VENUS RETROGRADE -March 4th till 15th, 2017

Venus makes its retrograde phase every18-19 months, or every year and a half, for some six weeks, or 42 days. This time, it stations Retrograde on March 4 at 13 ° Aries 09′ until April 15 to 26 ° PISCES 55′. It visited the  27º of PISCES on January 30, when it officially began its period of pre-sombra, i.e. the degree it will reverse to before it actually stations direct.

As with all the retrograde of the planets, it begins a period of introspection, of re-evaluation in our lives, and being the goddess of Beauty and Love, the look inward, has to do with our relationships, not only to other people, but also to things and money.  Love, is the main theme, but it would be better to describe it as the energy that flows in our personal relationships. Our values, another very important point of this archetype, what really matters in our lives, from the depths of the soul, beyond cultural and/or family values. The ability to sustain our lives, through our talents is another Venus issue, our creativity and our ability to generate money. Our concept of beauty, our capacity to love, seduction and survival. All of these are under the umbrella of Afrodite-Venus.

In Astrology, Venus is the ruler of two signs, Taurus and Libra, in the same manner that Afrodite had more than one important relationship in her main story. One with Ares or Mars, her eternal lover and one with her husband, Hephaestus or Vulcan. Two different expressions of personal relationships, one that has to do with the 5th House and the other with the 7th House . I.e. one, romantic love or the act of falling in love (5th house), and the other, the operation of the daily reality of the couple (Libra, 7th house).

An episode of the life of Aphrodite (Venus), comes to mind and although she had many “affairs”, only two very defined relationships, are the most important: Its eternal romance with Ares (MARS), who was her lover, and with whom she had children: Harmony (the uniter) and Eros (Cupid), and her relationship with Hephaestus, her husband, who despite being a very artistic blacksmith, was a rather ugly and a deformed dwarf, son of Hera-Juno. Other sons of Aphrodite and Ares were Phobos (fear- phobia) and Deimos (Terror). Aphrodite was never in love with Hephaestus, but by divine order remains married to him, while she cultivated her love for Ares through countless furtive meetings without the knowledge of her husband, who often travelled the fields of war, repairing swords and shields of soldiers. But Helios (the Sun) the “great seer”, knew of Ares clandestine visits to the bed of Aphrodite, and decided to reveal it to Hephaestus, who plot a plan to catch them in the act. Pretending to leave home, he proceeded to weave a net of gold so thin, that was invisible but very tough. Said goodbye to his wife one night and instead of actually going to work  he hid himself in the Palace where they lived, quietly waiting for his wife’s lover to arrive. He patiently waited in the shadows for the lovers to go to bed and when he had the opportunity, threw the invisible net over the two lovers and trapped them onto the bed. When Helios began to illuminate the room, Vulcan called all the gods to show them his wife’s shame and deceit, alleging that she humiliated him because of his deformities. The gods laughed at the ability of Vulcan to catch them in the Act of love. Since Hephaestus was the son of Hera, wife of Zeus, the latter had to take action and decided to punish the lovers. He convinced the divine blacksmith that to  free them, arguing that they would take care of the punishment, but being  Ares, Zeus’ own son, he let him escape and Aphrodite was carried to the Holy waters which returned her virginity and turn her once more in the absolute goddess that she was. The reality was that most gods would have loved to have been trapped in bed with the goddess of Beauty, since she is irresistible. Why did I think of this story? It is about the pains and shame of being unfaithful, and the inevitability of falling in love. All part of that affair, we call Love.

What has all of this to do with our daily lives? The retrograde of Venus is a time to reflect on our need to relate. What type of relationship do we really need? Obviously, depending on our age, the answer will be different. But when we speak of relationships does not necessarily mean finding a lover or a husband/wife. A wide range or variety of these two aspects of love, are common. The question here, should be, what do we expect from each other? What do we need from our partner? Do I want a family? Do I want a partner? Do I want an adventure? Part of me, needs the relationship with another to be able to feel complete? Can I live without a relationship? All of  these questions will be more eloquent during this retrograde of the goddess of Love. Wherever we are with relationships, will be confronted with these questions and. Something is bringing our attention to our social, creative and emotional situation. The realisation that feeling Love, is no restricted to the feelings to our emotional partner, is another aspect of Venus. To feel beautiful, loved, valued, accepted, creative, need not be a romantic experience,  it rather is an internal process, that has to do with our ability to Love ourselves, and Life itself.

The retrograde may also bring memories of past relationships when we learned important lessons that helped us evolve as human beings, or those that need to conclude properly, to have some proper closure. Our affections of the past, bring us memories back  of important turning points in our lives. It is common to dream with old loves and past relationships. Habits that gave us pleasure no longer inspire us. Material possessions suddenly lose their importance and we meditate on what is really important in our lives. If you are going through a separation or a divorce , perhaps you are deciding  what to take with you and what to leave behind. If you don’t have a partner, it is perhaps a good time to contemplate why. For men and women, the big question is: what is my value, if I don’t have anybody to value me? Do I need others to appreciate me for me to feel of any value? What happens if I lose the power of Venus and I no longer attract anyone? Is this the loss of my self-worth? how do I re-connect with my inner Venus? How do I find Beauty and Love within myself?

Venus, the absolute and indisputable Goddess of Love and Beauty, above all, it lives in Nature, in one evening, in a wonderful full moon, in a flower, in a poem, a song, a smile, under a starry sky, in a Sunrise beside the sea, in the mountains, the forests… Venus never dies and as most goddesses, is immortal. You can always summon her or invoke her and she will come to you and answer your call and your prayer.

JUPITER RETROGRADE – Today until June 10th.

Jupiter stations Retrograde! -February 6 until 10 of June 2017

In the extraordinary cosmic coincidences, defying all reason, Jupiter, the Supreme God of ‘our’ universe (solar system), by size and by relation to the name which carries, today begins its retrograde of the year, which usually lasts 4 months. Retrogradation begins when Jupiter is at 23 degrees of Libra in opposition to Uranus-Eris which are 21 ° and 23 ° of Aries respectively. An eloquent expression of this is the travel ban to the USA, imposed by D.Trump, which took place the day that Jupiter  exactly opposed Eris. Jupiter,( long journeys and the law), opposite Eris, the “the uninvited”. Two judges have suspended such an order, and the chaos at airports in this country is apotheosis. Now that Jupiter begins its retrograde, as with all the retrograde motion, begins a period of Re-vision, re-evaluation, and they must delve into the law to see who is right, if the Government or the Judges.

But what does it mean for all of us mere mortals, such apparent retrograde motion of this giant? As I already wrote before, here, the transit of this planet through the sign of Libra, speaks of our personal, family and cultural relationships. Retrogradation happens when this planet is in opposition to Uranus-Eris, opposition that took place for the first time on December 26 for 2016 and will happen on March 3 and lastly on 28 September of this year, a few days before Jupiter finally leaves Libra (for 12 years), to enter  Scorpio. This talks about the need to put a little space, some distance in our relationships to find a healthy compromise between the two partners. NO, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we must sever relationships, but that it would be wise to find some kind of compromise for best performance thereof, unless it means posponing our individual development.

Although it can be a period of difficulties in long distance travel, or in deciding on any financial transaction, or make major decisions about our personal relationships, the most important aspect of this cosmic movement is undoubtedly its effect at the ideological and spiritual level.

This is a time to make an internal RE-vision on our spiritual values, our beliefs, to find an internal source that enriches our soul and make us more aware that the external is important, but the alignment with the desires of the soul is so much more valuable. Personal financial or professional success means little if it isn’t in alignment, in tune with what the soul needs.

Issues described by the House where Jupiter is at this moment,  the House where the sign of Libra is situated in our birthchart, will be where we must reconsider our ideals , previously overlooked, or ignored in search of external conditions to meet  family or cultural expectations. The Re-discovery of faith, is one of the opportunities of this Retrograde. Re-directing the gaze inward, we can find an understanding of the real needs of our soul. Where and how do we feel “uninvited”?, why?, what do we do that keeps us from integration with what  surrounds us?  do we have the courage to engage in a dialogue and a commitment to the evolutionary intention of our soul or is it more comfortable to stay where we are, following patterns dictated by our family or our culture which prevent us from addapting ? The positive side of the conjunction Uranus-Eris, is not to keep waving our flag high, which does more than keep us apart than together, but just to let go of it, so we understand that once this liberation is achieved, can we be free to BE, because liberation comes from the depths of the soul. We all have more than one culture in our veins, everyone can feel integrated in more than one location, regardless of the flag- If we seek the similarities we’ll surely find them. That’s Jupiter.

2nd Summer and Winter Solstice !!!!! and the end of 2016!

 

So here we are on the second and last Solstice of the year 2016For the Northern Hemisphere, the onset of Winter and for the Southern Hemisphere, the beginning of the Summer.

 

We end up with “other killer truck” , this time in Germany, which has opened its doors to refugees from Syria and parts of Africa. Although it is not known who have perpetuated such action, we are all quick to assume that the murderer, because that is what it is, who was driving the truck, emerges from those that the country has let in or so we think.. In fact, we do not know it. One wonders what can haunt the mind of a young man, who surely is the perpetrator of such action, to get on a truck and embark on such killing mission. Vengeance? religious ideology?

 

Astrologically we do know that we are once again in the midst of a T-square in Cardinal signs, Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Libra Uranus in Aries. (The previous  one was in 2010-2011, when the Arab Spring emerged). Completes the picture a Trine from Saturn to Uranus which is at the same time aligned with Eris and Ceres. It is strange that being Eris, the “uninvited one“, which caused the Trojan war, which ended with the destruction of that culture, after 10 years of conflict with the Greeks. It is hard to believe that despite having been “invited” into Germany, where they are taught German and given shelter, someone decides to perform such action for Christmas. But the theme of “feeling included”, “being part of”, “belonging to”, are all topics Cancerian, which is the leg that is missing in this T-squarePerhaps the theme of “patriotism”, that which makes us feel so proud of the  place where we have grown up and which gives such sense of identity, of belonging, to a country, a culture, a region, is what you should considerIf we could raise above the horizon and look at the map of the world, without political divisions, we would just see a beautiful planet, full of green and blue. Humans, before dividing us into cultures and Nations, are the only race that inhabits this planet, enriched by our particular cultures, which have much to do with Nature and the climate of the part of the world where we come from, long before flags, buildings and Nations. The world existed long before that we divided ourselves into Nations and they were forged with many wars and massive deaths. All to defend “our” way of life, our way of eating, work, celebrate. Everything that enriches us as a species, used to divide us, to kill and die for it.

 

As a reminder in 2001 when the Twin Towers were brutally brought down, Saturn in Gemini opposed Pluto inSagittarius. In the 2010-2011 Saturn in Libra was in square to Pluto in Capricornand in opposition to Uranus which was accompanied by Jupiter in Aries, and when, the sign of the leg of the great cross that was missing was Cancer, same as now . 2020 Saturn in Capricorn will form a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn, initiating a new cycle of these two planets. The last time that these two formed a conjunction was in the 1980s in the sign of Libra, in 1982 to be more exact. So  the next conjunction in 2020  will form a square that conjunction of 1982, practically in the same 24 ° – 28 ° degrees. If you were alive, remember that you happened in your life then?. Those born in those years, when there was a large conglomeration of planets in Libra now have an opportunity to really change their lives and steer them towards places more in line with the wishes of their souls. The word Change that so terrifies many, means a new chance to reset. A new opportunity for the soul to be aligned with its desires and deepest needs.

 

Instead of celebrating our differences, we use  them as an excuse to kill each other. Religions which in theory should unite us, since the word religion comes from the latin verb “religare” which means, “unite”. So? how come  that we use religion to kill each other? We only have the excuse of survival. If we were all to live in the same places, where there are more natural resources, for example, then we would finish them faster, and as a result, we will end our killing ourselves for that reasonRecalling what happened in South and North America, where the indigenous population was virtually eliminated by the conquerors, or relegated to small territories, before the invaders had time to enrich themselves from the wisdom of the  culture of the people from that land, who were in special contact with the environment, with Nature. Thuswe have lost our ability to connect with everything that surrounds us, with nature, with the soul of animals, the souls of trees, rivers, as they did these tribes of the North and South of our planet. Shamanism  re-connects us  with everything that sorround  us, if we could only learn to listen and feel that we are part of everything around us and understand that if we hurt the tree or kill elephants for their ivory, we are only hurting ourselves.

We’re in 2016, but it seems that we do not find a solution to these issues that only lead us to kill each other and move us away from our wise nature, giving rein only to the inner Beast that is desperately and brainlessly seeking to survive.
Therefore I propose a profound meditation on this Solstice, the last of the year, to the re-union with “alma mundi”, with all that that unites us, with the magnificense of our planet, first of all,  with our differences, our beliefs, which only enrich us, because the only truth is that none of us on this planet,know what we are doing here,  where we are going and how much time we have left. In this precarious existence, we need to find meaning in our every day, and above all to live  with love and patience and respecting this mystery, that only makes us incessantly search for meaning, with different methods, techniques, and sciences, to be ableto give some kind of explanation to this that we call LifeNone of us have the Truth about the origin of life and the reason why we are here, in this extraordinary planet we call home. The only HOME we have. It is curious that defending our borders, the small regions that we call ‘our country’, we continue damaging the planet. We defend the neighborhood and destroy  our home. The more we keep disconnected from Nature and stay bonded to the inner beast, out of ignorance, less likely we are to  appreciate the beauty of this environment we are so lucky to live in and the privilege of being alive, even if, for an instant.
I take this opportunity  to wish you all those who take the time to share their experiences with me and read my astrological mussings  that I always approach with deep respect and love for this science, the study of which, has brought and brings so much spiritual wealth  into my life, the most sincere greetings for Christmas and the New Year, with faith that we will gradually reflect on our role in all this experience we call Life, in search of that which we call Home, in this Cancerian search for that  place, that for all of us IS the face of the Earth, and  IT IS precisely this planet, I mean, this wonderful planet, we all have the privilege of inhabiting.

THE FIRST JUPITER-PLUTO SQUARE!!!!! (of 3 from now till August 2017)

We are already in the first of 3 squares (90º) between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn, the second will be March 30, 2017 and the third August 4, 2017, period which coincides with the 8 months that Neptune is in direct motion, from now until June 2017.

This aspect between Jupiter and Pluto in these signs does not occur since 1934, it coincides historically with the rise of Nazism in Europe, with Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy and Franco in Spain. Just like after the Great Depression in 1929 y la crisis del 2008, we area under similar astrological aspects such as the waning Uranus-Pluto square, at 5º orb at the moment, but also, a similar political situation. In 1929, Uranus in Aries (like now) Pluto in Cancer (now in its opposite sign of Capricorn) were forming the same square, with Saturn, now in Sagittarius like then,  moving into Capricorn, opposing Pluto in Cancer. These two will form a conjunction in the last degrees of Cap as from 2020. At that point we saw the rise of the right, all over Europe, almost with the same nationalistic loud voice as those of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage (who defended and promoted Brexit).

Now, after the economic crisis that began in 2008, we are experiencing similar situation, except that we are not at the same evolutionary or social stages, as then.

Today we have a much more informed youth, who handle the media as we didn’t do before, we all understand we have a voice over public matters and we can use it, as it has happened in the Arab spring, or as is happening now in the streets of South Korea, with young people demanding that Par Gun-hye, their president, resigns. Something unseen or unheard of in that country in early 20th Century.

Donald Trump, the president elect of the USA, has most of the media against him, yet, i wonder for how long. Pluto in Capricorn has been responsible for bringing down and out into the light the corruption of governments and the big fortunes. The more money you have, the less you pay taxes, it seems. Power and money give you that privilege.

Therefore, the working class and not only whites, miners and builders, but all the working class that is most of us, get a clear picture of what has been going on in the upper spheres.

Governments and big institutions and companies, like Movistar or Endesa in Spain, have our bank accounts and they charge us what they want. Everyone suffers this, not just those who voted for Trump, Brexit, Macri or Rajoy, etc.

Jupiter in Libra will make sure that we sit and speak cordially, as we saw Trump and Obama do, to try and solve our present predicaments, but the reality boiling underneath (Pluto) is something completely different.

This tension we are all under, politically, is also happening at an individual level. The Pluto influence is psychological, it turns us inside and makes us uncomfortable. It pushes buttons in our psyche that we would much rather left untouched. It present us with what needs to be changed and how we resist the imminent change. If confronts us with the least desirable aspects of our nature and we must find a way to admit to it and work on it.

Jupiter, on the contrary is something much more social, he suggests we have to accept the facts or the rules of the game, because we do not live alone on this planet and there is something called “compromise”, which includes, listening to each other.

This square is also affected by the fact that Jupiter will oppose Uranus on the 26th of December, so the need for “freedom” seems to be eloquent.

On November 23-24 when the Jupiter-Pluto square was exact for the first time, Venus, still in Capricorn, aligned with Pluto, and we take conscience of the fact that we must let go of certain things and/or people, that make us unhappy, to rescue our emotional independence. Consider these small everyday power struggles that corrode our relationships with partners, children, co-workers. The feeling, the temptation of growing towards separation can be powerful, perhaps in assumption that when a relationship fulfils its function, tends to come to an end. If what we really wanted were children, after we have them, then there is danger of looking at the partner and feel: “so, now, what?, if what we really want is a partner for life, then we must work on it and stop dreaming of a better posible option sometime in the future, and get real and deal with our humanity and that of our partner. Therefore, on a personal level, many relationships especially those of the cardinal signs are being subjected to scrutiny, which forces us to look at our partner in a more honest way and from a less neurotic point, typically full of unrealistic expectations and negative criticism. From December 7, Venus enters the sign of Aquarius, what will offer us the opportunity to rescue the friendship, not only with our friends but with our partner too. Cross-cultural relationships could be difficult to handle. The greatest danger lies in our cultural and family conditioning that makes us forget we are the only human race on this planet and that we must learn to get on, honouring our differences which only enrich us all.

Finding solutions to our problems taking into consideration other people’s point of view, our obligation with Jupiter in Libra, the positive aspect as always is the awareness of the circumstances from a more detached perspective and the acceptance of change.

If you feel like sharing how this square is affecting your life, you can do that here.

Thank you

DONALD TRUMP IS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE USA!

Once again we have proof of how difficult it is the prediction game. Most American astrologers predicted the victory of Hillary Clinton, giving detailed information of why they thought so. However, if look at Donald Trump’s birthchart, we can see a progressed Sun, an aspect that occurs only once in lifetime, exactly in conjunction to the ascendant in Leo, which loudly speaks of one of the supreme opportunities in life, to express who one really is. And that he will do. For better or worse for the country. For better or worse of himself. The Sun will continue to move to Virgo the sign of service, and that he’ll have to do too.

 

But perhaps the most interesting thing in this chart, is to see that Donald Trump was born with Pholus, (the Centaur that speaks to us about the unseen forces in the collective, kept in a sealed jar), in opposition to his Venus-Saturn conjunction in house 11. And what is clear is that HE has really taken the lid off the pressure cooker of the country where racism, despair, the discontent, have been hidden, disguised in the fantasy of the “American dream” and Celebrity world. A Venus -Saturn conjunction, denotes a wounded self-esteem that in his case, he disguises, using the charisma and energy that emanates from his planets in Leo, by a continuous self- praise , as if that by magic, could turn off the voice, in his ear that says that he is not the hero of the family, but his father was. This aspect speaks of a critical parental voice which he surely endured as a  child and young man. Constant self-adulation works as a medicine that helps him balance his inner secret sense of inadequacy . Pholusin these past two years, by transit, has been opposing the solar position of Donald Trumpwith his Sun-Uranus conjunction in Gemini (The photo describes this beautifully) in the 10 House, of one’s profession, and what he has been doing is really, “taking the lead off the pressure cooker“, that contained fear, paranoia, racism, fear of losing one’s identity, which lurks in the psyche of many people. The same thing happened with the Brexit.

His progressed moon in his birthchart is traveling through the 11th House of communities and groups and that Mercury in Cancer and his nationalist and patriotic rhetoric has resonated strongly, with the masses. The sense of a paternal image that  solves everything  and protects them, worked beautifully in his favor. His cancerian voice, acting through his 11th house. 

 

But…, actually a great BUT, Trump will take the Government of the United States with Saturn by transit opposing his Sun-Uranus in the House 10, which is a good description of climbing to the top job, but that only marks the beginning of a period in his life that has not happened before, where all its most important planets will be touched by the Lord of Karma , Saturn, and actually, the phrase: “careful what you dream for, because it might come true will make more sense in his life than ever before. He will now know  what he has gotten involved in, because Saturn will play the rol of the System, which he will not be able to handle as easy as he managed the discontented masses of the country. His superficial and baseless rhetoric will now have to manifest itself and will be fun to watch as it manages to build the wall with Mexico and make them pay for it, as he promised, cancel the Nafta deal, block all Muslims from coming into the country, and all of those things which he based his rhetoric to get to where he finds himself now.

 

In 2020, when in theory they should be voting for his  re-election or not,  he will have Saturn and Pluto together in Capricorn (the world will), for the only time in his life, opposing his Venus-Saturn conjunction in Cancer,  so it will be interesting to watch, if the  masses of people who have voted for him today, are still on his side, since it will be a time of reckoning.

JUNO IN SAGITTARIUS from today until February 2nd, 2017

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A belt of asteroids or small rocks dance between Mars and Jupiter, remnants of a planet that didn’t form or one that exploded, we don’t know for sure. Back in the 1800 four of them were discovered and were granted the names of 4 goddesses of Olympus, in the belief that they were new planets. But it was not until 1972 that Eleanor Bach, an American astrologer, produced the first Ephemerides for these 4 asteroids with names of Greek goddesses that speak of four distinct Archetypes of the feminine, thus enriching the concept that we get from the Moon and Venus. It was the movement, first in an unconscious way, to incorporate these four aspects of the feminine into social and individual consciousness. Ceres, Pallas Athena, Juno and Vesta speak to us from the depths of our psyche, with their stories and personalities, helping us connect with the extraordinary variety of aspects of the feminine that lives within us, women and men. And I want to make clear this point mainly, that this phenomenon is not in any way limited to women, but it also includes men psyche. It was from this moments that these new archetypes began to emerge with force, helping us to transgress the system that limited women to the role of wife and mother or harlot.

Juno or Hera, was the sister and wife of Zeus, Supreme God of Olympus, after he dethroned his father Saturn. She was also Ceres (the mother) and Vesta (Virgin Priestess, sister)’s sister, and the aunt of Pallas Athena (another Virgin goddess of the Arts, Education and Strategy, and his father’s daughter). Juno is the supreme symbol of the “wife”. It is associated with the sign of Scorpio and Libra. When I say “wife” I mean the woman legally married who somehow has granted her husband, financial responsibility and decision making for the health of the relationship, although, they usually have the last word at home. It is faithful, monogamous and heterosexual, and her ultimate expression of the feminine is within the relationship, glad to be called, “Mrs……so and so.” Her sexual expression consists of seducing her husband over and over again, she is not the best mother of the world, since she is not really interested in her children as much as in her husband and her relationship with him. Power struggles with her partner (Zeus) are famous in Greek mythology, she strikes the love-object of her unfaithful husband, with terrible punishments. She hates children he has with other women, especially Hercules and Pallas Athens, since they are not her children. In many versions it is said that he had no offsprings with Zeus, but Ares in many versions was their son. The marriage of Juno and Zeus is the symbol of the human marriage, with the typical loneliness of the wife of a husband occupied with his work and her characteristic emotional claims. The mistrust of their fidelity is well known. Hera or Juno represents the struggle of women for equality within marriage, the pathology of the relationships, infidelity, deception, manipulation through sexuality, power struggles in sexuality: “not today honey, i have a headache,” etc. The sacrifice of the woman’s profession or talents for the sake of the relationship, is another feature of this archetype, with the typical anger that ensues after few years, due to their creative frustrations. We cannot be just mother and wife, unless that’s what we really want consciously.

These asteroids turn around the Sun in about 4 years, therefore spending about 4 months through each sign, more or less, because they have very irregular orbits. Juno has been in Scorpio throughout the year, as it’s made its retrograde motion in this sign, on the other hand it will only be in Sagittarius until February 2nd, 2017. The transit through this sign represents an opening of mind in our notion of what a stable relationship should be, with an inclination to incorporate a more free and adventurous scope of the other, it speaks of intercultural couples, relationships with people from other countries. Opening to new idiosyncracies, new ways of eating, of thinking, of sharing, etc. If you have planets in the last decans of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces this is a special moment to rethink our attitude with regard to our relations. Topics of economic and emotional dependency are on the cards. Leo and Aries, could find themselves in intercultural relationships. In January of the coming year, Juno is aligned with Saturn and Pholus in the last degrees of Sag, in square to Chiron, therefore is a unique opportunity to take a look at the real reasons for our emotional pain, and the understanding of what happens within us, when we are in love. It opens your mind to new way of socializing and the acceptance that if the relationship does not evolve, it is destined to die. The transformation is continuous.
Each of us carries our oen emotional story recorded in our DNA and in our birth charts. Each story is absolutely unique. Don’t you ever forget it! So fight for the freedom to liberate yourself of cultural impositions that thwart your own story from emerging.

JUPITER IN LIBRA – For every sign – September 9 till October 10, 2017

un-delegates-large-2The last time that Jupiter was in Libra was from the end of the 2004 until October 2005. Do you remember what was happening in your life then? This transit of the largest planet in our Solar system through this sign ruled by Venus, or rather, one of the signs ruled by the Goddess of Beauty, also means the Return of Júpiter, for all those born with Jupiter in Libra. Meaning, everyone who turns 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, or 72, etc. in 2017 or at the end of this year.

Jupiter is known as the Great Benefactor, since it help us expand our horizons, in search of other neighborhoods, other cultures, it propels us to search, search, search. It rules the sign of Sagittarius and Pisces, two signs that speak of our philosophical and spiritual longings: Some of the least answered questions are: “What are we doing here?” “Why or what are we here for?”,”What is the meaning of life?”, “Is there a meaning to Life?” The two fields where we may find some answers, although never a definitive one, are Philosophy (Sagittarius) and/or Religion (PISCES), precisely where the Chiron (in PISCES) and Pholus (in Sagittarius) square is occurring now and during all of 2017. If you want to read about it go to: http://www.astrologiaarquetipica.com/blog/

Jupiter is Zeus for the Greeks, his Roman name is Jupiter. He is the King of the Gods and his story is full of adventure and extra-marital love-affairs. He is never known for his faithfulness. The many different disguises he assumes in order to conquer the nymph he desires, are of a exquisite creativity , he turned into a cloud, into a golden rain, into a beautiful seductive bull, etc, etc. But Hera (Juno), his sister and wife, always discovers him, and professes terrible punishments to the poor innocent conquests of her husband. They resonate in the life of many mortal marriages.

Jupiter is departing from an Earth sign and related to the 6th house, of health and work (among other things). Therefore if in this year, (2016) you’ve changed your diet, you’ve improved your lifestyle and you’ve found a healthier way of living, you can thank Jupiter in Virgo. Many people have become vegans, or almost, there’s been much more consciousness on the high price we pay for the beef, dairy farms and bird abusing industries. We have also seen many documentaries about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, with a less carnivorous diet, and the importance of consuming organic products. Most young people already know someone that has returned vegan, or at least vegetarian, and even if they don’t share their philosophy, they recognize that those who prefer to eat plants instead of animals, are growing in number.

But now Jupiter is going to spend a year in the Air sign of Libra. This sign ruled by Venus, in its more intellectual and less sensual aspect than in the sign of Taurus, more interested in the ‘other’ than in Taurus. Libra is a sign where justice in life is essential, a commitment, a journey. Libra pushes us to listen, instead of only talk, to “really” connect with the other, to find a way to get along with others. Jupiter this sign will therefore make us much more aware of the need to find compromise with others, even when we don’t agree with them. Where should we be more even-handed, more fair, taking into account the needs of others and our own. This will be felt personally and collectively.

Politicians will meet more than ever to find diplomatic solutions to the most urgent problems. We are starting with the the G20 meeting, planned to be held on 4–5 September 2016 in the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Perhaps the war in Syria, will be on the agenda, if the parties finally agree to sit down and talk. This is a great opportunity to find more balance in our relationships. It is an exceptional good year for the Arts, for Beauty, therefore all systems and businesses that have to do with keeping us looking younger and more beautiful, like plastic surgery, fashion, cosmetics, etc, will see the benefit.

But the dark side of Jupiter, will also be in action, and one of its major flaws is EXCESS. Zeus overthrew his father and all the Titans, hence becoming the King of the Gods. He is known for his abundant self-esteem, that often knows no bounds. But even so, his ethics always win, and justice prevails with him. For all those who have Jupiter in Libra, no matter the age, this is an interesting moment of growth that includes expansion of one’s horizons and change. Touring, moving, traveling, changes at home, improving it, are all possible under this transit. It is common to travel to distant cultures which will change our vision of life in a very important and meaningful way. Also, it is possible to work with foreigners or in travel agencies.
But Jupiter will connect with other planets in its path through Libra. In November, on the 21-22, it will make its first square to Pluto, at the end of March 2017, will make the second and August 5, 2017 the last one, all at the same time that it will be opposing Uranus: these oppositions will take place in Christmas 2016, then it will be on March 3 and the last time will be 28 September 2017. These are bombastic combinations like everything that involves the energy of Uranus, unpredictable and explosive. Taking into account that it takes place in Aries-Libra (Uranus and Jupiter respectively) and Capricorn (Pluto) we will continue to see the changes of Governments and Heads of State, with great challenges to the Established Institutions. More than one nation and especially those most repressed and less benefited by decisions made by politicians will feel the strong need for independence.The fact that is traveling through Libra which propels us to diplomacy and compromise, this will be a balancing factor since oppositions force the planets involved to find a more even ground where to express themselves. Fortunately, already in December, when Jupiter opposed to Uranus, the latter will form a trine to Saturn at the same time, therefore a sextile to Jupiter. So our Christmas can be agitated and full of surprises and it is possible that we will feel the need to bring about change, or be overwhelmed by it. These are positive aspects though, and will fill us with optimism and the necessary energy to step forward. The Sextile (60 °) between Jupiter and Saturn, continues during the first week of January 2017 and the on 5 of February, when Jupiter is located to 23 ° of Libra, it will station retrograde until the 10th of June, when at 13 °, stations direct to begin its forward movement once again. It will be transiting Libra until October 11, 2017 when it will finally enter Scorpio, for the first time in 12 years.

OK. Here is a small review sign by sign. Very small. ;-D

The Cardinal signs: Aries-Cancer-Libra(especially) and Capricorn must already be feeling that itch for change, for improving their style of life. Something inside is fed up with the present situation.

Them others Air signs: Gemini and Aquarius, will feel that the luck is finally on theirs side , after a challenging period, so opportunities will be there to be grasped, therefore be attentive and willing to change.

Aries: is one of the most affected by this transit of Jupiter through Libra, in the sense that the need for commitment and restructuring of their relationships will be a great, it will be vital to give each other space within the relationship.

Taurus: will benefit this sign at work level, and above all in health. Is a good time to start new ways of nutrition and exercise. Perhaps is the time for finding a pet, if you don’t have one. Working abroad is also possible.

Gemini: the relationship with one’s own children is improving and love may call at the door. Responsibilities may feel overwhelming at times, but these are great opportunities to find your own creativity.

Cancer: you have the opportunity to improve your home or move to a more spacious house, perhaps more in touch with Nature. Relationships with family members get a boost.

Leo: will be more inclined to write and communicate in a more coherent and less demanding way. The relationship with brothers and sisters and also with neighbours have a chance of improvement.

Virgo: For this sign the financial situation will show signs of improvement. Traveling for work or working with people from different cultures is also on the cards.

Libra: You have one year to undertake you boldest projects and turn your life around. A very positive and expansive year.

Scorpio: Family constellations may give this sign an ancestral knowledge necessary for understanding. Relationships with family members may reveal secrets that explain many things.

Sagittarius: Even with Saturn in this sign for the rest of the 2017, Jupiter in Libra will feel like a breath of fresh air, which will balance the demands of responsibility with very progressive periods.

Capricorn: A powerful call to commitment and dialogue, can give the profession a new impetus and a new way of seeing things. There will be moments when the need to get rid of habits that make life boring and heavy, will be unbearable, but perhaps that is needed, to finally bring change about.

Aquarius: A breath of fresh air enters your life, with a sense of lightness and ease that you haven’t felt for years. Travels and new people can cause this necessary change you need.

Pisces: Jupiter in Libra brings the opportunity to look at life in a deeper way and also the need to find real meaning where there wasn’t any before. A big step towards for your spiritual life. You may benefit financially from other people’s money or through inheritance.

Pholus in Astrology

I’ve been wanting to write about Pholus for a while now, and it seems that at this moment when this asteroid is in a square to the other Centaur, Chiron, who is more popular than Pholus, is the right moment. We have had a very upsetting week with young people causing the death of innocents in the name of a disturbing allegiance to Isis. Something is exploding or erupting from the collective unconscious through individuals who appear to “take the lid off the pressure cooker” of the unconscious, from which, resentment, revenge, hatred, frustration, etc. seem to emerge.  At the moment when all this is happening, there is a  Pholus-Chiron square, two Centaurs, of the trilogy of the known centaurs.

Chiron was discovered in 1977, which caused us to question what it really was, perhaps a comet? o an asteroid? big enough to give it a name. But in 1992 we discovered what is now called the Kuiper Belt, a number of apparent minor bodies in the confines of our solar system, beyond Neptune, that form another belt of asteroids similar to the one between Mars and Jupiter. Thousands of icy rocks, beyond Neptune, where Pluto systems finds itself. This prompted astronomers to demote Pluto from its planet category to dwarf planet, and elevate Ceres, in the other asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter to “dwarf planet” from simple asteroid status.  Pholus and Nessus come from there and were discovered around 1992-1993 respectively and were given Centaurs names like Chiron. The latter seems to move between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, Pholus, between Saturn and Neptune, and, finally, Nessus between Saturn and Pluto. These “Centaur”, name given to these asteroids, believed to be comets at the time, are now seen in a different light. They seem to be rocks in the Kuiper Belt that are attracted to our solar system by the gravitational pull of Neptune and Uranus and Saturn. In Greek mythology, Centaurs were wild creatures, half man, half horse, which were not bound to any law. There may be thousands of such bodies, but as in mythology, only three of them have a history and are closer to humans and gods, and only one of them was inmortal, being born of a God and a nymph. This is Chiron, son of Saturn, the most well known somehow, for having been raised by Apollo and Tethis. Pholus, is the other closest to Chiron, but not immortal, who was the guardian of the “ancestral wine” and Nessus, a mere mortal, but who is indirectly responsable for Hercules death. Apart from these three, there are many without a particular history or a name, somehow resembling the astronomical reality.

We all know the story of Chiron, but it is Pholus, who I want to talk about now. This Centaur, like Chiron, was more civilized and friendly with gods and mortals. Both were friends and coaches of heroes like Hercules and both died from the wounds inflicted by the poisonous arrows of the hero. It is believed that he was the son of Ixion, quite a dishonorable character , who conceived the Centaurs with a cloud, created by Zeus, in the form of his wife Hera, who Ixion had his eyes on.  Pholus was responsible for guarding the “ancestral wine” of the Centaurs, a gift from Dionysus, that was supposed to be kept buried underground in a large earthenware jar . But in a meal in tribute to the hero when this was on his way to kill the big boar, Hercules asked Pholus to open the wine. Pholus being quite conscious that he should not do it because the mere aroma of it could intoxicate the wild Centaurs, causing real havoc, gently refused. At the insistence of Hercules, Pholus finally served some wine to the hero and as it was written, the Centaurs went mad and it provoked a war and Hercules was forced to start throwing poisoned arrows that were impregnated with the blood of the Hydra, which caused incurable wounds. One of them reached Chiron knee, and since he was immortal did not died, but caused him to limp the rest of his life. Pholus managed to escape them, but when he tried to help his friend and went to remove the arrow, it fell in the foot and died. The symbol of the “ancient wine” can easily be seem as the “family complex” that it should be protected and hidden from others. Unexpected events such as the death of a family member, or simply in  a simple family meal, these forces erupt  from  the collective unconscious and it is normally the person born with Pholus in conjunction to the Sun or Moon or Ascendent,who opens the jar and havoc ensues. As it happens in families, there is always someone who opens the jar of the cultural unconscious and the pressure of hatred, resentment, unrest and cultural enmities comes charging out, and someone explodes and takes revenge on society at large. Now Pholus is in Sagittarius aligned with the Galactic Center, sign that is associated with our beliefs and fundamentalism, we must not forget in 2001 when Pluto was in Sagittarius, in opposition to Saturn in Gemini, we had September 11. Now Pholus is a square to Chiron in Pisces which speaks  of cultural, personal, and/or  family wound, and suddenly all these pressure cookers are being uncovered with the consequences that we see on our TV news daily. Added to this we have the fact that Saturn is now in Sagittarius activating the degree where Pluto was in 2001, although this time in a square to Neptune in Pisces, which so eloquently describes all these victims that cross the Ocean (Neptune) in search of refuge and peace, to meet with bar wire stops and long bureaucratic paper work  (Saturn) in European countries. Pholus will remain around the 24º and 18º until the end of 2017 and part of 2018. It will aline with Saturn at 0º of Capricorn at the beginning of 2018.

If you have any planets in mutable signs (Gemini-Virgo-Sag and Pisces) around those degrees, see how this event takes you to understand, what is your family or cultural wound, what group of people you resent or find hard to like and accept. Take responsibility por these feelings and try and see what should be done in order to overcome these feelings.

Hellinger, the creator of the Family Constellations has Sun-Pholus in his birth chart. Many healers, therapists i know, they also have Pholus in these type of aspects to the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendent. Wherever Pholus fall in your chart, is where the lid of the jar is taken off and these feelings may be charging out of your unconscious or like in the case of the Asc, other people’s feelings may affect you. It’s the Pholus person the one that opens the jar, for the family complex to be recognized and evolved.

URANUS RETROGRADE, July 30 til December 29, 2016

URANUS has started its motion RETROGRADE yesterday which will be until it stations direct again on 29 December 2016 – half year of retrograde for this extraordinary planet, whose energies describe our need for freedom and independence, our fight against what is established, our need to be part of herd but at the same time feel out of it. Uranus is what gives us the “Aha”! moments as well as the ideas that  will help us change our life or when suddenly, for example in therapy, in a moment we see with clarity the knot of our dilemma and we actually go: “Ohh”. That kind of intermittent energy which drives us to bring about change or get rid of self-imposed habits created by our family or our culture, as well as the self-secured chains for security, that is URANUS. In transit, Uranus moves about 5 ° per year and half year pulls back in retrograde. This awakens the need for freedom in our lives, and helps us see where we feel bound or paralyzed. It energizes the need to move towards a less regulated future with more freedom of action. If you have planets between 20 degrees and 24 degrees of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) they will be described what it is, you must work on and release. If for example you have Venus in any of these signs and degrees, then something in your relationship will need to be revised in order to find more space and let some fresh air in. It is possible that the habits are withering the relationship and a new approach is needed. If we insist on keeping things as they are, then the power of Uranus is felt, and unexpected events that stagger all the psychic structure may occur. We can do what we want but we cannot ignore a God. The power of this God was felt when he entered Aries, for the first time in 84 years, (therefore most of us have’t lived its last transit for this sign), March 12, 2011 and we had the explosion of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Uranus in Aries! This was followed by the Arab spring and the beginning of the war in Syria. Of course that Uranus was already forming square to Pluto in Capricorn, which I’ve written extensively about on this same blog, and which remains in orb of 8 °, therefore still alive.

If your planets between the 20th and the 25th are Leo or Sagittarius, the release can take place in a more natural way, like for example it could be your retirement, or reaching an agreement with your boss or partner that the two need more freedom. It may be that you finish your studies, or take a conscious decision to have fewer responsibilities in your work. But above all, the retrograde  of Uranus, will toe areas of our lives that need to get rid of external impositions and is an inspiration for all  research work, scientific projects, group work, etc.

Search inside yourself and recognize what part of you, is in “Stand-by”, that part of your psyche that is crying out to be heard and expressed. The nest of emotional security is very nice, until it  Uranus comes and it shows us all what we’re sacrificing for it. So is Uranus the enemy of personal relationships?. Not so, if we keep our individuality and our interior space and time for ourselves. Uranus reminds us that as much as being in a relationship is essential, for many things, developing  and living our own destiny is more. It is possible to do both but much consciousness is necessary to achieve it.

For when Uranus stationslive the last week of this year, it will in opposition to Jupiter in Libra, when everything i have said with regard to relations will be even more relevant and with a Saturn trine, which can bring wishes to find how to solve things in a more diplomatic manner and where scientific advances will be made known, for example: the solution to the Zika virus that was just found in Florida and it has prevented the Olympics in Brazil, from being as fantastic as they could have been.

The last time these two planets were opposed was a brief  encounter in August 2003, in the signs of Virgo and Pisces and we saw as Latvia and Estonia joined the UE, and the civil war in Liberia came to an end. Could the same thing happen in Siria?

The Shootings in Orlando and the Asteroids

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The difficulty of knowing the exact time the shootings started, since many say at 2 o’clock in the morning, others at 2:15 makes it difficult to get a firmly true ASC degree. Whatever the time, it was around 2 o’clock in the morning of Sunday, June 12, since the clubs close at that time in the United States. He, who unleashed his wrath at the people in the disco, shooting indiscriminately, had been preparing this for a while, so I have decided to use 2 in the morning, as the time of the beginning of the shooting, which gives a 29º of Pisces in the ASC, with Neptune and Jupiter as the ruler of the event which brings the emphasis back to  the angle of the mutable cross which has been so strongly felt in the past  few months,  with Chiron in conjunction to the ASC, and  Pholus, the other Centaur, asteroid which has its orbit between  Saturn and Neptune, two of the planets involved in this Grand Cross, placed in conjunction to the MC and hence in square to Chiron. The Aries ASC, would also be very significant, because as Eric Francis said, gives us Mars as the ruler of the event, during its retrograde in Scorpio and the cardinality, the quality that denotes action. Ultimately, it could be either and that is when we refer to an ASC on the cusp between two signs.

Aspects of planets and their positions in houses, remain unchanged, and we can clearly see the power of this Sun-Venus conjunction  in opposition to Saturn. I think that beautifully describes the nature of such an act. The tension of such opposition being part of the Mutable Grand Cross, is re-activated by the passing of the Moon in its first square in a Crescent phase by the position of Jupiter in Virgo and the angle of the Lunar nodes, forming opposition to Neptune, Pallas, Eros and Nessus. All in square to the Sun-Venus-Saturn opposition. It has to be someone in their Saturn return, who becomes the detonator of this action and as we can see in the birth chart of Mateen, someone who is in some way activating the archetype of Pholus, the guardian of the “ancestral wine”, or “family and/or cultural madness” or the “repressed energy” of his family or culture. This is a perfect example of the power of asteroids and their archetypes in the human psyche. Let’s start from the beginning: Moon activates Jupiter (our strongest ideals and our sense of mission) which in turn is in opposition to: Neptune, (our sense or desire of union with something more grandiose than ourselves), Mateen said he was acting in alliance with the Islamic State (ISIS), Pallas: the most powerful Virgin of Olympus, who definitely does not indulges in sex and is among other things the goddess of strategy and war, it evokes the eloquent possibility that Mateen was a homosexual repressed by his family and his culture, so that make him hate that part of himself and therefore, homosexuality in general. Eros, the God of sexuality and eroticism,  something that we cannot control, who is the son of Aphrodite/Venus, which is part of this Grand Cross. Eros is who drives us to fall in love or become erotically obsessed, describes where Mateen chooses to unleash his sexual frustration, and last, but not least is Nessus, the other Centaur, whose orbit is between Saturn and Pluto, as the most imminent vehicle between Moral judgment and the underworld of human hidden sexuality.

If we look at the birth chart of Mateen, taking into consideration the lack of time of birth, we can also see Venus and Pluto conjunct in Scorpio, which describes secret erotic desires, hidden love affairs with Sun, Mercury and Ceres, also in Scorpio, of course with Mars retrograde by transit, retreating towards the Sun of Mateen, which has been activating all those planets in Scorpio since January of this year. This Act of terror was not organized in one day, but that is the result of this unresolved tension. The T-square in his natal chart, formed by Sun opposition Moon and both in a square to Mars in Aquarius, speaks volumes of his unresolved sexual tension. Eros is in contact with Mars and Pholus with the Moon, if he was born in the morning. In any case, Pholus is opposed his Mercury in Scorpio and we mustn’t forget it is Hermes (Mercury) who takes the souls to the underworld. Chiron in Gemini, talks about his inability to communicate his feelings and the duality of his mind. It is also curious to see how Pholus by transit has been activating Mateen’s progressed Sun, which is in Sagittarius. Pluto from Capricorn, has been forming a square to the Lunar nodes angle, and of course Uranus in Aries, has also has been activating his nodal angle since 2015. By transit Jupiter also opposes its natal position, describing his idealistic excuse when it comes to such act. The transit of Neptune by his Natal Jupiter, also describes his idealistic adherence to a movement that professes to represent a religion.

It should be clear, that all this astrological poetry can take place AFTER an event occurs. If Mateen had visited an astrologer in these months, one could have spoken of the tension taking place inside, and the possibility of an explosion that it may have ended in violence, or depression. But it would have not been possible to imagine that he would take this course of action by simply reading the transits. A possibility of suicide, could have been read, and somehow that is what he did, prior decision of taking 49 souls to the underworld with him. When I say underworld, I do not mean Hell, as many think, but simply to that place where all souls go when they first leave the body, according to the mythology of various cultures.

I think Chiron-Pholus square is quite eloquent in this tragedy, since it describes the accumulated ancestral  tension (Pholus), when the family and hence personal wound (Chiron) is not brought up to consciousness.