The meaning of Mercury in Virgo, August 11-August 30, 2021

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Mercury is the fastest moving of the planets, and as the messenger god in Roman mythology he was the only one of all of the gods that was allowed into the Underworld, the domain of Pluto.  This is a lovely symbol for the way in which our mental understanding (Mercury) helps to facilitate our personal transformation through our experiences and provides us with a way to process the events in our life in a way that enhances our personal growth.  As Mercury travels through the signs it sheds new light on ways in which we can process events and feelings – all of the data that we encounter each day is converted through the mind into nutrition for the soul, just as the food we eat is converted into nutrition for the body.  And just like the food we eat, this nutrition can be either delicious and useful or seem to taste good and then make us feel bad.

Mercury leaves enthusiastic Leo today for more serious Virgo – one of the signs which it rules.  Mercury is at home in Virgo where this data processing of our experiences can be done efficiently and with purpose.  The element of air is concerned with matters of communication so Mercury is technically an air planet, but it is quite at home in this earth sign where a practical application of our ideas can be put to good use as we sort through puzzle of ideas and mental data which flow through the mind constantly, and assemble it into a cohesive picture in the pursuit of perfection.

We can use this time while Mercury is in Virgo to get organized and to learn or study as it may be easier […]

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By |2021-08-11T07:39:44-04:00August 11th, 2021|Mercury, Planetary news this week|3 Comments

2021 reader survey, and how I am changing things

Thanks to everyone who filled out the reader survey! Over 655 people responded which gave me a pretty good sense of what my readers are looking for and that inspired me to make a few changes.  I made a little video about how things are changing which I’ll post below.  Here’s the short version:

  • The monthly Planetary Illuminations report will remain exactly the same.
  • I’ll be posting a weekly forecast on Sunday afternoons – not a video, but a written forecast with a general overview and the daily details.
  • The daily forecast will be much shorter, with art of course!
  • I hope to do more old-fashioned blogging – posting about things I’m interested in, profiles of people in the news, and more in-depth articles about the bigger planetary cycles.
  • There will be some videos but I’m still working out what exactly will inspire me.

Thanks again for your input, and I hope you will enjoy these changes. ❤️

 

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By |2021-07-31T06:43:21-04:00July 31st, 2021|Blogging|0 Comments

7.15.21 – Chiron stations retrograde and we learn to let go

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Chiron’s orbit tells an interesting story – most of the time this little planetoid with comet-like properties sandwiches itself between the last of the personal planets, Saturn, and the first of the transpersonal planets, Uranus.  This is significant because in facilitating the healing of psycho-emotional and spiritual wounds that keep us stuck, it assists in the process of transformation. Most of us have developed good coping strategies to deal with any lingering emotional pain, but under Chiron’s tutelage we have to face these areas of trauma and ultimately release them.  This isn’t comfortable, but it is exhilarating as we let go of all that stuck energy!

Today Chiron turns retrograde – not an unusual event since Chiron, like the outer planets, is retrograde approximately half the year.  When Chiron is retrograde its influence is more personal – it’s like having a teacher move into your home.  The process of evolution can be accelerated if your personal chart is being activated by Chiron (any planets between 10-20 degrees of the cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn are affected right now by Chiron).  The key to getting the most out of Chiron events is to learn to relax around the heart, feel the energy of emotion, and leave the story behind. ❤️

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By |2021-07-15T07:46:02-04:00July 15th, 2021|Chiron, Planetary news this week|0 Comments

6.17.21 – The meaning of stationary Jupiter

Other than the big loud square from Saturn to Uranus that we’ve all been talking about – the one that is making it difficult to find our footing (Saturn) as we face the hard facts of change (Uranus) – the planets are relatively quiet this week. We have a Virgo Moon today making gentle aspects and not causing too much trouble, and an awkward quincunx from the Sun (Self) to Pluto (intense transformation) that could evoke a sense of needing to find an answer that never arrives.

Meanwhile, big happy Jupiter is making a station in the sky as it prepares to turn retrograde on Sunday June 20th.  Jupiter turns retrograde every year or so and when it does it encourages us to look back over our dreams and wishes for success and abundance in our lives and re-evaluate whether they are really in harmony with our soul’s purpose.  As with any retrograde period, sometimes it feels as though we aren’t able to move forward as quickly as we would like and Mercury is retrograde too, of course.  But these periods of looking back are a crucial part of our personal growth and help us to fine tune our goals and our vision for how we want our life to become. ❤️


 

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By |2021-06-16T19:22:32-04:00June 17th, 2021|Jupiter, Planetary news this week|2 Comments

Aries, Mars and Pluto – what is the connection?

Art by Evolvana on Deviant Art

With the Moon now in Aries, ruled by Mars (planet of aggression and assertiveness), and with Mars about to oppose Pluto, the Lord of the Divine Will, the next few days could bring a great deal of Mars-y energy to the forefront of our consciousness.  Mars is all about expressing and asserting our Will; under its influence we may feel more impulsive and more easily irritated.  When Mars is opposite Pluto in the sky, all of that energy of desire and need may be thwarted in some way, either from outside of us or from inside.  We may need to face some difficult truths, or perhaps give up on a dream or ideal.  Pluto in many ways represents the power of Fate, or what I like to call the Will of the higher self – the divine voice from the soul that guides us past our personal desires towards greater understanding and ultimate fulfillment.

With all of these energies swirling about, I thought it would be a good time to explore the idea of Pluto as modern ruler of Aries.

Each of the signs are traditionally ruled by a planet – beginning with the closest body to Earth, the Moon, ruling Cancer at the Summer Solstice and the next one, the Sun, ruling Leo, the other planetary bodies rule the succeeding signs.  So Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, Venus rules Taurus and Libra, Mars rules Aries and Scorpio, Jupiter rules Pisces and Sagittarius, and Saturn, the furthest from Earth, rules Aquarius and Capricorn at the Winter Solstice.  Planets in the signs which they rule are said to be happiest and most effective in those signs.

But then we have outer planets and […]

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By |2021-06-04T16:11:16-04:00June 4th, 2021|Planetary news this week, Pluto|4 Comments
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