Pisces New Moon
A NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE occurs on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 6:58 AM PST.
On Sunday, a powerful New Moon occurs in Pisces. It’s powerful because it's a Solar Eclipse. Because this solar eclipse happens in the sign of Pisces, imagination, dreams, ideals, compassion and the psyche are highlighted. This eclipse is especially about new beginnings and taking a leap of faith. Our beliefs, and how we accept our deeper selves will dictate how we view our imperfections and karma. How do we use our imagination, perspective and intuition, to rise above physical limitation to achieve our dreams?
Here’s one trivial prediction related to tomorrow’s eclipse: Expect surprise winners at The Oscars! People in various categories who never dreamed they would take Oscar home will win.
This is a time when we should build our powers of acceptance, shoot for the stars and let go of petty annoyances. We need to revitalize ourselves through experiences that require imagination, sensitivity or that simply represent a "break" from the routine by rising above perceived limitations. We are constantly weighed down by the laws of gravity. What about the laws of levity? For some of us, circumstances are such that we need to pay more attention to our spirituality or find ways to loosen up and lighten up.
We may find ourselves focused on the area of life ruled by Pisces in our charts. We may be tearing down and rebuilding the Pisces areas of the chart. For you who are familiar with your charts, look at how your 12th house is affected, the house that is ruled by Pisces and where transiting Neptune is currently. Over the next few days, record your dreams and look for messages. And last but not least, take care of your mental and physical health.
From this New Moon Solar eclipse some of you may get in touch with some form of calling, or simply something you have been waiting for finally happens. Use Tuesday as a significant fresh start day. What you start on this eclipse can be experienced up to six months from tomorrow…make it good! Use tonight to meditate on your issues at hand to ensure to have a solid plan of action tomorrow.
Events that are dominated by Pisces and Neptune can be very nebulous. If you would like your personal chart interpreted, please contact me for a private consultation.
What is Venus Retrograde? Occasionally, Venus appears to be moving backwards in the sky. "Appears" is the key word here, because, technically speaking, no planet actually moves backwards in their orbits around the Sun. In fact, they don't even slow down. Retrograde-station-direct cycles are essentially illusions that result from our point of view from Earth, simply because the Earth is also orbiting the Sun at a different speed than the other planets. Venus is Retrograde approximately 40-43 days every 18 months.
Venus stations and turns retrograde on March 4th at 1:09 AM PST in the sign of Aries, entering Pisces on April 3rd, and continues to retrograde until April 15th 3:18 AM PDT.
As the planet of love and values, Venus retrograde periods are times when we re-assess what—and who—we value. It is a period that many astrologers consider inopportune for getting married or starting a new relationship. Major financial undertakings are not advised during this period either. Venus retrograde cycles are good times for creating budgets and financial plans, and for re-thinking our personal relationships. Taking final action in the areas of finance and love, however, is not advised until Venus turns direct again.
Because Venus rules beauty and aesthetics, Venus Retrograde is a less than ideal time for beautification processes (new hairdos, enhancements, purchasing a new wardrobe, cosmetic surgery, and so forth), renovations, re-decorating, and the like. Because Venus is associated with social events, parties may not go as planned.
On the subject of love, past lovers may re-appear and some relationships may end.
Venus will be moving through Pisces then Aries, retrograding through Aries back to Pisces then going forwards, again in through Pisces and Aries. The Pisces influence is more slight so spring could feel chock full of Aries – that goes for fashions and beauty trends that honor the sign.With Venus in Aries we could be more assertive and impulsive, embracing the thrill of the chase where our time and money is concerned, we may re-assess our initiating, entrepreneurial values, thinking more about getting projects (and relationships) off the ground.
Old friends and lovers may re-appear, perhaps complicating current relationships. We may be called upon to deal with relationship issues from the past during this Venus retrograde cycle. Events occur that seem fated or pre-destined. It can be a real challenge getting close to a lover during this period of time. Unorthodox, experimental, and non-intimate relationships may be favored.
Affection is difficult to express in a natural or spontaneous manner. We might find others are lacking in sincerity or genuineness in their expressions of social niceties. (We may be inclined to do the same!).
Relationships that have been especially challenging may come to an end during this cycle. However, strong relationships will survive it, even if there are a few bumps and bruises along the way. This can be a good time for "eyes wide open" or experimental dating, although opinions and assessments may change at a later date. It is not a time when people recognize the need for another person to "complete" them. Some people may be questioning whether they are with partners who actually fulfill them. We may, however, be especially in touch with our deeper, less obvious, and less superficial needs and wants. This makes it a good time for re-evaluating our relationship needs; but, again, major love decisions are best saved for after the cycle ends on April 15th. Our perceptions may be skewed and we can come out of the retrograde cycle with regret if we have acted hastily, as the tendency to change our minds later is strong.
On the subject of Taurus influenced areas of money, finances, and possessions, do try to hold off on major purchases or financial decisions during this Venus retrograde cycle. For example, the purchase of a new house, car, or other big-ticket item could backfire in some manner later on. They may become money pits or cause problems for you; or you may change your mind later and regret your purchase.
There's nothing truly to fear about Venus retrograde, but it's always wise to take special care during this cycle. It's not the best period for entering into a new relationship, because our sensors when it comes to love are not up to par. However, it's not unheard of to begin a relationship under the influence of a retrograde Venus, and the relationship survives and/or thrives.
Venus rules our values, and when she is retrograde, we don't seem to be in touch with exactly what and who we value, or, some might say we are seeing things more or too clearly. After the retrograde cycle is over, we may look back and wonder what we were thinking. So, do what you can to avoid major decision making during Venus' retrograde cycle, but pay attention to your assessments to see if they last. A change of heart is possible later. And, the people we meet now may appear more fabulous than they turn out to be. It's also possible that some people we meet now may appear less attractive than they turn out to be! Whatever the case may be, try to hold off until May before making big decisions, particularly life-altering ones.
Still, we may not be as openly or obviously warm and affectionate during this cycle. It's hard to trust others just now, and, perhaps more so, it's difficult to trust our own instincts when it comes to judging others or our relationships. We tend to suspect insincerity in others. People might appear to be more selfish, withdrawn, and self-protective. It's hard to make headway in a direct manner in our love relationships for the time being. If you are hoping to fix a relationship or if you are trying to schedule a reunion, it may not be the best time to do so.
When breakups do occur in the second half of a Venus retrograde cycle, I have noticed they are imperfect. They are not often clean breaks. Couples and friends may reunite later or if they stay broken up, they might often wonder if it was the right thing to do - something is often left hanging. Venus retrograde is a period for clearing the decks and dealing with the past so as to move forward fresh and re-energized, and this is especially appropriate in the first three weeks of the cycle. During the second half of the retrograde cycle, watch for impulsiveness.
Then there is a feeling of the inevitable during a Venus retrograde. What happened in the past, including past love affairs, can flood our consciousness now. Sometimes, a past lover reappears in his or her physical form.
Keep in mind, Venus-ruled Taurus and Libra feel the impact of the retrograde more than the other signs. The house where Venus is retrograde plays a big role too. And of course look at where natal Venus is in your chart and which houses are ruled by Taurus and Libra.
If you would like more info about your chart, please contact me for a private consultation.
Pay attention to your behavior and emotional reactions over the next two days. Watch your boundaries, maintain them and respect your and other people’s boundaries. In other words, chill out!
On Friday night, a Full Moon occurs, when the Sun in Aquarius forms an opposition with the Moon in Leo. This Full Moon is especially potent, as it is a Lunar Eclipse. Lunar eclipses are relationship-oriented. The crisis that these eclipses tend to elicit is a crisis of lack – a time when we suddenly recognize a great need or want. Although Lunar eclipses are more relationship-oriented than Solar eclipses, they are not always about relationships between two people. They can ignite awareness of need in other areas of our lives, such as our relationship to work, to our health and bodies, etc. This is a time when matters come to light – things that have been brewing under the surface.
I have said repeatedly about burying issues: “You can only sweep so much dirt under the carpet, eventually there is a lump which cannot be ignored.”
This Lunar Eclipse presses us to look more closely at our needs, lacks, and wants in our lives. The Leo-Aquarius polarity deals with the balance between the personal (Leo) and the impersonal (Aquarius). This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between romance and friendship. The Leo Moon is proud and intensely individual—not content with simply being just one of the team. The Aquarius Sun, while individualistic as well, values independence and the “team.” The Full Moon illuminates this conflict. Eclipses are tied to changing circumstances.
A Lunar eclipse is a more potent Full Moon, and its effects tend to last longer. The effects of a Lunar eclipse last approximately six months.
Full Moons and Lunar Eclipses bring issues in our lives to fulfillment. Our emotions are heightened, and there is often some sort of drama involved with the house, sign, and any contacted planets activated by the Full Moon. Look at 22-23 degrees of Leo/Aquarius in your own chart. This Lunar Eclipse gives us a push to make needed changes in our lives.
Jupiter Retrograde in Libra
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In the wee hours of Monday morning Jupiter turned retrograde motion and will be retrograde until June 9th. Jupiter retrograde lasts for 120 days and turns retrograde every thirteen months.
Transiting Jupiter retrograde represents a time of philosophical or spiritual introspection and reflection. During the previous months since Jupiter entered the retrograde zone, you will have recognized or had been dealing with particular issues involving growth, development, happiness, expansion or success.
Jupiter retrograde means that whatever area of your life you have been developing is so important, that extra time is needed to make sure everything in order before you continue. You may be tested to make sure you are ready to receive what you are asking for. However, it could be that a negative Jupiter behavior such as greed or addiction has been getting out of control. In this case, the Jupiter retrograde will offer a chance to acknowledge and address the problem. Things may get so out of control that an intervention or some drastic event must occur in order to shake you out of your unconscious behavior.
This also a good time to review finances with regard to investments, property and holdings. Can you get a better deal or loan? Just don’t bite off more than you can chew.
By the time Jupiter turns direct, you should have come to terms with the relevant issues and be prepared for the next phase. In the third and final Jupiter retrograde phase, from the direct station until Jupiter leaves the shadow period, positive growth lets you move forward and reap Jupiter’s benefits. There are really no bad aspects from Jupiter, just overindulgence and overkill. The key is knowing what house Jupiter is in you chart. Do you have significant planets in Sagittarius? If so, this has a bigger impact on you.
Unlike other retrograde planets, Jupiter retrograde 2017 is can be quite lucky and it’s an important time for achieving growth and contentment in a particular area of life that is important to you now. Unexpected good fortune is at hand with work, travel, education or a new relationship. Whatever your hopes for the future may be, this year’s Jupiter retrograde is an opportunity towards finding new ways to live out your dreams.
Currently Jupiter is in Libra until October and specifically with Jupiter in Libra, we attract the best fortune when we are fair-minded, treat others as equals, are compromising without being “doormats”, are gracious, and use our talents for promoting and mediating. The arts, architecture, law, math, mediating, and politics are possible avenues for increased success.
There can be heightened use of charm and grace to reach goals. Our social skills contribute to our sense of fulfillment and attract success. In other words, treat people the way you want to be treated.
What affect does Jupiter retrograde have on you?