June 27th Mars has just entered the fire sign of Aires, Mars is enlivened in this area. Mars represents our activity level, motivation and energy plug in. Mars spent a little over a month in Pisces, since May 13th, acting out of creative or emotional responses to our actions. We focused more on how things felt with Mars in Pisces, going with the flow of things, maybe unmotivated to push through to completion. Mars now entering a fire sign, the energy of our actions can take on more urgency. Mars in Aires is the warrior energy, quick,driven,courageous and decisive. On the shadow side it can be aggressive,impulsive and arrogant.Moving forward is the goal, if you have projects that were left undone or need to start a project now is the time to motivate and launch something. Mars in Aires will be direct June 27th to Sept.8th. Using the timeframe between June 27th -July 25th can help activate plans, organize projects & get a jump on something that requires active engagement to see it through. July 25th Mars in Aires enters its shadow, the slowing down to eventually retrograde on September 9th. Mars in Aires energy can start to feel stuck or ineffective, a frustrating time if you count on keeping the pace. This is a time to make peace with delays and manage our anger. Taking things one day at a time, and making decisions on the short term versus commitment to a master plan. Patience is key during Mars retrograde, as frustrating energy can arise through roadblocks & delays. November 13th Mars stations direct and the forward movement picks up steam again. Mars stays in the sign of Aires until January 7, 2021!
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“Just because a sea is calm doesn’t mean that you can believe in its stillness.” ― Anthony T. Hincks
Lately I’ve been watching survival stories, anything that involves a true adventure at sea with all its up’s and down’s and quick decisions, is the most satisfying. The challenging times we are in currently remind me of the ocean and its unpredictability. A sailor needs many tools and skills up her/his sleeve to move through the energy of the moment. In a storm, setting yourself up for the best possible situation is key. All the details that go into preparedness flood the mind…. what sails to use, safety precautions, food and drink near by to sustain your eminent battle with mother nature. The amount of faith you put in your boat and yourself, as you navigate through theses waters is a magical thing to experience. Gemini is an air sign ruling those winds of change, adaptability and dexterity. Looking forward into the new social norm brings a curiosity and heightened cleverness of how to connect and communicate. These are the gifts of Gemini.
The Sun has entered Gemini to shine its rays on Venus Retrograde, Mercury in Gemini, and the New Moon on May 22nd. Highlighting our communication and eventually connecting us through cautious phases during this Covid 19 pandemic. Venus Retrograde in Gemini (May13-June25) Venus is the planet of connection, love and what we value, during a retrograde cycle we can reflect on those themes and restructure what needs adjustment. Last time we experienced a Venus Retrograde in Gemini was 8 years ago in 2012…..think back to that summer and try to recall what happened in your life? Ask yourself how you may have changed and grown since then.
Venus retrogrades can feel like a time out, which may alienate those close to you, yet listening to your inner guide during this time is wise. Like a sailor holding the helm contemplating the wind speed or the flow of the swell, it is intuitive and internally felt. Mercury in Gemini is mentally alert and may help you communicate those feelings from a emotionally detached position, stated simply with facts. With that said, there is another piece to this astrological puzzle, Neptune in Pisces 20 degrees is in square aspect to both Venus & Mercury in Gemini at 20 degrees. Neptune in Pisces joining the conversation adds some confusion here, a touch of fantasy or a disappearance of clarity. On a higher note, Neptune calls in faith and can ramp up creative juices, remaining open minded (Mercury) can create many opportunities with resources (Venus) around you. This square aspect moves on and Neptune revisits Venus Direct in Gemini again on July 27th .
Friday May 22,2020 Gemini New Moon 02 degrees ~ New Moons are the start of a fresh lunation cycle. We are deep into the month of May, the darkest moon resets and starts its quest for fullness. On the cusp of Summer and adjusting to a new world that has experienced a major change of living day to day, we are asked to be flexible and conscious of how we affect those around us. Something to contemplate. Gemini energy thrives on information, adapting to what new horizons may bring. We may experience a restless sense of curiosity, calculating and managing the unknown. Set your intentions on this New Moon as it also favorably trines Saturn in Aquarius, a realistic yet innovative approach to your new reality is a great topic to ponder. Like a sailor on the sea, we need to adjust our sails as the winds dictate our course on moving forward.
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We are presently under a Taurus Moon, ruled by Venus the goddess of beauty, music, art, desires, values, finances & partners. We can find pleasure today in whatever appeals to our senses. We are embodied with Taurus energy in the waxing crescent phase, inspiring us to head out into the world with enthusiasm & hopeful thinking. Jupiter in grounded Capricorn Sextile Neptune in Optimistic Pisces forms a connection to this Venus ruled Taurus Moon, the mood is relaxed & we can engage spiritual insights or the pleasure of being of service to others through compassion. Count your blessings and bloom where you are planted today .🌙🌸🌿🌸🌿🌿🌸🌿🌿🌙♉️♓️♑️
Venus the planet of love, pleasure, art, attraction and money moves into passionate and blazing fire sign of Aires today. Venus in this sign operates on impulses, asserts her own interests, she is courageous in love. This is a very different energy from the flowing sensitivity of Venus in Pisces, who can sense other people’s needs, bends to make peace and is a romantic at heart. A few celebrities demonstrate the differences: Priscilla Presley, Donatella Versace , Patsy Cline and Marilyn Monroe all have Venus in Aires vs. Maya Angelou, Steve Erwin, Kurt Cobain, Billie Holiday were born with Venus in Pisces. Venus creates the law of attraction within us by doing what we naturally love.
Venus enters Aires (3:46 pm EST 2/7/20) and about 2 hours later the waxing gibbous Moon enters Leo, creating a harmonious trine aspect between the two. Leo Moons are colorful, vivacious and draws us to social energy for the pure entertainment of it. The Sun is ruled by Leo and Mars is ruled by Aires together these fiery energies can relate to the masculine energy being pumped into this connected trine. Excitement, action, creation, and impulsiveness can work favorably today. Enjoy the Full Moon in Leo on Sunday February 9th as Mars in Sagittarius will add more fun and adventure to the day . Use this day to be free and go where ever the energy takes you!
I love a Cancer Moon. Each month when the Moon quiets down after a busy few days in Gemini, communicating and touching base with everything. We now can breathe deeper and look into what we need on a personal level. The crab is a cautious creature , eyes up sensing everything around her, making sure she is in a safe position and ready to retreat at the slightest sign of danger. The Moon in Cancer is in it’s dignity, she is strong and expresses herself well under this sign of sensitivity and feeling emotion. During the next few days Moon in Cancer will Trine Mercury , Neptune, Venus in Pisces, this is an opportunity to harmonize your life by slowing it down, connecting to your intuition and making choices through how you feel. Its not a force it kind of vibe, let it go or deal with it later. Mercury in Pisces will assist with sincere communications, Neptune tunes into the heart through dreams, while Venus loves the extra attention from the Cancer Moon . With Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn energy still creating potent, big challenges to authority in the world, we as individuals can take a time out in Canceranian fashion. Take time out from Political information, challenging people, social media, take time to be home, bake something delicious, walk the beach, call your mother, connect with your inner circle….you get the drift. I truly love a Cancer Moon to surrender to those nurturing self care moments, even after a long day at work . We are in a Waxing Gibbous Moon phase growing to a Full Moon in Leo on Sunday, the energy changes significantly. 🔥🔥🔥 Enjoy this Moon Time.
February 1st starts off with a Taurus Moon in your 2nd house of finances/values. Taurus Moon are content with stable conditions and reliability, early am the Moon conjoins Uranus in Taurus, bringing a zippy energy to the calm Taurus Moon. Uranus in Taurus is transiting your 2nd house for the next 7 years, this energy creates change and excites areas that have become stagnant. Innovative changes to what you value and how you go about your business could experience a new creative spark. Change is in the air. February 3rd Mercury ingresses into Pisces in your 12th house of reflection/privacy, Mercury can communicate through Pisces on a psychic or intuitive level in the 12th house. It is a good time to contemplate and consider how you really feel before expressing to the world. Meditation would be beneficial during this time.
February 7th Venus leaves the 12th house confinement of watery Pisces and leaps into motivated Aires in your 1st house of self/body.This is a very different energy for Venus, you may feel energized to improve your appearance in some way, buy new clothes or express yourself assertively. February 9th the Full Moon in Leo expresses itself through your 5th house of creativity/children/joy. Great day to connect with friends and loved ones, go with the flow as a trine to Mars in Sagittarius wants to explore new destinations. February 14th Valentine’s Day the Moon is in Scorpio, in your 8th house of karmic connections/transformation, emotional intensity could reveal insight within your relationships, sensitivity is heightened.
February 16th Mercury in Pisces stations retrograde for the next 3+ weeks in your 12th house of reflection/privacy. Use this period to take a recess and re-calibrate your system, practicing self care or working in your own space can help move through this time of classic misunderstandings and reorganization. Mars enters Capricorn on the 23rd in your 10th house of career, this is productive energy that needs a game plan, although there may be tension obtaining a clear vision, working steady towards what you started can gain momentum. February 17th Jupiter in Capricorn creates a complimentary exchange with Neptune in Pisces in your 12th house of reflection. During this week long transit we can connect to the positive aspects of life, spiritual insights shared or assisting someone in need will feel right.
February 18th the Sun in Pisces enters your 12th house to add extra solar inspiration, and on the 23rd the New Moon in Pisces renews the lunar cycle by imagining a special new intention for the month ahead. Jupiter in Capricorn creates some tension on the 23rd as it forms a square to Venus in Aires, a compromise between work and personal time could come up , these planets will look for the best possible outcome.
February 1st we start the month off with Moon in Taurus moving through your 1st house of self and body, conjoining Uranus in Taurus early am (EST) may be restless energy that keeps you from your beauty sleep. Uranus is in Taurus for the next 7 years, as we feel the planets transit through the house of Taurus, you may start to see patterns of change as we get familiar with the zippy energy of Uranus once a month with the Taurus Moon. February 3rd Mercury ingresses into Pisces in your 11th house of friends/groups, communications can become very busy with the creative folks in your life.
February 7th Venus leaves the social house of friends in watery emotional Pisces and enters a more self reflective energy in the 12th house. Venus enters fire sign Aires, which may proactively use this time to be selfishly enlightened and choose more privacy to balance out the energy. February 9th The Full Moon in Leo in your 4th house of family/home can provide the stage for some lively domestic energies. This self expressive Full Moon will harmonize with Mars in Sagittarius later in the day, from the 8th house of karmic connections, inspiring or prompting deep sharing and connecting with family. February 14th Valentines Day the Moon is in Scorpio, in your 7th house of relationship.The Scorpio Moon can set the mood for close relationships or secret admirers…
February 16th Mercury in Pisces stations retrograde in your 11th house of friends/groups, Mercury is communication and Pisces prefers to use imaginative ideas. During retrogrades it is wise to be as clear as possible with details , connected with groups use your best judgement and question what you don’t understand. Pisces can be gullible in this position. Mars enters Capricorn on the 16th as well, in your 9th house of higer education/travel. Mars in Capricorn can work hard towards your goal, signing up for educational courses or making plans for future travel could be part of the plan. February 17th Jupiter in Capricorn creates a complimentary sextile energy with Neptune in Pisces for about a week. This transit can help you appreciate the more positive aspects of life, Jupiter in Capricorn is working on higher knowledge and Neptune in Pisces is connecting to a spiritual tribe in your 11th house. Use your new insights to educate and inspire your groups of spiritually minded friends.
February 19th the Sun enters Pisces to add more compassionate power to the Pisces planets moving through your house of friends. February 23rd the New Moon in Pisces can recreate a new way to connect with a fresh lunar cycle. Also on this day Jupiter in Capricorn forms a challenging aspect to Venus in Aires in your 12th house, although both planets hope for the best, a day of reflection on how to move forward with your intentions could be more favorable.
February 1st starts with a Taurus Moon in the 12th house of reflection, a behind the scenes kind of energy .Taurus Moon likes comfort and reliability , the Moon will conjoin Uranus in Taurus briefly early am hours (EST) giving some zippy energy to calm Taurus, sleep may be restless. February 3rd Mercury ingresses into Pisces in your 10th house of career/reputation. Creative thinking is highlighted at work, with Mercury ruling communication and Pisces blending imaginative ideas together to solve problems.
February 7th Venus leaves the watery realm of Pisces and jumps into the fire element of Aires in your 11th house of friends/groups and alliances. Your quest for connecting to group activities can become busy this month, as Venus in Aires can take the lead with organizing or attracting like minded friends. February 9th the Full Moon in Leo is alert in your 3rd house of daily routines/neighbors and siblings, this is a natural Gemini house where communicating with the local scene could be quite entertaining, putting you in the spotlight. Mars in Sagittarius harmonizes by trine with the Full Moon from your 7th house of relationships, great date night.
February 14th Valentine’s Day Moon in Scorpio welcomes deep thoughts and open conversations in your 6th house of health/service, make time to have those chats with loved ones. February 16th Mercury in Pisces stations retrograde for 3+ weeks in your 10th house of career/reputation, this is a very public house. Stay on top of the details at work and be practical, as Mercury in Pisces may get muddy with the fine print. On the 16th Mars enters Capricorn in your 8th house of karmic connections/joint resources, this energy is productive and determined to get to the bottom of things. Use it to your advantage to accomplish what you’d like to achieve or complete.
February 17th Jupiter in Capricorn creates a complimentary connection to Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter and Neptune together are inspired to grow and help others.This week long transit enables us to see the positive side of the story, you may feel like volunteering time or supporting a positive cause. February 18th the Sun enters Pisces in your 10th house of career, work may be seen through a more sensitive yet objective lens.
February 23rd we begin a new lunar cycle with a Pisces New Moon, in your 10th house as well, it is time to imagine new ideas and set your intentions to a new creative level. Also on the 23rd Jupiter in Capricorn creates a challenging aspect to Venus in Aires, although Jupiter and Venus are benefic planets there may be some tension between work and commitments to our loved ones. Communication, conversation and compromise can work it out.
February 1st We start the month off with Moon in Taurus moving through your 11th house of friends/groups.Taurus energy prefers stability and practicality. Uranus in Taurus has entered your 11th house for 7 years, you may gravitate towards new friends that represent uniqueness and freedom. Uranus is very independent minded, eccentric and thrives on change, every month the Taurus Moon will pass through and conjunct the unpredictable energy of Uranus, this can be an exciting stray from the norm. February 3rd Mercury ingresses into Pisces in your 9th house of higher education/travel, this is a great time to dream up new adventures such as retreats or educational work shops. Your mind craves a new perspective that travel serves up so well….
February 7th Venus leaves the flow of Pisces and enters Aires in your 10th house of Career/reputation, this can be a fortunate time to take the lead on a project at work, finding creative or positive ways to assert your opinion. February 9th Full Moon in Leo shines in your 2nd house of finance/values, this can be beneficial time to attract what you want and let go of what you don’t need. Mars in Sagittarius also creates a sweet trine to your house of health /service on the Full Moon, a great day to get out and explore.
February 14th Valentine’s Day the Scorpio Moon moves through your 4th house of home/family, you may naturally stick with tradition and do something sweet for your loved ones. February 16th Mercury stations retrograde in Pisces in your 9th house of travel/higher education. Not the best time to commit to travel plans, but good for research and looking into all the details and reviews. March 9th Mercury stations direct with a clearer picture concerning communications and schedules, even well planned out journeys can change between stations. February 16th Mars enters Capricorn in your 7th house of relationships, this energy is grounded yet willful, make sure your not running over your loved ones ideas with your own. Stepping up in relationships to reach a common goal could be a benefit at this time. February 17th Jupiter in Capricorn creates a complimentary energy with Neptune in Pisces for about a week. This can highlight compassion and the appreciation of good things in life. Helping others by sharing spiritual insights or by just being a good friend.
February 18th Sun enters Pisces until March 19th bringing more energy to travel and learning opportunities. February 23rd New Moon in Pisces starts a new lunar cycle in your 9th house of higher education/travel, helping you reorganize the future explorations. Sagittarius rules the 9th house and prides itself on knowledge, exploration and faith in the universe.This house is gaining momentum to learn or travel , set your intentions with these topics in mind. On the 23rd we also have Jupiter in Capricorn creating a challenging square to Venus in Aires in your house of career.Jupiter and Venus are seen as positive planets, but we may feel tension between relationships and work, so practical compromises are your best bet.