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in Pisces: Self reflection or self destruction?
Three or four times a year the planet ruling communication, travel
and our mind goes retrograde causing glitches, delays, miscommunication,
and reveals aspects of situations and personalities we were not
previously aware of. The shadow period of the winter retrograde
Mercury began February 9, and this is the time Mercurial energy
begins to change and alter.
Mercury officially retrogrades at 19 degrees of Pisces on February
23 at 4:41 a.m. EST. At this point it is stationary retrograde,
the point in the cycle it usually becomes obvious that Mercury
is starting to go backwards. (Mercury does not actually move
backward, it just appears that way!) Energy, however will seem
to go backward, and we will have to go backwards ourselves and
retrace our steps often re-doing things we thought were finished
and re-accessing certain situations to determine if they are
worthy of our attentions. Mercury goes direct again on March
Retrograde Mercury means it is time to go back to the drawing
board, reflect, and re-access, rewrite, reorganize and often
rethink plans you have made. It is time to reflect and think
or plan, but not move forward with new plans. Situations that
start under a retrograde Mercury generally do not work out, or
go through great changes before finally becoming successful.
As Saturn went retrograde February 18, the need for reflecting
and restructuring may become more profound and we will be operating
on a much more inner level than outer during the next three or
Mercury retrogrades in Pisces, the natural ruler of Neptune,
and the 12th house of the subconscious mind and things that are
secret and hidden. New information may be revealed about people
and situations during the three week retrograde cycle.
Pisces and the twelfth house is a mixed bag. Pisces is the planet
of psychic ability and creativity, inspiration and intuition,
romantic love and daydreams. But, it also rules alcohol and drugs,
lies and deception, hidden situations and information, illusion,
delusion and confusion.
Mercury retrograde in Pisces can confuse the issue at hand or
it could make you more intuitive. Or you could believe you are
intuiting a situation only to find out you are off base. Pisces
is ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion
and it may be hard to get a clear picture. Astrologer Carol Rushman
wrote, " When Mercury stations in Pisces the negative qualities
of Mercury can surface because Mercury is not comfortable in
this sign. There can be replays of sad times and experiences
in your past. You may have bouts of depression and paranoia.
It is difficult to stay abreast of the joy and beauty in life
and you are inclined to look at the dark side. Artistic ability,
compassion and psychic talents can be highlighted." As Mercury
is in Pisces, this is the sign considered to be its detriment.
Thus, its action is negative, weak and can be misused or non-existent
Fated Events and Situations
Retrograde planets often coincide with events that seem fated:
that is events or situations occur that seem to be thrust on
us or out of our sphere of ability to control. Business deals
and projects fall through, people break up or get back together
and we have seem to have no power over what is happening. Issues
that have not been previously resolved come back to haunt is.
Retrograde Mercury relates to the past and sometimes we reconnect
with those from our past.
Full moon in Virgo: critical tendencies
February's full moon falls at 7 degrees of Virgo on February
25 at 3:25 p.m. EST. Virgo is the most critical of signs and
along with Mercury retrograde in Pisces can create misunderstandings,
critical communication and harsh and discouraging encounters
with others. When planets enter Virgo, people have a tendency
to become overly picky and critical of others. Of course critical
energy can be picky and demanding or it can be discerning, which
can be a positive manifestation.
In Virgo, the moon will square Neptune, the planet of illusion,
delusion and confusion. This can create a negative, and misleading
energy. At its highest, it can manifest a creative, spiritual
energy, but sometimes it is best to do nothing. The moon also
squares Jupiter creating a tendency to blow things out of proportion,
good or bad. With Mercury in its stationary retrograde period
through the 28th, events and situations can go haywire, or there
can be delays. Events of the full moon can be delayed for days
as well. Pick you battles well on this full moon and make sure
they are really worth it.
Venus enters Pisces on the 25th and it is exalted in this sign,
the opposite of Mercury in Pisces. Venus will square Neptune
on February 28 and this can create confusing situations in your
love life and other relationships as well.
February 26-27, Mercury will conjunct Mars at 18-19 degrees of
Pisces, and this is an argument waiting to happen. Mercury/Mars
energy can be used for debate and planning, but Mercury is retrograde
and it may come to little. Thinking can be off and tempers may
flare. Be careful of accidents and travel can be interrupted
in some way.
Retrograde Mercury is a cycle
Retrograde Mercury is part of the natural cycle of life. This
time is best used positively to reflect and re-design our lives.
The early shadow period of the retrograde warns us the energy
is changing and we may face delays or equipment and situations
may break down. This period occurs February 9-22. The stationary
retrograde period is well known for creating delays and snafu's
and this occurs, and this occurs February 23-26. It may be more
difficult to accomplish even mundane tasks. After this Mercury
goes into the actual three week retrograde period that lasts
until March 17. On March 17, at 4:03 p.m. EST, Mercury goes stationary
direct, and snafus and glitches are known to occur again. The
stationary direct period will last March 17-21. After the 21,
Mercury is moving forward again, but in the post retrograde shadow
period until April 6. At this point Mercurial energy is resuming
normal speed, but not quite up to par. Situations may still be
uncovered that need to be redefined, or you may be moving in
a new direction entirely at this point. After April 6, Mercury
resumes where it left off, and we can reflect on the many changes
that occurred during this magical period. While retrograde Mercury
has a bad name and things may not seem magical at the time, we
will undergo many corrections that will put us on the true and
Pisces has a dual nature
During the winter retrograde 5 planets will be in Pisces: Neptune,
the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. With this much Pisces energy,
it is best to recognize the nature of the sign we are living
under. Pisces is represented by the sign of 2 fish, headed in
different directions. It has a dual nature. Pisces energy can
take us to the greatest of heights both creatively and spiritually,
or we can sink to the lowest of depths. It is ruled by Neptune,
the planet that represents compassion and spirituality, but also
drugs, alcohol, lies and misunderstandings. Herein lies the great
mystery of Neptune in its dual nature. Channel your energy wisely
during this time. You can use it for self reflection, understanding
and betterment, or you can channel it in self destructive behavior.
Know yourself- knowledge is power.
The nation mourns,
a President's chart, and a deranged shooter
The elementary shooting
in Newtown, Connecticut clearly shows in the US natal chart.
Countries, like people have charts, and events can be seen, just
as in a personal natal chart. Twenty children were gunned down
in cold blood along with 5 adults and the shooter who committed
suicide on the scene December 14.
In the US chart Uranus went direct December 13, squaring Jupiter.
Uranus-Jupiter pertains to unexpected events and it also relates
to young people, specifically male. (Jupiter is also the money
planet). This forward movement began to escalate the energy of
the Uranus-Pluto square which will continue to make the world
an angry place for some time to come, and as much as I hate to
say it, we are in a period of time where many volatile events
will happen in the world. If it is hitting a sensitive point
in your personal natal chart, many changes in your life will
occur for the duration of this transit. Of the numerous mass
shootings that have occurred in the past year, most of the shooters
have been in their 20's and experiencing some form of the Uranus-Pluto
square aspecting their own natal chart and this is the case of
20 year old Adam Lanza. Of course everyone experiencing this
transit will not commit an act of violence; this is the exception
not the rule. Adam Lanza was known to be a disturbed individual
as were the other mass shooters we have seen in 2012.
Outside of the Uranus-Pluto square, the key event in the US chart
is the new moon, which occurred December 13, at 21 degrees of
Sagittarius. This moon opposed Mars and squared Neptune at 21-22
degrees of Gemini/Virgo. This moon speaks of an incident in the
US chart involving violence, anger and grief. As the new moon
moved on in Capricorn the morning of December 14, at 9:30 a.m.,
the time of the shooting, it was conjunct Pluto. This creates
a situation that is obsessive, violent and personal. It opposed
the US Sun, squaring Saturn, a planet sometimes called the 'grim
reaper'. The Sun opposed the US Mars (planetary ruler of guns)
and squared Neptune, the planet of grief and befuddlement. Venus
was in the powerful and secretive sign of Scorpio on the 12th
house cusp, squaring the Moon of the US chart, showing the mood
and feelings of the nation in an upset state. Scorpio rules the
eighth house of death and the 12th house can be ugly. Mercury,
the planet ruling children was opposing Uranus, which would bring
sudden, shocking and unexpected news to the people.
Jupiter, the planet that is often known to save people from unfortunate
events and accidents was/is in Gemini, the sign known as its
debility, meaning it was not working. It was also retrograde,
opposing Mercury, which was in Jupiter's sign. Mercury rules
children, Gemini is ruled by Mercury and Jupiter, and it was
conjunct Uranus, the planet bringing sudden and unexpected events.
The November 13 eclipse was at 21 degrees of Scorpio, the ruler
of the eighth house of death. The last eclipse in Gemini (ruled
by Mercury) on November 28, fell on Uranus in the sixth house
of health. The energy of eclipses remains in effect for months,
and in some cases years. Uranus brings events that are sudden
Perhaps as a result of this terrible tragedy mental health issues
will be treated differently in the future.
President Obama addressed the nation clearly affected by events
and spoke at the memorial, comforting families. Transiting Saturn
currently conjuncts Neptune in his chart revealing grief and
sadness. I had been watching this transit in his natal chart
for some time, which is how as an astrologer I was forewarned
a grim situation would occur during this period.
The Sun squared Mars in his chart, indicative of situations involving
a gun, shooter and sudden event. Mercury, the ruler of children,
was opposing his moon in Gemini, revealing an upsetting event,
as well as the mood of the nation. Jupiter, the ruler of younger
males was conjunct his Moon, opposed by Mercury. The last eclipse
of November conjuncted his Moon in Gemini as well.
During the memorial
for the victims, President Obama spoke of the need for 'meaningful
action'- gun control. No doubt with Saturn conjunct Neptune he
sees this as a necessary move to protect children and other innocents
from deranged shooters like Adam Lanza. His motives and feelings
The US natal chart however, has a Sagittarius ascendant, the
sign of the Wild West and 'wide open spaces.' I believe gun control
will be met with much objection, although nothing is impossible,
especially with the national mood the way it is. With the last
eclipse falling in the US sixth house of health, I hope that
this event will spark a new interest in mental health issues,
and the fact that it is something we cannot afford to ignore
as a society. We can experience broken bones or broken brains.
An individual with a broken mind can cause much pain in the world
as we have recently seen.
20 year old Adam Lanza, is the known shooter in the incident
and was born 4-22-1992, no time of birth published. He is a 2
degree Taurus with three planets in Aries including Mercury.
Mercury rules the mind and thinking, as well as children. His
Mercury may also square his moon in Capricorn, representative
of a tumultuous emotional life, whereby he would be in conflict
much the time with his Mother. Moon in Capricorn individuals
often view their Mothers as cold and un-nurturing. Capricorn
is ruled by Saturn, the coldest of planets and these individuals
are sometimes perceived as cold themselves.
Mercury in Aries individuals can have a hair trigger temper.
Individuals who are known to have mental afflictions always have
some form of planetary affliction to their Mercury and/or moon,
although this alone does not guarantee insanity. It is dependent
on the placements of the entire natal chart.
Both Mercury and Venus lie in his 12th house from his natal Sun.
Individuals with planets in the 12th house generally spend time
in seclusion either by choice or by imprisonment or hospitalization.
Lanza was born with Saturn sextile Venus, and Venus and Saturn
individuals generally feel unloved throughout life. Saturn represents
the Father, and this would indicate issues with the Father as
well as the Mother.
Lanza's Uranus and Neptune are conjunct at 18 degrees of Capricorn
square his Venus. With Uranus next to his Neptune this could
trigger imaginary fears and phobias and these fears could be
electrified. Both planets square Venus, giving him a drive for
freedom and independence to go his own way. His imagination could
take over feelings of reality.
Saturn square Pluto individuals can have a great propensity for
revenge. Hatred can become pronounced and extreme. This is a
difficult transit at often confers a sense of inferiority. In
a more developed chart it could represent discipline. Even though
Mars is in a trine to Pluto at 19 degrees of Pisces, Mars-Pluto
energy is harsh and representative of guns.
Over the past year the Uranus-Pluto square has aspected both
his Mercury and probably his Moon, although we do not know the
degree of his moon at this time. Pluto-moon conjunctions can
be obsessive, extreme, personal and nasty. The Moon represents
his emotional life as well as home, Mother or any other women
in his life.
The November 13, eclipse fell directly on Lanza's Pluto in Scorpio,
bringing up primal angry feelings about those he considered his
enemy, and he dwelt on revenge and perhaps personal pain. It
fell in his seventh house of partners and this was where his
focus was. The seventh house is also considered the house of
'open enemies.' The November full moon eclipse fell in his second
house of money, and self image and opposed his eighth house of
death. Two weeks later he would act out his feelings.
Uranus is/was conjunct his Mercury at 4 degrees of Aries and
it went direct after a retrograde period on December 13. This
'activated' the conjunction increasing his anger and agitation
and was a key factor in moving him to act out his rage. Uranus
may square his moon as well. Over the past year Pluto has squared
his Mercury and this is an intense and obsessive transit prone
to depression and thoughts of death in some cases. Mercury rules
children. This is a primary planetary trigger.
Lanza's natal Jupiter lies in Virgo in the fifth house of children,
but it is retrograde, therefore making him critical of or uninterested
in children. Jupiter in Virgo can be hugely self critical as
well, and Neptune, the planet of illusion, confusion and delusion
was opposing Jupiter from his house of 'world view'. On the day
of the shooting Mercury squared his Jupiter from his eighth house
of death, along with Neptune giving his a distorted image of
the act he was about to commit.
On December 13, the new moon occurred at 21 degrees of Sagittarius,
falling in his eighth house of death. It squared his Mars, ruling
guns in his 12th house of things secret and hidden. His absolute
intent was to kill the children, as signified by Mars in his
12th house which becomes the eighth house of death counting forward
from the fifth house of children.
On December 14, the moon moved through Capricorn, crossing Pluto,
associated with pain, intensity and death and, conjuncted Lanza's
moon in Capricorn, another major planetary trigger. Feelings
can be internalized with Capricorn and can reach the breaking
point with moon-Pluto combinations, as is obvious the case.
Sandy Hook school is now a crime scene and the children's laughter
is gone. The parents, community and world is broken hearted as
we approach Christmas and the birth of the individual known as
the Prince of Peace. Perhaps we can find solace in the fact that
the children/educators who have been taken away from us suffer
no longer, and today are reunited with the Source of all. It
is the only peace we may find in this devastating tragedy.
Mercury goes retrograde
3 or 4 times a year, and generally has a bad name and elicits
groans when mentioned. To an extent this is perfectly understandable,
as retrograde Mercury is the planet that causes delays, glitches,
breakdowns in computers and equipment, relationships, slowdowns
and brings hidden factors to the surface. Plans can be put on
hold, miscommunication can occur, relationships can end or change,
and cars, computers and other machinery can break down at the
most inopportune moment. All of this will occur, but this period
does not have to be the disaster many believe it to be with some
basic knowledge ahead of time. The four most important things
are to 1) understand what it means 2) know what to expect 3)
know what to avoid and lastly 4) understand what you can gain
from it. With this basic information available, you should be
able to make the most of the time, and benefit from the retrograde
as oppose to being caught off guard.
The first step is to know what retrograde Mercury means. In the
strictest sense of the word, the planet of communication does
not actually go backward, it only appears to. This will occur
three or four times every year. A planet is described as retrograde
when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac, and
this is referred to as apparent retrograde motion. When planets
retrograde, their effects on humans are different than when in
direct motion. Thinking is deeper, situations often appear to
go underground for a time, or change altogether, and sometimes
our focus shifts. Mercury retrograde is the most talked about
retrograde, because it is a fast moving planet that controls
our thinking, speech, travel, and cognitive skills. When Mercury
retrogrades, there are several phases. The first phase is the
pre-retrograde shadow period which began October 19. This period
is where Mercurial energy starts to shift and it is time to start
wrapping up new projects for the time being and focusing on what
is at hand. The second phase of retrograde Mercury is the stationary
retrograde period, when Mercury starts to shift into apparent
backward motion. This period begins November 6, when Mercury
starts its retrograde at 6:04 p.m. EST, and lasts through November
8. This is the period most glitches start to become evident,
and if you have a prominent Mercury in your chart, thinking may
become foggy. Mercury continues to retrograde in Sagittarius
until November 14, when it retrogrades back into the sign of
Scorpio, and communication/thinking becomes more intense. It
goes stationary direct on November 26, at 18 degrees of Scorpio.
This is the second period when glitches, breakdowns and changes
in direction may well occur. Mercury begins to move forward again
on November 30, but remains in the shadow direct phase until
December 14. So, Mercurial energy does not pick up its normal
pace until completion of the second shadow period. So, the retrograde
Mercury period is actually a much longer cycle than most people
understand. Changes will occur at the juncture of each retrograde
The second step in surviving a retrograde is to know what to
expect. What you can expect and prepare for are slowdowns, delays,
miscommunications, interference with travel and travel plans
and appointments, the breakdown of machinery, situations and
even relationships. If your car has been limping along and you
have been putting off a repair, know this is the likely time
it will become obvious that you have to fix it. If your computer
is slow or having problems be sure and back up everything important.
(I learned this one the hard way several times!) If you are in
a relationship that is tottering on the brink of ending, this
may well be the period that can occur, and often does. Of course,
I always tell people, "Mercury retrograde is a wild card."
Sometimes, relationships can be fixed and problems brought out
into the open if it is worth saving. Expect delays, changes of
plans and try to not have situations set in stone. In other words,
prepare to be flexible. Mercury retrograde is often a frustrating
time to be looking for a job. Don't give up though, just keep
plugging on and stay on top of all communication. And make sure
you are direct and to the point in your communication with others.
If you don't understand what someone is telling you, by all means
ask for clarification.
The third and perhaps most important step in surviving retrograde
Mercury is to know what to avoid. Don't get married, start a
new business, start new projects or begin anything you hope will
become permanent during the most important three week phase of
the retrograde. Don't purchase high ticket items, important Christmas
gifts, paint, or anything you expect to be there for a long time
if you can avoid it. Retrograde Mercury is not the time to start
new projects, but rather finish up the old, and re-do, re-organize
or re-work. Go against this advice and you may wish you hadn't.
I chose the paint color in my office on retrograde Mercury just
to test it, and as I write this post, I wish I had time to get
out a paintbrush today.
The fourth step to surviving retrograde Mercury is to understand
what you can gain from it. Know that retrograde Mercury is part
of the natural cycle of life and it is not anything out of the
ordinary. Everything serves a purpose and the point of a retrograde
Mercury is to slow down a bit, reflect, re-think, re-do, re-plan
and re-organize and reconsider. It is a period of correction.
Rather than starting new projects it is time to look at what
is on the drawing board. Often during a retrograde, thinking
changes direction and a more appropriate course of action can
be mapped out. Often new information comes to the surface that
must be considered. Sometimes secrets are revealed, and the truth
comes out into the open. The truth may not be what your want
to hear, but it can set you free. Retrograde Mercury is a time
to plan, work on you, and delve into the spiritual side of life.
Sometimes important contacts with people from our past can be
initiated, and there is generally a focus on the past or past
situations that can come back up to be resolved. Just focus on
what is at hand rather than starting new situations. If you are
forced to start a job during a retrograde, it could be altered
when Mercury goes direct, or you may not have all the facts.
If you begin a new relationship on a retrograde, it may end or
change when Mercury goes forward, time will tell.
All in all, retrograde Mercury is a period where we should reflect
on our current state, and plan rather than initiate new ventures.
Reconsider your options, re-write, re-organize, and re-think.
If you follow these basic principles, I can't guarantee you won't
experience frustration, but you will survive the retrograde and
perhaps come out of it better than you had believed possible.
A Super Storm
Mercury entered Sagittarius
at 2:15 a.m. EST, October 29, and Jupiter is in Gemini at 15
degrees. This means they are in each other's sign of domicile,
and the result is things become overblown, including the potential
for Hurricane Sandy. The full moon occurs October 29, at 3:49
p.m EST, increasing the pull of the tides, and the intensity
of the storm that is building on the East Coast, as people watch,
wait and pray for relief. Venus also entered Libra at 9:04 a.m
on October 28, changing signs, Mars is opposing Jupiter at 16
degrees of Gemini-Sagittarius, increasing the intensity of situations,
and the result is the potential for a real disaster.
One of the most telling planetary configurations that we will
be dealing with situations related to water always involves Neptune.
Remember, Neptune was the Roman god of water and the sea in Roman
mythology and religion. He is the counterpart of the Greek god
Poseidon. Mercury, also rules weather and travel and as it entered
Sagittarius is squares Neptune. Mercury square Neptune, along
with the above mentioned planets shows us that water is going
to be a problem. According to what I have read the Farmer's Almanac
missed this one, and I don't know why. The planets show us clearly
it will be a major situation to contend with.
Mercury has entered Sagittarius, the sign it will officially
retrograde in on November 6. We are already well into the shadow
period of the retrograde, and starting to see the effects of
the retrograde. Mercury only moves to 4 degrees before it retrogrades,
and at that degree it is within orb of squaring Neptune until
November 13. So, we are likely in for a long and difficult period
with this massive storm. Mercury will square Neptune again, exact,
on November 12-13 and again when it goes direct on December 11-12.
These patterns often occur with retrograde Mercury.
Venus opposes Uranus on November 1, at 4-5 degrees of Libra-Aries.
Venus-Uranus deals with money situations in general, and we may
see massive property damage. Uranus also rules electricity, and
electronic equipment and communication. The N.Y. Stock Market
is closed, as are the bond markets for at least 2 days. There
could be further news relating to the financial markets, and
Uranus generally brings what we do not expect. The following
days, November 2-3 Venus squares Pluto. Venus-Pluto can involve
money situations as well, damage and deterioration of property,
along with the potential of rebuilding or restructuring.
Astrologers have been watching this particular retrograde Mercury,
as it goes retrograde on Election Day. Mercury retrograde is
a wild card, and one possibility is the election gets postponed.
Only time will tell.
If you are in the path of the storm stay safe and the prayers
of the nation are with you.
The rise of
fundamentalism in America and the world
This morning before starting work I was watching the "Lost
Book of Nostradamus," on the History channel. It was stated
that some of his latter prophesies foresaw a rise in extreme
fundamentalist religions around the world and clashes between
Christians and Muslims. This prophesy is not hard to believe
given what is occurring in the world, along with the knowledge
of America's chart and information concerning the current Uranus-Pluto
square we all live under.
Take for example, the speech given by Richard Mourdock October
23, who is 53rd State Treasurer of Indiana and the Republican
nominee for United States Senate election in Indiana, 2012. Mourdock
stated that "even when life begins with that horrible situation
of rape, that is something that God intended to happen."
This is a view that most Americans, especially women cringe when
they hear. Religious extremism at its finest. No thinking, educated
individual believes that rape was intended by God. Mourdoch is
espousing his personal political and religious viewpoints that
are dogmatic and do not allow room for the opinions of others,
and especially for women to make choices about their own bodies.
Alternatively, he is espousing a viewpoint that he believes will
enflame his ultra conservative base.
Mourdoch was born October 8, 1951, and has configurations similar
to Todd Akin who made a comment that 'women's bodies can shut
down pregnancy during rape.' Both men's charts show a desire
for control of women, and extreme viewpoints. Mourdoch faces
public disgrace for many months to come based on his chart.
In Tennessee, one Tea Party Republican, Rep. Scott DesJarlais
dominates the headlines of the newspaper, as he ran on an anti-abortion
platform, allegedly beat his wife, and was caught on tape telling
his mistress to get an abortion. What politicians preach is not
necessarily what they really believe, but rather what they believe
will get votes. It's called hypocrisy, and unfortunately it is
a part of American politics since the beginning.
In Murfreesboro, TN, an Islamic temple has been the subject of
lawsuits, protests and even bomb threats among residents who
espoused fear its members were trying to impose sharia law, in
spite of the fact to evidence existed this was correct. A Muslim
community has existed peacefully in Middle ,TN for years, until
the building of a new temple. Lawsuits to stop construction occurred,
and the courts ruled in favor of the center.
These are just a few examples of fundamentalist religious extremism
in America today. There are many, many more. Certain individuals
forget that America was founded based on the principals of religious
freedom for all, not just a few. In America all are entitled
to live as they choose and worship as they choose, as long as
it is within the law.
On the other side of the world fundamentalist Muslims make a
point to hate the West and burn American flags. Women are repressed
every day under the guise of religion. A 14 year old girl lies
in a British hospital the victim of Al Qaida operatives in Afghanistan
who shot her based on their religious belief that women should
not be allowed schooling and education.
Women are imprisoned in Middle Eastern countries and face death
by stoning because they were accused by someone of adultery or
far lesser offenses. Middle Eastern women are denied basic human
rights allowed only to men, and have been for centuries.
Religious extremism and extremism in many forms is absolutely
on the rise throughout the world. In America this is signified
by the Uranus- Pluto square that falls on Jupiter in America's
chart. Jupiter rules money and religion as well as basic philosophy.
Pluto is transformation, and in some cases it represents the
bully, the powers that be that want to hold on to what they have.
Uranus is revolution, change and upheaval, with the emphasis
on upheaval. Philosophy and extremism is what is dividing America,
rather than money.
Extremes in either direction become dogmatic opinions. Flexibility
is required in dealing with human beings. All peoples and religions
need to be respected. We do not have to agree with one another,
but rather respect the fact that we are all entitled to live
(in America) as we see fit, as long as we follow the law of the
land. America's Founding Fathers were enlightened men, and Thomas
Jefferson was an acclaimed astrologer. I do not believe America's
birth date was an accident. It shows a country that will be prosperous,
free and open to the ideas of all enlightened individuals.
The Uranus-Pluto square will remain in effect for months and
years to come. In 2013, the square will fall on America's Sun
at 13 degrees of Cancer. It does not matter who is elected president,
it does not change the planets. The country will continue to
be divided over social issues, as will the world for many years.
Nowhere is the Uranus-Pluto square more obvious than the Middle
East. Arab spring began almost on the day Uranus moved into Aries.
The day of the dictator is limited and that includes Syria's
Bashar al-Assad. Hopefully the changes in governments will not
simply be released by those individuals pushing an agenda of
Uranus and Pluto have been in contact with each other twice during
the past century. The early thirties saw the Great Depression
and led up to WW11. The mid sixties saw the greatest social change
America experienced since conception. Change will come, regardless.
Women will not be told what to do as they were at the turn of
the 20th century. Gay men and women will not be shoved back into
the closet or prevented from living in the light as any other
individual. Bullies will not be allowed rape, beat or pass laws
to harm those different from themselves. But, they will continue
Neptune in Pisces is a mixed blessing. Neptune shows mass suffering
on the world level, especially in the sign of Pisces. Pisces
rules religion, among other things. It also rules psychic ability,
compassion, drugs and alcohol. It is a planet and a sign prone
to confusion, lies and deception. It will bring all of these
factors to the world we live in. The greatest predictor of the
future is the past. Neptune was in Pisces prior to the American
Civil war. A great divide existed in America. The Underground
Railroad came into being because certain individuals believed
slavery was wrong (compassion for others). A great many others
relied on slaves for their economic existence, and wanted to
keep the status quo. It was the bloodiest period in America.
Neptune was in Pisces during the days of the Pilgrims and the
Salem witch trials. These were days of extremism as well, that
are still a blight on the face of America. Women were burned
at the stake on the comments of others, or because they practiced
herbal medicine. Religious extremism played a major role in their
We are in a time where extremism will show its face in many forms.
There are many agendas being promoted. Some under the guise of
religion, religious freedom and equality, fiscal responsibility,
or repression of those who are different. Dogmatic opinions rarely
work in the long run, or for the majority. Enlightenment, education
and flexibility are the qualities we must embrace during these
Full moon in
Aries: A fork in the road
Saturday, Sept. 29,
the full moon occurs at 7 degrees of Aries at 11:19 p.m. EST,
setting off the Uranus-Pluto square that astrologers have been
writing about for months. This is a double whammy, as the Sun
also opposes Uranus and squares Pluto, and these days are the
most critical of the month and perhaps the fall. This is a full
moon to be respected. Aries is the ruler of the first house of
self, and is ruled by Mars, the God of war. This will be a volatile
moon with egos running rampant. Pluto will bring intensity, bullies
or those trying to force their will, and power struggles to the
fray and Uranus will bring an element of the unexpected. As this
moon ties into the Uranus-Pluto square and we will see the results
of this square up front and personal. Use caution in all of your
dealings, and travels. Events that are of importance to the world
will occur and if you are a 5-10 degree Capricorn, Cancer, Aries
or Libra (or have planets at these degrees and placements) this
will affect you on a personal level bringing changes, some of
which you may not see coming until they happen.
This is not a full moon to fear, but rather respect and watch.
Astrological influences of the planets have been proven to give
us a view of what lies ahead, thus we prepare for it, enabling
ourselves to make the best choices based on the nature of the
sky we live under. We can anticipate the energies of this period
to be generally disruptive and unpredictable so it is best to
plan loosely over these few days, especially if you are a cardinal
sign, (Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn) or if you have personal
planets in your chart being aspected.
Some will harness the burst of energy of this moon and make sweeping
life changes in new directions that will prove to be of benefit.
Full moons do not always bring bad events, but this moon is indicative
of powerful and profound change. It is important to know the
direction you want to take, or perhaps this moon will show you.
Uranus rules revolutions and this period will prove revolutionary
to some who will seek freedom in various situations. Around the
world we will see uprisings with the possibility of unexpected,
explosive events in the news, and there will be no peace. Agendas
will continue to be revealed and it would only be shocking if
violence did not erupt around the globe. US interests abroad
are at risk of conflict with 'open enemies' of the United States.
By, October 3, Americans will be obsessed with the Presidential
debates and the various factions will be at work with their propaganda
machines as Mercury squares Pluto in the US chart. At this time
important situations will be revealed in the US. Clear heads
will be needed to deal with the energy and remained centered
and not drawn into events meant to sway and convince, that will
take many forms.
In times like this, we must remember the power of one.
This is the power we possess within ourselves to be aware of
influences and plan our lives in appropriate ways given the time
we are in. This is not the time to push personal issues that
have met resistance in the past or inspire revolutionary sentiments.
But that is exactly what Uranus will inspire us to do, and herein
lies the positive manifestation of all personal revolution, as
well as the most negative manifestation of disruption and trauma.
This wisdom is in knowing the path to take in the wake of these
powerful energies, which can be found in the higher mind of all
Full moon energy usually lasts up to 5 days before and after
the peak of the moon, intensifying the energy of any other influences
of the time.
The Mars square Venus energy will still be playing a part in
the influences of this period and Oct. 4, Venus enters Virgo
and opposes Neptune. This is a transit of long lost and recently
lost loves, lies and deception, and lack of clarity. Do not believe
proposals made during this time, and you may hear of scandals,
and dishonest dealings, and do not be drawn into them yourself.
Also, Mercury conjuncts Saturn at 28-29 degrees of Libra and
this is harsh energy that brings to mind the harsher realities
of life. It is inductive of serious thought concerning relationships.
On October 5, Saturn enters Scorpio for a two and a half year
stay. Saturn is ruled by Mars, the warrior planet and Pluto the
planet of transformation. Obsessions and things rules by deepest
undercurrents and feelings will become our new mantra, making
way for our next transformation and life journey.
August 30, 2012
dance in Libra
September is the last
full month Saturn will be in the sign Libra. The planet ruling
structure, responsibility and restrictions leaves the sign represented
by the scales of Justice, not to return again for nearly 3 decades.
This is good news for Libras, who have generally been suffering
from the restrictions Saturn places on one when it transits through
their personal sign for two and a half years. Saturn enters the
sign of Scorpio on October 6, and this will drastically change
the energy in the world and with us on a personal level.
Saturn changes signs about every two and a half years, and this
is a big event. Saturn is where we find our greatest challenges,
issues and ultimately growth, and Saturn seldom brings easy situations.
Saturn in Libra has been seeking balance and harmony as well
as justice in terms of relationships with others. Gay marriage
has been a theme throughout the past several years and appears
to be gaining acceptance on a much broader level, but is vehemently
opposed by some. Libra is about forging alliances that
includes our own personal relationships as well as relationships
with and among governments. Factions in the US and abroad have
chosen sides, and in the US we have seen the Tea Party movement
emerge as an alliance, but new alliances on the other side of
the isle have been forged as well, and in typical Libra fashion
what is needed and desired by most is balance.
Libra is ruled by Venus and Venus is the planet of love and money.
Saturn's last passage in Libra in 1982 coincided with a major
recession. Saturn was conjunct Pluto at the time, which was a
restrictive influence. Saturn's progression through the sign
this time has contributed to worldwide financial obstacles, and
we are still in a major downturn, although it isn't 100 per cent
a result of Saturn in Libra, but rather a contributing factor.
As Saturn enters Scorpio in October the focus will shift once
again. Scorpio is the natural ruler of the eighth house of money,
death and rebirth, joint finances, sex and taxes. Scorpio is
ruled by Mars and Pluto and the impetus will be to fight for
what you believe and want, and with some the fighting will not
always be above board. Scorpio is a secretive and intense sign,
and I will write more about this major shift of energy in the
Of course, the Pluto-Uranus square is evidenced by all the anger
and volatility in the world. This is an angry, disruptive transit
that puts the world in a state of upheaval and chaos, especially
where power structures and brokers are concerned. Powers that
be, secret agendas, bullies, oil companies and Wall Street are
at odds with the 99 per cent, and those who have revolution in
their hearts. The 1 per cent is at odds with the 99 per cent.
As we enter the last month of Saturn in Libra, political and
other factions in the world are making binding alignments
with each other to take sides in the revolution that is at hand
in American and in the world. But, revolutions are nothing new
to history and America was born of one of the greatest revolutions
Pluto and Uranus came together in a square in Cancer and Aries
in 1929-35, and in a conjunction in Virgo
1967-68. Both periods saw major societal
upheaval and change, and so will 2012-2016. During September, Uranus and Pluto will square
each other exact, at 7 and 6 degrees of Aries and Capricorn,
so if your Sun sign is at this degree or close, or it is aspecting
a personal planet in your chart in one of the cardinal signs
(Cancer, Capricorn, Libra or Aries) you will be personally affected
by this square during September. Expect major shifts and changes
in the established order of things in your life.
August 30, the Sun opposes Neptune, and
this is a confusing transit full of misinformation. Neptune is
the planet of illusion, delusion, and lack of clarity. It is
tiring and best not to make major decisions at this time. August 31, the full moon, called a blue
moon because it is the second full moon of the month, occurs
in Pisces at 7 degrees. This moon is conjunct Neptune. Neptune
not only rules distortions, lies and insecurities, it rules water.
At the time of this post New Orleans and the Gulf is being deluged
by Hurricane Isaac, and the news describes its effect as devastating.
Expect water related situations to be forefront at this time
and plan accordingly. September 1,
Mercury enters Virgo and opposes Neptune and we may hear of further
water related situations or accidents, and this is a transit
of lack of clarity or lies. People may feel like victims. The
highest use of this energy is spiritual pursuits, helping others,
meditation, relaxation, or creativity. Neptune is a complex planet
and also rules drugs and alcohol, so be careful driving this
weekend, and don't be surprised if you see a great deal of over
indulging of all types. September 3,
Venus squares Saturn. This transit will bring the realities of
your situation to your attention. Saturn is about responsibilities
and it may be harder to connect with others.
are additional transits during September:
4, Mercury trines Pluto.
This is about getting back to work, and moving forward with plans
and business. A good day for getting to the bottom of questions.
The media will come into focus today. September 6, Venus enters Leo and the planet of love will
travel through the most dramatic of signs for the next 29 days.
Leo is about romance and fun. September 7,
the Sun squares Jupiter and this is a positive transit as long
as you don't over promise or over exaggerate. September 8, Mercury squares Jupiter and there will be a lot
of overblown conversation. Wait and see if what you hear is actually
10, the Sun conjuncts
Mercury. You and others will have strong opinions, and it is
prone to worry and verbal altercations. Watch travel. September 13, Venus trines Uranus and this
is a positive and exciting transit, indicative of unexpected
meetings and unusual situations.
The September New Moon occurs September 16,
at 23 degrees of Virgo. Virgo is the natural ruler of the sixth
house of work, health and service, and it is here our interests
will lie. Virgo also rules banking auditors and this is the most
critical of signs. A good new moon to plan, organize, and set
your plans for the future. It will be detail oriented.
16, Mercury enters
Libra the natural ruler of the seventh house of marriage and
partnerships. Conversation will take on a more consolatory tone
for the next month.
20, Mercury opposes
Uranus and squares Pluto, setting off the Uranus-Pluto square.
Because it is setting off the square, this is an important transit
and we may expect just about anything. Mercury rules travel,
communication and young people. We may hear unexpected news,
situations related to the media, and it will be a volatile transit
with much arguing. Situations and those with agendas may become
clear at this time and things may be uncovered or come to light.
There is obsessive energy, and a desire to get to the bottom
of things. Travel could become dangerous at this time, and we
could hear news of accidents.
23, the Sun enters
Libra, and the cardinal period of fall begins. During this phase
the weather shifts from summer to fall.
29, the Sun opposes
Uranus and squares Pluto, setting off the Pluto Uranus square
again. Whereas, Mercury deals with communication and what we
hear, Sun-Pluto-Uranus transits can be indicative of turmoil
and explosive, unexpected events. This is a harsh, disruptive
transit that will bring news of power struggles and explosive
situations around the world, especially the hot spots. It is
a dangerous transit.
29, the full moon occurs
at 7 degrees of Aries at 11:19 PM EST, setting off the Uranus-Pluto
square. This is a double whammy, and the last few days are the
most critical days of the month. This is a full moon to be respected.
Aries is the ruler of the first house of self, and is ruled by
Mars, the God of war. This will be a volatile full moon with
egos running rampant. Pluto will bring intensity, bullies or
those trying to force their will, and power struggles to the
fray and Uranus will bring an element of the unexpected. This
full moon will set off the Uranus-Pluto square and we will see
the results of this square up front and close. Use caution in
all of your dealings. Events that are of importance to the world
will occur and if you are a 5-10 degree Capricorn, Cancer, Aries
or Libra (or have planets at these degrees and placements) this
will affect you on a personal level bringing major change.
August 13, 2012
An Intense Week:
The transits of the Gods of power, money love and revolutions
The planets will conspire this week to bring dramatic action
as Venus, Mars, Uranus, Pluto and Saturn all connect in planetary
configurations that will bring frustration, power struggles and
revelations about relationships to the forefront.
The energy starts building Monday, and by Wednesday August 15,
Venus, the planet ruling love and money opposes Pluto. Venus-Pluto
oppositions generally deal with situations that have broken down,
or break down, that include very intense feelings and drama that
can play out with others. This includes feelings of jealousy,
intensity and possessiveness, and lack of consideration for the
feelings with others. Pluto also has to do with agendas and hidden
agendas. By the same token Venus squares Uranus bringing an element
of the unexpected. This can indicate intense attractions that
are unsuitable, or unstable, as well as sudden change in existing
relationships. If this configuration is hitting your chart at
the right angle, it could bring a break up or ending. At the
same time Venus also rules money and possessions. This transit
reminds me of the Courts of medieval Europe. One minute a King,
the next in the tower. (Or worse).
This transit of Venus actually 'sets off,' the Uranus-Pluto square
that we are living under. So, in actuality it becomes far more
powerful than just a simple Venus transit: it is activating the
square between Uranus and Pluto. Pluto deals with the 'powers
that be' and Uranus is changeability and revolutionary sentiments.
If the Uranus-Pluto square is aspecting a personal planet in
your chart of 5-11 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Libra or Aries
look to see major events occur this week involving change in
situations and people.
Mars conjuncts Saturn at 24 degrees of Libra on Tuesday, August
14-15. Mars-Saturn transits deal with anger and frustration.
This adds to the mix of Venus throwing in a cold dose of reality
to the situation. Mars-Saturn transits can be indicative of police,
frustrated impulses to action, conflict with authority, accidents
and harsh situations, that in many cases this will involve relationships
of some kind.
Again, this will affect you more if it is aspecting a personal
planet in your natal chart at 21-25 degrees or so, of Cancer,
Capricorn, Aries or Libra. These signs will be most affected.
The end of the week however, is a little more positive as the
energy of the planets involved in these two major configurations
start to separate and the New moon in Leo occurs at 25 degrees
of the most dramatic of signs on August 17. The moon sextiles
Saturn bringing a little more levity and stability, as well as
Events on the world stage
Anytime a planet sets off the Uranus-Pluto square we live under
during this time, we will see major events transpire on the world
stage. Monday, August 13, 3 people were killed in a shooting
near Texas A&M University. Uranus-Pluto is an angry square
indicative of violence and unexpected upheaval. Expect to see
an escalation of violence around the world, especially Syria.
Mars-Saturn rules police and military actions, and Libra rules
governments. Just about anything can happen and we will see a
great deal of volatility. Pluto rules oil, hidden agendas, power,
sex and secretive actions and agendas. Uranus is about change
and revolution. Venus rules money and we could see changes in
financial markets and situations around the world.
The US Natal Chart
In the US natal chart the Mars-Saturn conjunction squares Mercury
in the eighth house. This is indicative of negative financial
news, (credit and ratings), taxes and taxpayer money. There will
be bickering and arguing over taxes and money, and negative responses.
At its worse the eighth house can represent endings and death,
and there could be news of issues surrounding young people, transportation
and accidents, and even death.
It will be a brutal week in the Presidential campaigns. Mars-Saturn
is indicative of frustrations with government. In Republican
candidate Mitt Romney's chart Venus sets off the Uranus-Pluto
square in his natal chart, bringing into question the issues
surrounding him. He could release information that is unclear
and non-factual or be subject to such accusations. Which is of
course, what has already been occurring, and will escalate on
In VP candidate Paul Ryan's chart Saturn and Mars conjunct his
moon at 24 degrees of Libra. This is harsh energy and all about
work. He may, however encounter problems with women, and this
is an intense, angry and emotional transit. The Uranus-Pluto
square is setting off natal Uranus in his chart at 8 degrees
of Libra, and the week will bring unexpected elements to his
first week of work. (Remember the picture of medieval Europe
around the time of King Henry VIII.)
In President Obama's chart Saturn is squaring Saturn in his twelfth
house of things that are secret and hidden. Mars conjuncts Saturn
on August 16-17, bringing a day of frustration and perhaps revealing
previously unknown facts to the mix relating to events in the
campaign and the US. Events unfold unexpectedly relating to partners,
both personal and professional. A moon conjunct Uranus will bring
about unexpected situations and changeability and is actually
a dangerous transit for a President or Head of State.
July 25, 2012
Portrait of a Killer
James Holmes is the
alleged shooter in the July 20, Aurora, Colorado movie theatre
shooting spree that has left at least 12 dead, and 71 injured
according to news reports. The moviegoers were at a screening
of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Night Rises."
Holmes birth date is being reported by news outlets as December
13, 1987, born in San Diego, California. He is a 21 degree Sagittarius,
with five out of ten planets in that sign. Individuals born with
many planets in the sign of Sagittarius often crave freedom,
and do not always appreciate boundaries or tradition as much
His Saturn, Sun, Uranus and Mercury are all in a stellium in
Sagittarius. Individuals with multiple planets in Sagittarius
often feel the need to express their individuality, even in the
face of going against mainstream thought. These individuals can
be brilliant, and erratic, mentally changeable and unstable with
Mercury a part of the stellium. The combination of these planets
shows that great discipline is needed in the development of ideas.
These people often find themselves at odds with the viewpoints
of others, and frequently suffer disappointment, and frustration
as the result. With Saturn-Uranus they often feel the need to
destroy boundaries, or do not believe that boundaries apply to
them. (Jarad Loughner, 22, the shooter in the rampage at a supermarket
in Tucson, Arizona that left 6 dead and critically injured Representative
Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona in 2011 has a similar configuration
Individuals with Sun-Saturn configurations often assume great
responsibilities in life. Holmes graduated from college with
highest honors in Neuroscience, and had done undergraduate work.
These individuals however, often feel isolated and can become
loners. They frequently have unhappy childhoods and there can
be issues involving the father, and a lack of confidence or connectiveness
with others. He had the potential of being brilliant and eventually
successful, but the pull of the darker energy in his chart became
There are many configurations that show mental disorders in a
natal chart. The planets involved always include Mercury, which
rules the mind, and malefic configurations to the Sun or Moon.
He has several of these.
His moon likely lies in the sign Virgo. His birth time is unpublished,
but giving him a birth time of 12 noon, his moon would be around
24 degrees of Virgo, and his moon squares his five planets in
Sagittarius. Virgo can be the most critical of signs and this
would make him critical of himself and others, as well as experiencing
an overly critical childhood where he did not feel connected
or understood. Sun square moon individuals often feel misunderstood.
Moon/Mercury-Uranus individuals often suffer from psychological
disorders and can be changeable and unstable.
Perhaps the most telling transit in Holmes' birth chart is Mars
conjunct Pluto in Scorpio lying in his 12th house of the subconscious
mind. Individuals with this transit are highly sexual and have
a deep need and desire to control others, and Scorpio is the
natural ruler of the eighth house of death and sex. It can be
a malefic influence if it is not balanced out by other transits
in the chart or the individual has no guidance to help him deal
with this energy in early life. This can be a very destructive
pattern, and in the case of Holmes, it is sextile to Neptune
which can indicate death. He thought about sex often in terms
of his own personal gratification and news agencies reported
finding his profile on sex sites.
Mars in Scorpio conjunct Pluto would create a deep, smoldering
inner rage. To overcome a transit like this would require the
individual to seek the higher side of Scorpio energy, which is
deeply spiritual or mystical. It would not have been an easy
path. With this powerful transit in his 12th house he would likely
not discuss his inner rage with others, but it would be a driving
force in his life.
I have never seen a chart of a mass murderer that did not have
some type of Mars-Pluto connection. On the day of the shooting
Mars was squaring Pluto in the sky, as well as opposing Uranus
in what is called a T-square. The combination of Mars, Pluto
and Uranus is indicative of guns, explosive situations and death.
It's as though Holmes became the agent of destruction predicted
by the stars.
Most of his planets fall in the lower left quadrant of his chart,
which means his inner focus was on himself rather than the other
world or other people. He probably spent a great deal of time
alone growing up and could have been somewhat neglected in terms
of social development. The aloneness he felt contributed to the
Holmes transits at the time of massacre and motivation
The most prominent transit in Holmes' chart at the time of the
shooting was the Uranus/ Pluto square which was aspecting his
Neptune in Capricorn at 7 degrees in a T-square. In other words
Uranus was squaring his natal Neptune (a square is a 90 degree
angle considered difficult) which is a transit of confusion and
lack of clarity, and transiting Pluto was squaring his Neptune
as well. Pluto-Neptune transits deal with obsessive issues, and
Pluto would call for a regeneration of his subconscious mind.
Both planets were aspecting his Neptune at the same time. The
energy of this aspect alone would be overwhelming.
Mars, at 9 degrees of Libra was the final factor that drove him
to the point of madness as it opposed Uranus and squared Pluto
setting off the energy of the explosive Uranus-Pluto square of
2012 which fell on his natal Neptune. In other words, all of
this hit his natal Neptune at once. Neptune is the planet of
illusion, confusion, and lack of clarity. Neptune can become
the agent of our own self undoing if the individual is not stable
enough to deal with the confused energy when it occurs.
Uranus-Neptune is confusion and depressing transit. Pluto/Neptune
creates obsessive energy, and to overcome the confusion the individual
must attempt to regenerate the subconscious mind. He was in an
obsessive frame of mind for a long period of time.
This transit is occurring in all young people of his age at this
time. Most 24-year olds get out of school today to discover the
job market is nothing like they thought it would be and the rug
has been pulled out from under them. Rather than realizing this
was part of a generational occurrence and success would not come
fast or easy, he turned to his Mars/Pluto in Scorpio-need to
control and manipulate energy, and took his frustration, confusion
and anger out on a packed movie theatre.
The transit occurred in his second house of money and earned
income which shows this as the major problem. Mars in Libra was
'setting off' the T-square at 9 degrees of Libra which shows
his anger to explosive levels and losing sight of personal behavior
that he could later regret, he gave in to the Mars-Pluto energy
he was born with and killed at least 12 innocent people.
There are transits in his chart indicative of being totally self
absorbed, paranoid and unable to see any situation other than
his own inability to move forward in his chosen career. He was
filled with rage and his goal was to make 'society' pay for what
he believed was inequity.
The July full moon occurred in his second house of money, which
placed a focus on income. It opposed his eighth house which rules
corporate money as well as death. The new moon on July 19 fell
in his eighth house of death. This occurred one day before the
massacre. His plans were set; his fate was sealed, along with
those unlucky individuals who were in the theatre.
July 3, 2012
Compulsions, agendas, unexpected events and change
As we begin July, the much written about Uranus-Pluto square
fits together like pieces to a puzzle forming a 90 degree angle
between these powerful outer planets that will bring change to
our society, the world, and us as individuals. If the square
is setting off a personal planet in your natal chart it will
affect your life according to the nature of the transit and house
placement. Astrologer Mitch Lewis wrote, "The compulsiveness
of Pluto working with the erratic and unrestrained energy of
Uranus will create an atmosphere of unexpected and unrelenting
actions. I'm certain that many of you have been feeling the effects
of this transit. Expect the unexpected, and do your best to bend
with the wind. The individual cannot control the outer planets;
they are the domain of the collective. But if you can accept
certain things as inevitable and not fight against the tide you
may find it easier to handle." July 10, Pluto retrogrades
to 7 degrees of Capricorn, away from the exact square the planets
are forming, but the two will meet up again in August as they
create an exact square at 7 degrees of Aries-Capricorn.
Uranus can influence weather and July begins with record breaking
heat waves and wildfires across much of the United States with
flooding in other parts of the country. If the dry, hot temperatures
continue the weather will affect the prices of food in the Fall,
when Uranus squares America's Jupiter at 5 degrees. The US drought
monitor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/) shows much of the country
in a moderate to severe drought at this time. Flooding, massive
storms and fire storms are occurring in other areas in the US.
Uranus square Pluto is a powerful transit that last occurred
1931-1935. During that period America and the world was dealing
with the aftermath of the stock market crash of 1929, and the
ensuing Depression. The dust bowl occurred in the early to mid
thirties turning the Plains area into nonproductive farmland
in part due to years of drought. During these years Uranus was
in Aries squaring Pluto in Cancer, the sign ruling home
and the homeland. This cycle Uranus is squaring Pluto in Capricorn.
Capricorn rules the earth, banks, big business, and power structures
and power brokers, the Republican Party, finance of all types,
and is the natural ruler of the tenth house of the zodiac which
represents business and priorities. It is in these areas we will
see change as Uranus is the planet of rebellions, coups, and
sudden and unexpected change and upheaval in plans.
July's full moon occurs on July 3 at 12 degrees in Capricorn.
It conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus, setting off the Uranus-Pluto
square. This is a powerful and relentless full moon that will
have an obsessive quality to it, along with an element of the
unexpected. When a full moon conjuncts or squares Pluto hidden
agendas come to the forefront, and issues are revealed. Pluto
rules oil, nuclear materials and incidents, sex, gangs and agendas.
The world financial markets and business will be in focus, and
we may see more erratic weather conditions.
In your own personal life this full moon may bring things to
a crisis point, and you may become obsessive about your goals.
Hidden factors and emotions as well as personal issues may surface,
but you could have a psychological breakthrough. Those most affected
by this full moon will be the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer,
Capricorn and Libra.
Mars leaves Virgo on July 3, after an eighth month long
stay in the sign ruling work and health/healthcare. Mars rules
men, action and our day to day activities. It retrograded in
January creating many delays, as well as more job losses. It
is more than interesting that the US Supreme Court debated the
health care plan passed by President Obama, and finally vetted
his plan in the final days of Mars in the sign ruling the sixth
house of health. Don't tell me astrology doesn't work! As Mars
leaves Virgo, it is leaving the most critical of signs and entering
the sign that is associated with partnership and harmony-Libra.
Actions as well as attitudes will slowly start to become less
critical and demanding, and if you have spent the past eight
months focusing on work, maybe you will get a break!
Mercury retrogrades July 14 at 12 degrees of Leo. Leo
is the natural ruler of the fifth house of love affairs, friends
and children, and it is in these areas we will be most concerned.
Some relationships will break up, and others will re-ignite.
Mercury retrograde is associated with those from our past, reconnecting,
re-doing and re-thinking. It is also associated with breakdowns
of all types and communication glitches. This is typically not
the time to sign contracts, buy big ticket items, get married,
or start new ventures, rather it is a time of re-accessing and
re-grouping. Exactly how it will affect you depends upon what
it is aspecting in your natal chart. Mercury retrograde is a
cycle that includes a shadow period, the retrograde station period,
the retrograde direct period and another shadow period again,
before energy gets back to normal.
Mercury entered the pre-retrograde shadow period June 27.
It is at this point Mercurial energy starts to weave its magic
making us more introspective. The stationary retrograde phase
is July 14-18, when we start to become aware Mercurial
energy is changing. This is often the period that gives retrograde
Mercury a bad name as it causes snafus, delays, miscommunication
and situations and objects break. The retrograde period lasts
from July 14-August 8. Mercury goes stationary direct
August 8-10 at 1 degree of Leo, and this is the other
period often associated with retrograde Mercury, and the final
shadow period lasts until August 21.
The New Moon falls at 26 degrees of Cancer on July 19.
Cancer is the natural ruler of the fourth house of home and family,
and why many families vacation in July. This new moon is about
the homeland and those closest to us, including partners. This
new moon squares Saturn in Libra, and some may be focused on
relationships or marriage. Saturn is about reality and this new
moon may become emotional, and in some cases cold due to the
nature of Saturn. Either way, we will be focused on our emotional
lives and if they have been out of balance this will point that
Other transits/dates of interest include:
July 13, Uranus retrogrades and during this period we
become more concerned with freedom, both personal and professional.
There can be conflict between the needs of self versus groups.
July 15, the Sun squares Saturn and this is a tiring and
limiting transit. Sun-Saturn transits are about responsibility
and sometimes we can feel the heavy hand of obligations. July
17, Mars trines Jupiter, squares Pluto and opposes Uranus.
The trine to Jupiter is a good indication but overshadowed by
the fact it sets off the Pluto-Uranus square. We will
see many events in the world and Mars-Pluto deals with police/military
affairs, power brokers and power struggles. Pluto also deals
with nuclear situations and oil, and with Uranus in the picture
we may hear of explosions and explosive situations. Watch out
for renegade egos, and on this day you can only control your
June 27, 2012
The Planet of
Love Moves Forward
The planet ruling love
and money turns stationary direct June 27, setting the
stage for changes with love and money. This can be the most important
period of the retrograde, especially if it is aspecting a planet
in your own personal natal chart. Along with Venus, Saturn
the planet of structure and karma, is stationary direct
as well after a four month retrograde period. When a planet is
stationary direct, it appears to reverse direction and
move forward once again after a retrograde cycle, enabling events
and situations to unfold after a period of dormancy, delay or
This is an important time, as events may unfold at this point
to show you the direction your romance will actually take for
better or worse. Many relationship situations will unfold over
the next few days as the Sun opposes Pluto and squares Uranus,
setting off the Uranus-Pluto square. This is a volatile aspect
prone to explosive situations, ego defense mechanisms, and power
plays. It is not a time to try and hash out personal dramas as
egos may get in the way. Best to let this energy pass.
Venus will slowly begin to move forward and resume its normal
speed, as will Saturn. This will not happen overnight though,
and Venus will not resume normal speed and direction until July
30. By this stage if not sooner, you should have a clear picture
as to where your relationship stands. Saturn resumes normal speed
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June 3, 2012
The Return of
the Goddess of Reason
June is a pivotal and
fast moving month with many important astrological changes. In
the early morning hours of June 4, those of us in the
US will experience a lunar eclipse at 14 degrees of Sagittarius.
This is the companion eclipse to the May 20, solar eclipse in
Gemini. May 5, Venus will transit, or cross the Sun at
15 degrees of Gemini, a rare event that won't repeat itself for
a very long time. Venus, the planet ruling love and money is
retrograde in Gemini, and on June 12 Jupiter, the planet
ruling money and expansion enters Gemini for the next twelve
months, and of course the Sun is in Gemini the first 20 days
of the month. We have a new moon in Gemini on June 19.
Gemini represents the third house concerning the mind and communication,
ruling our ability to learn and comprehend new information. Gemini
is a mutable sign, making it flexible and adoptable as well as
open minded to new ideas or information. Gemini is the sign of
the twins and has a duality to it, and a typical Gemini trait
is to be able to see both sides of a situation. Gemini is about
reason, logic, adaptability, flexibility, and the evolution of
ideas and thought. It is during this period our thoughts and
communication may become more open minded. Ideas that have outlived
their usefulness may be replaced with new ones, and we may all
be a little more reasonable in our judgments, ideas, and attitudes
that are formed during this time.
Gemini rules all forms
of communication whether written, verbal or electronic. This
month is about communication within ourselves and with others.
This includes the communication within our psyche of the constantly
running mental tapes we all listen to - the ideas we have formed
either correctly or incorrectly that color our world, our thoughts,
reactions to others and activities. Now is the time to re-examine
those mental tapes and determine if they are hindering or helping
us in our lives and relationships with others. The month of June is about ideas, altering
or expanding our thinking and allowing new ideas to flow forth
into the world and our lives bringing us closer to our ideal.
As Venus retrogrades
in the sign Gemini
we have an opportunity to rethink and re-access our relationships
with others and those closest to us. Love energy may be harder
to come by during this period, but we may compensate for this
by loving ourselves more. As Venus retrogrades in Gemini the
feelings and intellect may become more defined giving clear ideas,
originality and intuition, and an appreciation for all that is
light and airy in relationships. Those who were born with Venus
in Gemini or another air sign may appreciate this period
more than others, and those born with a retrograde Venus in
Gemini will appreciate this period most of all as a time
to reflect and re-design their emotional lives. June may be a
more difficult month for those born with heavy water aspects
in their natal charts or Venus in Scorpio, or with multiple planets
in water-earth signs. Gemini is about reason, logic, refinement
and the intellectual concept and value of love much more so than
The June 4 eclipse opens the door to expanding thinking
and awareness, education, planning and travel. Foreign people
and trips may come into focus at this time, but this is a high
energy eclipse in a fire sign that involves Mars, Venus, and
Neptune. Just before the eclipse, Neptune turns retrograde,
and it will remain so until November. Neptune's retrograde will
be experienced as a time of inner spiritual reflection, but Neptune
is the planet ruling illusion, delusion, confusion and lack of
clarity as well as drugs and alcohol Intuition and creative potential
may increase as a result of the inward reflection, but so could
the realization of the harsher realities of the word, and it
will become easier to fall prey to individual illusions.
Venus transits the
Sun on June 5,
a rare celestial event that won't occur again for many years.
Venus is transiting across the Sun, in a conjunction at 15-16
degrees of Gemini. NASA calls this a transit of Venus, rather
than eclipse. Venus is retrograde and this transit will enable
us to focus on our relationships-commitments with others and
the world, along with what is working in our lives as well as
what is missing. We will see a focus in the world on money, finance,
women and women's rights as well as children.
Mars squares Venus
on June 4th and 5th,
and this transit will create tension between the sexes. If the
transits of Mars-Venus, Venus and the lunar eclipse hit a sensitive
point in your natal chart, you could experience change at this
time, especially if you are involved in a relationship that has
been teetering on the edge. On the world level we may hear more
news of jobs, or lack of, money matters, health advancements
and changes, and breakups or reunions of couples.
square is exact June 6,
at 8 degrees of Aries-Capricorn, and will remain so until July
9, when Pluto retrogrades to 7 degrees. The influence of this
powerful square will dominate the sky through the end of 2012.
When powerful planets like this come together societal change
and upheaval is inevitable. The combination of Uranus and Pluto
will bring about a change in existing power structures in the
world. Pluto is about evolutionary change and the 'powers that
be' in the world, and Uranus is about revolution, change and
upheaval, some of it which may be unexpected. This is tense,
hostile energy, indicative of explosive situations at home and
abroad. We will hear news of banks, financial situations, crumbling
structures and governments, nuclear situations and issues, war
and it is likely we will experience earthquakes and other earth
changes during this time. Society will not remain the same, nor
will the structures we are used to. This is an exciting point
in history, and the future of the world will be written during
In the US natal chart, this powerful configuration is
hitting the two money planets, Jupiter and Venus, as well as
the Sun at 13 degrees of Cancer. Saturn is squaring Mercury this
month, bringing negative financial reports for first quarter.
Mars is still in Virgo, the sign ruling work and jobs, and the
unemployment rate has climbed. The Uranus-Pluto square will powerful
influence on America's money planets this month putting stress
on the economy. During the period of Jupiter transiting Taurus
we saw financial improvement as Taurus is the ruler of the second
house of money and earned income. During the year long transit
of Jupiter in Gemini growth may not live up to the past 12 months,
but Jupiter will trine Saturn in early fall, and we may see gains
at that time.
Jupiter enters Gemini
on June 11, where
it will remain for the next year. Jupiter is the planet of gain
and expansion, and wherever Jupiter travels we see an increase.
Jupiter in Taurus saw expansion in terms of money, possessions
and physical commodities, and Jupiter in Gemini will see the
expansion of ideas, philosophies and education. This should be
beneficial for those who are in school, seeking any type of further
education, and publishing. This will be the year to let your
ideas soar and take shape in your world.
Other transits of interest during June include:
June 7, Mercury enters Cancer. Mercurial
energy will change, becoming more emotional, and family oriented.
The Sun squares Mars, and this is harsh energy, indicative of
fights, and quarrels. We may hear news of police or military
action. On June 7-8, Mercury trines Neptune. This is creative,
spiritual energy and you may feel connected with those around
you. Good for psychics and creative arts. June 11, Mercury
squares Uranus and opposes Pluto. Ideas may come like lightening,
unexpected news, and accidents are all possible. Mercury-Pluto
transits are obsessive and good for getting to the bottom of
an issue. Mercury-Pluto transits usually deal with issues involving
the media and we will hear of unexpected events and situations
in the news with a heavy undertone-possibly accidents related
to aircraft or transportation of some kind, or alternatively
weather related circumstances. This will be difficult energy
for many to handle. June 13, the Sun trines Saturn and
this is stable energy, good for getting things done or important
meetings. June 20, Mercury squares Saturn and this is
heavy, tiring energy, but could be good for accomplishment or
responsibilities. The Sun enters Cancer; the most home oriented
sign of the zodiac which is why many take vacations during this
period. Venus sextiles Neptune creating a lighter, creative energy
which will help with Mercury-Saturn. June's New Moon occurs at
0 degrees of Gemini June 20. June 23, the Sun trines Neptune
and this is creative, spiritual energy good for artists of all
types. June 25-28 Jupiter squares Neptune. This energy
can be delusional and negative for those who have drug-alcohol
problems. Let this energy pass before making firm commitments
or decisions. Otherwise, the potential exists for spiritual and
creative ventures to thrive. Mercury enters Leo on June 26,
changing the Mercurial energy once again, and creating a greater
emphasis on love relationships and fun. On June 27, Venus
goes stationary direct and this can be an important transit if
it is hitting a personal planet in your chart. Venus will remain
in the shadow period of the retrograde until July 30.
May 1, 2012
May 2012 - Relationships,
Money and the Disenfranchised
May is a big month,
astrologically speaking. The Uranus-Pluto Square becomes
closer to being exact, the first eclipse of the summer occurs
in Gemini, and Venus- the planet that rules our love life- goes
retrograde. All of these events will come into play this
month and the retrograde of Venus will have a big effect on our
A retrograde Venus is
not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, or buy expensive
products related to beauty, or even art as you may not be satisfied
when the planet goes direct. Sometimes during a retrograde you
can re-connect with those from your past, and other relationships
may end during this time. Love energy seems more difficult and
with Venus in Gemini love be approached from a more intellectual
viewpoint than one with warmth and affection.
Venus goes retrograde May 15-June 27. It retrogrades at
23 degrees of Gemini and it goes direct at 7 degrees of Gemini.
If either of these positions are connecting with a personal planet
in your natal chart, it can have a profound effect one way or
Uranus squares Pluto much of this year and until 2016, and this
is a transit that will change the power structures of the world
we live in, just as the transits during the 1960's changed the
world. Any time major outer planets are in conflict with each
other the world will experience change and upheaval. This is
an angry, volatile transit indicative of sudden and unexpected
explosions and explosive situations around the globe and at home
in the US. In the US chart, this powerful square (square=conflict/struggle)
falls directly on the US natal Venus. Venus rules money, women
and values. Thus, the US is in conflict over exactly how it values
women, and Pluto-Venus transits coincide with periods of being
forced to decide exactly what the values are. Pluto transits
represent power struggles, (and sex!) and the 'War on Women,'
that is being promoted by political groups is literal. There
are those who would take away choices from women and their ideology
is being pushed under the guise of religion. Of course, Venus-Pluto
transits also relate to money, and if you follow the trail of
those advocating taking away freedoms from women you will find
that money is at the root core of all things.
Aside from values concerning women, the Pluto-Uranus square relates
to struggles with money/business and the corporate power structure
within America. Unemployment/underemployment is still high. Americans
are being controlled by big business and big government, and
the question is how much more of it we are going to take. We
are dependent upon big oil to drive down the street. We are dependent
upon big insurance companies for health care, and Wall-Mart is
now one of the biggest distributors of groceries, not to mention
employees at $8.00 an hour. Our power to affect our own lives
is being taken away daily by corporations and regressive legislation
at the State level, which is paid for by corporate power structures.
Never has the phrase, 'he who has the gold makes the rules,'
been more applicable. Americans are being held captive by big
business/governments and altruism is not a part of their makeup.
The war between the majority and the 1 per cent will go on. According
to a recently published French blog, everything we consume is
now controlled by 10 companies, the press is controlled by 6
companies, and 37 banks have been merged in two decades. There
is more than one type of dictator in this world.
The first eclipse of the summer occurs on May 20, at 0 degrees
of Gemini. It is a solar eclipse, and Gemini is the natural
ruler of the third house of communications and rules speech,
travel, and younger people, making these areas our focus. The
eclipse squares Neptune, creating a potential for deceptive communication
and situations, or lack of clarity in events, as well as water
related weather events. Mercury conjuncts Jupiter, an
overall positive transit but things may be blown out of proportion.
Astrologer Celeste Teal calls this eclipse, "Property
Agreements,"and writes, "For the USA, a treaty
may be involved. Visiting ambassadors. There are troubling uncertainties,
and unsettling times. An underestimation of efforts risks failure.
Mars overhead shows quarrels and conflicts, warlike themes and/or
military involvement. Mercury shows complicated situations and
communication obstacles over high cost matters: prosperous potential.
Concerns: finance and material. Crime rate changes, railway or
mechanical accidents. Risky speculation."
Following are additional transits of interest during May:
May's full moon occurs
on May 5, at 11:35 PM EST, at 16 degrees of Scorpio, and it is considered a 'Supermoon'.
A Supermoon is a full/new moon making its closest approach to
the earth on its elliptical orbit, leading to the term coined
by Astrologer Richard Nolle 30 years ago. Some astrologers believe
Supermoons may be associated with increased risks of earthquakes
and volcanic eruptions. This moon works best for water and some
earth signs. Scorpio is the most intense of signs, so nothing
about this moon will be superficial. Scorpio is associated with
sex and Mercury sextiles Venus giving this full moon potential
for connecting with someone special or a positive time for your
social life! Unfortunately, on the same day Mercury opposes
Saturn. Oppositions mean the problem generally comes from
another individual, so it is through interaction with others
or communication with others you may feel limited. The transit
is tiring, and will have a greater affect is it is hitting a
personal planet in your chart at 23-24 degrees of Libra/Aries.
The transit moves quickly, only a few hours in duration. My advice
is to try and go with the positive!
Mercury enters Taurus May 9 and this will change the flow
of communication and ideas. Speech and decision making will slow
down and people will give more thought to their answers. May
13, the Sun conjuncts Jupiter, and this is a positive transit.
Jupiter is about expansion, so make the most of this day. May
15, Venus retrogrades. May 20, the Sun enters Gemini. Gemini
is the natural ruler of the third house of communication and
travel, and there may be more focus on these areas. May 23-24,
the Sun squares Neptune. This transit may be positive for
creativity or metaphysics, but clarity may be lacking. At its
worse this transit can uncover lies, and it can be tiring. May
24, Mercury enters Gemini, changing the Mercurial energy
once again, from slow to fast. Thinking and decision making will
pick up speed over the next 29 days. May 25, Mercury squares
Neptune. Neptune generally relates to confusion and lack
of clarity and this may be a discouraging day, but good for uncovering
previously unknown facts. May 27, the Sun conjuncts Mercury
and Sextiles Uranus, and this is a positive transit for communication,
speaking and new inspiration!
April 30, 2012
of Love Ponders the Question
Venus retrogrades on
May 15, and this phenomenon will have a big effect on our love
lives. Venus retrogrades every year and a half, and the last
time Venus retrograded in the sign of Gemini was April-June of
2004. I always tell clients that during this time, the 'karma,'
of their relationship often plays out. Retrograde planets often
have to do with events that are 'fated' to some extent, or otherwise
outside of our ability to control. During a retrograde period
a planet appears to be moving backward in motion.
A retrograde Venus is
not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, or buy expensive
products related to beauty, or even art as you may not be satisfied
when the planet goes direct. Women driven businesses may see
lower sales during this time.
Sometimes during a retrograde you can re-connect with those from
your past, and other relationships may end during this period.
Love energy seems more difficult and with Venus in Gemini, love
be approached from a more intellectual viewpoint rather than
with warmth and affection.
Relationships that are tottering on the edge may end completely
at this time. Situations become revealed for what they are. Some
couples will decide to divorce or split, and decisions will be
made as to the future of the relationship. Other couples will
reunite or take things to a deeper level.
Art and creativity can be affected in a positive way at this
time. Retrograde planets can mean finding a deeper and more profound
energy to work with which can affect those in the creative arts
in a positive way.
If you begin a new relationship during a retrograde Venus the
love energy may never be totally expressed. The relationship
could survive for the duration of the retrograde then shift to
another level or end when Venus goes direct. I always liken a
retrograde planet to throwing a wild card into the mix.
Venus retrograde is a process. The shadow period when
we first began to feel the effects of the retrograde started
on April 12. Venus officially retrogrades on May 15, and
goes direct on June 27. Another shadow period follows
where things are not quite back to normal until July 30.
Venue goes stationary direct at 7 degrees of Gemini on
June 27. If this is aspecting a personal planet in your natal
chart you may meet a new love during this time, see an increase
in your social life or benefit from some type of Venusian activity:
love, beauty, art or money!
May 8-22, Venus is trining Saturn and this is a positive transit
indicative of connecting with those from the past, or succeeding
with money or business. As Venus retrogrades on May 15, however,
the situation may shift somewhat as the retrograde energy picks
up. June 4-5 Venus squares Mars, and this is a transit
indicative of trouble between the sexes, and jealousy may rear
its ugly head. June 19, through July 9, Venus sextiles Uranus
and this is a transit indicative of exuberance, travel, money
and an exciting social life.
Venus was last retrograde October 8-November 18, 2010 in Virgo,
and March 6-April 17 in Aries and Pisces.
April 2, 2012
April 2012 -
go direct in April,
and both affect our day to day lives and activities. Mercury,
the planet of communication, travel and speech goes direct April
4, at 23 degrees of Pisces. This is known as the 'stationary
direct,' period that occurs April 3-5. At this time the retrograde
energy often seems worse as the Winged Messenger prepares to
move forward. Expect glitches to surface, miscommunications to
occur and machinery and situations to break down. New information
may come to light, and events may go in a different direction
than previously thought, or situations may change. The 'shadow
direct,' period of retrograde Mercury occurs April 6- April
23. Slowly things will return to normal, and move forward at
a regular pace. Author Carol Rushman writes about the "stationary
direct" period, "When Mercury stations in Pisces,
the negative qualities of Mercury can surface, because Mercury
is not comfortable in this sign. There can be replays of sad
times and experiences from your past. You may have bouts of depression
and paranoia. It is difficult to stay abreact of the joy and
beauty in life. You are instead more inclined to look at the
dark side. Artistic ability, compassion and psychic talents can
be easily expressed." The planet of communication will move
forward at a normal pace after April 23.
Mars, the planet of action and the God of War, goes direct on
April 13, at three degrees of Virgo. Mars rules action, physical
energy, and men. It is in the sign Virgo, the natural ruler
of the sixth house of health and work. Projects/situations
have been put on hold, and in some cases health issues uncovered.
It has been more difficult to assert ourselves and move forward,
as blocks have occurred everywhere. In the U.S. health care/insurance
coverage has come under the microscope, and the public awaits
the Supreme Court decision on whether or not the Obama health
care mandate will remain or be repealed in whole or in part.
Such is the realm of retrograde Mars in Virgo.
You may have noticed around the end of January a lag in energy
and lack of clear focus and direction, especially in career matters.
Some projects may be on hold, and you may have not followed the
plan you had in early January. Some relationships situations
took a turn for the worse, or became unclear as to whether or
not they would continue. Mars, the planet ruling action and men
went retrograde January 24, at 23 degrees of Virgo. It goes direct
again on April 14, at three degrees of Virgo. At this time expect
relationships, projects and situations to pick up steam, and
projects you may have thought were dormant may begin to move
forward at this time, and your focus and decision making will
Virgo is a mutable sign, adaptable to many circumstances. It
is considered the most analytical and critical of signs and during
the retrograde you may have noticed people with overly critical
attitudes, pickiness, and obsessiveness that could include yourself.
This is due to the fact these qualities are manifest in a planet
retrograding in Virgo. This has not all been bad. This has been
a time of serious analysis and consideration of many matters,
and has put issues under the microscope to reveal flaws and problems.
As Mars goes direct the over analyzing, criticism and negativity
will start to lift and return to a normal level.
Mars will be in the "shadow direct," period
until it reaches 23 degrees on June 20, at which time it will
resume normal speed. It is interesting to note the Supreme
Court decision on health care is not expected until late June
as Mars leaves its shadow period. The last scheduled day of the
Court's 2011-12 term is June 25, and because of a backlog of
cases, the Obama health care ruling is expected to be one of
the last decisions to be announced! The Supreme Court's decision
will be revealed to us as Mars ends its shadow period in Virgo.
Yes, astrology does work!
As planets retrograde
and move forward it is all a process, not just a day. On April
13, Mars goes "stationary direct," in preparation
of moving forward, and like Mercury in the stationary retrograde
period, energy can be negative, critical and actions jumbled.
On April 7, Mars reaches its final retrograde degree at three
degrees of Virgo before the forward movement starts, and it will
remain at that degree until April 20. During this period (April
7-20) Mars is opposing Neptune in Pisces at two/three degrees.
Mars/Neptune transits generally coincide with a period of low
energy, negativity, depression, and often individuals find it
hard to see the positive side of a given situation. Those with
a predisposition to do so may turn to drugs and alcohol. This
is a transit of trauma and drama on a large scale, as well as
self defeating behavior if it is hitting a sensitive point in
your personal natal chart.
On the world stage and in America we may see an increase
in protests and clashes with police. Thundering and passionate
sermons may be delivered on the political scene or elsewhere,
and it is advisable to believe very little. Mars-Neptune is a
transit of lies, deception, and unclear visions. Neptune rules
water, and we may see unusual weather conditions and situations
that relate to water or fog.
At its highest, Mars-Neptune is best used for serving others.
It can be a time of creativity, and awareness of the needs of
others and those less fortunate. Neptune is an ego-less planet,
and combined with Mars, our egos can be shattered. Take the
ego out of the picture and this energy will not be self-defeating.
Mars begins its slow journey through Virgo all over again as
it moves forward on April 21. At this point the God of War will
be retracing it's steps that first began in January. Mars remains
in Virgo until July 4, when it enters the sign Libra. Mars won't
retrograde again until March of 2014 in the sign of Libra.
Pluto begins its annual retrograde on April 10, at 9 degrees
of Capricorn. As Pluto, the planet of transformation retrogrades
its energy becomes internalized, intensifying our desire/need
for resolution on subconscious levels. Those with agendas (not
all agendas are bad) may go undercover for a while, only to resurface
when Pluto goes direct in September. Pluto represents power,
that and that which is hidden. While retrograde Pluto gives greater
insights into our subconscious, it gives personal transformation
a greater boost as we seek to understand that which motivates
us individually and collectively.
On April 12, Venus enters its "shadow period," prior
to going retrograde on May 15, at 23 degrees of Gemini. During
a retrograde Venus period people often reconsider their love
relationships, become more insecure about love and situations
that might be considered 'karmic,' often play out during this
period. Venus retrogrades every year and a half. More on this
Uranus square Pluto (Spring of the 99 Per Cent)
The Uranus-Pluto square we are living under is becoming tighter
and will be exact for the first time this year June 7-July
9 at 8 degrees of Aries-Capricorn. This will bring change
to the world and change to your life if it's affecting a personal
planet in your own natal chart around 8 degrees of Aries-Capricorn.
When Uranus first entered Aries and revolution broke out
in the Middle East winter-spring of 2010, it was dubbed "Arab
Spring." I saw this year called "Spring of the 99
per cent," because frustration in the world has escalated
to a point of the 99 per cent, or the majority, versus the 1
per cent or the minority, and I felt it appropriate. Pluto is
about power, the 'powers that be in the world,' nuclear energy
(including bombs) of all types, and oil. Uranus is about revolution,
change and the desire of the individual will (in Aries) or the
I AM. Uranus often operates through sudden, unexpected and explosive
situations and is always the planet involved in revolution. The
two planets are in conflict, causing the turmoil in the Middle
East, and other places, the polarization of the political parties
in America, and the angry masses across the globe. The end result
will be change, but not without a great deal of conflict, anger
and frustration. With this transit we will continue to see geo-political
changes, shifts in government and unrest among the masses, and
a global call to end dictatorships. The 'powers that be,' however,
will never go quietly into the night, and are not limited to
military dictatorships, and can include different forms of
dictators, including those who push the concept of theocracies.
A theocracy is only an acceptable government to those whose beliefs
it represents. The last time Uranus and Pluto squared each
other was the early 1930's during the time of the great depression,
prior to events leading up to WWII. It was during this time Hitler
hoodwinked the German population and consolidated his power,
and we, as a global world, would do well to remember this. During
the mid-late 1960's Uranus and Pluto were conjunct and we saw
major societal changes, but not without great turmoil, anger,
and of course, the Vietnam War was a pivotal factor during these
events in America. As they say, 'freedom is never really free.'
Following are other noteworthy transits during April:
You will feel the energy of these transits in the day or two
before it becomes exact, as well as a day or so after.
On April 3, Venus enters Gemini, the sign represented by the
twins. When it comes to love Gemini can be fickle and communication
will take on new importance. Works best for Air and Fire signs.
On April 5, Venus squares Neptune, a confusing aspect, especially
when it comes to relationships. New relationships begun at this
time may be deceptive, and it is best to go with the flow and
not take things too seriously until this transit passes. It could
be a romantic interlude for some, and confusing, unclear circumstances
The full moon occurs April 6, at 3:19 PM EST, and it is at 17
degrees of Libra. This full moon will be all about relationships.
How it will affect you personally depends upon how it is hitting
your personal natal chart. Venus is squaring Neptune and within
2 degrees of squaring Mars and this combination is all about
interaction with others, sex, and in some cases getting or giving
the wrong signals. Venus-Mars transits amp up the sexual energy,
but sometimes leads to frustrations, jealousy, and lack of consideration
of feelings of others, or vice versa. Full moons have a tendency
toward drama, even in the sign of balance and harmony. It's all
about inner peace, and if you can attain this, the full moon
energy will not be upsetting. It can be good or bad, again depending
upon your personal chart. If your relationship is basically sound
you will be fine at the end of the time. If it is a new relationship
or one with tension, you will be more likely to experience turmoil.
April 7, Mars squares Venus, putting the planets ruling men and
women in conflict. Mars-Venus transits deal with intensified
feelings and jealousy. In some cases this can be a sexual combination
if conflict does not prevail (or if it does in some cases.) For
some it is possible to meet someone new, but it may not be smooth.
It can also stimulate creativity, or an urge to buy or acquire
things. April 15, the Sun opposes Saturn and this is a restrictive,
difficult aspect. As Saturn is in Libra this opposition will
play out through relationships, and other people. Saturn is about
reality, work and structure, and today you must work within these
realms. A bad relationship could end, and it is not the best
day for social activities. You may experience tiredness, but
a good nights sleep will do wonders. On April 16, Mercury re-enters
Aries, after spending the past three weeks in Pisces. Conversation
and mental activity will pick up at a more aggressive pace. Projects
and situations that have lagged will start to move now, and it
is time to pick up the pace and move forward. April 19, the Sun
enters Taurus. This is considered the 'growth' time of year,
and Taurus is the most stable of signs. Taurus energy is stable
but can be stubborn. The focus will shift to money and possessions.
The New Moon falls at 1 degree of Taurus on April 21. This represents
the second new moon of spring, and Taurus is the natural ruler
of the second house of money and possessions, and it is here
our focus will lie. Eighth house matters may come into focus
as well, that include taxes and debt, other peoples' money and
sex. Mercury is within 2 degrees of conjuncting Uranus, so look
for news of unexpected weather conditions, accidents, and verbal
communication and thoughts may be very changeable.
April 23 Mercury conjuncts Uranus at 6 degrees of Aries. This
is a transit of sudden and unexpected news, weather conditions
and accidents. Look for changeable mental patterns, and sudden
changes of mind. We may experience fast moving weather situations,
and unexpected news. Mercury conjuncted Uranus on March 5, and
just prior to this we saw a pattern of tornadoes that wrecked
havoc and cost lives in Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio and Alabama,
and we are at risk again. April 25, Mercury squares Pluto. Mercury-Pluto
transits have a way of revealing information, and hidden agendas
sometimes come to light. This is a transit of propaganda, and
you may try to convince someone of something or vice versa. This
is a good day for getting to the bottom of a matter, but power
struggles may prevail. This transit is often indicative of events
that occur involving media.
March 1, 2012
Erratic Weather, the Economy, and America's War on Women
(March 1, 2012) Mercury retrogrades at 3 degrees of Aries
on March 12. The shadow period of the retrograde began on
February 27, when Mercury reached 23 degrees of Pisces.
The effects of the retrograde have already started to become
Mercury conjuncts Uranus exact on March 5, at 3 degrees of
Aries, and it will conjunct it again at 4 degrees on March
18. The period in between is marked, and will result in nervousness,
sudden changes of mind and actions, and sudden unexpected news
and events in your personal life and in the world. Chaotic weather
conditions could well occur with this transit, and some areas
are at risk of tornadoes and other weather related circumstances
that could cause damage and accidents. We may see problems with
electronics or the internet at this time. It is a period when
caution should be exercised in every manner, travel should be
curtailed unless necessary and forethought and consideration
given to day to day activities to avoid carelessness. This transit
is indicative of genius and creativity at the highest levels
and madness and chaos at the lowest. Mercury conjuncts Uranus
again at 4 degrees March 18, and again April 23, at 6 degrees.
Look for this transit to be important if it is aspecting planets
in your personal chart. During the period between March 6 and
19, Mercury is never more than 3 degrees away from Uranus. Look
for unexpected news and communication, be careful driving and
slow your mind down to avoid rash or impulsive decision making
you could later regret.
What to Avoid During Retrograde Mercury
Retrograde Mercury is the wrong time to start new projects, get
married, or buy high ticket items as in the end, you may not
be happy with your decision. I have tested this theory many times
over, and if you start any of the above you do so at your own
peril. The exception seems to be those who were born with retrograde
Mercury, but many of the people you will deal with were not born
with Mercury retrograde in their natal chart. This is part of
the natural cycle of life and my advice is not to sweat the small
Best Use of Retrograde
Retrograde Mercury is,
in fact a time for re-doing, re-thinking and re-working projects
and issues. In a perfect world we would rest, re-think, and re-evaluate.
Of course, the world is not perfect and we generally have to
keep moving, but if you can view this as a period of re-doing
and re-evaluating your life and situations, as opposed to starting
new projects, you are using the energy in the best possible way.
We become more reflective, thus thinking can become deeper.
Fated Events and
Retrograde planets often
coincide with events that seem fated: that is events or situations
occur that seem to be thrust on us or out of our sphere of ability
to control. Business deals and projects fall through, people
break up or get back together and we have seem to have no power
over what is happening. Issues that have not been previously
resolved come back to haunt is. Retrograde Mercury relates to
the past and sometimes we reconnect with those from our past.
is a Cycle Not a Date
While Mercury officially
goes retrograde March 12-April 3, it is actually a much longer
cycle and events and energy will be altered at different levels
during this cycle. The shadow period is when Mercurial energy
actually starts to change and we become more retrospective. This
period began March 27. The stationary retrograde period
begin occurs March 12-15. Mercury retrogrades back to 23 degrees
of Pisces and goes stationary direct on April 4. The stationary
direct period lasts until April 6, and the shadow period will
last until April 23.
Most Important Period
The stationary retrograde
period is usually when events and situations occur, letting us
know the 'communicator and the trickster,' is preparing to weave
its magic and we are going into a period of altered mercurial
energy that will play out for the next number of weeks. It is
a period of correcting situations. The stationary retrograde
period will be especially significant if it is transiting a personal
planet in your chart. The second most important period is the
stationary direct period occurring April 3-6, at 23 degrees
of Pisces. At this time Mercury begins its turnaround and we
may experience confusion, delays, miscommunication, breakdowns
of all types and glitches.
Mercury Retrogrades Through Two Signs
Mercury begins its retrograde
in Aries March 12, the moves into the sign Pisces on March 24,
changing the energy with which we think and communicate. Astrologer/Author
Carol Rushman writes, "When Mercury stations in Aries or
the First house, verbal assertion is assertive and occasionally
combatant, because the mental energy is fast and aggressive in
Aries. Decisions are made without due diligence and regretted
at a later date. While new concepts are quickly grasped they
can be easily abandoned." Aries is the natural ruler
of the first house of self, and we will be concerned with our
selves and wants, needs and desires. As Mercury retrogrades into
Pisces on March 24, communication becomes softer but more likely
to be confused as Pisces rules the twelfth house of the zodiac
and in the sign ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusion, delusion
and confusion. We may also become more concerned with others,
as Pisces relates to compassion.
On the world stage we will see many events occur between March
5-19, that will include unexpected news, debates, arguments and
potential accidents. Uranus is the planet of unexpected, explosive
incidents and look for the hot spots around the globe to heat
up. We will likely hear threats of war, or there could actually
be explosive situations and events that occur. The Natal chart
of Iran shows the population will be stirred up during this period,
and I look for it to be a volatile time. This retrograde will
affect the US chart as well, squaring Venus-Jupiter, the financial
planets. Look for unexpected news, weather, and expenses/losses
in financial markets, increases in the price of gas and food,
and a continuation of the far right wing war on women and children
in America. March 5-6 will be significant days in terms of the
above mentioned situations.
A War on American Women
Uranus is currently
squaring the Venus in America's chart which signifies the war
that is occurring on women/children, values, abortion, sexuality
and birth control, as well as the actual concept of women controlling
their own bodies and lives. Far right wing candidates have taken
anti-birth control positions, anti-education positions, and Congressional
committees have refused to allow women to speak at hearings on
contraception and attempted to deny-revoke President Obama's
recently passed policy requiring insurance companies to pay for
birth control. Talk show host and hate promoter Rush Limbaugh
called the woman who was denied the right to speak at a contraception
hearing a 'slut,' and a 'prostitute,' and claimed she 'wants
to be paid for sex,' as a result of supporting the position of
the White House and the law that employer driven insurance policies
pay for contraception coverage. I look for these events to cause
further rifts and splits in the Republican Party, especially
as Uranus squares America's Jupiter in coming months. An eventual
showdown on these and other issues will occur as the Uranus-Pluto
square becomes exact between now and May-June. Grand standing
by political candidates such as this, will not be resolve problems,
but in fact cause further dissention, dislike, and distrust among
the very polarized American population.
As Uranus continues
to square Venus, then Jupiter in the US Natal chart the
US will be pulled into situations that occur abroad that could
affect the economy at home. While the US chart shows financial
improvement at this time due to Jupiter in Taurus, unexpected
incidents and with gas prices (or other situations), could derail
it. Jupiter is currently sextiling America's Jupiter, a positive
economic sign and will sextile America's Sun the last part of
March, also another positive economic sign. How well the economy
actually does is dependent upon the unexpected issues Uranus
squaring Venus and Jupiter bring. Uranus is the planet of sudden,
unexpected, disruptive and often shocking incidents.
Following are some of the more prominent aspects occurring
Mercury enters Aries
March 2, changing Mercurial energy making communication more
prominent, assertive and aggressive. March 3, the Sun opposes
Mars, bringing aggressive energy that may be looking for a fight.
This can be about the ego, and I always tell clients, 'you can
control yourself, but not other people.' Look to hear news involving
fights and the military. March 4, Venus opposes Saturn, a wet
blanket aspect concerning love and money. Some relationships
could end and it's not a good day for social activities. March
5, Venus enters Taurus, one of its ruling signs. Great for Earth
signs and Taurus is about love, possessions and luxury. March
5, Mercury conjuncts Uranus, bringing unexpected news, nervousness
and rash thinking if you are not careful. See above.
March's Full Moon occurs March 8, at 4:39 AM/EST at 18 degrees
of Virgo. Virgo is critical and detail oriented. It is the natural
ruler of the sixth house of work and health, and to some extent
we will all be concerned with these areas of life.
Mercury retrogrades March 12, at 3:49 AM/EST. March 14, Venus
conjuncts Jupiter. This is very positive for money matters, social
events, love and acquiring luxury items. Watch over indulgence
of all types or you may have to pay the piper! March 18, Mercury
conjuncts Uranus for the second time. The Sun enters Aries, March
20 at 1;15 AM/EST. Happy astrological new year! We can now begin
the cycle anew. March 21, the Sun conjuncts Mercury, making people
in general more willful. You can only control yourself. March
24, the Sun conjuncts Uranus, which is all about freedom at any
cost. Look for sudden, unexpected events in your personal life
and on the world stage. Separations and arguments can occur,
and events concerning Uranus are often shocking. March 29, Mercury
squares Pluto, and this is obsessive energy. This is a transit
of finding things out and information revealed. It is compulsive
and often negative. Mercury-Pluto transits generally involve
situations related to the media in the world.
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