Aries Full Moon, 10-5-2017

aries full moon 10-5

This full moon lunation occurs at 12 degrees of the 1st house of Aries. The emphasis will be on the Aries-Libra axis of the zodiac, highlighting how we navigate our relationship to self and our relationships to others.

Mercury at 10 degrees Libra will be conjunct the sun. We can expect communications and travel to revolve around those close to us, taking day trips with one’s partner, or a general increased social life. We are in high demand by others, and find validation and comfort in the company of others.

Venus is in her fall at 19 degrees of Virgo, a sign that Venus has trouble expressing her natural affection in. Money and resources may not flow so smoothly, either. Women may find themselves giving and giving in service to something else, only to feel it goes nowhere and to nothing. With Virgo emphasizing service, work, health and exercise, it might be a good time to hit the gym to burn off any anxieties that should arise.

To add to the incentive to physical activity, Mars will be conjuncting Venus at 19 degrees of Virgo. Since Venus’s retrograde earlier this year in 2017, Mars and Venus have been chasing each other around the zodiac; now they meet once more. Mars can give extra force to those Virgo qualities, making it easier to set up the to-do lists and get organized. Where Venus is uncomfortable in Virgo, Mars will come forth to carry her, for soon enough, Venus will pass him, and Mars will commence to chase her for the remainder of the year. There may be unexpected relationships between men and women, but with Venus in Virgo, not necessarily a good time for love or progression in relationships.

Mars and Venus conjunct at 19 degrees of Virgo also faces two significant aspects: a trine to Pluto at 16 degrees of Capricorn, and square to Saturn at 22 degrees of Sagittarius. There is a suggestion here of constriction and contraction, further emphasizing a feeling of spinning one’s wheels and not moving anywhere. With the Pluto trine and the Mars and Venus conjunction, couples may undergo transformation of some sort, and relationships of various sorts may not survive if those involved are not committed to making sacrifices. With Mercury absorbing much of this Virgo energy through rulership, and occupying Libra, talking over prickly relationship matters may not go well, and it also may not be avoidable, as the sun insists we focus our will there, in the 7th house of marriage and relationships. It could be the Big Breakup — or, more likely, it could be the beginning of a brand new chase, since Mars will be running after Venus soon enough.

Jupiter at 28 degrees of Libra is about to make his big shift this month into Scorpio. This could also be amplifying relationship issues, as Jupiter’s force is one of expansion. When Jupiter shifts sign, the time-debt will be paid, and the conventional wisdom is that when one planet leaves and enters a new sign, we are left with a “gift”. Keep that in mind this month as significant changes often happen under the force of the lunation, and it would seem to me that marriage and relationship issues are definitely huge for this full moon. People are going to be making decisions between their ego-selves and their relationship-other. Jupiter will also be in opposition to Uranus at 27 degrees of Aries, where the moon is also transiting, emphasizing the rift between these two polarities. Uranus will deliver the shocks and surprises, and he will want to enable rebellion, not stifle it. Proud Jupiter is not, mythologically speaking, much for restraint, and his huge ego could make gambles that cause more harm than good.

Pluto at 16 degrees Capricorn also squares the sun and moon. There may be challenges that force us to reconsider our home life, our private life, and our public life. When we go to solve them, we may find only more obstacles and this can lead us down a hard road to transformation.

Saturn at 22 degrees of Sagittarius will also trine the North Node at 21 degrees of Leo. While this lunation certainly suggests to me a great deal of struggles are imminent for relationships in general, a good dose of the Leonine generosity, big-heartedness, and leading by example would be a good course to pursue to try to keep things light and in perspective. It will be very much needed, and yet, also difficult to maintain, but should find support from steadfast Saturn, as well as Black Moon Lilith at 26 degrees of Sagittarius.



A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available in late 2017, called Lunations, 2018, which will be made available as an ebook from Amazon.

Aquarius Full Moon Eclipse, 8-7-2017

Aquarius Full Moon

Eclipse season is here! The Aquarius full moon ushers in the lunar eclipse at 15 degrees of Aquarius, with the sun opposing at 15 degrees of Leo.

Unlike previous new and full moons this 2017, this lunar eclipse promises to be a little less ‘exciting’ than in the past — unlike the Cancer new moon we experienced, which I know saw a lot of people’s home lives shifting. Anything we have full and new moons in cardinal signs, our lives are often shaken up. This time, we have dreamy, detached, and rebellious Aquarius calling the shots, affecting our private, emotional lives. Behind the scenes we can indulge in our trickster selves, inviting in the unexpected; yet, where the sun, our public face and our ego-self resides, we have a interesting conjunction with Mars.

With the sun at 15 degrees Leo, Mars loosely conjuncts at 11 degrees Leo. Imagine a king conferring with his general. While your emotional self may be indulging in cutting loose, in the forefront of your life, you might have to be making plans and strategizing, putting your best foot forward with the intensity and verve that Mars’ energy is renowned for. Go on the offensive. Stake your claim, mark your territory, take what is yours, be a strong ruler in your life. With the lunar eclipse in Aquarius, it may be that our private lives are experiencing an ending, and with Aquarius ruling the 11th house of acquaintances and friendships, dreams, goals, aspirations, perhaps we are letting go of a choice that didn’t work out for us, a friend who didn’t meet our expectations. We will need to borrow the solar energy of Leo to sally forth and blaze new trails, and Aquarius will love to break through any constraint put upon us by those old, outworn aspirations or friends who, it turned out, were only holding us back from our potential. Time to assume your power.

As if that weren’t enough of a momentum, consider supportive trines from the North Node at 24 degrees of Leo, to Uranus at 28 Aries in retrograde, and Saturn at 21 degrees Sagittarius also retrograde. The solar power of our kingly/queenly self is calling for us to lead through an ending. You’ve got the power to leap into a new beginning with Mars at your side and the fates themselves, the karmic North Node, beckoning you through. That’s not to say it will be easy, as the North Node doesn’t traffic in easy — but take advantage of the swift fast moving energy of the trines to break on through to the other side of whatever might be temporarily holding you back. It might even be a holdover from Saturn’s current transit through Sagittarius, as he will be going direct soon and whatever might be left undone is begging for completion under the last stages of his retrograde.

Jupiter at 17 degrees Libra also trines the Moon at 15 degrees of Aquarius. This emphasizes relationships and balance, and so friends may again be implicated through this contact with the cardinal sign of Libra. Jupiter’s expansive power through the trine will help quicken this ending that the lunar eclipse will bring to a close.

Mercury at 10 degrees Virgo opposes Neptune at 13 degrees Pisces, retrograde; Mercury is also preparing for his retrograde in the next few weeks. Keep up with your to-do lists as Neptune is going to pull us into his dreamy, escapist sphere, or else find a way to use that Neptune dissolution to dissolve something that has not been working for. Communications may have a fine layer of fraud or deception not readily apparent, and it will only increase as Mercury moves slower and slower in preparation for its retrograde. Sit down with some good Neptunian music and don’t make any promises, for you might find yourself unable to keep them.

Lastly, but significantly, there is a square from Pluto at 17 degrees of Capricorn, Saturn’s house by rulership, to Jupiter in Libra at 17 degrees. These are both cardinal signs, so the clash of energy promises to be felt in those arenas that affect our lives the most, in career and relationships. There may be an inequity, something out of balance, a desire for control between to factions, forces, or people, and Pluto will not be satisfied with Jupiter’s happy-go-lucky, dancing around the issue. It is not a time to be frivolous in intimate relationships or at work. Be respectful of everyone’s dignity and balance of power, even if you think the person you’re dealing with doesn’t deserve it or has done you wrong. Succumb to Pluto’s desire for control and cold-hearted dismissal and you might make an enemy who will turn around to bite you later.


A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available in late 2017, called Lunations, 2018, which will be made available as an ebook from Amazon.

 

Capricorn Full Moon Conjunct Pluto, 7-9-2017

Capricorn Full Moon

I’m a little later than usual to this week’s lunation; no one, it seems, is escaping the intensity of the recent new and full moons, all urged along under the quickening force of a Fire Trine between Saturn in Sagittarius, Uranus in Aries, and the North Node in Leo, bringing fated circumstances into our lives.

While before, quite a few people were experiencing disruptions under the moon’s passage through Cancer, we now have the full moon transiting through Capricorn, Cancer’s opposite. Pluto waits at 18 degrees with open arms to welcome the moon in conjunction. The moon itself is the natural ruler of Cancer, and so events occurring under the previous Cancer new moon may be transforming, ending, or starting all over again at this powerful full moon. In Saturn’s house of Capricorn, the house of career, it may be the Pluto will tear down previous structures within the home or behind the scenes, and this shaking of foundations will be felt on the career scene as well. Call it astrological whiplash, the effect, of being torn between two realms with also be exacerbated by Mars in his fall in Cancer.

Men or those with more masculine personalities will not sit well with Mars in this position. Mars’ usual propensity for action and battle-frenzy might take on a myriad of forms, but they will be hampered or truncated. Well laid plans will go awry and the potential for violence with Pluto in opposition is high. At best, the men in your life might end up being distracted, making poor decisions, or being ineffectual where before they were focused and sure of themselves. Don’t expect too much from the men in your life during this period, they will not be in a position to deliver results with Mars thus afflicted.

Notable aspects under this lunation include a trine between the Sun at 17 degrees Cancer and Neptune at 14 degrees of Pisces. Given the intensity of the Pluto and moon conjunction, it might be ill advised to wander overmuch, as Neptune might lead one astray; but losing oneself to safe and harmless pursuits is highly recommended. Stay at home and binge watch a satisfying show while the moon and Pluto wreak havoc elsewhere.

Jupiter at 14 degrees of Libra squares off against the Sun in Cancer and Pluto and the Moon in Capricorn at 18 degrees. Relationships will also have a stake in what disruptions Pluto and Mars might bring to the home and career sectors. Lives will be changed forever by culminating events that occur now, and Jupiter square suggests a building friction of people at odds with each other. Whether or not you’ve been vigilant or attentive to maintaining your relationships with others will either bear fruit now — or be torn apart under the force of neglect.

This too, will be exacerbated by the ongoing inconjunct between Jupiter and Neptune. People will be having great difficulty pinning down what they need from others and what they can give them in return; and much of the pain that it stirs will be from lack of clarity and the ability to be decisive.

Also inconjunct is Mars and Saturn. With Mars currently uneasy in Cancer, Saturn has the strongest influence. Expect that any violence or poor decisions that erupt beneath the influence of Mars in Cancer will face up to authoritarian Saturn, in ways we might not expect. Resolutions to these problems may end up drowning in red tape. Justice comes, but not enough of it, and not when it’s needed most.

Lastly, a semi-square between Venus in Gemini and the Sun in Cancer suggest too, that payments are held up or not forthcoming, or love is withheld, blocked, and turned aside — either of these conditions will end up being drawn out and painful, akin to pulling¬† a band aid slowly in the belief doing so will hurt less in the long run, and there won’t be much solution but to power through it and breathe deep. Eventually, the check will clear, and the reluctant lover will come to a conclusion on whether to nourish romance or wither it.

 

Grand Fire Trine, Sagittarius Full Moon 6-9-2017

Sagittarius Full Moon

This full moon is shaping up to have the heady swiftness of the last new moon, another Grand Fire Trine forming with the Moon in Sagittarius and the Sun in Gemini. This fire trine forms between Saturn in Sagittarius at 24 degrees, Uranus in Aries at 27 degrees, and the North Node in Leo at 27 degrees.

Trines increase the velocity of energy, so we can expect relevant events affected by these planets and hours to increase in speed and impact. In the case of the node, the head of the dragon where our karmic future lies in the sign of creative expression and fun, now might be a nice time to engage ourselves in the drama of the moment. All the world is a stage — so act accordingly to make the most of it! With the moon sharing space with Saturn, the lord of restraint and constraints, it might bring with it a strange feeling of opposites — the emotional mood of the moon will pull Saturn’s frown upright, as happy-go-lucky Sagittarius wants more fun and the energy of the trine will be hard to suppress with Uranus in Aries continuing to throw surprises out of left field, emphasizing the needs of the self. With the sun in Gemini and moon in Sagittarius polarity, travel may feature, communications will be dynamic and lead to surprises and shifts in circumstances. Hopefully, you behaved yourself while Mars was in Gemini and your mouth didn’t get you into trouble, or else you’ll be dealing with the fallout from that New Moon Grand Fire Trine last month.

The trine is the best part of the moon. What we have left are the clashing energies of inconjuncts, squares, and semi-squares, most notably, the influence of Jupiter in Libra at 13 degrees inconjunct Neptune at 14 degrees Pisces. Our expanding friends, connections, relationships are unable to mediate with Neptune’s foggy and inconsistent nature in Pisces. People will be attempting to keep the difficult parts of their lives separate, trying to maintain their relationships while giving themselves to addiction, escapism, or maybe someone is lying to themselves about the kind of relationships they’re willing to maintain or tolerate. In either case, one can feel the tension of the inconjunct any time the needs of balance in relationship clash with the wishy-washiness of Neptune who might not be too into facing up to the hard decisions. Running and hiding might be a tempting solution, but something here too, is preventing relief.

Pluto at 18 degrees of Capricorn is also inconjunct the Gemini Sun, 18 degrees. Power and authority might be forming a schism to the Gemini desire for novelty and hunger to communicate. Capricorn is Saturn’s home field, and will wait out the impatient younger sign of the Twins. Impulses may have to be stymied in favor of the prevailing status quo.

We come up against hard squares under this full moon with Neptune in Pisces at 14 degrees, square the Sagittarius moon and the Gemini sun. Black Lilith at 12 degrees Sagittarius is also square Neptune in Pisces. With all these aspects forming to Neptune in Pisces, it suggests that hard decisions are coming for those who have been lying to themselves about a difficult situation, perhaps an overindulgence has taken over a person’s life and become a full blown addiction, or maybe a belief that drove actions and decisions in the past is being dissolved — leaving behind feelings of betrayal and anger. The time has come to take a new course and change direction, and it’s a good time to gather information under this Gemini Sun and to better get our bearings.

Semi-squares join the fray. Notably, Venus at 3 degrees of Taurus semi-square Neptune in Pisces. Venus is very happy in the sign she rules, Taurus, so this semi-square will be complicated by issues of wealth, of material needs and security, perhaps more so than anything romantic. Perhaps a promise of increase in wealth, a spoken for reward, something is held up, whether it’s by deliberate deception, or more likely, the neglect of someone else’s poor decisions. Difficulties with no easy solutions may make themselves known, creating a knot of problems with the flow of money or resources, or a project just won’t finish completion and the wheels keep spinning, spinning. Taurus’s endurance is the best thing to have during a difficult time. Be patient, and see your way to the other side of the semi-square.

Full Moon in Scorpio, 5-10-2017

5-10-2017 Full MoonAs with so much of life, sometimes our lives move fast and sometimes they slow; sometimes our journey is filled with unexpected stops and starts as we struggle to reach a destination, to complete a project.

The Scorpio Full Moon speaks to an element of completion, corresponding to the cycle begun with the New Moon in Scorpio in October of 2016. Consider the passage of events from that moment to now — what have you accomplished? If you chose to initiate an action then, or failed to, you may see the benefits or consequences of that initiation now.

During this cycle, I was able to launch an audio narration career, beginning in October, and my efforts are just now coming to fruition at this full moon. (I’ll be voicing Jordan Taylor’s wonderful short story of a young girl’s struggle to come to terms with her magickal abilities as a chambermaid at a Victorian boarding school in Common Magick, over at the Gallery of Curiosities podcast. Do give it a listen, they have many other wonderful stories as well.)

The opposite of Scorpio is where we find the sun in Taurus. Perhaps between the sun in Taurus and Venus steaming along through Aries, you find yourself involved in money matters, material issues, wealth and value, and manifestation — all 2nd house themes that are the natural domicile of Taurus. The moon in Scorpio underlies this with examinations of how we put our material goods to use, where our money is going or coming from, and what it might mean to us on a spiritual level.

We ought to consider what Pluto is up to, since he is the natural ruler of Scorpio,¬† and the energy of the moon will be in service to Pluto by rulership. Pluto gives us a trine to the Sun in Taurus from his position at 19 degrees Capricorn. The trine indicates velocity. Perhaps months of hard work finally pay off with a promotion — or a firing, or a lay off. For either good or ill, the result may culminate in a release of previously frustrating energies. Perhaps a payment comes through that was held up. Perhaps a friend finally comes clean about an issue. Maybe old debts are paid off in one final stroke, a break up happens, a divorce is settled — whatever it is, expect one’s home and heart to be tied to it, for where we find the moon is where our emotional core will be most vulnerable.

In addition, the Scorpio moon trines Neptune in Pisces; expect emotions to be fully engaged. Intense connections may form, fueled by the extra-communicative energy of Mars in Gemini. With Jupiter in Libra trining this Mars energy, it could be a great time for groups or friends to link up and be cooperative, or just a wonderful sense of togetherness and comraderie all around as people turn to each other in a supportive capacity. Expect inspired late night conversations that erupt over cups of coffee and bleary-eyed, 3 am talks about the meaning of life, bonding people together on a visceral level. (Just make sure you’re drinking coffee when you get ready to drive home — drinking and driving is never recommended, but with Scorpio Moon and Neptune in Pisces and Mars under the influence of Mercury’s house of Gemini, perhaps even more so in this instance. Skip drinking all together.)

And of course, there are always squares to contend with. What stress can we expect with this full moon? Some of it will be familiar to you, and old news by now: we still have ongoing squares between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Libra, but with a square from Mercury at 26 degrees of Aries also thrown in for good measure. Perhaps while you were busy talking about the meaning of life and the universe in your Mars in Gemini fueled excitement, someone else remained silent and feels left out, or conversely, Uranus with Mercury in Aries provokes someone to reveal something shocking or say something offensive. Whether that ends up being you or a friend, attend to your relationships, but expect friction to accompany those good times.

The North Node is firmly in Leo territory, leaving behind the house of work and service for the house of royalty and creativity and fun. The Node trines Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Mercury in Aries. You may find support from and elder, a father figure, or unexpected good news comes your way, helping you achieve an uncomfortable task — for the North Node is where the universe directs us to face our challenges and achieve our quests. It is not always easy, but these trines will move your decisions along faster, whatever they may be. Perhaps you’re starting a business, an enterprise firmly in Leo territory — now is a good time to reach out for help, and don’t be afraid to ask for guidance.

Lastly, I’ve been looking with a closer eye to Black Moon Lilith, and want to invite her to the party — and it looks like she is down for some dirty dancing with a magnetic trine to Venus in Aries, and a square to Neptune in Pisces, and an opposition to Mars in Gemini. Friction between the sexes might be on the menu, and Lilith might end up hearing promises from her paramours that dissipate come morning when all the dancing is over. Happy go lucky Sagittarius might throw the party, but the self-deception of Neptune and Venus at her detriment in me-first Aries sows the seeds of regret later.

Keep in mind your natal planets and positions, as every lunation holds in store an individual journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Libra Full Moon of 4-11-2017

4-11-2017 Full Moon

The emerging theme of this moon is how an abundance of relationships moves into a process of elimination, as the full moon in Libra at 21 degrees, moves into Scorpio hours later at 6:42 pm, EST.

This Libra moon retreats from a conjunction with Jupiter Rx at 17 degrees of Libra, while this moon also squares Pluto in Capricorn at 19 degrees. We are blessed with sociability but the Pluto square overshadows our connections with the flavors of Scorpionic intensity, particularly with moon’s looming passage into Scorpio. Friendships have their good times, their bright, happy moments in which we perceive people who make us feel good as angels — yet, as we move past the superficiality of relationships and delve deeper, our relationships maturing in the process, we can often discover our angels have their dark sides, and at our worst, find we are surrounded by pernicious demons instead.

Of course, those are very stark, binary terms to describe the human experience of friends and the relationships they provide — but this is often how we perceive things in relationship to the self. What does not please us is evil, what supports our self-esteem is instantly good. It takes strength, time, and tempering of the soul to recognize and forgive both others and ourselves when our ideals are not met. The person who matures in a truly soulful way, is not a person who insists on looking at their friends with rose colored glasses, but who can identify what kind of relationships they can live with, and what kind they can live without, and can do so without the need to demonize or idolize those that rise or fall short. Pluto speaks of transformation — and we are always in an act of transformation, for if we do not, we are eternally stuck in the process of elimination. As we transform, the kind of relationships we choose — or fail to choose — will transform along side us.

Transforming relationships can sometimes reveal more than we expected, with Uranus in Aries opposite this Jupiter and Moon in Libra. Perhaps we shock our friends by not adhereing to the role they assigned to us — perhaps our friendships are hiding secret desires (Venus Rx) or perhaps we become too attached to how good our friends make us feel, distracting us from our troubles and inviting us to try to coerce or control (Pluto/Moon square) the good times that are no longer there. The moon will invite emotional attachments to rise to the surface.

These relationship dynamics, how we come together, fall apart, navigate and maintain, is all under the domain of Libra, Venus in her current retrograde, and 7th house matters. Friends and connections belong under the scope of the 11th house, of Aquarius and Uranus — expect these subjects to be key features under this moon. Uranus at 24 degrees of Aries, also squares the Libra moon.

Saturn’s gravity will help to reign in Jupiter’s over the top expansion, providing a soft anchor. Venus, even though in retrograde, is in Pisces and will be better positioned for compassionate love than she was in masculine Aries. Saturn’s trines underlies the current, more prominent features of this chart, trining the Sun in Aries, Uranus in Aries, and Mercury in Aries, as well as the North Node at 0 degrees of Virgo — like the kind hand of a father, directing the child (Aries) back to a rational path with hard work, foundations, and clear sight.

Full Moon in Virgo, 3-12-2017, Impressions

Virgo Full Moon 3-12

I’m trying out this awesome new software from OpenAstro.org for Linux. (I’m still getting used to it!)

On this Virgo full moon, the prominent aspect is Mercury in Pisces at 27 degrees moving into exact square to Saturn in Sagitarrius at 27 degrees.

Their are several oppositions and squares at play during this full moon in Virgo the natural ruler of the sixth house, the sign of work, day to day concerns, daily tasks, health, organization, pets, and exercise. Let’s highlight those of interest one by one:

The North Node (Rahu/Dragon’s Head) at 2 degrees of Virgo is also conjunct fixed star Regulus, off by 1 orb. Regulus conveyed great fortune to a native by raising them high above the state they were born into, but equally capable of bringing about a proportionate “fall”. Traditionally in Leo, due to the precession of the equinoxes, Regulus passed from Leo to Virgo in 2012. The North Node, taken to represent our karmic future and soul’s quest, always moves backward, and thus is preparing to align with that star as it moves through the beginning degrees of Virgo to pass into Leo.

With this shift we should keep in mind that there is often a release — whatever theme, task, challenge, mission, or debt the sign placed upon you comes to an end. What does this portend as the North Node comes conjunct the “Kingmaker” star? Look to the kings and queens in your life, or how you might be assuming a kingship yourself, or are you meant — or failing — to take leadership in the area that Virgo applies to in your nativity?

Saturn is our big mover and shaker in 27 degrees of Sagitarrius, and is at the center of three squares. He forms loose squares to the Virgo moon and the Pisces sun at about 5 degree orb, making it a softer aspect. However, the intense aspect here is Pisces Mercury forming an exact square to Saturn in Sagitarrius at the 27 degree mark.

Ironically, I’m already getting a taste of this myself. In gathering my birth certificate and other incidentals, I discovered my birth certificate did not include the names of my parents and would be useless to me in my efforts to apply for a passport (which Sagitarrius rules, being the natural 9th house which rules foreign travel.) The lady who I made an appointment with to look over this paperwork completely forgot we had an appointment, and was an hour late to meet me — reminiscent of Mercury in retrograde, though in this case, what we have is a very sleepy, Pisces Mercury who is dropping the ball under Neptune’s influence. This miscommunication has forced me to jump through bureaucratic hoops to sort these papers out. Saturn in Sagitarrius would be proud!

Expect miscommunications in similar vein to the themes of the Neptune/Saturn square we experienced recently, only on a smaller scale, this time with Mercury in watery Pisces, perhaps dreaming too much, lets his mouth run away with him or makes promises he can’t deliver when Saturn puts his hand up to silence the noise. You might be called to deliver on those promises or contracts after all.

Politically, this might make for some interesting occurrences as we have a president notorious for off-the-cuff remarks and a news media that has more to gain from “infotainment” than value-driven news reporting that characterized journalistic standards of the past. Mercury, the ruler of journalists and writers, will make his presence known during this square in those fields.

In addition to those squares with Saturn, we have several loose squares to Pluto, who is transiting Capricorn at 19 degrees. Capricorn, an earth sign along with Virgo. Prominent squares to Pluto are Jupiter in Libra at 21 degrees, and Uranus in Aries at 22 degrees.

Pluto is also trine the Virgo moon, but wherever Pluto is involved, expect to have your mettle tested, even under “favorable” aspects like trines. Since Pluto is in Capricorn, which is Saturn’s house, we must look to where Saturn occupies the chart, as this is where Pluto is driving his energy.

This Plutonic power, therefore, feeds into the Mercury/Saturn square — while many have found Pluto in Capricorn to be a difficult aspect, citing the 2008 financial crises as being a part of Pluto’s movement into Capricorn, I find that there is no better planetary influence than Saturn for harnessing the immense power of Pluto — Pluto takes to Saturn’s discipline, which we sorely need lest Pluto rage without control.

This Mercury in Pisces is also in loose opposition to the Virgo moon — Virgo wants to keep emotions tight and within well defined boundaries, but the urge for the Virgin to “confess” under Mercury’s dreamy influence might undermine attempts at efficiency where Virgo is concerned. Idle gossip at work could backfire! Naturally, where the natal house positions fall under these signs for the native, comes into play.

Mars in Taurus forms a loose trine between Saturn in Sagitarrius and the North Node in Virgo, and will be making himself known best by channelling his martial aspect into endurance and aggressively hunting down investments and things of value. This will be doubly important as Venus is currently in retrograde, at her detriment, but she rules the signs of Taurus and Libra, and so both these signs carry special weight on their own — Mars in Taurus to emphasize the active pursuit of beauty and value, and Jupiter in Libra, asking us to see to our relationships and maintain those friendships, for when all else fails, we will need people we trust around us.

Yet, with Venus in retrograde until April, this will present challenges in how we deal with our friendships, our relationships — romantic ventures will likely stutter and stall, for those of you expecting sparks, and with tax season coming up, I’ve already heard reports of people falling victim to identity theft and having their tax return end up in the hands of a thief. Here, there seems a perfect conjunction of nefarious pursuits indicating Venus’s interests and Mars in Taurus, alongside the Saturn/Mercury square and Pluto.

If you broke up with someone under the influence of the solar eclipse previously, they will likely boomerang during Venus in retrograde.

If all this seems like a confusing cosmic soup, take heart: a good way to deal with these tensions and pressures is to take a hint from the glorious Venus, that mistress of love. Move slowly. Take your time. Speak less, and when you do, do it with consideration and grace. The Taurus Mars will also want to move with the slow endurance of the bull, that ancient fertility symbol, seeking to smell the roses. Yet, a chance to reconnect with friends under this Jupiter in Libra period, is also conducive to a Venus in retrograde period. Shake out those old dresses you’ve forgotten about. Throw a tea party, gather the women in your life, and celebrate them — the Virgo full moon will add her female energy to the mix, and don’t take anything anyone says too seriously.