the strength of weakness—feb. 7th & 8th

Today, exquisite Pisces Venus sextiles the God of the Underworld and tomorrow she conjuncts the Maverick.

Florence-Mary-Anderson-Illustration-017This is reminiscent of last weekend’s Martian events setting up a perfect opportunity for me to parse some of the different effects transits between the God of War and the Goddess of Love have on one’s chart.

Alright, so . . .

Very simply, Venus just is and Mars just does. Venus attracts to her, while Mars goes out and gets.

This weekend Aphrodite is meeting up with the same characters Ares entertained a week ago. We get to experience how she works her magic opposed to how he got his business done.

Venus rules relationships; Pluto, intensity; Chiron, our weak spots.

These three create an atmosphere where passions are high and tender, loving care is paramount.

Where before we were acting (Mars) with determination (Pluto) to rework neglected areas of our physical world (Chiron), now the focus is turned to our relationships (Venus)—our emotional world.

The ability to determine intrinsic worth, of the material OR immaterial, will become effortless (Capricorn Pluto). The estimation of our own value and values within relationship will become crystal clear.

What is normally seen as a liability could actually be what keeps the fires burning (Chiron). What is perceived as resilient and sturdy, could very well be the undoing.

A solid commitment could be forged or a painful reckoning, rendered—only our hearts will know.

If we allow ourselves the vulnerability, Pluto and Chiron will make swift work of these tasks.

Through to the other side is beautiful Piscean intimacy and understanding, built on a foundation of acceptance and kindness.

Lona

feb 4th—knighthood for the fishes

Today, Pisces Mars inconjuncts dear Leo Jupiter Rx at 18º.Various-Vintage-Illustrations-040

This is the third and final meeting in their I/O/Q cycle for Jupiter’s 2014/2015 stint in Leo.

The first round came back in November when Leo granted some R&R to our hardworking Capricorn sectors. Then, on New Year’s Eve, the party was taken to new heights when the two fire planets met for their opposition, reminiscent of last night’s Leo Full Moon.

Well, this time it is the Fishes who get to benefit of the Lion’s talents. We need to ask ourselves what could Pisces use a little more of that fiery Leo has in spades?

I bet many of you already know, huh?

CONFIDENCE!

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tons of celestial stuff—jan 30th

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How’s Merc Retch treating everyone?

More than one person on my FB has lamented about broken computers and broken cars.

Ah, well, hopefully they have seen the last of the high jinks and no one else falls prey to Retrograde tricks.

Friday is a BUSY day and is a main precursor to next Tuesday’s Leo Full Moon.

So, let’s see what’s what.

Today will be packed with culminating energies, including the aforementioned Winged Messenger himself. He and the Aquarius Sun will conjunct at 10º. They have not been intertwined since October, when they joined in the Cardinal Air sign, Libra.

The difference this go round, in Aquarius, is the agenda will be one of running that mouth with little filter (something Libra provided the last time).

Yep, with the ego (Sun) coupled with the mind (Mercury) in an Fixed AIR sign (get it?) there is a tendency to have strong opinions and not be shy tellin’ everybody about it.

If this is a trait you lack on a general level—you get to be a motor mouth for the weekend!! If not, you’ll probably need to do many in your circle the favor of STFU and listen instead—that is your challenge.  Hopefully, Mercury Rx will help with the latter.

Next up, lovely Pisces Venus is squaring Sagittarius Saturn at the 3º.

This will most likely cause us to be extra self-conscious of how we look, physically, even down to the ear rings we choose for the evening. Our interactions will prove super awkward and clumsy and leave us feeling heavily unworthy.

Mind you, these are emotions not necessarily based in reality.

The saving grace here is, if we are able to recognize the above tendencies, we can about-face and use Piscean compassion and Sagittarian truth to give ourselves a break.

Relax and refuse to be so hard on yourself!

(Another route this may take is in our intimate relationships. If a lack of love is poisoning the coupling, Venus/Saturn will scream it’s presence. Maybe it is a time to speak up OR shut-up and listen! Keep reading to see how Mars/Pluto/Chiron can help.)

Lastly, Pisces Mars tangos with 14º Pluto and 15º Chiron in a sextile and conjunction, respectively.

The God of War in easy aspect with the God of the Underworld portends to immense determination and stamina.

All those loose ends you are trying to get sorted under this month’s Mercury Retrograde are gonna get the added drive of Mars/Pluto this weekend!

Yay!

Then tomorrow, dear Mars moves into exact conjunction with the Maverick. This brings deep healing to actions and initiatives. Purging the old and unhealthy to make room for the fresh and revitalized.

For example, I started cleaning out my herbal tincture closet, yesterday. (I say ‘closet’, it is actually the crawl space under the stairwell in the old farmhouse—hello, Pluto!) I haven’t had the time or energy to attempt this for the SIX YEARS they have been waiting. Now is the time!!

Alright folks, this is what we’ve got to work with—have at it!

Remember, we have been feeling these energies all week, they are simply at their strongest today.

Hold tight, it all fades quickly.

Lona

the lady takes a dip—jan. 27th – feb. 20th

Tomorrow morning, the 27th, the Goddess of Love joins the God of War in the sign of the Fishes.

Warwick-Goble-Vintage-Illustration-067Venus is very comfortable in the watery embrace of Pisces. Here she can fully surrender. Become lost in all that has come before and all that will ever be.

One of the Planet of Love’s roles in astrology is to attract people and experiences to us, according to the zodiac sign she is traveling through.

In Aquarius, she was seeking the original rebellion coupled with the idealistic reformation.

Now, she has moved on to Mutable Water and nears the other side. She is readying herself to drift beyond the Neptunian veil, to dissolve into the mist. To slip untroubled into the nothing.

Oh, alright, but, Lona, what does any of that really mean?

Well, for one thing our hearts get a bit softer and we can become more empathetic to our surroundings. Soaking up the whims and fancies of others who cross our paths. This may be a positive if you are a hard-hearted doer. Or it may prove precarious if you already grapple with over-sensitivity.

Indeed, poetic kindness and fluid grace may render us more vulnerable than usual—again if it is needed, then so be it. Otherwise, the next 3 1/2 weeks may prove troublesome (only to become fundamentally more hazy when the Sun ingresses on February 18th).

Another potential could be that our imaginations become a glittery fog of seraphic musings. Creativity engulfs us in a daydream shawl of mystical romanticism. Beautiful wisps of meaning traced into the fabrics of our collective psyches.

It could be a gentle time or one of needed extra self-protection. Trust yourself to know which side you fall. Trust also that the people and experiences required to fulfill the murky requests of the Fishes will be drawn to you and yours.

During the final days of Winter, Pisces is the tender succor which alleviates much of the season’s icy grip and floats us softly toward Spring.

Lona

don’t mess with mars/neptune!!

1317583113_fairyThat’s right!!

If you have—

  • natal Mars in aspect with Neptune
  • natal Mars in Pisces
  • natal Mars in the 12th House
  • to a lesser degree—
    • natal Neptune in the 1st House
    • natal Neptune in Aries (no one alive has this, by the way)
    • natal Pisces Rising

YOU ARE A BADASS!!!!

And don’t you forget it!

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mars into pisces—jan 12th

Today, Mars ingresses to the dreamy, discarnate waters of Pisces.

Warwick-Goble-Vintage-Illustration-002This is a marked shift from the detached intellect of Aquarius, so let me break it on down.

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac. The ending of the whole shebang. The omega.

Here is the doorway to the other side. Here we leave behind this realm to begin a new journey in another. Here is where the soul of one meets the souls of the many. Here time is obsolete, we are set adrift across the infinite eons.

Neptune, the sign’s ruler,  takes all the solid stone of the material world, all the absolutes of the mind, the passions of the spirit and surrenders them to the evanescence. Nothing remains except compassion and bliss.

Meanwhile, Mars is the planet of War and rules our will to action, our get up and go. He symbolizes what you desire and how you most likely will go about getting it.

With Mars in a Water sign, the emotional side of being is heightened. How we feel becomes paramount in influencing what we do.

Yes, the Warrior takes a break to navelgaze instead of charge headfirst into battle.

Pisces Mars is gentle and unassuming. Mild mannered, introspective and wrapped in imaginative fantasies. Quintessentially mutable—adapting to surrounding impressions like a fluid chameleon.

Physical energy can easily dissipate like drops of rain in a puddle. And for the time Mars occupies the 12th sign, we may all experience difficulty getting tasks done. Things will seem just out of reach, disappearing before our eyes. Slipping through our fingers.The fog swallowing whole afternoons and hours dissolving into the abyss.

This passive action may prove very frustrating for the many of us who want results and tangible progress. Others will find this ethereal dreamscape a balm that soothes the over stressed nerves of recent holiday weeks.

Either way, the God of War will reside in Pisces until the 19th of February.

Lona

december 14th—wishing on a star

Warwick-Goble-Vintage-Illustration-046Sunday, the 14th, newly ingressed Venus Capricorn sextiles the God of the Sea in Pisces.

Neptune in easy aspect with his lower vibration, the Planet of Love, means smooth sailing on the waters of this holiday season—at least for the weekend.

Yep, when these two meet it portends wishes really can come true.

Wait a minute, you may think—stodgey Capricorn is wayyyyyy too uptight for loosey goosey Pisces Neptune.

Disaster ahead!!

No, not really. Quite the opposite.

Pisces fantasizes and Capricorn, the builder, champions those dreams into reality.

Water and Earth are wonderful for one another in just about all cases and this is no exception. Venus and Neptune are far more than happy to play their parts!

Where there seems to be little hope, the next few will be rife with unexpected turn-arounds in many a desperate situation.

Everyday miracles abound.

Lona