Welcome to the rollercoaster of 2018! Are you nauseated yet? I sure am! What do I mean by roller coaster – as if there hasn’t been one already in these past months? It’s the current and upcoming connection between Venus and Uranus. In the last week Venus opposed Uranus and started a process that each of us is going to experience over the next few months.
First, the technical stuff:
Starting on October 5th, Venus is going to make its retrograde beginning in the sign of Scorpio – the sign of its detriment – and ending back in Libra, its own sign on November 15th. During this apparent backwards journey in October and November, Venus will oppose Uranus 3 times. This is fairly unprecedented, at least I haven’t experienced it in my lifetime and I’ve been around a while! Venus was opposite Uranus for the first time on September 12th. This opposition occurred with Venus at 2 degrees of Scorpio and Uranus at 2 degrees of Taurus. Uranus is not entirely happy in Taurus, as it is in its fall there. Uranus likes to be in its exaltation, where it is in Scorpio, the opposite of where it is now. So, each of these planets is not at its best here. They will oppose each other on October 31st for the 2nd time, then the third time will be on November 30th for the last time, after Venus is direct. But at this last time, Venus will be in Libra and Uranus will have retrograded back into Aries, where it will remain until March of 2019 when it will re-enter Taurus for the next 7 years.
Now the psychological/emotional stuff: What is the essence of Venus opposite Uranus? What does it mean for our lives?
Venus is the planet of love, relationships, creativity, finances, what we desire – from an expensive bauble to the person we are most passionate about. It’s where our creative juices flow, how and where we use our creativity, are we artistic or do we have lots of ideas to share, is it in the kitchen, on paper, in the classroom or in the office. It’s about who we love, what we love and who loves us.
Uranus is an outer planet. It is the planet of genius, brilliance, chaos, electricity, lightning, independence, surprises, epiphanies, revolutions and revelations. When it receives an opposition from Venus, the love principle becomes very unpredictable or surprising or wild or thrilling. Anything can happen, and I will once again state my experience of Uranus: we could make a list of 100 things that could happen under Uranus and the one thing we didn’t think of is what happens. When an outer planet gets involved with a personal planet such as Venus, we have to allow for strange and unusual situations. But most of all we need to open up to some sort of reform.
The Venus Uranus opposition is the roller coaster we all need right now. It’s a time to shake things up, have a different perspective, think outside the box, take risks. It’s bringing our attention to a place in our lives where we need to ride the wave of uncertainty, yet remain committed and go deeper. Venus is in Scorpio, after all, this is no light hearted situation. This is about where in our hearts we are uncertain and therefore afraid to put our energies into someone or something. Uncertain to take a big risk, start the next chapter, but know we need to. Where are we being asked to take the rocket to the Moon, but uncertain if we will die in the process because something unforeseen could happen? Do we take the risk of going to the Moon or do we play it safe and stay home because we might die? There will never be another opportunity to go to the Moon, to say we’ve had that experience as a traveler in space. An incredible experience in life like no other, that will create a revolution, that will permanently change our heart and open it to something amazing. Or instead playing it safe, just in case. Actually, I don’t think we have a choice.
So this is a 3 part story. The first part begins now as Venus and Uranus meet for the first of 3 times. It is about relationships and it doesn’t need to be about love, Venus rules other things such as money and friendships. What is happening for you? The 2nd part will come around the end of October and the 3rd part will come the end of November.
This is a very important experience. Depending on where you are in your life, there will be layers of risk taking, breakthroughs, daring acts, busting through barriers. This means it’s better to ride that wave, let it all happen. If you are a person who has Venus opposite Uranus in your natal chart, then this is what we call a recurrence for you. It means that you will have experiences based upon this signature in your chart and you will find out more about yourself, your life and how this plays out in your life. If it is a tight orb in your chart – meaning the planets are at nearly the same degree in the opposition – you will have a true experience of your birth legend, what was already in play in the relationships around you when you were born. This will help you have a better handle on what it means for you and how it plays out in your life.
Generally, Venus Uranus can be noncommittal. It does better in relationships that give the person a lot of freedom. It can produce situations where we are not completely in and not completely out. If this is the case during this time, then seek to understand where you are not completely committed. Especially if it is a situation where you would like the other party to commit, then there is a part of you that is attracting this experience. This is particularly true if you have this aspect in your natal chart. These 3 transits should give you an education in how and where you can evolve this pattern so that you may have a more committed experience.
Venus does not clear its shadow until December 18th. So, we will be dealing with Venus in Scorpio for a long time. For women, this is the time to understand our darker, more hidden qualities, owning parts of ourselves that may surprise (Uranus) us.
The important thing to remember while all this is going on is to not let yourself get crazy. Uranus can be a crazy making energy and the best thing to do is use up the energy creatively and in an innovative way. Don’t let it run you, ultimately you have control over your mind and how you handle this. Allow yourself the experience, just don’t let it make you nuts. And it can also be a lot of fun, so enjoy it!
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Usually these things come in pairs. But lucky us, we have the opportunity for a third eclipse, woo-hoo! Normally, I’d say that one of them is a weaker one and we don’t feel it so much. But that hasn’t been the case this time.
The first one opposed Pluto – the universe gave me rattlesnakes.
The second one involved Mars & Uranus – I got earthquakes.
This third one feels mighty powerful and actually quite positive. Who knows what surprises are in store? I do know one thing – this is about manifestation. I can feel that so much I can taste it. In fact, once I recognized that energy for this eclipse, I felt a real positive shift. But to be clear – we are manifesting all the time – everything- whether consciously or not. What we are being asked to do this time is to look into our hearts – because this is a Leo solar eclipse and Sun rules Leo and Leo rules the heart – and acknowledge what’s there, what is on fire, what is being created right in our hearts. And consciously bring that into the world, give birth to it. That’s true manifestation. It’s what has been waiting inside of us to be brought into the light of creativity, given a voice. Be conscious of it, take responsibility for our creation, take hold of our thoughts, our subconscious mind and steer it in the direction we want it to go. Instead of just saying “Well, this is what I have in my heart, what I am being called to do, but I don’t know that I can make it happen.” You decide that it’s happening and it’s happening right now. And that is manifestation.
I met the beautiful orange butterfly in the photo in my garden today. Then it actually flew into my house to spend some time visiting me.
This week we have Mercury turning retrograde in Leo and the 2nd eclipse, a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. Last week we had the Solar Eclipse in Cancer and we saw the Russians indicted in the hacking of the US 2016 election. The US is a Cancerian country and an eclipse in Cancer was bound to bring something out onto the table. After all, that is the job of eclipses – to enlighten us for the next chapter. The US president was born under a lunar eclipse, so I expect that he will be somehow affected by the upcoming lunar eclipse on the 27th. If nothing else, he – and anyone else born on a lunar eclipse – will feel the powerful energy. It can be very restless for all of us as well.
Mercury stations retrograde at 23° Leo on July 26th in the wee hours of the morning EDT. It will remain retrograde in Leo until August 19th and turn direct at 11° Leo. Mercury retro in Leo reminds us to go back to what we do that makes us shine, where we can be freely creative and love life. With the South Node and Mars traveling in the opposite sign of Aquarius, we may find ourselves pulled into old patterns that we have outgrown. Places where we may be overly analytical, obstinate, contrary. It’s easier as a defense to act from a place of being stubborn, but what we really need to do now is open our hearts. That’s what Leo is about, being loving and supportive. Aquarius is about friendship, community and honoring our independence and unique qualities. Since the eclipse is at the South Node, we will release these old patterns, where we clutch on to the past. No one ever wants to let go of the familiar and that is the test of the South Node, to get out of the comfort zone. This is one of those cases where we truly need to trust life and not fall into old habits. We shall find balance by owning and being proud of our uniqueness while remaining sincere and committed to our heart’s journey.
There’s a lot of excitement around this eclipse because it makes a challenge to Uranus, the planet of genius, surprises, epiphanies and breakthroughs. If you are longing for a breakthrough in some part of your life, this may be the moment. It’s a good time to push the envelope in whatever you are working on – stretch your abilities and have confidence in what you can do. Creativity is abundant with this aspect and it’s perfect for thinking outside the box and turning ideas upside down to see them from a different vantage point.
And that’s exactly what we need to do this week – turn ideas upside down. I have to say I have seen a lot of doom and gloom around the internet about this eclipse and it disappoints me. There are many ways to handle energies like this and to get frazzled in advance is not a good choice. For many people who are utterly unaware of astrology, they will just think it’s another Friday in their lives with stuff to deal with. Maybe busier than usual. But my point is – don’t buy into this hysteria. Remember Y2K? Did anything happen? Not really. Instead of focusing on the anxiety of this, focus on the newness that is waiting on the other side and the plans you make for this new time. Look at it from a different vantage point, your own unique vantage point and how these energies pertain to your life, not what everyone else is telling you.
So, don’t react if you start getting hot under the collar. Go for a walk instead. Stay calm, breathe, do something sweet for yourself and for someone else. Stay by the side of those who need you. Open your friendship to someone who may need it. And most importantly, trust love.
Jupiter has stationed direct at 13° of Scorpio, meaning that its retrograde period is over and it is now stopped in the sky. When a planet has stopped, it has a lot of strength, we feel its presence more strongly in those days. Jupiter has been in apparent backwards motion since March 9th and has now reached the point where it was early December 2017. What were you doing then? Anything meaningful? Have memories of that time revisited you today?
Jupiter is the planet of abundance and expansion. Whatever it touches in our lives, wherever it lands in our chart, it asks us to open the door to possibility, opportunity and thinking on a grander scale. When Jupiter moves forward after a period of retrograde, we look at how far we have traveled in these months, what the journey has been about, where it is important to move forward. Scorpio is an internal, private water sign, so it’s likely that we have something internal and far reaching within us that comes forward to be looked at now. Sometimes when a planet goes direct, all the unconscious drives in our way that have been festering come forward to be discarded. This time is no exception, as Scorpio involves the very dark recesses of our minds and Jupiter has gone through there doing a big housekeeping. You may feel a great shift as this planet moves forward and for the next few days as the dust settles. Confidence is also a Jupiterian trait, as Jupiter asks us to have faith in ourselves and the courage to take a leap in the area of our chart it is visiting.
The partial Solar Eclipse happens only two days after Jupiter turns direct on Thursday, July 12th. They are essentially happening at the same time, so their energies are interwoven. The eclipse occurs at 20° of Cancer and is a since it is a Solar Eclipse, this means it is New Moon, hence the Sun and Moon are in the same place in the sky.
The eclipse occurs opposite Pluto at 20° of Capricorn, so this is no ordinary eclipse. New Moon/Solar Eclipses usually indicate a new beginning of some sort. But since this one is entangled with the planet of transformation, we begin something anew that is going to transform our lives. The opposition indicates that it will naturally involve others in what could be a deep emotional experience. It can also be a power struggle with another person as they are a projection of something unconscious we have going on within ourselves. Pluto often indicates working through our own darkness and shining a light on it so it no longer has power over us. Jupiter is in Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, again connecting the direct station of Jupiter with the eclipse. Jupiter’s presence in Pluto’s sign while the eclipse opposes Pluto connects the theme of transformation with Jupiter’s hope and expansion. And Jupiter’s normally optimistic energy gets tempered by Pluto’s depth and intensity. The Sun and Moon will still be in range of a Grand Water Trine with Jupiter and Neptune. This will help the transformation occurring and give us support where it’s needed.
If you know anything about crabs (the crustacean) if you get near them, they will scoot away and hide. The astrological crab is not so different. So, instead of hiding, we want to embrace our strength. I believe the theme of this week is faith, as shown by Jupiter’s moving forward, its connection to the other planet of faith – Neptune – and their smooth relationship to the eclipse. Yes, we will want to use Pluto’s transformative energy to the best of our ability, using Pluto’s power for good in our lives. The idea here is to understand where we need to transform that sense of powerless-ness that Pluto can sometimes bring. There may be moments where we feel our security (Cancer) is at stake, but we need to transcend that fear, tap into our personal power and overcome the trappings of the subconscious mind. Get past our own darkness and embrace our light!
It’s sure to be a wild few months ahead with Mars in the sign of the water bearer, the bringer of knowledge. First the technical info: On June 26th Mars stations retrograde at 9° Aquarius. Mars will remain in Aquarius until August 12th when it will return to Capricorn then on August 27th, it will station direct at 28° Capricorn. Mars will move back into Aquarius on September 10th and remain there until November 15th.
What does it all mean? Well, Mars is assertive, aggressive, the warrior, the fighter, where we step forward to get what we want, where we have confidence. It is the blood coursing through our veins. In Aquarius it’s fighting for an ideal, detached and having pride in one’s independence, a creative imagination, the reformer who breaks conventional rules. It can be very stubborn in fixed Aquarius, as with any fixed sign. Never, never tell a Mars in Aquarius person what to do – they will do the opposite. But Mars in Aquarius will want to learn as much as possible about something they are studying, especially if it is unconventional, innovative and completely unheard of. And they are very good about letting others have their freedom and independence, so they give their partners plenty of space.
A retrograde Mars is a Mars that will appear to be traveling backwards from where we are. It’s not a Mars that overtly takes action, it is more acting behind the scenes and it involves contemplation. It’s certainly a period of going within and finding your own unique sense of confidence. Aquarius is rather unpredictable, so when you begin to learn new things about yourself, you may be quite surprised at the epiphanies you have.
This is a very unusual retrograde, indeed, as Mars has not done its back and forth dance in Aquarius since 1971! Since this is the case, I would recommend paying close attention to the Aquarius area of your chart where this is happening. If you were living your life back then, what was going on? Is anything there similar to now? In these months ahead, there is much information there that will be reconsidered, because along the way there will be connections Mars makes to other planets.
First, Mars is traveling with the South Node of destiny. This is a time for release, letting go, detaching and not allowing yourself to get sucked in to an old story. But it definitely causes us to review the story. Not to overthink it, though because Aquarius is an analytical sign and we need to focus on the passion and and fire of Leo, which is where the North Node of destiny is. So, certainly think before you act, but not too much.
Then there is the eclipse that is happening on July 27th. This is the second of three eclipses. I mention this one in particular now because it is the one that involves Mars. This is a total Lunar Eclipse, with the Moon at the South Node. Yes, the same South Node where Mars is, which means this is a very powerful eclipse, with the Sun on the North Node in Leo. Our ideologies will be challenged. Remember Aquarius is the humanitarian sign and perhaps our human ideals may be disappointed by the collective in some way – such as world events, politics, what cultural experiences we have with our country’s collective unconscious. Remember on an unconscious level we all create together – it can be your family’s collective, the workplace collective, the group of friends collective. You may think you have not participated in the current ideological state of any of these groups, but on some unconscious level you have indeed. Decisions you have made in your past are related to these groups and where we have previously found comfort in these groups, may no longer be comfortable. As we shift and change and grow, we outgrow old ways of thinking and where people once reflected our views, they no longer do so. Consequently, you may choose to leave these groups behind. This can also indicate hiding within a group, when the need is to make ones own individual talents known and stand out among the crowd – governed by the Leo North Node. This eclipse shows us where we need to have the courage to follow our hearts and allow a profound expression of self. It also indicates where we may feel safer staying friends with people instead of taking the risk and allowing ourselves to fall in love.
Social media is a really great example of this type of collective, as Aquarius rules technology and it is the sign of groups and communities. In a case like this, we may find the way we socialize through technology needs some revisions. We may no longer enjoy these outlets as we once did or we find new places that are more in tune with our new views.
The eclipse forms a T-square pattern in the heavens. The North Node/Sun in Leo on one end opposite the South Node/Moon/Mars in Aquarius on the other and at the apex is Uranus in Taurus. So, Mars is also making a challenging aspect to Uranus. Depending upon where these fall in our astrological chart, we can expect the unexpected that may give us some insight into the new direction we need to go. The empty space of the T-square is in Scorpio, so the energy shoots out in to that area of the zodiac. We want to pay attention to that part of our chart as well to see the flow of energy in that area of our lives. The most important thought to remember through this time is to always follow your heart. The Leo North Node and Sun show us that this is an absolute requirement to get through this time period in July.
And as always, there’s the typical cautions of Mars retrograde: don’t buy a new car or any new machine for that matter – lawnmower, computer, etc. Try to get the old one fixed until Mars goes direct. It’s not a great time to start a brand new relationship with a person you’ve just met. It can be a great time to review what you have in your relationship with anyone and how you want to move forward together. Most importantly, this is not a time to initiate a war with anyone. That goes if you are an individual or a country. So, if you’re going to start a lawsuit, wait until September!
There are a lot of factors in this Mars retrograde season, as we have seen above. The best course is to review all of your important actions you have taken recently, look at your motives and your ideals – what needs revising? Where would you like to change it up? Where do you need to take more risks? And most of all, sit with the energy and listen to your heart, it will always give you the best advice.
Exciting times we are in. We are now dealing with Uranus at the very end of Aries, about to move into Taurus on May 15th at 11:23 am EDT. This is a great shift in consciousness for us, as outer planet sign changes are always the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. However, this is never simple – how could it be? The end of an era is a big deal, it’s leaving a lot behind to which one no longer resonates. 7-8 years in one area of the zodiac is coming to an end and we are ready for it.
Everything is moving so very quickly right now. So much is coming at all of us at an exponential rate. How did this happen? Uranus operates at lightening speed. It can turn life around on a dime. You have actually been preparing for this moment for the last seven years, a culmination of what you have been striving for since 2011. In these last days and weeks, you may have thought you were on a certain path and suddenly it changes. You may have been absolutely certain you were going to do something, had the plans all worked out and within what felt like minutes you had a complete change of heart. Don’t worry, this was not a detour, this was the original plan, your consciousness has shifted. You didn’t just change your mind, you didn’t get distracted from your goal. You were redirected to your own truth.
Uranus is the planet of genius, brilliance, innovation, freedom and independence. It takes 84 years to travel the entire zodiac. It rules all that is unconventional or rebellious. It is also an unpredictable force and can whip through your life like a tornado, leaving you with an entirely different landscape in your life than you had before. Aries is the fiery initiative, the warrior, the trailblazer. During this time we have all sought our independence from something in our lives. If you know where Aries is in your chart, this is the area where you have broken free from something that was old and no longer of use to you.
While Uranus has been in these last moments of Aries, we have felt misdirected, then put back on course. We felt centered, then completely lost. Today we thought we could rely on someone or something, tomorrow we cannot. Life does not seem stable right now, we should not have an expectation that what we know today is going to be true tomorrow. So we have to ride the emotional roller coaster we’re on right now and be confident that our soul knows where it’s going. This is an exciting time, nothing to be afraid of.
On the 15th of May, there is a new Moon in Taurus at 7:48 am EDT, shortly before Uranus enters Taurus. This is a time to plant something new, new seeds for a different area of your life. Taurus is the earthiest of the Earth signs and the most fertile. What in your life have you been working on that needs to be plotted firmly in the earth? Where did you start your seedlings, those first new shoots of Spring – this is an Aries metaphor. Whatever that is, you need to take those seedlings and now give them their new rooted home firmly in the earth – that’s a Taurus metaphor. And furthermore, where have you gotten too mired in your old ways and refused to budge? Prepare for an earthquake there, because Uranus will swoop in and shake up that area of your world.
Let’s not forget that Taurus rules finances, as well. We may see more innovative initiative with cryptocurrencies, falling away of old financial structures, more updated and modern ways of managing our money.
Almost as soon as Uranus enters Taurus, on May 16th, it will receive a challenge from Mars in the wee hours of the morning. This is the first of several contacts as Mars enters Aquarius on the 16th around 1 am EDT. Excitable, revolutionary, can’t turn the brain off energy. It can be inspiring and making us feel alive again. This is going to be another wild ride. More on that in the coming days.
Uranus will turn retrograde on August 7th and move back into Aries from November 6th 2018 to March 6th, 2019 when it lands in Taurus for good. So, we’ll get one more chance to wrap up our stories we’ve lived since 2011 and close that door. In the meantime, get out your garden boots and start planting!