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.

 

 

Venus in Aquarius, cool, refined, friendly, free

Marlene Dietrich Venus in Aquarius

Marlene Dietrich Venus in Aquarius

Venus will transit the Fixed Air Sign of Aquarius from January 18, 12.43 pm, to February 11, 10.19 am.

Aquarius is a friendly and fair placement for Venus, but not a particularly emotional one. Independence, detachment and dispassion are more a driving force here than personal feelings. Under this transit we are less likely to be carried away by powerful emotions, and more inclined to cultivate an impersonal perspective. Especially during the self-reflective phase of Venus Evening Star, which began on January 9, these traits of Venus in Aquarius could be a great asset if we need to make sense of something, in particular when we are trying to gain clarity on relationships issues; and also financial issues.

This placement has though also a negative side, because more often than not feelings cannot be neatly rationalized, understood or psychologised, belonging as they do to areas of experience beyond all logic and reason. Because of this tendency Venus in Aquarius people may be considered cold and unfeeling by more emotionally intense types.

One thing that Venus in Aquarius does not suffer from is insularity. Only the placement of Venus in Pisces, following Aquarius, is perhaps better at including the whole human community in one loving embrace, Aquarius takes second place.

During this transit the Air Signs (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra) are more likely to receive the benefits of this ‘airy’ Venus. The other Fixed Signs (Taurus, Leo and Scorpio) may benefit too, but possibly also encounter some difficulties in their relationships, centering on issues of independence versus dependency, freedom of ideas versus per-conceived notions of gender role or any such thing. This could be a great transit though for stimulating creativity, especially in writing, and to open our minds to new ideas and concepts that we may have thought too outlandish or too idealistic before. Aquarius introduces a certain quirkiness to our love life, a way of looking at relationship from a different angle. First and foremost independence and room to move are a must for this Venus’ placement. This is a Venus very loyal to social causes or ideals, but she wouldn’t stand to be caged in by too close or co-dependent relationships.

This is a great Venus’ transit for group activities, especially those that include learning something and sharing new and exciting ideas and knowledge, workshops, language classes, trips abroad, meeting with foreigners or people different from the usual group you frequent.

On February 4 Venus in Aquarius will form the most significant angle of the whole period, the Square (90 degrees) with Jupiter in the Fixed Water Sign of Scorpio. This transit could bring any relationship or financial issue to a climax of some kind, Jupiter tending to magnify everything and resolve issues by gaining a more philosophical perspective on them, personal problems seen in larger context. Negatively this transit could cause exaggeration, over-estimation, excessive confidence, over indulgence etc.

If Venus is in Aquarius in the Natal Chart

The traits described so far will fit the typical Aquarius Venus person, if there ever was such a one. Depending on other placements in the Natal Horoscope these traits will be more or less dominant. Often people born when Venus was transiting Aquarius have the Sun and/or Mercury in Capricorn, Pisces, or even Sagittarius or Aries. Combined with Capricorn this Venus will be more conservative and in need of emotional security and commitment. Combined with Pisces the Venus in Aquarius individual will have to contend between his/her need for a fluid expression of emotions and that for clarity and detachment. Venus in Aquarius combined with any of the Fire Signs will be more independent instead, not overly emotional but more passionate and expressive.

Aquarius Venus can be somewhat scared of intimacy and even try to avoid it, preferring the more impersonal, non judgmental, less binding atmosphere of friendship. A spouse, lover, child or parent of someone with a Venus in Aquarius will have to be first and foremost a friend, because love, respect and freedom go hand in hand with this Venus’ placement.

The ideal love partner should be open minded enough to accept the Venus in Aquarius person’s need for time on their own and for interacting with other people. And, of foremost importance for this Venus, is to feel that their unconventional ideas about life and love are not just tolerated, but accepted with a open heart.

Intellectual stimulation, comradeship and the sharing of similar cultural interests would be a more potent aphrodisiac than any romantic candle light dinner for this Venus.

 

 

Weekly Astrological Highlights, March 14 to 20

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Highlights of the week

Apology for posting this weekly update late. The unfolding crisis in Japan has pretty much upset my priorities in the last few days.

No major transits are exact this week, while we are all still reeling from the dramatic entrance of Uranus in Aries, last Saturday, March 12.

Prominent in transit are the two inner planets, Mercury and Venus, respectively in Aries and Aquarius.

The Moon is waxing, the Leo Gibbous phase begins on Thursday, March 17, and the Full phase, in the Sign of Virgo, on Sunday, March 20, 5.10 am (Eastern Australia Summer Time = 11 hours East of GMT).

MARCH 14, MONDAY : Mercury in Aries reached a distance of 90 degrees from Pluto in Capricorn on Monday, March 14. The transit will then be active for another day or so.

This was a somewhat depressing transit for lively Mercury: our conversations, writing, reading, learning, teaching leaning toward more profound and serious subjects. Glaring examples of this have been the media and public attention given to the ongoing tragedy in Japan, with very confronting footage of the destruction and death brought by the earthquake and tsunami filling television screens and radio reporting all over the globe. The Fire and Earth Signs will be more directly aligned to this transit, particularly Aries and Capricorn.

In the context of these appalling events the contact Mercury-Pluto reminds one of the Greek myth of Hermes (Mercury) Psychopomp, guiding the souls in the afterlife realm of Hades, name that indicated the place where the souls went after death as well as the God of the underworld himself (what the Romans and astrologers call Pluto). Just a thought, and an intriguing picture by German master Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), born with Pluto on the Ascendant.

The square to Pluto is just the first of Mercury’s transits this week. On Wednesday, March 16, our little brother will become conjunct Jupiter in Aries, on Friday, March 18, he will semi-square Neptune on the cusp Aquarius/Pisces, on Saturday, March 19,will reach the opposition to Saturn in Libra, and finally, on Sunday, March 20 (Full Moon day) Mercury will form a semi-square to Chiron in Pisces.

MARCH 15, TUESDAY : today Venus comes to the fore in transit, first in difficult aspect (semi-square) to Uranus in Aries and then in harmonious aspect (trine) to Saturn in Libra.

When Venus is prominent in transit the feminine is strong, also desires and the pursuit of pleasure and joy are important. Today we may oscillate from the desire to be different and relate in unconventional ways (Uranus’ contact) and the desire to comply with what is expected of us, what is considered proper and straight (Saturn’s contact). Difficult but interesting balance. The Air Signs of Aquarius, Libra and Gemini will feel this transits more keenly.

If interested, please click HERE to navigate to my Venus in Aquarius post .

MARCH 16, WEDNESDAY: today Mercury is conjunct expansive Jupiter, in the fiery Sign of Aries, an optimistic transit that could help to lift our collective spirit for a while.

Astrologically Mercury is said to rule the intellect and our human capacity to mentally analyze our experiences, translating them into words and concepts. Jupiter, on the other hand, is also a planetary energy that deal with mind stuff, but rather than categorizing and discriminating Jupiter has the function of searching for meaning, widening our mental horizons through philosophical thoughts and flights of intuition. We need Jupiter to see the big picture, to observe things from a more global and inclusive perspective, while we need Mercury to function as intelligent beings on the planet. If we define Mercury as Intellect we should then define Jupiter as Intuition. The combination of these planetary energies today will help our intellect to align with intuition, giving us a more refined tool for understanding life. This aspect will be more significant for Aries and the Fire Signs in general.

MARCH 19, SATURDAY: Mercury in Aries opposes Saturn in Libra today. Another difficult but potentially productive contact for Mercury.

After the flights of intuition brought about by the conjunction to Jupiter on Wednesday we are brought back to reality and forced to look at things as they are, minus the embellishments and wishful thinking. Used properly this is a wonderful energy to be particularly efficient in our work, especially paper work and studies, to meet deadlines and plan our future moves. Serious conversations and/or meeting with people from the past could be on the agenda too. The Fire and Air Signs are the ones directly aligned to this transits, in particular Aries and Libra.

MARCH 20, SUNDAY: Full Moon in Virgo today (28° 47′). As I explained in a previous post this Full Moon and the one after, in April, will be the closest to Earth in a period of 18 years (perigee), hence the term SuperMoon used to describe this phenomenon (apparently first coined by astrologer Richard Nolle).

Some have linked the perigee SuperMoon with the Japanese disaster. Reading more about the subject I discovered however that, at the time the quake struck, the Moon was actually at apogee (greatest distance from Earth), because she regularly oscillates between perigee and apogee, in cycles of two weeks (click HERE to calculate the Moon’s apogee and perigee periods for any year).

The perigee that will occur during today Full Moon will cause higher than usual tides, while its effects could have been anticipated by other astrological factors, active at the time of the disaster, as it often happens in astrological experience.

These things remain a mystery, to astrologers and astronomers alike, no matter how much the skeptics try to deny the lunar influence on Earth’s affairs. We should then remain open to the possibility that this special time in the Moon’s cycle could indeed bring special effects to planet Earth.

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Click here to navigate to my most recent post on the transit of Uranus in Aries, and other major transits.   

For more information about the imminent ingress of Neptune in Pisces, please check two of my posts on the subject HERE and HERE.

A post on  Jupiter transiting Aries can be found HERE.

For a list of all Transits this week and for the rest of the month please CLICK HERE to the Monthly Transits Page

or HERE to navigate to the Astro-Calendar Page.

Weekly Astrological Highlights: February 28 to March 6

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Highlights of the week

  • Saturn in Libra sesqui-square (135°) to Chiron in Pisces, on February 28
  • the ingress of Venus into Aquarius, on March 2
  • the New Moon in Pisces, on March 5

FEBRUARY 28 to MARCH 11: today Saturn is forming an exact aspect to Chiron (135 degrees). This is the second pass of the same transit, Saturn being retrograde. The first pass occurred at the end of December 2010, while the third and last pass will be in September this year. Due to the slowness of the two celestial bodies involved, this aspect, often considered weak, is actually an important and difficult one.

Via Saturn we become aware of what’s really happening in our lives. Often we describe the effect of Saturn’s transits as cyclical reality checks that we need to undergo in order to grow to face life challenges squarely, in an adult, responsible way.

Chiron, on the other hand, always implies the need for accepting the unavoidable, learning to live with it and eventually gaining wisdom from it.

The contact between Saturn and Chiron could then be described as a collective reality check about all those things and experiences that cannot be changed or healed (in a literal sense), but that need to be integrated as painful lessons in one’s life, hopefully helping us to grow in compassion and wisdom.

Becoming responsible (Saturn) for our own emotional burden (Chiron) we may be able to share our knowledge with others going through similar circumstance, because another essential role of Chiron is that of teacher and healer, while Saturn embodies wisdom brought about by well assimilated experience.

This transit seems to be appropriate at this time, when many are mourning loved ones lost in the New Zealand earthquake of February 22. The first funerals were held on the 28th and on March 1st, with the Moon in Saturnine Capricorn, in difficult aspect to Saturn, Chiron, Mars, and conjunct Venus. At the same time Chile has been remembering the 500 who perished in the earthquake of February 28, 2010.

These are indeed difficult realities to acknowledge and accept, but they can also deepen our humanitarian feelings like nothing else can.

MARCH 2: Venus is entering Aquarius today. This month long transit will be more significant for the Air Signs, Aquarius, Gemini and Libra, as well as the other Fixed Signs, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio; or anyone with Moon, Ascendant or Planets in the same Signs. It could in fact help to lighten everyone’s feelings, providing some badly needed perspective on otherwise emotionally confusing, even bewildering times, due to the emphasis on Pisces (Sun, Mercury, Mars, Chiron and the next New Moon).

Aquarius is a more forward looking Sign than Capricorn, the Sign Venus is leaving behind today, Capricorn being inclined to look at the past and to carry past burdens on its shoulders. It can be rather easy to become depressed and lonely during  a Venus in Capricorn’s period, because the Love Goddess wears the gray mantle of Saturn there, helping us to gain a more mature views of our relationships and a more serious attitude in many areas of life, while often losing the cheerfulness and joy of living which are the gifts of Venus’ embodiment of divinity.

Via Aquarius we experience friendship, the stirring of new ideas and aspirations, feelings of cooperation, desire to get together with others to pursue similar interests and work toward shared ideals.

Venus’ function is always to foster cooperation and appreciation of each others’ feelings. When transiting the Air Signs her cooperative spirit is stimulated by this Element’s innate desire for communication and team work. With Venus in Aquarius we may all be encouraged to seek such cooperation with a number of people, not just in our own insular, private relationships.

For more thoughts on this subject please navigate to my Venus in Aquarius post HERE.

MARCH 5:

PISCES NEW MOON

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This New Moon, like the Aquarius New Moon that preceded it, on February 3, found Sun and Moon still in conjunction to Mars, but this time not in such close proximity.

The transits more active at this time are the sextile (60 degrees) Mars-Pluto and the separating square (90 degrees) Jupiter-Pluto.

Thinking of the popular uprising in numerous countries in the Middle East, this New Moon does not promise prompt resolution of these grave issues, but rather more confrontations and struggles against abuse of power and tyranny. Fight to the death to uphold one’s principles is an extreme but possible outcome of these transits.  The fact that Uranus is now on the very last degree of Pisces, the most critical of all critical degrees, ready to enter uncompromising and conflict-prone Aries, could only add more fire to the mix.

The large group of celestial bodies in Pisces is working as a medium through which all these planetary energies may more easily spread their influence, as we have seen happening in these troubled countries, each in turn responding to the same call for greater democratic participation and freedom of choice.

Visually retrograded, therefore very slow moving Saturn is on the other side from everything, in Libra, attempting to restore some modicum of balance and fairness in our personal and social relationships.

The third and last opposition to Saturn from Jupiter in Aries is still far away (exact on March 29), but the financial pundits are already talking about another economic downturn. If you were running a retailing shop, like I do, you will know how low consumers’ confidence has reached in recent weeks!

The great awakener Uranus and giant Jupiter with his lightening bolts are found on the Ascendant of the eastern Australia Chart, promising more extreme weather events in this areas. Also the introduction of innovative (Uranus) legislature (Jupiter), like the price on carbon that is, at the moment, getting a lot of publicity on the media. *

For more information about the imminent ingress of Neptune in Pisces, please check two of my posts on the subject HERE and HERE.

And for readings on the transit of Uranus in Aries please check these three Living Moon articles, HERE, HERE and HERE.

A post on  Jupiter transiting Aries can be found HERE.

For a list of all Transits this week and for the rest of the month please CLICK HERE to the Monthly Transits Page

or HERE to navigate to the Astro-Calendar Page.

Venus in Aquarius, Beauty and the Brain, March 2 to 27

Nude with Book

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born’.

Quote by Anais Nin (1903-1977), from her life journal, The Diary of Anais Nin, 1937.

Searching the www for archetypal pictures of the Feminine resonating with Venus in Aquarius, I came across this quirky illustration. It immediately seemed to fit my bill. This picture emanates a feeling of great independence, originality, even eccentricity, and also of thirst for knowledge. She couldn’t even bother to get dressed before she started reading! There are a casualness and distractedness implied here that I equate with Venus in Aquarius.

One thing that Venus in Aquarius does not suffer from is insularity. Only the placement of Venus in Pisces, following Aquarius, is perhaps better at including the whole human community in one loving embrace, Aquarius takes second place.  This is not however an emotional placement for Venus, as Pisces is, because detachment and dispassion are more important here than feelings. We are less likely to be carried away by powerful emotions under this transit, observing them instead from a more impersonal perspective. This ability is a great asset when we need to make sense of something, in particular when we are trying to gain clarity on relationships issues. But it can have its negative side too, because not all feelings can be neatly rationalized, understood or psychologized, belonging as they do to areas of experience beyond all logic and reason. Because of this tendency Venus in Aquarius people may be considered cold and unfeeling by more emotionally intense types.

In March the Air Signs are more likely to receive the benefits of this airy Venus. The other Fixed Signs (Taurus, Leo and Scorpio) may instead encounter some difficulties in their relationships, centering on issues of independence and dependency, freedom of ideas versus pre-conceived notions of gender role or any such thing. This could be a great transit though for stimulating creativity, especially in writing, and to open our minds to new ideas and concepts that we may have thought too outlandish before.

Aquarius introduces a certain quirkiness to our love life, a way of looking at relationship from a different angle. Independence and room to move are a must for this Venus’ placement. Aquarius Venus can be very loyal to a cause or ideal, but she wouldn’t stand to be caged in by too close or co-dependent relationships.

Aquarius Venus can be in fact somewhat scared of intimacy and even try to avoid it, preferring the more impersonal, non judgmental and less binding atmosphere of friendship. A spouse, lover, child or parent of someone with a Venus in Aquarius will have to be first and foremost a friend, because love, respect and freedom go hand in hand with this Venus’ placement.

The ideal love partner should be open minded enough to accept the Venus in Aquarius person’s need for time on their own and for interacting with other people. And, of foremost importance for this Venus, is to feel that their unconventional ideas about life and love are not just tolerated, but accepted with a open heart.

Intellectual stimulation, comradeship and the sharing of similar cultural interests would be a more potent aphrodisiac than any romantic candle light dinner for this Venus.