Astrological Musings

Planetary news this week: the Venus/Mars dance October 2017

Venus and Mars begin a new cycle in Virgo in October, symbolizing the eternal dance between feminine and masculine, receptive and assertive, light and dark, negative and positive, yin and yang.

These polarities are interdependent – neither can exist without the other – and they are equal in value.  At times various cultures may ascribe more value to one quality or another (for example, matriarchal cultures may value the peace-seeking qualities of Venus where warrior cultures will value the aggressive energy of Mars), but in their purest form they are equal and balanced.

Finding balance between two polarities is an important part of the astrological symbolism – the twelve zodiac signs consist of six pairs of opposites and each pair requires the other to balance and integrate.  The same is true of Venus and Mars.  Venus is receptive – it represents the force of magnetic attraction.  Under the influence of Venus we attract lovers, money, and other good things, and we learn how to increase that power of attraction by the way in which we interact with the people and things around us.  Mars, however, goes after what it wants.  Mars is the principle of action and motivation, and when the principle of action is thwarted frustration results so Mars also traffics in anger and rage.

In relationships, Venus makes sacrifices for the sake of peace and harmony where Mars seeks personal gratification and the meeting of one’s own needs.  Both are equally important although we sometimes tend to value one over the other.

The conjunction, the meeting of the two planets, is the beginning of a new Venus/Mars cycle.  Like a New Moon, new planetary cycles offer a fresh beginning.  This is an opportunity to find new balance in our relationships – to learn how to ask for what we need if we lean more towards the Venusian side, and to learn to compromise and empathize if we are more Martian in nature.

The current Venus/Mars cycle that begins this week will last through the next conjunction in August 2019.  During that time Venus will retrograde (appear to move backwards) between October 4, 2018 and November 16, 2018, offering an opportunity for a re-do in areas where our efforts to achieve balance have been less successful.

Mars and Venus are often expressed in our relationships with others, but they also are important in our relationship to ourselves.  Just as we strive to balance Mars and Venus in our outer lives, we need also to find that balance within as well.

 

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By | 2017-10-02T08:48:25+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|3 Comments

Jupiter in Scorpio: Expansion of Truth and Mystery

Jupiter – the King of the Gods, the largest planet in our solar system.  Everything about it is bigger than life.  In our natal astrological charts, Jupiter shows where we find meaning in life, the kind of belief systems we formulate, and the pathways that will give us the abundance and opportunities to keep expanding. Known traditionally as the “greater benefic,” Jupiter’s influence is generally favorable and offers us confidence and optimism and a desire for growth and expansion.

(Astrology geeks: details of planetary movements can be found at the bottom of the page)  Jupiter also represents the search for truth – our own personal truth.  The truth that makes sense to us, our theology, and when we find others that share that truth, our religion.  Our philosophy of life.  In the process of finding this truth we seek to expand the limits of our knowledge through higher education, discovery of other cultures and foreign countries, and the higher knowledge that expands our inner consciousness.

The astrological sign of Scorpio represents Truth with a capital “T” – the Truth that is gritty and real and supersedes our own ideas of what is true.  Jupiter stays in a sign for about a year and has been in the sign of Libra since the fall of 2016 where it expanded cultural ideas of beauty and relationships.  Jupiter will enter the deep water sign of Scorpio on October 10th 2017 and will remain there through November 8th 2018.

Scorpio is also associated with sexuality, emotional intensity, passions of all kinds, as well as the energetic undercurrents that reveal the secrets behind the areas of our lives that we usually keep hidden.  Brutal honesty and direct confrontation are highlighted when dealing with the Scorpio influence – anything superficial or artificial is quickly penetrated with the Scorpionic laser eye for the Truth.

While Jupiter passes through Scorpio, our attention will be drawn into the mysteries of the unknown, the realm of Scorpio, as Jupiter inspires us to expand our knowledge (Jupiter) of the secrets that lead us towards the ultimate Truth.  Psychological discoveries, occult secrets, ancient mysteries and lost civilizations, issues of sex and death – all of these things will emerge into the light of day to encourage greater understanding.

While Jupiter is in Scorpio it will harmonize with its natural ally Neptune, facilitating the flow of consciousness expansion and increased awareness, and with Pluto, Scorpio’s modern ruler.  Pluto helps to guide us into the Underworld where the great treasures can be found – not only the treasures of the psyche and the magic of the great philosophical mysteries, but also the very keys to unlocking the mystery of Self Knowledge.  These influences will be especially strong in April-May 2018 and August-September 2018.

How to get the most out of the passage of Jupiter through Scorpio:

  • The gates to the underworld of the psyche are easier to access when Jupiter moves through Scorpio, making this the perfect time for psychotherapy or deep soul work.
  • Superficial relationships will be challenged and may fall away under this influence which requires nothing less than Truth in all things.
  • Recording your dreams and inner thoughts in a journal or some other form of record will help you to access the deep subconscious to facilitate greater awareness.
  • As your inner power is activated you will become aware of fears and anxieties that will need to be healed before you are able to fully emerge in your own Truth.

Geeky astrological details: Jupiter will trine Neptune on December 2, 2017, May 25, 2018 and August 8, 2018 and will sextile Pluto on January 1, 2018, April 2018 and September 2018.   Thanks to Martin Bulgerin for his helpful Big Aspects site.

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By | 2017-10-02T08:50:52+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|11 Comments

Planetary news this week!

Dear friends, I am hoping to get back on a more or less regular writing schedule and as always appreciate your patience.  I’m also going to try something new, which is to keep the planetary information simple but include the astrological details at the bottom of the post.  I hope that this will help those of you new to astrology, which is most of my readership, while still giving the experts the information they need.

On to today’s news!   First of all, Pluto is shining a laser beam right now that will continue throughout the months of September and October.  Pluto is the Lord of the Underworld of the Psyche, and when its influence is powerful as it is right now there is a tendency for the dark underbelly of the collective psyche to be revealed.

If like me Pluto is activating your personal chart, you are likely to experience a higher level of intensity and confrontation than usual as Pluto works to strip away our false selves to reveal the Truth that lies beneath over the next few months.

The other big piece of astrological news is the deconstruction and pressure for radical change that is the dance between Jupiter and Uranus.  Both of these planets seek change and liberation, but in this cycle they are in a challenging aspect to each other which can be somewhat destabilizing as part of us yearns for change, yet change is occurring in a manner that is unexpected and perhaps undesired.

Under this influence change can be uncomfortable for many of us.  It’s not unusual to be unhappy with an aspect of our lives yet be unwilling or afraid to create the upheaval required to make a change.  A planetary aspect like this can motivate and inspire us to let go a little bit and let that magic happen!


Geeky astrological details: Pluto turns  direct on September 28th and is stationary throughout September and October. The opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries which began in December 2016 and went through its second phase in March also culminates on September 28th. 

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By | 2017-09-26T11:40:34+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Planetary cycles|7 Comments

A very wicked Mercury Retrograde! And “Mercury Max”

Am I the only one who has had a miserable time over the past three weeks?  I’m usually pretty good at navigating through Mercury retrograde periods, but this one really did wreak havoc in many areas of my life.  I can’t count the number of appointments that I either didn’t enter into the calendar or put in the wrong place.  Confusion in communication was rampant, including changing my mind and redoing certain things over and over.

All of this was made worse by the fact that Mercury (communication) aligned with Mars (passion and anger) at the eclipse degree, at the end of August.  Any issues that came up at the time of eclipse continued to erupt at that time.

Richard Nolle is a brilliant astrologer who first coined the term “Supermoon” for a lunation (Full or New Moon) that is closest to the earth.  Another one of his ideas is that of “Mercury Max” – the period of greatest elongation between Mercury and the Sun.  According to Richard, the Mercury Max period ”

begins when evening star Mercury reaches its maximum elongation (greatest distance) east of the Sun; extends through the Mercury retrograde and the inferior Sun-Mercury conjunction, and ends when the little planet as morning star reaches its maximum elongation west of the Sun.

If like me this technical language is difficult to comprehend, the important thing to note is that these cycles occur four times a year in concert with the Mercury retrograde cycles.  The current Mercury Max cycle according to Richard began on July 30th and continued all the way through August, ending around September 12th. Richard has always said that these Mercury Max periods coincide with Coronal Mass Ejections and solar storms (we had a very strong one on September 7-9th), earthquakes of major magnitude (note the one in Mexico that measured 8.1 on the Richter scale) and the four major hurricanes of the past couple of weeks:  Harvey which devastated Texas, Irma which currently threatens Florida, Jose and Katia.

As above, so below – when there is this much chaotic energy in the atmosphere it is bound to affect us, especially those of us who are more sensitive to energy.  Just as we need to find shelter in a protected area during a tornado, in times of chaotic energy storms it’s critical to find a place of strength and grounding inside of our own selves.

I did survive my Mercury Retrograde chaos, and the storms were mostly just minor ones.  I hope that all of my beloved readers are safe despite the storms that challenge our world today.

 

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By | 2017-09-10T09:17:04+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Astrology in my world|12 Comments

Musings on the Great American Eclipse

for an article about the astrology of the eclipse, follow this link.

This week like so many others Rich and I took a trip (with our NASA authorized glasses) to a location in South Carolina where the path of the eclipse would exhibit maximum totality.  The most incredible part of the eclipse experience was witnessing the explosion of light after the shadow of the Moon covered the Sun.  As an astrologer I tend to focus more on the inner landscape of planetary events and less on the astronomical, but it was still a miracle to witness such an amazing display of nature’s majesty.

One thing I don’t like about my job is that other’s people fears create business opportunities.  The hype around the effect of this eclipse was so immense that I had clients calling me afraid to travel during the eclipse.  One was afraid to start a new job.  One thought her marriage would end.  One thought she would probably die because the eclipse was on her ascendant, but our reading actually occurred when the lunar eclipse was on her Pluto!  And of course she was just fine.

To be fair, most of the doomsayers were religious fanatics rather than astrologers, and in the midst of my first total eclipse I understood why ancient humans were so afraid of eclipses.  The world suddenly goes dark as the Moon eats the Sun, birds and insects go quiet, and the light fades in a particularly eerie fashion as darkness drains the color from the world and replaces it with blackness.

Eclipses are important astrologically because they occur when the lunar nodes are conjunct (aligned with) the Sun and Moon.  Because the lunar nodes symbolize our destiny, from the past at the south node to the future at the north node, eclipses do tend to illuminate a doorway or portal into our future.  They can be magnificent times when the heart opens and the false ego falls away.  They can be times of awakening, when a great realization can occur that changes our lives forever.

What they don’t tend to do is cause the world to end.

This particular eclipse fell right on the ascendant (the persona) in the chart of Donald J. Trump, and very near his Mars (the warrior).  It’s that Mars/ascendant combination that gives him the forceful personality for which he is known.  During the week leading up to the eclipse there were indeed a number of events that strongly affected his presidency and likely changes his fate:  the disaster in Charlottesville, the resignation/firing of Steve Bannon.  But Trump has had a lot of bad weeks before – a Google search for “Donald Trump’s bad week” turned up quite a few such weeks.  But this past was the worst yet.  In fact, CNN has ranked six of Trump’s bad weeks and details why this past week before the eclipse was the worst one yet.

The effect of a solar eclipse tends to begin about a week before the event and begins to wane for a week after the event.

I’d love to hear your experiences of the eclipse!  Please share them in the comments.

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By | 2017-08-23T07:04:26+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Events|10 Comments
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