7.28.21 – Jupiter back in Aquarius, and a burst of energy Mars at 29 degrees

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I wrote about Jupiter retrograding back into Aquarius a few days ago and you can catch up here if you missed it. When Jupiter is retrograde (as we observe its motion from Earth) we tend to look backwards at lost opportunities, or else we are forced to retrace our steps in order to achieve the expansion which Jupiter always urges. We’re certainly seeing this in the world today as the expansion of the Delta variant begins to see a backsliding of the opening up of the world that everyone was hoping for.  And this comes in the midst of the social disruption created by the Saturn/Uranus square: Compression (Saturn) vs Radical Release (Uranus).  This is a good time to look back and reassess any areas that may be holding you back from new opportunities and an expanded future so that when Jupiter turns direct in December you’ll be ready!

The Moon enters Aries today for a fiery burst of energy, both physical and mental.  Mars, the fire planet, is at the critical (aka anaretic) degree (29) of Leo where it can be most potent – like the finale in a fireworks show, at 29 degrees Mars will sometimes burn off any energy it has remaining in a sign before moving on to the next.  This is all happening in Leo, the sign which focuses on personal satisfaction so this will be highlighted until tomorrow when Mars settles down in Virgo. ❤️

by Lynn Hayes

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By |2021-07-28T19:41:00-04:00July 28th, 2021|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

And then there were four: Venus and Jupiter turn retrograde this week

Most of my readers already know this, but planets don’t actually travel backwards.  Astrology observes the motion of the planets from our perspective on earth, and from our perspective they occasionally appear to be moving backwards: we call this retrograde.  

Pluto, planet of darkness and transformation, turned retrograde at the end of April.  Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, turned retrograde on May 11th, 2020.  Venus turned retrograde May 13th and Jupiter May 14th, at which point four planets will be retrograde.  (See this earlier post for more information.)  Anything more than four planets retrograde is significant, and between now and mid-October we will have between four and seven planets retrograde.  That’s a lot of looking backwards!  The world is on pause thanks to the virus, and the heavy retrograde influence suggests that there will be quite a few steps backwards before taking one step forwards.  This is a time of patience and reflection as we re-vision our lives which will look quite different when the pandemic is over.

Jupiter, representing abundance and expansion of all things, 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.  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 our future.  Jupiter will be retrograde until September 2020, and for much of that time it will be traveling in […]

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By |2020-05-13T12:23:56-04:00May 13th, 2020|Planetary cycles|1 Comment

Pluto turns retrograde, beginning a major year of retrograde activity

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Pluto turns retrograde on April 25, 2020.  That in itself is not unusual since Pluto, along with all of the outer planets, spends about half the year in retrograde motion.  What IS unusual is that this year we will have between five and seven planets retrograde for five months.

About retrogrades

Retrogradation occurs because we observe the movement of planets from our perspective on earth and sometimes, because of the varying speeds at which the planets hurtle around the Sun, they appear to move backwards.  When a planet is seen to be retrograde its astrological function alters somewhat.  The affairs of that planet become more personalized, more significant on an individual level.  Most people now are familiar with the phenomenon of Mercury retrograde which occurs for three weeks about four times a year, during which time matters of communication and anything involving messaging are potentially more chaotic and disrupted.

Traditionally, retrograde planets have been considered to be debilitated, or weakened, and there is no doubt that for some individuals a high number of retrograde planets correlates with failures and extreme introversion.  Philosophical astrology often differs from observational astrology, when instead of relying on the philosophies of others we are able to learn how planetary constellations influence humans by observing these behaviors in actual clients. I have had clients with five or six retrograde planets who were successful, but also introspective and who enjoyed a rich interior life of great meaning.

Neil Michelson’s Table of Planetary Phenomena is a handy reference, telling us that zero planets are retrograde about 9% of the time, but five planets retrograde only occurs about 6% of the time and six only 1%.  (These statistics do not include Chiron, but I am including […]

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By |2021-11-28T12:31:35-05:00April 24th, 2020|Planetary cycles|13 Comments

Astrology this week: April 8-15, including Jupiter turning retrograde

Image from Nasa, by Tim Pyle

The planetary influences this week should have a calming influence to soothe jangled nerves.  Last week’s Aries New Moon helped to kickstart new beginnings, and Pluto bumped up against the South Node of the past to trigger an old pattern to emerge in order to be resolved.

This week we have an alignment of Venus with Neptune, opening the heart to a higher dimension of love.  I think of Neptune as the “higher octave” of Venus – where Venus is a personal planet with the gift of love, attraction and a sense for beauty and aesthetics, Neptune is a transformational planet that inspires the heart to open for a more universal compassion and awareness.  Venus also harmonizes with stable Saturn on the 12th, and with Pluto on the 14th.  This will be a harmonious week for our relationships with others, but also for our own integration of affection into our own hearts.

We often think of relationships as being external to ourselves, but in some ways our relationships are simply a mirror of how we feel about ourselves.  The Venus placement in the natal chart describes, among other things, how we relate to others but also our own values and the way in which we view our ability to attract, not only partners but also success and abundance in life.  Venus in transit as it moves through the sky helps us to learn more about softening the hard edges so that we can be more open to the force of attraction that comes from within.  It moves quickly and its influence is fleeting, so we must be aware and respond quickly!

Jupiter turns retrograde at some point each year, and this year it will be […]

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