Maybe you’re thinking of getting a pet, and you want to use astrology to figure out the best time to get one. Animals are split into two categories, with smaller and domestic pets (so cats and dogs and more traditional animals) governed by Virgo, Mercury, and the 6th house, and larger and exotic pets (usually what you’d consider a zoo animal) governed by Pisces, Neptune, and the 12th house.
You can get a pet when you have a transit (moving) planet going through the 6th/12th house, aspecting a natal planet in Virgo/Pisces, aspecting your natal Mercury/Neptune, or aspecting the ruler of your 6th/12th house. You generally want to see positive aspects (sextiles and trines) so it’s an easy transition (though a conjunction by the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, or Jupiter can be good as well). Positive aspects by Mercury or Neptune to any part of your chart can be good energy for getting a pet as well.
A return chart with the return planet in the 6th/12th house, the Rising of the return chart in Virgo/Pisces, or the ruler of the 1st house in the return chart in the 6th/12th house can also be good for getting a pet. Your progressed Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, or Mars in Virgo/Pisces, the natal or progressed 6th/12th house, aspecting the natal or progressed ruler of the 6th/12th house, or aspecting natal or progressed Mercury/Neptune can also be good for getting a pet.
If you don’t want to wait long, you can use the Moon, who travels quickly (zooms through the entire Zodiac is less then one month). You can get a pet when the Moon will be in your 6th/12th house, or conjunct your 6th/12th house ruler or Mercury/Neptune.
Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto in the 6th/12th house or making a hard aspect (conjunct, square, opposite) to your 6th/12th house cusp, ruler, or Mercury/Neptune can be difficult times to get a pet, and you have a hard time finding one, or it just doesn’t work out the way you thought it would. Retrogrades can be a bad idea for getting a pet if you’re getting a brand new pet; if you’re going to get the same kind of pet that you’ve had before, then doing it under a retrograde is a good time (for example, I have a friend who got the same breed of dog as her previous dog when Venus retrograde conjuncted her 6th house cusp - though it did turn out to be a little hyper!).
(originally from the March 2016 monthly newsletter)
When you're assessing your progressed chart and comparing it to your natal chart, one of the things you can look at is if the progressed angles - the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th house cusps - will be making an aspect to any of your natal planets. House cusps come in pairs with each having an exact opposite house, and the 1st and 7th house cusps are exactly opposite one another, so you can interpret them together. This axis is the axis of relationships, governing your connection to the self (1st house) and to others (7th house). So when they're making an aspect to your natal planets, that aspect impacts your connections with the self and with others.
A sextile/trine (the easy aspects; they go hand-in-hand so if a natal planet is sextile one house cusp, it's trine the other) can show a positive period for your relationships and connections. The Sun grabs your attention and shines a light; the Moon brings emotional focus and emotional connection; Mercury focuses on mental connections and communications; Venus makes interactions pleasant and affection more easily expressed; Mars brings energy and drive to focus on the self and others; Jupiter helps improve connections and can bring beneficial relations; Saturn increases responsibility, stability, and commitment; Uranus helps you make changes with the self or in relationships and bring new/different people in your life; Neptune improves soul connections; and Pluto improves intimacy and promotes growth through connecting.
A square (hard aspect) can show a difficult period with challenges in your connection to the self and others. Balance is often required, balancing your focus on the self with focus on others and addressing your own wants/needs with the wants/needs of others. Often with a square, one ends up taking focus and the other is ignored. This can seem more obvious to you with the Sun; create emotional disruption and insecurity with the Moon; present communication problems and misunderstandings with Mercury; make affection difficult and grow more of a chasm between the self and others with Venus; increase frustration and annoyance with the self/others with Mars; expand on existing challenges with Jupiter; create feelings of restriction/limitation and suffocation or overwhelm with Saturn; create instability and erratic behavior with Uranus; increase delusion, illusion, deception, victimization, or subconscious widen chasms with Neptune; and increase resentment, hostility, manipulation, and struggles over power and control with Pluto.
The 4th and 10th house axis is the axis of foundations, governing your internal foundation and emotional/personal self (4th house) and your external foundation and goals/ambitions/external self (10th house. So when they're making an aspect to your natal planets, that aspect impacts your internal and external foundation/self.
A sextile/trine can show a positive period for the foundation of your life and self. The Sun shines a light; the Moon brings emotional focus on internal and external needs being met; Mercury focuses on personal and professional ideas/plans; Venus brings pleasant energy for balancing the internal and external; Mars brings energy and drive to focus on your foundation and needs; Jupiter helps open opportunities for personal and professional growth; Saturn increases focus on stability and security; Uranus opens you up to changes personally/professionally or to taking different approaches to meeting internal/external needs; Neptune strengthens emotional intuition as well as provides intuitive guidance for your life path; and Pluto gives more power and control over your foundation.
A square can show a difficult period with challenges that can make your foundation feel shaky, and you may focus too much on the personal/emotional/internal or too much on the external/professional/goals. Balance is often required with the square, balancing the internal with the external, the personal with the professional, where you've come from with where you're going. This can seem more obvious with the Sun; create emotional insecurity with the Moon and shake you at your core; present difficulties in communication with Mercury; shake relationship foundations with Venus; stir up frustrations and impulsiveness with Mars; expand on existing issues with Jupiter; make you feel stifled, overwhelmed, and like you're being pushed down/held back with Saturn; generate sudden/unexpected issues with your foundation with Uranus; make it difficult for you to see through the fog to have internal confidence or confidence in your direction with Neptune; and can stir up difficult deeply-held issues with Pluto that impact both your emotional and professional selves.
Conjunctions/oppositions go hand-in-hand (if a natal planet is conjunct one progressed house cusp, it's opposite the other), and show the natal planet has been moved into a new progressed house. This can be interpreted similarly to if that planet was in that house natally as if becomes more natural for you, but with an element of if it were there by transit since it can stimulate developments related to the house (especially at the onset while still conjunct the progressed house cusp).
(originally from the October and November 2018 monthly newsletters)
We all have hopes and dreams, for our lives and the world, and there are times when we focus on this more than others. The 11th house and Uranus are the rulers of our hopes and dreams, so when we have transits to the 11th house cusp or ruler or Uranus, aspects by transit Uranus, or planets touring the 11th house, this can bring focus to our hopes and dreams. Transit Jupiter in the 11th house, conjunct the 11th house ruler, or conjunct natal Uranus can be some of the best periods you have to pursue opportunities to achieve a hope or dream for your life. You can feel open to trying things in new ways, and taking a chance on opportunities you have. You can also get great energy with transit Uranus conjunct, sextile, or trine your natal Jupiter, 11th house cusp, or 11th house ruler, though this may come with some unexpected energy, more independence, and a stronger willingness to push outside of your comfort zone to achieve your dreams.
Transit Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars tour the 11th house for short period, 1-2 months, and these can be the times during each year where you’re thinking more about what you hope your future will look like and the dreams you have. If Mercury, Venus, or Mars retrograde in the 11th house, this can be one of the more difficult times for your hopes and dreams, and you may question yourself, feel you need to give up, and walk away. This is usually only temporary though, and you can find your way back to your hopes and dreams when the retrograde is over.
Transit Saturn in your 11th house can be tricky. Saturn is the planet of reality, so while he’s in you 11th house, you have the opportunity to make your dreams (11th house) a reality (Saturn), but it usually requires a lot of hard work and dedication - you know, Saturn-style! Same can go for Saturn conjunct your 11th house ruler or natal Uranus. Saturn sextile or trine can be easier energy to work with, but if he’s square or opposite, you may struggle immensely and have much bigger challenges to overcome in order to stay true to your dreams. You may feel you have to be more realistic, and this can make you pessimistic, but that may not actually be true. Your dreams may be attainable, but you can talk yourself out of them. So avoid the pessimism!
Positive transit aspects to your 11th house cusp, ruler, or natal Uranus can be excellent times to focus on your hopes and dreams. You can feel more hopeful, want to pursue opportunities, and can be inspired to change. Pluto can increase passion and intensity for a prolonged period of 2-3 years, while Neptune can guide you intuitively in the right direction for 1-2 years.
Progressed planets moving into your natal 11th house or natal planets moving into your progressed 11th house can bring a strong focus on your hopes and dreams, but for a much longer period of time (can be decades). Transit planets can then trigger the energy, and you can make some major headway when they occur.
What hopes and dreams you have and the approach you take to them can be found with the sign on the 11th house cusp, planets in the house, the sign and house location of the 11th house ruler, and the house location of natal Uranus (check out the 11th house page and natal Uranus page).
There’s also asteroid Pandora (number 55). We all know the story of Pandora’s box. What’s left when it’s all said and done? Hope. So while having a prominent natal asteroid Pandora can be tricky at times, it can also instill in the native an innate sense of eternal hope that things will always work out. Transits to your asteroid Pandora can bring this out or squash it, depending on the planet and aspect. Where asteroid Pandora is touring in your chart may get a little dose of extra hope, helping you to stick with it a little longer. The sign and house location of your natal asteroid Pandora may also show the areas of life where you strive to always be hopeful (in spite of the drama!).
January 2019 New & Full Moons
Jupiter in Sagittarius: November 2018 - December 2019
Saturn in Capricorn: December 2017 - March 2020, July - December 2020
Uranus in Taurus: May - November 2018, March 2019 - July 2025, November 2025 - April 2026