Upcoming Transits and the U.S. Presidential Election

Upcoming Transits and the U.S. Presidential ElectionThere are three ingresses this week, leading up to the Full Moon next Monday (Nov 14th). All these planets will be changing signs within a four-day period, starting the day after the U.S. presidential election…which is quite the energy shift!

Mars enters Aquarius on Wednesday, Nov 9th (EST). This is an innovative and go-against-the-grain energy for Mars, planet of initiation and action. But it’s more about concepts than doing, so there’s that. Aquarius is emotionally detached and objective, so it may be easier to think before you make a rash decision. I said maybe: Aquarius is known for its unpredictability and rule-breaking. Mars enters Pisces on Dec 19th.

Venus enters Capricorn on Friday, Nov 11th. This puts the focus for love and friendship on practical, achievable goals, and new connections that double as resources. Sounds a little cold and calculated, but Capricorn is actually a warm earth sign, just the most ambitious one. Venus also rules material things, and Capricorn loves status, so you may be drawn to name-brands (and quality over quantity). Venus enters Aquarius on Dec 7th.

Mercury enters Sagittarius on Saturday, Nov 12th. This opens up communication and puts emphasis on the bigger picture (with much potential for flaws in the details!). Sag is all about ideas and beliefs, so this can also be a time for arguments, all of which will have holes. An excellent time to learn anything new and exciting, or peruse faith and spirituality texts. Mercury enters Capricorn on Dec 2nd.

With the U.S. presidential election in two days, this week ushers in a time of change! I’ve been trying to do the astrology of Clinton and Trump, and unfortunately there’s a lot of argument over Hillary’s birth time, which throws houses and angles out the window. But at poll closing time, the sky favors a female energy; the sun and moon are in Scorpio and Pisces, both water signs. In fact, they are in Hillary’s natal sun and moon signs, which bodes well for her…and the upcoming Full Moon in Taurus is conjunct her Lunar North Node, which represents her destiny.

Donald also has some transits happening, specifically planets entering his natal and progressed 4th house (assuming his birth time is correct)…this indicates a renewed focus on home and family. He also has Jupiter conjunct Chiron, which represents a major flare up of an old emotional pain, and he will soon have his Jupiter return which is the start of a new 12-year cycle. That could be the start of his presidency, or it could indicate he’s packing it in and headed for something new. I guess we’ll see!

I checked the U.S.’s progressed chart, and our country’s ascendant just entered Virgo, a feminine sign. Could we actually see the first female president of the United States get elected this week? What a long-awaited historical moment that will be!

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Harsh Mercury – Saturn Aspects

Harsh Mercury - Saturn AspectsI finally finished my YouTube series on natal Mars last night (or today, technically, at 3am), and I’ve been reflecting on how my natal Mercury-Saturn opposition affected my ability to make those videos. I started the series last year, and didn’t finish until mid-way through this year. That’s a long freakin time to do a series of 14 videos…especially considering that when I first started this channel, I would record and upload a series of 12 videos in two days!

But that’s just half the story. Here is the behind-the-scenes story to my Mars series, which you will no doubt relate to if you have hard Mercury-Saturn aspect in your own chart. The truth is that I recorded the Mars series many times over, and just wasn’t happy with it. I did a full series recording last summer, then scrapped them all. I re-recorded and published Mars in Aries in November, then scrapped the rest of the videos. On the third try, I hated every single video and gave up YouTube for a couple months. On the fourth try, I managed to salvage everything through Mars in Libra (rejoice!) before deciding the rest were crap. After that? I went one video at a time, often recording them 4 or 5 times before deciding to publish. 😮

Does reading that make you mental? Welcome to my life! This is the process I have gone through for nearly everything I’ve written – and I’ve been avidly writing my whole life – including private journals that nobody else ever saw. I communicate, then critique immediately…there is no “brainstorming” stage in which to go hog wild! I have tried different methods learned while earning my degree for writing (like turning off the monitor and just typing a free-flow of thoughts), and I write poetry, but it always comes back to structure for me. And that’s Saturn, clamping down on creativity and quite frankly, self-esteem when it comes to communicating (Mercury).

Is this what having Mercury in Virgo feels like? Can anyone confirm? My mother has Mercury in Virgo conjunct Saturn, so I think seeing everything that’s wrong comes naturally to her, which must suck. But she is also a fountain of practical knowledge and sage advice. I have Mercury in Aries opposite Saturn in Libra, so I often project the Saturn side onto others (common with natal oppositions), and especially as a kid, I felt like people were pissing in my cornflakes all the time! But as the story above confirms, as an adult I have taken it upon myself to rain on my own parade.

Mercury-Saturn isn’t all that bad; I once had an astrologer tell me that it “gives my words power”. I definitely feel it has driven me to learn more and become more articulate, for fear that I sound like an idiot all the time. But most often I am stumbling over words in my head, sometimes literally stammering, or unable to find the right word and stalling for mental time with, “Umm, ahh, you know…” or the dreaded “like“! Six years of college and a degree in Communications, and I have to edit videos so you don’t hear the word “like” more than six times in 10 seconds. Thanks Saturn! 😦

Does anyone have it even worse than me…say, Mercury square Saturn (gasp!)? I can only imagine how hard that is! Or perhaps you have a soft, helpful sextile, or a gifted trine between Mercury and Saturn? It must be so nice to speak or write free of constant self-hatred! Let me know what your experiences are with Mercury-Saturn aspects, and what signs/houses you have them in.

Mercury Retrograde in Taurus

Mercury Retrograde in TaurusOn Thursday, April 28th, Mercury in Taurus stations retrograde. This is the third planet this month to station Rx (along with Mars in Sagittarius and Pluto in Capricorn). Mercury will retrograde from 23º – 14º Taurus, and station direct on Sunday, May 22nd. Until then, we have to remember that patience is key during Mercury retrograde in Taurus! 🙂

I’ve spoken about Mercury Rx before as a notorious period when communication and short distance travel gets squirrelly. Even people who don’t follow astrology dread hearing that “Mercury is retrograde.” It’s a way of explaining why computer systems are down, traffic jams occur with no apparent cause, texts get sent to the wrong person, and alarm clocks don’t go off at the right time. All of these can indeed happen, but in Taurus, Mercury Rx has its own special flavor. This is the sign of business and finance, so these areas in particular will be subject to mistakes, errors, and paperwork or contractual problems.

In general, one should avoid signing paperwork during Mercury Rx, or at least go over it with a fine-tooth comb. This is especially true for any finance-related agreements. Be conscientious of how you spend your money and any investments made, including real estate ventures. Remember that Taurus is the expression of Venus that represents self-worth: your assets, personal resources, and in general how you get the tangible things you want. I wouldn’t be surprised if people misplace their possessions a lot during this retrograde, especially ones they use to communicate (hold onto your cell phone!).

Whenever a retrograde is occurring, the best activities to perform all start with “re-“… review, re-assess, reorganize, etc. So during Mercury retrograde in Taurus, it would be a good idea to review your finances, bank account ledger, business expenses, budget, and anything that details the value of possessions you already own. You could have your home reappraised, or reassess the value of your stuff to make sure insurance coverage is adequate. If you purchase new items or start new business/financial ventures during the retrograde, don’t be surprised if their value changes significantly once Mercury stations direct.

People may be thinking and speaking a little – well, slow – during this Rx, because Taurus is already a deliberate and steady communicator. Add any confusion, and the Bull slows down to a snail’s pace! So have patience with yourself and others, and try to laugh it off when things get too heavy or you feel yourself becoming a stick in the mud. It will be over in three weeks!

Mercury enters Taurus

Mercury enters TaurusOn April 5th, Mercury enters Taurus (just hours after Venus enters Aries). This is a big change, as the planet of communication has to slow its role considerably, when leaving Aries. If you’ve noticed people being a bit more selfish, argumentative, and quick to make decisions while Mercury has been in Mars-ruled Aries (since March 21st), all that will soon change. In Venus-ruled Taurus, Mercury expresses itself more slowly and rationally, yet retains authenticity.

Mercury represents how we process information and interact with our immediate world. It rules over rational thought processes, learning, communication (verbal, written, typed, etc.), and traveling within the community. While it transits Taurus, we tend to think and speak at a slower, more deliberate pace. This is a Fixed Earth sign, so people’s reasoning become stubborn, resolute, and focused on reality (rather than possibilities or theories). Like Aries, Taurus is one of the early zodiac sign, so it is candid but tends to be self-centered in nature.

Mercury stations retrograde later this month (April 28th) in Taurus, which I will write more about as we get closer to that date. For now, be aware that Taurus represents the material side of Venus, which is money. When Mercury turns around it will move backward between 23º – 14º Taurus, and issues with business and finances will experience breakdowns. It helps to start paying attention to these areas now (especially from April 14th on, when Mercury enters the retrograde shadow zone), particularly any paperwork and contracts involved.

Mercury will be in Taurus until June 12th, when it enters Gemini.

Aries Season Begins!

Aries Season BeginsMarch 20th, Aries season begins with the first day of spring. Mercury follows the next day, entering the sign of the ram on March 21st, and adding more initiative to the Sun’s energy. This is truly the fresh start we need to get going!

The Sun loves Aries. It’s like being at his best friend’s house, where he gets to eat junk food and stay up later than at home (Leo). This is because the Sun represents the ego and creative energy, and Aries the Ram is no-holds-barred. Quick to action, quick to anger, quick to move on and start something new. Aries is also quick to lust, and therefore an appropriate sign for this time of year, which always reminds me of this poem by E. E. Cummings. There’s a reason reproduction begins in spring! Mars-ruled Aries is rooted in animal instincts, and really, aren’t we all just animals?

Add Mercury to the equation. In Aries, the planet of intellect and communication is instinctual and immediate. Answers come fast, ideas come like gangbusters, and learning is done at a competitive rate. This is a battle-sign, so verbal confrontation is also more likely, because Aries is bold. Naive, absolutely, even gullible sometimes, but brave. It literally goes where no one has gone before, but mostly because it hasn’t thought of the potential dangers! This is an independent, pioneering sign, and creativity is instant (like a high-speed download from the universe).

Aries Season Begins

You’ll do your best if you don’t overthink it. This Cardinal energy is just what we need to put some oomph and backbone into the mix; there’s been an imbalance of Mutable signs in the sky lately, making it hard to take the initiative. It may feel strange after swimming in a hazy Pisces fog, to get the sudden inspiration that you want to do something, and you must do it now. A little practice is all it takes, however. Aries loses its gusto if things take too long, so take advantage of this fresh spring energy and just do it!

Mercury enters Pisces

Mercury enters PiscesMarch 5th, Mercury joins the Sun, Neptune, Chiron, and the Lunar South Node in Pisces. Mercury is a bit spacey in Pisces, and traditionally in its detriment. Mental processes don’t follow a direct route; Pisces is a stream of consciousness, insight comes via symbols, intuition, dreams, and divine inspiration. Mercury in Pisces can understand without words, communicates through art, and sees the bigger picture.

The Pisces area of your chart is a hotbed right now. Pisces represents the transcendence of the self to become one with the whole. But because of the South Node’s presence, be cautious of negative Pisces traits this season: evasion, complacency, martyrdom. Pisces can’t always handle the real world, and may escape via fantasy and art, or negatively through substance abuse and other vices. It also gets sucked into other people’s negativity like a riptide, and loses its sense of identity.

You can take advantage of Mercury in Pisces through the powers of visualization and inspired creativity. No one can dream up an ideal situation better than this sign, nor has the ability to ignore a less-than-stellar environment. If there is something you would like to see improve, rather than taking the Virgo approach, why not let yourself get lost in the fantasy of what you would rather have and see where those good feelings take you? Pisces goes with the flow, because it somehow knows that ultimately, everything is happening for a reason.

Mercury will be in Pisces through March 21st.

Mercury and Venus in Aquarius

Mercury and Venus in AquariusOn Feb 13, transiting Mercury re-enters Aquarius. Mercury works well in this ingenious sign: clarity on issues comes suddenly and unexpectedly. (You may have had a taste of this when Mercury briefly entered Aquarius from Jan 1 – 8, before backing into Capricorn during its retrograde period last month.) Following suit, Venus will move into Aquarius on Feb 16, where it embraces diversity, originality in others, and gets a bit eccentric in romance!

Aquarius values novelty, because there’s nothing it hates more than tradition. Because Aquarius is an air sign, it’s highly intellectual/social. But unlike its fellow air signs, Aquarius doesn’t form personal connections. It’s concerns with humanity as a whole, especially those who are marginalized in society. Think of looking down at the world from a rocketship, and you’ll understand the Aquarius mentality. Think of lightning, and you’ll understand its sudden insights.

This is the cutting-edge sign, lonely on the fringe of society. Aquarius enjoys detachment because not only can it stand out as being a true individual this way (thumbing its nose at convention), it can also stay open to receiving those lightning-quick innovations. Aquarians are drawn to the latest technology (especially communication devices, which allow them to share from afar). The shadow side of Aquarius is embracing perversion just to provoke others, or alienating itself from society.

Mercury in this sign can give you answers, but you may need to embrace unorthodoxy in order to get them. What about you is different? Consider it, because once Venus enters Aquarius, it will really be time to let your freak flag fly! You may be a lone wolf while you seek out what makes you unique, but don’t be surprised if you’re drawn to those who are edgy or offbeat when Venus enters Aquarius. This sign appreciates diversity, and people who embrace their differences.

Mercury is in Aquarius until March 5, and Venus through March 12. During this time people may say shocking things (Mercury), make wild changes to their appearance (Venus), and focus on humanitarian issues, science, and technology. However, don’t forget that Aquarius is a fixed sign: staunch in ideas and opinions, and obstinate in its quest for individuality.  Don’t say you haven’t been warned!