MERCURY RETROGRADE, SATURN RETROGRADE

mercury-retrograde-signOn the 19th of this month, Saturn stations retrograde at 11th Scorpio 32′, until July 8th, when it stations direct at 4 ° Scorpio 49′. This is the only retrograde of Saturn this year.
Mercury, on the other hand, turns retrograde 3 times a year and each retrograde motion lasts for about 3 and a half weeks. The 23rd of this month, makes its first retrograde cycle of this year. The second will be on June 26, until July 20 and the third and last, will be October 21 through November 10.
Mercury (which really means or derives from the word merchant), the Messenger of the gods or Hermes, for the Greeks, as well as being responsible for carrying the souls to the Underworld, to Pluto, was the one to be believed to have written the history of the gods.This little planet, almost about to be swallowed by the Sun, governs the affairs of the 3rd house of the birth chart: communication, the internet, everything that we use to communicate, phones, writing, poetry, the left side of our brain, our ability to reason and understand. Mercury has been in pre “shadow” face from February 8, which marks the beginning of this retrograde motion about to start,which will last until March 18. Its after shadow face, after stationing direct will last until April 6. Mercury makes this retrograde in the sign of PISCES, surrounded by a stellium of planets is the sign of the fishes that swim in different directions, with Neptune, the Sun, Chiron, and Mars which is in conjunction to Mercury, aspect that will be exact the 25-26, just in time for the Full Moon.
These two very different retrograde motions of Saturn and Mercury, have something in common, and if you look at the area of your birth chart, where these retrogrades occur, you’ll find issues that need your REvision, Re-consideration or even complete Re-novacion. Sometimes a RE-paration is not enough, there are situations that must be RE – built, RE – invented, to obtain the desired results. The retrograde of Saturn has to do with Scorpio and the House 8, in addition to the personal theme, depending on what House of our birth chart is affected, or is the actual territory of this RE-verse motion of Saturn. As I have said many times before, the issues of the 8th House, as well as sexuality, transformation and death, which are more abstract concepts, are also our debts, our dependence on other people’s money, mortgages, inheritance, unemployment, credit cards, pensions, etc.As for Mercury, this very important and first retrograde of the year, takes place in the sign of Pisces and therefore the archetype and territory of the 12th House . What is that which we believe separates us from the rest? What does it really mean “secret enemies”?. As the second House , represent the possessions of the representative of the 1st house, in the same fashion the 1st House, is the possessions of the representative of the House 12, and who is represented in this House? What really possess us? Our ancestors, our culture, our connection with everything that existed before us, where we come from and what we trying of “RE-pair”. What is that which possess us without us even being aware of? Our beliefs, our mentality colored by the culture that grew up in, everything that we do because “It has always been done that way…”, everything we do without even asking ourselves if we really agree with it. What are those voices that we unconsciously listen to even when we sleep and condition every decision we make?
These two retrogrades, by two very different planets, that occur almost at the same time, mark a territory of our psyche, a situation we must RE-evaluate, to see if we are being, who we really are, or a simple expression of family and cultural conditioning. And while with the retrograde Mercury, we can expect losses of mobiles, hard drives, important information (format all important info), that email, which we should reply to and can’t find, etc, etc. Yet the most important thing is what we must find within ourselves, to be able to strengthen our consciousness and our inner wisdom.
On 25 February we have the full moon in Virgo at about 7 ° 24′, since the Sun has already entered PISCES from the 19th. Venus enters PISCES, a few hours later.
This Moon forms a T-square with Jupiter at 7º Gemini 28′. The Sun is in trine to Saturn and the Moon, of course, in Sextile. The Moon also forms a trine to Pluto. These are very interesting times for the Water signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, and also for Virgo. A more philosophical view of the current situation is possible, with an ability to REflect on current situations.An intense desire to RE-consider invades us and we understand that although we sometimes are in the hands of these powerful energies, (as in the case of Oscar Pistorius), we must do what we can to FORGIVE, and above all BE THANKFUL for what we have. Piscean energy often leads to victimization, therefore consciousness of our responsibility in the development of our Fate, is vital at the moment. The end of the reign of this Pope, is an incredible representation of a Full Moon in the Pisces-Virgo angle, now that Neptune is in Pisces for the first time in our lives. Fist Pope to REsign, sounds like a contradiction in terms, (RE-SIGN and yet he’s leaving), in the past 600 years or so.
So, what is coming to an end in your life, what is that you need to RE-vise, to RE-pair, to RE-structure?
Although things do slow down in retrogrades, be sure to get the best our of the indications of the Cosmos, and REvitalize your life. RE-engage with it!

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FULL MOON IN VIRGO AND MERCURY RETROGRADE – MARCH 2012

Following with the Cosmic Order, after the New Moon in PISCES, comes the Full Moon in Virgo and also as it is eternally surprising in the Cosmos, this full moon in Virgo is not equal to any other. Also following the mysterious Cosmic Order, Mercury, the little planet that seems to affect the functioning of our intellectual mind, makes its second retrograde of the year, starting 4 days after the full moon.

But let’s start from the beginning. The Moon at 18 degrees Virgo 13′ opposes the Sun at 18 ° PISCES 13′, on Thursday, March 8 at 9: 41 am GMT. An hour later in Spain. But we already know that the most intense effects begin two days before it reaches its peak. Inspect your feelings and the situation in which you are involved during the 6th and 7th of March. It is difficult to say to what signs will affect the most, but all those who have planets in the mutable Cross (Gemini-Virgo-Sagittarius-PISCES) must also observe in what angle of the birthchart falls the polarity Virgo-Piscis. The critical and analytical power of Virgo vs the intuition and compassion of Pisces. The need of Virgo for limits vs. the inability of PISCES to draw them. And when I say versus i do not mean “war” of opposites, but rather the need of each other in order to balance these opposites. Virgo often spends his life trying to learn to set limits on their existence and their feelings, defining roles and playing the victim (Piscean qualities) and PISCES is exceeded in their criticism and analysis of others (Virgo characteristics), putting themselves at the service of others sometimes excessively, losing themselves in the process. The opposite roles are wrapped in an eternal dance and this is why, when talking about opposites at the cusps of the 4th and 10th houses, it is so difficult to discern who is the father and which the mother. In this dance of opposites, the unconscious is mixed and the roles are exchanged continuously. Let’s observe to what angle of our existence, this moon brings attention to, according to what houses are affected by it in our chart, to understand where this dilemma breaks out, and then we will know what is in need of balance in our lives.

On this moon, Mercury, which is already moving more slowly, as it approaches its retrograde motion, ruler of Virgo, is in a virtually exact conjunction to Vesta, to many astrologers among whom i include myself, the true ruler of Virgo. At about 5º and a half of Aries, both are in conjunction to Uranus in Aries and in square to Pluto in Capricorn, which is now approaching the great trine with Jupiter in Taurus and (also retrograde) Mars in Virgo. A pretty explosive combination that speaks of the end of certain contracts and projects and beginning of new ones, and all with the possibility of verbal revolts and power struggles. It also brings us closer to the resolution of old topics involving legal matters and paperwork of any kind.. Mercurio-Vesta-Uranus in Aries remind us that the real revolution starts in our mind, when we become aware of the self-impposed chains that stop us from moving in the right direction and will help us take the important decision to free ourselves from them. As Bob Marley said: “emancipate yourself from mental slavery”

Chiron in conjunction to Pallas Athena and both in exact square to Juno and the nodal angle, evoke the urgent need to resolve old wounds which have to do with the surrender to the “other” in a relationship and the resistance through sexual power struggles. Sexual power struggles disguise the real wound or the inability to trust the other and oneself. The big difference between Pallas Athena, Virgin by her own choice, without victimism and the beloved Mediterranean Virgin Mary, Virgin by imposition, is evident here. Today women are more like Pallas Athena and less like the Virgin Mary. Time to change our rituals and our altars. We can also evoke Pallas Athena as a judge in the resolution of old issues that need the bravery but also the calm of a clear mind. Pallas is the goddess of wisdom, daughter of her father, without mother, unmarried and celibate mother by choice. Her dedication is towards her work and not to another.

Mercury begins its retrograde motion on March 12th, at 6th aries 48′, until April 4, when at 23 º PISCES 51′,it stations direct once again. It activates the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, planets that will cross seven times back and forth due to their own retrograde motions, will begin on June 24th, 2012 until the 16 of March 2015. Changes and revolutions continue. The more current powers, resist change the more revolutions we’ll continue to have. We’ll see what happens with Putin in Russia, which surely will be elected President once more (although it has never ceased to be, actually) and possibly by two terms more which will make a total of almost 20 years of Putin in the Russian Government, what is more than Stalin ever was. Will it be allowed? I wonder.

Mars is also part of this Moon as it is in conjunction with it. That further arouses in us the need to fight for our independence of the abuse of the few in power.

Venus in Taurus, the sign she enjoy the most and where she shines better, is close to the conjunction with Jupiter, and together, they will form a magical Grand Trine to Pluto in Capricorn and retrograde Mars in Virgo! on the 14th, just as Mercury stations retrograde. Even though Mars is in its retrograde motion still, this trine brings optimism and the audacity to think we can make our dreams come true. If we do the work honestly and fairly, as this aspect demands of us, then it is possible that we can find the way to do it. It will also help us take some negativity of of our shoulders and look at life with more positivism and audacity. This is supported by the trine of Saturn to Neptune that reminds us that if we are willing to work hard for what we want, without distractions or excuses then we can obtain it. If we are not willing to work hard of it, then it might simply mean we don’t want it bad enough and this applies to everything.

You have a good Moon!

Full Moon in Virgo on March 19th, 2011

So here it comes THE Full Moon of the year! Not only because is another SuperMoon (Moon at perigee or point closest to the Earth), second one of the year, but because it happens right at the Spring equinox or 0º of Aries and in conjunction to Uranus at 0º Aries, which means that the Moon will oppose Uranus, right after the Full Moon picks, and then the Sun will make a conjunction the following day.

It probably would not have meant much in another time in history, but given the situation in Japan, the Nuclear Plant out of control, the coastal towns hit by the tsunami still in a mess, it just sends a cold feeling down my back. Especially for the high tides that this moon will send to the coast, especially now after the tsunami probably erased most the coast.

Although we do not know if there is a relationship between the energies of Uranus with Uranium, the fact remains that there is danger of more explosions in the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, and there is a lot of Plutonium and Uranium in it.

I could not imagine a more literal expression of Uranus in Aries than all this Uranium about to explode.

Do we really need this lesson to pay attention to the dangers of nuclear power? or to realize the dangers of not having the whole thing under control in case of accidents like this?.

This Full Moon becomes full at 29º of Virgo-Pisces which form a Grand Cross with the Lunar Nodes, another important point if we take into consideration that when there is a New or a Full Moon in conjunction with the Nodes we get an Eclipse. The last degree of any sign brings with it the idea of a transition, a turning point, a moment in time when we realize that something is coming to an end and something new is about to be born.

I imagine that with everything is going on at the moment and with the advantage of all the media coverage as it happens and the technology involved in it, we now have the privilege of becoming aware of it all in a massive scale, so that we ALL see what is happening and have no excuse to remain ignorant.

And if you think there is nothing we can do about it, think again. Just becoming aware of it and making moves to question these big companies and governments is a lot. A good opportunity to stop being driven like cattle.

As it happened in the Golf of Mexico, once again our arrogance becomes obvious. We can build these big plants but what happens when mother Nature sneezes? We can´t manage! So we need to think again.

If WE could vote around the world to see if we want nuclear energy, the answer will probably surprise everyone. Do you want it? Do you want the risks involved in getting energy that way?

We tried it, but the price to pay is too high. isn’t it?

Saturn in Libra opposes Jupiter and Mercury in Aries, speaks of the awareness of the high price to be paid for our technological advances and the risks we take, and Ceres, in exact conjunction to Neptune at 29º Aquarius, with Chiron at 2º of Pisces, reenforces this feeling that we are ONE with the Earth, and unless we respect it and stop risking so much, we will not be able to stop these terrible events, when so many people die.

Everything seems to indicate that the electromagnetic force of this Full Moon will be overwhelming!

In our stubborn insistence in finding a correlation between what happens in the Cosmos and how it manifests down here, it is very difficult not to worry about what it might happen this week end.

For those who think that the end of the world will happen at the end of 2012, tell that to a japanese person of the affected area, when all his/her life has been swept away by last friday’s tsunami. For many of them, that was the end of their world, not something they will forget anytime soon.

I am quite tired of listening about 2012, as if the BIG CHANCES will happen then. Look around, they are already happening NOW. We don’t need to wait until December 21st, 2012.

We can help in the process if we just spoke up and loud about these matters.

We need to have more regulations about when it comes to Nuclear Power and Energy.

We can ALL do it. We are already doing it. Let’s continue doing it!

The dignity and wisdom that the Japanese people have shown to the world is overwhelming. What a message to the rest of us.

I have actually lived in Sendai, about 30 years ago, for a about 6 month. What it was a coastal town is now a city with 1 million people. Why do we have to build towns and nuclear plants in Earthquake’s risk areas?

It’s beyond me!

This Full Moon is a attention call for many of us and especially for those with planets in the mutable (Gemini-Virgo-Sagittrius-Pisces) and cardinal signs (Aries-Cancer-Libra -Capricorn). Whatever happens this week end ahead, don’t discard it as just a simple good or bad week end, read between events and feelings and learn. This is an important one! It might open doors in you mind that will help you and us.