Lunar and Solar Eclipses, Mars in Leo, Trump’s Astrology, Jupiter aligned to Pluto-Uranus and Mercury Retrograde, a lot to process in August and September

Donald Trump + August Solar Eclipse

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This article was published, in a shorter form, in the Uki Village News, at the beginning of August 2017

Mars in Leo aligned to the August Eclipses. Whoopee!

An intense Eclipse Season is again upon us, this time aligned to the axis Leo-Aquarius (and indirectly to Taurus-Scorpio) and made livelier by being associated with Mars. The Eclipses are: a Lunar at the Full Moon in Aquarius (opposite Sun-Mars conjunct in Leo) on August 8, and a Solar at the Leo New Moon, on August 22, aligned this time to Uranus in Aries, the traditional Sign of Mars, while Mars itself will be by then conjunct the Moon’s North Node, an interception point on the Earth orbit which is connected to Eclipses.

The Mars theme is obviously strong at this time, enhancing the possibility of confrontations, conflicts and escalation of issues that may have been dormant for a while. In a positive sense this means a clearing of the air and a healthy moving away from stale situations, especially after the second Eclipse. The August 8 Lunar Eclipse represents in fact a climax of some kind, when things are revealed or realized, while the Solar Eclipse, on August 22, signifies a cutting off from the past and a radical new start.

Mars in Leo

Mars, the main catalyst of all these cosmic energies, will be transiting Leo between July 20 and September 5.

When Mars moves Sign, every two months or so, a shift occurs in the way we act out our desires, assert ourselves and defend ourselves from real or imagined dangers. Naturally people with different planetary placements in their Birth Charts will respond to Mars’ changing energy in their own individual way.

Mars in Leo provides the type of energy that can be spontaneously channeled into creative activities. The energy should be high and focused. Brightness and warmth accompany this placement when found in a Birth Chart. Collectively also this Mars’ position can provide added warmth, brilliance and passion to everyone’s life.

Mars will remain in Leo until September 6. Leo is considered a positive placement for Mars, providing the fiery passion the Red Planet feeds on, but also containing that passion and controlling it, enabling us to utilize the positive energy for creative and enterprising feats.

Donald Trump’s Astrology

A case in point:  the transits to the Birth Horoscope of USA President Trump. Around the time of the Lunar Eclipse, on August 8, transiting Mars will be aligned to Trump’s Birth Pluto (one explosive conjunction, like putting a live match in a keg of dynamite); while, during the second event, Mars will be close to his Birth Mars and the Solar Eclipse degree will be in near perfect alignment to his Birth Ascendant (born in NY on June 14 1946, official time 10.54 am). Both Mars and Jupiter are soon due to return to his Birth Horoscope’s positions, marking endings and new beginnings. At the same time Saturn is forming the last alignment to his Moon (conjunction) and Sun (opposition) in August and September, the same transit active since his presidential inauguration, making the job itself feel very hardous to Trump, the routines tiresome, the responsibilities heavy. All these combined factors further stress the significance of this period in his life.

Two New Moons in Leo, one on July 23, the other on August 22

The first New Moon in Leo occurred on July 23 2017, at 7.45 pm. The New Moon fell on the same day the Sun entered Leo (1.15 am), and just about an hour after the ingress of the Moon in Leo (6.33 pm). Because that New Moon was at the very beginning of the Sign there will be another Leo New Moon on August 22, on the 28th degree of Leo, just before the Sun‘s ingress into Virgo. This latter New Moon will be the Solar Eclipse spoken of before.

Jupiter alignment to Pluto and Uranus

Collectively, to add to the intensity of all the above, Libran Jupiter will be forming its last major alignments to Uranus and Pluto (before entering Scorpio on October 10): a right angle to Pluto in Capricorn on August 5 (close to the Lunar Eclipse) and an opposition to Uranus in Aries on September 28. In this case the Cardinal Signs are highlighted, also showing that accelerated changes, even upheavals, are now possible and the start of brand new phases in the life of the collective as well as many individuals. The role of Jupiter is to help us strive toward greater understanding of our place in the world, lifting us up and out of a too personal outlook on life. Its alignments to two of the most powerful ‘astrological transformers’, Pluto and Uranus, is now matching Jupiter’s widening of perspective with greater willingness to embrace radical changes, even if it means cutting the roots of deep attachments and lifelong habits.

Mercury Retrograde, a reminder…

Finally to make the period even more ‘interesting’ Mercury will turn Retrograde between August 12 and September 6, from Virgo back into Leo. To read more about Mercury’s Retro period  please navigate to my July post HERE.

Happy transits everyone.

The first half of October 2011, focus on Libra and Leo

Around the time of the Spring Equinox (September 23) we are seeing important changes taking place in the sky picture. Earth’s inner companions, Mercury and Venus, and her closest neighbor in outer space, Mars, have moved or are soon moving into new Signs. Venus entered Libra on September 15, Mars Leo on September 19, and Mercury will be in Libra from September 26.

The influence of gentle Libra will calm the impetuosity of Mars in fiery Leo, a great combination for all creative activities and loving, passionate relationships.

The dance of the planets close to Earth is always an important indicator of the pulse of life on our globe, generating the special focus that makes some periods best suited for certain activities and experiences, from week to week.

Mercury and Venus, in particular, moving as they do within Earth’s own orbit, have a very special link to the Sun, defining the solar expression in specific ways according to the Sign they transit at any given time, be the same as the Sun or different. Both planets will be in Libra for a while, the same Sign as the Sun: Mercury until October 13 and Venus until October 9. The Sun will remain in Libra until October 24. Libra then is coming to the fore in a big way during the first half of the month of October.

Libra is eminently a Sign of relationship, because through Libra we all seek to achieve a degree of harmony with the external world and other people. With Libra we experience loneliness and boredom when our lives are not socially active, or our love life not fulfilling.  The ideal for Libra is to share the world with others in the fairest possible way. Relationships are not the ‘merging with another’ emotional roller coasters characteristic of the Water Signs, or the passionate affairs and conquests of the Fire Signs. Libra strives constantly, like all the Air Signs, to keep its cool and maintain a degree of detachment, despite the terrible urge to interact. One’s sense of self depends however on Libra’s ability to relate without compromising its integrity and principles. So Librans, or people with Moon, planets, Ascendant in Libra, often walk a tight rope, constantly balancing their own needs and preferences with those of others, in the often vain attempt to find the perfect balance they so much aspire to.

Early October will be a great time for everyone to walk that rope, spending some extra energy to make our relationships come closer to our ideals, rather than accept or lament all the things that are not actually up to our standards.

Venus in Libra is in her own ambience, because Libra is one of the Signs over which the Goddess of Love exerts traditional rulership, bringing up the most desirable traits of this Sign, the gift of diplomacy and a special eye for beauty.  Because Mercury, planet of communication and all form of exchanges, is also in Libra, our reading, writing and conversations will also take on the colour of Venus, taking on a lighter tone, leaning toward the arts, while conversation will be stressing understanding and fair play rather than confrontation and heated debates.

On October 7 Mercury will make contact with Saturn in Libra, an aspect suitable for serious thinking, studying or any type of mental work that requires concentration and profundity. On the down side it could bring up some sadness especially if we concentrate too much on the past or on our real or imagined failings, stirring up feeling of inadequacy that could paralyze our efforts for a little while. Help is on its way though, with a gentle transit of Venus and then Mercury to Neptune.

As Venus ends her stay in Libra she will form a harmonious angle (trine) to Neptune in late Aquarius on October 8, a romantic, dreamy and imaginative contact, inspiring for artists, lovers and day-dreamers, especially if they had planets in the late Air Signs at birth, the last three degrees or so. A bit later on in the month, on October 12, Mercury will also form the same angle with Neptune, confirming the period between October 8 and 13 as one suited for romance, artistic expression, especially through music, spiritual encounters and magical trips.

In the meantime Mars will remain in Leo, until November 11, and then begin an eight months long journey through Virgo. Leo is a positive placement for Mars, providing the fiery passion the Red Planet feeds on, but also containing that passion and controlling it, enabling us to utilize the positive energy for creative and enterprising feats.

The most important of Mars’ transits during this period will be a challenging square to Jupiter in Taurus on October 3, an aspect that stresses the need for caution in order not to overstretch our resources or take too many risks. ‘Look before you leap’ should be the keyword at this time, in particular for some Leo (born between July 30 and August 1), Taurus (born April 27/29), Aquarius (born January 28/30), and Scorpio (born between October 31 and November 2); also for anyone with the Moon, planets or one of the Natal Chart’s Angles between the 7th and 9th degrees of the above Signs.

For a more in depth view of the major transits becoming exact between the Libra Equinox and Capricorn Solstice 2011 (September to December) please click HERE.

Transits September to December 2011


Apollo’s Chariot by Odilon Redon

Welcome to my thoughts for this Equinox season, September to December 2011. Here are some of the highlights, for the slower moving planets:

Pluto is ending his retro period on September 17, plodding along Capricorn, between degree 4 and 7, up to the end of the year.

Neptune has now returned to Aquarius and will continue transiting the last two degrees of this Sign until early February 2012.

Uranus is now retreating through Aries, in retro motion until December 10, between the 3rd and naught degree, still shy of the upcoming square to Pluto in Capricorn, that will become exact only in June 2012, but was very close recently.

Chiron will be turning Direct, like Neptune, in November, still transiting the first two degrees of Pisces.

Saturn will reach the last degree of Libra at the end of this season, but it will not be leaving Libra yet, becoming retrograde in early 2012 and thus entering Scorpio only in October 2012.

Jupiter continues his yearly transit through Taurus, in retro motion during the period under consideration, between degree 10 and naught of Taurus, forming the only significant outer planets’ transit for the season, the second pass of the trine to Pluto in Capricorn, exact on October 29. The third and last pass of this important transit will not be until March 2012. Jupiter will turn Direct on December 26.

Here are the Charts of the Sun ingress into Libra in September and Capricorn in December 2011, calculated for the coordinates of Canberra, Australian national capital.

Sun ingress into Libra, September 23, 2011

Sun ingress into Capricorn, December 22, 2011

Focus on Jupiter and Pluto

This season Jupiter continues his transit in Taurus that will end in June 2012. The giant planet is moving in retro motion, at present, forming the only significant outer planets’ transit for the season, the trine to Pluto in Capricorn, exact on October 29. This is the second time the two cosmic brothers exchange energies this year; the first pass of this Transit exact in July 2011 and the third scheduled for March 2012. Jupiter will turn Direct on December 26.

I’ll discuss the possible negative implications of the Jupiter-Pluto’s contact first.

Despite the mild reputation of the trine aspect, often not well deserved in my experience, the connection of Jupiter and Pluto in conservative Earth Signs could foster fanatical and extremist views on all sides of the political and social spectrum, worsening sectarian conflicts around the world.

Jupiter self-righteousness (the “God is on our side’ syndrome) combined with Pluto’s ruthless lust for power could cause explosive and dangerous situations to erupt. And not just in a symbolic way. Because Earth Signs are involved we could also experience a greater than average numbers of earth tremors and volcanic activities.

Positively this Transit could inspire passion for higher causes, broadening the collective’s views (Jupiter) on the management of natural resources and sustainability issues (Pluto). The power to effect social changes could be amplified. This Transit, with other becoming exact next year, will ensure the continuation and deepening of the civil unrest and bloody repressions that started in the Middle East earlier this year and has since spread in many other countries, assuming an individualized national identity in each. The Jupiter-Pluto’s trine is making its contribution to this revolutionary era, rekindling our collective desire for justice (Jupiter) against all abuses of power (Pluto).

The individuals more likely to experience this long lasting Transit in a personal way are, naturally, some Taurus (Apr.23/27) and Capricorn (Dec.25/29).  Also Scorpio (Oct.27/31), Cancer (Jun.24/28), Leo (Jul.26/30), Aquarius (Jan.24/28), Aries (Mar.24/28), Libra (Sep.26/30), and Virgo (Aug.26/30). Or anyone with the Moon, one of the Angles and/or Planets around the fifth degree of the same Signs.

At the personal level  a more open and far seeing attitude toward old traumas and the psychological problems derived from them could help you find ways out of the old impasse.  Jupiter will encourage to tackle these problems with confidence and the belief that they can be mastered once we penetrate their meaning.

Alan Oken in ‘The Road and its Travellers’ describes the trine Jupiter-Pluto as the seer’s aspect, Pluto enhancing Jupiter’s questing spirit with the commitment to go beyond appearances; as Oken puts it: ‘to dig deep for the truth.’ Because Jupiter’s function is to make us realize our best potentials, and Pluto is the guardian of profound truths within the psyche their connection at this time could represent an enormous opportunity to shed light  and make sense of some inner truths, personally and collectively.

To some lucky ones the trine Jupiter-Pluto could be the gate to a religious or spiritual rebirth, when it becomes possible to believe the impossible and opposites can be reconciled.

The Solar transits

The fact that the trine Jupiter-Pluto is the only mutual aspect between the slow moving destiny-makers does not mean that the season will be astrologically uneventful. While transiting Libra and Scorpio the Sun will in fact form vital connections with Uranus in Aries (opposition), Saturn in Libra (conjunction) and Jupiter in Taurus (opposition), all significant events.

In the following paragraphs, when I talk about areas of experience, I’m referring to the astrological Houses, twelve divisions of the inner wheel of the Horoscope, whose position is determined by the time of birth (or, in Sunrise and Midday Charts by these relative times).  With your own Birth Chart in hand you can easily plot the journey of any transiting body through your ‘Houses’, thus identifying the areas of experience stimulated by each transit.

Considered in this way even the relatively speedy transits of the Sun assume great importance, shaping our lives from season to season, in an ever returning cycle, the one that was set at the moment of birth.

If the Solar Transits discussed here chance to happen around your birthday they are likely to produce a greater effect, and also to carry this effect over to the next twelve months for you.

Other birthday people, aligned by opposition or 90 degrees angle to these Solar Transits (dates given) will feel their effect instead for a week or so before and after the exact aspect.

Sun in opposition to Uranus

The Sun’s opposition to Uranus, on September 26, will highlight those areas of our lives that are in need of reforming. We will have to make adjustments in these areas, to accommodate the new. Or, negatively, we could be made to face unexpected situations, erratic states of mind, disruptive relationships, or profound aloneness, all unwelcome Uranian experiences.

The most likely recipients of this solar transit will be some Libra (Sep.24/28) Aries (Mar.21/25), Cancer (Jun.21/25), and Capricorn (Dec.22/26); or anyone with the Moon, one of the Angles and/or Planets around the second degree of the above Signs.

We will all have the Sun opposition Uranus somewhere, in opposite hemispheres, in our Birth Charts, showing where the wind of change will blow for each one of us this season. In this sense Astrology cannot be unduly generalised, as is commonly done in Sun signs columns. The same transit can affect in very different ways, for instance, two people born under the same Sun or Moon Signs, or indeed under identical planetary placements, but with a different hemispherical emphasis (Houses’ positions). The time of birth establishes this emphasis, so important to assess the possible impact on a specific individual of any past, present and future transit.

Sun conjunct Saturn

On October 14 the conjunction of the Sun to Saturn in Libra will highlight instead the area of our Birth Charts that needs strengthening, structuring, working harder at, being disciplined and organized about, in order to achieve positive and lasting results. The place of this conjunction will also show where we would do well to be especially cautious, responsible and practical.

Negatively, all transits involving Saturn can manifest in morbid states of depression, and general low libido, especially if we choice to or are forced to remain inactive.

Work is often the best antidote to Saturn’s blues. Not the kind of work that is deadening, meaningless routine, though, but rather work that can provide a sense of personal achievement, reinforcing a healthy self-esteem.  If such a work is available to you, solid foundations for future developments may be made ready with the help of this transit.

In direct alignment with this aspect are, of course, Libra (Oct.12/16), Aries (Apr.8/12), Cancer (Jul.10/14), and Capricorn (Jan.8/12). Or anyone with the Moon, one of the Angles and/or Planets around the twentieth degree of the same Signs.

Sun in opposition to Jupiter

On October 29, few days after entering Scorpio, the Sun will reach his once every thirteen months opposition to Jupiter, this year in Taurus. This transit will draw attention to those areas that could benefit from a broader, more optimistic outlook and some risk taking activities. It will also show the possibility of self-inflation in the same areas, when our expectations and hopes (Jupiter) may exceed what is really possible.

What will make the Sun-Jupiter’s opposition more influential is the fact that, on the same day, October 29, Jupiter will also form the second pass (in retrogradation) of his trine (120 degrees angle) to Pluto in Capricorn, aspect. Meanwhile the Sun will also form a perfect sextile (60 degrees angle) to Pluto.

The opposition then is really part of a configuration involving mutual aspects between the Sun, Jupiter and Pluto. Astrologers call this type of configuration an ‘Easy Opposition’, because the planet that receives the harmonious trine from one side of the opposition and the harmonious sextile from the other side (in this case Pluto) should act as a mediator, reconciling the differences the opposition always tends to stress.

So, while the Sun-Jupiter’s connections suggests that there is room for improvement in some areas, the connection of both to ponderous Pluto will make the changes needed much more radical, with the type of wholehearted commitment that Pluto can provide. The House transited by Pluto may reveal where a true regeneration of energies can take place in your life.

We need to remember that the Sun’s function, according to Astrology, is to make conscious any Sign or Planet he touches, to enhance awareness in general. Jupiter’s function, on the other hand, is to expand the scope of every experience, seeking its meaning in the larger scheme of things. And finally Pluto’s function is to get to the core of every experience, living it fully, to ultimately gaining a sense of personal empowerment from it.

The birthdays given at the end of the Jupiter-Pluto’s section are also valid recipients of this Solar Transit.

Mars transiting Leo and Virgo

When Mars moves Sign, every two months or so, a shift occurs in the way we act out our desires, assert ourselves and defend ourselves from real or imagined dangers. Naturally people with different planetary placements in their Birth Charts will respond to Mars’ changing energy in their own individual way.

Mars will be in the Fire Sign of Leo between September 19 and November 11, promising an exciting period, at times too exciting perhaps, for all Leo, Taurus, Scorpio, and Aquarius; in a milder way, also for all Aries and Sagittarius.

Mars in Leo provides the type of energy that can be spontaneously channelled into creative activities. The energy should be high and focused. Brightness and warmth accompany this placement when found in a Birth Chart. Collectively also this Mars’ position can provide added warmth, brilliance and passion to everyone’s life.

On November 11 Mars will begin transiting the Earth Sign of Virgo, energetically a big change from Leo. The transit in Virgo is an important one because it will last a long time, due to retrogradation. Mars will in fact turn retrograde in Virgo on January 23 2012 and enter the next Sign of Libra only in early July 2012.

The long stay of Mars in Virgo will give everyone the opportunity to put some order into life’s clutter and chaos. Virgo Mars provides in fact the sort of energy that is better deployed for practical pursuits and all activities that demand attention to details and extra discrimination. Negatively Mars in this Sign could make us all a bit more critical of each other and also self critical, aspect that could stop many to achieve their potential for fear of failure or ridicule.

The Virgo Mars period will be particularly active and productive for all Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius, but not without some difficult and frustrating moments. The Signs of Capricorn and Taurus will get the more positive effect from this long transit.