We should see a greater degree of spirituality and cultural appreciation in your home and domestic environment. With Mars retrograde in Leo, your ninth house of spiritual growth, overseas connections and cultural pursuits, you are likely to be inclined to take up some past discipline that you have allowed to fall into disuse. Get out those old books and get cracking on your yoga or meditation. Dust off that distant guru and put him back in the straps. Ha.
Circumstances are likely to see you in a larger, even grander, residence, or perhaps building additions to your present home—to make it nicer, of course, and keep ahead of the Joneses. A greater interest in and knowledge of your family history will expand your activities and contacts with family members. You may find yourself involved in the sale of domestic furnishings, or real estate ventures, which may or may not include your own home. If you do need to sell your home under this influence, you are likely to do surprisingly well out of it.
Jupiter powers forward at speed this year, bouncing into Aries on June 6th. This turns your attention to the joys of romance, the pleasures of the little ones and, most dear to your heart, the thrill of speculation. Excellent opportunities will present themselves during these heady weeks, even after Jupiter turns retrograde on July 23rd, returning to Pisces once more on September 9th. This is a good time for sorting out anything in the way of rules and regulations that has been blocking your progress, especially in the days around August 17th, when Jupiter opposes Saturn, a major celestial event. This happens just as tricky Mercury prepares to turn retro on the 20th in your mid-heaven, the house of career and public image. Make sure your cross your t's and dot your i's, as carelessness at work can create havoc. And remember, loose lips sink ships, as my grandfather used to say. This is a time when you are likely to seek, or be given, a public forum in which to express your ideas, or share your knowledge and skills. Keep careful notes. Government regulations may be a bugbear. It's important to understand that you will probably not be able to remove the forces that oppose you, which only leaves you the option of finding a constructive way to work around them, or with them.
Jupiter remains retro in Pisces until he turns direct again on November 18th. This could be a time when blocks that have been holding you back in your new direction begin to release, as family matters, real estate transactions and the like move forward. The week or so on either side of this date is ideal for making bold decisions regarding who you are and where you will be heading in the months ahead. Venus too turns direct on this date, so it's definitely the time to make decisions about relationships, especially if you have been enjoying a secret affair with a mysterious figure in the preceding weeks.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Your artistic and creative talents are also targets of this influence. You may trun to unorthodox or avant garde art, music, or design., but a lot of this is pretty much due to the influence of others and of forces beyond your conscious control.
Mars prances through Libra between the end of July and September 14th while Venus is in Libra too, so you'll be reconsidering your role in life, insofar as it relates to others, among other things. You will be concerned with just what is, or is not, making you happy. You are stimulated during this phase to go after what you want, or get rid of what you don't want. A friend may desire to become closer. Mars and Venus are conjunct in Libra on August 20th, just as Mercury turns retrograde in Virgo, your mid-heaven, the house of public image, reputation and career. This is a banner day, so if you are partying (it's a Friday) be ready for some fantasy-fulfilling action. Don't expect it to last, but it will be fun.
On September 8th, sexy Venus slips into Scorpio, your twelfth house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations, just as mighty Jupiter moves back into Pisces in his retro phase. Mercury turns direct on the 12th, then Mars, the mighty Warrior, joins Venus in his night-throne, Scorpio, just as Pluto, the dark lord of transformation, turns direct after months of retro motion in Capricorn. A rare treat! Mars rejoices in Scorpio, where his best qualities are expressed, but with Venus slowing there in preparation for her rare retro phase, a secret romance, or at least a secret fantasy comes forward as you deal with attractions that you thought were long gone. Scorpio rules sexuality and in your chart governs secrets, sorrows, self-undoing and dealings with big institutions, such as hospitals, prisons, universities and government departments. So a secret affair with a tutor is in the air!
Venus turns retrograde in Scorpio on October 8th, conjunct the jealous and dangerous fixed star Zuben Algenubi (the South Scale). Sexual exploits will therefore follow during the retrograde phase, which lasts until November 18, when both Venus and Jupiter both turn direct. Now that will be a lucky day! Remember, however, that the Venus shadow period lasts until December 21, the solstice.
Venus in Scorpio is highly-sexed and risk-prone, so with macho Mars there too, we can expect some serious sexual shenanigans. All of which will no doubt in your case be best kept well under wraps, at least until next year (2011), when Venus enters Sagittarius and Jupiter moves into fiery Aries. A jealous love nature, intense passionate emotions, and a love of sensation, luxury and pleasures will be the flavour of the month. If you get any infections, go straight to the clinic. This period will present a powerful mating phase, but those already mated may find trouble with supposedly secret romantic affairs coming out into the limelight, especially when Jupiter opposes Saturn on August 17-20 or thereabouts, so tread carefully.
Mars is moving forward rapidly by the end of October 2010, entering Sagittarius on October 28, just as Venus is cuddling up to the Sun in Scorpio. This will greatly increase your energy and dynamism, making you more attractive to the opposite sex throughout November, especially once Venus and Jupiter turn direct on Nov. 18. On November 29, Mars squares Jupiter, so avoid undue risk-taking, especially with money and family situations. Do not take risks if you cannot afford to suffer the consequences of the potential loss. The point to remember (and possibly avoid while under this influence) is that your inherent tendency toward expansive gestures will be enhanced. If you are prudent you will overcome whatever physical obstacles block your path. Whether or not you succeed, at least you will not walk away empty-handed.
Home and Family
Giant Jupiter, your life-ruler, will be in Pisces for most of the year—with a foray into fiery Aries, your fifth house of romance, children and speculation. Sagittarius is Jupiter's day-sign, and Pisces is his night-sign, being also traditionally ruled by Jupiter. Pisces on the cusp of your fourth house, the I.C., means that it also governs home, family, domestic conditions, real estate as well as beginnings and endings.
This means that family and family ventures will be very much in the forefront for most of the year. As I mentioned early in the article, the cosmic pressure is on your home base, with a good likelihood of you moving house to a nicer pad, or renovating and upgrading your existing home. It may be that a new member of the household will appear. Marriage or a convenient arrangement is quite likely, especially when Jupiter ventures into Aries, between June 7th and September 9th.
Don't bet the farm when Jupiter spends more than some time in his three-month-long Aries venture. You are a natural risk-taker, but Jupiter in Aries expands your confidence and urges you to take greater risks than the facts might support. This will be more the case in June when Uranus enters Aries, but especially risky when restrictive Saturn opposes Uranus in late July and Jupiter in mid-August.
Saturn, the other Great Chronocrator, spends most of the year in Libra, your eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. You will certainly reassess your role in the lives of others, and there may be an inclination to marry, or shack up with an older person, possibly already the proud possessor of a pre-existing tribe of their own. This is especially likely during August, when Mars and Venus are there too. Saturn's presence in your eleventh urges you to clear out the baggage from friendships and associations. You take a good look at what is making you happy, or not as the case may be.
When Saturn retrogrades back into Virgo between the end of May and the middle of July, you'll be rescuing your career and public life from the depredations of those who may be less mature and experienced than you are. This of course has been the karmic makeup of the past two and a half years, while Saturn was making his way through Virgo last time around, between September 2007 and October 2009. Don't be tempted to blame others for failure or wrong actions in the past. You may find consolation in doing so, but others will not allow you to cast blame except on yourself. This is especially true if you have abused a position of trust or authority. Accepting the consequences of your own actions and taking charge of your own life, you achieve the responsibility and maturity that places you on a higher level, where true success and fulfilment are now possible to attain.
Children are likely to cost a lot this year, as the Moon's south node is trudging through Cancer, your eighth house of borrowings and partnership funds. Other people's children are also likely to take up your time, especially if you meet that older sugar daddy—or generous cougar. The movement of Uranus into your fifth house will exacerbate this unpredictability. Kids will seem much more of a handful in the Jupiter-in-Aries phase, but the solution is to take them (or send them!) on a long trip. Involve them in higher education and religious, spiritual or cultural excitements of one form or another. A little trip to India might set this train in motion, once Mars turns direct in March, for the auspicious Kumbha Mela festivities in Haridwar at the foot of the Himalayas. Early bird catches worm, and maybe meditative practices that will lead to epiphanies mid-year. Or maybe celebrations of the sainthood of Sister Mary MacKillop in Australia will do the trick.
Work and Health
Venus rules your sixth house of work and health, and the goddess of love, pleasures and money begins the year in your house of personal finances, conjunct the Sun and square stern old Saturn in your house of career income. You are normally quite robust, especially if you keep up your sports and exercise patterns and this year is not that much different. If you do need treatment, it may be hard to find the necessary cash.
Mars, which in medical Astrology rules acute conditions, starts the year retrograde in Leo and is likely to stimulate headaches, fevers, inflammation, or a flare-up of chronic illness, especially backache and heart issues. Avoid conflict and argument whist travelling, as violence and accidental injury, particularly burns and cuts, are bubbling beneath the surface. Stay out of litigation and don't upset the in-laws! The intense phase is between December 20, 2009 and March 10, 2010, though the shadow phase lasts until May 17. It would be a good idea to learn how to breathe properly and regulate the flow of thought, as the two are connected. Proper breathing practices can be found in the study of yoga, Tai Ch'i, Qigong, and the like.
When Venus and Mars are conjunct in Scorpio in early October, sexual infections, blood disorders and kidney problems may arise, aggravated by the Venus retrograde phase. There may be trouble at this time through jealousy, divorce and scandal. There is the possibility of sickness or confinement due to over-indulgence of the passions.
Saturn rules chronic conditions and is better for you in Libra than in Virgo, as you must have noticed since the Lord of Sorrows moved into Libra at the end of October 2009. Still, when afflicted this placement can bring obstruction of circulation, poorly oxygenated blood, varicose veins, pains and cramps in the legs. The solution is to keep moving and not to get tied up in knots by those you dislike. Let them go.
Saturn turns retrograde on Jan 13, moving back into Virgo on April 8. This may restimulate chronic problems, especially those affecting pessimism, hypochondria, nervous disorders and obstructive conditions in the bowels. Blood afflictions and arthritic conditions, especially of the fingers, may re-emerge. Maintain a positive attitude and remember that Saturn's job is to point out obstructions and obstacles, so that we may become healed through overcoming them. Anxiety is fear of the future. Learn to trust the processes of life for your creations today become reality tomorrow. Saturn turns direct in Virgo on May 20, a good time to implement positive career plans and restructuring, returning to Libra on July 22.
Mercury rules your career and public image, and is retrograde in your house of finances as the year kicks off. This suggests you will be hanging onto your money in the year to come. Your ambitions however, are stimulated, even though a lot of the benefit will be connected with past contacts and achievements. You may need to do some form of spying or espionage this year, as you need to rebuild your knowledge base. As the Lord of Fortune enters Pisces on January 18th, you stand to make money from real estate and family business. Venus in Earthy Capricorn as the year begins shows that benefit will come through making practical changes to your system of values—not that you have not been forced to do so by difficult circumstances in the past year.
While Saturn revisits Virgo between April 8 and July 22, circumstances will generate either the need or desire to take a more responsible attitude toward what you believe your direction should be in the future. Though you can and should seek the wisdom and guidance of others, letting them make decisions for you is a mistake. if you have not established long-range goals or developed a perception of what your ultimate destiny should be, do it during the two weeks either side of the 30th of May.
Your career will then benefit in particular during June and July, when Mars is in your mid-heaven and Jupiter is in Aries. You will be motivated to take important actions that affect your future, working hard to get attention from the public and those with power and influence. Although you may not necessarily desire to call attention to yourself, your efforts will gain public attention one way or another during this phase. Even if you have no access to a public forum, you may experience an increased urge to have others notice what you are doing. Your more or less public actions may be carried out on behalf of another person, or a cause in which you believe. Activities involving superiors or authority figures are stimulated. This means you may either do a lot of extra work with your boss, or for the government, or those with similar authority. Largely because of your efforts, a male relative or superior may receive recognition or enhanced status at this time.
Venus enters your midheaven on July 10, bringing a personable charm to the proceedings. Put yourself in the public eye. The ensuing few weeks are ideal for promoting cordial relationships, and socializing with older family members, superiors and authority figures. Allies, spouses, or other partners may also receive recognition at this time.
Mercury the Messenger
Mercury moves into his retrograde phase three times a year as a rule, for about three weeks each time. This year Mercury hits reverse four times, which is quite unusual. The retro phase marks a time of confusion and misunderstandings, which can affect arrangements, travel, transport, appliances, machinery and communications. The breakdowns that occur are a function of neglect, inattention, simple misunderstandings or component failure. They will often bring to the fore the very contingency we should have planned for—and didn't. During the retro period, and even for a week or two before and after, in the Mercury Shadow, we need to be aware of this tendency. It is best to put off major decisions, or signing crucial documents and agreements. It is not exactly wise to make important decisions while Mercury is retrograde, since it is likely they will be clouded by misinformation, poor communication and careless thinking. Mercury is all about mental clarity and the power of the mind, so when Mercury is retrograde these intellectual characteristics tend to be less acute than usual. Make sure you pay attention to the small print!
Mercury's first retro cycle begins on Boxing Day, December 26th, 2009, in Capricorn, the Sea-Goat. The majority of paper work, writing, meetings, and discussions during this period is likely to involve finances, so pay particular attention to any tricky bits. Transacting business, increasing income, conserving monetary assets, monitoring expenditures, and comparison shopping are on your agenda, but what you think and say could be the opposite of what you feel. If you need to discuss, or perhaps even defend or reassess your priorities and values, make sure to take the other party's views on board and do not dismiss them out of hand. Under the Mercury retrograde phase, we can uncover gems by paying attention to matters that we otherwise might just skate over. The Cosmic Trickster turns direct again on January 15, at the Capricorn New Moon, which is conjunct fortunate, money-oriented Venus. It's a good day to make a new start with your personal priorities and with your money plans, but remember that the shadow phase lasts until Feb 4.
Mercury's second reverse motion cycle begins in Taurus, the sign of the Bull, on April 18th. This phase should not be too disruptive, but can lead to disarray in schedules and assignment of tasks and responsibilities, whether related to your own work or to that of those who may work for or with you. Since your daily routine is filled with an increasing number of details, messages, and information, you need to be clear on their accuracy: be sure to note appointments and meetings in your diary. Whether or not your focus is on employment, you will or should be more concerned with organization, methods, and planning in general. Another potential concern may be gathering information about health and physical fitness or consultations with professionals in these areas. Chiron's move to Pisces indicates that the healing is needed in the home and at a family level, which will become increasingly appropriate in weeks to come. Mercury moves forward on May 11th, with the shadow lasting till May 29.
Mercury's third retro cycle begins in Virgo on August 20th, a truly cosmo-active time, when Mars and Venus are conjunct in Libra, creating merriment and flirtation amongst friends and associates, all of whom will flood the airwaves with love for you, even as noble Jupiter opposes stern Saturn. No matter how great the temptation, you should play by the rules. What is truly making you happy? You'll trumpet this to the world, but beware of treading on the horned toes of superiors, political figures and older folks, even if you see them as the problem rather than the solution. You can make good career progress by sorting out problems from the past, but the dates and times of important meetings and deadlines for publication should be carefully checked. Mercury moves forward on September 12th, with the shadow phase around till Sep 27.
Mercury's fourth and final retro phase for the year begins on December 10, 2010, in Capricorn again. A lot of issues from the past have emerged during the past twelve months, concerning your financial situation, your personal value system, and your material assets—and now is the time to get them straight so you can take advantage of Jupiter's very positive move into fiery Aries in January 2011. Be sure to make your position clear, lest some misunderstanding get you in deeper water than you'd like. Matters concerning your own personal power and influence will come to the fore, possibly in print, or other public forum. Circumstances will force you to be totally honest about what you really want. There is no escape from this truthful revelation, because it will come out one way or another. Don't leave things till the last minute, especially Christmas and New Year arrangements. Mercury returns to direct motion in Sagittarius on December 30th, with the shadow phase dogging your footsteps until January 18th. Have a fabulous year ahead!
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your Full Moon comes on May 27th in the midst of the restructuring of career and public image already discussed. There will be confusion or a disagreement over finances and shared funds, debts and taxes, not to mention loans or mortgages, as Mercury is retrograde. Strong emotions will rise to the surface and you'll have issues that need sorting with a partner or close associate. Jupiter is favoured by this Full Moon, so financial or speculative benefits will flow in your direction, especially as it is associated with the transit of Uranus into Aries, your fifth house of romance, children and speculation. Creative endeavour is likely to receive a big pick-me-up. It's quite surprising what people can come up with. A sudden urge to gamble compulsively may come upon you. If so, don't fall for the three-card-trick. You'll be vulnerable to irresponsible risk-taking, so take a minder to the track...
Your New Moon comes on December 5th, full of energy with Mars in your sign, along with the Sun and Moon. You'll be keen to get moving on a new project, with some of the blocks falling away in the next week as Uranus turns direct in Pisces after a lengthy retro phase. Unexpected problems at home will begin to be resolved, so you can move on with domestic restructuring and family plans will fall into place. Keep your temper if other people seem to be moving more slowly than you'd like, as you'll be setting a cracking pace.
Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the end of a cycle or a significant change in the direction or pattern of the affairs governed by the house in which the eclipse falls. Eclipses of the Sun affect work, direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon affect matters connected with home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and children, and with the public at large. Both may affect your health.
The year begins with Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in emotional Cancer on Dec 31, New Year's Eve 2009, stimulating teary farewell to a year that most of us will be glad to see the last of! Characteristically randy Archers will find love on New Year's Eve, perhaps with an old flame, or with an irresistible stranger, perhaps an arty type, or a psychic, as Mars is retrograde opposing Neptune and rising as the eclipse culminates. The subject of money is on everyone's lips, but keep a close watch on that mouth of yours. Don't put your foot in it, for misunderstandings can lead to trouble right up until the Solar Eclipse of January 15, when retro Mercury turns direct again.
An annular Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Capricorn on January 15th, stimulating a something of a transformation in your value system and focusing heavily on funds. Capricorn is crowded with cosmic players at the time of the eclipse. Stern Saturn is retrograde square dark Pluto so you need to give serious consideration to the role you play in the lives of others, and who is in control of the moolah. Keep your eyes open and your wits about you, as Mercury turns direct today. Jupiter is in the last degree of Capricorn, in the terms of Saturn, so you may have the good fortune to rid yourself of restriction in one form or another, before Jupiter enters Pisces on the 18th. That date marks the ending of the old phase and the beginning of a new one, as Venus enters sociable Aquarius on the same day. Flattery, charm, and a sense of humour will see pleasant relations with neighbours and siblings. You’ll find that some of your best social opportunities these days are right in your immediate environment.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Capricorn on June 26th, stimulating a something of a transformation in your value system and focusing heavily on funds. Capricorn is crowded with cosmic players at the time of the eclipse. The movement of the eclipse cycle has been focusing heavily on your finances and values this year, ever since the Lunar Eclipse in moody Cancer, your eighth house of partner's funds, on New Year's Eve. The Moon is right on retro Pluto, so some people will stand firmly in your way if you try to get to the bottom of things. Don't bother digging up the past, collecting debts, or any kind of research. Others will be intimidated by, or envious of, your self-control—or any power you have. Don’t waste your time trying to salvage egos, but tread carefully this month, for Mercury and Jupiter are under severe pressure. You had better prepare for a big transformation in your financial life over the month ahead.
A Total Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Cancer on July 11th. You need to confront issues connected with money and status through inheritance, business partners or marriage under this eclipse. It's a good time to turn your feelings into actions and physically express your emotions. Creative or artistic activities now ultimately lead to successful exhibitions of your work, greater emotional satisfaction from physically expressing your talent, or a success in representing the talents of others. Follow your instincts! Payment of debts, or debt collection, are other concerns. You can develop skills to make you more independent financially. A medical emergency may arise, or you may decide on elective surgery. You may be confronted intellectually, psychologically, or physically with sexual matters and situations. especially given that Jupiter is preparing to turn retrograde in fiery Aries on July 23rd. Don't try to cover too wide a base of desires and activities. Shorten your sights and you’ll be able to make progress. Since this New Moon in canny Cancer is a Solar Eclipse, you'll probably find that you can't make an omelette with breaking some eggs. Now is the time to make serious financial decisions, so be sure to manage your interests with care, especially where children are concerned, or where your financial investments and speculative ventures are involved.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Gemini on December 21st, the Solstice, awakening an unexpected outburst or upset from someone near you, a partner or family connection, for the eclipse is square to disruptive Uranus in your house of home and family. Mercury and Jupiter are both under pressure, just as they were at the Solar Eclipse in June, so this should bring matters that have been bubbling beneath the surface to a very visible head. You might not like what you hear, as Mercury is retrograde in Sagittarius, square Uranus. You approach things in a non-personal, societal way and can misinterpret what others want you to get on a personal level—or others take what you say in a personal way, when your intention was to discuss the broader societal implications of the issue. Unstable and unpredictable developments affect your home, domestic environment and family relationships. You may unexpectedly change your residence and family relationships change suddenly. The distance between you may be altered geographically, emotionally, or for other reasons. You may feel the need to become more independent of family ties and responsibilities. It may also be that circumstances, for one reason or another, cause you to extend your family circle to include non-relatives. Friends and groups can become more important and a fortunate beginning can see you working more with these interests.