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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Full Moon in Aries-All About You!

Saturday’s (10-23-10) full moon falls at 29 degrees of Aries. The 29th degree is considered very important and is called the anaretic degree. Wikipedia defines the anaretic degree as, “the final degree of any sign, which is 29 degrees 0 minutes to 29 degrees 59 minutes. This degree or range is considered to be critical, so any planets, angles or celestial bodies placed within that range are likely to display the most extreme attributes of the sign or planet.

Generally, when a planet is posited an anaretic degree, the planet will stand out. It is "taking up the rear", usually being the planet in the chart with the highest degree value. This is not always negative, though it's generally portrayed as such.”

Aries is the natural ruler of the first house of the zodiac representing the self/ the I AM. Its ruler is Mars, ‘the God of War’, thus this will be a fiery full moon with the potential for a great deal of intensity and drama. This is no full moon for wallflowers!

On the positive side, this can be time to get in touch with yourself and your goals and objectives, and on the other end of the spectrum it can represent a time of frustrating action and interaction with individual egos playing a big role in events that will occur. So, step back, take a deep breath and think before acting or responding rashly.

Those most affected by this full moon will be Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn, or anyone who has a personal planet being aspected by 29 degrees of Aries.

Venus is retrograde all month, and this relates to delays, obstacles and problems related to your love life, social life and sometimes money as well, and will play a role in the affairs of some over the full moon period. Venus is retrograde at 9 degrees of Scorpio and if this is creating a harsh aspect to a personal planet in your chart, you may experience difficulties in your love life, as well.

Mars is at 26 degrees of Scorpio and squaring Neptune. Mars square Neptune is a tiring, negative aspect, as a rule and often relates to drama, lack of clarity or lies and deception. Weirdness can sometimes be the norm with a transit like this, and you may find it hard to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Sleep is a perfect activity for such a configuration! Don’t believe half of what you hear on the news or in your personal life. Relax and let this energy pass before reaching critical decisions. The transit may also bring some unusual weather related conditions involving water that can cause trouble in various parts of the country and the world. This combination also relates to drugs, alcohol, the ‘seamy side of life,’ sex, and very convoluted situations. Mars squares Neptune is exact on October 22, meaning this energy will start several days before the full moon. Full moon energy can begin as much as 5-7 days before the actual lunar peak.

On the other hand, Mars/Neptune can relate to psychic awareness, precognition, creativity, and traveling the depths of the spiritual realms. But, it takes a steady and stable individual to experience Mars-Neptune in the manner, but this is the highest and best use of this configuration.

To know the exact implications of the full moon an astrologer would have to be able to look at your chart. But, in a general sense the full moon will affect the Sun signs in the following manner;

Aries-The focus will be on the desires of the self, and relationships. It is a time of finishing up things that were started last month and moving forward with new objectives.

Taurus- The focus is upon thoughts and ideas that are prominent in the subconscious mind, spending time alone and reflection, work, health issues. The potential exists to visit a Dr. or hospital, and things that are secret and hidden could come to the forefront.

Gemini-The focus in on friends, hopes and wishes, groups and organizations and relationships or children.

Cancer-The focus is on the home and family, as well as personal foundation and career related issues, and work.

Leo-the focus is travel, education, legal or contractual matters, health related or medical issues, as well as general view of life, communication, neighbors, immediate family members or co-workers.

Virgo-The focus is money, taxes, debt, other people’s money, corporate money, and earned income as well as self image, and issues relating to sex.

Libra-The focus is relationships and partnerships, both personal and professional, possibly courts and open enemies in some cases.

Scorpio-The focus will be health/diet issues, work, service to others, and issues that are in the subconscious mind.

Sagittarius- The focus is friendships, children or love affairs, entertainment, hopes and wishes.

Capricorn-The focus will be the home and foundation, endings, and work related situations.

Aquarius- The focus will be the mind and thought processes, communication, immediate family members or neighbors, travel, education and legal or medical situations.

Pisces-The focus will be on money, earned income, taxes, debts and other people’s money.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Moon in Libra-The Planet of Love steps Back!

The Planet of Love Steps Back

Thursday’s (October 7) New Moon at 14 degrees of Libra will ‘kick off,’ the Venus retrograde period this year. The focus will be on relationships and partnerships of all kinds during this time, bringing unresolved issues to the surface. Venus, the planet ruling love and affection goes retrograde every 18 months. It was last retrograde March 6-April 17 of 2009 in Aries and Pisces.

By Friday, October 8, the official start of the retrograde for Venus, many of us will face a ‘reality check,’ where our most intimate unions are concerned, as the planet of communication (Mercury) line up in a conjunction with Saturn, the taskmaster, always a transit of harsh realities.

The Shadow Period

Venus has however, been in its shadow retrograde period since September 5th, and this shadow period will actually extend until December 20. The shadow period is when Venus must retrace its steps, or degrees, to the degree at which it actually moves forward again, in this case 27 degrees of Libra. Thus, we may literally be ‘retracing our steps,’ as well.

Fated Events and Situations

Venus is the planet that rules our love lives, as well as beauty, art, artistic effort, diplomacy, values and it is one of the two financial planets. Venus is currently in Scorpio at 13 degrees and will officially retrograde October 8 through November 18. It isn’t just Mercury that retrogrades, the other planets retrograde as well. When Venus retrogrades issues concerning love and relationships become more intense and it often seems that fate intervenes and people sometimes find themselves in situations concerning love where events beyond their control take over-this is the fate or karma of the relationship and events are often revealed that will show the true path the couple will take in the future.

Venus retrogrades about every 18 months. The most important period is the stationary retrograde period when Venus is starting to retrograde at 13 degrees of Scorpio October 5-11, and the stationary direct period when it is about to move forward again at 27 degrees of Libra November 15-23.

On October 5-6, Venus is stationary retrograde as it lines up with Mars in Scorpio at 13 degrees, making these few days before and after a very powerful time emotionally.

When Venus retrogrades fate is often revealed. Relationships can slow down. Bad ones can end altogether. If your relationship is solid you may experience very little, and it can become an experience that strengthens the union, as you work through issues and concerns together.

This is a very powerful phase for those in love, in relationships or looking for love. It is a time or re-accessing and revaluating our relationships. Even if you and the object of your affection are on solid ground you could suddenly get cold feet. Sometimes people change partners. But, if your relationship is basically sound you will most likely be fine.

Venus is retrograde in Scorpio until November 8. Venus is at her detriment in that sign, making the cycle even more auspicious. While in Scorpio, feelings will be intense. Scorpio is the natural ruler of the eighth house of joint monies and sex, and issues may arise within these areas. Scorpio is a fixed sign, so decisions that are reached at this time may be rigid and decisive. Scorpio energy can be intense, brooding, vindictive and jealous.

Venus retrogrades into Libra on November 9-18 when she goes stationary direct. Libra is the natural ruler of the seventh house of partnerships and marriage as well as courts and open enemies. During the time Venus is retrograde in Libra, she will be in a more fortunate period than Scorpio, as Libra is her own sign. Tendencies toward moodiness, vindictiveness and obsessiveness or jealousy will be reduced. While in Libra and more balance will be sought. Tastes and affections will become more refined and Libra is a strategizer.

During a Venus retrograde period the things that Venus influences will be less apparent and visual sensibilities can be reduced. This is not the time to buy jewelry, art, expensive clothing or decorations, give big parties, get married or have plastic surgery. Since Venus rules the courts, legal situations can slow down as can diplomatic efforts. Unresolved issues come forward and demand resolution. It may be more difficult to express ourselves socially. Venus is the lesser of the two money planets, and money will not flow as freely during this period.

Both Venus and the other financial planet, Jupiter, go direct on the same day this year, November 18. At this time we can start the process of resuming our normal social affairs and lives, and the flow of money will start to pick up as well. On December 1, 2010 Venus will move back into Scorpio for the next 38 days, a placement that works well for all the Water and Earth signs, but especially Cancer.

Friday, October 1, 2010

October 2010-The Fate of Relationships

October 2010 begins with the Sun conjunct Saturn, a day of reality, potential frustration and responsibility. Mercury opposing Uranus through the third, will bring unexpected news and situations along with weather related accidents and incidents and we are facing major flooding on the East Coast and in North Carolina with 5 deaths already reported at the time of this post. This is a transit of mental expansion, or alternatively it can turn to agitation and it is important to watch out for travel related accidents of all kinds.

Sunday, October third the planet of communication enters Libra, where the energy will shift toward more balance in all types of communications and many of us will start to focus more on relationships, as Libra is the sign ruling unions of all types. Also on that day Mars and Venus will conjunct, or line up together at 12-13 degrees of Scorpio through October 6. This is a transit that will spark interest in sex, or the opposite sex but it is an aggressive combination, and does not represent tender love. If you are in a relationship that is not working well, expect problems.

Tuesday, October 5, Mercury squares Pluto, an obsessive combination and many people will be trying to get to the bottom of the matter. It is harsh for relationships, arguments could occur, but it opens the door for resolution. Pluto relates to sex, the darker side of life and transformation. This transit will manifest in the world as accidents, debate and arguments about the law, laws, governments and threats may be made.

October’s new moon falls on Thursday October 7, at 2:44 PM EST at 14 degrees in Libra, making it all about relationships, and starting the Venus retrograde period, with intensity. Those most affected by this moon will be the cardinal signs: Cancer will be dealing with issues related to new beginnings/endings and the home, Capricorns, will focus on the house of career and priorities, and Aries, will be dealing with relationships. Libras will be starting a cycle of personal new beginnings.

The following day, Friday, October 8, Venus, the planet of love, officially goes retrograde in the sign of her detriment. In other words, while Venus in Scorpio may relate to sex and intensity, the sign does not favor the planet that rules love. On the same day, (Oct 8-9) Mercury conjuncts Saturn. This combination represents a reality check for relationships, as well as other matters in general. If your relationship is limping along, or you are in a questionable union this day may bring further problems or end it altogether. The planets are lining up to weed the negative relationships out of your life and enable you to make room for something more positive. Reality will be the key word for the day, and it is not always what we want to see. The good relationships will become stronger as it will be a period to work through issues and create more balance.

Karma and Fate in Relationships

In a general sense when Venus retrogrades love energy becomes more intense and the drama can begin. It is a period when seemingly fated events occur, sometimes appearing to be beyond the control of the parties involved. Relationships can slow down or end. Sometimes those from our past can reappear. It is a time of reviewing and re-accessing your love life. Changes occur, and people can switch their affections and partners. The karma (karma=the universal will, what will ultimately be) of the relationship will play out during this period. Unresolved issues come to the forefront to be resolved one way or another.

Venus retrogrades about every 18 months. The most important period is the stationary retrograde period when Venus retrogrades at 13 degrees of Scorpio October 5-11, and the stationary direct period when it is about to move forward again at 27 degrees of Libra November 15-23. If Venus goes stationary direct on a personal planet in your chart or your Sun you may well meet someone significant at this time. A retrograde Venus is not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, buy art, jewelry or items ruled by Venus. Money matters may be slowed down as well.

If you begin a new relationship on a retrograde Venus the love energy may never be fully expressed or when Venus goes direct the relationship may change or end. That is, unless you were born with a retrograde Venus, but the other party in question may not have been. Venus was last retrograde March 5, 2009-April 17, 2009.

All month both Venus and Mars are in Scorpio. (Mars enters Sagittarius October 29) making this a special month for water signs.(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) Scorpio is an intense sign and is associated with sex and sexual attraction. When Mars and Venus are in duo together and in a sign compatible to you, it is a significant time to meet someone special. This combination will work especially well for Cancer or Cancer ascendant, as this places the planets of love in your fifth house of love affairs! Bear in mind of course, that Venus is retrograde.

Other important Dates

On October 15, 16 the Sun conjuncts Mercury, making this a day of intense communication. Mercury is associated with accidents, so this is another day to be careful. Some mental agitation is possible. On October 18, Mercury trines Neptune garnering compassion for those less fortunate. A banner day for creativity and your intuition will be in overdrive. On October 19, the Sun’s trine to Neptune brings out sensitivity, compassion and creativity.

October 21, the planet of communication enters Scorpio. Mercury in Scorpio will intensify communication and mental energy for the next 29 days and places 3 planets in Scorpio. October 25 the Sun enters Scorpio, and for a few days nearly half of the planets are in the sign ruling sex. Pay attention Cancers! October 20, 21 Mars trines Jupiter, a lucky transit, and a good transit for money and optimism. Make your luck count because on October 22, Mars squares Neptune creating a tiring, depressing energy. Neptune is the planet of illusion, confusion and deception and believe half of what you hear and doubt that. Let the energy pass and things will soon return to normal.

Full Moon Maddness
October’s full moon occurs on October 23, at 29 degrees of Aries. This full moon will be a humdinger, as Aries is a fire sign and events will happen quickly. Mars is still squaring Neptune at 26 degrees of Aquarius creating an atmosphere of confusion, lack of clarity, and the overall effect is debilitating. Lies will be abundant, as will mis-communication. Water related events may unfold in the world and there will be a lot of anger, and potential violence at the various hot spots that exist around the planet. It is a time to be careful in every way, and let the frustration and agitation pass over you, as opposed to becoming part of it. Channeled constructively it could be a day of creative thinking with a focus on spirituality.

On October 24/25 Mars trines Uranus. This is exciting, positive energy and sometimes signifies new projects that can be exciting. There could be a focus on travel, technology or unique subjects. October 25, Mercury conjuncts Venus, creating a time to talk about love and affection. It is also good for social activities, creativity and money matters. October 26, the Sun sextiles Pluto bringing intensity and focus to situations, and October 29 the Sun conjuncts Venus, again creating a focus on love and money. Another good day for romance and social events, but bear in mind that Venus is retrograde and it could be a day of re-accessing and reviewing and resolving issues and problems from the past. Happy October, make the most of it!