Venus Retrograde 2018

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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Pluto’s Last Degrees in Capricorn

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.

End of Year Eclipse Season 2018

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.

Dark Moon Podcast

Presenting Dark Moon Podcast:

This is Episode #1 of an upcoming series of talks between astrologer Willow and me. The highlights of this talk include Uranus ingresses, timed war attacks, trends relating to the transit of Uranus through Taurus, food innovations, global currency shifts and more!

My voice was a bit weak due to a recent flu and we also had a few technical difficulties so please bear with us. This is just the beginning. We have much material to share in the near future!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCkCBQ1j9uE&t=119s

Wishing you a happy New Moon in Taurus!

Saturn Retrograde 2018

Saturn was the Roman god of wealth, agriculture and of time. Often depicted with a scythe or sickle, he is identified with the Grim Reaper and the Greek god Cronus. The sickle was used to castrate and depose his father, the sky god Uranus. These details give a glimpse into the nature of the planet Saturn’s astrological influences. Some of Saturn’s nicknames are Father Time, Lord of Karma, and Cosmic Taskmaster.

Saturn turns Retrograde on April 17th until September 6th in the sign of Capricorn. Saturn does this for five months out of every year so although it’s not a huge deal, it’s a noticeable one on mundane levels. Since Capricorn is ruled by Saturn there is sometimes an extra serious, Saturnian force here.

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This is a no b.s. transit sure to cut out all that is extraneous and useless (December 2017-December 2020) in several departments of life. This is especially so while Saturn is Retrograde, causing review in areas where there are questions or instability around commitments, foundations and projects. Some of the weeding out that is taking place has been or may be painful and some of it is a huge relief. Much of the comfort or discomfort will depend on how true one has been to his/herself.

Saturn Retrograde supports the overall restructuring of health, career, home and business. It can help establish firmer boundaries where they have been lacking. If past compromises have brought disappointment, grief or turmoil, it could be time to say No, walk away and cut some cords. Saturn Retrograde is not playing games. It will be important to recognize when and where enough is enough.

The idea that Saturn dishes out “karma” is a very old one but not necessarily accurate. Awareness of the law of cause of effect may certainly be enhanced. Past actions, both negative and positive will show results. When Retrograde, Saturn gives an extra push to make corrections, to review and revoke agreements that no longer match the values of any particular person, group or organization. Someone that has acted in a dishonest way may be exposed and discarded or discredited by someone else. Government agencies are given no exception to Saturn’s rules.

As the so-called Keeper of Time, Saturn can even help to recover or make up for certain areas of lost time by bringing opportunities to replace and redo things previously failed. It could help to make more efficient use of the current illusion of “time”. When it comes to getting things done, that’s not a bad thing at all.

New Moon in Aries – “Power vs Force”

“Power serves others, whereas force is self-serving. True statesmen serve the people; 10 politicians exploit people to serve their own ambitions. Statesmen sacrifice themselves to serve others; politicians sacrifice others to serve themselves.”
― David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, author’s Official Revised Edition

The New Moon falls at 26 degrees of Aries on April 15th, in a conjunction with Uranus at 28 degrees, just hours after Mercury stations Direct at 4 degrees in this same powerhouse of a sign, triggering shock wave effects. The Sun and Moon are squared to Pluto in Capricorn while Mercury moves into a third square to Saturn in Capricorn this year, exact on the 25th. This New Moon carries blatant tones of aggression, bringing up uncomfortably heated situations and a need to clear up miscommunications. Much that is occurring now and that is to come over the next few days may seem sudden and unbidden. Not all of these things are bad but let’s first look at the obvious…

Within the matrix of the current power structure, there is senseless violence masked as self-defense, such as the continued attack and devastation of Syria. Fewer people on this planet trust in government anymore. There is talk of “black hats” attacking us and “white hats” coming to our rescue, all the while at war with each other. Real motives are concealed out of necessity, and it’s hard for anyone to know what’s really going on behind the scenes. On some level these invisible powers represent aspects of our own consciousness – the devil and the angel – the good and evil within, with each thought and action contributing to the duality and ongoing drama of our earthly lives.

Meanwhile the Wounded Healer, comet Chiron is preparing to exit his 8 year transit through Pisces and to enter Aries on April 18th. Aries is the Greek god of war, and in the Zodiac the sign named after him is ruled by Mars, the planet named after the Roman god of war. You get the idea. It doesn’t mean that’s all there is to this fire sign but it’s very masculine nature means this transit is  not going to encourage taking a back seat, turning the other cheek or waiting for something to come along. It means that if something is desired it will be sought after, whether with good or ill intent. There may also be sharp lessons occurring about what is under our/or one’s own control and what is not. How do you cope when you realize  you can’t fix anyone but yourself?

Aries’ ruling planet Mars is currently in Capricorn nearing a conjunction with the Black Moon Lilith. The Black Moon Lilith often highlights sexuality but also sometimes other taboos subjects such as death and destruction. Um…not to mention their closeness to Pluto. This is definitely an unpredictable and potentially dangerous combination, perhaps eased by a separating trine from Venus in Taurus which could symbolically mean the difference between rape and a passionate but fully consensual sexual encounter. When it comes to mundane affairs, everything may have more force or urgency behind it over the next few days. This energy could be so used to accomplish a great deal if properly directed.

Uranus is also nearing the end of a long transit through Aries since March 2011 and enters Taurus on May 16th. Together with Chiron’s passage into Aries there will be many new opportunities for deeper healing or inflictions than known before. This is an incredible time to be alive on planet Earth. More to say on that later. Right now there are enough Mars/Uranus upsets to deal with.

Sabian Symbol for the New Moon between 26-27 deg Aries:

“Through Imagination A Lost Opportunity Is Regained”

The keynote of this symbol is inner revaluation – a shift of attitude brings a shift of reality. For the one who is willing to learn from past mistakes and loss without further regret and self-condemnation, there is hope for long-lost dreams to blossom into manifestation.