Neptune Retrograde: Recalibrating The Way You Do Neptune

Neptune started changing motion today as it will be retrograde until November 22nd. This is one of the harder retrogrades to define, because Neptune sort of has retrograde properties regardless of what direction it is moving. When the ‘outer’ planets are retrograde, such as Jupiter, Saturn, and especially Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, they’re effects don’t have the same ‘in your face’ noticeable significance as when Mercury, Venus, and Mars are retrograde. The outer planets are retrograde roughly 40% of the time.

Nonetheless, the effects and significance of this retrograde is more noticeable as it is changing motion, starting within the last 3 weeks and into the next 3 weeks coming up. During this window you may feel like reflecting on and/or revisiting things associated with this planet.

Neptune rules over dreams, psychic receptivity, imagination, inspired creativity, compassion, and divinity. It is our connection to subtle energy and the spiritual realms. It is magical and etheric. As the higher octave of Venus, it could even represent soul mates. Neptune also has dominion over visual arts such as film and photography, but can also represent dance, music, and poetry.

Negatively expressed, it is associated with illusions, delusions, and deceptions. It could be fantasizing about a relationship and not seeing things for what they really are around our love interests. It can make us unrealistic, confused, and ungrounded. It also rules avoidance, escapism, addictions, drugs, and alcohol.

This is a time to reflect on how you are working with Neptune energy and/or perhaps revisit a Neptunian aspect of yourself that wants to express itself again. If you have been expressing the negative energies of this planet, then this is an opportunity to reconsider and shift that. If you have disconnected from a positive quality of Neptune, then this an opportunity to reconnect with that. This is a time to reconfigure the way you do Neptune, but this will happen in a way that is more subtle and gradual in comparison to the effects of other types of retrogrades.

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Full Moon In Sagittarius: Exploring New Possibilities

We are having a Full Moon in Sagittarius on Friday, June 9th at 1:10pm Universal Time. It will appear at its fullest on the night of June 8th if you are in the Americas. The astrological energies of the Full Moon start to become noticeable in the days leading up to it and remain fairly strong in the days following. The planetary configuration at this time also influences the following two weeks until the next Moon cycle begins.


On June 6th/7th, Venus entered Taurus and Mercury entered Gemini. These planets rule these signs and they express themselves very harmoniously there. Venus, which rules relationships, love, money, values, and pleasures, expresses itself in a way that is stable, determined, secure, and sensual, but could also be stubborn and overindulging. Mercury, which rules the mind, communication, information flow, and commuting, expresses itself in a way that is versatile, quick, multitasking, dualistic, and good with words. It can also be continuously changing and scattered while lacking focus and depth.

Mars entered Cancer on June 4th/5th, which is a sign that it is more challenged in the way it expresses itself, yet has different benefits. Mars represents assertiveness, action, aggression, and sex, while Cancer is an inward, retreating, protective, domestic, and feeling-based sign. In this sign Mars can generally be more passive. However, its assertive nature can be best expressed for getting things done around the home and taking action toward things that we are emotionally connected to and/or make us feel secure.
The Sun has been in Gemini since May 20th/21st, a time in which the communicative, dualistic, social, and information-rich qualities of Gemini have been more present. As the Moon in Sagittarius opposes the Sun, we find ourselves needing to look at more of the big picture, and considering what is beyond our immediate thoughts, language, and environment.

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New Moon In Gemini: A Socially Expansive and Inquisitive Time

There will be a New Moon in Gemini on May 25th-26th, depending on where you are located in the world. New Moons initiate a new wave of energy influencing the upcoming month. However, it has a stronger influence over the first two weeks.

Saturn is currently in a trine aspect with Uranus for the second time, which was exact on May 19th. Saturn has to do with commitments, responsibilities, structures, and discipline, and could even represent career focus. Uranus is associated with innovation, technology, insights, breakthroughs, and changes.

As these themes are interacting with each other, some people might need to make adjustments in their commitments and responsibilities in response to any changes. In most cases these will be positive, but if we have a hard time adapting, then it could be a bit challenging. This energy started in December and will conclude in November.

Gemini: Communication, Curiosity, Knowledge

Gemini is a ‘mutable air’ sign ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and thinking. Mutable signs — Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces — are always the last sign of each season and have adaptable and spreadable properties. Air signs, which include Libra and Aquarius, are more socially and intellectually oriented. When you combine these two sets of characteristics, you end up with Gemini.

Gemini is the sign of the twins, duality, and multiple personalities. It is also known as the ‘trickster’, partially due to these qualities. Gemini is the master of language and grammar, serving as both a transmitter and receiver of information and knowledge. It is the ultimate student and curiosity fuels its drive to learn.

This Moon cycle gives us an opportunity to work with these qualities more than usual and perhaps in new ways for some. This energy can also be more apparent externally through other people we interact with or observe, the information we come across, and through events and circumstances.

Venus Square Pluto, Trine Saturn, and Conjunct Uranus

On the day of and leading up to this New Moon, Venus in Aries is in an exact square with Pluto. This can be a time of intensity in relationships, which can play out through jealousy, manipulation, power struggles, and/or possessiveness. Hidden matters can surface during this period, but in some cases this can be a transformative and even sexually passionate energy. Some people may even experience complications and perhaps a need to change their approach to money and pleasures…

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Full Moon In Scorpio: Acting On Our Passions And Desires

We are having a Full Moon in Scorpio on May 10th or 11th, depending on your location. Full Moons are the climax of the Moon cycle, and its energies become noticeable in the days leading up to it and also strongly influence how the proceeding two weeks, until the next New Moon, play out.

Mercury finished its retrograde on May 3rd/4th and we are now moving forward based on realizations and developments that have transpired over the previous month. Venus will be finishing up its post-retrograde phase on May 18th. For some people this upcoming week (until the 18th) will play host to any remaining Venus-themed conclusions that need to occur in relation to what has been playing out since February. This could be connected to our relationships, love, money, values, beauty, and worth.

Full Moon in Scorpio Opposing Sun in Taurus, in Harmonious Aspect With Pluto

As the Sun has been travelling through Taurus over the past 20 days, it will be opposed by the Moon in Scorpio during this Full Moon. During this period we can expect a challenging pull and/or dynamic integration of these two energies.

Taurus is practical, thorough, and direct. Being ruled by Venus, it is about beauty, sensual pleasures, food, personal values, self-worth, and money/possessions. Taurus can also be lazy, slow, greedy, and overindulging, however.

Scorpio is complex, deep, real, and raw. Being traditionally ruled by Mars, it is assertive, intense, sexual, and passionate. Scorpio is more concerned about merging with another, whether sexually, resourcefully, or collaboratively. Being sub-ruled by Pluto, it is a powerful energy associated with transformation and purging. In the negative, Scorpio energy can be controlling, manipulative, overly suspicious, and jealous.

This Full Moon is separating from a harmonious sextile aspect with Pluto. This can help us to tap into our power better, whether it is individually, in a relationship, or in a group effort. It can help mend any challenging oppositional energy between Taurus-Scorpio and can assist us in…

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New Moon In Taurus: A Shift In Our Values And Self-Worth

We are having a New Moon in Taurus on April 26th at 12:16pm Universal Time. New Moons are the beginning of a new wave of energy that lasts until the next one occurs 29 days later. However, the astrological configurations at this time mostly have a stronger influence over the following two weeks.
Mercury has been retrograde since April 9th/10th and will be finishing up during this window. It will slowly begin to change motion from moving backward to forward on May 3rd/4th, though it will appear stationary. From this point on it will pick up speed, and many of the lessons, insights, and changes that occurred over the previous three weeks will start to make more sense and things will start to fall into place and flow better. Some of the common Mercury retrograde complications can still occur during the following days after this shift in direction, but will minimize and then disappear as its speed increases.

Venus finished its retrograde on April 15th; however, it is still moving slowly, as some of the themes, both developments and challenges, around our relationships, money, values, worth, and beauty/creativity will continue to sort themselves out. Since Mercury is partially retrograde in the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus, it is giving some of the same themes an extended run. A few days after this New Moon, on April 28th, Venus returns into Aries at the starting point of the zodiac, which can possibly mark new beginnings for some and also more assertiveness toward the Venus-ruled areas mentioned above.

Taurus is an Earth sign of a ‘fixed’ quality. Therefore, it is like a rock: solid, strong, and grounded to the Earth. It is practical, dependable, determined, and it is associated with Venus-ruled areas such as values, beauty, money, and self-worth. The sign of Taurus is more invested in the physical/material world, as food, nature, and anything to do with stimulating the senses…

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Full Moon In Libra: An Evolution In Our Reltionships

We are having a Full Moon in Libra on April 11th/12th, depending on your location. This is the peak of the Moon cycle, where the Sun and Moon are in two opposing signs — in this case Aries and Libra.

The effects of the Full Moon could begin to manifest in the days leading up to it, but the Full Moon itself influences what occurs during the following two weeks until the next New Moon. This is generally the most lively time of the month, and when emotions are the most stirred up. During this time, there may be some challenges between the opposing energies, but there will also be opportunity for integration.

Any experiences around Full Moons are generally less significant than the type of changes that could occur during eclipses; however, this one has a few interesting things to consider. Venus, Libra’s ruler, has been retrograde since the beginning of March and will be until April 15th. Mercury began its retrograde fewer than two days before this Full Moon, and Saturn also just started its retrograde five days prior.

Venus’ retrograde in Aries and Pisces has helped to facilitate some reflections, reconsiderations, and changes in our relationships/friendships, values, money, pleasures, creativity, and anything related to beauty and appearance. It may have brought up (or will bring up) some challenges or wounds and also potential healing in these areas. Mercury’s retrograde in Taurus and Aries has overlapping themes with Venus facilitating adjustments around values, money, creativity, but also is about being more practical and aligned with our personal interests.

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Mercury Is Retrograde Again…This Time In Taurus and Aries

Mercury is once again going retrograde starting off in Taurus and ending in Aries. This is when it appears to be going backwards from our geocentric (Earth-based) perspective. It officially begins on April 9th/10th and lasts until May 3rd/4th. Some of its well-known disruptive effects may have already started to be noticeable for you in the days leading up to its start, and in some cases even a few weeks before.

Mercury rules over communication and transmitting information or data as well as the mind and its ability to analyze and discern. Commuting, reading/writing, mechanical/moving parts, the internet and anything else related to communication technology such as phones/computers are all under the rulership of this planet.

When Mercury is normally moving forward, these functions and applications usually go more smoothly. However, during retrograde time we tend to experience some noticeable complications in those areas mentioned above. In many cases, we experience some delays, changes, and/or cancellations as a result. If you are doing your taxes this month, it would be good to be extra careful about making any mistakes with your numbers.

Some of the challenges we might face during Mercury retrograde actually give us an opportunity to see things in a different light. For example, if your plans change, you may decide to do something else and in that process you may have some sort of realization. Perhaps you bump into an old friend and have an insightful conversation, or you pick up an old book you were reading before and have an ‘Ah Ha’ moment. These are just some examples but it can manifest in a lot of different ways.

It is important to be flexible during this time and be open to what the universe is showing you. Traditionally, Mercury retrograde has been viewed as a transformational period. While in most cases it is about small adjustments that we need to make, in fewer cases it can help to facilitate more significant changes and even be profound.

Any new initiatives or projects that we have started in the weeks leading before the retrograde will go through a sorting out and reflective period, which will either help us to adapt, make changes, or drop it altogether. During the retrograde itself, it is a good time to revisit anything unfinished that you initiated beforehand and if you are starting something new it usually brings some sort of learning experience with it (whether or not it lasts). This period can also be great for reconnecting with friends and others from your past.

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New Moon In Aries: Spring Into Action

We are having a New Moon in Aries on March 27th-28th, depending on where you are located in the world. The first sign of the zodiac, Aries always initiates a new season at the Equinox. Therefore, this New Moon is what really kickstarts the astrological New Year each year, and the initiating energy of Aries.

Aries is the pioneering energy of the zodiac. It is forward moving, fast, direct, and likes to take the lead. As the first sign of the zodiac, it is also associated with ‘birth’ following the dreamy and spiritual sign of Pisces. At this time of year we generally start to feel more alive and willing to take action and/or possibly explore new territory.

One thing that we need to be cautious of regarding Aries energy is being impulsive without considering consequences or others, or missing important details because we haven’t thought things through. This is something to consider with Mercury retrograde coming up, as all of this combined is a recipe for overlooking things. However, Aries’ ruler, Mars, being in Taurus can help us to be more thorough about physical actions.

Considering that Aries is an active sign, and that its ruler Mars is in the physically-oriented Taurus (with Venus also retrograde), this can be a good time for many people to consider exercising more if they feel that they want to improve their appearance. Also, as Aries is more oriented toward self-interests, those who have been overly caught up in relationship considerations or codependencies may feel like this is a time to apply yourself more independently in certain areas of your life to bring in more balance. This is also supported by Venus and Mercury in the same sign currently in retrograde windows with Mercury opposing Jupiter in Libra.

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This Is What Venus Retrograde Could Mean For Your Sign

Venus has been retrograde since March 4th and it will last until April 15th. This is a time of reflecting on and revisiting matters of love, beauty, pleasures, creativity, money, values, and friendships. The themes started playing out around January 30th and will last until May when we will have more clarity on how to proceed forward.

I previously wrote an article about it, which you can read here if you haven’t already. It will play out differently for everybody depending on how it is affecting your astrology chart (based on exact birth time) and also your Sun sign. Therefore, keep in mind that these Sun sign interpretations are based on only part of how Venus is affecting you at this time. If you know what your rising sign is, you can look at that one as well.

Aries

This is a time to reflect on how your values, self-worth, money, and relationships shape your identity. You may even be considering changing something about your appearance, just be careful that it is not something you may regret. If unsure, you may want to wait until the last week of April to make those changes.

Aries is an independent sign, and this could be a time in which you ultimately learn to value this aspect of yourself even more so. This could be a result of some changes and/or challenges with your current…

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Full Moon In Virgo: Seeking Solutions For Our Limitations, Wounds, & Blockages

We are having a Full Moon in Virgo on March 12th, however, for those in the Western part of the world it will appear the fullest on the night of March 11th. Full Moons are the peak of the Moon cycle when both the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs, with this case being Virgo and Pisces.

The opposition between the two signs can bring up situations in which we need to learn to work with both sides of the polarity, and in many situations it can be in a challenging or emotionally charged way. In this case, however, the South Node is in Pisces (where we also had the last solar eclipse) and the North Node is in Virgo, which started in November 2015 and will finish in May.

The month of Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) is generally one of the more magical periods of the year, and a good time to explore and participate in anything that involves spirituality, creativity, and healing. However, because the South Node is in Pisces, and we had the recent eclipse there, we are also being called to release any negative qualities of Pisces we may have. This energy is still playing out over the coming months. (You can read more about it here.)

During this Full Moon, we are being reminded of the evolutionary push we need to make towards the Virgo energies that we are lacking, which the Universe is calling on us to embrace. Virgo is about being grounded, realistic, attentive, organized, clean, pure, and productive. Taking care of our physical bodies and living a functional life is important when we are dealing with the Virgo sector of the zodiac. In situations like this, sometimes challenges come up that push us to be able to adapt to life’s challenges in a better and more efficient way.

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