Cosmic Weather Forecast – October 15 – 21, 2018

Are you ready for some cosmic insight into your relationships?  If so, you have come to the right place.

Our big newsmaker this week continues to be Venus retrograde.  If you didn’t read my extensive article on the latest shenanigans of the love goddess, then you should check it out:  Surviving Venus Retrograde.  This week relationships continue to be in the crosshairs.  However, we get a cosmic assist from Mercury at the beginning of the week.

Now, let’s dive in…

This week, the Moon travels through the final three signs of the zodiac – Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Our focus will shift from our personal relationships to our relationships with the rest of the world.  So, do not be surprised if you get inundated with political ads and robocalls; after all, ‘tis the season.

Monday:

Remember that cosmic assist that we will get from the universe? Well, it happens on Monday when Mercury conjoins Venus retrograde.  The planet Mercury symbolized how we understand life and when he conjoins Venus retrograde, we begin to understand the mechanics of our relationships on a deeper level.  Practically speaking, the areas of our relationships that are problematic will become clear, giving us the opportunity to make changes where necessary.

There are a couple of features of Mercury conjunct Venus that are important.  First off, this aspect gives us the ability to express our emotions easier, and for those that have problems doing this, it can be a game changer in your relationship.  Keep in mind, it will be easier for your partner, as well.  Secondly, Mercury conjunct Venus allows us to understand our partners better. Often, seeing life through the eyes of another helps us to improve our relationships because we are empathetic and willing to validate our partners experience.

Since Venus rules money and Mercury rules commerce and our day-to-day life activities, we can see our business activities and professional life clearly.  You may discover personal dissatisfaction with your finances or career and can begin to formulate a plan to make things better.  Avoid making significant changes until after the New Year because Mercury retrograde happens the day Venus turns direct (Nov 16).

Tuesday:

The Moon continues to move through Capricorn and forms troubling aspects to both the Sun and Pluto.  Power struggles could occur with people you work with and you may feel like someone is trying to diminish your light.  However, any conflicts that may occur will be resolved favorably because the Moon’s last aspect is a beneficial sextile to Jupiter.

Wednesday:

The Moon moves into social Aquarius.  This energy is great for networking and socializing with friends and associates.  You will find it necessary to connect with kindred spirits that share similar ideals.  The Moon forms difficult aspect to Venus on Wednesday evening, but any insecure feelings that occur will be fleeting.

Thursday:

Minor snafus may occur during the early morning hours, and you need to be very clear with your communications to prevent problems that may potentially occur, but overall the day should be energetic and rather positive. This is a great day to get things done.

Friday:

There is a split in the cosmic energy on Friday.  Mercury will trine Neptune during the morning hours.  This is great energy for creative work because Neptune dissolves blocks to the imaginal and spiritual realms. Additionally, Mercury trine Neptune makes us very sensitive to the moods of others, which on one hand makes us more sympathetic and charitable, but on the other hand, leads to unintentional conflicts.

This leads us straight into Mercury square Mars.  Although we may have good intentions towards others with Mercury trine Neptune, they may not be receptive.  In fact, with Mercury square Mars they may be hostile, which can lead to sharp words and potentially explosive arguments, especially if you begin to defend yourself.  If tensions arise today, it is best to walk away.  The good news is that Mercury moves quickly allowing tempers to simmer.

The Weekend:

This weekend the Moon moves through sensitive Pisces.  The good news is that she only makes positive aspects.  You may be called upon to help someone in need because the natural energy of Pisces is to make us sensitive to people around us, like Mercury trine Neptune.  The difference is that people will be more receptive to our help and assistance because Mercury square Mars will be less of a hinderance.

Otherwise, the weekend is a great time to enjoy yourself.  Perhaps, a nice dinner or a movie may be in order.

See you next week with the Full Moon in Taurus…

Cosmic Weather Forecast – October 8, 2018 – October 14, 2018

In last week’s forecast, the big news of the week was Venus turning retrograde on Friday (10/5). Now, this week is filled with aspects that are challenging.  So, let’s be prepared and make the most of it.

Although Mercury makes the most aspects this week, including a sign change, Venus and Mars are major players.  However, Saturn in Capricorn is the week’s featured planet and his presence hovers over the entire week.

Saturn in Capricorn is about tradition – for better or for worse.  We are born into a family system with traditions and customs that are innate because of our heredity.  In some case, these traditions are our ‘go to mode’ when things get difficult or stressful, but in other cases these traditions could lead to dysfunctional behaviors that ultimately do not serve us well.

This week is no exception, so let’s dive in…

Monday – Tuesday:

We begin the week with the Moon in relationship-oriented Libra and the energy builds up to the New Moon that occurs on Tuesday. New Moons are about new beginnings and this week we are urged to do intention (magical) work around our relationships to make them more meaningful, and with Venus ruling the New Moon, we should begin to see the areas of our relationships that need improvement.  Then, we can begin to step forward building on solid ground.

The general energy of Monday and Tuesday is rather mixed. On Monday, the Moon forms a lovely trine to Mars in social Aquarius. This energy is great for networking, especially with career or business connections.  However, Tuesday is complicated with the Moon squaring Pluto. Power struggles may surface and may take over your day. Try to avoid reacting to others, but always stand your ground when necessary.

On a more positive note for Tuesday, Mercury moves into mysterious Scorpio.  Mercury in Scorpio gives us the ability to see things that we normally miss – including the hidden motivations of others or ourselves. Mercury in the sign of the scorpion provides us with a deeper understanding of our circumstances that will come handy this week.

Wednesday:

Wednesday presents us with a couple of troubling aspects: Mercury oppose Uranus and Venus square Mars.

Let’s begin with Mercury oppose Uranus.  This aspect is very mental, and our thoughts will be fast and furious with new ideas that may or may not be viable.  It may be necessary to test out anything before you apply it fully to your life. Mercury in opposition to Uranus causes us to be highly reactive and we say whatever is on our mind, which could lead to difficulties.

Mercury/Uranus bluntness dovetails into Venus square Mars. If you are in a relationship that has problems, this aspect can lead to arguments that could have difficult consequences, and even solid relationships could have a love spat or two. The best way to deal with his conflicting energy is to try to be considerate of your partners personal needs while acknowledging your own because one of the problems inherent in this aspect is feeling like you are sacrificing yourself for others, and your personal desires not being acknowledged. Use Wednesday to figure out your needs and don’t be afraid to express them.  Learning to compromise but getting some of what you want is necessary with Venus square Mars.

Thursday:

The general energy of Thursday is favorable. During the morning hours, you will have an opportunity to deal with intense feelings you may have repressed or ignored. Acknowledging these feelings could improve relationships because you will feel empowered to make beneficial changes.  On Thursday evening, the Moon will conjoin Jupiter and it’s a great time to do something fun and enjoyable.

Friday:

On Friday, the Sun in Libra will square Pluto in Capricorn and you may feel the need to make radical changes in your life by eliminating everything that may not be working for you.  A good place to start is the areas of your life where you feel out of control, and perhaps, overpowered. Nobody likes to feel that others have the upper hand, and you will be no different.  Once you let go of everything that no longer works in your life, progress will begin to occur, and positive changes will ultimately happen.

Now the good news on Friday is that you will receive a cosmic assist from Mercury forming a lovely sextile to Saturn. As I said earlier, Mercury in Scorpio lets you dig deep, so the areas of your life that need to be changed will be easily discovered and Saturn will help you deal with them in a manageable way by helping you create a feasible plan. Otherwise, Friday is a great day to finish up lingering tasks or responsibilities.

The Weekend:

Get your party hats out because the Moon will be in jovial Sagittarius.  It’s a great weekend to spend doing all the wonderful autumnal activities and festivals with family and friends.  You can spend the visit the Halloween festivals, hang out with friends and family, or do something spontaneous and exciting, but most importantly, have some fun.

But, don’t forget to drink some apple cider for me.

Enjoy!

See you next week…

©2018 Storm Cestavani | Storm Cestavani, LLC

Cosmic Weather Forecast October 1 – October 7, 2018

Cosmic Weather Forecast October 1 – October 7, 2018

I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that there are very few astrological aspects this week, which is a needed break from the aspect after aspect pattern of the last several months. For many, the energy has been constantly changing and has given them a bad case of psychic whiplash. So, this is some needed relief.

The bad news – the only major astrological aspect of the week is Mercury square Pluto, and the only planetary change is Venus retrograding in the sign of Scorpio.  Now, I’ve already covered Venus retrograde in her own blog post, so scoot over there to read about how Venus retrograde works and how it affects the signs.

Now on with the forecast…

Lunar Activity:

The Moon begins the week in mercurial Gemini and forms a difficult square to Chiron.  Festering wounds (Chiron) may come to the surface and it may take the week to process your feelings.  Chironic wounds can be difficult because usually they are nobodies’ fault, but just a result of life’s unfairness.  And, wounds can be agitating if there is nobody to directly blame.  If these types of wounds come up, be kind and patient to yourself throughout the week.

Monday – Wednesday:

The Moon moves into Cancer during the early afternoon hours and our moods will be more emotional than normal. The basic energy of Cancer is about family and our connections to people we deeply care about, so issues around family are sure to surface.  Although emotions during the Cancerian Moon will be intense, they will work out favorably once the Moon moves out of the sign of the crab.

Wednesday – Friday:

On Wednesday evening, the Moon moves out of Cancer and into self-focused Leo.  The Moon in Leo is great to focus on your personal needs.  Take some time to do something to pamper yourself and have some personal time to just relax and enjoy.  Shut out all the noise and do you, boo.

The Weekend:

This weekend, the Moon will move into productive Virgo.  Virgo is great for yard work, household chores, minor repairs, and getting stuff done. Any tasks that have lingered waiting for a good time to be completed, should be tackled now.  Finish things up and you can spend the rest of the weekends this month on other things.  Hint: Next weekend the Moon is in Sagittarius and would be a great time to do all those fun autumnal activities.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Mercury square Pluto:

In astrology, squares present us with obstacles and this week Mercury, the planet of communication will square powermonger Pluto. A word of warning for the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Aquarius), you may experience these obstacles more profoundly than the other signs. However, every obstacle or square aspect for that matter, can be used to change and transform your life for the better.   Mercury square Saturn is no exception.

This week there is a tendency to fixate on areas of your life (or people) that bother you.  You may feel the need to explain yourself to others to the point that you are trying to convince or sway them to your side. This can lead to arguments and conflicts that may take some time to repair.  Before you engage in any intense conversations with others, make sure it is something you truly believe in.  Otherwise, you may create trouble for yourself that is not necessary.

The useful angle to Mercury square Pluto is its investigative qualities, which if turned inward can provide amazing insight into your motivations, especially in relationships with others because Mercury is ruled by Venus, the planetary ruler of relationships. Inner awareness is the key to working with Mercury square Pluto.

That’s it for this week.  Remember to check out my blog on Venus retrograde for some insight on how she will influence you and be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for daily astrological insights.

©2018 Storm Cestavani | Storm Cestavani, LLC

Astrological Forecast for October 2018

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Your Astrological Forecast for October 2018.

Can you smell it?

The leaves are changing colors; jack-o-lanterns and spooky scenes fill the streets. A cool breeze is in the air, and the unpredictable cosmic weather of the summer is over.

It’s official.  October is here!

I mean the summer was a whirlwind of eclipses, retrograde planets, intensive planetary aspects and one of the hottest summer seasons on record, and with that, you have a recipe for unpleasantness.  So, we can now sit down and sip our pumpkin spice lattes and devour decadent apple cider donuts and breathe a sigh of relief.

Well, not so fast…

October has its own set of curious cosmic energies!

First off, Venus goes retrograde in Scorpio, the sign of her detriment.  Venus has to do with relationships and money.  So, while Venus is retrograde, she will test our relationships and finances.  While in the sign of the Scorpion, the dirty secrets in our relationships that we would rather keep hidden, will come to the surface and be exposed to the light of day.  Shaky relationships will go through the wringer, and many may end or become irreparably damaged.

Additionally, financial matters, universally and personally, may be troubling, and this would include stocks, bonds, savings, and loans.  Venus continues to be tied up in a difficult configuration with Mars and Uranus, which will shake things up and nothing will be consistent.  Keep an eye on the financial news because changes could happen quickly.

Mercury is the most aspected planet in October, and on the 9th he leaves balanced Libra and joins Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio.  Mercury in Scorpio gives us the ability to dive deep, and we can resolve problems that may have been difficult to resolve previously.  Mercury, in this secretive sign, is like a private investigator, and he keeps seeking information until he gets to the root of the matter.  Mercury conjoins Venus retrograde on the 15th, which will give insight into difficulties within relationships.

The other big cosmic newsmaker of October is the new and full moons that occur in Libra and Taurus.  Libra and Taurus are both ruled by Venus retrograde.  Generally speaking, the New Moon in Libra is useful to infuse relationships with new energy and the Full Moon in Taurus lets us do intention work around financial debt.  So, make the most of these cosmic magical moments.

Now, on with your monthly forecasts:

Aries:  Everything this month circles back to your career and your position in the world.  Your reputation matters and this month it’s going to come full circle. You may need to repair any friendships or relationships that have been broken to clean up your side of the street and clear the slate.  Venus goes retrograde in your solar 8th house, and past relationship secrets may come flying out of your closet forcing you to re-examine your motives and your agenda.

Career: Your career may move slower than you would like, but there are plenty of opportunities for you to shine.  Do not overlook the importance of your network because they may prove important around mid-month.

Love:  The Sun is moving through your solar 7th house for most of the month and brings emphasis to your relationships. Beware of power-plays around the 12th of the month when the Sun tangles with Pluto. Relationships are about balance and harmony, give and take, not a scene from the ’50 shades of kra-kra’.

Money:  The Full Moon occurs in your solar 2nd house conjoined to disruptive Uranus.  Financial issues may surface around the end of the month that is unexpected, and Venus retrograde in your house of debt could make matters worse.  Make sure you have a firm handle on your fiscal perspective – some discipline may be necessary.

Taurus:

This month focuses on two main themes – organizing your day to day life and your relationships. The Sun spends most of the month in your solar 6th house and will shine light on your habits and day-to-day living.  You will be forced to look at how your schedule works for you or whether it needs to be more accommodating to the ‘other’ people in your life.  Your planetary ruler, Venus, goes retrograde on the 7th and relationship issues may surface. Try to work with them proactively rather than reactively by being stubborn and inflexible.  The Full Moon on the 24th gives you an opportunity to let go of behavioral patterns that are no longer useful, and with the Full Moon conjoined to Uranus, some of them may surprise you.

Career:  There is a ton of energy in your career sector, and you should take advantage of it.  Focus on big-picture issues rather than the small stuff. The New Moon on the 8th could present new opportunities that you should take advantage of, even if it requires letting some things go.

Love:  Relationship questions will emerge this month as Venus goes retrograde. You may need to look at whether your relationships are thriving or just existing. Be careful of arguments mid-month because you may not be able to recover from them.

Money:  Finances should be decent even though Mercury (your money ruler) is rather hyper this month. October 12th is a great day to solidify any business plans and is great for making purchases.  Towards the end of the month, there is an opportunity for you to make a bit of extra cash.  And, who doesn’t like a bit of that?

Gemini:

It’s going to be an active month with your planetary ruler bouncing from planet to planet, but you will enjoy the action and won’t feel tied down to a day-to-day humdrum existence. However, the Full Moon in the 12th may force you to confront past emotional issues that may be holding you back and continuing to stuff them in the closet will not be an option. The rest of the month will focus on your creative juices flowing and flowing and flowing. October is your month to begin big projects that not only stimulate your mind but may prove to be profitable. Pay close attention to the end of the month when your ruler Mercury buddies up to Jupiter because you will have an opportunity to shine bright like a diamond. Okay, now I won’t be able to get Rihanna out of my head for days.

Career: Jupiter is finishing up his year-long tour through your work-oriented 6th house. It may be time for you to make the leap from a job/career that is stagnant and find something more stimulating or perhaps plan a business of your own.  The middle of the month’s cosmic energies may stir up your angst, which forces you to the next level. Expect positive news (and opportunities) towards the end of the month that may change everything.

Love: Your love planet (also Jupiter) is moving through your solar 6th house along with Venus retrograde. It’s time for you to look at how you function in relationships on a day-to-day basis and your relationship habits may surface towards the middle of the month.  Although October is not a great month for new relationships, the New Moon in your romantic 5th house could spawn some interesting action.

Money:  Your money ruler begins the month in your solar first house. And, although you may not be 100% happy with your finances, they should be stable. You may need to make some minor tweaks to your financial spending, but it is ok if you want to splurge on some bling-bling.  Towards the middle of the month, new money may make its way into your checkbook, which will keep your mind flowing.

Cancer:

As the Sun scoots into your security-oriented fourth house, do not be surprised if you have the urge to nest. After all, there is nothing that apple cider with cinnamon can’t cure. But, seriously, the home and hearth are what matter to you now, and since the New Moon occurs in your solar 4th house, purchasing real estate is something you could consider.  However, be careful to stay within your budget range with Venus going retrograde in your 5th house of gambling. The Full Moon lands in your 11th house on the 24th, and it’s tied to Uranus.  October is a great time to focus on friendships and your network because they may bring some much-needed excitement into your life.

Career:  Tensions may be high this month with your career ruler Mars in your solar 8th house. This martial planet often makes you feel a bit controlled and stifled – especially towards the middle of the month when Mars tangles with Venus retrograde and your creativity feels thwarted by others. To avoid these frustrations, you may want to keep a low profile and shine under more favorable energies.

Love: The most important thing for you this month is finding security and safety in your relationships. Your love life might move forward slowly, but slow and steady will ultimately win the race.  If you are currently single, it’s time to figure out what you want and need out of your relationships because the end of the month is favorable for solid romantic encounters, but do not begin anything official until after Venus goes direct in November.

Money: Your financial ruler this month is in your solar 4th house.  You may have unexpected house expenses and repairs around the 12th.  However, the end of the month your finances lighten up, and your overall picture will improve. If someone owes you money, you may receive payment before Halloween.

Leo:

October is all about thoughts and ideas that stimulate you intellectually and creatively. You may find yourself attracted to like-minded individual to share opinions, information, and beliefs that inspire you internally. This dovetails into the middle of the month when the Sun tangles with Pluto. Old habits that you have held onto, well past there sell by date, may need to be torn down and replaced with new ones that are more viable.  Finally, the Full Moon at the end of the month lands in your career-oriented 10th house, which could bring forth sudden changes.

Career:  October is not the best month on the career front. Unfortunately, Venus is retrograde in your security-oriented 4th house, and your career may not feel like such a safe place. Altercations with others may force you to question your position and whether you should seek something new.  New opportunities could present themselves towards the end of the month when the Sun and Venus meet up in Scorpio.

Love: Your love life is sure to heat up this month with sexy Mars moving through your 7th house.  Mars in Aquarius likes to change things up and bring in some spontaneity to add just a little bit of extra spice.  However, arguments towards the middle of the month (Mars likes to fight) are handled best with some emotional regulation and proactive behavior.  However, if all else fails, at least the sex will be good.

Money: Your money ruler, Mercury, moves through your 3rd and 4th houses this month.  The beginning of the month may push you towards discovering new ways to make money.  Once Mercury moves into Scorpio (October 9th), you may have the urge to spend some money on home improvements or items to spruce up on your home.  Everyone deserves a bit of comfort, don’t they?

Virgo:

October is your money month since the Sun and Mercury are moving through your financial sector.  It’s time to be honest about your financial picture, not because they are difficult or overly frustrating, but as a bridge to tomorrow.  In fact, with Venus retrograde in your solar 3rd house, you may discover new ways to manage your finances more effectively.  Otherwise, like your Gemini cousins, your solar ruler (Mercury) makes numerous aspects, that will keep October moving and far from boring.

Career:  The Moon begins the month in your career-oriented 10th house, which could reflect changes on the horizon – especially mid-month when cosmic forces make situations easier, and obstacles that have thwarted you in the past are no longer problematic. Conflicts with others may occur mid-month, but with Mercury joining forces with Jupiter on the 29th, you will see that your angels are on your side and conspiring in your favor.

Love: Jupiter, your love planet, is moving through your 3rd house. You have ideas about love but may have problems manifesting them or are unable to sacrifice the time to participate in it.  Venus being retrograde only complicates matters by forcing you to be more introspective and less social.  Take some time to slow down and smell the roses.  Spend some time with your significant other (or other close relationships), especially towards the end of the month, when Mercury and Jupiter meet up in sexy Scorpio.

Money:  This month’s lunations (New and Full Moon) provide you with a powerful opportunity to do financial intention work.  The New Moon lands in your financial sector, and it’s a great time to attract financial prosperity.  Later in the month, the Full Moon lands in your big-picture 9th house in Taurus.  The Full Moon conjoined to Uranus gives you sudden flashes of insight.  In this case, you may need to quit looking at your big picture plans and focus on day-to-day living.  Learn to take things one step at a time.

Libra:

October is a supercharged month for you – especially when it is smack dab in the middle of Libra season. First off, it’s all about you with the Sun moving through your 1st house, and you find yourself center stage.  Now is a great time to plot out your goals for the next year. Secondly, Venus, your solar ruler will turn retrograde in your 2nd house. You will re-evaluate what you value over the next month, shedding the old and embracing the new. As we grow older and more experienced, our values change, and we need to incorporate new ones. Later this month you can use the energy of the Full Moon to let go of any values or belief systems that are no longer of use to you.

Career:  Big picture issues are one of the primary concerns around career this month. You may need to create a plan of action to move to the next level, and what better time to do it than with the beneficial Sun shining down on you. New creative projects may happen during the middle of the month that give you a sense of purpose.  Finally, new opportunities could present themselves as Mercury conjoins Jupiter and travel may be included.

Love:  Romance and pleasure are activated this month as Mars moves through your solar 5th house.  So, opportunities to connect will be available. However, tensions may occur during the middle of the month when Mars picks a fight with Venus retrograde. This may force you to consider how you feel about your relationships.

Money:  Your financial picture may feel blocked this month but realize that the cosmos is setting you up for a better future. Although 2018, is a better overall financial year for you, you may need to evaluate how you are spending your money.  The Full Moon in your solar 8th house is a great time to eliminate debt through active intention work.

Scorpio:

This month is going to be high on the intense meter, so you may want to stock up on the herbal teas. Mars, your solar ruler, is in your family-oriented 4th house, where he tends to be a bit contentious, and at times, argumentative, especially with Mars only making difficult aspects throughout the month.  Past family issues may resurface causing a bit of tension, hence the need for the herbal teas. Venus retrograde occurs in your solar 1st house, which means you may need to focus on yourself and adjust areas of your life that are no longer working.

Career:  Past career issues may resurface with the Sun moving through your 12th house.  Problems can make you feel imprisoned by your job, which could reach the boiling point during the middle of the month.  The good news is that the Sun does not linger in a sign for long, so improvement will occur towards the end of the month when we enter Scorpio season.  You may need to take some time to decide if your current career path is right for you.  If you decide to make changes, the 26th and 27th are the best days to make your move.

Love:  Relationships are an issue with Venus retrograde ruling your solar 7th house.  These issues could amplify problems lurking beneath the surface that are ready to burst into the light of day. On a good note, the Full Moon on the 24th gives you an opportunity to do some intention work on removing negative issues from your relationships and cleaning the slate.

Money – Your financial situation should be stable throughout the month.  Moreover, positive financial news will come knocking on the 29th.  Make sure to buy yourself something special because everyone deserves a treat now and then.

Sagittarius:

Compassion and caring for others are going to be your primary focus because people (including family and friends) are going to be in need. Of course, because of your innate spiritual nature, it will be hard to turn people away.  The New Moon occurs in your solar 11th house, and new friendships and associates will arrive on the scene.  Also, you can use this New Moon to do “hopes and wishes” intention work.  In other words, this month you can create whatever you desire if you are willing to work for it. Mars moving through solar 3rd house instructs you to watch your tongue, even when you are bated by others.

Career: Working with others will be important as Mercury moves through your solar 11th house. It’s important to build your network because it will prove important in the future.  Mercury conjoins Jupiter on the 29th when expansion of your career knocks on your door, possibly from a connection to the past.

Love:  Relationships are hot and heavy throughout October, and those that have felt stagnant will begin to move to the next level.  If you are currently single, Mercury (your love ruler), lands in your house of friends where you may find someone special. Otherwise, enjoy the energy!

Money:  You are in a two-year cycle working towards financial stability and October should keep you on track. Financial investments that you have nurtured may prove to pay off and now would be a good time to consider selling them. Later this month, money that you have forgotten, may make its way back into your wallet.

Capricorn:

Creating your best life and getting to the top of your game is important now.  Becoming the best you may include opportunities for more education and long-distance travel.  Moreover, your friends and associates may prove valuable assets in achieving your goals.  The New Moon in the 10th house on October 8th could present new opportunities, and it’s a powerful time for you to do ‘success’ based intention work.  You are currently in a potent seed level of your life, plant your garden accordingly.

Career:  The Sun is moving through your career sector and shines a light on new opportunities that come to fruition this month, especially if you have felt conflicted about your career trajectory. Venus retrograde could cause you to question your business relationships, and you may end some and begin others. The end of the month could prove pivotal, so watch events that occur at that time.

Love:  Relationships will take a back seat to career throughout October. You will probably feel married to your job, at times. Although you may be attracted to people you work with, try to avoid fraternizing.  As the saying goes, you should never bring sand to the beach.  The Full Moon on October 24th could open a bit of romance.  Don’t take anything seriously until Venus goes direct in November.

Money:  Finances should be good to go with your money ruler in its sign.  You can expect this trend to continue.  Mars in your 2nd house could open several new financial ventures that will make you feel more secure and satisfied with your life. However, be wary of spending money around mid-month.  It’s best to think twice before making large purchases.

Aquarius:

There is a general aura of ambivalence around you, which may lead to you questioning many areas of your life.  Venus retrograde in your solar 10th house forces you to question your career and your associates. Your uncertainty will be highlighted mid-month when Venus confronts the war god, Mars.  It may be time for you to make your move but confusion about which path to take may leave you feeling stuck.  The Universe gives you a cosmic assist on the 8th, when the New Moon lands in your ‘big picture’ 9th house, giving you the opportunity to do clarity intention work.  Finally, the Full Moon lands in your solar 4th house and unexpected family issues that have been brewing beneath the surface may leave you dealing with a mess.

Career:  Your career planet, Mars, and Venus retrograde make your career a major focus throughout October, especially since they both tangle mid-month. Career frustrations may become apparent and increasing tensions with others are possible.  The good news is that new career options may be presented towards the end of the month when Mercury conjoins Jupiter.

Love:  Looking at your relationship ‘big picture’ is your love theme this month.  You may need to examine whether you are getting your needs met, emotionally and physically. As I said, in your general outlook, the New Moon in the 9th opens the door for clarity, and this may include a clear understanding of your love life.

Money: Although you should watch your spending throughout October, there are opportunities to bring in extra money towards the end of the month, and a new creative side hustle may present itself. Otherwise, keep on pressing forward because I’ll have great financial news for you next month.

Pisces:

Are you going to take the safe road or fight for your beliefs? This will be your theme for October, especially towards the end of the month when four planets in Scorpio move through your solar 9th house of beliefs. Events may occur that you make you question your ideas, thoughts, and opinions that you have developed over the last few years and you will shelf your intuitive hunches to seek out hard-core facts.  Just remember, that it is okay to be wrong, and okay to move on!  Towards the end of the month, someone will enter your life that changes everything when the Full Moon occurs in your solar 3rd house conjoins ‘shock and awe’ Uranus.

Career:  If your career has taken a backseat to your ideas and options, you may be on a course correction after learning difficult financial news.  However, October 29th may prove to be an important day for decisions when Mercury conjoins Jupiter, your career planet.

Love:  Your love life may feel like it is on a roller-coaster as Mercury (your love planet) moves from planet to planet changing the energy quickly and distinctly. Some days will be good and others downright miserable.  The beginning of the month may bring tense conversations and potentially unwanted ultimatums that will continue through the 19th.  However, things will turn around towards the end of the month; if you are honest about the state of your life and whether certain focuses are disrupting your relationships, and not just your romantic ones.

Money:  As I said in your career forecast, bad financial news may result in a course correction mid-month when Mars (your money ruler) tangles with Venus retrograde.  Mars is moving through your solar 12th house, which is the house of self-undoing and Venus rules your 3rd house of communication.  You should question whether your opinions are influencing your bottom line.

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Surviving Venus Retrograde

So, we have another planet that’s going retrograde.

Yes, I know, after retrograde mania this summer many of you are going through retrograde fatigue, but it’s not over yet.

On October 5th through November 16th, Venus the love planet goes retrograde in Scorpio.  And, like her brother Mercury, she can be troublesome, especially in relationships.  Do not be surprised if you see relationships breakups on social media.  It’s just going to happen, and with Venus being in Scorpio, it’s going to be more intense than normal.

I think the key is attempting to understand how Venus operates and using it as a tool to achieve the results we desire rather than just allowing Venus to do her thing unfettered.  So, let’s dive in…

Scorpio

Now, Scorpio is a deeply misunderstood sign.  Its symbols (snakes, spiders, crocodiles, and scorpions) are intimidating, and it is difficult for good-natured people to stomach.  However, Scorpio is not evil; it just represents the side of human life that most of us would rather not deal with and we attempt to hide this side of life from public view.

One of the primary keywords associated with Scorpio is transformation, which is a tricky word on its own.  Dictionary.com defines it as a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal, and I feel that this is a telling definition. Scorpio has to do with change and eliminating things that are no longer working by actively working to create something new and more durable.  It is a necessary sign that gives us the capacity to have experiences that move us to the next level – even if this is sometimes painful and difficult.

On to Venus…

Venus rules love, money, and values and is the planetary ruler of Taurus and Libra.  Venus is about peace and harmony with a dash of physical pleasure thrown in for good measure.  However, every planet has its dark side, and that is no exception for Venus. When Venus is not working properly in a chart she can be vain, domineering, jealous, conniving, deceitful, treacherous, and a vamp, and I believe we need to understand Venus’s duality to get a full grip on her retrograde cycle.

Signs in astrology are like adjectives.  They describe how a planet is going to operate.  In watery Scorpio, Venus likes her relationships to be deep, intense, and all-consuming.  She is extremely loyal and will often sacrifice her desires to devote herself to her partner fully.  She is idealistic and has a particular vision of what love is supposed to be.  She seeks relationships that will allow her to grow and develop, even if those relationships are dysfunctional and painful.  However, she demands all the same qualities out of her partnerships, and if her partner fails to oblige, she can become dark, possessive, paranoid and jealous.  She is fearful of alienation and being abandoned by those she loves, so she will often attempt to bind someone she loves to her, which often leads to its own set of problems.

Now, this isn’t a Venus in Scorpio hater blog, many people with this placement are capable of healthy relationships that are strong and filled with love and makes them a different person as a result of their relationships. But I think that both sides of the placement need to be explored to understand her as a transit and to use her as a tool we can all use to make our relationships better.

Venus Retrograde

Whenever Mercury goes retrograde you get a straightforward list of things that could occur including communication difficulties, avoid signing legal paperwork or documents, avoid buying and selling, the possibility of mechanical problems, schedules go awry and avoid starting anything new.

Rightfully so, Venus has her own set of warnings:

  1. Avoid getting involved in a permanent relationship. Yes, you will meet people that are exciting, and the sex may be off the chart, but wait and see if you feel the same way about the person after Venus goes direct.
  2. Avoid engagements. I know, your man (or woman) asking you to marry them is exciting but try to avoid saying yes until Venus goes direct.  Frequently, engagements that happen during a Venus retrograde will end.
  3. Avoid breakups, if you can. This one is the hardest, especially if you are in a dysfunctional relationship.  However, breakups that occur during a Venus retrograde (even the most toxic abusive ones) tend to reconcile afterward.
  4. Avoid getting involved in a new business partnership. In case you did not know, Venus rules Venus partnerships, and business partnerships that begin during a Venus retrograde could quickly end.
  5. Avoid going to war. Strangely enough, Venus retrograde likes to spawn wars.  Since Venus naturally rules the 7th house and Libra, she also governs adversaries and enemies.  You may be goaded or baited into going on the offense but avoid doing so.  The person that begins the conflict tends to lose.  Stay defensive and keep it classy.
  6. Avoid making any large purchases, financial expenditures or investments. Venus rules money, and you should keep yours in your wallet until Venus goes direct.

Now let’s get into the good stuff:

Remember the deepest issue of Scorpio is one of the most important factors to working with Venus proactively.  Venus in Scorpio seeks relationships on a deeper level.  What does this mean?  Simply put, society has a collective view of relationships.  It can be extremely superficial, materially driven, and people often get married for the wrong reasons, such as getting married for material security rather than love.  Venus in Scorpio looks for a relationship based on depth of emotional feeling and connection, enduring loyalty and devotion.

While Venus is in retrograde, we first need to review our relationships honestly, and if our expectations about relationships are unreal, unobtainable, or overly idealistic, then problems may begin to occur.  We need to view our partners as human beings with all human frailties and imperfections, and we need to allow them to be that way. Sometimes we need to open dialogue with our partners and find out what they need out of the relationship and come to some form compromise so that both parties are happy.  In severe cases, couples’ therapy is always an option.  Finally, we need to be real about our financial situation and create a financial plan if needed.

These suggestions are to help you avoid some of the more difficult problems associated with the retrograde and by working through the issues proactively you will learn about yourself.  You will transform (Scorpio) your relationships into ones that are lasting and are more prepared to take on the struggles of ordinary life.

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How Venus Retrograde Affects the Signs

Although Venus rules love and money, she lands in a house in your solar chart.  The house is the stage or backdrop for Venus to do her work, so pay attention to the other areas of your life that Venus may influence.

Aries (and Aries rising):  Love is a battlefield.  That will be your theme throughout Venus retrograde.  Intense feelings may erupt that will cause difficulties.  Not addressing these problems could cause feelings of suspicion.  Conflicts with your friends could happen around October 10th and resolving them proactively could be your best bet. Towards the end of the retrograde cycle, you will have an opportunity to repair relationship difficulties, but it will require compromise.

Taurus (and Taurus rising): Like your Aries neighbor, relationships are under the gun. Although problems are sure to surface, listening to your partner and considering their needs is the simplest resolution.  Part of the difficulty may be that you are so busy being focused on your goals and objectives that your partner feels pushed aside.  On Halloween, Venus slips into Libra in your solar 6th house, and your relationship with your body will become your focus.  Venus in your 6th is a great time to review your fitness program and take care of yourself.

Gemini (and Gemini rising): Make sure to book a spa day during Venus retrograde because you may need a bit of pampering because internal focus will be part of your Venus cycle with your ruler Mercury conjoining Venus on October 15th. You may be forced to make changes to your daily schedule, which could prove annoying. New insights into yourself could prove important around October 26th, and you may need this knowledge when a prior relationship tries to reopen a closed-door around Halloween – proceed with caution.  If you are in a relationship, be careful of reacting to shake-ups that occur because old issues may resurface.

Cancer (and Cancer rising): Venus retrograde will transit through your solar 5th house of romance and pleasure.  You will begin to question whether your romantic needs are being met or satisfied. Venus in the 5th could lead to some interesting solutions, but at least the sex will be good, especially around October 10th when Venus squares Mars in your 8th house. Difficulties and disagreements with friends could occur towards the end of the month. Try to resolve any problems proactively.  Listening to others is always the key.

Leo (and Leo rising): Do you need to do some home repair or redecorating? Beautifying your life could be a major theme throughout the retrograde cycle. You may be interested in doing some interior changes around your home to spruce it up a bit, especially in Venus’ natural abode, the bedroom.  Also, relationships may need a bit of remodeling when Venus squares Mars on the 10th. You might want to try spicing things up a bit and do something different or focus the attention on your partner rather than yourself for a change. Relationships at work could prove problematic towards the end of the month.

Virgo (and Virgo rising): Communicating your needs in relationships may prove important with Venus retrograde in your solar 3rd house. Normally, during this transit of Venus, it’s easy to ‘feel the love’ in your daily life, but during Venus retrograde, you may feel disconnected. The best way to resolve this is to reach out to those around you and try to be more social.  You may need to express to the people that are important in your life how much you love and need them. Towards the end of the retrograde cycle, you may need to re-examine your values because many of them may have changed.

Libra (and Libra rising):  Your relationship with money will be your primary focus throughout this retrograde cycle.  Difficult financial news will get you to examine your purchases and whether they are necessary. It is best to keep financial purchases practical through this cycle. Try to circumvent financial negotiations until after Halloween because they may not be favorable for you. Additionally, avoid borrowing money, and you may need to invest in your everyday life. On Halloween, Venus will slide into your solar 1st house, and a little bit of self-focus may be necessary.

Scorpio (and Scorpio rising): Normally, Venus moving through your first house would make you feel social and connected to others, but you may feel the need to isolate yourself during this retrograde cycle. Conflicts with others could easily occur, and you may have little stomach for it, especially with family members. You may feel manipulated by others towards the end of the month, and it’s best that you stand your ground or defend yourself. As Venus returns to your 12th house on the 31st, you may need to reach out to your close friends or siblings to resolve any problems that may occur. Since Venus retrogrades in your sign, you will experience it stronger than everyone else – proceed with caution, but you will understand yourself on a deeper level when it is over.

Sagittarius (and Sagittarius rising):  Venus moving through the 12th house is usually one of the best 12th house placements because Venus is naturally exalted.  However, Venus retrograde in the 12th can be problematic.  Normally, Venus is rather self-sacrificing when moving through the 12th, but Venus retrograde can make you feel victimized by the people you are helping. You may need to set some solid boundaries lest you fall into co-dependent behavior patterns. Towards the end of the month, shakeups may occur that can be difficult to manage, but the resolution of these problems will occur in November. Standing up for your values may be important for you to navigate through this retrograde cycle.

Capricorn (and Capricorn rising): In traditional astrology, the 11th house is the house of hopes and wishes, and with Venus going through the 11th you may feel that luck isn’t on your side and that situations in your life are not working out for you the way you would have liked.  Just remember, this cycle is only temporary and before you know it things will turn in your favor.  Since the 11th house is also the house of friends and your social network, you may need to do some pruning and decide who holds value in your life and who doesn’t. Later in the month, Venus moves into your 10th house and conflicts may occur at your job.  It’s not recommended to be reactive when dealing with others while this placement is active.

Aquarius (and Aquarius rising): Your career is your primary focus during Venus transit through your solar 10th house.  You may feel disconnected at your job and question whether your current career path is bringing you joy and contentment. Towards the end of the month, sudden changes in your career may make you feel a bit disoriented and could create unintended conflicts with others.  The 10th house is also the house of success, and your self-esteem may take a hit. However, once Venus moves into your solar 9th house, you will begin to see your big picture objectives once again, which will release some of the pressure.  Stay in a goal-oriented mindset.

Pisces (and Pisces rising): Normally, Venus moving through your 9th house encourages personal growth through your relationships. You would feel that your love experience is opening new horizons. However, with Venus retrograde, your difficulties in relationships or finances may make it difficult to get beyond your day-to-day life to experience something life altering. Venus retrograde in the 9th could make you feel frustrated and uninspired. On Halloween, Venus will slip into your 8th house, and you may need to revise your credit strategies or repair any damage.  Be careful of overly expressing rigid opinions that do not consider other people’s points of view.  If you do, people may feel alienated from you and cut off communication.

© 2018 Storm Cestavani | Storm Cestavani, LLC

Astro 101 — Introduction to Aspects

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Are you ready to step a bit deeper into Astrology?

If so, I got your hookup!

Let’s review what we have learned so far:

  • Astronomy
  • Basic Jungian Psychology
  • Gender
  • Orientation
  • Elements and Signs
  • Houses

Now, before we get started on the planets (they are next), I want to spend a blog post on aspects.

What is an aspect?  (GEEK ALERT)

First, you need to imagine a circle – in this case, the horoscope, which is a circle (360 degrees) that is divided by 12 and creates the signs you know and love.   These twelve signs are 30 degrees each.  (For the math geeks…30X12 = 360)

Next, you need to remember that planets are constantly in motion and move around the signs based on their speed.  The Sun moves at about 1 degree per day, so it moves around the entire zodiac every year.   The Moon moves faster than the Sun and moves through every single sign in about 28 ½ days.  However, the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) move very slowly and can spend many years in a sign.  Hence, the further away from the Sun a planet is, the longer it takes to go around the Sun.  It is generally accepted that the further a planet is out, it will tend to dominate or color the aspect, but you need to keep both in mind while doing an interpretation.

In this blog post, I am going to focus on the major aspects that I use regularly in charts.  There are many minor aspects, but I feel that they provide nuance to planets, but add little to the discussion.  I may do another post on them in the future.  So, you won’t see any dociles, reptiles, or imbeciles (these aren’t really minor aspects) here.

The Conjunction:

This is the most powerful aspect in a chart and it corresponds to the circle being divided by 1.  In astrology, the conjunction reflects a marriage between two planets.   This means that these two planets are wedded together through the course of a lifetime and these two planets will forever be intertwined together.  In some cases, these two planets get along and in other cases, their energies are so incompatible that it can cause great difficulties if it is not managed and worked out later in life.

For example, the Sun conjunct Mars is a very powerful and dynamic aspect which gives enormous drive and ambition.  These two fiery planets highly compatible.   However, Venus conjoined with Saturn reflects feelings of inadequacy and often struggles through relationships because of deep insecurities.

One thing to note about conjunctions is that the energy is very pure because the division is by 1.  Therefore, all potentials and possibilities of the aspect lie within the conjunction.  I personally use very large orbs and I suggest using 8-10 degrees for a conjunction and you should pay close attention to them because they can often take over an entire chart because their energy is so strong.

The Opposition: 

In the mystical Kabbalah, the number ‘2’ is associated with the beginning of fragmentation.  The potential of the 1 has now been divided into 2 and reflects a pair of opposites and although these opposites are very much alike they represent two different sides of the same coin.

Here is a list of the opposing signs:

Aries – Libra
Taurus – Scorpio
Gemini – Sagittarius
Cancer – Capricorn
Leo – Aquarius
Virgo – Pisces

These pairs are similar in modality and gender, but oppositions in regards to how they express these energies.  So, within this aspect, there is tension, uncertainty and often doubt.

Let me give you an example – Aries has to do with individual development.  It is the sign of ‘me’.  Whereas, it’s opposing sign which is Libra, has to do with relationships.  Taurus has to do with resources, but its opposite sign Scorpio has to do with joint resources.  So, there is a natural disharmony within this aspect that needs to be reconciled and you have to find a way to give life to both sides of the aspect.

In the natural horoscope (this signifies starting with Aries and working our way around to Pisces), oppositions strongly influence relationships (because it evokes a natural 1st house – 7th house relationship).  You will often see one side of the opposition projected onto relationships and our partners carry the parts we do not carry for us until we integrate the opposition.   Essentially, the opposition is an aspect of conflict and it can evoke struggles and enormous tension within the horoscope.

Here is another example:

Let’s say you have a very earthy chart, which would reflect a tendency to need things solid and secure.  Reliability is very important to you, as is dependability.  In your chart you have Venus in Taurus opposed to Uranus in Scorpio.  Your natural inclination is to claim Venus (since she is earthy and in an earthy sign) and project Uranus onto your relationships.  So, although you value relationship structure and do not like change, you will invariably find change and unpredictability in your personal relationships and in your relationships with the outer world.

You feel stable, but everything else feels chaotic and a bit unpredictable. It becomes necessary to eventually bring these two poles together in a way that gives you meaning and eventually allows you to contain anxieties that might occur because of the opposition.  In the case of Venus oppose Uranus, often there is a difficulty holding onto relationships because once you try to structure them, the partner often needs freedom.  This can be very stressful and it requires you to look at your own ambivalence in relationships (after all this is your Venus-Uranus aspect) and to face the fact that ultimately, sooner or later, everything changes and nothing is permanent.  If you are doing shadow work, then oppositions are important and need to be examined closely.

I use 8-10 degrees for an opposition.

The Trine: 

Are you really good at something?  I am.  I am great at studying and putting things together that are often difficult for others.  I can see things quickly that other people do not notice or often ignore.  Some people would say this is a gift, but I think it’s more Mercury in trine to Saturn.

Trines are the result of dividing a circle by the number three and is considered an aspect of harmony and ease.  Psychologically speaking, a trine reflects a part of the psyche that the ego can easily manage.  However, the difficulty with this aspect is that it often lacks the tension necessary, for growth and can create laziness if it isn’t actively pushed or challenged.

Trines are also considered lucky.  If we look at the natural horoscope trines involve elemental similarities and gender identification.

Here are the groupings:

Aries – Leo – Sagittarius
Taurus – Virgo – Capricorn
Gemini – Libra – Aquarius
Cancer – Scorpio – Pisces

Let’s use the aspect that I presented earlier from my chart – Mercury in Virgo trine Saturn in Taurus.

As you can see this is an earth trine and is concerned with what is real and practical.   Mercury is concerned with how we understand life and perceive the world and Saturn is disciplined and critical.  In the ease of the trine, these two planets work together harmoniously.  So, you get an individual who carefully and methodically looks at life and circumstances that are presented to them, analyzing it wholly in order to come to a conclusion because the powers of the mind are disciplined and tend to not stray into the world of fantasy and possibility.  Mercury trine Saturn is concerned with what “is” rather than what could be.

The difficulty with Mercury trine Saturn is that it can sometimes ignore opportunities because it is so focused on the ‘now’ and the big picture can often be ignored because it is too much of a risk or a gamble.  This can often leave you trapped in duties and responsibilities and joy and happiness are often sacrificed for the bottom line.

I use an 8-degree orb for trines.

The Square:

Brace yourself!  It’s about to get real.  When you divide the zodiacal circle by four, you get an aspect that is known as a square.  Out of all the aspects, it is probably the most difficult to experience and the hardest to integrate because the planets involved in a square have little in common with each other.

Here are your squares:

Aries = Cancer + Capricorn
Taurus = Leo + Aquarius
Gemini = Virgo + Pisces
Cancer = Aries + Libra
Leo = Taurus + Scorpio
Virgo = Gemini + Sagittarius
Libra = Cancer + Capricorn
Scorpio = Leo + Aquarius
Sagittarius = Virgo + Pisces
Capricorn = Aries + Libra
Aquarius = Taurus + Scorpio
Pisces = Gemini + Sagittarius

The square is a high tension part of the chart and the planets involved usually reflect areas in your life where problems are likely to occur because the planets tend to be at war with one another throughout your life.  However, because this aspect is so intense, it’s an area where tremendous potential can occur because it makes us determined and restless.

In many ways, the square is the exact opposite of the trine.  Trines are extremely easy aspect that tend to become lazy because they are rarely challenged, but squares are extremely difficult and often provide tremendous drive and motivation.

Like oppositions, squares tend to influence our relationships.  If you count 3 signs over from Aries (30 degrees per sign X 3 = 90 degrees, which is a square) you come to the sign of Cancer and if you do it again in reverse, you come to the sign of Capricorn or the 4th/10th house axis, which I have taught previously has a lot to do with our parents, early childhood, and how this leads to our formation as an individual or our relationship to the world.  So, squares usually reflect long-term issues from childhood that have an enormous effect on our personality.

Let’s work with the example of Mars in square to Saturn:

Mars and Saturn are not the best of friends.  Mars likes to act and can be extremely frustrated when he is restricted.  He builds up steam and often picks a fight when he does not get what he wants.  Saturn is the epitome of restriction and limitation.  Together you can see how this can be difficult – every time Mars wants to act, Saturn frustrates him.

This aspect tension can usually be found in early childhood in which our ability to get what we want is often denied.  This can build up to feelings of inadequacy, vulnerability, and often being predisposed to failing.  As a result, it can create an atmosphere of aloofness which can alienate those around us that could help us get what we want, but are less likely to do so because we appear cold and detached.

In some cases, Mars square Saturn can overcompensate by becoming extremely ambitious and determined and will expend enormous energy to achieve something.  In other cases, Mars square Saturn will simply give up.  This is a constant cycle that on one level or another, will constantly arise for the Mars-Saturn native.

In order to work with this aspect effectively, Mars square Saturn needs to be more approachable and accommodating with others.  This will allow him to feel support by those around him and be able to receive assistance in helping him achieve his goals.  Further, he needs to try to slow down and be patient and perhaps succeed at things one step at a time.  This helps to develop self-confidence and self-worth.

I tend to use large orbs with squares.  8-10 degrees is recommended.

The Sextile:

We arrive at the last of the major aspects.  The sextile is formed by dividing a circle by the number 6 and coming up with an angle of 60 degrees.

The sextile is considered a harmonious aspect and many astrologers consider it a weak trine.  However, unlike the innate luck attributed to trines, sextiles need to be worked on in order for their potential to be realized.

The difficulty with the sextile is that it is a mental aspect because it is connected to the 3rd and 11th house or Gemini and Aquarius.  Sextiles can easily get trapped in thoughts and ideas and may have difficulties taking advantage of the aspect by giving it form. So, sextiles can be considered opportunities, but they are not innate.

Signs in Sextile:

Aries = Gemini + Aquarius
Taurus = Cancer + Pisces
Gemini = Aries + Leo
Cancer = Taurus + Virgo
Leo = Gemini + Libra
Virgo = Cancer + Scorpio
Libra = Leo + Sagittarius
Scorpio = Virgo + Capricorn
Sagittarius = Libra + Aquarius
Capricorn = Scorpio + Pisces
Aquarius = Aries + Sagittarius
Pisces = Taurus + Capricorn

Let’s work with an example – Mercury sextile Mars.

Mercury is the planet of communication and Mars is the planet that gives us drive and determination.  When you combine these two archetypes together, you get a very active mind and excellent communication skills.  People that have this aspect usually latch on to things quickly and your ability to observe things around you is heightened.

Mercury sextile Mars also makes you an amazing negotiator, and your ability to compose arguments that get your point across clearly and precisely gives you an edge in business matters.  However, you have to manage knee-jerk reactions because Mars has little self-control – especially if your opinions are challenged.  This aspect values freedom of thought and freedom of expression and is willing to fight for them.  So, you will often find people with this aspect gifted with a silver tongue, which can be biting at times.

As I said earlier, sextiles are not as easy as trines.  People that have Mercury sextile Mars will often have to work at it for the aspect to express itself optimally, but on a more positive note, it also does not tend to become lazy.  In essence, it is developed over time and once developed provides the native with opportunities that otherwise would not be available.

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Astro 101 — Hemisphere Interpretation

globe_demoIn the last lesson of Astro 101, I introduced the astrological houses.  If you missed that blog post then I encourage you to read that before you continue with this lesson.  Also, you can read all the lessons from Astro 101 by simply going to the resource page I created to keep everything nice and organized.  In this lesson, we are going to move on to something new the hemisphere orientation of the houses.

One of the main things to remember about astrology is that it’s all about numbers.  In past lessons, we learned that there is one chart, two genders, three modalities, 4 elements and all of this components combine together to become the twelve signs of the zodiac.  While we are learning about the astrological houses, you will notice this pattern continues.

Imagine, if you will, that the chart is a pie (who doesn’t like pie).  You can divide a pie in two different ways – north to south or east to west.  Similarly, we can divide the chart from north to south or from east to west.  In earth science, these are considered hemispheres.  Astrologically, we refer to them as hemispheres as well.  Each hemisphere of the chart has unique qualities or characteristics that are attributed to them.  Planets that are placed in hemispheres will express themselves based on the hemisphere they are in.  This will modify the way they ‘act’ based on their environment.

Let’s get to the meat and potatoes!

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