The Full Blue Blood Total Moon Eclipse visible from Australia, New Zealand, East Asia, Indonesia, Alaska, Hawaii : Visible for a limited time for West & East Coast USA due to the Moon setting. Not visible in the UK / Europe as its day time.
Full Moon Eclipse @ 11 degrees Leo, however eclipses last up to 3 hours from start to finish. To watch the start of the eclipse add 1.5 hours before these times.
LA : Jan 31st @ 0527
NY: Jan 31st @ 0827
LONDON: Jan 31st @ 1327
HONG KONG : Jan 31st @ 2127
SYDNEY: Feb 1st @ 0027
AUCKLAND: Feb 1st @ 0227
The Full Moon in Leo on January 31st (Northern Hemisphere) / early morning 1st Feb (Australia and NZ) will be a Full Super Blue Blood Total Moon Eclipse. It’s like a Technicolor assortment of Moons all rolled into one, where all the rare auspicious events a Full Moon can muster all collide into this one lunation, which isn’t exactly a regular occurrence. The last time we had a Super Blue Blood Moon Total Eclipse was 31st March 1866.
So what do all these words put together mean ?( A Lot ! ) Will it be important ? (Yes) Will it affect you ? (quite likely) Will everyone go crazy ? (People WILL be weird, and things feeling slightly ominous)
This lunation is a Super Moon, like the past 2 full moons, occurring when the Moon is in its closest orbit to the Earth. This means the Moon is 14% bigger to the eye, as well as having quite an intense draw to it. If you’re not so sure about its pull and importance, lets remind ourselves that the tides are dictated by the Moon, The Emergency Services have recorded a marked upswing of work and activity on Full Moon’s and Midwives also to get very busy ! Lunacy comes from the work Luna, meaning Moon.
A Blue Moon is when you have 2 Full Moons in 1 calendar Month, this occurs every 2.7 years, hence the phrase, “Once in a Blue Moon”. The Full Moon occurs at 0227am NZ time on 1st of February, the last Full Moon occurred on 2nd of January in Cancer, Australian time, for the Northern Hemisphere, these lunation occur, 1st & 31st of January 2018.
Full Moon Eclipses are when during its orbit the Earth gets in between the Sun and The Moon. The Earth casts the shadow over the 2 light bodies. The Sun which is radiating light and The Moon which is reflecting the light. How close the Earth is in blocking this natural mirroring depends on how big the eclipse is. Eclipses occur in pairs, when there is usually a Full and New Moon. They occur every 6 months in pairs. This will occur 3 times in a pair of opposing signs, which of course hooks into your birth chart.
Eclipses are basically a shadowing affects and in general, are very strange and powerful times. As the Sun and La Luna are blocked from their natural cycle, with a blocking of the light comes darkness and shadow. Simply, during eclipses information or literally things are blocked. You are not seeing the full picture, your vision has been obscured. The effects of an eclipse can last from 2 weeks (till the end of the next eclipse free moon phase) or up to 6 months, when the next set of eclipses occur. The size of the eclipse i.e.: Total, Partial Eclipses tend to give a good indicator as to how influential it will be energetically. This Eclipse will be a Total Eclipse.
This 31st Jan/1st Feb Eclipse is the 2nd set in the Leo and Aquarius axis, which means they are trying to forward a story in the area of life that these signs rule in your birth chart. The last time this occurred in your Leo / Aquarius Houses was 18.6 years ago, so eclipses are significant as timing techniques. Look back to where you are at or what changes took place 18.6 years ago. The first eclipses in this current cycle began July 2017, which included the Great American Eclipse of 21st August 2017. An eclipse that revealed how seriously imbalanced race relations still are in the US, as the Charlottesville Riots occurred in the lead up to this eclipse, against the taking a knee protest which had been simmering for a year previous. Post eclipse, it was revealed how seriously divided the US still is with its internal race relations. A month after the Eclipse, you have the President of the United States calling on firing those players who protested, calling them the now infamous SOB quote. Casting a huge shadow over the right to free speech as well race relation problems.
If you have your Nodes in Leo and Aquarius, these are themes that are running through your life journey, they ARE part of your life story. If you are in one of the following ages brackets, from July 2017, your nodes are in Leo and Aquarius making these eclipses part of your Nodal Return or opposition, and very significant for you. 8 -10, 18 – 20, 26 – 28, 36 – 38, 45 – 47, 55 – 56, 64 – 66, 73 – 75, 82 – 84, 92 – 94.
Leo and Aquarius are 2 signs the are about the individual and the collective, Leo has a regal quality and Aquarius is all about collective society. When eclipses occur there is a blocking of these 2 themes or are an accelerated need to balance these 2 energies in areas of your life that these signs occur. Leo is a very creative energy, it’s very much tied to the need to develop or be in touch with your inner child or creation. With Aquarius its more about being the audience or the collective that these creations or inner child must eventually present or be integrated into society.
So basically how are you going to balance the needs of your creativity and the collective ? and have you strayed to far into one direction ? Are you too focused on the individual / or the Collective, does the other side need a bit of attention. How are you going to recieve these gifts ? Another way of putting it is, Do you need to BE more of the central character in your life, rather than hiding amongst the collective (Leo North Node), or do you need to be less of your own character and try to integrate more into the collective (Aquarius North Node). This is the focus of these eclipses, with the tools of recognition and opportunity coming to you in an obscure or not completely visible ways, or with what YOU perceive as bad timing.
Eclipse are super charged New and Full Moons, so the fundamentals of what New and Full Moon cycles are, is present, but it’s just amplified and extended into a 3 fold eclipse cycle. A discovery, an adjustment or integration and a completion. It’s an incredible potent & intense time, of beginnings and endings on an ego and emotional level.
In ancient times Eclipses were seen as times of great upheaval with lots of superstition around them. Kings were over thrown, Kingdoms plunged into turmoil, Wars won and lost. It is understandable why such superstition was attached to Eclipses, which fundamentally are accelerations of stories and themes to progress your life story. Like Yin & Yang, Light & Dark, Sun & Moon we need to balance both halves of life and eclipses are an essential part of these stories, through the darkness or shadow they create. No matter how much we don’t want to address them, and no matter how blinded we might feel, the merging of these dualities will reveal the magic of eclipses and the constant need to balance oppositions in the highlighted areas of our lives.
The Total Blood Moon Eclipses is an incredible natural phenomena which is both haunting and magical, especially this time around with so many rare attributes coming together into one lunation. May the shadow it cast help light your way.
2018 is a year which sets the tone and introduces a new 3 and 8 year cycle, taking a markedly different approach and vibe to the previous 2 years. As we enter 2018, Saturn has just entered Capricorn for a 3 year stay creating a steady backbone to the hard work, volatility, inwards reflections and disruptions that will begin to reveal themselves in 2018.
The unlikely duo of Taurus and Uranus will finally meet up again after 84 years. They will beginning to reveal how they might tango, this time around; set against a back drop of overlapping planetary retrogrades. This is a much slower and more self-reflective changing of pace.
The past 2 years have had a distinctive Fire flavour to them, creating dynamic change and disruption in signs that feed off such change. Yang energy is now turning inwards in 2018, turning it into a Yin year, doubly reflected with 2018 also being an Earth Dog Chinese Year.
2018 is a year where the major outer planets all move from Fire into Earth signs. Stabilising Saturn into Capricorn and Disruptive Uranus in to Taurus. Like the Australian Bush, for 10s of thousands of years in some would say; in a reliable yet unpredictable way, it regenerated and re-germinates through fire activating the seeds and plants. We now astrologically enter a phase, for these burnt seeds to germinate after being activated over the past 2 fire years. Its time for the earth to swallow them allowing them to grow.
2018 these seeds now take root, nourished by the earth, but like anything that is born out of fire, the path may not always be straight forward. Earth can smother and it can restrict, but it can also keep seeds secure and grounded as these seeds try to take root over the next 3 years. As these freshly earthed seeds begin to take form its time to ask yourself; What is it that you would like to seed and grow over the next 3 years ? What seeds have the past 2 years of fire cracked open ?
When Jupiter moves from Scorpio (water) into Sagittarius (fire) in November 2018, we get that little fire, warming the earth, helping the germination, as Jupiter enters the sign of its rulership for 2019, helping to us to get to the next phase. The sands are shifting and its a great time to work with these shifts. 2018 is the beginning of a major paradigm shift. Both at a macro and micro level. Personal Plans or developments are a 3 year investment, minimum; as we build to 2020. These goals and desires are supported. This is why the energy is coming together now, to be worked with and moulded like clay, or seeded.
Below are the main transits of the year and what they foreshadow for the year ahead, they are to be worked with and kneaded and nurtured. Over time, the scale to which you can build becoming limitless. The only catch, is you gotta turn pro and do the work !
2018 – The Major Transits
Saturn in Capricorn
(All of 2018)
Saturn entered Capricorn in December 2017, Capricorn is Saturn’s ruler and its a 27 year cycle which sees the karmic master coming home. Its coming home to rework the Capricorn area of your birth chart, making it a stronger platform for your personal growth and development. Saturn works by destroying things that aren’t working to create strong structures for you to build from. Saturn is slow and steady and this will be most reliable aspect of 2018. Saturn will give you gravity to withstand any changes, it rewards hard work over longer periods of time.
2018 is the 1st year / phase of a 3 year cycle. Saturn slows things down so don’t be making plans to harvest anything seeded this year until at least 2020. Saturn dares you to think big and think long-term. There is no short-term vision with Saturn in Capricorn, it is teaching us to do the work, do it properly and give credit where credit is due. It’s a pretty straightforward and simple energy, but its slow and restrictive which not everyone likes the flavour of. Things take time.
Saturn in Capricorn is the secure and safe earth that protects the seeds for the future. This is the back bone of the year, don’t fight it, there is too much going on that signifies that Saturn in Capricorn has got this for you. Unfortunately there is no way around. The only way is through, and there in lies the catch.
(March – May & August – September)
The Malefics in Astrology are the planets dubbed unlucky or those bringing mis-fortune. Thankfully Astrology has progressed a lot since this term was thrown around, however, it is interesting to note that Mars, Saturn & Pluto (all planets associated with mis-fortune and hostility) are all in Capricorn for most of 2018, due to the Mars retrograde. Capricorn is the sign that Mars & Saturn are exulted/enhanced or super charged by being in. Capricorn makes these planets empowered, you will be asked to use it !
This doesn’t mean you are going to have a bad year and have mis-fortune fall upon you. What it does mean is that there maybe areas of stress around you or some form of anxiety; if you don’t answer there call to empower yourself, or work hard with any problem solving at hand. There maybe pressure or external forces making things feel harder than what they should be. This isn’t a sign of defeat or failure, this is a call to rise up and meet the challenge head on ! It’s a call to climb above when any issues or tensions arise.
Mars is the giver of Fire & Power, Saturn is the planet of Responsibility & Accountability, Pluto is the planet of transformation & regeneration . These planets will be keying off each other on and off for a lot of 2018. So don’t blow it off, don’t feel defeated because you wanted an easy ride, step up and take the challenge, if you do, you will be rewarded. Where you have Capricorn in your birth chart is where these planets will be effecting you personal life.
Don’t by into others hostility, aggression or any form of negative connection if it transpires. Take the higher road and keep plugging away up that mountain. Never stoop to conquer, no matter how much you might be called to. It will be a challenge to handle this energy with grace, but Capricorn does bring grace to these planets. Just check that you aren’t keying off others who are re-acting rather than working with the energy at hand. Always ask, what am I reacting to ? Where is this hostility coming from ?, acknowledge it and move on, don’t take the bait if it’s coming from muddles or external forces.
17 March – 16 May 2018 is when Mars, Saturn & Pluto all be in Capricorn together, with April being where most of the heat lies, with Mars conjuncting Saturn, then Pluto.
August – September Mars will return to Capricorn due to its Retrograde. August and September might bring back to finally complete or finally reconcile any issues from March – May. Once Mars clears its retrograde from 15th October onwards the dust will begin to settle and the Spartan warrior will be back on track and become high functioning again.
Uranus in Taurus
(15th May – 7th November 2018, then back for 8 years in 2019)
Uranus the planet of Surprise, Innovation, Rebellion, Shock and Change will be entering Taurus a fixed earth sign in May. Returning after 84 years, Uranus enters Taurus from 15th May – November 2018, giving us a taste of what its 8 year transit is going to look like.
Taurus is very slow and predictable, it isn’t one for change and is very happy with its comforts. Uranus coming to the party for 8 years will see Taurus having to negotiate and reconcile how it deals with and works with change, especially when its uninvited.
Uranus will be looking to shake up, revolutionise and change things that are Taurean. Money, Currency, Commodities, Food, The Body, are all areas looking to be revolutionised. The last time Uranus was in Taurus (1934 – 1942), the Great Depression occurred as well as the outbreak of WW2, to give an indication of its potency.
2018 will give us an insight into what Uranus in Taurus may create as a global change agent. It will retrograde back into Aries end of 2018, before settling back into Taurus in 2019. Globally things such as crypto or alternative currencies, changes in commodities and values, lab grown meats, alternative foods becoming more mainstream, 3D printing, alternative food sources, break through in food production and how we nourish our bodies would be the logical areas to be looking at with Uranus in Taurus.
Looking at which House Taurus sits in your birth chart is a great way to look at how it might affect you personally. If you have your Sun or Moon in Taurus, expect the unexpected and be ready to have unexpected changes to areas that you have become too comfortable in being in. Exactly the type of thing that will displease a Taurus the most. Keeping in mind the more you try to hold on to a stagnant area of your life, the harder the transition will be. Uranus, does have its rewards, it innovates to make life better and more streamlined. Taurus’s challenge will be to not be stubborn about it, learning to go with the unexpected flow.
This year, sees all Mercury Retrograde in Fire Signs. 2017 saw the Retrogrades in Fire Signs but spilling back over into its neighbouring sign. 2018, will see Mercury retrograde all contained within the fire sign (with the Sagittarius retro being the only exception) . These are the only major transits of Fire signs, until November 2018.
Interestingly the retrogrades do also spill over into other key transits making them a potent player in the introduction of other transits. They are crossing paths with other planets trying to work there magic.
Mercury Retrogrades during these other planetary shifts might make the experience more internal, creating a more heightened and personal commentary during these key moments of energetic shifts of 2018. Its less happening around you, more happening with in you. These Mercury retrogrades are trying to advance your story, with passionate inner dialogue. This is powerful self talk.
March 23rd – April 15th : Mercury Retrograde in Aries (connects in with Mars in Capricorn April 5th – Personal power)
July 26th – August 19th : Mercury Retrograde in Leo (connects in with a total lunar eclipse in Aquarius conjunct Mars & the South Node – personal talents & personal power, the need to be brave)
November 17th – December 7th : Mercury Retro in Sagittarius (connects in with Venus Retrograde & Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius by conjunction on 28th of November – where you want to expand & where you meet Luck & Opportunity)
26th June – 27th August 2018 in Aquarius & Capricorn
Mars retrogrades every 2 years, and Mars retrogrades, like all retrogrades offer opportunities to pause and turn inwards. As Mars is to do with personal power, movement and traction, Mars Retrogrades can be very frustrating times. There can be a real feeling that momentum is lost and that there is a loss of traction or movement. This leads to frustration and a need to vent, which is a potential pit fall of Mars Retrogrades. Once again like Saturn’s transit, patience is required. This is not a time to push forward, or be the aggressor in a situation.
Mars will be retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn. Mars Retrograde will also be next to the Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius on July 28th. Having a Mars Retrograde next to a Lunar Eclipse and the South Node, signals deep changes to do with personal power, emotional cleansing and the use of your natural talents, talents that don’t necessarily progress you in the way they currently function (South Node). This is heavy reworking of internal structures. It’s the opportunity to do some sacred personal shapeshifting. The results won’t reveal themselves immediately. Patience is once again the key. Its part of the 3 year progress.
Mars Retrograde is a personal reworking of your power, strength and how you wield it. It won’t be immediate but its a very powerful reconfiguration. Mars having its systems upgraded will be more noticeable once it goes direct from October 2018, and moving into 2019.
Those who have Mars retrograde natally in their birth chart, this retrograde will see a time of great movement and action. Why ? because it taps into an aspect in their chart that only gets activated every 2 years. Active retrogrades will activate a natal one if people have it in there chart. It unlocks the energy, allowing those who have it in there chart to really push forward. For those who have Mars Retrograde in your birth chart, it is a time to really take flight and be successful forage ahead in things that empower you.
Mars will go direct at 28 degrees Capricorn. The degree where Mars has most power in the sign it favours. Once this Mars retrograde is over, Mars will be ready to pick up and charge forward with great vigour and strength. Mars, post training is a spartan warrior ready to conquer. The next time Mars Retrogrades in Aquarius will be 2050.
(yes this really is the year of the retrograde)
5th October – 16th November 2018 in Scorpio & Libra
Venus Retrograde, like Mars retrograde, is a turning inwards to re-evaluate your ideals around the planetary theme. This time it is your Venusian ideals. Venus retrogrades looks at relationships, relationships with self, with others, your looks and style, as well as physical (purchased) aesthetics.
Venus retrogrades are traditionally bad times to invest in art, or alter your appearance in any way that can’t be changed back. Why ? because your judgement has been skewed, or you will change your mind post retro phase.
It is also a time to not go chasing after relationships that pop back up or re-enter your life (as it is a thing that DOES happen when Venus is Retrograde). Any relationships that do re-enter, tread carefully. Venus retrogrades are closing chapters, re-evalutaing and times of taking stock, its about rebalancing and closure, not powering forward to conquer.
It is a good time to pamper and be kind to yourself, prioritising your feelings and looking at what is important for you when it comes to relationships with others as well as yourself. Its all playing into this Saturnian idea of consolidating for the future.
Its good to look at past retrogrades in particular for Venus retrogrades as they repeat every 8 years in the same signs. This retrograde cycle is a evolving or a continuation of themes from previous cycles. Its also good to look at how your relationships with self and others has progressed since this time, are you happy with it ? What themes during the previous transits do you think are relevant to you from that time to now ?
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Jupiter in Sagittarius
9th November 2018 for 1 year
Closing the year off, feeling like things have been nothing but hard work and no fun, Jupiter the great Benific, a king of the gods, enters the sign of its rulership, Sagittarius for a year.
After spending most of 2018 in the watery depths of Scorpio, Jupiter will spend most of the year dealing with expansion of things we like to keep under the surface. Scorpio is all about under/otherworldly expressions of the human experience. Jupiter in Scorpio adds to this serious, slow moving and earth / water tone which once again encourages hardwork and patience. This restrictive and muddy current will shift once Jupiter returns home to Sagittarius in November 2018.
Jupiter loves to be the optimist, expand and inflate ideas and situations, which is the completely opposite energy to what Saturn in Capricorn & Jupiter in Scorpio can feel like. So as 2018 closes we have 3 major planets in there signs of rulership (Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn & Neptune in Pisces), this sets a very empowering and more optimistic tone for year 2 of the 3 year plan. Planets in the sign of their rulership mean they work at full capacity, they are supporting you at there highest function; but only if you are supporting yourself at your highest capacity.
Jupiter in Sagittarius will be a beautiful reward for all the sacrifices and hard work. Its a repeat or hark back to 12 years earlier. What was happening in 2006 ?what stroke of luck or magic back then really propelled you forward ? This is the energy that will be coming to into play as we enter 2019.
2018 is our introduction to a new and self determined future, its going to be a slow and measured time. However there can be no greater reward than that of Jupiter the King of the Gods and the great benific coming home in to Sagitarius to really sprout the optimism as we draw to the end of 2018, looking back to see how far we have come.
This years Solstice on December 22nd 2017 is the beginning of a new energetic reign. It is a changing of the tide, which peaks in 2020 with a tsunami of Capricorn energy, created by Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter in the sign of Capricorn. This is where a 248 year, 27 year and 12 year cycles will intersect creating a redistribution of power at a micro and macro level from 2020.
Saturn returning home for 3 years is the next step in this journey, 27 years since its last transit of Capricorn, it’s joining Pluto in Capricorn. This ingress of Saturn into its ruler Capricorn at the Solstice (When the Sun enters Capricorn) is a very rare and auspicious occasion. It last occurred in 1664. This ingress is ALSO occurring during the ancient Roman Festival of Saturnalia. It is the first time Saturnalia and Saturn in Capricorn have coincided since December 16 1870. The 3 way synchronicity of these events show how energetically potent this transit of Saturn in Capricorn is going to be.
The Ancient Roman Festival of Saturnalia, celebrated annually to usher in the Solstice, was the biggest annual festival of the Roman calendar. Saturnalia, celebrating the god Saturn, was a time of excessive celebration, joy and hedonism. During this celebration, people partied to excess, slaves were given temporary freedom to say and do what they liked, and certain moral restrictions were eased. Saturnalia was a festival about celebration with the aims of bringing fortune and prosperity to crops as the seasons take a dark turn over winter. Once Christianity took hold, Saturnalia was replaced with Christmas.
Saturn, in Astrology is the god of structure, karma, authority, stealth, endurance, commitment, accountability, wisdom and time. Saturn is karmic and consequence. It creates opportunities to solidify and strengthen. Capricorn applies to government, systems, hierarchy, status, public profile, rules / regulations and external structure. These two energies speak to each other.
Saturn is re-entering Capricorn to cleanse & purge after its last reset/transit 27 years ago. With Capricorn there is always a focus on fairness and equality due to Capricorn’s moralist under tow, and its focus on accountability. If this energy is out of balance this energy could turn into corruption and nepotism. This is what this transit seeks to clean up on a micro and macro level. Saturn = Karma, Capricorn = Public Profile.
To give historic examples, in past Saturn in Capricorn cycles; the Berlin Wall was Built (Jan 1959 – Jan 1962) and then torn down in Saturns next Capricorn transit (Feb 1988 – Feb 1991). In America’s Chart, these Capricorn cycles have seen financial down turns. A reality check to its usual confident financial spending and shows of excess and abundance. People who faught the law and the law won, were killed or captured also when Saturn got in to Capricorn. Ie: Al Capone & Pablo Escobar. All these examples feel pertinent as we enter this transit, themes such as Walls, Finances, Justice, all resonate in the current climate.
Pluto has been pre purging Capricorn’s space, clearing the way for Saturn’s entry since 2008. Pluto had an explosive entry into Capricorn via the Global Financial Crisis. Pluto is all about transforming and changing the ways we do things, via deaths of old ways of being. The fact it has been paving the way for Saturn’s entry, makes Saturn’s upcoming transit more interesting with the potential to be more potent than previous transits. Any time Pluto and Saturn meet there is a redistribution of power. With Pluto a lot of muck has been racked around gender, politics, governments and money since 2008. Jupiter moving into Scorpio in October 2017 is amplifying this Plutonic energy. Jupiter in Scorpio also brings in the current themes of Sexual Power and Consequence to this Saturn cycle. Interestingly enough the Harvey Weinstein Affair came out just as Jupiter moved into Scorpio. Coinciedence ? I think not.
If you’re an earth or water sign, it will be an abundant flow of energy that comes naturally. It will feel safe with the feeling of being supported in what you do. Earth IS Structure, Water NEEDS structure. If you’re a Fire or Air sign, it will flow but it might feel a bit more challenging as Air and Fire don’t like to be grounded or contained. Don’t be intimated, this is something you can handle. Remembering Saturn is making sure Pluto’s restructuring and excavation is structurally sound for you to launch off post 2020.
As Saturn enters Capricorn an earth sign, other major transits of 2018 help support this shift. There is a new distribution of energy into Water and Earth Signs. This is a shift from the past few years which have been more Fire and Air dominated. Uranus moving into Taurus (Earth), Jupiter in Scorpio (Water) and Neptune in Pisces (Water) will finally have support via Saturn in Capricorn. Calming the waters after the past few years of volatility.
Saturn in Sagittarius over the past 3 years has been a bit of clash of agendas. Sagittarius likes to stretch its legs and get excited about life. Saturn is the realist and operates from a place of restriction. When Saturn moves in to Capricorn on December 21st 2017, Saturn the realist will finally have a sign that respects its authority and need to consolidate and restrict before the next big push. Saturn in Capricorn IS this restrictive process. If there was ever a send off for Saturn from one sign to another, the current Mercury Retrograde conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius is surely it. Re-assessing the past 3 years before the mantra “constraints are liberating” become the new ethos. Mercury goes direct as the Sun & Saturn goes into Capricorn.
Saturn loves to create support systems and you couldn’t ask for a better planet to give support to such expansive and unrestrained energies such as Neptune, Jupiter or Uranus. Earth and Water come together to make a lasting impact, consolidating the ideas and passion that has been awoken and seeded, with all the Air and Fire that has been dominating the past 2 years. Saturn will be the base note of the next 3 years, the under tone to which everything else will hang from.
Saturn through the signs :
Capricorn/Capricorn Rising 1st House: Earth
Capricorn has the stern facade of Saturn transiting their 1st House. Restructuring is the new cool. “Constraints are liberating” will be your mantra for the world to see. Your ruler will be dropping all the fake facades in a very visible way as you get Harder, Faster, Better at life in ALL Aspects. Capricorn’s love to climb and this is the hard work that will end up getting you places. If you feel like you have been doing this for a while, Saturn will support you in leaps and bounds, propelling you forward. Its going to strengthen ALL areas of your life, don’t get to sentimental about anything lost. You have some major climbing to do.
Aquarius/Aquarius Rising 12th House: Air
Aquarian’s feel the heat of Saturn’s grind in their 12th House of their inner world and sanctum. There maybe a need to set up solid private practises, that nurture your spirit and soul. It could be a shift in WHAT you DO to nourish this area of life. Either way there will a pressure around your inner world. Which shouldn’t actually be too bad. Saturn is the old ruler of Aquarius so it is an energy you are familiar with. Use the pressure of the searching and seeking to find the treasure that you seek – Personal liberation and freedom in your personal realm.
Pisces / Pisces Rising 11th House: Water
Pisces and Pisces rising might feel a falling away of groups and activities they belong to as their hopes and wishes evolve. Saturn is all about re-assessing the terrain you walk on. Do the people I hang out with support this ? Am I with my tribe ? Questions around this might pop up – working with this energy will allow you to find the people who support your quests and hopes and visions for the future. Pisces don’t really like Saturn’s directness, now that its amplified in Capricorn there may be an adjustment period. Saturn in Capricorn will be receptive to Neptune your Ruler, currently in your sign. So basically, there will be an adjustment period, before Saturn in Capricorn helps with your natural magic.
Aries /Aries Rising 10th House: Fire
Aries will find Saturn’s amplification in the house he rules. The 10th House. The house of Status, Power, Government and Public Profile. Aries will have to comply. They don’t always like to comply, especially when its to other people’s rules. However Saturn calling you to comply and do the work will see a rise in your public kudos and profile. Potentially making you the star of this transit show, with your Capricorn buddies. Especially since Uranus will be leaving your sign after 7 years of shaking your foundations.
Taurus/Taurus Rising 9th House: Earth
Fellow Earth Sign Taurus will see Saturn hit its 9th house of travel and philosophy. There might be some shifts in philosophy once Uranus comes to the party in May 2018. Taurus will LOVE having strong and sure support as it moves into very unfamiliar territory with Uranus beginning an 8 year transit, in Taurus. Travel and time out might be the remedy with such huge shifts in energy in the world of Taurus. Channelling the surest and steady feet of Saturn in Capricorn will guide you and be your leading light over the next few years. When in doubt, remember Winter is coming, what is your normal Winter protocol ?
Gemini / Gemini Rising 8th House: Air
Gemini will see the need for compliance a toeing the line with other people’s money and any field of money that is not earned i.e. tax, inheritance bank loans etc. Perhaps not the best time to speculate, Gemini can use its wits and gift of communication and networking to sail through any unfamiliar terrain. Just be aware it’s not the energy you can down play or blow off, you will need to comply and commit !! Deeper connections with people might feel heavy, stuck and grounding at first. Saturn in Capricorn isn’t an energy that really gel with you, but it will teach you to slow down and really look at the details of the situation before you play your cards. This is a very strong lesson for Gemini and their mutable ways. A positive and natural usage for Gemini to maximise this transit, would be to study some esoteric, magical or occultist study. By 2020 you will be the embodiment of The Magician from the Tarot, the card of your ruler – Mercury. That and Gemini loves to learn new tricks.
Cancer /Cancer Rising 7th House: Water
Cancer, Capricorn is your opposite sign, it will see Saturn transiting your house of relationships with others. It will also see Saturn oppose your Sun at some stage over the next 3 years. What this means is your relationships with others is changing and perhaps challenged. It is time to look at things as perhaps more black & white, less grey. Saturn in Capricorn is pretty simple and straightforward and its doesn’t pussy foot around. Where Cancer might have compassion and emotiveness, Capricorn has fairness and accountability. This transit might see you look at a few of your key relationships. Are they helping you as best they should ? Is it fair ? Is there an uneven balance ? If so, its either in or out. Nothing in between. Saturn taking away only those which don’t actually serve you. This isn’t to unfamiliar to you Cancer. Pluto has been opposing your sign since 2008, Saturn is just another less intense activation of this transformative vibe. You and relationships are actively transforming for the better !
Leo /Leo Rising 6th House: Fire
Leo’s will have a re-structuring of its daily routines, work and health routines during this Saturn in Capricorn transit. Whats in your Alchemy & Transformation tool box? Less time for glaming, more hard work for better results. Leo’s aren’t opposed to hard work, they perhaps might just find it all a little dull at first, but once you realise the transformative affects this will have on your body and how small changes can have a huge impact, freeing up more time; that’s when the fun really beings. Your basically beginning a full renovation of your daily life and your body as a temple. You might have to bring your famed humour and reputation at the beginning of it all to really get the ball rolling. Shining your light through the dimming of the light, as we enter what feels like the winter of our discontent. Discontent creates change, change keeps things moving and this is what you will need to keep temper the feeling of restriction from Saturn in Capricorn.
Virgo/Virgo Rising 5th House: Earth
Virgo will see an overhaul of its creativity and how it creates. Saturn might make you work harder for it what you want to create. It might make you wonder if it really is creative and fun. Saturn will make you think of all the hard questions around your creative adventures. Just remember that, constraints are liberating and Saturn only takes from you what you no longer need. Use that knowledge when push comes to shove, to fuel your creative fires. Remember Pluto has been transiting this house since 2008, Saturn is simply making sure Pluto’s renovations are structurally sound. The base note being, is this what you truely Love ? If not, seek it.
Libra / Libra Rising 4th House: Air
Saturn in Capricorn will be the karmic connection between your family, ancestors and root connections. Saturn is time and consequence. Libra is all about balancing the needs others and themselves. Libra is just coming off a year with Jupiter in its sign, you still feel that feeling of abundance and joy. Saturn is exulted in Libra. i.e.: Very strong and happy in Libra as they share the same views on karma and re-balancing energies in favour of fairness and ethics. Saturn is coming in to restrict anything that doesn’t serve you in the home and ancestors front. Karmic patterns of the past might pop up as something to work through and beyond, for a bright strong future. Remembering Saturn is literally strengthening the changes made from 2008 onwards in order to transform your life for the better. Saturn in Capricorn is here to advance this. It might feel heavy at first, but when you tap into the strength of it all you will shine so bright sweet Libran’s. This is a deep rooted overhaul of your connections to what family is, and where you come from at its deepest level. You might find you finally take control on the home front.
Scorpio/ Scorpio Rising 3rd House: Water
Scorpio’s who now have Jupiter going through there sign are flying high with energy and abundant optimism. Saturn puts the breaks on your 3rd house of communication. Basically you might feel dragged down by communication this year. A cooling off. Perhaps people aren’t vibing your optimism. Your famed perception and deep analysis might struggle to be received as warmly as you would like ? Basically Saturn in Capricorn will be looking at enhancing HOW your communicate and re-evaluating if this can be done in a more effective way. Saturn in Capricorn will be a transit that enables you to be heard !
Sagittarius / Sagittarius Rising 2nd House: Fire
Sagittarius will be deconstructing and reconstructing its self in the area of work and income. This will focus on solid, slow work and realism, the antithisis of your abundant fire energy . HOWEVER – Saturn is just leaving your sign. You have just lived 3 years with this energy dominating your sign and your style. You get this ! This transit does to a degree take the pressure off you. However, Saturn is in its sign of its rulership, Saturn is Still strong. Just image the incredible opportunities you can have over the next 3 years, using the lessons learnt over the PAST 3 years. This time around it is really developing and strengthening your self-worth and income. 3 years of hard work really could revolutionise who you really are in more than a fiscal amount.
“Sitting In The Stand Of The Sports Arena
Waiting For The Show To Begin
Red Lights, Green Lights, Strawberry Wine,
A Good Friend Of Mine, Follows The Stars,
Venus And Mars
Are Alright Tonight.”
Paul McCartney – Venus And Mars
Venus finally catches up with Mars, the object of her desire, 2 hours before the Full Moon in Aries, on October 5/6 2017. This marks the end of Venus’s journey to the Underworld, which began earlier this year. Venus finally meeting her Lover in Virgo, under a Full Aries Moon ( Mars ruled ) creating a wonderful space to complete and accelerate ideas, while continuing to make alterations on what we began earlier this year. Mars comes to accelerate and merge with Venus, adding the missing piece of the puzzle, as we enter the last quarter of the year.
Venus has endured long delays in meeting her lover Mars ! The Venus retrograde 2017 Venus Retrograde in Aries : Venus Underground delayed her just degrees away from conjoining Mars. These delays put her and us in a cycle of self-evaluation and reassessment around themes of Relationships, our body & looks, our Health, how we present to the world and the line between I & We in Relationships . These issues were all under the microscope March – May this year, on a physical level.
Venus finally meeting Mars gives us the traction to really push forward with any innovations or commitment to ourselves from that time. We now have an energetic boost around what we wanted to evolve too. The rocket fuel has been added as slate is being cleaned.
Post retrograde Venus has slowly been encroaching on Mars, the planet of power and masculinity for most of the middle part of the year. The Full Moon in Aries at the same time is a dualistic closing as well as a new beginning. Mars and the Full Moon now allows a cleansing and full un-delayed merging and blending of these masculine and feminine energies, now that Venus has finally caught up. This conjunction is accelerating our progress on what we set out to achieve , 6 months ago, around Venusian ideals. We are now merging it with the masculine, finding the balance needed, completing the last bit of the picture, or having some real passion or desire to integrate these changes.
Beauty Routines, Heath Routines, Creative Routines, Wardrobe Purges, Moving house, Nutrition, adjusting day-to-day routines to add more pleasure etc, these are all things that Mars is turbo charging with its conjunction with Venus. Evolving and bringing to the light something that has been wanting to come forward, for most of the year. But there has always felt like there was a part lacking. Now is when things begin to flow and you finally feel a balance or a real progression forwards as motivation hits a higher gear.
One year from now, exactly, on October 4/5th 2018, Venus will enter her next Retrograde cycle in Scorpio. We now have a 1 year window of opportunity to work with the body, health and day-to-day routines before Venus once again goes retrograde where the contemplation will be a lot more psychological and internally focused with Scorpio. Now is about adjusting our routines and becoming more physical. Tweaking the Physical, before the Mind and Spirit become the focus of the next overhaul. The only catch ? that you don’t over do it. Once you lose the pleasure of it all and intensity, anger or resentment pop up, you have gone to far. Remember this is about balancing the pleasure and the motivation. They work together not against each other. Where this Venus Mars combo gets off on is the analysis of how you work with merging these energies day to day ! Why ? Because they’re meeting in Virgo.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
Jupiter, King of the Gods, the planet we look to when we wish to create more abundance in life is moving signs ! the great benefic moves from Libra to Scorpio on October 11th 2017 for a 12 month transit of Scorpio.
After a year in Libra, the sign of balance, harmony, justice, art and aesthetics – Jupiter will enter Scorpio – the sign that likes to dig deep into the watery depths of ones psychology, subconscious & shadowside. Accelerating our growth from the 2012 – 2015 era. This journey has the potential to reach the great depths of our psyche, creating the right opportunities for long-term & positive change. Analysing and working towards ditching our long-term negative habits will suddenly become very enticing.
After a year trying to smooth-out relations with people, along with issues of balance, around the collective and the individual; Jupiter in Libra hasn’t always been an easy ride. Uranus the planet of Surprise and Rebellion opposed this Jupiter Libra from Aries. The sign of the Individual (Aries) challenged this attempted growth of Libran Ideals. Ideals of balancing the collective wasn’t so easily obtained. Pluto the planet of Transformation and regeneration (after the death of old ways of being), also squared this Jupiter in Libra from Capricorn. As much as Jupiter in Libra wanted to expand its liberating and collective ideas, to balance out the fiery energy that dominated the year, there were challenged to it.
Jupiter, when it shifts in to Scorpio will be the first shift into a new era. All this intense unpredictable fire energy that has dominated the past 2 years, will finally cool off. The planets move into more Earth and Water dominated signs. Jupiter into Scorpio is the first step towards the cooling off period. We will see more stability, conservatism and a slower pace of evolution. This shift will have deeper and more lasting effects. The pace will also slow right down. Accelerated growth will be replaced with more planned and considered evaluation and evolution.
Jupiter takes 12 years to go around the Zodiac, Jupiter cycles are seen as being healthy for development, growth, joy, excitement and optimism, The only real issue with Jupiter energy is to make sure you don’t over extend yourself or get to ambitious and over commit. Jupiter loves to say yes to every opportunity !
The last time Jupiter was in Scorpio was late 2005 – 2006. It’s best to look back to this time to see what was expanded, inflated or a source of joy for you at this time to understand what this next Jupiter cycle might entail or what can be built on this time around.
This upcoming transit of Jupiter in Scorpio will be a nice healing transit for all the muck that was raked and plowed up with Saturn’s transit of Scorpio of October 2012 – December 2014 & Mid 2015. When Saturn progressed in to Scorpio for 2.5 years, all things to do with Personal development and your inner psychology was under the microscope. Muck was raked around and anything that was not benefiting you or anything past its used by date was deconstructed.
It was a long and slow arduous process of digging deep into the emotional dirt to see what diamonds could be plucked, and anything not required taken away, whether you agreed to it or not. This Saturn transit was about letting go of things that didn’t work to create better, bigger, stronger foundations to build on.
Now that Jupiter is coming back over this terrain, it’s a little blessing and a small give back for all the hard work that was done in this 2012 – 2015 era. Jupiter is the light and the fertiliser to allow the seeds from this time to grow and sprout after having 2 years of incubation, hidden from view.
So what are these Scorpio-esque ideas that I speak of ? What will Jupiter be allowing its growth and expansion to really hook into ? Scorpio is ruled by Pluto – god of the underworld. The great transformer. Scorpio is the Death card in the Tarot, representing new life after the death or passing of an old life or way of being. Scorpio is the sign that rules Psychology, Complexity, Shadow Work, Therapy especially psychotherapy, Magic & The Esoteric, The Intuition, Emotions, Emotional Complexities, Compassion and Deeper Connections with People at large. It’s about understanding more of your own and other people’s patterns and innate processes. Moving deeper than the superficial. Scorpio is all about deeper levels of Understanding of yourself and others as well as the world around you. Jupiter is here to expand this and take it to the next level of development. It’s the rewards of all the hard work done a few years back.
To complement this transit, Uranus the Planet of Surprise, Rebellion, Innovation and Revolution will change signs into Taurus in 2018. Taurus an earth sign will give stability to this Jupiter transit in a Water Sign. Saturn, the planet of Structure and Karma also moves into Capricorn in December 2017 beginning a 2.5 year transit in Capricorn its ruler. Uranus and Saturn moving into Earth signs will be creating a strong structure for this Jupiter transit so it can be deeply submerged into, safely. As the outer planets move into Earth based signs it creates more support and structure allowing this Jupiter in Scorpio transit to progress without the fiery challenges that were faced with its Libra transit.
Now is the chance to re-activate and find joy within exploring the depths of self discovery and development. Jupiter in Scorpio will bequeath many gifts, in a safe and more structured environment. Never was there a more safe and secure time to really go deep into the esoteric meaning of yourself and the world around you !
Jupiter in Scorpio through the Signs
Scorpio / Scorpio Rising
Scorpio congratulations you have Jupiter the great giver of gifts transiting your 1st house. The house of how people see you ! How you present to the world. This is the beginning of a whole new 12 year cycle ! things are now on the up. Things feel new ! The opportunities are there to be seized. Things just feel good and buoyant ! Now is a great time to do things that help you present better to the world ! Yoga might be a great thing to get into. Its got some great esoteric knowledge and base spirituality that would resonate with you naturally and it also helps with health and fitness ! The only down side of Jupiter going through the 1st house. There is a possibility of putting on weight. Why ? Because you really connect with the pleasure of life, and in doing so eating and drinking too much (a very Jupiterian thing to do) might see you waist line extend !! This year is your year and people will notice it !
Sagittarius / Sagittarius Rising
Sagittarius, your ruler Jupiter will be transiting your 12 house of your inner self and your subconscious. The 12 house is also associated with your secret self ! It may be weird to have something so personal and so much internal processing for someone who is usually so expressive and extrovert ! However this is the last year of a 12 year cycle that is closing. Saturn the planet of restriction has also been in your sign for 2.5 years, its only a few months away from moving into Capricorn. The upshot is now you’re getting used this heavy restrained Saturn energy, Jupiter in Scorpio will come along to expand your connection to yourself in its deepest and most personal space. It’s a great finale or final prep, before you explode back into the world a year from now, ready, hungry to show the world all your new-found knowledge. The last piece of this puzzle is to do the inner work before a new 12 year cycle begins a year from now. Time to get rid of the habits that really hold you back and let you down. Really work shop that inner psyche of yours and dig deep to find out what jewels you really want to bring to the surface and present to the world next year. The rest can just be let go !!
Capricorn / Capricorn Rising
Capricorn, Jupiter in Scorpio is about to expand your 11th house of groups, communities and your hopes and wishes. Jupiter will bring the spot light to who and how you engage with on a community and group level. Do these people and places really speak to you on the deepest level. Does it all really give you the gifts you really seek ? What dreams, hopes and wishes do you really have for yourself ? Are they status symbols or do they better your higher spiritual self ? As Saturn enters your sign in December 2017, returning home, there will be an analysis of what structures you need to achieve the success and desires you really want. Jupiter in Scorpio is asking are you, are aiming high enough and is this really what you truly desire, if so, are you hanging with the right people. If not, Jupiter in Scorpio will help you find your tribe to make those dreams really possible.
Aquarius / Aquarius Rising
Aquarius has the Jupiter mega rays pointing at your 10th house of Status, Career and Public Recognition. Scorpio in Jupiter will ask you to go a little deeper with your ambition and whether it really serves you. Anything insincere may not take off, but it is a great time to look at the theses topic, what they mean to you and your ambition. Are you striving for Status, Success and Recognition for yourself ? Or is it the vision of another ? There is a very high chance that you will gain the above but your psychology and how and what happens when you do achieve these things, this is where the Scorpio-sonic rays may penetrate the most.
Pisces / Pisces Rising
Pisces will be very comfortable with Jupiter in Scorpio ! It’s familiar with the deep emotional seeking that might come with it. The 9th House looks at higher eduction, and philosophical searching and seeking, travel is also associated with the 9th House. Jupiter in Scorpio will be an amazing time for any of the following activities for Pisces who gel with the Scorpio vibe, once they gets past the commitment issues. Any kind of teaching, or learning, any kind of travel which involves connecting with a foreign culture and understanding it more intimately than a 2 week stay at a beach resort is what this transit offers. The 9th house is the natural home for Jupiter so it won’t take much for the sparks to fly and connect. The real question is are you ready to commit to buying the ticket and taking the ride ! If so the rewards could potentially change the way you see the world.
Aries / Aries Rising
Aries this year transit of Scorpio in its house of its rulership the 8th house, is a real double whammy of connecting with the Scorpio vibe. Aries, the leaders of the individual and independent, will have a great opportunity to connect with others in a very deep emotional and connective setting. Something that doesn’t necessarily jump out to Aries, there is a real opportunity to create deep and lasting bonds. The 8th house also relates to other people’s money. Money that you don’t earn, but money that is from a 3rd party/source that you can be connected to. Tax, Inheritance, loans etc. It is possible you will be able to access or you get some additional money out of the blue from some of the above areas. An assessment of how you engage with money and the world is also a great area for thought and looking at any dependencies around this. Overall its a brilliant time to go deep with how you merge with others in the most intimate settings ! Money may also be a background theme. The magic will be in the discovery.
Taurus / Taurus Rising
Taurus with Jupiter in Scorpio hitting your 7th house of relationships, in your opposite sign of Scorpio, you will be pushed to really go deep, into HOW you engage with your relationships. Your interactions with people will need to push past the superficial contacts that you thought would do. You will be asked to look at things that you naturally might be more resistant to, as it opposes your nature. Things that you thought might do will might not cut it and you begin to sense it. Your growth in this area will be invaluable as you seek a deeper purpose for who your friends and what your key relationships are worth and built on. The psychological analysis of what you want from people and what they want from you becomes your new hobby and you take on some attributes of your opposing sign. This will alter your ego as this Jupiter in Scorpio transit will at some stage oppose your Sun. Think of it as strengthening or water slowly carving and moulding things that you have always been very firm on. Making a more agile and attractive shape.
Gemini / Gemini Rising
Gemini, your day-to-day rituals and your work and daily life routines will be asking for more magic. Your day-to-day routines, will be pushing you to seek magic and connections in a way that you previously never really seeked or thought was necessary. It’s a great time to add a bit more of a ritualist aspect to your day to day life. It will become obvious something is missing from your day. What this is will be your souls mission to seek out. Whatever it is, it might not be light and fluffy. Deep stimulation and a psychological connection to something deep and meditative may come out of nowhere. It could be gym time, it could be guided mediation time, either way whatever it is, it will add deep value to your day to day life. You will be adding something that really nurtures you on a spiritual level.
Cancer / Cancer Rising
Cancer, your 5th house of creativity will be the focus of this transit. how you express yourself creatively will be tied to your emotional and psychological wellbeing. You know how to go deep, you are intuitive and you are emotive. You are a Cancer a cardinal water sign, the leader of the water signs. Creativity and how you express yourself creatively and what you truly love will be the focus of psychological analysis. You will begin to mine for diamonds, amongst all the emo sludge. Something that you may have a little of bit of fear around might be the golden tickets. Bringing this Diamond to the surface and adding it into your creative life is what this transit will call for. Children and working with Children might also bring you great joy and expansion.
Leo / Leo Rising
Jupiter will transit your 4th house of home, family, roots, ancestors and physical housing. Potentially a great time to buy a house (if you’re not overextending yourself financially) or your time spent at home will give a lot of pleasure to you on this journey inwards. Connections to your physical family or your ancestors are a wealth of knowledge and support, you may end up connecting with them in ways you have never done before. It’s an amazing time for getting into house witchery ! Fung Shui’ing the hell out of your house or using any kind of magical ways to connect with your physical home space work really well !! Denise Linn has a few good books about this if you wanted to explore more, or the book of Hygge if you prefer something lighter.
Virgo / Virgo Rising
Jupiter in Scorpio hits your 3rd house of communication / publishing and siblings. How you communicate to yourself and the people around you is really the focus of this transit. You may end up coming across on a much deeper level than before. Any publishing or internet communications may get picked up by people or what you are putting out there really connects with people on a very deep level. Your words resonate ! Your connections with your siblings if you have them may deepen. The only thing you need to be aware of is that you don’t come across to sharp or sting too much ! Scorpio has a well renowned tail that can bite, especially with its communication.
Libra / Libra Rising
Libra’s experience of this Jupiter transit as it moves into its 2nd house of Finances and Self Worth, will be rewarding. Yes you may find an upswing in work or your finances that flows in quite easily. To really get the most of this transit, it’s about developing your self-worth. Plucking out all the dead daisies that don’t represent who you really are, or the things that don’t serve your high self. What does this mean ? Developing your self-worth, getting rid of the dead wood through therapy (any kind that resonates with you, even if it feels a bit woo at first !) Yes your income may have some good little upswing but the real magic of this transit for you and going deep into the murky depths of your subconscious and your psychology to really pluck out those gems that make your self worth sky-rocket. The rest can go ! It is then you find the real value of yourself and your worth !
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” — John Steinbeck
The Astrological Highlights of June start off beautifully with Venus and Mercury going into their ruling sign’s. Finally giving them the chance to reinstate their full power and drive, after being stuck in the Retrograde cycle for most of the year.
Venus on June 7th makes her ingress into Taurus a sign of her rulership, after being Retrograde since late February. In her retrograde cycle she was challenged at a number of points by both Saturn (karma and reality checks) as well as being in the sign of Aries. A fire sign which gets quite heated for an earth and air loving Venus. Venus’s ingress into Taurus allows Venus to breath and make good on all her plans and lessons that have been fighting to get air time since late February. Venus, being stuck in this loop has seen lots of things being thrown around but not much traction for getting Venus things done ! Venusian pleasure will finally take centre stage and the pleasure of being able to do it will be twofold ! June 7th would be a lovely time to take a moment and celebrate it.
On the same day – Mercury who has also been stuck in the retrograde pattern this time in Taurus/Aries, makes its way into Gemini, the sign of its rulership. It to, like Venus has been stuck in a strange time warp, in a sign that it doesn’t really get along with. Mercury the trickster when Retrograde tends to play its tricks in the style of the sign its retrograde in. The Retrograde it has just come out of had the double doozy of being conjunct Uranus. The planet of the unexpected, change and revolutionary ideas. It can be Genius but it can also be chaotic. With Mercury’s ingress into Gemini – like Venus it gets to finally get some traction in a sign that shows off its, strengths, ideas, communication and technology; finally moving forward, in a progressive way. Strong foundations have been made after the Retrograde strengthening.
So with 2 of the most important personal and internal planets finally at their best positions all year, 3 days later Jupiter, the great giver of gifts and expansion also moves direct from its Retrograde in Libra. (Yes that’s how may planets have been retrograde over the past 2 months !). Jupiter finally goes direct conjunct or next to the Full Moon in Sagittarius, its ruler (party emoji). Emotional cleansing of the Full Moon & expansion, rebalancing and artistic growth with Jupiter Direct, The lessons learnt from the last 5 months, this is a nice reward. Jupiter likes to expand and make things bigger. Libra is all about justice, balancing the individual and the collective on artistic and egalitarian realms. It strives for a balance to all things both politically and artistically. There might be a feeling of new equilibrium as Jupiter enters its last third of its transit of Libra. Make the most of this before the balance of expansion and ideas moves into a heavier and more underworld or internal sphere, with its entry into Scorpio in October this year.
Mars enters Cancer on June 5th. Yes that is 4 planets changing signs within a week. Brings down the tone a little bit. With all the energy shifts happening across a week, Mars’s entry into Cancer sees a bit of a slow down around all the other energies who are working in their optimal spaces. Mars – your power source as well as your ability to assert yourself isn’t so comfortable in Cancer. Cancer is Cardinal Water or the General of the Water signs, Mars a Fire energy, it ain’t so happy in Water. What Mars in Cancer does do is bring down the Mars fire and energy to bring it inward. There will be more focus on emotions and emotional wellbeing. A positive use of this energy is to work through any emotional blocks for feelings that you might have. Therapy would be really good to do right now if you feel it would help advance you. The negative side to this energy would be to be malicious or emotional manipulative to other around you. Being to needy or even having a few drinks before the emo beast arises and is unleashed. Mars in Cancer needs to be contained and to be aware of, as an energy before you decide to unleash any emo stuff onto other people. Always ask – where is this coming from. Is this the best way and time to express it. Mars in Cancer is intuition and emotions turbo charges – Especially around the solstice ! when things may feel other worldly. But it might not always come out as articulately as you think, as Mars and Cancer aren’t comfortable in each others spheres naturally.
Full Moon on 9th June in Sagittarius will be a stonker of a Full Moon. Conjunct or next to Jupiter its ruler going direct. Full Moons LOVE something to Bounce off and when its next to its ruler going direct, June 9th will be one hell of a night. The breath of fresh air from Venus and Mercury’s entry into Taurus and Gemini will really bounce off this Full Moon and it will be the break in the energy we have been waiting for, for months ! IF there is a Full Moon to celebrate this year, this would be it.
The Sun entering Cancer on June 21st signifies the Winters Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. With the New Moon occurring 24th / 25th of June trine Venus in Taurus, The Solstice will have a nice Venus influence emotionally connecting us to Venus / Solstice type things. Nurture,Food, Land, Nature, Relations with others and Health. The Solstices are naturally turbo charged with a thinning of the veils between the worlds. It’s also great natural re-set button. With June’s positive and strong beginning the Solstices will be a nice time to reset and look back on all the hard work done in the first 6 months of the year.
Post Solstice – Mars our inner warrior must get bored with all this wonderful resetting and re-evaluation and applies some action towards the end of the month.
As the month closes Mars’s gets up to its old tricks and starts to want to break out of the relaxed jovial setting. In the last week of June, It opposes Pluto and Squares Jupiter. Mars is an aggressor and accelerant, a get up and doer. When it opposes Pluto in Capricorn its emotional and intuitive slant in Cancer begins to awaken a beast in Capricorn the sign of Governance, Status and Power. There could be some internal or external power issues between power and your emotions. Or it could be a reassessment of what you think of as a status tool, is it really emotionally serving you.
Mars squaring off to Jupiter might add some heat to this balancing act that Jupiter has just been able to stretch its legs on. The aggressive emotional assessment of what Jupiter has in play to keep everyone at bay, may come into question or is challenge. Perhaps from a personal perspective once again an emotional/intuitive assessment of what is Jupiter proposes internally or externally may come under the microscope, Head vs Intuition kinds of testings.
Overall June sees a releasing of lots of withheld energy and pressure, with things beginning to come around again. The pleasure and ease we think things should be, begins to return. The Solstice and Moons this month are particularly healthy and positive, feeding some great energy into this resetting time. As the month closes Mars may come in and throw a little tanty at the party. But hey where would be with out some Martial interference. Its nothing compared to what we have just been through for the past 6 months, right !
“There is freedom within, there is freedom without Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup”
Don’t Dream Its Over – Crowded House
Venus the Goddess of Beauty, Love, Fun, Pleasure & Relationships, is about to make her trip to the mythical underworld; disappearing from sight for 40 days and 40 nights. Beginning on March 4th, this Astrological transit is sees our Goddess withdrawal from the public sphere and turn our lights inwards as we reflect on all things Venus that are in our lives.
Venus retrogrades every 18 months, this time around the Venusian Voodoo is ending a cycle in Fire Signs. Placed right at the turning point of the zodiacal cycle, Pisces & Aries. The point of Endings and Beginnings. Venus turns retrograde on March 4th 2017 until April 15th 2017.
On her travels, Venus begins this cycle as an evening star, being visible at night before disappearing from the night sky as it enters its retrograde. As Venus goes behind the Sun, She is said to be traveling down to the Underworld to have her baptism with Pluto/Hades or Lucifer in the Biblical retelling. Before re-emerging into the Night Sky as a Morning Star, visible again just before dawn.
Venus when retrograde is about about reflection, turning the light inwards and re-evaluating your own personal Venusian values and re working your Venusian Voodoo. As this retrograde is in Aries and Pisces, Aries and Pisces energy flavours it, Pisces is the end of the zodiac cycle, Aries is the beginning of it. This Retrograde is about big endings and big beginnings.
These Venus Retrograde periods can be looked back on as being turning or flash points. Times to reflect rather than push forward blindly. When planets go backwards, they move back over aspects of your life, to rework and remould to help reintegrate a certain section of your life, to really solidify an individuals evolution.
Aries significators are : The Warrior, Fire, Passion, Creativity, The Individual, Personal Pursuit. The Aries part of your chart is your internal Spartian Warrior. As the retrograde slips back into Pisces, this internal Spartian Warrior becomes more reflective around internal spiritual pursuits, about the bigger picture. It evolves into a more mutable, more deep and transcendent experience. Which will be very contary to how this retrograde kicks off. The key thing is that things can’t be rushed or pushed, as it is a time of flux. It is not recommended as a time to do anything to you body that you can’t change back. i.e.: plastic surgery or tattoos. Venus is aesthetics and Beauty.
Interestingly enough this Venus Retrograde in 2017 is occurring at the beginning of Lent, and goes direct on Easter Saturday at the last degrees of Pisces, the most spiritual and trancendant of all the signs. This free’s Venus to continue her journey to meet with Mars right on time with the resurrection. Her meeting with Mars has been delayed since early February due to her slowing down to do her Venus Retro cycle.
The last time Venus Retro’ed in Aries was in 9 March – 17 April 2009, so look back to then for some clues into what could be coming up. Astrology is the study of cycles, and these cycles do repeat. Some more than others.
2017’s Venus Retrograde is very much a key thread in a very dynamic year. Fire Energy dominates the year with the Venus Retro being one of the most self evolving parts of 2017. The Retrograde is part of a larger story that began in early February that will end in 5 October 2017. Venus spends the year trying to meet up with or conjoin with her partner/lover Mars.
The conjunction of Mars & Venus on October 5th, is the meeting point that never quite happened in early February. This meeting of Mars and Venus never quite happened as Venus slowed down to begin this self reflective Retrograde transit we are about to enter. It is with new found knowledge and information that Venus moves forward to finally make contact with Mars in October.
Interestingly this Mars / Venus conjunction on October 5th 2017, is the date of the next Venus Retrograde, October 5th 2018 in the signs of Libra (ruled by Venus) & Scorpio (ruled by Mars in old astrology). There are many stories and cross overs in Astrology and the story of Mars and Venus is perhaps one of the strongest ones.
Its a great time to revisit how these Venusian archetypes are working in your life, and whether they are serving you well.
THROUGH THE SIGNS
ARIES – 1st house The Story of how you reflect your Venus Values to the World is the Story of this transit. Taking time out to take stock and re-evaulate how you look and how you show your relationships to the world will be the main focus with this Transit. If you have your birthday in the last 2 weeks of March, this Venus Retro will go over your Sun and Venus Retrograde will recolour your egos core by re-evaluting how you present your Venus Voodoo to the World.
TAURUS – 12 house Taurus will deal with its ruler going retro in its secret 12th house and the house that rules Pisces with a very personal and potentially solitary processing. Going deep into the personal sphere, potential re-wiring your Venus Voodoo will strike a deep and healing cord. Its not easy when your ruler is retrograde as the experience is stronger. But a chance for deep healing of the solitary kind around Venus style issues will be the focus this time around, and it will be so good !
GEMINI – 11 house Friends, Social Groups, Gatherings and Personal Hopes and Wishes are the focus of this Venus Retro. Things may slow down in this area as you re focus your relationship and involvements in such things. Venus loves to be Social but this retrograde may see this slow down in your social life, and seed new ideas. Taking stock taking around the above themes will see you out of the social spotlight for a bit. Think of its as a bit of time out to reconnect with 11th house themes.
CANCER – 10 house Cancer peeps will see this Venus Retro hit their 10th house of Career, Status and Achievement. Some of the rose coloured glasses focal point’s may shift. The changing of focus to things that would benefit you more Individually & Spiritually being the spark that changes your focus. Which is all very Cancerian at the end of the day isn’t it.
LEO – 9 house Leo finds it Venus Retrograde focus taking its time in its 9th house of Philosophy, Higher Learning and Travel. A hankering for travel and engagement with places that might be slightly left field for a Leo in its thirst for adventure. The slow down might not be so fun, but the kick start after will be re-invigorating.
VIRGO – 8 house Virgo is about to explore the merky depths of the 8th house with Venus shining her internal light on to psychological depths of the house of deep connection. Also the house of other peoples money -Taxes, Debt and Inherited Money. This Venus Retro will turn all these themes inwards for the Virgoan microscope to analyse. Deep subconscious states and interactions will be the theme du jour
LIBRA – 7 house Like Taurus, having your ruler go backwards over areas that you thought were claimed in the House of your rulership (7 house) makes this a potentially sticky Venus Retrograde. Nothing like having the double whammy of your ruling planet of Relationships going out of kilter in your home house of Relationships. The plan is to not fret ! Those that are meant to fall away, will fall away simple ! Don’t stress for mull over the hardship of imbalance. This phase will pass with a clearer road head after Easter.
SCORPIO – 6 house Scorpio your work & health routines will be under assessment, nothing to drastic needs to be executed just yet. The acknowledgement and reassessment of these areas of life and how to infuse the Venus Voodoo is all you really have to recognise and do .. for now. Any action can be done post Easter.
SAGITTARIUS – 5 house Venus Retro in your house of fun, creativity and children might feel like someone is raining on your parade. Don’t let this initial first impression put you off. Its all about channelling the philosophical shifts which is right up your ally and taking it to the higher vibe level. This is something that really resonates with the fun loving Sadge, It just might feel like a wet blanket at first but the shifts will allow you to unleash your awesome, post Easter.
CAPRICORN – 4 house Capricorn loves Structure, they get off on it. The 4th house is the house of Home, Ancestors, Family and the Tribe. Structure and Strength generally doesn’t come more solid than that. With Saturn being the God of Karma, Saturn being Capricorns ruler a Venus Retro in the 4th House could see a more Empress or Goddess like vibe gracing your inner home or family life. Some A-ha moments, some nice reassessments or resolutions around the family and home would be a good manifestation of Venus Retro. Perhaps some ghosts of your former lives could pop up and say hi as this retro treads back in to Pisces. Either way its big re settings of cycles around Family, Home and your Ancestors, Former or the lives before that.
AQUARIUS – 3 house Aquarius is a sign ruled by Mercury the Great Communication God Hermes. Venus Retro in your 3rd house of Communication resonates with you. Looking at how you communicate and how that works with your relationships with others would be a good way to see this retro play out. Another way could be how you communicate your style aesthetics wise, as well as written and oral is a good use of this energy. Either way try not to go the other way and loose your grace and tact when communicating when Venus does her dive into the underworld.
PISCES – 2 House Pisces is part of the key areas of this retrograde. With people born in the the middle of March, having this Retro Venus going over there Sun. As this will be occurring in your 2nd house of Earned Money and Self Worth, this is a really good reset time for you. Venus Retro in your sign and over your Sun will see a reset of your own self worth internally. Its a really great and powerful way to kick start your year with some good inner ground work and soul searching, something Pisces does so well. Beware not to spend to much money on beauty products or on any impulse decision. It may not be the best idea post Easter. Up the self worth and try not to spend to much money on impulse pleasures ! The reward will be so much better after last April.