Venus is the planet of love, beauty, and money. During Venus retrograde, we have the opportunity to rethink what those things mean in our lives, and how we can invite them into our lives in new and satisfying ways. This can be a difficult time to maintain relationships, but honesty and vulnerability will serve you well here.
Jupiter is the planet of expansion, luck, and optimism. When in retrograde, expect some bumps on your spiritual highway. You might find yourself questioning your belief systems or reconsidering what it means to be part of the universe. This is a time of questions and finding new paths that might hold the answers. Whereas some planetary retrogrades can make life difficult looking at you, Mercury , Jupiter retrograde is a good time to reach out and see what you can learn from your community. Social butterfly Gemini kicks off its season with a flurry of energy and activity.
Ruled by Mercury, Gemini season encourages communication and connection. This season is a lot like a good cocktail hour: busy, buzzy, and even a bit flirtatious. Avoid getting caught up in idle gossip, however. Good communicators know when to pull back. Gemini season always brings a fresh sense of vitality with its focus on socializing, culture, and communication. Think about ways to bond with your closest friends over the next month, and ways in which you can share knowledge to empower yourself and others. The new moon is also a good time to set an intention to communicate mindfully and with respect.
Summer has a way of inspiring a sense of wanderlust, and this full moon in adventurous Sagittarius is bringing that big time. If you need to stay close to home, this full moon also encourages you to find the hidden gems in your own backyard. Mercury returns to retrograde in June, this time in the water sign of Cancer. The summer solstice: longest day of the year. The summer solstice is a day when feminine and masculine energies are perfectly balanced, which gives us access to the full spectrum of our power. During Cancer season, we decompress from the whirlwind of the last month by retreating to our personal shelter.
Cancer is the most nurturing sign in the zodiac—connected with family and home life. Emotions can run high when this water sign is in control, so be prepared to shed some tears and ride the waves of feelings. Over the next month, we prioritize how to protect ourselves and what we need to feel secure. Paired with the energy from the summer solstice and a solar eclipse, this new moon in watery Cancer, no less is a lot to take on. Your time will be better spent reflecting and journaling.
Go with the flow. As the planet of dreams and intuition, Neptune controls our psychic selves. During retrograde, it can feel like a fog hovers over everything, making it difficult to determine truth from fiction. Avoid acting hastily, and make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision. Eclipses can be erratic, but they get the job done. After all the intense energy that comes with emotional Cancer and unpredictable eclipses, this new moon in Cancer is a time to settle into the feels.
This is the season of the superstar! The sun is at home in Leo, which it rules.
Leo season is about the self, ego, and learning to take main stage in our lives. Self-expression is key here. During this season, you might want to think about assuming a leadership role and sharing your talents with others. There may be a sense of unrest, but we can harness that unconventional Aquarius energy to guide us to new solutions. Amazing things can happen when you open your mind! Uranus retrograde pushes us out of our comfort zones. Expect the unexpected! Artistic and career pursuits may change in significant ways, forcing us to adapt—hopefully for the better.
Uranus retrograde can feel chaotic especially for those who thrive by sticking to a plan , but ultimately it teaches us to question what we want. As the summer beings to wind down, Virgo season guides us into a place with a little more routine and structure. This is a good time to make concrete plans to accomplish your next goal. Appropriately, Virgo season corresponds with back-to-school time.
No matter how far out of school you are, this is the perfect opportunity to get organized and reset. Routines, especially those related to health and wellness, come back into play. Setting up your goals for the rest of the year will prepare you for success. As the reality of looms large, a profound recapitulation can take place in the personal domain as well as collective experience. No doubt, this is a global evolutionary moment.
Of course, there will be much contemplation, many celebrations, prayers and meditations around the globe. The tide is turning as civilization has the chance to seize the moment and begin to positively engage the current trajectory. Momentum has been building, but the next decade is when the consequences of human activity become even more blatantly obvious and serious.
Driving home, and delivering this cosmic message is an auspicious Solar Eclipse on December 26, followed by a Lunar Eclipse on January Because eclipses are so strong and definitive, I call them the exclamation points of astrological signature. In general, the thematic lessons begin to emerge a full four weeks before the first eclipse and continue two weeks after the final eclipse.
Therefore; all of December and most of January is encompassed within this eclipse season.
The line-up for the Solar Eclipse is impressive. Many contributions are visible, out there for all the world to see, but most contributions are private, within the confines of family, work and local community. However, research into the psychological make-up of character suggests that a small group of people, approximately 1 in 25, do not have this barometer of what can be loosely defined as conscience.
Energetically, Capricorn exemplifies this test of character in the real world of form and function. No matter which mountain one chooses to climb, the journey requires focus and discipline, but the defining reference point can be summarized by motive.
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Motivation is what gets a person up in the morning. For the majority of people, the day is about basic survival, but motivated by sharing love, making a positive difference, contributing in big and small ways. However, the range of motivation is wide, ranging all the way from unselfish altruism to self- aggrandizement, with many variations in between. So what happens when someone is motivated by desire for power and prestige, to the point they are able to sidestep any sense of conscience, willing to deceive, lie, cheat, steal?
Well, turn on the news, and witness plenty of examples in the upper echelons of leadership, even to the point of promulgating contempt for the law. And, even more important, these are the leaders the masses look toward and rely upon for conscientious, wise decisions in matters they know very little about. From the standpoint of astrology, it is not surprising to observe current events within the context of this major alignment of planets in Capricorn activated by powerful and definitive eclipses.
Venus is a friend of Saturn, who rules the territory of Capricorn and can perhaps be the cool voice of diplomacy and restraint in what could be described as a planetary pressure cooker. This position of Venus certainly implies a short season of distance, space or evaluation when it comes to Venus related matters such as creativity, business, contracts, partnerships or relationships.
The Saturn-ruled environment expresses the need for diligence, patience and attention to all details, but is certainly supporting the creative process, even though it may slow things down temporarily. The Sun bravely crosses into Sagittarius on December 16, joining with both friends and enemies in Jupiter's fiery domain.
Sagittarius is one of the four "dual" signs of the zodiac, of which Jupiter rules two and Mercury rules the other two. These dual signs are the places of change, transition, movement, education, continuance and growth. These five planets will remain grouped in Sagittarius through January 13, when Mercury moves out into Capricorn. Fast moving Mercury will overtake the Sun on January 10 and jump ahead toward his friend Venus.
We can think of the Sun as the king, as the government, as a symbol for leaders of any kind. The planetary arch enemy of the Sun is Saturn, who symbolizes the subjects, the vulnerable, the weak or infirm. If it weren't for the people in need, how much simpler would the job of the governing bodies be? These two planets do create a balance challenge for each human being surrounding the concept of "self" that we also call the individual ego.
This plays out on an individual basis as we journey through life on a quest for a healthy ego that allows us to define our unique individual imprint while averting us from the disaster of an overblown sense of self-importance or, in some cases, self-debasement.
This year, the annual meeting of Saturn and Sun occurs with much more spice. The path of destruction that was wrought by the gouging plow action of the Saturn-Ketu conjunction through the summer months has become the trench in which we will see this year's meeting of Saturn and Sun, which occurs exactly as the Sun exits Sagittarius on January The addition of Ketu, Jupiter and Mercury to this mix, especially in Jupiter's territory, could signal a time of reckoning in the realm of personal responsibility.
The weakness, corruption and decay revealed throughout the summer is begging to be broken apart, cleansed and transmuted; if that has not already begun after possibly painful breakups, disappointments or other means of creating separation, be ready for things to move, ready or not. We are coming to a time where the desires of the individual will need to be balanced and integrated with the needs of the collective.
Some will gain and some will lose, but a new point of balance is in the works. Where the Sun travels, light comes into dark corners and the pests that hide in the cracks will be forced out of their comfort zones. While the Sun and Saturn are going head-to-head, Jupiter presides as the judge, Mercury is present to witness and record while Ketu perennially is present to break apart the illusion of material entrapment.
However this plays out on a collective level or on an individual basis, we may be forced to accept responsibility for how we have contributed to the corruption that so readily repulses us. As Mercury moves out of Scorpio on December 25, Mars moves in, which creates a very interesting shape in the South Indian chart style.
This shape holds through mid-January and you can see it in the graphic below that depicts the annular solar eclipse on Christmas. The shape reminds me of an arrow, in which the planet Rahu is the fletching, the grouping of planets in Sagittarius is the arrow's tip and Venus and Mars flanking either side of the grouping of planets are the barbs of the arrows. While there may not be ancient astrological meaning to this configuration per se, the visual does pull into mind the symbol of Sagittarius, which is an arrow, a symbol that is also associated with a few of the nakshatras.
Mars in Scorpio is acting as a backup energy or support system for the planets gathered under the spotlight in Sagittarius, just as Venus in Capricorn is creating a supportive energy on the other side. The pressure cooker environment caused by the combination of planets therein at the moment is being managed by Mars on one side and Venus on the other; both are well placed and could be the saving grace for the current times.
Even after the critical moment passes, Mars will be remaining in his own sign of Scorpio through the first week of February.