Archive for January, 2010
This year, Valentine’s Day features a very romantic Moon-Venus conjunction in dreamy Pisces, with Jupiter very close by. The Moon-Venus conjunction is exact at 2:56 pm central time, according to my software. Jupiter tempts all of you to spend a great deal more than you can really afford, so be cautious in planning this event. Really, cheese and a bottle of wine on a living-room picnic blanket is just as romantic as a very expensive splurge at a four-star restaurant. Find some romantic film on DVD and you are all set.
The Moon-Venus conjunction is inconjunct Mars in Leo on one side, and Saturn in Libra on the other side. This forms a Yod. Those who are unattached may walk out somewhere and meet someone who is just fated to meet them. Don’t fight it, love can happen in one glance, at first sight, and last till the day you die. It does happen like that sometimes. Mars is sexy, and Saturn is well, restrained. The inconjuncts mean that one has to control feelings of jealousy and anger, refrain from critical comments, deal with emotional insecurity and tight budgets, deal with the seesaw of love-hate emotions, and most of all balance their ambitions with their human need to connect with a genuine human being. Be very tender and gentle with each other this day if you are to navigate all the shoals in this emotional sea.
The Sun is conjunct wishful Neptune at 26 degrees Aquarius that day. This is one reason I suggest the movie night. Neptune is wishing and hoping that all the bad news would just go away, and I guess for one night you can just push the headlines out of sight. But PLEASE do not load up the credit card with charges just for this one occasion because you cannot count on the economy improving in the immediate future.
Most directly affected by the Yod are the signs Pisces, Leo and Libra. Those with Scorpio ascendants will have the point of the Yod in their romantic fifth house. Those with Virgo ascendants will have the point of the Yod in their seventh house of partners. But anyone with any of those signs on their ascendant, midheaven, or fifth or seventh houses will likely feel the fated effect of this Yod. And I am not saying that it will necessarily be a fun or be an obviously romantic first meeting, a’ la Hollywood films. You will have to overcome a lot of emotional obstacles in order to connect on the soul level, but it will be worth it.
Dear Readers: I am writing a separate column for Valentine’s Day which I am posting well ahead of this romantic date, so that all of you may try to make the most favorable plans for your day with your Significant Other.
Meanwhile, the first week of February features a Saturn square Pluto on Sunday, a Jupiter inconjunct Saturn on Friday, a Mercury sextile Uranus on Saturday morn and a Jupiter sextile Pluto on Saturday night. Capricorns are the focus of the week’s transits.
Saturn in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn at 4 degrees 21 minutes at 4:27 pm Sunday. This sounds rather grim, rather like the forest fire that consumes the stumps of the cut trees.
Jupiter at about 4 degrees 13 minutes of Pisces is 150 degrees from Saturn in Libra at 3:14 am Friday. Please note that Pluto is at 4 degrees of Capricorn also, square to Saturn. STAY OUT of dangerous parts of town! Take stock of whatever in your life is just not working, and either toss it out or seek counseling on how to get a new mindset. If affecting financial houses, you may have to tighten your belt another notch or two, sorry about that.
At 3 am Saturday morn, Mercury in Capricorn happily sextiles compatible Uranus in Pisces at 24 degrees. This aspect favors probing one’s own psychological depths, gaining insights or new info from your inner self or from study/research online or wherever, writing, speaking and other forms of communication (including ESP), listening to new ideas/concepts, and ALSO buying electronic or electrical products (up to and including cars). You may meet some very unusual people under this transit, too, so strike up chance conversations wherever you are because you could learn some very interesting stuff.
And on Saturday night, Jupiter sextiles Pluto at 12:51 pm. Jupiter excels at leadership and Pluto is heavily into power. So ambitious persons might make contact with those in the power structure of whatever (corporation, politics, media, a local club or Chamber of Commerce). Remember, use powers only for good. May express itself as a time of personal recharging, regeneration, or transformation in your life (note which house in your chart is affected). If you and your spouse are trying to conceive, this bit of luck can help you reach that happy event, if it is in relevant houses of your natal chart or synastry chart.
Mercury at 11 degrees Capricorn is inconjunct Mars in Leo at 8:40 pm Monday. Another in a series of adjustments will need to be made. People or entities turn out to be better (or worse) than you thought, so maybe your criteria or analysis methods will need tweaking. You may feel locked into defending your methods but give others a fair hearing, then decide. Let the pragmatic Capricorn have the upper hand this day.
Venus at 10 degrees Aquarius opposes Mars in Leo at 12:29 am Wednesday, Jan. 27. This aspect can make it too easy to use others as verbal punching bags; keep to the rules when fighting with your partner and then it is so much more fun to make up. Find constructive ways to blow off steam, then come back and figure how to broker a treaty or truce or something. Compromise is not equivalent to giving in; compromise is helping each other get what he/she wants without sacrificing everything you want.
The Sun opposes Mars in Leo at 2:43 pm Friday. This is great for making a super athletic effort but is just an argument waiting to happen otherwise. It’s good for debate, also, but please fight by the rules. Can be frustrating because the message of this aspect is that your desires may not be in harmony with what is best for your self-development. In other words, sometimes the best thing for you to do is wait and see if a better opportunity comes along; and frankly, most times a MUCH better opportunity comes along, sometimes within weeks.
A Full Moon in Leo occurs at 1:18 am Saturday with the Sun at 10 degrees Aquarius. Actually the Moon opposes the Sun first, then Venus; physical and emotional energies ebb and flow and you will need to be sensitive to your own rhythms. Push yourself to get the job done when your energy is high, and avoid trying to possess a loved one. Be content if alone or together.
Darn it, I see a lot of frustration for many signs this week, sorry about that. You will have to roll with the punches and have a Plan B on hand.
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The Moon-Jupiter conjunction happens at 1:22 am Monday in Pisces; this poses a huge opportunity for both mutable signs (Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, Sag) but also the water signs Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer. You will all feel more optimistic and have more courage to move forward. Those with sextiles and trines to this conjunction will have to make more of an effort to take advantage of it, and those with squares will be forced to change or languish in the wake of an onrushing present.
Venus enters Aquarius on Monday at 9:35 am; the Sun follows suit on Tuesday at 11:28 pm. Venus in Aquarius can mean objective understanding and acceptance; it can also mean that one refuses to establish personal relationships because you either believe in universal love or because you just are unable to relate to anyone on a personal level. This Venus is best placed here for those who are in fields such as teaching or public speaking, where you can share your gifts without becoming personally involved with your audience. It does help foster relationships between equals.
Sun in Aquarius: theme song is “I Gotta Be Me.” Aquarius is probably best as a friend and supportive sibling, although they are capable of being committed and sentimental spouses. They can also drive others nuts with their contrariness, which is just another expression of their need to be different. But they have a gift for honoring the uniqueness of others, whether they are their children, siblings or colleagues at work. They can get groups to work together harmoniously without trying to dominate the situation.
Jupiter enters Pisces at 9:10 pm Sunday, Dec. 17. Jupiter is exalted in this sign, but don’t let that swell your head, Pisces. A weak personality can be lost in a state of helpless stagnation, wondering why society is so far from the visionary glory of a Utopia. But if you can enjoy your life moment to moment and co-create your reality with the help of your God or the mysterious Universe, then you can have that vision constantly created at every moment. Helping others to realize their potential gives you true joy. Trust in the Universe and its laws, and you can reap a life full of intrinsically rewarding activities.
January 15, 2010 A Very Eventful Day in Astrology: Mercury Direct and a Solar Eclipse conjunct Venus
I had to send out this bulletin because I hardly touched on the Annular Solar Eclipse of Jan. 15 in my regular weekly column. This will serve as the “What Will 2010 Bring to You?” article that I promised at the end of 2009. Not only does it kick off the first month of the new year and new decade, the eclipse is conjunct Venus, and the day also sees Mercury go direct. Talk about multi-tasking! There are portents affecting love, business (especially Big Business), government, transit, mail and email and all the other communications and tele-communications that tie our world together, and probably all the transfers of money that go on every second from one bank on one side of the world to another bank on the opposite side of the world. This is reiterated by the fact that the chart has Capricorn straddling the second and third houses in a chart set for Washington DC or even for a midwest location.
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The Sun is conjunct Venus on Monday afternoon at 20 degrees Capricorn. This is not a very romantic sign for this conjunction, but it does emphasize family, genealogy, tradition, and history. Perhaps a couple enjoys working on family history together, researching online records or historical society artifacts. Perhaps a family business is born, one that allows the parents to carve out time with their children.
Venus sextiles Uranus early Wednesday at 23 degrees Capricorn/Pisces. An online romance may blossom. Some of us may be able to find customers using the internet auctions or other web sites. You may attract unusual people into your life, possibly creative types, and may hit upon unusual ways of expressing yourself in the arts or music. Unexpected or exciting things may come into your life, up to and including a windfall. This Venus-Uranus aspect also ties into the Nodes at 21 degrees of Cancer/Capricorn, and Neptune at almost 25 degrees Aquarius. So the opportunity is there for events to push you along on a path of spiritual development.
Rah, Mercury goes direct on Friday, Jan. 15, at 11:52 am at 5 degrees 35 minutes of Capricorn. As always, be cautious for about three days before or after a Mercury station, as this is often when people get their signals mixed or accidents happen. But hopefully you have used the retrograde period to learn more about a situation or person, and reassess.
Saturn also makes a station (retrograde) at 10:56 am Wednesday at 4 degrees 39 minutes of Libra. It will remain retrograde till late May. Natives of cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) will likely be even more frustrated than before. You are normally one who likes to get things done and get it done quickly, so being told to come back tomorrow (or do it over) is going to drive you bonkers. In patience possess ye your souls.
Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop. Also note: some aspects are exact on a weekend but may find opportunity for expression on the Friday or Monday nearest the exact aspect. Times given are in Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Savings Time depending on the season.
ARIES – March 20-April 19 – Saturn makes a station in your solar seventh house on Wednesday; marriage and other partnerships can be tested. Whether it is best to not see each other for a time, or actively work on the relationship with things like counseling or marriage enrichment, is up to you. But developing empathy and accepting imperfections should be uppermost. Matters related to career may finally move forward again when Mercury goes direct in Capricorn on Friday.
TAURUS – April 20-May 20 – Saturn makes a station in your solar sixth house on Wednesday; your health may be a concern at least until it goes direct again in late May. Take steps to guard your health, because worry and anxiety can drain your energy and deplete vitamins. Get back on a proper regimen of rest and exercise to maintain energy levels. Matters related to higher education, law or publishing may finally move forward again when Mercury goes direct in Capricorn on Friday.
GEMINI – May 21-June 20 – Saturn makes a station in your solar fifth house on Wednesday; creative projects may stall or you begin researching the history of one of the arts. Writers may get writers’ block; parents may begin to look upon their children as burdens. But you are forced to delve into the underlying spiritual riches in an art, a child, or your own creative struggles. Mercury goes direct in your solar eighth house and may finally unsnarl problems with health insurance or estate paperwork.
CANCER – June 21-July 22 – Saturn makes a station in your solar fourth house on Wednesday; you become more conservative than ever and fear changes. The mother or other family member may become a source of concern or worry, but I am sure you will weather the personal trial and enrich your relationship. Take opportunities to capture retelling of family stories on tape or video. Matters related to partnerships may finally move forward again when Mercury goes direct in Capricorn on Friday.
LEO – July 23-Aug. 22 – Saturn makes a station in your solar third house on Wednesday; this can really put a snag in transit or travel this winter/spring until Saturn turns direct in late May. Put off any vacation plans till summer at least, as the connections may not work out smoothly. Even local commutes may run into snarls so try different routes as needed. Matters related to health or jobs may finally move forward again when Mercury goes direct in Capricorn on Friday. You will need to continue guarding your health tho, at least till Mars goes safely direct again in March. Take care.
VIRGO – Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Saturn makes a station in your solar second house on Wednesday; pull back on outgoing expenses for now until you find out how this affects you personally. You might find that a source of income dries up temporarily, at least until Saturn goes direct again in late May. Your thrift and practicality are tested again, but you get by with hard work and sharing with others. Matters related to children and creative pursuits may finally move forward again when Mercury goes direct in Capricorn on Friday.
LIBRA – Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Saturn makes a station in your sign at 10:56 am Wednesday; you may have to dig deep into yourself to find the discipline and organization and yes, the drive to achieve your goals in 2010. Matters related to home and family may finally move forward again when Mercury goes direct in Capricorn on Friday. Mars retrograding in your eleventh house means meetings with friends or clubs may be cancelled or postponed while health or debt issues are worked out.
SCORPIO – Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio as Sunday rolls in, until midday. Sunday overnight has a square from the Moon to Uranus after midnight; possibly you might have colorful, exciting dreams or even nightmares. The morning features squares to Neptune and then Jupiter. This can mean emotional hurts and fears, but realizing that we all have imperfections will go a long way towards repairing relationships. The early am aspect to Neptune makes escapism tempting, but meditation is probably your best option. The Jupiter aspect at mid-morning adds a keen interest in religious, spiritual or philosophical ideas.
SAGITTARIUS – Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from 1:10 pm till late Tuesday. The Moon remains un-aspected till a sextile to Saturn at 10 pm; you can clear out several chores before bedtime and have things ready for the morning rush. The Moon trines Mars in Leo on Monday evening; take in a game or play a competitive round of golf/tennis/whatever. Tuesday has a square to Uranus about 11 am; emotional upsets are possible at home but step back and look at things coolly. A sextile to Neptune-Jupiter puts you on the sunny side of the street the afternoon and evening.
CAPRICORN – Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from 11:54 pm till midday Friday. The Moon is conjunct Pluto and square Saturn on Wednesday morn; you are awfully tempted to pull the plug on a job or relationship but I urge you to deliberate; Saturn is going retrograde and you may have to patch things up later. The Moon is conjunct Mercury at midday; the phone rings off the hook, and emails fly as you clear up misunderstandings ahead of Mercury’s direct station on Friday. Early Thursday you are challenged to re-evaluate your investments, insurance, or estate matters. A health issue may be the spur to changing things around. The Moon is conjunct not only the Sun on the first Solar Eclipse of the year but also Venus. Wishing you much love and kindness in 2010.
AQUARIUS – Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from 12:17 pm Friday till early next Sunday. A Moon-Saturn trine late Friday helps you establish goals for the week and year, or just tackle items on your to-do list. A Moon-Mars opposition about 6 pm Saturday makes you extremely competitive; also you might work out your frustrations at the gym. It is best that you ‘get physical’ in a positive way, because your irritability, especially with women, can cost you a lot of good will.
PISCES – Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon in Sag squares Uranus in your sign midday Tuesday; this might signal an emotional storm so hold onto your center of balance. Uranus in your sign receives a sextile from Venus early Wednesday; women friends may surprise you with a gift, or you may just really, really enjoy a girls night out. Saturn makes a station in your solar eighth house on Wednesday; your quest for monetary security can meet with reverses, so do not entrust your whole life savings to any one person or company. Matters related to club membership or friends may finally move forward again when Mercury goes direct in Capricorn on Friday.