Friday, November 7, 2014

Mercury in Scorpio and Out of the Shadow

November 8, 2014 Mercury will re-enter Scorpio after a grueling retrograde period that involved two intense eclipse events a lunar and solar eclipse. We will be out of the official shadow period on the 10th so we can finally get our head spaces back in forward motion. Hopefully we have all learned a lot about ourselves, especially when it comes to communication in relationships and how our styles both promote and sabotage our happiness and partnerships. This is not a moment too soon as the same day we come out of the darkness we will be confronted with important information as Mars will conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. We will need all of our Mercury mojo as Mars and Pluto are co-rulers of Scorpio where Saturn, now in the late degrees of Scorpio is transiting. Saturn is ruled by Capricorn, this phenomenon is called mutual reception and Pluto and Saturn have been this way for a while, but with Mars joining the action and Mercury, just re-entering Scorpio we will have some shocking revelations about how this retrograde played out and what the consequences will be.

 Pluto in earthy Capricorn prompted by this action will literally bring “buried” secrets out of the earth. (Damn, should have used concrete instead!) If we have left ourselves open by trusting the wrong people with our hidden life there could be some serious betrayal issues, especially with all of the breakups and exes showing back up everywhere. (Make sure you erase the sex tape and cancel the joint credit cards before you break up!) Jealousy can cause problems and loose tongues so if you have something to hide, start working on your alibi or legal defense now. Anyone who feels hurt by us, real or imagined, obvious or unmentioned, could blow us out of the water if they've got juice on us. We will just have to face the truth and consequences and use more discretion with whom we trust or learn to cover our tracks better in the future.

Not only do we have to worry about personal secrets coming out, this Mars/Pluto conjunction will exacerbate the Uranus/ Pluto square that has been creating dramatic global change since June 2012. Some of the secrets coming out will be big news on a world wide scale. The square energy has been promoting revolutions and shocking changes everywhere and this next week’s transits will add to the unrest that will continue until the square breaks for good March 2015. The next exact square will occur December 17 and the aftermath/ resolution or a continuation to the upcoming events will likely occur at that time so we won’t get through all of this quick and easy. Personal natal planets and points will of course point to how and where this plays out for each of us but it will be enlightening for all.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November 6, 2014 Full Moon in Taurus

The earthy Taurus full moon November 6, 2014 will bring some much needed stability to the intense emotions we have all had since the Scorpio new moon/ sun ingress. We started this lunation (Scorpio new moon October 23, 2014) by going deep and plunging into the depths of our psyches. Taurus likes the simple life and takes taking –it-easy just as seriously as hard work. The fixed quality of this full moon will help to slow the emotional pace will slow a bit giving us the chance to take stock of all the changes that have taken place over the past few months. Venus, Taurus’ planetary ruler, will conjunct the sun and oppose this full moon. This puts extra emphasis on, and impels us to explore our values, which Taurus and the natural second house of the zodiac represent.

Taurus and the second house is the area of our natal charts that deal with our personal values and resources. With the sun in Scorpio/ moon in Taurus we will be doing a lot of literal and figurative housekeeping. This full moon reminds me of an episode of “Hoarders” where we all have to clean out our closets and let go of what we don’t need (Taurus) and  don’t  desire anymore (Scorpio) but is still costing us something and dragging us down. The way to clean out our personal hoards is to go through everything we have (2nd House), and decide if there is any value to it, and that includes relationships. We have to ask ourselves as we go through each and every person and item “Do I love it? (Scorpio) Do I need it? (Taurus) Does it/ will it, make me money (resources for survival 2nd/8th house axis)”. If something or someone does not meet this criterion then it is most likely a drain on
our energy and resources (Taurus) and an obstacle to the things that we really do desire (Scorpio/ 8th house).

 This will make for some interesting relationship changes. There will be a lot of emotional honesty, and not all will be happy with the outcome when the Dear John/ Dear Jane e-mails, letters, and tests come in. If we are holding on to a relationship or an object out of guilt, sentiment or that “should” feeling it may be a little painful to let go of, but we need that energy back to move forward. No one likes the idea that they are not desired or valued, but then again setting them free allows them to find out where they are wanted and needed; everyone has a place.

 There will be some interesting energy this moon (November 9-12) when Mars conjuncts Pluto (both co-rulers of Scorpio) in Capricorn (exact November 10). This will activate the energy of the Pluto/Uranus square, and it will also hail the passing of Mercury out of his retrograde shadow. This is where we will have the clarity due to the reorganization of  information due to Mercury’s intense retrograde to make necessary decisions about our values, what we want to hold on to, and what gets carried away from the curb on trash day.  It’s time to be discerning about what really matters to us.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Scorpio Season

This is an especially potent Scorpion season because the sun will be closely conjunct Venus, a new moon/ partial solar eclipse all slide in there the same day as the sun. Venus is the ruler of the natural second house of the zodiac (Taurus) which corresponds to our personal resources, tastes, and how we like to be treated in relationships. This opposes the energy of the 8th house where Venus is now transiting along with the sun; new moon and the partial solar eclipse are set to occur. There will be a clash (opposition) between our own values and possessions (2nd house) and those that we why rely on others for in our lives (8th house), a new beginning (new moon/ eclipse) in how we balance these issues and the confidence and consciousness (sun) to make the necessary adjustments.

This will affect a lot of relationships as Venus is really jealous when she is in Scorpio, and our awareness of the give and take necessary to make any commitment work may compel some us to feel more intensely the power struggles in partnerships.  We will all want to know where we stand and decide whether what we are putting in is equal to what we are getting out of the exchange of emotions and resources we agree to everyday.

 Many marital, sexual, romantic, business and social contracts will be broken or adjusted at this time.  The major shift in planetary energy from Libra to Scorpio in one fell swoop will be powerful. It is very important that we stay in focus and communicate with our partners as we will all feel a jolt as the natural light, loving, sharing energy of Libra takes turn towards more serious matters. This is where we will all be reminded that sometimes love just isn’t enough; money, status, power, etc. are sometimes necessary to make relationships work. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Aries October 8, 2014

 The full moon/lunar eclipse Wednesday October 8, at 15 degrees Aries is extremely volatile. At this time it is very important that we all use self-discipline and restraint with our own emotions and how we relate to others around us. People are going to be a little tense for the next few days. We would do well to practice an extra ounce of prevention at this time as the sparks are flying all over the place. We can’t control everyone but we can do our best to control our own flaring feelings.

This autumn’s energy was set off by a new moon (beginnings) in the sign of Libra (partnerships). The sun and Venus are currently transiting Libra and are influencing us to seek out, focus on, and attune better to the relationships with “the others” in our lives. This ‘balancing” energy would be so lovely if it wasn't complicated by Mercury retrograde in the sign of Scorpio, which brings us backwards in our thinking to old jealousies, power struggles, and betrayals of trust that have shaken our faith in commitment. A lot of ex partners are coming out of the woodwork to have their say about how they felt “way back when” and many couples are struggling to overcome the ill effects that past romances still have on the here and now sense of trust.

The full moon in Aries is opposing all of the Libra sun/Venus energy. A moon in Aries is always a time to use extra caution as tempers run high and we all seem to have a “me first” attitude and can’t get where we’re going fast enough. Aries is the ego center of the zodiac, the area where our survival and pioneering instincts reside. This totally clashes with the Libran flavor (compromise) in the air that promotes sharing and polite civility.  The needs of “me” will oppose the energy of “we”. To add to the volatility, this full moon also conjuncts the planet Uranus (unforeseen events, shock to the system, revolution) and opposes the Sun and Venus in Libra. Libra loves harmony, and in general has no use for abrupt interruptions, especially the kind that Uranus augurs combined with the moon (emotions). We could see some unexpected and possibly violent expressions of the opposition of these energies.

The culture of “going along to get along” leaves traces of resentment.  Add the emotional tensions associated with any full moon/ lunar eclipse and you have a lot of intense energy. Full moon and eclipses seem to bring emotions to the surface, and sometimes those waters are so deep that we are even shocked ourselves to see what rises out of our depths at these times. The little resentments we feel about sublimating our own needs, and the pain caused by some of the necessary compromises needed to be made in order to make relationships with others work don’t disappear no matter how deep we try to bury them. This lunar energy from the full/moon eclipse is likely to bring them out in full force, with little control about how, when, and to whom they are communicated.

On the positive side of this full moon/lunar eclipse, this uncorking of our own, often hidden emotional needs, will allow us to understand ourselves better as individuals and as the other half of partnerships. Once these tensions are brought to the surface and acknowledged we can integrate them better into our lives and relationships. We will see where and how we need to be, independent and where we need to share and feel connected to others. This will allow for better communication and greater stability with our lovers and friends. In what ways are you different as an “I” as opposed to when you are part of a “we”?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio October4-25th, 2014

 Saturday October 4, Mercury, the communication planet, will station retrograde @ 2 degrees Scorpio. The retrograde phenomenon is an optical illusion and occurs when a planet or celestial body appears to be travelling backward from our vantage point on earth. We lose our “perspective” literally, and the stars that we usually rely on to guide us seem farther away and not reliable at this time.

In this case, Mercury is the planet that helps speed things along and gives direction and rules commerce and transportation. This is very important and often taken for granted until we have issues using the internet or telephone, US Mail, or any other service that allows us to reach others for communication and business purposes. When Mercury is in retrograde motion or its shadow period (mid September until mid November) these services and the energy that fuel and guide them are not stable and we must be extra diligent in aiding along the appropriate communication and delivery process.  Double checking shipping labels and monitoring packages for correct postage will help. It is also advised to back up computer files and have security features updated. These small actions, and the appreciation for the energy the universe puts at our disposal every day, will help reduce problems.

This retrograde period starts in the sign of Scorpio and goes back over the trail of bread crumbs we left behind and back into the sign of Libra where the sun and Venus are waiting to join up (a lot of reunions, both happy and other wise at this time). There is a real potential for jealousy and obsessive actions, but that may need to occur to reveal the healing that these energies eventually lead to after the emotions are let loose and out in the open.

Watch out for ex lovers of your own and of those of your current partners. Before things get back to a point of crisis it is wise to consider and remember why this person is an ex. Time tends to cause us to forget the pain of many wounds, and loneliness and cause us to idealize or overlook the past. The need to connect to a familiar face, or fear of the future can make us even more vulnerable to the same forces and mistakes that brought us troubles at least once before in this life.  We cannot allow ourselves or our sweeties to fall under the spell of nostalgia. Their exes can cause mush trouble and competition at this time.

 Retrogrades give us a chance to correct the slip ups from way back when and correct our course.  We need the lessons of the past to gauge where we have grown and where we fall into the same cycles over and over. The way that this transit’s energy affects us will be personal and depends on our natal stars. This is a great time for self reflection and getting back in touch with ourselves. This period wills last until October 25th if we use it wisely we can use it to reconnect with what we are missing and release what we can no longer can make use of in our lives.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Relationship Outlook for September 29th- October 5, 2014

 This is a busy time full of astrological events that will greatly affect our relationships with others. We are coming off an intense past week, with a new moon in Libra, Libra sun ingress, fall equinox, and Mercury’s entry into sexy Scorpio. All of these energies have set us up to want to forge new bonds in our lives and intensify or destroy the existing ones. The love energy continues to surround us as another” relationship friendly” placement in the sky shows up Monday, September 29. Venus, the jewel of the universe, and the planet most closely associated with relationships, enters her own sign of Libra. This will add to our desires to seek out others with the same tastes and goals as ourselves. This will lighten the mood for relationships that just need a little push, and will usher in a new cycle for those just in the process of hooking up. However, those couples (or groups) that are not working, and do not have the right elements to be functional may not make it through this period.

There will be a lot of jealousy and passion. With Mercury (communications) in Scorpio we will want to know where we stand with our friends and partners, and who or what is standing in the light and casting shadows on our partnerships. Mercury turns retrograde Saturday October 4, 2014 and this will send our thoughts back to the past and will cause us to examine the ghosts of relationship past. This may bring out some of our old stalkers and some of our own shadows, so self control will be necessary this upcoming weekend.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mercury Enters Scorpio September 27, 2014

We have another shift in energy this weekend as Mercury; the communication planet enters secretive Scorpio. Mercury, the planetary ruler of Gemini and Virgo rules the energy involved in communication, thinking, travel and commerce. Our natal Mercury placement shows how we impart and receive information. In the sign of Scorpio our minds turn to the forces behind the scenes; mysteries and secrets, power struggles involving jealousy and control, and the deepest most intense parts of our psyches.  Mercury in Scorpio natives often listen for what someone is “not” saying and base their assessments of people accordingly.

 Mercury will turn retrograde October 4, 2014 at 2 degrees Scorpio. Planetary retrogrades can always complicate matters. This time around it will bring ex lovers back around that just don’t want to let go back onto our lives. Or, at least, it will bring up reminders of these controlling personalities that we thought we had left behind.

Be ready to fight for your relationships by working through old issues. Honesty with your partner is the key to staying together. Trying to control others (Scorpio) will simply not work; we must use self control when the heavy emotions and doubts about our partners creep into our minds.  This transit will give us a chance to confront the ghosts that haunt our love lives.

This is certainly a time to avoid any sort of emotional power plays; jealousy can push people over the edge, and the concentration of Libra energy (New moon in Libra, Libra sun) in the air right now compels us to couple up and make bonds. If we turn to jealous thinking or obsess (another Scorpio trait) about what is “not being said” by our partners we can ruin a good thing. This energy will test a lot of couples and bring up a lot of old psychological issues of envy and trust. The good news is that will give us a chance to clean out our closets and those pairs that are meant to be will only be stronger after then time.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Moon in Libra September 24, 2014

This new moon in Libra is all about centering and grounding around the people that we choose to be in our lives. That means friends, associates, business partners and lovers – people we have contractual obligations or commitments with, and have willingly signed up to be  aligned with, for better or for worse.  The emotional spotlight will focus on these people and our everyday give and take with them in our interactions. Are the feelings, benefits, compromises and consequences of our partnerships equal for both participants, or is someone getting a raw deal. This lunar cycle we will find the tools we need to restore fairness are at our disposal if we can take the time to focus on balance.

This is an exciting astrological time, in the past 24 hour we have witnessed several powerful shifts in planetary energy. All of them are all gearing us towards the quest for balance and equality in our relationships with others. We experienced the Libra ingress (sign of partnerships)/ Autumnal Equinox (equal parts light and day)/Pluto Direct (return to personal power) Monday 22nd.  This is an intense way to start off a week, but we still have even more themes in store with the new moon in Libra Wednesday September 24. New moons are a time of beginnings, it is when the energy stirs and awakens us to set new intentions and we reach for the light. Our desires our sent out via emotional energy, to draw the people and resources into our lives that help us meet our own and our family’s (Moon) needs.

The influx of Venusian energy will stir a tendency to strive for harmony ,pairing, coupling, and it will be so strong  at this time that we will actively seek (Mars in Sagittarius) out new people for social and romantic purposes out of a longing to connect, curiosity ,or an urge for variety (Mars in Sagittarius) . Along with this comes the dark side, where we may stop at nothing (Pluto direct) to make peace and harmony (Libra) a part of our lives. That means that there are going to be some dramatic breakups unexpected moves toward independence (Uranus in Aries) that will take place to make the space for something or someone more compatible, trustworthy, committed and attractive in relationships.

The fallout from new love, and the breakups that must occur make way for the new, will find more trouble over the weekend when Mercury enters Scorpio on the Saturday September 27 when major drama is likely. Our minds will turn to issues of betrayal of trust, and power struggles. This tends towards jealousies, stalking, etc. Our speech can more sarcastic and cynical than we intend making changes and transformation harder and harsher than it actually needs to be. It is better to let the partners you need to let go of down gently, for the sake of their pride, and for your own personal health and happiness. Even the most stable personalities can go off the deep end when they feel rejected, and this is a new moon that favors commitment so it will not easy to for some to walk away easily.

 This is time for major breaks and new bonds.  Venus, Libra’s ruling planet, will join in on the mix on the 29th and will further inspire the current social vibrations and invite even more opportunity for romance and pleasant interactions. We just need to resist the urge to overextend our resources in order to indulge in luxury and entertainment purchases this month. It will be tempting to let our tastes and generosity get the better of us. Gifts from the heart will make the best impression and will leave less regret later when the bills come in next month. Live with no regrets!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pluto Direct September 22, 2014

Pluto stations direct on Monday evening just before the sun enters Libra announcing the fall equinox. Pluto is the planet of endings and transformation and is the planetary ruler of the intense sign of Scorpio and the natural 8th house of the zodiac. This is the area of our lives where magic happens, but it is also where we have the tendency to become obsessive or experience it from others. This is where we learn about, and experience power in all forms, especially the unseen. This can be the spirit world, the underworld; the world of microscopic microbes and germs, international spies, undercover agents, manipulative cult leaders, etc. Pluto is what we can’t control and can either help us or survive or can threaten our way of life and very existence.  It is deadly, hidden, and has power over us. This can be used for good or ill, it is neutral until directed by intention.

The natural energy of any planet that natal or transiting Pluto aspects will be intensified showing what and who are working in our lives and what is not. It cuts away the dead weight so that we have more regenerative energy.  A Pluto transit will show what is draining our vitality. If aspecting Mars it will show where our energy and attention is being drained and manipulated. If in aspect to Neptune it will show where our blind spots are, where we are vulnerable to self-deception. One thing is for sure, nothing will ever be the same after it has had contact with Pluto, if it even exists after that at all.
Pluto, now in the steady and successful sign of Capricorn, has been in retrograde motion since April 2014. Planetary retrogrades are optical illusions that make it appear from our vantage point that these orbs are moving backwards in the sky! Now, we know that this is not actually possible however it speaks to how powerful personal and group perception are.  The blanket of security that Pluto afforded us from a certain point of view if taken away during a retrograde period. We tend to notice what giving away or abusing our own personal power has cost us. Now our psyches will start to heal and move forward from this intense experience under this summer’s intense transits. We will feel ourselves rising out of the ashes of our last Pluto experience.

 It is time to start fresh in our own power and adjust our own scales so that we can go onto this new season and connect with others with a new perspective and open eyes. We will be on more even footing now with all of the Libran vibrations.  The fall equinox is before us and that usher a in a new season and opportunity to do things better this cycle around the zodiac.  The sun has entered the partnership sign of Libra and is supported further by a new moon on the 24th in Libra as well. Relationships will be tested.  Some people will not want to let go. Others will refuse to stay away and attach themselves to others out of obsession or jealousy. It will be a little bumpy for anyone who is not sure of their current standing in their business, romantic, social and familial relationships. So take an inventory now so that you will be prepared to face these challenges or have the courage to walk away if necessary.

We must weigh the pros and cons in the energy exchanges that we have with the people in our lives, and a lot cutting will be necessary, however, it will only serve to strengthen bonds that are made at this time and those from the past that transform and withstand this intensity.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekly Relationship Outlook by Diana Black

The foggy effects of last week’s full moon in Pisces conjunct the sign’s ruler, Neptune is still hanging over us making communication with others dicey, but the immense creative lunar energy will aid us in being more in touch with our inner selves. This is the time to show, rather than tell, the important people in your life how you feel about them.  A hand written letter, work of art, or a thoughtful gift (look to your love’s Venus sign and house position to be sure to get the right gift) are much better than any amount of lip service. Mercury in Libra is opposing Uranus (retrograde) in Aries making it very difficult to say what we mean (if you’re not sure what to say, don’t say anything right now) and be understood by others. This transit also bodes for a split between our emotional attachments and our own creative energy.  Add the layers of Neptune retrograde activated by a recent full moon and it is almost impossible to communicate effectively.

This break in communication may cause many couples to have issues, but it is very important to stick this out until next week ( if you are interested in staying a couple, best friends, etc.) when we will actually be able to form and articulate our words. Emotions will change rapidly and many relationship issues will get back on track. Mars’ shift into Sagittarius (Sept 13) will release a lot of the tension felt throughout his transit of Scorpio (July26- September 13). Power struggles, grudge holding, revenge fantasies, etc. that dominated the landscape will loosen their grip on us and our dealing with others. This is further supported by the  Venus in Virgo in trine to Pluto in Capricorn, get practical and let go of whom and what isn’t serving us.  This may mean that some relationships will be ending or changing after all of the turmoil and testing of recent transits. This is a good time to walk away if you’re sure you want out of something it will be easier to move on. If you want to keep things going then it is very important to take inventory of your relationship to see where cuts and changes need to be made. If it is really meant to be it will all be worth it.