Posts Tagged 'venus'

Mercury retrograde

Here we go again…  Mercury is retrograde 24 September until 15 October, in the sign of Libra. 

Mercury retrograde is commonly understood as a time we’ll more-than-likely experience some form of communication problems, telecommunication snafus and travel mixups.  You’ve probably heard that already – there’s stuff written all over the web about it (probably coz it’s true). 

For a deeper take on this Mercury retro, check out Rob Tillet’s article on the topic.  Example: ‘When Mercury is retrograde’, he says, ‘Everyone’s thinking is more introspective and we tend to think about issues and concerns which relate to the sign involved’.   So in this case we are likely to be pondering such Libran issues as manipulation, dependency, laziness, ‘sponging’ and the like… as well as such higher concerns as balance, unification, cooperation and aspirations

I can’t help but think this will be intensified by the entry of Libra’s ruling planet Venus into intense, transformative Scorpio – also scheduled for 24 September.*  Coincidence?  I think not!

(Does any the above – my subtly highlighted keywords, for example – strike a chord for you?  If so, do tell!)

In actuality, the degree to which you’ll feel these and other Mercury retro effects (positively and/or negatively – yep, Mercury retro can be positive!) depends on a number of factors in your natal chart – including the position and aspects of Mercury, and the prominence of or number of planets in Libra as well as the other cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer and Capricorn). 

The discord we feel during Mercury retro often stems from our own inner struggle to ‘hold on’ to our own fixed ideas of how things ‘should’ be – our self-constructed patterns of thought, speech and interaction with others.  ‘Mercury sets out to restructure our thinking processes and for many of us this is painful and frustrating,’ Rob says.  To make this Mercury work for you, it’s worth at least trying to go with the flow.
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*Update: For more on Venus in Scorpio, check out Molly Hall’s post on the subject…

A little Virgo is never enough…

Fact One: I’ve been unusually focused on GTD of late.  And my tolerance for fools is markedly low. 

Fact Two: The Sun is in Virgo, now until late September. 

Could these two Facts be related?  Certainly my heavy-handed prose implies that they are.  Not only that – read almost any description of Virgo and you’ll be tripping over words like ‘perfectionist’, ‘meticulous’, ‘fussy’ and ‘overcritical’ from here until Sunday.

Virgo gets a heckuva bad rap. Condemned as a worrier on one hand and damned with faint praise (like ‘diligent’) on the other.

A few months ago I ran across a cool post on Mystic Medusa’s blog wherein readers were asked to send in Virgo positives.  At the time I was labouring under the delusion that I had a Virgo ascendant (a long story… or, more accurately, a short yet incredibly dull story), so I read on with interest and discovered that Virgos are frequently:

-subtly witty
-green thumbed
-artistic
-thoughtful
-there in a crisis
-kind
-sensual.

Link through to the comments on the post for more of the above (and a healthy dose of cynicism – seems it’s hard to avoid when the topic of conversation is Virgo).

Virgo is a mutable Earth sign and, along with Gemini, is ruled by Mercury.

In seeking to understand Virgo, it’s useful to dwell on these facts alone.

Earth – fair enough. Practical, reliable etc. Mutable – surely the monumental pain-in-the-ykw Virgo is made out to be would be fixed? And Mercury – renegade planet, trickster, magician, alchemist… I mean, what’s up with that?

As usual I have no answers, dear Reader… instead I Open the Floor to You for guidance…

Venus in Cancer

Venus joined the Sun in Cancer recently, and will be there until 13 July. At their best, Cancer is all lovely-nurturing-motherly-warm, and Venus shows us the beauty and pleasure of emotional self-care. So – take a leaf out of Astrobarry’s book and draw on these loving, motherly, feminine energies to take some RnR time.

Switch off the tv and listen to some soothing music. Take a warm scented bath. Book a massage. Go for a walk in the gentle wintry sunshine. Substitute healthful, nurturing food for that greasy takeaway. Snuggle with your loved one (be they significant other, family member, animal companion or best friend). Whatever your pleasure might be – give yourself permission, and then do it. I cannot emphasise this enough!

Rest is not laziness,
or torpor,
or sloth.
Rest is the arms of creation
around us,
holding us gently,
lovingly,
eternally.
It is the place of the womb.

Molly Vass

So – go forth and rest! You deserve it.

Full moon in Sagittarius

We in the Southern hemisphere awoke Tuesday morning to a waxing-moon-in-Sagittarius world. This will culminate in a full moon early Thursday morning (0332 EST), intensified by a Venus-Pluto opposition. I’m not going to pretend that I ‘get’ the whole shebang, but apparently we’re feeling the effects already. Wednesday evening they will peak. By the time most of us are fully awake on Thursday morning, the moon moves into earthy Capricorn.

I’ve heard Pluto described in various inflammatory ways on various astro-sites. As I really don’t know, I’m going to tread the path of moderation. The general consenus is that Plutonian energy is not always comfortable – which makes sense when you consider its reputation for uncovering what’s hidden, bringing things to the surface. This time around, too, there’s a general sense of ‘rehashing’ stuff – going over ground again, and hopefully moving on.

As ever, we choose the path we take. A wise woman once said: go with the flow. Don’t try to manipulate the situation this way or that – just trust yourself and let what happens happen.

And they’re off!

The word on the street is that it’s going to be a big week, astrologically. To sum it all up (prior to more in-depth rambling later on):

The moon moved into Sagittarius early this morning (around 0200 EST). While this should be a more expansive time (following the inward, downward Scorpio moon), the upcoming Venus-Pluto opposition (see below) is already exerting its influence. Instead of getting caught up in Venus-Pluto power struggles, try to relax and see the bigger Sag moon picture.

Late this evening (2154 EST) the moon in Sag opposes Mercury, still retrograde in Gemini. Wednesday 1646 EST: Venus in Gemini opposes Pluto in Sag. There’s a full moon in Sag early Thursday morning, hopped up by a Pluto conjunction. Then Mercury goes direct in Gemini on Friday (1231 EST).

Further afield: there’s a Mars-Neptune opposition over the weekend. And the winter solstice as well.

And those are just the edited highlights.

More soon (including what it might all mean)…

Friday the 13th

Personally on a Friday I find it hard to be anything other than chuffed (being, as I have mentioned previously, a 9-5 drone).

How, then, do I feel about Friday the 13th? Still chuffed, basically – you see, it’s really not a bad thing.

Thirteen was for many years considered a powerful and special number. It is a sacred goddess number, and a prime number (divisible only by itself and one). It is associated with the lunar cycle, there being thirteen full moons in a year. Meantime, Friday is associated with Venus (the word comes from Frida, the Norse Venus).

So, lots of good, powerful, feminine associations there. Which explains why the Christian patriarchy was never going to get on board. Result: the number thirteen is now regarded with suspicion, and Friday the thirteenth considered of the most unlucky days of the year.

Until early Saturday morning EST the moon is in lovely Libra, who is ruled by – you guessed it – Venus. Think: tranquility, beauty, sensibility.

And while I know we are still in Mercury retrograde and am vaguely aware of some other odd influences upcoming (Venus and the Sun square Uranus, I think, in the next couple of days) – this Friday the thirteenth, I’m gonna be reclining somewhere, sensuously, drinking all the good vibes in.

When I knock off work, of course!