jan 13th – 15th—worker bees a buzzin’

This week sees an abundance of activity among three of the worker bees—Mercury, Venus and Mars (the Sun and Moon take center stage at next week’s lunation, of course).

Lots to talk about.

First, the good news—

Vintage-Plants-and-Flowers-Clipart-006Yesterday, Venus and Mercury came into exact conjunction at 11º Aquarius.

They remain conjunct today while forming a sextile with Aries Uranus. Tomorrow, the 14th, the pair will semi-sextile Capricorn Pluto and Pisces Chiron while trining the Libran North Node.

When the Messenger God and Aphrodite conjoin, the atmosphere is active and pleasant.  Our mind is working well with our social graces and when in Aquarius—humanitarian idealism meets quirky charm.

Add to this dynamic easy aspects from Uranus (who is the ruler of Aquarius), Pluto, Chiron and the Nodal Axis and well, our collective drive to cajole the best out of humanity is accentuated exponentially.

This duo have the moxie to get it done.

And, boy, are you gonna need it since Piscean Mars exactly squares Saturn in Sagittarius on Thursday.

Folks, this is a tricky one. Here an almost saintly amount of patience and perseverance is required. Though, positively, I feel the overall effect is softened since Pisces and Sadge are Mutable, thus making it easier to adapt.

Regardless, expect general frustration at every turn—trudging through molasses. A lot of B.S. may get piled on your plate all at once. Just don’t let it rile you—that’s the test.

As with most things Saturnine, if you know EXACTLY what you want and are willing to follow the rules PRESICELY in getting it, you’ll be fine.

Otherwise, keep your head down and don’t stop working, because after the square exacts the influence fades rather quickly.

So, there you have it, some of the gifts as well as some of the challenges fueling this week’s heavens.

Yep, remember all the Venusian charm and Mercurial quick wit at your disposal and use it!

Lona

december 20th—solstice eve 2014: part 2

So, Mars moved into Aquarius on the 5th. But our dear Warrior has not contacted another planet (except the ever moving Moon) in major aspect since sextiling Saturn from Capricorn on December 1st.

Vintage-Old-Book-Illustration-037Twenty days!! That’s a long time, people.

Well, all of that is about to change and in a radical kinda way!!

This is Part 2 of my series on the build up to this year’s Winter Solstice, that is also the Capricorn New Moon, going down this Sunday, the 21st.

You can catch up with Part 1 right here, where I discussed Mercury, Neptune and Saturn’s status for the weekend.

Ok, so the God of War has been a lone wolf for almost 3 weeks, save an occasional visit from Luna.

On the  20th, all that changes.

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december 14th—uranus square pluto—thorn in your side

Well, in the Heavens, as many of you probably already know, a battle is raging between Pluto and Uranus.

Voyager_Uranus_732X520Since 2012, there have been 5 exact squares and today, December 14th, the 6th will occur, with the final going down next Spring.

Pluto has recently gone direct and is interacting with Uranus Rx this time at 12º 35′ Capricorn and Aries, respectively.

When all is said and done, from the 6th degree to the 15th of Cardinal Fire and Earth, a metamorphosis of monumental proportion will have transpired.

For the last few years, nationally and globally, stargazers have been speculating beforehand, then reporting on afterwards, the mundane, explosive, effects of this dynamic.

There has also been quite an analysis of the the past conjunction between these two leviathans back in 1965/1966. And here is an excellent article comparing the waxing/waning cycles of Pluto/Capricorn throughout the last centuries and into this one.

As for the current square, I personally like this take. And here is another. And yet, another.

Yes, yes, much has been said about it all.

But you know what, I feel an important nuance has been overlooked and I would like to highlight it, now.

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why so serious?—sun/venus/saturn conjunct—november 12th – 18th

Currently in the skies, Venus and the Sun are about 4º apart.The-Dragon-with-Seven-Heads

The two were cazimi on the 24th of October, and then the Goddess of Love overtook the Sun shortly before Halloween, although she remains combust at the moment.

On November the 12th, Aphrodite will conjunct Father Time at 25º of Scorpio.  Then on the 18th, the Sun will follow suit while Venus makes her move into gregarious Sagittarius.

The most dramatic day of this week long event will be Friday the 14th, where Venus/Saturn/Sun (all within 5º) will square the Moon and Jupiter in Leo.

If you are in possession of planets or points amongst the last decan of the Fixed signs, especially Scorpio and Leo, this will be a powerful few days for you.

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october 10th—let the Crab do it

contemplation-039So, I am considering the transiting Sun and Venus to be conjunct, since she is within combust range at 4°.

That being said, if you have personal planets at 10°-15° of the Cardinal signs (especially Cancer) then I wanted to give a heads up to Libra Venus’ T-square with Capricorn Pluto and Aries Uranus.

This is initiating energy and it demands action.  Otherwise the tension may be downright unbearable.

As I said above, where Cancer resides in your chart is the ‘out’ of the situation, with the themes and requirements of the specific house needing attention.

Venus/Pluto/Uranus is throwing a microscope on our relationships, what and who we attract and our fundamental ways of relating in general. Unpredictable occurrences may be popping up and past issues, long dead, may be zombie walking back into our periphery.

Cancer is the answer. Given the specific archetype of the planet or point, the Crab’s house is most likely in need of some TLC—work it there and watch the other areas fall into step.

Lona

october 6th-8th—part 2: who’s got a lighter?

So much going on up above, it’s kinda ridiculous.

Read part 1: here.

With all the talk of the grand-Fire-trine and the eclipse at the Full Moon, I think it needs to be stressed that the major player in all this business is the Libra Sun.  He will be the focal planet of the Kite formation, he will be on the North Node of the Nodal Axis.  He will be absorbing energy from Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Uranus.  He is ground zero.

Whichever house 15° Libra occupies is YOUR ground zero.

Alright.

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october 4th—kindling for the bonfire: part 1

This Saturday, October 4th, the grand-Fire-trine perfects, meaning the orbs of  trining Mars, Jupiter and Uranus will be tightest of the whole event.

It is also the day a variety of choice planetary activities occur.

Mercury moved into the 8th sign of Scorpio back on the 27th of September. He has gotten almost through the 2nd degree of the Fixed Water sign, but has slowed and turns retrograde on this day.

Retrograde Mercury inspires anxiety in more than a few astrology buffs.  But not to worry.  He certainly can be managed.  And yes, it is good thinking to expect all manner of glitches in all things mechanical and/or technological, at this time.  It is also not a good time to START new projects necessarily, but instead spend time in reflection.—most importantly, with Scorpio and Libra themed issues.

Such as:

  • How do I communicate my desires and wishes in my most important relationships?   How can I make it better?
  • Do I communicate too intensely to create an intimate bond?  Could I sometimes take it down a notch?
  • Do I keep things too superficial?  Could I risk being more courageous?
  • Am I too geared toward people-pleasing?  Does it get in the way of an authentic exchange?
  • Am I too suspicious for no reason?  Am I too accomodating for no reason?
  • How can I learn to be confident in my ability to make decisions?

See where this is going?

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september 21st—fish out of water?

Mars has been in Sagittarius for a little over a week now.   On Sunday, he will square Neptune in Pisces.

What could Sagittarius Mars garner from anything Piscean?

First some background.

Neptune is the God of the Sea, his is a realm of sorrow and bliss,  hopes and disillusion, guilt and compassion.  He is the ruler of Pisces—this stretch of stars are his home turf.  To say he is strong here is a gross understatement.

The Philosophical Warrior demands truth, education and travel, but above all he wants freedom.  Mars is beyond comfortable in the 9th sign of the zodiac.  Sometimes a wee bit too comfortable with all that fiery, blunt courage.

This is a good sparring match, though Neptune has the obvious upper hand.

Last month, Scorpio Mars trined our Sea God.  This is Water Action interacting with Water Dreams.  Two planets couldn’t fortify one another better.  Water simply understands Water.  But, unfortunately, maybe a little too much.  With this exchange we run the risk of withdrawing into ourselves, where it is safe and familiar.  Why tackle much in the big bad outside world when our own active fantasies are so satisfying?  Good question.

Trines are easy but there is no built-in check and balance to make it definitely easy progressive.

But this time around it’s Water interacting with Fire.

This pair share a Mutable quality.  Sagittarius and Pisces both have an innate ability to adapt to any situation.  They are resourceful and quick on their feet.  Fire is gut instinct and Water is emotional intelligence.  They have basically the same endgame (which is loosely to save the world!), Fire simply goes about things differently than Water, and vice versa.

So, what’s gonna go down?

Pisces gives our Warrior the emotional acumen to understand the fallout his actions might incur.  He becomes a kinder, gentler soldier.  His far-reaching philosophies take on the timeless righteousness of undeniable truth.  And the Archer EATS that right up!

This is square energy, therefore it is stimulating.  It is arousing—something has to be done about it—it ain’t goin’ away.  Their’s is the promise of Sagittarius Mars’ unparalleled vitality fulfilling the endless expansive aspirations of Pisces Neptune.

On Sunday, the 21st, the heavens will be alive with this awesomeness.  All the better given what Virgo Venus has been up to.

Compassionate action on tap to spackle the cracks in those walls.

Yeah.

Lona

the inconjunct: huh?

What the hell is an inconjunct?

How is it related to a quincunx?

Wait, did you just misspell ‘conjunct’ and call me a mean name?

Nope.  An inconjunct and a quincunx are the same thing.  It is an aspect between 2 planets or points, 150° apart.  Not to be confused with an opposition which is 180°.

And in honor of  the many inconjuncts currently swirling about in the heavens, I wanted to write another fast and dirty post on what exactly these things are and how they compute in the astrological chart.

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