Venus Retrograde & Your Deep Dive

Venus is retrograde in Scorpio from October 5th – November 15.

My key words for this week are: Deep Dive

The big news for this week is that Venus will be retrograde from Friday, October 5th until November 16th. All planets except for the Sun and the Moon go retrograde- and, as you probably know by now, the planet does not actually begin to go backwards; rather it appears to be that way from the earth.

The retrograde cycle for any planet is a time to revisit, review, refine, and reconnect. In the language of karmic astrology, retrograde time periods are also when we dig into our past lifetime patterns and correct mistakes.

Each planet is a teacher, and to understand the cosmic message, you have to think about what the planet has for us to learn. The Venus retrograde mission for your soul is to move past resentment and reveal a fresh new start.

The core lesson of Venus is ‘VALUE’ – these are the things we hold dear such as relationship and money, stability, connection, and flow. And, the message for Venus retrograde in Scorpio is to uncover our own discontent and learn to love the parts of yourself that we have either buried or cast aside. In short, it’s a time to declare your love of self. Such a powerful mission!

Self-Love is an inside job done day by day and minute by minute. You heal your past failures, confront the times when you were rejected, and claim personal love. When this pain is healed you are able to connect with the world in a Scorpio / 8th house fashion where you own your power and express your creativity.

But, as taught by the ancients through the journey of Inanna, the meat of Venus retrograde is that of going into the Underworld. Venus is about beauty, but like the Lotus blossom, even the goddess must dig into the mud where she gets nourishment to feed her beautiful flower.

The Truth Shall Set You Free

In addition to the big picture of Venus retrograde, on Tuesday, Mercury square Pluto adds a sense of urgency to your mission. Mercury and Pluto, ironically the first and last planets in the traditional line up of the Solar System, are good bedfellows – they understand each other.

If you need to have an important conversation, Tuesday afternoon or evening is the time to do it because Mercury square Pluto engenders discussion that reveals hidden psychological issues, and this can transform your life.

Mars is still standing guard in Aquarius until mid-November. Mars in Aquarius is your time to stand firm and reveal your humanitarian mission.

In Aquarius, Mars also gives permission to march to the beat of your own drummer – it's time to let your freak flag fly. Move past what other people think – this includes judgmental family members, ex-spouses, and old friends that need to be left behind.

Plus, Jupiter is now rapidly moving through the last degrees of Scorpio. Jupiter remains in Scorpio until November 7th, and there are still many pearls and underwater treasures to be harvested; so keep up the good work.

Use this rich time in October to Dive Deep, go into your heart, heal you soul, claim what you truly value, and fully live your Truth.

Wishing you many blessings as you reach for the Stars.

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Mars Square Uranus – Time to Get Going

Every evening you can see the moon growing larger in the sky. We are now at first quarter phase in the lunation cycle, and the key phrase for this phase is: Crisis in Consciousness. This can mean many different things, but the core issue winds down to taking action. And, we begin the week with the moon in Capricorn, a sign that is all about taking action.

The growing moon is leading up to the Aries full moon in one week, on Monday, September 24th. Remember, Aries is a sign of new beginnings, so pitch in this week to set a standard of success.

By full moon, many of the planets will be in the early degrees of their respective signs; Venus in early Scorpio, Mercury at 2 degrees of Libra, Mars in early Aquarius, and Saturn at 2 degrees Capricorn, and even Uranus at 1 degree of Taurus. Surely, this is a planetary journey of new beginnings, so collectively we are breaking new ground in the month ahead. And, personally, it’s likely that each individual will be facing some aspect of having to start anew.

This week two of the most action oriented planets, Mars and Uranus, jockey into position to light a motivational fire. Mars and Uranus move into an exact square aspect on Tuesday, September 18. These two have been partner dancing into this aspect for quite some time. But there is one caveat here – you must still apply your will power to reap full advantage of this planetary aspect.

Mars, now direct, is traveling through Aquarius – a fixed air sign. Mars in Aquarius is stubborn and even fierce in his opinions. However, in an air sign, even Mars can get wrapped up in too much thought.

Hopefully Uranus, now in Taurus can light an everlasting spark in Mars. Taurus is also a fixed sign; fixed earth.

So, we have two dynamic planets both in fixed signs. Think of the fixed signs like freight trains – slow to get moving, but once in motion, they keep going.  Translated, this means, it’s going to be a bit difficult to get going, and you have to get out of your ‘head’, but once you do, you are unstoppable

Remember, the sun is now in Virgo, a sign of diligent work with practical results. Mars and Uranus are busy this week helping you get the job done.

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Virgo New Moon

This week is a special new beginning. Not only did we have the Virgo new moon on Sunday, but today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The mystical tradition of Kabbalah teaches that today and tomorrow are special days to set your intentions for the entire calendar year ahead – so, today is an extra New Year’s Day.

Back in western astrology the sun resides in Virgo until September 22. Virgo invites you to examine WHY you are doing what you do. When you get clear on your motivations, taking action becomes easier.

Virgo also rules the process of purification – again, getting clear on your intentions.

The season of Virgo

Virgo also teaches us to detox our bodies, to eat the right foods, to engage in healthy living practices, and not allow toxic patterns to muddy your clear Light.

5 positive Key words for Virgo are: analytical, industrious, systematic, considerate, and reliable.

And here are 5 traits to overcome during the season of Virgo – being aloof, skeptical, finicky, critical, and self-centeredness.

Virgo delivers a season of hard work with practical results.

The sun will be in Virgo until September 22nd, so, use this time to move ahead by analyzing what you‘re doing, and taking steps to refine your goals and purify your body.

Regarding this week, there are several interesting planetary transits; however, there is also a cautionary undercurrent.

A time to make decisions 

One of the best days this week is Tuesday, September 11th. On Tuesday, the Sun steps in to organize and activate both Jupiter and Pluto. With these eventful aspects, the 11th is a great day to make decisions and then take action.

However, on Wednesday, Venus opposes Uranus, so, take caution that you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. When Venus and Uranus come into play, you may be prone to being overly critical or succumb to doubt; so, think big, but, don’t fall off the wagon.

On Wednesday, remember to heed the good advice you received on Tuesday. The good news, that by the end of the day, things have settled down, as Venus interacts with Saturn – a much more reliable influence.  

This week ends with a favorable Mercury trine Pluto, which puts an endcap on to what can be a great week. Provided you don’t go off the rails mid-week – you’re golden.

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Sirius the Dog Star

Traditionally, the long hot days of summer have been known as the Dog Days. Although the term may feel like it refers to being hot as a dog, or working like one, there is also an astrological connection with one of the brightest stars in the night time sky, the fixed star Sirius. This glowing giant can be seen from every inhabited region of the Earth's surface, and the stories associated with Siruis are most intriguing.

Sirius is situated in the eye of the greater dog Canis Major, hence the designation ‘Dog Star'. One of the stars nearest Earth, Sirius is 23 times more luminous and about twice the mass and diameter of our Sun. Its name comes from the Greek term seirios, (glowing). Sirius is actually a binary, or perhaps even a triple star, an insight that would seemingly have been unavailable to the ancients; but many texts and traditions support that humans have long known about this quality of our summer messenger.

Ancient Egyptians called Sirius the ‘Dog Star', after their god Osiris, whose head in pictograms resembled that of a dog. In Egypt, Sirius shines for most of the summer, and since it the brightest star, the Egyptians actually believed that the additional light from this nearby star was responsible for the summer heat. The rising of this star came at the time of inundation of the Nile River and the start of the Egyptian New Year which marked the beginning of Summer solstice.

The Egyptians apparently knew that Sirius was a binary star, as it had both a male and female deity association- that of Osiris and his partner, the great mother Isis. When Sirius appeared in the sky each year, the Nile generally started to flood bringing productivity to the land. The ancient Egyptians connected the two events, and so Isis took on the aspects of a goddess of not only the star and of the inundation, but of fertility. Isis had another link with water – she was believed to cleanse the pharaoh in the afterlife. It is interesting to note that the embalming of the dead took seventy days – the same amount of time that Sirius was not seen in the sky, before it's yearly rising. Isis was a goddess of fertility to both the living and the dead.

To locate Sirius in the night time sky, find Orion's belt which are the three bright stars in a row. (Hopefully you already know that one, if not ask you companion, because he or she probably does.) Follow an imaginary line through these stars to Sirius which is just above the horizon. The best time of year to view it is around January 1, when it reaches the meridian at midnight. Remember, this star can be seen from every inhabited part of the earth! Viewing Sirius through a telescope in a clear night time sky is an experience not forgotten. The star shines a steely blue, beckoning your recognition; there is no other star in the sky that shines like Sirius.

Our largest giant is actually two or more stars which rotate in a unique orbit. Sirius B is invisible to the naked eye but packs almost the entire mass of our sun into a globe only 4 times as large as the Earth. Sirius B's surface is 300 times harder than diamonds, while its interior has a density 3,000 times that of diamonds. Spinning on its axis about 23 times a minute, it generates huge magnetic fields.

As they approach each other, the stars both begin to spin faster as tidal forces become stronger, finally flip-flopping over, and actually trading places with each other. This energy releases magnetic fields to the Sun, which in turn transmits it like a lens to all the planets. The strength of these magnetic fields is thought to be one reason that we feel the pull of our Dog Star even here on earth. Male and Female, Osiris and Isis trade places in the seat of power regularly; it takes a bit longer here on earth for those kinds of changes.

The tarot card associated with Siruis is taught to be that of ‘The Moon’. This card is one which speaks to lessons of the unconscious and gestation of creative ideas. Many decks illustrate The Moon card with two canines, a dog and a wolf, howling at the Moon. Traditional decks also picture a crayfish on the Moon card, a symbol of the primitive notions that arise from our deep imagination. Our creativity which is gestated in the deepness of unconsciousness will be born only when the time is right and it has been sung into creation by the howling animals.

Predating the Egyptians, the epic poem Epic of Gilgamesh describes a dream where the hero is drawn irresistibly to a heavy star that cannot be lifted despite immense effort. This star descends from heaven to him and is described as having a very ‘potent essence' and being “the God of heaven”. Gilgamesh had for his companions, 50 oarsmen in the great ship, Argo, a constellation bordering Canis Major, where Sirius is found. In the ancient Vedas this star was known as the Chieftain's star; in other Hindu writings, it is referred to as Sukra, the Rain God, or Rain Star.

The Dogon people live in the southwestern portion of the Sahara Desert in Africa. Central to their religious teachings is knowledge about Sirius. The Dogon, say they received their knowledge by visitors to the earth from another star system. They believe Sirius to be the axis of the universe, and from it all matter and all souls are produced in a great spiral motion. Some scholars, including Carl Sagan dispute the validity of this claim, saying that the Dogon learned about Sirius from more modern sources- the truth remains hidden like Sirius B.

In June of 1993, as our sun covered Sirius from the Earth's view, the largest flood of the past century occurred. The rivers of the Mississippi, our Nile River, overflowed its banks. This flood continued until the middle of August. When Sirius came out from behind the Sun, the flood waters receded, news reports disappeared and the immediate life-threatening crisis subsided. Could this not be a reflection of the great rivers of energies streaming out from Sirius? Is Sirius a weather maker, a source of cosmic influence through its powerful magnetic rays, or even a great mother star seed of life on earth, as some propose? Next time you are out gazing at the stars this summer, ask it. You may be surprised by the answer.

“A star that keenest of all blazes with a searing flame and him men call Seirios (Sirius). When he rises with Helios (the Sun), no longer do the trees deceive him by the feeble freshness of their leaves. For easily with his keen glance he pierces their ranks, and to some he gives strength but of others he blights the bark utterly. Of him too at his setting are we aware.” – Aratus, Greek Astronomer, 3rd Century BC