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Good Morning Dear Readers and Friends…the thought occurred to me during this Mercury retrograde transit that I should go back over the past a bit, sharing all the things that I have seen happen when a person goes through their first Saturn return…

Saturn takes approximately 29 1/2 years to transit all the way around the wheel of the chart. The first Saturn return takes place at that time — it means that Saturn is transiting conjunct to the place it was when you were born.  Depending on your individual chart and the  various aspects to your Saturn, it can be difficult in the extreme, or  even  relatively mild, but it ALWAYS serious and a time of commitment. Often, an older person will show up in your life at that time to function as a mentor or a guide. The law says you are an adult when you are 18 or 21, but older people start giving you more respect at 30 when you’ve completed the first Saturn return. Depending on your chart, you may just have one conjunction, but since Saturn is a slow and heavy planet you need to allow at least  a few degrees of orb.  Let’s say, for example that you have Saturn at 15 degrees of Libra and TRANSITING Saturn conjoins and then during the retrograde phase it comes back to 18 degrees Libra before going back into direct motion. You’re still going to  feel the heaviness of that conjunction, the after ripples, even though it is 3 degrees from exact. More often, the person will experience 3 exact conjunctions — forward, retrograde, then forward again.

OK, you are thinking, but what does it MEAN?  Saturn symbolizes authority. This transit is deeply a review of all the input that authority figures have had in your life thus far — parents, teachers, church, government, etc. The first Saturn return is a time when YOU choose what to keep and what to let go of, in terms of values and deciding whether all that previous input works for you or not. It takes courage and hard work (internally) to become your own authority, but that is just part of the task. Saturn is  also a symbol for career and how you define success in the outer world. When we are kids, our parents tell us (hopefully) that we can be anything we want to be when we grow up. As we mature, enter college, etc. we begin to realize that we can’t do it all, so we begin to choose that which is most meaningful to us.  Saturn is about bringing  goals into physical manifestation and it works through restriction, concentration, focus, and the ability to delay instant gratification for long-term rewards. So the first Saturn return is very often a commitment to a career, or a change in career.  It’s about choosing which door to walk through, and once we choose, other doors close silently.

I’ve seen people get married, or divorced, when they were going through their Saturn return. I know two  ladies with strong Scorpio themes who were widowed on both their 1st AND 2nd Saturn returns. When a child is born on your Saturn return, there’s a strong tie with that child. A karmic tie. Saturn, Pluto, and Neptune can indicate karmic ties — best to look carefully at both parents’ and the childs’ chart to see clues of how to manage the possibilities for positive results.

Mine was a change in career. When I was 28, I got the best job of my life at that time. I have Saturn in Virgo, so it figures :)) Virgo is health work and service to others. I job-shared with a dear friend and we had a great boss who encouraged our creativity. We worked long hours but it built my confidence in myself. When you are born with Saturn in your 1st house it takes getting older to become confident and believe in yourself. We even beat out 38 other social service contractors vying for a grant from the City of Salem because we were the ONLY preventative program.  We managed several acres of community gardens scattered across a tri-county area of the Willamette Valley.  Bringing better health and a better diet to many people — a good description of Saturn in Virgo :))

Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn and symbolizes bones, joints, and teeth. I knew a woman who was a nurse and she was starting her 1st Saturn return and she didn’t like her job. But she wouldn’t do anything about it. Then she broke her leg! So she couldn’t work, and while she was healing she realized that she HAD to make a change in career.  There’s an old saying…”The wheels of the Gods grind slow but exceedingly fine…” Make no mistake — Saturn returns are serious business designed to help us grow and if we refuse the task and the challenges in front of us at that time, there are most assuredly penalties.

SO…now I want to hear from you, if you are  28-30 and experiencing  the pressure of making important long-term decisions. Send me your birth data and whether you are male or female. My goal is to encourage an open discussion of this important time in peoples’ lives. I will post it and write what I see, minus your name, to protect your privacy.

Thanks for reading and watch for my next blog post — Uranus enters Taurus on May 15, 2018… Namaste, Jenae

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SATURN IN CAPRICORN — 12-20-2017 to 12-16-2020

TRANSITING SATURN CONJUNCT TRANSITING PLUTO — JANUARY 2020 – EXACT 1-12-2020

Happy Solstice, dear Friends and Readers, and Mercury goes forward this evening (12-22) — finally !! With Saturn at 29 degrees Sag and Mercury retro in Sag, I’m sure you’ve been aware of the number of transportation accidents. Hopefully, this will ease up now that Mercury is direct and just in time for the holidays. Still, please drive carefully…

Saturn rules Capricorn, so this long transit will be especially strong and important. First, let’s go over some of the qualities represented by Saturn. If Jupiter is expansion, then Saturn is contraction and restriction. The secret of success with Saturn is to narrow down your perspective, focus and concentrate on dotting every i and crossing every t.  Long hours, hard work, lots of self-discipline and the ability to delay immediate gratification for long-term rewards will enable most of us to accomplish big goals and bring what was just a dream or a fantasy into physical manifestation. Capricorn is an earth sign.

Here’s some little tidbits about Caps…they’re old when they’re young, and young when they’re old. There is often ill health or some kind of restriction of activities when they are young. They just get better and better as they mature. By about 35, they’re doing quite well and basically age slower than other people so by the time they are 50, they  look younger than others. It’s the sign that rules bones, joints, and teeth — all of us will need  to  pay attention and take care with these parts of the body over the next few years.  I expect big breakthroughs in medical with this — research that has been going on for years finally comes to fruition. Capricorn people often start a very successful career late in life.  Jimmy Buffett would be a good example. They don’t just sit around in a rocking chair — old age seems to energize them and they are out and about, doing, accomplishing, and in general the 2nd half of life is lighter, freer, happier.

There was an interesting article a few months ago about scientists figuring out why the Roman concrete in the Mediterranean harbors was still standing and why the modern concrete doesn’t last as long. Evidently the ancients used the same lime, sand, gravel, and rock, but they added volcanic ash and SEA water. And with good results !!! I think we will see Planning Commissions finally get smart about what building materials are needed and how to build to offset the damage from hurricanes, tornados, floods, etc. Building in harmony with the environment will be an expanding theme over the next few years, with breakthroughs in materials used, too. Capricorn, being an earth sign, suggest rock, wood, clay, brick, cement, concrete, etc.  My impression is that innovative scientists, chemists, builders, architects, etc. will take the traditional materials and add something else, tweak them a bit, or use the latest chemistry to increase longevity/durability, the strength, the energy efficiency, etc. Just like they have regular drywall, but also mold-resistant drywall, too. You may wonder why I don’t mention steel and glass? To me, these are more under the Mars rulership because high heat is required to produce them.

Sometimes I feel like a broken record, reminding people to live their lives as if they will be tomorrow’s front page headlines, and warning younger people to keep it clean on social media since whatever they post is there forever.  Have you not noticed that the skeletons are coming out of peoples’ closets right and left?  Pope Francis said that the more powerful someone is, the more humble they need to be. Capricorn is a symbol for authority figures and the power structures that rules our lives one way or another — government, church, schools, etc.  I suppose we could add Hollywood to the list, since they influence the culture so heavily.  If people in positions of power and authority think they are above the law and they can do whatever they want with no consequences, then those that are drunk on their own power are going to find out that Saturn in Cap means they will pay a heavy price for their actions.  As Saturn transits further into Capricorn and begins to approach transiting Pluto, this will become a main world theme.  I read the USA news but I suspect the same things are happening world wide. You think the headlines are bad now? “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet !!!”  The corruption that has been hidden for years will emerge.  All of us have done things we’re not proud of…and all of us need to be careful about being overly judgmental of those whose mistakes have ruined their lives and others.  The various authority figures that are in such trouble these days are just reaping their karma. Let’s define karma — for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  The point, people, is to not get on the high horse and look down and those whose corruption has come to light, but let it be a reminder to OURSELVES to act correctly.  All of us are responsible for our own thoughts, words, and deeds. For example, I know bully women and abused men. Yes, this is not the usual pattern, but it does exist. Similarly, there are preachers who live in $20 million dollar mansions while exorting people to give to their church, but there are also preachers who live humbly and witness the Christ daily by living a clean and genuine life.  I personally know many good men who would never, ever, be cruel and abusive to women, children, and animals, etc.  Even with the current corruption in Congress, there are no doubt a few good men and women.

I have a client who has surrounded himself with many diverse therapists who specialize in different modalities. One is a channel medium. Suring a recent session, my client received the information that if we want gentler weather, then humanity must stop being so ferocious to each other. Makes perfect sense to me!  You, dear Readers, have far more power than you think. Use your power for generating positive momentum…the time is now!

In general, the earth signs are  going to have a really productive period in their lives. Uranus enters Taurus in 2018, too, with a retro back into Aries but then forward into Taurus for approximately 7 years.  These trines really help the earth signs accomplish their goals and projects, start new businesses and hobbies, finish their schooling and set up investments that can last a lifetime.  The water signs should do pretty well, too. Sextiles mean opportunities with some elbow grease required to make the best use of the transits’ energy.  You may have to kick yourself into gear, but the rewards for focus and discipline are well worth the effort.

The air and fire signs will have more challenges. Squares and inconjuncts. It will be important to cultivate a flexible viewpoint, to seek a deeper understanding of the situations and emotional dynamics in their lives, and accept that problems are how we learn and grow. For example, sometimes having a bad boss is the quickest way to learn how to be a good boss yourself. It will probably help to understand the laws and rules that govern your profession, your neighborhood, and your finances. For example, a Saturn square is NOT the time to fight with City Hall or your local Planning and Zoning Commission. If you plan to buy a property and Saturn is in your 4th, better check on all those rules BEFORE you buy, and only buy if you plan to be there a LONG time. Saturn symbolizes longevity. If you are dealing with building inspectors, again, follow all the rules — no shortcuts. Since Saturn rules old age, there are some interesting exceptions with property where seniors are concerned. I know someone who had an elderly parent and she got permission to put a 2nd home on her property, though temporary, for the life of her parent. Saturn transiting in the 4th can symbolize responsibility for elders.

Saturn transiting your 7th can mean you will need to take extra responsibility in your marriage or partnership. It’s interesting, though, Saturn in the 7th can often bond people closer together, too. I’ve seen it go either way — a break-up, a separation, a marriage, celebrating a milestone anniversary…

Saturn in the 10th can go either way — a difficult boss or problems on the job and a need to work extra hard, but also can bring the increased responsibilities that come with a promotion.

Saturn in your 1st — take good care of yourself, your health, adequate rest, etc. while you’re out there showing the world how capable and responsible you are. Saturn here can bring recognition and/or awards for your expertise — something you have studied and fine-tuned for years…

The Saturn -Pluto conjunction will be exact on January 12, 2020.  It is in effect the whole month of January, and really, allowing for orb, we could add a month or even two, on either side. Honestly, I don’t know what this transit means…an asteroid or a huge geophysical event? A very big polar vortex?  The voters so mad they kick out all the incumbents?  A war? A credit implosion?  I could see that last one, since the Cap energy in the US chart is in the 8th house of shared resources.  So…hope for the best while you plan for the worst.  For now, I intend to watch things unfold and see if I can get a clearer sense of this conjunction.  So far, it seems like all the power players will either hit rock bottom or slowly begin to transform and regenerate into something better. I do know one thing — no matter how positive an individual’s chart is, we all will be affected by such a powerful conjunction. It could be that a very serious crisis is necessary to overcome the weaknesses and limitations in our current society.  Jupiter will be in the earlier degrees of Capricorn. Maybe we will finally formulate the global agreements that are necessary to save the planet. Like no more plastic in the ocean, for example. Maybe it’s a new way of harnessing energy so there’s enough for everybody and no one has to fight over it….something like that could truly transform everyone’s lives.

I hope you read and study what other astrologers say about the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. I’m sure there will be a LOT written about this and the more points of view you read, the better. Yes, these are considered malefic planets but even this conjunction will have a positive potential expression. The pressure created around this conjunction can actually help bring thinking errors and negative attitudes to the surface so that people can release the beliefs and thought patterns that are holding them back from the fully integrated life that their hearts seek.  Forgiveness empowers the forgiver…Namaste, Jenae

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OTTER SPACE ASTROLOGY — JUPITER IN SCORPIO — 10-10-2017  PART TWO

Back again, dear Friends and Readers… Let’s talk about the glorious possibilities of Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio.

As far as the world, further archeological exploration can discover some amazing things about the earth’s greatest mysteries.  These discoveries may be underwater since Scorpio is a water sign, but the use of science and technology and the NASA maps could mean there are great new discoveries buried in the earth, too. I love reading about people in England discovering ancient treasures from the Vikings, and  the beautiful tile work discovered consistently all over the MidEast and around the Mediterranean.  Depending on where you live, you could have great fun with a metal detector, or digging for rocks and gems.  For those who like shopping, you can use Jupiter to find hidden treasure at garage sales, junk stores, and antique stores, too.

Medicine will continue to make great discoveries. Jupiter expands whatever it touches. The medical research will be like a snowball, gaining traction and momentum. We are on the verge of huge breakthroughs to cure diseases and bring better health to people. There are a lot of ethical questions to be decided with the research into the very keys of life. Switch off the Alzheimers gene, or the cancer gene? Sounds pretty good.  Start tinkering with designer babies?  Not so good. I think it was Edgar Cayce who said when we started playing God, look out world! Expect the great debates on this, with people very divided on how far the scientists should be allowed to experiment.  Animal research is one example.  IS it fair to the animals? I see both sides of the argument.  At the very least, all animals in captivity should be treated kindly.

Jupiter in Scorpio will sextile Saturn in Capricorn. This is a great year to invest in your future. This could mean retirement accounts, or education, or simply trying to get some savings together. With finances, Scorpio is anything of yours that someone else has a hand in or an interest in. Scorpio rules inheritance, insurance, taxes and government money, big corporate money, and investments like mutual funds.  I’m not a big fan of mutual funds, especially the ones with a high front-end load. But the closed end funds and ETF’s have their place in a portfolio. Those are the ones you can buy and sell on the exchanges and not have to wait to the end of the day.  If you’re young enough, and have the time to weather the ups and downs, then the Vanguard funds are a good example of the lower fees and decent returns over time. The older you get the less you should have in risky investments, so for you that might mean this is a great year to start studying bonds. For those with young children, this Jupiter transit could mean you begin investing in a 529 plan, which is college money for your children or grandchildren. But investing begins after you have some emergency savings in liquid cash. And the way things are going, achieving that is harder than it used to be! Read Suzie Orman for practical financial advice.

If you have Jupiter transiting your 8th house this year, it will be easier to get credit or a loan. Just don’t go overboard. Loans have to be paid back!  A business partnership would be governed by both the 7th and the 8th houses.  In general, this could be a good year to start a business with a partner, but much would depend on the individual charts.

Looking at the long-term trends, tech, biotech, robotics, and cyber safety are going to be front and center for a while…

Maybe we should look at a few not so glorious possibilities….Jupiter transits in trine to Neptune. While this transit is good for medicine and healing, it’s not so good for taking action regarding the sea. We are killing the ocean as if we had no care for the generations to follow. I say this on a world level, not pointing the finger at any country in particular, though I dearly wish the USA would do more to protect the oceans and the fish and sea creatures. There are inventive young people who have won grants and they are building filters that suck the tiny particles of plastic out of the ocean. There’s already some in Baltimore harbor that collects the larger garbage. It’s a start, but considering how much toxic waste, sewage, garbage, etc. is dumped daily….there are floating islands, miles long, of nothing but garbage.  There’s a big dead zone in the Gulf where nothing lives. Watch the coral, folks, the coral reefs are  the canary in the coal mine of the ocean.  And, sadly, they are dying at an unprecedented rate.

I think what bothers me about this trine is the possibility that people just sit around and daydream and do nothing. Granted, daydreams are valuable, too, but sometimes it takes a square to get anything done.  Squares are challenging, but they can also represent huge accomplishments.  Watch and see what happens next summer and fall when Mars in Aquarius squares Jupiter. We’ll see… I hope enough people work together globally to demand that the clean-up begins. For example, why should ships be allowed to dump their garbage in the ocean?  Why can’t all ships have composting toilets?  There are small islands in the Pacific that are doing more to help the ocean than the bigger countries. They are miles ahead of us. They plant mangroves to protect against erosion. They limit fertilizers in certain places so the run off doesn’t feed the algae,  and algae smothers the coral. They prohibit commercial fishing in some areas but they still make the money with tourists and scuba diving. The reason Cuba’s reefs are in better shape is they don’t use the commercial fertilizers that are causing the nitrogen run-off.  TG!  The most hated company in the world is Monsanto. With good reason.

Social media is both a blessing and a curse. Jupiter in Scorpio could go either way. Bullying could increase and hurt more children, or enough people could stand up and stand together that schools and communities put new rules and laws in place to stop it.  Have you noticed the trend ever since Pluto entered Capricorn? That high profile people with skeletons in their closets are getting exposed?  It’s in the news almost every day — politicians, celebrities, athletes, corporate Ceo’s and Cfo’s.  Expect this to increase even more as Saturn joins Pluto and Jupiter in Scorpio makes research even easier. The truth will come out. IMO, all parents should keep an eye on what their kids are doing on the internet and on social media. I tell my young clients that they might want to be mayor at 40, so they better keep their lives clean now, because if not, it WILL come out.  The young don’t always have perspective; I’m not sure if they believe me.  Watch and see what happens in the next year or two. Meanwhile, we ordinary people should live our lives as if WE will be  tomorrow’s headlines.  I didn’t make that up; my Dad told me that many years ago.  It was good advice…keep it clean, folks, these are tricky times we live in…karma seems to be speeding up.

If you want to write in and tell me where Jupiter in Scorpio is transiting in your chart, post a message, and after you tell me what you think it might mean, then I’ll share my opinion, if you like. Even though I write these posts, I enjoy dialogue more than monologue. Till next time,  best wishes, Jenae…

 

 

 

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OTTER SPACE ASTROLOGY — JUPITER IN SCORPIO — 10-10-2017 to 11-8-2018

 

Hello dear Friends and Readers, it’s been quite a while since I posted. I’ve been busy, as I know you have, too. Life seems to be roaring by these days.  I’m a 6th house Sun and I like to be of service to others.  A few people requested that I post again, so here it is…

First, let’s remember one very important principle about Scorpio. This sign symbolizes shared power, shared money, love and intimacy. Everyone has Scorpio somewhere in their chart. Wise use of power and/or wealth requires that we evolve past the win-lose philosophy, the adversarial mind-set so prevalent these days. People who are insecure, who bully, who gnaw on imagined slights and wrongs like a dog with a bone, who want revenge at any cost, even if it takes them years and they end up with colon cancer because they insisted on holding onto old crap — both figuratively and literally — these people are not using their Scorpio energy in a positive way. We get back what we put out.  How can we expect positive results? By aligning our individual will with the Universal Will. By doing our best to ask for Heavenly guidance when making decisions. By truly wanting to make decisions that allow everyone concerned to benefit.  True, this can be very challenging. We live in challenging times. I didn’t make the rules; I just do my best to point out how to make the magic happen. The positive people are seeing miracles every day by using this principle. Better authors than I have written much about how to achieve the life you want.  I think Pope Francis said something like the more power a person has, the more serious responsibility on his shoulders, and the more humble he should be…

SO… the positive use of Scorpio, evolving past the scorpion, is the snake and the white eagle. The snake symbolizes healing and transformation. Check out the medical license plates on cars. There’s a snake entwined on a wand, a caduceus. The symbol of the healing profession since the ancient times in Greece and Rome. The white eagle  symbolizes Scorpio as the defender of the weak and helpless…power used wisely and well.

My experience with Scorpios is they tend to be suspicious at first, testing people to see who they really are. IF a Scorpio decides you are worthy of their trust, there’s no better friend to have in an emergency. They are very protective of those they love.  They also tend to take good care of their possessions, especially their tools. NEVER  casually borrow something that belongs to a Scorpio. Ask first…

You may be asking, Jenae, what do you mean, sharing power with the Universal? Here are some examples.  Martial arts would be one. Even though the Asian cultures are ruled by Libra, I classify martial arts under Scorpio and this has been my experience with the clients’ charts.  At the dojo, the students are taught not to resist, but to use their opponents’ energy in their favor.  Reike would be another example; the practioner surrenders their will and energy to the Universal Energy in order to be a channel  of healing for the client. Prayer and meditation also illustrate that process of being open to the Higher Wisdom in order to receive guidance and inspired solutions.  As soon as I post this, I’ll probably think of other examples, but for now think of the Universal Energy as a flowing river. We don’t need to be a salmon fighting our way upstream. Neither do we need to be a beaver, blocking the river to build our home. The easiest way to be in tune is to imagine ourselves as a little leaf or a feather, floating along and not being too concerned with the destination, but enjoying the journey.

Jupiter magnifies whatever it touches. Jupiter is considered a benevolent planet — luck, growth, expansion, abundance, generosity and tolerance. Jupiter in Scorpio will increase the Scorpio qualities. Going along with our water analogy, I think we will have a wet winter.  Add in Saturn entering Capricorn on 12-20-2017 and that gives us a cold winter, probably a lot of snow in places that usually get it, and maybe some snow even in places that don’t normally freeze. Oh, how I wish it were otherwise !!  We had so much snow AND  ice last winter that we couldn’t even leave the house for a couple weeks at a time.  Mother Nature is reacting to all the imbalances we humans have caused.  If we want less ferocious weather, we must start being less ferocious ourselves.  Jupiter is offering us some fabulous opportunities this year to begin turning things around. There’s only two ways I know to change the world. Change ourselves, and plants seeds of kindness with the children.

Do I think things will get worse before they get better? Yes. Do I have any faith in government or political solutions? No. Personally, I think things are such a mess that I’m not going to feed it or waste my time by commenting about politics. The best and only lasting solutions are spiritual. One human heart at a time…

Tomorrow I will write about the opportunities I see coming with this transit of Jupiter in Scorpio. Stay tuned…Thanks for reading.  Jenae

 

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OTTERSPACE ASTROLOGY —WISH UPON A STAR — JUPITER IN VIRGO — 8-11-2015 to 9-9-2016

Dear Friends and Readers. Jupiter transits through each sign in roughly one year, so Jupiter entering Virgo last occurred 12 years ago. There’s a lot of talented astrologers posting about Jupiter in Virgo. Some posts are quite technical. My preference is not to write for other astrologers but to write for everyday people who have some background and familiarity with astrology and would like to know more. I write these posts with teaching in mind. Planting seeds…

In 45 years I have never lost my passion for understanding people through astrology. I like helping people by bringing astrology down to earth and focusing on solutions to problems they may face, as well as alerting them to opportunities. Gee, folks, have you guessed? Yes, I have Virgo 1st house :)) (late Leo rising). Lately, I find myself with a keen desire for organizing shelves and drawers :))  Bringing order to chaos might be one theme in the coming year, but on all levels — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We’ll explore that shortly.

I noticed that some astrologers are charging money for their Jupiter in Virgo posts. I may do that next year when Jupiter enters my 2nd house. It will probably be $12 because I like the number 12 — 12 signs, 12 houses, etc. But this year I still want to shake things up a bit and not use the old format of going through each rising sign. One, I don’t have time. I’m very busy. Two, I want fresh growth, something new…

So here is my idea. I want a few people to write to me on the private reading page and give me complete birth data. Then we’ll put up the chart for all to see ( initials rather than names) and I will point out where the Jupiter opportunities are occurring in that chart. If I get swamped with requests, I may not choose your chart, but I can do some and we will all learn from them together. Learning should be fun !! I want to bring Jupiter in Virgo out of theory and into real life…

OK, if you know where the Virgo energy is in your chart, that’s where Jupiter will expand your opportunities. The only caveat is Jupiter is so expansionary that sometimes a bit of moderation is required to manifest the best luck and growth. In addition, this year is a little tricky for Mutable signs since Saturn will square Virgo from Sag, and Neptune in Pisces will oppose Virgo. This forms what is called a T-square and impels a lot of energy out the empty spot — Gemini. In fact, late May and June 2016 when the Sun, Mercury, and Venus transit through Gemini and create kind of a mutable grand cross. Time management and clear and careful communication will be critical. Mars retrogrades in Sag at 8 degrees and goes back to 23 degrees Scorpio 4-17-16 to 6-29-2016. Same time frame. Mercury is retro 4-28 to 5-22-2016 but in Taurus. Still, next spring is a time to be cautious regarding travel, communication, and important documents and/or contracts. Probably a good time to stay home and organize your filing cabinet as well as making copies of important papers !!!

Virgo is one sign associated with health, nutrition, cleanliness, small pets, gardening (Virgo = the harvest), accounting and bookkeeping, troubleshooting problems and finding brilliant solutions. Jupiter brings you opportunities in these areas. Check which house is Virgo in your chart for further clues and fine-tuning…

Virgo at its best means finding joy in small domestic tasks and chores, not making any difference between work and fun, finding joy through being of service to others, letting your work or hobbies be a labor of love, mastering the details and bringing all the small parts into a beautiful cohesive whole. Like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. I think Jupiter here will help us keep the big picture in mind, even while sorting through a bunch of details. IMO, if we can find the joy in doing the dishes, the floor, the laundry, cleaning the bathroom, etc. as a daily process without lust of result, if we make no difference between pulling weeds and harvesting our garden, if we find joy INSIDE ourselves no matter what we are doing — that is a successful life in the spiritual sense. All other earthly rewards follow and will manifest in your life as a result of that inner peace and happiness. On a more mundane level, this passion for excellence and order and organization may well manifest as a raise, a promotion, a new job, etc. There may also be opportunities for travel and/or further education at work that will be paid for by your employer.

I have noticed that men with either Mercury and Venus in Virgo or Venus and Mars in Virgo are excellent with building and woodworking. Must be that precision applied to the details :))…they do beautiful work.

Jupiter in Virgo offers us a chance to improve health and wellness through incorporating new information, possibly new research coming out about the food we eat. Food is the best first line of defense against illness. And there is more new research already about the benefits of exercise and movement vs. being sedentary.

Virgos are famous for spotting the flaws, and Jupiter here could exaggerate that tendency. Sometimes Virgos are so hard on themselves they get headaches. Jupiter could also be helpful to be more positive and optimistic about who you are, helping your inner thought patterns lighten up, help you be more TOLERANT of yourself and others. I think we have a choice here. New information and philosophies about our thinking and analyzing processes can help reprogram how we view ourselves. Besides, isn’t it more fun to be a Santa Claus instead of a sourpuss?

Most Virgos are wonderful about organizing stuff. Whether its on the mental or physical level, this is a great year to organize your home, your work environment, your hobbies and tools, your health — both mental and physical, and your outlook on life in general. One of my daughters found a great website a few years ago — www.flylady.com   It’s about making housework easier, being organized, and they sell great tools for household chores.

Time management will be more important for all of us this year, no matter where your Virgo energy is in your chart, and this is due to so many mutable sign transits. Be on time or even a bit early. Avoid gossip, rumor and innuendo. Let people tell their own news. Strive for the ideal but keep in mind that perfection does not exist on the material plane, so don’t kick yourself for honest mistakes. Strive for CONSTRUCTIVE criticism rather than harsh words that immediately put other people on the defensive. And you guys know me by now — don’t forget to grow a garden !!! Even if it’s just a few herb plants. That makes you a producer and not just a consumer. Virgos get a great sense of satisfaction from being productive :))… Blessings, Jenae

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WISH UPON A STAR — VENUS RETROGRADE 7-25-2-15 @ 0*VIRGO TO 9-6-2015 @ 14* LEO

Hello dear Friends and Readers, Let’s get the negative potentials of this transit out of the way first, then we can concentrate on the positive.

First of all, Venus retrograde is NOT the time for cosmetic surgery or any radical change in your appearance. Since the retrograde is in Leo, the focus might be on your hair (the Lion’s mane :)) and even though you may be dissatisfied it is best to avoid big color and style changes at this time because it would be more likely that you would change your mind again after Venus goes forward.

Another standard meaning would be looking at Venus as shopping. (Venus is the ruler of Taurus.) I already shared my wallpaper story in an earlier post. Best to avoid any major purchases at this time. There’s too strong a possiblity that the item is not really what you want, or that it arrives damaged, or there can be problems with credit cards, etc.

Venus is the planet that symbolizes love and relationships. It also rules Libra, the sign of marriage and partnerships. Many people will experience this retrograde as “Who is that person I thought I knew so well? “ Previously hidden facets can come to the surface. Whether this is delightfully stimulating or emotionally devastating would depend on your individual chart. Be more cautious if transiting Venus in Leo is squaring, opposing, or even making inconjuncts (150*aspects) to the planets in your natal chart.

OK, let’s transition to the more positive experiences of Venus retrograde. Even though this transit is not considered favorable for meeting new people, it is great for looking up old friends and since it’s in Leo this time, even past romances can resume with new life and spark. I have also witnessed that a few people will actually meet someone new that is their true life partner. Usually there are positive Neptune contacts across the chart. On a Venus retrograde, it IS possible that two people meet and know instantly on a gut level that they have a soul contract together. I suppose in this particular case, they are not so much meeting someone new, but someone they recognize from a past life… These experiences are rare but possible.

So, go to that class reunion, reunite with childhood friends, call old neighbors — reach out to whomever you feel like connecting with from the past. This can be very satisfying. For the first time in the history of the planet, it is easier to find missing people and loved ones through social media.

Looking at Venus as art and beauty, what a wonderful transit to pull out that art project that you never finished! It’s a great time to refurbish and re-purpose possessions, and especially to bring beauty into our environment. Great for mending, patching, painting, etc. Not so much for a big remodel, unless you started it earlier, but great for smaller home and garden projects. If you are artistic, this would be a good time to investigate historical art and creative techniques in any medium. For example, willow baskets, cane furniture, Balinese silver smithing, woodworking without nails, weaving, etc. Many, many possibilities… I am researching perennial phlox to add to my garden…

I have had the same conversation with 4 different people over the last few days and it woke me up to write about this retrograde in Leo, the sign of children, to write about our relationships with our children. Many of us may be reviewing the past with our kids, how we parent, why we do what we do, and did it bring the desired result? This kind of inner review can be very valuable and may indeed help us to steer a new direction in the future. Evidently, there’s a lot to sort out in this department. Each person I spoke with told me they were dissatisfied with their relationship with their children. Some were little kids and some were adult kids. In each case the person was realizing they could change their own behavior but not necessarily anyone else’s behavior. Re-examining the past can be very valuable and a Venus retrograde is the perfect time to do it :))

I may revisit this blog to write more after it has unfolded. One last point. If some of you think you are NOT creative, I beg to differ…you just haven’t found your right medium yet. Every person has dormant talents just waiting to blossom and when I mentioned hidden facets in partners, it also applies to ourselves. So, go ahead over the next 6 weeks and try new things. Just don’t invest big bucks to pursue a new hobby until after Venus is forward. There’s a nice window for purchases and bringing larger projects to completion from September 6 – 16th. On 9-17-15, Mercury goes retrograde…

Best Wishes, Jenae

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SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS — PART SIX — April 27, 2015

Good morning dear Friends and Readers, I just re-read Part Five of this Saturn series and realized I certainly didn’t get back to you in February to finish this up.  My apologies.  Life just seems to be roaring along these days, it seems like a month is gone in the blink of an eye.  Anyway, here is the final post of this series…

If you have VIRGO RISING, then Saturn in Sag will be transiting through your 4th house of unconditional love, home and family, early childhood programming and heredity.  This house rules history and the ancestors.  Have you watched that TV show – “Who Do You Think You Are?”  about discovering your heredity?  Saturn in Sag here could be good for research in that area, like joining Ancestry.com, interviewing your relatives, etc.

A more traditional way of interpreting Saturn in the 4th is heavier responsibility for older relatives.  Keep an eye on them, their health and general nutritional needs, check the house for hazards, etc.  Remembering that Saturn retrogrades back into the last few degrees of Scorpio, from June 17 to September 19, 2015 — that will give you a better chance to confer with other siblings to make consensus decisions if necessary.  The well-being of your elders may be a big focus over the next few years.  I lost my Mother when Saturn was in my 4th

With a lot of people, Saturn in their 4th is going to manifest as the house is too small, the house is too dark, you don’t like who you live with, etc. etc.  If you find yourself in any of those situations, then look at Saturn as bringing up weaknesses or limitations to help you decide what you really DO want.  It would take hard work to change your lifestyle but the results would be lasting and ultimately a BIG improvement.  DO remember that if you buy a house when Saturn is in your 4th, you’d best be prepared to live there a LONG time.  Since Sag rules the hips and thighs, I would think level  floors and shallow stairs with wide treads and good railings might become more important as time goes on.  It’s not a negative to buy a home with this transit, but you’d want to have a very thorough home inspection and also be on the lookout for any outdoor problems.  Things like drainage and erosion if the ground isn’t level.  Sag is one of the legal signs, so of course a clear title would be critical.  Personally, I wouldn’t buy a home when Saturn in Scorpio squares Jupiter in Leo this summer.  Also in late July, Venus goes  retrograde from 0 degrees Virgo back to 14 degrees Leo, going direct on 9-6- 15 and then Mercury is retro 9-17 to 10-9-15.  SO… there’s about 5 days in mid June that would be OK to close and then another small window from 9-7 through 9-16 -15.  Astrology at work  :))…

Looking at Saturn on more of the emotional/spiritual level, it’s very important to be aware of negative attitudes that you may have absorbed from family without consciously thinking about it.  It will take work to turn this around and form more positive responses.  Really, with Saturn, do we have any choice?  It’s embrace the challenge and master it, or be faced with penalties and restrictions.  If you have family members  who are trying to self-medicate with alcohol and/or drugs, then Neptune transiting through Pisces will square transiting Saturn from your 7th house, adding additional pressure and possibly indicating that your family member whom  you love and want to help, is in deep denial.  Self honesty and living according to your conscience is one way to set a good example.  But you’ll need to be aware that the more you progress, the more your  loved one may not.  Love is the answer, maybe with Saturn it means tough love…..

Another possibility with this transiting square, interpreted differently, would be that you and a partner are equally committed to a large project — volunteer, or humanitarian, or social services — something that brings help to people who are suffering.  One more possibility is that instead of people, the two of you are helping animals.

If you have LIBRA RISING, then Saturn in Sag is transiting through your 3rd house for the next few years.  A sextile between the two is certainly less challenging than the square. Sextiles mean opportunities with some elbow grease required to get results.  Let’s start by defining the 3rd house.  The 3rd is brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  The 3rd also rules the local neighborhood, and short term travel.  The 3rd is early education, kindergarten through high school, as well as technical studies that concentrate the mind.

You may be going the extra mile to help out 3rd house relatives.  There can be a deeper communication.  This can happen both long-distance and locally, depending on where your various relatives live.

It’s a great transit to read and study and go to elderhostels or workshops.  I know one gal with this position and she lives in a large city and has found all kind of free computer classes.  That is just one example of technical studies.  Since Saturn is a symbol for the natural 10th house, the career house, you might want to check if your employer offers support for classes.  Some employers will credit you ½ the expense for work – related education.  Some will offer flex time or work from home time to make up for class time.

The way I personally like to view Saturn in the 3rd is self-examination and review of our habitual daily thought patterns — our “self talk”.  I thought  I was such a positive person until Saturn went through my 3rd in the 80’s and boy did I get a huge wake-up call!  True, it was Scorpio, but those thought patterns were deep and dark and very negative.  The only way to overcome these habits is to neutralize each fear thought as it comes to the surface by thinking its opposite.  By building this new habit, we’re not constantly RE-programming the negative.  I did pretty well until Saturn came back around again in 2012 and it was a major backslide.  I had to wonder if really, I had made any progress at all.  Fear of getting older, fear of being homeless, dreams of war, torture, and utter desolation.  The only difference is I snapped out of it quicker than last time, so I suppose that could be progress.  I worked with some very talented counsellors and friends who helped me.  I have to credit my friends for their extreme patience with me during one of the hardest ordeals in my life.  Would you want to talk to someone who didn’t have anything positive to say?  I was just a bundle of bad news, one thing after the other…it was relentless.  Saturn held my feet to the fire until the last possible moment and then the real estate situation that triggered the backslide ended.  I can look back now and see what I learned and why it was good for me.  I can even be glad it happened.  That’s the cool thing about Saturn — it’s a very definite energy and when it’s done you know it and can harvest the wisdom gained from the challenging transit.  I had a bunch of squares and one opposition.  Also, just to keep the record straight, I died in WW II in very adverse conditions.  It’s possible that Saturn was bringing up some old memories that needed release and healing.

Libra is sextile Saturn in Sag so it should be easier for you.  These two signs rule law and justice.  I would suggest that you make EVERY effort to keep your life in harmony with the law, on every level, but especially in business.  Neptune transits square Saturn at the end of 2015 from your 6th — that’s who you hire and who hires you.  Know your state regulations and licensing procedures.  Sign contracts with people if necessary but consider have a lawyer review them first.  You can also join legal protection organizations for a small fee each month.  There’s “legal zoom” and “legal shield” — maybe others but those are two that I know of…   In the old days, a handshake sufficed.  Life is a bit more complicated now…

Since the 3rd house is local travel and Saturn would imply business-related travel, maybe this is the year you should begin keeping a mileage log.  This mostly applies if you have your own business, but some organizations reimburse mileage, too.  I know people who drive seniors to medical appointments and are reimbursed via stipend — they make a little extra money and do a good deed.  Another good use of a mileage log :))…

People with Libra rising are very partnership-oriented.  Saturn in Sag in your 3rd is offering you an opportunity to be very honest with your partner AND yourself, to communicate clearly.  If you don’t have an immediate answer, then take your time and address the conversation again later.

To sum up, LIBRA RISING, it’s a great year for education of all kinds…both learning and teaching.  Don’t they say the teacher learns as much, if not more, than the student?  Try looking at Saturn as asking you to take personal responsibility for your thoughts and words, both to others  and to yourself.

If you have SCORPIO RISING, then SATURN in SAG is transiting through your 2nd house of personal resources, money, talents, and core values.  If you read some astrology books, they will say oh, Saturn in the 2nd is terrible for money.  I just don’t agree with that at all.  It’s actually one of the best times to start turning a hobby into a career.  Sure Saturn is a slow and steady energy.  You can’t expect results overnight and it’s true you’ll need to dot every “I” and cross every “t”.  If you’ve paid your dues and perfected your skills, then look for a slow and steady increase in your business.  Since Saturn is in Sag, if the rest of your chart concurs, this is an appropriate time to get licensed, bonded, insured, funded — the nuts and bolts kind of stuff to get your new business up and going.  For advertising, you’d want favorable Mercury and Jupiter transits to your chart.

Another  way to look at Saturn in your 2nd is to train yourself to manage your money and resources.  Reading Suze Orman is educational, and there are all kinds of websites that can teach you how to budget and plan for your future.  This would be a great transit to start a 529 plan — future college tuition for young children.  If you remember that Sag by nature is a warm, generous, and sometimes impulsive sign, then Saturn here is not entirely comfortable.  I think Saturn here might be suggesting to hold back from impulsive buying — I think a disciplined approach to spending will help you avoid running short when something happens and you need to gather funds.  This could be a challenge but the reward is peace of mind that you have savings for emergencies.

Saturn transiting your 2nd also means you can invest in yourself — your talents and skills will benefit from additional education.  I bought books when Saturn was in my 2nd and I never regretted it.  I bought some of the classic astrology books and a complete set of ephemeris from 1900 forward.  I continued this process as Saturn moved into my 3rd.

Core values — the principles and ethics and preferences you most believe in — Saturn in your 2nd may be suggesting it’s time for a review.  Are you living what you most believe?  Sagittarius is the sign that rules religion and philosophy.  Especially with Neptune squaring Saturn from your 5th — your children may ask you some tough questions, or even behave in a way that causes  you to question your own upbringing.  What role did religion play in your childhood?  Do you question authority or accept it, thinking that others  know more than you do?  I am somewhat rebellious, being Aquarian.  I read The Bible straight through, more than once,  and made up my own mind about what it meant.  Then I read books from other religions and looked for the similarities rather than the differences.  Personally, in my line of work, I find it appropriate to be versatile, so I can speak the language that my client is most comfortable with.  Now they have college classes that do the same — comparative religious philosophy.  Some of you with this transit are going to make a very big change in this area.  If you are a sincere seeker, you will be led in the right direction.  There’s an old Theosophical  saying — “ Seek beauty, for therein lies Eternal Truth.”

It’s kind of odd but kids that grow up in the country often move to the city, and  vice versa.  I have seen this also with religion.  Preachers’ kids can rebel and run wild, while kids with little religious education as children, often seek that spiritual commitment as adults.

To sum up, people with Saturn in their 2nd need to take their money, their talents, and their plans for their future seriously this year.  Uranus trines from your 6th, and Jupiter right now,  but not for long, trines from Leo and your 10th.  These Fire trines offer you a most wonderful opportunity to achieve career and financial goals.  Even if things seem unstable, things could work out in a fabulous way you never expected.  Stay grounded, work hard, and keep your eye on your long-term future…GOOD LUCK !!!

Well, dear Readers, that’s it for now.  The next post will be Jupiter moving into Virgo beginning 8-11-15.  My garden awaits…may you all have a joyous and abundant harvest…Blessings,   Jenae

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