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Jupiter-moonsJupiter 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 that meet a family or cultural expectations. The Re-discovery of faith, is one of the opportunities of this Retrograde. Re-routing the gaze inward, we can find an understanding of the real needs of our soul. Where 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? 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 b, because liberation comes from the depths of the soul. We all have more than one culture in our veins, everyone can feel more integrated in more than one location, regardless of the flag- If we seek the similarities we’ll surely find them. That’s Jupiter.

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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, was 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, allover 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 havel, le less you pay tax, 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 this 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 fact 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.

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 wabnt 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 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

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55040ac9e0e4d02971e2b520ca3f33d5A 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 in 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.

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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: https://cristinalaird.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/pholus-in-astrology/

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  great, it will be vital to give each other space within the relationship and find a new project together.

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.

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Herakles_Pholos_Kentauroi_Louvre_L63I’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.
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uranus-retrograde-380x235URANUS 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?

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Scan 14Here we are on the threshold of the New Moon in Géminis of the year. This will be one of those that we will not forget easily, since this lunation is formed at 14 º of Gemini and being a new moon, means that the Sun and Moon are in exactly the same degree and sign, and this time Venus joins them, meaning there is a conjunction of Sun-Moon-Venus in Gemini. These three planets activate the mutable T-square that we have been under, since November of last year and that has been felt increasingly strong from March this year. A T-square, as we all know is formed from two squares and an opposition i.e. two angles of 90 ° and one of 180 °. In this particular case it is Jupiter in Virgo that opposes Neptune in Pisces and they form 90 ° angles to Saturn in Sagittarius. All of this on the 13 ° – 14 ° of each sign. A T-square in mutable signs brings great mental challenges and above all, decision-making on projects hovering in our mind which are seeking expression. The planet that makes the two squares called the Apex, is the one that receives most of the tension of this planetary formation. Being Saturn, archetype which represents institutions, the system, our limitations and insecurities, order, the law, etc, many of us we are faced with the dilemma of how to give shape to our projects with the awareness that somehow, we must deal with institutions and the system, if we want to make a living out of it. Comes to mind, Messi’s trial, which starts today, who seems to have “avoided” or “evaded” the paying taxes. This is only one of the expressions of this cosmic aspect.

The tension generated by the T-square , often finds some kind of answers in “missing leg” that completes the Grand Cross, i.e., in this case, planets in Gemini. So that is exactly what we are getting for this New Moon, with Sun-Moon – Venus in Gemini, giving some sort of outlet for the tension of the T-square formed by Jupiter-Neptune-Saturn. These aspects drive us to action, and usually we live this sort of tension as if the obstacles come from outside ourselves.. Specifically, some of the ideas or mindset we may have towards a project at hand , which we may plan or intend for long period of time or may have great importance in our lives, seem to encounter opposition, restrictions from others . Think of the millions emigrating from Siria and Libia and Africa and the obstacles they encounter once they arrive to Europe. With Jupiter and Neptune in contact with Saturn, which curiously walks through the sign ruled by Jupiter, we are driven from the deepest parts of our psyche to make a statement in society and provoke the birth of new ideas and that we strongly feel might improve everything that has to do with our beliefs and education, above all. Our own hesitation, our insecurities and doubts are met with difficulties and obstacles that force us to think over and over again, different ways of bringing into effect what we want to create.

The most interesting thing about these planetary formations is that we always seem to be in situations where we are located at one end of the T-square and we find the other two ends expressed by others. For example: if I’m on the side of Jupiter and my ideals and faith in my own abilities are out of sink, then we find Saturn in the one who tells us, or asks us: “but , can you really do this? Are you qualify to do this? What studies do you have?” If we take the side of Neptune, then suddenly reality becomes unbearable and our dreams tend to become completely out of reach: ” no matter what I do, this will never become a reality because the world is not prepared for it”. If we stand with Saturn , then we become a “cynical” and we criticize the ideas and dreams of others with an exaggerated realism without offering an alternative. Sound familiar?

It certainly is great fun to see this pattern, when politicians argue in TV among themselves in a desperate search for votes. The Neptunian and Jupiterian ideas and behavior may seem too versatile, too crazy and too inconsistent for the Saturnian mentality. And the Saturnians appear too critical and old fashion for the other two. So, what is the solution? Perhaps we should wait for Jupiter to come off from this planetary formation before it enters Libra in September. But this new moon offers the possibility of finding some answers in this Gemini trio of planets during the June 3-4-5 days. Gemini suggests we keep an open mind, continue to seek information and options on several different fronts. This planetary formation in mutable signs talks about how to stay true to our ideals and longing, but always with our feet on the ground and looking for the balance of all this within us. Is the planning of our project, correct? Is it possible that we should need some re-structuring of it, more in tune with our possibilities and talents? Is this project aligned with our deepest values? Is there a possibility that it does not correspond with our skills and our ethics? It is imbued with love and benefit for the community or is something that will only satisfy our ego? These are all questions that are relevant at the moment and everyone will get the answers that we need or can understand. Whatever the answer, we must not forget that Neptune in PISCES is speaking to us of universal unity, of the fact that, although we may come from different cultures, we are of from the human race. We must try to work out the difficulties that prevent us from mingling with and accept those not akin to our culture. In spite of speaking different languages, savoring different cuisine, having opposite beliefs and customs, we are all affected by the same problems and we suffer for similar things. Perhaps the message of Gemini is about embracing diversity, to welcome what we do not know, and open our hearts to those who frighten us and challenge us. If we are all the time with people who think like us, our mind accommodates itself in a series of increasingly less varied habits and we end up becoming bi-dimensional, bitter and cynical beings. Contact with other cultures and idiosyncrasies enrich and add dimensions to our life. I could not imagine life without Sushi. ;-D

Jupiter forms a trine (120º) to Pluto in Capricorn and Mercury in Taurus, and something tell us that the solution or the key to understanding lies deep in our psyche, so we should keep looking. Mars, which has dipped back into Scorpio, until August 3rd, also forms a trine to Chiron, which suggests that this is not time for victimizing ourselves and abandon the fight, quite the contrary, it is time to remember that this journey of life is the only one we have and the opportunities are there, for those who can see them and have the courage to grab them. Comfort kills creativity. Life is a constant risk and the T-squares are the perfect example of this.
Enjoy this New Moon and if you feel like sharing your experiences of it, please feel free to comment here or on my Facebook page: Astrología Arquetípica.

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retrograde-motionMars makes its retrograde motion every two years, for about 75-80 days, so last March 2014 made its last retrograde and occurred in the second half of the sign of Libra. The one this years starts on the 18th of April until the 30th of June.

Trying to give a “Polyana” aspect to this planet, is not only useless, but also limiting and not true. Mars impels us to situations and emotions difficult to handle and in retrograde, even more. In 2014 as it walked through Libra, we saw the Malaysian Airlines flight 370 disappeared and crashed into the Sea (though still has not been confirmed) and Russia “took” Crimea, which caused many diplomatic meetings that ended with the suspension of Russia from the G8. 270 girls at a school in Nigeria were abducted.

This time Mars stations retrograde in Sagittarius, the sign that has a lot to do with our powerful ideals ( read religious fundamentalism), among other things, dipping back into Scorpio, the sign of sexuality and death, and taxes, other people’s money (like the Panama hacked papers). Situations that force us into transforming, and I say “force us“ because there is usually some dramatic event that trigger the changes. It starts its retrograde activating the current T-square, in conjunction to Saturn (7 ° orb) and Square to Neptune (9 ° orb) and Jupiter (5 ° orb). This aspect speaks of desires and most intimate longings and our difficulty in manifesting them in our lives. So confrontation with the absolute reality of our possibilities (Saturn) can be hard to accept and extremely frustrating. Depending on one’s age, this process will be more or less permanent and painful. Evading taxes not a good idea at the moment!

At a personal level, the houses activated by this T-square, and the planets being aspected by it, will describe where this tension manifests in our lives. Normally, Mars drives us to action, to initiate, to assert ourselves, to risk, but in retrograde, these plans can encourage us to extremes that bring unwelcome stress . Frustration is typical of these cosmic movements, to extremes that sometimes we can find it hard to handle. As if something prevents us from moving forward, such as walking against a very strong wind which forces us to stop or to slow down. As with all of the retrograde, the intention is to stop and Rethink. there’s a possibility that we need to finish something, before moving forward with the new project, or that we ought to reconsider the project and its consequences or to review the people with whom we want to do it. Or simply if we have enough experience and expertise to carry it out.

If health is sensitive, this may be the time when you feel at your worst and when you will be forced to stop to recover your energies. Impatience, irrational reactions, irritability are all human feelings related to a negative Mars and in retrograde specifically. Unexpected accidents are common, if you work with sharp tools be careful, if you go biking, if you drive too, etc, etc. This is particularly possible in the third week of June, when Mars will form a quincunx (150 °) with Uranus in Aries.

At the end, as always, will be positive, because it helps us to think and to terminate or conclude a stage that has already fulfilled its function, and that will allow us to propel ourselves to the next chapter or project with adequate internal wisdom and proper experience. The Sagittarius idealism, every now and then needs these moments of calm to be able to observe more closely what they are getting involved in.

If you have planets in the last degree of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius, Then read this article again, so if you have planets in the early degrees of Mutables signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. By above all do not forget that this period finishes at the end of June. So do not panic!.

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Happy new year to everyone and very especially to those who regularly take the time to read my astrological musings, which more and more, seem to be in line with the Cosmic language. With the certain conviction that in spite of investigating and obtaining some truths along the way, the recognition of knowing something, only reminds us of our ignorance.
As there are many books about the astrological affairs of 2016, which you can buy at a reasonable price, my intention here is to reflect on the astrological aspects that will guide our path this year beginning today, always with the conviction that planets do not drive us in one direction or another, but that there is a certain synchronicity of events on Earth that seem to reflect what happens in the Cosmos, interpreted from the point of view of the archetypes that these planets evoke, with the meanings that we humans attach to them. Many of these events coincide with planetary alignments exactly, as astrologers grow to understand. We have just a few good examples of them in the Paris attacks, when Mars, the planet that evokes the archetype of the Warrior and War, was aligned exactly with the Lunar Nodes, at the time the shootings started, to the 29º of the Virgo-Piscis angle, and as soon as it moved into Libra and made a conjunction to Lilith, exactly, the massacre in San Bernardino California occurred; everything within the framework of the current Neptune-Saturn conjunction, symbolically evoking the struggle between our ideals, our need to feel One with the Whole, our desire to return to the Source, back Home, to the place where we come from, in contrast with the reality of our life, our body and human needs. The responsibility for decisions made in the past, when we did not see clearly, is another aspect of this square.
If you think about the decisions made 12 years ago by some Western Governments, when the Iraq war began, then we can clearly see this pattern, with what is happening today with the Islamic State and Syria. This exodus from Syria towards Europe of some 20 million people, is another perfect example of the resonance of Neptune (crossing the sea in search of a dream of peace and tranquility) in square to Saturn (the regularization of visas, papers work, restrictions, etc).
Another synchronicity of these times is the coincidence of large flooding all over the world, particularly since Jupiter has entered Virgo, on its way to the opposition to Neptune in PISCES which in turn, reactivated the square to Saturn. The eternal struggle between the Ethereal, the connection with the ineffable and the confrontation with the absolute earthly reality, is the subject of this square Neptune in Piscis-Saturno in Sagittarius. Depending on where this falls in your chart, is where you will live this struggle within your psyche, during this 2016. The great lesson from it, among other things, is the understanding that beyond our social, religious and political differences, in the depths of our true Being, such differences do not exist. Becoming conscious that we are all equal, are born equal before beginning our journey to our differences due to our family and cultural conditioning, is one of the most important messages of this planetary combination. As some religion says: “we are all equal in the eyes of God”. The political and religious differences that we have created in order to organize ourselves better, have now turn against us. But it is also true that many religions are needed to explain the concept of God. It is too big to be expressed by a single idiosyncrasy. All views bring us closer to it, but somehow we get lost in the differences, instead of understanding the truth they are trying to express.

Other images of Neptune in Pisces is the fact that today, and above all since Neptune came into its own sign in 2011, we can all take pictures with our mobile and hang them in the Internet. Being Neptune the ruler of everything to do with the image and the cinema, this seems to be the way we express it today. If we think of the image of the Syrian boy drowned on the shores of the Mediterranean, and the power and shock that image caused, I can´t imagine anything more Neptune in PISCES than that, which provoked immediate reaction from politicians and the whole world, and somehow provoked the reaction of Saturn in Sagittarius, which seeks to make sense of the images of madness arising from the unconscious. The picture of the drowned boy brought to consciousness the horror of this exodus and our need to do something about it. Those who migrated, continue migrating remind us that this would not be fixed in a day and will continue to create situations in those countries where they finally establish. The situation in Calais, is another example of this. The message of Neptune to Saturn is that we are made of various dimensions and we can not try to logically explain all of them, and the mystery of the unconscious forces must be respected and understood and in turn Saturn explains to Neptune that we must manage our lives within our system of social and economic beliefs and while dreaming is fine, the reality of our human limitations should not be ignored. As with all squares in astrology, is the friction between the two parties involved in the square what makes us evolve. The search for the balance between the two parties, the work to be done.

Chiron entered PISCES in April 2010 and will be transiting this sign until April 2018, it actually begins the year at 17 º Pisces reaching 25 ° on June 27th, when is it will station retrograde until December 1, when it will return to its direct motion at 20 ° 40′. All those with planets in Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, above all in the third decanate, are having a brilliant opportunity to heal old ancestral wounds, bringing consciousness to them, and understanding that these wounds will only affect our Ego and our basic and more physical mind. Awareness that our true “Iamness”can survive any wound is the lesson of these transits. For the mutable signs, such as Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius, resistance will be intense until clarity arrives.

Mars makes its retrograde this year as from 18th April, at 9º Sag until June 30 when it will reach 23 ° of Scorpio. On 24 and 25 August it will join Saturn aligning itself with the square to Neptune, days where you can expect an extra stress to our dilemma. But, those same days we have a conjunction between Mercurio-Venus – Jupiter in Virgo, which will help us find a more optimistic solution.

Mercury begins the year with their first of 4 retrograde that will make this year, although the latter will be incomplete, since it will end in January 2017. First Retrograde: the 3 Kings day, January 6 , the planet closest to the Sun, will station retrograde at 0 ° Aquarius, 57′ until January 26, when it will resume its forward motion at 14 ° Cap 56’. Second Retrograde: April 29 at 23 ° Taurus 34′ until 23rd May at 14 ° Taurus 22′. Third Retrograde: 1 September at 28 ° Virgo 53′ until September 22 at 14º Virgo 50′. Fourth and last Retrograde: begins on December 19 at 15 ° Cap 08′ until the 8th of January 2017. As you can see this year, it all happens in Earth signs, which suggest to us that our the attention must be focus in our finances, our social responsibility and the realization of our projects, as well as our actions with regard to the health of our planet.

Jupiter finally leaves the sign of Virgo on September 9th to enter Libra, but I will write about this later on.

DON’T FORGET TO READ YOUR SUN SIGN AND YOUR ASCENDANT SIGN. IT WILL ALL MAKE YOU MORE SENSE TO YOU

ARIES

With Uranus, still crossing your sign, the lesson about finding stability in instability continues. Chiron transiting your 12th House, inspires your sign to find reasons for your behavior, in family and cultural conditioning from which to free yourself. The messages unconsciously deposited on your shoulders by your culture and ancestors must be recognized in order to transcend them. Pluto from Capricorn keeps the pressure towards transformation and the departure from situations that no longer serve any purpose in your life. – Being the first sign of the Zodiac, and a Fire and Cardinal sign, your strength and courage know no limits. This year you have Saturn on your side, supporting your intentions and your need for stability. But this will come in unusual way, as an internal process, more than in the shape of a stable salary . Vesta transits your sign most of January and February, therefore, the ability to concentrate on the task at hand, will also be without limits and you can find meaning in simply concentrating on what you want to do. As of March 8, Vesta enters Taurus, which will help you focus on your finances and what you consider the most important things in your life. Put all your energies in carrying out whatever you fancy and need at the moment is paramount. If you’re young or if you’re not so young and you want to go back to school, this is also the right time. Jump into action, with faith and determination. Mars, your ruler, makes its retrograde motion from April 18 to June 30, period where you feel that everything becomes slower and need to re-organize or re-consider things. August 24 new impetus will come into your life and from September 9 Jupiter enters Libra, which will bring even more plans and projects that will enable your progress in an orderly and effective manner. Mercury’s Retrograde motion in January will help you re-examine certain plans to organize yourself better, don’t make decisions without studying all the possibilities carefully. These retrogrades of planets are especially important to you, since you tend to move fast and act before you think. You may say: “ok. nothing new under the Sun”, well, just remember that there never is a moment identical to another. Life will always surprise you, and never before like now, with Uranus traveling through your sign until March 2019.

TAURUS

You start the year with Mars traveling through your opposite sign of Scorpio during January and February which can bring certain confrontations in personal relationships, demanding patience of you and careful conscious effort in understanding your own needs and those of the other. In April, Mars begins its retrograde period, from Sagittarius to Scorpio, therefore the emphasis will be on your ability to provide security for yourself, breaking away from dependence on your partner’s or other people’s money. With Uranus still traveling through Aries, something from your unconscious asks for freedom, especially if you are financially dependent. This is a good time to meditate about it. Pluto from Capricorn, continues to demand transformation according to the evolutionary needs of your soul. Neptune and Chiron traveling through your natal House 11, makes relations with friends and your interaction in groups the topic where awareness will be raised. Certain people may disappoint you, allowing you to look at your own expectations and ability to change. Keeping up the tradition is a powerful intention in your life, but if it means stagnation, then you must open doors to new visions and let the present come into your life. Pallas Athena, the goddess of wisdom, daughter and second in importance to Zeus, walks through your House 10 for most part of the year, bringing your attention to your professional projects, your self-esteem, and the feeling of being efficient member of society. Jupiter continues in Virgo until September 9, bringing opportunities to your door, therefore, trust the Universe and put all your intention in the development of your skills. The month of May with Venus, your absolute ruler, traveling through your sign, will feel as if life is sweetened and will be better than ever. Between April 29 and May 23, Mercury makes its retrograde in your sign, use that opportunity to re-vise whatever protect you have in your hands. As of March 8, until May 17, Vesta will also travel through your sign, helping you to concentrate on the task you are performing, and to be alone with yourself in search of the understanding that there is a part of you, that does not suffer when you suffer, and does not get angry when you are upset. Take advantage of these blessings of the Cosmos to understand this.

GEMINI

This is an immensely important year in your life , when things really happen and when you are forced to go slower (not easy for your) and re-consider. Your innate duality, your struggle between your need for variety and your eternal search for stability, has led you more than once, to leave the chosen path and change direction. From the end of 2014, when Saturn entered Sagittarius for the first time and then from September of the year that has ended, a new inner strength, a new voice is asking you to persevere, to achieve what you want. A more committed dimension calls you now and perhaps you are feeling you cannot act so freely. The limits can come from a partner, and the expression of it can go from a proposal of marriage, up to the end of a relationship, but the domestic issue is simply a call to putting your energies in developing your talents and your vocation if you know what it is, or go out in search of it if you still don’t know. The theme of Neptune-Saturn square, is about the struggle between the time that you dedicate to yourself and your work, and the time you put into your relationship. How to keep both things without conflict? Although much will depend on your age, the reality of this year, takes you to believe that with hard work and dedication, it is possible to realize your dreams; especially those you often experienced as a vision of the future, when you really saw yourself doing something you would really love doing, even if at present that option seems difficult. Although there is no need for a special purpose in life, it is true that our soul or inner self, asks us to do something and we consciously or unconsciously respond to it, sometimes in the form of dreams. If you’re confused at times, keep walking in the chosen direction, which in time everything will begin to make sense. In April Mars becomes retrograde in the angle of your birth chart that separates the job and relationships, it will be a tense time when you have to fight to maintain the harmony between these two aspects of your life. Pallas and Vesta, the two virgins of Olympus, who encourage us to seek our individuality through our professional life, will be helping you, making you feel strongly that your energies must go in that direction, above all. If you are living abroad, and you are learning to live in other cultures, it will fill you with joy and if you haven’t, maybe you will. Mercury your ruler, makes his third retrograde in September in the sign of Virgo, which will give you a great opportunity to take your time and look at what you’re doing in order to modify and readjust your life.

CANCER

Fortunately, in addition to being homelike, you are a cardinal sign, and this quality, cardinality, is what separates you from the other Water signs. Is that relentless fighting spirit in you, which tells you, that you can overcome it all and that you can do it on your own which keeps you going. While Uranus continues in Aries , during the 2016, which speaks volumes about your struggle for professional stability, and Pluto in Capricorn, which has brought you so many changes, the theme seems to continue on the path to establishing yourself within your creativity in search of that place you yearn for, which speaks of recognition of your talents and your work. The magical inspiration of Neptune and Chiron in PISCES takes you to places never thought before, where a spiritual world opens before you eyes and takes you on a journey never before imagined. The passage of Neptune through PISCES which will last until 2018, will never repeat in your life, so enjoy this connection with the divine and the source of creativity and dare to express everything you are. The struggle for many Cancerians at this moment, seems to have something to do with the limitations one may have due to lack of studies, qualifications, etc. This is a good time to resolve this, obtaining the necessary qualifications if that ’s what you want or otherwise finding value in the recognition that the experience and wisdom that you have collected through out life gives you great strength. Not everything are diplomas in life, but if you want to do jobs where you need them, then go for it. From 26 July until 20 October, Vesta will travel through your sign, giving you the energy needed for a project that will allow you to connect with your true creative flow that presently seems to be blocked. Juno makes her retrograde motion this year in Scorpio, for those with children going to college or simply moving to another country or leaving home, this will be the challenging time, when you finally learn to let go of them, something not so easy for Cancerian mothers. Cancer without someone to care for, seems to pale in their vital energy. Mars also makes its retrograde in April in the area of the health and work. Mental and physical stress during that month, can be difficult to manage. Carefully balance your energies. Jupiter continues to reinforce the popularity of Cancer, which helps you feel at ease in your closest environment, something very important to you.

LEO

You begin the year with Venus and Saturn in Sagittarius, blowing airs of self-esteem and appreciation for achievements through hard work and years of dedication to a task. The intention of the Cosmos for you appears to be stability and payments of karmic debts for work well done. Something finally stabilizes, although there is still work to be done, especially in matters in your home front. Finance with the influence of Jupiter in Virgo, seem to improve, but the tendency to spend more than what you can afford is still there, so this is a good time to consider these issues. Juno travels though Scorpio in the bulk part of the year, making its retrograde in this sign and area of your chart that deals with your home forcing you to solve and say goodbye to situations that are long overdue . Mars also travels through the same area throughout January and February, so there will be tensions on that front, but the end is the freedom from a situation you have ignored for too long. Ceres which starts the year in the sign of Aquarius showing you the way to get the most from your work without breaking the skin, makes its retrograde right in your MC, therefore issues about whether the work you do is really your vocation or just a job, it will be on your table. The idea of training again, returning to school, if you are young or old enough to do so, is one of the possibilities. One can always keep learning from others, whatever you do or whichever stage you are in your professional life. A new adventure is always interesting and an important lesson for any fixed sign as yours. The retrograde Mercury from April 29 to May 23, is in the sign of Taurus, therefore professional decisions can take longer than desired, and if you’re a teenager, stress can come from your parents and especially the mother. Children can be a source of concern this year, if they are old enough, learning to set boundaries between your self and your children, the year’s theme, for many Leos. If you don’t have any children, this could be the time do so.

VIRGO

This promises to be a year of contrasts and challenges for you. With Jupiter the great benefactor still traveling through your sign until September 9, opportunities are still on your way, pay attention, or you may miss them But Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius are in a kind of theatrical play and you are caught right in middle of it, somehow confusing you and challenging you to put some order in your life. Since Neptune entered PISCES in 2011, a new dimension has entered your life that somehow is forcing you to take things in a calmer way. All that mattered to you before, suddenly seems to have changed and what was vital for you, now seems to have lost importance. The theme is how to realize your ideas and put order in your relationship if you have one and if you don’t the importance of understanding why not. Relationships with siblings and neighbors seem to be tense at the beginning of the year and Mars makes its retrograde in the area of your chart that reflects your situation at home. Outstanding issues on this front need your attention so you can live a more peaceful life. The 4 Mercury retrogrades of this year are in Earth signs, which has a concrete effect on you. Beginning with this first one one 6 January, then in May, September and at the end of the year, something seems to be insisting that you look carefully at what you are doing, the decisions you make, and somehow everything seems to be encouraging you to concentrate in your home situation. A parent may become a source of responsibility for you. The profound transformation that you have endured in recent years, has left you scarred, yet something within you does not suffer, and you seem to know this. Even in the most difficult of predicaments as you have experienced, something within your psyche was a simple observer. It is as if your body needed the lessons but not your soul. Vesta, your ruler, like Mercury, will be transiting your 9th house from March 8 to May 17. This is a great time to meditate, do spiritual retreats, to connect with that all-knowing inner self, which does not suffer, that observes from the depths of your being. Far from being a bad year, this is one of those moment of life when you will become aware of these things and which will drive you to continue enjoying and discovering this incredibly magical and mysterious life.

LIBRA

Despite the continuous transit of Uranus through your opposite sign of Aries which somehow does not let you find peace and quiet in your relationships, or even have that stability you crave for in relationship, added to Pluto in Capricorn which continues to encourage you to transform, you must have learned by now to handle these energies that have brought so much change into your life. You start the year with Vesta also walking through your opposite sign, until March 8, which somehow brings more isolation and apparent loneliness. If you’re a true Libra, nothing you will stop in your search for that relationship that may bring balance and meaning to your life. But this is not the time to do so, unless you’re willing to accept the kind of relationship that these gods bring at this point in time to your life, which look more like friendship with certain rights than the idea that you have of a relationship. But learning to live this type of emotional detachment has its advantages, as it leave you more time to do what you have to do for yourself. Vesta will travel through the House 9 of your birth chart, from 17 May until June 26, which will bring your attention teaching and studying, to certain activities like yoga or meditation which can help you contact the divine, opening doors to your spiritual and intellectual growth. With Pallas traveling through Aquarius for most of the year, with put the emphasis on yourself, in the development of whatever it is you call profession and what allows you to provide yourself not only with spiritual but also material security. With Juno in Scorpio, to work with a partner is very possible and many lessons will come along that path. The changes that have occurred in recent years have made it clear to you that nothing will stops you, and that you can function without the other, even though your destiny will always bring you back to relationships of personal kind. If you do a creative work, this is an extraordinary moment full of possibilities and with Mars traveling through Scorpio the first two months of this year, you will be surprised the energy that will invest in it and in making money. The tension will arise if what you are trying to do is not of your liking or is not an expression of your soul, because your health may suffer as a result. Communication with your co-workers may be affected, but all this will take you to simply challenge yourself in order to evolve. Does your work allow you to express your creativity, your talents? Then you are in for a good time. These are times to take care of your health and pay attention to the food you eat and to how you feel within your work. The relationship with brothers and sisters as with neighbors may suffer this year, with an increase in responsibility because of them. Despite all this, something tells you inside of you, you’re on the right track.

SCORPIO

Your have started this year with Mars in your sign all of January and February and with Juno, also in Scorpio for the most part of the year. Energy will flow in abundance, but you don’t increase your activity, may be difficult to manage. Big plans and resolutions will be turning your head, all with enough optimism and enthusiasm. The situation at work has been very stable, which forces you to review your finances and make sure that you can handle everything. These past two years have not been the easiest but they should have been quite productive and 2016 is a year when you can take advantage of your work financially if you’re willing to put the work. The birth of a new project can bring more responsibility and effort, but fortunately you are not famous for avoiding a challenge at the first obstacle. Even so, if the passage of Saturn through your birth-sign during 2013 and 2014 left you exhausted, this is not time to relax. Something is changing in your mind and you do not see life in the same way you did. Neptune and Chiron from PISCES are asking that you connect with your creativity and daring to express it without self-criticism and with faith in your own wisdom. The relationship with your children, if you have them, will make aware of the need to put more limits as part of your job as a parent, something you find very difficult at present. Issues of money may also arise with them. The second retrograde of Mercury, of the four we have this year, between April 29 and May 23, occurs in your opposite sign of Taurus, and you’ll need more patience with your personal relationships practicing listening more carefully. Not everything the other says or does is aimed at you. Do not personalize all the actions of your partner. October can bring tensions with brothers and sisters or neighbors, but friends relationships seem to give you everything you need emotionally at this time. Your difficulty in letting go and managing the intensity of your emotions, find a place of comfort with friend who somehow allow you to feel connected with demanding so much of you . Both March and May can bring very nice moments with loved ones, although the return of Mars to your sign by the largest part of June can bring more stress. Do not take out on those closest to you. June 14 Neptune goes retrograde until November 20. This will be a time of self-questioning, but above all a close encounter with something inside yourself which is crying to be expressed.

SAGITTARIUS

Suddenly life has become serious and full of responsibilities and the jovial and optimistic spirit that characterizes you is being tested this year. This, far from being negative, is exhilarating and pivotal. Saturn in your sign, simply asks you to turn your plans and ideas into reality , give them shape, not allowing yourself to be distracted with more than one project you can not finish. Saturn as archetype, represents structure, compliance, but above all the structure of consciousness. Be aware of what happens in your life and why your are in the situation you are. Decisions 7, 14 or 21 or 28 years ago, whatever your situation or age may be, are now bearing their fruit. If you have made wrong decision in the past, now you have a chance to fix it and turn into positive what was negative. However, if you made the right decisions, then you will now reap the fruits of it. This is the reason why Saturn is called the Lord of Karma. Your sign has to do with the meaning of everything, law, education, travel, the eternal search for the truth, so with Saturn fastening belt, you get full of opportunities to realize a dream, carefully guarded in the depths of your soul, or to correct any error from the unconsciousness of the past. Sagitarians travel in search of adventure, yet this time the traveling may be towards the understanding of your spiritual journey, studying, researching on the computer, instead of looking out from a tourist bus. Sagittarius may also relate to fanaticism, religious, idiosyncratic, so if you have followed the truth according to the precepts of others, it is possible that Saturn will bring you back on track into your own spiritual, so you find your own divine images rather than those imposed by others. Saturn will be traveling round hand in hand with Neptune in PISCES, which will feel like a slow down of your energies. Discrimination will come into your life with force, in a desperate need to shape internal images seeking expression. Making sense of your inner chaos, is a feature of this combination. The Mercury retrograde in the sign of Virgo in September, will be felt quite strongly. The last two weeks of August, can be particularly challenging, but don’t forget to use your natural wisdom, to try to elucidate the symbolism wrapped in the real facts. Each experience has a very special meaning. Don’t let it escape you. Jupiter your ruler, you will be traveling through Virgo until September, so bursts of optimism will come to help you at all times.

CAPRICORN

Your sign is a specialist in getting up from a fall, and this year will be no exception. The goat goes out in search of food into the mountains and despite falling several times, especially the youngest, they climb again over and over again. Everything seems to continue to change in your life without having greater control over this, and the pressure to change what you resist changing, continuous. A ray of light is filtered in your consciousness and with Jupiter in Virgo from September of 2015, and the entrance of Saturn, your ruler, in Sagittarius, the need to find the true meaning of your destiny is an uncontrollable intention. This year, all the retrogrades of Mercury, which are 4, occur in Earth signs, giving you plenty of opportunities to reflect, restructure and re-evaluate your situation. Saturn in square to Neptune, focuses specifically on your intention to express the inexpressible. Suddenly, the meaning of inspiration makes sense in your life and a wealth of ancestral information seems to be available to you. The fearsome Ethereal world, the ineffable, seeks expression from the depths of your psyche. You start the year with Vesta, the guardian of the divine fire from your 4th house of your birth chart that evokes finding home and the connection with our origins. Suddenly your home becomes a sanctuary, where you can give free rein to your imagination in search of your own inner fire. From March, Vesta enters your House 5, helping you to connect with that fire that allows you to continue with a sense of purpose before ignored. Jupiter in Virgo brings optimism and helps connect with ideals that you thought asleep. The instability lived at home, can lead you to understand that the real “home” is in the depths of your heart and that the rest is geography. With Mars and Juno walking through your House 11 the first two months of the year, your friendships will be affected, in response to the internal changes that you are experiencing. Those who share your transformation will remain at your side, those who don’t, will leave your life forever.
Mars will pass through your sign from September 27 until 9 November, pushing you further to make resolutions that you’ve been putting off, the third week of October will be particularly challenging and you will understand that we can not block change, never mind what we do. Fortunately your sign is a cardinal sign, which means that action and change live in the depths of your soul, helping you enjoy these challenges that allow you to test yourself, over and over again with the profound understanding that is exactly that what helps you evolve.

AQUARIUS

You start the year with much activity in your House 10, with Mars walking through it during January and February, and Juno doing its retrograde of the year there. Your attention goes to professional projects and restructuring it. Your wonderful futuristic vision sometimes makes you forget the present and its teachings, especially when it comes to your financial situation. With Neptune and Chiron traveling through your House 2 which is related to the way in which you find stability, something needs to be confronted and re-organized to be able to take advantage of your effort. If you work with a group of people or friends, this will be the most obvious tension point, where Saturn seems to demand boundaries and structure, and you will be forced to make decisions not so popular among those around you. Yet Saturn being the traditional ruler (before Uranus was discovered) of your sign, may bring to consciousness, the need to accept your human condition and the importance that friends have in your life. When all other personal relationships seem to crumble, your friends are still there, and it fills you with satisfaction. Pallas Athena will travel through your sign almost throughout the year, passing its retrograde motion there , therefore your profession and the development of it is still the most important thing for this year. Ceres also begins the year in your sign and will be there until the end of February which this year has 29 days being a leap year. This may also help you organize your work to be able to get more out of your effort. If you’re young and still studying, the entrance of Jupiter in your House 9 from September 9, can take you to other places in search of knowledge, other countries. If you’re not working anymore or are a pensioner, in your continuous serch for meaning, you can now enjoy time investigating what it had been postponed in your years of work. If you are still fighting for your survival, this is a year full of possibilities where you can measure and control what you do and benefit from it. Vesta will be in Taurus, therefore in your House 4, from March 8 to May 17, and suddenly you enjoy living in your home which has become your own sanctuary, a place where you can concentrate on the task to be carried out with peace and quiet. The last two months of the year, Mars will be passing through your sign therefore the need to increase your physical activity is evident, and a renewed vitality comes into your life. The god of War, works best within a structure, yet the feeling is to fight against it. The Mercury of May will give you the opportunity to slow down and re-view your decisions. The entrance of Jupiter in Libra on September 9 will bring you a good harvest for the crop you planted during the year.

PISCES

This is definitely an extremely important year for fishes of the zodiac. Definition and setting limits is what is on the agenda, something that doesn’t come natural to you. Something inside your soul calls for structure, the awareness that what’s wrong in your life is not the fault of others, the political situation, or your bosses, but a theme in the depths of your psyche that emanates from your ancestral and cultural history. The victimization you often hang on to, will not help you now . This, far from being negative, will fill you with inner power, when you begin to realize that change as well as inevitable, is stimulating and conducive of work and satisfaction. Your ruler Neptune entered your sign in 2011, for the first time in the life of all of us who are alive today, opening a door towards the possibility of understanding something Pisces instinctually knows, which is that we are all One. What lives inside of us, beyond our family and cultural conditioning, is not separated by political, religious, economic and social beliefs. It is precisely this connection with everything, which fills us with power, and makes us understand that if we connect with it, we can really change the world. As if it were a play, we all accept unconsciously to represent a role, which serve the purpose of the Great Soul. Awareness that we must become the change we want to see in the world is the lesson that Neptune in your sign, brings us all. Chiron will do its retrograde in your sign from June 27 to September 1 when the opportunity to delve into your ancestral wound, will help you to understand what’s wrong in your life, not to find guilty one but to understand your story. All the pain lived by our ancestors is reflected in each of our cells and recognizing it is the only thing that helps us in our journey towards individuation. January and February are very active in the House of studies and learning, with Mars transiting it, this will bring renewed energy in that area but can also create tensions that you must learn to manage in order to avoid unwanted outcomes. Being in the sign of Scorpio, this energy will be assimilated positively by you, something inside you calls for more exercise and activity. If you are studying, use this extra energy to charge your batteries and push your studies, although some tension will arise with your teachers or instructors. Vesta will transit your House of communication and your immediate surroundings, your relationship with brothers and sisters through out March and April, which will help you understand that you are part of a pattern that we call family. Saturn in its square to your ruler Neptune which is the most significant feature of this year, demands structure in your profession, definition. This is the real challenge for those who insist the money tis not important in their lives. The struggle to achieve a position of respect and social recognition, at the same time that the spirituality of the soul, tells you that that is just nonsense, is the big inner dilema of this year for Pisces.

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5261cf491e2b607570b74026ff197daeFor the past ten days we have been experiencing a Venus-Juno conjunction, (meaning they have been lined up in the sky, looking almost like one and the same star, from our vantage point on Earth), the only two “wives” of Olympus.  Also the conjunction Mars-Lilith, which was exact the day of the San Bernardino shootings, in California.

Venus, in our consciousness is the second planet of our solar system from the Sun outwards, and Goddess of Seduction, Beauty, Love and Pleasure, married to Hephaestus, by order of the gods, but in love with Ares, both sons of Hera/Juno, but not of Zeus.

The Archetypes of the Venus in the psyche of a woman represents her ability to seduce the male, and drive him crazy with love and passion. Her beauty is such that man finds it absolutely irresistible. The power of Venus, is not limited to physical beauty, but to everything that emanates from the feminine, that men fall in love with.

Juno (name Roman)/Hera (Greek name), is an asteroid discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding on the 1st of September 1804.)

Asteroids or minor planets, are not minor in its expression in our psyche, they are mostly located between Mars and Jupiter, as if they were on the threshold of the human experience, ” before ”  we dare to leave the neighborhood.

Asteroids work as a transformer between the collective and the experience of the personal planets. The emergence of these asteroids, considered planets at the time of discovering, marked the beginning of a State of consciousness considered to be, a quantum leap, especially in the expression and understanding of the feminine, since the four first discovered and named correspond to 4 major goddesses of Olympus.

In the beginning of the 1800s,  when these asteroids were discovered, we saw the abundance of female literature, as Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters (Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre) and Jean-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (Beauty and the Beast) Joanna Southcott, Johanna Spyri (Heidi), Harriet Beecher Stowe (UncleTom’s cabin) Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden) , etc.

Until then, the moon had been considered (the cycle of rising and waning Moon) as the symbol of the evolution of the feminine, but these asteroids came to fill the glass of other more detailed archetypes, more specific of the experience of the feminine, both in men and in women.

In its physical influence, asteroids correspond to the activation of new cells in the brain and nerve centers that allow us to grow and transform, as Demetra George mentions in her extraordinary work on the Asteroid Goddesses.  In its psychological aspect they represent potentials that have been asleep and are evoked by these archetypes, by stories of the goddesses and gods of the names that have been attributed to them. Finally, in its spiritual aspect, they provide us with a path to a consciousness that allows us to evolve from the personal to the collective. They help us become aware of that illusion of duality with which most of us see the world.

Like all archetypes and symbols that we use in astrology, Archetypes of these asteroids works on many levels, depending on the degree of development of the individual. Ultimately, astrologically, the use of these symbols function as a “fine tuning” and added depth to the understanding of the chart, and the experience of the feminine in our lives.

The problem is, often, that we insist on using these symbols as something “literal” and we must understand that Archetypes are simply ideas, images that serve us to evoke new horizons of consciousness, which help us in our path to the evolution of our psyche.

Aphrodite and Juno are  the only wives of Olympus, meaning the only two goddesses properly married. Aphrodite plays with the brothers, since she is wife to Hephaestus (the deformed) but she lays with Ares (the beautiful and strong), with whom she had most of her children: Harmonia. Adrestia, Eros and Anteros.

Juno instead, becomes wife and consort of the King of the gods, his brother and his son, in some versions and its intent and mission is to maintain, as such, completely faithful,  yet, her and Zeus never have children together. Its Greek name (Hera) means the land and also “lady”, which is the feminine form of hero.

However, she becomes the goddess of marriage and presides over all the rites of the marriage regardless of culture. After having been vomited by Saturn, she was given to Thetis and Oceanus, so she was raised by two sea deities,  the gods that symbolize the power of emotions. Zeus fell in love of his sister and it is said that he seduced her, becoming a cuckoo bird, and provoked a firestorm and then stopped all wet and dying in the skirt of her sister. She felt pity and took care of it and that’s when he manifested himself  in his true form and violate her.

She then, feeling ashamed, married him, by guilt and obligation. (This still seems to describe the fate of many women nowadays). At the beginning there was a lot of  sensuality between them but soon passed and the story of this marriage and its struggles of power between them,  is what is mostly known, he always unfaithful, and she completely faithful and devoted to her husband. She retired once in a while and disappears to restructure and restore her virginity and thus be able to seduce her husband over and over again. In refusing to be unfaithful, she plays her most powerful card, since her reputation was impeccable, so the infidel and treacherous was always him.

She had to Ares when she came in contact with a may flower, that had been given to her by the goddess Flora, then had Hephaestus, in a fit of anger, therefore the was born ugly, deformed and lame. She felt so ashamed when she saw him that she threw him out from Olympus. Then Zeus had Hercules, whose name means the “Gloria of Hera”, but not with her. Some stories say that Zeus, waited for her to go to sleep and hung the baby on your chest so she would breastfeed him without  realizing it. One day she awoke in the middle of it and removed Hercules from her breast and the milk that poured out of her, created the Milky Way. She periodically retired, to different shrines, when it couldn’t deal anymore with Zeus’ infidelities, but she always returned. Once refused altogether to come home and so he he proceded to announce his marriage with a local Princess and thus managed to convince her to return.

Juno represents the feminine desire of union with man, physical, psychological and spiritually, therefore represents the complexes and suffering that emerge when we cannot get this union. It represents the desire of men and women to have a stable and long term relationship where passion and companionship reign. Married or not married, heterosexual or homosexual, those are human differences that do not affect the archetype of the goddess.

She emerges from the symbolism of the Moon and Venus, but  enhances the meaning of them, in the sense that Venus is the first step towards relationship, seduction and sexuality and the Moon speaks of the experience of the feminine in men as in women, but Juno, is “the wife”, she describes the functioning of the relationship, hence she is considered the ruler of Libra and Scorpio. In her more Scorpio self, Juno confronts us with the pathologies which emerge from the relationship due to infidelity: jealousy, revenge, the fight for sexual property of the partner, infidelity, power plays: “today i have a headache, sorry”. deception and abandonment. The anger expressed toward the person with whom our partner deceives us. Also the sacrifice in the relationship – the woman or man who abandons her profession for the relationship and then disconnect from their internal power and their own destiny. The fear of abandonment, fear of deceit, fear of sexuality, bisexuality, fear of being devoured and absorbed by the sexual partner, fear of the true commitment and therefore the variety of superficial relationships, the use of children as an instrument of war, giving out power to the other – the female that marries the boss or the politician,etc. These are the women that men accuse of manipulators, who take over the needs of their husbands to be able manipulate them. Rape within marriage and its difficulty to be proved in the courts. The use of sexuality to manipulate, to be able to become a wife, sexuality as an elixir wishing the relationship.

Juno symbolizes the struggle of women and their rights within marriage. In her Libra aspect, she uses her beauty to keep his consort interested in her, in search of  a divine union that keep the family together, even if her interest is not in their children, but in her husband.

To be able to “handle” that aspect Juno of our psyche, both in men and in women, the answer lies in invoking Vesta, and become one that takes care of the divine fire, in other words, maintain the energy and vision on what each of us has come to develop in this life, apart from our story with our husband or wife. That, which makes us individuals and helps us carry out the task that we have come to do.

If you find yourself trapped  in a relationship  or in power struggles with your partner and especially if in recent days you have become more conscious of it , invoked Vesta, in your life and it will come to help you.Call upon that side of your psyche that drives you to keep the divine fire burning and that calls you to manifest your own destiny, beyond the confines of personal relationships.