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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Good News for September /Living Your Place and Purpose

It’s always refreshing to begin a new month, and now, as we enter September, a new season. It seems that late August always brings a shift in the wind – a significant storm or life event that signals the Autumnal Equinox is on its way.   

Sunday, September 9th ushers in the Virgo new moon. This new moon at 17 degrees of Virgo lands two favorable interactions -it trines Pluto in Capricorn and sextiles Jupiter in Scorpio. Honestly, if I wanted to choose something good to have working for me, it would be these positive aspects. The trine sits an open door, and the sextile invites you to take action.

Plus, Saturn stations direct this week, on September 6th. Translated, this means it’s time to ‘go back to school’; Life School that is. Summer vacation (or, winter holiday if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) has ended and a season of growth in the school of life has begun. Are you ready?

Energetically the week before a new moon is a time for consolidation and making plans that are congruent with growth in the new lunation cycle to come. And, Mercury facilitates that idea this week when he activates a trine between Saturn and Uranus.

Saturn and Uranus – a Father and His Son  

Mythology teaches us that Saturn was born of Uranus and Gaia. At the urging of his mother, Saturn rose up and dethroned his powerful father, Uranus.

This week Mercury harmonizes the archetypal father and son by completing a powerful earth trine; Saturn, now direct sits at 2 degrees of Capricorn, Uranus, at 2 Taurus, and Mercury at 2 degrees Virgo.

Uranus represents your unfettered creative force, and Saturn brings discipline to your creativity. With Mercury lending his skill at communication, this grand earth trine delivers an opportunity to unite the disparaging aspects of your own body, mind, and soul. Think ‘UNITY’, and hold onto that thought!

People often ask me how and why I became interested in AstroCartoGraphy, a specialized branch of astrology which shows YOUR best place to live or travel to based on your date, time, and place of birth.

Activate Your Place and Purpose With AstroCartoGraphy

AstroCartoGraphy is also called Relocation Astrology, or Astrological Mapping. The word ‘Astro*Carto*Graphy’ (or ACG) is a trademark term for the maps developed in 1977 by Jim Lewis. Before Lewis developed the mapping system, astrologers had to calculate hundreds of charts in order to get the information shown by one ACG map.

These maps brilliantly combined an ancient art with modern technology. Currently there are only 100 people in the world trained in this branch of astrology mapping; I was #66 to earn my certification. Over the years, I’ve served thousands of clients by helping them find their optimum place to live.

But, it’s important to know that you don’t have to move in order to be happy. Just like your natal chart, AstroCartoGraphy also helps you understand the planetary forces that you are dealing with where ever you are. If you are living in a challenging place, ACG helps you consciously seek out ways you can turn that around.  

In short – it puts you back in the driver’s seat – in any circumstance.  A full AstroCartoGraphy study takes me hours to complete because there are so many personal and technical aspects to be considered.

And, I know that not everyone can swing the cost of a full ACG reading. To get the information in your hands, I created the ‘Best Place’ report. If you’re wondering about where you are, or what awaits you in another place – this is a great place to start your journey. Wishing you many blessings along the way. 


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