Sunday, July 31, 2005

10th planet

The discovery of a 10th planet has been announced by astronomers. It'll be interesting to see how this new discovery will play out astrologically, especially when a name is chosen for the planet. I think this planet will become the ruler of Taurus (replacing Venus, which currently rules both Taurus and Libra) and the next discovery to be confirmed a planet will take over rulership of Virgo (replacing Mercury, which currently rules both Virgo and Gemini). There is talk that Sedna should take over the rulership of Virgo, regardless of whether it's officially declared a planet or not. I feel the rulers of the signs need to be accepted as planets in order to be able to represent a significant archetype for our culture. The rulers of the signs need to capture our imaginations on a large scale.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

astrology links directory

I found another great astrology links directory where you can explore different approaches to astrology, as well as find links to astrological literature, research, and data. It's a wonderful resource for those who want to dig deeper and learn more about astrology.

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

a retrograde report

On Friday, Mercury went retrograde in Leo. So far I am quite enjoying this retrograde period as things have slowed down and I am getting more done. A Mercury retrograde is often felt more intensely by those with Gemini and Virgo (the two signs ruled by Mercury) prominent in their charts. It can be more stressful for them, but it can also be a period of respite from their long to-do lists. Virgos try to do everything perfectly while Geminis just try to do everything, so a Mercury retrograde can give them the much needed break they won't give themselves.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

creativity and Leo

In June, there seems to be a natural inclination to pause and reflect on how far we have come in our goals for the year, especially around the time of the summer solstice and when the Sun enters Cancer. When the sun moves into Leo, there is a pull to take action and create what we want in our lives. The fifth house, along with where Leo lies in our charts, indicates how to best use our creative energies.

The challenge for Leos is to avoid using their abundance of creative drive to create a facade. Leos are great at putting ideas into action. Sometimes they will fall in love with the idea of appearing a certain way to others so they put all their energy into making it real. They can also be self-centered, expecting everyone to be planets to their Sun. Transmute any self-centered tendencies into self-awareness. Feel free to think about yourself all you want, just be honest with yourself. Actually, don't just think about yourself, listen to yourself, so you can know what you most want to create in your life beyond looking good in the eyes of others.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

planets in retrograde

Three planets are currently in retrograde motion, soon to be joined by Mercury.

Pluto has been retrograde in Sagittarius since March 26th and will move forward on September 2nd. This is most affecting those with Sagittarius and/or Gemini prominent in their charts (I have both: my ascendant is Sagittarius and my moon is in Gemini. hurray?). This is an opportunity to catch up with the total transformation Pluto requires during his transits. Take some time to reflect upon your deepest fears and come up with ways you can overcome their hold on you.

Neptune went retrograde in Aquarius on May 19th and will move forward on October 26th. This most affects those with Aquarius and/or Leo prominent in their charts. This is an opportunity to look at where you need more boundaries in your life. Look at how you can take better care of your health and strengthen your immune system. I have a friend with Sun in Aquarius and Leo rising and she has been experiencing more computer viruses than usual so you might want to watch out for that as well.

Uranus went retrograde in Pisces on June 14th, moving forward on November 16th. This most affects those with Pisces and/or Virgo prominent in their charts. Expect surprises and sudden changes. Consider wearing a helmet (hee, I couldn't resist). Embrace your freedom and express what's on your mind. Look at what makes you feel restricted and where you censor yourself. Consider what you can do to remove these blocks in your life.

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Monday, July 11, 2005

Mercury Retrograde in Leo

Mercury will be going retrograde in Leo on July 22. This retrograde period will last until August 15. Since Mercury is going retrograde in Leo just after Saturn enters this sign, this is a good opportunity to reflect on how you are using your creative energy and what you want to create over the next two years. Consider how you can change your habits and daily routines so it's easier for you to create what you want. This is a chance to lay a foundation for dealing with the changes Saturn will be bringing into our lives.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Manawee and Gemini

One of the myths in Women Who Run With the Wolves is called Manawee. It is about a man, named Manawee, who is courting twins. He has to learn their names in order to marry them. He has a dog who tries to help out by eavesdropping on the sisters to learn their names. Several times he learns their names only to forget them as a result of distractions on the path back to his masters house. When it becomes urgent, the dog is able to focus on the task and Manawee gets his wives.

This myth can be associated to Gemini, not just because twins are present in it, but also because of the dog. I think that dog symbolizes the Gemini mind so well.

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Monday, July 04, 2005

Saturn in Leo

On July 16th, Saturn will be moving into Leo. Saturn will be making sure Leos take responsibility for what they are creating in their lives and giving them the discipline they need to make their creative dreams happen. Saturn is only restrictive when you resist his lessons. Everything Saturn brings into your life will be empowering and result in greater freedom. So embrace the lessons that come your way instead of going into drama queen mode. Jupiter will give you fish. Saturn teaches you how to fish. If Leo is prominent in your chart, get ready to go fishing for the next couple of years. Saturn will move out of Leo in September 2007.

On a worldly level, Saturn will be holding leaders responsible for what their actions are creating in the world. While Saturn was in Cancer, people cared more about security and control. Now people will be more concerned about creative freedom and making sure our children are taken care of.

On a personal note, my natal Saturn is in Leo in the 9th house, so I will be going through my first Saturn return soon. Most people seem to dread their Saturn return, but I'm excited about it. Saturn taught me so much when he transitted my sun sign in 1998-2001. We shall see what happens.

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