Understanding Venus

Venus attracts, charms, values, glues, enjoys, entices, loves, likes, feels, relates, sings, paints, decorates, dresses up, is beautiful, gets in touch, chats, socialises, eats… and owns.
Venus, like Mars, desires and makes love. 

Venus wants to have. Venus wants to bind, to attach, to keep, to cast spells…

Her favourite game is “catch me if you can”.   

“I want to be loved by you,
Just you and nobody else but you
I want to be loved by you
Alone…. poo poo pi doo!”
Venus brings social skills. The Goddess of love can only know what makes things work between people. 

When we tell others how beautiful, how great, how funny, how wonderful they are, when we say “You’re a star.” “You’re a gem.”or  “You’ve done an amazing job!”, when we tell them we are grateful for who they are or what they do, we value them. We make people feel good about themselves and it becomes possible and easy to get what social animals want: company, help, attention, protection, security and pleasures. We find friends, allies, companions, lovers. We know how to be with others. That’s what Venus is about. 

 To be able to value others we need to believe in our own worth and feel comfortable enough in our own skin. When we feel insecure, nervous, self conscious things don’t work well.  A compliment by an ugly duckling is not a compliment by a swan. Ugly ducklings sometimes try to convince others that the ugliest ducklings are them. It’s understandable. It’s terrible to be the ugliest duckling.  
 If Venus is afflicted in a chart, we can get caught in spirals of negative values. We should do to others as we would have them do to us, because others usually do to us as we do to them. If we do to them as they did to us as we did to them as they did to us, and if the result is painful, we better come back and work on our own sense of self worth, and maybe ask for help… 
If there is only one key word to remember about Venus, it is “Value”. 
We don’t value intellectually. We like, we love, we desire, we admire… On social media, what we write is from Mercury, but the smileys, likes, loves, laugh, sad, angry express Venus. 
 If we remember only two key words for Venus, let them be “Value” and “Relationship”. 
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If you can remember three words, remember “Glue” as well.  Mercury links, Venus create bonds. 
Ah yes, please, remember also “Harmony”. That’s all what Venus wishes for, in love, in bed and in art galleries. 

Remember also “Enjoy!”

 Without pleasure, is life worth living? 
Astrology is mental yoga. It consists of understanding energies enough to guess what happens when you mix them. The more we become familiar with what the planet energies are by themselves, the easier it will be to understand how signs, houses and other planets sending aspects will precise or modify their expression. I hope you enjoyed this Venusian ballad! 
 Here is my website I’ll be happy to see you there as well 🙂 
Jean-Marc Pierson 



Winter Solstice 2019

Yosemite in Winter

Winter Solstice 2019

Bright Solstice Greetings to All!

Winter Solstice 2019 (Summer in the Southern Hemisphere) arrives on December 21 at 11:19p Eastern Time, 8:19p Pacific Time and on December 22 at 4:19 Universal Time.

For good info on the Solstice visit Vox Science and EarthSky’s  Solstice article discusses why this season (between the Solstice and the Spring Equinox)  is 5 days shorter. And here are 7 examples of how Winter solstic is celebrated

This Solstice is when the Sun enters Capricorn and marks the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest in the Southern – the very moment when the wheel of the seasons turns. The world may be in turmoil but one thing is constant – the seasons change as they always have since the dawn of time.  The arrival of the Solstice reassures of this, which in itself is worthy of celebration. In the Northern hemisphere it marks the return of the light, as days begin to grow longer, another reason to celebrate!

The astrology chart for the Solstice represents the birth of this new season and gives indications of what to expect.

The Sun always enters Capricorn at the Winter Solstice, and Solstice 2019 marks the beginning of a very Capricorn time! This gathering which includes the 2 largest planets in the solar system is momentous in its influence. The Sun joins Jupiter, the South Node, Ceres, Saturn and Pluto all in the masterful earth sign of Capricorn.  The Sun and Jupiter (who just entered Capricorn for the first time in 12 years on 12/2) are conjunct the karmic South Node while Lord of Karma Saturn rides next to transformational Pluto, with Ceres the wise nurturer, nestled in-between. This Capricorn convergence echoes and emphasizes the bellwether moment when Pluto entered Capricorn on 11/26/2008 for the first time since 1776 – in the midst of the American Revolution!

Think of the major change the world was going through then. This era marked the end of thousands of years of monarchy rule and the transition into the democratic state systems of today. During that era Saturn and Pluto did not come together in Capricorn. In fact, the last time Pluto and Saturn were conjunct in Capricorn was during another time of revolutionary change – January 1518 soon after Martin Luther defied the Catholic church’s dominant rule and sparked the Protestant Revolution.

The addition of Jupiter this time around makes this convergence even more significant, because the last time Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto were conjunct in Capricorn  was over 4000 years ago! And when you consider that Pluto was not even discovered in those earlier eras, but is fully in our conscious awareness now as the planet of total transformation, you can see how powerful this time is! This Solstice moment rings the bells of change for sure, but the whole year of 2020 continues to chime which I will be writing more about in future posts.

Capricorn dominates this Solstice, indicating major structural changes are inevitable now, but other factors are significant too.  A challenge comes from the Capricorn Sun in tight square to Chiron in fiery Aries. Considering this is the beginning of the Summer Season in the Southern Hemisphere this tense aspect is evident in Australia where temperatures are at 40 degrees C, equivalent to 104* F – ouch, with bushfires raging throughout the entire country. As stressful as this is, at the same time the Sun along with Jupiter also make a favorable trine to Uranus in Taurus.  An article at TIME states that the widespread bushfire crisis has made climate change a reality for many Australians, so in the midst of these ever increasing disasters exacerbated by climate change, people are waking up. Capricorn at its best, creates positive foundations for the future, which encourages Uranus’ mission of raising awareness about the need to protect our home planet.

The Solstice Moon, representative of the public mood, is in smoldering Scorpio and opposes change agent Uranus in Taurus which forms a tense T-Square to Venus in Aquarius. You don’t have to look far to observe this challenge represented by the impeachment of President Trump.  Mars is in Scorpio too pushing emotions even deeper. Christian Evangelicals have been very supportive of Trump but the Evangelical magazine founded by Billy Graham, Christianity Today, did some soul searching and just called for Trump’s removal , while a Republican Congressman stated that Jesus Christ had more due process before his crucifixion than President Trump received in the impeachment hearings. At the macro level we can expect more soul searching and dramatic wringing of hands from politicians, along with the media and other news outlets.  Doom, gloom and controversy attract readers which sells ads, a very worldly driven Capricornian model.

Luckily Mars reaches out positively to Neptune in Pisces which helps deep emotions feel more caring and loving – perfect for this season of love and peace. Communicator Mercury in uplifting Sagittarius also adds to a more positive feeling. Here is an article I like by AstroAnislie – she says this is a very positive Solstice which is especially true for anyone who has major Capricorn in your birth chart, it is your time!

At the personal level it is up to you to tap the Solstice energies positively. Just as people living in those earlier eras of major transitions had no idea how what they experienced and participated in would create such a radically different future, we too cannot imagine what the world will be like in the centuries to come. What you can do to benefit from this rare Capricorn concentration is to build positive structures in your own life.  No matter what kind of negativity the outer world throws at you, remember to harness your inner drive and determination. If you need more discipline, it is here! If you are learning to stick to your priorities and gain the endurance to master your goals, you’ve got all the help you need. The future is calling and each and every one of us help create it. As Carlos Castaneda Born with Sun in Capricorn said, I want to convince you that you must learn to make very act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.

As this new season dawns and light begins to return, my solstice wish for you is to become more aware of all the marvels in life and add your own beautiful vibration into the web of life that connects us all!


We’re Designed to Connect by Molly Costello




Welcome Sun in Sagittarius!

November 22, 2019

Dear Friends,

The Sun leaves the watery depths of Scorpio and enters Sagittarius on 11/22 and travels in this upbeat fire sign through December 21st.

Venus and Jupiter are in Sagittarius too and are meeting together at the Galactic Center over the next few days and form an exact conjunction on 11/24. You can view this meeting for yourself in the night sky – The sky’s two brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – are now drawing closer together in the west after sunset.

Jupiter is the planet of opportunity and Venus is the planet of grace. When these two planets meet in the heavens and are magnified by the vast energy of the Galactic Center blessings flow! Tap into the energy of this vibrant cosmic stream yourself, explore new ideas, do something you’ve never done before, get up and dance to the music of the universe!

Venus meets Jupiter in Sagittarius

This bright Sagittarius band is a welcome uplift after the deep journey of Sun in Scorpio along with Mercury retro in Scorpio which pulled you back into unresolved issues, like it or not! Mercury went forward on 11/20 so things move away from the whirlpool, but since Mars entered Scorpio the day before on 12/19, those thorny old wounds still fester. On the plus side Mars/Scorpio motivates you to bravely face whatever needs attention.  With the help of the optimistic Sagittarius Sun you can heal the wounds completely. Trust and act!

I’m sending this post now because I also wanted you to know December’s Heavenly Messages issue will come out later than usual.  I will be visiting my family in Georgia over the Thanksgiving holiday during the time I would be writing it so I’ll be focusing on fun with family instead. I am also taking a cyber space holiday, so if you contact me, not to worry.  I’ll get  back to you when I return in early December.

Wishing all of you in the US a wonderful Thanksgiving and for those elsewhere wishing you a great galactic time whatever you do! Here’s a quote to inspire you from Emily Dickinson, born with Sun in Sagittarius,  The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

Autumn Equinox 2019

Autumn Sunrise at Jenne Farm, Vermont. Photo by Robert Anderson

The Autumn Equinox this year arrives on  September 23 at 3:51a EDT, 12:51a PDT and on 07:51 UTC

It is Spring Equinox for those in the Southern Hemisphere which is on September 23 at 5:51p. AET

EarthSky has All you need to know about the Equinox and The Farmer’s almanac tells us about how 5 Ancient Sites Aligned with the Equinox  Here is a site with Fun Facts About  Autumnlike, Autumn has been called the “hectic beauty of death.” whoa!  All seasons have their beauty but Autumn’s beauty is outrageous! Here in the US we know about New England’s riotous colors (like the photo above) and the stunning golden aspens in the West. Here are some beautiful images of Autumn glory around the world 10 best places outside the U.S. for fall color.

The September Equinox marks the beginning of this new season and the chart for the Equinox indicates astrological trends for the season. Here is the Equinox chart cast for Washington, DC.

This equinox marks the moment the Sun enters Libra each year and this year Venus and Mercury join the Sun in Lovely Libra. Venus in particular is very happy to be in her own sweet sign and mental Mercury has excellent communications skills in airy, fair minded Libra. Mars uses his smart mental muscles in practical Virgo, Saturn and Pluto help him out with their Capricorn management strength. Neptune still floats along in watery Pisces and the Cancer Moon shines light on the waters to help his journey. Chiron is in fire brand Aries, while change agent Uranus continues his earthy sojourn in Taurus.

The Equinox chart is very dynamic with several important aspect patterns. There is a major cardinal T square creating challenges between Venus and Mercury in Libra to Saturn and the karmic South Node in Capricorn and also to the Moon and North Node in Cancer. Cardinal squares create a challenge difficult to resolve until action is taken. Along with this square, the peaceful Libra Sun forms an opposition to Chiron in war hungry Aries.

Also featured is the ongoing square of confusion between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces with Mars in Virgo joining in, extending the square into a T. This is a mutable square which requires integration and agility to resolve.

Mars also plays a role in a trine, reaching a hand to transformer Pluto. This favorable aspect uses Mars/Virgo’s logical persuasion to help convince those in authority who are resistant to change.

For the weeks leading up to the Equinox the quickly moving planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars) were all in pragmatic Virgo helping (pushing!) everyone to get busy doing whatever they needed to do. Venus and Mercury entered Libra on 9/14 where they still are at the Equinox and since the Sun enters Libra on the Equinox it means more energy is available to relax a bit and find a better work/life balance. However active Mars remains in Virgo at the Equinox, so there is still emphasis on making smart choices with more ability to focus and actually manifest intentions; i.e. hard work is still necessary! And since Mars works well with Pluto, concepts brought into material form now can have viable long range potential.

The static that interferes with this comes from the mutable T square which Mars is involved in along with Jupiter and Neptune. One way to visualize this square is to imagine a Trump supporter in a red MAGA hat sitting across the table from a fervent Bernie Sanders fan. They are each convinced their opinions and ‘facts’ are the Truth and look at the other person thinking they are delusional and live in a different universe. Mars in Virgo tries to bring some logic into the conversation, but he is talking to closed ears.

The cardinal square is evident all around us too. Saturn sits next to the South Node rigidly holding onto past structures which are rapidly tumbling down, Venus and Mercury use eloquent persuasion to pull opinion to their side, while the Moon sits next to the North Node trying to lead people to a new way of being.

The Moon in Equinox chart indicates the mood of the public. Cancer is the sign of unconditional love and rules families, mothers, children and women in general. The North Node represents a new, more evolved direction and in Cancer leads us to a more loving, nurturing, compassionate way of being. In the Equinox chart the Moon sits right at the North Node shining like Glenda the Good Witch at the gates of the Emerald City encouraging us to enter and find the love.

The challenge arising from this square is easily seen. No matter what evidence or eloquent arguments are presented the strong forces of the status quo resist change and use all their might and power to prevent it. The climate change issue is a case in point. It’s not actually as if politicians and corporate interest don’t know that climate change is real (no matter what they claim), but they are beholden to the energy (gas,oil etc.) and other polluting companies with their industrial waste, including big agriculture, who want to keep on doing what they have always done, even if it has been proven to add to climate change and damaging the very Earth itself.

As I write this on 9/20 there were massive Global Climate Strikes driven by young people across the world marching to wake people up to this crisis. Here’s a site with photos so you can see for yourself  See These Inspiring Photos to Understand the Scale of the Global Climate Strikes Sixteen year old Greta Thunberg has been one of the major leaders in these marches and has spoken before the UN and other governing bodies including Congress and the British Parliament. Born on January 3, 2003 with both Sun and Moon in Capricorn her birth chart fits right into the dynamics of these current challenges.

Luckily as an offset to the square, Neptune in spiritual Pisces tunes his satellite dish to higher vibrational frequencies helping the Moon spread more compassion. In return the Moon shines light leading those ready to tap into these higher vibes so they can soar above any lower energies.

As the Sun enters Libra he begins to form an opposition to Chiron in aggressive Aries. This opposition is also very evident with the talk of war looming up because of strikes on the oil fields of Saudi Arabia which the US and the Saudis blame on Iran. The last time this loomed (in 1990-91) President G.H Bush declared war on Iraq in Desert Storm. Oppositions act like see-saws, going back and forth with differing viewpoints. The Washington Post presents a case for not going to war now Should U.S. troops put their lives on the line for Saudi Arabia?  President Trump is not a pro-war hawk, but many Republicans in Congress (and right wing media pundits) are.  Wounded healer Chiron is retrograde now, so hopefully the war drums beat less strongly and Libra peace promoters can hold war at bay.

At the personal level the Equinox energies urge you to find a good work/life balance – relax more, honor time with family, friends and your cultural enjoyment too. Libra loves to entertain and go to the theater, dance and good movies like Downton Abby, which first aired on 9/26/2010 – Libra to the core! But also remember to say grounded and keep on walking your talk so the projects you began actually get completed. Avoid getting caught up in extreme viewpoints and refrain form judging others when they do. And above all keep monitoring your vibration, aligning yourself with love and compassion for yourself and everyone else too. If you harmonize with the best of these Equinox patterns you’ll have the most beautiful season ever!

Here are some words from the poet Rumi born with Sun in Libra to guide you, Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. ~Rumi

Our connection with the Great Mystery: the 12th house

The 12th house is a most dreaded house, even more so than the 8th… I wonder why.
In the zodiac, Scorpio’s reputation is worse than Pisces’ though, so why should it go the other way with the houses they rule?
The 12th house ends is a Watery house.
The element Water talks about deep feelings and emotions, longings, cravings, instincts, deeply ingrained memories from childhood, for our ancestors or from past lives along with, especially in the 12th, connections with dimensions of the universal soul we wouldn’t even suspect would exist…
Beyond words, the twelfth s a world of music and images.
Let’s chose a thread to follow, knowing it’s not the only one… Quite often, with water, there is a surface, there is above the surface, and there is below. Expect to be confused…
We often repeat “As above so below” thinking “above” means up in the heavens and “below” down here, but above can also be here, the world where we can breathe and see, and below the invisible and mysterious world of deep down.
The world is reflected upside down when the surface of the water is still and smooth like a mirror, so maybe we could also put the old saying upside down: As below, so above. Below is below the surface of appearances. What is cause and what is effect is a chicken or egg problem, our side is the chicken side, below, or within, is the egg side.
The dramas, the conflicts, the attractions and loathings, the falls in and out of love, the alliances and betrayals, the shapes and abilities of our bodies, the endless repetition of routines, the walls and the checkpoints, the abuses and the bureaucracies… All life as we know it may be nothing but the chicken of our eggs, kept and nurtured by Water, hatching and growing according to the rhythm of the stars… Some eggs may have been waiting for many lives….
In the twelfth house is our connection with the deepest Mystery.
What is deepest is also highest. Heraclitus said: “The way up and the way down are one and the same” I take this as meaning that whether you take your spiritual journey as a journey of exploration of what’s deep, or as the climbing of a sacred mountain on top of which the Great Spirit of the Heavens is waiting for you, one way or another, you’re doing the same thing. When you don’t know where is up and where is down, when you can’t know within from without, you become so lost you can only pray. Ask for guidance. We come here to be confused, because being confused is the state we need to let go of a helpless ego and let a bigger hand take ours. “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” said Jesus Christ.
Life comes from Water and Water is always pregnant. Some dreams may be called “karmic”, we gave them to Water once upon a time… What we do to others leaves us with a dream in its wake, the dream that the same thing may happen to us. Maybe it won’t happen. Maybe we’ll tackle the issue directly in the world of dreams, if we are able to see what is in gestation there – and chose what we keep nurturing and what we better defuse or transform… What is in store in the universal womb? One way or another, we have to face what’s roaming the waters. In meditation, before it grows too real, is a better way.
(Not everything is “karmic” as far as I understand. We are doing more than just dealing with the past. We also have dreams which are simply our dreams, our potentials…)
We can’t see what’s below the surface… We can go fishing with the Fisher King, for healing, because spiritual seeking starts with suffering – the wake up call. We can’t see below the surface but we can imagine, as humans do when confronted with the unknown, all kinds of things, treasures, remedies, monsters, mermaids, genies trapped in bottles….Imaginations which happen to be the language spoken by our so called “unconscious mind”, the energies which, deep down, exist without words, without clear consciousness, without us being able to take some distance to look at them… We are immersed in the dream world all-the-time. The world of our most intimate subjectivity is so familiar that we don’t even notice it’s there and for us it’s deep down in the dark. How could a fish notice there is water? It would have to pop its head above the surface, and see the difference… Sometimes a fish does just that and speaks to a puzzled fisherman to tell him secrets powerful enough to change his whole life. Let’s wish the fisherman to be wise…
The symbol for the fourth house and Cancer is the crab. This animal is seen out of the water when the tide is low. It appears and runs on firm ground. The origins remain mysterious but at least we see what we get. A baby came out of the water, took a first breath and now it’s crawling on its hands and knees, little crab carrying with him an ocean of ancestral memories. The symbol for the 12th and Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions. As we appeared out of the ocean, so we will return to the world of no limits and no differences…
Death, however, is usually associated with the eighth house and Scorpio. In the eighth, however, we still speak of the other world, from which we are separated by a veil which, they say, is at its thinnest at Samhein – Halloween. On the other side of the veil are spirits with which mediums communicate. You can get news from your loved ones after they passed away…. In the eighth death means trans-formation. According to what some people who may know better than me say, after we die we go to the astral plane, and there we may still have a sense of being us. We will catch up with our ancestors and sort out the conditions of our next incarnation…
The twelfth house seems to mean something even deeper, something like what Buddhists mean when they say that the very notion of self is an illusion, as everyone of us is nothing but the whole universe manifesting. We are just a wave on the surface of the ocean, but nothing is permanent, this wave too will pass… When we know we are the ocean we’re fine. When we don’t we fear annihilation…. That’s why we may fear the 12th more than the 8th…

Planets in the twelfth may make us feel lost, unable to find expression, disoriented, but they may also express in various ways :
-through art, music or poetry, -which we can’t practice without being “inspired” (but by what?) The twelfth is a world of music and images.
– service to others – and especially those in need. There is a logic of being lost, needing to be saved and saving. Now, even saving may be just another illusion…
– healing, anything we label “spiritual”….
– Placements in the twelfth may mean the great trials and suffering which make us search for healing and/or become healers, priests, bridges, channels….
– Placements in the twelfth may speak of little cells, because, like in monasteries, the ones who dedicate their lives to contemplate this ocean of Mystery need to be contained in little cells and follow strict rules. There is a law of balance that need to be respected, the fish swim simultaneously in both directions…
– When the cell is not in a monastery, it may be in a prison or a psychiatric hospital. Nothing is closer to wisdom and spiritual enlightenment than delusion and madness… as both the wise and the mad free themselves from the socially accepted norms…
– A laboratory, any hidden space can be meant by the 12th house…
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– Occultists talk about the “sphere of illusions” students have to confront- and here is another Neptunian meaning that we can find at all levels of expression, from the basic deception of the conman who makes you believe giving them all your money is a good idea, to the mental undoing of mental illness, via extra marital affairs and the artificial paradises of alcohol, drugs, compulsive sex or any addictions….
– Now, funnily enough, the 12th house can also mean that you are working in an hostel or a restaurant. Even if it’s a business, hostel and hospital are places of hospitality.
– Neptune sometimes simply means liquids, oils, alcohols (called spirits), perfumes… If you business has a 12th house flavor, you may be selling essential oils or investing in petroleum companies.
– Sometimes, the ocean is also a literal interpretation of Neptune, Pisces or the twelve house. A twelfth houser may be a sailor. Mars in the 12th could serve in the Navy, or roam the oceans with Greenpeace. Ask the mermaids…
– With Neptune, Pisces and the twelfth house, we want to go back to Paradise – all illusions and escapism may come from the idea that we can take shortcuts. Hence addictions and depressions…..
– Sacrifice is another big spiritual theme. Sometimes we sacrifice ourselves for others, sometimes we sacrifice something we are attached to to become able to attach ourselves to something higher…. and sometimes we are just scapegoats, victims, sacrificed by others against our will, but if it’s in our chart….

… but maybe, to get a feel of the twelfth we should stop using this Mercurial mind who should now be happy enough with this list , and listen to music. Chose the most compelling music, the one you love most…. and get carried away.. Soon you will be so entranced that you will have forgotten that you have a body, a name, a yesterday and a tomorrow, no must, no should, no guilt, no shame, no have to….. Only oneness, only communion.

We are waves…

About the astrological alphabet

Let me tell you a quick word about the “astrological alphabet”: this concept means that the same archetype stands behind a planet, the sign it rules and the house it “naturally rules”.
However, planet, sign and house are not the same thing at all. The planet is the energy itself, and could be represented by a character.
Imagine this character is you, just for the time of this explanation. If you are the planet, the sign could be your house. Not the astrological house, your real house, with a door, windows and rooms. Or maybe the sign is your room, the place where you have chosen the furniture and hanged whatever you wanted to hang on the walls.
Someone who would visit your room in your absence would have a pretty accurate idea of the kind of person you are. The room is an expression of your personality. But of course, the room is not you. You are not a room, you are a person.
The house – not the one with doors and windows, i am now talking about the house of the horoscope which is naturally associated with the planet and the sign – could be your clothes. Similarly, someone who would visit your clothes in your absence (imagine you are taking a bath naked in a river and someone comes across them) would also have a good idea of the kind of person you are.
However, you are not your clothes, and the clothes are not you, and they are not your room either.
The room -the sign- says something about who you are within, and the clothing say something about who you are in a more external way; they also say something about what you are doing…
Now, you are not a planet, you are much more complex than that. So instead of you imagine a Greek God, or a Goddess, let’s say Aphrodite, aka Venus. What kind of clothes would she wear? And how would be her room if you had the privilege to be invited?…
Aphrodite has actually two rooms. One is Taurus and the other is Libra. In the Taurus room there is a huge double bed, incredibly comfortable, It smells sultry perfume, there are flowers, music, little things to eat, a fridge with drinks and a cupboard full of extra thin condoms. The other room is a parlour. It’s a kind of intimate art gallery. There are sofas and you’ve got to be good a talking if you want to stay there in the company of the one who may invite you to visit the other room.
Now, what is she wearing?…. I leave it to your imagination…
A horoscope is a crazy thing. Something you get just the right God in the right room wearing the right clothes, and sometimes, it’s all mixed up, you find Zeus – Jupiter wearing Aphrodite’s bikini in Mercury’s room reading his books. However, gods being gods, they are able to shape shift whilst remaining their true selves, Zeus can become female or the bikini turn into the masculine equivalent, and there are good reasons to read Mercury’s books or to borrow his toolbox….
All the art of astrological interpretation consists of understanding what kind of external shape the Gods, that is the planet- energies can take to fit the clothes they are wearing and the rooms in which they have business whilst remaining what they are at the core…
The purpose is to come up with interpretations looking like something possible in human lives.
That’s fun when it’s not a headache…

Summer Solstice 2019

Mermaid Basking in the Sun by Heni Sandoval

IMAGE NOTE: This beautiful mermaid painting is a wonderful image for the Sun moving into the waters of Cancer. It is by my sister and amazing artist Heni Sandoval. You can find more of her creative and colorful work at Heni’s Happy Paintings  and at Heni’s Gifts.

The Summer Solstice arrives on June 21 at 15:54 UT, 11:54 a.m. ET and 8:54 a.m. PT.

It is Winter Solstice for those in the Southern Hemisphere which is on June 22 at 1:54 a.m. AEST

The June Solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and is when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer each year. EarthSky has “All you need to know about the Solstice”  and The Farmer’s Almanac has interesting info on how ancient sites like Machu Picchu aligned with the Solstice.  It is Winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere when New Zealand celebrates the Maori new year Matariki, and in Hobart, Tasmania they have a celebration called Dark Mofo.

Here is the Solstice chart cast for New York City.

The Solstice chart is the birth chart for this new season and indicates trends to expect. The Sun is always at 0* Cancer at the Solstice and this year Mars and Mercury are also in Cancer.  Cancer is a healing, loving water sign filled with emotion. Mars represents action and Mercury rules communication and these planets are close togehter at the Solstice and continue this connection through 6/25. Cancer abhors confrontation and will do anything to avoid conflict. Mercury in Cancer filters communication through emotions, while Mars in Cancer is very creative and prefers to relax and keep everyone happy, but will dramatically over-react when emotions are triggered.  Mars in Cancer is known for both passive-aggressive behavior along with taking everything too personally.  When Mars is paired with Mercury in Cancer expect this behavior to spill out at both the macro level as well as in your personal life, especially when dealing with your family since Cancer is the sign which rules family, especially mothers and children.

Mars entered Cancer on 5/16 and began to trigger this type of over-reaction. Case in point happened on 5/27 when police in Phoenix, AZ violently confronted a family whose 4 year old daughter took a Barbie doll from a dollar store.  You can read about it here –  Police Officer Threatens To Shoot Pregnant Woman After Her Child Took Barbie From Family Dollar Store. The event did not receive wide spread attention until  6/17 when the Phoenix Mayor and Police Chief apologized, which was also the very day of the exact conjunction of Mars/Mercury.

One reason this type of emotional overload is more pronounced now is because of an opposition to Mars/Mercury from Pluto and Saturn transiting closely together in hard core Capricorn. Capricorn rules patriarchal institutions and  bureaucracies in general. This opposition contrasts old paradigms against more humane ways to deal with confrontation while also provoking rigid ideology to overreact to perceived challenges.

The Sun in Cancer also faces a challenge from a tense square from Chiron in Aries.  Aries is ruled by Mars and is an aggressive and war like sign. On the Solstice Chiron forms a square to the Sun in effect until the end of June which is exact on 6/27.  This challenge is already evident in the war-like rhetoric being lobbed around between the US and Iran over oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman. The last time Chiron entered Aries and formed similar squares to the Cancer Sun was from 1968-69 which was when the Viet Nam war escalated. Chiron in Aries is begging us to turn a key into new ways of action. Let us hope we have learned that war, death and destruction never achieve a lasting positive solution. Cancer at its highest vibration is unconditional love. The challenge for now is cultivating ability to act from this beautiful vibration, versus knee-jerk reactions from old limiting belief structures.

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The Solstice chart continues to point out challenges which need to be faced head-on in order to transmute. Jupiter is retrograde at 18* Sagittarius and forms an exact square to Neptune at 18* Pisces., also retrograde, Jupiter in Sagittarius, the sign he rules, is very positive and expands more optimism and zest for life, and Neptune in Pisces, which he rules, extends more love and ability to reach higher, more spiritual vibrations. Generally this is wonderful energy, but this tight square emphasizes over-enthusiasm along  with naive tendencies to believe in unreal fantasies, and pits these against each other. This is very obvious in the current political scene here in the US with 24 Democrat presidential candidates already announced (really!). Trevor Noah of the Daily Show calls it it World War D. When Jupiter is in Sagittarius it’s all to easy to over-inflate your chances and jump the gun at the starting gate.  Then there are the folks who are tapping into Neptunian mirages to see only what they want to see who follow President Trump blindly and rationalize his divisive rhetoric. This square is close and active through early July and repeats again in mid-September.

A bright spot at the Solstice is Venus in fun loving, flighty air sign Gemini. But she too is getting caught up in these obstacles.  From the Solstice until 6/25 Venus is opposite Jupiter and square Neptune, which creates a challenging aspect known as a T-Square. Venus in Gemini is delightful and helps us lift out of the doldrums by urging us to have more fun and pointing out the absurdities of life so we can laugh and take things less seriously. However with all the Cancerian energy around, “I will take things too seriously and you can’t talk me out of it.” Venus doesn’t have an easy job which this T-Square indicates. Luckily the Moon in fellow air sign Aquarius on the Solstice helps out by sending positive rays to Venus creating a harmonious trine to offset the T-Square.  In an event chart like the Solstice the Moon represents the public mood. Aquarius similar to Gemini is noted for it’s clever wit and also its ability to see the larger perspective. This Moon-Venus trine at the Solstice helps you get out of your own way and lifts you up above petty emotional traps. A suggestion to access this energy is to watch a lot of comedy especially those comedians who tackle divisive issues and open minds by helping us laugh at the absurdity of being human. Check out comedian Jim Jefferies who is a skilled master at this.

Uranus at 5* Taurus is standing alone on the Solstice not making any connections with other major planets, so it seems like this Lord of Chaos, structure buster planet is waiting  for his turn. When Mars enters Leo in early July he’ll begin pulling Uranus out, but for now Uranus is lurking in the shadows. The only connection to Uranus comes from Asteroid Vesta at 4* Taurus stationed next to Uranus on the Solstice. Vesta represents a pure flame always burning to light the way.  Vesta says “Lord Uranus, I am by your side and when the time is right I will carry my torch high and help you light your bonfire.”

So these are the larger themes for the Solstice. I also want to give you a heads up on a couple of things – Mercury is slowing down now in prep for his retrograde from 7/7 until 7/31 and there are 2 eclipses in July. A total solar eclipse on 7/2 and a partial lunar clipse on 7/16-17, I’ll be writing more about his in July’s issue, but if you are feeling spacey and your dreams have amped up, this is why.

Here is advice on how to use these energies positively in your own personal life. Be very aware of any tendency to take things too personally. People are always caught up in their own inner stuff and unconsciously project that to everyone else. Even if you usually are cool and collected, current energies fly into your face when you least expect, so  it’s a good time to practice self awareness – especially at those summer family gathering! (It’s your mother’s job to push your buttons. It’s your choice how to respond.) It’s also a great time to use the major Cancerian flow to create waves of love and channel the force of Mars in Cancer to approach life more creatively. Find ways to appreciate and enjoy more, then if someone steps on your toes, you can do a tap dance to amuse everyone instead.

Tap into the Venus/Moon trine to become more conscious so you can lift above to recognize petty patterns versus getting pulled into them. And to handle the Jupiter Neptune square, be aware where you may over enthusiastically gallop onto pathways which look enticing and glamorous, but are just siren songs luring you into pitfalls.

With that in mind I wan to note some irony, because Solstice 2018 chart looked so positive, yet for many it was the worst time ever.  (I could turn your hair white with stores I heard from many of my clients!) Read that post HERE. Solstice chart 2019 has many tense and challenging aspects, but if these challenges are mastered and overcome (read the advice above again) it could be one of the best times in many years! My wish for you is to capture the airy updraft and ride emotional waves with creative fun and joy!