Planetary Cycles

The Devil’s in the Details: Mars in Virgo (5 September – October, 2017)

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Mars ends a bold six weeks in Leo on 5 September, taking more cautious steps as he enters Virgo. Mars likes action, while Virgo is a more considerate sign, sometimes given to vacillation and second-guessing. In the sign of the Virgin, Mars sometimes doesn’t know what to do, yet he isn’t given to sitting still, either. A good cause is just the thing to motivate him – and us – to make the most of this six week period.

The Leo Aquarius Lunar Nodes – Destiny in our hands, hearts, and brains.

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With Jupiter moving to Scorpio in October 2017, and Mars travelling through a retrograde cycle for almost 6 months in Aquarius in the course of 2018, and lastly Uranus moving into Taurus by May 2018, we see a strong emphasis in Fixed signs. Subsequently, the following years 2019-2020 will return to the strong Cardinal flavor with heavy emphasis returning to Pluto in Capricorn.

Commander in Chief: Mars in Leo (20 July  – 5 September, 2017)

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Hot celestial weather awaits, both north and south of the equator, for Mars’ stay in Leo. The red planet will be making hot aspects, adding fire to fire, and triggering the Great American Eclipse (as it’s been called) during his six weeks in Leo. Expect a bold entrance, as the Cosmic Warrior strides into the Sun’s home sign

Are the Home Fries Burning? Mars in Cancer 2017 June 4th - July 20th

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Mars enters the sign of the crab on 4 June, 2017 and stays underwater until 20 July. In Cancer, Mars is more likely to advocate for kith and kin than for self. It is a somewhat primal and protective placement for the Cosmic Warrior, and we’re likely to see a kind of aggressive defense in many arenas, especially international politics. Expect that there will be a lot of flag waving and chest thumping, for these seven weeks.

Deep down from the Hearth - The Cancer Solstice - June 21st UT 2017

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There is much more in the world that unifies us than separates us, as the ripples of uncertainty radiate across the globe, yet at certain times of the year we can look to our universal light, the Sun for clarity, guidance and meaning. The Sun God in ancient Greek times, Apollo, was a God of prophecy and healing, an oracle and as the son of Zeus, truth. In astrology the light of the Sun is the most significant symbol of any astrological chart, it is the centre and the core of all astrological readings. So as the Sun appears to reach its furthest stretch into the Northern hemisphere (remember "Appears to", as we our Earth is the one that is turning and tilting on its axis) we have one of the major turning points(tilting extremes) of the year, the June Solstice. As astrologers we call it the Cancer Ingress, when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer, one of the four cardinal points and major turning points in our astrological wheel.

Nodal Shift - Leo/Aquarius - What makes you Happy!

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What makes you happy? And, what is holding you back from embracing your bliss? These questions and more are about to bubble forth into the collective consciousness as the lunar nodes ingress into the Leo/Aquarius polarity beginning on May 9th 2017. Goodbye to the serve or suffer polarity of Virgo/ Pisces. We are about to embrace a new theme until December of 2018; the role of Individual creativity against the backdrop of group-think.

Chiron and healing Spirit

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The energy of Chiron, the healer-redeemer, is in the air. I find this a most fascinating subject when thinking of humanity and our ongoing struggle to find peace, harmony and health. Life is such a paradox of tears and ecstasy, and embodying this conflict is the story of the Centaur. Chiron was the product of a rape and abandoned by his parents he had to set out alone to find his true power, until one day he got struck by an arrow dipped in poison that kept him in excruciating pain until his release into death.

Tilting at Windmills: Mars in Pisces (19 December, 2016 to 28 January, 2017)

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Pisces is a dual sign and the last sign of the zodiac. It can bring us to extremes – hopelessness and infinite possibility vie for our commitment. Mars is an engine, and in Pisces it’s a formula-one racing car breaking speed records – and stalling unexpectedly. With Mars in Pisces, we’ll be tempted to go to extremes in all areas of life, from politics to sexuality. It’s an intense energy that can push us forward at top speed, only to realize that we’re lost.

The Free-Thinker: Mars in Aquarius (9 November – 19 December, 2016)

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Mars makes a quick trip through Aquarius this November and December, spending not quite six weeks in the sign we associate with rationality, freedom, and our highest goals. In the sign of the Water Bearer, Mars is ready to take up the sword to fight for or defend ideals - but not necessarily your ideals. Mars can be a warrior for any side of an issue, and the Aquarian energy can manifest at extremes of the right or left.

Mars in Capricorn- Cosmic Construction Company

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After spending virtually all of 2016 shuttling between playing defense in Scorpio and leading crusades in Sagittarius, Mars moves into Capricorn on 27 September for a short stay in the sign of his exaltation. In Saturn’s home sign, Mars’ energy is thought to be put to good use in service to a higher cause. The trick, of course, is to make sure the good use is really good.

Neptune Direct: Nov 20th 2016 till June 16th 2017

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Neptune, the god of the sea, stations direct on Saturday November 19, 2016, 9 degrees of Pisces at 11:39 pm EST. Time to reconnect with our inner intuitive self, our dreams, our divinity and the `namaste’ presence. It’s time to bring forward the dreams of June which went `underground’ when Neptune retrograde. It’s time to affirm how we fit into the `bigger picture.’

Jupiter in Libra: Sept 9th 2016 to Oct 10th 2017

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As Jupiter enters Libra in September for his once in 12-year visit, the global scene has rarely been in such a state of ‘high tension’! Brexit has revealed a new level of anti-establishment sentiment fuelling the revolutionary urge for change, the force underpinning the 2010’s, as the USA heads toward elections in the midst of anger, confusion & disillusionment, and global terror events are escalating.

Saturn square Neptune: Shape Shifting, Letting Go and Manifestation

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Things you thought would last forever may slip from your grasp, while other dreams you never dared hope for may suddenly arrive. These changes and transitions between real life and the world of your imagination are triggered by the dynamic square angle between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. This aspect defines the next 12 months. It’s the biggest aspect of 2015, and will influence us well into 2016.

Jupiter in Libra: Cycles

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The history of Jupiter in Libra offers us some key moments in our current story with the formation of the EEC in 1957, which then morphed into the EU in 1993 with the Euro currency - (also first World Trade Centre bombing). Then 2004 saw the enlargement of NATO as the EU incorporated most of former Eastern Bloc. During the past 12 years we’ve had the first GFC in 2008, with subsequent controls from central banks who offered massive loans to lesser EU members with debt they could never repay.

Believe it or Not - Mars in Sagittarius August 2 - September 27 2016

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Having turned direct on June 29th after ten weeks of retrograding, Mars re-enters Sagittarius on 2 August. In the sign of the archer, Mars is ready to fight for truth and justice – variously defined according to your social, political, philosophical, or religious address. Mars can certainly bring out the more polarized side of Sagittarius, a sign that can be flexible as it searches for truth but somewhat dogmatic when it believes it’s found it. Expect Mars to turn up the heat on social and political debates – although the temperature is already pretty hot in most quarters.

Forward March! – Mars Ends His Retrograde

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After ten weeks of doing the backstroke through the murky waters of Scorpio, Mars ended his retrograde on June 29th and resumed direct motion. As July begins, the Cosmic Warrior is moving forward, but slowly, and some of the headaches and delays associated with the retrograde may persist through at least the first half of July. While we’re probably eager to get going with many things

Transit of Mercury 19° Taurus -eclipse May 6th 2016

As both Mercury & Venus are between us (earth) and the Sun, they pass between us periodically creating ‘eclipses’. Because they are so small they don’t block the Sun’s light so are not generally noticed down here on Earth. But they are considered quite ‘rare’ and when you check the above dates of previous Mercury eclipses the historical associations are very powerful in terms of social change.

Jupiter- Saturn Squares of 2016

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The Jupiter- Saturn squares of 2016 offer us an opportunity to finally fine tune the application of our beliefs and philosophies to our work, our daily habits, and to our self care. It's a clarion call to `walk our talk,' even if that walk feels as though we are navigating a tightrope. This is a call to action to get serious (Saturn) about what we say is our highest purpose ( Jupiter). It's time to get to work; reformat, restructure and create habits which are reflective of our deeply held beliefs.

Mercury Retrograde of April/ May 2016

Mercury is about to retrograde yet again, this time for the second of three loops in 2016 and I am sure that you eagerly anticipating more warnings concerning signing documents; losing keys; data disappearing into the cloud; electricity outages; communications mishaps and delays? But is the purpose of this thrice annual cycle to frustrate and annoy you? Is it solely about negative things happening?

Pluto in Capricorn- The end of the World as we know it!

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Lord of the Underworld, Pluto is the repository of the secrets of life and death. The Underworld is a dark place; the fount of human depravity; cruelty, torture, murder, greed, evil and violence. Its power is intense and relentless. The planet named for this dark entity travels the zodiac in a slow elliptical orbit of 248 years, spending anywhere from 13 to 30 years in each sign of the zodiac. On 26 January 2008 Pluto leaves Sagittarius and crosses a pivotal threshold moving into Capricorn. This is an epic time that portents dramatic upheaval.

Retreat! – Mars Retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio

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March – September 2016 retrograde dates 17th April 9° Sagittarius – 29th June 23 ° Scorpio Every two years or so, Mars retrogrades for about ten weeks. As a result, one or two signs get an extended visit from the Cosmic Warrior. With a two-year orbit, we’d expect Mars to spend about two months in each sign – and he generally does. Thanks to his retrograde, however, Mars will be traversing Scorpio and Sagittarius for nearly nine months in 2016.

Mars in Scorpio: Homecoming: Jan 3rd -March 5th

Mars takes off his Libran bow tie and dinner jacket as he enters his second home of Scorpio for a two-month stay beginning on 3 January. Mars was last in Libra from late July to mid-September of 2014, and we may find ourselves revisiting issues and concerns from that period over the next few months. This time around,

MARS IN LIBRA 12 Nov 2015 - 3rd Jan 2016

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Mars enters Libra for a six week stay beginning on 12 November. In the sign of the Goddess of Love, Mars is often considered to be in debility, or weak. Yet it’s not love that trips up the Cosmic Warrior in Libra, but the rules. Rules of propriety, rules of engagement, rules of conduct. Manners. For Pete’s sake, manners. Mars is independent and impulsive, not given to following rules or minding his manners.