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Observations: Speed Bump Ahead – Mars leaves Aries for Taurus

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We have one week left before Mars leaves Aries for Taurus on 11 May and those who have been enjoying moving at top speed need to prepare themselves for the slow down, while others can hardly WAIT for that to happen!

Mars remains within shouting distance of Jupiter in Aries this last week and is also being cheered on by Mercury and Venus traveling hand in hand in Aries. This is wonderful if you have a chart full of fire signs and/or cardinal signs, making it possible to enjoy this bold, forward thinking energy. If your chart leans towards water and earth or fixed signs, you can hardly wait for this to end.

Riding the Aries energy can be likened to riding a unicycle, staying in motion is what keeps you upright and the faster you go, the easier it is! We’ve been cruising along at a good clip ever since the vernal equinox and have become accustomed to this pace. That’s why it is important to realize when Mars leaves Aries for slow but steady Taurus on 11 May, many will have difficulty keeping their balance and their “unicycles” could fall over. Consider starting to slow down gradually between now and then . . . if you can. It won’t be easy with the other Aries planets urging us to keep up our speed.

I happen to know quite a few people with Mars in Taurus because my Mars in fixed Scorpio is very comfortable with their ideas about tempo and timing. No zipping around lighting fires and starting projects only to leave them lay for Mars in Taurus. They like to do one thing at a time before moving on to the next. Mars in Aries is the hare while Mars in Taurus in the tortoise.

The next step in the Taurus slowdown in when Mercury and Venus leave Aries together on 15 May, and this sweet combo in Taurus epitomizes laid-back and hedonistic. No worries for them!

Which group do you fall in? The one who has loved all this Aries or the one who just wants it all to stop so they can catch their breath.

Check out the Grand Trine in fire in this chart:  Mercury, Venus, Jupiter in Aries – North Node in Sagittarius – Moon in Leo  Those who have planets and Angles at 24° in fire signs get one last super charge! :D



Observations: Musings on Venus Transiting the Twelfth

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Venus spent a long time, a very long time, in my twelfth house – a little over four months in fact. Even though she emerged and crossed my Ascendant about a week ago, I am just now starting to “wake up”.

I have been paying more attention to Venus the past few years, partly because she does rule Libra where both my Sun and Moon fall and partly because I feel she has far more clout than I had previously given this lovely planet credit for.

Venus is traditionally a beneficent but she is far more than a pretty face. Having a well aspected natal Venus makes a big difference in our ability to interact with others with a positive outcome. People almost always respond favorably to a warm genuine smile, setting them at ease. For instance, a hostess with a prominent Venus in Leo usually has a knack for welcoming each guest and making them feel like the life of the party.

As someone with a twelfth house Sun, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter, my first house Venus in Sagittarius works hard to get me interested in socializing. My mom had to track me down and force me to attend social gatherings with the rest of the family. Thing is, when I got there I usually had a great time, thanks to my hardworking Venus.

With Venus in Scorpio parked in my twelfth house, having family here for Thanksgiving and Christmas required a conscious shift of focus. It worked because everyone enjoyed themselves including me. Mercury’s extended stay in Sagittarius and my first house turned out to be very helpful in making small talk. All Venus in Scorpio wanted me to do was turn inward and contemplate the Mysteries.

Another side-effect of Venus meandering through Scorpio was increased indolence. In other words, move in slow motion with plenty of breaks to sit, sip and relax with escapist literature or watch something purely entertaining. Since it was Scorpio, a touch of eroticism was part of the fun . . . a little Laurell K Hamilton anyone?

It is worth remembering Venus represents the receptive rather the assertive, and this particular Venus transit was a good reminder of that. If I didn’t live with Mr. Aries who rarely stops moving except to sleep, I probably would have succumbed to the Venus induced lethargy to a far greater extent.

I would love to hear about others experiences during the past few months of Venus in Scorpio. What sector of your chart was Venus in during her stay in Scorpio and did it seem like all you had to do was sit back and have the “world” come to you? For instance, if Venus spent the past four months transiting back and forth over your Midheaven, did you receive recognition for past accomplishments? Or if she was in your fourth house, did you prefer to entertain at home rather than going out?

If you want some help setting priorities for yourself based on your natal chart, I can give you a hand. Just send me your birth data using the form on this page, make a small donation using the donate button in the left-hand sidebar and we can take it from there. Please state your main issue. Thanks! :D


Venus & Jupiter Direct, November 18, 2010

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In six days both Venus and Jupiter will station direct within about five hours of each other and I can hardly wait because Venus retrogrades gradually wear me down.

The chart for November 18, 2010 finds the Moon in Aries opposing the newly direct Venus in Libra. Perhaps Venus has been biding her time to air a number of grievances she has and will use this moment to do so. With Jupiter and Uranus inconjunct Venus, this tactic may backfire in a couple of ways. Firstly, because Jupiter and Uranus are in sensitive Pisces, so what Venus sees as standing up for her rights others may see as a pity party. Secondly, Jupiter makes it easy to blow something minor all out of proportion.

Contributing to out of control mouths is a conjunction of Mars and Mercury in Sagittarius . . . yee haw! Fiery Sagittarius is noted for blurting out what they see as “The Truth” and this Mars-Mercury conjunction is almost guaranteed to shoot first and ask questions later. If you are the sort of person who enjoys debating, this will be fun but for those of us who cringe at the thought of yelling matches, it sucks. Big time. Thankfully Saturn in Libra is sextile those two planets and will referee, making sure all parties get equal air time. Popcorn, anyone?! :D

Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius trine Venus in Libra will be there to smooth things over  after the shouting and offer insights into what was behind the differences in opinion. It is very possible information will surface that has sorely needed addressing for quite some time and we may finally be able to start the healing process.

From my point of view as a peace loving Venusian, I recommend exercising as much tact as is humanly possible and avoiding hurtful language because even though it may feel good during the heat of battle, making up after is much easier if one or both parties don’t have to keep apologizing for days. Remember the Sun is still in Scorpio, folks, and Scorpio is noted for having a long memory when it comes to insults and injury.

On a personal note, I am hoping to see my energy start to revive once Venus and Jupiter are direct. Though it is my thought the exact square from Neptune to my Ascendant is pulling me down more than anything and that will be over by November 23. Even having Mars and Mercury in Sagittarius barreling through my first house hasn’t given me much of a boost.


Happy T-Day and Other Miscellany

This year we get Uranus turning direct, a dashing New Moon in Sagittarius and here in the States, Thanksgiving, all on the same day. Now why do I get the feeling I’m going to be most grateful on Friday! I have been the chief cook for this event for many years and this time around is no exception.

Uranus is stationing in my fourth house and this is the year my younger sister says she can’t eat dairy products anymore so please plan accordingly. I made a pumpkin pie with soy creamer for starters and plan on setting aside potatoes, both regular and sweet, for her to add her non-dairy margarine to for seasoning. Yup, Uranus at work.

In addition we have a new dog! I picked her up last week and we are now in the process of doing some retraining. She had her previous people trained to play fetch with her almost non-stop and I want her to pay attention to my husband and me, not some toy. She is a Blue Heeler and is a very, very smart, determined personality as well as being sweet natured for that breed. However all this takes time and energy and adds to the overall chaos around here but with Mars, Mercury and the Sun in Sagittarius transiting my first house what is more appropriate than a dog showing up in my life.

Here’s to everyone having a wonderful Thanksgiving with keen appreciation of what we are thankful for in our lives!


I promised Eme Kah a response to her query from the previous post:

I don’t know how to use that Neptunian energy productively at all, I mean in a life-changing way not when it comes to creativity (that’s another story). One of the things that I used to do was to go the Piscean, “ignore it and it’ll go away” route. DOING something about a problem was such a drag. It still kind of is. I would just wish it away–definitely not the best way to use a Neptunian energy. On the other hand, I still haven’t learned how to transcend bad feelings. That would be a useful Neptunian skill. I would love to hear from people who have managed to use Neptunian energy in a productive way (other than in the arts, I mean).

It seems to me the key to learning to handle Neptune in aspect to Venus and the Moon in particular is through Saturn. If we can establish guidelines and boundaries for the way we express love and compassion as well as receive it, we will be less inclined to slip into Neptune’s illusions and false expectations.

Various religious belief systems use this very effectively. Think of the vows of chastity and poverty used to shift the focus to compassionate love instead of physical, romantic love. If we need to establish our own guidelines because we don’t ascribe to a particular belief system, like I did with Saturn-Pluto in the ninth house, then it’s up to using Saturn’s energy in our charts to enforce our chosen morale code.

Perhaps this dynamic is clear to me because my Venus is both sextile Neptune and trine Saturn while my Moon is conjunct Neptune and sextile Saturn. Sure I floundered around and made some rather poor choices [understatement], especially before my first Saturn return but in the end I learned to adhere to my personal code of ethics and boundaries. Misplaced nurturance and “rescue mission” relationships were gradually weeded out and replaced with equitable relationships with more mature personalities.

Channeling the compassion and caring of Neptune in a sane way also is aided by learning a hefty degree of detachment to outcomes. Because when we set out to “rescue” someone we have already passed judgment saying in essence they can’t take care of themselves and we know what’s best for them. I firmly believe 99.9% of the time there is not enough information to make that call about another human being.

This also goes back to treating one’s self with love, compassion and forgiveness first. When we can do that, then we can spread it around to all the other people in our lives. By the way one way of handling bad feelings is through forgiveness, how Neptune is that?!

So that’s my two cents. Anyone else?

Hydrangas are wonderful in the Fall. These are last year’s beauties.


Summer Solstice June 20, 2008

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The summer solstice is the moment when the Sun enters Cancer. It’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere; the longest night in the Southern Hemisphere.

A chart cast for this moment gives us a sense of the tone for the next six months. Because Cancer is ruled by the Moon, the aspects to the Moon in the solstice chart are important. Here, we find the Moon in late Capricorn widely conjunct Jupiter. The Moon is also part of a Yod with Mars in Leo at the apex. Uranus in Pisces is sextile the Moon and is the other planet forming the base of the Yod. The base planets combine to give us innovation and optimism, somewhat at odds with the energetic element in flamboyant Leo. Pursuing creative projects is encouraged, but at the same time, waiting for definitive results before going public is also recommended.

Mars also opposes Neptune, and this aspect underlines the possibility that we will be less than clear about our goals and desires. Neptune can be very high-minded while at the same time being a little weak in the facts department. With Pluto back in Sagittarius and widely trine Mars, the urge to push ahead will be great. Be very careful to double-check all pertinent information before moving ahead with plans.

On the positive side, we have a lovely sextile between Venus, Ceres, and the Sun in Cancer and Saturn in Virgo. Healing, nurturing, and promoting healthy lifestyle changes are all favored and well worth putting energy behind now. Thankfully that rascal Mercury is direct in Gemini, giving mental clarity a boost.

Overall, the path most likely to bring good fortune is to stay with a modest approach rather then trumpeting one’s virtues to all and sundry. There is support for thoughtful, creative ventures benefiting the group as a whole rather than the individual. Being kind is always a good practice and usually generates goodwill. Remember to take time to nurture yourself, too.

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