Venus moves from lovey dovey Libra to intense Scorpio - joining Saturn no less. The next few weeks are hot, intense and cathartic.
Banish emotional fears and stop running from the real thing. Sure its scary, but its REAL which means it can last, it can endure, it can enlighten, it can heal, it can melt your fears (or enhance them if you hold onto your fear) and it can be a whole lot of fun and wild passion too.
Speaking for fear, the dark side of this is that you will wallow in your base instincts. Things like self doubt and jealousy can come pouring out of you. Its a time to reconcile yourself with who you are and own it and love it. Or change it. If you find yourself accusing your love interest of flirting or cheating, you know you're in a bad place. If you think you're not good enough, make a list of your good and bad points and realize you stack up to most people. And change what really makes you crazy about yourself. Therapy would be excellent now, as you are motivated to explore your depths and Saturn will help you release old patterns that do not serve you anymore.
The positive track is to say what's been in your heart and risk rejection or bypass your fears. Spit it out, yell it from the rooftops, take a leap of faith. Venus and Saturn together can create unions with strong sticking power. But you have to be bold. Say the things you hide in your heart and let them out of hiding. Embrace the passion you feel. Be a risk taker. The odds are in your favor if you dig deep and release. This is a time to create lasting connections with meaning and depth. Saturn will take you there if you let him. "I love you but you scare the hell out of me" is a good opening line. Or "I love you so much I almost wish I didn't --- its just so much emotion sometimes I feel like I'm drowning". "You haunt me and I can't take it anymore. Lets give this thing a shot even though I'm afraid you'll rip my heart out". Let the feelings out, Let the passion out. Let the fear out. Let the joy begin. Your heart throb may just be waiting for you to be so bold and will jump in your arms when you say yes to deep, committed love with heaps of passion. Take a chance.
These past few months have been crazy busy for me and finally winding down, so I rejected all invitations for the holidays to spend the day alone with my thoughts. Being too busy steals our alone time, which is what keeps us connected to the spirit. Today I am giving much thanks for all my gifts and bounty and thinking about my life in general. I am truly blessed to have really wonderful people around me. All my clients are good people who I enjoy working with, my friends love and protect me, my kitty still gives me the "I'm wiser than you" eye but she adores me too. I have a friend with perpetual conflict in her life and I give thanks for the relative sanity in my own. It took me decades but I have learned to say "no" to craziness and I don't try to fix people anymore (boy was that exhausting!) Now I am working on me. I am doing meditation asking for deep spiritual growth, I am writing in my journal to manifest those gifts in the material world, and I am thanking God, The Universe, The Creator, etc. for my life and my constant learning. I want to contribute something powerful to the changes looming before us, and I am readying myself. Another friend is worried the world will end and are we prepared? I figure I live in earthquake country so I should be ready for emergencies anyhow so we're working on a "what if the worst happens" plan. I have stored a little food, am shopping for a water storage container, and looking for a greenhouse to put on my deck to grow some food. As a kid I lived on a farm for a while and I seem to have a green thumb as my plants are doing well even though I sometimes neglect them. I do talk to them however, and ask them how they are doing.
I was thinking about people in general, and how much division there is in the world. I have recently gotten to know an amazing Pakistani woman, raised in the Midwest as a Muslim and now working as a Theta Healer and helping me get over old childhood wounds and rewiring my brain. There is so much fear of Muslims in this country and I just don't understand it. (Did we hate all Christians after Timothy McVey?) And while we are learning to hate a particular group, the government contractors are making a fortune with our tax dollars fighting "evil doers" who just happen to be sitting on large deposits of crude oil. Like a magicians sleight of hand, we are looking at one hand and not noticing what the other one is up to. And we don't have the power or the money to fight this giant propaganda machine, so how to we "fight back"? We do it with love.
I look at my new Muslim friend who radiates love, joy, charisma and a heart as big as the ocean, and I wonder about the people out there who would think ill of her because of her family religion. In getting to know her she has told stories about her family gatherings, and they make me laugh inside because they are just like my family stories and yours. Some are wonderful, some are pig headed, some are afraid of anything new, some embrace the new, some can't think outside the box and some are just irritating as hell. People are people. All kinds of personalities, but somehow the same kind of behaviors despite religion or politics or geographic locale. Yet we cannot know everyone on the planet, so how do we derail the prejudice which keeps us apart, in fear and stuck? We do it with Love.
And one of the things we can do with love is be thankful. I have had a lovely day to myself. Thank you God. l had a wonderful turkey dinner and watched "Love Actually" one of my favorite movies about love. Thank you Universe. I slept late (yeah), wrote in my blog. I feel good and I thank God for my good life. That action of thankfulness pours love into our energy pool and lifts all boats up just a bit. Do your part for the world by giving real thanks for all the good things in your life - today and everyday. And tell everyone you love that you love them. It's always wonderful to hear and it opens our hearts to more love. Love really is the answer "they" just don't you to know it!!!
Mars in Capricorn manifests things quite easily. Work really hard during this transit and you will accomplish a lot. I know its the holidays but this is the season for hard work and solid results! Take the time to push yourself and you'll see what I mean!
Neptune the lovely blue planet governs spiritual matters. Last spring it entered its home of Pisces where it had been absent for 162 years. Its a momentous time. A time of awakening. Spirit will overturn the negativity of the world if we work on our own spiritual growth. Our energy goes into the pool of energy that covers the earth. The more connected we are to spirit, the more minds will change and care about friendship, family, love, the Universe vs "stuff".
It went retrograde this summer but now its back. Our minds will be more focused on the spirit if we let it. Spiritual growth will come easier, as will insights, heart opening and caring. Its all good, and its in good aspect to Saturn (trine) which means we'll find the discipline to make those spiritual changes permanent. Who cares if someone cuts you off on the highway. Slow down, pull over and let them go. Go with the flow. Go with peace and a sense of well being. Don't sweat the petty stuff. It just bogs you down. Focus on fairness for us all. Focus on real family values, not political campaign versions of family values. Help one another. Wish the best for each other and stop being so competitive. Take time to sit on the porch, smell the roses, and volunteer for a group you want to help. Its about "we the people" not about power and greed. We will stop the selfish by being unselfish. We will find our way and the world will turn into something lovely. You just need faith and practicing what you preach. Open your heart to love and being loving.
Mercury retrograde always makes me wince. The mind gets fuzzy, past mistakes are shoved in your face, people don't hear you, mail gets lost, things back up and progress is hard to come by. Its time to finish those things you've been meaning to do and they will go smoothly. Thanksgiving week will be esp crazy so expect delayed flights, dark moods, forgetfulness etc. Its time to be quiet and not engage in anything resembling an argument. Bite your tongue and wait till Nov 27th when it goes direct...no wait another week for your brain to come back because you will be living in lowered IQ time during a retrograde mercury which rules the mind. But its not all bad. People from the past come back, old matters get resolved or renewed, clean those closets, make that to do list and clear the decks for December. Be quietly productive.
Saturn enters Scorpio, the ruler or the underworld, for 2.5 years. Neptune is in Pisces, its home base, for 14 years. Scorpio and Pisces trine or interact harmoniously. This is a time of great spiritual awakening. I have noticed recently people driving like reckless, angry manics like I've never seen before. These are people reacting poorly to the amazing amount of energy bombarding us right now. If you are not looking at your spiritual life and growth, you are going to be tossed like a ship at sea. Meditate and center yourself, ask for guidance, burn candles for the world, bless your friends, be thankful what you do have no matter how small. It is time to speak to the universe on a regular basis to build the bridge between we here on earth and the "other world" of spirit, where God, the angels and higher selves exist. Piscean's and Scorpios are especially affected as these planets sit next to them. Cancers will also be greatly affected, and Taurus, Virgo and Capricorns will also bump into their spiritual selves and will be allowed to partake in this new adventure. Air and Fire signs may be having a hard time if they are not connected to their spiritual growth, but the other signs mentioned will also be having a deluge of energy pushing them into the spirit life, and if you resist, it will be overwhelming. Focus on the universal energy of love and kindness and compassion and your heart will be filled with a new joy. Become a spiritual warrior and help yourself and others rise above to a new level of being. These two planets will be bumping into each other for the next few years, so take this invitation seriously. A new world is dawning. Join in and celebrate. This is what you came here for....to see the unfolding ...and to be a part of it.
From August 23rd to October 6th, Mars, the planet of war, energy, drive and ruler of Aries moves into dark, mysterious Scorpio.
Mars in Scorpio gives you focus and drive. The details become clear and you harness them to make things HAPPEN! Its the perfect time for finishing those long thought about project and ideas. Its a time for deep, penetrating internal energy as you visit your darker site.
Its also great for romance and sex, but can also bring up issues like jealousy, the need to control and over intensity. Scorpio is not known for his light touch. This is deep, strong powerful energy. Use it well and you can accomplish some great things during this transit. Scorpios, Aquarians, Taurians and Leo's - watch those tempers. Are you feeling full of yourself???
Jupiter is the fun guy of the zodiac. He stays in a sign for one year, so every 12 years he completes a cycle. This year on June 11th, Jupiter moves into Gemini for one year. Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in Gemini - the communicators of the Zodiac. The Universe is sending us all many messages....and this year they will get bigger and bigger with Jupiter's bountiful influence. So start talking and be sure to sit back and listen too.
We will also see great strides in global communication methods as well. If you're a communications inventor, this could be your year to give us new gadgets to make cell phones look old and dated.
With all this stuff in Gemini - Sun, Venus, Jupiter - perhaps I should say a word about this sign. The twins. Two ways of looking at things at all times. Ruled by Mercury, this is the messenger of the God's sign. They spread the word, get the messages out, and negatively may be prone to loving gossip, unable to keep a secret, talk too much. They are very smart (Mercury is the mind), can multi-task like no one else, look at every angle from real to imagined, are full of ideas, then flitter about to test them all which makes the earth signs think of them as flaky but they are just exploring everything. The mind is having a wonderful adventure. Hey don't rain on my parade they say. They know something about EVERYTHING but are hard pressed to be masters of any without some solid places for Saturn or settling down aspects to Mercury. Then watch out. They are brilliant, which is why even Scorpio's are fascinated by Gemini's and these two can talk and philosophize for hours about a zillion things making other signs reel. So with Jupiter here, the mind is having a busy year. So many ideas, so little time. You have so much to say, how do you say it all? Your challenge is to find the ideas that resonate and discard the others. Gemini is a mental process of sifting through, analyzing, and leaving the unwanted or needed behind. Find the idea that makes your mind race with curiosity and run with it - then flesh it out with analyzing that one thing and making it better. Its the mental Olympics. It's the year of the mind expanding. It's the year we can find solutions that work!!
Jupiter is expansion. Jupiter loves big, the bigger the better.....and it doesn't always have the brakes on, so its a time to think of moderation because Jupiter is urging you to excess! Too many ideas, to many ways to go, too many options...ok lets try them all might be your impulse. Not a good idea. Pick and choose your expansion. Nothing gets done if you can't figure out where to begin. Jupiter is great for parties and fun and feeling good, but Jupiter can also make you lazy and you'll waste this bountiful energy by just feeling good and doing nothing tangible. Ask Saturn, the taskmaster, to help you ground yourself. Then you get the best benefits of Jupiter....good luck and the discipline to manifest it with some hard work. Make a schedule for work, stick to it, then have a party! You can do it all this year.
All this activity in Gemini's is good news for all other air and fire signs, so look for opportunities for success and jump on them. Water and Earth signs will be challenged by the energy. If you know your chart and what house rules Gemini in your horoscope, you'll know where this good luck will land, i.e. first house - people will see you as someone they want to know, 2nd - good for money and changing what you value; 3rd - jump on the communication bandwagon tell people you ideas; 4th - people will want to gather in your home for good times and stimulating conversations; 5th house - find love or renew your love affair with your spouse; 6th house - chores will be easier and health and pets should fare well; 7th - make new partners or solidify old ones; 8th house - a great year for sex and inheritances; 9th house - dig deep into your spiritual self;10th house - you could become a mogul; 11th house - friendships will renew, solidify and grow deeper; 12th house - wow work on that karma, spend time with you, renew yourself. Now if Jupiter is badly aspecting something else in your chart, those areas of your life can have periods of excessive stressful time too. Get to know your chart, it can help you navigate all these deep astrological waters of your life.
It's such an amazing year. But you have to work at it and I know you're tired, stressed and wanting to hide sometimes, but you have to be courageous now and DO THE WORK. Ask the Angels for help. They LOVE IT when you ask them for their help. Its what they were made for - to help us and do God's work. But you have to ask. They are not too busy for you. They WANT to help. Asking them for help should be routine. When we mingle earth life with our spiritual life, all the good comes into the earth. Acknowledge the Angels, the spiritual and it manifests here - and then the world just becomes a better place because the Love of the creator infiltrates our lives and our environment. Exercise your heart and fill it with love.
June 5th - eclipse of Venus in Gemini - this is a RARE eclipse. (this will be seen as a black spot on the sun - you can see this happening now in USA and full bore on 6/5-6 in the middle east.) Last Venus eclipse was 1874 when the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable was completed, creating east west communications!!! This represents the divine feminine. Using COMMUNICATION to change the world. Patriarchal ideas are NOT working. Look around and see the unrest, the unhappiness, the dis-ease, war, fear, pain, famine, destruction, power struggles. The feminine view has been obliterated as weak and useless. This marks a swing of the pendulum back to the feminine but to stop in the middle so we have balance. The universe is masculine and feminine, and equal parts of both will bring us harmony. Extremes are never good. One of the keys to this process is FORGIVENESS. This lets love flow. Love is the answer. Sit on the moon and see the earth. Wrap her and her inhabitants in white light and let them be healed. Send love from God and the Angels to everyone for divine healing. This releases the past and makes way for the new way. Right now light workers are working hard with the heavens to heal the earth. Working out their own karma, their own mistakes, their own transgressions head on, which is quite painful, but through their work old wounds are released, forgiveness takes over and everything is washed clean and new again.
But for a time the feminine must rule our actions. We are about healing, nurturing, kindness and caring. We must nurture one another and release the past. Befriend your ex, forgive your cranky boss, release your general anger and frustration. White lighting everyone is your new job. On the bus, in the car, watching TV...take time to wrap everyone, especially people you dislike, in this golden light and watch them and you heal. Maybe they will call you out of the blue and bridges will be rebuilt. Maybe they will just feel lighter and you'll never know. Maybe your boss will become helpful and thankful. Maybe politicians will start telling the truth. White lighting Washington is an imperative. They control things. Melt their hearts so they control with kindness and love, not fear and a greed for power.
And be creative. Venus rules the arts. Write, Paint, Sing, honor the arts by paying to see museum exhibits, theatre shows, good movies, etc. Reverence for the arts changes the vibrations of the world. How many art classes have we cut from our schools labeling the arts as unnecessary! Art is the Divine creative energy.
We are also developing intuitive communication now. Psychic if you will. You pick up on peoples feelings and needs. You 'sense" things. Honesty with your close relationships is imperative because honest communication is part of the new world. Lying is not OK. Half truths are not OK - even if the media says it is. We should be outraged at the amount of falsehoods spoken by leaders. We will make it stop by creating a world where honesty is sacred.
Truly thanking the Universe for our friends and family must be part of your daily life. How lucky are you to have a good friends, a reliable spouse, a loving child? Say thank you to the universe so the love between you will grow even more. See the divine in others (OK I'm working on the Dick Cheney thing but sometimes I do try, cause guys like him have to rise above too). We are lifting ALL boats now.
So you see, you don't need money or power. You have the strongest weapon there is at your disposal 24/7. God's love and white light. There is no short supply of this. Spread around the visual in your mind of everyone walking with our higher spirit and the rest will follow. Just like you pray for a sick friend, pray for everyone to have forgiveness in their hearts, and change will come like domino's falling, with precision, synchronicity and harmony.
Peace on earth is happening now. Are you participating?
Boy the eclipses just won't stop...sun, moon, venus - energy being shot out of a cannon to energize you and me to change with the times. Cause the times they ARE a changing. Dig out your 60's albums, run to your local vinyl store and LISTEN to those words again because the time has come. Time has come today. Its a grand trine day...Venus in Gemini, Sun conjunct Venus, both in Gemini, squaring Mars in Virgo and Chiron in Pisces (as is Neptune).
The moon is in Sagittarius on the 4th, opposite the sun in Gemini....the bachelors of the zodiac are merging with the world. Time to unite with one another, while taking time to work on ourselves too. A lunar eclipse works on emotions. Time to look at them, deal, solidify or delete. Eclipses are deep energy. Look at what is going on RIGHT NOW. The energy needs to unfold, to do what it is supposed to do....move us to a new place to serve our higher self. If you fight it, resist - its harder on yourself. Don't be your own worst enemy. Time to be curious and follow the breadcrumbs and you'll find a new and better place. Stretch yourself and broaden your belief system. Its a big picture issue, so don't get stuck on the details. JOY is the goal. Are you happy? Why not? What adjustments do you need to make to get there? This high energy will help you step up. Its time to trust FEELINGS.
This is going to be a crazy day. Eclipses are always wonky energy anyhow, but today we have sun moon opposition causing tension albeit in fairly easy going signs. But then Neptune, the father of spirituality and illusion, goes retrograde until November. Look over your shoulder at the changes you've endured since February when Neptune came home into Pisces for a 14 year stay. Take a bit of a breather now, evaluate what has changed or is changing, and watch Neptune move back to the beginning of its move into Pisces so you can see how it started and in November it will start all over again!! Time to review it all and plan for the next decade of transformation. The eclipse happening on the same day triggers deep spiritual thinking as Mercury is also in Gemini, the ruler of Mercury. Start a journal and write it down for the next few months. This is the layers of the onion being peeled from your soul.
Take time for yourself now. Solitude. Meditation. Journaling. This is time for our spiritual growth. Do the work and its easier on you and will give you such a high when you have those "ah ha" moments. Blessings to you in your journey. You chose this work.....no procrastinating. Otherwise the Universe will force you to change, and you really don't want that to happen. Go with the flow....uh the tidal wave.
Yvonne Walker, founder of theAstroHealer.com (formerly Astrological Healing) is an astrologer with 30+ years experience.