The Astrology of September 2017 – Deception Alert! Use Your Personal Power Wisely

September is an action-packed, ambivalent month. Because most personal planets move into Virgo, we will experience a shift from Fire energy to Earth energy.

But if you expect reason, common sense, practicality, and other similar qualities that Earth energy is known for, get ready to be disappointed.

Because all the planets in Virgo also oppose Neptune, we will feel dreamy and imaginative at best, disoriented and confused at worst.

If you are an artist looking for inspiration, or if you are very spiritual, then September is good news for you. For most of us though, September can bring confusion and delusion.

The good news is that in September Mercury and Pluto turn direct, that we have a Vernal Equinox which will bring some balance, and that we have the last Jupiter Uranus opposition.

The not so good news is that we have lots (read LOTS) of Neptune aspects, especially oppositions, and quite a few Saturn squares. Saturn builds and Neptune dissolves. Not a match made in heaven.

During this month be careful what you want to build, and what you want to destroy.

Some other good news is that Pluto applies some sextiles and trines to the personal planets and to the lunations, helping us channel its power into something constructive.

In September, try to choose inner strength over confusion and destruction.

Let’s have a look at the major aspects of the month:

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September starts on a positive note. On 2nd of September Mars trines Uranus, triggering the Eclipse degree (28° Leo). Between now and September 16th expect to get more information on the Solar Eclipse in Leo we just had.

On 3rd of September Mercury retrograde is conjunct Mars at 28° Leo. There is an interesting interplay between Mercury and Mars around the Eclipse point. Mercury, still retrograde, whispers something to Mars, tells him a secret. “Pass this on”, says Mercury, as Mars continues his journey away from the Sun, while Mercury goes back a little further, until it touches the Eclipse point.

On 4th of September the Sun applies an opposition to Neptune, blurring the lines of our personal identity.

Mercury finally goes direct and we will all feel like coming out of hibernation. Be VERY careful what messages come to you today, especially if you have planets or angles around 28° in Leo or Aquarius.

In the same day Mars enters Virgo bringing more structure and order. This means good news or bad news, depending on what kind of plans you’ve been concocting while Mars was in Leo. These plans will now be meticulously put into practice.

On 6th of September we have a Full Moon in Pisces. This Full Moon is the most dreamy and imaginative Full Moons of the year, because it very closely conjuncts Neptune. On a positive side, the Full Moon can bring emotions that can resemble the fairy tales, and on a more negative side the Full Moon in Pisces can bring a desire to completely escape reality.

This Full Moon can blur our perceptions and can be dangerous after such an intense New Moon and Solar Eclipse like the one we had 2 weeks ago. Don’t believe the news today as news now can be used for propaganda.

The Full Moon makes two aspects and gives us two choices: we have a positive aspect (a sextile) to Pluto, so we have the opportunity to use our personal power to consolidate our position, and a stressful aspect (a T-square) to Saturn, giving us the option to channel the energy to destroy old structures.

On 9th of September the energy will shift even more from Fire to Earth, as Mercury also enters Virgo. Virgo is a good placement for Mercury, Virgo is where the messenger of the zodiac can put his knowledge into practice. Now we have more attention to detail and we can get things done thanks to our persistence.

On 12th of September Venus at 21° Leo is trine Saturn in Sagittarius. Venus trine Saturn is one of the easier aspects this month, favouring creative endeavours and helping us materialise our vision.

On 13th of September Sun squares Saturn. Sun square Saturn is a challenging aspect, bringing inner frustration and feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy. You can feel blocked, you can become more self-critical and self-judgemental than usual, and more prone to depression during this transit.

You could also project these feelings on the outside which could lead to conflicts with authorities.

Ultimately, this transit wants you to take a realistic look at yourself, identify your flaws, and do something about them, so you can become a better person.

This transit will especially affect you if you have personal planets or angles around 21° in mutable signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces.

On 16th of September Mercury conjuncts Mars for the 2nd time in the last few days.  Mercury is now direct and this time Mercury gets all the information on the table.

Mercury has travelled all the way to the other side of the horizon, has checked the facts, and now is here to tell Mars everything he has discovered.

Mars is now ready to act on it.

On September 19th Venus enters Virgo and becomes more dutiful and serious. If you have Venus in Virgo in your natal chart, you will experience your Venus return, a time of new beginnings in the area of relationships or in the areas of your life ruled by Venus.

In the same day Mercury opposite Neptune will bring mixed news, chaos and confusion. If you need to sign contracts, read the small print even more carefully than you do it when Mercury is retrograde.

Mercury opposite Neptune is a good time to re-evaluate your routines and daily rituals. Neptune wants to dissolve any outdated routine that doesn’t motivate you enough. If you don’t find the motivation to go to the gym or to keep with the diet is maybe because you need to find a higher order, a more genuine motivation to keep you going.

On 20th of September we have a New Moon at 27° Virgo. This is another confusing New Moon because the New Moon ruler, Mercury is in a tight opposition to Neptune. The New Moon is also in a quincunx to Uranus, which means the Moon will not necessarily know how to deal with the explosive Uranian energy.

During this New Moon you can have strange emotional reactions or bizarre ideas. Unless you have planets in your natal chart who make especially favourable aspects to this New Moon, wait for other New Moons to launch your big projects or initiatives.

This does not apply if you are an artist, a writer, a musician. In this case you can benefit from the New Moon in Virgo because the Mercury Neptune opposition will bring a lot of emotional sensitivity which can be expressed thorough art.

On 22nd of September Sun enters Libra, marking the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. In the same day, Mercury, now at 16° Virgo, is trine Pluto in Capricorn. You can get better at understanding the psychological motivations of others, and your communication can become bolder and more provocative during this transit.

On 24th of September Mars is opposite Neptune bringing more confusion, as if we did not have enough. To act or not to act, that will be the question during this transit. If you want to get things your way, the way you are used to, you may feel now you are fighting with an invisible enemy, just like Don Quixote was trying to fight the windmill.

Mars is your will power. Neptune diffuses, dissolves, dissipates. Because of this, your will power can start to literally dissolve. You may have less ambition, less energy, less initiative, you can feel more confused than usual during this transit.

Neptune wants you to move to a higher consciousness of Martian expression, so during this transit you may want to challenge your motivations and see which ones are purely personal and which ones come from a place of higher awareness. Neptune wants you to act with the greater good in mind.

On 25th of September Mercury is square Saturn. This is a challenging aspect, creating a conflict between what we think we can do and what are our realistic possibilities. The transit will bring to our awareness any gap between what we want and what it is possible. The gap can make us feel dissatisfied, inadequate, and more negative and more self-critical than usual.

But Saturn’s goal is to teach our mind how to become more practical, more constructive, more productive. On a positive note, this is a great transit for learning of any kind, especially on more scientific topics. Again, this transit will affect you if you have personal planets or angles around 21° in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces.

On 27th of September we have the 3rd and last Jupiter Uranus opposition. Jupiter opposite Uranus has been one of the most important transits of the year, bringing the faith and the courage we needed to break free from the old and reinvent the new.

During the last year we hopefully learned a lot about how to manage conflicts between individual expression vs. the collective good.

On September 28th Pluto turns stationary direct asking us to purge what no longer serves us and claim our personal power instead. This is a good time to start a detox program, to clean or refurbish your home. If you are an Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn born in the middle of the sign, or if you have planets or angles around 16° in Cardinal signs you will feel the transit very strongly.

Mercury enters Libra on 29th of September bringing some fair-mindedness and balance, but in the same day Venus applies an opposition to Neptune which will add up to the overall confusion. Venus in transit to Neptune can bring strong longings for unconditional love, but also deceptions, especially in the area of relationships.

Be careful not to be taken advantage of, because you may have the tendency to keep the peace at any costs. September ends even on an even more confused tone than it started. The good news is October will be a much more balanced and positive month, so try to keep you cool and stay focused until things even out.

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How the Solar Eclipse in Leo is Going to Affect You

A Total Solar Eclipse like the one we have on August 21st happens about every 18 months. Its effects last for 30 days until the next New Moon, but the themes of the Eclipse will continue for the next 18 months, when we will have the next Total Solar Eclipse, on July 2nd 2019.

To find out how the Solar Eclipse is going to affect you, check in which house in your natal chart in takes place to see which area of your life will be influenced:

– 1st house: Your health, your appearance
– 2nd house: Your income and the ways you earn it, your possessions, your values
– 3rd house: Your siblings, colleagues, your short trips, your creative projects
– 4th house: Home and properties, mother or mother figures
– 5th house: Children, artistic expressions, fun, romance and love
– 6th house: Health, diet, daily routine and workplace
– 7th house: Relationships, partnerships
– 8th house: Intimacy, support from others, unearned money
– 9th house: Law, mentors, teachers, long-term travel, relationships with the public
– 10th house: Career, father and father figures
– 11th house: Friends, communities, groups, the internet and social media
– 12th house: Spirituality, places of retreat (hospitals, ashrams, etc.)

For more guidance, check out my article about the Solar Eclipse in Leo here 

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Total Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st – Be the Change You Want to See in the World

On August 21st, we will experience one of the most significant Solar Eclipses of the century. The Eclipse takes place at 28° Leo and is a Total Solar Eclipse, which means the Moon will cover the Sun, the sky will become dark and the Day will turn into Night.

Eclipses have always been a source of fear, fascination, and excitement. A Total Solar Eclipse is indeed a dramatic event. The Sun disappears from the sky, turning our source of life and energy off in the middle of the day.

I experienced this extraordinary event myself in Europe in 1999. A Total Eclipse of the Sun is indeed breathtaking – animals, birds, insects go crazy just before the Moon covers the light of the Sun. Time and space go into another dimension. It’s almost as the world ends by the time everything becomes dark.

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But as soon as the first dim of light crosses the dark sky, everything goes back to normal. Animals stop running around and the world comes back to life, as if nothing had happened.

A Solar Eclipse is like a power outage. The light suddenly goes off – some people freak out and don’t know what to do. Others indulge themselves into darkness and tune into the mystery of the night.

When the light goes off, your priorities change. A Total Solar Eclipse is about the imminence of change.

A Total Solar Eclipse is also a Cosmic Reboot.

Think of a computer – any computer needs to be turned off from time to time to work properly. If you don’t turn your computer off, it will start to slow down. You need to clean your PC’s random-access memory from time to time if you want it to work at a decent speed. And to do this, you have to reboot your computer, by completely disconnecting it from the power source.

In the same way, when the sky gets overheated, we need a celestial blackout, we need to shut down the power source. We need to “turn off” the Sun. When we “turn on” the Sun again, the Universe starts afresh. A new beginning. This is what a Total Solar Eclipse is about.

And We Have the Nodes

An Eclipse happens when the Sun or the Moon conjunct one of the Nodes of the Moon. Eclipses take place in pairs approximately every half year. The Nodes of the Moon are the Head of the dragon, pointing towards our Future (The North Node) and the Tail of the dragon, pointing towards our past (the South Node).

The North Node and the South Node always come in pairs, and they are always opposite each other. It is in their nature to work together, you cannot have one without the other.

The past and the future permanently adjust to each other. Our actions in the past can influence the future.

Let’s say your parents raised money so you can go to college. They sent you to the best schools and teachers. You going to the college is a promise from the Past into the Future.

However, your soul has another plan. While in college, you meet a mentor and decide college is not what your soul needs, and you decide to embrace a spiritual path instead. Or you are too entrepreneurial and the college bores you to death. You decide you are better off if you start your own business.

Let’s say in the 2nd year of college, there is a Solar Eclipse which hits your Sun. You suddenly drop out of college, and your family is outraged.

What happened? The Eclipse came to realign you with your life purpose.

Because the college (the legacy from the past) was on the way of you manifesting your purpose (the North Node) something had to happen. You had to renounce (South Node) the college in order to move forward.

This is how the Nodes work together. That’s why Eclipses are a Karmic reset, a cosmic readjustment so that you can actualize your mission in this life.

There is nothing to fear about Eclipses. Eclipses are fundamentally positive astrological events which point you to the right path.

Eclipses can be experienced though in a myriad of ways. If you’ve been resisting your soul’s mission (let’s say you did not listen to your inner guidance and chose to stay in college) then the Eclipse can be experienced like a dramatic and unexpected event. Maybe you go bankrupt and you have to drop out of college. Or you fail your exams. Or you go to jail (yuk). If you resist your path, something will happen anyway so you don’t do what you are not supposed to be doing.

When we resist the Eclipses, we can experience them as a negative, stressful event, or “bad luck”.

However, if you are already on the path of your Purpose, the Eclipse will not affect you in a negative way, but will open instead the door to the “next level” on your path. Therefore, for some of us Eclipses can be extraordinary positive events and can bring incredible advancements and progress.

Irrespective of how you are going to experience this Solar Eclipse, try to keep in mind that everything comes to you precisely at the time you need it. The universe always works in your favor.

What is the Solar Eclipse in Leo All About

The Solar Eclipse in Leo is closely trine Uranus, now at 28° Aries, and is also conjunct Mars at 24° Leo.

If you know Bonny Tyler’s song “Total Eclipse of the heart” then this pretty much sums up this Eclipse. The Solar Eclipse is in Leo, the sign of the heart. This means that the light that guides you when life gets dark will stop flashing. But only for a while.

In the darkness, you will get a flash of insight from Uranus, a divine message of what you need to do, while Mars, your drive, will channel this flash of divine insight into action. Indeed, exactly at the time of the Eclipse, in the darkness, Mars, currently invisible due to its proximity to the Sun, will become visible and shine very bright. The dormant warrior will awaken.

In the dark of night, you don’t need to open your eyes to see. Let the Moon take the center stage for a while. Let the intuition guide you. Let the divine message come from above. The time when the divine masculine (the Sun) merges with the divine Feminine (the Moon) and they cast a spell on the Earth, in that divine moment of new beginnings, you can start again, brighter and stronger.

But it’s Not About Them… it’s About You

The United States will experience a complete blackout or total eclipse. Its path of totality will cross right across the United States. The last time the US experienced a coast-to-coast Total Solar Eclipse was in 1918.

And while everyone talks about Donald Trump in a pure South Node in Aquarius manner, this Eclipse is not about “them” … it’s about you.

With a North Node in Leo it is time to look inwards, at what makes US (not U.S. 😉 happy, of what gives us a sense of purpose. It is you first, and “them” second.

The North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius will ask you to focus on yourself, to find your own light. It can be comfortable to look outside and blame the neighbours, the company we work for, our friends that nag us all the time, the government, Donald Trump, the world order for what’s wrong in our lives.

And although it is true that the world can definitely be a better place and there are quite some nasty people out there whose decisions affect all of us, the Solar Eclipse in Leo is here to teach you that this time is about you. It is about what you can change to make this world a better place.

It’s All About Surprises

No doubt the Sun, the Moon and the North Node play the central role in this Solar Eclipse. But it’s Uranus, the planet of Surprises that applies the closest aspect to the Solar Eclipse. The Eclipse will bring big surprises. Nothing that you think will happen, will actually happen. Allow yourself to embrace the new.

The element of surprise is also highlighted by the retrograde motion of Mercury which is already close to the Sun and getting closer. Some sort of disclosures, cover-ups, secrets will come to surface at the time of the Eclipse, but also around September 4th when Mercury turns direct, exactly at the degree of the Eclipse (28° Leo).

The energy is very much focused on the individual – Leo is the King of the Jungle and Aries, where Uranus resides, is the “me first” sign. Mars is also in Leo so we have a lot of fire, a lot of action, and a lot of unpredictability.

Keep your antennas up to intercept the flashes of intuitive insights from Uranus. They will come to you at the right moment and with the right message. Trust the divine guidance and act upon it. Love affairs, pregnancies, young people, parties and celebrations are possible fields where things can happen.

How the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo is Going to Affect You

Solar Eclipses can give you a glimpse into your “shadow self”. We all want to think of ourselves as decent people. As we need society’s approval to survive, we chose to focus only on that part of ourselves which is socially acceptable. But our light is only half of us. We are both light and shadow.

The Solar Eclipse is that time when the “other half” of ourselves comes to the surface.

Even if what you will find out will disturb you or even shock you, it will give you the opportunity to embrace the whole truth of who you are, will allow you to see yourself and the world from a completely different perspective.

The Solar Eclipse in Leo is an invitation to leave behind the fears about what others may think of you, and instead bring your inner light to the world freely, without concern.

To find out how you are going to be personally affected by the Eclipse, check out my Etsy reports, more information here

Mercury Goes Retrograde – How Not Only to Survive, But to Thrive During the Next 3 Weeks of Mercury Retrograde

Mercury stations and turns retrograde on August 12th, 2017. The retrograde will last for 23 days, until Mercury turns direct again on September 4th.

The current Mercury Retrograde cycle is closely linked to the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st. Gravitating around the Sun, Mercury will turn direct exactly at 28°, which is the degree of the Solar Eclipse in Leo. Some things related to the Solar Eclipse will come to light around September 4th.

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What is the Theme of the Current Mercury Retrograde

Thanks to the strong connection with the fateful Eclipse, this Mercury cycle will give you great insights into what it is that keeps you away from the path of your purpose.

The theme of the Mercury Retrograde cycle is ‘complete the incompletions’, or more exactly, purge those patterns of thoughts and behaviors that prevent you from accessing the fullness of your being.

Because Mercury will spend most of the retrograde in Virgo, the “cleanser” of the Zodiac, Mercury will analyze, purge and cleanse what needs to be cleansed.

This Mercury Retrograde will clear the clutter of our minds, by breaking uncomfortable mental and emotional patterns which no longer serve us. Mercury Retrograde takes place during the Eclipse season, the time of the year when our soul realigns with the path of our purpose. We need to get ready for it, and our mind, our Mercury, this guardian of the Self, needs to get ready too.

Whatever it is that keeps you stuck in the past, needs to be purged now. Clean your mind of any outdated beliefs, negative thoughts, compulsive behaviors, preconceptions and prejudices that hinder your growth.

To achieve this, do what a Virgo would do: meticulously identify these outdated thoughts, cleanse them out of your system, and replace them with brighter thoughts.

This is not the usual Mercury clean up. This time you need to go deeper.  This time you really need to confront those unhealthy thoughts you’ve been avoiding for so long. All the deep ingrained judgements, all the resentments that toxify your mind and your spirit, all the lies, the fears, the limiting beliefs you’ve been telling yourself for too long.

What is Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde. We know all about it. The dreaded time of the year when we must back up our computers and watch what we are saying.

Mercury Retrograde has gained a negative reputation, but if we really want to understand what Mercury Retrograde is really about, we need to go back to basics and do what our ancestors were doing for thousands of years: look at the sky and observe.

Mercury is perhaps the most misunderstood personal planet. The close proximity to the Sun makes it difficult to observe and interpret.

If you look at the sky, you will notice Mercury in the evening sky, only to see it after a few weeks appearing to fall towards the Sun. It would then appear again in the morning sky and slowly climb away, just to fall back in again towards the Sun. Mercury never strays far from the Sun!

When a planet is at least 15° away from the Sun, the planet can express its qualities freely, unobstructed by the rays of the Sun. Most planets spend most of their cycles far away from the Sun. But not Mercury. Mercury spends most of the time so close to the Sun, so close to its rays, that it is literally invisible in the sky.  Its energy is blended with the energy of the Sun.

And what does Mercury stand for? The Mind. What does the Sun stand for? The Self. That’s why it is so natural for us humans to identify with our mind. It is so close the connection between Mercury and the Sun (the Self) that we literally believe that we are what we think. We are one with our mind.

Mercurial energy is the most familiar energy to the Self, but ironically, it is in the same time, our biggest blind spot.  The Messenger God is our constant companion, active in our thinking, planning, worrying, speaking, negotiation, shopping, writing, moving from one place to another.

And what happens when Mercury is retrograde? It comes even closer to the Sun, it comes even closer to us, it merges with us.

That’s why if we tend to have difficulties with integrating Mercury’s energy when Mercury is in direct motion, we will have even more difficulties to integrate it when the planet is retrograde. But we experience difficulties only when we resist the energy of Mercury, when we resist change, shift, growth.

If we are not “awake”, if we don’t live in awareness, during Mercury Retrograde we are usually forced to “wake up” and take care of what we’ve been neglecting. For this, we might need to dodge all the chaos we’ve been creating while asleep.

The Two Phases of Mercury Retrograde

Every Mercury Retrograde is a little different. You’re harmonizing with a new world each time. However, regardless of ever-changing sky, each single Mercury Retrograde consists of two main phases.

The 1st retrograde phaseAnalyze: From Mercury Retrograde until Mercury’s conjunction to the Sun –  August 12th, 2017 – August 25th, 2017 (14 days)

During this phase Mercury is contemplative, introspective and seeks inner meaning. We now want to discover the reason, the meaning and the purpose behind everything. Right now, we are unlikely to be satisfied with easy, superficial answers. This is a great time to analyze and reflect. Make sure you have a diary to record your stream of thought.

The 2nd retrograde phase – Observe and Insight: From Mercury’s conjunction to the Sun until Mercury’s goes direct –  August 26th, 2017 – September 3rd, 2017 (9 days)

Mercury is now “born again” with a clear, uncorrupted sense of purpose. When it meets with the Sun, Mercury brings the its qualities and puts them into the perspective of the Sun, the Self. The Mind becomes one with the Self, in full alignment with the purpose of the Sun. Mercury now takes what he has learned in the previous cycle and brings it to the “next level” of awareness.

The sabian symbol for Sun conjunct Mercury at 4° Virgo is “Black and while children play together happily” symbolizing not only overcoming the biases of the mind, but also bringing together and harmonizing the yin and the yang of the mind, the left and the right hemisphere of the brain. Emotions and facts are now in sync. The process of creation can begin.

Is Mercury Retrograde a Bad Thing?

Mercury Retrograde is not a bad thing. When retrograde, Mercury actually travels faster than the Earth (that’s why as seen from Earth it appears to go backwards) so its energy is intensified. Like any other planet, Mercury has a goal – its goal is to make you aware of what is really important in the realms of the mind, communication, travel, commerce, interactions with others, writing, speaking, the internet.

If your computer crashes during Mercury Retrograde, is maybe because you need to stay away from distractions and pay attention to other things. If you get stuck in traffic on your way to an important meeting is maybe because that meeting was not that important, and Mercury wants you to be honest about what really matters.

Pay attention to those thoughts that come to you right now. Whatever it is, however unpleasant, requires your attention. Don’t forget we are in the middle of the Eclipse season. These messages are very important to your soul evolution. You have to listen to what your mind wants to tell you.

Now is the time to deal with all the incompletions, all the broken promises or vows, all the unfulfilled hopes, and to do that, you have to be radically honest during the process. Will that be easy? No.

Is it possible to be completely honest without hurting a person’s feelings? Imagine you tell your best friend she does not look that great with her new haircut. Will she be happy to hear it? Probably not. Imagine you tell your partner that you are not that sure he or she is the one, but you enjoy being in a relationship with them out of convenience. Will they be happy to hear this? Probably not.

Same with you. Or even more so. It is difficult to be completely honest with yourself. We have a natural tendency to delay experiencing the facts, the truth, which is exactly what Mercury stands for, the here and the now.

This Mercury Retrograde cycle is about keeping your mind open. Being willing to question yourself and dig deep to get to the Source of things, so healing can happen at the root.

Lunar Eclipse In Aquarius – Freedom From The Past

We have a very intense Lunar Eclipse on Monday, 7th of August at 15° Aquarius. The Lunar Eclipse, which technically is a Full Moon near the South Node, is the cosmic big-bang before the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st.

The Lunar Eclipse makes mainly favorable aspects, but because it is a South Node Eclipse, its role is to point out what we need to release from our lives so we can live in alignment with our purpose.

A Full Moon is that phase in the lunar cycle when the Moon shines at its brightest and fullest. This is a partial Lunar Eclipse so the Moon will only be partially eclipsed by the shadow of the Earth. So we will have the light of the Moon coming together with the shadow of the past (South Node).

Because this is a South Node eclipse, we can expect disclosures, revelations and insights, pointing to what we need to release (South Node) so we can progress on our path.

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The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius is all about freedom from the past. The ruler of the Lunar Eclipse, Uranus, just turned retrograde, and is very strong in the sky right now, asking us to free our minds and look beyond the old perceptions that fogged our vision and sidetracked us into believing we are something else. Time to release the shadow and shine your own light!

The Leo–Aquarius axis highlights the relationship between the individual and the collective, self-interest vs. shared purpose, being a lone wolf vs. belonging to a group. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius is here to teach you how to beam your light at full power, while contributing to a higher goal.

To shine your true colors, you have to let go of the need to fit in, follow what others do, believe what society tells you is the right way to think, to live, to be.

The Jupiter –Pluto square is still lingering in the sky, asking us to be very careful of what we believe. Jupiter is about our belief system and Pluto is the personal power which we can use to do good, or to manipulate for personal gain only.

Aquarius is the genius, the rebel, but also the “know it all” demagogue. More than ever, now we need to be very careful of any attempt of others to use their power to persuade us think in a way that is not aligned with our interests.

Social media and any type of broadcasting are Aquarian means of manipulating the masses, so try to stay away from TV, from Social Media, or at least approach everything you hear or read with critical thinking.

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense”

The Sabian Symbol of the Lunar Eclipse is “A big businessman at his desk”. Be organized, be entrepreneurial, be pragmatic, but don’t be a fool. The sabian symbol captures very well the dynamic of the Leo / Aquarius axis. You have the power (Leo) – but your role is to use your influence wisely and with detachment from personal interests (Aquarius).

We had Lunar Eclipses falling on similar degrees in Aquarius on August 1971, August 1990, August 1998, August 2009 – remember what happened around those dates to get an idea about how this Lunar Eclipse might affect you.

If you are a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) or if you have other personal planets or angles around 15° in fixed signs, you are going to feel this energy very strongly.

But you don’t need to have a hit to a personal planet to feel the energy of this Lunar Eclipse. The lunation will affect every single one of us, asking us to deal with the affairs of the house where it takes place.

For more insights, look in which house in your natal chart you have 15° Aquarius. The house where the Eclipse occurs will point to which area of your life is in focus.

In the 1st house – time to change something about yourself. Could be a behavior, a limiting belief or even your appearance. You might want to lose weight, improve your self-esteem, make yourself more attractive to the opposite sex. The South Node is the releasing point. You HAVE to let go of that part of yourself which no longer serves you. Mars will give you the cosmic push to make it happen this time.

In the 2nd house –learn to be more relaxed about your money, your possessions and your ideas about security. If you are the type of person who needs a lot of safety in your life, that’s maybe because deep inside you have an unrealistic fear about your chances of survival. The message of the Eclipse for you is: we are in this together, no need to worry too much, the Universe will support you if you get in trouble.

In the 3rd house – learn to be less obsessed with facts and rely more on your intuition, on the “invisible” facts and figures, on the unwritten laws of the universe. Leave behind the comfort of “right here, right now” and explore something new – either literally, by traveling to a faraway place, or with you mind. The key message of the Lunar Eclipse is to open you mind to different points of view.

In the 4th house  – learn to focus less on how you feel about certain situations, and this time put the head before the heart. This is not a time to do “what you feel like”, but rather a time to make the necessary sacrifices so you can get closer to your goals.

In the 5th house – if friendship, teamwork, relationship with co-workers have been an area of difficulty for you lately, the Lunar Eclipse is a good time to reflect on how you are maybe contributing to these issues. How your desire to do the right thing can be sometimes at odds with what other people believe is the right thing to do. Sometimes you need to make some compromises – being a part of a tribe, of a community, sharing a greater goal with others can be very rewarding.

In the 6th house – the lesson for you is to learn to be less perfectionist. Daily rituals, following up on tasks are generally very useful, but when taken to the extreme, can hinder your ability to adapt to the ever-changing reality, and diminishes your chances to make the best of the opportunities around you. Learn to relax – everything is unfolding as it should.

In the 7th house – learn to depend less on others. The Lunar Eclipse is here to teach you that sometimes  you need to go with your gut and stop obsessing about validation from others. Trust yourself more.

In the 8th house  – for you, the lesson of the Lunar Eclipse is about self-entitlement. If there are things you believe you are entitled to, for example, your partner’s unconditional love, your manager’s support, money from the state etc., The Lunar Eclipse will ask you to challenge these beliefs and learn to be more self-reliant instead.

In the 9th house – learn to be more honest in your communication. Even the most authentic of humans have some false beliefs that we took on and layered onto our psyche. Learn to identify them. Are they still actual and relevant? The Lunar Eclipse is a good time to seek factual information before making up your mind.

In the 10th house – for you, the message of the Lunar Eclipse is to be less obsessed  with  your worldly achievements and learn to tune in other people’s needs and wants without judgement. Remember there are people around you who need you. Even the strongest people sometimes need a shoulder to cry on. Give yourself the space to nurture yourself as well as the close ones.

In the 11th house – time to leave behind those friendships, communities or groups of people that no longer fulfill your purpose. You don’t always have to “fit in” for the sake of fitting in. For you, the lesson  of the Lunar Eclipse lesson is to only stick with those friends, those groups, those communities which share your ideals and interests.

In the 12th house – if you are the type of person that goes with the flow, that hopes God will guide you in times of uncertainty, the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius is here to teach you that sometimes you need to “do something” yourself, get back to work and make practical changes in your immediate environment, to make your life better.

Uranus Goes Retrograde – Everything Turns Upside Down

Uranus turns retrograde on August 3, 2017 at 28° Aries and stations direct on January 2, 2018 at 24° Aries.

The world won’t literally turn upside down with Uranus’ station, but Uranus stationary retrograde will definitely bring a lot of surprises, especially now in the middle of the Eclipse season.

Uranus is different. Uranus is nothing like other planets. The only way to understand Uranus is to not try to understand it at all. At least not with our Mercurial, facts driven mind. Uranus is the flash of insight that comes from the sky. It does not come from your mind, or from the world around you, not from the word as you know it. It comes from the sky above.

Uranus is all about surprises. You cannot understand Uranus, prepare for Uranus, master Uranus. The nature of Uranus is Change and its role is to take you by surprise and turn your life upside down. Will that be possible if you will attempt to “tame” Uranus, to prepare for it? No. Uranus energy comes like a strike of lightning.

Uranus retrograde

Uranus it is literally the strike of lighting from the sky. Roy Sullivan, nicknamed “human lightning conductor”, the man who has been struck by lightning for a record of 7 times (and survived them all) has his chart ruler, Mercury in a very tight conjunction to Uranus at 0° Aquarius! (Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius).

Uranus is the opposite of Saturn. If with Saturn you know what are you going to get, with Uranus you never know what you are going to get. If Saturn rewards hard work and punishes you when you don’t put the effort, Uranus can bring you fortune even when you don’t deserve it, and can disrupt your life even if you’ve done everything right. Uranus will make sure that change happens, whether you like it or not.

Uranus is about freedom, innovation, collective memory, sudden change, sudden illumination, breakthroughs, disruption, creativity, liberation, about your true, authentic self.

While Uranus direct is a time to make changes in your environment, in the outside world, Uranus retrograde is a time for internal change. This is a time to revisit and reconnect with your sense of freedom.

This time, it is you who needs to change, not the world around you.  Uranian energy is like a scissor which cuts the ties of attachment from the past and pushes you to experience the world from a completely different perspective.

The shift will take place in the realm of the unconscious. Resist the temptation to over analyze your thoughts and actions. Remember, it is not Mercury which turns retrograde, with Uranus the shift takes in your subtle mind.  Allow the Universe to talk to you in Its language, not in yours.

Uranus station can be experienced in a myriad of ways, depending on which house in your natal chart is currently transited by Uranus, and also which planets or angles in your natal chart are activated by Uranus. You can expect one of the following ways Uranian energy can play out:

  • Freedom – Uranus is all about allowing your spirit  to flow freely, unrestricted by false demands or pretense. Uranus stationary retrograde will bring you the key to your cage once you understand that the only freedom that is, is inside you already. “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind” – Ghandi
  • Reboot – think on electricity, its nature is on and off, 0 and 1. Uranus will teach you that you can be 100% “on” in a moment and then completely switch off and reboot. Whatever you do, start with a beginner’s mind. A good visualization exercise is to imagine you are an alien, you landed on Earth and you want to understand what the human race is all about. Approach life with curiosity.
  • A desire to get real and be honest with yourself – no more lies, no more comfort, it is time to face the fears that hold you back, get real about what you want, embrace your heart’s desire and go after it! Become the person who you really want to be.
  • A desire to completely change your life – if you are not happy with your job change it, if you are not happy with your relationship, leave it, do whatever you need to do to, change the things that aren’t working and move on to something better.
  • Trauma – Uranus’ station can bring into your awareness some long forgotten memories. Any issues that you, or your ancestors (Uranus rules genetic memory) have not been dealt with, can come to surface now and bring healing.
  • Anxiety – because of the disruptive quality of Uranus, we can experience fear and anxiety. Remember it is absolutely normal to experience fear and anxiety when you are about to change something in your life. Make friends with your anxiety and let it propel you forward!
  • Flashes of intuitive energy – the higher guidance can come to you out of nowhere. Situations that seemed impossible will begin to work themselves out. Uranus wants to liberate your mind from dogmas so you can think free. A free mind has nothing to prove to anyone. It is what is, and it is not what it’s not, and it is fine with that.

When it stations retrograde, Uranus applies a trine to the North Node of Purpose at 24° in Leo. This is a truly positive aspect and will bring sudden opportunities in your life, opportunities that are aligned with your soul’s destine path. Make sure you recognize them and take advantage of them!

People born in Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) or people with a lot of Earth in their chart can find this intense Uranian energy difficult to deal with, whereas people born in Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), in Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) or people with a lot of Air or Mutable planets in their chart will thrive during the Uranus station.

If you have personal planets or angles at 28° in Aries or Libra your life will experience profound changes now. This is not only because Uranus hits your chart directly, but also because the Uranus plays a major role in the two Eclipses we have in August (Uranus is the ruler of the Moon Eclipse on August 7th and Uranus also hits the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st in a perfect angle). Look in which house the transit takes place to get more insights.