Monday, March 25, 2019

Venus in Pisces


Venus in Pisces 
3/26/19  12:43 PM PST
Natural Chart / Whole Houses 

Venus (I Love) 

In a chart, Venus indicates what you are attracted to and what you attract to yourself.  Venus rules Libra and Taurus; is in detriment in Aries and Scorpio, is exalted in Pisces, and falls in Virgo. 

Keywords: adaptable, harmony, affectionate, artistic, beauty, attraction, charm, connection, femininity, glamour, intimacy, love, pleasure, seduction, social ease and vanity. 

Pisces (I Believe) 

Pisces is Water / Mutable / Passive (Feminine) sign ruled by Neptune and subruled* by Jupiter. 

Keywords: sensitive, dreamer, escapist, isolated, introverted, shy, psychic, romantic, vague, artistic, and creative. 

Venus in Pisces (General) 

Venus is said to be exalted in Pisces, meaning that the expression of Venus is enhanced and more powerful.  When Venus is in Pisces, people are more kind, sensitive, sympathetic, idealistic, and inspirational.

When Venus (I Love) is in Pisces (I Believe) people are more romantic, open,a and susceptible to falling in love. However, since Pisces is the sign of the romantic, sensitive, dreamer there is a tendency to fall in love too quickly, too deeply and / or with the wrong person.  People can become addicted to love and being in love. 

On the other hand, Venus in Pisces can help up be more open to a deeper, more mature, and spiritual kind of love.  The symbol for Venus looks somewhat like a hand mirror and Venus in this position can hold up a mirror to our relationships allowing us to see them more clearly. Through the lens of Pisces, we can more clearly see that the past hurts and betrayals of previous relationship are all part of growing and learning to love more unconditionally. 

How Mercury in Pisces Affect You 

A planet, such as Venus, describes a specific type of energy. In the case of Mercury it is the energy of love. The sign that it occupies indicates how that energy manifests. Venus, the energy of love, in Pisces will manifest as vague, romantic, and intuitive. Finally the house that the planet transits will determine where this energy will manifest in your life. 

In order to determine the house that Mercury in Pisces is transiting you look at your birth chart and determine what house aligns with Pisces. For example. 

  • If your rising sign is Aries, Pisces is your 12th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Taurus, Pisces is your 11th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Gemini, Pisces is your 10th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Cancer, Pisces is your 9th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Leo, Pisces is your 8th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Virgo, Pisces is your 7th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Libra, Pisces is your 6th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Scorpio, Pisces is your 5th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Sagittarius, Pisces is your 4th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Capricorn, Pisces is your 3rd House. 
  • If your rising sign is Aquarius, Pisces is your 2nd House. 
  • If your rising sign is Pisces, Pisces is your 1st House. 

Example 

Venus + Pisces + Fifth House 

Venus (I love) in Pisces (I believe) in the fifth house of love (including romantic interest), children, and creativity (such as hobbies and creative expression) can manifest as romantic feelings about love. You're feeling playful and amorous and want someone to have fun with. You might feel the urge to introduce some romantic drama into your life. You may find it easier to attract someone during this transit and it is likely that they will chase you rather than you being the pursuer. The fifth house rules our hobbies and creative pursuits so it is possible that you meet someone through your hobby or someone who is a creative person themselves.  






Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Full Moon in Libra

Full Moon in Libra 


Full Moon in Libra 
3/20/2019  6:42 PM (Pacific)
Natural Chart / Whole Houses 

A Full Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon occupy the same degree of opposite signs of the zodiac.  As you can see from the chart above, the Moon is at zero degrees Libra and the Sun is 180 degrees away at zero degrees Aries forming an opposition. This creates a dynamic of the Sun and Moon challenging one another; something is being split, divided. 

The Big Picture 

Libra is an Air / Cardinal / Masculine sign.  Libra represents the archetype of the diplomat, the mediator, or the peacemaker.  Libras are generally thought to be people pleasers, vacillating, fair-minded, idealistic, impartial, considerate, neutral,, and indecisive. It is ruled by Venus 

Aries is a Fire / Cardinal / Masculine sign. People born under the sign of Aries represent the archetype of the pioneer, the explorer, or the adventurer. Aries people are generally thought to be strong, assertive, energetic, impatient, headstrong, fearless, and eager.  It is ruled by Mars. 

With the Moon in Libra (I Balance) forming an opposition to the Sun in Aries (I AM) we have a dynamic of We vs. Me; Relationships vs. Individuality; and Compromise Vs. DissensionDuring this time you may feel pulled in opposite directions. You may feel that someone is pressuring you to do something that is not of primary importance to you and you feel like there isn't anything you can do about the situation.

This is a pattern we can see play out on a large scale by watching the news, paying attention to what is going on on social media and in the lives of our family and friends; or on a small scale by examining our own natal charts to see where the Full Moon is taking place. 

The Personal Touch 

To understand how the Full Moon in Libra affects us an individuals we need to see where 0 degrees Libra is in our own natal charts.  For example, zero degrees Libra in my natal chart is on the cusp of the 12th House, which is known as the area of our chart associated with endings, the past, and hidden things.  Across from the 11th house at 180 degrees is the 6th house which rules over health, work and our daily routines. 

To better understand this dynamic, we might want to create a mind-map like so. 

Moon in Libra              Sun in Aries 

relationships                  individuality 
we                                   me 
compromise                   dissension 


12th House                   6th House 

endings                         health 
hidden things                work 
the past                         daily routine 


When looked at this way, it could be interpreted that (for me) that some unresolved issues surrounding a past relationship may conflict with who I feel that I am today.  This conflict may play out in my work environment and have an affect on my health or upset my daily routine. 

In addition to these placements, it would be wise to check your current transits at the time of the Full Moon as well.  For example, the fact that Mercury Retrograde is also transiting my fifth further echoes the idea of having to re-visit or re-examine a past relationship. Finally, it is always a good idea to look at the aspects, or relationships, between the Full Moon and other planets in your natal chart.  

Where does zero degrees Libra fall in your chart and how will the Full Moon in Libra manifest for you?

Carolina Dean 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sun in Aries


Sun in Aries 
3/20/19 2:58 PM  Pisces 
Natural Chart / Whole Houses 

The Sun (I AM) 

In a chart, the Sun indicates where you shine. It represents your own ego as well as your approach to self expression and how you realize your self. The Sun rules Leo; is in detriment in Aquarius; exaltation in Aries; and fall in Libra.

Keywords: authority, confidence, creativity, power, ego, father, hope, vitality, potential, dignity, joy, generosity, extravagance, pride, individuality, recognition. 

Aries (I AM) 

Aries is a Fire / Cardinal / Masculine (active) Sign ruled by Mars. 

Keywords: assertive, strong, initiative, energy, impatient, headstrong, adventure, fearless, leader, pioneer, and eager. 

Sun in Aries (General) 

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and so it deals with beginnings and renewal. The ingress of the Sun into Aries marks the transition from Winter to Spring so this is a great time of beginnings of all kinds.  When the Sun is in Aries, people are generally more bold, restless, and enterprising.  They are more inclined to explore, to be contrary, and to be stubborn. 

How the Sun in Aries Affects You

A planet, such as the Sun, describes a specific type of energy. In the case of the Sun it is the energy of self or ego. The sign that it occupies indicates how that energy manifests. The Sun, the energy of self, in Aries will manifest as confident, stubborn, and fearless.  Finally the house that the planet transits will determine where this energy will manifest in your life. 

In order to determine the house that the Sun in Pisces is transiting you look at your birth chart and determine what house aligns with Pisces. For example. 

  • If your rising sign is Aries, Aries is your 1st  House  
  • If your rising sign is Taurus, Aries is your 12th House 
  • If your rising sign is Gemini, Aries is your 11th House
  • If your rising sign is Cancer, Aries is your 10th House 
  • If your rising sign is Leo, Aries is your 9th House
  • If your rising sign is Virgo, Aries is your 8th House
  • If your rising sign is Libra, Aries is your 7th House 
  • If your rising sign is Scorpio, Aries is your 6th House 
  • If your rising sign is Sagittarius, Aries is your 5th House
  • If your rising sign is Capricorn, Aries is your 4th House 
  • If your rising sign is Aquarius, Aries is your 3rd House 
  • If your rising sign is Pisces, Aries is your 2nd House
 
Example

Sun + Aries + 6th House 

The Sun (I am) in Aries (Self ) in the 6th house of health, work, and your daily routine will manifest as aggressive confidence regarding your day to day work and / or health. You feel healthier and may take steps to improve or refine your diet or exercise routines.  You have more energy for exercise and your physical activity in general can see an increase. 

Your focus now is also on your work and you want to do a good job. You take more pride in the work that you do. Your ego is tied up in your work, when you don't meet or exceeds your own expectations you feel bad about yourself. However, when you feel you do a great job you feel really good about yourself. Now is a good time to organize your work space for optimum efficiency as well as to improve your work skills.  

Where is Aries in your Natal Chart and how will the Sun in Aries manifest for you?  

Carolina Dean 

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Astrology of Luck



With St. Patrick's day tomorrow, our thoughts turn to the idea of luck --- good luck, bad luck and how to shift fortune into our favor. In any discussion of luck in the astrological chart, we look to the planet Jupiter. 

Jupiter is known as the planet of expansion and luck. It rules Sagittarius; is in detriment in Gemini; exalted in Libra; and fall in Aries. (see essential dignity). 

Keywords associated with Jupiter include, but are not limited to: expansion, plenty, abundance, chance, cheerful, education, faith, gambling, growth, self-betterment, hope, luck, optimism, philosophy, religion, truth, success and wisdom.  

Where Jupiter falls in your natal, or birth chart will given an indication of the source of luck in your life; and if it falls in one of the angular houses (1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th) , the affects of Jupiter becomes even more powerful. For example: 
  • If Jupiter is in your 1st house you tend to me proactive and make your own luck.
  • If Jupiter is in your 4th house your luck comes from your home and family. 
  • If Jupiter is in your 7th house, your luck comes to you through your relationships of all kinds (business or professional). 
  • If Jupiter is in your 10th house, your luck come through your career and reputation. 
Jupiter takes about 12 years to travel through the zodiac and so it stays in each sign for approximately one year.  As of this writing, Jupiter is currently transiting, or moving through, the fiery-mutable sign of Sagittarius and will move into Capricorn around December 2nd, 2019. 

Astrologically, Jupiter rules Sagittarius meaning that its power is enhanced and therefore stronger and more powerful. When Jupiter is in Sagittarius people are generally more tolerant, good natured, optimistic, liberal-minded, humane, and are interested in matters of religion, the law, justice, and compassion.  

To understand what area of life you will be lucky in 2019, look at what house Sagittarius falls in your natal chart. For example:

  • If Aries is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 9th house. 
  • If Taurus is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 8th house.
  • If Gemini is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 7th house.
  • If Cancer is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 6th house.
  • If Leo is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 5th house.
  • If Virgo is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 4th house.
  • If Libra is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 3rd house.
  • If Scorpio is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 2nd house.
  • If Sagittarius is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 1st house.
  • If Capricorn is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 12th house.
  • If Aquarius is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 11th house.
  • If Pisces is your rising sign, Sagittarius in your 10th house. 
The area of life associated with the natal house Jupiter is transiting will given an indication of those areas of life in which you will be lucky. For example, my rising sign is Scorpio which means that Jupiter is transiting my 2nd house which is associated with money, material matters, and personal values to name a few. 

Therefore for me, 2019 I will be lucky in matters of money. I may feel rich even though my bank-account may not reflect big numbers. Investments are likely to be successful and my personal values will steer me in the right direction.  The negative aspect of Transit Jupiter in the 2nd house is being to self-satisfied, expecting something for nothing, resting on one's laurels, and laziness.  

To better understand the force of luck in your life, it is the wise astrologer who will track his or her Jupiter transits and pays special attention to the aspects Jupiter makes to other planets and positions in your natal chart so that you can work with the universal ebb and flow of luck for greater success and abundance. 

Where will your luck be in 2019? 

Carolina Dean 



Monday, March 11, 2019

Essential Dignity

Essential Dignity 


Essential Dignity is a term used in Astrology to describe a type of relationship each planet has to specific signs. The power of a planet can be enhanced, empowered, diminished, or blocked depending on the essential dignity of the sign it occupies in a chart. There are four types of dignities. They are:

  • Exaltation- When a planet is in exaltation, it has the benefit of being enhanced by the sign it occupies and which fully supports its own. Keyword: Enhanced
  • Rulership- When a planet is in the sign of it’s rulership, it feels at home and is free to act. Keyword: Empowered
  • Detriment- When a planet is in the sign which is the opposite (six signs away) of its rulership, it is far from home and cut off from its resources. The planet needs to adapt in order to fulfill its potential. Keyword: Diminished
  • Fall- When a planet is in the sign which is the opposite (six signs away) of its exaltation, it must find alternate resources to reach its potential. Keyword: Blocked


Carolina Dean

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

New Moon in Pisces


New Moon in Pisces 
3/7/19  8:03 AM Pacific 
Natural Chart / Whole Houses 

The New Moon

A New Moon occurs when both the Sun and the Moon simultaneously occupy the same degree of the same sign in the zodiac. As you can see from the above chart, the Sun and Moon both occupy 15 degrees Pisces at 8:03 am on 3/7/2019 making this a new moon. 

The Moon Represents What is Happening 

Occurring approximately once every 28 1/2 days, new moons denote the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new cycle. New Moons are a great time to initiate any kind of change or to begin attracting anything that is needed or wanted.   Due to the fact that the moon is associated with our emotions, this is often seen as a new emotional cycle. 

Some keywords associated with the moon include, but are not limited to, the following: emotions, feelings, family, change, instincts, reflection, imagination, subconscious, or nurturing. 

Pisces Represents How it is Happening 

The Astrological Sign in which the New Moon occurs can indicate how this emotional renewal may express itself. Some keywords associated with Pisces include, but are not limited to, the following: sensitive, dreamer, escapist, isolated, introverted, shy, psychic, romantic, vague, artistic, and creative. 

The New Moon in Pisces 

A good way to better understand the Moon in Pisces is to put these keywords side by side and blend them together. For example 



When the Moon is in Pisces people are more sensitive to the prevailing psychic undercurrents of their environment and people around them.  They may also be more apt to associate with shady individuals or those who are handicapped. This usually manifests as a more altruistic, humanitarian, or emphatic outlook towards others.  The bad side of this a tendency to be too self-sacrificing. People generally have lofty dreams and goals.   

The House is Where it Happens

The Astrological House in which the New Moon occurs in your Natal Chart gives an indication of the area of life activated by the New Moon and where you can expect to see the energy of the New Moon in Pisces to play out. Since the March New Moon occurs in 15 degrees Pisces, you would look at your Natal, or Birth Chart to ascertain in what House 15 degrees Pisces occurs.  

The Twelve Houses of Life 

  1. The self, ego, appearance, initiative, leadership, fresh starts and new beginnings. 
  2. Money and material matters.  Your physical environment, income, money, and your sense of self-esteem. 
  3. Communication in all its forms (thinking, writing, speaking, etc... ) as well as siblings, local travel, teachers and community events. 
  4. Home, privacy, your basic sense of security, your mother, children, and your own ability to nurture others.
  5. Creative expression, drama, attention, love, and romance. 
  6. Health and service to others. Your routine, diet, exercise and helpfulness to others. 
  7. Marriage, partnerships, and relationships of all kinds.  Contracts, business deals, etc... 
  8. Birth, death, sex, other people's money and property. 
  9. Expansion, the higher mind, foreign matters (languages, cultures, travel) luck, adventure, risk, philosophy, ethics and morals. 
  10. The public, fame, honors, reputation, awards, boundaries, rules, discipline, authority, the father. 
  11. Groups of people such as friends and associations, networking, social justice.  Originality, sudden unexpected events, invention, surprises, and all things futuristic.
  12. Endings. Completion, tying up loose ends, old age, karma, making amends, and the afterlife. Imagination, creativity, poetry, and the subconscious mind. 
A Practical Example 

New Moon in Pisces and the 5th House 

With the New Moon in the fifth house you are more sensitive and it is harder for you to hide your feelings from those around you.  If you are in a relationship, you may experience deeper and more intense feelings for your lover or partner.  You may experience a certain obsession and possessiveness for your lover. Alternately, it is also possible that focus on your own feelings at the expense of the feelings of those around you. 

The moon brings the instinct to mother, or nurture, others and the 5th house rules over children. With the moon transiting the 5th house you may experience the desire to take care of others in a parental or mothering manner -- in fact you can be quite overprotective. It is important that your efforts to protect another person does not keep them from assuming responsibility for their own thoughts, words, and deeds. 

A Deeper Look 

You can get a good idea of how the New Moon in Pisces will affect you with this simple technique. However, if you wish to go deeper, then, in addition to the Moon Sign and Natal House you may also wish to look at any aspects the New Moon is making to other planets at the time of the New Moon as well as any aspects the New Moon is making to your natal placements.  

Nonetheless, this is another subject entirely and will be the addressed in a future blog post. It is important to remember though that the aspects the New Moon make to the other planets at the time of the New Moon will affect everyone, while the aspects the New Moon is making to your Natal placements will apply only to you. 

Where is 15 degrees Pisces in your chart? How will the New Moon in Pisces manifest for you? 

Carolina Dean 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Uranus in Taurus

Uranus in Taurus 


Uranus in Taurus 
March 6th 2019 12:26 am
Natural Chart / Whole Houses 

Uranus (I Rebel) 

In a chart, Uranus represents where you give up personal responsibility and wish to remain free and unburdened. Uranus rules Aquarius; is in detriment in Leo, exalted in Scorpio, and fall in Taurus. 

Keywords: change, breakthrough, freedom, deviation, rebellion, creativity, extremism, eccentric, impatient, innovative, inventive, intuitive, original restless, unexpected, truth, unpredictable.  

Taurus (I Have) 

Taurus is an Earth / Fixed / Passive (Feminine) sign Ruled by Venus. 

Keywords: patient, consistency, predictable, steady, materialistic, passive, dependable, comfort, value, sensual, and laid back. 

Uranus in Taurus (General) 

As stated above, Uranus is said to be in fall in Taurus. What this means is that Uranus in the sign which is opposite of its exhalation (Scorpio). When a planet is in fall, it indicates that it is blocked or cut off from it's natural resources and must find alternate ones to fulfill it's nature. 

Uranus and Taurus are opposite in many way. Where's as Taurus is patient and determined, Uranus is impatient and restless. Taurus is tradition and Uranus is deviates from the norm to forge it's own path. When Uranus in in Taurus, people are unreliable, changeable, and erratic (especially in terms of money and finances).  

How Uranus in Taurus Affect You 

A planet, such as Uranus, describes a specific type of energy. In the case of Mars it is the energy of rebellion. The sign that it occupies indicates how that energy manifests. Uranus, the energy of rebellion, in Taurus will manifest as a stubborn desire to shake things up and introduce change into certain areas of life.  Finally the house that the planet transits will determine where this energy will manifest in your life. 

In order to determine the house that Uranus  in Taurus is transiting you look at your birth chart and determine what house aligns with Taurus. For example. 

  • If your rising sign is Aries, Taurus is your 2nd House. 
  • If your rising sign is Taurus, Taurus is your 1st House. 
  • If your rising sign is Gemini, Taurus is your 12th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Cancer, Taurus is your 11th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Leo, Taurus is your 10th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Virgo, Taurus is your 9th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Libra, Taurus is your 8th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Scorpio, Taurus is your 7th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Sagittarius, Taurus is your 6th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Capricorn, Taurus is your 5th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Aquarius, Taurus is your 4th House. 
  • If your rising sign is Pisces, Taurus is your 3rd House

Example 

Mars + Taurus + 7th House 

Mars (I act) in Taurus (I have) and the 7th House (Relationships). The 7th house is ruled by Libra (I balance) in the natural chart ... so Uranus in Taurus in the 7th house will manifest in the area of your relationships. Uranus in the 7th House can manifest as a determined desire to introduce change into your relationships (business and personal).  If you are in a relationship, it could very well come to an end (unless the relationship is otherwise secure). If you are single, a relationship may begin and end quickly. Such as relationship may be experienced as a wild ride that distracts you from your usual routine. 

What house is Uranus transiting in your birth chart and how do you think it will manifest for you? 

Carolina Dean 



Monday, March 4, 2019

Mercury Retrograde & You


Mercury Retrograde & You 

How to Understand Mercury Retrograde in Your Chart

Astrological Charts are like fingerprints, no two are alike because no two people are exactly alike and therefore Mercury Retrograde will effect everyone differently. To determine how Mercury Retrograde will affect you, you have to determine which house(s) Mercury will transit (or pass through) while it is in retrograde state. 

Determining Mercury's Position Relative to Your Birth Chart

Begin by ascertaining what sign Mercury occupies at the time of the retrograde. You can usually find this out simply by doing an internet search, but if you can't find out you can simply draw up a chart for the exact time of Mercury Retrograde for your location. For example, here is a chart of the skies over Oak Harbor, WA on 10/4/14 at 10:02 AM. As you can see from the chart below, Mercury was in the 2nd Degree of the Sign of Scorpio when Mercury went retrograde.





It really doesn't matter what city or state you use to determine Mercury's position because as long as you adjust your time according to the time zone of the particular place you will get the same result. For example here is a chart for Great Falls, South Carolina at 1:02 pm on October 4th 2014




Looking at this chart, we see that Mercury was also in the 2nd Degree of Scorpio during Mercury Retrograde. As you can see, no matter where you are in the world, Mercury will be in the same sign of the Zodiac for all persons. It is only the house positions that change. Therefore to determine how Mercury Retrograde will affect the masses, we would analyze Mercury Retrograde in the Sign of Scorpio, which is said to govern over sex, and death. 

​However, to determine how Mercury Retrograde will affect you we will look at what house governs Scorpio in your birth chart. To do that you need to get your own birth chart drawn up. This can be done for free at Astrolabe. Simply enter your name and birth data and then print out your Natal, or birth, Chart. For this blog entry I will use the birth chart of Chris Evans, the actor known most recently for his role as Captain America. 





As you can see, Chris has Scorpio as his ascendant and this marks his first house which rules one's identity, outer appearance and ego. Mercury Retrograde is transiting his 1st house of identity. This bodes a period in which he has the opportunity to improve the image he projects to others, reassess old patterns of thought and improve upon them. 

Now remember, Mercury Retrograde does not mean that the planet stops but rather appears to move backwards so Mercury is still moving. At the time the retrograde started it was in the 18th degree of Scorpio, but on October 10th it moves into Libra which governs Chris' 12th house which rules one's subconscious. So around October 10th he will begin feeling this new influence. This will be a time of deep introspection and he will have a tendency to shy away from people in order to spend some time alone, relax, and recuperate. During this time he may be susceptible to falling back into old, unhealthy, habits and/or patterns of behavior.

Mercury will then turn direct again on 10/25/14 at 12:16 PM PST in the 16th degree of Libra. During this time intuition becomes more reliable and information flows freely from the subconscious mind to the conscious part of the mind which can result in the return of creativity in the realm of writing and speaking. The desire to be social and interact with people will be more accentuated. 


Mercury Retrograde Through the Houses
Generally speaking, during "Stationary Retrograde", the point at which Mercury turns retrograde, RESEARCH, THINK, EVALUATE...and when Mercury turns "Stationary Direct", the point at which Mercury goes direct again, DECIDE, RESOLVE, ACT.


  • First House - The first house rules the self and the image your project on the world. With mercury retrograde transiting the first house, this is a good time to review how you present yourself to the outside world. You may consider changing your appearance in some way now, but shouldn’t do anything too extreme as you might come to regret your choice. Since the first house also rules your body, you may experience episodes of awkwardness or clumsiness and suffer minor injuries. 
  • Second House- The second house is the house of money and personal values. With mercury retrograde in the second house you re-evaluate your core values and what you hold dear. If you are due any monies during this time, it will likely be delayed; on the flip side sometimes you receive unexpected money when mercury is retrograde in in the second house. Now is a good time to reconsider what you really value in life and determine if it’s all worth it. 
  • Third House - This house is associated with communication, siblings and short journeys. This transit can bring about a busy mind preoccupied with many, often contradictory thoughts. Increased worry and a nervous condition may result. You spend a lot of time working through your thoughts and may not have all the information needed to resolve any issues related to the mind. Since this house rules over travel, you may experience setbacks with regards to your mode of travel. Now is a good time to check your car battery, get your oil changed, or schedule a tune up. Communications also suffer so many sure your computer is backed up and your antivirus software is up to date. With interpersonal communications make sure you slow down and listen more than you talk and make sure you fully understand other people before assuming anything that is not said outright. 
  • Fourth House- This house rules your home, neighborhood, community, and family. Your home should be your sanctuary and it should make you feel safe and secure when you are there. With mercury retrograde in your fourth house, your home may feel stifling. You may feel the urge to remodel your home, rearrange your furniture, or refresh the paint. At any rate, this is a good time to remove clutter for the free flow of energy through your home and gain a new perspective on how you feel about your environment. Since this house also rules your early childhood, this could also be a time when old childhood issues resurface that will have to resolved. 
  • Fifth House - This house rules, love, romance, children, creativity, and hobbies. With mercury retrograde in the fifth house your creativity may be blocked and your hobbies may fail to bring you the satisfaction that they once did. This is a great time to review your creative process, which may have become stale an unfulfilling, reconnect with your inner child and re-discover yourself as creative being. A old boy/girlfriend may try to re-enter your life at this time. Now is now a good time to start a new relationship but rather review past mistakes so that you can make better decisions about the people that you allow into your heart and into you life. Don’t make any final decisions regarding love and romance until mercury stations direct again. 
  • Sixth House - This house rules health, work, pets, and daily routines. With mercury retrograde in the sixth house, you may experience the need to be more flexible with your daily routines. Misunderstanding or infighting among co-workers is common. Deadlines are not met due to miscommunications and in extreme cases you may quit your job or be terminated. Either way, this is a good time to return to a previous job or employer. Old health issues may arise and need to be addressed. If you recently started a new health or diet regime you may fall back into old unhealthy habits not conducive to good health. 
  • Seventh House- This house rules marriage, agreements, and partnerships of all kinds. Conflicts and misunderstandings often result when mercury retrograde is in the seventh house. Old relationship issues may resurface again at this time forcing a renegotiation of the terms of the relationship that may have gone unsaid for too long. This transit is good for reconnecting with your partner but not for finding or developing a new relationship. This house also rules open enemies and they can be troublesome during this placement. You may feel the urge for more balance in your life but may not be able to find it, albeit easily. 
  • Eighth House- This house rules sex, death, shared resources and other people’s money. With this placement you may feel an intense desire for greater intimacy with others but actually experience feelings of emotional and physical distance from them. Emotionally you may be prone to irrational outbursts and present a serious demeanor taking everything personally. This may result in a depressing pessimistic attitude. This is a good time to review past sexual relationships so that you can understand your needs better and examine if you are getting what you need out of present relationships. Secrets pertaining to sex or money may come to light at this time. 
  • Ninth House- This house rules spiritual growth, dreams, long journeys, higher learning and foreigners. With mercury retrograde in the ninth house you may experience an attitude that is either overly optimistic or pessimistic. You may even feel the need to re-visit a certain place but travel plans will be delayed or interrupted. Before you can see where you are going, you may need to re-asse where you are. If you are taking any classes or trying to learn a new language, concept, or other subject your studies may suffer. Since this house also rules spirituality you may have experiences which cause you to question your faith or to re-examine why you believe what you believe. 
  • Tenth House- The Tenth house is associated with your career, ambition, profession, and authority figures such as parents or your boss. With mercury retrograde in the tenth house problems arise with your career, often in the form of conflicts with your boss, mentor, or supervisor. You may exhibit irresponsible or undisciplined behavior and thinking unable to set clear, achievable goals. A change in your social status may result in your social status due to the promotion of someone else or the loss of your own job. You could be demoted or have responsibility taken away from you. This is a good time to re-enter a previous career or to give another try to a previously abandoned career goal. 
  • Eleventh House- This is the house that rules friends, associations and groups of individuals as well as your hopes, dreams, and the future. Mercury retrograde transiting your eleventh house can result in arguments with your friends. In fact you may chose to end a friendship at this time, however, it may only turn out to be temporary setback that you begin to heal once mercury stations direct again. You may find that you don’t really fit into any groups that you belong to and will re-evaluate whether you wish to continue associating with the group. Alternatively you may even experience being forced out of your group. Since this transit also governs your hopes and dreams, you may question your future and / or experience delays, or blocks in achieving your goals.
  • Twelfth House- This house rules endings, things hidden, places of confinement, and your past. When mercury retrograde is transiting the twelfth house things you previously thought were over and done with may re-enter your life forcing you to deal with these past issues all over again. You become more aware of subconscious issues and may suffer from insomnia or nightmares. Since this house also rules hidden enemies, you may be in danger of them working against your better interest. This is vulnerable time for you and your intuition may be “off” so you question your own feelings and instincts. This is a good time for retreat and withdrawal i favor of prayer and meditation in order to reconnect with your own spirit.

Aspects: Relationships Between the Signs 

The next step would be to analyze the aspects, or relationships, between Mercury Retrograde and the planets in your Birth Chart. This is determined by ascertaining the number of degrees between Mercury Retrograde and the planets in the birth chart. There are several different aspects each of which has their own meaning and this is a subject too complex to delve into during this brief article. The serious student will want to do more research and there is software and other programs that can determine the various aspects for you.

However, I will share the following example. Chris has Mercury in the 4th degree of Cancer in his birth chart and Mercury Retrograde occupies the 2nd degree of Scorpio when it turns Retrograde. This is a difference of 128 degrees. That would mean that Mercury Retrograde is trine Natal Mercury. A trine is an aspect in which two planets are 120 degrees apart or within 9 degrees either way of 120 degrees. It is one of the most favorable of aspects. Mercury Retrograde is trine Natal Mercury which would help lessen or even negate the negative affects of Mercury Retrograde. 

Once you have all the information written down for Mercury Retrograde in your house and it's various aspects you will begin the process of astrological synthesis. This is the process of combining all the information that you have gathered into a logical and cohesive understanding.

Carolina Dean

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Mercury Retrograde: A Different Perspective

Mercury Retrograde 

A Different Perspective 


Mercury Retrograde (Pisces)
March 5th, 2019  10:19 am 
Natural Chart  Whole Houses 


What is Mercury Retrograde ?


Mercury Retrograde is a term that you have probably heard before but aren't sure exactly what it means. During periods of retrograde, a planet appears to move backwards from its normal trek around the sun. Those areas of life governed by the planet tend to suffer setbacks and breakdowns. There are many retrograde including Mars Retrograde, Venus Retrograde, Jupiter Retrograde, in fact all the planets turn retrograde at some point. However, Mercury Retrograde is arguably the one you hear about most often. 

Mercury is believed to rule communication and travel and so during a Mercury-Retrograde it is common for breakdowns in communication and interruption of travel plans to occur. People become short-tempered, computers break down, get viruses, cars and other vehicles may breakdown, flat tires may occur, communication slows or grinds to a halt, etc.....

How Do I Protect Myself During Mercury Retrograde?

There are many ways that people protect, or shield, themselves from the affects of Mercury Retrograde. I will divide them into two main categories. They are Mundane and Spiritual. 

Mundane Methods 
  • Environment- This area includes your home, car, and workplace….any place where you spend a great deal of time. The first thing you should do is physically clean these areas and remove any clutter to facilitate the free flow of energy. Part of de-cluttering also means finishing any projects or putting them away until after MR (if they are not time-sensitive) This may also be a great time to re-arrange your living space. After the area is physically clean, it should then be spiritually cleansed and any protections you have in place should be renewed.  In addition to cleaning and de-cluttering, your car should be taken to your local parts-place to have your battery, fluid-levels and tire air-pressure checked and corrected if needed. Don’t forget to check your spare tire as well! Many business such as Auto-Zone or any Walmart that has a tire center will do these simple checks free of charge. If you have an emergency road kit, then any missing or previously used items should be replaced; if you do not have an emergency road kit, then this would be a great time to assemble one. Computers fall under the category of environment as many people spend a great deal of time on them in their daily lives. The same procedures for your home and car are true for your computer as well. Dump old files, de-frag your computer, back up your data, and make sure that your virus protection is up to date. And I cannot talk about real-time environments without bringing up social media environments. Being prepared for MR online includes removing yourself from any groups in which you do not participate, pruning your friends list, and reviewing your privacy settings. 
  • Relationships- Failure to communicate effectively is a hallmark of MR. How much of this is MR and how much of this is just people using MR as an excuse to be rude and abrasive is debatable. Pre-Mercury Retrograde, however, is your opportunity to examine and heal your relationships or resolve issues old issues so they do not fester. If there is a friend, family member, or loved one that you’ve been meaning to call, write, or speak to then now is the time to reach out to them. If there are issues in your relationships now is the time to address them so that you don’t carry anything negative into MR with you. Forgive and forget so that you can move on. It is especially important that you say what you mean and mean what you say (which is a general good rule of thumb in any case) and don’t assume that people understand the truth intent and meaning behind your words. The reverse is also true, don’t assume that you know the intent and meaning behind the words of others. If there is any doubt, ask. 
  • Self- Last but not least, now is the time to exercise some self-care. This includes examining your physical and mental state and addressing any issues that need attention. If your mind and / or body has been under a great deal of stress, then you need to reduce stress and develop coping mechanisms. Strive for more balance between work, play, and rest. Finally, undergoing a spiritual cleansing to remove any astral or emotional muck so that you do not carry it with you into MR is also a good idea. 

Spiritual Methods 


Below you will find a list of magical means to combat Mercury Retrograde. This is, by far, not a comprehensive list and not every remedy will work for every person. For this reason you are encouraged to start with those remedies that most appeal to you and use them in your own personal life to rate their effectiveness. 
  • Light a candle to Ganesha (remover of obstacles) and offer him incense and milk on the day that Mercury turns retrograde to smooth the way for an unencumbered path for you in the weeks ahead. When Mercury turns direct again, you may wish to light another candle to Ganesha. If you do not have a relationship with Ganesha or are uncomfortable working with him, you may use a Road Opener candle instead. 
  • Dress yourself with Van Van Oil each morning during MR and pray the 23rd Psalm (The Lord is my shepherd…) Van Van Oil is a type of road opener oil that is known for blessing people and objects, as well as turning bad luck to good. It contains lemongrass which is an herb associated with the planet Mercury. 
  • Carry a rabbit’s foot in your pocket and place a dish of salt on your windowsill. 
  • Wear something silver such as a ring or bracelet (you can even place a silver mercury dime in your right shoe). 
  • Combine lemongrass, sage, and mint in their dried forms and place a pinch of this in the four corners of a room to fix it to mitigate the effects of MR.
  • Strategically place hematite, fluorite, and clear quartz near your computer to protect it from being affected by MR. 
  • Place a small mojo bag containing comfrey root and wormwood in your car for protection during travel and to prevent accidents. You may also wish to add a silver mercury dime and dress this with Van Van Oil. 
  • Each of the seven classical planets (Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn) are associated with a Kamea, or magic square, and a seal. While the Kamea puts forces in motion that are associated with said planet, the Seal is said to bring them to a halt. Therefore by carrying the Seal of Mercury (which is incorporated into the design above) you can prevent the energies of MR from affecting you. This seal may be drawn on paper and tucked in your pocket, included in a mojo bag or doll baby, etched on a candle, or if you have the ability it may be engraved on a silver mercury dime. It should be remembered, however, that the seal stops all of the energies associated with a planet...the good and the bad and the seal should be put away and not used once Mercury turns direct or you’ll deny yourself the positive effects of Mercury.
  • Examine your natural chart to see what natal house Mercury Retrograde is transiting in order to understand how mercury retrograde will affect you in an individual level. 
A Different Perspective on Mercury Retrograde 

Having said all of the above, I would like to offer you a different perspective. Imagine, if you will, that Mercury is a swimmer on the cosmic seas. Typically, he swims with the celestial currents but once in a while he gets turned around and starts swimming against the current. He uses more of his energy or personal power, he tires more quickly, he becomes lost or confused. 

Instead of protecting yourself from Mercury Retrograde, let me suggest that you use your time and energy to feed and strengthen him.  How might we do this? Below are just a few suggestions. 

  • We know from our use of astral candles that Mercury's colors are yellow and green. Therefore, burn yellow or green candles upon which you have etched the symbol for Mercury and which has been dressed with Mercury Planetary OilOptional: Sprinkle High John Root powder on the candle for strength and endurance. 
  • You can surround the candle with herbs and crystal which vibrate in harmony with Mercury, such as caraway, dill, clover, lavender, marjoram, and peppermint. Crystals include opal, agate, carnelian, and aventurine. When the candle is spent, you can keep these herbs / crystal in your environment. 
  • If you desire you can erect a temporary altar to Mercury and place on it those colors in harmony with mercury, it's crystals, gems, and stones; it's herbs and other things ruled over by Mercury such as books (especially biographical, occult, dictionaries, or law books), print advertisements, cars (use a toy), birds, contracts, deeds, handwriting, keys,  money, telephones (use a cell phone). 
  • Incorporate yellow and green into your clothing. If not with your clothing, then with your accessories.
  • Wear Mercury Planetary Oil. Burn Mercury Planetary Incense. Bathe in Mercury Planetary Bath Crystals
You must keep in mind, that the energy you are feeding the planet is coming from the herbs, the crystals, and the candles, etc..  -- you are only directing that energy with your thoughts and attention and not giving Mercury your own energy. However, you are setting up a reciprocal relationship with Mercury wherein you feed him energy and, in turn, things will go more smoothly for you. 

Carolina Dean 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Venus in Aquarius

Venus in Aquarius 


Venus enters Aquarius 
3/01/2019    8:45 AM 
Natural Chart / Whole Signs 


Venus (I Love) 

In a chart, Venus indicates what you are attracted to and what you attract to yourself.  Venus rules Libra and Taurus; is in detriment in Aries and Scorpio, is exalted in Pisces, and falls in Virgo. 

Keywords: adaptable, harmony, affectionate, artistic, beauty, attraction, charm, connection, femininity, glamour, intimacy, love, pleasure, seduction, social ease and vanity. 

Aquarius (I Know) 

Aquarius represents the archetype of eccentric, the visionary, and the rebel or outlaw. It is an Air / Mutable / Masculine (Active) Sign.  It is ruled by Uranus. 

Keywords: altruistic, detached, rebellious, unconventional, erratic, inventive, groups, imaginative, original, impersonal, and futuristic. 

Venus in Aquarius (General) 

When Venus is in Aquarius, people are generally happier, more romantic, friendly, and have sudden and unexpected experiences in love. Venus in Aquarius often manifests as a certain open-mindedness regarding love and romance. You may find yourself attracted to people who really stand out as individuals and who are comfortable with their own uniqueness. 

You may find yourself entering into unusual relationships or be attracted to someone who is against your type. Nonetheless, you still have to connect with the person on an intellectual level. Such relationships may begin and end quickly. However, there is a tendency to remain friends when the relationship is no longer of a romantic or sexual nature. 

How Venus in Aquarius Affects You  

A planet, such as Venus, describes a specific type of energy. In the case of the Venus it is the energy of love. The sign that it occupies indicates how that energy manifests. The Sun, the energy of self, in Aquarius will manifest in a friendly, romantic, and happy manner.  Finally the house that the planet transits will determine where this energy will manifest in your life. 

In order to determine the house that the Sun in Pisces is transiting you look at your birth chart and determine what house aligns with Pisces. For example. 

  • If your rising sign is Aries, Aquarius is your 11th House 
  • If your rising sign is Taurus, Aquarius is your 10th House 
  • If your rising sign is Gemini, Aquarius is your 9th House 
  • If your rising sign is Cancer, Aquarius is your  8th House
  • If your rising sign is Leo, Aquarius is your 7th House
  • If your rising sign is Virgo, Aquarius is your 6th House
  • If your rising sign is Libra, Aquarius is your  5th House 
  • If your rising sign is Scorpio, Aquarius is your 4th House 
  • If your rising sign is Sagittarius, Aquarius is your 3rd House 
  • If your rising sign is Capricorn, Aquarius is your 2nd House 
  • If your rising sign is Aquarius, Aquarius is your 1st House
  • If your rising sign is Pisces, Aquarius is your 12th House 

Example 

Transit Venus in Aquarius and the 4th House 

Venus (I Love) in Aquarius (I Know) in the 4th house of home and family can manifest as friendly, happy, and romantic feelings in the area of home, family, and your immediate environment or neighborhood. You feel good about your home and family right now. You are feeling more romantic and nostalgic. You may find yourself improving the aesthetic of your personal environment to make it more pleasing and comfortable to you. 

In matters of romance, it is possible that you meet a romantic partner through a family member, someone who lives in your own neighborhood (the proverbial girl / boy next door), or someone who works with homes in some way such as a construction worker, interior designer, painter, etc... Loyalty is of paramount importance and you're looking for someone who will be loyal to you and who will instill feelings of safety and security in you. 

Carolina Dean 


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