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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Sun in Aries’

Astrology Update, April 13th, 2017: Changing Perspective

This morning the Moon in Scorpio sextiled Pluto in Capricorn, giving support from the transcendental ruler of Scorpio to our instincts and emotions traversing the deep oceanic realms of Pluto’s home sign.  Pluto’s transit through Capricorn emphasizes pragmatism and determination, and in aspect to the Moon in Scorpio gave power and fortitude to our feelings this morning.  We may have felt better equipped to navigate the realms of the powers-that-be at this time, less at odds with the forces that we cannot see and more able to hold our own when dealing with institutions during this transit.

The skies have been quiet for the rest of the morning and the afternoon, but now we get a flurry of lunar activity tonight.  First, the Moon in Scorpio opposes Mars in Taurus, pitting the classical ruler of Scorpio against his home sign.  We may find ourselves feeling emotionally stuck, or find that our physical energy doesn’t match our emotions or our instinctual reactions.  Some of us may find our energy amped up by this aspect, while others will feel drained.  Tensions may be increased by this aspect and tempers may flare, but since these are both fixed signs conflicts are more likely to center on issues of stubbornness, and are not likely to erupt quickly – if there is enough tension to cause an open quarrel, chances are that it’s been building for a while, and tonight is just a symptom rather than a cause.

A few hours later the Moon in Scorpio trines Chiron in Pisces, and we are able to more easily ferret out the causes of our sensitivities, the sources of old wounds.  We have the emotional courage now to face our weaknesses and patterns of trauma, and gain both deep understanding of our own wounds and compassion for the injuries of others in the process.  Chiron in Pisces has the wisdom of an old soul, able to discern the larger cycles of what we feel in the depths of the Scorpionic oceans, while also possessing a certain stoicism about our pain.  The Moon in Scorpio is not normally particularly eager to talk about matters of personal weakness, but this alignment can help put our perspective into the Scorpionic realms of psychology and occultism while maintaining the healing, sympathetic instruction of Chiron, and get us to open up about the hurts we have in common where we otherwise might not.

An hour later the Moon in Scorpio trines Venus retrograde in Pisces.  This creates a beautiful flowing state between our feelings and our affections, our instincts and our pleasures, combining the focus of Scorpio and the gentleness of Pisces, and reinforcing the spiritual leanings of both.  We may feel more compassionate and sympathetic at this time, more kindly and affectionate, but with the strength of Scorpio keeping us from turning into complete pushovers.  This starts a lunar void-of-course period that lasts until early tomorrow morning, so this is a good time to float in the emotional waters and find some companionable pleasures that don’t stray too far out of our comfort zones to fall back on, staying away from any significant new projects as we allow our receptive unconscious to process the lessons of the Moon’s transit through Scorpio and get ready for the more active emotional state of the Moon in Sagittarius.

And in keeping with the fire of the upcoming Sagittarian Moon, the big astrological news of tonight is the Sun conjuncting Uranus in Aries, no doubt making it hard to stay quiet and receptive during the void-of-course period.  Uranus tends to be an agitating force, even in supportive aspects, and while the conjunction can sometimes be favorable it is still a hard aspect.  Frustrations stirred up during the Moon/Mars opposition earlier may come into play again as the night progresses, especially when they relate to areas where we feel trapped or stuck.  Tonight we are likely to be unusually headstrong, willful, and unwilling to compromise when it comes to our own freedom.  We may experience sudden changes tonight, including technological breakthroughs, and this aspect favors those of us working in experimental fields.  Keep in mind however, that we may just as easily experience sudden disruptions, technological changes or glitches that throw our lives into an uproar, whether temporarily or more long-term.  Though these may seem to come out of nowhere, those of us who have been stuck in some portion of our lives have probably had the disruptive urge building for a while, and are only becoming conscious of it now.  Tonight is a night for the kinds of surprises that impart intuitive knowledge, and can have a long-term impact if we allow ourselves to see how such changes fit into our lives and where such disruptions could be just what the doctor ordered.

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All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 10th, 2017: Full Moon in Libra

Today sees few notable astrological aspects, but that doesn’t mean that it’s quiet.  The Moon in Libra waits until late this afternoon/early evening to get things started with a conjunction to Jupiter retrograde.  Jupiter has a tendency to magnify whatever he touches, so our emotions are likely to feel bigger now, our instincts more grand, the activity of our unconscious broader in scope and more philosophical.  Our social urges may become more pronounced now, but still are likely to have some of the tentative, reconsidering quality of the retrograde, especially with so many other planets recently in retrograde and emphasized in the past few days.  Those of us in relationships may find ourselves more focused on them now, and those of us without may be more inclined to try to change that solitary state.  We may also feel more optimistic at this time, more inclined to be forgiving and generous, and inclined to gather with others.

That said, the recent Jupiter/Pluto square is still in effect, and the Moon in Libra sees fit to remind us of those tensions with a square to Pluto as the night progresses.  The already-broadened scope of our emotions gets a boost of intensity to amplify what we feel even more, and our knee-jerk reactions are likely to be intensified as well.  We may find our reactions far exceeding the scope of what we normally consider reasonable, and may be hard-pressed to explain why.  Pluto in contact with the Moon can increase obsessiveness and compulsiveness, as Pluto tends to bring control issues into focus, and we may find ourselves drawn to more intense experiences tonight that have us questioning the extent of our control or bumping up against the control issues of others.  Secrets may be revealed tonight, and those of us with an interest in the occult may find this to be a useful time in our studies, despite its challenges (or perhaps because of them).

The big astrological news of the night is tonight’s Full Moon in Libra.  The Full Moon is time to set intentions, and the polarity of the Sun’s consciousness in Aries with the Moon’s unconsciousness in Libra asks that we acknowledge our unconscious need for relationships even as we are consciously pursuing our individual goals.  The Moon opposes Uranus early tomorrow morning and is within orb for us to feel that opposition during the Full Moon tonight.  The Moon opposing Uranus creates electrifying feelings and impulsive reactions, which in combination with the expansiveness of Jupiter and intensity and obsessive/compulsiveness of Pluto could make this Full Moon a handful, especially for those in law enforcement, hospitals, and other institutions, given Pluto in Capricorn’s emphasis on institutions and maintainance of the status quo being challenged by our need for social harmony and resulting hyper-responsiveness to social cues and disturbances, and the challenge our emotions are already starting to feel from Uranus-conjunct-Eris’ combined forces of rebellion and disruption.  Sensitive individuals would do well to set up easy exit strategies for social situations in case it all becomes too much to handle, and those in positions of authority should prepare for challenges to that authority.  Expecting the unexpected is the best stance for tonight, and those of us working with the intention-setting power of the Full Moon should include the ability to adapt to sudden changes within the structure of our intentions, as well as surprises from unseen quarters.  With Mercury retrograde in Taurus still in orb to feel the trine with the North Node in Virgo, and Mars in Taurus still in orb to feel its trine with Pluto in Capricorn, for all its sociability this is not a frivolous Full Moon, and we are likely to feel how we respond to the social conundrums of tonight enhancing our understanding of how we plan and communicate our souls’ intentions in the physical world, as well as our ability to manifest our desires materially in ways work in harmony with the larger forces and hidden powers in our lives.  This may be an intense Full Moon, but it is also instructive.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 8th, 2017: Isolation and Control

Today starts out with a late-morning trine from the Moon in Virgo to Pluto in Capricorn, bolstering our instinctive responses with a sense of power and control, and the feeling that the hidden powers in our lives have actually got our backs at this time.  We are better at ferreting out hidden information at this time, especially in relation to practical matters, and have a greater sense of determination now.  Our goals may seem clearer as well, and we are likely to pursue them with a fervor, and our feelings may intensify as well during this time, though the supportive flow of the trine makes that intensity an asset now.  

This afternoon that intensity gains focus with a trine from the Moon in Virgo to Mars in Taurus, taking the emotional power generated by the Moon/Pluto trine and funneling it into our energy and drive.  Since these signs are also earth signs, this is a very practical energy, steady and secure.  We are not likely to move quickly under this influence, but the actions that we do take are firm and clear, and oriented toward growth and process.  We have a greater sense of how our actions fit into a course of progress, and can methodically take the steps that we need to manifest what we desire in the material world.

However, this afternoon also sees a square from Venus retrograde in Pisces to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, which may impart a sense of coldness to our interpersonal connections now, and a degree of insecurity in how we relate to others.  Feelings of depression and isolation are heightened now, and we may find ourselves behaving more brusquely without even intending to or knowing why.  Things we have previously taken pleasure in may now seem dissatisfactory or frivolous, and we may take a dismal outlook on our own values now, questioning why things matter to us, or even if they matter.  We may limit our own indulgences now, unwilling to waste time on lightheartedness, yet our practical, serious orientation may also suffer from a certain discontent, as our more affectionate side questions why, why must we submit to this isolating, restrictive mood?  We simultaneously feel the need to exert discipline over ourselves even as we struggle with the joyless feelings this invokes.  Since both Venus and Saturn are retrograde now, this challenging aspect invokes the need to reconsider how we contribute to our own isolation, when we must remove ourselves from things we find fun in order to tend to our responsibilities, and how to keep the balance between our isolating discipline and our pleasurable affections, and where they need to mix.  Not an easy mixture to be sure, but good boundaries can enhance our ability to relate to others, not just dampen it, so this is a necessary lesson.

Tonight the Sun in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn, and the tension of the Venus/Saturn square gets an added tension to contend with, as our conscious urge toward self-determination is challenged by the hidden forces in our lives, the powers-that-be clamping down on our ability to step fully into the adventure of our lives.  We may find our fight-or-flight response stirred up by this aspect, making us either more contentious or more avoidant, depending on what fears the influence stirs up.  We may find ourselves forced to confront endings or transitions that we would rather avoid, secrets coming to light in especially disruptive ways, and we may find ourselves feeling out of control as a result, potentially making some of us scramble to regain that control and setting us at odds with others in a similar state of unease.  We are likely to find ourselves drawn to intense situations that bring out these feelings, even if we want to avoid them (and sometimes especially when we want to avoid them!).  Conflicts are more likely to erupt tonight, and those of us in already abusive situations may find those coming to a head at this time.

Later tonight the more emotional after-effects of today’s two big squares are likely to make themselves known, with the Moon in Virgo opposing Chiron in Pisces putting our more rational instincts in conflict with our deep, inner hurts.  We may be made more aware of the patterns of injury that we subject ourselves to in the aftermath of the Venus/Saturn and Sun/Pluto squares, as Chiron forces us to feel these wounds deeply.  Since the Moon in Virgo is ruled by intellectual Mercury, this is not a lunar placement that is comfortable with these kinds of deep feelings, so this can be a difficult awareness, as we try to balance our rational feelings with a sense of injury that we don’t know how to heal for ourselves.  Navigating through this period successfully is aided by talking through things with people we trust, or for those of us who don’t have that option doing journaling and a lot of self-care, particularly with regard to our bodies, as the Virgo Moon finds it easier to deal with emotional health through the vehicles of mental and physical health.  This is also a time to be conscious of how our current experiences fit into our long-term patterns of growth, as Virgo is attuned to cycles of growth.  Above all, we should endeavor to be compassionate with ourselves and others tonight – this is a day when we are processing a lot of powerful information about ourselves and our ability to relate to others, which can give us long-term insights that extend far beyond ourselves and our immediate circumstances, and choosing to confide those experiences tonight can help effect deep healing for ourselves and others if we are willing to admit to and try to understand our pain.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 7th, 2017: Questioning Faith

Today started with an early morning conjunction between the Moon in Virgo and the North Node in Virgo, aligning our feelings and instincts with our karmic path and life purpose.  Since not many of us in the Western Hemisphere were awake at that hour and the Moon governs the unconscious, we may have found our dreams imparting clues to our direction during this time, but for those who were actually awake then we may have found ourselves more detail-focused and oriented toward our own growth and health, whether still awake from the night before or just waking up and getting ready to face the day.  Our minds may have been sharper during this time and our focus more practical, applying reason and discernment to practical actions now with potential long-term results.

As the morning progressed, the mental acuity of the Moon/North Node conjunction in Virgo was carried forward by a trine from the Moon in Virgo to Virgo’s ruler Mercury in Taurus, strengthening our mental staying power and helping our minds to act in harmony with our emotions, and vice versa.  Mercury in Taurus is steady, practical, and down-to-earth, so while this isn’t likely to be a time of brilliant insights it was a great time for getting things done that require mental focus and attention to detail, as our instinct during this time was to apply our minds to whatever process was necessary for achieving our aims in the material world.  Those of us waking to tend gardens, farms, and schools were especially favored this morning.

Later this morning the Moon in Virgo squared Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, bringing our logical instincts into conflict with our unconscious belief patterns and especially any need to be “right.”  Black Moon Lilith and the Moon both operate on unconscious levels, so we may not consciously realize what is happening, but Black Moon Lilith is very much about surrendering to an experience fully in order to gain the most knowledge from it through feminine receptivity before we can bring that knowledge into consciousness, and in Sagittarius she swims in a fiery sea of philosophical fervor, subjecting us to a bedlam of our own beliefs mixed in with those of others.  When well-aspected this placement allows us to feel where we are and are not in alignment with the beliefs around us as well as the ingrained beliefs we have absorbed from family and friends, but in this challenging aspect we instinctively know that something is not adding up – ideas that are powerfully emphasized both in and around us now are in conflict with the logical, rational mode of being that the previous two aspects of this morning have had us enjoying.  The cognitive dissonance is strong this morning.

The real astrological news of the day, however, is the opposition from the Sun in Aries to Jupiter retrograde in Libra.  Jupiter conveys authority, emphasizes the position of our leadership and our faith in our societal institutions, and when well-aspected helps us to maintain good fortune and a sense of optimism.  In Libra, Jupiter has been helping us to understand both our interpersonal relationships and partnerships, and our desire for social harmony.  Retrograde in Libra, Jupiter has had us reassessing how we maintain peace within our relationships and within the larger social order, and in the recent opposition to Uranus and subsequent square to Pluto, Jupiter retrograde has brought those questions to bear on both how we address the need for personal liberty within relationships and society and how we address the larger forces of institutional power.  The Sun brings the light of consciousness to bear on these issues now, and the opposition increases our awareness, and the tension between our conscious understanding of Jovian concerns and the reassessment of social faith that Jupiter retrograde has been engaged in.  And since Jupiter has a habit of magnifying everything that he touches, our awareness of these social and relationship concerns is likely to blow up into something huge today.  Our faith and optimism are affected today, whether becoming a smokescreen that we hide behind in the face of serious challenges to the social order or our relationships, or being emphasized by their lack, as we reconsider our own fortunes now.  This is in further keeping with the lessons regarding faith and ideals brought forward earlier by the square between the Moon and Black Moon Lilith, as Jupiter rules Sagittarius, and the challenging experiences of that sign that Black Moon Lilith has been submerging us in are now brought to the forefront of our consciousness with this Sun/Jupiter opposition.  And with the Sun in Aries, the right to self-determination is brought face-to-face with Jupiter in Libra’s emphasis on peace at all costs, so that we must come to grips with what degree of personal sacrifice we are willing to accept in the name of social harmony and continued faith in our leaders.

We’ll have plenty of time to stew on these matters this afternoon and evening, with no other notable astrological aspects muddling the mixture until late tonight, when the Moon in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces, and our logic becomes confounded by fantasy and potentially illusion or delusion.  Tonight is a time to be cautious about being led down the garden path, whether by our own desires or the deception of others.  Our instincts will be to follow paths that are reasonable, rational, and factually-based, but our ability to assess what falls into those categories will be greatly hindered by the rose-coloured lenses through which we may view anything that appeals to our more universal or romantic ideals.  We are likely to find ourselves feeling more compassionate and wishing to help others in need, but should be wary of being taken advantage of in the process.  On the plus side, our creative vision and our dreams are enhanced by this placement – artists of all stripes are favored by this placement, and stage performances under this aspect may have a special glow as a result.  But anything requiring logic, focus, and keen mental abilities should be set aside for the night – this is not a time of seeing clearly, and we would do well not to agree to anything with potentially far-reaching consequences, including eating fairy food or accepting drinks from handsome strangers.  😉

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 5th, 2017: Isolating Beliefs

Today sees few astrological aspects, but those that are happening pack a wallop.  

This morning started out very early with the Moon in Leo trining Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius.  Black Moon Lilith operates on the unconscious level like the Moon, but being between the Moon and the Sun, hers is the unconsciousness closest to consciousness, the place where the wisdom that we have gained during receptive times begins to move toward the active world.  These two together can have a powerful effect on our emotions and our instinctive reactions, helping us to move with confidence and decisiveness without over-thinking situations.  Under this influence, we were likely to be more direct, with a greater desire to explore our world and express ourselves within it.  Of course, since this aspect occurred during the wee hours of the morning in the Western Hemisphere, we may have found that the only exploring we were doing was in our dreams, but the lingering effects of this influence were likely to set us off on a strong foot once we did wake up.

Though no notable astrological activity occurs from then until much later tonight, the events of tonight involve forces that we are likely to feel building throughout the day.  First, the Moon in Leo trines the Sun in Aries, which is a lovely aspect of flowing support between our unconscious and conscious selves, made even more potent by this morning’s Moon/Black Moon Lilith trine having effectively primed the pump for wisdom to flow from the unconscious to the conscious mind, and direction and awareness to flow back in return.   With both Luminaries in fire signs, we are oriented toward action and self-awareness now, decisive in our self-expression and filled with energy and vitality.  This is one of the most favorable aspects possible, which we’re going to need to help balance the more discordant energies of both tonight and the rest of the week.

Within 15 minutes of the Sun/Moon trine, Mars in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn, putting our focus and drive in a supportive state of flow with our power and sense of control.  This is a potent aspect for achieving what we want in the material world, though with Pluto’s involvement it is best if what we are achieving benefits others as well as us, and doesn’t abuse our own power – when we use Pluto’s power for purely selfish ends the Lord of the Underworld has a way of making us regret the outcome.  This aspect can make us more aggressive and even compulsive, but the trine is the most supportive of aspects, so it is still a helpful influence overall.  This alignment sees our own energy and capability supported by the unseen forces in our lives, and we are able to better navigate between what we can and cannot control, harnessing the determination of Capricorn and the staying power of Taurus to help us persist in the face of adversity.

In combination with boost of feeling and awareness provided by the Sun/Moon trine, that persistence is going to be hugely necessary, both for tonight and in the coming weeks, as tonight’s big astrological news is Saturn stationing retrograde in Sagittarius.  Saturn is the Lord of Karma, the Cosmic Taskmaster, governing time, process, and discipline.  Saturn reveals our fears and insecurities, the places in our lives where we feel we are simply not up to the task before us, and the places where we have failed to live up to our responsibilities.  In Sagittarius, he’s been addressing our beliefs, our willingness to speak our truth, where we fall into strident self-righteousness and refuse to accept or work with the beliefs of others.  During his transit of Sagittarius, our ideals have been sorely tested, and because of his rulership of Capricorn (where Pluto is currently transiting), Saturn tends to do his testing through material means, limiting finances, hitting our jobs and our reputations, or in some cases our health and our literal, physical means of doing things.  Now, he’s stationing retrograde, his movement forward through the sky apparently halted from our vantage point, getting ready to grind back through the lessons of the past few months, and not turning direct again until August.  And as if all of that isn’t enough, Venus retrograde is moving into a square with Saturn that will become exact this Saturday, setting the tone for this Saturn retrograde to impact our relationships as well, and our self-image, not once but twice, since this square will repeat itself later in April once Venus goes direct.

When a planet stations, issues pertaining to that planet are emphasized, and Saturn issues tend to bring about a lot of seriousness, even depression and despair, particularly when squaring Venus.  In synastry, the astrology of relationships, a Venus/Saturn square is a heartbreak aspect, the kind that keep us locked into our hurt because Saturn contacts create longevity, while Saturn’s heightening of our fears and insecurity and deep reserve challenging Venus through the square acts like a wall of ice pushing away affection and connection and love.  We can feel incredibly isolated under the influence of a Venus/Saturn square, and because Saturn’s retrograde starts in close proximity to that square and includes another Venus/Saturn square in late April, that theme of isolation is likely to be emphasized throughout this retrograde.  It is really important during this time to take steps to care for our own emotional needs during this time, and make the extra effort to reach out to loved ones, as we can wind up in some very dark places otherwise.  Unfortunately, we may find ourselves bumping up against all that we haven’t done when it comes to our relationships, all of the ways in which we haven’t been present or have neglected our responsibilities.  We are likely to experience real-world setbacks that have mirrored setbacks in our relationships.  And given the amplification of our feelings under tonight’s Sun/Moon trine and the intensification of our drive under the Mars/Pluto trine, we may feel like we are being pulled in multiple directions at once, wanting to power forward with our passions while simultaneously being forced to put on the brakes.

This retrograde is a time when we need to tend to the process of this intersection between how our material insecurities affect our beliefs and our how both impact our ability to give and receive affection and be in relationship with others.  This is not likely to be an easy time, and the Venus/Saturn square’s influence may well make it a lonely time, but the combined influence of the Sun/Moon trine and the Mars/Pluto trine tonight adding their tone to this retrograde give us some seriously powerful tools for navigating our way through whatever obstacles Saturn is asking us to face.  Though Saturn has a fearsome reputation, especially when he is retrograde, we would do well to remember that the big, bad boogeyman of our solar system bears a six-sided storm at his North Pole, a shape of stability that is numerologically associated with love.  Let that sink in for a moment:  Saturn is crowned with love.  Tough love, to be sure, but still love.  Saturn isn’t out to get us.  He does not throw anything in our path without simultaneously giving us the tools with which to face it.  Saturn is about time and process, yes, and karma and facing the consequences of our actions as well, but most importantly for our purposes now he is about discipline.  He is the classical ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius, one sign known for its persistence and devotion and the other known for its social idealism and pursuit of progress – all qualities worth cultivating.  By respecting Saturn’s process and all that he reveals to us during this retrograde we can cultivate the attitudes and skills needed to face the most challenging circumstances of our lives and in the process more truly understand what we believe and how we love, and forge the beliefs and relationships we most deeply desire as a result.  Saturn may seem a grim teacher, but he is still a teacher, and if we are willing to see him as such, even a friend.

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All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

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