We started the New Year on January 1 with a Supermoon, meaning that when the Moon is Full it is closer to the earth than normal. This was very powerful as the Moon was in its own sign of Cancer, which could have easily produced a very emotional time for many of us. It was coupled with the fact that Uranus, the planet of chaos, unexpected events and genius turned direct from retrograde on January 2. All of these aspects may have created new circumstances in your life that enabled you to move forward. It may have felt a little shaky for a few days as well, as Uranus stabilized after shifting direction.
On January 9th, we had a triple conjunction of Sun, Venus, Pluto in Capricorn at 19° and this aspect will last all week. This is an extremely powerful aspect, because it’s the three planets coming together. Both the conjunction of Venus and Pluto and the conjunction of Sun and Pluto are annual events. Since they are all happening together, this is an event that will transform our relationships with one another and with ourselves. This is powerfully creative and a wonderful time to be inspired and do work that brings people into their feelings. The aspect receives a blessing from a Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio and therefore helps us connect with an experience that could transform us. This is the best use of this energy, rather than get into Plutonian power struggles and jealousies.
The first of 5 eclipses of 2018 will occur on January 31st, a Lunar Eclipse at 11° Leo. This is also a Supermoon and the 2nd Full Moon in January. Eclipses are always powerful and this one is no exception. Remember, it’s a Full Moon, so the Sun is opposite at 11° Aquarius, so if you have anything at these degrees, you will profoundly feel the effects of this eclipse period. The North Node of destiny in in Leo, while its equal and opposite point, the South Node is in Aquarius. the closer eclipses are to these nodes, there powerful they are in our lives. Eclipses always bring emotions to the table, so whatever has been brewing in your life may reveal some new feelings or show you emotions of which you were not necessarily aware. The second eclipse occurs on February 15, a Solar Eclipse at 27° Aquarius.
The third eclipse will be a Solar Eclipse and occur on July 12th at 20° Cancer, which will oppose Pluto at 20° Capricorn. This eclipse does not occur close to the Nodes, but can be potent because of its relationship to Pluto. The fourth eclipse on July 27th is a Lunar Eclipse at 4° Aquarius. This is extremely powerful as it will be very close to the Nodes, with the Sun in Leo at the North Node and the Moon in Aquarius at the South Node. An additional kick of energy in this eclipse is the presence of a retrograde Mars at the lunation point and South Node. This is one of those times when I will be reminding people to keep their head and not lose their tempers, as we will all have our patience tried. The fifth and last eclipse is a Solar Eclipse occurring at 18° Leo, which is still in the sign of the North Node, but not too close, so it will be less potent than the eclipse of July 27th.
We will have three Mercury retrogrades this year, March 22nd – April 15th in Aries. This will trigger and help us recall a lot of what we have been experiencing and learning in the last 7 years with Uranus in Aries. Especially since Uranus is finishing up its journey in that sign. The second retrograde will be July 26th to August 19th in Leo. This will help us connect with the energy of this year’s eclipses and what information they hold for us. Mercury will direct itself at 11° Leo, which is where the eclipse of January 31st will occur. So, whatever you are experiencing on that eclipse will come back to give you new information in mid-August. The third retrograde is November 16th until December 6th from mid-Sagittarius to late Scorpio. This could also bring reminders of Saturn’s journey through Sagittarius, which will have ended just a year prior.
The personal planets Mars and Venus will each retrograde this year, which is unusual to have both happen in the same calendar year. Mars only retrogrades every two years and this time is particularly interesting because it will retrograde in Aquarius. It has not retrograded in this sign since the summer of 1971, due to Mars’s unusual orbit, it retrogrades the least in the signs of Aquarius and Sagittarius. Two years ago in 2016, we had the retrograde in Sagittarius, now it’s Aquarius’s turn. This retrograde will begin at 9° Aquarius on June 26th and continues until August 27th when Mars turns direct at 28° Capricorn. Remember when we are dealing with Mars retrograde, we are dealing with any dormant energies ruled by Mars: anger, frustration, aggression, passion. Anything that has been laying under the surface of our life that is Mars-like in nature will come forward for expression at that time. Additionally, Mars will retrograde at the South Node of destiny, which means that whatever comes forward will be almost inevitable and have a karmic feeling to it.
Venus retrogrades on October 5th at 10° Scorpio until November 16th when it turns direct at 25° Libra. A retrograde Venus happens every 18 months. When Venus performs this cosmic dance, it usually brings forth issues of money, love, friendship and anything very social. We know Venus and Mars retrogrades are not the best times to initiate new love relationships, but best to work on ones already in existence. It is also good to note what comes forward during these times, what surfaces in your personal life.
Jupiter is in Scorpio for most of the year, before it enters its own sign of Sagittarius on November 8th for a year. I have written about Jupiter in Scorpio here. We will then have Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune each in their own signs that they rule. We know that Saturn has recently entered Capricorn and I have written about this here.
The big news is that Uranus will enter Taurus for the first time in 84 years on May 15th. Uranus stays in a sign for 7-8 years and therefore will begin to create a new path for each of us where we have Taurus in our charts. It will retrograde on August 7th and then bounce back into Aries from November 6th for the rest of the year into 2019. Taurus is a fixed earth sign and a force such as electric Uranus will be exciting, foreign, bring upheavals and unexpected events. This seems like earthquake energy to me. Where it’s possible we have become complacent in the Taurus house in our charts that needs an earthquake to refresh and restructure what’s there. If we are not so complacent and are looking for and inviting changes in that area of our chart, we may be weeding our garden – Taurus rules gardens – to make room for something new.
There will be a period during the August and September months where Saturn and Uranus, both in earth signs, will be making a smooth aspect to one another. This is a continuation of how they were aligned in fire signs in 2017, but now in earth signs, therefore bringing crystallization to creative ideas that were initially sparked last year. Neptune will remain in its own sign of Pisces while Pluto stays in earthy Capricorn. But they will still play parts in the stories of 2018 as they make their stations and retrogrades. Fortunately there will be no yearlong continuous harsh aspects as we have had in the past.
The year ahead will not be dull. On the contrary, we have a lot of exciting moments ahead, especially around the eclipse periods, particularly the summer ones. I will continue to write about what we can expect in 2018 as the aspects come forward. So, please continue to join me here for new information.
Saturn has changed signs as it does every 2 1/2 – 3 years. It entered Capricorn, an earth sign, on December 20th where it will stay until December 2020. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, so this is a profound experience of Saturn ruling the heavens for the next 3 years. Saturn and Capricorn are practical energies and rule the patriarchy, the governments, the banking and finance systems, commerce, authorities, bureaucracies, and reputation. Saturn always brings lessons, karma, endings – and sometimes new beginnings. Depending upon where Saturn has taken up residency in your chart you may be starting a new job, a new project or a new healing or exercise protocol where you could be committing a lot of your time and energy.
Whatever the case, Saturn in Capricorn is a climber. We will all want to accomplish a lot by taking one step at a time and setting goals to reach the top. Life may take on a more serious tone, as matters may require more hard work than originally thought. But we will all be concerned with getting the job done, so we won’t mind rolling up our sleeves and keeping the nose to the grindstone. In the end, if we do keep our eye on the tasks at hand and achieve our goals, Saturn usually rewards us with more than we expected.
You may find the need to restructure your life as Saturn will have moved into a new arena of your chart. This may be an area where you feel need some cleaning up, some paring down, or some eliminating of the unnecessary. The last time Saturn entered Capricorn was during February of 1988, but then stepped back into Sagittarius for a few months that year before re-entering Capricorn in November of 1988 until February of 1991. If you were around back then, what were you doing in your life? What were you learning? Where did you feel the need to structure or restructure your life? Where did you feel limited? Where did you use your energy in a disciplined way?
This is no ordinary Saturn transit because of Pluto’s presence in Capricorn since 2008. As we have experienced, Pluto is the great transformer as it tears down old structures so they can be rebuilt. All structures mentioned above have been experiencing a complete death and rebirth since 2008. The most important astrological events that will happen when Saturn is in Capricorn is when it conjoins Pluto in 2019/2020 which will bring in some profound issues to be reckoned with. They are both very controlling energies and power struggles are often the norm during their conjunctions. The last time Saturn and Pluto were together in the same sign at the same time was the early 1980’s when they traveled together in Libra and Scorpio. We can hope that Saturn will begin to rebuild the structures that Pluto has transformed since 2008. But we can expect this will not happen easily. If you experienced these transits back then, you may have had some challenges to overcome that you can reflect upon to prepare you for the coming experience. Pluto and Saturn will also be traveling closely with Jupiter in Capricorn during that time. The three planets together is a very rare aspect and will make this whole matter even grander.
As far as government and politics, I will be honest and say I am not optimistic that policies will be kinder and more agreeable for the working classes or for most people in general. Capricorn is about conservatism, wealth and the upper classes and I believe the tides will continue to turn in their favor in an out of balance manner. Considering the themes we have been seeing in the last year, I expect more austerity, control and limitations. We may expect policies to become more harsh as Saturn in Capricorn is a taskmaster. If economic situations continue to be out of balance, not so distant future themes in the sign of Aquarius can indicate revolutionary tendencies. But more on these aspects as they arrive over the next 3 years.
What are we to do with these Saturn in Capricorn energies? The best actions are to take responsibility for ourselves, use moderation and attentiveness and move forward in life with great intention. Most important is to practice discipline. Scorpio is not the only intense sign in town. Capricorns can be intense, too. Intensely focused. Intensely committed. Intensely disciplined, because without discipline, nothing creative gets accomplished. And nothing valuable gets created. We’re used to discipline being defined as rules that others place upon us or some sort of punishment we’ve received. Believe it or not, discipline is a fiery energy in our soul that we need to create all we desire, our life’s work. The seed of discipline is the seed of creation, of nature within us to become what we are supposed to become in our life. The very essence of our being, our presence and our intensity to do what we are here to do on this earth. Saturn is the lord of time, nature does everything in its own time, perfectly, not rushing. You don’t see flowers rushing to bloom. And you don’t plant rose seeds and an apple tree grows. This is the discipline of nature, its own time and its own purpose. So it is with we humans as well and the best thing we can do is remain true to ourselves.
Here in Costa Rica, I have the great fortune to be studying Yogic Philosophy with a wonderful teacher named Simon Haas. Simon has written a book called the Book of Dharma, which describes the four qualities of dharma and how to use them to make enlightened choices. He is British, spent many years studying and living in India, but now lives here in Costa Rica. This and the fact that I am able to study with him, I consider miracles.
Simon is now teaching us about the Bhagavad Gita and the other day he explained the Four Gates of Discipline of speech in Sattva. For those who are not familiar, Sattva is one of the three Gunas, or qualities of behavior patterns of individuals. Ideally we would like to stay in Sattva, because it is characterizes lightness, purity, peacefulness and balance. It’s where we are undisturbed, compassionate, humble and wise. Healers and true spiritual leaders have the quality of Sattva. The other two Gunas are Rajas, the quality of passion, action, ambition and what are typically known as the seven deadly sins and then Tamas, which is self-destruction and other negative feelings such as vindictiveness and disorder. However, Tamas does rule the area of sleep, which we all need, but really it’s ideal if your only state of Tamas is when you are sleeping.
So, if we stay in a state of Sattva, we are detached, but connected to Source. We do not react wildly when someone hurts us. We are clear, grateful, meditative, at peace and loving. In a perfect world, each of us would strive to remain in such a calm, connected state, despite what life throws our way.
If you wish to remain in Sattva when speaking with others, it is important to recognize and exhibit the Four Gates of Discipline of speech. This is from chapter 17, text 15 of the Bhagavad Gita:
Words that do not disturb others, that cause no agitation
Words that only speak Truth
Words that are Kind or loving
Words that are Helpful
Now, here is where I pause to bring in the astrology of the moment. Mercury is in the sign of Sagittarius and is about to turn retrograde (oh joy!). As we know, Mercury rules all speech and communications. In its retrograde and then direct journey, it will conjunct Saturn three times. The first time is November 28, the second time is December 6 and the third time is January 13. This means Mercury conjuncts Saturn, moves past it, goes retrograde on December 3rd and then comes back again to conjunct Saturn, both times in the sign of Sagittarius. It will eventually turn direct on December 22, move forward through Sagittarius, into Capricorn and then conjunct Saturn again, as both planets have changed signs.
Saturn is often harsh, critical, judgmental and can be unkind. The fact that Mercury will join it three times can easily cause us to speak words that are like Saturn in flavor. We may be thinking harsh thoughts, we may wish to criticize someone or lash out at them for how they have treated us. When in Sagittarius, Mercury and Saturn are fiery and can speak in a frank manner. People often don’t think before they speak. Therefore, this is a time when people may be hurtfully honest or just plain hurtful. During this time, we can be self critical as well, which is also not helpful and is actually counterproductive.
While Mercury is joining Saturn, it would be wise to follow the Four Gates of Discipline in speech. Think about any message you wish to convey – does it meet the criteria of the Four Gates? If you answer “no” to any one of them, then you need to review and change what you wish to say before you say it. Or perhaps not say it at all. It’s important to pay attention now. Mercury and Saturn are also “disciplined speech” and this is a great use of the available energies, instead of using them to criticize. It’s also a perfect time to mentally focus on a project that needs your attention to detail. And this could be a very fitting time to start a meditation practice. Mercury and Saturn lend themselves to a disciplined mind and one can learn a lot about calming one’s own mind through meditation.
There is also an evolving story at this time, as there always is with Mercury retrograde. It would be starting around now, the end of November and would continue through the last conjunction with Saturn. Perhaps it’s something you are trying to figure out in your life that will go through its stages until it is cleared. This is an important time, as Saturn will be leaving Sagittarius, where it’s been for 3 years and going into its own sign of Capricorn. Since Mercury will connect twice in Sagittarius and then move ahead to a different sign, you may have an entirely different perspective on the matter once the last conjunction occurs in Capricorn.
Whatever the case, make your best effort to stay in Sattva – not easy, but quite possible.
I can finally sit down and find the time to write about Jupiter, which has entered Scorpio. As many already know, Jupiter is the planet of abundance, opportunity, optimism, expansion, faith, truth and protection. In the solar system, Jupiter is Earth’s protection. Imagine how many asteroids, comets and other heavenly bodies have crashed into large and mighty Jupiter and never reached Earth? Jupiter spends one year in a sign and expands the qualities of that area of the zodiac. It gives us a new perspective in that area of each of our astrological charts, it opens our minds and our hearts.
Since Jupiter spends one year in a sign, it takes 12 years to travel the entire zodiac. So, Jupiter has not been in Scorpio in 12 years. Think back to what you were doing then, what area of your life expanded, opened, showed you something new? Jupiter gives us a boost and some confidence in our lives, it’s the Greater Benefic. In Scorpio, it’s an interesting trip. Scorpio represents all things mysterious, hidden, passionate, dark, sexual, deep, powerful, intense and sensual. Scorpio loves to get to the bottom of the matter, they love a good suspense film, detective programs and mystery theater. Jupiter’s presence in Scorpio opens the door for greater exploration of these matters.
A widespread manifestation of Jupiter’s presence in Scorpio has been the number of sexual harassment scandals in politics and Hollywood that have been in the news in recent weeks. In Scorpio, Jupiter shines a light on what is dark and reveals secrets and hidden stories.
One of the main experiences with Jupiter in Scorpio is reconnecting with one’s passions. That could be one’s passion at work, with hobbies or with one’s physical passion. The best use of this energy is to reignite the feelings one has about areas of life that bring spirit and energy. What makes you come alive? What makes your eyes light up and your heart beat? This is an area where you will bring your attention in the next 12 months.
Jupiter is expansive. While it may bring fortune and good luck, it’s only by being open to the information you receive from the transit will you truly be able to benefit. Wherever it touches your chart, you can expect your view to be widened, your mind to be opened, your awareness to be raised. You will be stretched beyond the limits of what you now already know in that area of your life. That may not be entirely comfortable, but it’s necessary and important. These moments bring an epiphany, an “aha” experience that changes you and your perspective. Sometimes the revelation that occurs is so profound that you feel as if you have been cracked open and it’s as if your insides are reverberating. It’s not like a Pluto transformational moment where you are put through the ringer and feel completely beat up before you recognize how the transit is changing your life. This feels more flowing and insightful.
And Jupiter brings good fortune in that transformation. It’s easier than normal to be open to change and healing. This is an optimal time to do some wonderfully deep healing work on one’s emotional life. Scorpio energy allows us to go deep, penetrate the layers of our subconscious and be open to what we see. While Scorpio is a water sign, which means it is very sensitive, we may feel more tender as we journey through the rivers of our mind. But Jupiter’s presence gives us courage, confidence and the boldness to go where we may have feared to go before.
On December 2nd, Jupiter will trine Neptune, which is a beautiful aspect. Jupiter and Neptune are related as they are co-rulers of Pisces. Before Neptune was discovered, Jupiter was the sole ruler of Pisces, so they work well together. This is an important aspect and it is an auspicious moment: a time to make a wish, start a healing protocol, say a prayer, start something new, forgive someone or yourself. This is the first of 3 trines the planets will make before Jupiter leaves Scorpio at the end of 2018. It is also a truly profound time to open your mind and heart to a spiritual practice, whatever your preference may be.
Connect with your soul, open your heart and follow the path that opens before you now. The next year will be a phenomenal journey.
We have a lot of hot transits going on right now and I want to discuss what that feels like. On September 28th, we had the direct station of Pluto. Pluto had been retrograde since April and when it stations to go direct, I always feel like whatever has been brewing in Pluto’s basement in the underworld erupts out into our world with great force. It doesn’t always mean there’s a major tragedy, this time there was, but what surfaces usually is as if a manhole cover was opened somewhere and all the sewer creatures come out. We get scandalous stories in the news, we hear about accidents, long standing secrets are revealed. It takes a few weeks for the shake-up to happen and the dust to settle. But this time it’s far more relevant because Pluto stationed direct at its own South Node. What does that mean? The place where the planets cross the ecliptic on their path are the points of the North and South nodes of each planet. The Nodes represent the direction we are going to – the North Node and there we’ve been and all of our unconscious drives – the South Node. When an outer planet as slow as Pluto reaches its own South Node, it’s very rare and it’s going to be hanging out there for a while, on and off for about two years. Consequently, when we’re dealing with unconscious drives and habits, the creatures that come out of the sewer are going to be be darker, muddier, uglier and harder to look at. Pluto does reveal what is hidden behind the scenes in our collective unconscious, now imagine what happens when it reveals our truest, deepest, unedited collective drives. On some collective level, our darkest unacknowledged feelings surface and have to come forward if we are going to heal these instincts as a society and individually. In simple terms, things have to get worse before they can get better. It’s like having a bad flu and hitting bottom, before you start recovering.
In the meantime, Pluto has been dancing with the lovers Venus and Mars in flowing aspects. But they are still hot and heavy as Pluto remains slow, therefore the Lord of the Underworld’s effects are penetrating and persistent. Even though Venus and Mars are in fussy Virgo, it’s time to dig into life and find the deep connection to one’s creativity and passions. It’s also time to show your power, not only by using words, but backing them up with actions. Mars is always about taking action and there are many ways to take positive steps to bring good into the world. Use your skills to be of service (so Virgo!) and help out where you have felt the most assistance is needed. There are many ways all of us can contribute now.
Venus and Mars aren’t finished with their work schedule. After Pluto they move on to Saturn and in this week, they both make a hard aspect to the dutiful planet. This is the last time either planet will make a hard aspect to Saturn before it leaves Sagittarius after the last 3 years. All year, Venus and Mars have been traveling nearby each other in the zodiac and now their work is culminating since they are together in Virgo. The experience we will all have in our lives now is a test and a finale at the same time. We have each had goals this year, probably an ongoing story that started sometime at the end of 2016. This has not been an easy road and we each have encountered roadblocks along the way. We are not free to go forward until we complete the last tasks of this course. No graduation or especially graduation party just yet. Saturn always makes us wait for our rewards and this time is no exception. Do you really want it? You have to just push the envelope one more time to get through it in this 2nd week of October. And then?
Then as we are pushing our envelopes, Jupiter leaves Libra, where it has been since September of 2016 and enters Scorpio. Once again we’re thrown back to Venus and Mars as Jupiter leaves the sign Venus rules and enters the sign of Mars’ rulership. We Jupiter has been stressed in Libra this whole time, meeting with a last opposition to Uranus on September 28. After over a year in a sign, Jupiter will reveal to us its lasting impression, a message and hopefully an epiphany that allows us greater understanding of what we were to learn and accomplish during this period. If you’ve struggled during this time – and most of us have – one hopes there is a recognition of what that struggle was about. When a planet ends its run in a sign, I always liken it to being the deeply intense essence of what that placement was all about. As if we boiled down the transit to its richest extracts. For each of us it is always different. This transit brought a lot of transformation because of Jupiter’s ongoing conversation with the outer planets. As it moves into Scorpio, it won’t be as stressed and will actually have a different, more passionate conversation within each of our charts. This will be a powerful new dynamic that visits us.
So, this week we work hard to end the struggle of the last 13 months, understand the lesson and move forward. The relationship planets Venus and Mars have a lot to say to us this week. Recall their interactions with each other all year, taking turns being on top and then their connections to other planets: Pluto makes us desperately want what we want and need to have it, Saturn judges us for it later, Jupiter opens our heart. What they show us this week, how we listen to them makes a difference in the next year going forward. Most importantly, we go forward with an open heart and unconditional love.
On that note, I invite you to watch this video where Mars and Venus switch places and men sing the roles established by women. And do a very good job! But despite all the tragedy, love wins the day.
Remember I wrote that the July Full Moon was intense and we needed to ready ourselves for it? And then I wrote the eclipse of August 21st was very powerful and would be a turning point for many of us? I don’t believe any of that did justice to what actually happened and what many of us felt. In life, hindsight is always 20/20 and many times in astrology as well. Especially if Uranus is involved, which it was in July, because we never know what Uranus will bring. The planet of unexpected events, you could make a list of 1,000 happenings and the one you didn’t think of is what happens. So, in hindsight, I don’t think I gave enough emphasis on how much life would change for so many people. I don’t like to scare people or be a doomsayer, so here I believe I erred on the side of optimism.
That being said, I do believe when we experience a prolonged period of discomfort, anxiety, depression or paralysis we are working through some major lesson or transformation in our lives. It will usually be okay eventually once we work through the drama of the challenging aspects, though our landscape may have shifted somewhat. These last few months have been some of the most emotionally intense and difficult I have seen and experienced in years. I suffered, I watched people suffer, in two different countries I had people telling me how everyone was a wreck. And this is just a barometer reading of emotional experience. Then there are the heartbreaking stories of my friends displaced or struggling because of hurricanes. And still now overwhelmed and enduring hardship.
In astrology when something like the eclipse of August 21st occurs, it triggers a point in the 360 degree dial that will now become a “famous point.” When the point gets triggered we have reverberations of what it felt like to experience that time in our lives. So now 28° Leo is a famous point. And as I mentioned in a previous blog that was a hot point that was going to get hit again very soon after. First Mars hit the point, which is the planet of aggression and one that stirs the pot. Then Mercury went direct on the eclipse point, which brought new information forward. And lastly Venus hit the eclipse point and ignited it all over again on September 18th. Normally Venus is a lovely aspect, but frankly I experienced some of the worst anxiety the day before and in speaking with others, they were feeling it as well. Then I realized, here was Venus triggering a powerful eclipse point. An extraordinary eclipse related to this one, from August 1999 was triggered by Venus on September 11, 2001. This time was a remembrance of Venus’ trigger that day. Incidentally, I had this realization while going through airport security.
So now we are dealing with the aftermath. What did the eclipse bring to you? What did you learn and what did you work through? Was it just a matter of persistence or did you have to completely change some aspects of your life? And many of us are still sorting out what happened and how we feel. Most importantly, this eclipse and especially Venus’ transit over it should bring us to the point of connection with our true, most authentic core of ourselves.
Meanwhile, we now have Pluto going direct this week as it’s been in retrograde since April. The fruits of our inner work this year should now be evident. But Pluto is now deeply entrenched in the middle of the sign of Capricorn. It has a good 8 more years to go. It’s not finished transforming all things Capricorn: the government, the banking systems, commerce. Since it is so intensely in the sign now, we will start to see some of the most profound changes in those areas mentioned. It may seem chaotic at first, but that is a sure sign of churning changes. It’s a necessary purge before those areas can get healed and work better.
And on the same day we have the last passage of the Jupiter opposition to Uranus. Jupiter opposed Uranus in December 2016, in early March 2017 and now again on September 28 for the last time. This is an expansion of one’s awareness, also an opening to a transformation in one’s life. Jupiter works by opening the door, providing opportunities, allowing us to leap forward and take risks and most of all feeling like we are protected when we take these leaps. We have each been through a process since December of last year, which is now coming to completion. Think back to last December and anything you initiated, how is the progress for you? It has not been a smooth road, but we are coming at last to the place where we can have greater understanding of what this was all about for us, why it’s been so difficult, why we needed to pass through the stages as we have.
These last two months have not been easy or straightforward. It has been a labyrinth of issues, emotions, crisis and healing. We are still working through these matters, but I do expect the dust to settle in the next week or so. In the meantime, continue to meditate, do something that makes you laugh and be kind to yourself.
As I sit to write this, we have just experienced the station retrograde of Uranus in Aries. It was a strong way to begin the month of August. Outer planet stations always shake up our perceptions of our current life and world circumstances. When we have the beginning of a retrograde, we find it’s time to go within for the next few months and resolve old conflicts, recollect what has happened in the last several months and work with the internal chaos. Anxiety is very common with Uranus and if you are having any such reactions, it’s probably the feelings of being out of control that Uranus can bring with its change of direction. It doesn’t actually mean that you or your life is out of control, but it does give an underlying feeling of instability. It could be just your perception of how life is playing out at this moment.
Meanwhile, Jupiter in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn for the last time and it’s best to avoid power struggles, take the high road and use that Jupiterian wisdom to guide you. Sometimes the ego wants to win at any cost and can step on anything or anyone who gets in the way. That can be you getting stepped on as well as doing the stepping, so don’t think you can just get away with anything, as Jupiter can often convince us.
On August 7th we have the first of two eclipses this month, with the Lunar Eclipse at 15° Leo Sun and Aquarius Moon. As I’ve written before, eclipses always bring the local emotional story to the table. Whatever you’ve been experiencing in these weeks leading up to the eclipse will come up for review and you will understand the deeper reason for these emotions and events you have been experiencing. Since it is a Lunar Eclipse, Full Moons tend to be more emotional and you may experience a wide array of feelings with this eclipse. With the Moon in Aquarius, the theme is about truly asserting one’s freedom and independence. Wherever it falls in the chart gives us the arena in which we may feel we need to exercise more independence. Jupiter in Libra will make a wonderful aspect to this eclipse, bringing opportunities and good fortune to whatever area it touches. Perhaps Jupiter’s influence will get us through the uneven waters of the eclipse and guide us through to a better understanding of our emotions.
The second eclipse is a total Solar Eclipse at just about 29° Leo. This is a very powerful eclipse as it aligns with the fixed star Regulus – the King – and is close to the Nodes of Fate. It also partakes in a Grand Fire Trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. This is about action and initiative. It is being called “The Great American Eclipse” because its path travels only in the USA. Solar Eclipses are not usually as emotional as Lunar, but instead they involve our life path and our life force.
Since these eclipses occur very firmly in the sign of Leo, we are confronting parts of ourselves that are needing and wanting to be at center stage. Where in your life is it time to shine? Let’s take a quick zip around the zodiac for each sign and find out (read Rising Sign as well):
Aries: love and children
Taurus: family and home
Gemini: communication and siblings
Cancer: money and self value
Leo: your persona and your talent
Virgo: healing and dreams
Libra: friends and community
Scorpio: career and reputation
Sagittarius: education and foreign lands
Capricorn: joint finances and passion
Aquarius: partners and relationships
Pisces: health and work
With all this planetary activity, there is a lot of emotional work to be done now and each of us can be dreaming intensely at night or awakening in the morning with a million questions. Everyone is processing emotions, it would be hard to find someone who is not going through something intense, rough, life changing or powerful. Where in your life do you feel the most challenged? What is consuming your energy?
Mars is following the Sun in Leo, a fiery eclipse for sure. And then Mars will visit each eclipse point along its path. On August 12th, Mars will land on the first eclipse point re-triggering everything we experienced, giving us another layer of emotion to work with. Then Mars will reach the point of the second eclipse on Sept 1 and 2 and again we will feel another layer of experience. Mars always adds a vitamin shot to the mix, so whatever we experience during the eclipse moments, we can review and take more action when Mars hits the eclipse points.
Mercury stations on the 12th, turning retrograde in its own sign of Virgo. Mercury retro while having eclipses is a wild ride! As always, keep aware of communications and try to make them run as smoothly as possible.
The energies this month are definitely topsy turvy, between eclipses, Uranus changing direction and Mercury going retro. For this eclipse period I would suggest take very good care of yourself because this is exhausting energy. Take extra time to complete your tasks, get some extra rest – naps are a great idea. And meditation is a wonderful way to remain calm and soothe those anxious vibes when they come up. The time of Leo is one of creativity and fun, so please be sure to enjoy some of that as well!