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Uranus is the planet of shocks, reversals, inventiveness and intuition, spending about 7 years in each sign. In the year 2018 Uranus left Aries and ingressed into Taurus on May 16th, turning Retrograde on August 7th. On November 6th it will regress back into Aries until March 7th of 2019, stationing Direct on January 7th, to re-ingress back into Taurus and complete its transit in this sign by April of 2026.

Uranus in Taurus is an earth sign very much concerned with stability and overall functionality, which has brought our attention to innovations in the way of things, stuff, items, artifacts, commodities and such. It has also placed a great deal of focus on upgrades that revolve around food, medicine, plants, gadgets and all kinds of weird what-nots. I did a podcast with astrologer Willow on this subject you can listen to here:

For the next four months Uranus in Aries will reignite the desire to establish personal boundaries and push forward with new plans and ideas. It may also cause a great deal of ruckus reminiscent of the Uranus-Pluto square aftermath, with extreme political scandals, bat-shit crazy egos running rampant in the streets, and proverbial fist fights on the world stage. Impatience, irritability and reckless behavior should be monitored and guarded against. In another respect this will be a time of great reckoning, which could be experienced as a stinging slap in the face to some and as empowerment to others who have long done their homework and suffered from bouts of weariness and defeat. Somewhere in the middle would be Uranus just showing up as something uncanny and unexpected within the environment.

Uranus shifts can cause nerves to be on edge. Take time-outs if you need them and don’t feel guilty about doing so. Catch up on your beauty rest, take epsom salt baths, drink warm herbal teas such as Chamomile to help calm you down. The Bach flower essence Impatiens could be very helpful for those who feel jumpy and impatient for known or unknown reasons. Wearing or holding blue stones can also help to quiet an overactive mind and general inflammation. Some suggested soothing stones are Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Celestite, Angelite, or Aquamarine.

There are two primary areas that Uranus seems to be affecting for many people at this time. One is the area of finances and personal investments whether they involve lots of money or lots of energy. Since Taurus rules possessions and the kinds of comfort and security that money can buy, the questions of who, what, when, where, and how to invest in money, energy, and resources have been very pressing ever since Uranus entered Taurus.

The other area that is undergoing deep review and emotional churning is the realm of relationships – but not just romantic ones. Venus, the planet of love, beauty and relating is the planetary ruler of Taurus and has been Retrograde since October 5th until November 16th – the same day that Mercury will be doing Retrograde until December 6th. Venus was in Scorpio until October 31st when it regressed back into Libra, bringing the focus back to relationships. Any unfinished business with someone or close loved ones from the past, whether a spouse, family members, friend or business associate, this period has brought buried issues to light. She will be slowly moving into opposition with Uranus where the aspect is exact by November 30th. This could be a rather surprising time regarding emotional ties. Things can also go in just about any direction in relationships and investments. Venus reingresses back into Scorpio on December 2nd.

The astrological house that Uranus occupied at your time of birth reveals where and how you like to break the rules and do things your own way. The house that Uranus transits at any given time, and any planets being aspected indicate where you feel the urge to try something new. Either you will think and act outside the box or find yourself pushed into unusual situations that you may or may not appreciate.

To find out how Uranus may be affecting you and ideas for how to work with its transits for best results, contact me for a reading at readingsbyyerevan@gmail.com

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Wondering why there has been a bit of a break-down in communication and electronic appliances during the past few days? Since October 27th, the planet Mercury has been in the pre-shadow phase before turning Retrograde on November 16th until December 6th. When Retrograde, mistakes and mix-ups are more likely to occur or become widely noticed in general. This phenomenon happens three to four times every year, for approximately three weeks at a time. During these phases, Mercury is simply moving slower in its orbit, which produces the optimal illusion of moving backward in the sky from our perspective on earth.

This planet astrologically relates to all things pertaining to the brain, the mind and their various functions, including nerve impulses which are basically waves of electrical activity that travel through the body to protect and guide it throughout the day. It also influences electronics, automobiles and transportation, and certain metals including mercury. No wonder that computer programs and internet pages often seem to go haywire at this time! Because of Mercury’s influence over the mind, depression can set in for many. This period of time is geared more toward introspection and review than it is new beginnings and outer activities. That is not to say that such activities are doomed to fail but that there is a definite advantage to “thinking twice” before making major decisions, going with the flow and observing instead of pushing for results.

Mercury was named after the Roman god of merchants, travel and theivery who came to be synonymous with Hermes, the fleet-footed messenger of the Greek gods. This was a mischievous god who always had tricks up his sleeves, hidden in his cloak or helmet. The planet seems to function in a similar way, ruling over speech but favoring speed. Put those two together and you can understand why Mercury Retrograde causes so much confusion and misunderstanding for people. Mercury is the planetary ruler of two signs, Gemini and Virgo. For this and other reasons his tricks often seem to appear in pairs. One of the less discussed aspects of Mercury is that due to his clever nature he can help to figure out creative ways of making money.

This time around, Mercury will be Retrograde in Sagittarius, moving back into Scorpio on December 2nd. The subject matter of many conversations are very dramatic and imaginations are running wild. People might seem more dogmatic, hot-tempered and scattered over the next few weeks. The first couple of weeks of December may seem especially volatile. To understand how Mercury might affect your daily affairs overall check the house in your birth chart that it will be transiting and any planets it may come into contact with.

There is a lot more than Mercury Retrograde bearing a strong influence at this time but that is for another post!

To book an astrological reading with me contact me through the site or at readingsbyyerevan@gmail.com

Above is a photo of a metal plate featuring the fleet-footed Mercury, in the Rijks museum in the Netherlands.

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The planet Venus is so named after the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility – a counterpart to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Over time this planet has come to be associated with matters of love, affection, beauty, sensuality, luxury, money, women and their issues in general. The sign that one’s Venus occupied at the time of birth indicates that person’s passions, prized possessions and basic attitudes toward self and others.

Ancient Sumerians associated Venus with the foreboding influence of Inanna. In Central America the planet Venus was once traditionally viewed as a bad omen, depending on its position or celestial cycle. Contrary to the Western attributes of benevolence and femininity, the Morning Star was considered male and malevolent.

Venus Retrograde

This fall, the planet Venus is traveling Via Combusta, which in Latin means “the burning way” and refers to the last 15 degrees of Libra through the first 15 degrees of Scorpio. According to ancient astrologers its influence was hostile and evil. There are various reasons for this including the prominence of many fixed stars in this region that were considered to be harbingers of misfortune when transited by planets. Today the assertion that Via Combusta is just bad luck would be an oversimplification and not quite accurate. It would be wise to bear in mind what the ancients said while also leaving room for different possible manifestations.

The planet Venus entered the Retrograde pre-shadow on September 3rd at 25 degrees of Libra, slowly stationing for a change of direction beginning on October 5th, at 10 degrees of Scorpio. It enters Scorpio on September 9th.

Venus is generally not the happiest in Scorpio, as this is considered a position of “detriment” in astrological terms. Venus in Scorpio rouses the passions and may cause possessiveness or paranoia. However the early phase of this Retrograde cycle is greatly eased by Venus forming a harmonious trine to Neptune in Pisces. This is helpful for musical and other artistic endeavors. It can also be spiritually elevating.

Things really heat up around October 10th when Venus squares Mars in Aquarius. Love affairs will either either be hot and passionate or volatile and explosive. It is not recommended to begin a new romance or sexual relationship at this time. Established relationships won’t necessarily suffer but partners will feel something different, extra, or “alien” in the air. The right partners in the right settings could experience mutual healing of very deep-rooted insecurities and betrayals. Balance togetherness with periods of solitude for best results. Friendship, family and group dynamics may bring touchiness or heightened sensitivity. Animals may be moodier than usual.

Venus forms a sextile to Saturn on October 24th, helping to ground after experiences that may have either been destabilizing or emotionally draining in some way. It could simply be that there is a deepening of existing emotions that help to unravel deeper truths.

Venus retraces her way back into Libra on October 31st. If there were huge conflicts over the past few weeks they may begin to resolve now.

Venus Retrograde Guidelines

Here is a list of tips and suggestions to make life easier during this time:

  • Recycle and be resourceful with household items and other objects
  • Shop frugally instead of spending big or making big investments
  • Resume a spiritual practice
  • Resume artistic projects that were left undone
  • Refurbish buildings or furniture
  • Repair or alter jewelry instead of buying new pieces
  • Nurture and pamper instead of getting a makeover
  • Release old things or relationships that are unhealthy
  • Remodel or redo designs that are flawed instead of creating new ones
  • Review plans for the future

Women should be particularly careful regarding their health and reproductive system during this phase. Be very wary of any unnatural feminine products. A few helpful herbs for various female complaints include Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Ashwagandha and Mugwort. People of either gender may experience throat issues or benefit from herbs that sooth their throat and chest area. Some suggestions are Licorice root, Echinacea, Wild Cherry bark, Slippery Elm, and Mullein. Also pay attention to the kidneys if there are any existing weaknesses there. Eating and drinking the appropriate substances in appropriate amounts help to alleviate such discomforts. Brief periods of fasting or detoxing with green juices may be helpful. Some people will do better with warm beverages and soups.

Venus rules Taurus and Libra so people who were born with planets in these signs might feel especially sensitive to the Retrograde. People with planets between 25 degrees of Libra and 10 degrees of Scorpio are likely to feel the effects of this transit strongly.

Venus Direct

Venus goes Direct on November 16th at 25 Libra opposite of Uranus, planet of of surprises. The outcome of this arrangement is impossible to predict! People could suddenly split up, undergo a major identity or career shift, or experience some kind of transmogrification. Interesting times, to be sure.

Venus finally exits the post-shadow on Decemeber 17th at 10 degrees Scorpio again. She will move back into a trine Neptune with effects that linger throughout the rest of the month. Mercury will also be exiting a post-shadow during that time.

There have been many extremes on the earth this year. Anyone still here and sane by the end of it would do well to hug/pat on the back/congratulate oneself for being so tenacious.

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The entire planet earth has been hit hard this year by Pluto’s entrance into the third, final decan of Capricorn. It entered on February 7th 2018, backed out of it July 14th and will re-enter this zone on December 14th until it’s last degree in this sign January 22nd of 2024. Pluto relates to the masses, major cataclysmic events, the underworld of crime, power, dominance, death, destruction, illumination, revolution and transformation. Capricorn relates to authority, government, power structures, big business, hard work, the highest and lowest of what anyone is capable of morally.

Pluto entered the earth sign of Capricorn in 2008, ushering us through the galactic shift that was prophesied for 2012, with all of the drastic events that led up to and followed this special moment in time. The world’s climate, in every sense of the word, has been heating up. The exact causes of heat, tension, and violence that are occurring are of course up for debate but one thing is obvious. It has become increasingly clear that Nature doesn’t care which side of the political spectrum we fall on and doesn’t give a scrap about the color of our skin. As divisions between the political sides, genders, races and religions continue to escalate so do the natural disasters and genetically manipulated conundrums we are each faced with either directly or via people that we know.

The pollution of body, mind and spirit that we have been submerged in, in what has become a sort of hell on earth must at some point be purged from the earth. Will we be purged along with it, will we mutate into something less human, or will we be able to somehow outsmart the system that enslaves us and to purify our own environments? Only time will tell. Relying on outer forces has become less appealing to more people, and frankly that is probably a good thing leading to personal growth, as painful as it is.

In Roman mythology, Pluto, basically equivalent with the Greek Hades was the god of the Underworld of the dead and the guardian of the earth’s riches. Plutocracy, a word which is derived from the planet and god Pluto, indicates government by the wealthy or refers to an elite group of people at the top of a pyramid scheme who derive their power over those beneath them from their wealth.  With Pluto in the last degrees of Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus there will most likely continue to be economic crisis, massive uprising against capitalism and more deviant extremes of manipulation over our food supply, water, air, medicine, shelter, and everything that is necessary for survival. Some examples of this are the Bayer-Monsanto merger and GMO poisoning, enforced vaccinations, chemtrails, intense weather modification – orchestrated floods and fires to evacuate people from their homes, dwindling privacy and invasion by nanotechnologies.

Saturn which is Capricorn’s ruler will form a conjunction to Pluto at 22 degrees on January 12, 2020. This aspect between Saturn and Pluto only occurs once every 33 to 38 years. During the end of 2020 (from September until December) the influence and aftermath of Mars Retrograde in Aries squaring the Saturn-Pluto conjunction may exacerbate conditions of social and political unrest and conflict. Since Mars is the planet associated with war, either an all out World War or specific massive attacks may be executed during this time.

Pluto in Capricorn has been bringing out the ultimate abuses of power that affect everyone. The Pluto Return of the USA is due in the year 2022 but the build-up to this began the moment Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, and this build-up is only intensifying as it gets closer. These last degrees of Pluto in Capricorn are going to reveal every corruption, every infirmity, and every “sin” (including those sins perpetrated by leaders of religious institutions – i.e. the hundreds of Catholic priests exposed as pedophiles, the spreading of Sharia Law in Western nations, the failure of the church, mosque, or synagogue as refuge) as it sweeps the collective sea of consciousness. Those of us who live long enough to see Pluto’s transit through Aquarius are not going to recognize the world that we live in today, just a couple of decades from now.

The key to surviving and thriving during these difficult times is to size down on what is no longer beneficial or functional, to simplify life in general, to support small business and local farmers and to grow organic food if possible. Live each day as if it is the last, cherish those you love, and do the best you can in any given situation. Trust your heart, follow your intuition. There are many rare and precious gifts to be gained and given during this time of major turmoil on the planet, which is just part of a cycle that comes and goes.

Last but not least, it helps to know there is much more to life than what meets the physical eye. We are each more than this suit of flesh that we find ourselves in and it’s important to stay in tune with the essence of Self as the world around us seems to collapse.

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Sorry to have been so AWOL…this year has been really something else. And that something just keeps growing bigger every day! Perhaps you’ve noticed it too…

Eclipse season has begun! Radical change is underway. Here are the highlights:

The Solstice on June 21st brought us into a new chapter of life according to Earth cycles. It kicked off with an opposition from Venus to Mars and Mercury in opposition to Pluto. Mars has been slowing down all month to go Retrograde in Aquarius on the 26th until August 27th, causing a few things to deepen and slow down with it as it moves back toward and into Capricorn. This is a “look before you leap” kind of Retrograde, which shows us what has wrongly been pushed and pursued, and what truly brings excitement, inspiration and purpose in life.

These in-your-face transits are further amplified by the three eclipses this summer as well as the upcoming Full Moon in Capricorn conjunct Saturn on June 27th. Since the Sun at 6 degrees of Cancer will be opposite of both the Moon and Saturn, there is a fated quality to the things happening around this time. Something of significance that has long been in the works or that will be for the long haul is becoming cemented, reinforced or solidified.

The first eclipse is a Partial Solar one at 20 degrees Cancer on July 12th, and will be the least visible of the three, mainly seen from South Australia and Antarctica. It will be in an opposition to Pluto, bringing much intensity to emotional interactions with family and loved ones, particularly regarding contracts being made or broken. Issues of trust and safety are highlights, as are issues and relationships with women and especially matriarchal figures.

The second eclipse is a Total Lunar eclipse at 4 degrees Aquarius on July 27th, visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. This occurs a day after Mercury goes Retrograde in Leo so the political scene is bound to be extra volatile during this week. The Moon forms a conjunction with Mars and the South Node bringing attention to group dynamics in general versus individual ones. Questions may arise as to what causes one most feels aligned to or how ready and willing to join forces with others, and in what manner or measure.

The Partial Solar eclipse on August 11th is 18 degrees of Leo and will be the grand finale of eclipses, visible again from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. This is the one that reveals all the junk/patterns/beliefs carried over from past lives, relationships, or situations that just don’t serve a purpose anymore other than to hold one back from expressing the fullness of oneself. Something has to go and when it goes, it will be a huge relief and allow the moving forward to become more joyful.

The effects of these eclipses will be most strongly felt between the first week of July and the last week of September, but their impact will reach much farther into the future – up to several months or even years. Interesting times! It could be that many of you do not even recognize yourself or others by Christmas this year.

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