When we have an accident or injury, we often feel blind-sided. We never saw it coming! Well, sometimes you can astrologically. First, you want to see harsh aspects (square, quincunx, opposition; conjunction by Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) to the body part that is affected in the chart. Say someone breaks their foot - in that case, you'd want to see harsh aspects to their Neptune, 12th house cusp, or 12th house ruler, as these all rule your feet. If someone sprains their wrist, you'd want to see harsh aspects to their Mercury, 3rd house cusp, or 3rd house ruler, as these all rule your wrists. You don't need a bunch of harsh aspects, especially if it shows in their chart that they're prone to accidents/injuries in general, or difficulties with that part of their body.
Next, you need Mars. Mars is the ruler of accidents and injuries, so you'll almost always see Mars involved. This can be transit Mars making a harsh aspect or in the house ruling the body part (or the 1st house, which rules you in general), or it can be natal Mars, with harsh aspects to natal Mars bringing in the accident/injury energy.
Lastly, you need a trigger, which will usually be the Sun or Mercury harshly hitting that area of the chart affected or the 1st house on the day of the accident/injury. The Sun and Mercury move quickly, so they set it off. Venus moves about as fast, but she's a gentler planet, so harsh Venus generally won't do it.
Usually, the person will have a predisposition in their natal chart to accidents/injuries, which will show up with prominent Aries or Mars, or harsh aspects to the Sun. If not that, you'll see harsh aspects to the part of the body in question, like harsh Mars to Neptune for someone who breaks their foot. Another thing to consider is their progressed chart, which could show an aspect being made by progressed planets to natal planets, or progressed-to-progressed planet aspects, which wouldn't show up in the natal chart, but can give some predisposition to an accident/injury (it's just not permanent).
(originally in the September 2014 newsletter)
Many people dream of being writers, but when is a good time to actually do it? Astrologically, writing is ruled by Mercury, Gemini, and the 3rd house. It can be helpful to write with the transit (moving) Sun, Mercury, Venus or Mars in your 3rd house. The Sun, Mercury, and Venus are in this house for about one month once per year, giving you a solid writing period. Mars is in the 3rd house for about two months every two years, and you can get a surge in energy and drive for writing.
Jupiter is in the 3rd house for one year every 10-12 years, and can give you a prolonged period of opportunity to write. Saturn in the 3rd house might make it take longer or zap your inspiration, but it can be good if you’ve been working on a writing project for a long time and doing right by it. Uranus can make inspiration come and go in spurts; Neptune can be good for imagination but requires more discipline; and Pluto brings a serious attitude about it. The Moon is in your 3rd house for 2-3 days each month and can give you a more emotional connection to your writing.
A progressed planet entering Gemini, your natal or progressed 3rd house, or conjunct, sextile, or trine your natal or progressed Mercury, natal or progressed 3rd house cusp, or natal or progressed 3rd house ruler can also brings excellent periods for writing, and it might be a reflection of where you are at the moment.
A new moon in the 3rd house or conjunct Mercury can be good for starting a writing venture, while a full moon in the 3rd house or conjunct Mercury can be good for finishing. Sextiles and trines to your 3rd house ruler and cusp can also be excellent, as well as to your natal Mercury.
You can also see all of these aspects with your Jupiter, 9th house, or Sagittarius since these rule publishing, so writing under a Jupiter/9th house/Sagittarius aspect can be for the purpose of getting published at some point, or can show getting your writing out there.
(originally in the August 2016 newsletter)
June's new moon occurs on June 13th at 3:42PM ET in Gemini. Gemini is the sign of the mind, so we can come up with lots of new ideas, new plans. and be more engaging and inquisitive. We can focus on learning new things, absorbing new information, sharing what we know, and we can be curious about the way things work. You can become interested in a variety of things, though we can lose interest pretty fast. The mind jumps from this to that!
We can focus on matters to do with young people, schools, communities, neighborhoods, siblings - all ruled by Gemini. We may see more people speaking up and shining a light on ideas and plans. We can consider lots of options, and we can get started with lots of plans. Do we stick with them though?
For the most part, we focus on the positives with a Gemini full moon, and our outlook is largely optimistic. We want to see the good, and we want to come up with happy ideas and plans. We can also be more engaging, keeping ourselves busy to use up the extra mental energy, and there can be plenty to work on and deal with. Always lots to do!
This new moon occurs at 22 degrees 44 minutes Gemini. The major aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 20 degrees 44 minutes - 24 degrees 44 minutes Gemini
Sextile: 20 degrees 44 minutes - 24 degrees 44 minutes Aries or Leo
Square: 20 degrees 44 minutes - 24 degrees 44 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 20 degrees 44 minutes - 24 degrees 44 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Opposition: 20 degrees 44 minutes - 24 degrees 44 minutes Sagittarius
The full moon for June occurs on the 28th at 12:53AM ET in Capricorn. Capricorn is the height of the Zodiac, so we may see the culmination of some events or decisions or actions, feeling like we're hitting a high point or hitting our stride with the things that we've done right by and been responsible with. But we can also see setbacks, delays, failures, falls from high places, and humiliations for those who haven't done things the right way. Hint: Do things the right way!
Capricorn is ruler of authority figures, governments, and politics, so we may see some developments in these arenas. Some may do well, and others may falter (big!). Some may wither under the microscope, and others may thrive.
This full moon is conjunct (aligned with) Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, in Capricorn. That's a lot of Capricorn energy, so the influence is amplified. With Saturn, we're also more likely to see a downfall or a sharp rise, or both. We can also feel more restricted, confined, like we have limited options and need to be very careful we make the right choices. We may need to work on finding some space within the limitations so we don't suffocate under Saturn's restrictions.
This full moon occurs at 6 degrees 28 minutes Capricorn. The major aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 4 degrees 28 minutes - 8 degrees 28 minutes Capricorn
Sextile: 4 degrees 28 minutes - 8 degrees 28 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Square: 4 degrees 28 minutes - 8 degrees 28 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 4 degrees 28 minutes - 8 degrees 28 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Opposition: 4 degrees 28 minutes - 8 degrees 28 minutes Cancer
The basics: A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backward from our view here on Earth. It isn’t actually moving backward, it just appears that way because of the way the planets move in relation to one another. Mars retrograde once every 2 years or so for about 2 ½ months at a time. The last Mars retrograde we had was in mid-2016.
Mars madness! We're gearing up now for a round of Mars retrograde this time, and it kicks off in air sign Aquarius on June 26th (5:04PM ET). Mars loves to stimulate violence, anger, aggression, rage, and this can start off focused in Aquarius ways. With Aquarius ruling mankind as a whole, we may be more focused on how this impacts us all, and we may see violence used more broadly and generally on the masses rather than more pinpointed and individually. It can also play out in technology with Aquarius being one of the tech rulers and ruler of the internet, and we may see more issues with trolling, online predators, and hacking. It wouldn't seem to be the best time for social media companies either (I write this as Facebook is getting embroiled in the election scandal!).
Aquarius rules individuality, nonconformity, the unconventional and pushing boundaries, and we can see a lot more rebelliousness during this retrograde. People can stand up and say, we're not gonna take it anymore! But it's important to be smart with what actions we take and not resort to the violent tendencies of Mars retrograde.
Aquarius also rules our friendships, the groups we travel in and tribes we feel we belong to, so we may have a harder time getting along with our peers, or there may be an issue with an important group that arises. Aquarius also rules the causes that we champion, so one positive way to use the energy would be to focus on charitable ventures. So long as you're not blowing anything up to make your point, anyway!
Our hopes and dreams and the future is also ruled by Aquarius, so we may feel a little hopeless about something, give up on dreams, or are extra aggressive with the future, innovation, invention. We need to work on being realistic and creating the future that we want in healthy and positive ways.
And change is also the domain of Aquarius, along with the sudden and unexpected, so there may be some developments in the world that send us whirling, come as a total shock, and change everything as we know it. Be flexible, be open . . .
Ah but yes, flexibility and being open seems like it'll be a MONSTER of a challenge while Mars is retrograde in Aquarius because while he is, we'll have a fixed t-square that quickly becomes a fixed grand cross! Jupiter is in fixed sign Scorpio, opposite Uranus freshly in fixed sign Taurus, both of whom square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) retrograde Mars in Aquarius as he kicks off. Then Mercury enters fixed sign Leo on June 29th to oppose retrograde Mars, and Mercury will remain in Leo the rest of the time Mars is retrograde in Aquarius (because Mercury will retrograde in Leo!). We've had to deal with cardinal and mutable t-squares over the last few years, so now it's fixed's turn! Fixed energy is, well, fixed. It's immovable. On the positive side, it's reliable, dependable, and sees things through. On the negative side, it's stubborn, it's stuck, it's frustrating to the max. Hello rock, meet hard place! It may feel like the world is just plain old stuck for a little while, unable to figure out how to deal with problems and issues that arise, or being woefully stubborn about it's positions, opinions, and beliefs. We absolutely positively have-to-have-to-have-to work on being more flexible and open, otherwise we may find ourselves in a rut that takes an awfully long time to get out of, and create a lot more problems that necessary.
Mercury is retrograde in Leo during this time from July 26th - August 19th; Mars remains in Aquarius until August 12th, so July 26th - August 12th would be the most difficult period for this fixed energy. Adding to that is the lunar eclipse on July 27th, which occurs in Aquarius and conjunct (aligns with) retrograde Mars (who triggers the eclipse on July 24th; and the Moon is in Aquarius July 27th 6:41AM ET - July 29th 7:28PM ET). This would be the most likely to see some kind of major development, action, decision in the world, and the most likely time for violence, accidents, just something extreme. I'm definitely worried, though hoping that we're all feeling too lazy to take any violent action!
The retrograde kicks off June 26th at a special degree as well, 9 degrees Aquarius, which is a critical degree (8-9 degrees of fixed signs are critical degrees, points of critical energy). Mars retrograde is critical to July 10th. So there may be something critical that we're dealing with around the start of the retrograde, something that has come to an impasse, something that we're extra stubborn about, something that has wide-ranging impact. Mars first turns critical before the retrograde starts on June 12th, so this may be when we actually start feeling the heat of the retrograde before it officially begins. Early in the retrograde, when Mars is still critical the Moon will be in Aquarius June 30th (12:37AM ET) to July 2nd (1:31PM ET), and conjuncts retrograde Mars June 30th (7:10PM ET) at 9 degrees Aquarius, so this can be when our emotional focus is most of this energy, and we can be emotionally driven to take some sort of action, but we need to make sure we're not impulsive, impatient, and actually think things through. Difficult to do!
Mars doesn't retrograde entirely in Aquarius though; he will go back into earth sign Capricorn on August 12th (10:14PM ET), and finishes the retrograde in Capricorn on August 27th (10:05AM ET). On the one hand, yea for being out of a fixed sign, but on the other hand, uh oh, here comes a Capricorn stellium! A stellium occurs when 3 or more planets are in one sign, and both Saturn and Pluto are in Capricorn (and both also retrograde during this time). On the upside, Mars retrograde won't conjunct either of them, BUT when Mars enters Capricorn, he'll be at the anaretic degree. The anaretic degree is 29 degrees of any sign and a point of crisis energy, *especially* with retrogrades. I find it *almost*always* results in some sort of big important action. Mars will be at 29 degrees Capricorn August 12th - 20th, so this is another super hot period for the retrograde.
That energy gets focused on Capricorn stuff, and Capricorn rules governments, politics, and authority figures, institutions and the like. So yeah, not the best time for any of that! We can see people fighting against governments, politics can get even crazier, people in high places can have some very long falls, and we may not be as keen on traditional institutions, or a scandal erupts with one. (and yeah, I've been worried about that constitutional crisis!)
We may feel more restricted, limited, confined, overwhelmed by responsibilities, and pushing back to try and get some space. We need to make sure we're not completely avoiding what needs to be done and we need to be responsible with though, otherwise we can create problems we don't need.
Right after Mars is no longer anaretic, the Moon enters Capricorn on August 21st (12AM ET) to August 23rd (12:56PM ET), and is conjunct retrograde Mars August 23rd (10:19AM ET) at 28 degrees Capricorn. So whatever may come from the anaretic energy can stimulate some emotional response with the Moon joining with Mars in Capricorn.
As for major aspects made by Mars during this retrograde, he'll make four. First, an opposition to Mercury on July 5th (7:48AM ET), which can stimulate some major fighting over words, ideas, and plans, some hot rhetoric, and we need to be more mindful of the words we're using, and listen more to each other. Second, an opposition to the Sun on July 26th (1:13AM ET), which can make anger even worse, and we can have great difficulty controlling ourselves, and a positive, healthy outlet for all of the energy, anger, and frustration is needed in a big way. Third, a square to Uranus on August 1st (10:39PM ET), which is just before Uranus turns retrograde on August 7th so that retrograde starts square Mars retrograde, and there can be some major impulsive, impatient energy, major rebelliousness, major stubbornness, and there may be some unexpected events or developments out of nowhere. Fourth, a trine to Venus on August 7th (8:33PM ET), the lone positive aspect, and we may work on trying to compromise, get along a little better, or at least use passionate energy in creative ways.
During the retrograde, the Moon will be in Aries, the sign Mars naturally rules, July 5th (12:50AM ET) to July 7th (8:51AM ET), and August 1st (6:54AM ET) to August 3rd (8:51PM ET). This can bring extra emphasis on the retrograde energy emotionally, and we can feel waaaay off! The Moon will also be in Aries just after the retrograde ends, August 28th (12:35PM ET) to August 30th (9:30PM ET), so once the retrograde is over, we may still be reeling from the effects and feel like it's not quite over yet, or spend time reflecting on what has come to pass and how we feel about it all.
The Mars retrograde begins at 9 degrees Aquarius, so those of you Aquarians born January 26th - February 1st can be impacted most. The retrograde ends August 27th at 28 degrees Capricorn, so those of you Capricorns born after January 16th can be impacted most.
Check the house(s) Mars will retrograde in your chart and any aspects he’ll make so you can understand how the retrograde will impact you. Check out the Mercury, Venus, and Mars retrogrades page for interpretations.
If you have Mars retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may be exempt from the worst. This tends to protect you because the energy is more natural to you, and you can feel more comfortable with the retrograde energy, especially if you were born with it. You can still have problems though, because not everyone around you has this, so difficulties can be brought on by others.
Uranus, one of the slow-moving outer planets, starts moving into a new sign in 2018, entering earth sign Taurus on May 15th (3:18PM UT). He’ll retrograde back into Aries November 6th (6:57PM UT), and then come back to Taurus March 6th 2019 (8:28AM UT), to stay until July 7th 2025 (7:47AM UT). He’ll retrograde back to Taurus November 8th 2025 (2:19AM UT) and officially exit Taurus April 26th 2026 (2:51AM UT). So we’re looking at about 8 years of Uranus transiting Taurus.
Uranus in Aries (ongoing since 2010) has been a time of rebellion, of independence, of pioneering energy. In some ways, Uranus and Aries energy are extremely compatible. Taurus, on the other hand, is quite different. Taurus is a grounded earth sign, the most grounded, fixed, earthiest of the signs. So we have to merge the two, and we can experience changes in slower, steadier ways, taking more time to create change but once we do, we can see it through to the end (something that was a bit difficult with Uranus in Aries, a lot started but stopped along the way).
Taurus rules money, so we may see some ups and downs when it comes to money during this transit, and they may be bigger ups and bigger downs (we were in the Great Depression the last time Uranus was in Taurus in the 1930’s, for example). We can take bigger risks with Uranus, but Taurus doesn’t like to be *too* risky, so we may need to work on finding some moderation. Moderation may be key in many ways!
What we need to create stability and security in the world can undergo some major shifts with Uranus in Taurus, and we can find stability and security in the unconventional, the unusual, the different, and in ways we can’t even imagine now. The ways in which we’ve created stability and security can be challenged, especially with the ways we’ve been stuck in. Uranus pushes us to get unstuck and think outside of the box we’ve been living in.
Taurus rules our values, so value systems may also be challenged with Uranus in Taurus. We may embrace values that are more unconventional, or that at least give us more space for thought and to be true to ourselves, even if that goes against the traditional orthodoxy. There can be more embracing of science and technology, and merging that with our values (worshipping smartphones?).
Science and technology, which are Uranus-ruled, can become more practical in their applications to our lives, more accessible with Uranus in Taurus. While Uranus was in Aries, there was a lot of innovation, but maybe not so much in terms of innovation that we really needed and could benefit on a larger scale. We can be practical innovators?
Taurus is fixed energy, there can be many ways in which we’re all working to get unstuck while Uranus is in Taurus. Uranus hates being stuck, and Taurus is super stuck! But they can combine to bring some beneficial energy for getting out of ruts and bringing in some fresh air.
Speaking of fresh air, since Taurus is an earth sign and Uranus rules causes, Uranus in Taurus may be a great time for focusing on environmentalism. We can become much more passionate about improving the ways in which we treat the Earth. My concern is that the reason for this may be because we see some super extreme weather and climatological events that force us to get more real and get more invested. Which is definitely a scary thought considering how extreme it’s already been!
This year, in 2018, Uranus in Taurus will be a bit hot right at the start as he’ll be embroiled in a fixed grand cross midyear with Mars retrograding in Aquarius, Mercury retrograding in Leo, and Jupiter in Scorpio. This can be one of the most difficult periods of Uranus in Taurus, and we may feel extra stuck, stubborn, resistant yet perhaps unmoving, and we need to be more mindful of the energy at the time. Get grounded, get focused, and make some slow, steady progress. Avoid impulsive, indulgence, ignorance. Keep an open mind!
Jupiter will be in Taurus while Uranus is in Taurus May 16th 2023 - May 25th 2024, and the two will conjunct (align) April 21st 2024 at 21 degrees Taurus. Jupiter energy is expansive, so while Jupiter is in Taurus with Uranus, this can expand on the Taurus energy. We can have extra focus on finances, security and stability, the Earth and nature, and some things improve that we’ve been doing well with, and other things can get worse that we’ve been reckless with, and on a personal level, this can be found in the areas of life ruled by the house(s) in your chart these two will be touring.
While in Uranus is in Taurus, Mars will be in Taurus February 14th - March 31st 2019, January 6th - March 4th 2021, July 5th - August 20th 2022, and June 9th - July 20th 2024. Mars is energy and drive, so these periods bring greater focus on Taurus energy, and we can be more energized and driven for financial pursuits, to bring stability and security, to focus on confidence and sensuality, to be grounded, practical, and steady, to stick to what we start, and to connect to the Earth. Like with Jupiter, this can be found on a personal level with the areas of life ruled by the house(s) in your chart both Uranus and Mars will be transiting.
Mercury will retrograde twice in Taurus while Uranus is in Taurus, May 23rd - June 3rd 2022, and April 21st - May 15th 2023. Thankfully, Venus and Mars won’t retrograde in Taurus while Uranus is in Taurus, only Mercury will. When Mercury is retrograde in Taurus with Uranus, this can bring more difficulties to the energy, and we can struggle with being fiscally responsible, feeling stable and secure, can be extra stubborn and stuck in a rut, and need to focus on being more grounded. There can be more impulse and rebellion when Mercury retrograde and Uranus, and more unpredictability, so we’ve gotta stay on our toes at these times.
There will be four eclipses in Taurus while Uranus is in Taurus, three lunar eclipse and only one solar eclipse. The lunar eclipses are November 19th 2021, November 8th 2022, and October 28th 2023, and the solar eclipse is April 30th 2022. The solar eclipse and the November 8th 2022 lunar eclipse will be conjunct Uranus. The lunar eclipses bring more emotional energy into the mix, and we can see more endings come into play, and they can come about suddenly, unexpectedly, in unpredictable ways, in ways that impact the world at large, or in ways that impact the future. There can be some highs as well that come about suddenly, unexpectedly, or unpredictably. The solar eclipse can bring very beneficial energy, and we can focus on positive changes, pushing outside of social norms, challenging the traditional, finding new ways of having stability and security, and can focus on being better to the Earth.
While Uranus is in Taurus, Neptune will mostly be in water sign Pisces, two signs away or sextile, which is a positive aspect. At the end of Uranus in Taurus, Neptune will move into Aries, one sign away, or semisextile, also a positive aspect. Pluto spends most of the tour in Capricorn, four signs away or trine, also a positive aspect, and at the end, will be in Aquarius, which is three signs away or square, a difficult aspect, but only at the very end. So the other two slow-moving outer planets are mostly at harmonious angles to Uranus while he’s in Taurus, and the trio can mostly work well together over the next 8 years.
So that’s Uranus in Taurus in a nutshell! Enjoy? :)
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Jupiter in Sagittarius: November 2018 - December 2019
Saturn in Capricorn: December 2017 - March 2020, July - December 2020
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