On Closer Inspection VENUS STATIONS RETROGRADE Oct 5, 2018
Venus is the star of the moment, at station standstill in the fixed, water sign of Scorpio. Venus doesn't retrograde every year, there are 19 months between cycles. So, unlike Mercury, which seems to be nearing yet another retrograde all the time, when Venus begins her backwards waltz through the zodiac, it can be disorienting — in Venusian ways, which, by and large, have to do with relationship: thinking about them, longing for them, longing to get out of them, longing to improve them. Whatever your romantic situation, when Venus stations retrograde, the beginning of a major contemplation project regarding love has begun.
Venus is more than just the planet of love and relationship however. Personal values and aesthetics also fall under her rule. Our Love Goddess also denotes what we consider worthwhile and beautiful, what brings us pleasure — not just who, but WHAT we treasure. And in this sense, as the late, great astrologer Howard Sasportas pointed out, Venus serves the Sun — that solar urge to be exactly Venus is an important inner compass, for if we lack a strong sense of what we personally value, how can we make appropriate choices? prioritize adequately? effectively direct our lives?who we are: to grow and develop into a unique individual. Venus is an important inner compass, for if we lack a deep understanding of what we truly value, how can we make appropriate choices? prioritize adequately? effectively direct our lives?
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A Better Way MARS STATIONS DIRECT August 27, 2018
As I write, Mars is currently moving at snail's pace inching its way to station direct. A mere two minutes of zodiac arc (one degree = 60 minutes) separates the God of War from station standstill, but it will take Mars two days to get there.
Gliding in retrospective, retrograde motion since June 26th, Mars has brought frustrations, irritations, and an omnipresent, vitamin-deficient lethargy. Like a furnace shut down with only the pilot light burning, a healthy portion of our normal heat and fire has been lost; for Mars represents the stamina and energy we need to compete effectively, to be active and assertive, to blow through obstacles, run the course, and deal effectively with our adversaries. The outward pulsing vigor and courage that this "planet of success" symbolizes is absolutely fundamental to life.
But here we are! Forward Ho Mars! We've made it through the swamps and bogs of a two-month, slogging-backwards God of War. We now stand at another major turning point in this long and arduous uphill retrograde process. While energy levels will gradually return to normal from this point onward, and you won't feel so much like you're driving with the parking brake on, the retrograde work, however, is not yet done.
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Turning Point/Boiling Point
THE AQUARIUS LUNAR ECLIPSE & SUN-MARS OPPOSITION July 27, 2018
This Friday, the Sun will perfect an opposition to Mars signalling the midpoint — and significant turning point — in the current Mars retrograde cycle, when Mars issues tend to flare up big time. This year, the opposition coincides with an amplifying Full Moon, which also happens to be a total lunar eclipse, plus the Sun-Mars opposition squares Uranus forming a super-combustible t-square! The Sun-Uranus square perfects today (11:35am UT at 2°29' Taurus/Leo), while the Mars-Uranus square will be exact next week, Aug 1st (at 2°32' Aquarius/Taurus).
And that's not all. Mercury — which rules communication, commerce, transport, computers and other "circulatory systems" such as those in our bodies — is stationary TODAY as I post, beginning a three-week retrograde cycle in Leo (retrograde station at 23°). Adding further to the week's already high tide of intensity, a stationary God of Connections will add a thick layer of confusion, misunderstandings, plus a higher potential for accidents and other mishaps, which the Sun-Mars-Uranus t-square also indicates big time.
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In Times of Trouble
THE CANCER NEW MOON & SOLAR ECLIPSE July 12-13, 2018
This week's New Moon falls in compassionate (sometimes touchy) Cancer, our special guide over the next month. A sign that can heighten moodiness, ruled as it is by that ever-changing nightlight of ours. With Cancer at the helm, we can be charming, sweet and considerate one moment, and cranky, out of sorts and irritable the next. This shifting, dual nature is a distinct aspect of Cancer, represented in its crab-shaped "yin-yang" glyph.
When Cancer is a strong influence, we can easily confuse what we are feeling with what others are feeling, which can make relating a very tricky ordeal. Thus when the New Moon falls in Cancer, we can have more trouble objectively dealing with challenging situations, especially emotionally charged ones. When Cancerian sensitivity is working well, however, and we are surrounded by loving family and friends, a wonderful feeling of connectedness and sympatico can flow. It is much easier to feel at home somehow, and to know just the right way to make others feel at home too. Cancer is the archetypal Mother, symbolic of divine Mother Mary and her unceasing, unconditional love.
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The King and the Knight
MARS STATIONS RETROGRADE June 26, 2018
We are just a couple of days away from Mars' station retrograde. The God of War is moving at a snail's pace, inching its way to a stationary halt. By now, you are probably feeling the slowdown in yourself: a definite drop in energy, motivation, get-up-and-go.
As I mentioned in a previous post, during Mars retrograde cycles, we often see, not just a drop in energy, but a rise in misplaced hostility and anger, cowardice, wishy-washy behavior, passive-aggression, and many other manipulative and devious maneuvers. The weaker one's personal power — the ability to assert opinion and needs, to push back when others have stepped over the line, the courage to deal directly and honestly in life, to not let the bullies lead one around by the nose — the more these issues will come to a crisis point over the course of this summer. Especially so this year with the retrograde cycle dovetailing powerfully with sweeping-change, crisis-producing eclipses.