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After a slow and sluggish couple of months, May will bring us a flurry of transit activity. Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all retrograde and will be through most of the summer. Saturn and Pluto will also be dancing around the South Node in Capricorn for most of this time.

For the most part, the larger planet retrogrades will primarily impact the political sphere and world events. They will be a continuation of the events that occurred at the end of April of 2019. It is probable that nothing will be settled or decided with respect to any of these issues until this coming Fall at the very earliest. Those with important planets and chart points between 18-25° of Capricorn may be personally impacted, as well as those with important planets and chart points in any of the other Cardinal Signs, which are Aries, Cancer, or Libra.

Even with these larger planets going backward, the smaller planets are all moving forward and will be quite busy during May, generating a lot of activity. Those with hot temperaments will feel relief from the stagnation of the past few months, while those with cooler temperaments will need to find ways to get some rest and relaxation so they can keep up.

May 1 to May 3 – A Lot to Think About

As has been the case for a while, the month of May will begin with a 3rd Quarter Moon. Generally, this is a time to wind down the affairs of the Lunar Cycle. While often the 3rd Quarter Moon indicates a time that is a bit slower, this is an exception.

The end of April was a powerful time with a lot of changes. Pluto and Saturn almost met at the South Node, but then they both turned retrograde. They will be meeting again in January of 2020, but for now, Saturn is moving away from Pluto. The events that occurred as a result of this transit have given us a lot to think about and to reflect upon, and this reflection will be the task of the end of this Lunar Cycle.

May 1 & 2

On May 1, Mercury will sextile Mars and square Saturn and the Nodes, and on May 2, she will square Pluto and trine Jupiter. In other words, Mercury will be touching all of the planets that have been the source of the recent disruption. After that, she will be in harmony with Jupiter, the planet that represents our values and beliefs.

This will be a good time to examine recent events in light of what you believe in and what you hold dear. Jupiter is retrograde, and so the theme is not on moving forward but on taking a look back. The issues raised in the past couple of weeks are not going away any time soon, but your values and your faith can be a pillar to hold on to.

May 4 to May 17 – Taking a Stand

In examining the New Moon chart of May 4, one of the most striking features about it is how dry it is. Of the seven traditional planets, the only one in a wet sign is Mars in Gemini. Because Mars is so dry by nature, her being in Gemini does not do much to moisten the chart. This could manifest on a literal level, signifying unusually dry weather during these two weeks. On a symbolic level, however, it marks a period of decision-making.

Most people are aware of the rhythm of hot and cold, which is the same as the rhythm of day and night or of yang and yin. There is another important rhythm to life, which is that of wet and dry.  Moisture brings things together and softens them. Dryness separates things and hardens them. Moisture facilitates growth and harmony, but it can make decision making difficult. Dryness makes it easier to make decisions, but it can destroy harmony and bonds between people. This lunation will make everything seem clearer, but it could be problematic for relationships.

May 5

The main aspect in the lunation chart of May 4 is an opposition between Mars and Jupiter. This aspect will become exact on May 5, and it will signify a challenge to the beliefs and the ideals of many people. This will be a literal challenge in that opposing views or factions will come head to head. If you have planets or chart points around 23° of the Mutable Signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces, you may be personally impacted.

May 6

Mercury leaves Aries and enters Taurus on this day. Mercury does not have any special dignities or debilities in Aries or Taurus, so this is a lateral move in terms of Mercury’s strength. On the other hand, this move will decrease the overall level of volatility in the air, and people will be less inclined to argue.

May 7 to May 9

Venus will traverse the same area of the sky that Mercury did at the beginning of the month, squaring Saturn and the Nodes on May 7 and forming a trine with Jupiter and a square with Pluto on May 9. Meanwhile, on May 8, Mercury will join Uranus and the Sun will sextile Neptune.

On the world stage, we are likely to see some successful negotiation regarding the issues that have been stirred up recently, but there could be some unexpected twists and turns. Women’s issues may rise to the forefront as well.

May 11 to May 13

The Sun will trine Saturn and the South Node on May 11 and Pluto on May 13. This aspect is a harmonious one, and it should shed some light on the issues that have been going on recently.

May 14 to 16

Venus will form a sextile with Mars on May 14, and on May 15, Mars will enter Cancer and Venus will enter Taurus. This move will be a difficult one for Mars, as Cancer is the sign of her Fall. On the other hand, it will be a great one for Venus, as Taurus is her Night House, which is her sign of greatest strength. So, for the rest of this month and into the next, it would be good to remember the old adage “you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Try to avoid fighting with others and making demands. Instead, do your best to be polite and friendly. You will get much more accomplished that way.

On May 15, when Mars and Venus are changing signs, Mercury will form a sextile with Neptune and on March 16, she will form a trine with Saturn and the South Node. This will likely be something that takes place on the world stage or in politics. Although this is a harmonious set of aspects, it will likely involve some sort of deception or cover-up.

May 18 to May 31 – Restored Communication

The Full Moon chart of May 18 is still dry, but it has softened slightly and cooled off quite a bit. There will be a noticeable feeling that things are calmer and more settled than they had been earlier in the month.

May 18

Right before the Full Moon, Venus will join Uranus and Mercury will trine Pluto. These transits could bring unexpected developments, or they could pass unnoticed. In your personal life, remember that we all need people and try not to be too independent.

May 20

Saturn will join the South Node again. While the events of the past month or so are not over, after today, they will settle down and take a back burner for at least several months. There will be a sense of getting on with the rest of your life.

May 21

The Sun and Mercury will come together and enter the sign of Gemini. This is a great move for Mercury, as Gemini is one of the signs that she rules. Communication will improve for everyone. This move will also lighten the air overall, making room for fun and for enjoyable conversations.

May 22

Mars will form a sextile with Uranus. This transit may also go by unnoticed, but try not to get in any conflict. With Mars in Cancer and Uranus in Taurus, any conflict could result in one or both people holding a grudge that could last a long time.

May 29 to May 31

After a week-long transit break, we will end the month with Mercury and Venus interacting with the heavier planets. Mercury will square Neptune on May 29. On May 30, Venus will sextile Neptune and Mercury will oppose Jupiter. Finally, Venus will trine the South Node and Saturn.

After people have had some time off, this will give them time to talk through and work out any issues that have come up over the past month or so, at least for now.

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Taurus is a sign with simple tastes. Good food, pleasant surroundings, and peace and quiet all make Taurus very happy. Taurus is one of the most stable of the signs, and she dislikes change or disruption of any kind. This sign likes to accumulate things, such as property, money, and relationships. Once she sees something as hers, she is unlikely to ever let it go.

Taurus by Season

Western astrology uses the Tropical Zodiac, which means that the Spring Equinox (or the Fall Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere) marks 0° Aries. The zodiac is then divided into 30° segments from that point, which are the 12 signs. Taurus is the second sign along the zodiac wheel.

Because the Tropical Zodiac is tied to the Equinoxes and the Solstice points, you can generally tell the sign that your Sun so long as you know your birthday. The Sun is in Taurus from approximately April 20 to May 20 every year. The dates do vary a little at the beginning and the end, so if you were born between April 19-21 or May 19-21, you may want to have your chart calculated to be sure of your Sun Sign.

Taurus is the Fixed Sign of Spring. The life that began during Aries is starting to grow and take root. Indeed, this is the main theme of Taurus, setting down roots. Life at the beginning of Taurus is still fragile. If it is moved, it may not survive. Almost all of the traits of Taurus can be understood with this simple analogy. Taurus needs to stay put and accumulate resources so that life can grow and flourish.

Taurus’ Holidays

In the West, the main holiday that occurs during the time the Sun is in Taurus is May Day. May Day is celebrated through Europe in many different forms. In Filianism, it is celebrated as the Festival of the Exaltation of the Queen of Heaven. This day is important because it is the cross-quarter between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.

Taurus by Element

Taurus is an Earth Sign. While all of the material elements are part of the physical world, Earth is the most physical of all. Earth is solid and steady, and it is the element that is most attached to the pleasures and cares of this world. Earth brings form to our existence.

As an Earth Sign, Taurus is a Night Sign, and she is also Hard.

Taurus’ Dignities and Debilities

Each of the planets is a reflection of one of the planetary principles. Although the planetary principles are perfect and are always in their highest state, the health of the each of planets varies from time to time. One of the ways to determine the health of a planet at a particular time is by what sign she is in. The signs are friendlier to some planets than to others. The comfort or discomfort of a planet in a sign can be determined by her essential dignities and debilities. Below are the essential dignities and debilities of the planets in Taurus.

Ruler – Venus

Over the centuries, Venus’ role has become more and more trivialized. She has become associated primarily with fertility and erotic or romantic love. While these areas are certainly under her jurisdiction, her powers are much broader. Her highest principle is no less than Divine Love itself, and the Creation that flows from that love. It is fitting that she rules the sign of Taurus, which is the sign most associated with the pleasures of this world. Venus is a Night planet, and Taurus is her Night House. This means that Venus is at her strongest in this sign.

Exaltation – The Moon

While it is the Sun that gives us life, it is the Moon that regulates and times every aspect of our lives. The Moon is the Luminary that is the most closely connected with the rhythms involved in the growth and development of everything from plants to humans. It is fitting for her to be exalted in Taurus.

Triplicity Rulers

All three signs of an Element are ruled by their Triplicity Rulers. In the Dorothean system, the rulers of Earth are Venus by day, the Moon by night, and Mars is the participating ruler. William Lilly also assigns Venus to Earth by day and the Moon by night. In his system, however, there is no participating ruler.

Detriment – Mars

Mars is the principle that governs conflict and strife. Unfortunately, these principles are also a part of our existence, which is why Mars does have some dignity in Taurus as one of the triplicity rulers. On the other hand, conflict and strife are not conducive to growth and prosperity, so Mars is not very welcome in this sign.


No planet is in Fall in Taurus.


In addition to the planets that have dignity in a sign in its entirety, there are planets that rule specific degrees of each sign. These are known as the planet’s terms or bounds. There are two main systems of the division of the terms, Egyptian and Chaldean.

Egyptian Terms for Taurus

0 – 8  Venus

8 – 14  Mercury

14 – 22  Jupiter

22 – 27  Saturn

27 – 30 Mars

Chaldean Terms for Taurus

0 – 8  Venus

8 – 15  Mercury

15 – 22  Jupiter

22 – 26  Saturn

26 – 30 Mars


Each sign is divided into three parts, known as face or decantes. Each face has a separate ruler. The faces of Taurus and their rulers are:

0 – 10 Mercury

10 – 20 Moon

20 – 30 Saturn

Taurus and the Body

Taurus rules the throat and the neck. Those with Taurus prominent in their chart need to watch out for illness and injuries to these areas. This is also the case for those who have a Sagittarius Ascendant because Taurus will govern the 6th House of injury and illness.

Those with Venus or the Moon in Taurus need to be especially careful of problems with the throat and the neck because the strong parts of a person’s chart are the most dangerous. This is also true for those with Libra Ascendants because Taurus will rule the 8th House of Death.

Taurus in a Nativity Chart

When reading a Nativity Chart, most astrologers look first to the placements of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant, which is also known as the Rising Sign. You can learn these by getting a Nativity Chart report from an astrologer, or by getting a computerized report for free from Astrolabe. Below are brief descriptions of how to interpret a Taurus Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.

Taurus Sun

Taurus is a Night Sign, and the Sun does not have any special dignity in Taurus. This means that if your Sun is in Taurus, she is a bit weak. In Taurus, this translates having a lower amount of energy than normal, unless a high level of activity is shown in other areas of your chart. With a Taurus Sun, you are relaxed and mellow, and you tend to conserve your energy whenever you can.

Taurus Sun by Day

If you have a Taurus Sun by day, your energy level will be a little higher. This is because the Sun is stronger in a day chart. You will also be more likely to show your Taurean qualities. You tend to be conservative in terms of how you manage your life, and you try to avoid change as much as you can.

Taurus Sun by Night

With a Taurus Sun by night, your Taurean nature will be a little more hidden, depending on your Moon Sign. If you have a job that takes up a lot of your energy, you will need to have a sanctuary from stress and activity. You may judge yourself or others may judge you, thinking that you are lazy, but you really do need more rest than most to be happy and healthy.

Taurus Moon

Taurus is a Night Sign, and the Moon is exalted in Taurus. So, if your Moon is in Taurus it is especially strong. You have a fondness for good food, and you will almost certainly be an excellent cook. Gardening is an excellent hobby for you, which will both give you exercise and has the potential for providing you with fresh and healthy ingredients to work with.

Taurus Moon by Day

If you have a day chart, your Taurus Moon will not be quite as strong. You will show more of the qualities of your Sun Sign, and your Taurean activities will likely be hobbies. It will be important for you to make time to enjoy nature and surround yourself with beauty, especially if your Sun is in one of the busier signs.

Taurus Moon by Night

If you have a Taurus Moon by night, your Moon is very strong. You will easily be able to express your love for beauty and artistry in your work or in your daily life. In you, the positive traits of Taurus find their fullest expression. You have a gentle, calm nature, and you are able to enjoy the pleasures of material existence.

Taurus Ascendant

If you have a Taurus Ascendant, you will present yourself in the world in a calm and relaxed way. You are quiet, and you do not try to call attention to yourself. On the other hand, you are not shy or timid. You enjoy being with people, but you do not necessarily want to talk very much.

With a Taurus Ascendant, Venus is the ruler of your chart. Her condition and position will determine many things in your life, including your character and your bodily health.

Using Whole Sign Houses, your Ascendant will determine which planet and sign rule all aspects of your life.

Home – Leo

With a Taurus Ascendant, Sun-ruled Leo governs your 4th House of the home. For you, your home is a source of pride and joy. You gain strength and vitality from being at home, and you also proud of your family lineage and traditions. It will be good for you to live somewhere with plenty of windows to let in sunlight.

Partnership – Scorpio

As calm and relaxed as you tend to be, you can be surprisingly aggressive when it comes to your partnerships. This is because Mars-ruled Scorpio rules..

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The Wisdom of Our Grandmothers

In my last article, mentioned that I had started a new project, a website called Quiet Heroines. This website will feature the stories of women who have led extraordinary lives, but whose voices have been lost to history.

I intend to feature a new heroine every month. There will be a main article with historical and biographical information about her which will come out on the first Sunday of the month. After that, throughout the month, I will add bonus articles, often discussing astrological information relevant to the heroine, such as a birthchart analysis, a proposed rectification chart, or other things that may be of interest concerning her.

The first heroine is Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, and the main article is:

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

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March’s Mercury retrograde ended on March 28, 2019, but April will have several retrogrades of its own. Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto will all turn around and start moving backward. Despite this, April will be a bit livelier than the last couple of months have been, especially on a personal level. Most people will feel more energetic, and the fogginess that has pervaded the air will slowly dissipate as the month goes by. It will begin to get easier to get things accomplished.

April 1 to April 4 – The Clouds Begin to Fade

As has been the case for several months now, we will begin April in a 3rd Quarter Lunar Phase. In general, this is a time for wrapping things up rather than for beginning anything new. On the other hand, there will be a general feeling of restlessness with the Sun in Aries and Mars having just left Taurus for Gemini. Also, Mercury has recently gone direct and is slowly starting to build up steam.

The best use of this energy is to do something that you have been putting off and that you want to be done with quickly. In the U.S., this will be a good time to do your taxes if you have not done them already.

The 3rd Quarter Moon Phase is the best time to file your taxes in general. This is because things that are done during this phase tend to be over and done with quickly. Additionally, there will be a barrage of transits for several days before April 15. This may lead to an onslaught of minor crises, which will make it hard to sit down and work on your taxes.

April 2

Mercury will conjunct Neptune exactly. Because of the recent Mercury Retrograde, this will be the third time that this transit has hit. The first time was on February 19 and the second time was on March 24. This transit tends to indicate confusion and deception. When an aspect hits three times, the third time usually represents the conclusion of the matter. This means that whatever had been hidden or unclear will probably come to light and will be able to be resolved.

Still, if you are taking advantage of the 3rd Quarter Moon Phase to file your taxes, it is best to avoid filing on this day. If you must file on this day, make sure to double and triple check your return for mistakes.

April 5 to April 18 – Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

The Aries New Moon will bring an impulse to forge ahead, but that impulse will be impeded by a square from Saturn. This period will be a time of action and frustration. While you will have the desire to begin new projects, it will seem like there are obstacles at every turn. These obstacles will be surmountable, but it will take time and patience. It will be best to move forward slowly and cautiously, leaving plenty of time to accomplish your goals. This is not a good time to leave things for the last minute.

Mercury and Venus are right next to Neptune in Pisces, which means that there may still be some leftover cloudiness in the air.

April 7

Mercury will form a sextile with Saturn on this day. This will serve to further clear up any confusion left over from the past couple of months and will provide a good hard dose of reality.

April 9 & 10

These couple of days will be very busy with respect to transits. First, on the 9th, Mercury will trine the North Node and sextile the South Node. By itself, this would not be a memorable transit.  On April 10, however, Jupiter will go retrograde, Venus will conjunct Pluto, and the Sun will square Saturn…all on the same day!

This could be a difficult time for relationships and be careful of deception. When there are this many transits happening at once, there tend to be a lot of crises all at once. For this reason, try to leave April 10 as free as possible of tasks that absolutely have to get done. Expect to spend the day metaphorically putting out fires.

April 11 to April 13

The transit barrage will keep coming over these next few days. On April 11, Mercury will square Jupiter. Then, on April 12, Venus will sextile Saturn, and the Sun will square the Nodes. On the following day, April 13, Venus will trine the North Node, and the Sun will square Pluto.

Because this is all part of the same transit avalanche that started on April 10, it is impossible to analyze each of these transits individually. Some of them are positive and some of them are stressful, but the sheer number of them will make these days hectic. Whether you are impacted by them or not, it is highly likely that people you interact with will be. Have a cup of tea and try to stay as calm as you can. This way you can field whatever is thrown at you.

April 14 & 15

The transit storm will begin to lighten up. There will still be activity, but this activity will be mostly harmonious. Venus will sextile Pluto and the Sun will trine Jupiter on April 14. This indicates that the end result from all of the chaos of the past several days will be positive. If you can, this would be a good day to take a break. If you live in the U.S., and you waited until the last minute to do your taxes, you may be able to finally get the chance to work on them on this day.

On April 15, Venus will square Jupiter. Technically, this is a tense aspect, but it involves the two benefics and Jupiter is the dispositor of Venus. Also, both Jupiter and Venus are well-dignified. At most, there will be some minor annoyances. Otherwise, this should be a good day.

April 17

Mercury will finally leave Pisces and will enter Aries. This will certainly be an improvement, and the fogginess of Mercury in Pisces will finally be finished. On the other hand, Mercury is still not great in Aries. In Aries, Mercury tends to be a little too forceful and impulsive. There may be a tendency to be overly aggressive during this time. Take extra care to say please and thank you and to choose your battles.

April 19 to April 30 – Last Minute Details

The Full Moon of April 19, 2019, will take place with the Moon at 29° Libra and the Sun at 29° Aries.  The last degree of a sign is always a bit frantic, particularly the last degree of one of the Cardinal Signs. There is a sense that one needs to get something finished before it is too late. Because this is occuring at the Full Moon, it will put its stamp on the next couple of weeks.

April 20

The Sun will enter Taurus today, and Venus will enter Aries. Venus is not well-placed in Aries, and she can get rather combative in this sign. When Venus is in Aries, you may be tempted to pick needless fights with those that you love.

April 22

On April 22, the Sun will conjunct Uranus. This transit will only last a day, but it could be a difficult one. Avoid the temptation to be overly independent. We all need people, and even if they annoy us, it is best not to burn bridges unless you absolutely have to.

April 24

Just as Jupiter went retrograde earlier this month, Pluto will go retrograde on this day. While I generally do not pay a lot of attention to the retrograde cycles of the Outer Planets, this one has the potential to be a bit more dramatic.

In January of 2020, Saturn and Pluto will come together in Capricorn. This has the potential to be quite difficult on the world stage. Even though this aspect will not come until January of 2020, it will almost happen within the next couple of days. Saturn has been sneaking up on Pluto for some time, and now Pluto is turning around to meet her.

In these next few days, we are likely to see a foreshadowing of what will happen in January. For the most part, this transit will manifest in larger world events rather than on a personal level. On the other hand, people with planets and chart points between 20° and 23° Capricorn may experience disruption on a personal level. Those with planets and chart points these same degrees of Aries, Cancer, and Libra may be impacted as well.

April 27

Mars will square Neptune on April 27. If there has been deception in the recent past, this day could bring confrontation about this deception. This will probably manifest on the world stage, but those with planets in the middle degrees of the Mutable Signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces may be impacted on a personal level.

April 29

The last major transit of this month will be Saturn going retrograde. A few days ago, Pluto turned around and started moving towards Saturn. The meeting between these planets may have happened shortly, but Saturn is now moving away from it. Whatever was going to happen will have to wait until January.

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Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and the first sign of the astrological year. As the sign of the Warrior, Aries is straightforward and direct. Aries natives are usually bold and courageous, tending to act first and think later. It is common for Aries to “rush in where angels fear to tread,” not out of a lack of intelligence but out of a lack of patience. Aries thrives on competition and challenge and languishes when she has nothing to do.

Aries by Season

The zodiac most commonly used in Western Astrology is the Tropical Zodiac. This Zodiac is tied to the Four Cardinal points in the year, which are the two Equinoxes and two Solstices. The Equinoxes are the times during the year in which the length of daylight and the length of nighttime are equal. The Sun begins her sojourn through Aries at the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, which, of course, is the Fall Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

Because the signs are based on the seasons, it is generally possible to tell your Sun Sign by your birthdate. The approximate dates that the Sun is in Aries are between March 21 and April 20. These dates to vary by a day or so from year to year, so if you were born near the beginning or end of this time frame, you may need to have your Natal Chart calculated for the exact date, time, and place of your birth.

Because Aries is the sign at the Vernal Equinox, it is the Cardinal Sign of Spring. Aries is the sign when everything begins to come back to life! Life can be precarious at first, and in many places, the weather is quite unstable during the time of Aries. It takes courage and strength to break through the ground or to come out of a shell.

This is a time of new beginnings and a time to let go of the past. In the garden, we are clearing away the remaining leaves from the Fall and pruning plants of last year’s growth so that they can start anew. In a very real way, each Spring represents a fresh new start, and Aries is there to lead the charge.

Aries’ Holidays

The holidays that fall during Aries generally relate to freedom and new life. In Christianity, Easter, or the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ usually falls while the Sun is in Aries, although there are times in which it will not fall until the Sun is in Taurus. Likewise, in Judaism, Passover, the celebration of the emancipation of the Israelites from Egypt, also usually falls during Aries, but sometimes it does not fall until Taurus. In Filianism, March 21 is the celebration of the resurrection of the Daughter and also marks the beginning of the new year.

Aries by Element

Aries is a Fire Sign. Fire represents energy and the force of Will. As a Cardinal Sign, Aries is the most daring and combative of all of the Fire Signs. Aries is active and assertive, and sometimes even aggressive. Aries is the first spark of life or activity, and she will let nothing stand in her way.

As a Fire Sign, Aries is a Day Sign, and she is also Hard.

Aries’ Dignities and Debilities

Even though the planetary principles themselves are always at their highest expressions, their reflections come to us in imperfect form through the planets themselves. All of the planets do better in some signs than in others. The relative strengths and weaknesses of the planets in each sign are known as their essential dignities and debilities. Below are the essential dignities and debilities for Aries.

Ruler – Mars

It should be no surprise that the ruler of Aries is Mars. Mars is the planet of conflict and war. While conflict is a necessary part of manifestation, it is rarely pleasant. For this reason, Mars is known as the Lesser Malefic. Aries thrives on conflict, which makes Mars a fitting ruler for her. It may be surprising, though, that Aries is not Mars’ best sign. As a Malefic, Mars is better when tempered or moderated a little. For this reason, Mars is considered better in Night Signs, and Aries is her Day House. Mars’ Night House is Scorpio. In Aries, Mars can tend towards being impulsive and over-aggressive.

Exaltation – The Sun

The Spring Equinox is when the days begin to get longer than the nights. As such, the Sun is exalted in Aries. The Sun is also the Luminary that brings light, warmth, and life to our world. In Aries, the Sun is able to shine brightly.

Triplicity Rulers

All three signs of an Element are ruled by their Triplicity Rulers. In the Dorothean system, the rulers of Fire are the Sun by day, Jupiter by night, and Saturn is the participating ruler. William Lilly also assigns the Sun to Fire by day and Jupiter by night. In his system, there is no participating ruler, however.

Detriment – Venus

Aries is the fighter and the warrior, and Venus is the planet that governs love, beauty, and peace. For this reason, Venus has a hard time performing her function in the sign of Aries.

Fall – Saturn

Saturn is the slowest of the Traditional Planets, and it governs slow, steady action. Aries is fast moving and tends to be impulsive. For this reason, Saturn finds Aries quite uncomfortable. On the other hand, Aries is warm, and this warmth moderates Saturn’s cold nature, which gives Saturn some dignity in Aries as well.


In addition to the planets that have dignity in a sign in its entirety, there are planets that rule specific degrees of each sign. These are known as the planet’s terms or bounds. There are two main systems of the division of the terms, Egyptian and Chaldean.

Egyptian Terms for Aries

0 – 6  Jupiter

6 – 12  Venus

12 – 20  Mercury

20 – 25  Mars

25 – 30 Saturn

Chaldean Terms for Aries

0 – 6  Jupiter

6 – 12  Venus

12 – 20  Mercury

20 – 25  Mars

25 – 30 Saturn


Each sign is divided into three parts, known as face or decantes. Each face has a separate ruler. The faces of Aries and their rulers are:

0 – 10 Mars

10 – 20 Sun

20 – 30 Venus

Aries and the Body

Aries rules the head. Those with Aries prominent in their chart need to be careful of injuries and illnesses to the head. This is also the case if you have a Scorpio Ascendant because in that case, Aries governs your 6th House of injury and illness.

You need to be especially careful of injuries and illnesses to the head if your Sun or Mars is in Aries. The reason for this is that the strong parts of your chart are the most dangerous. If you have a Virgo Ascendant, you also must be careful, because Aries rules your 8th House of Death. Also, if you have Mars in Aries, you are especially prone to infections, and they can become quite dangerous if left untreated.

Aries in a Nativity Chart

When reading a Nativity Chart, most astrologers look first to the placements of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant, which is also known as the Rising Sign. You can learn these by getting a Nativity Chart report from an astrologer, or by getting a computerized report for free from Astrolabe. Below are brief descriptions of how to interpret an Aries Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.

Aries Sun

The Sun is exalted in Aries and is one of the Triplicity Rulers of Fire. Furthermore, Aries is a Day Sign. This makes the Sun especially strong in this sign. Some hallmark traits of the Sun in Aries are enthusiasm, courage, competitiveness, and sometime combativeness.

Aries Sun by Day

One of the first things that you learn as you become serious about astrology is that while Sun Signs can give a lot of information, they are not everything. Almost everyone shows their Sun Sign in some way, but sometimes it is not obvious. If you have an Aries Sun by day, however, you will usually show your Aries nature quite strongly. You are bold and brave. You also enjoy competition and are always ready for a good fight.

Aries Sun by Night

An Aries Sun by Night is a little more difficult, depending on the sign of your Moon. While you still have a powerful, energetic, and bold Sun, it may be harder for you to express this part of your nature directly. This could lead to restlessness and irritability. It will be especially important for you to get enough exercise and to have an outlet for your competitive streak.

Aries Moon

The Moon is not especially happy in Aries. There are no real debilities, but there are no dignities either. Also, the Moon tends to be rather uncomfortable in Day Signs. With an Aries Moon, you will need to be careful of bouts of temper.

Aries Moon by Day

This can be a complicated placement depending on the Sign of your Sun. If your Sun is in one of the other Fire Signs, Leo or Sagittarius, your Moon will be able to receive help from your Sun. This will make it easier for you to express the Aries side of your nature directly. The same will be true to a lesser extent if your Sun is in Gemini. In any other sign, your Sun will tend to repress or hide your fiery Moon. It will be important for you to find ways to release this energy. If you do not, it could turn into irritability or depression.

Aries Moon by Night

If you have an Aries Moon by night, it will be easier to express this part of your nature in a direct and constructive way. This is particularly the case if your Sun is in a supportive sign as described above. You will have many of the trademark characteristics of Aries, but they will be somewhat moderated and toned down.

Aries Ascendant

If you have an Aries Ascendant, all of the bold and competitive traits of Aries will be right on the surface. Your energy and enthusiasm will give you a rough sort of charm, but you may have difficulty with social graces. You are honest to a fault, and you always speak your mind.

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The Sun went into Aries yesterday, and this marks the astrological new year! Whenever the Sun enters into one of the four Cardinal Signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, the chart for that entry will color the entire season. So, with that in mind, let us look at the Aries Ingress chart for 2019.

Very Dry, Slightly Cold

The first thing that is notable about this chart is that it is very dry. There are 5 Traditional Planets in dry signs, 3 in Earth and 2 in Fire, compared to only 2 in wet signs, 1 in Water and 1 in Air.  Astrological charts can be quite literal, and this chart could signify that many places will get much less rainfall than usual for this time of year. On a more symbolic level, many people will tend to feel more judgmental and sure of themselves than they otherwise would. This will be made worse by the fact that Jupiter is in Sagittarius. Even though Sagittarius is a very good placement for Jupiter, overconfidence is one of the main faults of this sign.

The balance between hot and cold is fairly even, tipping slightly cold. There are 4 Traditional Planets in cold signs, 3 in Earth and 1 in Water, compared to 3 in hot signs, 2 in Fire and 1 in Air. This will probably mean that the temperature will be mostly normal for the season, but it could run a little chilly.

An Almost Full Moon

The Aries Ingress occurred right before the Full Moon. For those in the Southern Hemisphere, this will be appropriate to the season, and it bodes well for a good harvest. On a more symbolic level, it means that this season will be one that brings matters to completion.

As this chart represents the beginning of the astrological year as well as the season, there is a sense that this year is a continuation of previous years rather than a  brand new start. This is the dominant theme of the transits for 2019 as well, as we are at the end of a twenty-year Jupiter/Saturn cycle.

Saturn Coming Closer to Pluto at the South Node

In this chart, Saturn is about 3° away from Pluto and getting closer. Pluto is also sitting right on the South Node. A Saturn/Pluto conjunction can be explosive, but it does not have to be. The impact of Pluto can be avoided by not allowing our minds to go to dark places. On the other hand, we all impact each other, so even if you avoid Plutonian impulses yourself, you may still be influenced by those who do not. Still, for most, this transit will be experienced on the global and political level rather than the personal one. The notable exception will be those with planets and important chart points in late Capricorn. The other Cardinal Signs, Aries, Cancer, and Libra, may also experience some of the effects.

This is an interesting transit in many ways, though. Even though Saturn is edging very close to Pluto, these two planets will not actually come together until January of 2020. In April, Pluto will turn around and go retrograde, and then a week later, Saturn will go retrograde as well. It is almost as if Saturn were coming up Pluto on tiptoes from behind, and Pluto turns around to see who is coming. Realizing that she is caught, Saturn turns around and runs away.

On a practical level, this means that we will probably get a foreshadowing of the issues and the themes of the coming Saturn/Pluto conjunction during this season. Events will almost happen, but they will be stopped for now. As further evidence of this, both the Moon and Mars are separating from a trine with these planets. This means that something was about to happen, but the time has passed for the time being.

Mercury Retrograde Conjunct Neptune in Pisces

We are still in the midst of a Mercury Retrograde in Pisces.  I discussed this in more detail in my article regarding the transits of March 2019. For the purposes of the Ingress Chart, however, it poses a different problem. As I mentioned earlier, this chart is very dry. Dryness brings with it a tendency to make swift judgments. Mercury in Pisces is very moist, and Neptune is also associated with extreme wetness.

While this could serve as a balance to the dry energy of this chart, Mercury is severely debilitated in Pisces. This means she does not have the power to influence the other planets but is likely to be overpowered by them. Because Mercury is the planet from which we gather information, the most likely scenario is that people will tend to make snap judgments without all of the facts or on the basis of false or misleading information.

To counteract this tendency, as much as possible, try to be extra careful of jumping to conclusions, and check and double-check your facts before acting or making decisions.

Venus square Mars

Last year, Venus and Mars each had their own dramas and plot twists as Mars went retrograde in Aquarius followed by Venus going retrograde in Scorpio. They were often in conflict with one another during this time. In this chart, Venus is in Aquarius, and Mars has moved on to Taurus. They are both still in Fixed Signs and still at odds. This could lead to some further relationship difficulties harkening back to the issues from last Fall. It could also indicate more gender-based controversies in the political arena.

Mars in Taurus

One other notable feature of this chart is that Mars is in Taurus. This will tend to slow things down quite a bit. Now, in some cases, this would be neutral or even positive. In this chart, however, it will bring some tension. This chart is a bit on the chilly side, but there are planets that want to warm up and get moving. As Mars is the planet that usually gets things going, the tension will come from wanting to do things but experiencing delays.

Taurus moves at a slow, steady pace, and there is nothing that will make her move any faster. The best thing to do is to exercise patience and to accept that everything will take a little longer than you expect. Leave yourself plenty of time to accomplish things, and try not to get too frustrated or annoyed. Also, be patient with others. Everyone is experiencing this same transit…and it will impact some people more intensely.

Wrapping It All Up

I have mentioned a lot of problems with this chart, but overall, it does not look like a bad season or a bad astrological year. Most of the difficulties will be small annoyances and delays. There may be misunderstandings, but they can be avoided. On a positive note, the heavy influence of Earth and Fire will make for a productive season, even if it seems to move slowly. The keys to this season are patience and the acceptance of slow and steady progress.

Wherever you are, I wish you a happy and blessed Equinox!

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At the time of the writing this article, we are a few days into a Mercury Retrograde period. These periods have a bad reputation, and they are one of the more feared transits in our modern culture. It is true that if they are not handled correctly, these periods can bring about frustration and inconvenience. Unlike Eclipses, however, they are a part of the ordinary harmony of the Music of the Spheres. This article will talk about Mercury Retrogrades from a metaphysical, astronomical, and astrological perspective, and it will also discuss how they can impact you on a personal level.

The Metaphysics of a Mercury Retrograde

From an Essentialist perspective, everything we can observe has its roots in metaphysical principles. Because we are living at the end of the Late Iron Age, many of these principles have been lost to us. In Western Astrology, we are working with a broken tradition, but many of the metaphysical principles can still be derived from what we do know, and there are many fine astrologers and scholars working to retrieve not just the mechanics of our astrological heritage, but also the philosophy.

In Modern Astrology, it is common to think of the Sun as just one’s ego or identity, and the Moon as confined to our emotions and psychic intuitions, but these are the Luminaries, and their meaning is far deeper.

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All of the Traditional Planetary Principles come from the Sun, and the Solar Principle encompasses all of the others. At the beginning of time, all was One. One of the Mysteries of our existence is that these principles became separate from the One, and the story of how this happened is found in various Mythologies. The two Planetary Principles that remained the closest to the Solar Principle, which is also the Source, are the Mercurial Principle, which is Intelligence or Wisdom, and the Venusian Principle, which is Love.

Even though these Principles have remained close to the Source, we are still in an imperfect world, and so even Intelligence and Love stray on a regular basis.

The Astronomy of a Mercury Retrograde

We can see this principle reflected in the physical planetary cycles as seen from Earth. Venus can never stray 48° away from the Sun, and Mercury can never stray more than 27°. On a purely physical level, the reason for this is that both of these planets are closer to the Sun than the Earth.

From a two-dimensional perspective, the orbits of these planets behave almost like a pendulum with the Sun being the center or focal point. This is a moving pendulum. So, from the perspective of the Earth, all of these bodies travel across the ecliptic in a predictable pattern with Mercury and Venus sometimes ahead of and sometimes behind the Sun.

Mercury starts from behind the Sun, catches up and then surpasses the Sun. When she has gone too far, she turns around and goes backward or retrograde. At a certain point, she will get too far behind the Sun and then will turn around to catch up again. This is the part of the normal cycle of Mercury (and of Venus).

Mercury retrogrades generally happen 3 times a year.

The Astrological Symbolism of a Mercury Retrograde

One of the most important axioms in astrology is “as above, so below.” This means that we can interpret the physical behavior of the planets in the sky in light of metaphysical principles, and from there, derive their astrological meaning. With respect to Mercury, it is helpful to look at the Retrograde Period in the context of the entire cycle.

Cazimi – in the Heart of the Sun

All of the planetary principles originate from the Solar Principle, so we begin Mercury’s journey with her inside of the Sun. When planets are within 17′ of the Sun, they are said to be Cazimi, which means “in the heart.” Cazimi gives a planet great strength or dignity.

Direct, under the Sun’s beams

We live in the world of flux and change, and thus, we are not able to stay within the womb of our mothers. In the same way, a planet does not stay long in the special place of Cazimi. In the case of Mercury, she starts to move forward and away from the Sun. The physical Sun moves as well, but Mercury’s motion is faster.

At this point in time, Mercury is severely weakened. This condition is called Combust. Mercury is taking her first steps and is overpowered by the Sun. There is safety in being so close, but under the watchful gaze of the Sun, she can not do as she pleases. She is Combust until she separates from the Sun by about 8°30′. At this point, she begins to gain a little strength. She is still weakened, in a condition known as “under the Sun’s beams.” This lasts until she separates about 17° from the Sun.

Moving Forward

Once Mercury is ahead of the Sun by about 17°, she is able to move ahead at her full strength. She is like a child running ahead of her mother. Like this child, she can only go so far before her mother will call her back.  so we can be pretty certain that she will be covering this territory again shortly. This is said to be Mercury’s shadow period. Quite literally, Mercury is getting ahead of herself. On the other hand, like a child who has gotten away from her mother, she has a little more freedom to act and to do what she wants to do.

Turning Around

When Mercury gets far enough away from the Sun, around 27°, she stops and turns around. Her mother has called her, and she must come back. This is the beginning of the Mercury Retrograde period. Mercury needs to cover the ground she has already covered in order to return to the Sun.

Mercury Retrogrades are famous for causing communication problems and all sorts of mischief, particularly with respect to paperwork and the general functioning of an office. Yet, the reason for this mischief is that in the previous period, we were moving too fast, and it is time to slow down and reflect. We have trouble when we resist and try to forge ahead anyway.

Return to the Sun

Mercury then returns to the Sun. She first goes back to being under the Sun’s beams, and then she is Combust. After that, she returns to the special condition of Cazimi. She briefly holds her mother’s hand or gives her a hug, but she does not stay very long.

Falling Behind

Our young Mercury has a short attention span, and so she sees something interesting and keeps running. She goes Combust, then under the Sun’s beams, and then runs free of the Sun again, this time going in the opposite direction. This is the deepest part of the Mercury Retrograde. We are having to do things over and over because of mistakes or omissions. On the other hand, we have gotten used to the difficulties and frustrations and have learned to cope with them.

This may also be a time that we start to feel nostalgic, thinking about and reflecting upon the past.

Direct Motion – Catching Up

Just like our young child, Mercury can only go so far in the other direction before she needs to return to the Sun again. This time the Sun is ahead of her, and she has to run to catch up. This is an active and productive time. We have fully reflected upon and absorbed everything that we have learned up to now, and we are ready to put it into practice.

The little child has seen many things as she has run ahead of and then behind her mother, and she is ready to tell her mother all about it. Mercury will return to the state of Cazimi, and the cycle will begin again.

Variations on the Theme

While all Mercury Retrogrades follow this general pattern, some are more difficult than others. One of the most important factors for judging what the period will be like is the sign that it occurs in. Some signs are friendlier to Mercury than others. Whenever Mercury goes retrograde, she spends more time in a particular sign as she goes forward, backward, and then forward again over the same territory.

This can be likened to the difference between a child running free of her mother in her own backyard and her running free in a dangerous or hostile place. The level of friendliness or hostility a sign has to Mercury is known as her Essential Dignity or Debility in that sign. Below are the easiest and most difficult signs for a Mercury Retrograde.

  • The best and easiest sign for a Mercury Retrograde is Virgo, and the second easiest sign is Gemini.
  • Mercury Retrogrades is Libra and Aquarius also tend to be rather mild.
  • Mercury Retrogrades in Sagittarius are rather difficult
  • The hardest Mercury Retrogrades are the ones that occur in Pisces
Mercury Retrograde on a Personal Level

Now that we have looked at Mercury Retrogrades globally, let’s look at how they may impact you.

Transitting Mercury Retrograde

Transiting Mercury Retrogrades impact everyone, but some people are affected more than others. If Mercury is touching your chart in sensitive areas during her retrograde periods, you will feel the impact more strongly then if she is not. Your Sun is always a sensitive spot in your chart, but there are many other sensitive places as well. With a Nativity Chart reading, you can learn all of your sensitive points.

In general. the sensitive points will be in the same Mode (Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable) as the sign Mercury is in.

One of the things that you may notice is that the Mutable Signs contain the signs that Mercury is best in and the signs that are the most difficult for her.

Mercury Retrograde in a Nativity Chart

When you were born, all of the planets were in a particular place in the sky. With a Nativity Chart, we take a snapshot of where the planets were when you took your first breath. These placements will impact you for your entire life. Everyone was born at a particular place in the Mercury cycle as described above.

Instead of one of these stages being a temporary condition, it will be a major theme for your entire life.

Mercury Retrograde by Progression

While our Nativity Charts do impact our entire life, our charts also develop over time as well. One of the ways to track this development is through a technique known as Secondary Progressions. With Secondary Progressions, each day after our birth corresponds to that year of our lives. So, if you want to know how you have developed by the time you are 30 years old, you look at the transits 30 days after you were born.

Because Mercury moves very fast compared to many of the other planets, she will usually go through several of the above-described phases during a person’s lifetime.


The times that Mercury is retrograde can be inconvenient and troublesome, but they are a natural part of the rhythm of the Music of the Spheres. They are times to reflect and absorb new information and things that you have learned. These periods occur three times a year. While they impact some people more than others, their effect is worldwide. You may have been born during a Mercury Retrograde, in which case, the themes of reflection and looking back will be a part of your life story. You may also progress into one of these periods, which bring these themes to the forefront for several years.

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Mars will be in Taurus through all of March, and Mercury will be retrograde in Pisces from March 6 through March 28. This will make it hard to get things accomplished for many people because they will feel foggier than usual. There will also be a greater likelihood of careless errors. Other than that, it will not be a difficult month. So long as they are not trying to get anything done, most people will be calm and in a good mood. For this reason, if at all possible during this month, leave yourself enough time for projects and do not try to do anything at the last minute. Also, if you can, try to minimize your workload.

March 1 to March 5 – Getting Things in Order

This will be a good time to bring as much order to your life as possible. Mercury is in Pisces, but she is still direct. The more that you can do before the retrograde period, the less risk there is for chaos during the rest of the month. The transits are still relatively mild. As much as you can, avoid starting anything new right now, but instead focus your energy on tidying things up.

March 1

Venus will square Uranus and then move into Aquarius. There may be some tension in relationships, but any problems will short-lived and easy to manage.

March 6 to 19 – A Foggy Period

The New Moon will be on March 6. It is usually advisable to start new projects during the New Moon phase, but this one will not give much support for practical ventures.

Not only is the New Moon in Pisces, but it is conjunct Neptune. To top it off, Mercury is turning around to go backward and is in Pisces as well. This will make many feel disoriented and vague. Those who have planets and important chart points in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces will feel this the most strongly.

This is also the day that Uranus will enter Taurus, and this time it will be to stay. This will mark a 7-year period of potential disruption to the Fixed Signs.

There is some balance to this chart, though: Mars in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn will provide some grounding, and Venus in Aquarius will give some objectivity. Jupiter in Sagittarius will mitigate the damage caused by mistakes and errors.

Although this is not a good time to implement anything, it is a good time to think about your vision and make plans for the future.

March 9 & 10

The Sun will sextile Saturn on March 9, and Mars will sextile Neptune on March 10. This will give an infusion of Earth to the recent watery vagueness. If you must get things done during this month, these two days will be relatively productive.

March 13

The Sun will be sextile Pluto and square Jupiter. These transits could be very mild or it could be difficult depending on how you react to events around you. Think twice and check your facts before taking action, and these transits may pass by unnoticed.

March 14

Mars will trine Saturn, and Mercury will join the Sun. This promises to be another day of heightened productivity.

March 15 to March 17

Mercury will make the same transits that the Sun did on March 13, and will end by forming a sextile with Mars. This could result in further misunderstandings if you are not careful. These misunderstandings could turn into a more lasting rift, so check your facts before getting angry at someone.

March 20 to March 31 – Stirrings of Activity

The Full Moon will occur at around the same time as the Sun goes into Aries. The Sun’s entry into Aries marks the astrological new year.

This Full Moon will bring with it a feeling of restlessness. It will infuse some Cardinal energy into what has been a rather listless time. Yet, Mercury will still be retrograde in Pisces, and Mars will still be in Taurus. This can be likened to a sense of slowly starting to wake up rather than a quick burst of life.

March 20 & 21

Aside from the Full Moon on March 20, there will be a small flurry of transit activity as well. Mars will trine Pluto and Mercury will sextile Saturn. On March 21, Venus will square Mars and sextile Jupiter. These are part of the first stirrings of energy foreshadowing a more active period to come.

March 24

Mercury will join Neptune for a second time. This happened for the first time on February 19, 2019. This will be another influx of fogginess and vagueness. Try to avoid anything crucial regarding paperwork or communication today. There is a high risk of carelessness and errors. Even if you are not affected, the people that you are interacting with might be.

March 26 & 27

On March 26, Venus will enter Pisces! Venus is exalted in Pisces, making her sojourn there a good time for relationships. People will be feeling more romantic and forgiving than usual. Unfortunately, on March 27, Venus will also sextile Uranus.

Venus’ stay in Pisces will be a good time for dating or for a romantic getaway, but it is best to wait until after March 27.

March 28

Mercury will go direct today. She will still be in Pisces, but the foggy haze that has been in the air during March will start to lift.

March 31

Mars will leave Taurus and go to Gemini. This will bring back some energy and movement, and it will relieve the recent feeling of lethargy.

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Aside from Scorpio, Pisces might be one of the most misunderstood signs in popular Western Astrology. Pisces is often described either as a saint or hopelessly gullible and prone to all sorts of problems like addictions. The reason for this misunderstanding is that Pisces is the sign that is least attached to the material world. Pisces natives tend to be much more interested in religious, spiritual, and metaphysical matters than they are physical and earthly concerns.

Pisces by Season

In the West, most astrologers use the Tropical Zodiac which is tied to the seasons rather than the constellations. As the use of the Tropical Zodiac started in Europe and the Middle East, the meanings for the signs became tied in with the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere.

There are advantages and disadvantages to this system over the Sidereal Zodiac, which is used mostly in Vedic Astrology. Some of the important advantages are that the signs match the seasons, and the Sun is in the same sign at about the same time every year. This makes it possible for most people to know their Sun Signs so long as they know their birthday. In the case of Pisces, the Sun is in this sign from around February 19 to March 21. The days that the Sun changes signs do vary slightly from year to year, so if you were born at the very beginning or the very end of this time period, you may need to have a full Natal Chart drawn up in order to know your Sun Sign.

A major disadvantage to using the Tropical Zodiac is that the seasonal associations are the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere.

Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac, and it is the Mutable Sign of Winter. In Western Astrology, the new year begins with the Sun’s entry into Aries, which makes Pisces the last sign of the year. This is a time of letting go of the previous year and getting ready to start the new one. We are cleaning our cabinets and our refrigerators of the food still remaining from the previous year, and the early flowers and bulbs are just starting to poke through the snow. We may also be starting seeds inside for the coming season.

From this perspective, many of the traits of Pisces make sense. This is the time of year for detaching from what has been. In a real sense, every year is fresh and new. Yes, there are carryovers from what happened in the previous years, but every year gives the opportunity for a new start. Pisces is the time of clearing things away to make room for this new start.

Pisces’ Holidays

In the West, the main holiday that falls during the Sun’s sojourn through Pisces is the season of Lent in many Christian traditions. In the Filianic tradition, it is Moura. While in the Christian tradition, the exact start and end time for Lent vary from year to year, in the Filianic tradition, Moura coincides exactly with the time period that the Sun is in Pisces.

Both Lent and Moura represent times in which people take on spiritual disciplines in order to cleanse their souls for the upcoming time of rebirth.

Pisces by Element

Pisces is a Water Sign. Water represents the All Possibility and is malleable and able to change forms. As Mutable Water, Pisces does not have a definite form nor does she have hard and fast boundaries. She is able to adjust her shape and her nature based on her surroundings. It is common for Pisces to be at least somewhat empathic and she is easily influenced by those around her.

As a Water Sign, Pisces is a Night Sign, and she is also Soft.

Pisces’ Dignities and Debilities

The planetary principles are the pure essence of their nature and thus, they are always at their highest expression. On the other hand, the planets themselves function better in some signs than in others. The relative strengths and weaknesses of the planets in each sign are known as their essential dignities and debilities. Below are the essential dignities and debilities for Pisces.

Ruler – Jupiter

Jupiter is the Greater Benefic and governs matters related to faith and spirituality. This fits well with the theme of pulling back from the material world to reconnect with the Source. Pisces is Jupiter’s Night House, and so the abundance of Jupiter is someone more subdued in this sign.

Exaltation – Venus

Venus is exalted in Pisces. In Pisces, the planet representing Love in all of its forms is able to express herself in kindness and gentleness. The highest nature of Venus, which is the sacrifice of oneself for another, is also emphasized in Pisces.

Triplicity Rulers

All three signs of an Element are ruled by their Triplicity Rulers. In the Dorothean system, the rulers of Water are Venus by day, Mars by night, and the Moon is the participating ruler. According to William Lilly, Mars is the only triplicity ruler for Water, by both day and night.

Detriment – Mercury

Pisces is the most formless and nebulous of the signs, and Mercury is the most malleable of the planets. When Mercury is in Pisces, she becomes diffuse which makes it hard for her to exercise her analytical functions.

Fall – Mercury

Not only is Mercury in detriment in Pisces, but she is also in Fall. This emphasizes the difficulty that Mercury faces in a sign that can give her little in the way of form and cohesion.


In addition to the planets that have dignity in a sign in its entirety, there are planets that rule specific degrees of each sign. These are known as the planet’s terms or bounds. There are two main systems of the division of the terms, Egyptian and Chaldean.

Egyptian Terms for Pisces

0 – 12  Venus

12 – 16  Jupiter

16 – 19  Mercury

19 – 28  Mars

28 – 30 Saturn

Chaldean Terms for Pisces

0 – 6  Venus

6 – 14  Jupiter

14 – 20  Mercury

20 – 26  Mars

26 – 30 Saturn


Each sign is divided into three parts, known as face or decantes. Each face has a separate ruler. The faces of Pisces and their rulers are:

0 – 10 Saturn

10 – 20 Jupiter

20 – 30 Mars

Pisces and the Body

Pisces rules the feet. If Pisces is prominent in your chart, you need to be careful of your feet because they are especially prone to illness and injury. This is also the case if you have a Libra Ascendant because in that case, Pisces governs your 6th House of injury and illness.

If your Venus or Jupiter are in Pisces, you need to take problems with your feet very seriously. The reason for this is that the strong parts of your chart are the most dangerous. If you have a Leo Ascendant, you also must be careful, because Pisces rules your 8th House of Death.

Pisces in a Nativity Chart

When reading a Nativity Chart, most astrologers look first to the placements of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant, which is also known as the Rising Sign. You can learn these by getting a Nativity Chart report from an astrologer, or by getting a computerized report for free from Astrolabe. Below are brief descriptions of how to interpret a Pisces Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.

Pisces Sun

The Sun is not especially debilitated in Pisces, but she does not have any dignity either. The Sun is the initial force of Creation, and Pisces is the Sign that is moving away from manifestation. If you have a Pisces Sun, you struggle with establishing a true identity. Your sense of Self is easily influenced by others and it is sometimes hard to know where you end and others begin.

Pisces Sun by Day

Being born during the day always makes your Sun stronger, no matter what sign she is in. If you were born during the day, you probably express your Pisces nature in what you do for a living or your role in the world. You are likely to be in a helping profession. You may also be clergy or heavily involved in a religious organization in some way.

Pisces Sun by Night

If you were born during the night, your Pisces nature will take a backseat to the sign of your Moon. This means that you may be burdened with more mundane and material matters than you would prefer. You may judge yourself for what you see as your “escapist” tendencies. You really do need to emotionally and mentally pull away from ordinary life on a fairly regular basis, though, in order to keep going and not fall into negative habits.

Pisces Moon

The Moon is dignified in Pisces, and if your Moon is in Pisces, the positive traits of both the planet and the sign will be magnified. You have an excellent imagination, and you are able to express your Pisces nature in artistic ways, as well as in compassion for others.

Pisces Moon by Day

If you have a Pisces Moon by day, your softer and more intuitive nature will be more hidden and private. Your interests in Piscean matters such as fantasy and spirituality will be hobbies and activities that you do in private. You will have a need for a rich fantasy life, which will give you energy for your day job.

Pisces Moon by Night

Of all of the major Pisces placements, a Pisces Moon by night is the strongest. You have a deep spirituality, and you will be able to arrange your life so that you have the time to express it properly. You will have a stong sense of the magical parts of life and a deep appreciation for beauty. Also, your intuition will be highly developed.

Pisces Ascendant

With a Pisces Ascendant, there will be a sense of magic about you. You are likely to come across as vague or scattered, particularly when people first get to know you. People tend to underestimate you. You are easy to talk to and be with, but you have an otherworldly manner to you, and it can be hard to see who you really are.

With Pisces Ascendant, Jupiter is the ruler of your chart, and thus, the placement of Jupiter in your chart becomes extremely important.

Using Whole Sign Houses, your Ascendant will determine which planet and sign rule all aspects of your life.

Home – Gemini

With a Pisces Ascendant, Mercury-ruled Gemini governs your 4th House. Your home is likely to be disorganized with many different things laying about. You collect interesting and unusual things, and your bookshelves are filled with books on a variety of different subjects. You came from a background in which learning was highly encouraged.

Partnership – Virgo

Virgo governs your 7th House, which is also ruled by Mercury. The Mercury of..

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After January’s busy and chaotic Eclipse Season, February looks to be rather calm and relatively uneventful. This would be a good time to relax, regroup, and reflect. There will be a few major transits with the Outer Planets, which may cause some people trouble, but the impact of these can be avoided or minimized with a little care. With that, let’s move on to discuss the transits of February 2019.

February 1 to February 3 – Aftermath

While most of February will be relatively calm, we will feel some of the after-effects from last month’s Eclipse Season. February 1, in particular, may see some tensions arise and tempers flare. This is because Mars will be square Pluto, and the Moon will pass over Saturn, bringing frustration as well. The important thing to remember is that we have a choice in how we respond to events and to people even if they make us angry. People with planets in the middle degrees of the Cardinal Signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn will have the most trouble.

The next day, on February 2, the Moon will pass over Pluto as well. This will be a continuation of the difficulties from the day before. Whatever problems occurred will likely resolve themselves by February 3, and Mercury will sextile Jupiter, putting everybody in a more forgiving mood. Also on this day, Venus will enter Capricorn, which will be a calming influence.

February 4 to February 18 – A Time to Reflect

The New Moon will occur on February 4, and it will be the first clear Lunation of 2019. The New Moon of January 5 was a Solar Eclipse, and the Full Moon of January 21 was a Total Lunar Eclipse. This New Moon will mark a return to normalcy.

The New Moon will occur in Aquarius. Mercury will be in Aquarius as well.  The Sun and the Moon are moving into a nice sextile with Jupiter. This will bring a contemplative and detached atmosphere to the next two weeks, emphasizing goodwill and philosophical concerns. There is still some potential explosiveness with Mars in Aries moving closer to Uranus, but that is more likely to impact world events. Most people will be able to avoid it on a personal level. Venus and Saturn and Capricorn will help people remain levelheaded.

February 7

After an uneventful three days, Mars will square the North and the South Nodes. This will make this day a little more stressful than the past few have been. On the other hand, Mercury will be sextile Mars, and the Sun will be sextile Jupiter, which will make it much easier to resolve any conflicts that may have occurred. In general, people will remain in a calm and forgiving mood.

February 9 & 10

Mercury will sextile Uranus on February 9, and then she will move into Pisces on February 10. The Moon will be passing over Uranus this day as well. There will be a slight agitation in the air followed by a return to calm. Mercury is debilitated in Pisces, and so during her sojourn there, people may experience a sense of being scattered and foggy. The people most affected by this will be those with prominent planets or chart points in the Mutable Signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.

February 13 & 14

February 13 will mark Mars’ last day in Aries. Before she leaves, she will pass by Uranus. This day, people will be more irritable, so it would be a good day to utilize any stress management exercises that you may have. After that, Mars will enter Taurus on February 14.

During the month and a half that Mars will be in Taurus, there may be a sense that it is difficult to get things done. Mars is the planet of action, and Taurus tends to resist activity. Mars is debilitated in Taurus, which means she does not like being there. In this time period, do your best to be as patient as you can. Those who tend to do things at the last minute or who like a lot of activity may experience some frustration. The important thing to remember is that everything will be moving a lot more slowly than usual and to just accept that.

February 17 & 18

Venus will sextile Neptune on February 17, and then she will pass by Saturn on February 18. This may be a difficult couple of days for relationships. As much as you can, be as honest as possible. Any lies, even little white lies to spare someone’s feelings, may come back to haunt you.

On February 18, the Sun will sextile Uranus, and then move into Pisces. Shortly after the Sun moves into Pisces, there will be a Full Moon.

February 19 to February 28 – Slow and Steady

The Full Moon of February 19, will bring an influx of the cold temperament. Of the Seven Traditional Planets, four will be in Earth, and two will be in Water. Only Jupiter will be in the warm element of Fire. This will mean that the energy level will be rather low.

Mercury has just passed by Neptune, and she will be sextile Saturn. She is also moving into a sextile with Venus. This means that whatever issue was going on within relationships in the last couple of days will be a part of this Lunation and will have an  impact over these next couple of weeks. With Mercury present, this should give an opportunity for communication, but resist any impulse towards deception. The way to get through this transit unscathed is to be completely honest.

February 22

If any relationship troubles have begun, this is when things will come to a head. Venus will conjunct Pluto, and Mercury will square Jupiter. There is the potential for rupture on this day, coupled with the likelihood of miscommunication. The Moon will also be triggering Venus and Pluto, adding to the likelihood of difficulty. If your relationships are fine, you may have friends or family wanting to talk about their problems with you. It is best to counsel caution because this is a relatively short period of bad weather for relationships, so it is not a good time to make any permanent decisions.

February 23 to February 25

This will be a continuation of the events of February 22, with Mercury sextile Pluto on February 23, Venus conjunct the South Node on February 24, and Mercury trine the North Node on February 25. This will give the opportunity to discuss the events that occurred on February 22 and to find a way to move forward.

February 27

The Sun will sextile Mars and the Moon will pass by Jupiter on this day, giving people a little more energy than they have had over the past couple weeks. It also looks to be a day when many people will be in a good mood.

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