Venus Retrograde – Old Loves & New Values

This year from October 5th to November 15th Venus will be retrograde from 11° Scorpio to 25° Libra. What does it mean when Venus is retrograde? Venus stands for love, values and pleasures. Love can be harder to come by either romantically or with friendships, and the inflow of money can slow down. Now is also the time for review of what you value in closeness with others as well as your worth for your work.  During this part of Venus’ cycle, old loves or friends either come back into your life to be reassessed or finally dismissed.

Things/people come back:

  • Old loves
  • Friends and people from the past
  • Objects we lost may now be found

What to do when these things return?

  • Reassess who the person/object is and decide what relevant value they had in your life. Now is a good time to appreciate what you learned or gained from the relationship. Resolve the past, let it go, and move on. On occasion, this cycle can bring back a relationship that will remain in your life – but that would depend on numerous factors being present in your chart.

What not to do when these things return?

  • Do not get attached to the past – this is a cycle for review.

A New Relationship?

This Venus retrograde begins in Libra, the sign of balance, justice and relationships. This is an ideal time for things to be evened out and put back into proper balance in relationships with others. With a new love, the retrograde Venus will likely have the new love only present part of the picture when around you or communicating with you.  This may not be deliberate – but you still will not see the entire scenario in which you may be getting involved. You will not see their entire motivation, nor know the safety of the situation. This includes intimacy – you don’t know the person’s past yet, or who they fully are, so play it safe and wait.

This is not the time to make a big purchase – because if you are impulsive, you will spend more than necessary, and may regret the purchase later. Objects of art, a new home, anything to do with décor or beautifying yourself (haircut/color, cosmetic surgery etc.) will all not turn out as planned. Either more research needs to be done on your part, or the information you are getting is not complete. You may have a different aesthetic than the person selling you the surgery, the haircut or that new iPhone – so you will need to be cautious. I knew someone who went into a photo shoot and the photographer decided to touch-up all the photos before showing them to the client. The photographer made the client look 18 when they were 40, so none of the photos could be used! Different aesthetic = expensive lesson. Another person bought an apartment during the retrograde, and it wasn’t until the sale was nearly complete and the scaffolding came down across the street that they saw their view was a real eyesore – a hot pink awning. They ultimately did not complete the sale and lost most of their deposit.

The fortunate part of Venus Retrograde –

In purchases, often at this time, someone needs to sell something to make money fast and you have the opportunity to buy the item at a much reduced price! Someone gets the short end of the stick.. so let it be the ‘other’ person! It is a good time to go to estate sales, yard sales, and sales in general. As long as you heed the advice that you may buy something and change your mind once you get it home, and do not overspend, you can get some great buys during Venus retrograde.

Other things you can expect are for money to be delayed that you are counting on, or surprises with money and partnerships. Review what you value and your personal values during this cycle. You may find a job is not up to the same level as your more confident self-view at this time.  If that is the case, look for a better job. The same goes for relationships. While fighting during this retrograde may seem productive, find out where you may not be feeling valued in the relationship and communicate that and make alterations. Try not to be secretive, as Venus is in Scorpio for much of this retrograde and that makes us want to hide our deeper feelings.

Unsure of a new love? Think you should break up? Get a new job? What does it mean if Venus is going to ‘station on a planet or angle of your chart? A professional look at your chart can clarify in what area(s) exactly what is happening in your life with the Venus retrograde. Contact me and let’s see whether Cupid or Venus Retrograde is bringing in new or old loves into your life.

Fall Forecast 2018

A look at some of the outer planets to plan your fall trajectory.

What to look out for –

Jupiter is now traveling direct in Scorpio – so those with planets  or points in this sign, or trine or sextile Scorpio – as in the water and earth signs, should be getting new opportunities and feeling positive about the future. A sense of optimism comes with Jupiter transits, so also look to the house where Jupiter is transiting. Jupiter enters its home sign of Sagittarius on November 8th  where abundance and expansion in all things that broaden our lives and open our minds will start to come about.

Saturn, the builder, is now moving direct as well. Saturn structures our lives by pushing us to make thorough preparations for success. The direct motion of Saturn also assists with projects that were held up from progressing this summer.

October 6th Venus, planet of love and money, will go retrograde. What to do: resolve issues from a past romance, rekindle with an old love, find accounting errors and collect past due monies. What not to do: start a new romance, make large purchases such as an apartment, piece of art etc., do not try a new hairstyle as your stylist will have a different aesthetic than you do, same with cosmetic surgery. Only corrective surgery may be warranted.  Photo shoots are also not recommended during this time for the same reason as the photographer will have a different perspective what looks good. Venus retrograde lasts until Nov. 16th and leaves the shadow on Dec. 10th.

On October 8th, we finally leave the shadow of the draining Mars retrograde from this summer. Scroll down to my How To Use Mars retrograde article from a couple months back to see if your experiences mirrored those described in my article. Projects that you may have been working on tirelessly are finally able to move forward with greater momentum now. Start to take action, but the real push will be most productive after the 8h of October.

Looking ahead to Nov. 8th, Uranus goes back into Aries where it will finally make its last station in that sign the first week of 2019. This should be your final call to straighten out any chaotic or disruptive circumstances or relationships, and to re-focus on your personal needs in whichever area of your chart where Aries is. If you don’t have your chart or can’t read it, contact me for a personal forecast with all the planets, return and retrogrades etc. affecting your chart for the coming year.

Final Summer Solar Eclipse ~ New Moon in Leo

Eclipse series come in threes, and we are now  – Aug. 11th, experiencing the 3rd and final of the summer series of eclipses for 2018. Most of the areas in our lives that needed attention for clearing out were likely addressed with the last full moon eclipse that was conjunct the south node. The south node has to do with outworn areas of our lives that we may be holding onto out of habit. Whether you left or lost a job, a pet, a lover or a friend keep on mind the sooner you let go of the person, friend or emotion, the sooner you will release the pain associated with holding onto something that is leaving your life.

Where this Solar eclipse lands in your chart highlights new activities for the coming months. In many cases this eclipse falls in the opposing house from the last eclipse. This will take you in an entirely different direction, and highlights exactly why you had to let go of the dead weight from the last eclipse on July 27th. In the sign Leo is where we look for the joy we hopefully experienced in our childhood in this area. Have you been avoiding this due to responsibilities you no longer need? That’s a good question to ask yourself if you feel stuck between letting go and moving on right now.

In some cases, this eclipse will also expose weaknesses in the house where it occurs. Whether this it manifests as a health issue that must be addressed, a financial emergency or a psychological breakdown or breakthrough, look at the positive side of these occurrences and see that you are being alerted to deal with these issues now before they get worse and out of hand.

A quick note that this eclipse falls on the (correct) Ascendant for the President, and will likely augur an entirely new chapter of his personal effectiveness. He may be letting go of many daily activities that were draining his focus (tweets?) as shown by the recent lunar eclipse and delegating these tasks to others.

The yod to the solar eclipse point in the Solar eclipse chart (see above) augurs an awakening of our collective egos as we watch the developments on the world stage. The truth has never been so hard to come by  with the base of the yod in deceptive Neptune along with Pluto, ruling the masses. As Internet superpowers continue to block alternative media in all areas, it is incumbent upon all to listen to ideas that test the status quo in your personal beliefs and past education, or conditioning as it may be.

1/2 price Eclipse readings by phone are available for both old and new clients for the next week or so and after that they will go away. Contact me here asap to schedule. This will also be my last blog post for a while, as I am going to take advantage of the eclipse energy myself. So enjoy what is left of the summer and stay tuned for some exciting developments.

 

Lunar Eclipse, Mars & Mercury Retrograde

Lunar Eclipse – Jul. 27, 2018

July 27th we have a Full moon/Lunar eclipse. This eclipse falls at 4 Aquarius 44 and triggers the Mars retrograde which is sitting less than one degree from the eclipse degree.  You may be feeling held back from progressing in whichever area of your birth chart this eclipse falls, or you may literally need to contain your emotions this week. Because the eclipse is in Aquarius, some issues that may come up related to unspoken emotions around friendships, and frustration due to detachment in your emotions toward others, or of someone else toward you.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is remain objective while emotions are being activated with an eclipse. The idea is when the moon is full, the light shines on the area or degree of the full moon. But when the full moon is eclipsed, emotions from past events are both stirred up from the past and repressed simultaneously. Reacting as opposed to reflecting will have a negative effect on relationships. As always with eclipses, don’t react as we are in the middle of these next two eclipses that finish the series this summer. So meditate on the past and family so you can release issues through the South node, and hold back on actions until you find the most optimal solution to any issues on the table now.

Other aspects to this eclipse when looked at from our nation’s capital (see chart above) add challenges in our position due to the area where this eclipse lies plus issues in the financial arena. Our finances are troubled here because of a T-square to Uranus in Taurus and a sesquiquadrate (square + a semisquare = 135°) to a very debilitated Venus in Virgo. The challenge seems to be playing out with the economic deficit that our administration is attempting to address with trade wars… which aren’t solving the problem.

[[ **NOTE – The day after this post went live. Trump ordered an end to the Trade War with the EU.]]

And if we look at the Federal Reserve chart (see chart below), it is being decimated right now with both the last eclipse on its Ascendant and this eclipse now in the 7th house of open enemies or rivals where the eclipse degree and South Node (old debts) sit. Trump recently made a comment about the Federal Reserve and Central Bank having policies that were set up to hurt the economy. Well, it certainly made the bankers rich! ..but to the detriment of the people. With Pluto (transformation/power plays) slowing down to station on the Fed chart’s Descendant (same as 7th house – rivals/enemies or partners) in October, we are looking at a battle to the death over this institution’s role or even existence.

If you haven’t been to my talks, I have offered many solutions to protect your savings when this change in the currency takes place. Contact me to buy my “Practical Preparedness for the 2010’s and Beyond” packet or CD, or copies of my recent information rich workshop on DVD.

And what could make an eclipse season more interesting than the flubs and fixes needed during a Mercury Retrograde? Not much! This summer’s retrograde runs from the eclipse day July 27th to August 20th. Don’t sign, don’t buy, and try not to put important messages in writing. They may be misunderstood or need revision, so do your research first. But do get your electronics fixed now!

If you’d like clarity on your current situation and to get the most out of  the eclipses and the retrogrades this season by seeing how they align with your chart, contact me for a Special Summer Eclipse reading by phone at 1/2 the price of a regular reading.

Federal Reserve with Lunar Eclipse Jul. 27, 2018

Pluto Goes Direct – Full Moon in Aries

Pluto Now Direct & Full Moon Oct. 5th

We are well out of the Mercury Retrograde and smack dab in the middle of a Pluto Station. This is where Pluto stops its retrograde, grinds to a halt, then slowly begins to go direct again. Pluto is all about release and rebuilding, as well as power struggles. Projects that have been held up start to move with a fury from any prior struggle. Secrets and motivations are uncovered. You will find out the truth about long-delayed issues; it may not be pleasant, but you can’t fool yourself or anyone else any longer. This week’s full moon in Aries makes a square (challenge) to Pluto bringing everything to a head that hasn’t yet been addressed. Will you or a situation or person you are having an adversarial relationship with prolong the situation (Pluto is about control), or let go and find another way to get what you each want? While Venus and Mars are conjunct in Virgo during this lunar phase, perhaps there is a middle road where all involved can still stick to the rules, be less critical and find a happy medium.

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The Great American Eclipse – as Mercury Retrogrades

The Great American Eclipse

Not since 1918 has an eclipse path cut straight across the United States from coast to coast. On August 21st, The Great American Eclipse will do just that.  Beginning at 1:15 PM EDT the 73 mile wide lunar shadow will darken the continent from Oregon to South Carolina giving us continued observation of the event for a full 90 minutes. Not only is the visibility going to be exciting for those who have never seen an eclipse, but the over-stimulation and likely instability that eclipses have been noted scientifically to bring psychologically and physiologically is sure to bring some fluctuations to the not-so status-quo. There is no better time to get your heads out of your phones, get offline and really get centered.

Many still are now either holding onto outrage from the political and media circus we are witnessing, and some have begun to fall into complacency – read this article for a detailed opinion: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-17/navigating-through-storms-im-losing-my-sense-outrage

Things are on their way to reach a climax, and that is what these next eclipses will usher in, and necessarily so. Most people, I hate to say it, need to have a brick fall on their heads or hear an impassioned tirade like in the film “Network” to be shaken out of their apathy. And to those who have marched, protested, phone banked, donated and still find themselves at wits end – there will be more and better options soon to assist in getting things back on track personally and socially.

New Leo Moon conjunct Mas (action and ego) July 23rd 0° Leo 44” With Mars conjunct this new moon, it infuses assertiveness and action, or anger and frustration to the house in your chart and areas in your life where this lunation occurs.

We ave entered the shadow of the coming Mercury Retrograde which will color this entire eclipse period into the fall. Decisions, contracts, technology and trips all must be thought out and planned very carefully and no details left out in order for the eclipse period to not completely sabotage your efforts. Mercury begins its trek closer to the earth, peaking at the station.  During the entire period (see dates below) all details, discussions, communications, contracts, travel and technology need extra care and consideration.  Contracts and agreements will likely need to be amended if signed during the retrograde. Delay if possible. Dates and degrees are as follows:

Mercury Retro shadow – entered July 25th (slip-ups and errors in judgment begin)

Mercury Station Retrograde – August 14th

Mercury Direct Station – Sept. 6th

Mercury leaves the shadow – Sept. 19th

Full Moon Eclipse August 7th – 15° Aquarius 25” – This is the heightened period of the new moon from July 23rd. Get ample rest as this full moon will heighten issues brought up by the new moon in Leo. This eclipse brings up your relationships with others and whether or not there is a level of fairness and equality surrounding them. With this eclipse falling on Trump’s Descendant, issues with both partners and open enemies will be ‘eclipsed’ as in blocked or delayed in the coming months. Do not underestimate the power of this eclipse over circumstances going forward. If decisions on partnerships can be delayed even by a few days or a week, you will be less likely to make an error in judgment by rushing into anything. Breathe.

Full Solar Eclipse Aug 21st – 28° Leo 53” – This is the most talked about eclipse of all as it will cut directly across the United States. See the photo of the eclipse path at the top of this post. Because the moon blocks the Sun’s light, the symbolism mirrors the idea that actions will be blocked in the area in which the eclipse falls in your chart and where the eclipse path travels. For the nation, this can be interpreted as anything from grids going down to some sort of downfall to the leader and populace of the country where the eclipse path crosses. In Trump’s chart, this eclipse conjuncts his Mars. With Mars ruling Trump’s 9th house of law, he may have his powers blocked, so look for legislation to limit his ability to carry out his actions or stop actions initiated by Congress. A solar eclipse generally augurs some sort of permanent change to the area in which it falls whether geographically or in the sector of your chart. Expect extreme turnarounds in those areas. Contact me for a consultation to find out where the eclipses will occur in your chart and how to prepare and make the most of the shifts.

Keep in mind, the Mercury retrograde occurs simultaneously with these eclipses. Expect plans to be changed, minds to be changed and just like a Uranus transit, with an eclipse, expect the unexpected. When Mars crosses the eclipse degree on Sept 3rd – 4th, we can expect an aftershock or full blown explosion, figuratively or literally, as a climax to this entire nearly two month period.

More information about the eclipse visibility in your area can be found here: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21

and here:

https://www.space.com/37564-solar-eclipse-2017-one-month-away-anticipation.html

or click this map:

New Moon & Venus in Aries (& New Rates)

Venus Rising as Evening Star above the Sun

With last Monday night’s new moon in Aries we passed the midpoint of the Venus Retrograde. Last Friday, Venus swapped places with the Sun in its path and became a morning star, rising above the horizon ahead of the Sun. While Venus as a night star is more synchronous with love and poise, Venus the morning star (and especially in Aries, the ram) is bringing our fiercest temperaments out of dormancy. Relationships and friendships are being challenged and many are breaking up, as people seem to be on the verge of losing it’ over just about every tiff. But it isn’t just Venus in a less than agreeable sign now, because Mars, the other relationship planet, is in its most obstinate and least progress-oriented position – Taurus. Mars wants to move ahead and accomplish things, while Taurus wants to languish in the pleasure (or annoyance) of the moment and find reasons to stay put exactly where he is right now. It is easy to get caught up in these negative patterns now.. so try to make time to sort out what is most important and what isn’t and let go of whatever energies you may be generating unconsciously that keep you from progressing. Now is the best time to get in touch with what you value and what to let go of that is standing in its way. Is it a better paying job? Self-respect? Being more creative? All of these come up for analysis now. With Venus and Mars in each others signs (mutual reception) there is always some good to come out of whatever difficult scenarios that may arise.

New Rates

In keeping with the Venus/Mars theme, after many years of keeping my readings at the same cost, I am now raising my rates and slightly modifying my policy. There is some good news along with this! Current clients and subscribers (or if you are reading this blog April 1-8) you may book a session at my old rates by contacting me by April 8th and secure the session by paying in advance by April 15th. Unless you are a consistent returning client, I  require payment in full before all readings. PayPal users now pick up  a (small) PayPal fee to use the system. You are always welcome to pay by check or money-order to avoid the few extra dollars. I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months to keep you centered along your path and knowing the astrological climate ahead before it arrives.