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The week (November 19-25) kicks off with the moon in forceful Aries and two mutable squares in the same signs – Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius squaring Neptune in Pisces and Mars in Pisces squaring Jupiter in Sagittarius. Confusion, tension and scatteredness may lead to surprising revelations. Watch for unusual details and synchronistic encounters while everything seems to be “going on all at once”.

A building grand water trine from the Sun in Scorpio to Chiron in Pisces and the North Node in Cancer on Tuesday the 20th could bring up painful memories but also help to mend old wounds or make amends. Maybe it’s time to take a deep breath and just let go – let go of old stories, old attachments, old judgements, old expectations and old excuses that bar improvements in some area.

Mercury stationed Retrograde at 13 degrees of Sagittarius on November 16th, in a fuzzy square to Neptune that will become exact on December 24th. Neptune is currently slowing down to go Direct on November 23rd bringing clarity to some of the issues that have been so mind-boggling and confounding since June. That’s when Mercury made it’s first square to Neptune this year, before this planet of smoke and mirrors went Retrograde for a few months. Mars Retrograde in Aquarius/Capricorn from June 26th to August 27th didn’t seem to help matters. Now those things that were so difficult to accomplish or obtain are beginning to make more sense and fall into place.

The Sun enters Sagittarius on Thursday the 22nd and the Full Moon occurs that evening or depending on the time zone, the morning of the 23rd, at zero degrees of Gemini. Mercury is loosely opposite of this Full Moon, stirring up lots of energy, excitement and changeability. During this highly charged and very mentally stimulating week, many dreams, visions, thoughts, ideas, conversations and connections are springing up from the past or just randomly out of the blue. These mental sparks may inspire new solutions to old problems and the impetus to complete what has been started and left hanging for far too long. 

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Mars in Pisces 2018

The fiery red planet Mars exits Aquarius and enters Pisces on November 15th until December 31st of 2018. Throughout these several weeks, the passions are softened and suffused by aqueous nuances. The planet of masculine drive is not easily expressed in the sign of reflectiveness, dreams and sacrifice. Here, he does lend himself to philanthropic pursuits, usually gentle in his approach. Moods may be quite changeable and unexpected tears may flow especially during November.

Venus goes Direct in Libra and Mercury goes Retrograde in Sagittarius on the 16th (until December 6th), without much time in between to adjust to either of these not-so-subtle shifts. If there are things you feel sad, guilty or helpless about, the emotions surrounding these issues may become heightened and in need of outlets.

The Fisherman and the Siren by Frederic Leighton 1858

Mars in Pisces forms a square with Jupiter in Sagittarius on November 19th, which can provoke some rather extreme reactions, also during the days leading up to and a few days following this aspect.

Pisces’ ruling planet Neptune turns Direct on the 24th after being Retrograde since June 18th, bringing a newfound insight into of many of the confusions, illusions and hidden obstacles that have delayed progress during the past few months. With this clarification, what went all wrong may slowly begin to go right. Corrections, healing, and improvements will be made in many areas that have been stuck, but will still require a bit of patience to move through with Mercury being Retrograde.

Mercury will form an agitating square to Mars on the 26th which means it would be wise to exercise restraint in volatile matters. If possible avoid signing any major contracts as there are likely to be a lot of misunderstandings taking place. A helpful sextile from Mars to Saturn on the 27th may eases some of the tension and offer a bit of motivation toward organizing what has become an unmanageable mess.

Mars forms a conjunction to Neptune on December 7th, which can brew up some very strange, if not erotic magic. This magnetic combination is particularly great for artistic endeavors or romantic liaisons – good thing it falls on a Friday!

Mars forms a sextile to Pluto on December 16th/17th which brings some creative problem-solving to the table and gets the week off to an easier start than the one preceding it. We’re just about ready to move out of Mercury’s post-Retrograde shadow with just one more week to go. Merry flippin’ Christmas…what a ruthless year of Retrogrades!

The last major aspect that Mars in Pisces makes is a conjunction to the comet Chiron on December 28th. This highlights the need for emotional repair and letting go in general, as sensitivities and the results of old hurts are more evident than usual. There is an opportunity for healing of deep wounds to the male psyche, or regarding the masculine energy in both genders.

 

Today, November 7th, the Nodal Axis moves away from the Leo and Aquarius polarity into that of Cancer and Capricorn until May 5th of 2020. Coinciding with the New Moon in Scorpio, a significant shift in focus is occurring in the collective sea of consciousness, also marked by the lunar axis forming a Grand Cardinal Square between Venus Retrograde in Libra and Uranus Retrograde which has just regressed into Aries.

These highly charged configurations combine in such a way as to raise the bar and propel us forward, despite all odds, prompting a complete overhaul of the things, relationships and dynamics that no longer function in cohesive or sensible ways. The process might hurt like hell but it’s clear that a kind of evolution must occur – the only other option may be death, actual or metaphorical.

Attention turns now to the home and its security, as well as to the soul and it’s depth. Is our home empty or in disarray? Are our souls hungry, impoverished or yearning for connection? What needs tending in the secret gardens or basements of our inner selves – the areas that no one really sees but us when we each are all alone? Perhaps it’s time to embark upon a study of the family tree or to explore ancient buildings, houses, tunnels, monuments and history itself in order to understand how things eventually got to be the way they are now.

The Nodes Explained

For those who are new to this concept, the North and South Nodes are mathematical points in the zodiac, always exactly opposite of each other. The lunar nodes or nodal axis refers to the intersection between the cycles of the Sun and Moon. The North Node is the point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic going toward the northern hemisphere, in the path of the Sun. The South Node is the point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic heading south. The Nodes spend approximately 18 months within two polar signs, usually moving backward, or Retrograde in motion, taking around 18 years to return to their same positions in the zodiac.

Seen in the natal chart, the North Node is the direction our souls call us toward as individuals, so that we may thrive on all levels and fulfill our divine missions while incarnated. The South Node indicates habits, karma and abilities that were gained in past lives or early childhood. The qualities of the South need temperance, for only when its intense urges are overcome the positive attributes of this Node may finally be integrated with those of the North Node. In a broad sense, the North Node reveals the overall unfoldment of society and life on earth in general.

With the North Node now in Cancer, the desire for building strong foundations in home, health and relationships is heightened. The tools, resources and energy for doing so shall also become more accessible to many in the year to come. There is also a focus on mothering, female issues and healing feminine dynamics. The South Node in Capricorn means that existing power structures that operate in underhanded ways will either crumble to the ground or will become even more camouflaged and deviant, making them harder to identify. Both are likely to happen. The South Node in this area means that healthy boundaries must be established and maintained but in a way that is nurturing rather than cold and authoritarian.

The North Node in Cancer Calling Us Home

The last transit of the North Node in Cancer was 2000-2002. There will be opportunities during the current transit to resolve much of what was left unresolved at that time, as well as the NN in Cancer transits that came before that such 1981-1983, 1962-1964 and so on. The influence of parents, grandparents and ancestors is coming strongly to bear, so the unfinished business of those who came before us is becoming illuminated, whether we want to deal with it or not.

Some of us came into life with an acute awareness that we were very different than our parents, but somehow felt obligated to internalize or even solve their problems for them. We moved through childhood, teen years and young adulthood carrying an invisible yet extremely burdensome “ancestral weight” upon our shoulders and in our psyches that seemed to affect every facet of our lives. Some of us also came from broken homes, orphaned, victims of sexual, emotional or physical abuse or simply neglected and left to our own devices most of the time. There never seemed to be a steady place of rest, refuge, peace or safety. Life was always an uproar, even if muffled like silent screams behind closed doors. For those who still don’t even know the meaning of “home”, it may become more clear within the next year and a half.

This could also be the time to cut cords with certain family members who lack genuine respect and integrity, and to move beyond manipulations and expectations placed upon us by maternal or paternal figures. None of us are our parents, their mistakes or their projections! Ultimately, we are each our own sovereign being. As we grow and mature, we realize that it is up to ourselves as individuals to support and defend ourselves against evil, including the kind that is self-imposed.

For others with a more fortunate upbringing, the North Node transiting Cancer could indicate a stronger bonding with or reconnection with long-lost family members. Whether fortunate or unfortunate in early life, this period may also indicate the building of a new family (giving birth and parenting).

Building a home and nesting within it obviously means different things to different people. We don’t all have the same desires and enjoy the same things. Some prefer living alone, others with a family unit, significant other or pets. Whatever your perfect home ideal is, now is the time to put energy toward finding, building or enhancing that. This could be your own personal castle, a place of rich beauty, a garden sanctuary or simply bringing more comfort and security into your current abode. Also this doesn’t mean staying home all the time and not going anywhere. To the contrary, when home is actually restful as it should be, operating and moving successfully outward from that place becomes so much easier.

There will be a general focus on gathering food and provisions, perhaps interior design and house remodeling, and striking a balance between inner needs and outer demands.

Saturn-Pluto conjunct the South Node – Corrupt Power Structures Collapse

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction which occurs roughly every 34 years, is a very powerful and reformative aspect building up to 2020 and it will begin to transit the South Node in Capricorn around March of 2019, gaining momentum between July and October of 2019. All of these things increase the potency of the U.S. Pluto Return in 2022, which has already begun to build in effects, even for those who do not reside on U.S. Territory. The massive deconstruction of political structures and schemes has created a global economic crisis similar to the one experienced during the Great Depression. People all around the world have been displaced from their homes, have lost their jobs or families and in some cases have lost everything they had due to so-called natural disasters, a widespread financial collapse, and a relentless attack on every aspect of humanity itself by greedy globalists. The New World Order has been thrust upon us but there are those who stand and fight against it, completely intent on exposing and smashing its very foundations. Some say the Third World War is coming but it’s already on!

Cancer and Capricorn are cardinal signs, known for getting things going. Cancer is represented by the Crab, with a hard, cold exterior hiding its soft interior to crawl into when threatened. The shell may also be symbolized as a coat of armor, as Cancer stands ready for a battle he or she honestly does not want to fight but cannot escape. The battle may be stalled but ultimately must be faced. So when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Cancer has hidden strength to draw upon that comes as a surprise even to himself, especially when defending loved ones. Absolutely nothing will get in the way, and that is the best approach to be taken this year while moving toward goals and building firm foundations. Don’t let anything or anyone get in the way of making your heart’s fondest dreams come true or protecting who and what’s valuable. Jupiter in Sagittarius gives us that extra kick to make some real headway in 2019.

Those with prominent house placements and/or planets in Cancer or Capricorn will experience some of the strongest shifts relating to their homes and family life between now and May of 2020. By the way, the United States of America is a “Cancer child”. There will be a dismantling of old structures and ancestral dynamics that no longer support the interests and objectives of the current career, livelihood, family and home life. In some cases this points toward a radical spiritual transformation that simultaneously means leaving the old life behind for what could be a completely new one.

If indeed, “home is where the heart is”, the North Node in Cancer will point the way there for all of us. Many argue about the directive roles between the heart, soul, brain and mind. Experiments performed by the Heart Math Institute have revealed that there more neurons moving from the heart to the brain than vice versa, meaning that the heart has its own innate intelligence that can properly guide us if we truly take heed of its messages. The choice is then ours in whether to follow our hearts or remain stuck in fear-based mental patterns and in the false constructs that have been laid out for us like mouse traps in a maze.

Jupiter is leaving Scorpio on November 8th and reentering its home sign Sagittarius after 12 years. Phew! Since October 10th of 2017 we have plummeted the depths of Scorpio’s realm of seduction, where secrets and scandals were revealed. Many external activities came to a halt and yet we were given opportunities to regenerate ourselves on cellular and spiritual levels. After a long period of being inward in expression, Jupiter is coming out and encouraging us to explore the world and all of its myriad possibilities. It will be in Sagittarius until December 3rd of 2019.

First, the not-so-exciting news is that the early phase of this transit may seem burdened by Mercury going Retrograde in Sagittarius on November 16th, a week after Jupiter enters this sign. Maybe Jupiter will help lighten the load and the mood during what’s normally considered to be a cycle of mishaps and misfortune.

Jupiter rules both Sagittarius and Pisces and is the planet associated with higher learning, travel, abundance, adventure and opportunities. In some ways it also relates to spirituality. This transit is going to renew peoples faith and enthusiasm about life and the future. Instead of focusing intensely on all of the problems and nearly drowning in them, the problems will be regarded more like games or puzzles to solve. A sense of daring replaces a sense of doom, and the courage to confront challenges instead of shrinking away from them is likely to yield positive results.

What do you recall feeling and experiencing overall in 2007? That was the last time Jupiter transited Sagittarius. Even if that was a difficult year for you, this year won’t necessarily be a repeat of the past. People may wish to study a new language, visit a foreign country, or otherwise immerse themselves in a particular culture, religious setting, or simply the great outdoors – the wilder the better. Philosophy is also higher favored with Jupiter in his own sign. This is the year to take reasonable and even a few almost unreasonable risks, for the sake of growth and expansion.

Jupiter is much more “at ease” in Sagittarius, where the natural optimism that this planet represents becomes obvious. The main danger here is that it’s easy to go overboard with just about anything, because Jupiter just doesn’t know when to quit. Nothing is done in a small way, to the contrary everything must be loud, grand, regal and far-reaching. His powerful influence can make one feel invincible, on top of the world, confident and proud. This is not necessarily always a bad thing but the exact context and situation would make all the difference.

Throughout 2019 the biggest challenge that Jupiter poses is a square to Neptune in Pisces. The first hit is mid-January, the second mid-June and the last one September 21st during the Equinox. That’s a lot of Jupiter energy right there to contend with, which isn’t terrible but has it’s downside. Mixed with Neptune the atmosphere will be ripe for charlatans, shills and cult leaders of all stripes to throw the wool over peoples eyes, as people are more likely to be easily bamboozled than usual. Watch out for overly cocky types or those who appear to be so spiritually advanced as to be elevated above the rest of us. There may even be false UFO and ET claims circulating through the media, ultimately to delegitimize their existence.

Going forward with new plans and activities will be much easier in 2019 than it was in 2018 and much of this is thanks to Jupiter’s transit through Sagittarius. Childlike joy, innocence, curiosity and playfulness will make a comeback in even some of the most sourpuss folks. Jokes will become funny again and more fun will be had overall.

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

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!

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