Planetary retrogrades. What are they? Mercury retrograde has become quite the buzzword for astrology enthusiasts, and quite the terror for those who play into the fear that has developed around it. The concept of retrograde, meaning the planet appears to be going backwards, is exactly as it APPEARS. Planets don’t go backwards except for Venus and that is another topic for another time.
Retrograde is caused by the orbit of the Earth revolving around the Sun, going faster in relationship to the other planets going slower around the Sun. Thus, giving the appearance that they are going backwards.
Here is the best analogy. Imagine you are on a train going in the same direction as another train on a parallel track. Your train is going faster. As you look out the window at the other train, it appears as if it is going backwards. It is an illusion.
Planetary retrograde changes the effect or alters the course of action a particular planet has on us on Earth. The problem is that Mercury retrograde which occurs three times per year, has received so much bad press, people go into panic without being completely or properly informed. Many of you have heard the rhetoric; “you can’t do this and you can’t do that.” This creates a term I coined a few years ago: Astrological Paranoia.
Astrological paranoia activates the Fight/Flight/Freeze mechanism of the subconscious mind, which sets off this gut reaction as soon as retrograde is mentioned. People really believe theycan’t do certain things based on a planet’s retrograde motion. We are not a victim of the other planets. We have to live our lives. There are times when you have to make decisions and not rely on the planets being completely favorable. For those of you who may not know me, I am also a certified clinical hypnotherapist. Our conditioned habits and patterns are engrained deeply into our subconscious mind which does 88% of what we do on a daily basis. The aim is to be more conscious of our choices and set intentions for our greatest and highest good.
Folks, you have a choice in everything you do. What many of you may not realize is that you are born with planets in retrograde. Thus, when that particular planet or planets has turned retrograde, it is working for you.
My wife and I are both born with Mercury in retrograde. A chunk of years ago we bought two cars on the same day during Mercury retrograde. The deals were great and we loved the cars. Good things can and do happen during retrogrades. If you would like to know more about retrograde and your chart, please contact me for a private consultation.
Next week I will address the meaning of each planet in retrograde and what to expect.
FULL MOON occurs on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 10:20 AM PST. Today, a Full Moon occurs in the sign of Virgo. The Full Moon is a time of culmination and fulfillment, and a time for releasing old habits and unwanted patterns.
With the Virgo-Pisces opposition involved, this Full Moon allows us to find a balance between mundane functions, habits and routines, physical health, and the need for order (Virgo) and vision, spiritual health, disorder, and the infinite (Pisces). When the Mercury-ruled Virgo Moon opposes the Neptune-ruled Pisces Sun, a need for emotional clarity is important. This is not a time to vent emotionally charged opinions that are not based in fact. Mercury teaches us to think first.
Virgo rules our analytical skills, while Pisces rules the deepest part of the subconscious that we use to tap into our spiritual selves. Some sort of crisis (which can be a crisis of consciousness) or sudden awareness of a lack in our lives provides us with a great opportunity to explore our emotional needs within the context of where the Full Moon occurs in our natal charts. This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between work and service, practicality and impracticality, criticism and acceptance.
If you would like to know more about the Full Moon and how it affects your chart, please contact me for a private consultation.
This Sunday love is in the air as Cupid’s arrow is released. It will explode, sending streams of fiery love and passion like fireworks across the sky showering romance upon the world. What is this a Hallmark commercial? Nope. This celebration of love is not a contrived excuse for people to buy flowers and greeting cards. Valentine’s Day has been around since, supposedly 270AD. It is originally an honoring or celebration for one of several Saint Valentines or Valentinus by the church.
At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. Are we saying it’s for the birds? Love birds!
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century.
This Valentine’s Day can be a very rewarding one if you follow the planets. First, Venus the planet of love and beauty is in the materialistic sign of Capricorn. This is a good year to do something for that someone special. Capricorn likes nice things; make the effort! Mars, the planet of fire and passion is in sexual Scorpio, and sextiles or, eases into Venus, so your effort is going to get you more than foil wrapped chocolates in return. On Sunday evening, the Moon in Venus-ruled, romantic Taurus trines Venus, thus the bubbly and the love are flowing. And wait, there’s more! The Moon opposes Mars bringing hot, impulsive behavior. Are you feelin’ me? Folks, this is a “can do no wrong” scenario. Jupiter in Virgo finishes the Grand Trine with the Moon and Venus, and, sextiles Mars from the other side of the chart. This is referred to as a Kite Chart, which looks like what? An arrow! What’s the Capricorn bottom line? A lot of people are going to get lucky…in love.
Happy Valentine’s Day
A NEW MOON occurs in Aquarius on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 6:39 AM PST.
On Monday morning a New Moon occurs, it is the beginning of a new lunar cycle. Aquarius, the 11th house ruler, emphasizes friendship, institutions, groups, social life, the love you receive and humanitarianism. Fresh starts regarding all of these matters are possible now.
This is a time during which we should solve problems that require thinking "outside of the box"; and try a new approach. Join a group for others’ viewpoints. We might look at the future with an optimistic and positive perspective. The Aquarian nature and influence on the Moon is to isolate to protect one’s feelings. Detachment is not feeling.
Each New Moon is all about emotional renewal and new beginnings, but each sign of the zodiac gives us a different spin on what could be new or renewed in our lives. So for this Aquarian New Moon do some self-examination on how you feel about people in your life who for whatever reason, you have not felt good about. Is there a friendship or relationship that could use a new perspective? Feel your feelings and re-frame how your vision on the relationship so you feel better about it. Be progressive in your approach to people and allow yourself to FEEL.
If you would like more information about the Aquarian New Moon and your chart, please contact me for a personal consultation.
This Week in Astrology with Nick Newmont
February 4th- 10th
The Sun-Mercury Relationship
The planet Mercury is the closest to the Sun, therefore its Solar Year is the shortest of all the planets. Compared to the Earth’s 365 days, Mercury takes 88 days to circle the Sun. Astrologically Mercury is never more than 28 degrees away from the Sun. Whatever sign the transiting Sun is in, Mercury will either be in the same sign or the signs immediately prior or after the current Sun sign. Case in point, if you are a Libra Sun sign, your Mercury will either be in Virgo, Libra or Scorpio.
Currently the Sun is in Aquarius and Mercury is in Libra. These are two very different signs. When the Sun and Mercury are in different signs, the language I use is, “You behave as an Aquarian, but you think like a Capricorn. Mercury is our conscious mind and communication skills. The Saturn ruled Capricorn Mercury has a mind-set of getting down to business in an organized manner. The freedom loving Uranus ruled Aquarian Sun wants to break away from the traditional Capricorn thinking and try something different. This is something we feel inside as a conflict of consciousness. The following information gives you a thumbnail sketch of the current clash of concepts between these two, close celestial bodies:
The Sun is in Aquarius from January 20-February 19.
During this cycle, we are motivated by our thirst for knowledge, experience, and originality. Innovation is more important to us than convention. We become more aware of what is outdated and boring in our lives, and strive to find new perspectives and new ways to do things. The class distinctions, structure, and order that Capricorn finds appealing now seem to be too rigid. Individual freedom becomes far more significant to us. We strive to free ourselves from the conditioned restrictions, inhibitions, and limitations that now feel stifling rather than safe. Aquarius’ esoteric side does not mix well with the evidential Capricorn approach. However, as the need for change becomes strong, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
Mercury is in Capricorn from January 8-February 13.
When Mercury is in Capricorn, our thinking is methodical and our focus is sober and practical. It is easier to concentrate on the task at hand under this influence. Our conversations may be quite realistic or focused on business/practical matters or too intense. Our thought patterns and communication styles become more logical, orderly, organized and a bit robotic. We are more able to sort out what is relevant and essential. Realism enters the picture, our speech is no-nonsense, and precision becomes important to us. We need to be aware of our rigidity. We may come across as cold, harsh or even threatening. For some, there is a fine line between realism and pessimism. One component of Mercury in Capricorn is brutal honesty, which is hard for some people to take. A fascinating trait that lies within Capricorn is a covert nature. However when dealing with others, there is a strong need to get to the bottom of things and calculate what the bottom line is. So until February 13th if you are going to call someone out on their shortcomings, especially your romantic partner, be prepared to have your facts straight. You will be get it back. And of course Mercury moves into Aquarius on the 14th. I don’t think you want to be dining alone on the 14th. What is February the 14th? My topic for next week.
Until the 13th let’s refrain from making hasty decisions. Think!
Enjoy your week. Work a little, play a little.
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