Sunday, July 21, 2019: daily Moon Sign/Phase + monthly Sun, Planets, Lunar Nodes and Asteroids’ Signs’ Ingress and Retro Periods

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   Sun SymbolThe SUN entered the CARDINAL WATER SIGN of CANCER on Saturday, June 22, 1.54 am, WINTER SOLSTICE in the SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE, SUMMER SOLSTICE in the NORTHERN.
The SUN will transit CANCER until July 23, 12.50 pm, with the ingress into
LEO.

THIS JULY MOON CYCLE IS VERY SPECIAL,
AS IT BEGAN, ON JULY 3, AT 5.16 AM, WITH A NEW MOON AND
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ON THE ELEVENTH DEGREE OF CANCER !!!
BEGIN SOMETHING NEW ON THE HOME FRONT !!!

ON JULY 17, AT 7.38 AM, A LUNAR ECLIPSE ON THE 25TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
ALIGNED TO PLUTO WAS THE CLIMAX OF THIS LUNAR CYCLE

Click HERE to navigate to these Eclipses Charts’ Page

If interested in the astrological lore of Eclipses navigate to my post ‘Eclipses as Doors of Perception’ HERE
or to my Eclipse Page full of case histories and information HERE

Today

UPDATES ON MERCURY CYCLE

MERCURY entered LEO on June 27. The RETRO PERIOD of MERCURY began on July 8 and will end on August 1, RETRO MERCURY transiting between LEO 04°27′ and CANCER 23°56′.
MERCURY re-entered CANCER, in Retro motion, on July 19, and will enter LEO for good on August 12.

On Sunday, July 21, at 10.33 pm, RETRO MERCURY conjuncts the SUN, at 28°28’of CANCER. This is the all important INFERIOR CONJUNCTION, occurring midway through his Retro Period, when our Little Brother is closest as he can be to Planet Earth, orbiting between Earth and the Sun.
The INFERIOR CONJUNCTION is the beginning of the Waxing Phase of MERCURY and also his shift from setting after the Sun (Evening Star apparition) and his rising before the Sun (Morning Star apparition). For an excellent interpretation of this particular Phase of MERCURY please navigate to this article by Michael R. Meyer, on Cyber World Khaldea site,  HERE.

Pisces MoonDisseminating to Last Quarter Moon PhaseThe WANING MOON TRANSITS PISCES from  Saturday, July 20, 7.18 am, to Monday, July 22, 8.02 pm, with the ingress into ARIES.
The PISCES DISSEMINATING MOON PHASE begins on Sunday, July 21, 9.32 am, and ends on Thursday, July 25, 11.17 am, with the TAURUS LAST QUARTER MOON PHASE.

July 2019 Fast Moving Planets’ Signs Ingress and Retro Periods

For a general post on the Retrogradation of Mercury’s effects, please navigate to this Page here.

VENUS entered CANCER on July 4, 1.17 am. VENUS will transit CANCER until July 28, 11.53 am, entering LEO.

MARS entered the FIXED FIRE SIGN LEO on July 2, at 9.19 am. MARS will transit LEO until August 18, 3.18 pm, with ingress in VIRGO.

*JULY 2019

Click this link to view/print a LIST OF ALL TRANSITS ACTIVE in JULY 2019*

July 2019 Moon Ingress into Signs

All phases, positions etc are calculated for Australian Eastern Standard Time (10 hours East of Greenwich)
Click images to view meaning
Moon in Gemini

Wan. Moon in Gemini, Sunday, June 30, 7.08 am

Moon in Cancer

Wax. Moon in Cancer, Wed, July 2, 11.23 am

Moon in Leo

Wax. Moon in Leo, Thur, July 4 , 1.19 pm

Moon in Virgo

Wax. Moon in Virgo, Sat, July 6, 2.25 pm

Moon in Libra

Wax. Moon in Libra, Mon, July 8, 4.06 pm

Moon in Scorpio

Wax. Moon in Scorpio, Wed, July 10, 7.28 pm

Moon in Sagittarius

Wax. Moon in Sag. on Sat, July 13, 1.04 am

Moon in Capricorn

Wan. Moon in Cap. on Mon, July 15, 9.04 am

Moon in Aquarius

Wan. Moon in Aquarius on Wed, July 17, 7.18 pm

Moon in Pisces

Wan. Moon in Pisces on Sat, July 20, 7.18 am.

Moon in Aries

Wan. Moon in Aries on Mon, July 22, 8.02 pm

Moon in Taurus

Wan. Moon in Taurus on Thu, July 25, 7.42 am

Moon in Gemini

Wan Moon in Gemini on Sun, July 27, 4.28 pm

Moon in Cancer

Wan. Moon in Cancer, Mon, July 29, 9.30 pm

Moon in Leo

Wax. Moon in Leo, Wed, July 31, 11.18 pm


July 2019 Moon Phases

All phases, positions etc are calculated for Australian Eastern Standard Time (10 hours East of Greenwich)
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New to Crescent Moon Phase

Cancer New Moon, Wed July 3, 10°37′, 5.16 am. Solar Eclipse

Crescent Moon Animation

Leo Crescent Moon, 28°46′, Sat, July 6, 12.24 pm

First Quarter Moon Phase Animation

Libra First Quarter Moon, 16°58′, Tue, July 9, 8.54 pm

Gibbous to Full Moon animation

Sagittar. Gibbous Moon, 05°23′, Sat, July 13, 10.57 am

Full to Disseminating Moon

Capricorn Full Moon, 24°04′, Wed, July 17, 7.38 am. Lunar Eclipse

Disseminating Moon Phase

Pisces Disseminating Moon, 12°57′, Sun, July 21, 9.32 am

Last Quarter to Balsamic Moon Phase

Taurus Last Quarter. 01°50′, Thur, July 25, 11.17 am

New to Crescent Moon Phase

Gemini Balsamic Moon, 20°25′, Mon, July 29, 4.58 am

1 New Moon Crescent fast

Leo New Moon, 08°36′, Thur, August 1, 1.11 pm

July 2019 slow moving Planets’ Signs Ingress and Retro Periods

Jupiter GlyphJUPITER entered SAGITTARIUS on November 8, 2018, at 11.39 pm (Australia Eastern Summer Time). JUPITER will remain in SAGITTARIUS until Tuesday, December 3, at 4.20 am. JUPITER became STATIONARY RETROGRADE on April  10, and will turn DIRECT again on August 12, between 24°20′ and 14°30′of SAGITTARIUS.
Navigate HERE to a short post on the transit of JUPITER in SAGITTARIUS.

SATURN entered CAPRICORN on December 20, 2017, and will transit CAPRICORN until March 22, 2020. SATURN became STATIONARY RETROGRADE on April  29, and will turn DIRECT again on September 19, between 20°31′ and 13°54′ of CAPRICORN.

Chiron GlyphCHIRON entered ARIES for good on February 18 2019, at 8.07 pm, and will transit ARIES until June 20, 2026. This year CHIRON will become STATIONARY RETROGRADE from July 9 to December 13, between 05°56′ and 01°26′ of ARIES.
For a short post on the ingress of Chiron in Aries please navigate to my 2018 post here.

Uranus GlyphURANUS entered TAURUS on Wednesday, March 6, at 7.26 pm. URANUS will transit this TAURUS until April 26, 2026.
This is indeed the great event of the year. If interested please navigate to my 2018 post on URANUS in TAURUS here.
URANUS will turn STATIONARY RETROGRADE on August 12, 2019, and DIRECT again on January 11, 2010, between 06°36′ and 02°38′ of TAURUS.

NEPTUNE has been transiting PISCES for good since February 4, 2012, and will remain in PISCES until March 30, 2025, when it will enter ARIES. This year NEPTUNE will become STATIONARY RETROGRADE from June 22 to November 27, between 18°33′ and 15°55′ of PISCES.

PLUTO has been transiting CAPRICORN for good since November 27, 2008. PLUTO will transit CAPRICORN until March 23, 2023, then entering AQUARIUS. This year PLUTO became STATIONARY RETROGRADE on April 26, and will turn DIRECT again on October 3, between 23°09′ and 20°38′ of CAPRICORN.

July 2019 Lunar Nodes Signs Ingress

The NORTH and SOUTH LUNAR NODES have been transiting CAPRICORN and CANCER respectively since November 6, 2018. The MOON NODES will transits these Cardinal Signs until May 6, 2020, entering then the Mutable Signs of SAGITTARIUS and GEMINI.
In the month of July 2019 they will cover the degrees between 17°39′ and 17°35′ of CAPRICORN and CANCER, in Retro Motion, as usual.

July 2019 Four Major Asteroids: CeresPallas-Juno-Vesta’s Signs Ingress

Asteroid CeresCERES has been transiting SAGITTARIUS since January 26, 2019. CERES will enter CAPRICORN on November 16, 2019.

PALLAS has been transiting LIBRA since November 5, 2018. PALLAS will enter SCORPIO on August 26, 2019.

Juno GlyphJUNO entered LEO on June 21, 2019, and will transit LEO until August 24, with the ingress into VIRGO.

VESTA entered TAURUS on June 9, 2019, and will transit TAURUS until March 21 2020, after a long period of Retrogradation, from September 24 to December 30 2019.

Black Moon Lilith Ephemeris July 2019. Click to view larger image

Black Moon Lilith GlyphLast, but not least, here are the July 2019 Ephemeris just for the elusive BLACK MOON LILITH.

To help you understand what this occult point represents I’ve chosen two websites:

Astrodienst on the Black Moon Lilith

Serennu.com on the Black Moon Lilith

Click this link for the current Month Astro Calendar (including the Moon’s Voids of Course)
and all monthly Astro Calendars since January 2011

Click this link for the current Month Ephemeris (including the Four Major Asteroids and Black Moon Lilith)
and all monthly Ephemeris since April 2010

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Last but not least of the twelve Chinese Animals, the smart and friendly Pig closes the cycle, rounding up all the good fortune and opportunities that the cycle has to offer.
This time the PIG is associated with the EARTH ELEMENT (there are five in Chinese Astrology).
This is therefore the last Earth Element Animal before the switch to the next twelve years Element, Metal, in 2020. Each Element lasts in fact for twelve years and is in turn associated with each of the Twelve Animals.
A sense of humor, kindness and peace making abilities will help many of us to have a fortunate and joyous year. As the saying goes: ‘Anyone can go to Heaven. Just be good!’

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May 2019 astrological updates: Ephemeris, Astro-Calendar, All Transits, All Lunar Phases, All Ingresses into Signs and Retro Periods

Balsamic to New Moon Phase

Pisces Balsamic Moon, May 1, 11.17 am.

New to Crescent Moon Phase

Taurus New Moon, May 5, 8.45 am.

Crescent to First Quarter Moon Phase

Cancer Crescent Moon, May 8, 11.50 pm.

First Quarter to Gibbous Moon Phase

Leo First Quarter Moon, May 12, 11.12 am.

Gibbous to Full Moon Phase

Libra Gibbous Moon, May 15, 8.30 pm.

Full to Disseminating Moon Phase

Scorpio Full Moon, May 19, 7.11 am.

Disseminating to Last Quarter Moon Phase

Capricorn Disseminating Moon, May 23, 0.52 am.

Last Quarter to Balsamic Moon Phase

Pisces Last Quarter Moon, May 27, 2.33 am.

Hi, friends of astrology.

Just letting you know that I have updated my site with all the information astrological seekers may need in the month of MAY 2019.

I have posted links to All Transits active in May (including the Moon’s and minor aspects); All Sun, Moon and Planets ingress into Signs; All Moon Phases, including the intermediate, such as Crescent, Gibbous, Disseminating and Balsamic; the May 2019 monthly Ephemeris, which includes the positions of the four major Asteroids, Ceres, Juno, Pallas and Vesta; as well as the Black Moon Lilith.
Also the May 2019 Solar Fire Astro-Calendar with the list of All the Moon Voids of Course.
Cheers

Click this link to view/print a LIST OF ALL TRANSITS ACTIVE in MAY 2019.

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April-May 2019 astrological highlights: the Lunar Nodes aligned to Pluto-Saturn + Uranus in Taurus

This post has been already published, in a slightly edited form, in the Uki’s Village News, issue 105, April/May 2019.
Astronomicum 'Caesareum' by Michael Ostendorfer (1540)

Astronomicum ‘Caesareum’ by Michael Ostendorfer (1540)

The Lunar Node, Pluto and Saturn

The highlights of the April/May period will be two alignments of the Lunar Nodes to Pluto (April 5) and Saturn (May 1). The conjunction South Node-Pluto (and opposition North Node-Pluto) will be exact on the same day as the Aries New Moon (first New Moon in the astrological yearly calendar).

Both the Pluto and Saturn’s alignments will also happen on the same degree of longitude (23 degrees Capricorn and Cancer) as the Sun’s southernmost and northernmost degrees of declination, corresponding with the Winter/Summer Solstices . This is only a symbolical or numerical connection though: the two planes of celestial declination and celestial longitude being different from each other. Any apparent coincidence can be considered significant in astrology, because we are dealing here with becoming aware of all possible meaningful coincidences in our lives and the life of the planet (synchronicity).

Pluto will also turn Stationary-Retrograde on April 25, while sitting on this critical degree, just about on the exact declination of the Tropic of Capricorn. The alignments of the Nodes to Saturn will go beyond May, returning on July 4 and September 28.

These are all huge events in Mundane Astrology, that branch of the art that deals with the worldly effects of planetary motions.

The North and South Nodes of the Moon (also known, more picturesquely, as the Head and Tail of the Dragon) are the ascending and descending points of interception of the Moon and Earth’s orbits. Due to the Moon and Earth’s constant motion, these points naturally move too, completing 360 degrees in about nineteen years. The Nodes are closely connected to the phenomenon of Eclipses because it is only when the Sun is close to one of the Nodes, near a New or Full Moon time, that Lunar and Solar Eclipses can occur.  This means that the Nodes are linked with the deep experiences associated with Eclipses, new beginning and climaxes on a grand scale. They represent in astrology an axis of collective and individual destiny, showing the direction we are going, the trajectory between past and future enacted in the present moment.

The conjunction to the South Node (and opposition to the North Node) with Pluto occur only once every sixteen or seventeen years; with Saturn every twelve years or so.

The South Node has to do with the past; in this instance the world’s past. It has to do with letting go of what of the past is dragging us back (coal, bigotry and greed come to mind). The two Nodes are an axis and never work separately; if one is affected the other is too. So what we do with these mighty transits will have enormous effect on the future (the North Node), how things will eventually turn out.

Pluto is the planet of crisis, transformation, power struggles and all experiences in life that help to change us in radical ways. Saturn and Capricorn, on the other hand, are symbols of structure, security, ambition, the established order, authority, governments etc. These alignments certainly indicate a serious shake up of the established order of things, the sort of things we take for granted.

Much corruption, injustice and hypocrisy of our past and present are coming to the surface now. Confronting these could help remove our gaze from the scapegoats we have chosen to bear the burden of our collective guilt. Confronting stuff within ourselves (Pluto), taking responsibility and doing something about it (Capricorn and Saturn) are key necessities here.

Uranus in Taurus

We cannot forget that we are also still adjusting to the recent ingress of Uranus in Taurus (March 6), transit that will continue to 2025.  A passage over the very first degrees of any Sign is always harbinger of significant adjustments in the planet’s psyche, especially when a game changer like Uranus is involved.  The Moon on April 5-7, the Sun on April 23, Mercury on May 9, Venus on May 19 will in turn align to Uranus, bringing its exciting and/or disruptive energy to the fore around these dates. Times for things to perhaps unexpectedly change in our lives, our destiny taking a u-turn of sorts, new unforeseen opportunities arising, especially if the first four degrees of the Fixed Signs happen to be highlighted in your Birth Horoscope (from the first to the fourth degrees Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius).

All these cosmic events are actually foreshadowing the big one on the horizon, the actual conjunction of Saturn and Pluto on January 13 2020, ending a mutual cycle that had its climax at opposition, around 9/11 (covering the period from August 2001 to June 2002). Let’s hope this is good news, the end of the bitter divisions that have been breaking the world apart in recent times.

 

 

April 2019: All Transits, Ingresses, Retrogradations’ lists + Ephemeris and Astro-Calendar

Sun ImageHi, friends of astrology.

Just letting you know that I have updated my site with all the information astrological seekers may need in the month of APRIL 2019.

I have posted links to All Transits active in April (including the Moon’s and minor aspects); All Sun, Moon and Planets ingress into Signs; All Moon Phases, including the intermediate, such as Crescent, Gibbous, Disseminating and Balsamic; the April 2019 monthly Ephemeris, which includes the positions of the four major Asteroids, Ceres, Juno, Pallas and Vesta; as well as the Black Moon Lilith. And the APRIL 2019 Solar Fire Astro-Calendar with the list of All the Moon Voids of Course.
Cheers…

 

 

Cosmic February and March 2019: keeping it ‘real’

Earth Mandala Living Moon Astrology
A shorter version of this article has been already published in the Uki Village News in early February 2019.

The Earth Signs

A shift toward the Earth Signs will characterize the astrological months of February/March 2019. Venus will be transiting Capricorn from February 4 to March 2 (marrying creativity with business sense), and Mars Taurus from February 14 to March 31 (a dogged, often hard working position for Mars). The historical ingress of Uranus in Earthy Taurus will take place on March 6, this transit continuing to 2025/26. Of course Saturn, the Lunar South Node and Pluto are also still in Earthy Capricorn, to 2020 and 2023/24 respectively.
To add to the above the Chinese Lunar New Year has welcomed the smart PIG, this time associated with the EARTH ELEMENT, the last Earth Element Animal before the switch to the next Element, Metal, from 2020. Each Element lasts in fact for twelve years and is in turn associated with each of the Twelve Animals.
So, for the long term as well as the short term, planning, discipline, dedication and hard work are top prerequisites for success.

Jupiter and Neptune

On the other hand, the 90 degrees angle between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces represents, this year, the biggest challenge to the Earth Signs’ need for realism and practicality (January14-June 17-September22). Jupiter is in fact the planet of expansion as well as exaggeration, and Neptune the planet of spirituality but also of confusion and passivity, together encouraging divorce from reality and from what is truly possible in the circumstances. And this is, after all, the most powerful transit of 2019!

We will all have to struggle somehow between these opposing Earthy and Psychic forces, their high contrast making our collective approach to problem solving fraught with contradictions and some paralysing moments. We will need to find ways to reconcile them and make their union fruitful.

In the short term the prevailing energy is encouraging us to work through difficulties rather than sweep them aside or avoid them. The Earth Signs will make sure that things eventually catch up with us and we will have to face the music. Prevention is definitely better than cure for the Earth Signs.  Getting too emotional will not serve our purpose either. Clear, practical, viable solutions will be available but we will need to put some real effort in, downsizing our expectations and waiting patiently for results. Immediate gratification of desires or easy windfalls will not be in the cards for most of us at this time.

Venus in Aquarius

From March 2 to 27 Venus will move to Aquarius, a lighter, more socially minded position for Venus, marking an ideal time for group works, friendships and love matches founded on mutual respect, learning, traveling, mixing with different people, networking of ideas, emotional independence etc.

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces

In Pisces since February 10 Mercury will turn retrograde on Pisces’ very last degree on March 6 (same day Uranus enters Taurus). This period will last until March 29. People who were born with Sun, Moon, any Planet or one of the Four Angles (Ascendant – Descendant – MidHeaven – LowerHeaven) in Pisces or in any of the Mutable Signs (Virgo-Gemini-Sagittarius) will experience more personally the effects of this retrogradation: delays, communication breakdowns, misunderstanding, mechanical problems, tech issues, as well as striking insights, flights of intuition and creative  imagination.

Uranus in Taurus

On March 6 Uranus will enter Taurus, for good this time, until 2025/26. This extremely significant shift will gain even greater momentum in 2020, when the Saturn-Pluto’s conjunction in Capricorn will contribute to a quickening of planetary, political, social, economic and cultural transformations, with make/break situations for individuals and the planet to face squarely.

For in depth analysis of the transits of Uranus in Taurus and Chiron in Aries please navigate HERE to my April 2018 article.

Chiron in Aries

Worth of mention is also the unobtrusive final ingress of Chiron in Aries, on February 18 (until 2027), marking a whole new cycle for the planet of Healing! Looking back at the most recent times Chiron transited Aries (1918/1926-27;1968/1977), we see much struggle to realize historical social reforms: women suffrage, gender equality, sexual revolution, peace versus war. Aries, symbol of unbridled and often toxic masculinity, is going through a face of healing and higher learning from which it will emerge transformed.

 

 

November 7/8 2018: Jupiter enters Sagittarius (one year long transit) – Uranus is back in Aries – The Lunar Nodes shift in Cancer and Capricorn

Lord Jupiter statue

Lord Jupiter

JUPITER enters SAGITTARIUS today, November 8, 11.39 pm (Australia Eastern Summer Time).

In a recent post on the major transits active in November-December 2018 I have called the ingress of Jupiter in Sagittarius ‘splendid’. This because Sagittarius is a much more suitable environment for Jupiter than Scorpio has been.
The Fire, Air and Mutable Signs in particular (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Libra, Aquarius, Gemini, Virgo, Pisces), and, in some way, all of us could profit from the inspiration and optimism of this year long transit, offering  opportunities to right some of the wrongs we have uncovered during the Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio and to look with greater confidence into the future. Jupiter will be in Sagittarius until early December 2019.
On November 7 Uranus re-entered Aries in retro motion too and thus squared again the Nodes (link to past and future eclipses)! The same day the North Node shifted into the back of Cancer, from Leo, and the South Node into the back of Capricorn, from Aquarius. This is a very significant combination of major transits around the time of the USA mid-term elections (November 6); also close to the New Moon in Scorpio (November 8).
Uranus square the Lunar Nodes is an ongoing transit that has manifested recently in intractable political chaos in many countries, as well as unprecedented weather events. More of the same, I suspect, is in the cards for the remaining of this year.

October-November 2018: retrograde Venus, the light of Earendil

Light of Earendil

Light of Earendil: remember the White Witch Galadriel, in the Lord of the Ring? How she gave Frodo a crystal phial containing “the light of Earendil our most beloved star. May it be a light to you in dark places when all other lights go out.”? She is another embodiment of Persephone, dubbing in dangerous powers throughout the tale, to finally overcome the Super-Ego’s temptations of the Ring and sail to the West (the Isle of the Blessed).

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A shorter version of this post has been published in the issue 102 of the Uki Village News community paper

The Retrogradation of Venus
(October 6 to November 16)

In Scorpio since September 9, peace loving Venus will continue to explore the depths of this emotional Sign in October, returning to Libra on November 1, and finally back into Scorpio on December 3. Only on January 9 2019 Venus will finally leave Scorpio to enter Sagittarius.

You will be aligned to this Venus ‘event if you happen to have the Sun, Moon or any Planet/ Angle on the first ten, eleven degrees of the Fixed Signs (0-11° of Scorpio-Taurus-Leo-Aquarius), or the last five, six degrees of the Cardinal Signs (25-30° of Libra-Aries-Cancer-Capricorn).*

I know it may sound complicated to beginners but accuracy is the only way to avoid useless generalizations, a common fault with astrological writings. Being born under the Sign of Scorpio, for instance, doesn’t make this retrogradation a personal experience for you, unless, of course, the position of your Sun, Moon, Angle/s, Planet/s at birth align with the transits of Venus during this Retro period.

At the Sun-Venus Conjunction, on October 27, Venus’ orbit will carry her between the Sun and Earth, closer to our planet as she can ever be. This occurs once in every 584 days cycle, marking the end of Venus’s apparition in the evening sky and the beginning of her predawn rising.

It is a common belief that Venus is exclusively the planet of sensuality, love, relationships, art and creativity.  She exerts in fact also great influence on self image, aesthetic tastes, likes and dislikes, finances, assets and all things contributing to comfort and joy in our lives. Venus’ retrogradation can then offer significant insights into all these areas of experience, according to age and circumstances.

Scorpio, Sign traditionally ‘ruled’ by macho Mars and the all powerful masculine Pluto, is a strange dwelling place for feminine Venus, alluring and dangerous at one and the same time. We may be tempted to explore areas of experience and relationships we felt were taboo before but now prove irresistible. This can indeed be true not only of actual relationships but of the way we relate with our creativity and the way we choose to interact in our social life, in a deeper and more honest way, investing more energy and feelings in whatever we do, seeking real intimacy, emotional, physical, intellectual with others, meaningful not superficial experiences.

At this time Venus will also dance a strange dance with Mars in Aquarius: at first an intense tango (the recurring square between Fixed Signs, whose crucial days will be September 10 and October 11/12), then a romantic waltz (the harmonious Air Signs trine, whose crucial day will be November 10). With the emphasis on Venus-Mars and Scorpio-Libra many relationships, romantic, sexual, financial, legal, could take a beating during this period or, positively, find new levels of connection and honesty.

We could dig out some disagreeable truths about ourselves and/or meaningful others, but also realize the potential for transformation and redemption. With Venus moving inward, so to speak, the first relationship in the line of fire will be that with our own selves, our self image, the confidence or lack of confidence defining our social interactions. How comfortable do we really feel about our public persona, our physical appearance, mode of dress, the way others may perceive us? Retro Venus has the power to lay bare lots of submerged unconscious stuff that secretly affect our lives.

Perhaps we may learn the hard way whom we can trust and who will be willing to truly support us emotionally, financially, legally through hard times. We will be putting on the detective goggles when it comes to emotions, discerning things from ours and people actions/words to which we may have been blind before.

Relationships, artistic or financial enterprises beginning at this time will prove challenging at first, but could eventually bloom into something really special. During a Venus Retrograde period people from the past often reconnect with us, allowing forgotten or repressed feelings to flood back into our lives. Negatively we could get obsessed and emotionally stuck about someone or something, experiencing emotional, financial or creative blocks, all generating some difficult and depressing feelings for a while: insightful or disturbing, depending how we look at them. How much are we repressing within and/or hiding from others? How many unresolved issues are still marring our relationships or relationship potential? Venus retrograde could be the ideal time to find out and face the consequences.

At its ideal level of expression Venus retrograde represents feminine empowerment and feminine wisdom, not gender but soul defined, acting as midwife to some profound transformation of consciousness. The time is ripe for some depth psychological work and truth seeking, shining the light of Earendil on our personal and collective psyche.