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.
October 5th, 2012 Saturn, the taskmaster, moves from "I need to be liked" Libra to intense "I don't care if you like me" Scorpio. The energy shift will be palpable. From light as air to heavy as water, the next 2.5 years will be intense, just when you thought it couldn't get anymore so.
Saturn gets a lot of bad press. He makes us eat our vegetables whether we want to or not, and we can't leave the table until we do. He is stern, he is steady as a rock, he is determined and he has the final word. No use squirming, you can't get away from the lessons he brings, so you might as well eat your vegies now so you can grow into something bigger and better.
Relaxing won't come easy with Scorpio. Nothing comes easy with Scorpio. They revel in the dark underworld, which it rules. They seek to dig down deep and unearth all your secrets, to sift through them and make sense of the other you that you don't really like looking at very much, unless you're a Scorpio, in which case you're in underworld heaven. What are you hiding? Well you can forget that because all your secrets will come out during this transit. You will find yourself in circumstances where you have to look at your worst parts and make peace with them. Like Yoda said, "the dark side isn't stronger, its just easier, more seductive" was surely said about Scorpio. Scorpios are brilliant. Fascinating. Sexy. Driven. Sherlock Holmes is the archetypal Scorpio. Noticing every single detail to discover when is hidden and reveal it. Scorpio sees what others do not, they are hard to understand and need time alone to review their constant revelations. If you are not smart, Scorpio's won't have much to do with you. And Saturn here is going to force you to review your life, your soul, your psyche, your guilt, your demons, your underbelly.
It's also a time when you you think a lot about your sex life. Scorpio rules sex and often goes too far and Saturn will teach limits and call a halt to extremes. (1982 was the last time Saturn was in Scorpio which is when HIV/AIDS had been discovered - and this could be time when a cure is finally found, esp with Uranus in Aries now). Misuse of sexual energy will not be tolerated by Saturn in Scorpio. The news will also be filled with headlines about sexual activities of leaders from Government and churches. Its a gossip columnists dream come true. And yet Scorpio's can be celibate too, walking away from the sex act all together, so this transit will make them look at sex from a different perspective. Maybe its time to step into the earthy world of intimacy. All things sexual are up for review. There is also a strong chance on the negative side for the oppression of women's reproductive rights to get even meaner and a new backlash against homosexuals during this time.
For me one of the more interesting aspects of this is that it also rules the greedy psyche of say the Banker, who is now such a loathed figure around the world. Their greed is going to come up for scrutiny and the world will find them lacking in honor and integrity and demand justice. The 99% have only just begun. The revolutionary times of the 60's is back! Expect the demonstrations to increase dramatically over these years. Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, is about power, and the dark side of that power is obsession with same. Its a psychological lack within themselves. they tell themselves when they get enough money and power they will finally feel sated. Saturn here will make the selfish take notice of their debauchery and force them to change by making their lives very difficult if they don't. This will also be a time for raising money and helping the poor around the world, and bringing to light the vast distance between the rich and poor and its total unfairness. And it is also a time when the good, caring rich people will step out of the shadows and use their wealth for the greater good. Money is not evil nor is being rich. Its just how you use it. Do you share, help others or hurt others and hoard it?
Its also a time to review our values and focus on what really matters....a big bank account or family and friends. Its a time to share feelings, to tell people how much they mean to you and to open your heart more. How easily we swear at one another and how hard it is for us to say "I love you". Time to get our priorities straight.
So you can see that Scorpio is an interesting sign, with focus on important things like sex, power and the psyche. And Saturn is only too happy to help you face those parts of yourself, change what needs to be changed, so in the end you will be a better person. And if you don't change with Saturn, about 5 years later Saturn will rain down a harsh hell into your life and FORCE you to change. So be good to yourself, go with the flow, make friends with bugs and spiders and things that go bump in the night, remember that sex is also about the life force and it is sacred and important, not something to be used to sell beer or to indulge in to forget the real world while you are visiting here on planet earth.
As always, follow the light, follow the higher road, and Saturn in Scorpio will give you new insights into the darker side of God, into your own psyche and help you along your path of becoming a spiritual warrior and light worker in this seriously changing world we live in. Scorpio is the phoenix rising from the ashes. This transit may bring loss, but new life will be borne in its wake. Embrace the ride. As always, you chose to be born now.....and you have a front row seat to the changes coming. Aren't you lucky!
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.
The sun moves into Gemini on May 20th. The New Moon is in Gemini on May 20th. A Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th. whew. And I am a Gemini with Sun, Moon and Mercury in Gemini, so I'm buckled up and ready for the rocket ship to take off. You should be too. Gemini's are going to feel this earthquake of energy erupting. Sagitarians are going to be bracing for "something". Virgo and Pisces are going to be a little scared, but as they are mutable signs they will do fine. Leo, Libra, Aquarius and Aries are ready for the ride too. Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorns are going to try to dig in their heels, which will only make it worse. Its 2012. Its all about change. And as this eclipse affects the North Node, its about independent change. Its about working on yourself. You might be feeling anxious, but its just the sense of all this energy bursting out around you. And its double the energy in Gemini, the sign of the twins.
New beginnings and strong energies are being released, which take a while to play out. Its like gunshot before a race. Fire and Air signs are energized to change. Earth and Water signs are pushed to make change. 2012 is all about redefining yourself. This is one more opportunity to do that. It's not quite time to act, but it is time to mull things over from different viewpoints than usual. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the mind, and the messenger of the God's. Your mind will be full of ideas. Be sure to carry pen and paper or a recorder so you don't forget those flashes that come to you while you're stopped at a red light. Flashes from out of the blue are the norm now.
There is another Gemini new moon on June 19th as well. Two chances to harness energy for change, for the new, for the next phase of our life. Be innovative, listen to hunches or odd ideas. Creativity is bubbling around you if you will listen. Things will probably happen suddenly. Be ready when the unexpected happens so you can leap. But it is Gemini, the twins, so you may get conflicting ideas, opposite directions...which way to go. Depending on what house Gemini is in for your chart, this is the area of your life that will be activated by this new energy. First house (rising) will affect your personality and how others see you; 2nd house, your values are changing; 3rd - your communication skills are changing(for the better); 4th your home will undergo changes; 5th romance and creativity get a new wind; 6th house duties may come upon you quickly or change in some way unexpectedly; 7th partnerships will be redefined; 8th what others give you may change in unexpected ways; 9th your spiritual path is being redefined; 10th your career is undergoing a review; 11th - are those friends really good for you or will new ones be better; and the 12th - your hidden "stuff" is coming up to the surface for review and release.
Also Venus is now in Gemini too and just went retrograde last Tuesday, bringing old loves and ideas back to the table for review. Did you do the right thing, or should you rethink old decisions? The brain and heart are very busy now, reviewing all of our internal stuff.
Gemini is change. Always in motion. Moving. Never a dull moment with a Gemini. By the second full moon of June, decisions should be made or accepted. Eclipses release energy like a gun shot at the start of a race. Get ready, get set.......... for several months of change. Isn't 2012 just amazing? For you fixed signs who have trouble with change, use everything you've got to embrace the new. Its really good for you now, and what you may lose will be replaced by something better, more challenging, more self-defining. Its all good. We're in the year of being shaken up...might as well enjoy it cause you're only gonna make it worse if you dig in your heels. Flap your wings and go where the wind takes you.
And in June there are two more eclipses....in Gemini. This is going to be a summer of 1969 kind of energy. Be ready for ANYTHING!
After what seems like an eternity, Mars turns direct Friday the 13th. Mars, the first sign of the zodiac, is our energy. When Mars is retrograde we feel tired. We just can't get enough rest and when we try we still feel run down. Business dealings get stalled and nothing moves forward the way you want it to. Romance goes sour as everyone is feeling out of sorts and critical. Mars in Virgo, where is has been since November, is a poor place for the firery Martian energy. Virgo is earth, Mars is fire. Earth puts out a fire. Virgo is also quite picky and Aries is rash and does not like to think before acting. Mars is pretty annoyed in Virgo, because its slowed down. Add to that the retrograde which began the latter part of January, and Mars feels like a lion locked up in an escape proof, tiny cage. Mars is very upset, rattling the bars and growling to no avail. So today, Friday the 13th, Mars goes direct at 9PM. We are feeling disconnected today and the weekend would be a good time to catch up on sleep and finally be rested, and to put your ducks in a row for movement....finally. Aries people will be especially pleased, as everything has gone awry for a while. Finally business deals move forward, tension and the jitters subside and romance can flow again. But don't forget its still in virgo and will be until July 4th so people will still be a little cranky and nit picky until then, as Mars does not care about the details and Virgo demands they be reviewed. But finally on Independence Day, Mars moves into Libra, where it is exaulted. Mars generally stays in a sign 6 weeks, and it will cease its visit with Virgo after 8 months!!
After a retrograde it takes a while for that planet to "settle in" direct motion. By April 21st, when the new moon is in Aries, our energy should be stabilized and we should feel energetic and ready to go. From now until then there are several cranky aspects where people may still not get along or come to an agreement. You might be too critical and blow a deal or a compromise. So cool your jets before the 21st and try to keep your lip zipped and rest up. Because you will be ready to move, and the world will be ready to move....spring has sprung. Occupy is out and about again, Earth day is the 22nd, and by the 29th when the Sun trines Pluto, ruler of Power, big things will happen. Get ready!
Yvonne Walker, founder of theAstroHealer.com (formerly Astrological Healing) is an astrologer with 30+ years experience.
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