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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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WISH UPON A STAR — MERCURY IN PISCES (AND RETROGRADE)   2-5 — 4-13 —2013

Dear Friends and Readers, hopefully you are enjoying Venus in Aquarius as much as I am; it’s been fun so far…Today’s post is about Mercury in Pisces, but we’ll also define what Mercury retrograde can mean in our daily lives.  Naturally, this transit will affect Pisces and the other mutable signs the most.  Let’s begin by defining the areas of life where Mercury has the most influence.  Mercury as the ruler of Gemini rules transportation, regional travel, electricity, early education and short classes that focus on specific skills, the neighborhood, siblings, and communication.  Gemini can be meetings; so can Virgo but the type of meetings would be more different — more to do with work, health, organizational details.  Mercury as the ruler of Virgo would put the emphasis on health, hygiene, diet and nutrition, co-workers, accounting and bookkeeping.  Mercury was the messenger and the scribe in mythology.  People with strong Virgo and Mercury in Virgo in their charts often end up in middle management, as the one communicating from the boss to the workers.  Troubleshooting and fixing problems come naturally to people with strong 6th house placements.

So…when Mercury goes retro, which is does for roughly 3 weeks and 3 times a year, it would be a good idea to doublecheck all paperwork, communication, appointments, addresses and phone numbers — make sure there is no mistake and be prepared to find mistakes and make corrections.  When I used to see a lot of local clients in person, someone would call for a palm reading and we’d schedule it.  Mercury retrograde usually manifested as that appointment being changed 3 times before it actually happened.  Scheduling conflicts, car problems, travel delays, electrical things not working correctly — these things are VERY common during a Mercury retro transit.  Regarding interpersonal communication, the chance for misunderstandings is higher during this transit.  You can try using the active listening technique to enhance communication…”Let me tell you what I heard you say and you tell me if I understood it correctly…”  This side-steps accusatory or defensive statements and seeks clarity without being judgmental — it’s a  very useful skill to have under your belt, ESPECIALLY when Mercury is retro :))

This rule of 3 times also applies to conversations where a decision needs to be made.  You’ll often find it takes 3 meetings or conversations to get enough clarity, info, etc. to make a decision.  Reviewing is a great use of a Mercury retro, as is research and  gathering additional info.  The time to move forward on projects is after Mercury goes direct ( in this post that would be March 17th).  Let’s use a fantasy example of how to plan your time for maximum effectiveness…right now Mars is in Pisces.  Maybe that means you want a fountain, a  waterfall,  or a pool in your yard.  Maybe you go down to City Hall and the Building/Planning Dept. and you apply to get your permit. You do this when Mercury is making the initial forward transit in Pisces, asking about the rules, setbacks, variances, fencing, depth, etc.  IF you submit your building plans during a Mercury retro, there’s a better than 80% chance they will want corrections.  Use the retrograde to research the materials, the style, who you want to hire, etc.  It will be a lot easier to move forward and do the actual submitting of plans, hiring help, purchasing materials, AND the groundbreaking, if you wait until after March 17.  Taking it a bit farther, please note that Mars, the ruler of Aries, rules iron ( think rebar), excavations, sharp tools, welding, etc.  Mars is currently in Pisces, which would be fine for water projects, BUT — if you wait until the SUN is in Aries and then look for a good Mars day after March 21 — then your GROUNDBREAKING — your initial PHYSICAL action on this project —  is now timed for maximum smoothness of execution.  Any problems encountered would be more easily solved. In this fantasy example, the real life date to begin would be April 5, 2013.

OK, you guys, I’ve been very busy with the clients and so now am running a few days later than I wanted for this post.  I’ve also been mulling the right way to approach it and now I have decided to just show you a FEW Mercury transits in action.  If you are a poet, or doing chemistry research, or calling on major pharmaceutical customers to make a sale, or having foot and/or shoe problems — all these things would be Pisces — then you’re better off getting your chart done as a planning tool.  There are a LOT of Mercury transits during this transit through Pisces.

For example, Mercury squares Jupiter in forward motion on 2-9 at 6 degrees Pisces.  Retrograde, Mercury again squares Jupiter on 3-10 at 8 degrees Pisces, and the wrap-up in forward motion will be the same square on 3-29 at 11 degrees Pisces.  Naturally, people with planets from 5 – 12 degrees in ANY mutable sign will feel the frustration of this square most acutely.  Be prepared to work hard and compromise if necessary.  Very difficult if you let over-optimism about timing put you in a situation where you promise more than you can deliver.  Looking at this square another way, be a bit skeptical about people promising things to YOU.  Be vigilant to spot errors and make corrections with any important paperwork, meetings, even personal conversations and family plans.  Don’t space out when you are driving either.  I usually try to avoid long trips when Mercury is retro, but if you must go somewhere, then  doublecheck everything, allow extra time, and be prepared for delays.  People in the entertainment industry will run into all kinds of glitches with the organizational  details of concerts, movies, live theatre, etc.  This transit is reasonable good for editing work that you have done previously, but take your time and extend deadlines if necessary.

Mercury trines Saturn at 10 degrees Pisces/Scorpio on 2—12.  The retrograde trine is 3-7 at 11 degrees and the last pass, in forward motion is 3-28 at 10 degrees Pisces.  Trines are lucky and flow easily.  These transits are great for creative writing, private detective work and solving mysteries, research in areas ruled by these two signs, and for medical issues.  Healing and improvement of health is very possible if you work with these transits.  Scheduling a medical appointment on a Mercury retro is only OK if it’s follow-up on previous issues — like a post-op appointment or lab work to check on an existing condition.  Combining natural healing and traditional medical could have very nice results…Pisces rules the unconscious mind.  If you have to have anesthesia, be sure to have the doctor say out loud that your surgery was a terrific success and that you can heal quickly, easily, and perfectly.  I actually wrote out a script for my doctor when I had surgery some years ago.  He cooperated,  good man, and all went well.  The idea here is you want to use these transits to put positive messages into your unconscious mind.  No matter what you need to read or study, these trines will make concentration and focus come a little easier and strong possibility to channel info from spirit to help you.  Ask for what you need before sleeping at night.  Pisces rules dreams…

Moon is conjunct Mercury at 8 degrees Pisces on 2-11, retro at 16 degrees Pisces on 3-10, and forward at 21 degrees Pisces on 4-8-2013. Mercury on the Moon gives voice to feelings, so these transits offer you the opportunity to express your emotions.  You may have the same conversation with a loved one  3 times but each time more understanding, clarity, and wisdom are  gained.  Good decisions will result from taking your time with this particular transit and letting things unfold as they will. I’ve written before about intention is the bottom line with Neptune/Pisces/12th house matters.  My impression about this transit is that people can uncover some hidden expectations that they were  carrying around and becoming aware and  releasing any hidden agendas will allow your closest relationships to blossom.

These are great transits to initiate spiritual practices, therapy, release old pain and move forward with your life.  Remember that the conjunctions are the most powerful transits because two planets in union produce a lot of energy.  Give voice to the deeper parts of yourself — keep a journal, confide in a  trusted friend, join a prayer or meditation group — all these are possibilities.  Sometimes when I am jammed up, talking to a friend does wonders!  No sooner are the words out of my mouth than I can see where my thinking is off-track so I can correct it.  Of course, for me it would be a friend, since I am Aquarius.  A mate, a sibling, any relative that you have a loving relationship with can be of great help to you  during this transit.  Maybe you need some help this time with figuring something out, but it could be that YOU are going to help another with this same process.  That’s what Pisces is about — alleviating pain and suffering and expressing spiritual love…

A client comes to mind…she had some catty relatives that said mean things.  I reminded her that their behavior said more about them than her.  She had a breakthrough and realized she didn’t want them in her life anymore; they were like the fake version of family instead of the real deal.  She had the  courage to let go of the  pain they had caused and move forward with her life.  Most of us will release the problem and then back-slide, chewing on the old hurts like a dog with a bone.  The thing with Pisces being a spiritual sign, letting go really MEANS letting go.  I struggle with this; I think we all do.  At this time in our evolution, there is no compromise.  You’re either on the side of the Light or feeding the darkness that is trying to envelop our planet.  Make your choice.  Letting go means letting go with love, blessing the experience, no matter how painful, because it has helped you become who you are today.  And maybe there was no other  way to get there…maybe it was really a shortcut in disguise…Blessings, Jenae

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MERCURY RETROGRADE TRANSIT — 11-6 —11-26-2012

Good Morning, dear Friends and Readers, we are still feeling the effects of the Full Moon and the Mars-Jupiter opposition.  Now to complicate matters more, Mercury will go retro on 11-6-12, a transit that happens approximately 3 times each year for 3 weeks at a time.  For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with this, start by remembering that Mercury in the natural zodiac is the ruler of both Gemini and Virgo.  So the areas in general would be communication, transportation, paperwork, electricity.  Unfortunately, we see these areas very stressed in our country for millions of people right now.  The transits are suggesting things will take a while to straighten out.  These must be exceptional times, to affect so many on such a large scale…

Let’s begin by defining a NORMAL Mercury retrograde transit.  Meetings often will be cancelled and rescheduled.  The plane doesn’t necessarily crash but your luggage could go astray.  It’s important to back up your computer more often.  Clear communication can be elusive.  Appliances can break.  Construction and/or road closures can delay travel, best to allow extra time.  Especially THIS year at Thanksgiving.  Paperwork can get lost, have mistakes, have to be re-written.

Mercury retrograde is NOT a favorable time to move forward on new projects, sign contracts, meet new people, make major purchases, close on real estate or begin a groundbreaking, schedule medical appointments  or take new medicines  — you get the picture.  It’s not ideal for travel either but we can usually muddle through.  Mercury retro IS favorable for going over the past, making corrections, making plans and researching them — just don’t implement until Mercury is forward.  It can be a great time to connect with old friends or find people you knew but lost contact.  When it’s love and people meet under a Mercury retro, they either recognize each other on a soul level and take up where they left off, OR people meet and change their mind about the relationship  when Mercury moves forward.  Same thing with Venus, by the way.

One time I took my car to the mechanic 3 times and finally on the retro they figured it out and fixed it!!  It’s a good transit to clear out your junk drawer, organize your closet, your filing cabinet, etc.  It’s amazing what you can find on a Mercury retro — things you thought were lost can return to you.  One time I found a ring in my garden that I had lost a year or more before !!

OK, let’s look at THIS particular Mercury transit.  It begins at 4 degrees Sag and heads backwards to 18 degrees Scorpio, going direct on 11-26 at 2:51 PST.  By mid-December it’s back to the same place in Sag where it was on 11-6.  Those of you with your Sun or other planets within these degrees may notice that you have the same discussion or meetings  3 times before decisions or results are achieved.  Great for writing and editing, though somewhat disconcerting for other paperwork.  Still, be on the lookout for mistakes.  SO much depends on your individual charts…for example, Gemini-Taurus will have Mercury opposing, putting more emphasis on relationships and possibly financial paperwork.  Pisces-Aquarius and Virgo-Leo will be taking squares, challenging you to adjust your STYLE of communication and seek consensus for best results.  Looking at  current events, those of you on the EAST COAST and further west, too, will have to dot every “I” and cross every “t” with all the paperwork , applications, and forms required for you to get the help you need after the storm.  Scorpio rules insurance.  In order to avoid delays and/or misunderstandings, please doublecheck everything twice before you sign and be SURE to read the fine print and ask questions, ask for explanations if things aren’t clear to you.  Start now with a pad of paper and make lists of items damaged, or a list of repairs needed, or a to-do list of who you will need to contact.  Hopefully, you already had a video of your house and furnishings and took it with you if you had to evacuate.  Most people have that these days for insurance purposes.  Sag rules churches.  It wouldn’t hurt a bit to write down a wish list of things you need.  Kindness and the generosity of strangers tend to manifest when big disasters occur.  Brotherhood and a sense of community can actually be strengthened…

Since Mercury rules electricity, things could take longer to get up and running with this retrograde.  For the rest of us, we can learn from the national experience and prepare ourselves for winter.  Use Mercury to go over your home emergency list.  Pretend you’re a pioneer in historical times.  Strive for self-sufficiency with a modern twist — batteries and flashlights in addition to candles.  Food, water, space blanket, BBQ or woodstove for cooking, etc.  A big box of baby wipes comes in pretty handy when there’s not much water. 🙂

I heard one state saying 7 to 10 days without electricity.  Looking at these transits, I would guess things could even take a little longer.  Who knows what they’ll do about the election.  Maybe they should wait until Mercury goes forward !!! 🙂

Since we are now in the sign of Scorpio, I think I’ll begin working on the Saturn in Scorp transit.  Could take awhile…till then, Blessings, Jenae

 

 

 

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