The collection of planets that have been traveling through Aquarius together have begun to move into Pisces. The Sun moved into Pisces last week on the 18th and today, the 25th, Venus joins her. We are letting go of the past cycle and preparing for a new one (which will begin when the Sun enters Aries in March). With the Sun and Venus in Pisces we are better connected to our internal reality, and we tend to feel a greater connection to, and compassion for, the suffering of others.
As mentioned in the last post, this year’s energy is defined by a third-quarter square between Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Aquarius. It exacts three times over the year, and last week (the 17th of February) was the first time. Did you feel it?
Like any square, there is tension as both planets need to be satisfied. Uranus wants us to break free from circumstances that feel boring or restricting, and Saturn wants us to retain some level of stability. The restless tension of this particular square may lead to the desire to make a sudden career change or a move.
Ordinarily, the first time a major transit comes into exact, one gets a glimpse of what needs to happen or a good sense of the issue at hand. At the second exact, something concrete happens, and at the third, there is some integration of the solution.
Pull out your chart and see where 7º of Taurus and Aquarius fall in your wheel. The placement of Uranus shows where you are stuck and what needs to change, and the placement of Saturn shows why you need to change that thing.
For example, I have a friend who has Uranus in his 6th house (of diet and health) and Saturn in his 3rd (the thought process). A few days ago, he got a jolt of a thought that he might be becoming intolerant to wheat. Uranus works like that; he shoots thoughts out from the subconscious to the conscious mind. If we are jolted by a thought that seems to come from nowhere and it happens more than two times, it’s best to pay attention to it. It is telling us of an incremental change that we should make so as to avoid a crisis later on. My friend received the repeated thought that he would do well to make the shift to eating less wheat products. He made the connection because he is beginning to feel brain fog after eating excessive carbohydrates. His diet (the 6th house) has begun to affect the functioning of his mental process (3rd house).
If you would like some help interpreting how this square may affect you, please post your chart or the information related to where 7º of Taurus and Aquarius falls in your wheel, and we will work it out here, in the comment stream.
The dominant aspect that shaped 2020 (and which will shape society for years to come) was the conjunction of Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. For the entire year, as those three heavy-hitting planets moved though the late degrees of Capricorn, they pulled apart the social fabric and brought focus to it’s weaknesses and deep social inequities. So many major events that have transpired in the last several months were representative of the interactions between those planets; from Brexit to America’s president being impeached, from Covid-19 to the fires on three continents, from the unjustifiable killing of George Floyd (and other black Americans) to the storming of America’s capital. They showed us what needs to be upgraded or demolished.
In 2021, we get to work on those things. Fittingly, the dominant aspect of 2021 is a square from Saturn in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus. That aspect will be exact three times over the course of this year but will be present all year long. It asks us to let go of the status-quo past and embrace a more egalitarian, equitable future. Saturn is moving through Aquarius now, quickening our planet with hope and infusing us with a desire for tolerance, objectivity, and constructive change. While the square between Saturn and Uranus will wax and wane over the year, we will be given three hard opportunities to let go of what isn’t working any more, to turn our backs on what is rigid and unforgiving, and to assess and realign our values. I will mention them in future posts, but those dates are: February 17, June 14 and December 23.
There are five planets in Aquarius now helping us to reorganize our lives and the structures of society. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are helping us to liberate ourselves from our societal, familial and cultural conditioning and find our authentic expression.
Tomorrow, Venus will make three important connections that are worth mentioning. On February 6, Venus will conjunct Saturn, sextile Chiron, and square Uranus. Our patterns to relating (to others and to ourselves), our values, our ability to compromise and participate will be under pressure. Venus’s conjunction to Saturn is a reality check on the way we’ve been spending money, how we have been relating with family members, and to our ideas of what we think we want. Venus conjunct Saturn implies a limitation; it often expresses as a small circle of friends, difficulties with having enough money, or a lack of safety within the family dynamic. Venus’s square to Uranus is a lightening bolt. It implies changes of fortune with money and love. This angle sometimes manifests as a new friend, a new experience, the windfall or loss of some money, or the release of a friendship that has become overly constrictive.
Trying to balance the constricting energy of Saturn and the liberating energy of Uranus is tricky, but thankfully, the sextile of Venus to Chiron will help to smooth things over and provide healing undertones to whatever happens. Lean into what feels good, be open to new experiences, and remember that a little bit of kindness goes an especially long way this weekend.
Doesn’t it feel like the speed of life has picked up? We can feel the energy is moving differently now than it was moving just last week. That’s because, this week, all three of the inner, personal planets will change signs.
On January 7, Mars moved into Taurus after six months in Aries. Mars normally spends about six weeks in a sign, but last year, just after entering his home sign of Aries, Mars stationed retrograde, which made his stay in that sign much longer than usual. While Mars was in Aries, we felt energized, like our internal fires were stoked, and getting what we wanted seemed not only possible, but easy to achieve. Mars entering Taurus is like down-shifting in a car. The mechanism is spinning wildly but we are going slower now. Getting things done, in these next six weeks, will take consistency and perseverance. While Mars is in Taurus, we will be driven to achieve financial stability and a safe, warm, beautiful place in which we feel secure.
January 8, Venus moved into Capricorn for a four week visit. Venus in Capricorn echoes Mars in Taurus in that they are both concerned about safety, financial security, and having nice things. Venus in Capricorn values the status quo and social status. She is attracted to authority figures and loves to be with the family (or with someone who makes her feel safe). For the next thirty days, we will be especially driven to get ahead at work.
On January 8, Mercury moves into Aquarius, signaling a shift in the way we are thinking and what we are thinking about. For the next three weeks, our thoughts will fly in new directions, we’ll be more open to trying new things, and we will be connecting online more with people (and groups of people) who share our values and interests. We will be thinking about the future and how we can participate in shaping a more progressive world. *
The characteristics of these shifts are mitigated by the placement of these signs in your natal chart. If you’d like to see where these movements are happening in your chart, just send me your birthdata, and I will send you your chart with a few words about how these shifts may affect you personally.
Continuing around the wheel, the point at which there is an awareness of someone/something opposite, the halfway point, is the beginning of Libra. Most people assume Libras are balanced but balance is being sought in Libra. The halfway point is the most extreme spot on the wheel. It is the place of the initial awareness of polarity and relativity.
If you were born between October 5, 1971 and April 17, 1972, July 30, 1972 and November 5, 1983, or between May 18, 1984 and August 27 or 1984, you have Pluto in Libra. With Pluto in Libra, the resounding bass undertone of life, the same undertone that defines your generation, is all about relationships.
Those with Pluto in Libra have come into this life with pre-existing imbalances in relationships. In this life, they want to try again, to ‘get it right’, and, in most cases, step away from the relationship at the right time and in the right way. So, for people with Pluto (or the South Node or the ruler of the South Node) in Libra, hooking up with people (maybe a lot of people) is of evolutionary importance.
Libras learn by mirroring others to discover who they are and who they are not. When out of balance, it’s very easy for Pluto in Libra people to lose sighting of their individuality and become overly absorbed in the reality of their partner. Co-dependency, needing to be needed, and damaged trust are all part of this archetype as ones experience with the other will, eventually, lead to objective awareness of the needs of self vs. the needs of the other. Libras are learning to listen objectively and to give what the other person needs (rather than what they want or is easy to give).
The higher tones of the Libran archetype are expressions of relationships in which both partners are secure in themselves and in which each person encourages the other to shine and follow their dreams.
Because Venus and Mercury orbit between the Earth and the Sun, they are never more than a certain number of degrees away from the Sun from our perspective. For example, Mercury will never be more than 16º in front of the Sun before it stations retrograde. Then it moves backwards (again, from our perspective) until it is 16º behind the Sun at which time it stations direct and begins running ahead again past the Sun, repeating the pattern ad infinitum. Venus never gets more than 42º away from the Sun. She makes a similar pattern to that which Mercury makes, although in true Venusian style, her retrograde pattern makes a lovely, 5-pointed star.
Mercury and Venus (and Mars) are called the ‘personal planets’ because those archetypes make up the overtly personal parts of a person, the parts of the psyche that others see and deal with on a daily basis. When two or three of the personal planets are in the same sign as the Sun they set a strong, unified archetypal tone. This month of February, however, it won’t be at all like that. The planets are all over the place.
For several weeks Mars and Venus have been traveling together in the last degrees of Pisces. On January 28, Mars left Pisces and entered Aries. Meanwhile, the Sun is in Aquarius and Mercury is in Capricorn: all the personal planets are in different signs! And Mars is in his home sign, Aries, which gives us all a fiery push toward getting our needs met.
In addition to the aforementioned combination of energies, Venus and Jupiter will both go retrograde this month, too. The various conflicting energies and Mars in Aries gives us an underlying sensation that things are in flux. Indeed, they are, specifically in the area of relationships and/or money. But before we change things, we must first pull back the curtain and see things as they are.
Today, Friday, February 3, Venus will enter Aries. She’ll cruise along in Aries for a month initiating new projects, relationships and sources of income. Then, on March 4th, Venus will slow down and stop (from our perspective) at 13º of Aries. For the next month, she will go backwards over those first 13º of Aries again, getting a better look at the relationships or streams of income that we began in early February. The issue is whether or not things are in balance. Fear and anger is to be expected. Consider matters introspectively for the month of March, using, as much as possible, the objectivity made available by Mercury in Aquarius. The first half of April is the best time to let go of resentment, anger, delusions, and the relationships that are not in balance. (∞)
The dance of Venus passing back and forth over the ASC point asks us to take a second look at our values, the fundamental dynamics of our relationships, and our relationship with money. It’s a time of resetting self-esteem and up-leveling our relationship with our self and to our own talents.
Supporting the work of Venus in the re-calibrating of our relationships is Jupiter who will turn retrograde February 6 at 23º of Libra. As he moves backwards a full 10º in Libra, the sign of balance-seeking, we will be encouraged to look at our values and beliefs, at how we spend our money, and whether or not our relationships are in balance. Jupiter and Venus (and Mars and Mercury!) are working together this spring to force us to reconsider the recent new beginnings and help us see where we are being excessive and delusional in relationships. (@)
Mercury is between retrograde cycles these days so he’s going full-speed-ahead. He will take only two weeks to race through Aquarius (February 7 to February 25), during which time our minds will literally be racing. Our thoughts will be focused on the groups we are part of (or want to be part of) and our dreams for the future. In February, we will be more open to information and ideas from all corners. And because the mind will be superficially skipping along the surface, it will be easier to be objective. This objectivity will come in super handy as we uncover imbalances in our relationship dynamics with the retrogrades of Venus and Jupiter.
To take advantage of these energetic shifts in February, be willing to examine the balance points in your relationships: Is there as much listening as talking? As much receiving as giving? Is the attention usually centered on one person? Does each person in the relationship have the freedom to follow their desires? Also be willing to examine how your values are connected to your self-esteem. If your values, money situation or relationships need to be adjusted, you will know what you need to do by April. If by then you aren’t sure or haven’t made the changes, circumstances may change on your behalf when Jupiter stations direct in June. When Venus enters Aries (February 3), we will begin all manner of new relationships. A month later when Venus goes retrograde, she will show us where our impulsiveness, selfishness, need to be needed, and our instinctual desires pull us into delusional situations. Use the information uncovered in the retrograde period to make adjustments in relationship dynamics and personal values.
More specific information can be gleaned from your chart by penciling Venus in outside the wheel at 0º Aries and considering the information that the house placement provides.
If you don’t have a copy of your chart, but want one, grab your birthdata and contact me.
(∞) April 2, the still retrograding Venus backs out of Aries and into Pisces. On April 15, at 26º of Pisces, Venus stops (from our perspective) and begins moving forward again (stations direct).
Last month at the equinox, when the Sun passed from the 12th house to the 1st house, we began a new turn around the wheel. Since then, the Sun has been in Aries. On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:27pm (Barcelona time), the Sun will move into Taurus. The new form/set of experiences that began at the Ascendant/Aries slows down and becomes substantiated and solidified in Taurus. This archetype is known as being very pleasure-oriented, lazy and stubborn, but there is a reason for that. Planets in Taurus have come from trauma or betrayal and want to calm down now, to be in nature and the body. Taurus is the place to rest, stabilize and focus.
Because Venus never gets more than 47º away from the Sun (and is reflective), she is seen as a bright light in the early morning sky announcing the arrival of the sun (as the Morning Star, Lucifer or Phosphor), or she pops out of a twilight sky, ushering the Lord (the Sun) into his bed chambers for the night (as the Evening Star, Hesperus).
The fact that Venus has an identity in front of the Sun and behind the Sun is shown in her rulerships of both Taurus and Libra. In her Taurisian guise, Venus is cow-like, a simple, trusting, solid body of goodness deeply connected to nature. This description of Venus, as well as countless artworks in several cultures, attest to a Venus that is very unlike the current state of the planet Venus.
[image from universetoday.com]
In the not-so-distant past, in the same catastrophe that stripped Mars of his atmosphere, something happened to Venus and in the process of that she got bombarded by ultra-violet rays from the Sun which seriously upset the balance of her atmosphere. Now it’s the heaviest atmosphere in our solar system, consisting mainly of carbon dioxide with clouds of sulfuric acid. Nowadays Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system. At the surface, the heat is hot enough to melt lead.The reason Venus is so hot is because she was knocked out of place and her spinning stalled. The event slowed down her rotation on her axis and upset the atmosphere. She is no longer capable of spinning fast enough to create a protective, magnetic field around herself. Now, the very top layer of the clouds zip around the planet sixty-times faster than Venus herself rotates.
[image from nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov]
Those with a Taurus South Node or Pluto in the 2nd house, are stuck on some level. There is a tendency to internalize and compress ones inner nature in order to consolidate ones resources, internal and external. They are often born into hard conditions that force a focus on self-reliance. This is a re-imprinting of what was going on in the previous life; it reminds the person to develop self-reliance on all levels, especially materially and sexually. Masturbation is important for Tauruses, (although they must beware of getting fixated on taboo sexual images). Taurus correlates to talents, skills and trades because they make one self-sufficient. Reaching past their natural stuckness, those with Pluto in the 2nd house must be willing to be transformed by people and situations so they can evolve past their limitations. They must also be willing to see and accept that the original conditions that forced them to identify resources and protect themselves from the environment are no longer present.Taurus is very interested in acquiring that which it understands as bringing security. People at different levels of consciousness have different answers for what constitutes security. The person with Taurus Sun, Moon or ASC, either Node in Taurus or Pluto in the 2nd house must develop their values and live by them. Their way of life must reflect their core internal needs and nature.
If this information is interesting to you and you’d like to know if Pluto is in your 2nd house or how Taurus fits into your energetic signature, please get in touch.
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