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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 — VENUS IN CANCER — JUNE 2 — June 27, 2013

Good Morning, dear Friends and Readers,  all you Cancers should find yourselves  in the catbird seat at the moment, the sweet spot with Venus now moving through Cancer.  Other water signs should feel like their life is flowing pretty well, too, since we have Grand Water Trine transits setting up with inner planets in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio, and Neptune moving very slowly through Pisces.

Venus in Cancer symbolizes unconditional love and nurturing.  Cancer people are very protective of home and family.  Cancer represents the home but especially the kitchen and cooking and socializing  around food.  It’s a great month for potlucks and celebrating various occasions with a nice meal together.  Lots of Cancer women are good at catering, decorating cakes, publishing cookbooks, etc.

Venus in a man’s chart symbolizes women, love, and attraction.  When Venus in in Cancer, the women theme still applies, but can include female relatives, too — the mother, sisters, in-laws, daughters…so there may be a lot of interaction with them this month.  Venus in a woman’s chart symbolizes socializing with women, but also shopping for items for family and the home, particularly the kitchen.  For example, if you wanted to buy a juicer, this would be the time to do it, but before the 26th when Mercury goes retro.  Painting and remodeling the home are also favored at this time.  This is a great month for weddings, family reunions, showers, graduations, celebrations of all kinds…

I’ve covered a lot of the conjunctions in earlier posts, so let’s see what else Venus is doing this month.  I like to allow a day on either side of an exact Venus transit for orb.

On June 7th, the  day before the New Moon, Venus trines both Neptune and Saturn.  Grand trines mean  people can be self-sufficient and don’t need other people to jump-start them.  So this  period is a  time when water signs especially can really be in the flow with their life’s events.  What this means is you can feel very stable and grounded, lucky, too.  There’s some challenging transits leading up to the Full Moon but most people should be able to sail right around any difficulties.  An old phrase comes to mind…”you can keep your head straight when all about you are losing theirs”…  This is a good time to teach children to swim or start swimming lessons, to enjoy water activities  in a sheltered environment, not the open sea (Mars square Neptune).  Great for  groundbreaking for a pool in your yard, or a fountain, or even installing a new sink or shower or bath.

I like June 10th,  when the Moon in Cancer conjoins Venus.  Wonderful for a party, a celebration, for shopping,  for hanging out with women.  I will be cleaning my home getting ready for a family reunion.  Probably go to the grocery store that day, too, since the items I will need are likely to be on sale :))…

The 11th and 12th look a bit challenging as Venus opposes Pluto and then squares Uranus.  These transit form a T-Square which pushes a lot of energy out the empty spot — Libra.  This means people want their own way and are not in a mood to compromise.  Do your best to remain calm and diplomatic.  If it was me, I wouldn’t be signing any kinds of important paperwork or legal agreements or contracts on these days.  Mostly, though, I think you’ll find that people either aren’t in a mood to commit to social plans, or they keep changing their minds at the last minute.  Frustrating, but not a problem if you just stay flexible.  Using my own life as an example, the 12th is my family’s arrival date and I figure just have food cooked and whenever they show up is fine.  I fully expect them to show up late and hungry.  That’s one of the keys with Cancer, and ESPECIALLY with people with Cancer planets in their natal.  They need to snack frequently and they don’t like to get too far away from food and drink.  When my family leaves, I will be sending a care package with them.  Good thing I understand astrology :))  And now you do, too :))…

The 14th is a good day for medical as Venus trines Chiron.  The 15th is a good day for gatherings of women or a party as Venus sextiles Moon in Virgo.  That’s actually a fabulous time to learn more about diet and nutrition, too.

On June 20th and 21st, Mercury conjoins Venus and the Sun enters Cancer.  A sweet time for a wedding or family reunion with lots of laughter, jokes and affectionate speech.  A wonderful time to visit parents and grandparents.  It’s an interesting thing about Cancer, that while it rules babies and the love and nurturing required to care for them, Cancer also symbolizes the later years, too.  Not death like Scorpio, but more the cherishing and reviewing the family legacy — memories, antiques, the family history and geneology, passing on the treasures of the family to the next generation.  This is a great transit to “interview” the elders in your family and catch the memories, the details, the family history on video or cd.   There’s a  reason that Cancer natives are usually the ones   to inherit the family antiques, and that is because they treasure them and take care of them properly.  Those of you who like  scrapbooking could find this is a  great time to put collections of photos together to pass on to the younger generations.

The Full Moon is the 23rd at 2 degrees Cap/Cancer.  I think these mellow transits should smooth out the prelude, but the day AFTER the Moon will oppose Venus, which can be disruptive.  This transit reminds me of brides-to-be fighting over wedding dresses at a big sale in a department store.  Mostly, though, people may not be able to agree on social plans, like which movie or which restaurant to go to, or even who to socialize WITH.   A few people, with helpful aspects in their natals, will be able to have a heart to heart talk and clear the air of any misunderstandings.

Looking at  the month overall, if you need to buy a new home or move to a new one, this is probably your best time to find a great fit.  Try to schedule showings on the 10th, and the 19th to the 21st.  If you’re buying, plan to close after July 20th for best results…

People who work in the restaurant or food business should do well, also people in retail businesses that supply home and kitchen items, appliances, and baby items.  Same with farmers and ranchers — a busy time and remember the weather will continue to be unsettled.  Jupiter in Cancer should increase harvests and productivity, but with the lurking squares between Uranus and Pluto and the stress they put on Jupiter in Cancer, all bets are off.  More on this and the US chart in another post to come…

Venus enters Leo on June 27th and since Mercury is retro, Leos will need to postpone any major shopping and/or beauty treatments.  So get your hair or nails done early :))

More soon, Blessings, Jenae

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WISH UPON A STAR — VENUS IN GEMINI — MAY 9 — JUNE 2, 2013

Good Morning, dear Friends and Readers…I’ve been very, very busy…in my glory with all the energy in Taurus…planted a couple hundred  plants both  flowers and vegetables.  Now I’m up to the seeds and some of the pressure is off.  Time to write again…

Venus is now transiting through Gemini and this month offers some glitch transits as well as a couple of VERY pleasant ones.  Let’s start with an overview of Venus in Gemini, remembering that Jupiter expands the Gemini tendencies through June 27th.  This is a very social time, and busy.  Gemini rules education from kindergarten through high school, as well as  technical classes.  So students may be almost busier than they can handle; parents need to be supportive.  Not only are there term papers due and finals to take, but the end of the year field trips, outdoor days,  graduations, etc.  Gemini also rules the neighborhood.  You may  find you’re out in the car more than usual.  Great for short trips, even regional trips.  There are often neighborhood clean up days and group yard sales at this time.  And the wedding season is beginning, too.  Gemini rules the arms and hands and shoulders.  Those of you who are interested in calligraphy will find this an excellent time to practice the art — if you don’t have a business opportunity to use it, try bartering your skills.  People that paint signs will also find this a good month for work and for promotions and advertising.

Gemini rules siblings and cousins;  there may more get togethers and conversations than usual, and pleasant, too.  Lots of laughter, jokes, puns, and affectionate speech.  Probably a lot of family reunions and gatherings, too, more than usual.  Memorial Day, plus graduations, etc.  IF you need to get a Gemini a gift, try pretty  writing paper, interesting pens,  books of jokes, and/or word puzzles and games.

Transiting Venus conjoins the Moon is early Gemini on the 10th and 11th and this is nice for a party or lunch with the ladies.  New Moon at 19 degrees Taurus was on the 9th in PDT and was also an eclipse, which means the effects last around 6 months, so people should note if they have natal planets in the 19th degree and what aspects they have to the New Moon.  Remember that the New Moon means BOTH the Sun and Moon are in the  same degree, they are conjunct.

I like to allow an orb  of a day or two on either side of an exact transit.  Keeping that in mind, Venus is square Neptune on the 13th.  This one can be a toughie — it could symbolize grief and missing someone so deeply it hurts.  It can symbolize confusion or some kind of a mystery that is hard to clear up.  This would be a good time to visit someone who is ill or confined, to show  compassion, but it is not a great time for parties, shopping, trips, or practical matters.  Don’t lose things because you’re spacey and not paying attention.  IMO, it’s not a good day for medical either because there is a stronger possibility of negative reactions to new medicines.

Roughly the 15th to the 18th (Mercury enters  Gemini, it’s own sign, on the 15th), there are 2 inconjunct transits.  First Venus inconjunct Saturn and then Venus inconjunct Pluto.  You guys know from earlier posts that this particular transit often comes out in the workplace.  Remembering that Mercury moves fast and Neptune is in early Pisces, so they are  square — you MUST AVOID gossip, rumor and innuendo in the workplace or there will be repercussions.  Someone may try to place blame or try to make you responsible for something they should have taken care of — protect yourself by using emails rather than conversations and make every effort to promote clear and positive communication.  Another possibility is you are asked to do something extra on the job, maybe somewhat of an imposition.  IF you can do it with a good heart, down the road there may some benefits but not immediately.  Intuitively, I feel that this YOD formation via transit means some things may happen in the world that are so painful that major populations will be outraged.  (Come on, Jenae, aren’t things bad enough already?  Yeah, it makes me very sad what is happening out in the world.  Study the Hindu — the age of KALI — the earth as whole is in a very difficult long-term cycle.  Conversely,  though, there are miracles happening on a daily basis in the lives of individuals.  Remember that every great movement in history  first began as an idea in one person’s mind — as individuals, we need to plant seeds of goodness …)  I don’t know if it’s just me but so many things in the news seem to be about Saturn in Scorpio bringing to the surface the evils we need to clean up and fix — the enslavement and trafficking and abuse — people, women, children, animals, honeybees even, plants and the notorious actions of Monsanto.  Collectively, we have a huge task to accomplish…

OK, back to Venus…Venus and Mercury are conjunct on May 24th — VERY pleasant for socializing, writing, public speaking, publishing, all kind of advertising and promotions.  The Full Moon in Gemini is the next day — this period is great for parties, just don’t go overboard.  A little moderation will ensure a positive outcome.  Full Moon means the Moon is in Sag — too many adult beverages and a happy occasion could turn into a fight since the Moon opposes Venus on the 25th. IF you need to buy a car, the 24th could be the day you find the right one.

Be sure to write this one on your calendar — Venus conjoins Jupiter on May 28th, which is a Tuesday.  This is a very lucky transit.  You can interpret luck on the mundane level,  such as lotto, betting the horses, finding the perfect gifts or purchases, winning a prize of some kind, winning at sports or an election, or even as finding the parking space you need.  On the mental level, luck could mean a breakthrough in studies or research, passing tests or certifications easily, or even something like tracking down books or information you’d been looking for.  Particularly with Gemini, the intellect should be quick and sharp at the end of May.  Play to win at games that require a good memory for data, or word games — stuff like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune.  Emotionally, this transit can bring sweet rapport and kindness.  This is a great transit for having lots of fun and maybe taking a short trip either with people you like a lot or to visit someone dear to you.  Remember that Jupiter expands and exaggerates — it IS a beneficial planet, but don’t drive too fast or book your schedule too tight.  Jupiter as the ruler of Sag would also suggest that you be moderate with eating and drinking.

Spiritually, Venus conjunct Jupiter suggests tolerance, generosity, and kindness.  Forgiveness empowers the forgiver.  IF you’ve had a disagreement with someone, and Gemini could be siblings, cousins, neighbors, or even a local club or group — this could be a good time to mend fences.  I happen to have Venus conjunct Jupiter in my natal and I notice people are especially kind to me when other planets conjoin that position.  I tend to seek and build rapport and consensus with others.  It’s just not my nature to teach through confrontation or aggression.  One of the things that built my core values early was I grew up in a miniature United Nations — my father employed people from all over the world.  Jupiter gives you a chance to know people from very different backgrounds.  One of the fun things for me was comparing notes and asking questions about what their lives were like before they came to the USA.  The Christmas party potlucks  were such a delight !!! We all expressed appreciation for the food and goodies from all over the world.  Watch and see how food creates rapport as Jupiter enters Cancer for a year — I’ll have more to say about food next month :))…

Moon in Aquarius trines Venus on May30th — continuing the theme of the week about bonding with people and celebrating together.

On June 1st and 2nd, Venus squares the Moon in Pisces, so Saturday night isn’t as much fun, but Sunday looks OK.  People may say dumb things without thinking, and sensitive people can get their feelings hurt.  Saying less might be better than saying more…  Women  could be going through some emotional changes at this time, too.  Try and sort your feelings out by yourself before saying anything you could regret later.

So there you have it, and I hope all of you get to have some good times…Blessings, Jenae

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