Sagittarius Full Moon & Mercury Direct: Searching the Soul

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On Friday, May 20, the Sun begins its journey through Gemini, leaving Venus and Mercury retrograde in Taurus. With the Sun leaving the calm, earthy sign of the bull and entering the flighty, energetic realm of the twins, we may notice a change in the way in which we process information, leaving the sensual, physical ways of Taurus, [ think: touch, closeness, dependability] for the mentally agile ways of Gemini, [think: stimulating conversation, intellect, new ideas]. The shift in Solar energy is just the beginning of several celestial events peaking this weekend, as we experience the Sagittarius full moon on Saturday and Mercury stationing direct on Sunday!

Sagittarius Full Moon

The full moon is exact at 2:15 pm PST on Saturday the 21st of May in the very first degree of Sagittarius and forms a conjunction to Mars retrograde, in the second degree of Sagittarius, still a few degrees away from its re-entrance to Scorpio. Meanwhile, just a few degrees away from the Sun, is Venus, still in Taurus, but close enough to join in on the energy of the opposition straddling the 3rd and 9th houses. The 3rd, associated with our perceived environment, communication, our siblings and our neighbors; the 9th associated with traveling, education, setting goals and spiritual attainment.

As the moon and mars meet up for their conjunction, there may be a feeling of emotionally moving backwards or feeling confused about recent “emotionally” or passion fueled decisions. The moon being so close to Mars retrograde in Sagittarius, can feel a bit emotionally repressed. There may be a feeling of not being able to get what you want, leading to borderline childish reactions. Try to be considerate. Considerate of others, but also considerate of yourself; of your behavior and how your actions influence your perception of your environment.

The Sun in Gemini, merging its energy with that of Venus a few degrees away in Taurus, will likely have us aligning ourselves with our values, or experience a sense of feeling “defined” by what you have. This can lead to feelings of selfishness or selflessness, there may be a need to re-evaluate what it means to “own” or “have” something in contrast to what it means to know or to feel something.

Full moons have the tendency to bring to light issues that have remained unnoticed or unacknowledged. With the combination of Mars retrograde and the moon, particularly in the sign of Sagittarius, there is an element of emotional truth that we may be trying to come to terms with. We will likely find ourselves doing some soul searching and may even find we scratch the surface of some rather uncomfortable stuff. Try not to let yourself get too overwhelmed, as this phase of the moon passes, so too will the emotional intensity. The key is not to judge oneself, but to search curiously within, to see what you find.

It is likely that newly aroused passion or realized goals beg to be set and pursued. Inspiration demands to be channeled, but there is also a sense of being held back and feeling as though something in the equation isn’t quite right yet. With over a month left of Mars retrograde, it may be awhile before our plans for pursuing these burning urges start to play out in the intended way, where we don’t find ourselves taking one step forward and two steps back. For now, it may be best to nourish that spark. Allow the passion and desire that is likely beginning to emerge, into your life, and soak it up. Marinate in it, until you have absorbed so much of that it has actually become a part of you.

Mercury Direct

Early Sunday morning, Mercury will station direct in Taurus and enter its storm phase, the last part of the retrograde cycle. During this time Mercury slowly begins to pick up speed, regaining momentum over the next few weeks, until it is back to its zippy little self. Things feel more forward moving, but the inconveniences of the retrograde are not over just yet. During the storm period, errors or issues related to plans or commitments made during the retrograde tend to reveal themselves. Mercury stationing direct tends to bring to light truths that may have been lurking beneath the surface in weeks prior. As the slow, staggered flow of information that we have likely found ourselves fumbling through begins to smooth out, both our thoughts and our lives’ will begin to feel more fluid.

Over the last 3 weeks, as Mercury retraced its path through Taurus [on top of all the usual retrograde inconveniences] it is likely that we have been dealing with issues related to our sense of security, our finances, and our values; as well as our place among our social networks and the groups that we belong to. For some, Mercury’s retrograde through Taurus may felt stripping, as we are forced to move on from that which we have deemed safe and comfortable. For others, it may have felt eye-opening, as we gained new respect and perspective on our finances and earnings. Some, may have had a less intense experience, and just had to fumble through the usual inconvenient ways of Mercury retrograde, but it is safe to say, the last few weeks have definitely felt off. As with all astrological events, the specific impacts and affects the transit will have on individuals differs depending on where planets are located in one’s birth chart, for more details and personalized information, email Starface Astrology!

As Mercury stations direct in the 12th house, associated with our deepest thoughts and secrets, and forms a trine to Jupiter in the 4th house, associated with ones’ home and roots, there may be an element of needing to address things at home, or to search for the solutions or answers to current problems in the ways of the past. In addition to forming a trine to Jupiter, Mercury also forms a trine to Pluto in the 8th house, suggesting we are very aware of the internal shifts and changes taking place within each of us. Also suggesting we may continue to deal with authority issues, even if it is personally, inside our own mind.

Mercury in Taurus is reliable, loyal, musical and peaceful. However, it can also be unwilling to cooperate, become set in unhealthy overindulging ways and be uncompromisingly stubborn. In the 12th house, Mercury in Taurus can describe a sort of mental perseverance able to conquer all, but it can also describe the opposite; a mental breakdown, a sort of all-encompassing withdrawal from the outside world.

It can be difficult to thrive and move forward after periods of change, especially after having one’s safety net removed, or security blanket taken away. Life feels unsteady, heart and mind feel unsure, so instead of moving forward or even moving backwards, paralysis sets in and stagnancy replaces production. It is an easy hole to fall into, but the truth is, despite the discomfort, it’s really not necessary to end up in a downward spiral. The power to choose your outcome is in your hands, your thoughts and your intention.

Saturn in Sagittarius, just above the descendant reminds us of the importance of setting routine, learning discipline and acting with integrity, especially when relating and interacting with others. In order to make peace with the changes we are implementing into our lives, we must be real, real with ourselves and real with others. Growth comes with experience, with acknowledging mistakes made and learning to do things differently. Healing cannot be rushed any more than one can rush a spiritual awakening. Claiming to have conquered your inner demons and to have changed for the approval of others, rather than for oneself, (or before you actually have) is likely to create frustration and confusion for everyone involved. At the same time, it is necessary to understand that one’s path is not everyone else’s and safe  space must be given for each to develop their own sense of boundaries and direction.

With the moon and Mars still occupying Sagittarius, we may notice our emotions still feeling off, our mode of expression turned inward. Though Mercury has stationed direct, there is still some funk to work through during the storm phase. We may find ourselves stuck picking up the pieces of a financial disaster, a relationship, or simply trying to figure out what it means to feel peace of mind – which can be exacerbated by Mars retrograde. It is important during this time to focus and listen to yourself, to really pay attention to your thoughts and where they are directing you. Acting on autopilot, doing as you normally do – will lead you to the same conclusion.  Whereas the goal of the retrograde is to break the cycle, to grow and to reach a new level of awareness. Beneath the inconvenient, mentally taxing ways of Mercury retrograde is opportunity, a second chance.

Take it.

 

The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send us an email!

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Mercury Retrograde in Taurus 4/28/16-5/22/2016

 

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On April 28, Mercury stations retrograde in Taurus, joining Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in this backwards phase. With so many planets currently retrograde, many of us are definitely feeling the funk; fuzzy brained, slow motion reality, indecisiveness and a general feeling of discontentment with life.  There may be a sensation that we have been here before, as we find ourselves reviewing, re-doing and revisiting themes from the last several months.

Mercury retrograde is an Earthly “optical illusion” where Mercury appears to be moving backwards, for 3 weeks, 3 times a year. During these times, one may notice “things” of a mercurial nature tend to go a bit awry.

As Mercury rules communication, we may find issues arise in all the many forms we use to communicate today, as well as with all those we communicate with. Mercury retrograde will affect everyone differently, however those who have strong Virgo, Gemini energy or highly aspected Mercury in their charts, may notice these periods of time to feel particularly frustrating. [With Mercury retrograde in Taurus, those with highly aspected Taurus or Venus will also feel the tug a bit more.]

As Mercury slows to station retrograde, our logic and abilities to reason may slow down with it. Most will notice their thoughts become sluggish, while at the same time creating a scatterbrained effect. It is common for listening and staying focused for extended periods of time to prove more difficult than usual; and to find that in the midst of a conversation you lose your train of thought. This often accompanied by the thought/feeling that “nothing is going right or according to plan.”

As legal agreements and contracts also fall under Mercury’s ruling, it is best not to sign or commit to anything new during these times. Retrogrades are ideal for re-visiting ideas, jobs, or relationships from the past, but attempting to begin or commit to new endeavors during these periods can backfire and is not recommended. With the constant change and the rather peculiar way of Mercury retrograde, it can be hard to predict what the outcome of situations will be. There is the tendency for whatever was agreed upon in said contract to change once Mercury goes direct.

However, in today’s world, it is difficult to stop from functioning and living in a “forward” motion. Many people find themselves in situations or careers where they must sign agreements or initiate new projects, life happens and deadlines are set, waiting until Mercury goes direct is not an option. It would be wise to be extremely cautious when/if you do find yourself in these situations, that all facts are thoroughly discussed and all fine print is carefully gone over (and over and over again). Though there are many inconveniences of its nature, (re-doing things over again being one of them) Mercury retrogrades can serve as a time for slowing down and really taking a good look at what is happening in our lives and how we can redirect things and make them better. There is no reason for fear or withdrawal from life, (though you may feel a bit more introverted during these times) but there is the need for heightened awareness, clear intentions, patience and preparation.

When Mercury is retrograde, it is a good time to expect the unexpected. Delayed flights, traffic jams at odd hours, computer/electronic malfunctions and miscommunications are often a very obvious part of the experience. Preparation is key to avoiding and overcoming such obstacles during this time. Some ways one can prepare are: allowing for more time to get from point A to point B, making copies of important documents, backing up computer files and double checking details you wouldn’t normally think twice about. When Mercury is retrograde, plans seem to never quite be set, life feels wobbly and uncertain. Leaving room for error and time for backtracking is helpful, while being uptight and trying to “fight” against the current will likely prove a waste of energy. Though we may consider these things to be inconvenient to our daily lives, they serve to help guide us. Underneath the mental fog and distractions is opportunity. Practice going with the flow.

While Mercury is retracing its path, there is increased mental ability to use retrospect in a positive way. To reassess the way we have done something, to revisit old ideas and thoughts- things that we didn’t commit to at the time but find new reason to appreciate now. There is support for reconnecting with old friends, rekindling old flames as well as the likely hood that current relationships will be under scrutiny and review. It is common for old relationship issues that have been brushed aside to rear their head, and it is likely that with the flux in communication, it will be difficult to deliver the message so both in conversation are on the same page. It may be necessary to confirm that your message is heard and comprehended by the other party in the way in which you intended, and to make sure that you are hearing and understanding others correctly too. It is important to note, that this is really not the time to take drastic measures. Do not do anything that you cannot undo – if necessary.
—Excerpt from an older Starface Blog, available here.

As Mercury approaches the 23° of Taurus on Thursday, at 10:20am PST it will appear to slow to a stop, and then slowly begin retracing its path of the last two weeks. Taurus is associated with stability, ones’ sense of security (inner, physical and financial), and the ability to persevere and strive no matter what obstacles may be in the way. It is ruled by Venus, and is therefore also associated with things of a sensual nature, that which we find pleasure in, as well as matters of the heart. With Mercury stationing retrograde here, it is likely we will find ourselves feeling rather uncomfortable and our lives rather precarious. There may be issues surrounding what we normally consider our security blanket, where we find that that which once kept us safe, brought us peace or helped set our mind at ease might not offer the same level of comfort it once did. Shifting perspectives present us with dilemmas, as we find ourselves torn between choosing that which has always seemed safe, and that which we know will bring us future security. In addition to the usual quirks and inconveniences of Mercury retrograde, with Taurus in the picture, there is likely an instinctive response to withdraw and become self-reliant, or hide away. If you find yourself giving into hermit-like tendencies, allow yourself the necessary solitude, for it is truly in the quiet times alone, that you may reconnect with and regain your inner strength and momentum.

Mercury stationing retrograde in the 11th house finds us re-evaluating our ideas, beliefs and the social groups and networks we find ourselves to be members of. We will likely be considering how safe we feel among the groups in which we consider ourselves a part, and the stability or lack thereof, that it brings to our lives. Do the groups you are a part of bring out the best in you? Do you feel supported, like you are able to be true to yourself? Or do you find you must wear a mask to fit in?  There may be a need to re-create one’s group identity, perhaps taking on more responsibility or relinquishing some so others may uphold their part. As the 11th house is also associated with the earnings of the 10th house, or our career, there may be a need to look at and reassess how we handle our successes, whether it be money, social status or power.  We also may find there to be some sort of connection with the “outcome of our efforts” and some emotional stirring that is taking place within our closest relationships.

With the Moon and Pluto both in Capricorn, making a trine to Mercury retrograde, we are likely to experience a deep urge to express our emotions, to speak what we feel and think. However, with Mercury retrograde, there is a very good chance that those expressed emotions will be shared in such a way that they feel cold and detached, this likely leading down a road of one miscommunicated encounter after another. Try not to assume or finish others sentences. Practice your listening skills. Give yourself and others space; physical space, mental space, and a safe space to share and be without judgement. In removing judgment for others, you may notice that you lighten the load on the judgments you hold against yourself.

Meanwhile, Mars retrograde in the 5th house squaring both Neptune and Jupiter puts an extra big damper on our sense of creativity, sexuality and overall sense of fun. There may be difficulties letting go and managing stress; and activities which may usually bring pleasure and or release may lead down a frustrating road of anxiety and criticism. It would be wise to question whether being unnecessarily harsh on yourself or others is likely to produce the intended results. Know the difference between constructive criticism and being an asshole, and do your best to avoid the latter, but recognize that with the ease in which things are likely to be miscommunicated, it might be safer to just bite your tongue for now.

As with all retrogrades, the next few weeks will be full of ups and downs and lots of backwards. Focus on planning ahead and going with the flow. Make sure to allow for some alone time, let your mind wander and your thoughts and creativity flow. Aim to be present in your body, getting a massage or some kind of bodywork can really help provide some much needed grounding, especially when everything feels so up in the air. But most importantly, remember to be gentle with yourself and with those around you, a little TLC really does go a long way.

The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send us an email!

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Taurus Full Moon : Re-entering the Comfort Zone

Venus has been prevalent in the skies over the last couple of months. It began with Venus retrograde in Leo (the end of July – early September) and continued on with Mercury retrograde (mid-September – early October) in Venus ruled Libra. Then Venus entered Virgo, changing up the pace and allowing us to move beyond the ties to the retrogrades. Shortly after, we experienced the Libra New Moon (second week of October) which likely continued to place emphasis on our relationships. Over the hump of the retrogrades, the Libra new moon signified new beginnings and ways of being, and a greater sense of emotional balance.

Soon, we are to experience a different more earthy side of Venus, as the Sun and Moon make their monthly opposition, giving way to the Taurus full moon, on October 27.

The chart for the Taurus full moon casts its glow, again, on the relationship angle of the chart, with the Moon in the 7th house and the Scorpio Sun in the 1st house. The comfortable Taurus full moon has a calm, safe energy.  It is likely the instability and craziness that has been stirring over the past few months has led us to more sturdy ground. For a while, we may have found ourselves in a state of limbo, unpredictability or dissatisfaction. Addressing these issues has not been easy, but we are finally on the other side. The Sun in the 1st house reminds us of the importance of focusing on our own personal self-development, outside of our relationships. By pushing ourselves and intentionally striving and aiming to be the “best” version of ourselves we can be and by living our lives honestly, in a way that resonates with our souls, we will ultimately find a greater sense of peace and comfort from our friends, family, lovers and world. Additionally, we will find ourselves able to participate more healthily in these relationships, giving and receiving love from a more pure, non-judgmental heart space. Integrity goes a long way.

Pluto in Capricorn in the 4th house making a trine to the Moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter suggests that we are feeling more confident in our ways. The “scary” part is over. We feel the necessity of change. The light at the end of the tunnel is within reach. The rigidness of life becomes more fluid. However, we must remain practical and diligent about sticking to our goals. Appreciate the relief for now, but know that the stress of life is just around the corner serving to keep us on our toes and in a state of constant evolution.

Chiron in exact opposition to Venus, suggests the possibility of work related issues. As well as the likelihood that we will find ourselves called upon to be of service, in such a way that we are able to put our recently revised values/way of being, into action.

With the series of conjunctions taking place between Venus, Jupiter and Mars in Virgo, we have the tools to make big things happen. Have faith, keep at it – trust in yourself. There is pressure to work hard and to live up to the responsibilities we have accepted and invited into our lives – but hard work often leads to results. The energies are here for us to play with. Manifest.

Saturn in Sagittarius in the 2nd house approaching a square to Neptune in Pisces in the 5th, reminds us that accomplishing any goal takes time, effort, practice and commitment, but it also takes vision, creativity and heart. With Neptune making a trine to the Sun, we are gifted. We feel our deepest creativity, dreams and desires project themselves into our reality. Anything is possible, you just have to want it and be willing to work for it.


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