On Nov 10 communication planet Mercury went direct and is no longer retrograde. But we can still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on Dec 2 that started a new life cycle. Mercury is in the powerful Water sign Scorpio until Dec 24. Under the influence of Scorpio, secrets can be revealed and actions without integrity can be exposed. As this reflective Water Snake year ends, Mercury in Scorpio can be a superb time to review your life and get in touch with your deepest feelings.
Mon Dec 2 at 4:22 pm PST was a new Moon in fiery, fun, free-wheeling Sagittarius. Lighten up and enjoy the holidays! Be merry, be bright. On this new Moon, the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries to try something new, travel, see the big picture. Venus trines Mars for luck in love, especially now that Scorpio energy is not so dominant. But the Moon does square Neptune in Pisces so not the best time to analyze all the data. Be open to answers arriving in dreams during the entire winter of this Water Snake year.
This Moon began the month of the Wood Rat so put on your thinking cap! Make plans and decisions. Excellent for learning and new studies. Rat is considered a lucky sign in Chinese astrology because Rat is the first animal of the 12 animals of the Asian zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster (Phoenix), Dog, and Pig.
Good fortune on this new Moon is for all, and most strongly influences the Fire signs Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo and for those born in Rat, Dragon, and Monkey years.
Tuesday Dec 17, 2013 is a full Moon at 1:28 am PST in the mercurial Air sign Gemini. There’s more energy, excitement, and vitality under the influence of effervescent Gemini. But this full Moon is opposite both the Sun and Mercury in fiery Sagittarius. Your head and heart could be in conflict. Your head convinces you of one reality while your heart whispers another. Logic does not prevail, and affairs might not run all that smoothly.
Adding to the full Moon intensity is Mars opposite Uranus squares Pluto, making a cardinal T-square. Squares can set the stage for tension, irrational behavior, or childish impulsiveness. So lighten up and move on, like a true Gemini! Fortunately, Jupiter trines Saturn to create new structures without losing your old ones. You can work slowly and patiently to build.
More good fortune is that Uranus goes direct today, the planet of revolution, folly, and unexpected surprises. Uranus has been retrograde since July 17. Now that Uranus is back on track, events can be unique, different, and very freeing. People are able to express new ideas and expand their circle of friends. Time to bring on some Uranian magic! Anything can happen, and your good luck could be around the next corner.
This Gemini full Moon is so close to Cancer that it trines Neptune for creativity and artistic inspiration, and heightened sensitivity. Under the influence of Gemini, there are many points of view and even more ways to express them. Luck for breakthroughs is for everyone, and is strongest for the Air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Please call me at 415.642.8019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your tarot or astrology reading for the full Moon.
This full Moon falls on a double Snake day: a fire Snake day in this Wood Snake year. The Fire Snake can be very driven, is intense, spiritual, and born to succeed. Fire Snake is a dynamic worker who is not easily intimidated by anyone or anything. So luck is with you to set and accomplish goals, launch new endeavors, try new methods, and take innovative risks. (All helped by Uranus direct.)
Snake is the sign of the Chinese zodiac that is known for being wise, contemplative, and a bit mysterious. Snakes are natural healers, and are often introspective people. Under the influence of the double Snake, anticipate that emotions can be intense. And people want power; no one wants to back down. Especially during Mars square Pluto, there can be issues of power and control. And the light of the full Moon can “accidentally” reveal long-kept secrets.
Fortunately, Mercury in Sagittarius offers opportunities to speak the truth, see the point, and go right to it. Snake can hit the mark after coiling up and contemplating. So meditate and ponder a bit on this full Moon before acting. Hit the mark — or if timing is not right then bide your time. We have two more months of Snake year so there’s no rush. Be thorough in this Snake year when slower is better. Double Snake urgency is most strongly felt by those born in Snake, Ox, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster) years.
URANUS in Aries squares PLUTO in Capricorn on the following dates: NOVEMBER 1 2013, April 21 2014 December 14 2014, and March 16 2015. Uranus symbolizes freedom, radical change, and liberation. Pluto (especially in Earth sign Capricorn) represents the conservative power structure. And the reigning PLUTOocracy, a government of wealthy men, has become globalized with drone strikes to keep predatory capitalism in power.
The most recent series of Uranus square Pluto was between 1932 and 1934. In the U.S. it was the peak of the Great Depression and the invention of the atomic bomb. In Europe was the rise of Adolph Hitler. In Asia, upheaval at this time lead to Japan and China at war by 1937 that set the stage for World War 2.
In 1966 and 1967, Uranus and Pluto were conjunct three times (blended together but not squared) that started cultural and social revolutions all over the world. Uranus added passion and power to liberation movements and the social shifts that followed. The Summer of Love was here in San Francisco in 1967, and the Cultural Revolution in China raged during these years, especially in 1966 the year of the Fire Horse. The cycle begins and repeats as Uranus once again has contact with Pluto!
Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks three times a year. During the Mercury retrogrades in 2014 Wood Horse year, events can be quite chaotic. So hold on to the reins and ride out the wild energy!
2014 Mercury retrograde cycles:
February 6 – 28 in Air sign Aquarius. Good for think tank, new ideas, and networking. Mercury is exalted in Aquarius, the best sign for Mercury.
June 7 – July 1 in Air sign Gemini. Events fly by and energy is wildly fast paced in this double Horse month — Metal Horse month in Wood Horse year. Metal chops Wood so be careful of accidents.
October 4 – 25 in Air sign Libra. Relationships will be important under the influence of Libra. This retrograde gives us more opportunities to thoroughly communicate to loved ones.
2013 YEAR of the WATER SNAKE
Feb 9, 2013 at 11:20 pm PST (but listed as Feb 10 in many calendars) was a new Moon in the independent and exciting Air sign Aquarius. And this new Moon in Aquarius began the year of the WATER SNAKE! Chinese New Year is a spring festival that begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice, always with a Sun and Moon conjunction in Aquarius. This new Moon also began the month of the Wood Tiger so energy is still strong and lively as Snake year begins, but far less intense than the outgoing Dragon year.
Snake is a spiritual sign of wisdom, so what is of value this year are deep experiences and breakthroughs. Time to shed your old skin with transformation and guidance with astrology, tarot, and other forms of divination, massage, therapy, acupuncture, feng shui, herbs, and alternative healing. Also of value in this Water Snake year is a journey to a mystical sacred place or a quiet spot in nature by water. Rewards are found in the inner world of spirit, not the outer world of money and material things, during this sensitive year of the Water Snake.
In Chinese astrology, the Snake is not evil or bad. Snakes are respected as magical creatures because a Snake sheds its skin to be reborn. As Snake crawls on the Earth with strength and fluidity, she is connected to Earth and the powers of healing. The venom of this mysterious power animal can cause death. Therefore, this mystical Snake year is time for powerful rebirth and transformation in all areas of your life.
Chinese lunar months begin on a new Moon, not the 1st day of the month. In 2013 Water Snake year, the Water and Wood months are the most favorable as are the Snake, Rat, Ox, Rooster, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster) months. These dates are for the Pacific Time zone and could be listed one day later in some calendars.
Water Pig – Nov 3. Element Water is lucky in Water Snake year.
Wood Rat – Dec 2. Element Wood is lucky in a Water year. Rat is lucky in a Snake year.
Wood Ox – Jan 1 2014. Element Wood is lucky in a Water year. Ox is lucky in a Snake year. Gregorian New Year but still Water Snake year.
LUNAR MONTHS in Wood HORSE Year 2014
In 2014 the year of the Wood Horse (Green Horse), Wood and Fire months will be the most favorable as are the Horse, Tiger, Sheep, and Dog months.
Fire Tiger – Jan 30 Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse. Fire Rabbit – March 1. Earth Dragon – March 30. Earth Snake – April 28. Metal Horse – May 28. Metal Sheep – June 27. Water Monkey – July 26. Water Phoenix (Rooster) – August 25. Wood Dog – Sept 23. Wood Pig – Nov 22. Fire Rat – Dec 21. Fire Ox – Jan 19 2015.
Next Earth Tiger new Moon begins the Wood SHEEP year 2015.
OUTER PLANETS IN TRANSIT BY SIGN
The farther from the Sun, the slower the transit:
URANUS IN ARIES
Uranus, planet of radical change and revolution, is in the the fiery leadership sign Aries until May 2018. Uranus is the planet of rebellion, with a big urge to break away and be free, especially when expressed through the pioneering spirit of Fire sign Aries. Aries correlates to the powerful Dragon so anticipate fast change, revolution, and evolution all over the world. Uranus is a higher vibration of Mercury. Uranus is known for erratic mercurial activity with flashes of insight and genius.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
February 3 2012 dream planet Neptune entered Water sign Pisces until spring 2025. This is a perfect pairing of the ocean god Neptune who is naturally most comfortable in any of the Water sign Pisces, Cancer, or Scorpio. Neptune in Pisces brings creativity, intuition, and spiritual connections. This sets the tone for an entire generation, the new Piscean Neptunians. I do not agree with internet postings that suggest Neptune in Pisces is bad and means drug addiction, illusion, and fantasy. Instead, bring on the new wave of creativity and inspiration from spirit, dreams, and inner worlds. Neptune is a higher vibration of Venus.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
The U.S. Recession began in Earth Rat year 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn. The planet Pluto symbolizes death, rebirth, and transformation. Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld, a god of wealth because the riches of the Earth are in his domain: gold, silver, oil, diamonds, minerals, and precious gems. Pluto will be in the pragmatic earth sign of Capricorn until spring 2023. So the world plutocracy, governments of wealthy men or plutocrats, can now be transformed. Change will be slow in coming, but the transformation has already begun. Occupy Wall Street is an example of the old plutocracy being questioned. If protest seems violent or sudden, note that Pluto is a transpersonal form of Mars.