Venus in Leo trines Uranus rx in Aries on Monday, September 18th at 12:27am EST. This trine may have us feeling restless with our usual routines, and is calling for a something new and exciting to take relationships, romance, and finances to the next level. This energy is also conducive for cutting out relationships that don’t serve us in order to seek individual freedom.
Next up this week is Venus’s move from Leo into Virgo on Tuesday, September 19th at 9:15pm EST. Unfortunately, Venus is in detriment in Virgo, as its accepting and embracing nature is no match for Virgo’s dry and to-the-point climate. While this aspect may be good for business due to Virgo’s perfectionist ways, relationship-wise, this aspect can create energy that is extra-critical, worrisome, and overall difficult to please.
Later in the day on the 19th, Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune rx in Pisces at 11:50pm EST. While the energy of this transit is only felt over the better course of two days, it may have us questioning what we know and what is really true. This is significant, as Mercury will later trine Pluto in Capricorn on Friday, September 22nd at 2:01pm, potentially revealing what seemed unknown just a few days before.
The Sun moves into Libra at 4:02pm EST on Friday, September 22nd. The Sun is in fall here, as Libra, being the opposite sign of Aries which represents the mark of the individual, is more focused on the collective. Libra represents moving away from self-focus and into embracing others and assimilating into a group consciousness. Libra also marks the beginning of the Fall season and the fall equinox in which the hours of day and night are equal.
Moon Transits this Week:
A Venus/Saturn trine takes place on Tuesday, September 12th at 8:50pm EST. This is the second time that these planets meet in a trine this year. With Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Leo, you may feel motivated to make personal commitments and drastic changes that you’ve maybe been putting off until now. The Sun in Virgo squares Saturn the next day on Thursday, September 13th at 10:58pm EST. Squares typically provide obstacles and challenges, so do not be surprised if your new commitment is immediately challenged—with the Sun in Virgo, results are the bottom line, so do not feel deterred by Saturn’s pressure to step up in a big way.
Venus in Leo forms a sextile with Jupiter in Libra at 3:44pm EST on Friday, September 15th. This aspect spells good times and good vibes, so get out and enjoy it while it lasts.
Mercury in Virgo meets up with Mars on Saturday, September 16th at 3:01pm EST. This is the third time that these planets will meet in a conjunction this year. Since Mercury is in its essential dignity in Virgo, this aspect is less about reacting from our Mars center and more about getting organized, taking care of business, and putting our health first.
Moon Transits this Week:
This week slows way down following last week’s total solar eclipse in Leo. Jupiter in Libra makes a sextile with Saturn in Sagittarius on Sunday, August 27th at 8:15am EST. This meetup has these planets 60° from one another and able to see each other quite well. With Jupiter ruling knowledge, wisdom, and mind expansion, and Saturn in charge of the past, structure, and reality, this transit encourages being mindful and implementing common sense, something that is not a bad idea coming off of an eclipse.
Mercury rx re-enters Leo on Thursday, August 31st at 11:28am EST. Mercury’s backtracking provides an opportunity to work out anything that may have gone awry when it last coasted through Leo July 5th-25th. Now is a great time to make any necessary apologies, rethink a business transaction, and just generally come from a less self-serving point of view, particularly with the way we come off verbally.
Saturday, September 2nd will really get the wheels turning when it comes to taking concerted action. Mars in Leo will trine Uranus rx in Aries, highlighting your passions and urging you to act upon them confidently with unique self-expression. Today is also a day that might incite shakeups with the way you’re used things being done and how you react to them. Regardless, this transit is calling for abrupt and high energy action—you’ll be the most successful if you use your original inventiveness instead of sticking to the status quo.
Moon Transits this Week:
The Sun in Leo forms a trine with Saturn rx in Sagittarius at 5:06pm EST on Sunday, August 13th. This is the second and last trine between the Sun and Saturn this year. The energy is likely to be profitable and conducive for handling responsibilities and combining work with pleasure. Checking things off your to-do list will feel very satisfying today, so get out there and make it happen!
Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn on Tuesday, August 15th at 7:17am. When these two planets face off, finances and relationships can often experience a shakeup. This is because Pluto loves to strip things down and break things apart, and sensitive Venus is no match for Pluto’s intense effects. Obsessions or addictions may seem extra difficult to avoid during this transit. This energy will keep rolling into early Thursday when Venus squares Jupiter in Libra at 2:40am EST, casting a blind eye or encouraging hand to bad habits. Venus square Jupiter can be known for over-exaggerating and wearing rose colored glasses—how rosy will yours be?
Moon Transits this Week:
Eclipse season is upon us for approximately the next 36 days! While this may sound exciting, don’t get carried away. The only for sure with eclipses is that they express themselves rather erratically. Examining an eclipse’s date, time, and longitude is best done when being compared to an individual chart, being sure to note the house in which the eclipse is occurring within the chart. Typically, eclipses are known to trigger upsets—but whether these “upsets” are either good or bad, positive or negative (for lack of better terms), is usually clearer once the eclipse has passed. Taking a look at the house axis that is stressed by an eclipse in a natal chart is the best place to start, but by no means makes it absolutely clear how the energy will manifest.
The partial lunar eclipse on Monday, August 7th will occur at 15°25’ Aquarius in conjunction with the Full Moon at 11:11am EST. Because eclipses occur in series, typically with a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse (then sometimes followed by another lunar eclipse), the partial lunar eclipse can be considered a precursor for the total solar eclipse that will occur in Leo on Monday, August 21st. While lunar eclipses are typically manifested on a more emotional an internal plane, solar eclipses tend to express themselves externally. Thus, in many cases, the internal motivations of the effects of a lunar eclipse precipitate the external results experienced during the solar eclipse. What makes eclipses significant is their proximity to the North and South Nodes, our centers for karma and energetic intake and output in this lifetime. With a partial or total eclipse, there is upset to these centers, as noted earlier. Remember that eclipses are most relevant when applied to the location in which they will take place in your individual chart.
Following Monday’s lunar eclipse, Venus in Cancer will trine Neptune in Pisces on Saturday, August 12th at 1:17am EST (10:17pm PST 8/10). Energy channels dealing with romantic, artistic, spiritual, and creative will be open for accessing this during this transit. Later in the day, Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo at 9:00pm EST. Mercury in Virgo loves to pay attention to the fine print, and during this retrograde period, that characteristic may become overblown. Take advantage of this time to lock down the details of your life and finances, but don’t become petty over the small stuff unless you want to stress until Mercury goes direct on September 5th.
Moon Transits this Week:
A New Moon in Leo greets us the morning of Sunday, July 23rd at 5:46am EST. This New Moon is taking place at 0° Leo, a transitional but fixed point in the zodiac. Mars is only 1° away from this New Moon, which will provide a burst of motivation and initiation to this fixed energy. While Mars can add a significant source of inspiration to this New Moon, Mars in Leo can also lean toward impatience, vanity, and selfishness. If you’re using the New Moon to plan for upcoming ventures, know that while you may feel lit up and on fire during this time, don’t burn yourself out or run others ragged with demands. Ego checking is sure to be a main theme of this New Moon phase.
On Monday, July 24th, Venus in Gemini and Saturn rx in Sagittarius find themselves opposite one another at 10:54am EST. Cold and dry Saturn has a serious effect on receptive and sensitive Venus, highlighting areas in our lives in which we might need to work a little harder and rely less on our personal charms in order to get ahead. You may be called to use a larger source of wisdom (Saturn in Sag) to harness Venus’s scattered priorities in Gemini. This transit is telling us to hunker down and get our act together, and this planetary pressure is likely to create great creative output if used skillfully. Later in this day, Mercury in Leo makes a trine to Uranus in Aries at 12:33pm EST, urging us to think creatively and consider avenues that might otherwise not seem appealing.
Mercury enters Virgo on Tuesday, July 25th at 7:41pm EST. Detail- and fact-oriented Mercury is in dignity in Virgo, where is excels at digesting the finer points and small details. Consider Virgo the data analyst and quality control center of the zodiac. This transit sheds a no-nonsense light on information that is presented to us, and we might feel hypercritical or analytical during this time frame. While cold and dry Virgo can sometimes be a buzzkill because it’s so factual and realistic, there is also great possibility to use your factual knowledge creatively and playfully with Mercury in this sign. Mercury will be in Virgo until September, since it will move retrograde in mid-August, thus extending its stay in its domain.
The Sun makes an exact encounter with Mars on Wednesday, July 26th at 8:57pm EST. This is a powerful and fiery conjunction that gives us the self-esteem boost we need to get things done. The next 24 hours is a great period to use your personal strengths to initiate a project, communicate your opinion, and take things by the reins.
Moon Transits this Week:
The Full Moon in Capricorn on Sunday the 9th at 12:07am EST compels us to examine areas where we need structure, and it gives us the drive and focus to get the ball rolling. Capricorn is a natural leader, but recognizes that it got to that position by paying dues and putting in work. Steep and treacherous terrain doesn’t deter the goat from climbing higher and higher. The Full Moon in Capricorn will illuminate areas where significant dedication is needed to grow. While the Moon struggles a little bit in dry, cool Capricorn, it’s not a completely foreign place. Luckily, earthy Capricorn has a watery side to it that manifests as passion and empathy. Be honest and exact with yourself this Full Moon, but do so compassionately.
The Sun and Pluto face off on Monday, July 10th at 12:35am EST. With these two powerhouse planets opposing one another, self-evaluation will run deep. You may be confronted with aspects of yourself that you’ve tried to ignore or suppress. Coming off its meet up with the Full Moon in Capricorn, Pluto is calling us to consider how we go about expressing our outgoing self (opposite the Sun) while keeping our inner emotions close to the vest (conjunct the Moon). The reality is that we cannot always be self-contained, even if we feel that we must be so in order to protect ourselves. Eventually our true natures will come to light, exposed by the Sun, and fueled by Pluto to change the way we relate to others and the world around us.
The remainder of this week is light on planetary activity, which provides a perfect buffer to implement the Full Moon and Pluto/Sun energy. Two minor transits occur on Friday, July 14th. Mercury in Leo finds itself inconjunct Neptune in Pisces at 2:19am EST. With a quincunx, or inconjunct aspect, the planets fail to see one another, as mathematically they are just out of sight of one another. The inconjunct between Mercury and Neptune today might create mixups with perspective, understanding, and delivery of messages. Mercury’s sextile to Jupiter in Libra at 4:46pm EST may add to exaggeration and blowing things out of proportion. The Sun quincunxes Saturn in Sagittarius at 2:29pm EST today as well. You may feel that you want to shirk off responsibility and let loose, especially if people have really been on your case lately. Go ahead and do so, and know that Sunday, July 16th will be a perfect day to make any necessary apologies when the Moon trines Mercury at 2:38am EST. ;)
Moon Transits this Week
On Sunday, June 18th, Mercury in Gemini opposes Saturn rx in Sagittarius at 3:07pm EST. Decision making will be key over the next two days or so, and Saturn is demanding that you choose wisely. Don’t sweat this transit too much, since Mercury in Gemini is well-armed with facts and opinions, but it’s possible you might feel pigeonholed into having to choose between options you don’t like. The energy from this transit can be used to get things organized and grab ahold of your ambition, just be discerning about where you place your mental energy.
The Sun enters Cancer on Wednesday, June 21st at 12:24am EST. The Sun’s movement into cardinal Cancer marks the summer solstice in which the Sun is at its highest peak and will continue to decline until it enters Capricorn for the winter solstice in December. In Cancer, the Sun sheds light on our emotional well-being, home, and family life. It embodies the feminine divine that we all have, and it rules our intuitive sensing. Over the next month or so, you may feel emphasis that the Sun has in these aspects of your life depending on where Cancer falls in your natal chart.
Mercury is not too far behind the Sun, and changes from Gemini to Cancer shortly thereafter at 5:57am EST. Mercury is out of bounds at this point, high above the Sun’s orbit. In Gemini, it is able to look out objectively, but as it transitions into Cancer and embarks on its descent closer to the Sun’s orbit, communications become more instinctual and intuitive with a sense of urgency to get things done. Your gut responses may feel strong following this change of sign, so know that they are in tune with your inner energy.
A Full Moon in Cancer takes place Friday, June 23rd at 10:31pm EST. The Moon is the ruler of Cancer and therefore is in essential dignity. During this Full Moon phase, it is able to function to the best of its abilities. The Full Moon in Cancer instinctually sends us back to our home or a place where we feel secure and comforted. Those who are Cancer or water dominant may feel great pleasure in being a homebody and sprucing up their personal space. Emotional connections will take precedence during this Full Moon, so don’t be surprised if you feel compelled to reach out to loved ones or those who are important to you during this time.
Venus in Taurus trines Pluto rx in Capricorn for the first time in 2017 on Saturday, June 24th. With the trine energy, these two planets will work together. Venus in Taurus is in essential dignity and at the height of her feminine and sexual expression. With a trine to Pluto, a planet notorious for the darker side of sexual pursuits, Venus is set up for some serious attraction and lust today, but know that any trysts that come of this trine may not necessarily stand the test of time, as Pluto loves to break things down in order to start something new. Enjoy the energy and sexual release if this transit finds you today. This is also a fantastic transit for business and leadership endeavors, just know that they may eventually morph into something very different from what they first started out as.
Moon Transits this Week:
Mars enters Cancer on Sunday, June 4th at 12:16pm EST, heightening emotional awareness and tendencies to react instead of initiate. Fiery Mars is in Fall in watery, protective Cancer, so it is challenged to perform at its best. The take-no-prisoners attitude of Mars is watered down by this transit. While this can result in some softening of harder characteristics, it also can result in feeling insecure or weak. The upside is that Mars in Cancer also compels us to take care of business related to our homes and families. Don’t be surprised if over the next 6 weeks you embark on some home improvement projects or are extra involved with family activities.
Tuesday, June 6th is charged with super powerful and positive energy as Venus moves into its home in Taurus at 3:27am EST and Mercury moves into Gemini at 6:15pm EST. Both planets will be in essential dignity, so they are empowered to perform to the best of their abilities as long as you let them. Venus in Taurus helps facilitate smooth relationship interactions, business transactions, and positive self-image and self-esteem. Mercury in Gemini gets our mind running with sharp quips, quick decision-making skills, the ability to analyze, and smooth communication. The combined energies of these two planets in dignity complement one another quite well, so enjoy!
On Friday, June 9th the Full Moon in Gemini occurs at 9:10am EST. With malefic Saturn rx only about 5° from the Moon in Sagittarius, this Full Moon is bound to feel more intense and serious than usual. Luckily, Jupiter rx in Libra moves direct shortly after the Full Moon at 10:03am after about 4 months of being retrograde. This direct movement lays a blanket of positivity over the Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius since Jupiter is the ruling planet of Sag. Thus, realizations you have during this Full Moon period may be hard or uncomfortable lessons to learn, but coming out of them you have the ability that they are for your betterment.
Moon Transits this Week:
Venus in Aries squares Pluto rx in Capricorn on Thursday, May 25th at 12:22pm EST. Venus is already compromised in Aries, as she is in her most uncomfortable sign of the zodiac. With power-loving Pluto rx challenging Venus, power struggles and breakdowns may ensue. This transit is not one that facilitates romantic relationships or easy-going business partnerships. Pluto has a tendency to burn up and destroy whatever issues it comes in contact with. In some cases, this can be positive (think of the phoenix rising from ashes), but it can also be very uncomfortable and drastic. This is a great transit for finally laying to rest a dead-end relationship, but not so much for embarking on a new romance.
Interestingly, the Gemini New Moon takes place later in the day on the 25th at 3:44pm EST. This is a welcome astrological distraction from the awkward Venus/Pluto rx square. Pay attention to ideas that come your way during this time, especially with a New Moon in Gemini, as they are seeds trying to plant themselves for later development. Instead of focusing on what’s broken with the Venus/Pluto square, shift your mindset toward engaging in productive conversation and brainstorming. This is a great time for writing things down, taking notes, and drawing up pros and cons.
Mercury in Taurus is quincunx Jupiter in Libra at 3:17pm EST. In the quincunx aspect, the two planets involved cannot “see” one another, so their interactions are prone to misinterpretation or confusion. Quincunxes always require some sort of adjustment or revisioning, and with Mercury and Jupiter involved, the bigger picture must be reconciled with the details. Don’t allow this energy to overwhelm you--remember that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.
Moon Transists for this Week:
Moon enters Aries Sunday, May 21st at 6:10am EST
Moon enters Taurus Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:33am EST
Moon enters Gemini Thursday, May 25th at 8:15am EST
Gemini New Moon Thursday, May 25th at 3:44pm EST
Moon enters Cancer Saturday, May 27th at 7:25am EST
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