Planetary cycles

The Mars Station

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No, that doesn’t mean a stop on the bus route, and it’s not like a train station.  A planet is said to make a “station” when it’s apparent action from our perspective on earth appears to slow down in preparation for a change of direction.  Mars is stationing right now, and will travel only 20 minutes of arc before turning retrograde on December 20th.
Mars is the planet of aggression and anger, so if you are feeling more intense than usual and if you find there is a lot more anger in the air right now, you’re not alone.  If Mars is stationing right on a sensitive point in your chart the effect will be even more pronounced.
Whenever we are dealing with Mars it’s important to try not to ignore it, or ignore those aggressive tendencies.  Suppressed Mars energy can act out in ways that are neither pleasant nor useful.  Instead, see where you could assert yourself more effectively, or where there may be anger rising up from within that needs to be released in some way.  Perhaps there is something that really should be said.  Or perhaps once and for all you need to tell that person to stay away from you.
In any case, we will be in a strong Mars period for the next two weeks or so.  This is an opportunity to learn the Way of the Warrior.
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By |2009-12-12T16:50:59-04:00December 12th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on The Mars Station

Saturn’s Hesagon Emerges

Many people who know nothing about astrology have often heard of the Saturn Return, and the very mention of the astrological Saturn causes those with the strongest hearts to quake in their boots.  But Saturn is an amazing planet astrological that offers rich gifts along with its famous tests and challenges.

Back in the early 1980s the hexagon that encircles Saturn was first discovered by NASA’s Voyager, but the recent images offer more details than were previously known.

Scientists are still trying to figure out what causes the hexagon, where it gets and expels its energy and how it has stayed so organized for so long. They plan to search the new images for clues, taking an especially close look at the newly identified waves that radiate from the corners of the hexagon — where the jet takes its hardest turns — and the multi-walled structure that extends to the top of Saturn’s cloud layer in each of the hexagon’s six sides. Scientists are also particularly intrigued by a large dark spot that appeared in a different position in a previous infrared image from Cassini. In the latest images, the spot appears in the 2 o’clock position.

Because Saturn does not have land masses or oceans on its surface to complicate weather the way Earth does, its conditions should give scientists a more elementary model to study the physics of circulation patterns and atmosphere, said Kevin Baines, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., who has studied the hexagon with Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer.

“Now that we can see undulations and circular features instead of blobs in the […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:34:49-04:00December 11th, 2009|Mysteries, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Saturn’s Hesagon Emerges

Top planetary events of the week, December 7-13

Dates and times are Eastern time zone; please adjust for your locality.  SIgn up for Lynn’s Skywatch: Planetary Illuminations and receive the December report on Tuesday.  You can also get daily planetary updates on Twitter or on the Astrodynamics fan page on Facebook.

  • Mercury conjunct Pluto late on the 6th and early on the 7th intensifies our thinking, and Mercury squares Saturn later on the 7th.  Communication will be challenging, and we may feel somewhat burdened by responsibilities and limitations.
  • Moon is extremely active on Monday the 7th, suggesting a heightened day of feelings and emotions.
  • Moon enters Virgo on the afternoon of the 7th, and it becomes easier to embrace our sense of duty and obligation.
  • Jupiter conjoins Chiron on the 7th as well, although this is a larger cycle of releasing the shackles of our old wounds.
  • Moon enters Libra the afternoon of the 9th and a desire for harmony reigns.
  • Sun trines Mars on the evening of the 10th bestowing positive energy and enthusiasm.
  • Moon enters Scorpio late […]
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By |2009-12-06T17:07:35-04:00December 6th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Top planetary events of the week, December 7-13

Top Planetary Events of the Week: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Dates and times are Eastern time zone; please adjust for your locality.  SIgn up for Lynn’s Skywatch: Planetary Illuminations and receive the December report on Tuesday.  You can also get daily planetary updates on Twitter or on the Astrodynamics fan page on Facebook.

  1. Moon starts out the week in Taurus and our mood is serene and sensual.
  2. Mercury (mind) squares Uranus (innovation and intuition) on November 30, flooding our minds with new information.  Some of it will be valuable and will provide clear guidance.
  3. Moon enters talkative Gemini early on the 1st.  Communication rules the next few days.
  4. Mercury forms a harmonious sextile to Neptune the morning of the 1st, opening the mind to the soul’s messages and enhancing creativity and inspiration.
  5. Uranus turns direct on the 1st, potentially bringing surprising reversals and unexpected events.
  6. Venus enters Sagittarius late in the day on the 1st and brings us good luck and good fortune for the next few weeks, despite the square from Saturn to Pluto.
  7. Full Moon at 2:30 am Eastern on the 2nd is in Gemini, focusing on communication and learning.
  8. Uranus is in a harmonious trine to Ceres on the 3rd, inspiring a new understanding of what it means to be in a body on Planet Earth.  However, Neptune forms a square to Ceres early on the 6th so throughout the week there is some confusion (Neptune) over what it is that we want in our life to
  9. Moon enters Cancer on the 3rd, and nurturing and deepening the connection to the heart.
  10. On the 4th, Venus is sextile Saturn and our obligations to others become a joy.
  11. Mercury enters Capricorn on […]
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By |2009-11-29T12:24:21-04:00November 29th, 2009|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Top Planetary Events of the Week: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Saturn in Libra: Testing Our Standards of Beauty


Libra, under the rulership of Venus, is connected with the domain of beauty and all things aesthetic so it’s not surprised that our traditional rules of what is aesthetically pleasing is being challenged now that Saturn (challenges and testing) has entered the sign of Libra.
The Brits are in the forefront of this trend, first of all with the success of James Partridge, the Channel Five newsreader who was disfigured in a fire when he was 18.  Partridge was given a one-week trial to read the news on British TV,  and the response to his presence in the newsroom was overwhelmingly positive. Partridge was given the job, one usually given to traditionally attractive individuals.
Now the Brits have struck again with a reality show about the six disabled people left on an island, produced by disabled and starring disabled characters.  The show is called “Cast Offs,” a takeoff from “Castaways.”
BBC’s first attempt to mainstream the disabled was with the TV show Missing Top Model that  ran for one season and was not renewed.  But now that Saturn has moved into Libra, perhaps the public is ready for a change in aesthetics – one that delves below the superficial and exposes the real human beauty beneath.
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By |2009-11-24T12:31:53-04:00November 24th, 2009|People, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Saturn in Libra: Testing Our Standards of Beauty