the limitations of our personality as signified by the natal chart.

On a personal level, Uranus demands that we find our own path that is our exclusive authentic journey, breaking away from the shackles of the expectations that force us to live a life that is not true for the individual that we know ourselves to be.  On a global level, as Uranus transits through the signs of the zodiac, it shatters paradigms and has the potential to create chaos as it dismantles the established order of things in order to create a new way.  Uranus is the libertarian – the egalitarian, the seeker of freedom and brotherhood among humans.  It’s synchronistic that the French revolution of 1789-1799 occurred just after the discovery of Uranus, with the call of “liberté, egalité, fraternité” – all symbols of the Uranian archetype.

Uranus has been in Aries for the past seven years and you can read more about that here. While in Aries, the sign of aggression, Uranus oversaw the splintering of governments into small bands of revolutionaries and the proliferation of gun violence around the world. Under Venus-ruled Taurus, the force of aggression we have seen over the past seven years is likely to calm down somewhat, but there will be a pulling in and contracting of spending and a corresponding recession. This is not a time for financial speculation or risk taking, at least until we see exactly what kinds of energies we are looking […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:27:38+00:00 May 6th, 2018|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|9 Comments

Planetary news this week: Prepare for fog and magic!

Feeling a little fuzzy lately? It could be that four planets and luminaries are all in mystical, magical Pisces.  Pisces inspires dreams and soul-opening experiences that expand us into heretofore unexplored realms of consciousness and bliss.  However, everything astrological has a dark side and a light side, and the dark side of Pisces is confusion and lack of motivation.

This week’s trip through Pisces is like an adventure into the land of faery… everything seems brighter and more beautiful, but we are apt to get lost into the mists of time.

Accelerating this potential for faery-land is the fact that Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces which shares these attributes of magic and bliss but also confusion, is strongly aspecting all of the involved planets (Mercury, Venus, Chiron) and the Sun until March 6th and 7th when Venus and Mercury respectively will move into Aries and fire up our engines for re-entry into the real world.

Until then, this is a wonderful time for any kind of spiritual activity or anything that requires imagination and creative flow.  Meditation, creative writing or artistic work, musical expression – these are all perfect activities for the next couple of weeks. This will be a more difficult time for major decisions, so if you have to make one (unfortunately life doesn’t always wait for the perfect astrological timing) strap on your reality glasses and try to be sure you are seeing the real world as clearly as possible.

In any case – enjoy the magic, and allow any potential fog to take you into magical places that without it, you would never have discovered!

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Mercury retrograde in 2018 and 2019

When Mercury is retrograde we often see communication and equipment snafus, and things not going according to plan.  There is a "shadow" period lasting about a week on either side when Mercury's movement is slower than normal. These are excellent times for planning and reflection but not good times to begin something new.

  • July 25 - August 18, 2018
  • November 16 - December 8, 2018
  • March 5-28, 2019
  • July 7-31, 2019
  • October 31-November 20, 2019

The Big Important Planetary Cycles

Mars Retrograde until August 27, 2018

Jupiter in Scorpio until October 2018

Saturn in Capricorn through December 2020

Pluto in Capricorn through 2024 

Neptune in Pisces through 2025

Chiron in Aries through 2026

Uranus in Taurus through 2026

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