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April 2017 Astrology & Retrograde Planets

 

 

“Understanding and accepting the decisions you have made, good or bad, will make you bolder. Reflection helps punctuate your past and indent your future.” ― Farshad Asl, The “No Excuses” Mindset: A Life of Purpose, Passion, and Clarity

 

Retrograde planets are about taking time for reflection, checking systems and processes and revising, rethinking, redoing and clearing out the cob webs in your life.  The more you straighten, tidy and set things right, the more you can productively move forward when the planets resume direct motion.

 

 

 

 

The month of April is noteworthy for its many retrograde planets:

Jupiter has been retrograde since February 7 in Libra,
Saturn turns retrograde on April 7 at 27 degrees Sagittarius,
Mercury turns retrograde on April 10 at 4 degrees Taurus,
Pluto turns retrograde on April 21 at 19 degrees Capricorn,

and finally, Venus turns direct on April 16 at 26 degrees Pisces.

Venus Retrograde

I have to confess that the fallout from Venus retrograde has caught up with me. As I wrote last month’s newsletter, I was thinking, “gee, I’m am so glad that I don’t have any relationship problems. I am not involved in a romantic relationship and the relationship with all of my friends is going well.” Not so fast. Right after I posted the newsletter, problems surfaced with one of my friends. Never fear, when the planets are involved, issues that need attention will surface one way or another.

Venus is still retrograde as April begins. On April 3 Venus retrograde moves from Aries back into Pisces. The Venusian emphasis is now on spiritual matters, creativity, dreams, daydreams and psychic feedback. Venus is exalted in Pisces so its retrograde motion is easier to deal with here. Venus was not comfortable during its journey into Aries.

Venus retrograde advises us to attend to our security and survival needs, money matters, comfort level, and to all relationship matters.

On April 14 retrograde Venus conjuncts Chiron just before it resumes forward motion on the 15th. Venus conjunct Chiron brings healing energy to those matters that have been stressed by Venus retrograde. I love how it just touches Chiron before it moves forward. It is as though it is scooping up the healing energy before it once again moves forward into Aries. This is especially good energy for healing relationship and money issues.

Saturn Retrograde

Saturn turns retrograde on April 7 at 27 degrees Sagittarius. Saturn will continue its retrograde motion until August 25, 2017, when it will resume forward motion at 21 degrees Sagittarius. Saturn is the great task master and is superb at showing us our limitations (and where we are limiting ourselves) and pointing out where we need to work harder and/or smarter. Saturn in Sagittarius affects matters having to do with foreign travel, lawsuits, higher education, philosophy and religion. Truth and the lack of truth will continue to make the headlines. Saturn retrograde is an excellent time to simplify, streamline and revamp any business or employment processes that have become redundant or inefficient.

If you are attending college, this would be a great time to reassess your course load and to re-evaluate your chosen major. Are you still on the right path with your educational goals? If you have been considering starting college or taking a specialized course of study, this is a good time to make plans toward those goals.

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury turns retrograde on April 10 at 4 degrees Taurus. It will turn direct on May 4 at 24 degrees Aries. As always, be sure to back up your computer and make sure your virus scanning software is up-to-date and working properly. When communicating with others, it is always a good idea to repeat any directions or meeting schedules. Garbled messages and miscommunication is a common result of Mercury retrograde.

Venus in Pisces stations direct on April 15. I love the timing on this one. It’s a cosmic joke! Venus rules our money and resources so it is quite fitting that it would turn direct on tax day in the United States. If you haven’t already filed your tax return by the April 18th due date, take another look at it before you file it. You may find extra deductions that you didn’t previously notice.

Pluto Retrograde

Pluto stations retrograde on April 21 at 19 degrees Capricorn. Pluto in Capricorn is highly symbolic of much of the “interesting” government and business news that is so prevalent these days. As Pluto moves retrograde, look for new secrets and revelations come to light. By the time Pluto turns direct on September 28, we might have an entirely new view of business and government. Pluto acts slowly even when direct, so I don’t expect a significant increase in daily drama (thank goodness). However, the overall effect could be significant.

In your personal life, Pluto retrograde is a fantastic time to look at old karmic conditions and to do the deep healing work that is required. A courageous foray into resolving issues from the past that have been holding you back can bring impressive results in freeing yourself from old hangups and issues.

Venus Retrograde & March 2017 Astrology

 
It’s all about Venus retrograde – time to evaluate your relationship with yourself, your friends, your lovers and even your pets.

 

 

 

“Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.”  Richard Bach

 

 

 

 

We continue to strongly feel the effects of the February 26 eclipse throughout the first week of March as the eclipse degree and then the ongoing Uranus/Jupiter opposition were triggered by transiting planets.

On March 4, Mars in Aries is exactly trine Saturn in Sagittarius.  I sense a lot of anger and a feeling of (almost) desperation in the air, which made it quite scary out on the highway.  Thank goodness, that energy will soon be easing.

When Venus turns stationary retrograde at 13 degrees Aries on March 4, relationship dynamics of all kinds take center stage.  When a planet retrogrades it is time to re-evaluate, rework, revise and redo.

Venus, the planet of relationships, love, beauty, net worth, self worth and value shines a laser beam on those matters until April 15 when she turns direct.

Venus retrograde is only a small part of the Venus energy of the next month.  A new eight-year Venus cycle has started, so it is an opportune time to work with the Venusian archetype.  Relationship issues that took center stage eight years ago and also around the end of January 2017 will be up for resolution all year.

Retrograde Venus is best used by re-examining old relationship issues with the purpose of learning and then letting go of those issues.  Quite often someone from the past will show up during a Venus retrograde period.  They show up to help you process the relationship so you can either redouble your efforts to make it work or, if appropriate, to let it go with blessings.

Retrograde Venus can bring a new relationship or repair a damaged relationship. I have posted an article on how to optimize the effects of Venus retrograde.

Another Venus turning point happens on March 25, when the Sun and Venus are conjunct.  Venus will disappear from the night sky for around 10 days and will reappear as a morning star.  In fact, during March those living in the Northern Hemisphere may be able to see Venus as both a morning and evening star.  A fascinating geometrical story about Venus’ dual role as an evening and morning star is that it forms an eight-sided star in the sky during its 18-month cycle (more of the astronomy of can be found at Earthsky.org).

The full Moon in Virgo square Saturn on March 12 will amp up your discernment powers to aid you in evaluating your relationships.  This configuration allows you to view all relationship matters in the cold lens of reality.  This is also an excellent time to make business and/or employment plans and to weed out those things that are not productive and/or profitable.

The spring equinox on March 20 at zero degrees Aries is like an astrological new year’s celebration.  It is absolutely the best time to set your intentions for the new astrological year.  The Sun at zero degrees Aries delivers a shot of energy and an intuitive feeling that it is time to reawaken from the long winter.  You are revitalized and reenergized.  Think big, set your intentions and act decisively!

Just for Fun:

You meet someone and you’re sure you were lovers in a past life. After two weeks with them, you realize why you haven’t kept in touch for the last two thousand years.  Al Cleathen

It’s best to keep a good sense of humor when it comes to relationship issues!  Enjoy your month.

ASTROLOGY TRANSITS FEBRUARY 2017

 

 

 

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

Deepak Chopra

 

 

 

 

 

I, like many of my friends and clients, have been going through a period of optimism, severely tempered by a feeling of pessimism and impending doom.  We are feeling extra angry and agitated and those around us are also frustrated and more prone to antagonistic and caustic words.  The planetary picture in the sky sheds light on this phenomenon.

There is an over abundance of Mars/Aries energy during the month of February.  The month opens with Mars, Moon, Uranus and Eris all in the sign of Aries.  Be especially careful around machinery and fires this month and think before you act.  This is a very impulsive, rash energy that can make you more accident prone.

Venus will move into Aries on February 3, where she forms an ongoing conjunction to Mars until the middle of the month.  Venus at zero degrees Aries also starts a very important, eight-year cycle.  As it transits around the zodiac from that starting point it will form an eight pointed star in the sky as it alternates between being a morning star and an evening star.  Venus at zero degrees Aries means Change with a capital C. It is beneficial for resetting our values and all things that relate to money or finances.

Venus conjunct Mars highlights all of the things we want but can’t have (at least right in this moment) bringing on feelings of frustration and anger.  Our value system (Venus) is threatened (Mars) causing the feelings of angst and annoyance.

Looking further at the February 2017 astrology chart we see that:

  • Uranus, the wild card planet of change, is conjunct Eris, the planet of discord,
  • Uranus and Eris are in opposition to Jupiter, the planet that doesn’t always know when in stop.  Jupiter is actually egging on the volatile Aries energy.
  • Uranus and Eris are square Pluto, the planet of control. Everyone wants to be the boss. The more we (or others) try to be in control (Pluto) the more each party pushes their agenda and the angrier everyone gets.
  • Uranus and Eris are trine Saturn, which is a very good thing. Saturn is the cool, authoritative voice that steps in and says, “that’s enough now boys/girls, time to break it up and get back to work.”  Instead of fighting go do something useful.”

Saturn’s words can be very useful in coping with this overheated energy.  Whenever you feel agitated, angry or discombobulated, find another outlet such as physical exercise (Mars) or hard work (Saturn) to release the pent up steam.

The full Moon lunar eclipse of February 10 at 22 degrees of Leo/Aquarius will fall on these volatile points.  A lunar eclipse is an excellent time to take a look at what is outdated and no longer serving you.  It is a time of release and an excellent time to prepare for the new energy that the February 26 solar eclipse will bring.  See my Leo Moon eclipse article.

Valentine’s Day on February 14 finds the emotional Moon in the partnership sign of Libra opposing Mars and Venus.  This could be a very passionate and exciting day for you so long as you stop any disagreements quickly without holding a grudge.  Passionate energy can sometimes masquerade as anger and vice versa.

Finally, on February 26, we have a new Moon solar eclipse at 8 degrees Pisces.  The volatile energy that  has been present all month will continue.  This active, masculine energy is an opportune time to start new projects, move projects forward, and to revive old projects that have become dormant.

Though things are certainly still super charged, I am optimistic about the overall planetary picture.  I love that the gentle, compassionate Piscean archetype is prominent at the time of the eclipse.  Not only are the Sun and Moon in Pisces, but also Mercury, the South Node, Neptune and Chiron.  Gentle exercise such as yoga or qigong, meditation or long walks near water will be very healing for you.  Pay attention to your daydreams, dreams, intuition and flashes of insight at this time.

It truly is a wonderful time to:  “Keep the stillness inside of you in the midst of movement and chaos.”  You will be happy and surprised by the remarkable insights that can surface at this time!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

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January 2017 Astrology Transits

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May you live  in interesting times. – Chinese proverb.

 

The true meaning of the quote “May you live in interesting times” will be clear in year 2017 when numerous opportunities will present themselves along with uncertainty and possible chaotic manifestations.  Year 2017 promises to be a year of intense geocosmic activity bringing startling and unexpected breakthroughs, advancement and progress counterbalanced by upsets, chaos and explosive actions and outcomes.  The year opens with a dynamic opposition between Jupiter and Uranus.  Uranus, the wild-card planet, has just turned direct in Aries. These two planets will be in contact with each other at varying levels of intensity until fall of 2017, when they finally begin to lose contact with each other. In 2017 we are combining the planet of expansion (Jupiter) in Libra with the planet of sudden change and revolution (Uranus) in the sign of Aries (ruled by Mars) with the planet of transformation (Pluto) in Capricorn; look for:

  • A lot of business startups.
  • Lots of movement in the job market. Old jobs will fall away to make room for new opportunities.
  • Scientific and technological breakthroughs on an unprecedented level.
  • Fires, lightning strikes, earthquakes, unusual weather and explosions in the news.
  • Wide ranging political skirmishes and social upheavals with unknown outcomes.
  • A spirit of revolution everywhere you look.

We can also expect to see:

  • Groundbreaking new ideas.
  • Renewed hope for a better future despite the disquieting elements.
  • Polarization or struggling to find common ground between your beliefs and the beliefs of your friends and loved ones.
  • Reinvention in all of its many guises and faces and on both a personal and cosmic level.
  • Focus upon liberty, freedom and independence and, hopefully, finding your voice to speak up when necessary.
  • Renewed visions for the universe, our planets and for ourselves.
  • Radical or sudden changes in how you view the world.
  • Brilliant, innovative new ideas unexpectedly popping up to solve old problems.

While these energies will be with us through most of the year, we will feel them most strongly through January 12.  We then have a partial resting period before they strongly resurface from February 22 to April 21.

While the Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto manifestations are taking place we are also experiencing a helpful trine from Saturn in Sagittarius to Chiron in Pisces. Saturn trine Chiron can be consciously used to bring healing and a higher vibration to the planet.  Saturn warns us to stop and think before acting.  Though Saturn gets a bad rap in many astrology circles, it can bring a much needed “cool down” and “think” energy to the overheated configurations just discussed.  Chiron urges us to not keep repeating old detrimental ways of being and thinking. Chiron in Pisces reminds us to consider whether we, as an individual, are hurting or helping the planet, ourselves and our fellow sojourners here on planet earth.

In tune with the “change” theme of 2017 we will experience four eclipses in 2017. The first eclipse will be a lunar eclipse on February 10 at 22 degrees Leo/Aquarius, a solar eclipse on February 26 at 8 degrees Pisces, a lunar eclipse on August 7 at 15 degrees Aquarius/Leo and (drum roll please!) a total solar eclipse on August 21 at 28 degrees Leo. The August 21 total solar eclipse will be visible in most of the continental United Sates.  It will fall on the Moon of the US natal chart.  It will also fall on president-elect Trump’s Mars/Ascendant and will be square his midheaven.

If the current forecast sounds scary or just too disruptive, take comfort in the fact that we are experiencing a necessary part of a long-term cycle of change.  This period of unknowing and disruption is part of a greater Saturn/Uranus/Pluto transit configuration that is ushering in a whole new paradigm that we will start to see in 2020.  Disruption is usually necessary to foster change.  Above all, remember that this is a year when you can see fabulous breakthroughs in your work and personal life.  It is a year to be fearless and pioneering. Pay off your debts so you are free to seize opportunities quickly when they arise.  Most importantly, learn to go with the flow, see life as an adventure and know that year 2017 is a break-through year.  If you have had a log jam in your life where nothing has been happening, year 2017 can dramatically change that pattern.

Enjoy the ride and have a wonderful New Year!

P.S.  Thank you to everyone who reads my newsletters, likes my posts, calls me for astrology readings or in any way interacts with me.  I appreciate each of you. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question about anything you don’t understand.