Saturn in Scorpio Turns Direct: August 1-2, 2015

We’re going to really need to suck it up and tough this out now. Saturn is currently stationing at the 28th degree of Scorpio, turning direct in the very wee hours of Sunday, August 2 at 0:53 A.M. CST. (Or August 1, depending on your time zone.) The incredibly supressive, repressive, frustrating and draining effect of Saturn retrograde that we have been dealing with is currently reaching its head, its breaking point. It will find release in the direct motion of Saturn this weekend. A valve turned on. It would be a mistake, however, to assume release equals relief in this scenario. It is release the way eruptions and earthquakes are release; the way taking the lid off a pressure cooker is release. Some will find themselves left with messes to clean up, as they watch other people pass by seemingly unscathed. Those who do experience relief (and yes, there will be many that do) may still be affected by others close to them taking the hit.


Regardless of how this plays out in real time in our lives, whether we find ourselves on higher ground or are reduced to bitter tears, Saturn direct is forcefully propelling us through this final jaunt of the Saturn in Scorpio themes (read original write-up here), over for good (at least for another 28 years) on September 17. From that previous article:


“Scorpio is a sign that is primarily concerned with how energy works; it shines x-ray vision on the invisible energetic exchanges that runs like a current throughout nearly every aspect of life. Sex, death, money, family karma and legacies, perceived power and abuse of power, soul level trust and betrayal of trust… anything, really, that forms a bond or contract between us and others are the domain of Scorpio.”


There is incredible momentum this August and first half of September, momentum that is working to reshape these energetic entanglements and set us up for a future rooted in our strengthened, well honed individual power, in honest power structures involving  those we share our lives and do business with.  The release of such incredible energy, while it is hellish in the short term, is better for us in the long term. Power plays tend to lose their power once exposed. Dredging up our deepest, darkest fears forces us to question why we fear the things we do, why fear controls us the way it does and why we surrender our personal control and power when faced with such fears. Saturn deals only with reality; with the way things really are in fact, not as we’d like them to be. Saturn direct in Scorpio these next few weeks will state some rude facts about many, many situations, partnerships, and endeavors that are simply not sustainable and not healthy, no matter how it hurts. There isn’t the time left for playing nice.


Those who have been doing the hardest work and were really paying attention during the first go-round of Saturn in Scorpio and again with this recent retrograde should be savvy enough to recognize that anything that blows up or ends now is ultimately for the best. Trusting in this process is easier said than done, and some will feel so tired and drained that they may feel like throwing in the towel rather than contend with this energy any longer. But allow the process to do its thing. Learn to let go of the things appearing now to be out of your control. Do not sink your precious energies into fighting to save or fix what is collapsing; instead, learn to stay out of the way and protect yourself.


Paths really are being cleared, regardless of whether that is apparent at the moment. Delays and obstacles are signs that the process hasn’t finished its job yet, there is still some work left before progress can move forward. Jumping from the proverbial frying pan into the fire is not a solution to anything. Setting ourselves up for a more energetically sustainable and rewarding future is no small endeavor and simply cannot be rushed. Saturn in Scorpio knows better than to skip steps to get ahead. Respect the wisdom in allowing life to unfold at the correct pace.


One upside is that those who have sunk their teeth into Saturn in Scorpio since it first began in October 2012 and not backed down from the challenges it threw can begin to very quickly see their hard earned results.  It is these people who are more likely to experience the relief of Saturn turning direct, along with a strong sense of validation and/or payoff. Clearer pictures will form concerning where the rewards lie- and Saturn always rewards hard work and responsible behavior-  and where no further work is necessary.


Saturn direct in Scorpio will very quickly form exact squares to Venus retrograde at 28 degrees Leo (Wednesday, August 5 @ 10:08 A.M. CST) and Jupiter also at 28 degrees Leo (exact Monday, August 3 @ 5:37 A.M. CST). One effect this will have is you will notice people around you who are skipping steps and taking shortcuts to get ahead of the curve they sense is coming; throwing comrades under the bus, shirking responsibility, playing particularly nasty and cruel tricks, passing the buck. Cheating in general will also peak in these last few weeks of Saturn in Scorpio. People will not be playing fair! You might get the feeling that other people are enjoying themselves and having a good time at your expense, as your workload and stress levels go through the roof. You’re not imagining it.


And, for a time it may appear to be working for them, superficially at least. The squares to Venus and Jupiter in late Leo will challenge and potentially undermine our egos, our self confidence, our pride in ourselves, all while we witness cheaters of every stripe get the lion’s share of attention and resources. There is a hell of a lot of unfairness in these squares between Saturn in late Scorpio and Venus/Jupiter in late Leo. This is not a good time to gauge how successful and effective you are/have been in life by measuring yourself against other people. You might say that this is never a good idea anyway; but it is simultaneously more tempting and so much unhealthier now. The squares will be distorting self-worth in some rather dark and negative ways. Do not dwell on who is getting ahead and how they’re doing it. Don’t waste time focusing on how they’re getting a better deal than you. If you know you’re getting a raw deal, then your attention should be on extracting yourself from the equation and investing yourself elsewhere. If you see clearly not everyone who appears to be on top is getting there with integrity, why stick around and feed into it? What you perceive as an inability to move forward at the same pace as others is not necessarily a reflection on you personally. Ask yourself if life is trying to show you that your successes lie in a far different direction than the one you’re pursuing or is visible to you.


The setbacks and delays, the raw emotions and action out, will seem like they are dragging on forever. In truth, they meet a finite turning point on September 17 as Saturn kisses Scorpio goodbye and reenters Sagittarius (taster here) to stay until December 2017. The Sagittarian fires are lit under our feet once again; we draw a definite close on one chapter of life on Earth and move on to the next. Cut and dried. No one will want to hang around soul-sucking energy drains anymore, be they people or situations. People who are eager to get a move on, once and for all, will be particularly sensitive to this shift and will feel it early. The people who were hit the hardest by Saturn in Scorpio will be the first ones bolting out of the gates when Saturn enters Sagittarius. The old heavy work finished, only the future left to explore. With Saturn stationing direct at 28 degrees Scorpio, we’re actually getting there fast. If you’re left wondering whether the current trudge through Saturn in Scorpio is worth it, Saturn in Sagittarius will answer yes. The sudden freeing up of energy brought by Saturn in Sagittarius will only be made possible by Saturn in Scorpio’s efforts at teaching us respect for energy- given and received- in the first place.


We’re almost to the finish line…


Real Time Astrology: Blue Moon / Full Moon in Aquarius July 31, 2015

Cool, kinky and avant garde, the Full Moon at 7 degrees Aquarius takes place at 5:43 A.M. CST on Friday, July 31, 2015. It is also a calendar Blue Moon. (A “blue moon” isn’t blue, but rather the second of two Full Moons occurring in the same month. This typically occurs only once every three years or so, hence the saying “once in a blue moon”.) The Full Moon in Aquarius of course means it is in opposition to the Sun in Leo; it is also in exact opposition to sexy Eros at 7 Leo and only loosely in opposition to Mercury at 16 Leo. Other than those few oppositions to the bodies in Leo, the  Aquarius Full Moon makes no other major aspects. This  allows for the Full Moon to play off the dramatic, extroverted energy of Leo and tell its Aquarian story undiluted.


A major part of the Aquarius Full Moon story will be related to the retrograde of Uranus – ruling planet of Aquarius- just a few days prior on Sunday, July 26, at 20 degrees Aries. July was a tense month, with a Full Moon in Capricorn and New Moon in Cancer, as well as a Cancer stellium, turning our focus on the past, on the paths we’ve taken that brought us to where we are now. Various triggers also reactivated the epic Uranus-Pluto square. A lot was rehashed and recycled in a short time span. Now, during Leo season and at the Full Moon in Aquarius, we end July by turning our focus on the future rather than living in the past. The future is what Uranus/Aquarius does best, moreso at this pure Aquarian energy Full Moon. Yet, the retrograde of Aquarius’ ruler suggests that facing the future involves looking closer at the darker, shadow side of Aquarius and the Aquarian Age that is unfolding.


An astrological “age” is an era lasting approximately two thousand years or so. The change from one age to another is marked by the spring equinoctial point (the first degree of the zodiac) moving into a new constellation. Such an epic shift does not have an exact date such as a Full Moon might have; the process plays out over the course of a century or two. Everyone alive has been watching in real time the changeover from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. Look at the rate of accelerating changes that have occurred in the past one hundred years, the past fifty… look just at how different our worlds are now compared to what they were before the squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn first began in 2012. (The reliable structure of time itself will even seem less certain and strange once the squares between Saturn and Neptune start back up full force later this year.) Its exhilarating and disorienting and dizzying all at once. It seems to be simultaneously brimming over with the promises of a new day and yet, the promise isn’t what we thought it would be. It is hard to say if we even like this new direction, much harder to ascertain how much of it is healthy. The Age of Aquarius has long been touted as a humanitarians dream come true, to be embraced with open arms and minds. Egalitarian and equitable. The mass organization of people and technological advances would supposedly achieve where the gods, mystics and poets of the Age of Pisces failed.


Of course, in astrology there is always a chasm between the highest potential of a particular influence and the reality as played out in everyday life. As the process of leaving the Age of Pisces and entering the Age of Aquarius speeds up, we sense more and more that not all that is glitteringly Aquarian is gold. Does the Aquarian Age care what we want individually, or is it asking us to individually want the same things? The status quos of the Piscean Age have certainly been challenged and in some cases overthrown, only to be replaced by Aquarian Age status quos all its own, which is not to be challenged. The out of control political correctness and the culture of being perpetually offended are Aquarian Age phenomena. You can hardly say anything to anyone now without causing outrage for not conforming to their philosophy. Is this humanitarian, egalitarian? Yes, in the darker Aquarian Age shadow way it is. To paraphrase Aquarian George Orwell’s Animal Farm: in this new age, all people are equal but some seemingly more equal than others, and it is only their views that seem to matter. Superficial nonconformists (in name only) that, weirdly, expect conformity. Many ideals being sold now as “empowering” and “progressive” we instinctually feel as degrading and dehumanizing; yet, in this supposedly more open minded era there is less freedom to express these sentiments. And this is occuring on every level of society, not only in the most visible arenas. The age that was supposed to bring about the social causes that would better the world for everyone is instead seeing social causes hijacked and distorted from their original aims, used to further agendas they were initially established to overturn. How much of the freedom promised by the Age of Aquarius resembles freedom as we’d define it? (Not coincidentally, the President of the “free world” is himself a Leo Sun with an Aquarius Ascendant…)


Contradictions abound, and while there is no quick or easy way to work through them all, it will be a theme of Uranus retrograde in Aries, heated up from the recent Uranus-Pluto square triggers. It is Aries, not Aquarius (as is sometimes portrayed) that is the most individualistic astrological sign, and fights hardest to maintain its independence on every level. The retrograde of Uranus in Aries will have us taking a second look at how the basic right to be who we are has changed, both on individual and collective scales.


The anecdote to start-up Aquarian Age problems are themselves Aquarian, as this Full Moon shows us. We have nothing to go back to and can only move forward, making the future look more like one we would like to live in. This once in a blue moon Aquarius Full Moon drives these messages home, making them very personal. Rebellion here is whatever you make it.  Any steps taken to rebel against mass conformity and globalization will help restore your sense of humanity. Bona fide radicals are made so by valuing their own critical and independent thought processes, their original and sometimes politically incorrect ideas. This isn’t something that has to be proven superficially to the outer world, it just is. Screw anyone who doesn’t see that. The Full Moon in Aquarius opposing Leo says you don’t have to bow down to anyone’s opinions or majority rule. You don’t have to relinquish your autonomy or your star power, whether to the larger world or your personal environment. If there’s unnecessary chaos in your life, turn the situation on its head and create shockwaves of your own. Ingenuity is all it really takes.  Like Hunter S. Thompson said: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”


On a smaller everyday level, this Full Moon will see new patterns of independence emerge. Look to the house of your natal chart this Full Moon falls in to see where the need for autonomy is strongest. Otherwise, how this Full Moon in Aquarius will affect you personally really depends on how you handle Aquarian energy in general. It will be too much for some to handle, for sure. Anxiety and depersonalization will affect some. For others, however, it will be a new, fresh wind blowing out stale and stagnant air. Take up any offers to do something outside of your usual routine. I wouldn’t plan on the day unfolding as you’d expect, but its more likely to be better for it. Under Aquarius Moons, there is a tendency for people to be contrary simply for the sake of being contrary, which can be annoying so don’t give too much weight to people acting this out. This Moon also has a conflict with the need for personal space versus the need to feel close and intimately involved; don’t give too much weight to people acting this out either. It will settle down. The recent increase in insomnia complaints brought on by the intense cosmic triggers in July will not settle down for a while, however. At least amid the sleep disruptions insightful, perceptive dreams will be plentiful.


Jupiter in Virgo August 11, 2015-September 9, 2016: Good Things Come To Those Who Hustle

The time to make hay while the sun is shining (or, is it make haste while the sun is shining? I can never keep it straight) arrives as the greater benefic Jupiter leaves the sign of flamboyant self-expression, Leo, and enters Virgo, the sign charged with refining our self-expression to give it form and everyday practicality. Jupiter enters Virgo the morning of Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and will remain in the sign of the Virgin until Friday, September 9, 2016.


The shift from the more forceful sign of Leo to the more subtle sign of Virgo won’t seem all that major at first. For a while, it may even feel as though something was lost. Jupiter likes to do things in a big way, looking for opportunities for growth in whatever it touches. It liked the sunny weather of Leo, opening hearts, minds and turning on the creative flow. The move into Virgo might at first seem lackluster by comparison. Not nearly as much sparkle and shine, certainly not as much drama. (Yeah, the drama was wearing at times, but you can’t say it was boring…) As we begin to watch Jupiter in Virgo in action, however, we will begin to notice that what is actually happening is that the appreciation for who we are and for our individual unique talents that was brought to us by Jupiter in Leo finds translation into something we can make useful with Jupiter in Virgo. Seeds planted over the past 12 months or so will begin to bear fruit. The big ideas we dreamed up in creative bursts can be tested out in real time and put to work. Individual talents become skills that we can hustle and market. With so many other astrological influences creating disruption in our daily lives, Jupiter in Virgo will not only help to bring some order out of the chaos but make it seem easier than it has been. Our day-to-day lives may not be ideal, but opportunities to improve and build steps into something better will be there for the taking.


Especially, look for opportunities to improve your work environment and demands from your job. Jupiter is not the fairy godmother waving a magic wand that it is sometimes made to look like; there are never any promises or guarantees of anything with Jupiter. But Jupiter does pave a smoother path, and in Virgo there should be less friction when looking to improve job related issues than at other times. If you have skill sets that are not being employed, recognized or fairly compensated, you can find ways to change that. Jupiter in Virgo is the right time to pursue certifications related to your employment field and/or enroll in on the job training. Master something. Increasing your understanding of your field will pay off. Virgo understands well the expression “God is in the details”, and with Jupiter in Virgo it is those details that will set you apart and give you an extra advantage.


Generally speaking, Jupiter in Virgo might be the right time to ask for a promotion or change in job routine or duties, but you will still have to prove you are capable. Even if you do not like or enjoy your current job or your boss/coworkers, you can still find some small nuggets of useful, pertinent information through your work environment. Keep a sharp lookout, your lucky breaks in moving ahead may come via the people and places you’re trying to move away from.


People in flexible or creative fields shouldn’t lose the steam they found with Jupiter in Leo; rather, Jupiter in Virgo is the time to edit those creative ideas and give them shape. Creative endeavors will likely have to be reworked (and then reworked some more) before they can take off. The upside to Jupiter in Virgo here is that inspiration will less likely to come in passionate bursts and instead come regularly from everyday life and regular exchanges. Look no further than your own life for fresh ideas.


Virgo is the sign most closely linked to health, and especially the link between our health and our jobs and environment. More freedom and flexibility in your job can improve your health if it is suffering. A lot of people are forced into soul-sucking jobs out of basic necessity, and of course with the current job climate there is less “wiggle room” to change career paths altogether. You can still find opportunity to make the daily grind less toxic to your mind and body. Details again are crucial, so little steps taken to reduce stress will go a long way. Jupiter doesn’t do moderation, so while Jupiter in Virgo presents opportunities to improve your hustle on the job front, too much will take its toll physically. Burning the candle at both ends will burn you out, eventually.


Probably the best use of Jupiter in Virgo is to become educated on health matters. Unfortunately, the benefits of this transit will not help the health insurance fiasco here in the U.S. and may actually exacerbate it (very brief synopsis here). But, Jupiter always finds a silver lining somewhere. One upswing to the healthcare clusterfuck (sorry, no other word for it!)  is the growing and renewed interest in alternative, natural, and non-mainstream/non-prescription medicine, as well as growing concern about the effects of mass produced and mostly artificial foods. Contrary to what Big Pharma would like you to believe, and what mainstream medicine teaches, not every health condition is incurable and/or requires presciption pills to manage. Finding alternatives to treat illness is not only healthier more often than not, but in the long run is also cheaper. (Yes, you pay more out of pocket, but compared to the doctor bills, deductibles etc…)


Not everything marketed as  natural, healthy, organic, or alternative really is either, or is as effective as claimed, and that goes for mainstream and non-mainstream practices alike. Dietary fads from all disciplines are especially rife with incorrect and detrimental information. People can be easily misled into eating habits that our bodies would not naturally choose, and genuinely healthy habits are made to seem radical.  (Really, what is “organic” food? Its food grown and consumed the way it always has been, as it was meant to be, sold as something that is now somehow special and that comes with an unaffordable price tag…) Education (Jupiter) on health issues should be used to discern (Virgo) the best approach. Less is more with Virgo, and many are finding that simply eliminating certain controllable health triggers is all that is needed. Try going GMO- free, soy-free, corn and HFCS free, preservatives and additives free, and watch a little magic happen. Jupiter will again make the process a little easier and cheaper than you’d think. Expanding your knowledge of current mainstream healthcare issues, political issues involving food and water (make no mistake, food and water are hugely political), Big Pharma/Big Agra (often working in tandem), and advances in our understanding of how our bodies respond to our diets and environments can only lead to beneficial changes in habits and behavior.


While Virgo says less is more, Jupiter says more is more, so pay attention to whether what you think you are doing to improve your health really is. There’s danger here in going overboard with diet and/or exercise changes. There is also a susceptibility to being gullible and falling for bad health advice. If it seems too good to be true, it might very well be.


Jupiter is always a kind of “ace in the hole”. This has always been the case, but it is probably more important to remember that part when the more brutal cosmic forces dominate. Look to where Jupiter is transiting in your chart to see where you can milk any potential for all its worth. The part of your chart being touched by Jupiter in Virgo will give you an idea of how you can benefit (Jupiter) from organization and refinement of your services and energy (Virgo).


People who have planets in Virgo in their natal charts (birth charts) will definitely get a big boost and should be on the lookout for beneficial- though still subtle -changes. Many Virgo Sun folks will experience a Sun-Jupiter conjunction in their solar returns (a predictive chart cast every birthday, lasting until the next birthday.) People with Virgo risings/ascendants should watch out for the time period when Jupiter crosses over the ascendant and into the first house; new opportunities will be more obvious and will probably be a result of receiving or seeking out attention from others. People with natal Jupiter in Virgo will of course experience their Jupiter Return; completing one major cycle of expansion and growth and beginning a new one afresh. People with other Virgo placements should look to the planet and house involved to determine when and where extra luck and good times will present itself.


The North Node-the point astrologers look to to determine ultimate goals and ideals and highest potential- leaves Libra and enters Virgo on the anaretic 29th degree November 12th, and will be in conjunction with Jupiter for much of January and June 2016. This will not only bring some extra relief for Virgo types, but will strengthen Jupiter’s effectiveness wherever it is traveling in everyone’s chart. If Jupiter in Virgo suggests a change in paths in your life, the Jupiter-NN conjunctions should make the path clearer.


Jupiter in Virgo will make three exact trines (harmonious aspect) to power player Pluto in Capricorn; in October 2015, March 2016 and June 2016. If bigger changes in your day-to-day life are needed, the Jupiter-Pluto trines are the times to pull them off. Jupiter in Virgo also makes three exact oppositions to “Wounded Healer” Chiron in sensitive Pisces; in November 2015, February 2016 and August 2016. Emotional and physical health glitches will be more apt to come to a head around these times while simultaneously showing better ways of handling them. Not particularly comfortable, but definitely improvable.


The times when Jupiter aspects Mercury will be ripe with useful information; when aspecting Venus look for chances to change love and money issues. The Venus-Jupiter aspects are also signs of a good time happening somewhere! Jupiter aspecting Mars will require action is taken to grow and build on the themes highlighted by Jupiter in Virgo; we need to walk the walk, not just talk and nitpick and over think and over criticize… Jupiter in Virgo aspecting the Saturn in Sagittarius-Neptune in Pisces square can get weird and tricky to navigate; decisions will be harder to make, clear thinking not at its best. It will be hard to decide if the best course of action is to expand or cut back, whether to do things your own way or follow the status quo. The more negative realities of our work and income will also be more likely to manifest during Jupiter-Saturn aspects, though in typical Jupiter fashion even bottoming out can be a breakthrough.


So, here are the dates most critical to the transit of Jupiter through Virgo. Dates given are the dates when the aspects are exact (the energy at its peak); the influence will be felt roughly several days before and after it reaches the exact point, however. All times are given in Central Standard Time:


– Wednesday August 11, 2015 Jupiter enters Virgo at 6:11 A.M.

– Wednesday August 26, 2015 Sun conjuncts Jupiter at 3 degrees Virgo 5:02 P.M.

– Saturday August 29, 2015 Jupiter in Virgo opposes Full Moon in Pisces

– Thursday September 17, 2015 Jupiter at 7 degrees Virgo opposes Neptune at 7 degrees Pisces, 1:54 A.M.

– Sunday October 11, 2015 Jupiter in Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn at 13 degrees, 6:50 P.M.

– Saturday October 17, 2015 Mars conjuncts Jupiter at 14 degrees Virgo, 5:40 P.M.

– Sunday October 25, 2015 Venus conjuncts Jupiter at 15 degrees Virgo, 3:03 P.M.

– Tuesday November 3, 2015 Jupiter in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces at 17 degrees, 3:57 P.M.

– Friday November 13, 2015 Mercury in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter in Virgo at 18 degrees, 12:18 P.M.

– Friday December 4, 2015 Mercury in Sagittarius squares Jupiter in Virgo at 21 degrees, 6:53 A.M.

– Monday December 14, 2015 Sun in Sagittarius squares Jupiter in Virgo at 22 degrees, 9:02 A.M.

– Thursday December 24, 2015 Venus in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter in Virgo at 22 degrees, 4:03 A.M.

– Friday December 25, 2015 Mercury in Capricorn trines Jupiter in Virgo at 22 degrees, 2:19 P.M.

– Thursday January 7, 2016 Jupiter stations retrograde at 23 degrees Virgo, 10:40 P.M.

– Wednesday January 13, 2016 Sun in Capricorn trines Jupiter retrograde in Virgo at 23 degrees, 4:49 P.M.

– Sunday January 17, 2016 Venus in Sagittarius squares Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 23 degrees, 11:10 P.M.

– Saturday January 23, 2016 Jupiter Rx conjuncts the North Node at 22 degrees Virgo (this conjunction is in orb from January 8-February 14, 2016), exact at 4:49 A.M.

– Saturday February 6, 2016 Mercury in Capricorn trines Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 21 degrees, 12:45 P.M.

– Wednesday February 10, 2016 Venus in Capricorn trines Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 21 degrees, 1:54 A.M.

– Saturday February 13, 2016 Mars in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 21 degrees, 4:59 P.M.

– Tuesday March 8, 2016 Jupiter Rx at 18 degrees Virgo opposes the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces

– Tuesday March 15, 2016 Mercury in Pisces opposes Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 17 degrees, 4:42 A.M.

– Wednesday March 23, 2016 Jupiter Rx in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius at 16 degrees, 5:15 A.M.

– Friday March 25, 2016 Venus in Pisces opposes Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 16 degrees, 6:58 A.M.

– Monday May 9, 2016 Jupiter stations direct at 13 degrees Virgo, 7:14 A.M.

– Thursday May 26, 2016 Jupiter direct in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius at 13 degrees, 7:28 A.M.

– Saturday June 4, 2016 Sun/Venus conjunction in Gemini squares Jupiter in Virgo at 14 degrees, 7:49 P.M.

– Wednesday June 22, 2016 Mercury in Gemini squares Jupiter in Virgo at 16 degrees, 5:59 P.M.

– Friday June 24, 2016 Jupiter again conjuncts the North Node exact in Virgo (in orb from June 17-30), 0:40 A.M.

– Sunday June 26, 2016 Jupiter in Virgo trines Pluto retrograde in Capricorn at 16 degrees, 7:30 A.M.

– Friday July 8, 2016 Mercury in Cancer sextiles Jupiter in Virgo at 18 degrees, 4:05 A.M.

– Friday August 12, 2016 Jupiter in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces at 24 degrees, 7:00 P.M.

– Monday August 22, 2016 Mercury conjuncts Jupiter at 26 Virgo, 4:05 A.M.

– Saturday August 27, 2016 Venus conjuncts Jupiter at 27 Virgo, 5:29 P.M.

– Friday September 2, 2016 Mercury conjuncts Jupiter at 26 Virgo, 12:18 P.M.

– Friday September 9, 2016 Jupiter leaves Virgo and enters Libra 6:18 A.M.


Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Cancer July 15, 2015

Breathe in deeply, there’s a lot going on with this one. The New Moon at 23 degrees Cancer (the sign the Moon naturally rules) takes place at 8:24 P.M. CST on Wednesday, July 15 and will create a stellium in Cancer. On the same day, Mercury and Mars will move into an exact conjunction at 14 degrees Cancer as well as move into an exact opposition to Pluto retrograde at 14 Capricorn. The New Moon will be in a wide conjunction to the tight Mercury-Mars conjunction and will oppose Pluto as well. Besides the Pluto opposition, the Cancer New Moon will also square Uranus at 20 Aries, bringing back the energy of the Uranus-Pluto squares we thought had ended in March.  The New Moon will also be trine to Saturn retrograde in Scorpio, which would normally be considered harmonious except we will be reeling from the effects of the first exact square the previous evening, between Venus in Leo and Saturn Rx in Scorpio. Even a “harmonious” aspect betrays us here.

There’s a lot of really uncomfortable, high strung energy floating through the ether now, and for better or worse this New Moon in Cancer ties it all together. This is a New Moon where you will definitely want to check where everything is hitting your natal chart. The house the New Moon and Cancer stellium fall in may receive the most activity, but do not ignore where the other bodies are transiting and their aspects as everything will be lit up.

Our survival instincts will be heightened by this Cancer New Moon. Not in a primal, fight-or-flight way (that would be Aries) but by increasing our awareness of the need for self preservation and bulking up defense mechanisms. Our homes, families, money, and emotional lives are in need of careful protection and vigilant defense if we are to survive the changes being thrown at us. Fighting challenges head-on may no longer be working. Cancer is a sign that functions better by sidestepping issues or withdrawing from them altogether. This isn’t necessarily a bad trait to have: there exists those situations in life that cannot be directly resolved and pouring valuable energy into them is a total drain. Withdrawal is a natural response to unfulfilling and untenable situations. It is sometimes a matter of survival.

Financial survival is something that will require our serious attention here. The financial downturns and upsets in global stock markets and national debts were no accidents. They are cracks in the façade, correcting our perceptions of money and valuables coinciding with the austerity of the Venus-Saturn square. Cancer is associated with financial fluctuations, and this New Moon/stellium in the sign along with the Venus-Saturn retrograde in Scorpio square and the reawakening of the Uranus-Pluto squares will see money matters shrink rather than swell. Financial cycles and patterns will become evident. Saturn is the planet most closely associated with karma, Cancer ties the past to the present… financial repercussions experienced now are not flukes, they are the end results of past decisions that were likely made on premises that weren’t entirely logical or healthy or even in our best interests. As the sage author of Ecclesiastes wrote, there is a time to every purpose and there will be other times for big risks and gambles, but not here. This is not a time to remain stagnant but caution and discretion are crucial components for change under this sky.

Emotional self preservation is more necessary, though. We must separate our value and self worth from our money and relationships, especially if we’re currently very deficient in both. This is a good time to address the parallels between current financial, romantic and living situations and emotional needs and patterns. It is more arbitrary than usual now to gauge your worth on external status symbols. It will, however, be easier to see where we are running in circles and spinning our wheels, and easier too to change the plot and move in new directions. We will also be more aware than usual of the amount of compassion and support we receive or lack, and how our more intimate associations are either hurting or helping us. Actions can be taken accordingly.

Not everyone that hurts us actually means to, so some sensitivity and even tenderness in handling others will go a long way. You may have a long list of grudges you feel entitled to carry around and call people out on, but if they were unaware they were hurting you, hashing things out may do more harm than good and it will be you inflicting pain rather than the other way around. Arguments are going to be hard to avoid under a New Moon-Mercury-Mars conjunction in Cancer; it isn’t great for moods in the first place and worse for prudent discussion. Old resentments and hurts will surface from our subconscious to allow us to become conscious of them and sort them out. Preventing new resentments and hurts from forming in the process will require skill and strength. Here again, some temporary withdrawal and circumventing may not be such a bad thing.

Our subconsciouses will be in overdrive (dream activity too), and whatever good that may come from this New Moon in Cancer will be a result of allowing our intuitions (sometimes a separate thing from our emotions; remember that!) to take the driver’s seat for a change. Our perceptions are sharp and strong now and are on our side more than we might normally understand. Gut instincts are not so separate from survival instincts.

Real Time Astrology: July 2015

Frictional, taught, sometimes harrowing… yet, somehow familiar, déjà vu even. Heading into new territory this month will feel strangely like retracing old paths and patterns. Everything new will seem old and vice versa. This month it will be incredibly hard to gauge where exactly we stand, whether we are moving backwards or forwards; at times it will seem as if we are caught in some surreal feedback loop. Does anyone know where we are or what is really going on (in any area of life) anymore?

Most of the month belongs to Cancer, that Moon ruled sign of cycles and fluctuations. The Sun and Mars are already in Cancer and Mercury will join them in the sign on Wednesday July 8. The New Moon at 23 degrees Cancer on Wednesday, July 15 (read it here) will create a stellium in the watery sign. All of the bodies in Cancer will reactivate quite strongly the final Uranus-Pluto square. The square is in ever widening orb, with Pluto at 14 Capricorn and Uranus at 20 Aries. Cancer, however, is fond of the past and often finds itself acting as a conduit to bring the past back into the present. The Uranus-Pluto square we felt freed from will be brought back into the present. Excitement and fear and revolution will be in the air again. Dates when this energy peaks:

– Monday July 6 Sun at 14 degrees Cancer opposes Pluto at 14 degrees Capricorn

– Sunday July 12 Sun at 20 Cancer squares Uranus at 20 Aries

– Wednesday July 15 New Moon at 23 Cancer, Mars and Mercury conjunct at 14 degrees Cancer oppose Pluto in Capricorn

– Saturday July 18 Mercury at 20 Cancer squares Uranus in Aries

– Saturday July 25 Mars at 20 Cancer squares Uranus in Aries

– Sunday July 26 Uranus turns retrograde at 20 degrees Aries (retrograde until December 25)

The dust has begun to settle from years of the Uranus-Pluto squares. We may have allowed ourselves to get a little too comfortable in the aftermath. Which is a mistake. It is only in the aftermath of such events that clear information and images form of what really happened, what hands were really dealt. We’re faced with some reality checks on that front this July. Cancer is a sign that loves history, retaining (hoarding, even) the things left behind in haste or considered useless. It knows the tides change and such things will be useful and important again at some point or another. It clings to the past like no other and yet, as a cardinal sign, initiates change in the waters it is comfortable in. The focused Cancerian energy this July reactivates the Uranus-Pluto square to challenge whether we really changed history or whether we are reliving it. It knows the tides change and what seems groundbreaking today can often be old habits and patterns dressed up in new clothing. There truly is nothing new under the Cancer Sun. All that is happening now – both on personal and global levels- has happened before. The actors change but the plot usually stays the same.

There is wisdom and strength to be derived from this: when we understand that while it may seem we’re heading into unknown territory but are actually being driven by ages-old behaviors, we have more control over the outcome. Many business, political, financial, social, familial cycles have gone on far past their expiration date. The challenge brought by the bodies in Cancer reactivating the Uranus-Pluto square is to let go of the old, familiar and now unhealthy cycles and initiate the ones we understand we will need moving forward but are resisting.

Wonderful sign that Cancer is, we experience its darker sides this July. One of its more infamous traits is its sometimes inability to face tough situations head on, preferring to side step around things instead. It would also prefer to let others do the fighting for it rather than fight its own battles. Being dragged into fights that you didn’t start but are somehow expected to finish is a real possibility this frictional Cancer season. However, side stepping isn’t always a bad maneuver… when faced with challenges you can’t handle head-on, learn how to go at it from other, unexpected angles. Also try to keep some of your cards close to your chest and not give everything away.

Hopefully you found some sort of “ace in the hole” during the magnificent conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in Leo during the last couple weeks of June and the first week of July. Because that tide turns as well and the good vibes dissipate as the conjunction breaks up and Venus in Leo moves into its first exact square to Saturn retrograde in Scorpio on Tuesday, July 14. (Read all the highs and lows of Venus in Leo here.) Emotional austerity is a given with Venus square Saturn, and financial austerity a distinct possibility. Reality checks on love and money are likely to be unpleasant and unwelcomed but ultimately unavoidable. Expect to feel cut off from people and resources during this time. It is a time to be self reliant and make do with what you have while planning ways to prevent the same scenarios from reoccurring down the line.

July is one of those months that will seem to drag on forever. Of course, this too shall pass and the tension begins to release towards the end of the month, as the Cancer energy begins to break up. The Sun enters Leo Wednesday, July 22 followed by Mercury entering Leo on Thursday, July 23. Venus enters Virgo for a very brief stay in the sign on Saturday, July 18; turns retrograde Saturday July 25 and reenters Leo Friday, July 31. This also happens to be the same day as the “Blue Moon” Full Moon at 7 degrees Aquarius (which will also be covered in depth in a later article) which will act as a portal that the raw energy of July can funnel through moving into an even more action packed August.