Venus in Gemini

Planetary news this week: Preparing for the April 20 solar eclipse

Astrological update for the week of April 10-17, 2023

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The solar eclipse on April 20 will kick off eclipse season. Eclipses are often bunched into a series of two or three pairs, but this year the two eclipse pairs operate on their own, without any others in the series. The first of the pair, the New Moon, occurs at 29º 57′ Aries – just three minutes of a degree from being in Taurus rather than Aries. This degree can feel a little “cusp-y” but to me there are no accidents and every symbol has meaning.

The very last degree of a sign, the 29th degree, is called the “critical” or “anoretic” degree and is associated with the endings of cycles and new beginnings.  The word “anaretic” derives from “anareta,” which in medieval astrology signified the planet of death in the natal horoscope.  This is likely what has given the 29th degree such a bad rap in traditional astrology, although endings are actually the harbinger of new beginnings and not to be feared.

I love the symbology of the endings of the 29th degree combined with the New Moon.  There is a sense of sweeping away of the old and a fresh new beginning, especially with the Moon eclipsing the Sun, stripping away any artifice of conscious awareness and bringing us face to face with the raw truth of our needs and desires as described by Aries. In this moment which is rich with  the power of Mars, we can begin to let go of some of our willfulness as patterns are completed and the Moon slips gently into Taurus just 20 minutes after the eclipse, forming a square aspect to transformational Pluto. We are in new […]

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By |2023-04-10T10:42:42-04:00April 10th, 2023|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

5.28.21 – Easier communication and flow with Mercury in Gemini conjunct Venus

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Yesterday’s Venus/Neptune aspect opened the doorways to creativity and imagination, and then today we have Mercury conjunct Venus to lubricate greater flow in our interactions with others.  Mercury, in its own sign of Gemini where we are chattier, more curious, and more open minded, is the perfect match for Venus in Gemini which seeks connection through communication.  Under this influence which peaks on Saturday morning EDT compromise and adaptation comes more easily and it’s easier to understand the viewpoints of others.

Mercury is stationary in the sky right now as it prepares to turn retrograde, and you may already have noticed some Mercury retrograde effects:  Communication confusion, equipment malfunction, lost orders… this conjunction from Mercury to Venus will ease some of that for a day or so but it’s a good idea to be prepared for Mercury retrograde by taking special care with anything having to do with information or communication in an attempt to avoid snafus!  And then expect that they will happen anyway. 😃  But meanwhile, the Capricorn Moon helps to stabilize and offers support for planning and defining goals and ideals in preparation for the upcoming Mercury Rx review period.

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By |2021-05-28T07:38:18-04:00May 28th, 2021|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Weekend update: May 8, 2021 – Do something beautiful 🌹

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This weekend Venus takes center stage, squaring Jupiter Saturday morning EDT/early afternoon GMT, and moving from Taurus into Gemini later on Saturday.  Venus is well known for her guise as goddess of love and beauty, but she also has deeper meanings.  She is associated with our values, including our self-esteem and how deeply we value our own selves, and therefore is important for increasing abundance which is directly tied to self-worth (both are associated with the astrological second house).

The square from Venus to Jupiter on Saturday can suggest too much of a good thing: Venus is still in Taurus where we love to indulge in delicious foods and other pleasures, and Jupiter always acts as a force to expand and grow.  The natural inclination under this influence is to become maybe a bit too comfortable and over-optimistic, but the energies will wane throughout the day and end when Venus enters Gemini 10 pm EDT on Saturday and moves out of the alignment (2 am Sunday morning GMT).

Venus moving from its own sign of Taurus into Gemini shifts the focus from comfort and security (Taurus) to experimentation and curiosity.  Communication and the sharing of information becomes more important in all of our interactions with others, and there is a greater hunger for experiences which teach us ultimately more about ourselves.  This may involve some short distance travel which is ruled by Gemini, and with Mercury already in Gemini, one of its rulership signs, the Gemini influence will continue to intensify, especially with the Sun entering Gemini in a couple of weeks.

Venus will be in Gemini until June 2, 2021.

The planets are quiet on Sunday, with only lunar alignments to shape the […]

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By |2021-05-08T08:53:06-04:00May 8th, 2021|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

This New Moon in Cancer, June 2014

Cancer New Moon 2014The New Moon in Cancer takes place at 4:08 am on June 27th – the beginning of a new lunar cycle that takes us into a journey of exploration into the ways in which we connect with the people around us.

The sign Cancer brings us in touch with our family roots, but “family” can be defined in many different ways.  Most narrowly, “family” is defined as a group of related individuals living in a household together.  But family is widely defined as “a group of people sharing a common ancestor” – the family of humanity.  So the concern now is yes – our loved ones and those with whom we share a familial bond.  But also connections to our community, our cultural group, our spiritual family – all of these are important under the Cancer New Moon which seeks comfort and security through emotional connections with others.

The balance of nurturing and being cared for oneself is important under the Cancerian influence.  I have long thought of Ceres as being a “higher octave” planet of the Moon – where the Moon provides solace and comfort for the personality and the body, Ceres provides nourishment for our incarnation and relationship to the Earth herself.

Because of the emotionality of Cancer, relationships are crucial to the Cancerian New Moon.  Venus (relating, affection) has just moved into Gemini on the 23rd, and for the next few weeks communication will be the key to unlocking our interpersonal relationships.  It may be that new people will come into our life and introduce new energies and relationship.

Mars (aggression) is opposite Uranus (radical behavior) right now, and this  aspect is embedded in the chart for the New Moon in Cancer. The […]

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Venus retrogrades May 16th

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In a summer with lots of astrological news (most notably the upcoming square of Uranus and Pluto), we normally wouldn’t pay much attention to the planet Venus which as one of the more benign planets generally has rather a soft astrological effect. In addition, because it moves so quickly even these soft effects last no longer than a day or so.

However, every 18 months or so Venus turns retrograde and forces us to sit up and take notice to our connections with others, our style of relating, and the ways in which our relationships enrich or destroy our lives. When a planet turns retrograde it appears to move backwards from our perspective, but astrologically it retraces earlier steps and turns our attention back to the past. When Venus is retrograde we may find ourselves thinking of past loves, or hearing from an old friend. We may decide that our relationship patterns are no longer working for us and make changes.

Venus also deals with matters of beauty and aesthetics so we may decide to change our look under this influence. Our values and ability to attract prosperity also falls under the domain of Venus, so Venus retrograde periods (like other retrogrades) often indicate a shift in the financial markets.

Venus is in Gemini right now, and with Gemini highlighting communication and learning this is likely to be a retrograde period full of conversation and the desire to share our experiences and understanding with others. This is a great time for writers and anyone in the field of communication – our plans may not unfold according […]

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