Planetary Illuminations: Astrological Forecast for September 2015 now posted

astrologerFull article here.  September is looking like a pretty amazing month – not too many big planetary aspects creating stress and conflict, but planets changing direction, changing signs, and two SuperMoons (term coined by Richard Nolle) that are also eclipses.  Eclipses are indicators of evolution, both personal and global, as well as the unmasking of hidden motivators and blockages from the past that are ready to be cleared.

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Meanwhile, here is the introduction with the major events for September!

The big news in September is the change of directions of three different planets.  First we have Venus turning direct on September 6th after a period of retrograde motion since July 25th. Venus presides over all that we value – our relationships, certainly, but also our relationship to money, our possessions, and our own feelings about our ability to attract positive things in life.  While Venus is retrograde we often re-evaluate what is important to us, re-connect with old friends and re-assess our financial position.  Venus is often associated with reversals in the financial markets and we saw this take place right on schedule.

Mercury (mind and communication) will be retrograde between September 17th and October 9th in the sign of Libra. While in Libra Mercury brings our attention to fairness and ways to achieve balance in our lives – in our relationships, but also in our conversations with others, our business partnerships, and our financial dealings.  Libra is ruled by Venus so there is an echo of the importance of Venus with these two planets changing direction.

Saturn (restriction and discipline) first entered expansive Sagittarius in December 2014, and then retrograded back into Scorpio where it has remained for the past few months.  It re-enters Sagittarius on the 17th, leaving behind the intensity of Scorpio and the concern over sexual abuse and scandal to begin to trigger issues of religion and dogma, travel, and optimism that is based on fantasy (all Sagittarius themes).  (You can read more about Saturn in Sagittarius here.)

Jupiter (abundance and opportunity) opposes Neptune (mystical creativity and spirituality) on the 17th, but this influence will build throughout the early part of September.  Jupiter and Neptune are related through their co-rulership of the sign of Pisces – both planets are concerned with matters that take the human being beyond the mundane world and offer an experience of higher mind (Jupiter) and soul (Neptune).  The two-three week period around the 17th offers an opportunity to release the shackles of limitation but also the danger of illusion and deception.

Finally, Pluto (power and transformation) turns direct on September 25th.  The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) typically spend about half the year in retrograde motion and during this time they travel very short distances.  For this reason, retrograde planets have a more intense personal influence than they do when traveling direct.  Once Pluto turns direct it will pick up speed and the transformations that have been brewing will become more evident and easier to manage.

 

Jupiter in Virgo 2015-2016

Jupiter in VirgoJupiter entered Virgo on August 11th, 2015 and will remain in that sign until September 9, 2016.  Because Jupiter’s orbital period is about 12 years, it spends about a year in each sign.

Jupiter, in his role as King of the Gods, inspires us to higher aspirations – to be bigger and better than we ever thought we could be.  Jupiter bestows confidence and the kind of faith that tends to bring good things our way – but it also can create an overblown sense of entitlement and grandiosity.  Jupiter is also connected to the search for meaning that separates humans from other creatures, and presides over theology and philosophy as well as constructs of law that underpin human society.

Jupiter’s expansion is not all that happy in the orderly sign of Virgo.  Over the next year you can expect greater focus on expressing one’s higher self (Jupiter) through service to others (Virgo), but also a diminishment of the kind of confidence and positivity that we experienced under Jupiter in Leo.  Jupiter is said to be in its detriment in Virgo because the expansiveness of Jupiter is impaired by Virgo’s need to create order out of minute details.  However, Jupiter’s relentless optimism can sometimes result in a careless complacency that keeps us from being able to achieve our goals and realize our dreams,. The passage of Jupiter through Virgo can enhance our work ethic and facilitate our ability to successfully navigate the many details of modern life.

The next year will be a time when managing of those small details in our lives becomes critical.  This dynamic will echo somewhat the restrictive force of Saturn in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, making this a better time for responsible attention to the mundane than walking around with our heads in the clouds.

With Virgo ruling matters of health and hygiene as well as organization and self-improvement, the next twelve months will be an important time to focus on creating a healthy ecology for the mindbody/spirit system.

Under Jupiter in Virgo the pathway to good luck and good fortune is not through the ego as it was when Jupiter was in Leo, but through attending to the mundane details of life and attaining greater awareness of our connection to spirit through the physical world.

Planetary Illuminations for August 2015 now posted!

Venus retrogradeI had a moment of fright this morning when Word Press informed me that my work over the past two days on the August report had disappeared!  Fortunately my trusty Chrome browser had saved all of the text and I was able to retrieve it.  So I am more pleased than ever to present to you:  Your August Planetary Illuminations report!!

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MAJOR EVENTS

Venus retrograde.  Venus turned retrograde on July 25th and will remain in retrograde motion until September 6th, so it will be traveling retrograde throughout the month of August.  Venus presides over relationships and friendships of all kinds, and only retrogrades every couple of years unlike the outer planets which are retrograde about half the year, and Mercury which retrogrades four times a year.  Retrograde periods are important because they encourage us to go back and reinvestigate matters of the past which have not been adequately resolved,  or which have the potential to offer us greater understanding about our current condition.

During Venus retrograde periods you will likely find yourself revisiting and re-evaluating both love relationships and friendships, reconnecting with old friends and perhaps letting some relationships go.  Despite what you will hear in the popular press, Venus retrograde does not cause your relationships to fail and you are not doomed to a barren love life if you were born with Venus retrograde.  Like darkness and light, retrogradation is a normal part of the ebb and flow of human existence.

Saturn square Jupiter. Saturn is stationary now as it prepares to turn direct after a period in retrograde motion that began in March.  This begins the challenging square between Jupiter and Saturn  that will be in effect between now and June of 2016.  I will be writing more about this cycle but you can expect to see a contraction in the global economy as Saturn creates additional restrictions while Jupiter attempts to continue expansion.  There is a “double whammy” in effect right now since Saturn is in Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, and squaring Jupiter – a double down of Saturn’s contraction pitted against Jupiter’s natural urge to expand.

Jupiter in Virgo.  Jupiter moves into Virgo on August 11 and will remain in Virgo for a year, until September of 2016.  I will be writing much more about Jupiter’s passage through Virgo, but you can expect greater focus on expressing one’s higher self (Jupiter) through service to others (Virgo) but also a diminishment of the kind of confidence and positivity that we experienced under Jupiter in Leo.  Jupiter is said to be in its detriment in Virgo because the expansiveness of Jupiter is impaired by Virgo’s need to create order out of minute details.  The next year will be a time when managing of those small details in our lives becomes critical.  This dynamic will echo somewhat the restrictive force of Saturn against Jupiter, making this a better time for responsible attention to the mundane than walking around with our heads in the clouds.

Planetary Illuminations for July 2015 now posted

July astrological forecastIf you are on my mailing list you will soon receive your abridged version, translated into easy to understand English.  If you’re not, please sign up in the sidebar!

You can read the article in its entirety here, and meanwhile here is the summary for July’s main events.

During July there are no interactions between any of the slower moving outer planets that create intensive energies of change, but the challenging square  (90 degree angle) between Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (restriction).  Dances between Jupiter and Saturn often create restriction in financial markets, and the first exact square alignment occurs in early August.  This cycle will continue through May/June of 2016.

Venus turns retrograde on July 25th and will be stationary for a week or so before the change of direction and remain retrograde until September 8th.  Venus rules not only love and beauty, but also describes the things we value and attract.  Therefore, it is involved in matters of wealth accumulation and personal possessions – anything that provides a sense of security.  During Venus retrograde cycles it is not uncommon to reconnect with old friends and rediscover loved ones, or repair relationships that need it.  During the retrograde period Venus will align with Jupiter three times, creating an atmosphere of beauty and joy that will help to offset the Saturn effect described above.

Uranus also turns retrograde this month but its stationary period lasts a bit longer – usually about two weeks.  Uranus will remain retrograde until December 25th, giving us plenty of time to re-examine areas of our life that require change.  Uranus is retrograde every year for about six months so this is not an unusual occurrence.