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
This post is long, but important. Please read it all the way through...and thank you for reading it.
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?
Friday, January 27th, 2017, at 4:07 PM PST.
Way back in early grade school days, there were work books that accompanied the Dick, Jane and Sally readers. They were called “Think and Do” workbooks.
The New Moon that occurs on Friday evening, marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle. In the sign of Aquarius, it’s time to “think and do.” Friendship, brotherhood, group activities, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, humanitarian efforts, or joining a group will be a strong focus on a personal level. New beginnings regarding all of these matters are possible now. When the Moon aligns with the Sun it is an opportunity to create new thinking and breaking from our comfort zones.
Uranus rules Aquarius, this is a time we should solve problems that require thinking “outside of the box” and color outside the lines. At the very least, be open to different perspectives. Look to the future with a brand new, positive, and hopeful vision; brainstorm and dream big. After all, Aquarius rules the 11th house which is not only our social structure but also “hopes, dreams and wishes.”
Focus on extending a friendly hand, receiving support, and expressing platonic love for those around us; give our emotions and passions a “break”, as we develop more objectivity and some detachment from our fears. Learn how something (or someone) works, Aquarius loves to take things apart and put them back together.
This is a good moment to revitalize ourselves through experiences that are new or simply different; reach out to people, and recognize the value of our friendships and social networks. Recognize that some level of detachment and distancing ourselves from our habits and attachment to the past will help us break away from destructive behaviors that are holding us back.
With this potent Aquarius energy, we have the chance to make progressive changes in our lives. For some of us, circumstances are such that we need to pay more attention to these matters. Because Uranus/Aquarius energy can bring sudden change, use this New Moon wisely, Uranus is the planet of revolution as well as evolution.
If you did not set New Year’s intentions, today is good time to Think and Do!
December 15th- December 21st 2016
December 19th- January 8th
Saint Nick (not me) and all the shippers, has asked me to remind all of you that Mercury retrograde is upon us. In case you have not been watching your spiritual calendar, Hanukkah begins on the 24th. So we have Hanukkah and Christmas on top of each other! Where does Mercury retrograde come in to play here? If everybody decides to ship gifts at the last minute…well, you get the picture.
On December 19th at 2:56 am PST, Mercury turns retrograde in Capricorn. On January 5th it goes back into Sagittarius before going direct on the 8th at 1:43am PST.
So what does this mean? People are going to change their minds about what gifts they want and probably at the last minute, or everybody fails to communicate and one person gets the same gift from four different relatives. Due to Mercury retrograde, double and triple check travel itineraries and that is pending the weather allowing travel to cold weather locales. I hate to sound like Scrooge, and I do love this time of year, but this Mercury retrograde will cause a lot of returned gifts. Do you really want to brave the stores on the 26th?
If you are an NFL fan, this is one of those weird years when football is played on Christmas Day. Remember to set your DVR. Do you really think your family is going to allow you to watch seven hours of football on Christmas? Mercury retrograde likes to tinker with electronics, remember? What electronic devices are buying and setting up on Christmas or Hanukkah?
And there’s one more thing, as Colombo (Peter Falk) used to say. What happens within our government on December 19th? The Electoral College votes. Hold on to your Santa cap. Mercury’s reversal could cause the winter winds of change to howl.
Mercury retrograde is like Murphy’s Law. Sure, something can always go wrong…if you let it.
Remember, the Gemini-Sagittarius polarity is a mental axis, where Gemini rules the third house and represents the “lower mind” and Sagittarius rules the ninth house and represents the “higher mind”. A Gemini Moon encourages us to think logically, while Sagittarius persuades us to think in a far broader, down-the-road manner.
Sagittarius symbolizes the quest for greater meaning and ideas that expand upon the here and now. Gemini is quite comfortable in their immediate environment or neighborhood, while Sagittarius stimulates us to venture beyond. Neglecting either end of the axis will surely backfire on us. Ideally, a balance should be found between the two energies, and this is what the Full Moon invites us to do. This Full Moon is about communication, attitude, and our sense of what is to come.
The Full Moon is the time of the month to proclaim what no longer serves you, and then release it. Because Sagittarian energy is more indulgent, and we are heading toward the New Year, this is a great time to clean out before we accumulate more.
How does this Full Moon affect you?
A NEW MOON will occur on Sunday, October 30th, 2016, at 10:38 AM PDT.
A new lunar cycle begins with a New Moon in Scorpio. This cycle presents a good time to commit to personal goals that portray the positive sides of Scorpio. Since this is the last New Moon before election-day, I encourage you to set your intentions this Sunday on what you want, not on what you don’t want. Focus you attention on your intention!
A New Moon in Scorpio brings out intense feelings; good or bad, right or wrong. This lunation is a time when we can focus on not only being passionate about things but to dig deep and get to the bottom of the 8th house issues at hand. Scorpio New Moons are generally good for working on our deeper, Plutonian side. We may want to pinpoint the things in our lives that make us feel out of control or uneasy, so we can transform. This New Moon cycle is also an opportunity to explore within and find what leads us to engage in self-destructive behaviors. This cycle represents an opportunity to take out our personal trash–material and spiritual. With this potent Scorpio energy, if we use it correctly, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives and commit to those changes.
Scorpio teaches us not to accept everything we are told as gospel. As you observe your behavior as well as the people in your life, learn the difference between intention and agenda. During this New Moon do everything with conviction and focus on quality over quantity. If there is a project or problem that needs addressing, this is the time to commit to it. The Scorpio New Moon evokes a sense of purpose in us.
What intention are you setting this Sunday? If you would like to know more about your chart and how the Scorpio New Moon affects you, please contact me for a personal consultation.
If you would like to set solid intentions and achieve them please contact Audrey. Her "Tools for Transformation" method is perfect for the Pluto ruled Scorpio New Moon.
It's not a good time to “shoot your mouth off”, make promises you can’t keep, or accusations you can’t prove.
October 13th- 19th 2016
Planetary Positions That Affect the Upcoming Election
Part 2, Saturn in Sagittarius
Last week I wrote about the political mud-slinging and childish behavior.
Now that all mud has been used, I’m waiting for one the candidates to respond with “Sticks and stone…” Seriously?
Let’s look at how Saturn will affect the outcome of the election. Saturn rules the tenth house and represents reality, focus, karma, obstacles, contraction, government, big business and public life.
Saturn went into the sign of Sagittarius from December 23, 2014 to June 14, 2015; and then finishes up its transit from September 17, 2015 to December 20, 2017.
When Saturn is in the sign of the archer we tend to have a critical, cynical attitude towards many religions and philosophies. Without realizing it, we prevent ourselves from appreciating others’ viewpoints and opinions. We can more rigid, dogmatic and close minded. We take your own political beliefs and philosophies too seriously.
This is why followers of both candidates are so adamantly opposed to the other side, and there is so much religious persecution globally.
Saturn demands truth wherever it is in one’s chart and the responsibilities that go with attaining what we crave. With Saturn here, a desire to gain control is present, and when we see anyone of power attempt to control the people through the information they share with them, or through belief systems by imposing their ideas on others, it is met with stiff opposition. This behavior is something that should be avoided now because it will not be rewarded. The more negative expressions of the sign of Sagittarius, such as excess and irresponsibility, are things that won’t work for them now.
These become glaring under Saturn’s parental eye. In some manner, they are bound to see that there is a big price to pay for these behaviors, or it will become extremely clear that they have lost time, energy, and happiness with excessive and irresponsible behavior. Saturn in Sagittarius is not a good time to “shoot your mouth off” or make promises you can’t keep or accusations you can’t prove.
In Trump’s chart Saturn is in his fourth house until July of 2018, bringing private issues public. It is also karma with women. The recent exposure that came out about his opinions about women has just started. There is much more to be revealed.
In Clinton’s chart Saturn is in her sixth house until mid-December 2017, which means her health needs serious attention and changes required. The tough part about Saturn in the sixth house is it brings out a workaholic approach which does not server her health currently.
Given the position of Saturn in their charts and the duration in the respective houses, I believe both of them will regret being elected to the presidency. They will face circumstances that reveal truths that cannot be hidden and opposition to their platforms. Stay tuned!
October 6th- 12th 2016
Planetary Positions That Affect the Upcoming Election
Part 1, Mars in Capricorn
We have watched the presidential candidates mudsling like children in a sandbox, now they are throwing everything but the kitchen sink. If not careful, they may throw the baby out with the bath water. Ridiculous, yes?
What is driving this? Of course good old fashioned ego.
Why have the personal attacks increased? The first is Mars in the sign of Capricorn.
Mars is in Capricorn from September 27-November 9; the day after the election. Mars in Capricorn is deliberate, persistent energy. We should consider the future and the consequences before taking action during this cycle. Our energy is reliable and faithful. We are slow to anger but can seethe like a volcano, and can be quite cold if we are frustrated. The shadow side of Mars in Capricorn is rigidity. Mars is the god of war, it is unabated energy. Capricorn rules the tenth house, the area of success, fame, career, big business and government. Capricorn is all the about the bottom-line and asks “What’s in it for me?”
When Mars is in Capricorn people are serious about their ambitions, disciplined, dedicated, and tenacious in pursuing their objectives. Drive and energy are directed toward practical material accomplishment and achieving concrete results. We also strive to be in a position of authority and social influence and enjoy being the person who is in command. During this period we are hard-working and capable of forgoing immediate comfort in order to achieve your long-range goals. We can easily become workaholics and are very responsible and conscientious about doing a thorough job.
What can cost a candidate the election during Mars in Capricorn?
Not being realistic and pragmatic, or having an excellent, fact based strategy. Success is attained by formulating a conservative and workable plan and following through with it. This is not a good time to be a gambler when it comes to attaining a huge goal such as the presidency. Each candidate must depend on their own efforts and perseverance rather than luck. Mars in Capricorn brings out the shrewdness and calls for instinct in big business or organizational management.
Since this goes until the day after the election, the losing candidate will not admit defeat. It will look like the following scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
Black Knight: Have at you!
Arthur: You are indeed brave, sir knight, but the fight is mine.
Black Knight: Oh, had enough eh?
Arthur: Look, you stupid bastard. You’ve got no arms left!
Black Knight: Yes I have.
Black Knight: Just a flesh wound!
My apologies to the Arthurian legend and the Python troupe for comparing them to the presidential candidates.