Planetary cycles

Venus turns Retrograde and Conjuncts Chiron

Venus, traveling through Aquarius, turns retrograde on December 24. When Venus is retrograde we are often forced to pay more attention to our dealing with others and our own sense of connectedness and how well we manage our connections with those around us. At the same time, Venus has been moving into a conjunction with Chiron, the wounded healer. What a perfect time for this to happen as many of us regroup with our families at the holidays!

In Aquarius Venus tends to be less emotional, more concerned with matters of fairness and equality and ensuring that everyone is given fair treatment. Connected to Chiron, however, old wounds and damaged places could erupt in a process that can ultimately be healing for all involved. The key to successfully navigating Chiron events is to pay attention and try not to hide from emotions as they attempt to make themselves known.

During this period watch for there to be greater consideration of others in the public eye as well as in our personal lives. Venus will remain in retrograde motion through February 3, and the conjunction with Chiron will remain in effect for most of the holiday week.

By | 2005-12-23T12:26:00+00:00 December 23rd, 2005|Astrology, People, Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Venus turns Retrograde and Conjuncts Chiron

Explosions Continue During December Grand Cross

I’ve been amazed at the number of explosions in the news over the past few weeks as Saturn and Jupiter square off against fiery Mars during the December Grand Cross (see other articles below for more details about the Grand Cross).

Friday morning as of 6:30 am:

An explosion occurred at a Russian nuclear plant outside St. Petersburg.

A gas chamber’s control room exploded in Bhopal, India.

There have been two explosions at the Augustine Volcano in Alaska over the past week.

Wednesday a hospital in Cambridge Massachusetts had to be evacuated in freezing cold temperatures after a boiler exploded.

On Tuesday, when the Moon joined the other planets in the Grand Cross:

A Bergenfield New Jersey apartment complex exploded after construction workers hit a gas line.

A chemical explosion took place in a Perdue poultry plant in Maryland.

A gas line exploded in an apartment building in Westminster Colorado caused a huge fire that forced 100 people out of their homes.

A gas explosion took place in aerosols factory in Liverpool UK.

A meth lab in a Super 8 Motel in Lake City Florida.


A pillbox exploded in a Manila suburb injuring at least 20 people as the result of a business feud.

An explosion rocked Central Athens when two gas canisters ignited in an apparent terrorist attack.

Last Sunday an oil depot exploded in the UK, with a blast so intense it ripped a buried back-up generator right out of the ground.

Most of these explosions were unrelated to political unrest, and simply the result of a combustive atmosphere linked to gas lines. I expect this explosive environment to continue until the fire of Mars makes its last square to repressive Saturn at the end of December.

By | 2005-12-16T10:58:00+00:00 December 16th, 2005|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Explosions Continue During December Grand Cross

Explosions, Earthquakes, Executions, Race Riots

Explosions in an oil depot near London and in New Jersey, earthquakes in the Kashmir Valley, Australia and Afghanistan, execution of Tookie Williams, and race riots in Sydney Australia. Disturbing, but not surprising during this Grand Cross period. The tension inherent in the Grand Cross formation can explode into consciousness in our personal lives as well. With Mercury in Sagittarius, discussions with those around us with whom we may not disagree could help defuse tensions and prevent conflicts from erupting into rage.

Caution may be needed over the next few days as the Sun approaches a conjunction with Pluto, both in Sagittarius. There’s a lot of fire energy about right now and using it productively will be the goal AND the challenge!

By | 2005-12-13T16:32:00+00:00 December 13th, 2005|Planetary cycles, Politics|Comments Off on Explosions, Earthquakes, Executions, Race Riots

Mercury Back in Sagittarius

…where it will remain until January 4th. Mercury first passed into Sag on October 30 and remained there until it retrograded back into the intensity of Scorpio back on November 25. With Mercury in Sagittarius, communication (Mercury) will be of a lighter nature and will center around discussions of values and philosophy (Sagittarius). We are still in the midst of the Grand Cross (see below) so there is still quite a bit of aggressive intensity with Saturn blocking the energies of Mars and Jupiter and the whole system clouded by Neptune. However, Mercury moving back into Sag will facilitate communication, and this will be enhanced by the harmonious aspect (sextile) between Mercury and the healing energy of Chiron.

By | 2005-12-12T22:35:00+00:00 December 12th, 2005|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Mercury Back in Sagittarius

Mars Turned Direct Today!

Mars has been in retrograde motion since October, and the Grand Cross alignment has been slowly but surely working its way into place. Only Saturn now remains retrograde, and the energy of the Grand Cross is beginning to intensify. With Mars retrograde we were seeing the preparations for this powerful alignment between Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune which will be as close over the next two weeks as it ever will be. Watch for emotions begin to boil; in our personal lives these energies are easiest handled through vigorous physical activity and expression of our personal will. With Neptune in the equation the issues will not always make themselves clear and there may be a great deal of confusion. The entry of Mercury into Sagittarius on Monday will help to lighten all situations that we find ourselves in.

By | 2005-12-10T23:41:00+00:00 December 10th, 2005|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Mars Turned Direct Today!
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