What is going on?
It is probably due to my Sagittarian Sun in the 9th house, but I love maps. I love all kinds of maps. Road maps that guide me on a wonderful vacation. Historical maps of cities that show how a dairy farm in the 1700’s is now twenty square blocks on the eastside of Manhattan. I even like maps of towns that I have never visited. I just like looking at maps. Now when it comes to astrology, I liken transit reports as road maps. “Saturn on natal Mars” --better prepare to produce or perish. Jupiter square Moon---“oh, here comes mom! Better get out of her way now!”
And of course when I generate my New Moon reports everyone probably can see or feel my map tendencies.
So, with all that said, I have to admit I am a bit concerned about the next six weeks. We have a series of astrological events in front of us but I’m not sure exactly how to map them. Of course, how these aspects influence us personally depends on our natal chart and where these aspects are occurring. I certainly understand the influences in that context. But I like to look out on the larger landscapes. Not just you and me but all of us. And that is where I am bit fuzzy as they do look troublesome but they might not be as difficult as they appear? ah, fuzziness.... .
Here’s what I can tell you.
May 15 10:33am EDT Venus retrograde
We discussed this briefly (Aries and Taurus New Moon) when I indicated the shadow point was on April 11. Just to remind you, the shadow point on 4/11 was when Venus crossed over 7 degrees Gemini. Since then she has continued on her merry way until May 15th when she will retrograde back from 24 degrees Gemini. She will then go backwards until she gets all the way back to 7 degrees Gemini on June 27 and then on that date she straightens out and flies right again. She will then cross that 24 degree point of Gemini on July 31 and finally leave Gemini on August 7. That is a whole lot of Venus in Gemini. Lots of energy on connections, people, sharing novelties, gossip and a ton of little lies—it is a very mental time and not a heart driven period. Communication issues will probably be paramount.
Venus rules things that we value and it why it is associated with money and love since those are big time valuables. What does it mean for the planet of money to turn retrograde in the middle of a big ass slow moving recession? Well, the last time Venus retrograded was in the fall of 2010 and in fact the 2010 elections in the US were right smack in the middle of it. Ask yourself how many people went to the polls and voted for people who they thought had the same values as them. And how are those choices working out now?
And what about money and or banking? I don’t feel an overwhelming sense of confidence with Venus Retrograding in Gemini. The dual nature of Gemini can be both half empty and half-filled glasses. And getting people so caught up in the micro they can’t see the macro. Not sure I’m a fan of that energy in our given our current economy. Short term? Long Term? There will be a lot of discussions from both perspectives. What I do think is fascinating and part of the reason I did this write up is that I just learned that Facebook is going to launch their IPO on May 14th. The day before the retrograde. It is a perfect fit—sharing bits of data with people, making connections, finding like-mindedness even if fleeting—all perfectly Gemini. But whatever that IPO comes in at and they are saying somewhere between $25 and $35 dollars a share, it may be ‘off’ and more will be revealed after Venus turns direct at the end of June or even after it leaves Gemini in August. Will people race to buy it? Will speculators be on target or off? I don’t know, probably a glance at Mark Zuckerberg’s chart would be helpful. Note to self, look at MZ’s chart.
Anyway, it is important to say that Venus retrogrades every 18 months so that alone is not a big deal but with this particular year where we also have Venus Transit the Sun in June. Which I will lay out in a moment and all these other aspects, my sense is that this will be one of the biggest Venus retrogrades in many, many years.
I also wonder if we are ripe for solar flares and possible communication disruptions this whole six week period. Just thinking out loud.
For a bit more on Venus Transit this year go check out mountain astrologer’s website blog.
May 20, the Solar Eclipse.
A few days after Venus retrograde in Gemini we get a big fat solar eclipse at Zero Gemini. Solar eclipses are juiced up New Moons and I will generate a report on this New Moon later in the month. But again, as we focus on the road map, this is an auspicious Eclipse. Right smack in the middle of the Venus retrograde, about two weeks out from Venus transit sun. And during our build up to the first hit between Uranus and Pluto, I gotta say our brains are going to be on full alert. Picking up all kinds of signals. Some of it might be accurate but not the whole picture.
Like the old blind men who are surrounding and touching an elephant, one man has the trunk, the other has a leg, the other feels the waist and the final one feels the tail. They all have personal truths but none of them know it makes up a whole elephant. On this solar eclipse we will be getting a lot of personal ‘truths’ but what does it all mean? Also since this is the Solar eclipse which puts the emphasis on the south node, people may be deliberately obtuse or conveniently looking away from bigger truths.
This solar eclipse will start in Asia and be seen partly in western United States. From Wikipedia:
The annular phase will be visible from the Chinese coast, the south of Japan, and the western part of the United States and Canada. Guangzhou, Tokyo and Albuquerque will be on the central path. Its maximum will occur in the North Pacific, south of the Aleutian islands for 5 min and 46.3 s, and finish in the western United States.
It will be the first central eclipse of the 21st century in the continental USA, and also the first annular eclipse there since the solar eclipse of May 10, 1994 which was also the previous eclipse of this series Solar Saros 128.
For more on Solar Eclipse and Venus, take a look at this wonderful link by Maya Del Mar.
June 4—Lunar Eclipse
So everything we learned on May 20th at the Gemini Solar Eclipse will be revisited now with the Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius. How are things processing? How is our brain and data working? What truth are we willing to now stand behind? Are we hiding in the back of the classroom or are we standing up for our beliefs? Are we getting hot and bothered or are wehappy to be out of the fray? How do either positions serve or hurt us? No one is immune to these eclipses and the fact that the lunar eclipse is quickly followed by the Venus Sun transits is auspicious. My ‘bump days ahead’ inner bells are going off. And god knows both personally and globally we will be asking, “Is the emperor wearing clothes or not?”
June 5 – June 6 Venus Transit Sun
Okay, so how does this work? From Nasa:
Transits of Venus across the disk of the Sun are among the rarest of planetary alignments. Indeed, only six such events have occurred since the invention of the telescope (1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874 and 1882). The next two transits of Venus will occur on 2004 June 08 and 2012 June 06.
The next time these two get together is in 120 years!
This event will get a lot of news coverage. Unless something else is going on which sucks up all the oxygen (not impossible) but basically do you think Venus and Sun in Gemini are trying to get our attention? We will be giving a lot of thought to what we value. That cannot be overstated. As of this date (5/4) we are deep in the Taurus lunar cycle where we are supposed to be focused on our values and resources. We will get the Venus retrograde in this cycle. Then our Gemini Lunar New Moon kicks off a whole of lot of data processing. Our brains go into overdrive and just when we think we can’t take anymore we have this aspect which will not be repeated for 120 years. Do you think our attention is focused on our values for a purpose? I do as well.
Those of us in the United States will see Venus in front of the Sun in the early evening. Do not do this without proper eye gear btw!!
Go over here to DarkStarAstrology for an interesting take on Venus’s influence.
June 11th Jupiter enters Gemini
Jupiter spends about a year in a sign and for the last year he has been in Taurus. What little recovery we have been experiencing is partly beause of Jupiter in Taurus. Taurus who is connected to currency and banks and real estate and properties and resources in general has enjoyed the abundant nature of Jupiter. At the very least a protective element of Jupiter is at play. But when he moves out of Taurus and goes into Gemini the sign of communication and data---well, prepare to be overwhelmed with news. All kinds of news. Legitimate news agencies but also the rags--Rupert Murdoch will be all over this placement. We will be overwhelmed with data. Going back to Facebook back on May 14, this placement of Jupiter could help them. I know, I know, most people are wondering, “Do they need help?” I dunno---maybe. Is this one of those naked emperor situations? I do believe Blogs and Social Networking will be SOOO in the news. Take Arab Spring and times it by hundred---that’s what we can expect with Jupiter in Gemini in the 21st century.
But more important to me is the vacuum that is left when Jupiter leaves Taurus. If indeed he has been providing any protection towards worldwide currencies or real estate—what happens when he lives? I for one have been wondering about all those toxic assets that banks own and how they do not want to do the write downs. Which means writing down the value of real estate, taking a loss and re-doing mortgages for those people holding the bags. This is a big magillah and I gotta say I think the party might be over for the ‘let’s pretend it away’ crowd.
June 24 Uranus square Pluto
We are all up to speed on this tough ass aspect. We got close to an exact aspect last summer (1 degree off) and had almost complete gridlock in Washington DC. We have been building towards this aspect all year. It is the thing we smell that feels ‘off’. Uranus demands revolution and Pluto demands evolution. And they both want to call the shots—control monsters that they are. Uranus in Aries wants new ground, new ways of doing things, breaking ground, loves new technology and just revolting against everything and starting fresh. (see earlier note about solar flares cough, cough). Pluto in Capricorn wants a new way of doing business. In fact just like Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn knows that the old way of doing things is no longer working but it can’t make the changes fast enough. It gets scared and tries to hold on to the status quo. But push will come to shove during this Uranus Pluto period until 2017. Round two of this aspect happens in September. We’ll know more about round two after round one reveals itself.
June 25 Saturn turns direct
And then there is Saturn in Libra who has been kicking our asses about all our relationships. We have been in this cycle for about two years and no one is spared. What do we feel about our partners, what do we feel about our relationships, how are we valued, how do we values others. It is all on the table. The final retrograde of Saturn in Libra started February 7 and since that time we have really been pushed. We should feel more comfort with our assessments after June 25 and before October 5 when Saturn moves into Scorpio---and then btw is when we really double down in our money and assets and investments.
June 26 Mercury crosses shadow point
In July Mercury will go retrograde. This the shadow point. Blech.
June 27 Venus turns direct
And now we have Venus turning direct. What will she have revealed to us between May 15th and now? I don’t know but my overall sense is that we will be relieved that she is flying straight.
So, as you can see that is whole lot of shaking and moving. My gut says that we need to brace for a rough landing. I don’t like to be negative and in truth, I am positive there is a silver lining in there but truly it is going to be bumpy.