Blog by Lynn. I’m a professional, fully qualified and certified Western astrologer (DM Astrol) as well as being a member of the Association of Professional Astrologers International. Here I’ll be explaining some of the first principles of astrology for the lesser expert readers in the hope of getting more and more people interested in the wonderful subject of astrology.
…which underlying beliefs have you examined during the retrograde?
Jupiter stations direct at 13°20’ Scorpio on the 10th of July (antisicion 16°40’ Aquarius).
We have had an opportunity over the last four months to turn inwards and gain deeper insights into spiritual or philosophical issues since our wisdom will have been able to flow with more ease from the subconscious to the conscious self. This has also been an excellent period during which to seek out underlying beliefs concerning the current matters of the house where Jupiter is transiting in our natal chart because here diamonds are surely to be found, but only by those who were prepared to dig deep and expose the real from the fake. In this way we may come out of this retrograde period with an inner sense of wholeness and confidence in our future potentials.
The retrograde period was the time to contemplate innovative approaches about how we might separate ourselves from previous, personal opinions (or phobias) that have been stifling our inner growth. Perhaps we could also have asked ourselves where and how we could make any necessary changes in the matters of the house that it is interested by the transit by getting to terms with any emotional beliefs that we might have been denying for too long, such as questions about power/manipulation – who has it and who uses it.
Now, is the time to put those new found approaches into practice.
We associate Jupiter, the first of the “superior” or outer planets (affecting the collective rather than the personal) with growth, expansion and luck which, if exaggerated, can also lead to greed and dissatisfaction in some cases, making us believe that the grass is greener elsewhere and so prompting us to explore further.
Scorpio, ruled by Mars (traditional) and Pluto (modern) is linked to the eighth house of the zodiac which deals among other matters with death and rebirth, other people’s resources, taxes, inheritances, transformation and sexuality (modern astrology). The down-side involves mystery, suspicion, manipulation and deviation.
“Technically, the only way water can be fixed is when it is ice.
Certainly the iceberg, like Scorpio, reveals little of itself,
the greatest part being submerged
and treacherous.” (1)
As soon as we think about the sign of Scorpio then the planet Pluto comes immediately to mind. We might like to recall that Pluto was given co-rulership of Scorpio some years after its discovery in 1930 and that Mars (the lesser malefic) in fact has always been the traditional ruler of Scorpio and is still worth considering as such.
Therefore if I say Jupiter-Pluto then matters such as, finding hidden treasure, enormous wealth, deep psychological truths, tremendous power, strong convictions, manipulative power, spiritual transformation, fanaticism and arrogance might pop into your mind.
Jupiter-Mars contacts conjure up scenarios such as fighting for beliefs, (self) promotion, getting into trouble, romping around, wanting to play, gambling, having too much energy, being self-indulgent and very extravagant.
As you can see, the possibilities in positive and negative are various and plentiful, basically, it’s up to us to decide just which energies we intend to put to our best use. Some ideas for Jupiter in Scorpio thus might be: bringing our darkest parts to light, illuminating our shadow, more sexuality, exposing covert activities, positive changes in psychological taboos, not accepting limitations or facts as they are presented but carefully examining them with an open attitude.
During Jupiter’s transit in the house ruled by Scorpio in your chart (and the contacts it makes to planets and angles as it moves through that house) maybe you should ponder on the following questions:
Where am I under-valuing myself in my life? How can I dig deeper to get to the core?
Where have I been settling for less rather than more? What have I been overlooking?
Why am I keeping myself back in some way? How can I do some self-promotion?
And…have I been over-estimating myself in some sector of my life? Do I need to bring myself back down to earth?
Nonetheless, I’ve found that Jupiter transits are heralded by great expectations but usually deliver about 10% of what we hope for if we don’t take up or search for opportunities in that sector of life which the transit touches. So,
create your own opportunities!
The Sabian symbol for 14° Scorpio: “Telephone linemen at work installing new connections.” Indicating the need to establish new channels of communication.
For 17° Aquarius: “A watchdog stands guard, protecting his master and his possessions.” Indicating the development of capacity to protect oneself and to safeguard one’s individual rights under complex social pressures.
“I found a way to see in the dark. Close your eyes.” J.R. Rim, Better to be able to love than to be loveable
1 Freeman M. (1981) “How to Interpret a Birth Chart: A Guide to the Analysis and Synthesis of Astrological Charts” Aquarian Press
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 200, 259, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
There will be a partial Solar Eclipse and a New Moon at 20°41’ Cancer on the 13th of July.
This is the third of five eclipses this year. Eclipses take place when the Sun, Moon and Earth find themselves closely aligned.
Something worth noting is the fact that transiting Pluto has been opposing this eclipse degree since February and will continue to do so until August. If we have natal planets around 19-23° on the Cancer-Capricorn axis (and the Aries-Libra one) of our chart then we should have got used to this energy and already know in which sectors of our life we are losing/abusing our power by now.
The Eclipse is forming a wide Grand Water Trine together with Jupiter in Scorpio (now direct) and Neptune still retrograde in Pisces…emotions are running high (and deep) but not always smoothly or in the direction we hope with transformative Pluto making a sextile (a stimulating aspect) to both retrograde planets.
Although of different Saros* series, eclipses occur at similar degrees of the same sign in 18-year cycles as they move in a retrograde motion through the zodiac. Thus they have effect on the same house polarity in your natal chart (or on any personal planets or angles in Cancer and/or Capricorn that fall in a 2°30’ orb for conjunctions, 2° for oppositions, allowing 5° if Sun or Moon is involved).
However, in this 18-year cycle (Saros* series 2 Old North, last eclipse of this series will be in 2036) with a previous Lunar eclipse in January 2001 at 20° Cancer (Saros* series 2 South) there was also a more recent and intermediate Solar eclipse at 19° Cancer which took place on the 11th July 2010 (Saros* series “12 South”) – what was going on in your life in 2001 and 2010?
The effects of eclipses can be quite unpredictable (a “what-the-heck effect”), sometimes stressing emotions or bringing unexpected events into our lives, at other times they can go seemingly unnoticed. Some astrologers say that the effects of the eclipses manifest for as long as the duration of the eclipse itself, transmuting the minutes of the duration into days.
For those who want to know more about eclipses and the Saros cycles here’s a tiny bit of history (repeated from one of my previous articles):
The Babylonians (747 BC) were able to predict the cyclic nature of the eclipses and by the 4th century BC had recognized that they occurred in series, later denominated the Saros Series by the Greek lexicographer Suidas in the 10th century AD.
Bernadette Brady, an Australian astrologer, in her book “The Eagle and the Lark”, dedicates a whole chapter to the Saros* Series. She explains that the Saros Series of the present Solar Eclipse is known as “2 Old North” and, due to the nature and aspects of the planets involved (if they aspect directly any of your natal planets), is directly concerned with personal relationships.
Esoteric astrologer Alan Oken writes that a solar eclipse represents “liberations from previous circumstances” while acknowledging that this may not always be to one’s liking. In other words, a solar eclipse can free you from something which could be a blessing in disguise.
Events connected to an eclipse can manifest before or after the event or when a following New Moon or other planet squares the eclipse degree. You may have noticed events connected with the eclipse around the 10th of April when the Sun was at 20° Aries or you may notice events taking place around the 14th of October when the Sun will be at 20° Libra. A date to watch perhaps!
The Sabian symbol for 21° Cancer: “A famous singer is proving her virtuosity during an operatic performance.” Indicating the emotional reward accompanying cultural excellence.
For its antiscion point at 10° Gemini: “An airplane performing a nose dive.” Indicating a superior ability to challenge nature and play with danger.
My own chart will be particularly interested in this upcoming eclipse with natal Venus at 19° Cancer and progressed Mars at 20°! Having said this, I really don’t know what to expect either!
“The only people who get upset about you setting boundaries are the ones who were benefiting from you having none.” Quote found on healthyplace…com
Is your chart involved in this eclipse? Like to tell your story?
Brady B (1999) “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark”, chapter 5 Eclipses and Saros Cycle, pp 207-236 and pp 307-352, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco CA USA
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 58-61, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 95 and 124, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
http://www.alanoken.com/index.php?page=newsletter, March 9th Solar Eclipse accessed 27th February 2016
All I’m askin’, is for a little respect when you get home (just a little bit)”*
After a short stay in the homely sign of Cancer, Mercury now enters flamboyant Leo. Here, due to its retrograde period, it will remain until the 5th of September…so we’d better get used to this energy!
In Leo, all planets want to be respected according to their nature. Mercury in Leo wants to be respected for his opinions and views and in desiring this, self-confidence often turns into bravado and presumption.
The 3-week retrograde period will begin on the 25th of July at 23°26’ and end on the 18th of August at 11°33’….more about that in a later article.
Just inside Leo, Mercury will bump into a square with Uranus at 1°58’ (Leo-Taurus) on June 30th bringing great ideas and innovative plans some of which will be worthwhile others less so. It’s also an accident prone aspect so slow down and take some time to smell the roses!
On the 3rd of July Mercury will conjunct the transiting North Node, news and communications suddenly take on a very optimistic and futuristic tone.
On the 5th of July there will be an opposition from Mars retrograde (Leo-Aquarius), expect to be blurting out some nonsensical stuff and not getting approval for it and avoid putting too much impetus into your opinions. Also be careful how you handle knives and flames, don’t be rash in any movements!
There will also be three squares to Jupiter (Leo-Scorpio), the first on 9th July at 13°21’ in which Jupiter is retrograde, the 2nd on the 11th July at 14°49’ with Mercury retrograde and Jupiter direct and the third on 28th July with both planets direct at 16°42’. These will bring optimism and give us a more positive picture about life but could also make us rather sloppy regarding the details… we might overlook the deeper side of things allowing arrogance to take hold.
“I’m sitting pretty on the throne and there’s nothing more I want except to be alone” anon
Image: Hermes by Vittorio Carvello….modified by myskypie.com
“If you own this story you get to write the ending.” Brené Brown
On June 28th there will be a Full Moon at 6°28’ Capricorn, a Cardinal Earth sign and the sign of the Moon’s detriment where it is at its least at ease.
This is a Full Moon with a huge potential for change. The Moon in Capricorn, in its detriment, where it feels least at home and is emotionally “cold”, is just separating from a conjunction to retrograde Saturn, both are opposing the Sun in Cancer. Here, on the one hand, we have the power to really transform our emotional set-up regarding our responsibilities (to ourselves and others) and on the other this aspect lends itself to selfishness and pettiness which could spoil the metamorphosis or could also encourage us to listen to our gut feelings and react on them.
Mars in Aquarius, the other Saturn-ruled sign, is now stationing and very close to the South Lunar Node. Effort will be required to maintain calm as patterns and habits unravel and need to be discarded.
This Full Moon falls on the traditional 10th-4th axis, work vs home, public vs private, one parent vs another, rigidity vs flexibility etc. The persons most affected by this lunation will be those with planets or angles between 3-9° of the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
Full Moons are peak energy times, “now or never” moments regarding any projects we have initiated or intentions set at the preceding New Moon fourteen days ago.
In his book “Moon Phase Astrology” author Raven Kaldera calls this the “Grandmother’s Moon” and her interest in in protecting and caring for her family. She is a ruler and this Full Moon is archetype of the Elder in all her fullness. On this Moon he suggests that we honour our Elders, alive or dead.
The Sabian symbol for 7° Capricorn: “A veiled prophet speaks, seized by the power of God.” Indicating the ability to act as a mouthpiece for the revelation of a transcendent will and truth determining future actions.
For the antiscion at 24° Sagittarius: “A bluebird perched on the gate of a cottage.” Indicating the reward which meets every effort at integration into a social environment for those who remain true to their own selves.
Where have you peaked at this Full Moon?
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 220-223, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 224 and 233, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Mars will station retrograde on June 26th at 9°13’ Aquarius (antiscion 20°47’ Scorpio), re-entering Capricorn on August 13th to station direct at 28°36’ Capricorn (antiscion 1°24’ Sagittarius) on August 27th. Both these signs are ruled by Saturn in traditional astrology.
When a planet enters retrograde motion it is unable to express its energy in a normal way. Mars regards our physical energy which, turned inwards in the Fixed Air sign of Aquarius, may give way to mental chaos and frustration. Our actions may seemingly backfire or go haywires making it completely useless to insist or become stubborn. Its retrograde motion in Capricorn is more suitable to the “slow and steady” and “cautious progress” attitude to any actions we need to plan for.
During the retrograde period Mars will also go OOB* from 8th July to 25th September on a southbound journey. So we might expect to witness some very irrational behaviour both during the retrograde and even more so due to its OOB status for much of this time. Mars has been running parallel in declination with Saturn for a couple of months now and will continue to do after he returns from his OOB period, Saturn rules both Capricorn and Aquarius so the influence over Mars is very marked in this period.
The Sabian symbol for the retrograde station at 10° Aquarius: “A man who had for a time become the embodiment of a popular ideal is made to realise that as person he is not this ideal.” Indicating the need to deal with human beings as persons rather than as screens upon which one projects one’s dream and ideal.
For its antiscion at 21° Scorpio: “Obeying his conscience, a soldier resists orders.” Indicating a readiness to face the results of a refusal to follow the authoritarian patterns of an aggressive society.
For the direct retrograde at 29° Capricorn: “A woman reading tea leaves.” Indicating the ability to see the signature of hidden meanings inn every occurrence drawing one’s attention.
For its antiscion at 2° Sagittarius: “An unexpected thunderstorm.” Indicating the need to develop the inner security which will enable us to meet unexpected crises.
Are you ready for the ride?
Have you ever kept track of Mars as it transits your natal chart? Obviously it doesn’t only pass through a certain sign and house but it also makes aspects to other planets and angles on its way. For example, conjunctions (in the same sign of Aquarius or Capricorn).oppositions (in the sign of Leo or Cancer), squares (in the signs of Taurus and Scorpio as well as Aries and Libra). Worthy of note are also the houses with Aries and Scorpio on the cusps.
*So, what does it mean for a planet to be OOB? When we cast an astrological chart we use a precise locality (birth place) on the earth and from this observation point we take note of the position of the planets in the sky at the time of birth and this enables us to calculate the angles that the planets form to the given locality. Another point of reference however is the celestial equator (which is the terrestrial equator elongated into space). When planets travel beyond 23°27’ either side of the celestial equator, be it North or South, they are referred to as “out of bounds”.
OOB planets can also be found in birth charts and special attention should be paid to them since they are considered “stronger”.
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 204, 247, 248, 254 Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Image: “wrong direction” illustration found by google search 18th June 2018
Neptune sets off on its yearly 5-month retrograde season today turning direct on 24th November at 13°41’ Pisces.
When Neptune turns retrograde, the inner structures that are undergoing dissolution and change are more easily brought to the attention of our mind allowing us to review our blind-spots and uncover more hidden motives for our discomfort within the reality of the house it is transiting. We may even uncover parts of ourselves that need more nurturing and compassion rather than change.
As we know, constructive change is made only by conscious effort in an already self-aware person, without this effort very little change can in fact occur.
For some people, a Neptune retrograde could imbue a greater need for privacy and seclusion and even withdrawal than when the planet is direct since introspection is emphasized.
This period, for others, this could indicate a greater danger of taking refuge in escapist tendencies which might involve alcohol or drugs since emotional vulnerability is enhanced.
Aspects to any planets or angles made by Neptune should give clues as to how each one of us might handle this retrograde period as will the house where the transit is occurring.
However, tapping into our imagination, strengthening our powers of visualization and imagery by allowing inspiration through creative activities and relaxation could lead us to greater awareness of our latent talents and abilities.
The Sabian symbol for 17° Pisces: “An Easter Parade” Indicating the capacity inherent in all great sociocultural images to unite the members of a community in a display of excellence.
For its antiscion point of 14° Libra: “In the heat of the noon hour a man takes a siesta.” Indicating the need for recuperation within the social pattern of everyday activity.
Got plans for this retrograde?
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 180, 279 Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
This New Moon will occur at 22°44’ of the mutable, Air sign of Gemini.
This is a very inquisitive, intellectual Moon, hard to pin down emotionally due to its constantly changing feelings caused by its tendency to over-rationalise everything. Under pressure this Moon is not very reliable and commitment issues may surface.
The Sun and Moon (together in the New Moon phase) stand alone (they are making no aspects to other planets in the transiting chart) so they are particularly powerful giving a strong rationality and clear-headedness over the next four weeks.
Morphing from glib to gushy, Mercury, the dispositor of this New Moon has just entered Cancer, the Moon’s own sign, and so the two planets are in mutual – hopefully beneficial -reception (each in the sign of the other). With a very recent sextile to Uranus, newly in Taurus, this Cancerian Mercury could suddenly erupt by expressing itself in shocking ways either by being extremely nurturing or tremendously cranky. Even more so given its actual OOB status (6-24th June) where playing the maverick card could come just too easily. The exact square to Chiron makes our words either healing or hurtful and the upcoming opposition from retrograde Saturn insists we take responsibility for them whatever.
New Moons are times when we are invited to set our intentions for the month to come regarding that area of our life which the Moon is illuminating in this lunar phase. People most affected by this New Moon will be those with planets in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) around 20-25° and it’s antiscion point at 7°26’ Cancer.
In his book “Moon Phase Astrology”, author Raven Kaldera calls this New Moon “The Little Brother’s Moon” because Gemini is the traditional ruler of the third house that also involves siblings. For Kaldera this Moon phase in Gemini represents “the younger sibling who lives in his mind and not in the physical world since although he is intensely clever, compassion is unknown to him.”
He continues “on this Moon we indulge our curiosity, the nervous energy associated with it can affect already highly strung people to the point of a nervous breakdown and concentration becomes difficult so it is more worthwhile to go out with friends rather than stay at home worrying.”
The Sabian symbol for the New Moon at 23° Gemini: “Three fledgings in a nest high in a tree.” Indicating the growth of spiritually creative processes in an, at least, relatively integrated mind.
For the antisicion point of 8° Cancer: “A group of rabbits dressed in human clothes walk as if on parade.” Indicating the tendency in all forms of life to imitate higher forms as a stimulus to growth.
“Be sure you taste your words before you spit them out.” anon
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 30-32, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 104, 115, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
hoping that you find this mini-lesson informative!
In a previous article (you can find this in the archives of my blog – https://my-sky-pie.com/abc-learning/ – dated April 10th 2016, entitled ABC learning) I explained how to calculate secondary progressions giving some hints about to interpret the various planets and how to follow their advancement over the years.
Now, let’s have a look at secondary progressed planets that change direction over the course of our lifetimes (doesn’t happen to everyone though!). These changes in secondary progressed direction, just like a change of sign or a change of house, work on a more intimate and internal level, coming to the surface and manifesting as real-time events when key transits trigger them.
Firstly, the Sun and Moon NEVER change direction by secondary progression but are, all the same, pivotal planets to follow since the secondary progressed Sun changes signs at least twice (sometimes three times) during our lifetime and in doing so imbues our natal Sun with nuances of the character traits relative to the sign it enters, likewise house changes of the Sun’s secondary progressed position show the new area of activity for our ego interests (these modifications in the nuances applies to all the other planets that change sign/house too). The secondary progressed Sun moves approximately 1° per year according to the month of your birth (winter signs move faster, summer signs more slowly).
The secondary progressed Moon is a huge indicator of mood (sign change) and interests (house change) and moves through each sign in 29.5 months thus completing 2 or 3 complete orbits of the zodiac during our lifetime and highlights the arena of our emotional shift as it progresses.
Now let’s address the planets that do change direction by secondary progression due to their yearly (or once every two years in the case of Mars) retrograde period.
Remember that the condition and placement of the natal planet together with the houses it rules are of vital importance when considering the possible manifestations of the change in direction of the secondary progressed planet.
The most important phase of any planet changing direction by secondary progression is the year of station when major events usually make this period a one to remember in your life.
Mercury changes direction three times per year for 20 days at a time therefore you might have a direct Mercury at birth which at some point during your life then turns retrograde by secondary progression or vice versa.
The progressed retrograde period lasts approximately 24 progressed years. On a personal level, Mercury rules how we communicate, how we learn, our thought processes and our travels among many other things. When the planet turns retrograde by secondary progression we turn away from our habitual thinking and communicating mode as we tune in to the more intimate workings of our mental processes. Thus, it’s a great time to delve deeper into educational interests and study programmes whatever your age, if the retrograde motion occurs during school age it could coincide with learning difficulties if the natal planet is making or receiving stressful aspects.
If you were born with Mercury retrograde then this will turn direct by secondary progression at some point in your life and during its station you may feel as if your mind has suddenly come out of hibernation and you can now apply your thinking in a more objective way in the outer world.
When secondary progressed Venus turns retrograde in your chart then the period will last for 42 progressed years. When this happens we are invited to take a new look about what we enjoy at a social, financial and sentimental level. Our values slowly change as we shy away from more social and outward situations (especially if the retrograde period happens later in life) and turn inwards seeking a more self-satisfying approach to life. On another level we may attract or be attracted to people and situations that previously we would not have considered and these may not always be positive for us. If Venus represents the more financial side of our lives rather than the sentimental one then we are advised to keep our finances in order because losses cannot be ruled out.
A natal Venus retrograde turning direct marks the beginning of a more outward social demeanour because we start to feel better about ourselves and this reflects on our dress and body style, also on our finances if natal Venus is more financially involved.
Mars remains retrograde by secondary progression for 80 progressed years so some people may have a natal retrograde Mars that turns direct very late in life.
When Mars turns retrograde by secondary progression we become less competitive as the ways of asserting ourselves mellow and quieten. We tend to become more motivated by introspection than outward physical effort as we attunes to more personal impulses which could however lead to damaging psychological tensions if resistance to this new form of energy is shown and a suitable and less physical outlet for it is not found. If natal Mars is afflicted if could also hint at the emergence of sexual problems for some males or sometimes surgical procedures.
A natal retrograde Mars that turns direct by secondary progression gives us that forward boost to start some new enterprise, to feel challenged and want to master some endeavour. A subtle “feeling free” to act.
By secondary progression Jupiter remains retrograde for 120 progressed years. Some people never have this planet change direction during their lives, maintaining the motion it has at birth.
When Jupiter turns retrograde by secondary progression it seems to involve the (re)-discovery of religious, political or intellectual avenues that have been “played down” or even completely ignored until this moment. It also signals a period where outwardly flourishing is no longer a desire but there is a new intimate need to discover all unconscious truths about our own existence that have eluded us until this moment. To discover the area of these truths you must search in the house in which natal Jupiter is placed.
A retrograde natal Jupiter turning direct by secondary progression denotes the beginning point when our own wisdom concerning our lives, inspirations and ideals should be brought to the surface so that they can be used for our own and others’ benefit.
Saturn remains retrograde for 140 progressed years and as for Jupiter some people will never have the planet change direction by secondary progression.
The year of the station of this progressed planet often brings a year of heavy responsibilities and sacrifice in personal affairs during which moving forward is slow and arduous no matter how hard we works and try. During this year we must work on “letting go” of trying to control or limit the outer environment and adopt a more structured and well-defined psychological basis in our approach to life. We gradually become more serious at a subjective level, more reflective and self-examining. The house in which natal Saturn is to be found takes on an added seriousness as we begin to consider the consequences of our long-term commitments in that area. It may also herald the beginning of a better understanding of our unconscious fears and self-limitations that have stifled the ego.
When Saturn turns direct by secondary progression the person becomes less wary, more inclined to let his authority show as he loosens the hold he has been keeping on his inner self and begins to experience a greater sense of personal freedom.
I will not deal with the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) in this article since their effects are first on the collective and only afterwards filter down into our personal lives through the sign and house placement in the natal chart.
I guess that I have been inspired to write this article because my own secondary progressed Jupiter will station retrograde for a year this coming December.
Have you any stories to tell about your own secondary progressed planets changing direction. Would you care to share?
Mason S. (1985) “Delineation of Progressions”, Retrograde and Direct Motion of Planets, pp 241-246, AFA Inc., Tempe AZ, USA
Tierney B. (1983) “Dynamics of Aspect Analysis”, Chapter 10, Retrograde Planets, pp 242-244, CRCA Publications, Sebastopol, CA, USA
There will be a full Moon at 8°10’ of Sagittarius, a mutable Fire sign. The Sagittarius Moon is usually a jovial, quest-searching entity that desires, above all, truth and something to believe in. It also loves freedom and is easily motivated.
The Sun and Moon are not in direct aspect to other planets as they oppose each other in their monthly dance.
Moon’s ruler, Jupiter in retrograde motion, is still deep-sea diving in Scorpio, reminiscing yet highly tuned to any covert emotions that could float to consciousness when the planet stations before regaining forward movement in early July. Jupiter’s trine to Neptune in dreamy Pisces also heightens our imagination and intuition as well as our need to zone out and just relax.
The Moon is also in close proximity of the fixed star Antares* (now at just over 10° Sagittarius). This is one of the four Royal stars of Persia and is said to be of the nature of Mars and Jupiter according to Ptolemy. It’s about closing down and cycles ending which I find so apt for a Full Moon!
The Sun’s ruler, Mercury is on the critical, anaretic degree of 29° Taurus, ready to barge into his home in Gemini and get social and chatty before losing his charm and being overwhelmed by the Sun for a few days as they cross paths in this glib sign.
Full Moons are times of harvest, the climax of the lunar cycle when energy is at its topmost…and we would do well to recognize this fact…that it can’t get any better (or worse) than this regarding whatever intentions we had set on the previous New Moon.
Since Full Moons occur when the Sun and Moon oppose each other it is therefore during this time that we may feel tension in regard to integrating the matters of the houses that are facing each other in our natal charts.
If the Full Moon aspects a natal planet then it urges us to reflect upon how we are presently using that planetary energy and how we could devise plans to act upon and thus set our intentions on the next New Moon regarding any changes we might deem necessary. Or, we may sense internally or be alerted through external happenings regarding the outcome of the intentions we set on the previous New Moon.
This Full Moon falls on the 9th-3rd axis of the traditional horoscope. It’s about wisdom vs knowledge, intuition vs reason, long vs short journeys, morality vs amorality etc. If you have planets or angles at 6-12° of the mutable signs of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces then this Full Moon could have a bigger influence for you. Nevertheless, it will illuminate an area of our lives that we may have preferred to have kept hidden since the last New Moon, now is the right occasion to explore it more deeply.
Raven Kaldera, in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this the Priest’s Moon, “he who has acquired knowledge through the channel of the sacred texts and traditions that he has learned and who is now ready to dedicated himself to the Truth (as he sees it).”
On this Moon he suggests “that we reflect about the traditions and beliefs we hold (religious or otherwise) and if we are able to objectively question them. If we think that we hold no fixed beliefs then maybe we could ask our friends if they think that this it true and be ready to listen carefully to their answers about ourselves.”
The Sabian symbol for 9° Sagittarius: “A mother leads her small child step by step up a steep stairway.” Indicating the need in any social situation to assist the less evolved in their management of the problems which society requires its members to solve.
For 9° Gemini: “A quiver filled with arrows.” Indicating man’s aggressive relationship to natural life, as a basis for survival and conquest.
“It’s always the challenge of the future, this feeling of excitement, that drives me.” Yoshihisa Tabuchi
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 216-218, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 102 and 215, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Robson V. (1923) “The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology”, Ch. V “Influence of stars and nebulae”, pp 136-137, Astrology Classics (edition 2005), The Astrology Center of America, Abingdon MD, USA
The most motherly of signs welcomes the most loving of planets and it looks like we’re in for just over three weeks of tender, caring love or are we?
One of the images of Venus in Cancer is certainly that of the romantic figure forever in love with Prince or Princess Charming. Venus, of course, doesn’t rule only love, it also covers, among many things, finances, self-esteem and all the things that gratify us. Venus responds to everything that makes us feel good, comfortable and happy. In traditional astrology Venus is known as the Lesser Benefic and considered a fortunate planet. The sign of Cancer, ruled by the Moon and its fluctuating phases, lends a rather restless nature to any transiting planet.
So, in Cancer, we may find not only a clingy, maternal Venus but also a fickle one, never completely happy with his or her lot, never sure about how much to give unconditionally. Venus here is more compassionate than actually physically passionate. Viewing this placement from the a “giving” point of view we might like to remember that the glyph for Cancer is a crab and (hermit) crabs retreat into their shells when their security is threatened likewise Venus in Cancer never gives totally (be it about love or money)….self-security is far more important than surrendering completely and ending up defenceless or moneyless.
During its stay in Cancer Venus will make some rather important connections to the outer planets:
26th May: opposite Saturn retrograde in Capricorn (8°) – could put a damper on fun in all its forms
1-2nd June: trine Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio (15°) and also trine Neptune in Pisces (16°) thus forming a transiting Grand Water Trine. Emotions flow freely allowing us to dream and revel in our imagination but we could also direct our creativity into something more tangible….painting, writing, dancing to name only a few outlets for this energy.
5th June: opposite Pluto retrograde in Capricorn (20°) – entanglements in love or finances need to be openly discussed, behind-the-scenes activities should be heartily discouraged and avoided.
“O, swear not by the moon, the fickle moon, the inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circle orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.” William Shakespeare